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MTM & JAFFA2

Fellowships

Vision Car Rally

Projects & Community Service

Fundraiser

Geing to be GREEN


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Table of Contents We Are One - Area Convenors : 2012-13

1

Aims And Objects Of Round Table

2

From The Desk Of Editor

3

From The Desk Of National President

4

From The Desk Of AC

5

From The Desk Of AVC

6

From The Desk Of AST

7

Maja Thaani Masti Meet

8

Jaffa2@Area 2 - Area Chairman’s View

12

Tabling Matters!!!

14

Vision Car Rally 2013

31

Special Topics

39

RTI Week

46

Projects & Community Service

53

Getting To Be GREEN!!!

59

Fundraiser

65

Fellowship

72

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We Are One - Area Convenors : 2012-13 Head Table

Table #

Position held

LMF Tr.  Gitesh  Agarwal

MSRT 159

Area Chairman

LMF Tr.  Hari  Balaji

MMRT42

Area Vice  Chairman

LMF Tr.  Shriram  Duvvuri

MSRT159

Area Secretary  Treasurer

LMF Tr.  Sandilya  Venkatesh

MMRT42

Immediate Past  Area  Chairman

Area Convenors

Table #

Position held

LMF. Tr.  Uttam  Gutgutiya

MSRT159

Area AGM  Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Narendar  Shah

MSRT159

Billeting Convenor

Tr. Navalan  Krishnamoorthi

MCRT82

Business Networking  Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Aswin  Chander

MCRT94

Coromandel Calling  Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Sanjay  Goel

MERT30

Corporate Alliances  &  Table  Fund  raising  Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Ankit  Gupta

MSRT39

Corporate Alliances  &  Table  Fund  raising  Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Siddharth  Bhaiya

MERT30

Green Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Amit  Kinger

MWRT10

Green Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Madhan  Raj

PHRT167

Inter Table  &  Fellowship  -­‐  Co-­‐Convenor  -­‐  Puducherry

LMF. Tr.  Naresh  Jain

MSRT159

Inter Table  &  Fellowship  -­‐  Co-­‐Convenor  -­‐  Chennai

Tr. Ram  Swaroop

MKRT181

IT Convenor  and  Co-­‐Convenor  -­‐  Twinklers

Tr. Senthil  Kumar

PHRT104

Twinklers -­‐  Co-­‐Convenor  -­‐  Puducherry

LMF. Tr.  Amitaabh  Naaraayan

MMRT3

LAPD Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Hemant  Khandelwal

MMRT95

LAPD Co-­‐Convenor

Tr. Apporva  J  Modi

MART100

NFD and  MTM  Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Charles.  S

RT70

NFD and  MTM  Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Ajay  Kumar  Jalan

MSRT39

Projects Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Bharath  Vathul

MCRT162

Projects Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Mahesh  Ramamurthy

MMRT42

Publicity Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Prasad  Vijayakumar

MMRT42

Rules &  Legal  Compliance

LMF. Tr.  Ranvir  Ranjit

MRT1

Sports &  International  Twinning  Co-­‐Convenor

Tr. Rajesh  Khanna

MSRT123

Sports &  International  Twinning  Co-­‐Convenor

LMF. Tr.  Kavalpreet  Singh  Sethi

MKRT181

Supply House  and  Greeting  Cards

LMF. Sq.  Leg.  D.  K.  Jain

ALL

Area Honorary  Tabler

LMF. Sq.  Leg.  Senthil  Kumar.  K.  S

ALL

Area Honorary  Tabler

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Aims And Objects Of Round Table

To develop the fellowship of young men through the medium of their business and professional occupations and community service activities. To encourage active and responsible citizenship by cultivating the highest ideals in business, professional and civic traditions. To promote and further international understanding friendship and co-operation. To promote the extension of the association.

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From The Desk Of Editor LMF. TR. ASWIN CHANDER, CoromandeL Calling Editor, 2012-13, Madras Cosmopolitan Round Table 94

Dear Friends  of  Area  2  and  Round  Table  India, I  am  very  glad  to  bring  out  this   electronic  version  of  the  finale  edition  of  Coromandel  Calling  for  the   tabling   year  2012-­‐2013.  I  have  delayed  this  edition  intentionally  to  accommodate  as   many  articles  as   possible  from   the  various  tables.  Thanks  to   all  the  tables  and  tablers  who   have  contributed  towards   this  edition.  Special  thanks  to  Twinkler  Vedika,  MMRT3,  who  has  also  contributed  to  this  edition. I   also   wanted   to   share   with   you   on   my   experience   -­‐   I   had   an   opportunity   to   participate   in   the   VISION  Car   rally.  Thanks   to  Scendi  for   convincing  me  to   take  part   in  it   as   I  was  very   sceptical.  It   was  a  very   exciting  joy   ride   along  with  my  dedicated  navigator  –  Mr.  Rudolph,  son   of  our  very  own   RTI  House  Staffer,  Mrs.  Nandini.  It  was  a  great  experience  and  I  have  promised  myself  to   take  part   in   these   rallies   how   much   ever   I   can.   Congratulations   to   AHT.   Senthil   and   AC   Gitesh   for   spearheading  this  fantastic  event. The  work  done   this  year   by   our   Area  2   tables  have   been  tremendous  in   terms   of   funds  raised  and   funds   utilised  towards  projects   and  community   services.   Congratulation   to   all   the   Chairmen   and   their  respective  team  for  a  great  tabling  year   2012  -­‐  2013!!!  The  pouring  response  from  Area  2  towards   the  Uttarakhand  Himalayan  disaster  has  been  phenomenal  to  say  the   least.  Very  proud  to  be  part   of   Area  2. I   thank  National  President  Tr.  Vineet   for  addressing  the   Area  2   and  sharing  his  thoughts  with  us.  I   would  like  to  thank  AC  Tr.  Gitesh,  AST  Tr.  Shriram  for  their  support  and  encouragement   all  through   the  year.  Congratulation  to  both  of  you  for  a  great  tabling  and  best  wishes  to  your  family  and  you  !!!   Thanks   to   AC   Tr.   Gitesh   and   my   table,   MCRT94,   Chairman   Tr.   Shailesh   for   giving   me   an   opportunity  to  be  the  Coromandel  Calling  Editor,  which  I   have  enjoyed   mostly  ;).    All  the  best  to  the   incoming  Area  Chairman  Tr.  Hari,  his  team  of   Chairmen,  Secretaries   and  convenors   and  to  all  the   tablers  and  tables  of  Area  2  as  well   for  the  upcoming  year  2013-­‐14.   Last  but  not  the  least,  I  wanted  to   thank  our   Coromandel   Calling   designer,   who  doesn’t   wanted   to   be   named,   for   the   two   splendidly   designed  editions   and  his  immense  patience   with  me   while  designing  the  same.  I  would  like  to  leave   you  all  with  a  thought,  while  I  sign  off   one  last  time   in  this  tabling  year  –  I   believe  tabling  is  about   fellowship,  fund  raising  for   projects  &  community  service  and  inter-­‐table  activities  and  particularly   doing  all  this  together  as  a  table  /  Area  /  RTI.   All  these  are  equally  important  facets  of   tabling  but   the  degree  of   importance   varies  within   tables,  Areas  and  RTI   as  a  whole,  depending  on  the  various   stages  of  what  a  table  goes  through  or  Area  goes  through  or  many  other  reasons  beyond  our  control. But  personally,  I  feel   friendship,  fellowship  and  bonding  is  the  foremost  or  the  basis   or  the  platform   which  needs  to  be  formed  in  a  table  and  on  this,  all  other   activities  can  be  built  upon  or  based  on  and   then  a  table   can  move  on  as  a  group  or   a  team  or  a  bunch  of  great  friends  in  doing  things  jointly  and   meeting   greater   tabling  challenges.  Tables  will   change  or   transform  over   time  -­‐  when  we  get  newer   tablers   or   also   as  older   tablers   become   Square   Legs,   but   the   bonding  /   friendship  a  tabler   creates   with  fellow  tablers   in  their   table  /   area  /   RTI  /   internationally   will  stay  on   forever  and  can  never  go   away   very   easily.   One   might   have   difference   of   opinion   every   now   and   then   but   friendship   and   bonding  can  overcome  all  odds. Yours  in  Tabling,

LMF. Tr. Aswin Chander

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From The Desk Of National President LMF. Tr. Vineet Parikh, National President, ROUND TABLE INDIA, 2012-13

Dear Area  Chairman  Gitesh,  Aswin  &  fellow  tablers  of  Area  2, I've   had  the   opportunity   to   personally   travel   to   Area   2   and   interact   with   various   Tablers   and   witness   several   other   activities.   Each   interaction   leaves   me   with   a   sense   of   awe   and  appreciation   to   the   passion   and  commitment   towards  Tabling.   Hence  I'm  sure  the  magazine  will  be  full  of  such  stories  which  will  be  a  joy  to  read!     Aswin   -­‐   I   wish   you   all   the   very   best   for   the   new   electronic   issue   of   Coromandel   Calling   –   Area   2   Magazine.   Amidst   different   mediums   of   communication,   the   magazine   still   remains   the   most   sort   after   tool   to   get   an   insight   about   our   activities.  It  reaches  out  to  not  just  our  Tablers  but  their  entire  families  and  friends   at  home  and  offices.  Hence  I  commend  your  efforts  and  the  commitment  of   Area   2   in  successfully  releasing  the  Magazine.  Can't  wait  to  get  our  hands  on  it!   I  thank  Area  2   for  hosting   the  most  sort  after  National  Fellowship   Event   –  Jaffa  2.   The   hospitality   and   the   arrangements   were   wonderful   and   all   the   participating   Tablers  from  across  the  country  had  a  wonderful  time. I   would   also   like   to   thank   MERT30   for   coming   forward   to   sponsor   2   Tables   in   Singapore  which  has  been  a  very  important  initiative  for  Round  Table  India. I  would  also  like  to  thank  MMRT3  for  coming  forward  to  sponsor   Table  in  Srilanka,   reaffirming  our  commitment  to  Tabling  in  the  Asia  Pacific  region. Small  Things  Make  a  Big  Difference Yours  in  Tabling,

LMF. Tr. Vineet Parikh

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From The Desk Of AC LMF. TR. Gitesh Agarwal, Area Chairman, ROUND TABLE INDIA - area 2 - 2012-13

Dear Family  of  Area  2, Thank  you. For  the  honour. For  the  respect. For  the  love  and  affection. For  the  opportunities. For  the  friendships. For  the  patience  and  support. For  being  the  special  YOU,  Area  2. It  has  been  a   full  circle  in  my  11th  year  of  Tabling.  From  being  a  Charter  Chairman  of  GLMF  Madras   Spice  RT159  in  2002  to  the  Area  2  Chairman,  it  has  been  a  fulfilling  journey. The   year   has   challenged   me   on   all   ends,   from   a   leadership   point   of   view,   a  new  vocation,   travel   between   multiple   cities,   and   finally   a   break   on   account   of   my   leg   injury.   From   hosting   2   mega   National   initiatives   -­‐  Jaffa2@Area2   and  VISION-­‐BMR,  to  projects;   to  2   international  extensions   in   Singapore   and   Sri   Lanka;   to   100s   of   fellowships;   pouring   relief   for   the   Uttrakhand   disaster   and   unprecedented  publicity,  I  have  been  privileged  and  proud. I  admit   I  have  gone  through   the  grind,  been  low,  felt  alone.   However  support  has  always   poured  in   from  all  Chairmen,  convenors,  IPC,  AVC,   AHTs  and  especially  my  AST,  who  has  been  my  wall,  pillar   of  support. My  family,  parents  and  GOD,  they  have  been  my  guiding  light,  and  trust  me,  leadership  in  any  role,   needs  this  'rooting'  for  the  tree  to  flower.  I  feel  blessed  and  am  so  thankful. It  has  been  also  an  amazing  bonding  with  the  LC  and  they  will  vouch  for  the  same. I   urge   the   Tabler   in   you,   to   rise   and   accept   this   and   other   positions,   if   Tabling   gives   you   an   opportunity,  for  there  is  no  other. Thank  you  again.  Playing  our  roles  as  parents,  son,  brother,  businessman,  employee,  citizen   -­‐  loving   our  passions  and  living  life,  we  are  same,  we  are  equal,  we  are  blessed,  We  are  ONE. Yours  in  Tabling,

LMF. Tr. Gitesh Agarwal

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From The Desk Of AVC LMF. TR. Hari Balaji, Area VICE Chairman, ROUND TABLE INDIA - area 2 - 2012-13

Dear Friends, It  has  been  a  fantastic  ONE  year  for  Area  2. From   making   the   Impossible   possible,   to   enjoying   tabling,   to   setting   Gold   Standard   and   coming   together  to  become  ONE,  Area  2  has  done  it  all  and  my  sincere  thanks  to  one  and  all   who  have  made   this  possible. The  last   quarter  normally   is  a  bit  more   subdued  compared  to  the  first   three,  as  Chairmen   start  to   wind  up  their  respective  year,  get  ready  to  hand  over   the  mantle  to  the  incoming  team.   But  this  year   has  been  the  exact  opposite.  Tables  seem  to  have  gathered  pace  &  momentum  towards  the  end  with   several   projects  being  inaugurated,   some   fantastic   fellowships  events   and  even   a  fund  raiser   being   planned  in  the  last  quarter. I  guess  that  sets  the  expectations  high  as  we  begin  the  next  year  and  I  am  sure  the  incoming  team  is   geared  up   to  maintain  the  momentum.  As  your  incoming  Area  Chairman,   I  sincerely   seek  all  your   support  to  make  2013-­‐2014  another  memorable  year  for  Area  2. AC   Gitesh,  IPC  Sandy  &  AST  Shriram,  you  have   been  great  friends  and  I  have  learnt  a  lot  of   Do’s  and   some  Don’ts  over  the  last  2  years.  I  thank  you  for  that. We  are   Area  2,  but   We  are  ONE........  ONE  of   a  Kind.  I  do  not  see  any  other   Area  matching  to  our   standards  for  many  years  to  come. Gentlemen,  you  are  the  ones  responsible  for  that,  YOU  ARE  AREA  2!!! Thanking  you. Yours  in  Tabling,

LMF. Tr. Hari Balaji

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From The Desk Of AST LMF. TR. Shriram Duvvuri, Secretary/Treasurer, ROUND TABLE INDIA - Area 2 - 2012-13

Dear Area  2, We  had  a  great  second  half,  a  very  memorable  one.  The  whole  Area  was  in  full  action.  Area  2   hosted   the  Mother  of  all  fellowships  which   was  the  Mid  Term  Meet  Night.    Thanks  to  our  Rocking  Convener   Tr.  Suman  and  Tr.   Apoorva  who  took  the  party  to  another  level.   We  had  the  Jaffa   where  all  the  Area   of   RTI   took  part.   The   arrangements   were   tremendous   with   the   efforts   of   Jaffa   team.   We   did   the   Vision  Car   Rally  which  was  initiated  and  implemented  by   AHT  Senthil.  Chennai  was  Spellbound  with   the  publicity  Area  2  got  for  the  rally  which  is  one  of  its  kind  where  the  navigator  is  a  Blind  person.   We  had  Great   and  most  looked  forward  events  of   Area  2  which  were  the  Area  2  Champions   League,   TOP  GUN  and  Area  2  Idol.  We  had  super   fund  raisers  of  42,  1,  95  and   3,   which  almost  totaled  to  80   Lakhs. Projects  and  Community   service   are  always  the  top  priority   on   Area  2’s  Agenda.  Most  of   the  tables   inaugurated   more  than  40   classrooms  collectively,  giving  place  so  many  children  to  study.     We  Care   and  Safe  Blood,  Save  Life  also  were  rolled  out.   Congrats   to   RT  3   and  30  for  extending  tables  internationally.  Go  Green  activities  have  been   in  full   throttle  this  half  with  the  effort  of  the  Go  Green  Conveners. Chairman  Gitesh  with   his  cool  head  has  been   able  to  steer   Area  2  to  New  Heights  with  the  strength   of  ONE.  Thank  you  Chairman  Area  2  had  a  wonderful  Year.   I  would  like  to  take  this  chance  to  thank  all   my  fellow  secretaries  and  table   Chairmen   who  have  filled   me   with   the   information   that  I  wanted  from   time   to  time  and   were   patient   with   my   regular   mail   alerts  and  didn’t  put  a  DND.   Also  wishing   our  Incoming  Dynamic  Chairman   Tr.  Hari  Balaji  all  the  very  best  for  the  Tabling  year   2013-­‐14.   I  would  also  take  this  opportunity   to  Appreciate  Conv.  Aswin  for  taking  that  extra  effort  in  bringing   out  both  the  editions  of  CC  this  year. Area  2  Rocks,  We  rock  and  We  are  One. Yours  in  Tabling,

LMF. Tr. Shriram Duvvuri

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Maja Thaani Masti Meet Jaffa2 Social  with  Maja  Thaani  Masti  Meet  –  A  Mega  event We   had  been  given   the   task   to  organize   the   2013   MTM   for   the   Area2.   Our   Area  Chairman  during   the   informal  meeting  of  the  area  board  had   given   us   the   free   hand   to   make   the   MTM   for   the   2013   an   event   to   remember  and  organize  it  on  a  scale  as  never  seen  before. We  suggested   keeping  in   mind  our   theme   of   the  year   ,  “we  are   one”  and   with   all   the   Maths   our   AC   conjures   up,  combine   two   events   to   make   MTM  into  a  grand  event.  So  we  added  1+1  and  planned   to   combine  our   MTM   meet  with   Jaffa2  cricket  social  to  create   a  mega  event  with  a  large   participation  of  guests  from  the  Area  2  and  the  entire  country. We   were  left  with   a   problem   of   budget   as  always,   not  knowing  where   the  funds  would  come  from  to   organize  an   mega  party  with  300  people   attending  the  MTM  meet. We  chose   the  past   years  example  and  went   back  to   the  floor   of   Area2   and  requested   all   the  Tables  to   contribute  towards  this   event.  Luckily,   we  got  immediate   support  from   all  the   tables.  This  however   solved  half   of  problems  only.  AC  Gitesh  ,  came  up  with  idea  to  ask  5   Tablers  to  host   their  social  and  share  the  cost  of   the  MTM   and  giving  a  chance  to  the   Tablers  to  host  ,  a  party  on  such  a  large  scale. Our  hosts  were:   AC   Gitesh  and   Anjali,  Vishal   and   Shweta,  Gaurav   and  Deepa,  Charles   and  Jeanne,   and  Tablers  and   Circlers  of   MART  100,   and  of  course  the   Tables  of  Area   2.  We   christened  our  MTM  meet   as  Maja   Thaani  Masti  Nite   which  mirrors  the  life  in  tabling.  Our  theme  was  Glow  under  the  UV  lights.  We  had   asked  our  guests  to  come  in  their   whites  directly  from  the  cricket  field.

