ITpreneurs 9X9 — an IT event at SGCCI, Surat

ITPRENEURS 9X9
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

It was a refreshing experience attending an exciting event yesterday evening “ITpreneurs 9X9” Season 5 Episode 1 (S5E1) organised by The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry at Samruddhi, Nanpura, Surat, under their flagship initiative “Entrepreneurship Lounge”. The programme’s objective was clear: to present success stories of ITpreneurs who have achieved exponential growth in the last 5 years. To my mind, the objective was fully accomplished.

The auditorium was jam-packed mostly with young budding stars, and the event was full of insights, information, and fun. Mr Sanjay Punjabi, a veteran mentor and leader, set the scene with his informal introductory interaction with the audience. The star speakers of the evening were successful IT entrepreneurs. They energetically shared their stories; what problems they faced, what strategies they devised, and what accolades they received.

📣Star Guest Speakers

Mr. Alpesh Vaghasiya | Mr. Ganpat Dhameliya | Mr. Kalpesh Kotadiya | Ms. Komal Dholakiya | Ms. Mayuri Ruparel | Ms. Mukti Roy | Mr. Nachiket Patel | Mr. Punit Gajera | Mr. Sailesh Khawani

The programme was ably compered by Dr Rakesh Doshi, a senior IT entrepreneur, and competently moderated by Mr Chetan Patel, a popular trainer in Surat’s IT world. 

The post-session high tea (sponsored by Mahek IT Park) gave ample opportunities for networking for budding entrepreneurs.

Just a few points I was able to learn/glean and remember:

  1. A person who couldn’t read or write properly till std 7 is now running a successful IT company.
  2. Plan and vision are different.
  3. Backbenchers at school or college have also done amazingly well once they find a calling.
  4. Senior professionals/businessmen in IT are and have always been willing to help newcomers and each other. There’s no unhealthy competition.
  5. Various bodies such as SGCCI are taking an active role in the growth of this sector in Surat.
  6. Many Surat-based companies have already done remarkable work and business with national and international clients. For instance, National Stock Exchange has been using “Surati” software, I mean it was prepared in Surat. 😉
  7. One can’t ignore financial information–data, processing, analysis, etc.
  8. Relationship management is important in this industry. 
  9. Networking is crucial for success in the IT field. Contacts matter!
  10. When you need help, ASK. There are people out there willing to help.
  11. If language is a barrier, overcome it. Get trained and get your employees trained.
  12. More opportunities should be given to female entrepreneurs.
  13. Travelling is a great teacher.
  14. Reading, brooding, sharing — universal keys to success.
  15. Ups and downs are part of a journey. Don’t give up.
  16. Keep on learning. Adopt, adapt and act as per the need.

I am sure I have missed many points due to my poor memory. Apologies!

The speeches of the SGCCI office bearers Mr Himanshu Bodawala (President) and Mr Ramesh Vaghasia (Vice-president) were to the point and inspiring.

I look forward to attending more such events in Surat.

Best wishes,
Dharmendra

Dr Dharmendra Sheth
Founder, Fluentlingua,
Surat

www.fluentlingua.com

Pics of speakers at the IT event

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I am happy when… by Hasmukh Umaria

I am happy when…

People are so busy these days that they forget or fail to derive pleasure from day-to-day life events. Here’s a small list to suggest things that can make one happy. Do try and make your own list, and you will be amazed to find how joyous and fulfilled our life can be. Please share a few of your sentences in the comment box below.

