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Anecdotes

Any break from the humdrum of everyday living is good, but this eight day break was the best that I had in a long time. When you are a working mother, you tend to live in agony of trying to be a perfect mom, a perfect homemaker and also excelling professionally. So this break was like tonic. I stopped living in a routine and I stopped living with the clock for eight complete days. I reconnected with myself. I had lost touch with my hobbies and again found pleasure in doing that. I reached out to my school friends, who I had not met for many years. I cooked some mouth-watering meals for my family, which on an ordinary day would be one more chore. And the best of it - I spent every waking minute with my seven year old- taking him to the city zoo (an activity which I kept avoiding for some time), listening to his constant babble, spent time with him in his school projects... the list goes on. I thank the firm for this wonderful gesture and Im sure many like me have thoroughly appreciated this as well.

Aditi Mukherjee

The end of December is a period of festive warmth even in the cold; one that sees the drafting of numerous resolutions and party plans. Unlike most years, this time my friends and I decided to visit the Gurudwara in Kirti Nagar at 12am on 1 January 2014. In the half an hour that we spent there along with a thousand others, there was a maiden sense of peace, satisfaction and happiness that filled our hearts. Chanting the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, and keeping it in your mind, you shall find peace [Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 260].

Aditya Longani

When the senior doctor from Kolkata said over the phone: plan for rehospitalisation - I, working on client deliverables in Delhi straightaway requested him if he can make it to as early as the Christmas break. He obliged. My father, who had been treated in the hospitals critical care unit for 23 days about a month back, was again in pain and needed to be hospitalised again to complete the whole treatment procedure. At the end of the break, while coming back to Delhi post his successful discharge, I put my six month old son on my fathers lap and said goodbye. Both of them were smiling. Thank you PwC

Anirban Bose

The much awaited BREAK of the year for me had finally set on 26 December, the day after Christmas as I could still laze in bed and not think of getting up to my regular time to catch the overcrowded trains of Mumbai. I did not plan a vacation as I had my brother and his family down for Christmas. The house was chaotic all the while with four children all over the place except the ceiling. I would like to introduce them in order as- the naughtiest, naughtier and naughty and a house scattered with toys and noise with no room left for us. Nevertheless it was a good year end break to unwind with your loved ones and also start the new year.

Anita Rodrigues

Gazing at the first light of the sun and admiring its beautiful smile on my hot cup of coffee, a walk down the mountain in my old school sweatshirt, preparing omelettes to feed my hunger and my lazy friend, painting the zenith where the mist covers the neck of the beautiful Kodaikanal, reading Shakespeare and romancing with words, writing poetry to express love, capturing reflections of time to embrace such unforgettable moments, riding the shining waters of the most beautiful lake, hogging homemade chocolates, horse riding, cycling and the craziest of all - a bonfire in a grave yard on New Years Day.

Ankit Kotriwala

I have been away from home for the last five years and ever since then being at home has been bliss for me. I decided to celebrate the new year with my family this time. The most cherished memory that I came across in this winter break was when I reached home and as soon as the front door opened my mom rolled open a very warm sweater down my neck, she pushed my cold hands into a pair of soft and warm gloves that she had made herself and then seeing my feet appear red and cold in my leather heels, she ran and got woollen socks for me. With such genuine care in her eyes she said: When will this girl start taking care of herself? I almost broke down at that moment because the warmth of those clothes was so full of her care and love which made me feel like the most special daughter in the world.

Ankita Jain

I planned a long vacation in Malaysia that included a trip to the Cameron Highlands. Apparently some places are only good in travel shows. As it turned out, the place did not deserve more than half a day (we had booked three!). It did not help that the expensive resort I had booked was in the middle of nowhere. We made last minute changes, returned to Kuala Lumpur and yearned to come back to India (where it is tough getting bored). Coming to work suddenly seemed so alluring. A colleague heard this and told me we were a useless couple. I couldnt disagree.

Another year coming to an end, People going gaga over parties in trend, With work on my mind I left from home, My heart wishing I could party and be air-borne, My Royal Enfield also craved for a ride, But I had deliverables on my side, Took off only on first and twenty fifth, Planned to give myself a fabulous gift, Discussed with wife the recipe to be served on a platter, Called friends, cooked food and had fun with FIREWATER.

Anurag Mehrotra

Antara Ray
After the year end carousal, I walk towards the Macau Tower, stomach squirming, an aftermath of Jagermeister and a precursor to the jump. As I stand, harness strapped, at the edge of the 233m tall tower, inclined at an angle of 15, belittling the world, the fight or flight hormone kicks in... IT IS ON! Five... four... three... two... Bungee!!! My feet leave the ground, the breeze feels like a whiplash as I plunge into nothingness. Every sense is heightened, every colour is brighter, every heartbeat louder and every cell more ALIVE! This year end break - I broke free; free of fear. Do you have what it takes?

Anushka Shetty

A glimpse of Adlabs Imagica, Indias newest theme park and in fine weather, created an immediate heart pounding moment for our large group of youngsters visiting the place. The very sight of the large twisted rides gave us chills even before entering. Excitement and enthusiasm were themes of the day. The frivolous screaming on monstrous rides coupled with adamant arguments on which ride next helped boost our adrenalin giving us unlimited energy through the day. This joyous day was spent with people with whom this adventure was a mere addition to great memories, which made the year end break all the more worth it.

Arnav Kapadia

Me and my friends took a trip to the Andamans during this holiday break and one of the highlights was our visit to the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. Though worn down by time and now only a museum, just a walk through its corridors can send shivers down your spine. And its here that we had our best laugh when I locked myself in a cell and shocked passers-by, by breaking into an impromptu jig! The last thing the tourists wouldve expected to see when they looked inside a jail cell is me doing the Balle Balle! Check out the photo evidence.

Arun Kumar

A bruised forearm and a twisted ankle that was what it took to remind me the age old saying Practice what you preach. On a short trek through the dense forests to Ghoom View Point at Lepchajagat, I was constantly advising my wife to walk carefully else she might fall (Not that I had never slipped during treks or Badminton games). During our return, unmindful of my steps while photographing, I lost my footing, found myself sliding down the slopes and, yes - that was my moment of realisation (yet once again).

Ashok Roy
New year was here and we planned to do what people usually do meet friends, party hard and wish each other new beginnings. But this time we thought of reducing our spending and use the money to make somebody elses year. What better way to begin the new year than by doing good. During the break, some of us got together with the objective to warm the winters for a few in rough patches of Delhi NCR, those who slept on the streets and keep fighting the cold to be able to get up alive next morning. Our target was to wrap 500 people with warm blankets but with support from our friends, we warmed over 650 lives.