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Maja Thaani Masti Meet The finance  problem  being   solved,  it  was  time  to   get  to   the  planning  and  into  the  nitty  gritty  details  of  the  entire   Maja   Thaani   Masti   party,   the   normal   where’s,   who,   and   when.   We   had   to   freeze   our   venue,   DJ,   caterers,   beverages   ,   bartender  etc. This  was  where   the   experience  of   Tabler   Suman,  Narender   and   Vinay   came   into   play,  whenever   we   got   stuck,   they   came  up  with  ideas  to  tackle  the  problem  without  jumping  into  the  turfs  of  the  MTM  conveners. The  Venue  was  frozen  at  Kerela  House,  a  beach   house  ,  off  the  beach   ;-­‐).    It  was  a  fantastic  venue  with  loads  of  place  to   organize  an  outdoor  party.  The  venue  was  definitely  up  there  and  fitted  into  our  scheme   of  things  to  organize  the  party   like  a  rock  concert  with  huge  dance  floor,  ice  bar  and  huge  DJ  Console  with  struts  and  UV  lights. The  Maja  Thaani   Masti  started  by  8.00  pm   and  the  guests  started  walking  in.  We   had  approximately   300  +   guest  at   the  venue  and  of  these  were  130  members  from  tabling  fraternity  across  the   country.  Thereby  making   the  MTM   as  one   the  biggest  ever  organized  and  well  attended  from  Tablers  across  the  country. The  music  was   rocking,  so   was  the  theme,  we   had  hired  painters  to  get  the  guests   into   the  UV  groove  and  had  lots   of   UV  trinklets  for  the  guests. We   had   joint   open   and   shut   meeting   at   the   MTM   meet.   It   was  the  special   day   for   our   Host   Charles  as   it   was   his   anniversary  on  the  19th  of  Jan. The   Sapat   was  served   and   it   was   lavish   spread  of   Veg   and  Non   Veg  starters,   main   course,  live  dosai   counters  and   desserts.  The  guest  had  enjoyed  their  food  especially  the  podi  and  pickle  rice. The  party  went  into  the  wee  hours  on  the  morning  and  ended  by  3.00  am. Vote  of  Thanks We  would  like  to  thank  the  following  Tablers  for  helping  us  plan  this  event  on  a  grand  scale  our  hosts: Tr  Gitesh  And   Anjali,  Tr  Vishal  and  Shweta,  Tr  Gaurav  and  Deepa,  Tr   Charles  and  Jeanne,  and  Tablers  and  Circlers   of   Madras  Anchorage  Round  Table  100. We  would  also  like  to  thank  all  the  Tables  from  Area2   for  coming  forward   and  supporting  us  completely  for   the   Maja   Thanni  Masti  social. We  would   like   to  thank   all  Jaffa  Conveners   who   gave  us  their  valuable   time  and  suggestions.  Tr   Sriram  from  30  who   despite  being  hard  pressed  for  time  designed  the  MTM  invite  for  us. We  thank  Tr   Suman,  Tr  Narendar  and  Tr   Vinay  for  helping  us  due  to  which  the  event  was  executed  with  least  number   of  issues  and  flaws. We  would  like  to  thank  Area  Chairman  Gitesh  and  our  respective  Table  Chairman,  who  had  the  trust  and  faith   in  us  to   plan   this  event.   Hope   we   justified   their   trust   and   faith   in   us.   Finally   huge   thanks  to  all   Tablers   from   the   Area  and   National  who  took  time  off  and  were   present  in   large  numbers  for  the  event,  despite  their  hectic  schedule,  bcos  without   you  guys,  this  event  would  not  have  been  successful. Regards, Apoorva  Modi  &  Charles MTM  Co  Conveners

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Jaffa2@Area 2 - Area Chairman’s View Amongst the   many   things   IPP   Ashwinni   pioneered,   JAFFA   came   out   like   a   unplayable   ball,   which  Area-­‐6   played  to   a  six.  The   fact   that   Area-­‐2   won  it  a   matter  of  obvious  pride. So  when   the  year   changed,  the   new  President  Vineet  didn’t   have  to   look   far.   Just  361  kms  East  of  Bangalore,  lay  the  city  of  Chennai  and  Area-­‐2. Now  I  like   to  do  some   homework  and   my   homework   was   done   through  Past   Area  6  Chairman  Mukesh  and  the  Original  Jaffa  convenor  Priyesh. They  gave  me  fantastic  run  down   on   why  it   will   be   a  ‘challenge’   and  what  we   should  do  to  ensure  we  can  do  it  –  basically  it  all  boiled  down  to  ‘get  money’. Now   in   an   organisation   like   ours,   I   am   happy   to   seek   money,   but   only   for   charity,  not  for  a  Fellowship  event,  and  here  lay  the  challenge. At  the  2nd  NEX   in  Bhubaneshwar,  the  Fellowship   team  of  Ruchir  and  Ameet,   along   with   President   Vineet   finally   cornered   us,   me   and   RT42   Chairman   Suman  Voora.   I   expected  this  and  hence  had   already   sought  concurrence   of   my  AVC  and  Winning  Captain  Hari  Balaji,  to  go  forward.  Infact  Priyesh   gave   me   a   total   run   down   on   the   costs   in   the   flight   itself   and   we   were   kind   of   prepared. And  Area  2  accepted   the   honour   and  the  challenge.  To  hold  another  Jaffa,  and   host  it  in  another  memorable  way. Dec  1st   week   of   2012  was  frozen  as   the  dates.  And  just   as  I  announced  it  to  my   Area   board,   my   MTM   convenor   Appoo   called   and   told   me   –   “   I   have   been   predicting  rain  for  the  last  15  years  using  data,  for  my  business  and  it  will  rain   on  the  dates”. I  believe  in  life’s  synchronicity   and  accepted  Appoo’s  call.  We  shifted  the  dates   to  Jan  3rd  week  2013  just  after  Pongal. While   Area-­‐2   and  Chennai,  may   be   grand   Cricket   venues,  it   also  means   the   rest  of  the   world  finds  it  a  great  venue  too.  Getting  League  level  grounds  was  a   challenge  and  we  faced  it  till  last  minute. The   Jaffa2@Area2   was   born,   the   logo   was   kept   with   just   the   slight   modification.   Suman   Voora   took  the   charge   and   we   gave   birth   to   a   team   –   AVC   Hari;   Past   AC   Kaval;   NEX   members   Bharat   Vathul;   Tr   Dayal;   Sq   Leg   Shafee;   Area  2   Billeting  convenor   Narendar;   Tr   Inder;  AST  Shriram;  Tr   Vinay   Grandhi;   Tr   Appoo;   Area  2   Fellowship   team   of   Naresh   and   Madhan;   Sports   convenors  Ranvir  and  Rajesh  Khanna. The  fact  that   I   was   continuously   traveling  as   part  of   my   new   vocation,   was   another   challenge.   The   fact   that   the   National   board  cut   down   the   assigned   amount  by  a  lakh  was  another.    

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Jaffa2@Area 2 - Area Chairman’s View However, we   worked   hard,   over   many   counsel   meetings   in   Amethyst;   dis-­‐ agreements;   revised   plans;   venue   changes;     change   of   grounds;   re-­‐call   of   grounds  by  BCCI   and  TNCA,  we  went  through  everything  possible.     The  fact   the  Suman  was  also  hosting  Sonu  Nigam,  a  fund  raiser   which  has  set  history   in  RTI,  as  one  of   the  biggest,  just  5   days  before  Jaffa2  was  something  we  did   not  overlook  either. Co-­‐ordinating  with   100s  of   tablers  across;   their   logistics;  the   pick-­‐up   drops   from  arrival  to  departure;  and  to  venues  and  parties  in  between;  2  big  parties;   on  ground  meals;  volunteers;  phew..  it  is  not  simple. To  top  it   all,  we  planned,  just  as  the  theme   of   Area  2  is   –   We  are  ONE;  we   added  Area-­‐2’s  MTM  to  the  Jaffa2   social,   making  it  a   2-­‐in-­‐1   Event.  To  get  the   Area-­‐2  floor  to  come  on  board  was  again  once  again,  democracy  at  its  best. The   final   numbers   speak   for   themselves.  We   hosted   over   140   tablers,  from   across   10   Areas,   including   a   team   from   the   41ers.   We   had   over   a   dozen   matches  in   3  grounds.  We   had   2   parties,  one   to  host  the   teams   on  the  first   day  and  the   second  –  a  massive  350+  members  party   with  the  whole  of   Jaffa2   teams  and  the   whole   of   Area  2  floor.   While  the  first   day   was   beautiful  Jazz   singer   party,   the   second   one   was   Psychedelic;   with   unprecedented   sound   systems;   7   DJs;   an   unique   ICE   BAR,   with   an   unlimited   supply   of   Maja-­‐ Thanni-­‐Masti. The  event   had   its   own   share   of   twists  and   turns.   Players   didn’t   turn   up.   If   they   did,   some   of   them   went   off   to   wrong   rooms;   some   went   off   to   their   relatives;   we   lost   grounds   on   recall   by   Cricket   authorities;   a   few   fell   sick;   some  didn’t   like   a  few  arrangements;  and   some  chose   to   leave   earlier   than   expected.  Life  a  wedding,  the  planner  does  the  best  he  can,  but  still  you  can’t   please  everyone. All  along,  what  was  important  was  that  we  didn’t  loose  an   intention,  to  make   it   a   ‘cost   neutral   event’.   And   so   it   was,   the   Sports   convenors   Ranvir   and   Rajesh   hosted   the   first   day’s   party.   Myself;   Chairman   Gaurav   of   181;   Secy   Vishal  of   39;   MTM   co-­‐convenor   Charles   of  70  and  MART  100,   we   all  hosted   the  massive  Jaffa2  Social,  while  all  Tables  of  Area2  contributed  to  the  MTM. A   final   result   was   as   intended.   Unprecedented,   and   a   fantastic   control   by   AST   Shriram   over   every   penny.   We   had   an   absolute   almost   cost   neutral   event,  going   down  by  just  25k,  a  figure  which  Ruchir-­‐Ameet-­‐and  Vineet  have   promised  to  take  care  of. Thank  you  RTI,  for  giving   us   a  fantastic  opportunity.  Jaffa2@Area2   will  be  a   forever  memory. LMF.  TR.  Gitesh  Agarwal, AC  -­‐  Area  2,  ROUND  TABLE  INDIA

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Tabling Matters!!! TABLING... THEN  AND  NOW As  our   youngest   tabler,  (He  is  barely  a  couple   of  months  old  in   the  tabling  fraternity),   prepares  to  host  his  first   ever   dinner  meet,  I  can  see  that  he  is  nervous,  anxious  and  in  fact,  downright   stressed  out  about   the  event.  He  is  worried   about  securing  a  good  deal  at   a  5  –star  hotel,    an   evident  strain  on  his  personal  financial  resources,  he  is  anxious  about   getting  the  best  DJ  in  town,  one  who  will  please  the  invitees  for  the  evening,   and  stressed  out  about   organizing  the  best   single  malts  from   unknown  bootleggers  he  has  never  dealt   with  before.  Is  this  what  we  felt   like  in  the  past  right  before   hosting  one  of  our  dinner  meets? Tabling,   as   I   knew   it   earlier,  immediately   conjured   up   images  of   one   big   happy   family   where   the   members   of   this   ‘family’  came  together   and   bonded  irrespective   of   their   individual   backgrounds.  Sadly,  it   seems  to   now  have  evolved   into   an  impersonal  materialistic  movement  more   attuned  to  showcasing  the  wealth   and  influence  of  a  few  individuals   who  have  it  and  want  to  flaunt  it  and  forcing  those  who  may  not  have  it  to  “keep  up  with  the  Jones’s”. I  still  remember  when  I  joined  the   tabling  fraternity  many  moons  ago;   a  senior  tabler  (then)  hosted  his  dinner  meet  at   his  modest  1600  square  foot  apartment.  There   were  about  60  people  that   night  and  he  proudly  hosted  all  of  them  in  his   flat.  He  served  the   best  homemade  pork  vindaloo  and  the   booze,  if  I   am   not  mistaken,  was  regular   Indian   stuff.  The   evening   was   filled   with   the   warmth   he   and   his   family   showered   on   everyone.   His   hospitality   was  affectionate   and   personal  and  can   never  be  matched  by   that   of  any   5  star  hotels.   There  was  no  loud  DJ   or  entertainment;  just   tablers   behaving  like  tablers  and  getting  to  know  the  “real”  each  other.  The  important  thing  was,  no  one   cared  if  it  was  a  5  star   hotel,  whether  it  was  a  lavish   50   dish  buffet  or  if  there  were  10  different   kinds  of  single  malt.  All   that  mattered  was  the   comfortable  feeling  of  enjoying  time  spent  amongst  good  friends. Today,   13  years  into  tabling,  I  can  honestly  say  that  I   ‘know’   only  about  50%  of  my   tablers   and  their  families  whereas   back  then  it  was  about  real  people,  genuine  about  who  they  were  and  their   backgrounds,  people  who  opened  up  their   homes  with  unconditional  love  and  made  you  a  part  of  their  lives. At   the   rate   we   are   going   now,   I   feel   we   will   be   discouraging  good,   honest   individuals  who   will   be   an   asset   to   this   organization,   from   joining   a   movement   that   may   seem   to   them   to   be   all   about   overly   formal   and   superficial   friendships,  the  kind  that  definitely  do  not  last  beyond  any  given  meeting. It  would  be   great   if  all   the  leaders  of   the   tabling  fraternity  today   took  a   good  look  within  and  thought  about   getting   back   to   the   old   ways.   Focusing   on   simple   things   and   events   which   foster   greater   bonding,   brotherhood   and   camaraderie  without  having  to  waste  large  resources  of  time  and  finance  to  do  it  would  surely  be  a  beginning. LMF.  Tr.  Rajeev  Vijayakumar Madras  Cosmopolitan  Round  Table  94 Editor’s  note:  Tr.  Rajeev  has  been  a  tabler  since  August  2000  and  one  of  the  oldest  tablers  in  MCRT94.

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Tabling Matters!!! Remembering the  old  times

International Meeting  (I.M-­‐  95)  Attended  By  Hemant,  Punit,  Vishal,  Nilesh.

It   all   started   when   our   fellow   tabler   Deepak   came   back   in   2007   and   then   was   joined   by   me   in   the   following   year   2008   ,we   narrated   our   experiences   of   World   95   meet   in   Germany   in   2007   and   then   Netherlands   in   2008.   Our   zeal   forced  fellow  tablers  of   MMRT95  to  rethink  on   the  fact  that  relations  with  our  International  counterparts   could  only   be  bettered  by  meeting  them.   So  this  actually  pushed  about  six  tablers  from  MMRT-­‐95  to  attend   the  2009  meet  in  held  in  Ronneby,  Sweden.  But  due   to  unfortunate  circumstances  and  personal  reasons  of  theirs,  two  dropped.  Even  then,  four  couples  still   made  it.  After   some  exchange  of  mails  with  the  Swedish  IRO-­‐  Andreas  regarding  some  confusion  of  pick-­‐up  from  Copenhagen,  which   was  eventually  clarified,  we   were   eager  to  attend  the  meet.  The  theme  was  apt  "DONS   WITH  GUNS"  and  the  website   had  the  works  ,  beautifully  designed  and  in  great  detail.       DAY-­‐1 After  a  pre-­‐trip  to  various  European  countries  in   and  around  Swiss  ,  Spain  and  Scandinavian,  we  reached  Ronneby  on  a   lovely  afternoon  by  train  from  Copenhagen.  We  were  picked  by  the  host  tablers.  Unexpectedly,  the   train  ride  gave  us  a   good  time  to  bond  with  our  own  tablers  and  know  a  lot  about  their  perception  of  life,  business  and  fun.   We  reached   the  registration   desk  where   we  were  greeted  with   great   warmth  along   with  other   tablers  some  of   whom   had  driven   15   hours  from   Netherlands.   A   special   mention   that   every   tabler   had   to  ask  about  "Tupac"  (Deepak)   and   many  of   the  square  legs  were   immediately  excited  on   the  prospects  of   visiting  India  in  2010.  From   here,  we  identified   and  left  with  our  respective  hosts  ,  who  were  to  "host"  us  in  their  homes  for  the  next  three  nights.         After  an  afternoon  siesta   we  all   gathered   in   the  lawn  of  our  respective  hosts  where  other  domestic  tablers  joined  in  for   "THE  HOME-­‐COMING  PARTY"  which  was  an  introduction  of  sorts  to  make  us  feel  "at-­‐home".  Lovely  snacks,   a  couple   of  chilled  beers  and  the  mood  was  set.  After   a  light  dinner,  we  left  for  a  "den"  where  the  tablers  were  already   waiting  for   dinner,    music  was  melodious. DAY-­‐2 Breakfast   was   a   lovely   spread   of   juices   ,   various   types   of   wholewheat   and   grainy   breads   followed   by   choice   of   eggs,  cereal,  etc  (typically  star-­‐hotel  ishtyle)  was  laid  out  by  our  host.  She  was  impeccable,  because  after  partying  hard   till  three  am  previous  night  ,   we  came  back  for  an  after  party  ,  slept  at  5  am  ,   even  after  all  this  she  was  up  by  7.30  and   all  was  ready   by   9  am.   Time   was   the   essence   of   the   entire   stay   in   Europe.  'Coz   if   you're  not  ready   in   time   ,  you're   making  two  other  couples  wait  for  you.   After   the   sumptuous  breakfast,  we   met  up  at  club-­‐house  and  were   made  to   play   a  game  called  a   "A   WALK   IN  THE   PARK"  to  improve  interaction   between   various  tablers   followed   by   lunch.  We   left   by   2.00   pm   for   the   AGM-­‐session   attended  by  almost  70  people.  There  were  speeches  by  various  chairmen   ,  and  the  Mayor   of   Ronneby   gave  a  beautiful   audio-­‐video  presentation   of   the   development   happening   in   that  district.   In  the  meanwhile   ,  drinks   were  being  made   ready.   And   our   Indian   delegation   served   out   some"masala   chai"   to   the   surprise   of   all   present   there.   After   a   small   fellowship,  the  Chairmen/  Presidents  of  all   countries   met  up  discussing  the  various   plans  of   future  meetings  and   also   remedies  for  problems  faced  by  them.  To  our  surprise  ,  most  of  the  topics  ,  in  fact  ,   all  of  it   was  like   a  'deja  vu'.  Because   the  topics  were  the  SAME  as  we  discuss  in  our  table  meetings.  For  eg,   controlling  subscription  ,  bringing  in  new  blood  ,   etc  etc..   An  interesting  investment  of  about  3  hours  and  from   thereon  to  an  hour  of  siesta.  A  point  to  note  here  is  that   wherever   we  went,  we  were  followed  by  two  very  dear  friends,  "  BEER  AND  GIN"  (WINE,  for  the  ladies).

