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Date : 3rd Feb 2017

Location : Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development

Symbiosis Infotech Campus,

Plot No. 15, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, MIDC,

Hinjewadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411057

Time: 12.30pm

GE Session Topic 1 – SCMHRD

Panel- 2 members.

Students – 7

A case study where a project was implemented in a district regarding rain water conservation and harvesting. We had to find a solution to the existing problems.
Time – 2 mins thinking. 10 mins discuss
GE Session Topic 2 – SCMHRD
Panel -2 Members
Students – 7
Prove with logical (ok if not existent) reasons that Matrimonial Sites = Stock Market.
3 mins thinking. 10 min discussion. 5 mins presentation.
WAT 2 topics.
1. A scenario where Reddit India had tweeted about Flipkart that an Amazon carton was found in a Flipkart office and Flipkart replied to RedditIndia that it had recycled the box into a dustbin. As an Amazon representative how will you reply using a tweet below 100 words and a hashtag.
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2. A picture where the man is sleeping on a hanging tent from a mountain. Write as if you woke up in place of that sleeping man, in 300 words.
Somewhat similar to this picture
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Credits : Coast Magazine
Time – 20 min
PI –
Panel members -2
Extempore topic : I am an ATM.
Think for 1 minute. Speak for the next 3 minutes.
Questions about why low score in graduation.
Why SCMHRD?
5 Points SCMHRD over SIBM.
Other calls.
General Knowledge about recent political events (I had mentioned politics as a hobby).
Upcoming elections name of states?
What cultures do you follow and why? (I had mentioned exploring various cultures)
Name two specialisations in SCMHRD apart from HR.
Which stream would you like to do your MBA in? Justify?
Why did you move to Kolkata from Mumbai?
Justify how did you improve yourself in the 4 years of Engineering.
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So it has been three- four months where I haven’t posted a single blog post yet. I might have got time, but I probably utilised the time for some other purposes. Though in these three four months, I did realise that I wasn’t really a perfect fit for the city of Calcutta. But, I did grow a liking for this city in these past few months. I came back home, Mumbai, in the month of August. My final semesters had just ended and I didn’t probably have the time to even attend my college farewell. Not that I was eager to attend it, but I had to wish goodbye to a few friends, which I didn’t.

I had attended a rural festival, which I will be sharing with you of course! As a narrator I might face difficulties in explaining how vibrant and glorious the rural areas of West Bengal are, but I would definitely try my best in explaining. Amidst the race to be the best, I find myself lost somewhere in this crowd. I do feel at times, why am I even a part of this rat-race? But, to survive in this world, one has to have a decent amount of qualification and the ability to survive using that qualification. Charles Darwin, you’ve nailed it since 1854!

Not only that, it has been already 6+ months that I faced a failure, and it literally took me 3 months to get over it. But now, it seems as a stepping stone as days pass by. People tend to give up after facing setbacks, but to be honest, even if I try I cannot be one of them. I know someday, I will have my share of success and I will shine someday.

So let’s come back to the main topic: The fine line between aspirations and dreams. Aspiration is something, like (of course, don’t go into the medicinal meaning) you aspire to be in one of the top-most B-Schools of the country. But you dream to be rich. Lets explain this mathematically. Aspiration is a function of dream. Say aspiration is x, then dream is f(x). You can prove me wrong as well, but this is my perception towards aspiration.

These few months have been a bit hectic. Life played many games with me, and in retaliation, I too accepted a few challenges and lost some of them. But, in the end, I learnt that I needed to believe in myself. I needed to learn more, concentrate more, and set realistic goals and aspirations instead of jumping to dreams. So, you can consider it as a note which I wrote to myself, or as a narration from me to you, the reader.

Ah, long time no posts on the blog. It must be surprising to all of you whether I quit blogging or not. Of course I wouldn’t. But I was a little busy giving exams and finally I got some free time to write about a small trip which I took a few days ago.