Atul Luthra

The eight day break coincided with my brothers visit to Mumbai and he unintentionally gave us a hilarious moment. We were walking down Colaba Causeway trying to hail a cab but were turned down by different cabbies as the distance we wanted to travel was not long enough for them. My brother then decided to jump into the next unengaged cab that passes by. He saw a cab approaching, opened the co-driver door and jumped in while I was directing him from outside to not give the cabbie a choice to refuse. The cabbie was taken by surprise and then another voice came from the backseat. A young man was sitting at the back slouching in such a way that he could not be noticed easily from outside the cab. The look on the face of the passenger (Im sure he thought he was being kidnapped or robbed) was priceless. It all ended well with us leaving him alone as my brother sheepishly got out of the cab.

Batul Savliwala
Breaks are meant to be fun, not funny! With a toddler, and associated paraphernalia of runny noses, messy dresses, and dirty diapers, even the thought of planning a pleasure trip during the year end break was repulsive for my wife and me. So, there I was, the doting SUPER-DAD, with a kitchen apron, a baby bottle in one hand, jumping around toy cars and spiky softballs. I crawled under the bed with my little Devil, finding ping pong balls and then ran after him to the window so he didnt throw them out. Couldnt have had a funnier break at 30!

Bhabani Shankar kar


I went back home after a long time and hadnt informed my dad that I was coming as I wanted to surprise him. It was 6am. I knocked on the door since the door bell was switched off and my dad (the love of my life) opened the door and was completely surprised. I just hugged him and tears started rolling down both our eyes. Rocky jumped on me and started licking me, he was so happy to see me! Dont let your thoughts run wild for Rocky is my pet. It was an amazing moment Home Sweet Home.

Bhavesh DJ

This break coincided with a significant event in the life of my dear father. Finally, he got separated from his beloved second wife- his job. For thirty seven years, his passion and dedication for his work had earned him several rewards and my absolute admiration. I always wanted to be by his side during those dreaded final moments of retirement, to wipe those unseen tears, to be a pillar by his side like the way he had always been in mine. This holiday granted me that wish and I could help him turn a new leaf in his life.

Britya Sen

We had a reason to be sore. It was 31 December 2013 and we were stuck as all flights out of Srinagar had been cancelled due to poor visibility. All that, after a cruel taxing ride to the airport in the biting cold, followed by umpteen security checks, only to be shooed away with a re-scheduled ticket for 1 January 2014. We were holed up in the hotel envying our friends partying back in Mumbai. But there was a twist in store for us. As we woke up to a new year, a brilliant sight greeted us Well, what next? So, all we said was Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Chetan Shringarpure

Sirf do log! Bore ho jaaoge- replied my friend when I told him that we were planning a road trip to Goa from Delhi. I too somewhat agreed. When you are in the tenth year of marriage, there isnt much to discover about each other. But we still left for a journey that would later become a revelation for us. We crossed seven states covering 4,500km and witnessed the various terrains that India has to offer. This included a 20 hour non-stop drive from Bombay to Delhi. I later got to know that the Rajdhani takes 16 hours. Im looking out for a bigger fuel tank to better it next year!

Chinmay Singh

It was that time of the year when brightness all around demands a convivial atmosphere; it was New Years Eve. As hard as it is to scrape a few days off from work, me and my friends managed to be a part of the emphatic energy of Goa on this occasion in hopes of satisfying a humans craving desire to belong to a special moment and bask in its memory. We werent disappointed. On the last evening of that year, since we were six of us and couldnt reach a common consensus, we decided to celebrate the eve at two different venues, however reassemble before midnight at a place midway. All was merry until me and my two other friends, started towards that club on rented motorcycles. Just a few kilometres short, my motorcycle broke down at an eerie part of the highway with a blanket of fog slowly chilling our spirits. So there we were at 11.30pm next to tarmac on a cold night waiting for our friends to come fetch us. New Years Eve suddenly wasnt amusing anymore. From a distance we saw a car approaching which stopped seeing us in distress. To our surprise, they were the people we were celebrating with us earlier. It was an old truck van that they were driving and since it was a long ride they didnt forget to stock themselves up. And when midnight struck, our friends who had arrived and the new ones we had just made, experienced how simple it is to bask in the joy of togetherness. A place is what you bring to it! It is the best New Year memory I have!

Chirag Madan

Hong Kong- the name conjures images of high rises, bustling streets and shopping. So it became hard to explain to my friends that I did and saw none of that but experienced an untouched part of HK. I hiked on Time Magazines Best Urban Hike in Asia; visited quaint villages famous for their pink Dolphins and obsession for Dogs; ate at the worlds cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant; saw a giant Buddha on a hill top and a monastery with 13,000 Buddhas with unique expressions and walked on white sandy beaches. This break I discovered a very unique side to HK!

Devesh Sahai

T was my Hanukkah, it was a lighted opera; Signs they were, usher of a new era! Rise of our Prince, Khush his name; In twenty-odd days, hes shot to fame! Every soothing smile, every cute cry; The break saw it all, sparkle in that eye! Velvet, your touch; with you 24*7; For a breaks wish fulfilled, I felt like-in heaven! A pilgrimage it was, Ganges and the Meccah; My best year-end break, T was my Hanukkah! Witnessed the Mom in you, Stuti thank you; Lived the moments with my wife- Stuti and Son- Khush, PwC, thank you! I chose to go to the Gurudwara to serve Guru Langar to old people, children etc. For the first time in my life, I prepared chapattis and served the people. It gave me immense pleasure as I got blessings from the old and could give smiles to the young. I would look forward to such breaks every year and do some meaningful work for society. The choice to take the eight day break gave me a chance to add special memories which has changed my outlook towards life.

Dilpreet Singh

Dhaval Trivedi
My parents have been visiting orphanage homes for years but I always avoided it. This year, they asked me to at least give it a try. With two friends, I went to an orphanage accompanied with clothes, blankets and a cake. There were some 30 kids. We distributed the things and witnessed joy in their eyes. We started playing games with them and in the midst of it, a barely 8-10 year old came and asked me: I dont have a family, can I call you my brother? and I replied: Of course, you are my brother. I was stunned. May be this was the reason my parents had been visiting orphanages. It was a billion dollar feeling; there really are some things money cant buy and this was one. Definitely a break well spent.