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Tabling Matters!!! Evening was  the  formal  7-­‐course  "sit-­‐down"  dinner  fashioned  in  Ballroom  setting  (aka  Chairman's  banquet).  All  were   dressed   up  flawlessly   in   their   Black  -­‐tie   dressing   and  Evening  gown   while   we  preferred   to  be   different   in   our   stylish   kurtas  and  churidhars  by  men  and   sarees  by  women.  This  was  followed  by  the   'Sketch   programme'.  In  a  sketch,  (which   you   could   somewhat   relate   to   Sargeanting   how   its   done   in   India),   the   tablers   have   a   Skit   ready   with   props   and   costumes  which   they  carry  from  their   respective  countries.   The   wives/girlfriends  of   the  respective  chairmen  form   the   Jury  to  judge  the  event.   Somehow,   we  managed  an   impromptu   performance  of  a  "LOVE   GURU"  who  would  solve  various  "interesting   internal   problems"   of  tablers  in  the  most  humourous  ways  and  we   rocked  the  entire  show.  It  was  magical  indeed  to  know  that   we  were  close  to   winning  the  crown  for  the  2nd  consecutive  year  (the  previous  year  was  won  by  Deepak  and  me).  The   jury  was  so  impressed  that  we  shared  the  best  performance  amongst  7  other  countries  though  it  was  finally  awarded  to   Germany   coz   we   had   won   it   the   year   before.   This   really   helped  us  in   breaking  ice  with   the   people   who   we  had   not   interacted  with  until  now.  We  also  gave  our  proposal  bid  of  hosting  2010  meeting  in  Chennai  which   was  confirmed  and   welcomed  by  all  Presidents  present  there.  This  was    followed    by  another  party  which  went  on  till  4  am.   DAY-­‐3 We  woke  up  lazily  after   the   groovy   party   the  previous  night.  Again  the  host  was  up  much  before  us  and  we   wondered   whether  she  was  a  human  after  all.  The  linen  was  crisp  in  the  showers  and  it  was  as   if  some  people  had  come  and  laid   the  towels,  soap  ,  shampoo  ,  etc.  To  our  surprise  there  were  no  dwarfs  like  in  the  fairy  tales  who  did  everything  up  while   we  were  sleeping  but  it  was  our   hostess.  Hats  off  to  their   efforts  because  when  we  crossed  checked  with   others  ,   even   they  had  the  same  treatment.     We  reached  a  small  town  harbor  called  KARLSKRONA  where  we  were  taken  for  a  Yacht  ride  and   the  history  of  the  are   along  with  a  slight  glimpse  of  Swedish  navy  was  shown  to  us.  Then  we  were  left  to  discover  the  town  with  our  hosts.   The  evening  was  the  theme   party   (aka  Informals  night)  which  had  the   theme  "DONS   AND   GUNS".  Everybody   was  a   sport  and  huge  efforts  had  been  taken   to  make  it  a  great  and  colourful  evening.  There  was   an  ancient  masterpiece  of  a   car  kept  for   photo-­‐sessions.   The  music  was  from   the  seventies  ,   mostly   rock  and  ballads.   Cool  fun.  Beer   was  flowing   and  yet  nobody  went  berserk.  They  had  arranged  mini-­‐buses  to   drive  every  person  back  home  including  the  hosts.    (for   safety  reasons,..the  message  was  clear  ,  DONT  DRINK  AND  DRIVE)   DAY-­‐4 After   a  smashing  weekend,  it  was  time  to  bid  adieu   and  the  hosts  were   also  tired  by   now.   Here  we  realised  that   they   were  humans  after  all.  Breakfast   was  at  a  resort  where  all  met  up  and  we  had  a   group  snap  before  each  person   hugged   each  person  and  there  were  exchange  of  flags  and  pins.     In   all   an   enriching   and   memorable   experience,   which   as   my   friend   Deepak   had   put   in   before   the   start,   "AN   EXPERIENCE  WHICH  MONEY  COULDN'T  BUY".     Au  revoir,  Ciao,  Du  du,    (the  dutch  version  of  B'  Bye) OUR  MOTTO  FOR  I.M.95  TO  BE  HELD  IN  CHENNAI  IN  2010  WILL  BE, "SUCCESS  WILL  NEVER  LOWER  ITS  STANDARD  TO  ACCOMMODATE  US, WE  HAVE  TO  RAISE  OUR  STANDARD  TO  ACHIEVE  IT!!!!" LMF.  Tr.  Hemant  Khandelwal Madras  Metro  Round  Table  95 Editor’s  note:  Tr.  Hemant  has  been  a  tabler  since  September  2000  and  is  also  one  of  the  oldest  tablers  in  MMRT95.

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Tabling Matters!!! Madras Cosmopolitan  Round  Table  94  celebrated  its 25th  year  and  600th  meeting It   was   a   night   to   remember   and   cherish   the   journey   of   our   table   over   the   years.  Past   Chairmen   and  Sq.   Legs   shared   their   memories   and   experience   of   being   a   part   of   a   wonderful   Table   –   MCRT   94.   It   was   combination   or   a   congregation   of   old   tablers   and   new   tablers   sharing   great   memories   and   traditions  of  our  table.  In  commemoration   of  the  occasion  a  cap  was  released   with   the   25th   year   embossing   during   the   meeting.   We   had   also   a   special   studio   set-­‐up   outside   the   hall   where   people   could   get   themselves   photographed   and  keep   it  as  a   souvenir.  The  party   was   jointly  hosted  by   Cr.   Ambika  Vijay  &  Tr.  Vijay  and  Tr.  Aswin.  The  pictures  of  the  event  will  follow. Yours  in  tabling, LMF.  Tr.  Rajesh  Jayaraman  and LMF.  Tr.  Aswin  Chander MCRT94

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Tabling Matters!!! Table Talk  Editor  (TTE)  Guiding  Document Preamble Traditionally   the   "Fourth   estate"   has   come   to   refer   to   the   press.   In   other   words,   it   is   an   unofficial   branch   of   Government,  that  seeks  to  balance  out  the   powers  of  the  government  by   holding  it  accountable.  It  applies  universally   both   in  Kingdoms  and  democratic  societies.  In   England,  it   held  the  King  or   Parliament,   The  Clergy  and  the  House   of   Commons  responsible  to  the  people.  In  the  US  or  India  it  holds  the  executive,  legislature  and  judiciary  in  check.   The  press  or  fourth   estate  is   also  the  voice  of  the  people  and  is  a  vehicle  of  expression   of  opinion  without  resorting  to   legislation.  It  could   ultimately   result  in   legislation.  But   it  is   a  forum   where  new   or   radical   forms   of   thinking   can  be   expressed  and  reviewed  by  the  public  at  large,  resulting  in  more  responsible  and  informed  legislation.   In  RTI,   which  is  a  form  of   republican  democracy,   there  is  no  means  of  controlled  expression  of  debate  at  the  moment.   As   members,   our   only   means   of   expression   of   opinion   to   the   floor   of   RTI   is   either   at   the   National   AGM,   where   considerable   oratory   skills   are   needed   or   through   mass   email   which   is   dangerously   fraught   with   emotion.   Such   avenues  are   limited  in  their   reach  and  focus  and  therefore  there  is  only   a  unidirectional  transfer  of   information  from   the  National  board  to  the  floor.  The   opinions  and   thoughts  of   the   floor  member  are   either   ignored   or  are   left   at   the   mercy   of  a  President  who  is  truly  a  grass  roots  politician.  This  is  a  rarity  and  is  not   always  the  best   choice  -­‐  different   times  need  different  kinds  of   leaders.   As   in   Winston  Churchill   being  a   great   war   time  prime  minister   versus   a  poor   maritime  prime  minister.   What  is  the  Table  Talk?   When  the  TT  was  first  introduced  to  RTI,  there  was  no  way  a  Table  or   Tabler  could   share  what  they   were  doing  with   the   rest  of   RTI.   So  the  TT  served  not  as  a  bellwether  of   opinion  but  as  a  medium  of  communication  among  Tablers.  It   made  absolute  sense  to  publish  articles  about  projects  and  fellowships  so   that   Tables  across  the  country  could  share   and  learn  from  each  other.   Presently,  however  this  mandate  has  made  the  TT  inconsequential.  With   the  increase  in  reporting  media   available  due   to  email   and  Internet,   we   are   flooded  with   monthly   reports,  quarterly   reports,  annual  reports,  blogs,   table   websites,   etc.  all  of  which  are  easily  disseminated  by  email  to  large  groups  of  members.  This  has  created  an  information  glut  and   has  simply  served  to  become  a  shouting  post  for  "me  too"  s.   Given   this   situation   where  on   the  one  hand  there  is   no  forum   or  platform   for   airing   of  views  and   opinions   that   can   eventually  amplify  into  legislation,  and  a  glut  of  activity  information  which  is  being,  in  general,  ignored,  the  Table  Talk   has  an  opportunity  to  resurrect  as  a  significant  force  within  RTI. What  can  the  TT  achieve?   Like  the   fourth  estate   of  the  press,  the  TT  can  serve  to  be  the  organization's  conscience  keeper   and  voice  of   the  floor.   This  doesn't  mean  activity   reporting,  rather   it   means  sharing  of  new  ideas  about  Tabling,  thought   processes  that  still   need  review  and  validation  before  being  converted  to  legislation.   For   example,  if   there   was   a   question   such   as   "Should   women   be  allowed   to   join   the   Table?",   the   TT  is   an   excellent   option  for  someone  to  voice  his  views  and  intelligently  present  his  reasoning  without  having  to  go  through  the   process   of  formulating  a  motion   and  bringing  it  through  the  Area  AGM  and   then  National  AGM.  As  an   article   in  the  TT,  the   thought  can  be  validated   for  accuracy  and  broad  acceptance  before  it  even  becomes  a  motion.  Such  a   thought  or   idea   does  not  find  place  in  any   quarterly  or  annual  report  and  therefore  has  no  place  to  be   heard  in  our  current  system  at   RTI.  

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Tabling Matters!!! Table Talk  Editor  (TTE)  Guiding  Document In  its  role  as  a  check  and  balance  to  governance,  the  TT  can  question   the  actions  of  the  National  board  in  a  cogent  and   validated   way.   Much   as   the   press   of   a   country   would   question   the   actions   of   government.   However,   as   we   are   a   friendship  movement,  the  TTE  becomes  responsible  for  handling  such  a  role  carefully  and  without  emotion.   What  can  a  TTE  do? As   the   Editor   of   the   TT,   a   Tabler   can   make   a   significant   impact   in   highlighting   and   influencing   adoption   and   adaptation  -­‐  two  aspects  of  our  three  pronged  motto.   The  TT  can  hold  articles  of: 1. Thought  leadership  on  Tabling  as  a  movement. 2. Radical  or  lateral  thinking  on  Tabling  issues. 3. Core  understanding  or  interpretation  of  current  Tabling  matters.   Ex.  :  what  kind  of  extension  issues  is  RTI  facing  in   Central  India?  Reorganisation  -­‐  good  or  bad?  Age  rule  -­‐  effects  of  increasing  or  keeping  it  the  same. 4. Professional   expertise  of   Tablers  with   respect   to  Tabling  or  as  applicable  to   Tablers.   Ex.:   A   chartered  accountant   Tabler  could  write  on  tax  management  for  family  businesses.  A   doctor  Tabler  could  write  about   lifestyle  diseases.  A   career  counselor  Tabler  could  write  about  career  options  for  children  of  Tablers. 5. Articles  from  foreign  Tablers  about  tabling  and  it's  ethos  in  other  countries. 6. Report   on  happenings  in   different   parts  of   RTI  interestingly.  This  can   be  achieved  by  appointing  stringers  in   all  11   areas  who  will   contribute  a  short  article   on  what's  happening.  This  is  not  an   activity  report.   It's  more  interesting   area  stuff  such  who  has  filed  a   nomination  or  who  won  an   election  for  AST,   or   if  there  is  an  election   in   a  Table,  etc.   without  becoming  a  tabloid.  And  that  would   be  the  TTE's  contribution   in  terms  of   maintaining  a  high  journalistic   standard.   7. Presidents   and   National   Conveners   introduce   several   new   schemes   each   year.   The   TT   can   either   amplify   such   initiatives  or  question  them  responsibly,  ensuring  that  the  Board  also  acts  with  the  opinions  of  the  floor  in  mind.   In  conclusion,  a  TTE  can  be  a  powerful  force  within  the  Tabling  movement  if  he  understands  the  following: 1. He  is  the  voice   of  the  floor.   That  is   the   reason  why  the  TTE   is  elected  and  sits   on  the  Head  Table  of   RTI   along  with   the  President. 2. The  TT  doesn't  and  should  not  be  a  redundant  printing  of  activity  reports  that  no  one  wants  to  read...  Again. 3. Articles  should  come  from  writers  or  stringers  -­‐  not  from   secretaries.  Secretaries  are  busy  enough  writing  minutes   and  various  reports.   Finally,  with  a  large,  over  Rs.   8  lakhs  budget,  what   can  be  done  with  the  TT  is  only  left  to  the  TTE's  commitment  to  his   role  as  conscience  keeper  RTI.   LMF.    Tr.  Sandilya  Venkatesh Immediate  Past  Area  Chairman  -­‐  Area  2 Madras  Midtown  Round  Table  42 Editor's  note:  IPAC  Tr.  Sandy  has  been  in  tabling  for  more  than  15  years.

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Tabling Matters!!! It’s Time  To  Start  Trusting! Tabling  today  is  not  what  it  used  to  be  a  few  years  or  a  decade  ago.  Many   a  tabling  year  would  go  by  without   a  table   undertaking  any   project  or  doing  any   fund  raiser.  Today,  tables  are  focussing   a  lot  on  doing  large  scale   projects  and   holding   massive   fund   raisers.   It’s   not   uncommon   to   hear   of   a   table   building   15-­‐20   classrooms   in   a   tabling   year   anymore.  To  do  such  large  projects,  tables  are  doing   fund  raisers  which  are  raising  lakhs  (and  even   maybe  a  crore)   of   rupees.     The  day  is  not  far  off  where   raising  one  crore  or  two  for  a  large  scale  project   will  not  be  impossible.     Such  large   projects  coupled   with   the   massive   publicity   attached   to   it   through   TV,   Radio,   Print   and   online   media   is   bound   to   attract  the  attention  of   the  long   arm   of   the  law.   Hence,  it  is  time  for   the  tables  to  get  their  act  together  to  ensure  that   they  comply  with  the  legal  requirements  of  our  country. Most  of  the  tables  today   have  two  bank  accounts   –  an  admin  account  and  a  charity   account.  The  moneys  we  raise  as   subscription   is  put   into  the   admin  account   and  the   moneys  raised  through   fund  raisers/   donations  are   put  into  the   charity   account.   Since   Round  Table   is   a   social   organisation   and   does  not   do   any   income   generating  activity,  most   tables  don’t  file  IT  returns  and/or  have   a  PAN  number.  As  stated  earlier,  when  large  amounts  of  funds  go  through  the   charity   account,   it   is   eventually   bound   to  attract   the   attention   of   the   IT   department.   It   is,   therefore,   advisable  for   tables   to   comply   with   certain   legal   requirements   rather   than   face   an   investigation   into   their   accounts   by   the   IT   department.  The  best  way  to  avoid  any  problems  is  by   creating  a  registered  trust  under  the  Indian  Trusts  Act,  1882   (or   any  applicable  State  act)  and  route  all  your  charitable  activities  through  the  Trust. The   main   document  for   forming  a   trust   is   the   trust   deed  which   should  clearly   set   out   the   charitable  activity   to  be   undertaken  by  the   table   in   the  “objects  of  the  trust”  section  of  the  trust   deed.   It  is  important  to  note  that  it  is  better  to   be  as  broad  as  possible  in   your  definition  of  the  charitable  activities  to  be  undertaken  by  the  trust  so  as   to  permit  the   table  to  undertake  all  kinds  of  activities   such  as  eye  camp,  blood  donation  camp,  assisting  orphanages  etc.  other  than   just   building   classrooms.   It   is   also   important   to   specify   in   the   objects   clause   that   the   trust   can   conduct   benefit   programmes,   fetes,  fund  raisers,  charity  balls,   publish  souvenirs  etc  in  order   to  raise   funds  for  its  charitable   activities.   The  Trust  deed  should  also  specify  the  trustees   of   the   trust  which  may   include  the  chairman,  vice  chairman,   treasurer   and   secretary  of   a  table   along  with   a   couple  of  square  legs  of  the  table   who  can  oversee  the  activities  of   the  trust.   A   registered   trust   can   obtain   a  Section   12-­‐A   registration   from   the   IT  Department   to   exempt   it   from   tax   and   can   also   obtain  a  Section  80G  exemption  which  is  highly  attractive  to  donors  and  can  significantly  boost  donations  to  the  trust.   Moreover,  a   registered  trust   with   a   PAN  number  can   help  sponsors  of  fund   raisers  avoid  deducting  huge  amounts  as   TDS  and  thereby  ensure  that  more  money  is  available  for  the  table  to  do  its  projects.   In  the  beginning   of   this  tabling  year,  the  National  Board  of  RTI  did  a  survey  and  discovered  that  out   of  200   odd  tables   in  India,  only  35  tables  had  registered  trusts  to  carry  out  their  charitable  activities.   Therefore,  the  focus  at  the  national   level  (as  well  as  at  the  area  level)  was  to  discuss  this  matter  with  tables  and  to  encourage  them  to  form  a  trust  to  carry   on   their   charitable   activities.  This   is  a   good  initiative   and  is  something   that   ought  to  be  encouraged  by   subsequent   national   and  area   boards.  Although  there  might  be  a  bit  of   paperwork   initially  and  the  requirement   of  filing   audited   accounts  annually,  in  the  long  run  the  formation  of  a  trust  will  be  enormously  beneficial  for  the  table  and  its  tablers.   Therefore,  it  is  now  the  time  for  tables  to  start  trusting! LMF.  Tr.  Prasad  Vijayakumar Area  Covenor  –  Rules  &  Legal  Compliance Madras  Midtown  Round  Table  42

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A secretary   is  a   vital  link  of   the  table  to  the  rest   of  the  association,  and   is  also  largely  responsible  for  its  success.  Most   of  us  may  have  got  to  this  position  of  secretary  in  three  different  ways: • You  chose,  or   • You  were  given  no  choice,  or  at  worst • You  were  tricked   to  become  the  secretary  of  your  table  for  the  following  year.  `But  either  way,  you  have  to  prepare  for  the  position  now!   People  in  the  table  and  outside,  have   been  nice  enough  to   share  their  views  and  have  gone  to  great  lengths  to   give  good   advice  on  how  to  be   a  good  table  secretary.    I  have  attempted  to   summarize  all  of  my  learnings  into  three  key   steps  for   the  benefit  any  present  or  future  ‘incoming’  secretaries.  

