SPLASHDOWN STORY

Ex-Chief Engineer now Owner of Splashdown Waterpark -Goa, Melroy Pinto in conversation with Capt. Rohit Sharma You were a very successful and well respected Chief Engineer. What was the reason for the shift in career? True. I was a Chief Engineer for more than 15 years. I had reached the pinnacle of my career, but felt I was stagnating. Although the Company asked me to come join the office, I didn’t fancy sitting behind a desk pouring over mails day in & day out, working like just one of the cogs in the big wheel of shipping. The 40-year itch does not apply to marriages only. I was getting that itch to move on. I switched companies and worked for a couple of years in each, but it didn’t quell the itch. When at home I would often look for jobs ashore. I did the rounds. I worked in ship yards, lectured in marine institutes, did short stints as a technical superintendent, conducted surveys and even landed myself a GM post in a gas engine company. However I always wanted to be my own boss and felt I had the potential to do more than just work for somebody. How did you come up with the idea of starting a Waterpark? I zeroed in on two avenues that were lacking in Goa, fitness centres and tourist entertainment. I decided to look for ideas in Mumbai and bought a train ticket to Virar. I alighted at random station and asked the rickshaw to take me around to see the gyms & entertainment spots. For three day I visited video game parlours, bowling alleys, laser tag arcades, paint ball shooting galleries, etc. None of these appealed to me as I noticed a number of uniformed school children who were playing truant to spend their time and money here. I slowly changed my focus to amusement parks, where I was discouraged by being warned about ride breaks down and down-time due to non-availability of technicians and spares. At one such park, which was almost empty, I could hear screams of excitement coming from one corner of the park. When I walked over there I noticed they had just one water slide, and the crowd was all here, enjoying themselves. I had found what I was looking for. That’s when I decided on a waterpark, as Goa had the perfect climate for it, but didn’t have one. How was the transition from Shipping to Shore based? I don’t think the transition from Ship to Shore was as traumatic as moving from Salaried to Self-employed. That meant there was no fat tax-free pay packet coming in every month. I had to rely on my own acumen to be able to generate income. The construction phase was the most trying. I could see all my life-savings draining out like a dam that had burst its gates, and there was no income coming in. There were many times when I felt like stopping in my tracks and going back to shipping.

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Today
8:03am
Hi Jenna! I made a new design, and i wanted to show it to you.
8:03am
It's quite clean and it's inspired from Bulkit.
8:12am
Oh really??! I want to see that.
8:13am
FYI it was done in less than a day.
8:17am
Great to hear it. Just send me the PSD files so i can have a look at it.
8:18am
And if you have a prototype, you can also send me the link to it.

Monday
4:55pm
Hey Jenna, what's up?
4:56pm
Iam coming to LA tomorrow. Interested in having lunch?
5:21pm
Hey mate, it's been a while. Sure I would love to.
5:27pm
Ok. Let's say i pick you up at 12:30 at work, works?
5:43pm
Yup, that works great.
5:44pm
And yeah, don't forget to bring some of my favourite cheese cake.
5:27pm
No worries

Today
2:01pm
Hello Jenna, did you read my proposal?
2:01pm
Didn't hear from you since i sent it.
2:02pm
Hello Milly, Iam really sorry, Iam so busy recently, but i had the time to read it.
2:04pm
And what did you think about it?
2:05pm
Actually it's quite good, there might be some small changes but overall it's great.
2:07pm
I think that i can give it to my boss at this stage.
2:09pm
Crossing fingers then

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