Gaurav Jhunjhunwala

Every year, until now, I had spent New Years Day in Mumbai. It was always the same noisy, late night parties and the same campaign against Drink and Drive. But this time around, it was different. Spending 31 December at Dharmachakra, which is 6kms away from Nashik was a peaceful, serene and totally exciting feeling. Watching the stars twinkle away and the smell of cars racing away in the background and no fear or tension - it felt like Nirvana!

Harsh Gandhi
My year end long break was spending quality time with my wife. I planned for a surprise romantic candle light dinner at a rooftop restaurant in the suburbs. It was a weekday and hence there were not many people around. A planned menu (by me) which had all her favourite food items was being served one after the other which started with her favourite wine. We had a private butler and a private F&B attendant and the area was a quiet and private space. While we were enjoying our delicacies, the lights and candles went off (which was planned earlier by me) and there was a screen which showed all our photographs right from the day we first met, to the day I proposed to her, and to the day when our parents agreed which ended with our wedding pic. While all these pictures were being displayed, it was complete darkness and soft music played in the background which was without any doubt her favourite track (also selected earlier by me). Once the pictures got over, I did something which I had left almost 15 years back and I had promised her that I would do it once I get married to her and that was to play the Guitar. So there I was, playing the Guitar to the tune from her other favourite track. The planning for this event took five out of the eight day break, but it was worthwhile.

Jigar Avlani

While PwC had gifted us an eight day year end break, God had planned an extended break by gifting Pooja and me with a cute little baby boy on 20 December though the due date was 20 January. We got our Santa (baby) home on 25 December when the PwC break began and took great care of him and were visited by many friends and relatives during the break. The break nearly ended with some great news on 31 December, when I got a call from a client that the Dispute Resolution Panel had passed an order deleting an adjustment of approximately Rs 400crore.

Jignesh Desai
Go along with your mother and her sisters to the land of opportunities USA and youre sure to come back with a broken back. I should thank the Price Match concept which filled our bags, united my family and had us at our best behaviour at the airport on our way back. We smiled like little innocent kids at the lady in charge at the checkin counter and prayed together in our hearts hoping shed let our bags through with no hassle. Families do bond when they shop at premium outlets with all the brands having the biggest sales in town (only if we knew wed shop together more often). If we bought an item at 20% off and a day later the same item was selling at a discount of 50%, we could go back to the store and get the excess amount paid back to us. This resulted in us buying more things from the same store, since everything was now 50% off. Wow! Guilty as charged! I added lots of last straws which broke my back and I thought it was only women who go crazy shopping. They say: Thee I, thee me, and thee myself would one day become an us or a we, if we all know the secrets of a healthy living. For me, the thought that I could take an adventure filled international trip planned just in a day is all that I can cherish. But my friends leap of faith is all we needed to have the best memories and to say that- We are family. Overall, my experience in an impromptu holiday was all about her, him, and them making me live what we miss in this realistic world of adrenaline rush.

Kailash Bafna

Kaamil Ismail

I lost my last lazy excuse to skip a college reunion when the break was announced. It seemed boring to meet a bunch of other middleaged men and had to do it the hard way - take the two day train from Chennai to Benaras, stay in hostels, as we did all those years ago. Many had not met since graduating 25 years back. We bonded incredibly well, having looked out for each other, nursed our first hangover, early heartbreaks, madcap ventures, or tough exams - it seemed like yesterday. As if to prove our continued youth - we rode rickshaws, gorged at street corners, partied late into the night. It was a great shared experience wed come from all over the country and abroad, we were with family and friends, competitors and collaborators. No other way would have been fun.

Kameswara Rao
Ever since I read the books My Journey and Turning Points on the life of Abdul Kalam - Indias missile man and Peoples President, I wanted to go on a long drive to Rameswaram. It finally materialised during the eight day break. Apart from soaking myself in the mythology of the place, the most memorable moment for me was visiting Abdul Kalams house. Thats a valuable learning for all- in human life as well as in the corporate world- the value of vision, leading to planning, followed by action should not be underestimated. Success smiles on those who dream and act.

Karthik Manivachagam

What more can you want than a new year sunrise at Sandakphu, a well know place from where you can see the four peaks which are higher than 8,000 meters in the world out of 14 peaks. Those are Everest [8848], Lhotse [8501], Makalu [8415], Kanchanjonga [8598]. The site of those first sunrays lighting the mountains in different colours is breath taking and something for one to remember for life. Although the outside temperature was around 4 degrees Celsius with the wind blowing at a speed of 65km/ hr, everyone was out of their rooms to enjoy these pure blissful moments. We were part of a group of 48 people that started trekking from the Dhotrey Forest towards Sandakphu on 29 December 2013 and reached Sandakphu after a three day trek for our New Year celebrations and we got down via Gurudum and Rimbik by 4 January 2014. Hang your socks and whisper your wish to Santa; he gives you what you want this was my sons advice on Christmas Eve. I smiled. How innocently he had articulated the existence of the supreme power. Interestingly, this winter break my son was the tutor and myself the disciple. We made paper boats to sail, played in water puddles, made Maggie to fill our appetite, portrayed his favourite Ramayana characters, read comics and cartoons all along our spiritual trip to Shirdi, Trambakeshwar and Shani Signapur. Away from the computerised and consulting arena, I relaxed in his youthful company and stood afresh to embrace a new beginning. Thanks Sonny for the sunshine!

Keyur Shah

Manish Ganguly

I thank my four year old daughter for this one! She called her dad enquiring where we were going for winter vacations. We had no plans as such. My husband was stumped but couldnt disappoint her. We ended up planning a three day trip to Jaipur and the Sariska Tiger Reserve. We were joined by two of my really old buddies (I have known them for over fifteen years) and their families who had settled in Jaipur. I hadnt thought we could actually (without too much planning and deliberation) spend time with my family and my old buddies together. Some absolute wow moments were spotting a Leopard during the jungle safari, seeing my daughter bond with my friends kids and a bonfire chorus singing with old buddies! Truly memorable!

Manvi Sharma

On Christmas Eve, I was lucky enough to garner a ticket to the mass delivered inside the Vatican by Pope Francis. The crowd inside the Basilica was beyond excited for the Papals first Christmas Eve service. In line, I met people from Spain, Africa and Australia. In addition to Rome, I made it to Paris, as seen in the photograph, in front of the Eifel Tower! I truly appreciated the extended break.

