My First THM at MakeMyTrip
I take you through my first brush with the madcap excitement at MakeMyTrip!
My first experience at the Town Hall Meet at MakeMyTrip began with anticipation. There was a buzz around the “stars” theme, but I didn’t really know what to expect from an official gathering. Little did I know that there was an actual red carpet in store for me, and an enthralling evening ahead, which included scintillating performances, insightful talks from the Leadership Team, a surprise (indeed!) guest speaker and a whole lot of mind-blowing fun!
The dress code for the new joinees, including me, was Hollywood or Bollywood Stars, while for the veterans it was glamorous red-carpet dressing. I dressed up inspired by Sharmila Tagore from the 60s. Feeling like a diva in the attire, I made my way to the venue.
As soon as we stepped onto the venue, at Epicentre Gurgaon, I knew that I was in for a memorable evening. In front of us was a plush welcome, complete with a team of photographers, videographers, a backdrop and the lights! I felt like a filmstar already!
The evening started, with the stage set to the theme of a star-studded night. After a hard-hitting performance on women empowerment, we were addressed by our very own Shahenshah, Mr. Deep Kalra. His inspiring words about the company’s values and community hit the bullseye..
We were next presented with a performance so unique, it had us all in peals of laughter. Trippers guffawed through a medley of songs performed to poker-faced expressions and hilarious actions that made for some rip-roaring entertainment!
THM at MakeMyTrip is about the people, about recognizing talent, about encouraging performance and of adherence to a set of values. Through the evening, exceptional talent and dedication of many Trippers was awarded and given due appreciation. It really inspired me to do my best and walk up on that coveted platform someday…
As the evening progressed, we were all in for a big surprise! In walked our guest speaker, ex-captain of the Indian cricket team, Mr. Saurav Ganguly! As he walked up the stage, the hall erupted with stunned applause, and we gleefully welcomed him to our THM! It went on to be an epic conversation, as Mr. Ganguly shared some insights and delightful events from his years as captain. His views on leadership and teamwork were interspersed with some hilarious real life incidents. Mr. Ganguly spoke like a leader, and ruled the stage like a boss!
The evening of many highlights continued with another rocking performance, this time by a live band performing to popular numbers. It was a foot-tapping, wave-hands-in-the-air and sing-along performance!
The next ‘performance’ convinced me that not all rock-stars sing and dance. Some individuals remind you how irrelevant our so-called ‘life problems’ really are, and Siddharth is one such gem! He spoke to us simply, about life, and how to smile through difficulties. The standing ovation he received after the talk was proof how much he touched our hearts with his determination to live life on his own terms.
A few more awards, a few more talks and some time later, the official function of THM ended. But what is an MMT event without a party? The evening ended with some epic photo-ops, some delicious food and some wild antics on the dance floor! In true Tripper style, it was an evening to remember, and we have Memories Unlimited to vouch for that!