Build­ing Bonds & Break­ing Bar­ri­ers

The Cloth­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (CMAI) or­gan­ised an IVY League Overnight Pic­nic on Au­gust 18/19, 2018 at Fariyas Re­sort, Frich­ley Hills, Tun­garli, Lon­avala, Ma­ha­rash­tra. The Pic­nic was a get­away from the bustling city life, as Mem­bers of C

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A de­tailed re­port on the IVY League Overnight Pic­nic

The CMAI hosted its sec­ond IVY League Overnight Pic­nic at Fariyas Re­sort, Lon­avala, Ma­ha­rash­tra, on Au­gust 18, 2018. The Event was a fol­low-up to the IVY League Overnight Pic­nic or­gan­ised last year on Au­gust 5, 2018, since through the Pic­nic, the fam­i­lies of the CMAI Mem­bers get a chance to know each other bet­ter and bond in re­laxed sur­round­ings. This time too, the Pic­nic was a grand suc­cess as all the Mem­bers and their fam­i­lies present vouched for a good time at the lux­u­ri­ous Re­sort, where a se­ries of fun ac­tiv­i­ties and ses­sions were held to make them ‘chill out’.

Af­ter the fam­i­lies had ar­rived at the Re­sort, they were served soft drinks by the Re­sort’s warm and wel­com­ing staff to cool them­selves down af­ter the long jour­ney. As each one set­tled down in the charm­ing lo­cale, many took the op­por­tu­nity to go around the Re­sort’s pretty premises and im­merse them­selves in its beauty. The chil­dren es­pe­cially loved the splen­did-look­ing foun­tains out­side the en­trance as well in the lobby and played near them. Break­fast was pro­vided out­side Hall Gal­axy II, where many fam­i­lies gath­ered and chat­ted over cof­fee, sand­wiches and cook­ies. Slowly, some of the fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially the lit­tle ones, be­gan to go in num­bers and take full ad­van­tage of the Wa­ter Park at the Re­sort, an ac­tiv­ity which was slot­ted in the itin­er­ary so that ev­ery­one could beat the heat and re­ju­ve­nate them­selves.

SMILE, PLEASE!

The Bol­ly­wood-themed photo ses­sion out­side Hall Gal­axy II saw ev­ery­one have a great time, as they wore props–such as the iconic Sha­hen­shah beard and wig, leather jack­ets and pants, as well as glares, lasso, saf­fron robes, skirts, scarves, rudraksh gar­lands, straw hats, flower gar­lands, Bol­ly­wood Night props and frame–and took pho­tographs dur­ing in­ter­vals through­out the day, in front of the boards which read ‘ Sha­hen­shah’ and ‘Hare Rama Hare Kr­ishna’ re­spec­tively.

Ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Mr Rahul Mehta, Pres­i­dent, CMAI, took part in this ac­tiv­ity and posed with friends and fam­ily, mak­ing it a mem­o­rable ses­sion. This was fol­lowed by a de­li­cious buf­fet lunch at Cof­fee Shop, the Re­sort’s warm and invit­ing lounge café, af­ter which ev­ery­one went to their al­lot­ted rooms and re­laxed for some time be­fore com­ing down for the next event lined up for the day at Hall Gal­axy II.

HAPPY LEARN­INGS

Af­ter some re­lax­ation, the CMAI Mem­bers and their fam­i­lies par­took of the snacks and cof­fee pro­vided and in­dulged in the photo ses­sion again, be­fore they pro­ceeded to Hall Gal­axy II for the lec­ture on ‘Hap­pi­ness Dif­fer­en­tial’ with Mo­ti­va­tional Speaker & Trainer Mrs Bina Mir­chan­dani. The ses­sion pro­vided valu­able in­sights on life, hap­pi­ness and mind­ful­ness. It be­gan at around 6PM and started off with Mrs Mir­chan­dani en­gag­ing the lis­ten­ers with ques­tions and anec­dotes re­volv­ing around hap­pi­ness and what it meant to each of them. Ac­tive in­volve­ment was seen from all the par­tic­i­pants, as ev­ery­one, young and old, gave dif­fer­ent def­i­ni­tions and per­spec­tives on hap­pi­ness.

The lec­ture pro­ceeded with a de­tailed and in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion, cov­er­ing not only the mean­ing of hap­pi­ness and ways to im­prove it in one’s life, but also ex­ten­sive re­search on the sub­ject. Owing to the var­i­ous roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties one plays in life, one for­gets the sim­ple joys and plea­sures of life and ends up wear­ing sev­eral masks to please ev­ery­one around them. Mrs Mir­chan­dani urged ev­ery­one to shed th­ese masks and live life for one­self, tak­ing in the mi­nut­est plea­sures and savour­ing them as they came by.

