A Fireside Chat with Dilip Chhabria – LiveBlog
Designer. Innovator. Motorhead. Dilip Chhabria, founder of DC Design, has built a career on modifying cars. Now, he’s coming to Manipal for a Fireside Chat. The Post LiveBlog of the event airs at 1900 hours on September 30th. We’ll keep the car seat warm for you till then.
Full House. Empty stage. The atmosphere is palpable here at Fireside.
The symphony being played on the speakers cannot soothe the excitement and restlessness in this crowd.
Mr. Chhabria has entered the auditorium, and is now seated alongside dignitaries from MU and MIT.
And ThinkTank is dressed none too shabby.
ThinkTank is set to start in 5 minutes, because it doesn’t run on MIT time.
The cameras are rolling, the lights are off, the guests have been acknowledged. We’re all set!
Rwik Kamilya on stage: “Guys, we’ll be starting in exactly one minute. Please be seated… and… that’s it.” *leaves stage*
Abhay Sahni, president of The Think Tank, takes the podium.
He introduces The Think Tank and what it does, and invites the guests to the stage.
The Director receives huge applause as he takes the podium to deliver the welcome address.
The chief guests take their seats on stage. They include:
The Think Tank applauds the loudest as the Director asks for a round of applause for TTT for organising this event.
“We’ve beaten the record for the turnout seen for a guest talk at 7 pm” – Dr. Vinod Bhat
“I’ve never seen this hall so full. Wait, there’s Byju’s as well…”
Reports have just come in that photographers rushing to the stage will beat the land speed record of DC Avanti.
“The Think Tank guys are cute to work with. Thank you for having me as your faculty advisor”
It’s been so long since I’ve heard the acronym DC being used in a good light.
DC walks off the stage (to the audience’s confusion), to allow The Think Tank to prepare the stage for the Fireside chat.
“I’m hoping for 400 questions – the wackier the better.”
DC presenting to the audience what DC Design is, before the chat begins.
“We do things only for the wow factor, not revenue.”
“We love to brag that we’re a paranoid organisation.”
The speed of DC’s presentation of the slides can probably be beaten only by Avanti. He does have a lot of designs to show, after all.
DC on the DC Ambie project – “A fine way to convert an eyesore into something beautiful”
Pictures of DC Designed Cars are eliciting illicit sounds in the audience.
DC Designed this for a sheik’s aircraft. Rumor has it that he was paid in multiple aircrafts.
Mr. Suhas Kowshik takes the stage with DC.
Mr. Chhabria congratulates MIT for sustaining such a large number of students and maintaining the college on such a large scale. Thank god he didn’t visit the FC.
Mr. Chhabria’s mic was barely audible, and Mr. Kowshik replaces it. “Technical difficulties are common to technical colleges”, the latter remarks.
DC says he wouldn’t like to compare his college days to MIT. “I never attended classes, I’m sure these young people are not in the same realm”
“I was not in college (didn’t attend class) because I was pursuing my hobby. And there’s nothing wrong with that,” DC says to the dismay of audience members who just thought truancy was greenlit.
“What was I in school? I was an extremely and painfully shy person, with an inferiority complex.” Who would’ve thought.
“If you’re shy, shout about it.”
“WHOO……oo” go the cheers. That’s shy people for you.
“My parents would have to paint the walls multiple times because I would draw on them while making car sounds. I was obsessed with cars.”
“Rather than role models, you preferred car models.”
“I thought cars were made by engineers, I didn’t know there was a career in design” – the person who made car designing cool.
“My father used to manufacture electronics components.”
Candid moment on stage.
“My girlfriend in college strengthened my inferiority complex by dumping me very fast, which helped me succeed. So guys, if you want to be successful – get dumped”, says DC to tremendous applause.
DC: Do you get all boys to join this college by showing off this ratio?
“I was expected to be an entrepreneur, not an automotive entrepreneur.” Life is funny.
Mr. Kowshik announces a short break for 10 minutes, TV style.
And we’re almost back from the break. First years have received an extended perm time till 10:30.
“If I were to approach a customer like Shah Rukh Khan, I would come off as needy. My son just comes up and doesn’t take his calls.” Way to go. Now we know how DC gets those big numbers.
DC finds the process of inspiration quite simple, once you’ve got good knowledge about the subject. Now I know why I didn’t get very good grades in drawing class in class 5, in school.
Fun fact: DC designed the Bond car, Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
James Bond and DC sounds like a cool combination. Do we have any writers around?
“The DC Avanti. Why the feminine name?”
Fun fact : 1.6 million man-hours were needed to develop Avanti
“Why are your designs so expensive? Why don’t you design something for the common man? Why don’t you lower the prices?”
So, no cars for the common man from DC Design. Can we at least get toy models?
Mr. Kowshik : “So I’ve learned you’ve also designed cars.”
“What’s your favorite design?”
“You’re not born with anything. You need to pick up what you love, work on it, embrace it, keep loving it, and work for long term.” – Wise words of advice from DC.
Now accepting questions from the audience.
“Lack of time is the biggest obstacle I feel I have faced.”
Engineering students know all about that.
Question: “Why does DC Design charge so much for matte paint?”
DC: “What do you do when you want to discourage something you don’t approve of? You charge a bomb!”
“When you fail, you realise that you’re not God.”
The Think Tank just teased TEDxManipalUniversity!
DC still hasn’t left the stage, and The Think Tank teases their next event. Guys, the body isn’t even cold yet.
Just kidding though, TEDx here would be amazing. 29th January, next year.
Looking forward to TEDx next!
And that ends the Fireside chat with Dilip Chhabria.
This is Sanat Mharolkar and Amit Shah, signing off.