I spent four years of my life in a remote place called Kolaghat situated in Purba Medinipur district. It serves as a border for the two districts of Howrah and Purba Medinipur. It falls en route from Kolkata to Kharagpur. But I had the realisation in my final year that I should be travelling. After all, trips taken in the final year remain memorable to the students. Not that my college life was beautifully amazing, but it was considerably peaceful in the remote area of Kolaghat. Mostly surrounded by natural beauty and of course, some rare birds.

So one fine day, we were sitting on the terrace and discussing pre-independence Bengali Literature. The first name came to our mind was Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. As explained by Wikipedia, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was a great Bengali novelist and he is the most plagiarised Bengali author till date. Suddenly, a friend suggested, why not visit his house because we are so nearby to his place. And so, we left one fine afternoon, in search of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s house.

The friend knew half the route but the remaining half he forgot. Why? Because he was a child when he had visited Sarat Chandra’s house. So according to his directions, we got down on Deulti Station which was the starting point to Sarat Chandra’s house.

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The direction towards Sarat Chandra’s house at Samtaber

After getting down, we headed towards the main road i.e NH6. Now came the searching part. We asked the locals about the location of Sarat Chandra’s house. They guided us to a nearby auto stand from where we had to catch an auto to his house. So we went to the auto stand, and found out that we were in the right direction. The auto guys charged 100 rupees for a round trip to the auto stand from Sarat Chandra’s place. We didn’t negotiate else it could have come down to 80 rupees. Nevertheless, we left from the auto stand and got down at Sarat Chandra’s house.

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The entrance to Sarat Chandra’s house

Then we entered his house. Trust me, the peace and serenity is rarely to be found elsewhere. I know the picture is hazy but I was awestruck in the beauty of the place. The place is mesmerising and simple.

The caretaker, Mr Dulal Manna was an old man, in his 70s. He started us to explain, by suggesting us to go to the first floor and check out the scenery from the place.

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The river used to flow in front of the house, during Sarat Chandra’s younger days

We went on the first floor. The beauty is simply incomparable. The rooms were locked but the caretaker would have opened them on our request. We did not ask the caretaker to open them for us. Then we got down and then the caretaker showed us the place where Sarat Chandra used to sit, and write his novels, and some other places in the home where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had come to visit him. The home was beautifully maintained by the old caretaker and he devoted his life in maintaining the house.

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Sarat Chandra’s writing desk

He stayed in the house for the past 40 years maintaining it. The house has been well maintained and preserved. The house gained Heritage of National Status since the year 2007 and the Government has been trying to maintain the house by helping the caretaker.

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The backyard

Then we bid goodbye to the caretaker and due to his photo shy nature we couldn’t click a picture with him.

A day well spent, at Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s house. I must say it was a beautiful and serene experience. If you are travelling to Digha, please do spare some time and visit this National Heritage site. Thank me later.

My way of finding inspiration.

Posted: January 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

Most of us find inspiration around us, in the form of good samaritans. And, everyone has that specific set of people who give us inspiration. Inspiration to do good, and help the mankind in the slightest way possible. Yet, a handful of us, have the guts to create examples which we could narrate in our daily lives.

I also had my own set of people who give me inspiration, not only on occasional basis but also on a daily basis. But Siddesh Manjunath, this 10 year old boy, did something, which was enough for me to get inspired for the whole year. I’ll explain in the upcoming paragraph, how did this boy inspire me!

So, this boy, Siddesh Manjunath, worked with his father at a tea shop in Avaregere village in Davangere district, Karnataka. He had studied upto class 5 and then due to certain unfavourable circumstances, he joined his father so that he could add to the household income. And, on his way, from his house to his father’s tea shop, there is a railway track which has to be crossed in order to reach his father’s tea shop.

On the 17th of November, like any other day, he was going to his father’s tea stall to help him. But when he went near the tracks to cross them, he saw that there was a big gap in the railway tracks. He ran furiously towards his dad’s shop and gathered some villagers who, on inspection realized that the gap was serious and there can be serious consequences if not paid attention.

