Tr. Manish Agarwal was there at COB with me and he has shared the great experience we had in form of the following report.
“For us, two tablers from Siliguri RT 220, Tr Kuldip Choudhary (Chairman 2013-14) and Tr Manish K Agarwal (Vice Chairman, 2013-14), this was our first Experience of the COB. AS we set out, with great enthusiasm and excitement, to be a part the “Mysore Masala” COB, little did we know that our travel from Kolkata to Bangalore would be star studded.
Yes.. Certainly we travelled with an amazing celebrity, Tr Vineet Parikh (National President RT India, 2012-13) and we took this unexpected opportunity to hear his words of wisdom, experience, joy and magic. He shared about the phenomenal year that RT India had and the immense learning he got through this year.
Landing at Bangalore, we joined Tr Narendra Agarwal, Tr Prashant Agarwal, Tr Tej, Tr Jeegar and Cr Nirali and left for Hotel Chancery and were warmly greeted by tr Kevin. This evening was set to be a reunion of the Enigma NLC that was held in Feb 2013. WE got a chance to interact and meet with tablers across areas and the warmth and joy of being with tablers is inexpressible.
Scheduled to leave for Mysore on the morning of 19th July, we finally managed to leave at 2 pm and Tr Kevin patiently coordinated all the transportation. With Tr Moriya, Ankur, Umang, Prashant and others, the 4 hour journey was set to be fun filled. From fun at the road, finger licking lunch and a glimpse of the famous RTI FTE colored car of Tr Ranbir Sachdeva (174) to the final sight of Lalitamahal palace at Mysore, we hardly realized that 4 hours had whizzed by.
Awed at the grandeur of the venue, we rushed to register with Tr Vishwas and get ourselves ready to attend the grand COB. This was “the night” and the venue was beautifully set up and the entire banquet hall had the presence of tablers, circlers, SQ legs and HT’s decked up as Princess and princesses. The moment COB event kicked off, every single person was seated to be witness to this grand event.
After the initial greetings and welcoming of the Head board to the stage, it was a big, emotional and touching moment for Tr Vineet Parikh to express himself, and boy… did he speak.. Or was it magic.. Am leaving that for you to decide as I copy the entire contents of his amazing flow of words and thoughts… and yes.. emotions.
“Do you believe in Magic? Like when you open an old antique closet and you find a lamp with a genie or when you find an old carpet and the moment you step on the carpet you start flying, looking at the world from a different place!
I didn’t either.
No I’ve not found the lamp or the carpet but I’ve found something very close …its called the JEWEL of the President of Round Table India.
From the moment I wore the jewel exactly one year ago it is as if I have become a different person. There were hundreds of pictures being clicked the moment I adorned the Jewel. People wanted to talk to me, shake my palm and be introduced. I felt something different, but then maybe it was just me!
I was being constantly watched in meetings, socials, even on facebook! I wasn’t complaining! . What I said. . What I did. .. what I wore. Complements lavishly flew. People were excited to receive me, host me, just spend time with me. Normal? Definitely not normal? My views were sort, my opinion mattered, my wish just like a genie standing in front of me was received as a command.
I was living a life and lifestyle I had never known before. That’s when I figured there was a magic spell around me; the spell of the President’s jewel.
Being a Tabler for 12 years, I had seen various aspects of this movement. However this Jewel put me in a unique position to observe our family from a distance, like from sitting on a Magic carpet. I realized that the Jewel was only a small part of the overall magic. In fact our whole movement is magical, where with a flick of the wand a pumpkin turns into a sparkling coach and the mice into fine white horse. It’s a wonderland where Alice explores strange happenings or should I say like Harry Potter full of mystery and adventure.
There have been times where I have been asked to talk about Round Table and believe me I have always done a really bad job. To be fair to myself I have never seen anyone do a good job. Maybe you can’t, it’s not possible to explain magic, what is in store for Alice in Wonderland. All of us who have become members of this organisation is not because of flashy stories we’ve heard about how great this movement is but because some we believed in someone who has told us – here’s the tiny key, open that door and get into the fairy tale!
Fairytale! Is one word if I have to sum up the year.
I thank all the Tablers, Circlers and their family members for the wonderful warmth and love given to me during the year. Like the central character in a Fairytale I was always afraid that I would roll off the bed and wake up. I guess the time has come to wake up and realize that the fairytale journey for me is over with a life time of memories and gratitude to this magical movement.