    A dog chasing its tail

    1. I am happy when I see someone’s eyes twinkling with delight.
    2. I am happy when I make a serendipitous discovery of something useful or valuable.
    3. I am happy when I read my old diaries.
    4. I am happy when I unexpectedly meet an old friend.
    5. I am happy when I see a mother caressing her child.
    6. I am happy when I celebrate a festival with my friends and family.
    7. I am happy when I sit in the sand on a beach.
    8. I am happy when I see a dog chasing its tail.
    9. I am happy when I dance.
    10. I am happy when I watch waves breaking on a shore.
    11. I am happy when I see the rising or setting sun.
    12. I am happy when I go for a stroll in the park in the evening.
    13. I am happy when I catch a whiff of a nice perfume.
    14. I am happy when I walk briskly.
    15. I am happy when I see kids trying to communicate with each other using their gestures and babble.
    16. I am happy when I learn a new skill.
    17. I am happy when I listen to a refreshing idea.
    18. I am happy when I learn a new word.
    19. I am happy when I understand a difficult concept.
    20. I am happy when I read an uplifting poem.
    21. I am happy when I can lull a child to sleep in my arms.
    22. I am happy when I hear the murmur of waves on a beach.
    23. I am happy when I see clouds floating in the sky.
    24. I am happy when I see a dog wagging its tail.
    25. I am happy when I drive a four-wheeler.
    26. I am happy when I ride a bike.
    27. I am happy when I go on a long drive.
    28. I am happy when I win a game.
    29. I am happy when I meet my friends.
    30. I am happy when it rains heavily.
    31. I am happy when the sun shines brightly.
    32. I am happy when I am on a beach.
    33. I am happy when I see children playing.
    34. I am happy when I am with my parents.
    35. I am happy when I go on a picnic.
    36. I am happy when I am on a plane.
    37. I am happy when I see others happy.
    38. I am happy when I pass exams.
    39. I am happy when I get a gift.
    40. I am happy when I give gifts.
    41. I am happy when I am alone.
    42. I am happy when I read an interesting book.
    43. I am happy when I watch TV with my family.
    44. I am happy when things go my way.
    45. I am happy when people smile back.
    46. I am happy when I see people laugh.
    47. I am happy when I play games.
    48. I am happy when I get a pat on my back.
    49. I am happy when I smell freshly bloomed flowers.
    50. I am happy when I eat my favourite food.
    51. I am happy when I can help someone.
    52. I am happy when I have a lovely dream.
    53. I am happy when I look neat and tidy.
    54. I am happy when I have a shower.
    55. I am happy when I make a baby stop crying.
    56. I am happy when I see neat and clean surroundings.
    57. I am happy when I eat ice cream.
    58. I am happy when I listen to lovely music.
    59. I am happy when I tap my feet to melodious music.
    60. I am happy when I sing along.
    61. I am happy when it’s a Sunday.
    62. I am happy when I hear birds twittering.
    63. I am happy when I feel raindrops on my head.
    64. I am happy when I share my snacks with friends.
    65. I am happy when I sip my cold coffee.
    66. I am happy when my homework is over.
    67. I am happy when I exercise.
    68. I am happy when I go shopping.
    69. I am happy when I stroll down memory lane.
    70. I am happy when I visit a fair.
    71. I am happy when I can draw well.
    72. I am happy when I can avoid trouble.
    73. I am happy when I can finally put a jigsaw puzzle together.
    74. I am happy when I play a board game with my family.
    75. I am happy when I stay away from junk food.
    76. I am happy when I attend a party.
    77. I am happy when it’s my birthday.
    78. I am happy after a good night’s sleep.
    79. I am happy when I go on a tour with family.
    80. I am happy when I hear the patter of rain on the roof.
    81. I am happy when I hear the sound of giggles.
    82. I am happy when someone describes a hilariously funny situation.
    83. I am happy when I crack a joke and everyone laughs.
    84. I am happy when I create something new.
    85. I am happy when people appreciate my work.
    86. I am happy when I can perform well on stage.
    87. I am happy when I get the joke before others.
    88. I am happy when I can bake a nice cake.
    89. I am happy when I travel solo.
    90. I am happy when I play a musical instrument.
    91. I am happy when I find a solution to a problem.
    92. I am happy when I can help someone.
    93. I am happy when I can motivate someone.
    94. I am happy when I hear a mellifluous voice.
    95. I am happy when I stand in a fast-flowing stream.
    96. I am happy when I see someone’s mesmerising eyes.
    97. I am happy when my social media post gets lots of engagement.
    98. I am happy when my video goes viral.
    99. I am happy when I am able to finish my planned daily tasks.
    100. I am happy when I can recite a poem from memory.

    Please don’t forget to share a few of your sentences in the comment box below.

    Best wishes,
    Hasmukh Umaria

    Hasmukh Umaria, a senior English language trainer

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