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Tabling Matters!!! Incoming Table  Secretary  –  Thoughts  and  Actions Step  1.  Be  prepared  at  a  personal  level Give  or  take,  an  incoming  secretary’s,  feelings  encompass  a  balance  of  anxiety  and  enthusiasm.   More   often   than   not,  the  anxiety   is  about   how  to   deal   with   situations.   Some   examples   of   anxious   moments  I  have   already  faced  are: • Dealing  with  queries  and  frictions  from  Tablers  for  any  matter • Dealing  with  criticisms,  especially  from  past  head-­‐boarders,  who  have  significant  experience  to  back  their  views And   more   often   than   not,   the   enthusiasm   is   about   trying   a   leave   a   positive   mark  on   your   table.   Some  examples   of   moments  of  great  enthusiasm  that  I  have  already  experienced  are: • Writing  this  article • Preparing  to  adopt  the  “MOMO”  way  of  writing  minutes The  only   point   here  is,   that  since   you   are  going  to   be   a  secretary   and  not  just   an   individual,  be  cool   and  handle  all   situations  with  absolute  diplomacy.    In  case   of  a  sticky  situation,  refer   the   matter   to  the  chairman  or  headboard   for  a   joint  decision. Step  2.  Improve  your  understanding  of  the  role  of  a  secretary Any  discussion  on   how  an   incoming  secretary  should  prepare  for  his  year  must  encompass  a  refresher  of  what  his  role   is.  The  role  of  the  secretary   is  divided  into   two  parts:  First  part  is  for  his  own  table,  and  second  part  is  for  the  interface   between  his  table  and  the  area  /  national  board. For  his  table,  the  secretary  is  primarily  required  to: 1. Maintain  and  disseminate  records  of  all  events  of  the  table  for  the  forthcoming  year  including • Table  Meets  –  Business  Meets,  Social  Meets • Other  Activity    -­‐  CS  Meets,  RTI  Week,  Table  Fund  Raisers,  Table  Events,  Area  and  National  Events  etc. • Birthdays,  Anniversaries  and  other  personal  celebrations 2. Send  reminders   1   week   in   advance   for   table   meets   and   ensure   quorum.   Note:   Quorum   is   40%   of   table   strength   excluding  LOA’s 3. Plan  the  table  business  for  meetings  in  advance  and  share  it  with  tablers 4. Ensure  regularity  and  prompt  commencement  of  the  meetings  of  table 5. Record  the  minutes  of  all  table  business  meets Note:  You   can   use  MOMO  for   this.   For   AGM  Minutes:   Incoming  secretary   is  responsible   for   minuting  from   the   point  of  takeover 6. Ensure  the  collection  of  reports  from  the  treasurer  and  table  conveners,  ensuring  that  they  follow  due  structure. 7. Assist  the   chairman  in   all   matter  concerning  the  conduct  of   the  meetings,  nomination   of  officers,  procedures  and   motions 8. Assist  the  extension  convener  in  matters  related  to  induction  for  new  tablers 9. Present  National  and  Area  business  to  the  table 10. Advice  the  floor  on  past  discussions,  agreements  in  previous  meetings  and  corresponding  actions  

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Tabling Matters!!! Incoming Table  Secretary  –  Thoughts  and  Actions 11. Have   safe   custody   of   table   records,   and   ensure   smooth   handover   to   you   successor.   Maintain   a   separate   file   for   National  and  Area  matters Note:  Secretary  is  the  custodian  of  all  non-­‐financial  records 12. Coordinate  with  supply  house  for  matters  such  as  new  member  induction  kits  etc. 13. Ensure  timely  submission  of  the  quarterly  report  on  all  tabling  activities Note:  You  can  use  MOMO  for  this  too 14. Bring  to  the  chairman’s  attention  any  tablers  violating  table  rules  on  attendance 15. Maintain  the  sanctity  of  meeting  procedures  as   laid  down   in   the   executive  handbook.  And  also,  in   the   specific  case   of  closed  door  meetings,  make  sure  that  no  visitors/guests  are  allowed. 16. Provide  2  weeks  notice  for  AGM  and  fix  it  before  August  15 17. Ensure  that  attendance  of  visiting  tablers  and  guests  are  minuted 18. Ensure  treasurer  collects  all  dues  to  the  table,  including  past  arrears  if  any 19. Maintain  a  list  of  suggestions  given  by  tablers For  the  interface  with  the  area  /  national  board,  the  secretary  is  primarily  responsible  to: 1. Be  up-­‐to  date  with  correspondence  to  the  area  /  national  boards 2. Ensure  that   two  delegates  attend  the  area  and  national  AGMs.  Also  ensuring   that  the  delegates  know  table  vies   on   all  motions  proposed  in  the  area  and  national  AGMs. 3. Send  the  minutes  to  the  area  and  national  executives.   Note:  This  is  automatically  done  when  you  submit  by  MOMO 4. Present  the  area  and  national  business  to  the  table.  Ensure  that  it  is  read  out 5. Ensure  if  new  table  rules  are  adopted,  they  are  approved  by  the  NEX 6. Ensure  adherence  to  area  /  national  deadlines  for  responses  to   • Nominations  for  positions  in  Area  and  National • Proposed  Motions  in  Area  to  be  sent  to  the  AST,  30  days  before  the  AAGM • C  Forms  to  be   sent   by  Oct   15,  to  the  National   Secretariat.  Note:   C  Form  dues  are  to  be   estimated  for   all  tablers   on  rolls  as  of  July  1.  This  includes  those  on  LOA • D  Form  by  Nov  30,  to  the  Area  Secretary • Membership  changes • Directory  Information • Quarterly  reports Step  3:  Acquaint  yourself  with  best  practices There   is  no   better   way   for   preparing   to  become   a  secretary   than   by   accruing   best   practices  from   wherever   possible   some  useful  tips  are  as  below: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Discuss with  at  least  two  past  secretaries,  the  trappings  of  the  office Build  a  personal  rapport  with  the  other  members  of  the  head  board,  if  you  haven’t  already Attend  the  TEXT  Session  in  the  area.  It  will  teach  you  a  lot. Familiarize  your  self  with  the  details  provided  in  the  RTI  Blue  Book  and  the  Table  Executive  Handbook Keep  a  record  of  all  Past  Projects  of  the  Table Acquaint  yourself   with   the   Area  Secretary   and  Secretaries  of   a   few  other   tables.   It  can   help   you   with   organizing   joint  business  meets  and  joint  fellowships.

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Tabling Matters!!! What Round  Table’s  Stands  for… Now  that's  a  question  we  all  ask  our   selves  sometimes  and  at  many  a  times  when  we  see  some  enthusiastic  people  go   about   tabling  be  it  at  fellowship  or  projects  of  just   about   making  friends.  Have  you  ever  wondered  why  so  and  why  not   you.  Well  this  leads  us  back  to  the  basic  question  what  happens  to  the  person  who  is  inducted   into  a  Round  Table  as  a   member  and  why  do  we  see  the  sudden  surge  of  energy? What  we   need  to   understand   and   digest  is     the  fact  that  on   becoming  the   member   of   a  club,  the  number   of   friends   suddenly   grows  by  hundreds.  Here  is  a  unique  organisation   that   has  not  accepted  you   mainly  because   you  are  who’s   who  or  what  you  are   but  accepted  you  and  your   family  as  a  whole.  Here  is  a  bunch  of   friends  that  are   now  a  part  of  an   extended  family  where  they  will  stand  by   you   come  what   may.  This  Tabler   has  now  friends  in  different  professions  and   in  different  areas  of  the  city.  Later,   the   horizons  of  friendship  will  expand  to  areas,  country   and  world,  thus  becoming   one   among  more  than  hundreds  and  thousands  of  tablers.  The  Pin   on  the  lapel  of   a  Tabler  is   virtually  a  visa  to  many   countries  and  an  invitation  to  visit  hundreds  of  tables  in  the  world. The   friendship   with   no   inhibitions   instill   confidence   and  further   the   self-­‐esteem,   levels.   He   or   she   will   slowly   start   moving  from   “I   am   not   ok:  You   are  not  ok”   position   to  “I   am   ok:   You   are   ok”  level.   The  movement   not  only   instils   enthusiasm   into   its   members   but   also   encourages   many   aspects   of   better   living   such   as   creative   thinking,   time   management,   team   work  and  also  instills  a   mini   CSR   in   each  of   us.  The   general   feel   of  being  a   tabler   is  he  is  much   more   reliable   and   trust-­‐worthy.   In   fact,   the   society   relies   on   the   Tablers   for   their   help   and   participation   in   the   community  service.  Most  of  the  Tablers  say  that  their  time-­‐management  skills  have  improved  a  lot  after  joining  Round   Table,   which   is   an   unquestionable   fact.   Fellowship   is   the   foundation   of   Round   Table.   Tablers   meet   together,   eat   together,   grow   stronger   together,   get   enlightened   together   and   serve   together.   The   greatest   bliss   in   the   world   is   fellowship. Now  you  must  be  wondering  why  all  the   above  when  you  know  most  of  the  same  already  but  we  all  stand  at  a  juncture   today   where  lifestyles  and  professional  pressures  have  taken   quite  a  toll  on   our  timings  and  our   personal  and  family   life.  At  this  avenue  many  of  us  ask  is  tabling  a  necessity.  But  think  about  what  you  and  me  and  many  more  have   gained   from   tabling.  Yes  at  the   same   if   we   were  to  consider  simplifying  the  same  as  much  as  possible  we  could  continue  to   have  the   same   amount  of   fun   and  ensure   a  better  social  life  and  a  more  friends  and   camaraderie   for   our  family  and   kids. But  to  look  back  what  has  changed  from  what  it   was  a  couple  of  years  ago  is  we  need  to  reexamine  where  and  what  did   we  sacrifice  at  the  cost  of  trying  to  take  the  same  to  a  higher  level.  On  a  personal  note   why  have  we   tried  every  now  and   then  to  reinvent  the  wheel.  If  you   go  through   the   rule  book  or  the  format  for  tabling  it  is   one  of  the  most   simple  and   basic  form  of  corporate  law  where  itself  ensures  that  there  is  growth  and  at   the  same  time  basic  principles  are  stuck  to.   Try  and  think  on  the  same  why  do  we  try  to  out  do  our  past  and  not  learn  form  the  same.   Yes   I  know  I  leave  many   a  question  on  your  mind  and  many  a   question  unanswered  but  the  idea  as  usual  in  table  is  to   sow  a  seed  and  leave  the  same   to  you  as  the   individual  to  take   it  to  the  next  level  in  terms  of   thinking  what  tabling  –   what   it  stands  from  you  and  what  are  you   willing  to  give  it  to  take  back  many  a  things  from   it.  We  are  after  all  work  in   progress  now  and  always… Yours  in  tabling, LMF.  HT.  Punit  Sampat Madras  Metro  Round  Table  95 Editor's  note:  HT.  Punit  was  an  Active  Tabler  for  more  than  15  years  and  became  a  Square  Leg  in  June  2012.

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Vision Car Rally 2013 ROUND TABLE  AREA  2’s  VISION  CAR  RALLY FOR  THE  VISUALLY  IMPAIRED Rallying,  usually  a  word  associated  with  visuals  of  turbo  charged  4  wheel  drive  cars  racing  through  the  gravel   roads   of   the  world  leaving  behind  huge  trails  of  dust.  Well  that  was   complete  opposite  of   what  we  went  through  at  the  Round   Table  India  Area2  VISION   Car  Rally.  The  rally   was  run  on   the  TSD   (Time,speed,distance)   format.  Under   this  format   you  are  given   a  route  chart  and  a  speed  chart.  At  undisclosed  locations   along  the   route  you   will  have  Time  Controls   where  you  need  to   check  in.  You  can  check   in   either   on  time,  early  or  late,  indicating  that  you  are  on  track,  too  fast   or   too  slow  respectively.  There  is  no  penalty   for  being  on  time.  Being  early  will  mean  that  you  incur   2  penalties  for  every   minute   you   are   early   and   being   late   means   you   incur   1   penalty   per   minute   you   are   behind.   At   each   of   these   time   controls  your   clock   is  reset.  These  TSD   rallies  are  run  on   public  road  where  the   maximum  speed   is   40  kmph  and  all   traffic  rules  need  to  be  adhered  to.   The  twist  in  the  tale  for  this  event  was  that  the   route  and  speed  chart  was  in   Braille.   Your   navigator   is   a  visually  impaired  person.  In   this   case   they  are   the  one   with   the  vision   and  they  get  to   guide   you   around  town.  You  can  participate  in  any  street  legal  vehicle. The  concept  of  the  Rally  for  the  visually  impaired  has  been  around  for  25years  in  Chennai.  This  year  RTI  Area2   decided   that  it  will  get  on   board  and  have  one  more  rally  in  the  city.  To  organize  the  rally  the  services  of   Madras  Motor   Sports   Club  was  used  so  that   this  becomes  a  professionally   managed   event.  To  ensure   a  level   playing  field  the  participants   were  divided  in  to  the  following  categories. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Experts Novice Regulars All Ladies Round  Table

The event  started  and  ended  at   Olympia  Tech  park  who  came  forward  and  hosted  the  venue   for  us.  A   total   of  66  entries   were   flagged  off  by  the  Chief  Guest  Actor   Arun  Vijay.  This  was  a  very  good  number   of  entries.   The  following  were  the   results: Category:  Expert Over  all  Position

Driver

Navigator

1

Anuj Bihani

Vijaya Raghavan

2

M Sivaramakrishnan

M. Kannan

3

Elizabeth Jacob

Utiriya Mary

Driver

Navigator

5

Swetha Kumar

Venila D

13

Harish Jessani

Dhandapani A

19

Suman Agarwal

Kulandhai samy

Category: Novice Over  all  Position

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Category: Regular Over  all  Position

Driver

Navigator

10

Vijay. J

Dhanalaxmi. R

12

Ajay Kumar.  J

Arjun. V

20

Patrick

Alagiri S

Driver

Navigator

9

Namritha Reddy

Uzra Begum

11

Arasi Ponmozhi

Vigneshwari

15

D. Soorya

Sushila B

Driver

Navigator

7

Ashish Mehta

Murugesan

8

Vivek chari

Sundaramoorthy

14

Ram Swaroop

Gnana Sambandam  A  S

Category: All  Ladies Over  all  Position

Category: RTI Over  all  Position

Renowned music   director   Harris   Jayaraj   was   the   chief   guest   for   the   Prize   distribution   function.   RTI   Area   2   also   donated  a  sum  of  Rs.  50,000  to  the  National  Federation  for  the  Blind. Yours  in  Tabling, LMF.  Tr.  Sivaramakrishnan.  M Madras  Cosmopolitan  Round  Table  94

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This  Car  rally  is  the   first  of  its  kind  for  Round  Table  India,  as  in  the  first  time  ever  an   Area  is  organizing  a  Car  rally  for   the  visually  impaired. VISION  CAR  RALLY  was  a  great  success.  As  Honorary  Tabler,  I’m   truly  thankful  to  everyone   who  have  taken   part  in   the  car  rally  and  volunteered  their  time. First   car  was  flagged  at  around  10:00am   by   Cine  Actor  Tr.  Arun  Vijay   and  it  was  a  Lamborghini   driven  by   Tr.  Manoj   Lulla  RT  94  and   Navigator   Mr.   Saravanan.  It  was  flagged  off   a  total  of  64  cars   took  part   in  the  car  rally,  drivers  from   all  walks  of  life  and   we  had   a  total   of  about  300  people  at  the  venue  which  includes  drivers,  navigators,  crew  members   and  volunteers. The  event  had  generated  a   lot  of   interest  in   the   public  and  creating  good  awareness  about  Round  Table   India  through   the  publicity  done  in  newspapers  and  local  media  /  radio  and  television.   Prize  distribution  function  started  at   4  pm  and  our  Chief  Guest  was  Mr.  Harris  Jayaraj,  Cine  Music  Director,  who  gave   way  all  the  prizes  to  the  Winners  of  the  car  rally. There  are  a  few  people  I  want  to  thank  for  their  amazing  support  and  help: First   I   would   like   to   thank   Mr.   Chandrakanth,   Director,   Olympia   group   for   giving   us   this   beautiful   Venue   (Chandrakanth  is  also  a  Tabler  of   RT  124  )  and  Chairman  Tr.  Vinay  RT  124  for  all  the  help  and  coordination  and   also   like  to  thank  Mr.  Prabhu  of  CBRE  and  all  other  staff  of  Olympia  Tech  Park  for  the  great  support. Thanks  to  our  donors,  who  have  been  extraordinarily  generous: 1. VOORA  Group  for  the  T  Shirts  and  Caps 2. CCPL  for  Lunch  box  for  the  Navigators 3. Capricorn  foods  for  drinking  bottle  water 4. Vummidi  Jewellers  at  Spencer’s  plaza  for  the  biscuits   Thanks  to   Eventjini   for   creating  the   website  and   handling  registration   and  all  other   onsite  support  and  help   for   the   event.  Special   Thanks  to  Tr.   Sandy  –   MMRT42,  Rajesh,  Harshrit   and  other  staff  members.  Very   Special   Thanks  to  Mr.   Ram  Murthy,  Secretary   and  committee  members   of  National  Federation   of  the  Blind   for   the  great  support,  help  and   coordination   getting   the   navigator   together.   Thanks   to   Tr.   Sriram,   MERT30   for   doing   all   the   invitations,   flyers,   and  every   other   type  of  promotional  work  you  can   think  of,  I  want  to  acknowledge   the  kind   folks  at  Olive  the   design   place,   great   job  guys.  Thanks   to  Tr.   Varindar,  MERT30   for   all  the   support   and  help   for   making  the   Trophies.  I   also   want   to   thank   Mr.   Pramod,   Mr.   Amit   and   committee   members   of   Madras   Motor   Sports   Club   and   FMSCI   for   organizing  this  wonderful  event. Last  but  not  the  least,  I  want  to  thank  all  tablers,  circles  and  members  of  Round  Table  India  Area  2  for  coming  forward   and  contributing  to  cover   the  cost   of   the  event.   Without  your   continued  support,  we  would  never  be   able   to  put   on   events  like  these,  so  thank  you  guys. Last  and  definitely   not   least,  to  my   supportive  Area   Chairman  Tr.  Gitesh  Agarwal  ,  thank   you  for  always  believing  in   me  and  your  faith  in  me  is  what  propels  me  to  continue  this  work.   Thank  you, LMF.  AHT.  Senthil  Kumar.  K.  S

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Special Topics A holiday  to  remember...

by Twinkler    Vedika  Shewakramani,  Madras  Mylapore  Round  Table  3 13th  Jan  2013,  the  night  it  began.  One  of  the  most  fun  and  memorable  trips  we've  had.  Excitement  could  be  felt  in   everyone's  pulse  that  night.  As  usual  ,  the  train  ride  was  filled  with  fun  and  amusement.  The  next  morning,  everyone   was  expectant  on  the  whole  journey  to  The  Destiny  Farmstay.  When  we  finally  reached  our  destination,  we  weren't   disappointed  at  all  -­‐  the  place  was  a  typical  farm  on  one  side  and  had  a  wilderness  on  the  other.  It  was  beautiful  -­‐  this   resort  gave  us  a  break  from  the  hectic  city  life  and  the  rooms  had  a  view  to  die  for.  The  day  we  reached  we  only   explored  the  place  as  we  were  too  tired  to  do  anything  else.  At  night  the  children  were  busy  dancing  or  playing  while   the  adults  chilled  out  by  the  bonfire.  The  next  day  ,  the  kids  and  dads  woke  up  all  energetic  ,  ready  to  trek.  The  trek  was   long  but  worth  it.  We  climbed  uphill  to  see  one  of  the  most  beautiful  sights  anyone  could  imagine.  In  the  process  ,  we   crossed  a  forest,  a  refreshing  stream  and  many  other  terrains.  It  was  an  exhausting  but  great  experience.  The  evening   was  spent  celebrating  Tw.  Dipti's  birthday  and  everyone  had  a  wonderful  time.  The  following  morning,  we  had  a   session  of  rock  climbing  and  then  we  head  out  to  a  campsite  by  the  lake  for  a  picnic.  We  went  down  to  the  lake  ,   splashed  in  the  stream  and  enjoyed  a  game  of  cricket  played  by  the  dads.  After  we  returned,  we  had  a  lazy  evening  in   the  resort,  everyone  walking  about  the  place  or  chilling  in  their  rooms.  The  last  few  hours  spent  in  the  resort  on  the   last  morning,  people  were  either  doing  last  minute  packing  or  taking  photos  with  the  picture  perfect  views  as   souvenirs.  Everyone's  spirits  were  down  when  it  came  to  going  back  home.  Nothing  new  about  that.  But  we  had   fabulous  memories  to  take  back  with  us,  making  this  mini-­‐vacation  hard  to  forget.

