I stood with Giants

We were organizing the convocation for our senior batch at college. I and another girl were in charge of hosting the inauguration of our new campus which followed the convocation. For a guy whose been doing this since class 7, it wasn’t a big deal initially. But this is where I want you to pay attention. This is definitely one of the moments in my life which I am going to be ranting and raving about to my great grand children. (The man here is incapable of getting a girlfriend and he has dreams of grand children…great grand children too…yeh hui optimism!!!).

Back to the main part, I shared the stage and introduced Adi Godrej, Jamshyd Godrej, Madhur Bajaj and Shashi Tharoor. Yeah! You read right. Nikhilesh Murthy shared the same stage with Adi Godrej, Jamshyd Godrej, Madhur Bajaj and Shashi Tharoor. I was so damn overwhelmed. It’s like being next to rockstars of industry. I was totally spellbound and could not believe it. And when I called them up to address the gathering, they even replied by saying Thank You. I have to prepare myself to share the space with such great people in the days to come (kya confidence hain…), and I can’t become all nervous and excited. I was as calm as a cucumber. I still can’t believe it. I just can’t. Me, a simple (ahem…ahem) boy from nowhere stood on the same stage and introduced these giants of industry. As Barney Stinson would put it…this moment was Legen….wait for it….dary !!!

You grow up seeing these men on television and on the cover of magazines, but not even in my wildest dreams did I dream that I would be within a one foot proximity of such great people. I could just feel the awesomeness rubbing off from them onto me. Believe me, backstage, I had the look that Kung Fu Panda has when he meets the Furious Five. And with a suit on, I looked all the more the fat Panda.

This is definitely an awesome start to the new world. I stood with giants. God !!! I cannot tell you how awesome this is. First week on the class and this. I don’t think any of my friends can boast of having been in this place before. The last time I felt so awed was when I was in the front row of the Iron Maiden concert seeing the entire band right there in front of me. With all due respect, these guys are the rock stars of their world. And I was there! I was right there on stage. I felt like the opening act of a big show which is normally some small time local college band who are lucky enough to open for a band with the likes of Megadeth or Iron Maiden. I’m still buzzing and reeling thanks to the unbelievable experience. I’ll put up some pics if I get my hands on them.

I still can’t believe I was the mc for a program that had Adi Godrej, Jamshyd Godrej, Madhur Bajaj and Shashi Tharoor. I just can’t. I really can’t. Ratan Tata was supposed to come too, but he had rushed off to England on work. Or else, it would have been like awesome multiplied by a million.

On the 28th of April, Nikhilesh Murthy stood with giants!!!!