The year-long 10th anniversary celebrations of PIT Solutions were kicked off in style in January 2010. A grand function marked the start of the festivities. The function was special in many ways – one being that it was a full house with every PITSian present; another was that some of our most special clients and venture partners were there too to take part.
It was 10 years ago, at the turn of the millennium, that a group of young engineers along with a Swiss entrepreneur started up the company at Technopark, one of the few IT parks that existed at that time. The company was named PIT Solutions, taking inspiration from the flurry and efficiency that one can see at the pit stops of Formula 1 racing. Upon hindsight, it is remarkable that the company has weathered two of the most trying periods of global recession, and despite them has grown from strength to strength. This was reminisced in a flashback presentation given by the directors at the party venue.
The rest of the evening was rendered colorful by music and dance programs performed by the PITSians themselves. Some of the programs staged easily rivaled those of hardcore professionals thus proving that techies can be equally adept at the arts too.
Friendship and teamwork drive companies to growth and prosperity. Friendship was the theme of the first item of the evening – a solo song by Anwar. The intensity of the singer matched the depth of the theme of friendship.Taking it on from there were Harikrishnan and Devikrishna rendering a duet, which had the message for the crowd.
The directors of PIT Solutions took over and walked the audience through a nostalgic journey of the past 10 years of the company and the trials and triumphs they underwent in taking it to the present day. Dieter talked about his first meeting with Rafeek back in 1998 through a common business friend. Thomaskutty talked about the chance circumstances that brought him into the startup in the year 2000. Rafeek remembered the early pains of starting up and the difficulties in taking off amidst the global recession of the early noughties. A photo slide show with live commentary by Thomaskutty amused the crowd, especially the veterans of PITS who found themselves featured in the photos.
Over a thousand people have worked and contributed to PIT Solutions’ success over a span of 10 years, but a few people have really indulged more than the others and have become key players through their persistent contributions. Twelve people were on this elite list and were honored by the director board. BijuTP, Arjun, Soumia, Smitha, Ajesh, Lucky, Ramkumar, Aneesh, Nithya, Pradeep and BijuBC were the veterans with between 5 to 10 years of association with PIT Solutions.
Sports competitions were ongoing as a run up to the commencement of the anniversary celebrations, and had generated overwhelming interest and awesome participation. Prizes and trophies were given away to the winners during the function with the guests taking turns to felicitate the winners.
Kathak is a North Indian traditional dance form that is known for it elegant costumes and fast swirling moves. Deepthi, Reshmi and Gayatri dazzled on stage with a grand performance.
Much to the delight of everyone, a magic show was presented by Athira which truly enthralled the spectators. The magician made the acts of illusion even more interesting through soliciting participation by representatives from the audience.
A fun dance followed that used a Russian folk song to sync the steps. The costume itself evoked laughter even before the first steps were planted.The group song that followed had a team of seven humming the tunes of …… through some spirited vocal triumphs.Harikrishnan and Haneesh returned from it to add a duet performance that was an inspirational Tamil song.
Then came the magnum opus of the evening that everyone was eagerly waiting for – a sterling dance extravaganza from the PITS guys and girls. Their relay-style performance to multiple musical scores took every spectator along with and had them humming along and tapping toes in sync.
The kids had a gala time too with their lisped cutie steps in near-to-perfect rhythm to the music beats.The items were well sandwiched with entertainment fillers that really kept the tempo steady throughout the evening.