41 to 42: Memories

As I look back over the past year, some memories stand out.

The talk I gave at the November Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco. Even though I said all that needed to be said, I realised later that I had substituted passion in speech with completeness of words. I will not do that again.

Our Board Review meetings in NetCore – which began the year on a disappointing note, but ended upbeat. There were times when I was beginning to doubt that we would manage to turn things around and grow our business (there is only so much of cost cutting that one can do). These quarterly reviews have been working very well since they also make us introspect on the three months that have just gone by.

The first big Friends of BJP event that we did in Mumbai at Ravindra Natya Mandir. We had no idea how many people would show up, and were delighted to see a full house.

The disappointment the day the election results came out.

The day Abhishek got his letter of admission from Aditya Birla World Academy. Our (tense) search for a school had just ended.

The London trip with Abhishek and Bhavana – a week of togetherness, with no constraints of time.

Perhaps, the most abiding memory of the year came at the end. During the Parents Orientation day at Abhishek’s school, we visited his class (Lower KG – Caterpillars). There, on one of the walls, was a face that Abhishek had coloured (badly!) along with anyone else. The words at the bottom will stay with me for a long time. In response to a question that he had been asked (and which the teacher had transcribed) was this sentence: “I am happy today because I played with the train and tracks with my Papa.”

Tomorrow: Looking Ahead

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.