Archive for the ‘Planet I’ Category

Have you ever had so much on your mind that you just don’t know what all to speak about. Have you ever felt that thoughts are speeding through your mind at Mach 3 and your hands are just too slow to pen them down. If you have, then you know exactly how I’m feeling right now!

The last time I wrote (March 16) was like aaaaaaaages ago… There is so much in my mind that it would explode if I didn’t get it out, and so I’m back…. writing at 6 in the morning. No, I didn’t just get up…. I never slept! My friends would say, “Sounds just like Ravi”… Some others out here at IIM will say, “He’s gonna sleep through the whole of tomorrow.” Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury due to classes and assignments lined up for the next 6-7 days.

Anyway, let me come back to the overload in my mind… Third Term exams, Summer Internship, Short stint in Surat (with my sisters), My Birthday :-), June at the Hillock, etc.

I can hardly remember the last End Term exams… As I said, they were like a zillion years ago. 🙂 That makes one thing clear….. I’m not gonna speak about them. 🙂

I interned at Johnson & Johnson Medical during April-May in Mumbai. I guess that was the primary reason for my absence from blogosphere. Not that I was working my pants off, but well, what should I say, time jus flew by. JJMI (Johnson & Johnson Medical India) was like a dream come true. The best 2 months of corporate life any intern could hope for. A gr8 work culture, an awesome team of superiors and the best group of co-interns anyone could ask for – a true dream family! I hope you guys are interested in reading about those 2 months of mine, coz I’m gonna write about it even if you aren’t… 🙂 To keep the length of this post within limits, I’ll show you the flash back in another post.

The only thing which made the Summer of 09′ a bit sour was the fact that I didn’t get time to go to my home town, Udaipur. However, I did meet everyone in the family; some in Mumbai, some others in Surat. The Surat trip was like a 48 hour Marathon, one I wished could go on forever. I kept people awake till 5 AM on both days (even my very sleepy Jiju). I bet they cursed me afterwards. 🙂 One things for sure… This trip was a great example of – “Efficient utilization of time”.

Come June 8th and I stepped foot back at Planet I, only to learn that our hostel rooms had been shifted… what a way to welcome us back…. Anyways, I ended up as one of the luckier ones (Just got shifted from G316 to G315…. some 5 metres). There were loads of protests, HostelCom had a hell of a time and very few people actually shifted to their new rooms. The Administration just gave up finally. 🙂

The last one month has been gr8 in Indore. I actually had begun to miss this place ; even though I was having an awesome time in Mumbai (minus the bed bugs). With the Juniors on campus, there were many moments of nostalgia. Some sadness – that one year had just whizzed by, but some relief, “Thank god it’s over!”. The past month has seen the likes of His Holiness Dalai Lama on campus speaking about “Compassion and Non-violence” (I’ll speak about this in another post) in addition to many other speakers like Mr. M Damodaran and the US Consul General, Mr. Paul Folmsbee. Term 4 has also brought with it a great set of visiting faculty, Prof Rajesh Shrivastava being the pick of the lot. “A true mentor and a great Guru” (One more post will surely be dedicated to him..)

But that’s not all… IRIS has become āhvān, Sanjeevani has become Aarohan, Utsaha plans to go Rural, Prof VK Gupta has become Dean (Administration), many of my batchmates have gotten engaged, some others married…. How can anyone be in such a hurry?? 🙂
And of course, there are those things which never change – For example the boy:girl ratio in PGP!

Anyways, I’m gonna try and get a wink before the 08.45 class (even that has changed from the earlier 09.30). I hope my mind can rest it’s thinking process till then!

Coming Soon….. Summer of 09′ @ Johnson & Johnson Medical


So what if the Champions League (20/20) got cancelled; we at Planet I designed our very own IPL. The concept was new but the excitement for cricket was just the same. A combined event by our Marketing Club (Mercur-i) and Sports Committee, IPL was a bucket full of energy.

Rules of the Game:
Oh, don’t worry, I wont list down loads of bullet points here like an ICC Rule Book. Let me just get you acquainted with the event. 12 Teams of 10 members each (6 for the cricket team + 4 for the Marketing) were formed and divided into 4 groups. If you think the teams were too small, think again! A ground the size of a tennis court and just 6 overs to slog. You’ve got a thrilling watch for your eyes.