Estonians in  Amazing  India  having  amazing  Tabling! by  Tr.  Juri  Kulbin  -­‐  Estonia

As you   all   know  RT  had  world  meeting  in   Hyderabad  in  last   year  and  we  had  seven  tablers  from   Estonia  in  RTIWM.   Three  of   us  we   decided  to  stay   for   more   16   days  in   India  and   Sri   Lanka-­‐  Sven   Rosenštok  president  of   RTE-­‐12,   Taavi   Sadam  president  of  RTE-­‐11  and  Jüri  Kulbin  RTE-­‐3,  RTE  National   President  2011/2012.  As  it  was  our   first  visiting  of  India   we  kindly  asked  Chairman  Tr.  Yusuf  Roshan  from  RT-­‐3  Chennai  Tamil  Nadu  to  help  us  with  program  and  maybe  some   home  hosting.  The  help  was   huge  from   Yusuf   and  other   tablers  from   different   clubs  and  different  towns.  We   visited   Hyderabad,   Chennai,   Mahabalipuram,   Madurai,   Allappy,  Kochi,  Delhi,   Agra  and   other   places  in   India   and   also   Sri   Lanka.   We   saw   a   lot   (amazing   temples,   beautiful   nature,   backwaters,   of   course   Taj   Mahal,   etc),   we   tried   a   lot   of   national  food  (lot  of   spices),  we   heard   a   lot   about  India,  we   even  plaid  cricket  first  time  in   our  lives  and   of  course  we   visited  lot  of  club  meetings.  We  had  absolutely  wonderful  time  together   with  lot  of  tablers  and  friends  (list  will  be  too   long  to  name   them  all,  but  hopefully  everybody  member  us  as  well).  You  are  very   hospitable  people  and  I  think   lot   of   RT  countries  must  learn  from  you  real  RT  spirit  and  real  RT  welcome.  But  there  are  some  thing  you  have  to  learn  from   us-­‐how  to  drive  more  safely  and  how  to  drink  vodka. One   more   time-­‐   great   thanks   for   helping  in   traveling   and  home   hosting   to   Satish   and   Nancy,   Yusuf   and   all   other   tablers  from  Chennai,  Madurai,  Allappy! After   this  wonderful  trip  we  already  had  one  guest  from   Sri  Lanka   in  Estonia.  And   very  good  news  is   that  in  February   there   will   be   22   tablers   and   6   ladies   in   Estonia   from   India!   They   are   visiting   RTE   Fishing   days   wish   including   in   program  ice-­‐fishing  on  the  sea  (fishing  through  10-­‐15cm  ice-­‐hole),  sauna  directly  on  the  ice  with  swimming  in  the  5x5m   ice-­‐hole,  sport  games,  sea-­‐food  gourmet  dinner  and  lots  of  fun  and  party. You  all  are  warmly  very  welcome  to  Estonia. Hope  to  see  you  soon  again  and  welcome  you  in  our  small  and  beautiful  country.

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Special Topics Vitamin D  deficiency  -­‐The  Silent  Disease by  Tr.  Dr.  Anand,  Madras  Mylapore  Round  Table  3

If you   shun  the  sun,  suffer   from   milk  allergies,   or  adhere  to  a  strict  vegetarian  diet,  you   may  be  at   risk  for  vitamin   D   deficiency.  Known  as  the  sunshine  vitamin,  vitamin   D   is  produced  by  the  body  in   response  to  sunlight.  It  is  also  occurs   naturally  in  a  few  foods  -­‐-­‐  including  some  fish,  fish  liver  oils,  and  egg  yolks  -­‐  and  in  fortified  dairy  and  grain  products. Vitamin  D  is  essential  for   strong  bones  because  it  helps  the  body  use  calcium  from  the  diet.  Traditionally,  vitamin   D   deficiency  has  been   associated  with  rickets,  a  disease  in  which  the  bone  tissue  doesn't  properly  mineralize,   leading  to   soft  bones  and  skeletal  deformities.  But  increasingly,  research  is  revealing  the  importance  of   vitamin  D   in  protecting   against  a  host  of  health  problems. Causes  of  Vitamin  D  Deficiency Vitamin  D  deficiency  can  occur  for  a  number  of  reasons: You  don't  consume   the  recommended  levels  of  the  vitamin  over  time.  This  is  likely  if  you  follow  a  strict  vegetarian  diet,   because  most   of  the  natural   sources  are  animal-­‐based,  including  fish   and  fish  oils,  egg  yolks,  cheese,  fortified  milk,  and   beef  liver. Your   exposure   to  sunlight  is  limited.   Because  the   body   makes  vitamin   D   when  your   skin  is   exposed  to  sunlight,   you   may   be  at  risk   of  deficiency  if  you  are   homebound,   live  in  northern   latitudes,  wear   long   robes   or   head  coverings  for   religious  reasons,  or  have  an  occupation  that  prevents  sun  exposure. You   have   dark   skin.   The   pigment   melanin   reduces   the   skin's   ability   to   make   vitamin   D   in   response   to   sunlight   exposure.  Some  studies  show  that  older  adults  with  darker  skin  are  at  high  risk  of  vitamin  D  deficiency. Your   kidneys  cannot  convert   vitamin   D  to  its  active  form.  As  people  age  their  kidneys  are  less  able  to  convert  vitamin   D  to  its  active  form,  thus  increasing  their  risk  of  vitamin  D  deficiency. Your   digestive  tract  cannot  adequately  absorb  vitamin  D.  Certain  medical  problems,  including  Crohn's  disease,  cystic   fibrosis,  and  celiac  disease,  can  affect  your  intestine's  ability  to  absorb  vitamin  D  from  the  food  you  eat. You  are  obese.  Vitamin  D  is  extracted  from  the  blood  by  fat  cells,  altering  its  release  into  the  circulation.  People   with  a   body  mass  index  of  30  or  greater  often  have  low  blood  levels  of  vitamin  D. Tests  for  Vitamin  D  Deficiency The  most  accurate  way  to  measure  how  much  vitamin  D   is  in  your  body  is  the  25-­‐hydroxy   vitamin  D  blood  test.  A  level   of   20   nanograms/milliliter  to  50  ng/mL  is   considered   adequate  for  healthy  people.  A  level  less  than  12  ng/mL   indicates   vitamin  D  deficiency. Treatment  for  Vitamin  D  Deficiency Treatment  for  vitamin  D  deficiency   involves  getting  more  vitamin  D  -­‐  through  diet  and  supplements.   Although  there  is   no   consensus   on   vitamin   D   levels   required   for   optimal   health   -­‐   and   it   likely   differs   depending   on   age   and   health   conditions   -­‐-­‐  a  concentration   of   less  than   20   nanograms   per   milliliter   is   generally   considered  inadequate,   requiring   treatment. Treatment  includes  vitamin  D  supplementation  and  primarily  exercises.

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Special Topics MOVERS &  SHAKERS  -­‐  Top  10  New  Cars  2013

complied by  Tr.  Dushyant  Mehra,  Madras  West  Round  Table  #10

Premium Hatchback BMW 1 Series FACTFILE: Petrol variant  118i   -­‐1.6-­‐litre  turbo   /170bhp  &   250Nm   of  torque, Diesel   120d   2-­‐litre   turbo-­‐diesel   making   184bhp   and   380Nm  of  twist.   Both  will  be  mated  with   8-­‐speed  automatic  gearbox,   with  drive  going  to  the  rear  wheels.

Expected: November  2013 Price:  Rs.  18.0-­‐20.0  lakhs* D-­‐THOT   –   “Very   aggressive   on   pricing.   Having   a   petrol   Option   is   an   advantage.   The   car,   to   be   assembled  at  BMW's  plant  in  Chennai  alongside  the   3  &  5  series  and  X1  &  X3”.

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save fuel tip#1 : drive at the speed limit

Premium Hatchback Mercedes-Benz A-class FACTFILE: Engine: 1.6-­‐litre  turbo-­‐petrol,  1.8-­‐litre  diesel Power/torque:  121bhp/20.4kgm,  134bhp/30.55kgm Kerb  weight:  1370kg L/W/H:4292/1780/1433mm

Expected: July  2013 Price:  Rs.  20.0-­‐24.0  lakhs* D-­‐THOT   –  “New   car   seems   designed  for   a  younger   customer   base   and   looks   really   sporty   and   aggressive   in   the   flesh.  Its   cabin   is  also  far   sportier   and  even  space  is  surprisingly  good”.

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Special Topics Premium Hatchback VW Cross Polo FACTFILE: Engine: 1.2-­‐litre  turbo-­‐petrol,  1.5-­‐litre  diesel Power/torque:  104bhp/24.2kgm,  NA Kerb  weight:  1171kg L/W/H:  3970/1682/1462mm

Expected: December  2013 Price:  Rs.  8.0-­‐10.0  lakhs* D-­‐THOT  –  “Cross  Polo  will  be  the  first   VW  product   to  get  the  new,  made-­‐for-­‐India  1.5-­‐litre  diesel  engine.   A   1.2-­‐litre   TSI   turbo-­‐petrol   mated   to   a   seven-­‐speed   DSG  auto  could  be  an  option  as  well..”.

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save fuel tip#2 : use carpool

Hatchback Hyundai NEW i10

FACTFILE: Engine: 1.0-­‐litre  petrol,  1.2-­‐litre  petrol,  1.1-­‐litre  diesel Power/torque:  NA,  79bhp/11.4kgm,  NA Kerb  weight:  NA L/W/H:  NA

Expected: September  2013 Price:  Rs.  4.0-­‐6.0    lakhs* D-­‐THOT   –  “The  new  car  (codename:  BA)   appears  to   be  both  longer   and  wider   than  the  current  i10,  which   points   to   a   more   spacious   cabin.”Also   the   new   1.1-­‐ litre   common-­‐rail   diesel   engine   currently   under-­‐ development  at  Hyundai”.

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Special Topics Compact SUV Ford EcoSport FACTFILE: Engine: 1.0-­‐litre  turbo-­‐petrol,  1.5-­‐litre  diesel Power/torque:  123bhp/17.2kgm,  88.7bhp/20.8kgm Kerb  weight:  1243kg L/W/H:  NA/2060/1670mm

Expected: July  2013 Price:  Rs.  8.0-­‐10.0  lakhs* D-­‐THOT   –   “It   looks   like   a   proper   SUV   despite   its   sub-­‐four-­‐metre  length.  Even  the  cabin   is  quite  funky,   and  comes  with  decent  space.”

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save fuel tip#3 : check your tyre pressure

Compact SUV Nissan- Terrano

FACTFILE: Engine: 1.6-­‐litre  petrol,  1.5-­‐litre  diesel,  1.5-­‐litre  diesel Power/torque:   102.5bhp/14.8kgm,   84bhp/20.4kgm,   108.5bhp/25.3kgm Kerb  weight:  1160-­‐1308kg L/W/H:  4315/1822/1695mm

Expected: October  2013 Price:  Rs.  8.5-­‐12.0    lakhs* D-­‐THOT   –   “It   will   differ   from   its   Renault   sibling   with  a  restyled  front-­‐end,  a  new  tailgate  and  possibly   even   some   changes   to   the   sheet   metal.   Changes  to   the  cabin  are  likely  to  be  minimal,  the  engines  will  be   the   same   and   good   news   is   that   new   SUV   will   be   cheaper  than  the  Duster.”

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Special Topics MPVChevrolet Enjoy

FACTFILE: Engine: 1.4-­‐litre  petrol,  1.3-­‐litre  diesel Power/torque:  94.6bhp/NA,  77bhp/20.9kgm Kerb  weight:  1205kg L/W/H:  4305/1680/1750mm  

Expected: June  2013 Price:  Rs.  7.0-­‐9.0  lakhs* D-­‐THOT  –  “The  Enjoy  is  actually  a  Wuling  CN-­‐100,   which   is   part   of   GM   India’s   Chinese   partner,   Shanghai   Automotive   Industry   Corporation’s   product  portfolio.”

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save fuel tip#4 : service your vehicle regularly

MPV HYUNDAI code name HND-7 FACTFILE: Engine:  1.2-­‐litre  turbo  petrol,  1.6-­‐litre  diesel Power/torque:  NA,  126bhp/26.5kgm Kerb  weight:  NA L/W/H:  NA

Expected: November  2013 Price:  Rs.  7.0-­‐10.0    lakhs* D-­‐THOT   –  “MPV   could  be  offered  as  an  eight-­‐seater   with   a   unique   3+3+2   seating   layout.   Likely   to   sell   with  the   1.6-­‐litre  diesel   from   the  Verna  and  Elantra,   the   concept’s   turbocharged   1200cc   Kappa   petrol   motor   and   six-­‐speed   automatic   gearbox   hint   at   som.”

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Special Topics Luxury Saloon Honda New Accord FACTFILE: Engine: 2.4-­‐litre  petrol Power/torque:  182bhp/25.1kgm Kerb  weight:  1475kg L/W/H:  4851/1849/1465mm  

Expected: July  2013 Price:  Rs.  19.0-­‐22.0  lakhs* D-­‐THOT   –  “Engine   options   will   include   a  new,  and   more   efficient,   direct-­‐injection   2.4-­‐litre   petrol   (with   the  choice  of  a  CVT  gearbox),  but  there  will  be  no  V6   petrol   as   on   the   current   car.   The   sad   news   is   that,   like   before,   there   are   no   plans   for   a   diesel   variant,   which   will  invariably  limit  the  big  Honda’s  appeal  in   India.”

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save fuel tip#5 : minimize vehicle idling

Saloon Skoda New Octavia

FACTFILE: Engine: 1.8-­‐litre  turbo-­‐petrol,  2.0-­‐litre  diesel Power/torque:  160bhp/25.5kgm,  140bhp/32.6kgm Kerb  weight:  NA L/W/H:  NA  

Expected: September  2013 Price:  Rs.  14.0-­‐16.0    lakhs* D-­‐THOT   –   “The   new   Octavia  will   be   a   notchback.   Thanks   to   its   larger   exterior   dimensions,   the   new   car’s   cabin   will   be   more   spacious,   which   should   translate  to  a  better  rear-­‐seat  experience.”

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RTI Week Madras Cosmopolitan  Round  Table  94 MCRT94  concluded  a  very  active  and  meaningful  RTI  week: The  following  is  a  chronology  of  events: 14th  November Joint  project  with  table  at   Karna   Prayag  infant  care  centre.  We  donated  a  total  of   Rs  50,000.  A  total  of  30  infants  are   there  at  present.  VC  Tr.Vishnu  donated  Rs.  10,000  and  Table  30  donated  Rs.  10,000  for  the  same. 16th  November Conducted  a  TB  Screening  camp  at  our  long  term  project  Sanjeevi.  A  total  of  75  patients  were  screened.

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RTI Week 17th November Sponsored   and  served  lunch  and  donated  clothes  to  the  inmates   of  Kaakum  Karangal   an  old  age   home.  A  total  of   35   people  benefited.  Tr.  Manoj  donated  for  the  lunch.  

