Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Choice is mine


I spent the last weekend at the absolutely magnificent Club Mahindra Kodagu Valley resort at Coorg. I was part of a group of bloggers who were invited by Club Mahindra.

The entire group is featured in the picture. From left to right Srinidhi, Amogha, Apurv, Sudhir, Mridula, Arun from Club Mahindra, Kiruba, Anil, Anita, Khanjan and Joy from Club Mahindra. Hidden behind Amogha is the silent DJ Dhruv.
The group was a fairly diverse one. We had professors; marketing professionals, corp. comm. Managers, entrepreneurs, photographers, techies etc traversing a wide age as well as size band to make things even more interesting. The only common thing was that all of us were bloggers. Some were fairly evolved bloggers like Kiruba (www.kiruba.com); while there were also a recent upstarts like me.

I had a fantastic time meeting the group and it was a pleasure to interact with some of the “rascals” who were more than 10 years younger but never made me feel old. I Came back drunk on the energy and enthusiasm of the young and happening generation next. I have always maintained that the power of the untrained mind is one of the most potent forces that our country has today. Intelligent, enthusiastic and with the confidence to take on the world.

I have not had an outing of this nature for a long time. I have probably not gone out and had fun with strangers for the last 10 –12 years. As a matter of fact, most of the “new” people I have met in the last decade have been professionally and most of them have not become friends. It amazed me that for some one who is given to making friends so easily and some one who loves meeting people and analyzing social and cultural issues, this would be the case. If you had asked me 10 years ago if this would have happened, I would have laughed at you. It is amazing the price your career makes you pay.

Now, that I am back and looking at sales numbers and the media plan for next month, it just struck me that the choice to stay young is mine!

8 comments:

Shrinidhi Hande said...

It was a great trip indeed.

You've missed mentioning Dhruv...
He's hiding behind Amogh.. :)

Dev said...

thanks nidhi - i had mentioned him, but i have altered the test a bit :-)

Arun Nair (IndianEye.org) said...

Great Post Dev, you would have made a great marketing guru btw :). Thanks for the comments on my post :)

Iraxl Enb said...

Hmmm... 10-12 years ago... that would have been somewhere in the outskirts of bangalore :)

Somehow came across your blog, and was very pleasantly surprised to see that it was indeed Dev bhai!

Cant forget the informal letter to a friend to pick up at the station, glad to see that you are still writing, and doing it well!

My regards to Bhabi and the baby!

venky

Dev said...

are bhiyya venky rao - kaise ho. thanks for coming here and your comments. did not understand the bit about the informal letter and the friend pick up - have i forgotten something !

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Dear Dev,

I’ve finally moved my blog to own domain, http://www.enidhi.net Can you please update your post accordingly? Thanks in advance.

Nidhi

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