A Farewell Night


My farewell speech to Engro Foods people today.

Another generation of EFL bid me goodbye just four years ago. Circumstances required a return, because the needs of the many, were more important than the wishes of one. However, today I feel a bit of a fraud and am embarrassed for taking another farewell…we have been this way before.

But khair, thank you for all the ehtemaam this night. Its wonderful and memorable for me.

Before I go further, I want to do the important things first, rather than leave it to the end.

1- I want to thank all the organisers for this wonderful night…all of them. It was funny the way they were trying to maintain the surprise element, while so much was going around, which was visible. Becharay! But, thank you.

2- I want to thank the people of EFL. Two generations of them. They have been wonderful and the respect and love given has been amazing. I shall not thank individuals by name, because there are so many. Would definitely miss out on someone and cause hurt. Needless to say, I am grateful to all of you, in one form or the other.

I am also most grateful to my wife and two sons. They have borne the brunt of my work at EFL. The missed holidays, dinners and general presence, which is the need of a family.
3- I want to tell people that like all humans I too err and where I have erred, then I beg your forgiveness. Don’t want you guys giving me a bad time up there on Judgement Day.

So to goodbyes. I can think of a few immediately! Famous goodbyes! I shall quote three.

-“I shall be back”. Terminator. Most inappropriate for now and I assure you I have no such plans.

-“I am just going outside and may be some time”. A hundred and four years ago, Titus Oates, walked to his death out of his tent, during Scotts failed South Pole Expedition, to save his collegues lives. Again, not quite my role to be a hero.

-“Here’s looking at you kid”. Humphrey Bogart when he departs in Casablanca.

It is this third goodbye that I am thinking of. In the years to come, sitting on the outside, I wish to see a prosperous and happy EFL doing all the great things this company was made for. It was part of our vision to do great things and I am glad (despite hitches) that this has been achieved in the first 10 years. One leaves behind a very successful company, with well oiled systems and a hugely talented work force. This is my legacy and I desperately want it to prosper.

It is now your part to continue this role in the future. The first gear has been executed well, now lets go into other gears. Make it happen! Work as a team, with dedication and passion, believe in this cause and it will be successful, In-sha-Allah. Also please remember, when success comes, to keep your feet on the ground. Stay humble.

Finally, I would like to say with some personal satisfaction, that at the tables of EFL, in the corridors and in the culture, I leave behind a lot of myself. It behaves very much, as I would like it to behave.

Thank you for all these wonderful years. Allah bless you all.


About sarfarazar
I have been lucky! A long career with large scale organisations and some acclaim. Also, took time off to write, mentor and do some education and social development projects. I continue to mentor and help younger people in life. Inshallah, hope to write on various subjects in my blog.

21 Responses to A Farewell Night

  1. Cydra says:

    MashAllah… second farewell and an even bigger one!!.. so how many cried on your speech this time?

    • sarfarazar says:

      Dont know …maybe they ahve become a bit immune :)..
      But I hear they had to edit the

      • sarfarazar says:

        So I hear they had to edit the video they made for me, because some people became a bit emotional. Now would have liked to have you at the event. In the end after years spent, this is the real valuable wealth one collects. The love of others. Stay happy young lady.

  2. Mairaj shaikh says:

    What opportunity I got to meet you I feel proud ibleran a lot from You Sir

  3. Omair Nagi says:

    my best wishes to you and your family. Missed being part of this event which i am sure would have been a night to remember. Please take good care of your health because a lot of people like me look at you as a mentor, a fatherly figure and most importantly take inspiration from your good self.
    Please keep in good touch

  4. Manzer Naqvi says:

    You have always been… more of a friend, less of a partner, more of a leader, less of a boss. Success and failure are a part and parcel of everyday work life’s highs and lows. But the memories of working with an inspirational boss like you will never go.
    PS: When walking out the last day, close your eyes for 5sec and imagine this song in the background “Abhi to party shroo hoi hai” 😀

  5. Zahid Ahmed Qazi says:

    Sarfaraz A Rehman, A humble personality a great visionary leader, like said by Mairaj its also a matter of proud for me as well to meet him, learn a lot from him as a leader, mentor, a teacher and always as a good friend. All the success for you as success has many shades and meaning in every ones life May Allah continue to bless you more and more.

  6. Arif Irshad says:

    None of my business, but since I have been following you, is it Golf for you for now or already up to some other challenge 🙂

    • sarfarazar says:

      For the first time in 32 years i am not going from one role to another. Have turned down a few queries. I want 2-3 months off to think about life and then….my inclination is to avoid commercial enterprise just now. Thanks

  7. Debbie Peter says:

    Missed the second farewell but I’m sure it must have been much better than the first. Have spent the best of my years working with great people like you. Best of luck sir with good health and happiness 😊😊

  8. Noor Muhammad says:

    my best wishes to you and your family .. its been a tremendous time spent with you , A humble personality , always treat like a friend and as a teacher , Sir you will be missed , may ALLAH give you more respect . Stay blessed and keep smiling

    Best Regards ,

    Noor Muhammad from IS

  9. Tom Shaver says:

    I wish you much joy, success and many Blessings as you continue your journey in life! I look forward to reading your thought-provoking blogs, and do hope our paths will again cross in the near future. Best wishes always, Tom

  10. Nejat says:

    Wonderful speech Sarfaraz! I hope our lives will cross again, and that I get the chance to benefit from your ever growing wisdom…
    All the best…

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