Amidst the chaos, Siddesh heard the honking of a train coming from the opposite side. Without giving any second thought, he rushed towards the train with his red T-Shirt waving in the air. At a distance, luckily the driver spotted the red T-shirt and stopped the train immediately. A mishap was averted. And the lives of 800 people were saved that day.

Though, if it were not for this little 10 year old boy, there would have been a big accident which would have culminated into loss of lives. Also, if it were not for his courage, the train would not have stopped, and the accident could not have been avoided.

Obviously, if a 10 year old boy, can save lives of 800+ people, I’m sure, that we, as individuals who have access to our basic necessities can do far more than this little boy has done. Since I read the incident, I felt inspired. And not to mention, this was the best inspiration I could ever get, from someone.

His courage is my inspiration.

This post is a part of the Youth Ki Awaaz campaign.

26th July, 2005. It was Mumbai.

30th December 2015. It was Chennai.

I was in the 6th grade during that time. I still remember, on the 26th of July, we had a half day. Our school had instructed our parents to take us along with them. My dad had came to pick me up from the school. I was happy then, unknown to the situation happening in Mumbai. I came back home, only to see dad getting ready for office. Till the time, I could understand and tell dad not to leave the home due to the torrential rainy conditions in Mumbai, my dad had already left for office.

Whenever I hear of floods, the very first thing comes to my mind is 2005 Mumbai floods. That was a very devastating phase for the whole of Maharashtra. The casualties were over 1000 along with a lot of cattle killed during the floods. Trains came to a standstill and the skies were totally dark.

Then, in recent days, I noticed that there was a very similar situation in Chennai. Universities and apartments were filled with water. People were in chaos. Lack of food and water made situations more worse. Here I’d like to share an anecdote about a person I met on my return flight to Kolkata.

So, the person is a Neuro-surgeon in Singapore and his family was based in Chennai. After a few greetings and exchanges, I came to know that he was going to Kolkata to attend a conference. And from there he’ll be travelling to Chennai to visit his family. After a few talks, I realized that this person had paid 4X the fare to Chennai for a ticket to Coimbatore. Why? Because most of the private airlines were charging excessively for the airports which were nearby to Chennai. He told me that his family was fine, because they were living on the fourth floor. But the ground floor was totally inundated with water. Water was about to reach the first floor as well, but luckily it didn’t.

I could see that he wasn’t complaining. Rather he was happy that his family was safe and sound. He just wanted to go home back, to be with his family members.

I’d like to raise only one question to my readers. Couldn’t be the flood averted? Weren’t the measures enough to avoid the grave conditions we are seeing today? Is it not possible to avoid the calamities?

 

 

My Airtel and the plans!

Posted: August 20, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Now that I was just getting used to 3G from 2G (oh come on, I’m just a student for the time being, so I was mainly used to 2G, for all my purposes) Airtel just introduced 4G to all of it’s customers, and that too at a nominal fee I suppose.

No wonder, I’ve always heard stories from my friends who live abroad. They are so used to 4G that they can’t even think about 3G. Let alone 2G. So, now as Airtel has introduced 4G to all of us, I’m glad I’ll be able to boast my own achievements as well, of obtaining 1000Mbit per second speeds!

Now comes the question, what would you do with such speeds? Firstly, I would listen to music seamlessly using the 4G speeds. No wonder, it is always fun to listen to music and watch videos without any kind of interruption. Then comes movies. I always get irritated watching youtube videos with that loading sign going round and round. But, eventually, after getting Airtel 4G I’ll be able to watch videos live, and stream peacefully without hassles.

Then, comes video calling. Half the time, we are busy just with the words “hello” and phrases like, “Are you able to listen me dude?” “Am I audible?” “Can you hear me?” And thinking these past experiences, one would never even dare to use video calling and are satisfied with voice calling itself. But, when I heard that Airtel is finally introducing 4G, I was simply glad that I would be able to connect to my friends wherever they are, in the world, just with a video call. No more crackled voices and “hello hello” anymore. Finally, some peace in video calls. Also, congratulations if you have a girlfriend or boyfriend abroad. You just felt good and happy.

