Adopt, Adapt & Improve its our motto of Round Table International .Lockdown time is suppose to get us distancing socially with other people but it is definitely necessary to meet people & have fun to curb lockdown anxiety. We just need to change the way we have fun as we are doing with our work and other things. With all this quarantine we ADOPT the way of life which we were accustomed to. We ADAPTed living with this Quarantine & Lockdown across the world & Finally we IMPROVE by doing a crazy party.
Insane fun happened last night when Round table international President Tr. Sabastian and Vice President Tr. DK Singh took this initiative and did a DJ night for all the Round Table members sitting at homes. We just needed nice speakers to have fun.
A very nice idea which was supported well by our Tr. Sushein AKA DJ Sue from Delhi. He played a mix of dance numbers ranging from english to Bollywood songs specially loved the english classic playlist which he executed for 20 minutes straight.
The whole idea was executed on Zoom Video conferencing app and was shared live on Facebook as well for tablers to enjoy. Seriously guys there were more than 250 people at one point of time all enjoying at the same time. Extra ordinary times require extraordinary measures which was well displayed here by the organizers and people behind this idea. Was astonished to see the people from all over the Globe ie Canada, Estonia, Belgium, UK, Netherland to name a few.
Round table international is definitely the original facebook, a place to meet friends and like minded people. There are very less places & events where people from all around the globe come together for a collective cause here today it was having fun.
Although it would have been so better if the party was in person rather then online, no guesses of what could have been quantum of fun but as I had said earlier also sometimes we have to play the hand we have dealt.
Special Thanks to Tr. DK Singh, Tr. Sushin, Tr. Sahil Jindal & Tr. Sabastian for pulling this off royally
It is a saying with Poker players “Sometimes you have to play the hand you have been dealt”. Although I am not much of a poker player myself but I swear by this quote don’t know why. As we know that we all are away from friends and not able to travel / meet or sit with friends except they are your very close by neighbours or building mates.
In these quarantine / lockdown times I witnessed Corona Warriors of different type. Few of our Round Table India members came forward on few groups on messaging app and started keeping daily Zoom video meetings late at night.
Seriously a boon for people who are social big time and are not able to do socialising in the lockdown. Strictly Fun, No Corona talks, No business talks. Just plain old fashioned Leg pulling and cracking jokes at the expense of others & having a good laugh at the end of day to keep the mind sane in this insane time.
I am proud to say that personally had made 4 – 5 good friends out of these daily calls and this had been an integral part of daily routine from last 15 days.
Was a little skeptical at first to join any of the call where you don’t know much of the people, but in tabling or with Tabler’s (People who are members of Round Table) there are not much of the inhibitions as the thought process is carrying a simple goal in mind. FRIENDSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, FUN.
As a group who is yet so far (in distance) and yet so close, I would definitely like to keep it as a gain in my book in the Quarantine Time Balance Sheet.
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…!!!
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…
So as many of you know i am part of a wonderful organisation called Round Table International whose India Chapter is called as Round Table India.
So after my long bedrest (why, when, what later) it was my first travel to Delhi for a family holiday. As it was a holiday I was free and as told about my friends for the power of tabling in terms of cooperation & friendship i thought why not give it a try and meet few Fellow Tablers from Delhi so i got few numbers from my table friends here and started calling…
One lead to other and after 2 calls i got a call from Area Chairman of that year, heyy bro we all are going to Agra for our Area AGM why don’t you also join us it will be great fun and you can meet the whole area in one shot, Oh and ya Mika is coming to perform in our AGM’s party…
I was sold to this idea the instance i heard his name, so i asked him can i confirm you in 30 mins. he said bro no problem please take your time and do lemme know so i can tell the organizer’s for your proper arrangements and he connected me to one of the member of the organizing committee.
After 2 days of holidaying in Delhi with family i embarked alone for this journey with my driver bhaiya & Helper, The whole way i was just thinking of one thing “I dont know anyone there, wont i be bored” “Wont it look awkward” etc etc
But the moment i entered the hotel and went to the help desk to get a head way and introduce myself after that brothers started coming in to meet, chat laugh.. i was invited for sessions etc so all in all i had minimum 20 friends in 10 mins of time and it was not an outsider feel at all and superb fun filled next 3 days & memories of a lifetime.
Sometimes people ask me why Round Table, Isn’t it a waste of time…??? Definitely NO. Right now i have so many friends in places or cities or countries i had not imagined. Where ever I go it is brotherhood everywhere and always…!!! And best part for me, Help is always less then a call away…
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…
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.
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.
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…
So tonight i have an interesting bunch of college kids with us… Riya my sister and her friends are in town for a day trip and staying with us for the night…
Typical automobile engineering kids with their own view towards life… the kind of mental energy, ideas and their enthusiasm is a sight to see.
Must say that these kids are real fast learners and were keen to learn poker and play, and after a few practice hands they were getting really good hold of it.
And because of Pruthvi & Naivedya i have been introduced to Jazz & Blues. Which is a whole lot different genre of music which a music lover may enjoy.
Hardik the most serious and observant guy has actually read my blog and wanted to know more about the whole Round Table India so i gave him a small crash course on who are we and what we are about.
And Chintan loves cooking and has promised us that he will be serving us in later stages of the night… as per the reviews of all these I am sure it is going to awesome and he can surely work on his cooking as an alternate career path.
Pruthvi saw my model car collection and was so fascinated about them. I saw the same spark in his eyes which i have when i see my models and his handling of these models was also flawless thats why i did not stop him into handling them.
Seeing them fighting over of who will have a pipe of Sheesha and general fun, leg pulling of each other is giving me a major reminiscing of my own collage days…!!!
So guys and girls moral of the story is growing old is inevitable & growing up is an option… Revisit the good old days… Do the some silly stuff and recharge yourself for the next week of life…