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.


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”.


While surfing the news over the past couple of months, job-cuts have been catching my eyes.. It’s like an unstoppable Big Bang! The only thing is, nothing’s expanding… It’s all falling apart. Doing an MBA, I sometimes wonder, are all the managers in the world just puppets. Are they all so helpless, that one huge storm (read Sub-prime crisis) can leave huge conglomerates to nothing more than beggars??
I was on such a gr8 vacation at home after my first term at IIM Indore, when my dad handed me the newspaper and showed me the headlines…”Lehman Brothers goes bankrupt”. Who wasn’t reading about the Sub-prime crisis?? Who didn’t know that something like this was right around the corner?? But even then, that news left me shocked to say the least. I mean “LEHMAN BROTHERS” ??!!
I guess that’s old news now. In the hindsight, people now just call Lehman Brothers a foolish company. Those same people who couldn’t stop praising them as if they were god, have become their worst critics. See how the wheel of time can turn you around?
Coming back to why I started writing this post – The economic downturn has left so many people across the globe without jobs. Sudden pink-slips on your office desks are no more a surprise. Just to give you an idea of the gravity of the situation, I’ll quote a few of the figures from recent news articles:

1. Volvo – 6,000 jobs
2. General Motors – 3,600 at least
3. DHL US Express – 9,500 (in addition to reduction of 5,400 positions at the beginning of this year) ; part of their plan to cut operating costs to 770 million from the previous 4.2 billion euros
4. Nokia Siemens Networks – 1,820
5. Morgan Stanley – 19% of its 44,000 staff
6. Goldman Sachs – 3,200 (10%) ; in addition to executives losing their year-end bonuses
7. Sun Microsystems – 6,000 (18%)
8. Ford Motor Co. – 2,600
9. GlaxoSmithKline – 1,000 job-cuts (in addition to doing away with 800 vacancies)
10. Citigroup – 52,000
11. Bank of America – 7,500 and counting
12. American Express – 7,000 (10% of global workforce)
13. RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) – 3,000
14. Virgin Media (owned by Richard Branson) – 2,200 (15%) by 2012
15. British Telecom – 10,000 jobs by March 09′

There are too many figures, but I’m sure you get the picture. Though the scene looks gloomy for the global Indians, number of job-cuts in the domestic Indian Market have been comparitively less stark. Let’s see what the future holds for us MBAs…

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”
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.
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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