The event was held at the Royal Orchid Hotel, Kolkata and an entire day’s itinerary was drawn up by Vandana( our ever helpful HR) who was running on her toes the entire time making sure that everything was perfect. It was also one of those rare days that I was actually early so when I reached the venue the preliminary preparations only was going on. I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone don a different look than their usual attires. The men were smartly all suited up and the ladies were simply glowing in their fancy dresses & many- hued saris. The event began with a welcome note and then moved on to a speech by Sameer (our slightly shy and super friendly founder!). He talked about the new product and the many hopes it had pinned on itself as the company was veering towards a new stage of growth and development. He discussed the company’s future goals and gave articulation to the company’s vision and then he thanked the contribution of each and every member of the company who have been instrumental in making the day a reality. And I think that’s why it has always been so nice working here where everybody treats you as an equal and there is such a good rapport amongst members. That there is no employer-employee relationship but a mutually beneficial one where everybody learns from each other and derives knowledge. So anyway moving on, this was followed by a small presentation put together by Uday, Zeeshan and Urmi (that’s me!) who tried to briefly summarize Mondovo and explain what it meant to everybody else who haven’t been as deeply involved with the tool. This was more of a knowledge sharing session that frankly everyone was wishing would get over soon so that the fun part of the day could begin. And that is an honest truth!
Before we all assembled for the 2nd half of the session though we all made our way towards lunch and was that some spread laid out for us! When Tolkien said, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” he indeed got it right and our buffet table for sure evoked similar emotions within us! Certainly we were a jolly group of people who devoured the delightfully sumptuous lunch that lay before us. After second and third helpings were taken and everyone was cheerfully excited, did the next part of the program commence. It began with Jiten and Alex performing on guitar and drums respectively that completely set the rock and roll theme in motion. It was super charged and got everyone revving up to their tunes. This was followed by some soulful songs that revealed some exceptional singers whose talents had not been foraged before. Sherin and Vijay’s musical notes left everyone rather tranced! However the fun activities were far from over and we all had to participate in dumb charades and musical chairs and survey of the day! The musical chair got unnaturally fierce n competitive which secretly made me happy that I was out of it in the 1st round itself! This finally ended our day of celebration and the launch was everything that we’d hoped for. It was enlightening and informative and it was a fun filled day that gave everyone the much needed time off to just relax and let go of all inhibitions and begin work anew with fresh vigour of mind! It was the culmination of the hours of urgency, chaos, late nights and friendly banter that resulted as one grand day of success and made us all truly a Family; the Maximizer Family!