The rules kinda reminded me of cricket at home during my childhood. I’m sure many of you have had innovative rules of your own. Ball hits the boundary wall, Superb Six! If it goes over the wall directly, You’re back to the pavilion. 🙂 Last man allowed to play alone, and you can run him out at both ends. Remember such memories of childhood?
Our version of IPL had some such rules. I guess that’s what made the game more interesting. We even picked up the idea of Power Play. A free over of smashing where you can only be run-out or skied out ( that’s when u hit the ball over the hostel’s 2nd floor).

Round 1 was intra-group, where each team played 4 matches. The best team from each, went on to the semifinals. The final 4 were Eagles, Ab tak Chhappan, Lemon Brothers and Master Batters. The tournament favourites “Eagles” were able to pull off a win in the finals, when they seemed to be struggling a bit for the first time. Ab tak Chhappan, which had an immense fan-following sure entertained their friends out their.

Cash (Read Mercuri Dollars) –
IPL wasn’t just about winning the ball game. It was also about marketing your teams. Though this idea got a slow start, there was a bunch of creativity towards the end. The media up for buy (Each team had restricted amount of Mercuri Dollars and the media usage had to be paid for) consisted of posters, pamphlets, jingles, videos and even outdoor events like plays/speeches.

It all started with a few gr8 team names, names like Master Batters, Ab Tak Chhappan, The Lemon Brothers (I heard they even served Lemonade one day), GAY Men (Gaonwaale Angry Young Men); A few really good slogans, for example “Kyunki Hum Kisi Ka Ehsaan Nahi Lete” (MasterBatters), “The Nerds who love Playing with Balls” (Community Service). I’d love to put a few posters of teams Community Service and Master Batters up on this post, but my blog would start getting flagged for obscenity. 🙂 I’ll have to get publishing rights from the team managers b4 I can actually put up some of their creativity online. 🙂

Something Different –
Team ChidimaarR put up oval boards on the boundary and challenged the opponent teams’ batsmen to hit them. The Prize?? CHOCOLATES!
One of the IPL teams blew up some creatively shaped balloons (if you know what I mean :-)) and hung them near the playing field.

In all, the online newsgroups at IIM Indore were flooded with publicity stints. And spectators were loving it. A round of applause for Sportscom & Mercur-i. Let’s hope this fun-filled event becomes an annual fiesta.

We all take a few days off don’t we? Well, I’ve been a bit busy with submissions recently, that I haven’t had time to update my blog. But that doesn’t mean that Planet-I has been silent. Rather, it’s been the exact opposite.

So much has happened since my midterms got over on 19th November. You can say that we know how to keep our selves busy. As if our Profs don’t give enough work. Didn’t they tell you that elite institutes like IIMs are about holistic personality enhancement?? 🙂
Now let’s see… There’s been our sports activities including our very own IPL & IFL, RTI week (Dec 1-7), Parthenon 08′, our Freshers’ Party (if you can call it that) and much more. Don’t worry… I’ll give you details, but in a later post. One post wouldn’t be enough to speak about all of that. We’ll take it one by one.

So what’s this one about. It’s about IIM Indore’s newest member. No, no one has been given lateral entry into our institute, if that’s what you’re thinking. I’m referring to our recently appointed Director, Professor N. Ravichandran who joined us on November 27. Prior to this, Prof. Ravichandran was teaching OM & Strategy at IIM Ahmedabad for quite some time. With change comes waves of hope. And I believe that’s exactly what many of us at Planet-I are hoping for. I’m not saying that things are bad out here, but we all know, everything can be improved.

Professor Ravichandran doesn’t need an introduction; his credentials speak for themselves. You could google his name and find hundreds of links on him. You would probably learn that he’s a great researcher and a great guru. We at IIM Indore are yet to know him better, but based on what I’ve read, he always means business. And yes, did I forget to mention, he has some great one-liners.
During his first interaction with the whole PGP fraternity, he made quite an impact. Though I won’t and can’t discuss everything he said, I must say I was impressed by his criticism. I’ve always felt that the only one who can make a difference is the one who identifies and accepts the loop holes in a system, big or small. There’s no point in praising yourself among your own family members. Kind of reminds me of a friend out here, who proclaimed something during a certain event. He said “I’m here for CHANGE”. Well, maybe he really had a point.

