As some of you may know, I had the pleasure of covering The Sikh American Chamber of Commerce press conference and gala on behalf of SimplyBhangra.com. I knew it would be exciting to meet the Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia, but I didn't know that I would end up leaving the event as inspired as I was.
The weekend started on Friday afternoon in a beautiful office in Jersey City overlooking the NYC skyline. Since I got there early I mingled and caught up with an old friend Sonia who was a part of the organizing team. As Nav Bhatia arrived he greeted everyone with a HUGE smile. After we sat down we thought it would be appropriate to show the room his Tedx Talk to give everyone an in depth idea of what Nav Bhatia was all about. Rather than telling you what he spoke about, I'll leave the link to the TedxTalk here so you can see for yourself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtNZd4hiSmY
Following the first video we also watched his daughter Tia's Youtube video about her adoption story. I think it's safe to say that everyone in the room had a tear in their eyes by the end of the video. What stood out to me the most about Nav Bhatia uncle was his extremely humble nature. One would assume that after attaining so much success and hanging out with Drake and various NBA players one would have a certain air about them, but this wasn't the case. He was so humble and friendly that I think I can speak for everyone who attended when I say it felt like we had known him for years. Whenever he spoke of his daughter Tia his face lit up and he spoke of her with so much pride, something that reminded me of my Dad.
The next evening at the SACC gala, Nav instantly remembered me and others who attended the conference the day before. He was eager to meet all the young people at the event which was wonderful to see. Often the younger generation in our community gets neglected but The Sikh American Chamber of Commerce and Nav Bhatia He know very well that the younger generation is our future and leave no stone unturned to be positive influences on the youth. Throughout the night there were various speakers such as representatives from the SACC and Dr. Sanjit Dang, the investment director at Intel Capital. Nav Bhatia was last to speak and made one of the best speeches I've heard in a while. Nav Bhatia uncle is truly an inspiration to members of our community. If you'd like to see my interview with him check out part 1 of my vlog! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9VuuPU1yc8
Part 2( Coming soon) will highlight the gala. Hope everyone has an awesome week ahead!