Warm & Nostalgic Weekend….
Began with a Lovely and Lively Friday Night Reception,Cocktails,Dinner and Dance to celebrate the Wedding of the Son of Close Friends
…..and Saturday was nostalgic …@ 35 years ago,while in ICSE Std X in 1976 ~ me and in 1977 ~wife were awarded the Cadburys Award for being the Best Allrounder of the school…yesterday,as proud parents, we witnessed our daughter following in this tradition when at her School’s Speech Day she was awarded the Alumni prize for the Best Allrounder of Senior School ICSE Std X and received this at the hands of the Chief Guest,Mrs Chanda Kochar,the MD and CEO of ICICI Bank…Daughter also found special inspiring mention in the Principal’s Address for brilliantly balancing Academics and Sports and for being the goldengirl in Football ~ she was Mahrashtra State u 19 Captain in the Schools Nationals in Port Blair,Andamans in December 2011
Early this morning,daughter has left for a week long Bhutan Trek as her Gold endeavour in the International Award for Young People (IAYP) Program ~ erstwhile Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
The Speech Day on Saturday saw a lot of inspiring speeches….in one ,by a Member of the Board of Governors,a Hindu Quote on Knowledge was narrated brilliantly ….it translated into Knowledge not being taxed as a wealth creator and the more it is shared the more it grows !…and such Wealth always stays with you ~ No One can take it away from you !
Ms Kochar,spoke well too…complimented Teachers and Parents and Students for the Achievements…spoke of how 30% of India was under the age of 18 and it was this young generation who would be the Movers and Shakers of tomorrow….her address theme to students was ‘Making Excellence a Habit’….she had five pointers for this
- Take your Destiny into your own hand
- Set a Goal with the end in mind…for one year,three years or five years of where we want to be
- Focus and be disciplined to achieve that Goal
- Be Passionate in what you Chose to do
- Be Open to Keep Learning….this process never stops
Analysing Reliance Results can wait !…as can the sombre effect on FDI Investments because the Government has clarified a Tax Issue with Retrospective Effect targeting Vodpahone to pay US $ 2.2 Billion in Tax