An Evening in Singapore


It’s a beautiful evening in one of the most fabulous and extravagant hotels of SINGAPORE “Raffles”. Seating on table no. 15, I was praying all the while with my fingers crossed “Please GOD this award has to be for us”. “BEST VENDOR CATEGORY @ 1st As

ia Communication Awards”.

This all began around 2 months back, when I joined Drishti-Soft Solutions as Business Manager APAC. I was responsible for establishing Business as well as good brand name for Drishti. And then our marketing team comes up with this info on “1st Asia Communications Awards” happening in Singapore and our whole team was like “Yes” it’s a good platform to show the world that “Drishti” has arrived with the bang.

Our marketing team worked hard on filing a promising nomination and finally we were there “Finalist in Best Vendor Category Award” competing with some of the Industry leaders. We were bit skeptical about winning this award considering the competition, but as they always unless you compete you won’t win. So we were on with it and I got this honor of representing Drishti at the Gala Dinner Award Night @ Raffles Hotel, Singapore.

22nd of June 2011, it is here. I dressed up myself in my best Black pin-striped suite all set reach there. Ah!!! What a fabulous setting for the evening. I registered myself and got to table no. 15 and the feeling was simply superb sharing this stage with all the Telco giants and ISV’s. Joined by representatives from big Telco companies of Sri Lanka and Qatar our table was all set.


It all started with the Dinner, a classy one with welcome drink (Wine) and 3 course meal ( I must say food was terrible, I had to eat MC D’s burger later that night to curb my hunger). So, here the award ceremony begins. Everyone glued to the stage with their finger crossed hoping to bag one. Few guys got lucky this time and went with 3 awards and I was like next will be me on that stage with the beautiful trophy. Then the Voice Echoed

“This Award is for the Best Vendor Category – and the nominations are Drishti & Huawei. And I was all tensed and nervous looking at the stage “plz plz say Drishti” but then my hopes came crashing down “It was Huawei” and I was like “Damn!!”

We had come so close. Everyone consoled me with – “Better luck next time and all…”And I was carrying that fake smile, and then I talked to myself “DUDE! It took Huawei more than 2 decades of hard work to get this award.” Directly competing with them in itself is a big honor and recognition for Drishti!! And these awards are not going to define our success, But still next time I will be on that stage posing with that beautiful trophy.

This Experience is one of the most memorable one, to carry the baton of Drishti’s Success among the TOP Telco’s and ISV’s was simple priceless.

And our message is clear “We have arrived & we’re gonna Rock for sure” See you next time.


Puneet Sharma aka KC