Corona Janta Curfew Day

Our dearest Prime Minister Sir requested the whole nation to do a self curfew of 14 hours in order to fight this panic of our lives corona virus. As it was on a Sunday so it wouldn’t have created much of a mess in routine life.

Brilliant decision sir, lot of scientific logic behind it as well for the prevention and to stop further spreading it. But as this was going on Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Sir Sh. Ashok Gehlot Ji gave an order of total lockdown till 31.3.2020

Now the tension started in terms of work, life imbalance, and few big questions came to my mind

  1. How will daily wages workers go on with their lives
  2. How will business owners pay salaries
  3. How will business owners close the year as we are on brink of financial year end.
  4. What about the whole economic cycle of our state. how we will cope with it…???

only two answers comes to my mind

  1. Only Time will Tell
  2. This too shall pass

This too shall pass but what about the cost…???

sometimes somethings are best left on God to decide and show the way.

We should help the government by doing our end of the deal…

Stay indoors & Stay healthy

Regards

Laters

SG…!!!

Confidence – Why it is fickle as a fiddle

Sometimes some instances do happen where you lose your confidence in certain things and as lots of people & books say it effects your work, life, friendships etc.

For some people confidence comes to them naturally & for some who need any life instances which gives it as well.

So a live example which happened with me only in January 2017 as my doctor has lifted off bedrest on me and said now you are ok to travel and start getting back to your daily life.
So i was back to office where i found no problem talking to anyone as i knew everythem and then had been visiting me regurarly as well.

But the major challange i got was when i had to go and attend a merriage function in my hometown Ajmer. I was scared of meeting people and talking to them even, they are those people who are our family friends and we know them from last so many years and as i was out of house after a long bedrest so everyone also wanted to meet me and talk to me.
I was shit scared and was not able to speak anything except ha-ji na-ji hello thank you.

That day i realised confidence is a must in life even for any basic function like talking to someone or negotiating in business or any business meeting.

Confidence cant be bought it has to be developed from one self from within.
A few tips on what i had done
1. Start Small
2. Meet People in a small group.
3. Prepare beforehand for any meeting.
4. Talk to your friends, family as much as you can

Although it took me a week’s time to regain confidence but yes i am trying it to make it a permanent part of my brain.
It was because of great help of My Family, My Friends & My Staff the confidence is back for good…!!!

Laters…!!!
SG

Felt like Santa Clause

We at Round table India’s Ajmer Chapter Ajmer Round Table’s Members went over to our adopted school at Village Aakhri in Ajmer do Donate furniture.
This Furniture was promised by us at the time of inauguration of the new building.
Sometimes when it is written by the gods will, then only it will happen so it happened to be a day before christmas.

We were trying to get this furniture a month back but due to some availabelity issue with the vendor & then some logistical issue, so all in all it get delayed.

So today the day finally came and our Team consisting our Tablers Bhupesh, Nitin, Tarun, Amrit, Nikket, Prashant, Karan & yours truly ME Sorabh Gehlot reached today at 11 AM to the school.

I seriously can’t describe the happiness in the kids eyes seeing the furniture and they thanked us in their own good way.
School & Kids prepared some Plays, Dances & Poems.
Kids even prepared Thank You cards For us (Check them in the pictures)

So after the cultural function we were talking to kids & Principal Maam about their thoughts for the school and furniture etc. The kids are so happy seeing their school now and they promised us that they will keep furniture maintained.
The Principal Maam informed us that after building renovation the school strength has increased and day attendance percentage has also gone up. Thats the real impact of Round Table India.

So in all Kids were super happy, and seeing their happiness we were happy… an effort well put…

Later’s…
SG

My Thalassemia Diaries Pt – 1

I was born on 27.9.1985 and was looking like a happy & normal child but few months in and doctors started noticing a week and anaemic kid and did some tests which were normal. In short they didn’t had a clue whats happening.

Just to give you a brief sense on what Thalassemia is, it is a blood disorder which is passed down to every generation unwillingly. For rest of the knowledge please enjoy reading google, i am pretty sure there will be better info there then me sharing here.

So, unknowingly both my parents were thalassemia carriers and i came out to be Beta Thalassemia Major “this kind of heavy name is definitely suiting my personality for sure”.
Then it was detected in June of 1986 that I have Thalassemia Major and as per the doctor of that time who delivered the news I will be needing blood transfusions in every 15 days all my life and my life expectancy will be not more then 11 – 12 years.
So that day my Mom & Dad took a challenge keeping me in mind that we will fight this till a solution comes through medical advancements.
So from that day i was kept as a normal kid and was allowed to function as a normal kid only…

Doctor visits was routine for me and transfusions were like an additional Sunday.
But as Age progressed to 16 – 17 the side effects of thalassemia started showing on thorough check ups doctor gave me severe osteoporosis and severe hormonal imbalance & some more to live with…

But with all this and proper care given by family I am able to fight and win against Thalassemia and sometimes I feel it has turned from my ailment to my strength.
Since long when I can remember I was taught by my parents to stay happy and stay positive always. Maybe that’s why i don’t take much load of anything in my life.

