Scratching the Itch you did not know you had!!
One lazy Sunday afternoon sitting at a friends place over a few chilled beers, we settled down for a fabulous home cooked meal lovingly prepared by his mother. There was a huge spread. The mutton was great and the curry divine! But I left one dish untouched. There was a very aromatic Clams curry that I dared not touch. (They reminded me of snails or something!) But it was a memorable lunch anyway.
I finally tried Clams after about 5 years of this incident.
Damn! I loved them! Absolutely loved them! Cook them anyway and I will come for them!
And, I regretted not trying them 5 years ago.
Clams scratched an itch I did not know I had!
You know the feeling. You have had these kind of reactions too. With food, with people, with places, and with experiences. You are positive you are going to hate (or not!) the person/ place/ food/ whatever and then later, you find out it was the missing ingredient that gave zing to your life.
Traders Carnival was such an experience for me! Seriously, here I was, a small (capital wise) part-time trader, trading tiny quantities of futures, options, commodities and currencies without any connect to the markets except for the TV channels and internet blogs. Forget about trading for a living, I did not know anyone else who traded at all. Every attempt to bring up the economy or the markets into polite conversation amongst my friends and relatives was met with indifference or something that looked like sympathy. But mostly indifference. Yeah.
So when I happened to chance on a tweet about Traders Carnival, I was underwhelmed. But curious too. So, after a short but power-packed dose of encouragement from DJ (abbreviation of something un-metionable I am sure;-)(Cheers DJ!)) I was on my way to Bangkok!
The planning was fabulous! Cheat sheets for the forms and procedures at the airport / Customs, the concise and precise information shared about the event and the participants, how to contact those travelling to team up etc. Amazing!
Arriving at the hotel, pre-dawn, I was expecting a long wait for my room. But help was at hand by the Traders Carnival team even at that hour. My mind was rumbling “ watch out, these people are crazy enthusiastic”.
Over breakfast that day, I met a few interesting fellow participants. And strangely, they seemed, like normal people! Dont ask me what I expected but I had this image in my mind of Traders (who traded for a living) that was nothing like these folks. They all seemed like genuinely nice guys. Of all ages. And the best thing was you could talk about anything related to the economy or the markets and it was received and countered enthusiastically! I was thrilled! This was going to be great! And then I met the Speakers……
And they were regular folks too….That I did not expect. They were approachable and keen to share their views and knowledge! Happily. No airs, no pretense, no nothing. I mean, these guys were masters but they were willing to sit and talk and discuss their favorite strategies and problems they faced and so much else, I was completely zapped.
And all of this lasted all the days and nights and evenings and even continued after the event! It was a watershed event for me. And it changed me. And my trading.Forever.
Oh yes there was also the main Traders Carnival event with all the talks and presentations and that was wonderful too but that is another story for another day.
I hope that if you are anything like me, this inspires you to also come and discover Traders Carnival for yourself and get involved with a great bunch of independent traders, happy to share their wealth of knowledge to help the less experienced amongst us
Come and scratch the itch you do not yet know you have!!
Just another trader
Participant at TC Bangkok 2016
p.s sorry about the abundance of exclamation marks! I just happen to love them!
p.p.s. extra special – must mention the efforts of Rekha DJ. The smoothener of all wrinkles! Ma’mtusi great ho!