18th November   Table  sponsored  lunch  and  dinner   at  the   Children’s  Cancer   ward  at  Cancer   hospital.  HT.J.S.  Krishna  sponsored  all   3   meals  for  the  next  day.   19th  November Table  sponsored  6  patients  for  Cataract  surgery  done  at  a  subsidized  cost  by  our Tr.  Dr.  Atheesh  at  Maxivision.  Chairman  Shai  donated  Rs.  5000  toward  the  same. Tr.   Vishnu,   AHT   Senthil,   Special   invitee   Doc.   Achuth,   Tr.   Aswin,   HT   J.   S.   Krishna,   Tr.   Manoj   and  Table   30   contributed  as  either   in   cash  or   to   help  in  organizing   the  events.   A   special   mention  for  VC   Tr.  Vishnu   for  being  the  only   tabler  to  be  present  at  all  the  events.   Almost  everyone   in  the  table  attended  one   event  during  the  week.  Thanks   to  every   one  of   them  who  made  this  RTI  week  happen. LMF.  Tr.  Atheeshwar  Das  and  LMF.  Tr.  Sivaramakrishan.  M Community  Service  Team Madras  Cosmopolitan  Round  Table  94

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RTI Week Pondicherry Rivage  Round  Table  104 RTI  Week  Objective  –  PRRT  104  RTI  week  project  marathon  –  7  Projects  in  7  consecutive  days! Marathon  Objective  Met  –  9  significant   projects   worth  Rs.  1,   39,500  successfully  completed.  Out  of  them,  8  Projects   in  5  consecutive  days  RTI  week  Projects  Marathon.   Joint     Projects  –    Chairman  Varindar  donated  Rs.  50,000  toward  FTE  approved  PRRT  104/MERT  30   joint  RTI  project.   PRLC  47  donated  Rs.  8100  towards  2  projects. PRRT  104  Tablers  Donated  –  Rs.  64,600  personally  towards  RTI  week  projects.   RTI  Week  Convener  –  Tr.  Senthil  was  instrumental  in  leading  RTI  week  projects  and  saw  it  through  conclusion. Table  Participation  –  PRRT  104  Tablers  attendance  for  all  9  projects  stood  at  85%  average.    AVC  Hari  Balaji  and  PRT   70  Tablers  Tr.  Roshan,  Tr.  Balachandar  and  Sq.Leg  Deva  attended/supported  2  projects. RTI  Week  Fellowships  –  4  spontaneous  hilarious  Fellowship  events  part  of  RTI  week  projects

Project 1  –  Nov  14th  –  Vivekanda  Boys  Home

Project -­‐   PRRT104  for   past  3  years   have  donated  Food  &  Deepavali   Crackers  for   30   Orphan  school  boys.  This  year  we   donated  donate  Rs.9,800  worth  of  Crackers  and  Rs.2000  worth  of  monthly  Food  supplies. Sponsor  –  Chairman  Tr.  Lakshmi  Narayanan

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RTI Week Project 2  –  Nov  15th  –  Juwala  Mentally  Challenged  Home

Project -­‐  PRRT104  &  PRLC  47  jointly  donated  20  premium  Chairs  worth  Rs.  11,000  required  for  the  home. Sponsor  –  PRRT  104  HT  Amarnath  &  Cr.  Kavitha  Amarnath

Project 3  –  Nov  16th  –  Traffic  Awareness  –  Rajiv  Gandhi  Eng.  College

Project –  Rajiv  Gandhi   Engineering  college  PRRT104/Traffic   Police  Traffic  awareness  program  at  a  cost  of   Rs.2500  –   150   Engineering  students,  3   Senior   Police  officials,  College  Heads  participated  in  the   event  make  it  a  grand  event  and   200  Flyers  were  distributed. Sponsor  –  Tr.  Krishna  Gopal

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RTI Week Project 4  –  Nov  16th  –  Kothambakam  Govt.  School

Project –   PRRT104  Freedom   Block     in   a   200   Year   old   village   school  with   only   1   PWD   road  side   water   tap,   needed   drinking  water  facility  for  200  children.  Tr.  Suraj  lead   12  Taps,  ½  BHP  pump,   plumbing  and  3000  Liter  capacity  gravity   fed  water  facility  was  setup  and  donated  at  a  cost  of  Rs.  25,000 Sponsor  –  PRRT  104  Table  project

Project 5  –  Nov  17th  –  Clooney  HIV  Girl  Children  Home

Project –  A  Stainless  steel  25  liter  Geyser  setup  at  a  cost  of  Rs.7,900   was   donated   to  HIV  affected  Girl  Children  home   by  PRRT  104  and  PLC47.  A  worth  project   especially  for   patients  suffering  from  AIDS,  where  they   can't  use  cold  water   due  to  body  temperature  control  issues  related  to  AIDS. Sponsor  –  PRRT  104  HT  Amarnath  &  PRLC  47  Cr.  Kavitha  Amarnath

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RTI Week Projects 6,7,8  –  Nov  18th  –  Sunday  Special  Food  Donation

Project –   140   KG   Suguna   Fried  Chicken   &   50  Kg  Veggi   Biriyani   was   prepared   at   a  cost   of   Rs.  20,000.   The  Sunday   special  meals  were  donated  as  3  different  projects.  500   +  meals  were  donated  to  Leprosy  home(100  patients),  Volantriat   Orphanage  (150  Elderly,  Handicapped,  Narikuravar),  Deepaoli  Grils  orphanage   (120   children)   and   Street  Children   by   PRRT104  &  PRLC47 Sponsor  –  PRLC  47,  Tr.  Senthil,Tr.  Ramesh,  Tr.  Satish,  Tr.  Rojesh  and  Chairman  Lakshmi  Narayanan

Project 9  –  Nov  23rd  –  St.  Mary’s  Immaculate  Govt.  School  Accessories

Project –   3   Lakh   FTE   School   Accessories   project   -­‐   AVC   Hari   Balaji   presided   over   1st   Phase   of   the   FTE   approved   PRRT104/MERT  30  joint   project   event.  RTI  week  convener  Tr.   Senthil   lead  the  project  and  donated  Rs.   75,000  worth   Sports  and  Lab  equipment. Sponsor  –  MERT  30/Chairman  Varindar  Rs.  50,000,  PRRT104  Rs.  25,000.  

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RTI Week Madras Knights  Round  Table    181 1. We  Started  of  By  Donating  At  Annai  Illam  Mylapore   A  Set  of  5   Ltr  Tea  Coffee  Cans,  A   couple  of   Stainless  Steel  Flasks  and  30   Bedsheets  on  21st  Of  November. 2. We   Donated   Paediasure   (1   month's   requirement)   for   cancer   affected  children  through  "Canstop"  Also  on  21st  November. 3. We   had     a   medical   camp   (Diabetes   screening   and   General   Medical   check-­‐up)   for   the   parents   of   students   studying   in   Siragu.  We  donated   footwear  to  further   150  students  of   Siragu   thereby   completing   the   footwear   requirement   of   the   entire   hostelers   of   Siragu.   We  Also   Donated  100  pairs  of   Spectacles   and   Sunglasses   for   the   Students   of   Siragu.   The   Event   was   witnessed  By  AST  Tr  Shriram   And  AREA  2  Project  Convener  Tr   Bharat  on  22nd  November. 4. Bal   Vihar     a  Home  for   Specially  Abled   Children   We  Donated   Utensils  worth  5000/-­‐  for  their  Daily  Use    on  23rd  November. 5. AT  Bhavishya  Deepam  again  a  Home  for  Children  we  Donated   Pillows/   Mats   and   Bedsheets   for   the   35   Inmates   on   23rd   November. 6. We  Sponsored  Lunch   for  Cancer   patients  through  "Sri  Madha   Trust" 7. We   Donated   around   75   Frocks   for   the   Inmates   of   Annai   Fathima  Welfare  Trust Overall   a   Great   RTI   Week   where   Most   of   the   Tablers   were   involved. MKRT  181   Spent   around  more  than   a  Lakh  But   The  Smiles  were   Worth  It. Tr  Balaji  Ramesh RTI  WEEK  CONVENER  MKRT  181  -­‐  2012-­‐2013

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Projects & Community Service Madras Cosmopolitan  Round  Table  94  celebrates  14th   anniversary  of  Sanjeevi Sanjeevi,  MCRT94’s  long  term  project  which   is  run  in  partnership  with   Ford  celebrated   its  14th   anniversary.  Tablers   visited  and   spent  the   day   in   Sanjeevi   and   thanked   Doc.   Achuth   who  has   been   the   person   instrumental   behind   this   successful  project. Yours  in  tabling, LMF.  Rajesh,  Secretary,  MCRT94

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Projects & Community Service Madras Spice  Round  Table  159 Projects The   Bhoomi   Pooja   at   the   Padappai   Girls   Government   School   was   done   in   this   quarter.   It   involves   a   total   expenditure   of   12   lakhs   for   construction   of   2   class   rooms  and   a  staircase.   A   grant  of   6   lakhs   from  RTIF  has  been   approved  for   the   same.   As   earlier   promised,   400   stationery   boxes   were  donated  to   the  Padappai  Government   Girls   School.   This   school   has   ample   scope   for   MSRT159   to  keep   adding  value  for  a  long  time  to   go.   You   can   see   below,   how   we   have   taken   special   efforts   to   put   as  many   photos   of   Chairman   and   VC   –   Kam   ke   time   aa   jate   hain,   aise   Dikhana   Padta  hai  !!!   Rest   you  have  the  Gutgutia  brothers   –   3   Musketeers.   Unka   kya   hai   office   ke   bahar   jump  mara  to  school  Pahunch  Gaye    :) Joint  Inter-­‐Table  Projects In  this  quarter   tablers  of   MSRT  159   assembled  at   V   H   S   (Voluntary   Health   Service).   Here   the   objective  was  to  interact  with  children  with  blood   diseases.  It  was   to  make  those   children  feel   lively   and  to  contribute  further   to  this  cause  all  Tablers   put  together   donated  toys,  books,  stroller,  TV,  etc   for   children   with   blood   diseases.   A   Special   mention   here   to  Tr.   Anshu,  Naresh,  Reshma  and   Anjali   for   having   coordinated   with   everyone   to   have  all  these  things   collected,  which   would  have   otherwise   never   happened.   It   was   something,   which   never   will   burden   any   of   us,   but   we  could   never   think   of   doing  such   things   without  such   a   splendid  effort  by  these  tablers.  The  idea  was  that   of  IPC  Anshumali  Jain,  implemented  and  executed   well  by  all  those  present  that  morning  at  VHS. Tr.  Naresh,  Sq  Leg  Rajeev,  Tr.  Anshu  &   Kunal  went  a  step  ahead  to   contribute  to   have  a  room  painted  for  those  kids  at   VHS. Basically   this  quarter   was  a  quarter   of   Joint   Programs  effected   by   our   Inter   Table  Convener   Tr.  Mahesh.  Some  good   projects  were  executed  together,  in  these  regards  : 1. Donation  of   a  weaving  loom   &  glass   moulding  machine   along  with   other   Christmas   festivities  with  MKRT   181   at   Asha,  a  home  for  special  children  at  St.  Andrews  Church. 2. Joint  Project  with  MHRT  124  at  the  Egmore  Women  &  Children  Hospital  cancer  ward. 3. Successful  implementation  of  the  Magic  Box  at  various  locations.

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Projects & Community Service Joint Cancer  Project  with  MHRT124 MSRT  159  and  MHRT124  did  a   joint  project  at  Egmore   Government  Women  &  Children   Hospital  (CANCER   WARD).   Here  they  served  165  Cancer   patients.  A  Wholesome  lunch  for  all  the  patients  was  served  personally   by  all  the   tablers   present.   They   even   distributed   toilet   kits   and   gift   hampers   to   all   patients.   The   Cancer   Ward   staff   were   truly   appreciative  of  this  effort  of  RTI  and  thanked  them  all  sincerely.   Twin  Project  for  the  Specially  Abled  inmates  of  Asha  home  @  St.Andrew  Church,  Egmore: I   sincerely  regret  having  missed  out  on  this  project  more  than  any   other   one.  A  heart  touching  and  a  very  interesting   initiative   of  MSRT39,  well  supported  and  executed   by  MSRT159.  This  project  reminded  me  of  the  Aamir  Khan  starrer   movie  “  Taare  Zameen  par.” On   the   first   day   was   Taare   Zammen   Pe,   a   project   wherein   the   painting  skills  of   the   mentally   challenged   kids  were   showcased.   The   objective   was   more   so   to   make   these   kids   happy.   And   the   best  way   to  do   so  is   to  make  them  feel  normal,  make  them  forget   their   challenges   and   get   dwelled   in   drawing   out   their   imagination.  And  believe   me,  the  result   was  excellent.  Kids  drew   their   heart   out.  Hidden   Talent  came  out,   and  the   project   was   a   success. Along  with  MKRT   181   MSRT  159  organized  a  Christmas  Carnival   for  the  disabled  kids  of  Asha  homes  on   he  second  day.  There  were   activities   like   getting   tattoos,   balloon   sculpting   etc,   which   thoroughly   made   the   kids   feel   like   being   pampered.   It   was   a   unique   project,   wherein   it   was   not   all   about   giving   material   things   alone,   it   was   about   making   those   challenged   kids   that   even  they  are   special.  It  was  about   bringing   in   them  a  feeling  of   Christmas,  which  is  all  about  spreading  happiness. Alongside,   MSRT159   Donated  20000   for   a   weaving   loom,  200ml   Paper   Glass   Moulding   machine   &   8no   Paper   Plate   Moulding   machine,  which  would  help  the  kids  in  their  vocational  training. Project  with  MCRT82  @  Bala  Vihar,  Kilpauk  on  31st  Jan. The   Project   started     with   planting   of   Flower   saplings   of   different   varieties   by   the   Tablers/Circlers   of   MSRT159   &   Tablers  of  MCRT82  along  with  Area  2  Go  Green  Co-­‐Convener  Tr.Amit  Kinger. We  then  spread  seeds  of  different  vegetables  on  the  soil,which  would  be  beneficial  to  the  Orphanage  in  the  long  run.... Last   but   not   the   least,we   planted   semi   grown   Fruit   trees   (Mango,Guava,Papaya,Jack   fruit,&   Banana),which   was   specially  requested  by  the  Dean  of  the  home. Yes!!!   indeed  a  little   bit  of   creativity   &   planning  was   all  we   needed  to   give   a  healthy   &   friendly   environment   to   the   inmates. Thanks  to  Chairman  Tr.Paul  of  MCRT82  to  be  present   along  with  his  Tablers  &  support  the  Go  Green  initiative.Special   thanks  to  Area  2  Go  Green  Co-­‐Convener  Tr.Amit  Kinger  for  his  presence  &  guidance  all  through  the  project.   As  the  saying  goes  "Where  ever  we  plant  love..............  Love    grows".

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Projects & Community Service Madras Knight  Round  Table  181 Joint  Community  Service  With  MWRT  10 MKRT   181   jointly   with   MWRT10  held  a  community  service   at   Asha   (ST.   Andrew's   Church)   a   Eduction   home   for   Specially   and   Physically   Abled   Children,   Vepery.   An   amount   of   Rs.   16200/-­‐   was   donated   towards   the   education   of   challenged   children.the   tablers   present   were   Tr.Hamir,   Tr.Amit   from   MKRT   181   and     Chairman   Tr.   Akshay   and   Tr.   Ratan   from   Table   10.   The   tablers   spent   time   with   the   children   and   interacted  with  them,which  made  them  feel  delighted.  Photos   were  taken  by  these  children  for  memories  to  cherish. The  tablers   surveyed  the   premises   and  exchanged  views  with   the   authorities   on   further   needs   of   the   institution,assuring   them  support  in  future  times  as  well. The   pictures   enclosed   shows   happy   interaction   with   the   children  and  the  tablers.

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Projects & Community Service Madras Knight  Round  Table  181 We   at   MKRT   181   inaugurated   a   toilet   block   at   Vivekananda   School,   Mudichur,Chennai.The   funds   were   raised   for   this   through   the   sale   of   the   chairman's  theme  pin  "kNOw  More   Tabling"  to  corporates   and  an  amount  of   Rs,   5,00,000/-­‐   was   raised   by   selling   4   limited   edition   pins,   proving   that   Impossible   is  Nothing.It  brings  us  immense  satisfaction  and  a  great  feeling  of   achievement   for  having  used  these  funds  to  build   the  toilet  block   that  will  be   used  by  more  than  300  students.Thus   creating  a  hygienic  and   healthy   school   atmosphere.We   believe   that   a   healthy   body   creates   a   healthy   mind,which   further  creates  healthy  thoughts,which  is  quintessential  for  children. This   facility   was   inaugurated   and   dedicated   to   the   students   by   Area   Chairman   Gitesh   in   the   presence   of   DCB   Bank   cluster   head   Mr.T.Ramesh,who  purchased  one  of   the   4  pins.  Tablers  present  from  MKRT   181   were  Tr.Hamir,  Tr.Mahesh,  Tr.Vinay  Krishna,  Tr.Sunil  and  myself.    Area   Chairman   Tr   Gitesh   and   Mr.T.Ramesh   along   with   other   tablers   interacted   with   students  and  teachers  and  visited  classrooms.We  were  all  facilitated  by   the  school  authorities  and  we  gave   our  respective   speeches  which  conveyed  our   best  feelings  and   thoughts.There  was   assurance  from  DCB  Bank  that  they  will  be  contributing  towards  our  requirements  every  year  for  such  projects. We   are  happy  to  open  doors  to  a  new  way  of   fund  raising  which  we  will  be   adopting  in  future  as  well,with  the  support   of  such  people  who  are  always  there  to  encourage  a  noble  cause. kNOw  More  Tabling Gaurav  Bajaj Chairman    And  Go  Green  Convener   MKRT181  

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Getting To Be GREEN!!! Madras Esplanade  Round  Table  30  presents GO  GREEN  BOX

MERT30  is  proud  to  present  an  effort  on  its  part  on  this  World  Environment  Day  –  GO  GREEN  box.