For me life is one transfusion to other transfusion and then in the middle…

it was just recent my transfusion got free at 11 AM and I was in my office at 11.30 resuming my work… so I think after 33 years it just don’t matters much, more of a part of life kind of a thing for us.

I remember it was one post transfusion after noon approx 12.30 and i was in office with my medical tape just to cover the location where the needle was pricked for transfusion. So this guy who himself is a doctor caught this and recognised the bandage (Even after my super try to hide it under the watch) and asked, bro what happened…???
So i gave him a reply bro just got free from my transfusion and as our meeting was fixed regarding your car, So i am here for your help. And I swear the guy lost his mind and he started pressuring me to go and have rest and argued a lot for me to be not there that time.

I think, keep walking ahead spirit comes to us Thalassemia kids by birth somehow as few of other thalassemia kids who I know in Ajmer are also same type of me. So its nothing special for us.

More Thalassemia Diaries to Follow Soon…

Laters
SG

Thats me having my transfusion

Dumbo & A can of Pepper Spray

There is a saying never give a weapon to a monkey or it will disrupt the whole village.
This exactly happened when my kid sister accidentally shoots herself with the pepper spray in a closed room.

The fun parts starts now with me sitting in the next room, I got a sniff of it as i was going to help her at that time of destress and i started coughing like anything. I am pretty sure if my doctor had seen me that time he would have admitted me in the isolation ward indefinitely.
Well eventually my coughing stopped and i was normal after 10 – 15 mins. But as my kid sister took the spray on her face was distraught and in a real bad shape. Her face & eyes were red hot burning and she was crying like crazy…
mom did some home remedy as a first aid and she was better after 30 mins or so.

Then we started roasting her on her stupidity and teased her till our hearts wish…
But ya a lesson learned and good laughs shared on a chilly sunday afternoon.

This got me thinking about these kind of products which are so need of the hour specially in our country to keep one safe. It really works but one word of caution it needs intelligence & little caution to make it work to our requirement.

I so wish i would have pics of that whole episode to share with you all…

Laters…
SG

The Little Devil…!!!

My Work My Life My Everything

Just to give you a context about why I wrote the headline that I wrote. I completed my college in 2006 and went straight to business. Learning the ropes from the master himself “My Father” I started one small venture of mine, details about that some other day. So we were looking to expand/ grow business-wise and came across this.

We started our Ford Venture in 2009 for me the journey started way before that… the whole process started in late 2007’s when the company representative visited us with my uncle from Jaipur who is also a ford dealer there.

The proposals were exchanged and we got final round of meeting with ford india’s bosses at that time in chennai and we were given a sign off for a setup go ahead.

After a few ups and downs health wise with me and dad battled depression because of that, but we came out with the flying colours and from 1st April 2009 we did a soft opening as there were few sign-offs pending from Ford Motor Company USA’s side. Without that we couldn’t have the official inauguration. So we use to get cars from our co-dealers and sell them during soft opening days to get in sync with the systems & processes.

On 31.10.2009 we finally did a grand inauguration and were officially a dealer for ford . We were really waiting for Ford’s New small car “FIGO”. A mass segment in which Ford was foraying into. And boy in 2010 when the vehicle launched it paved the way for dealership’s success.

As per my father the key to run a great & happy business is the people, So in our dealership the staff is not considered staff and as an owner of the business. The morale of the people & their enthusiasm towards work just quadruples.

My dealership has taught me many things, still teaching a lot daily, Has made me travelled places, Has given confidence which was missing in me some years back. And most importantly given me a whole different thought process and an entrepreneurial spirit “Yes We Can”…

We celebrate 31st October every year as birthday of Gehlot Ford where the whole staff comes together for a cake ceremony and sharing stories of day 1 – the 31.10.2009.

Will like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their support and unmatched dedication. Our customers for showing their trust & Confidence in us over the years. And Ford India for being with us in hard times & laughing with us in Happy times… Truely a family waali Feeling…

Sharing some New some Old pics for a treat…

Laters
SG

Round Table Event Diary – Dandiya Raas 2019

We at Round Table India & Ladies Circle India did our annual fundraiser event “Dandiya Raas 2019” for the 4th year in a row. The main purpose behind this event is to raise funds for making schools for underprivileged kids.

