Mumbai: It’s been 40 years since the American IT giant, IBM, closed down its operations in India in 1978. However, its legacy still lives on and is celebrated passionately with ex employees thanks to the efforts of Mr. K.R. Naik, Executive Chairman of Smartlink Holdings Ltd.
This 40-year reunion, organized by Mr. Naik was held at the plush JW Marriott, Sahar, in Mumbai. This initiative was started by Mr. L. H. Bhatia to celebrate the 25 year reunion at Beech Caffic, Versova in year 2003, and the tradition has been carried with ex-IBM employees across India getting together to take a walk down memory lane after 30 and 35 years. This is the fourth reunion hosted by Mr. Naik for his ex-IBM colleagues and their families.
Mr. Naik said, “It gives me great pleasure to host the 40-year reunion. It’s incredible that even after so many years; we share a strong bond and love for IBM. We’ve had a wonderful time reminiscing about the days that were and catching up with what everyone is currently doing.”
Held on 28th April, this reunion saw many ex-IBMers and their families travel to Mumbai and share beautiful and heartfelt moments together. It is indeed commendable, to see how their bond has remained strong despite the years and their respect for the culture of IBM. It was truly a one-of-a-kind event.