Mark A Driscoll

My new year vacation started with a series of joys and happiness related activities. I want to share those wonderful experiences which I encountered during the new year break. Fathers retirement- This was the time when my father was relieved from all his corporate duties and had mixed emotions of sadness, happiness and contentedness. My father completed his tenure of 32 years and I was a proud son who got a chance to see him being awarded as The Most Honest Officer. My feelings were shown by way of tears when I saw him being appreciated from his seniors, juniors and fellow staff for his hard work, and his dedication. This was the time when I decided I will live my life to the fullest to live up to my parents expectations. His contribution to the organisation was even acclaimed by the local daily as well. Visit to Corbett National Park- Even though the national park is just 30km from my hometown, I went there for the first time. It was a fantastic journey into the woods of Corbett where I spent some breath taking moments with my niece who is just two years old. It being a family trip, I got a chance to spend time with my married sister, her daughter (my niece) and my parents. Words are hard to express my feelings and happiness. Visit to Nainital- Enchanting beauty in the hills of Nainital made me feel so serene and fresh that I couldnt even think of anything else but could just thank God for giving me a chance to visit this place especially during new year with my family. Naini Lake is so serene that it makes you forget all your stress, tensions and makes you feel heavenly on earth. The visit helped me to reunite the years of separation from my family (Since I have been outstation from the age of 18).

Mayank Sharma

I spent the New Year watching the England cricket team humbled by Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, conceding the Ashes for a 5-0 whitewash. Watching an England capitulation on the field and, worse still, being ridiculed by my Australian in-laws, was quite humiliating. But I still enjoyed it! I saw the SCG for the first time, and to cap that I struck up conversations with three former England captains staying at my hotel. What a privilege. As with life, in sport, competing is of the utmost importance but experiencing it should always be enjoyed, regardless of the result.

Mohammad Chowdhury

This break, my wife went to her mothers place with our only kid. So I too went to in-laws house and was chatting in sofa when to my excitement my very young toddler patted me and turned my face towards him by touching my cheeks warmly with his soft hands asking me to listen to him and called me for the first time Abbu Abbu (father) repeatedly until I looked at him. It was really the most special moment of my life. A precious little buddy is he, truly my joy and pride is he.

Mohammad Namazi

Three separate alarms failed to get me out of bed. Then my wife finally yelled and demanded that I should get up as we were planning to leave by 11.30am to catch our 1.30pm train. I rushed out of bed and I picked up my toothbrush and applied toothpaste. I discovered that the taste of the toothpaste was really funny - it tasted like soap. My wife pointed out that I had just applied shaving cream instead of toothpaste as both were placed side by side. We all had a great comedy start to our vacation.

Mohammed Asif Iqbal

This break was very special to me as I took this opportunity to celebrate my bachelors (yes guys, getting married on 18 Jan). We had planned a trip to McLeodGanj, a beautiful hill station covered in the serenity of Tibetan monks and some great momos! We were in McLeodGanj for four days where we enjoyed some dangerously steep tracking routes, some great waterfalls, Tibetan massages and lots and lots of peace (of course Old Monk was as important as water there to survive). Our hotel (or, might I say a humble room without a not so humble view) was around a kilometre away from the main market and we had a steep climb just to reach the main square. On the last day of our fantabulous trip, we packed our bags, checked the room for no leftovers, clicked some farewell photos and finally made that arduous climb to the main market before we realised that Chintan (my best friend) seemed to be a bit light on the luggage. Suddenly we all realised that he is not carrying his rucksack! Chintan ran back up the slope and found his bag lying outside the room. Seemed like he never realised the trip was over. Peace! Free Tibet!

Mohit Parekh

Wedded to an Olive Green, my holidays are always full of adventure. The Army has a unique way of welcoming new members, especially newly wedded wives. During this holiday, a newly wedded officer was getting his wife for the first time to the station. As per traditions in place, a situation was created with a script written and every person capable was given a role to convince the newlywed that her husband was already married to a local woman from Kashmir! I enacted the maid in the house and was supposed to make it clear who my memsahib was - the fictitious Kashmiri lady! The prank turned nasty when the naive bride would not stop crying and decided to leave for the airport! We called it off in everyones best interest but the drama was an ice-breaker which created lasting relationships.

Mugdha Narayan

We were travelling to Goa via Mumbai, on an overnight Neeta Travels Volvo. At around 11.30pm, while we were sound asleep, the bus driver dozed off for a split second and rammed the bus onto the road divider. Due to its sheer speed, the bus travelled 15-20 metres on the divider before its front tyres burst and the battery was split in half. When we got down, we saw the bus tilted at an almost 40 degrees. Thankfully, by the grace of God alone, no one got hurt. Although not the funniest, it was the scariest moment of our trip.

Muneetpal Singh Jolly


We decided to visit my cousin in Pondicherry since Christmas is a great time for a visit. I drove down to Pondicherry from Chennaiabout 200kms to surprise them. In turn, they had also planned to visit Chennai to meet me since I had come down from Gurgaon. To keep the element of surprise, we didnt let the other know of our plans. When they came to my apartment, it was locked. So was his place locked in Pondicherry. We thought they had gone for shopping so we called him on his cell phone. The funniest part was he asking where I was. After coming to know that we both stranded outside each others houses, we laughed hard enough to cause belly ache. They told us to stay back in Pondicherry and returned to receive us.

Murali Jayaraman
An inquisitive feeling nurtured since childhood of conquering a stunning distant Himalayan range, visible from my home was finally laid to rest by taking a oneday sojourn to the scenic Forest Rest House at village Shojha, Kullu-Himachal Pradesh, where my grandfather once served as a Forest Range Officer with the Forest Department. The tarriance simply reminded me of the following lines by Robert Frost*- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. *Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening- Robert Frost

Nachiketa Sharma

Two saw our travelling plan dropout during round of elimination; Three labelled me lazy and indecisive, huh my wifes accusation; Four saw me buy her some nice gifts for ceasefire and pacification; Five was dedicated to reading, relaxing and rejuvenation; Six saw me fulfil the rent, instalments and other monthly obligations; Seven was New Years Eve asking for loud celebration; Eight was time for yet another annual resolution; Time to reflect on the year gone by and some introspection; Thank you PwC for this wonderful eight day vacation!

Naman Kaushik

Watching a Shamu show in San Diego Water Park was a wonderful experience. But what was most heartening was what the lead show trainer did at the very start. She requested those from the Armed Forces - present or past - to stand up, so that all present could clap in their honour, collectively recognise and applaud what they do for the country. That was an awestruck moment for me, having grown up in an Army family. To see a good 20+ people stand and the ovation of the 1000s there was something I will always remember. Through my holiday, I experienced a number of instances of priority and public recognition for those from the Forces.

