We , Deepa & I, went to Macau & Hongkong recently for the RDS TOP GUNS recognition event .This is an event were HCL recognises the best of the best RDS along with their spouses .It’s an event every one has come to treasure as we do our best to make the RDS and their spouses feel extra special.This event like the past ones went off very well and was appreceated by all the Trade Partners .
Over 20 years ago I had been to Hongkong and Macau during my first stint with HCL or more appropriately HRL as our company was known then prior to it’s merger into HCL Ltd, the then Corporate entity of the Group. OT Sethumadhavan and I had gone to Bangkok for a Toshiba high end copier training and we were allowed by PSV to take a short holiday over the week end .We had choosen Hongkong.It was so long ago that I can hardily remember any thing about the earlier visit .The only memories that remained of Hongkong were the shopping streets full of neon sign boards and lighting and the feeling of landing on water as we touched down at the airport.We had also taken a hover craft journey for a day visit to Macau.There again I could only remember the cobbled streets and sloping climb up to the St Paul’s Church. We had made no attempt to go into any of the casinos so we never really got a feel of the place.
We spent just half a day at Hongkong on this visit and didnt get to see much of it but the same neon lit streets were very much there and so was the feeling of landing on water.We did find Hongkong very much more crowded than the cities we had been to recently.We had a lovely ride on a boat sipping white wine and relaxing as we saw the sights around the harbour. We spent two nights at Macau and got to see more of it , including the night life and the casinos besides St Paul’s church , now only a wall ,the rest having been burnt down .I dont remeber if the church was only a wall the last time we were here , I dont think so!!The casino at the Ventian Hotel was simply outstanding .Our spa experience at the unearthly hour of 2.30 am was also out of the world.Deepa and some of our group took a sky walk along the parapit of the 61st floor of Macau Tower.This was also the venue for the TOP GUNS event .The setting , the event itself, including the entertainment , and the wholehearted participation of the RDS made the evening truely wonderful .One thing I didnt pick up last time or just forgot was that Macau was Portugese ruled for a long time and even nowthe Portugese influence is still there.
I couldnt help think back at the members of the old CSD team of HRL , of Sethumadhavan and Amrik Singh and Gopakumar and Sengutuvan ,Elangovan ,Uttam Bardhan, Kataria and the others and ofcourse my very effecient secretary Gurpreet ( Dolly ) .I have been keeping in touch wiuth all of them from time to time except OT Sethumadhavan, wonder were he is now..Of late I have had phone calls from out of the blue from members of that old team .Sanathkumar rang up a couple of weeks ago and just today Jaichandra Kaimal rang up from Dubai .These guys had gone to great length to find my number just to say hello and to say they had been thinking about me .It was good to hear from them after all these years .Back in HCL I am in touch with many of the old team including Seshachalam ,Natrajan , Murali , Guruvayurappan, Mohanty , Gopalakrishnan, Madhav Raj and several others. It’s so very good that this fond association has carried on for so long