Archive for the ‘Elections’ Category

Though I keep promising myself that I’ll write more often on this blog, the posts end up becoming more and more spaced out in time. This time, it’s been 6 weeks, and it’s felt like ages. 

Since the last time I wrote, which was on December 24th, the major happenings at IIM Indore and in my life for that matter, have been End Term exams, Holidays back at home in Udaipur (which included a brief internship with an NGO, Seva Mandir), the National Youth Conference in January, the recent SP Jain Sports Meet (of which I was not a part), I-club elections, Celebrations and Movie Nights organized by CulCom in addition to the usual day to day activities…

End terms did save my face to some extent, but the damage had been done and I’m sure my CGP will fall in Term 2. But I guess there’s no point crying over spilt milk. (Sometimes I hate cliches like that). I’m looking towards Term 3 now, hoping it’ll be a bit more generous towards my grade sheet. My interest in Finance has been waning day by day, and now I truly know, I was meant to be a Marketing lad. 🙂

Holidays after a rigorous term are always a delight, and when you add “HOME” to that equation, it becomes Heaven. This term break of 11 days were truly a treat. Spent some quality time with my family and friends (though many of them weren’t in town). Udaipur was awesome as always! The extended term break (yes, normally it’s just 6-7 days), was because of an internship which we had to undergo as a part of our curriculum in SBM(Society, Business and Management). I visited some of the most far-fetched villages in Udaipur district, while I was interning with an NGO known as Seva Mandir.
Due to the recent Satyam Fiasco, our institute plans to add more courses which will sensitize the participants at IIM Indore to social and ethical aspects of business. I guess our juniors will benefit from such courses in the coming years. 🙂 I remember the words of Prof. Pradip Khandwala (Ex-Director, IIM Ahmedabad) from yesterday’s seminar. He had ended his talk with this line – “In Modern World Business, Goodness Pays!”. He emphasized on the fact that CSR would help companies increase returns and reduce risk, thus increasing share value. I totally agree; companies will have to be socially responsible in the future, whether they like it or not!

To commemorate the 146th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, IIM Indore organized a National Youth Conference from January 12-14 2009. Our new Director, Prof. Ravichandran is of the view that IIM Indore should be different in terms of the things we do and the way we do them. This Conference was his brain-child. The goal was to sensitise the young men and women of India to issues of national concern and to identify the role that the youth must play to take India forward in its march towards being counted among the best. Designed as a series of guest lectures and panel discussions, the Conference addressed areas such as Economic Reforms, Micro Finance, Spirituality, Science & Technology, Rural Health and Agriculture. The conference was attended by around 15 eminent guest speakers and over 300 participants from 40 colleges across India.
Among the guest speakers were Mr. Shekhar Gupta, Editor in Chief of Indian Express, Mr. D R Karthikeyan, former Director of the CBI, Dr. A D Dharma, the Deputy Director at ISRO Bangalore and many others.

Though life is pretty hectic on this hillock, the Cultural Committee (another student body under SAC) ensures that we pay our regards to the ultimate manager above us, I mean “GOD”. The committee brings together the entire IIM Indore family during occasions such as Lodhi, Sarasvati Pooja, etc. We even had our own Santa Clause’s distributing gifts during Christmas. During special occasions, Movies are screened for the entire batch in the auditorium, and sometimes under the stars, in front of a bonfire. We come to enjoy even classics like “Gunda” (there’s no sarcasm in that statement). Great work Guys….

Though we might not have the best sports facilities yet (there are plans for a Sports Complex in the pipe-line, and may take some time to be fully functional), we have some pretty good athletes at Planet I. SportsCom is one damn active committee out here. They’ve been conducting regular events over the past month and there have been great competitions to watch. In addition to that, our team secured fourth place (there were 12 colleges in all) at the recent sports meet at SP Jain, Mumbai. Congrats to all the guys and girls who took part in the meet…. 🙂

It was election time again on campus during the first week of February. This time round, they were for members of I-clubs (Interest clubs). However, there wasn’t much campaign-fever this time. One of my friends, Abhi was elected as Secy for Currenc-I, which is the Economics & IB club of IIM Indore, and a few of us got to take a party from him. That was one good thing, in addition to of course many other friends (Surya aka Mummy, OD, Shashi, Arijit Das,, Dogra, Goli, Avadhoot, and a few others) who were also elected. Good luck guys….