Nandini Chatterjee

Me, my wife and son made a plan to go to Nepal from 25 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 and decided to travel by train till Gorakhpur and then book a cab. My wifes birthday falls on Christmas Day. We started from Gurgaon at 5.15pm to catch the train on 24 December - Christmas Eve, but due to the rush we missed the train and came back home. On 25 December to give a surprise gift to my wife, I decided on Plan B. I never drive outstation, but I drove till Chandigarh and then up to the hills until Kasauli, and we had a great time hill driving. We stayed there for three nights. My wife said it was the best ever gift.

Neel Kanth
While almost everyone in the PwC family got their break from 25 December to 1 January, I could avail it only on 1 January. My break started with a party at a friends house by celebrating the new year. It didnt just end there as after the celebration we played gully Cricket at 1.30am for 2.5 hours in the empty streets of Ludhiana followed by playing video games up till 7am in the morning. At the end of the break i.e. 6 January came the pending birthday parties at Spice Cube and so my break ended with a blast.

Nikhil Wahi
Making use of the year-end break, my family went on the Ashtavinayaka Yatra, a dream cherished for several years! We decided to hire a car to travel in comfort, but had no idea of the adventures awaiting us. While entering Pune, the dense fog made visibility practically zero! Thereafter, we drove through crumbling village roads, taking shortcuts to reduce travel time. Since we were following a religious sequence, we were driving even in the night, where our car was the only one on the road. We completed the entire journey without any major incident, by the grace of the Vighnaharta!

Nitu Singh

I just came back from a holiday from Sri Lanka, and wanted to share my experience on the power of language. Whenever we spoke in English, they treated us as foreigners with whom they could extract some money. But when I spoke in Sinhala (whatever little I learnt on the flight), they smiled and warmed up to us. Its amazing how you can connect with people by speaking their language. It doesnt matter if you get it wrong, but displaying a willingness to try, removes cultural boundaries and gets you connected. When in Rome, speak what the Romans speak!

Pareet Sanghavi

Only a few hours from a new years start yet grasping relics of a year nearly gone by, Only 1,276m above sea-level yet so close to the heavenly clouds, Only 300km from Bangalore yet a world away from a concrete civilisation, Only mercury levels dipping away yet a swelling calm rises inside, Only a temple perched among a forest of hills yet Kaveri glides forth from her birthplace touching millions, Only a single bone chilling dip in her waters yet the burdens flee as I rejuvenate for an adventurous year ahead. 6am| 31 December 2013| Talakaveri

Piyush Sahu

My most special memory of the year end break was the Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona, Arizona, USA. The Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour in Sedona made our trip fabulous and thrilling. It is the best off-road experience me and my wife have ever had in our life. Its a fun-filled four-wheeling jeep adventure over the red rocks ofSedona. There, highly experienced drivers give you a ride over the rough terrain and through the unique red rock formations in Sedona. This trip provided us breath-taking views, climbs and awesome scenery. Overall, it was an amazing experience which was full of fun and excitement.

Pradeep Singhvi
Our time was well spent at Shri Swami Samarth Math in Devrukh (near Sangameshwar, Konkan). What an experience it was, to serve Swami Samarth Maharaj for five whole days in the ashram. For most of the five days, we (Pallavi - my wife and two children, Keya and Tanay and myself), were the sole occupants at the ashram. Dakshaben the chief administrator of the math and Kishorebhai (who had come to read the Guru Charitra) were the other occupants. We felt so enriched and full of energy. We got an opportunity to perform all the duties right from cleaning the premises to cooking the daily Prasad. The best part was that both our children too helped in various activities. Tanay was always looking forward to participate in the Shiv poojan and offer Abhishek. Keya too participated in her own way and helped in washing small utensils and other such activities. Their participation took away whatever apprehensions we had about how the children would adjust and if they would want to stay for five days. In fact, their behaviour also changed in those days- Keya was more silent and dormant while Tanay took over the role of the mischievous child. Even we were surprised by this role reversal. Kishorebhai jokingly chided us, saying: And you said Keya was more mischievous! The days began with the Kakad aarti at 6am and ended with the goodnight aarti at 10pm. The chant of Digambara took you to a different level every time it was recited during the aarti. The early morning meditation sessions in the silent room were most relaxing. On the last day, I sat down under the Audumber tree for mediation. It was truly a different feeling. I felt so peaceful- the feeling cannot be explained in words- it must be experienced. Just staying in the ashram takes care of all your worries where the mind only knows peace and calmness. It was a difficult feeling when the five days ended and we had to leave the ashram. The seva humbled us and accelerated our sadhana. This was the best ending note for the year end. Jai Gurudev.

Rahul Virkar

My husband and I took a road trip across Rajasthan for 14 days, in the biting cold. Seemingly ordinary experiences turned into memorable moments: Watched a bunch of army men do the Gangnam style on New Years eve! Went to the Bullet Baba temple where a Royal Enfield bike is the deity and offerings of alcohol are made! Watched a group of foreigners prepare for a rickshaw race from Jaisalmer to Kochi! Realised that Google Maps is not always right - in Jodhpur, it led us to a dead-end with no room for a U-turn!

Rashmi Soans

The best time of the year... Five yaars SiddhiVinayak me Ganpati Bappa Morya Local train ka Dhakka Juhu Chowpatty ka vada-pav and gola AER lounge ka Lazeez khaana Raat be-raat drives Imagicas high-octane rides Late night Chaiii at Marine drive... Worli Sea Link se Mumbai ki skyline shaandaar... Phoenix Mall me brands mazzedaar Adventure sports at Della Adventure Park... Nagaon beach ke namkeen cold waters, barbeque ke kebab, fireworks at New Year break, and finally, sleeping bag me sabki haalat kharab Truly MUMBAI - The city that never sleeps... and I add The city that EVER ROCKSSS!

Raunak Chamaria

Have you ever wondered what magic or mystery a mountain top holds? I crawled out of bed and saw the phone, showing 5.45am and a freezing -7C. I gazed out and witnessed the best sunrise of my life- golden rays, embracing the snow-clad Nandadevi Parbath. After a freezing bath, I embarked on a trek with my friends and our Sherpa, through the golden oak forest, rocky terrains and lands laced with patches of ice. Like a slap in the face, the Himalayas proved I will need all my strength, willpower, endurance, perseverance. As the first to reach the summit, crossing all hurdles I understood happiness isnt the destination, its the journey. I felt on top of the WORLD!