On the 4th edition of our event we managed to raise approx Rs. 8 Lakhs which is a good amount and it gave us the much needed publicity for our work as well.

The event was attended by more then 800 people from Ajmer & surrounding places.

The main attraction was our DJ DJ Cheshtha Khurrana & Percussionist from Delhi, they really made people’s foot tap from their tunes & medley. As per the public feedback the food served there was tasty and they liked the quality of it.

For the kids who were too young to enjoy the dandiya we have kept Kids Zone with lots of activities and prizes for them.

Keeping in mind the Go Green element of Round Table India & Ladies circle India we didnt kept any of the firecrackers for the event and no disposable Crockery Items, there was no waste creation from this event as actual crockery was used.

The event was made hugely successful because of our Sponsors and the Team. Team here playing the pivotal role as planning from scratch, arranging sponsors and managing the event, generally with the event of this magnitude we need a team of minimum 40 people to pull of successfully but here we 18 members of Round Table India’s Ajmer chapter & 5 members of Ladies circle India’s Ajmer chapter managed this huge feat.
The main goal which is bonding, synergy & harmony among members is tested at events like these.

Looking forward to make our signature event even more grand for the next year and utilise funds raised from this event at a good place soon.

Laters
SG

Event season in Ajmer

Ramada Ajmer’s Manager Mr. Manish is a good friend. He called and invited to attend an event at his hotel. Didn’t gave much of the details but just said that i will like it and it is happening for the first time in Ajmer. So me along with 2 of my friends land up on his saying.

There we found out it is a ballantines tasting event done by the company and a brand promoter from Scotland was there to take the session.

A brief intro about the company its heritage and the process were discussed and later-wards they make us taste their new product a 17 YO Scotch.

Must say i was not a big fan of Ballantines before as the products that we got here were entry level non premium products but their 17 YO changed the perception and it was liked greatly.
Guys, go to the watering hole and checkout their 17 YO offering if you like scotch. It is seriously good one

The other event was the Standup comedy act organised by my friends Anuj & Vinod, the comedian was Mr. Manish Tyagi AKA Knotty Commander due to his services in Indian Navy.
he struck lots of laughing bones in whole of the crowd and along with his comedy he delivered small bite sized subtle messages which made people think.

The event was organised flawlessly and executed with a grace.

All in all a small town like Ajmer is seeing lot of good quality events finally, just hoping now that it continues in a longer term and people take risk for doing such events and we as people reciprocate in joining them and making them successful.

Laters
SG

Encounter With College Crush

Of all the Gin joints in all the towns in all the world, She walks into mine – Casablanca Movie

This dialogue from age old movie is so apt on the situation that happened with me very recently. My Ex from the college walked into my Car Dealership with her husband to buy a new car.

The instance happened so funnily that on the same time i was also on the showroom floor talking with my staff and our eyes locked and the old college time memories just ran into eyes just like a movie flashback.

Although we didn’t had any interaction for good 10 mins but later wards i mustered up courage to go and talk, for old time sakes.

Sometimes life plays such games with us which lefts us with the entanglement in the heart and fight between brain & heart. Don’t understand what is winning and what is losing in it.

But in all, we caught up like old friends and i got to know that she’s been keeping tabs on me for good and for the good work that we had been doing with Round Table India.

It was finally good to know that one can definitely bury the past and move on like adults and still be best of old friends.

Guys and girls, take a learning be friends with old boyfriends & girlfriends but do take care, the boundaries should be respected at all times.

My sales team did an excellent work of booking the vehicle so she’ll be walking in my gin joint a more often. I think that should be enough for me… to stay in touch…

Laters
SG

I.C.U Diary

The said incident happened with me on 1st of July 2016 which changed my life upside down. The night of 30 june I remember sleep in my own bed at 11 PM approx and when i opened my eyes it was approx 3 PM of 1st July.

The doctors said i was brought in Emergency Ward at 8 AM unconscious and with faint pulse and they had to shock me once as well to get normalised. Thank God I don’t remember any of it, it was surely traumatic time for my family & loved ones.

After normalisation and everything doctor took a call to keep in overnight in ICU only for better observation and care, Although i was pissed but it was a moot point to resist doctors advise as he rightly said that u need to have rest why not have it here under observations of 24X7 staff. Now the crazy part after trying long to sleep somehow i managed to get it but with all the monitors, oxygen pumps buzzing it was not sound still satisfactory though, in the middle of the night suddenly a guy in the ICU bed starting shouting “Please get my relatives i am dying” and i am up like WTF is happening is he really going off…??? Well the nurse tried to calm him down but it went in vein and after quitting for like 10 mins he started shouting again the nurse gave a rude reply and told him to go to sleep.

