Yesterday, January 25, 2014, marked the beginning of my journey as a Toastmaster as I presented my Project 1 (P1) speech. Way back in 1989, I had joined Nazareth Speakers’ Academy and had done the course there along with Parin and Yogesh. But like you need to take a shower daily, you need to speak once in a while and I for one never did that. Joined Bombay Toastmasters Club (BTM) from October 2013 and am enjoying the experience. Yesterday was unique as it was P1 and the format is the simplest for P1 – Introduce your self. I had practiced my speech at home and yesterday narrated it in office too to get over the nerves. And I am glad it went off well. The support that the audience showed was amazing and my family was there too. And the best part about the format is that after a P1 the audience gives you a standing ovation. Truly makes you feel special.
Coming to my speech, I had tried to make it as humourous as I could (even if my better half felt it was too dry to be called humour) and had worked on the delivery in terms of pauses. I don’t know how the final result was as I haven’t had an opportunity to see the video but the feedback received was very nice with someone even commenting that I should consider stand up comedy!! Man that was taking things a bit too far for me. All in all had a great time. Thank you BTM, Toastmasters and all who had to bear the brunt of my speech.
I am putting down my speech here for posterity sake.
Proud father, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Foodie – That’s me
What is common between Wayne Rooney, Mallika Sherawat, R K Laxman and me? I am slightly heavier than Wayne Rooney, definitely more seductive than Mallika Sherawat and R K Laxman is far more serious than me. But one thread that connects us is that we are all born on October the 24th.
Toastmaster of the Day, fellow Toastmasters and guests, welcome to the rollercoaster ride of my life.
My Mother was making a Gujarati dish called mathiyas when she felt I was kind of gearing to get into the world. Small wonder, till this day and age, mathiyas are an inseparable part of my life.
My Dad, 78 now is a source of inspiration not just for me but a lot of other people as he has stands up against Parkinsons without any medication. He has been running the Mumbai Marathon for people afflicted by Parkinsons. I too run the full marathon, BUT only in my dreams.
My Mom is a great cook which explains my girth. I knew well in advance that I would not survive the hostel food and ensured that I got into VJTI in the vicinity which allowed me to always have Mom’s food.
My wife has been putting up with me for over 20 years and hats off to her for that herculean task. To live with a whimsical character needs a lot of strength. She has to raise two kids, one who is yammering before you, as you can see, is grossly oversized but she does a good job I would say.
My sister is a qualified nutritionist who helps people lose weight. However my failure as her case made her move her practice to the US.
I have had the privilege of great friends who have stood by me right during different stages from school to work. I also have a passion for pen friendship, which I continue to date, only the pen has been replaced by the keyboard.
After completing my Electrical Engineering, I joined my family business of Electrical Contracting which led me to meet some great people with Projects like Kellogg’s and Floatglass factories and TCS’s software development centre.
In 1998 the entrepreneurial bug got the better of me and I started off Rincon India Solutions Pvt. Ltd. specialising in fax solutions. Today I am proud to be part of a team that works for the customer and not the accolades.
My life wasn’t complete until 2004 when Kavya entered our lives. Since then, the entire household revolves around her. She is the best thing that ever happened to all of us and has changed our lives completely. She is super amazing and I’m the lucky one because I get to be her Dad. Just that she is a very good dancer and expects her dad to dance like Hrithik Roshan, but I am blessed with two left feet.
I learnt swimming at the ripe young age of 44 just because Kavya mocked at me “You still don’t know how to swim?”. Despite being from the feather light category I am learning yoga, and after a 28 year break I am cycling too. All of these, with just one hope – shedding a few kilos.
Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.
I am still at the first stage in many things, just as I have delivered my first speech today.
Over to you Toastmaster of the Day.