Ravishankar M

A chill ran through my spine on that cold night. I was awe struck. There it was in front of me - the Golden Temple at night. The temple glowed and we bowed down to its beauty and prayed to be blessed with all our hearts. This was a moment that I really cherished during my year end trip. Words cannot express the pure feeling which dwelled in our hearts at that moment.

Risha Parekh

Arun, Shrishti and I were at a new years eve beach party. The organisers had oversold passes. It was complete chaos. Arun offered to fetch drinks. After thirty minutes of struggle, he emerged victorious, in his tattered suit, holding his trophy- a glass in each hand. Someone pushed him and the glass crashed. In three years, I have seen Arun cry twice, at losing his promotion and at losing the glass! The organisers had fled the venue. There was no food. The mob entered the kitchen. A party-cipant ran away with a cauliflower, shouting: Yay, I found a Gobhi! We fried some papad. People queued up for it. Arun served! We laughed!

Ritu Bagla
Having taken my first break of the year, the only intention was to get back and spend time with family. Amidst the lazing around and eating good home food, theres one thing I will cherish the most from this time and that is the ability to do small talk. Speaking at length on topics such as the paint colour for the house with my dad, to mom about her new saree and discussing the various pros and cons of the new iPad with my younger brother etc. Having not been able to do so over the past year, the luxury of doing the same without any time constraints is the most wonderful memory I have of the break.

Rosh John
Me and my wife were holidaying in the picturesque town of Chail in Himachal Pradesh. Put up in a hotel that was once the palace of the Maharaja of Patiala, we were strolling in the gardens on a sunny winter noon when an interesting sight beheld us the city of Shimla was so clearly visible as if Chail was built as an observatory solely for it. It wasnt long before we were enlightened that Chail was built as a retreat by the Maharaja, who was expelled from Shimla by the British commander-in-chief owing to his fondness for his beautiful daughter!

Rishi Raj Singh

All of you have done various things over the year end break but do you know what I did? I got married during the year end break and I thank PwC for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be with my family on this great occasion. We had a wonderful time, including the year end bash together. We roamed around and visited all our family members during this break. So, a big thank you to PwC for making my marriage a memorable event.

Sajaj Raj

At a New Years party, we entered the wrong hall where some TV artists were having a celebration bash for a new TV serial launch. So we went to speak to the serial producer and apologised for gatecrashing the event. In return he allowed us to pose for photos with the lead stars!

Sarika Gupta

At 15,000ft in the Himalayas, it is exhilarating to watch snow everywherewith a caveat. To our left was seamless white and on the right, there was white as well but with a thin black line visible. It was the infamous LoC that separated them from us. Yet, we pondered Whose snow is it anyway? As if on cue, there was heavy snowfall leaving us blind for a few minutes. As the mist cleared up, we were stunned to see the black line erased. Nature, had in a single stroke wiped away the 66 year old line of separation, as if to say my bounty is for all! With yet another masterstroke, nature proved no one paints better in white!

Saroni Ray
Recently I had a lovely week away in Gods own country - Kerala. On the first day, I was asking for directions. I saw a guy sitting on the bench at a nearby bus stop and said: Can you tell me which is the correct way to Deshadan Mountain Resort? He jumps up all excited: Yes, yes, yes! You walk up that hill and youll find a bubble as tall as me, you wont need car/ money, its just there! By this time, I realised that our sense of directions were divergent. Nevertheless, I thanked him profusely. He was pretty agitated about relaying his instructions. So, I sort of let him off the hook and just figured it out on my own. The very next day, I ran across the same guy aka The Helper. I stopped him and reminded him of our conversation, saying: Those directions you gave me were correct. Thank you so much! His face lit up - That is my goal in life.

Saurabh Dhadphale

I spent my holidays in a place where I found myself yet again... A place where I want to see the sun set every day, where every person is carefree, living each day as it comes, where beer is cheaper than water! A place where I can enjoy the little things in life, walking on the cold sand under the starry skies, chilling by the beach, dancing with the beats, racing with the winds on the bike! A place where you forget materialism, a place where I learnt to live life again, where I was me again. Yes - its GOA!

Shagun Banthia

I am getting married in a week. Only a year in Mumbai, and my wedding sans my childhood friends was daunting me. As we all left work on 24 December, everyone gushed Thank God and Finally! on the 2nd floor of the Bandra office, everyone - except me! I wanted my old friends around me as I prepared for PROJECT WEDDING. To my utter surprise, the eight day break saw my team offering to help in my wedding preparations and also practiced dance moves for my Sangeet! As I saw them doing the Garba and Bhangra (all wrong!), I only smiled and thought: Finally, found my family in eight days!

Shuchi Swami

We had just checked in to our resort in Punakha, Bhutan. It was located at the top of a hill and provided a breath-taking view of the Punakha valley and the meandering river Mo-chu. While I was standing at the view point, next to a Buddhist prayer wheel when suddenly I heard my mobile beeping. It could not be text messages as I did not have international roaming, so it must be EMAILS. A wooden board next to the prayer wheel said Wi-fi hotspot and I went - Wow! I checked my mobile and there was a strong Wi-fi signal and the screen read 33 new office emails. In this age, Wi-fi signals will not leave you alone, even in this wilderness. The news of Wi-fi availability spread quickly with the young ones and teens flocked the area with their smartphones. Alas, very few could appreciate what nature had to offer (even when they were on holiday) and Facebook and Twitter took precedence over everything else. At check-out, this is what I wrote in the feedback form This place is too beautiful for Wi-fi.

Siddhartha Sen
The planning started the day it was announced. Lets have a holiday after an almost two years drought! Hotels were booked, train berths were reserved and the marketing was done. Then came 24 December, when the first of those pimples were seen on my cheek. The message was loud and clear to my wife CHICKEN POX shall ruin our holiday. Then the blisters surfaced all over me. Our hope was gone. Still that break, became one of the best ever of my life. Love was poured on my etching skin, all over me. From my wife and my family. Togetherness was bliss.