The box  contains  25   nos   of  BIO  DEGRADABLE  BAGS.   Sized  like   a   regular   Tissue  Box  for  your  Car,  you  can   pull  out   these  environment  friendly  bags  whenever  you  have  thrash  to  be  discarded.  While  keeping  our  City  and  your  car  clean,   these  Bags  also  ensure  your   trash  reaches  the  right  place  instead  of   the  streets.  Thoughtful  messages   too  have  been   added  to  the  box. While   the   cost  for  the  box  works  out  to  about  100.00  each  (thanks  to  Tablers/Tables  who  confirmed  order   at  the  AEX   meeting  at  Pondy),  we  are   handing  them  out  FREE.  Our  thanks  to  sponsors  Shantiniketan  &  Goel  Steel  for  making  this   possible. Must   acknowledge   the   efforts  of   Tablers   Sid  Bhaiya,   Sriram,   Sahil   Kalra  in   making   this   a   reality.   Our   target   is   to   distribute   at   least   10000   boxes   with   your   active   participation.   We   also   happy   to   inform   you   that   our   Square   Leg   Sidharth   Daga  has  taken   this  idea  and  implemented  in  his  Pharma  Company  and  now  they   are  distribution  upwards  of   10,000  Go  Green  Boxes. You   can   request  your  Boxes  and  also  your   feed  back  on  "gogreen@mert30.com".  If  you  would  like   to  be   a   part   of  this   initiative  do  mail  us/reach  out  to  me  or  Sid  Bhaiya  for  more  details  on  this. We  handed  out  the  "GO  GREEN  BOX"  at  the  VISION  CAR  RALLY  for  all  participants.  (pics  attached).   Our   Objective   remains   the   same.   Replacing   Two   Lac   Fifty   Thousand   Plastic   Covers   with   Bio   Degradable   Covers   through  the  Box.  If  you  notice,  the  RTI  Logo,  FTE  logo  have  been  given  prominence  with  no  period  specific  logos.   Looking  forward  to  views  and  feedback, LMF.  Tr.  Varinder  Singh Chairman,  MERT  30

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Getting To Be GREEN!!! Madras Knights  Round  Table  181  Go  Green

Go  Green  with  Students  of  Activity  Centre Gentlemen,

We at  MKRT  181  had  a  Go-­‐Green  activity  at  Wonder  Years  School  at  T.Nagar  (with  kids  from  their  Lady  Andal  branch   too).  The  activity   was   attended  by   Cr.Deepa   Bajaj,   Tr.Dipesh   Jain,   Tr.Pratik  Shah,   Tr.Hamir   Sampat   and  myself.   50   potted  saplings  of  various  variety   were   distributed  to   pre-­‐school   kids  by  the  circler  and  tablers   present  there  and  they   were   taught   to   take   care   of   these   plants   by   watering   them   on   a   daily   basis   and   keeping   them   in   their   rooms   or   balconies  for  sunlight.  The  kids  were  pleasantly  surprised  and  had  ample  joy  in  their  eyes  to  see  such  colorful  plants. We   also  requested   the   school   principle   to   encourage   the   children   to   take   up   gardening   as   a   hobby   and   to   further   educate   them  on   the  benefits  of   growing  trees    and   plants.the  parents  felt   over  whelmed  and  showed   support  to  our   cause.  IT  is  our  effort  to   inculcate  green  ideas  and  values  in  the  thought  process  of   children  at  this  tender  age  so  that   they  are  able  to  direct  their  actions  to  color  the  planet  in  the  greenest  of  shades.  We  wish  that    children  stay  connected   to  gardens,soil  and  plants  rather   than  i  phones  and  i   pads.  Having  done  this  we  only  feel  more  encouraged  than  ever  to   take  our  green  ideas  to  many  more  schools  and  institutions. an  old  saying-­‐  never  go  green  (with  envy) and  we  say-­‐  for  ever  go  green  (with  joy) Dreaming  Green, kNOw  more  tabling, Gaurav  Bajaj Chairman  and  Go-­‐Green  Convenor  MKRT  181

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MKRT  181  Goes  Green  on  Round  Table  Day Gentlemen,

Education is  what  you   get   through   books,Knowledge   is   what   you   realise   through   action.   Believing   this   we   at   MKRT  181   decided  to  take   our  Green  actions  to  the  next   level.   We  envisaged  a  vision  were  in  students  of   all  ages   would   be   able   to   access   high   quality   standard   of   environmental   education   which   would   transform   to   knowledge   for   life,   thus   creating   a   better   and   Greener   Earth. We   approached   Vivekananda   School   at   Mudichur   with   our   concept   and   explained   our   long   term   outlook   to   them,   which   they     understood  well   and   reciprocated   in   the   most   positive  manner.  They   allocated   a  newly   built   room  towards  this  project  which  we   named  as   THE   GO   GREEN  NATURE  HUB.  The  purpose  of  this  Nature  Hub   is  to  provide  students  access  to  materials  such  as  books,   computers,  projector   and  plant   samples  to  study   about   the  Flora  and  Fauna  in  their  vicinity. This   facility   was   inaugurated   by   Area   Vice   Chairman   Hari   Balaji,   in   the   presence   of   AST   Sriram   and   Area   Green   Convener  Sidharth  Bhaiya  on  14-­‐03-­‐13  which  happens  to  be  Round  Table  Charter   Day.   Tablers  Pratik,  Mahesh,  Vinay,   Dipesh  and  myself  were  present  from   MKRT  181.  The   Room  was  Built  by  using  only  natural   materials  such  as  Bamboo,   Clay  tiles  and  Non  Toxic  Paints. Regular  classes   will  be  conducted  to  create  awareness  about  not  only  endangered  species  and  climate   change,but   also   how   one   can   benefit   from   locally   grown   herbs   and   plants   with   medicinal   values.knowledge   will   be   unlocked   by   encouraging  them   to   plant   such   species   in   their   own   gardens   or   balconies   and  experience   the   invaluable   benefit   of   Nature  which  can  easily  cure  a  plethora  of  diseases,mild  as  well  as  acute. Encouragement   through   monetary  sponsorship  and  recognition  through   awards  shall  also  be   done  to  empower  them.   The  Mantra  of  3  R's  i.e.-­‐  REUSE,REDUCE   AND  RECYCLE  will  be  inculcated  in  students.  To   teach  them  practical  ways   of  understanding,we   have  instructed  the  school  authorities  to  take  them  on  field  trips  as  a  part  of  this  curriculum.  The   Government  schools  in  the  area  have  also  been  asked  to  send  their  students  to  access  the  NATURE  HUB,  as  we  believe   that  knowledge  should  not  be  restricted  within  boundaries. We   hope   that   the  efforts  put   in   will  encourage   and  benefit   these   students  for   a   healthier   and   better   life   ahead.  The   Total  Project  was  4  Lakhs  and  Tablers  of  MKRT  181  Contributed  Towards  it. In  the  relentless  pursuit  of  Going  Green. kNOw  more  tabling, Gaurav  Bajaj Chairman  and  Go-­‐Green  Convenor  MKRT  181

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Getting To Be GREEN!!! Madras Knights  Round  Table  181

World  Environment  Day  -­‐  June  5th Gentlemen,

MKRT 181  is  glad  to  announce  its  new  Go  Green   initiative  today  being  the  Environmental  Day.   We  have  partnered  with   a  boutique  nursery  named  Hariththarang  in  T.Nagar.  Starting  from  today  all   twinklers  of  Area  2  as  well  as  children  in   and  around  the   locality   will   be   taught   in   the   nursery   about   all   the   different   kinds  of   plants,their   habitat   and   their   specific   benefits  on  their   visit.   Apart  from  this  they  will  be   encouraged  to  cultivate   gardening  as  a  hobby   and  will  be   supported  with  the  materials  required  for  the  same. The   nursery   is   contributing   a   percentage   of   all   their   proceeds   to   MKRT   181   Go   Green   Projects,for   an   entire   year.   There   is   a   good   amount   of   discount   available   to   tablers  and  their  family. We   believe   that   all   that   Nature   has   given   us   cannot   be   just   acknowledged  and   celebrated  in   a   single   day,   so   we   intend  celebrating  Environmental  Day,  everyday.   We  shall   be   coordinating  with  all  tables  to  make  a  group   visit   to   the   nursery   on   regular   basis.   We   request   all   tablers,   circlers   and   twinklers   to   make   most   of   this   initiative. kNOw  more  tabling, Gaurav  Bajaj Chairman  and  Go-­‐Green  Convenor  MKRT  181

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Getting To Be GREEN!!! Madras Knights  Round  Table  181

GO  GREEN  GOWSHALA  ACTIVITY  -­‐  June  9th Gentlemen,

The Green   Table   MKRT   181   organized   a  Go   Green   Project   at  a  Gowshala   today.  The   Gowshala   is  named  Indian  Institute  Of   Animal  Welfare  and  is   located  in  Neelankarai,   ECR.   Our   objective   was   to   collect   funds   and   donate   the   same   towards   better   infrastructure   and   medical   facilities   for   the   cattle,and   also   with   the   motive   of   encouraging   our   Twinklers   to   get   a   feel   of   life   in   a   barn   with   close   proximity   to   domestic   animals.   This   Gowshala  shelters  around  250   cows   and  poultry,   most   of   the   animals  saved  from  ill  treatment  and  slaughter. This   event   was   attended   by   Area   Chairman   Gitesh,   MKRT   181   VC   Pratik,   Secretary   Hamir,   Prospect   Manish,   Mrs.   Nila   Sampat   (Hamir's   mother),   circler   Deepa,   Twinklers-­‐Arnav,   Rishav,   Dwij,   Karan,   my   nephew   Rudransh   and   Myself.   MKRT   181   donated  an   amount  of   Rs.   21,000/-­‐  to  the  Gowshala.   All  those  present  had   an   unique   experience   of   spending  time  with   these   gentle  animals,  by   feeding  them   and  learning   about   them   from   the   well   trained   and   dedicated   staff.   Appreciate   Area   Chairman   Gitesh's  effort   to  attend  this  event   and  was  overwhelmed  to   see   him   reach   out   to  all   corners  of  the  Gowshala  to  feed  the  cows  even  though  with  support.     My  heart  swells  with  joy  to  have  witnessed  the   happiness  on  the  face  of  our  Twinklers,   who  to  our   surprise   spent   an   hour   and  a   half   at   the   Gowshala   and  were   completely   reluctant   to  get  back,   and  did   so  only  after  repeated  persuasion.  It  was  also  a  pleasure   to   see   Mrs.   Nila   Sampat   giving   answers   to   all   the   queries   of   the   Kids   and   her   participation  with  such  enthusiasm  in  this  event. Such  moments  should  make  us  realize   that   it  is  not  our   children  who  stay   away  from   nature   but   its   us   who   never   make   an   attempt   to   get   them   to   be   in   a   natural   environment.   We   at   MKRT   181   shall   make   many   more   such   attempts   to   take   our   children  closer  to  a  healthier  and  a  more  meaningful  life. kNOw  more  tabling, Gaurav  Bajaj Chairman  and  Go-­‐Green  Convenor  MKRT  181

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Fundraiser Dawn to  Dusk  2013  –  Bal  Sanjeevani  &  Cerebral  Palsy Sq.   Leg   Neville   Billimoria   of   Madras   Cosmopolitan   Round   Table   94   annually   organises   a   fundraiser   12-­‐hour   event,   called  Dawn  to  Dusk,  where  he  cycles  and  runs  for  the  entire  12   hours  along  with  various  organisation.      Rs.50,19,000/-­‐   was  raised  through   this  event.    The  funds  raised   went  towards  Bal  Sanjeevani   project   that  provides  therapy  services   and  facilities  that  aid  babies  and  children  affected  by  Cerebral  Palsy  coming  from  low  income  groups.  The  therapy  that   are   provided  by  Bal  Sanjeevani  is  free  of  cost  to  these  children  affected  by  Cerebral   Palsy.  Round  Table  India  logo  was   printed  in  all  publicity  materials  and  also  on  Sq.  Leg.  Neville’s  jersey. The   running   session   was   flagged-­‐off   by   His   Excellency   Governor   of   Tamil   Nadu   Mr.   Rossiah   at   9:30am.   Neville   was   joined   in   the   first   10   km   of   the   running   phase   by   Members   of   Saarang   2013   -­‐   Students   of   IIT,   along   with   more   IIT   students.   Running  session   concluded   at   3.30   pm   and   the   cycling   phase   of   the  event  commenced.   More  bicycle   riders   joined   Neville  this  time   along  with  the   Tamil   Nadu  Cycling  Club  (TCC)   and  the   Cycling  community   from   IIT  Campus.   The  ride  stretched   all  the  way   past   Mahabalipuram   and   there   will  be   a   turn-­‐around   to  return   back   to   finish   the   event.  The   Cycling   culminated   at   9.30   pm   at   the   Radisson   Blu   Hotel,   St.Thomas   Mount.   A   special  pin  created  by  MMRT42  and  MCRT94  was  released  by  His  Excellency   Governor   of   Tamil  Nadu  Mr.  Rossiah   for   the  event  and   he  handed  over   the   first  pin  to  Area  chairman  Gitesh.    The  event  was  covered  by   a  lot   of  regional   and   national   news  papers  and  various  web  portals.  MCRT  94  and  MMRT42   sold  the  special   edition   pin   at  the  venue  of   the  run  and   also  at  various   table   events.   Total   money   raised   through   pin   sales   was   more   than   Rs.60,000/-­‐.   The   table   also   received   by   way   of   donation   a   sum   of   Rs.   One   Lakh   as   a   donation  from  Tr.  Madan  and  others.  The  pictures  of  the  event  will  follow. Yours  in  tabling, LMF.  Tr.  Rajesh  Jayaraman  and  LMF.  Tr.  Aswin  Chander MCRT94

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Fundraiser Madras Anchorage  Round  Table  100 Stars  of  Indian  Idol

I do  not  know  what  to  write  or  how  to  write  this  report.  Do   not  know  under   what   category   I   need  to   add   this  report,   is   it  a  fundraiser,   LAPD,  fellowship.   I  am   not   sure  I   can  justify   this  journey  in  a   mere  report  and  try  describing  the   hard  work,   team  work  and  perseverance   of  the  MART  100  family.  However   I  am   writing  this   report  to  share  our  experiences  to  RTI  family. The  Idea  of  Fund  Raiser The   seed   for   this   event   was   planted  on   the   informal   nite   at   Area   AGM  at   Voila   Pondi.  There  was  talk  about  a  fund  raiser.  We  left  the   nite  thinking  it  was   alcohol   doing  the  talking  the  nite  before. During   our   next   business   meet,   the   group   bought   this   topic   up   to   gauge   the   reaction   of  the  floor.  All  agreed  and  asked  our  community  convener   Tr  Anurag  to   look  at  various  options  available  to  us. Tr   Anurag   got   busy   and  our   compliments  to   him   and   Tr   Amit,   bcos  in   a   week’s   time  they   sent  out  a  detailed   presentation  with  various  options   on  different  kinds   of   fundraisers   available   to   us.   The   same   was  taken   at   the   next   meeting   and   all   options  were   discussed  in  detail.   Finally   STARS  of   INDIAN  IDOL  was  chosen.   An   event   which   was   live   concert,   having   the   finalists   to   this   year’s   INDIAN   IDOL   finalists  Vipul  Mehta,  Amit  Kumar  and  Poorvi  Koutish. The  Problems This  was  just   the  beginning,  there  were  many  discussion   held  since  this  was  a  big  budget  event  and  we   did  not  have  the   experience  to  pull  of   an   event  of  this   scale.  The  floor  felt  that  a  fund  raiser   with  lower  budgets  could   be  looked  at  like   casino   nite  etc.  However   the  idea  of  live  concert   was  appealing  and  discussion  came   back  to  STARS  OF   INDIAN  IDOL.   Even  after  this  many  discussions  were  held  on  the  pro   and  cons  of  the  same.  We  took  a  call  that  we  were  going   ahead   with  the  event  and  this  STARS  OF  INDIAN  IDOL  was  on  and  was  decided  to  be  held  on  2nd  Dec  2012. During  the  planning   of  this  event  we  came  to  realize  that  even  though  we   had  a  common  goal  we   made  the   mistake   that  of  assuming  all  were  on  same  wave  length,  our  assumptions  was  wrong  and  difference  did  crop  up  and  we  realized   that  our   ideas,   thoughts,  views  and  more  over   attitudes  were   completely   parallel  moving  against   each   other  towards   the  same  goal.  The  biggest  challenge  was  to  convert  the   same  fierce   fires  in  us  towards  one  mission,  one  goal  …that’s   when  our  theme  of  last  year  “  lets  anchor  it  right”  came  to  practice. The  Solutions We   got   our   break   when   Jewel   Creation   agreed  to  be   our   Co-­‐Sponsor   and  Twills  Lifestyle  followed  immediately   and   agreed  to  be  our  associate  sponsor.  Jain  Housing  came  forward  as  the  Title  sponsor  and  we  were  sailing. Everything  fell  in   its  place  and  we  were  waiting  for  our   STARS  to  land  in  Chennai.  Murphy’s  Law   nothing   is   over,  till   it’s  over.  One  of   our  actual  lead  singer   Mr.  Devendra  Pal  Singh’s   granddad  passed  away   and  he  backed  out  from   our   concert.  We  went   into  a  panic  mode  and  were  helpless  and  then  we  got  the   news  that  Amit  Kumar   the  1st  runner  up   of   Indian  Idol  was  available  as  replacement,  we  were  jumping  with  joy  and  it  turned  out  to  be  blessing  in  disguise.

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Fundraiser Madras Anchorage  Round  Table  100 The  Event  “  Stars  of  Indian  Idol” The   show   started   at   19.30   hours   and   our   MC   for   the   evening   was   Mr   Vaibhav   Motha.  He  introduced  Amit  Kumar.  Amit  Kumar   started   with  his  trademark  song   from   Band  Baja   Baraat.  It   blew  the  entire   audiences  mind  away,  what   a  voice  and   what   an   attitude;   it   was   as  if   the   stage   made   him   rockstar   completely   different   from  his  usual  shy  self. He   was   followed   by   Poorvi   Koutish   who   again   rocked   with   Dhunki   Dhunki   lage   and  Aa   Zara  Kareeb   se.   We  heard   a  comment   how  can   someone   so   small   have  a   voice  like  hers,  simply  rocking,  hopefully  the  next  Sunidhi  Chauhan. The   Indian   Idol   Vipul   Mehta   turn   came   next   and  he   was   in   his  own   world   in   a   medley  from   the  past,  which  again,  simply   superb,  no  words  to  describe  his  singing   prowess.   The   Stars   ensured   and   made   sure   that   they   made   the   show   lively   by   interacting  with  audience  and  involving  them   into  the  show  and  keeping  it  active.   The  kids  enjoyed  dancing  with  Poorvi  and  Amit  Kumar.

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Fundraiser Madras Anchorage  Round  Table  100 Our  Own  Rockstar  –  MART  100  Idol A  special  mention  of  our   own  rockstar  Tr  Amit   Shah  ,  taking  centre  stage  and   singing  with  Vipul   Mehta  on  the  stage.   He  sang  the  song  Pukarta  Chala  Hoon   Mein,   shocking  the  audience  and  us   with  the  ease  of   singing  and  without   any   fumbling.  Saalle  ne  dil  jeet  liya. The   event   had   members   from   the   tabling  fraternity  as  audience  too.  We   had   Area   Chairman   Gitesh   and   NVP(Elect)   and   AST   Deepak   Menda   coming   for   the   show.   We   would   like   to   thank   them   for   the   same. The   event   ended   by   22.30   hours   and   finally   sighs   of   relief,   happiness   on   every  Tablers  face.  We  had  pulled  of  a   super   successful   event   against   all   odds.   We   went   back   to   our   haunt   Blend  for  post  event  success  party. Lessons  Learnt Indian   Idol   was   a   true   result   of   Martians   putting   aside   the   attitude   of,   me,   myself   and   rather   moving   together   to   what   we   call   group   objective.   This   event   made   me   understand  what  the   actual  meaning   of   bonding,   friendship   and   true   fellowship,   determination,   grit   and   team  work.  Just  a  like   how  a   diamond   is   tested   at   high   temperatures   and   certified.   I   can   proudly   say   that   we   will   standby   each   other,   what   may   come. Vote  of  Thanks I  would   like  to  thank  all  our  sponsors,   guests,  audiences  to  make   our  show  a   super   success.  The  event  would  not  have   been  possible  with  their  faith  in  our  abilities  to  give  a  entertaining  program. Our  thanks  and   appreciation  to  our  title  sponsor  Jain  Housing  and  Construction  Ltd,  our  Co-­‐Sponsor  Jewel  Creations,   Associate  Sponsor  Twills  Lifestyle.  Not  to  forget  all  the  supporting  partners  without  which  this  event   would  not  have   been  possible.  Thank  you  all  once  again  in  the  faith  you  had  in  our  event  and  us. A  big  thanks  for  Tr  Anurag  and  Tr  Amit  for  successfully  getting  the  Stars  of  Indian  Idol  first  time  to  Chennai  and  their   constant   follow  up,  dedication,  never  die  spirit  and  hard  work  and  meticulous  planning  leading  to  successful  execution   of  this  eve.