I’m signing off as the President of Round Table India with a sense of great pride and satisfaction that as a team we have probably left the movement a little better than how we started.
Tr. Vineet Parikh”
AS we watched the audience, the only word that came to my mind was that they were completely “mesmerized” at these words from Tr Vineet.
It was then followed by the Change over Banguet and Tr Vineet invested his jewels to Tr Harish.
Tr Harish addressed –
“How can I start without congratulating my very good friend Vineet, thank you for a wonderful year in office. It was indeed a great year for Round Table India. You have shown us all that small things do make a big difference. Congratulations buddy!
It’s a great honor and a privilege for me to assume the role of President of Round Table India. It is a double whammy for me as I take over this huge endeavor in my own city. I sincerely appreciate and thank the COB committee, my fellow tablers of MHRT 109 for making it happen. I feel truly blessed!!
Round table has always played a vital role in serving the society through fellowship and I commit to providing the leadership required to achieve our aims and objectives.
We all are leaders and successful individuals in our own fields.
What drives us? What inspires us? What motivates us?
We believe in love, we believe in doing good, we believe in god, we believe in friendship and most importantly we believe in our dreams.
Yes, my friends!! Believe in what you do, do what you believe in and the rest will fall in place. This will be our guiding philosophy for the year. The more I think about it, the deeper is my conviction. Let us imbibe it not just in tabling but in our everyday lives too.
Ladies and Gentlemen: I now present the 52nd National board
IPP – Vineet / NVP – Deepak
For the 1st time we have a secretary and Treasurer as different portfolios.
Secretary – Suman / Treasurer – Mukesh / Editor – Raghu
Friends your ‘Believe team’. Please give these guys a huge round of applause. These are the guys who are going to put in a lot of effort to ensure Round Table India and its various facets reach new heights.
Believe in what u do.. Do what u believe in!! “
The fellowship that followed was no less than the “Baap of all fellowships” and the momentum of music, laughter, dance, fun and bonding continued till close to 4 am. For us, it was a time to connect and meet tablers from across the tabling fraternity, across cities and Areas and the incredible magic of tabling makes us old friends who are meeting for the first time and soon we melted with the melodies.
The first NEX of the 52nd Board was scheduled on 20th July and started close to 12 pm in the afternoon at the Lalitamahal Palace. It was an absolute pleasure to see the tablers dressed up in ethnic wear and the famous Mysorean turban was given to add the icing on the cake.
A dance performance by 6 visually impaired children marked the beginning of the NEX and they were given a round of applause that they rightly deserved.
Tr Moriya Philip read the Airms & Objectives and Tr Jigar was appointed the sergeant for the NEX.
We watched in complete awe as Tr Harish took up the proceedings and the Area Chairmen, Conveners, HT’s shared and rolled out the various plans, events and road map for the year. Tr Harish was ever encouraging and it was a fantastic learning experience for us to see the planning and dedication with which tablers planned and presented the ideas and vision.
Tr Jeegar was it his best and with 2 acts of sergeanting left the floor in splits of laughter and finally, the NEX was over close to 2.40pm.
The 1st NEX was over close to 2.40pm and we were then looking forward to the unveiling of the fellowship theme of the year and the fellowship “Ye Jawaani hai deewani” at Hotel Windflower later in the evening.
The afternoon left us with some spare time to visit the beautiful city and we went to Mylari—a local Dosa joint and were surprised at the awesome flavor of the dosas. WE also met Tr Satya, Abhishek and NHT from Area XI, and managed to squeeze ourselves in one auto and have a little shopping streak.
The night of 20th July, around 10 pm we reached Hotel Windflower and the energy levels were soaring high. New team, fully charged and ready to take up the mantle for the year, were in for a night of fun and energy. From the performances on the stage, dances, music and the connect that is imminent with tablers to the launching of the fellowship theme “Basic Instincs—Wild, Whacky, Wicked”, every moment was cheered and applauded.
Since we had to board at 6 am in the morning from Bangalore, we left close to 12.30 that night with memories that will be hard to shake off. WE shared a special connect with tablers across the tabling fraternity and look forward to participate in more events at a National Level.
Reported by Tr Manish K Agarwal, VC, Siilguri RT 220
Tr. Rajeev Doshi
National Blogs Convener 2013-14
Round Table India