Wonderful Friday Evening yesterday at Bhabha, NCPA ~ to celebrate the Golden Jubilee 50 years of our dear friends who are the whole and soul of the Chartered Accountant Firm SKP & Co ~ serving hundreds of clients including over 200 MNCs in 47 countries
It was a beautifully planned event that began at 6.30 pm with Refreshments pre auditorium function and ended past midnight with Cocktails followed by a lavish dinner on the NCPA Lawns ~ An excellent Master of Ceremonies, or should I say Mistress ~ Vimi Chaudhari,~ began with the National Anthem being enacted by the Deaf & Blind Children of the Helen Keller Institute that SKP’ Founder, Sudit K Parekh, is also a Founder Trustee of ~ this was followed by a tribute to Lord Ganesha by the Girls of Vrindavan School at Badlapur, another NGO that is strongly supported by SKP & Co
Then came the Speeches…..
~ an emotionally controlled one by the Founder, Sudit Parekh who traced the humble origins of the CA firm from 1962 to the stature it has reached today and thanked all of us for being there to share his joy and the fulfillment of a Dream ~ he says he always followed his Heart and not his Mind ~ first in 1962 when he opted for Entrepreneurship over Employment after qualifying as a CA and then in 1992 deciding, despite caution from Friends and Family, to expand services for a global reach to capture opportunities opening out for India after the Reforms were introduced and foreign companies were making a beeline for India
~ then Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC gave the key note address saying there will be an increasing need for Professional services and there is a vacuum of good people and it is commendable that Sudit Parekh has resisted the temptation to the pressures to sell out his Group to the Big Four and continues to create a legacy of strength and trust and culture build on Ethics, Transperancy and Integrity ~ he also blamed Corruption, Bureaucracy and slow decision making that impedes investment in building Infrastructure ~ all of this is causing hurdles to India in unlocking her potential ~ Laws are introduced and made complicated ~ nothing is clearly black ~ all in various shades of grey
~ then Kiyoshi Asako, the Japanese Consul General spoke on how Japanese Companies must be happy with SKP & Co that they continue to patronize them! ~ he spoke of how he led a delegation of 100 Japanese businessmen to the recent Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar and looked forward to developing ties between Japan and India