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
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.
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.
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.”
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!