Through thought-pro­vok­ing para­bles and fun ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to im­prove mind­ful­ness, she im­parted valu­able nuggets on liv­ing life in a bet­ter, more mean­ing­ful way. She also shed light on the fact that hap­pi­ness is the key to suc­cess, not vice versa. One of the key take­aways from the ses­sion was that many of us try to chase suc­cess in order to gain hap­pi­ness, but as the em­i­nent philoso­pher Al­bert Sch­weitzer said, “If you love what you are do­ing, you will be suc­cess­ful.”

LIV­ING LIFE BET­TER

None­the­less, Mrs Mir­chan­dani also elab­o­rated on ways how one could use money to cre­ate hap­pi­ness, through mean­ing­ful, pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences such as travel and din­ing, giv­ing to char­ity, im­prov­ing health, learn­ing, so­cial­is­ing and bond­ing with fam­ily and friends. Af­ter the lec­ture ended, Mr Rahul Mehta pre­sented a small,

beau­ti­ful Gane­sha idol to Mrs Mir­chan­dani, and the Vote of Thanks was given by Mr Naveen Sainani, Chair­man, IVY League Sub-Com­mit­tee and Mr San­jay Vakharia, Di­rec­tor & COO, Spykar Life­styles Pvt. Ltd to ex­press grat­i­tude on the be­half of ev­ery­one present for Mrs Mir­chan­dani’s won­der­ful, en­rich­ing talk.

Fol­low­ing the ses­sion, Mr Sainani com­mented, “The IVY League Overnight Pic­nic is a part of the IVY League Fo­rum, wherein we or­gan­ise a Pic­nic for the fam­i­lies of all the CMAI Mem­bers. Through th­ese Pic­nics, CMAI wishes to cre­ate a fun bond­ing ses­sion where the en­tire CMAI fam­ily, in­clud­ing the spouses and chil­dren of the en­trepreneurs, can get to­gether for a day to bond and have fun. This is the sec­ond time we’ve held the IVY League Overnight Pic­nic, as we found that a lot of the Mem­bers’ spouses were re­ally ex­cited to have an­other Pic­nic so that they could bond among each other.

“Ev­ery time at the Pic­nic, we have a train­ing pro­gramme based on a light topic. Usu­ally in the IVY League Meet­ings, we or­gan­ise cer­tain busi­ness-re­lated train­ing ses­sions, such as on­line busi­ness strate­gies, brand­ing, etc. But in the Pic­nic, we al­ways hold the ses­sion keep­ing in mind the fam­i­lies, so that it can be en­rich­ing yet fun. The aim of the Hap­pi­ness Dif­fer­en­tial lec­ture is to make you un­der­stand the mean­ing of hap­pi­ness and about your­self, your fam­ily and ev­ery­body around you. One can un­wind and learn about life too from this ses­sion. Mrs Bina Mir­chan­dani, our Spe­cial In­vi­tee from Ben­galuru, is very well-known in the cor­po­rate world. Since she is a friend of ours, she agreed to come all the way from Ben­galuru to speak to us. Af­ter this lec­ture, we have the games ses­sion, which is again a bond­ing ses­sion for all of us, and then a Mu­si­cal Pro­gramme and Din­ner.”

PLAY­TIME!

The lec­ture was fol­lowed by a games ses­sion in which ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pated. The An­chors for the evening, Mrs Seema Mehta and Mrs Su­nita Sainani, made sure that ev­ery­one was com­fort­able and ex­plained the games, thus start­ing off with the ex­cit­ing ses­sion. In the first game, which was a dif­fer­ent take on Mu­si­cal Chairs, the men stood with folded hands in a row as the ‘chairs’, while their spouses went around the row as the mu­sic played, and touched the hands of the ‘chair’ next to them when the mu­sic stopped.

The sec­ond game saw the men and women stand­ing in two rows with some dis­tance be­tween them, and the women had to take a chit from a bowl, on which the names of com­monly used kitchen items were writ­ten, and tell it to their hus­bands. How­ever, the twist was that loud mu­sic made it prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble for the men to hear, so they had to rely on lip read­ing to un­der­stand the words. The third and fi­nal game, which was for the tiny tots, got the kids to make teams and build pyra­mids out of pa­per cups within a given time. Af­ter this en­joy­able ses­sion, the Bol­ly­wood Mu­si­cal Night hosted by Mil­lion An­gles fol­lowed, where the Mem­bers and their fam­i­lies sipped on re­fresh­ing cock­tails and had a fab­u­lous time lis­ten­ing to old as well as new Bol­ly­wood melodies. The mu­sic surely added to the calm and bliss that per­vaded the at­mos­phere and had ev­ery­one singing along to the clas­sics.

Fol­low­ing the Pro­gramme, all the Mem­bers and their fam­i­lies sat down to a splen­did Din­ner at Cof­fee Shop and chat­ted some more about the beau­ti­ful day that had passed at Fariyas Re­sort, among other things. Fol­low­ing the Din­ner, ev­ery­one, tired but happy, crashed into their beds and de­cided to call it a night!

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