Here’s an invite to be on an incredible roundtable of interesting people!
So, the other day some friends and a few of us from C4E met (see this tweet).
There were 9 people at the table and on it, we had a filmmaker, a standup performer, a literary editor and a few marketers. And people there ages between 19 and 45. And the conversations were rich, deep and meaningful. We talked about great pieces of work, creating things, creative blocks and other such things. We gave each other feedback about various things that we were stumbling with. And each conversation was passionate, polite, respectful and full of laughter.
At that table, I realised that I need to be on more such tables where each person is carefully handpicked and comes over to listen and to share and to meet others and all that.
This table, to me, is similar to those Salons of the yesteryears where interesting people gathered in the company of other interesting people and helped each other grow their network and knowledge. You know, helped each other stand on each other’s shoulder and see farther.
This is also similar to the concept of Mastermind Group by Napolean Hill where a group of people draw from the knowledge and experience of others.
I can find similarities with social clubs, networking groups, alumni groups, religious affiliations and more. The point remains that you’d do better in the company of other people. In fact, like they say, if you are the most intelligent person in the room, you need to find a new room. This is your opportunity to be in a room where you have more interesting and intelligent people than you.
So, I hereby propose that I will host a brunch for 9 people on Sunday the 9th of April in Mumbai (somewhere in BKC / Bandra). Each of these 9 (8 apart from me) would be handpicked. And then if this goes well, I will do this every month.
And this is your invitation to join the party!
What happens there?
You and 8 other handpicked people gather around and spend 2-3 hours.
For the 2-3 hours you spend with each other, expect to hear stories from others about their lives, the moments that shaped them into who they are, the challenges that perplex them, and the questions they need answers to. And the same for you!
Think of this as a curated networking opportunity.
You could be 18.
Or you could be 81.
You are welcome!
Oh, and 9 becuase I think the best conversations happen in small groups (of about 5 to be honest) and I want to see two groups getting created.
What is this not?
Here’s a list…
- This is not a dating service.
- This is not an activist club.
- This is not a place to host politically charged conversations. Apart from politics and religion, any conversation is a fair game.
- This is not a place to solicit business or investments. If something comes out of your meeting with people and you enjoy chatting with one or more, you, at your risk may engage with them even after lunch is over.
- This is not a coaching class. Just like Fight Club, if you are at the party, you better contribute.
Why am I doing this?
I may be 40 but I need to learn more, do more, grow more. This is my attempt at creating luck. I want to be around interesting people!
How would I select people?
To be honest, for the first one, I think I’d have to drag people. If by any stroke of luck, I can get more than 6 requests to join, I will pick the ones that I find the most interesting!
I will also try to pick people from different disciplines so that we have a wide range of people to connect with.
If you’d like to be here, please fill in this form.
Whatever the bill of the place is, we will split it 9 ways.
I will pay for 3 guests – myself, a guest of honour and a young person sponsored by C4E. Each attendee pays 1/9th. I am assuming it would be about Rs. 3000 per head
No, I am not making any money from this.
Any more questions?
I am on @saurabh on Twitter. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, as I end this, I am reminded of this quote by Jack Kerouac. He says,
the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”Jack Kerouac
This is my attempt to surround myself with the mad ones. If you are one, or if you know one, do let share this with them!
See you on the 9th April 2023.
Over and out!