Dear Fellow Members,

The most important thing my alma mater has given me apart from an identity is the Office of the President of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) and a large family in the form of co-workers. As a humble gesture to summarise my two-year tenure in a quatrain, I may say:

" िजंदगी से हर एक मौज िमली, कभी कभी नहीं हररोज िमली,
बस एक स चा दो त माँगा था िजंदगी से, मुझे दो तों की पूरी फौज िमली

For me, it is a time to look back into the past, on the road that I treaded in the last two years as the President of a very prestigious apex body of the country. It is here that I could realise what is meant by the expression “excavation of the self”. Whatever and whoever I am today was very much within me, and let me confess without any reservation that but for the love, care, affection and feelings showered on me by fellow members, the real self would have remained smothered within.We all shall continue to interact with one another through the invisible connectivity of our collective consciousness. Yet, even physical parting does have a terrible effect on an individual, a fact that everyone must accept. A rare and never-before experienced fusion of opposing feelings and sentiments has gripped me. I spent 12 years here as a member of the Executive Committee. During this period I found myself to be on the path of gradual metamorphosis from an ambitious into an enthusiastic person. The time is now ripe for my departure from the august office. I do not know what is there in the womb of time. I can’t know whether I will get chance to return, with a task greater and more challenging. Friends, let me admit that I have always had an experience of being protected by some mysterious, divine and indescribable cosmic power that controls the universe. In this Power we trust, to this Power we turn, and with this Power we ultimately mingle! The Supreme Controller of this Power, whom we call God, Ishwar, Allah, Khodayji or by any other name, will continue to shower His choicest blessings on us, will continue to illuminate the inner recesses of our mind.

Although we may be separated by position and office in the interim, nothing will diminish the important role that you have played and will always play in our Institute and for the betterment of our profession at large.

I also need to acknowledge just how much I have been shaped by my colleagues and friends at  IIID. I have myriad experiences, too many to mention, which have impacted my life in a memorable and meaningful way. What follows barely scratches the surface of all that I have learned over the years, but bear with me as I express my sentiments.

Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment that I have developed with Chapters/Centres, EC members and the dedicated staff at IIID Head office. My gratitude and gratefulness.

The past few years have also taught me the value of having a positive and enthusiastic group of co-workers. I have witnessed colleagues giving their time tirelessly to enhance the image and productivity of  our Institute and its goals. In my  bidding adieu, I want to acknowledge that you have all played your part in making  IIID  a happier and more prolific place. I have also learned that this is the role that I will strive to emulate in my future.

As the Irish blessing goes: “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in  the hollow  of his hand.”

With regards to my IIID family,

Ar. Bankim Dave