Its 1.53 AM, and I just had to take a bath, because of one idiot “Raina”, who showered everyone with cold drink a while back… Let me rewind a bit… It was actually Karl’s birthday, and we all cut a cake and plastered a bit on his face. That was when the sprinklers started, first on Karl, and then Raina sprayed everyone else. Of course, we got back at him, tore his shirt and had a slipper fight. It didn’t end there…. Gunjan went mad with the liquid soap after we tried taking a picture of him in the Men’s room. Oh, we MBAs know how to enjoy and get wild sometimes. I wish I had Raina’s pics. I’d post them here….

Anyways, I’ll end this huge post now. I’m tired and have some work to get back to. See you again soon.. Adios…. 🙂


It’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve penned something online. Is that right? “Penned”?? I guess I should say “typed”, but who cares… 🙂

As you must have felt, I have been busy. I guess I took this term a bit lightly, messed up a few grades and now I’m slogging at the end trying to make amends. But I’ve learnt my lessons. I just hope I can get through this storm. 4 exams over in the first 2-day phase. 5 more at the turn of the year. Sadly, they end on 31st and I’ll have to spend New Years eve in the train back home.

But that’s not the only thing which has kept me busy. I’ve shouldered a new responsibility out here. I got elected as the Secretary for the Media & Public Relations Committee. (a part of SWAC, I mean SAC… I’ll tell you about that later) You can say, I’ve helped myself become a bit more busier. But I guess it’s fine. Always been passionate to work for this committee, and though it seems like a daunting task, I hope to do my duties well. One thing about being the head of anything is that, You very easily become the target of so-called “Critics”. And these days there are many. You’re scrutinized by every individual; One wrong move and Wham, they’ll hit you right where it hurts. One thing I’m glad about…. I have a great team – 3 individuals (Srinath, Raj and Srihari) who have a very level-headed approach to everything and I hope we all complement each other in the days to come. Here’s to you guys – Cheers!

This time round, the elections (yes even IIMs have elections) were a very new experience. People (including myself) campaigning for votes, making new contacts and even friends at times. Manifestos being presented, Questions being raised, Controversies and Rumors brewing. Some of it was truly painful and shocking, but all in all I guess I had my share of fun. I learnt how childish as well as how mature individuals can be. It all got over pretty fast. I’m gonna miss those days, and those posts on the News Groups.

Politics and Exams apart, it’s been a dull last month of the year. The 2nd term just seems to be dragging itself for too long. It’s become like one of those Saas-Bahu serials. I’m just dying to get back home to Udaipur and enjoy the Winter (Man, it feels so gud to cuddle up in bed and sleep all day long) :). I have to get attached to some NGO also during the same period. IIMs don’t leave you free very easily 🙂 Projects, assignments, Field Visits, Surveys… You name it, They’ve got it! I guess we all asked for it when we entered this humble abode. But I’m sure it’s better than working for some IT company 15 hrs. a day. I can wait for another 15-16 months.

X-mas!! It’s the season to be jolly. I guess we all are a bit jolly right now because of the 5 day gap between the two exam phases. Not too sure about Sections A & B; poor fellas have 4 classes every day, thats about 6-7 hrs of rigorous boredom. Sorry for you guys…
December kinda reminds me of the US. I miss the snow, the decorated streets and malls, the Christmas tree at home, those gr8 gifts :). I miss those days when school would suddenly be called off, the snow-man and the snow-fights! They’re all a distant memory now 😦

I watched a movie yesterday, “One-hour photo” where the protagonist speaks about the magic behind photos; about how families capture time in the blink of an eye, or should i say “shutter”. Even I have so many pics from those gr8 old days, when ignorance was a bliss, when blunders were called cute by people, when you could get low grades and not even care. Were those days gr8 or what??! Wish I had a time-machine.. 🙂

Anyways, I gotta get back to work. Still 5 exams to go, and some work for MediaCom. See ya all soon. Hope I get some time b4 I go off home, to write some more… Adios.