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Fundraiser Madras Anchorage  Round  Table  100 I  would  also  like  to  thank  the  following: Chairman  Rajesh  Shah  for  ensuring  our  show  was  sold  out  and  getting  in  our  green  partner  Evolve  India. Tr  Satish  Mehta  for  roping  in  Title  Sponsor  Jain  Housing  and  Construction  and  Supporting  Partners. Cedilla  Group  and  DC  in.  We  would  also  like  to  thank  him  for  super  deal  he  got  us  with  Hindu  for  our  advertisements. Tr  Kunal  Choudhary  for  getting  the  Co-­‐Sponsor  Jewel  Creations  in,  which  actually  got  our  ball  rolling. Tr  Anurag  Jhawar  for  roping  in  our  Associate  Sponsor  Twill  Lifestyles. HT   Prabhat   Sreewastav   for   ensuring   the   STARS   of   INDIAN   IDOL   had   a   roof   over   their   heads,   by   roping   in   our   Hospitality  Partner  Taj  Mount. Tr  Vikas  Bhootra  for  being  our  lightning  partner  through  his  firm  Avinash  Cables. Tr  Apoorva  Modi  for  getting  the  Fitness  partner  Ogawa  and  print  partner  Oorjaa. Tr  Amit  Shah  for  getting  in  majority  of  donors,  ticket  advertisements  and  banners. Special  Thanks  to Tr   Rajeev   Shah,   Chetan   N a i k ,   T r   A n o o p   Madhavan,   Tr   Bhavesh   Saiyya,   Tr   Sidharth   Goti   and   HT  Mustafa  Kapi  all   supporting   us   in   every   p o s s i b l e   w a y   a n d   contributing   ideas   to   m a k e   t h i s   e v e n t   successful. Ms.   Mili   Sanghavi   and   Amuse   Events   as   our   local   event   managers,   who   ensured   that   out   show   did   not   have   any   hic   hic   ups   at   the   last   moment. Thank   you   Chairman   Rajesh   Shah   for   having   the  trust   and   faith  in  the   abilities   of   the   floor,  and   went  ahead  with  the  event   against  all  odds.

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Fundraiser Madras Knights  Round  Table  181  Sold  Pins  to  Raise  Money Gentlemen, The   management   of   Vivekananda   Schools   had   approached   me   some   time   back   with   a   proposal   to   donate   funds   towards   either  their   class  room   or  toilet  block.  The  cost  of  either  of  it   is  approx.  Rs.5,00,000.  I  have   told  them  that  I   will  try  my  best.  I  am  fully  aware  that  we   are  out  of  funds.  So  the  only  quickest  way  of  raising  funds  which  occurs  to  me   is  by  auctioning  my  "kNOw  more  tabling  pins"  which  I  have  just  4  remaining. I  know   it   has  never  been  done  before  and  that   it   is  a  big  challenge  to  sell  these  pins  at  a  minimum  cost  of   Rs.10,000/-­‐,   but  that  is  a  risk  I  should  be  willing   to  take  to  see   if  there  is  some  value  not  just  to  me  as   a   chairman  but  even   on  a   personal  level.  I  am  challenging  the  limits  with  a  belief  that  humanity  still  believes  in  supporting  the   right  cause.  I  hope   I  am  able  to  raise  substantial  funds  to  contribute  towards  either  of  the  requirements. I  will  be  approaching  some  corporates  from   tomorrow   for   the  same.  The   funds  when  received  will   be   routed  through   our  table  and  the  project  will  be  done  under  the  name  of  our  esteemed  table  MKRT  181. If   this  goes   well  then   I'm   sure   we   will  be   always  having   a  sure   shot   way   of   raising  funds  through   this  route   even   in   future.  I  seek  your   support   in   selling  these  pins  as   well   and   to  create  an   intangible  value   to  the   name  of   our   table.  I   thank  Hamir  for  the  presenting  my  drafted  material  so  professionally. kNOw  more  tabling, Gaurav  Bajaj Chairman  and  Go  Green  Convener MKRT  181 Draft  of  the  actual  letter: We   at  Madras  Knights  Round  Table  181  are  auctioning  our   limited  edition  pins  with  the  tag  "kNOw  More   Tabling"  for  the   purpose  of   charity.  The  proceeds  of  these  pins  will  go  towards  our   Go  Green   Projects   or   towards  providing   better   infrastructure  facilities  like  class   room  or   toilet  blocks  at  Vivekananda   School,   Mudichur. Only  50  such  pins  have  ever   been  made.  These  Limited  Edition  pins  are  with  46  Round  Tablers  only.  The   successful   bidders   will  be  the  chosen   few  to   posses  these  pins   other   than   the   Tabling  fraternity.  Only   4   such  pins  are  available  for  auction  and  the  bid  starts  at  Rs.10,000/-­‐  per  pin. Your  support  towards  this  charitable  cause  will  be  highly  appreciated. kNOw  More  Tabling,   Gaurav  Bajaj Chairman  and  Go  Green  Convener MKRT  181 Editor’s   note:  MKRT  181  and  its  Chairman  Tr.   Gaurav  raised  the  entire  Rs.5,00,000/-­‐  by  selling  the  4  pins.  A  fantastic   effort  for  a  great  cause!!!

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hosted jointly  by  Tr.  Kaushal  -­‐  MMRT3,  Tr.  Rajesh  -­‐  MCRT94  and  Table  -­‐  MMRT42 It  was  time  to   haunt  the   town.  It   was  three  way   joint  meet  between   3,  42   and  94.   The  dinner   meet  saw  some   people   dressed  in  real  scary  costume,  so  scary  that  the  real  ones  got  a  bit  of  complex. Yours  in  Tabling,   LMF.  Rajesh  Jayaraman Secretary,  Madras  Cosmopolitan  Round  Table  94

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Fellowship Nerdy Night  @  MMRT  3  -­‐  Archimedes Here’s  the  Story IMAGINE  ARCHIMEDES  NAKED,  FLOATING  IN  A  BATH  TUB,  DAYDREAMING  IF  DENSITY  =   MASS  BY  VOLUME  OR  VOLUME  =  MASS  BY  DENSITY,  OR  EVEN,  MASS  =  DENSITY  INTO   VOLUME. And  then,  Eureka!  He’s  running  through  the  streets,  painting  the  town  Wet.  If  only,  the  Volume  of   a  towel  could  have  covered  the  Density  of  his  freely  bouncing  Mass.  Oh  the  sight!  If  only,  he  was   sexier.

If only,  he  knew  that  2225  years  later  there  would  be  an  exciting  gathering  of  scientific  minds  at  the  Radisson  Blu   Egmore.  

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IF YOU  CAN  SEE  THE  BOTTLES  CLEARLY  YOU  ARE IN  THE  SAME  HIGH  SPIRITS  THAT  WE  ALL  WERE  IN. By  LMF.  Tr.Kaushal  Shah Secretary,  MMRT3

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Tr. Rajeev,  who  is  also  the  fellowship  convenor,  lead  from  the  front  by   hosting   a  fabulous   lunch  meet  in  a  place  called   “Cock”  Forest  yup  Kottai  Kadu.  He  had  organized  for  speed  boat  rides,  banana  boat   rides,   kayaking  among  many  other   water   sports.   It   kept   people   of   all   the   age   group   busy.   The   place   was  fabulous   and   so  much   of   effort   had   gone   in   organizing  this  Lunch  meet. Yours  in  Tabling, LMF.  Tr.  Rajesh  and  LMF.  Tr.  Aswin.  C MCRT94

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Fellowship Madras Knights  Round  Table  181’s  Diwali  Fellowship It  was   again  a  volcanic   diwali   fellowship  organised   at   Tr.  Vinay   Krishna   house  on   east  coast  road.  Almost  45   heads   were   present  including  tablers  circlers  sq.  legs  and  specially   twinklers  who  had  real  blast.  We  had  organised   for  some   yummy  food    excellent  cocktails  and  lovely  music  as  usual. Twinklers  had  great   time  bursting  crackers.   There  was  a  situation   where   it   was  really  difficult  to  handle  the  twinklers   as   they   were   so   excited   bursting   crackers   together.   Some   of   the   guys   were   busy   gambling.   There   was   along   card   session.  Gifts  were  exchanged  the  same  evening  among  the  tablers. I  can  never  forget  this  diwali   fellowship  because  it  was  my  birthday  also  and  you  guys  can  imagine  how  many  birthday   bums  i  would  have  got  when  so  many  heads  present.  Altogether  it  was  was  a  blasting  diwali  fellowship. Tr.  Mukesh  Sinha Fellowship  Convener  -­‐  MKRT  181  -­‐  2012-­‐2013

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Fellowship Madras Knights  Round  Table  181’s  Cric  O  Mania After   the  success  of  Cric  O  Mania  last  year,  MKRT  181,  the   youngest  table  of  Area  2,  organized  the  second  edition   of   Cri  O  Mania.  An  Indoor  Cricket  League,  which  witnessed  an  overwhelming  participation  from  tables  of  Area  2. The  promotions  to  the   grand  sporting  event  began   a   good   two   weeks   ahead,  with   flyers  being  circulated  among  all   tables.  As  the  excitement  built  up  we  had  16  out  of  the  18  tables  of  Area  2  registering.   The  Draw The  draw  was  conducted  in  the  the  presence  of   Area  Chairman  Tr.  Gitesh   Aggarwal  and  AST.  Tr.  Shriram   along  with   Tr.  Hamir  Sampat. A   wonderful   venue   –   Cric   Cube   Indoor   sports   Stadium,   Guindy,   the   event   began   at   2.30   PM   with   over   200   tablers   participating   in   the   event.   The   rules   for   the   matches  were   that   each   team   of   8   to  have   6   tablers   and  2   could  be   a   combination  of   two  Circlers  or   two     Twinklers   or  one  circler  and   one  twinkle  which  ensured  participation  from  circlers   and  twinklers  as  well. We  had  Tr.  Ameet  Mirpuri   –  National  Fellowship  Convener   as   the  Guest   of  honor   who  witnessed   the  event   and  gave   away   the   winning   trophies   along   with   the   Tr.Gaurav   Bajaj,   Chairman   MKRT   181.   16   teams   battled   it   out   for   the   trophies. With   trophies   being   given   for:  The  Winner,  Runner   up,  Best   Batsman,  Best   Bowler,  Best  Fellowship  and   Man   of   the   Series  besides  the  Winner  and  the  Runner  Up  Trophy. As   the  matches   began,  it  was  some   serious  cricket,  with   the   captains   getting   into  their   team   huddles  and  planning   before  the  start  of   each  game.  With   two  pitches  in   the  stadium  we   hosted  two  games  at  a   time   and  as   the  matches   began   the   decibel   levels  in   the   stadium   began   to  raise.   We   had   the   qualifying   matches  until   7   PM   after   which   the   quarter   finals   and   semi   final   matches   went   on   till   9PM.   The   Final   match   between   MWRT   10   and   the   defending   champions  of  last  year  MCRT  162  began  at  9.30. The  Finals  was  a  super  match  that  went  down  to  the  wire  and  MWRT  10  emerged  winner. The  event  witnessed  some  awesome   performances  from   individual  players  -­‐    The  best  batsman   trophy  was  bagged  by   Tr.Amit  Kinger  of  table  10,  best   bowler  –  Tr.  G.V.Satish  Kumar  –  162,  Man   of  the  Series  –  Tr.   Dushyant  of  Table  10.  And   the  fellowship  award  went  to  159. The  live  dosa  counter   was   relished  by   everyone   thanks  to  Tr.   Mukesh  Sinha  for  his  sponsorship.  A   true  sportsman  Tr.   Hamir   Sampat   has  been  sponsoring  the  Trophies  each   year,  the  event   was   flawlessly  executed  by   181   with  each  tabler   sticking  to   their  responsibilities,  Tr.  Balaji,   Tr.  Mahesh,   Tr.  Rajeshwar    and  Tr.  Pratik  handling  the  Registration  desk.   Tr.   Ram   and  Tr.  Vinay  Krishna  were  always  on  their  foot  getting  the  best  glimpses  of  the  day  with  their   cameras.  Tr.   Nikhil  managing  the  food  counter.  Tr.  Kaval  as  usual  swung  into  action  as  MC  and  Tr.  Hamir  managing  the  matches. Overall   the   event   received   applauds  from   the   Area   Board   and  tables  of   Area   2.   An   attendance   of   over   200   tablers,   Circlers  and  Twinklers  only  goes  to  show  the  strength  and  popularity  the  event  has  gained  over  the  last  2  years.   For    Madras  Knights  Round  Table  181, Tr.  Ajmal  Dastagir Convener  –  Inter  Table  Sports  2012-­‐13

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Fellowship Madras Knights  Round  Table  181’s  Mens  Cook  Out Wow  what  fun  we  had.  We  guys  of  MKRT  181  decided  to  cook  for   our   better  halves  one  evening  and  impress  them  with   our  cooking  capabilities.  Venue  was  Samson   Tower  roof  top.  We  all,   guys  met  up  on  9th   evening  of   this  month.  Four   groups   were  formed  among   ourselves   and  we  decided    among   ourselves   who  will  cook  what.  Like   one   group   was   in   charge  of   non   veg  starter  headed  by   Tr.  Vinay  Grandhi  and  Tr.   Kavalpreet.  I  was  really  shocked  to  see  that  Vinay  can   grill  so   well.  Tr.  Balaji  and  Tr.  Rajeshwar   was  also  part  of  starter  and  they  made  some  awesome  veg  starter.  After  that   evening  Balaji  is  named  as  Bonda  Balaji  as  his  bondas  were  really  amazing. We  had  other  group  who  was  in   charge  of  main  course  which  I  was  heading.  I  never  knew  that  I   can  also  cook  so  well.we  made  some  awesome   chicken   curry  aloo   paneer   and   jeera  rice.  I  had   Tr.   Hamir,Tr.   Sunil   and   Tr.   Rahul   in   my   team.   First   time   I   saw   Rahul   cutting   onions/   Yes   Hamir   also   prepared   amazing   calcutta   style   Jhal   Muri   which   was   really   liked   by   every   one.   Sunil  was  surprise  package  when  he  made  very  tasty  white  sauce  pasta. How  can  we  forget  Deserts.  We  had   dedicated  team  which  was  headed  by   Tr.  Amit  Mehta  and   incoming  Chairman  Tr.  Prateek.  These  guys  had  really  prepared  some  sumptuous  Orio  desert   and   strawberry   soufflé.   Most   of   our   twinklers   were   crowding   near   this   counter   as   they   were   really   enjoying  the  deserts.  We  all  ended  up  the  day   with  all   together  different  kind  of  experience  over  eating.                                         Tr.  Mukesh  Sinha Fellowship  Convener  -­‐  MKRT  181  -­‐  2012-­‐2013

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Fellowship Madras Knights  Round  Table  181’s  Yester  Year  Fellowship Life   moves  on   but  memories  are  memories  which  last  forever  especially   when  it  is  with  friends.  The  family  of  MKRT  181   recently   had   a   fellowship   called   ‘Yester   Year   Fellowship’   organized   by   our   rocking   fellowship   man   Tr.   Muku.   The   agenda  of  this  night   was  hanging  out  and   relishing   photographs  and  videos   right  from  the  beginning  of  181’s  journey   from  2004  till  current  day… The  family  of  181  met  at  Sq.  Leg  Ganesh’s  residence  on  the  9th   of  March  a  Saturday  night.  Gani’s  wife  Jenny  the  hostess   as  usual  as  always  allowed  us  to  be  as  casual  and  homely  as  possible.  She  helped   in  serving  hot  snacks  through  out.  As   we  snacked   on  some  yummy  starters  and  quenched   our   thirsts  with  some  soft  drinks.  The  turnout  expected   was  about   36  heads.  As  the  group  reached  90%  to  whom  we  were  expecting  to  come  that  night   we  started  watching  the  visuals  on   a   customized   screen   through   a   projector.   We   saw   pictures   right   from   2004   till   present   day.   Tr.   Hamir   our   ever   energetic   secy  did  his  best  by  playing   pic’s   out   of  his  archives  from   his  laptop   and  our  in-­‐house  music   archive  DJ   Kav   entertained  us   by  playing  music  from   his   phone…  The  best   part  of  the  whole  night  was  the   set  up  of   the  AV  was  very   creative  –  A  white  cloth  covering  a  wall  which  had   a  built  in  niche  cupboard  and  hence  the  screen  was  not  flat  and  the   audio  was  connected  to  an  aux  input  of  a  TV  through  the  iPhone. As  the  show  started  some  of  us  were   definitely  shocked  to  find  our  selves  and  many  others  half  the  size  or  may  be  lesser   when   compared   to   today   what   we   actually   look   and   this   is   less   than   a   decade   we   are   talking   about   and   then   understood  how  much  we  have  been   ENJOYING   TABLING…  The  session  was  loud  with  laughter,  cross  conversations,   pulling  each   others  legs   and  pride  for  some   people…  while   we  were  hooked  on  to  the  screen  the   children   who  till   then   were  playing  out  side  came  and  sat  along  with  us  on  the  floor  and  had  their  dinner. After   a  good  90  minute  session  when  the  clock   touched  00:00  hours  i.e.  12  midnight   we  brought  Tr.Balaji’s  wife  Yogi’s   bday  in  by  cutting  a  Yum  fruit  cake  and  also  sang  for  her…  The  kids  had  a  blast  pulling   out  the  garnish  on  the  cake  as   it  was  being  cut…  after  the  usual  formalities  of  cake  smudging  and  trying  to  get  each  of  our  shares  of  the   cake  as  if  we   never  ate  a  cake  before,  the  session  continued  for  an  other  good  1  hour  and  later  at  1.30am  we  all  started  eating… Obviously  the  tasty  biryani  was  not   as  tasty  as  it  should  have  been  be  at   that  hour  and  state  we   were  in  but   most  of  us   carried   home   the   left   overs   and   enjoyed   it   the   next   day.   Through   this   fellowship   the   fact   that   has   yet   again   got   reiterated  is  that  -­‐  The   bonding  in  Tabling  is  impeccable  and   the  friendship   you  make  out   here  is  definitely  one  which   will  last  for  ever…  Love  this  movement  and   would  wait  to  have  many  more  years  of  it   so  that  we  can   relish  many  more   yester  years  in  the  future  through  fellowships  like  this…  We  strongly  recommend  you   too  to  have  such   fellowships  so   that  your  new  inductees  will  definitely  kNOw  more  tabling…                                         Tr.  Mukesh  Sinha Fellowship  Convener  -­‐  MKRT  181  -­‐  2012-­‐2013

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Coromandel Calling

Finale Edition  :  Nov  -­‐  Jun  2013

Fellowship Madras Knights  Round  Table  181’s  Yester  Year  Fellowship

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RTI Area 2's Coromandel Calling - 2012-13 - Finale Edition  

This magazine, Coromandel Calling, is a snap shot of the various activities taken up by Round Table India's Area 2 for the month November 2...

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