Thursday, 11 November 2010
On batchmates, TS Rajendra, 1973-75
For many of us at sea and ashore, yardsticks of success have often got to do with how fast we clear our tickets, how much we can earn and save as well as spend, and a host of other aspects. On the non-material parameters, this word called success is also related to how we have done with our families - spouse, children, parents, relatives and friends. Then there are the spiritual - and spirited - points of view too, cheers to them.
Fair enough, all these - and more - are important. We would not be here in this comfortable lifestyle with all its trappings if we weren't succesful in some way or the other.
But the one very important yardstick of success I want to stress today, and I say this with all humility, is the success of the effort of trying to bond together as a group of batchmates. The reasons are not just for the sake of pleasant memories of some of our deepest thoughts. Nor are they only for the sake of stressing that there is strength in unity. Getting together to try to do business together - or being very good competitors if it comes to that, all that and more. The sheer personal growth that comes out of regular interaction with people who have grown up with each other without anything hidden - what could be hidden when 250 of us were marooned together on a small ship - goes beyond any potential of improving oneself by any means. I know for a fact that most of us know each other's strengths and weaknesses, and do not hesitate in learning from them, whenever required.
So, I would like to place forward a point of view - the most important thing about being batchmates is that we can turn to each other for all forms of incremental knowledge and benefit from each other without having to feel worried about losing face. And to me, that is the best hallmark of success, that I have over 375 people around today who I can use as a sounding board. That's invaluable, and you can not put a price to it, material, spiritual, or spirited.
I really thank all of you who have made the effort to be here today. It means a lot to me, and I am sure it means a lot to you, too. This is my Royal Salute to the strength of batchmates.