As I approached 68 (2013), my son, Anand insisted that I had proven enough in my 45-year long career and it was time I took life a little easier; enjoy traveling (that I love) and social life. Yet, I somehow wanted to contribute positively and was exploring my options. My son-in-law, Navin suggested that I should write and share my experiences, “being a self-made man, you should tell the next generation how you overcame various obstacles to reach this position, in both, business and social circles.” He pointed out that while I was sharing my experiences with family and friends, as they approached me, a blog had the potential to take your voice to many, many more. He also insisted that I start mentoring youngsters who were new in their businesses.
I was convinced. I offered my services pro bono, as part of a Guidance Program. Also, I started writing on this blog, bringing out figments from my memory as experiences that might be of value to the readers here. My daughter Meeta is sweet enough to spare her time to edit what I write. As a youngster, I thought one meal a day, one set of school uniform a year, a public place to study, lack of finance and basic shelter would keep me from achieving my dreams. The very limitations started inspiring me in different phases of my life – meritorious results in studies; strength to shoulder family responsibilities; satisfied employers; establishing a successful business of my own; and in my adventure trips and other travel plans.
I am an Indian, a Rajasthani, an university field hockey player, a national merit holder for several qualifications like FCA, FCMA, ACS, an entrepreneur, an avid traveller, a yoga student, a squash player, a blogger, a husband, a father and a grandfather. Above all a thrill, fun and adventure seeker 24-7-365. First Indian to step on 90 deg N, North Pole, trekked to Mt Everest BC and Mt Kailash.
Senior most to self-drive from Mumbai to London at the age of 73, a drive through 19 countries, 22,200km over 72 days
In all, I have worn and can wear many hats and can speak on many many many topics for many many many hours. If you are interested to hear or talk more, please do connect with me and I’d love to chat over a cup of green tea!
I felt, through this blog, I could and should share my experiences. Hopefully, readers would find some bits useful and if not, they’d enjoy reading. Look forward to interact with you.
One life is not enough!