Archive for October, 2008

Patal Pani

Posted: October 31, 2008 in Environment, IIM Indore, Nature, Patal Pani, Photography


Life as an MBA student at IIM Indore is like NFS. Why the analogy? Well, I was playing the game a while back and I realized how much it resembles the past few months of my life out here. Time has been running at such high velocity that everything other than Planet I has just crossed the corner of my eyes without 2nd thought. But of course, life here holds an element of excitement. There’s nothing comparable to the night outs with friends, running around taking videos for projects, preparing presentations at 3 am as if the day would never end, or just chilling out in the mess. Fun with cricket, TT, Badminton or even Carrom.
The only thing that makes me sad sometimes is the fact that we’re like birds confined to our cages. I sometimes feel like I’ve been pinned to a notice board from where I can just flutter as much as the thumb tack allows me. That’s why, when Ashish suggested we go out, the other day, I was ready in a jiffy. Of course, we had to wait till the day’s classes got over.
I had gone through some pics a few days back in a senior’s orkut profile, and I knew the best place to go on a weekend to hang out – “Patal Pani”. “Patal” in hindi refers to the deepest point of earth and “pani” means water. The place is actually a cascading waterfall with a lake formed at its bootom. This lake’s depth is said to be unfathomable and believed to reach the mythological “Underground World” ; hence goes the name. The gorge between the two cliffs is approximately 200 feet deep.
Located approximately 20 kms from IIM Indore, this place is not a tourist hot spot and hence it’s mostly calm and peaceful. The beauty of the landscape has to be seen to be believed. You kinda discover the place and just say “Oh my gosh”. I say “discover”, because the waterfall is slightly hidden from the common eye.

Another exciting part of the trip was the journey to Patal Pani, on a Yamaha Bike(Ashish was the lucky one, to get the far better Splendor). I must thank Rakesh T. for that wonderful experience (Dude, how do you manage without mud-guards??). Everything was going fine until we asked one dear old uncle about the route. He gave us a shortcut and assured us it was a nice road. Now I know what to expect when people from MP say “Nice Roads” (Honestly, the roads out here are pathetic!). Anyways, we took dear uncle’s advice and ended up in Never-Never Land (I’m tellin u, never again…). The route went through bad roads and no-roads; through villages and unused roads. We had planned to buy some stuff to eat and drink, in addition to batteries for Abhiruchi’s camera. Boy, we sure ended up on the wrong side of the railway tracks. We finally reached Patal Pani after the bike stopped me more than a dozen times.
On speaking to a couple of locals, we understood that drinking water meant “Hand-pumps” in the wilderness, and food…Well let’s just not speak about it. Thank god, Neha had brought along with her a packet of chips and a bottle of Maaza.
So, the 4 of us (Abhiruchi, Ashish, Neha and Myself) went out to explore the vast lands before us and the waterfall beyond. The ambience was amazing and we went on a photography spree.

One more notable thing was the railway tunnel (Ajmer-Khandwa line) cutting through the huge mountains. It kinda reminded me of Doodh Sagar in Goa, which I could only visit from the seat of my train. We had a strong urge to explore the depths of the gorge, but considering the words of caution from people around, we decided against it. We just stood at the top of the waterfall and felt awed by god’s creation.
As sunset approached us fast, we had to shrug the desire to stay back. We were worried about going back via the same road in the darkness. So we decided to set back, but after we saw the sun fall beyond mountains in the backdrop. It was a wonderful view, to say the least. The journey back was far more comfortable, mainly due to 2 reasons:
1. Ashish was the one sporting Yamaha this time 🙂
2. We found a new and civilized route back to campus.
With dinner at Riddhi-Siddhi following our escapade into the wild, I would say, that was an evening that shall be cherished forever.