Soumyo Goswami

I was tense; I had only six hours at my disposal to send my only deliverable left, execute an agreement with the subcontractor, handover documents to colleagues staying back and make sure all the travel documents and currencies were properly arranged with a backup handed over to the family. It was my last day in office before the most awaited backpack tour to Europe was going to commence that was entirely arranged by my friend and me; a dream to be lived and accomplished. After closing all office work, I rushed to the airport as I was running out of time. I took a flight to Mumbai, where we boarded a KLM to reach Amsterdam. From the long sojourn of the Europe tour, I am sharing my experience of the time spent in the famed and widely photographed city of Bruges. The words of Ray from the movie In Bruges - I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me, but I didnt so it doesnt were ringing in my ears and created suspicion from the time I had opted to visit Bruges instead of Brussels. For first time Indian travellers to Europe who didnt want to miss out on any action, opting for Bruges instead of Brussels, which is touristy and well known among Indians, was always a gamble. But gamble pays off in fairy tales and our gamble paid off in the fairy tale medieval town called Bruges. When we meandered down its alleys to reach our B&B (Bed and Breakfast) hostel, what struck us were the spectacularly beautiful cobbled roads which were deserted. There are only 20,000 people who live within the city walls. Last year there were 3 million visitors, which means on real busy days there are more tourists here than locals. As we arrived at our B&B we were received by this beautiful and outspoken Belgian caretaker who made us feel at home and educated us on the places to visit, introduced local culture and fun in Bruges. Two hours of rest were enough of a restraint, and we started our sightseeing of this much anticipated city. We started from the eastern most part of the city centre and climbed up the small hill to the Sint-Janhuis mill to view the amazing panorama consisting of lush green gardens, red and white coloured old windmills, clean blue waters of the river and locals enjoying beers in cafes during their afternoon siesta. The panorama is stunningly romantic and we also enjoyed an afternoon siesta in the lush green parks after appreciating the very Belgian food and beer at Caf De Windmolen. After strolling for 20 minutes and wondering at the beauty and tranquillity of the city, we were standing right in front of Belfry in total amazement of the beauty of the lofty Belfry tower in the markt. The markt is a glorious and touristy place in Bruges and consists of various 15th century buildings with Gothic architecture. We lapped up the medieval architecture and climbed the 365 stairs of the iconic clock tower. Just across the markt in Kuiper Straat on weekend nights one can find Indian fries. Dont be fooled by the name, French fries come from Belgium; at Frituur Bombay they are made by Indians. Even though the place might look a bit funky, the fries rank the best in Bruges. Strolling through narrow and cobbled lanes of Bruges is real fun. Lots of cafes, bars and

chocolate shops where you can stop over, take rest and drink local beer. Locals say that you shouldnt believe the Swiss and Belgium when they say they have the best chocolates because Bruges is the chocolate capital. One can eat top quality small chocolates (called pralines) here. The night life is equally exciting with people from so many nationalities singing and dancing over a glass of Belgian Beer. We shared drinks with a lovely couple, a Bulgarian who was working in Argentina in a mining company and was formerly posted in Bangalore in India. His girlfriend is a Canadian who was formerly a Russian citizen. They shared their experiences and views of working in so many countries and cultures. In the chilling cold of the night, I was proposed to play chess by a beautiful British girl who used to work as an investment banker in London. She wanted to test the notion that Indians are great chess players; the notion vociferously debated by the Bulgarian mining manager. Thankfully I won the game and was rewarded with a chilled glass of Belgian Beer. Bruges population is really relaxed and the best place to relax and enjoy life horizontally is in their pretty parks. This attitude also rubs with tourists and some tourists fall in love with the city and stay here for months. I met Britons, Brazilians, Venezuelans and a host of travellers whove made this city their hometown or a home away from home and are enjoying the slow and rustic life offered by it. There are numerous short stories and experiences to share. It was a great learning experience where I learned different cultures, their sensitivities, their hardships and views on global matters affecting each one of us, be it climate change, the Iraq war, gay rights, emergence of India etc. After spending two days, we reluctantly left the city for my next destination, Berlin but we still long and feel nostalgic for the beautiful market squares, the Belfry tower, historic churches, and beautiful red brick buildings. In short we spent two days in a perfect 15th-century film set.

Sourabh Agarwala
My father had a gall bladder operation and I had gone to my hometown- Kolkata to take care of him. I was quite excited to return to Gurgaon, since I was missing my 20 month old son. Upon my return when I went to pick him up from his daycare, I had expected him to run into my arms, which he usually does every evening. This time, his first reaction on seeing me at the door was of surprise and after taking a hard look at me he expressed Bye-bye see you and firmly walked backed inside.

Sourish Mohan Mitra

I planned to watch movies back-to-back on the Showcase channel for the entire weekend at my aunts with my sister. But her four year old - Saanvi, somehow figured out the parent-lock option and locked the Showcase channel and just wouldnt share the passcode. We ended up watching Ninja Hattori all weekend. So my sister decided to dye her hair. Saanvi: Ma, why do you have white hair? My sister (irritated): Each hair for every trouble you give me! Ha! No wonder ALL of Ammas hair is white! Saanvi smirked. Touche! She saved me from wasting away in front of the TV. I spent quality family time - cooking, reading and taking long nature walks.

Srishti Mittal

As the father of a three month old adorable daughter, I cant thank God enough for this eight day break. After the time I got to spend with her, my little angel now recognizes my voice, my face and responds to my coos and gurgles. I experienced priceless moments of her squealing with joy and laughing out loud. And the most treasured sight - she opened her tiny, beautifully crafted hands and closed her fists around her favourite rattle toy. Her sleeping in my arms and me silently planting kisses onto her cheeks... Oh! Ineffable joy!

Suhel Bhatia

My favourite moment of the year end break was finishing up a lazy swim at the pool next to the Shivaji Park Office, Mumbai, on 31 December morning (after quite a heavy night out, I might add), changing into a pair of shorts and a T-shirt and driving right by office. I was absolutely giddy with mirth at the notion that thanks to the sheer brilliance of the powers that be at PwC India, the only work I would need to do all day would be to sleep, shop and prepare for the New Years Eve party I was hosting that night!

Taroon Bali

Jaisalmer provided a much needed break in my work routine, which is stretched to limits on good days and drowns me under deadlines on bad ones! I will always remember that introspective evening of many realisations when dusk fell upon the golden expanse around me and Michael Jackson (my camel) I realised that short getaways from life as we know it can be therapeutic, that solo travel really makes you feel free, and that societal changes are really afoot when beersellers whom you ignore chide you saying, Even girls drink today, why dont you?! Truly a memorable trip.