And the morning came upon us, technically it was just 5 AM but shift change procedures started, meds were getting checked and filled in my drip also got changed. Then the nurse or ICU Help came at 5.30 sir get ready the rounds are starting soon. So he requested me for the sponge wash which after seeing his instruments i declined and said to let me sleep as according to my bodyclock it is to bloody early for me, come back at 9 for the same. To which upon ICU incharge’s insistence he let me go, I still remember ICU Incharge’s words to that poor guy “Bhai VIP Patient hai direct owners ki pehchaan hai“. I didn’t understood the logic behind the statement, was not going to get him reported or fired for trying to do his job. I just requested him to let me sleep. This was all done approx 5 – 5.15 AM. I am sure of the time as i could see the clock clearly which was there in the ICU.

Somehow i slept and now an elderly auntyji started shouting with the nurse “Chai pila do chai ka time ho gaya hai”. Damn man why cant you understand you are in a bloody ICU and only thing that you are drinking is Medicine as prescribed by the doctor. How hard it is to grasp. By this time i gave up on sleep totally, called up the guy got washed & changed and was focusing on rains happening outside in my beautiful town from a small ICU Window.

A young lady was in ICU on a next bed to mine, she was fighting her battles and i was mine but we talked a lot and made friendship in the strangest of the place. Her husband even gave my messages to my family who were calmly sitting outside waiting for the doctor to arrive.

So here comes my Doc along with my mom after waiting for 4 hours they came to ICU at 2.30. Superb timing DOC… After a routine followup with the staff there about me and a general checkup of me, he Smiles, Bro you are spending 1 more night under observation here in ICU and i fought him bhai just get me out of this place and put in a private room i will be happy to be in this hospital for next 4 days even. But he didn’t budge and says there is no problem here and the care would be good so be here and take rest u need plenty of it. My Mom just persuaded its just 1 more night and tomorrow you are getting shifted to the hospital room only.

Evening 7 falls and the lovely doctor has already cleared me for food, so mom got some homemade Curd – Rice which i love to the core and dont know what was in there i finished it all up. Dad asks Ice cream khayega and i said yes. He sent my friend CHichey to get it for all of them inclusion of the ICU staff as well. Coz he could see me better then the time i came here.
It was such a joyous moment to be with your friends and family eating ice cream in the middle of an ICU. Mom & Dad left for home taking a promise that i will not make life miserable of people here helping me to get better and if anything is needed Jeetu bhaiya (Dad’s Go to Guy) will be here on night duty for anything.

In the middle of the night i hear a phone call some emergency case is coming up all went on to work on that guy but poor soul was not able to make it. I could see doctors shocking him thrice i think and all but the damage was far to done and he was long gone.

That was the first instance i saw someone dying in the same room and it shook me like anything. i that moment i seriously needed my blanket to curl up and cry. It was a shocking moment for me.

Then till morning, 2 more people passed away in the same room on was just 2 beds next to me. a thinking feeling hurled at me dude, watch out you were also in same position 2 days before, on that instance i thanked God for the miracle that he has done for me and here i am getting better for my life ahead.

On the other hand ICU staff who declared the guy dead 10 mins before was drinking tea and laughing about something.
How insensitive, no respects to the guy who just passed away or no second thoughts that couldn’t something can be done to save a life…??? And as the Tea got finished he is off to check on some other patient. c’est la vie for them i suppose.

Me and next bed patient were saying goodbyes as we both were going to independent rooms today and her doctor came before and signed the shifting papers and here i was waiting for mine to arrive.
So waiting and waiting clock showed 2 PM and i lost my patience now and requested to call my family from the waiting room or give me a phone so i can talk to them. Although nice and helpful staff after seeing my despair called them as well and phone was also in my hand if no one comes.

Finally the doc arrives at 2.30 his usual time normal check etc done and time came for decision to shift me to private room to which he disagreed and was in favor of keeping me in ICU for one more night as well. But after my mom’s pressure and my demand to be shifted immediately he caved in and gave orders to shift to the room. i finally could have a relaxed breath.

Being there in that ICU was a traumatizing factor in itself as for first few hours i was scared for myself only, later seeing people dying near me took my trauma to whole another level. We just need to keep fighting with ourselves and not let sadness, sorrow or despair grow on us. Well that’s what i did to survive the traumas of ICU. The only Mantra – Keep Smiling & Be Brave, This Too Shall Pass.

I so wish the hospital upgrades their ICU Ward Into small rooms as many hospitals in india are already doing. It could definitely save trauma and panic to many people.

Laters
SG