Bug then again, these have all just been speeches till now. I remember my IIM Lucknow’s GD topic: “Words without Deeds, is like a garden full of weeds”. So let’s hope that the garden turns out to give real flowers. And as Professor Ravichandran said at the end of his introductory speech, “From nowonwards, let our actions speak and not our words”.

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”
Switch off those cell phones, Close your windows and doors. Put up that “DO NOT DISTURB” sign. Because you’re gonna be glued to that seat for quite some time.
Click on any of the Klueless banners if you think you can handle the pressure!

To proceed to the official blog of Klueless for live updates and more help on the event, click on the poster below.

Previous episodes of Klueless:

To learn about other events at IRIS 2008:

At IIM Indore, most of our courses have an evaluation component called Class Participation(CP). If you were to ask most students, they’d tell you that it’s that grey area where professors can give you any grade they want. But maybe the system has some true purpose behind such scoring techniques.

I want to talk about the deeper aspects of CP. Yes, as an engineering graduate I love to classify things, so let me do that with Class Participation also.

a) Constructive CP: The most ideal form of CP, expected by the professors. Its characteristics include conciseness, preciseness and completeness. Very rarely found!

b) Prolonged CP: This kind of CP is like a long black tunnel where you can never see the other end. Yes, very verbose. It can put the class to sleep, and if it comes at the brink of a break, you might get a few dirty looks from your classmates too.

c)One-on-One CP: This is like a cartel or sometimes a dispute between 2 participants. If the professor is too innocent, such CP may lead to the two students even forgetting the fact that there’s someone standing there to teach.

d)Desperate CP: Messed up your quizzes? Also messed up your assignments and the midterm? Then it’s time for Desperate CP (DCP), a tool used to scale up your grades to a respectable level.

e)Little Professor’s CP: This is when some candidates feel that they have the responsibility to answer all the doubts of their fellow classmates. I agree that we all mentioned at our interviews that IIMs are a place where you can learn from your peers, but then come on… There’s a professor there for some reason too.

f)Redundant CP: The most common form of CP. As the name indicates, this CP is just a repetition, of what someone else has said earlier, in a slightly moulded form. Haven’t read the case? Haven’t done any pre-reading of the chapter either? No problem, this form of CP will rescue you every time. (Well, almost every time. Sometimes you may fall victim to the 1/62 probability phenomenon. Yes, you may end up being the 1st person to be asked to start a discussion).

g)Unconscious CP: A very strange form of CP. This occurs when a candidate has been dosing for the past few min and he suddenly wakes up and his hand shoots up in the air, with a question. Another minute or two later, you’ll find him asleep again. A true talent still being researched.

h)CP Globe: Occurs when topics are more generic and abstract. This is when you can crap all you want.

Now, this is a very broad classification, and to avoid you getting bored I have excluded sub-classes. But I would like to touch upon a new innovation in CP, known as “The CP Challenge”.

Classes sometimes need a touch of humor. A few students have found a fantastic way of including that as a part of the class via this new challenge. This contest requires a student to use a particular word or phrase as a part of his CP during a lecture. And yes, the CP has to be relevant, you can’t just make any random comment. Sound easy? Well, not when the challenge includes phrases like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and words like “intercourse”. Wondering whether it was accomplished? Of course it was; we aren’t called the countries brightest minds for nothing..How are the words communicated among students during class? Another use for our dearest friend; yes, the cell-phone. Isn’t technology a beautiful thing??

Considering the stressed out lives and the piles of work (some actual and some virtually created) out here , I guess we’ll need more innovations on similar lines. This is what you call, Creative Gyan.

This is an addition to the already mentioned forms of CP, which came to light during Term 2.

i) Forgetful CP – Courtesy: Goli; The participant is so engrossed in raising his hand and getting restless in his chair that by the time, the Prof notices him and asks for his view, he’s forgotten his insightful point.

j)Telepathic CP – This came up during a session when 1 participant made a point and subsequently, another student was asked to tell the class what he had to say (He had his hand raised a while back). The lad responds: “I was going to say exactly what he just said, actually the words were also exactly the same” (Is that possible, damn weird huh…)

k) CP on Demand – Aren’t there occasions when you just want someone popular to give their holy views on a topic?? The same happens in class at times. Some such icons of my class would be Lama, Goli, “Nemo”, Bhalla, “First of All”, etc.