Tarun Khanna

There it was, for us to take, PwCs fantastic year-end break! With so much time for me, To do, experience, and see! Outings or trips, or long drive, Or often to let laziness thrive. Tasting food or appreciating art, Meeting friends or jogging for heart, Finishing the pending book, Being the occasional cook, Or when the carpenter heeded, For quick fixes the house needed. While doing almost everything, I could also enjoy doing nothing. Such a chance to fully recharge, Unwind, relax, reflect, and think, As the new year approached, Refilled in me enthusiasm to brink!

We all know that everybody likes to party on 31st night and so it was for me. Excited and anxious, I began the day with my normal routine and as evening was approaching, I kept my party wear, my jewellery, etc. ready. Evening approached and my heart began to beat faster at the thought of the enjoyment awaiting me. Suddenly, I heard a loud continuous scream. I ran to the balcony and peeped out. I was shocked to see people trying to dig out something from under a car. So I ran down and took a look. It was a tiny puppy, lost and scared, crying its heart out, as people were trying to pull it out from under a car. Immediately, I bent down and without hurting the puppy, I managed to save its life. I brought her home and gave her some warm milk. I tried to go close to her but she was afraid and kept hiding in corners. Simultaneously, my eyes were on the clock but I was not excited anymore. I didnt want to leave her alone, so I cancelled my plan and stayed at home. I made a nice warm bed for her and as she got cosy, I covered her. But the night didnt end there. I knew I couldnt keep her as I am already taking care of several stray dogs, so I began frantically making calls to get the little one a loving home and as the saying goes - God helps those who help themselves, a friend agreed to keep her. I was relieved and spent the night watching TV instead. The next day, the first thing I did was to take the little one to her new home. I know this was not the 31st I had planned but I felt great and proud that I was able to sacrifice my party for something that I love most in my life, something that I serve daily, something that I respect and those are my doggies!

Tejas Pol

Treasure Rosina

The year end break gave me a chance to reconnect with some of my old school friends - thanks to Facebook. I left my school in Panjim (Goa) in 1996 and since then I was not in touch with any of my classmates. We all planned to meet in Panjim which included visiting the school and nearby area. We all were going to meet after nearly 16 years. Finally, the day arrived when all of us met. We revelled in our sweet childhood memories, the old school days, the excitement during the results, the competitions we participated in, our school crushes and pranks. For the next three to four hours we travelled back in time. It felt great. I was happy to see most of my friends doing well in their chosen profession. Finally, we all had a sumptuous dinner and bid adieu. Nobody wanted the meeting to end. We all parted promising each other to meet once in two or three years. This was the most exciting reunion experience I ever had.

Tushar Kothavale
The very mention of an eight day break from work made my mom happy. I decided to surprise her with her favourite sweet - Rava Kesari, made at home and more importantly made by me. I sneaked into the kitchen with a clear agenda, did everything possible for a perfect result. Everything was properly setup for a surprise time. Mom, obviously surprised, tasted it and said: Its awesome! I would have been really happy had you made this out of Bombay Rava instead of Idli Rava. Result: I was surprised and then realised scepticism is required not just at work.

Venkatesh K

I had booked a resort at Jim-Corbett for the year-end break and had gone with my wife and two and a half year old daughter. We planned to spend these four days in a completely relaxed setting. When we went for the Jungle Safari, we told our daughter that we were going to see a Tiger. We had a driver and a guide with us. To our dismay, none of us could spot a Tiger and my small daughter who has never seen a tiger pointed towards the bushes and said: Papa, Tiger! We unwillingly turned our head towards that bush and too our amazement the guide exclaimed in a very low tone, Sir, Tiger. It was actually a Tigress. My daughter made our trip to the jungle a successful one and we all laughed a lot when we came back home that somehow our small kid unknowingly spotted a Tiger. My break experience was great. Usually in December I go with friends to Goa for some Electro music fest. This time we wanted to try a peaceful vacation just to relax. I went with a few friends to Panchgani, where a friend of mine has a holiday home. The weather was brilliant. We were inbetween the valleys. It was heaven for any nature lover. But even the peace of the valleys couldnt subdue our love for music. We started missing the times we went to the fests. So we decided to have a little fest of our own in the valley. We had some speakers and music on our iPads. An enthusiastic friend played DJ, and we had an awesome Electro music night in the midst of the valleys. The folks from the neighbouring bungalow too joined us. We had a great time exploring the place during the day and partying in the night. It was a very energetic start to the new year.

Vishal Goyal

Vishal S

Our daughter - Karissa was born on 11 November 2013 and after the first four days, I didnt have much of a chance to spend time with her. The eight day year end break allowed me to spend some much needed time with Karissa and Sonam (my wife). Sonam was extremely glad that PwC had offered this break as it also let her catch up on some much needed sleep. Both Sonam and I really cherish the time we were able to spend with Karissa. The break could not have come at a better time. Thank you PwC!

Vivek Jhunjhunwala

Wed like to acknowledge the following people for their contributions in the Year end break anecdote contest 2013.

Aditi Mukherjee Aditya Longani Anirban Bose Anita Rodrigues Ankit Kotriwala Ankita Jain Antara Ray Anurag Mehrotra Anushka Shetty Arnav Kapadia Arun Kumar Ashok Roy Atul Luthra Batul Savliwala Bhabani Shankar kar Bhavesh DJ Britya Sen Chetan Shringarpure Chinmay Singh Chirag Madan Devesh Sahai Dhaval Trivedi Dilpreet Singh Gaurav Jhunjhunwala Harsh Gandhi Jigar Avlani Jignesh Desai

Kaamil Ismail Kailash Bafna Kameswara Rao Karthik Manivachagam Keyur Shah Manish Ganguly Manvi Sharma Mark A Driscoll Mayank Sharma Mohammad Chowdhury Mohammad Namazi Mohammed Asif Iqbal Mohit Parekh Mugdha Narayan Muneetpal Singh Jolly Murali Jayaraman Nachiketa Sharma Naman Kaushik Nandini Chatterjee Neel Kanth Nikhil Wahi Nitu Singh Pareet Sanghavi Piyush Sahu Pradeep Singhvi Rahul Virkar Rashmi Soans

Raunak Chamaria Ravishankar M Risha Parekh Ritu Bagla Rosh John Rishi Raj Singh Sajaj Raj Sarika Gupta Saroni Ray Saurabh Dhadphale Shagun Banthia Shuchi Swami Siddhartha Sen Soumyo Goswami Sourabh Agarwala Sourish Mohan Mitra Srishti Mittal Suhel Bhatia Taroon Bali Tarun Khanna Tejas Pol Treasure Rosina Tushar Kothavale Venkatesh K Vishal Goyal Vishal S Vivek Jhunjhunwala

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