Thank you Mr Ar Rm Arun (Chairman, Valingro Group) for inviting me today for your inauguration as Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Chennai. I had an interesting evening and a fine dinner. I also had the opportunity to take pictures with the Hon’ble dignitaries, friends and my teacher.
Before the evening, I had known little about the Czech Republic, like the ubiquitous footwear brand in India, the “Bata shoes” having its origin in Czech and about the famous writer Franz Kafka. But after the brief talks by the dignitaries on stage and by a sharp presentation by Mr Arun, I learned quite a lot about the beautiful country of Czech – that it has an area of about 60% of Tamil Nadu state, having a population of about 10 Million – though it is part of the European Union it has a separate currency called Czech koruna – as Czechoslovakia it was the first country to recognize India as an independent state in 1947, with India returning the favour in 1993.
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