To my fellow nature-lovers who decide to explore Patal-Pani, “A few words of Advice”:
a) Buy all supplies (that includes water & eatables) before you go beyond Mhow.
b) Be wise when you ask for directions. Don’t hesitate to turn back!
c) Observe extreme care while at the top of the waterfall. The rocks are slippery. Better be Safe than Sorry.
d) Last but not the Least, Don’t forget your best Cameras.
Good Luck.
I’ll leave you with a few more pictures to tease your eyes. Click on the link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29566890@N07/sets/72157608574927355/



It’s that time of the year when every one of you gets to be Sherlock Holmes. Yes, Klueless is back. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re missing something BIG!
Have you ever forgotten to sleep, eat and even go for nature’s call. If not, I bet you this may be a first very soon. Get ready to get addicted. Because soon, you’ll find yourself awake in the wee hours of the morning searching for hidden klues. If you think I’m joking, you need to think again. Once you’re in, there’s no coming out. You’re with us till the end.
We understand your pulse.We understand your every move. We know you want more. And so, we’ll keep coming back at you! We wanna see you go mad for that one missing string, that one missing link. Soon you’ll be drifting away during lectures and family chats. What’s on your mind Dear? “KLUELESS”
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"Earth from Above"

Posted: October 9, 2008 in Art, Environment, Photography

This post is not really related to life at IIM Indore, but I thought I’d share this link with those of you out there who love photography. It’s a link to my other blog, and this particular post speaks about Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a great photographer and environmentalist, and his exhibit being arranged in NY city in 2009. You can find further links to his site and his photographs, which concentrate on planet earth and sustainability of life, in this post:
http://grandmaster-researcher-koc.blogspot.com/2008/10/earth-from-above-exhibit.html



This October 2nd, the people of Indore took a strong initiative and proclaimed to the world that they have not been blemished by the recent violence across the city. As a tribute to the great Mahatma, 5000+ people were found participating in the Indore Marathon organized by IIM Indore. This event was to help create a platform where the people of Indore could unite and express their concern and tolerance. It also helped to create mutual affection among fellow residents.


The marathon, which started at 7 am, consisted of two runs-a 10km peace run and a 3 km celebratory run. It was a measure of a person’s mental and physical stamina. The runners were a mixture of teenagers, youngsters and senior citizens; students and corporates. There were serious runners as well as people who were out there to make a difference and enjoy. I’m sure even Gandhi’s statue at Regal Square would’ve felt like coming down and being a part of the cause. As many of us believe, his soul was surely with us that morning.

The 1st prize, a Honda Stunner, was bagged by Mr. Vijay Yadav, who finished the 10 km run in a mere 38 minutes. In the Female category, Ms. Smita walked away with the honors. There were other prizes as well, such as an LCD TV, a laptop, mobile phones, etc.

The event saw 200 odd IIM Indore students volunteering for the event in addition to another 100 NCC cadets assisting them. The main sponsor for the event was ACC Cements.The participants expressed their solidarity and felt that there should be more events on similar lines. The echoing “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” at the close of the event spoke loads regarding the resolve of my fellow Indories.

Now, let me rewind a bit for you….

This event was conceptualized months back in the minds of a few PGP2 students at IIM Indore. From then on there was no looking back. The entire IIMI community was involved with the event in some form or the other. There were student groups handling media coverage, sponsorship, operations and most importantly Participation. Around 50 students, in teams of 2, went to almost 55 schools, colleges and corporate offices in Indore to create awareness and enthusiasm for the event.
On the eve of the event, IIM Indore did not sleep! There were participants involved in tracking the route, putting up banners and signs, arranging check points and Food & Beverage stalls, etc. IIMI’s bus was doing multiple runs across Rau and SGITS, bringing more hands for the event. It was a great learning experience for many of us at Planet I, and it brought us all together for ONE CAUSE.
Come 7 am and the people of Indore responded to our efforts and kept our smiles alive. I salute you Indore and applaud you all for the love and concern you’ve shown for our city. Long live Indore, Long live Peace!

To view some more snaps taken during the Marathon, please click on the link below:
http://picasaweb.google.co.in/ravi.gemi/IndoreMarathon#