And last but not the least, I live in a semi-rural area, where I get the opportunity to talk to the local kids. They are mostly poor, and they mainly work so that they could earn their livelihood. Hence, using my Airtel 4G, I would simply stream videos and then, help them learn the alphabets and then letters then words one by one. If I wouldn’t have the power of Airtel 4G, I wouldn’t have been able to think such innovative ideas like this. No wonder, Airtel has given us a beast, and obviously with a leash. Leash obviously of an affordable price rate.

I used to wonder, when will India get 4G? Only I am the one who just listens to others comments on how fast the internet is abroad? And now, I feel happy, that not only me, every person living in India can simply brag, about the 4G speeds from now on. Now India will speak!

This post is a part of the Airtel 4G campaign.

Let’s start with the meaning of the word “Independence”. What does it actually mean? The Merriam Webster dictionary defines it as, “the quality or state of being independent”. Or, it could also mean, freedom of a country from foreign controls. Yes, the British ruled India for more than 200 years. But since 1947, we are all on our own. The Constitution was framed. And then India became a nation. The sovereign, socialist secular democratic republic nation as we all know. Since our school days.

68 years of independence, and India has very well fared in science, technology, astronomy, and various other fields. But, has India been able to secure a lot of other achievements as well, along with the advancement in technology and other fields. Let’s start with the issue of poverty. 23.6% of Indian population, or about 276 million people are below the poverty level in India. Not only that, the most affected areas in India are Odisha, Chattisgarh and some North Eastern States. Poverty is an issue, which I personally feel, only education and driving the unemployed workforce into employed citizens. There could be various ways where the uneducated youth population can be taught and employed so that they could atleast use their skills to secure a job.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Then comes reservation. Reservation, I believe is a controversial issue. My humble opinion is, reservations should continue, probably. But according to some intelligent people on the internet sphere, there should be a provision where only one generation of reserved category people can use the caste certificate. Though I have a different perspective. I’d like to share my personal experience, where I have been to poverty stricken areas. And, there, trust me, people don’t even bother what certificate can they get. They just need a meal twice a day. Which is obviously a basic necessity for a human being to live. They do still exist. Not far from the Kolkata city, but such people do exist. I do not know, what others think about reservation though. Generalization is present in every strata of society.

Next I would like to address is, Corruption. Today in 2015, India was ranked 85th country in terms of corruption. For everything, you need to pay a bribe. And get the work done. Starting from, making a driver’s license to applying passport, corruption prevails everywhere. I’ve seen people who are senior citizens and just to get their pension from the government’s fund, they have to pay bribes. The amount may be small, but the mindset of the government officials are low enough to even compare. Corruption is found everywhere, on railway stations, traffic signals, government offices, colleges, and so on. The government has introduced some schemes namely “link Aadhar card to LPG”, etc to keep an eye on its citizens. But, I am still skeptic about the schemes. Where the corruption has grown into the Indian system ranging from clerks to “Babus” of our government, how can one be hopeful that India will be corruption free one fine day?

Now comes rape. The word itself is so dreadful that anyone would shudder even when he/she will see the word. And it is happening, even in our country, right now while you read my article.A woman is raped every 18 hrs in Delhi according to the IndiaToday Newspaper. This was in 2011 though, but statistics state that there were a total of 33,764 rape victims across the country. I still wonder, what goes on in the rapist’s mind. Was he never taught anywhere in his whole life, that women should be respected? Anyways, I believe a solution to this, would be super fast track courts, and then, if the person is found guilty, they should be simply hanged to death, without wasting any time. I have been reading in the newspapers that there are a lot of criminals who are yet to get hanged to death. For rapists, there should be another special super fast track court and a separate place for execution.

There are many more reasons, which are also grave, but I’m falling short of words to explain each one of them. I would like to celebrate the day, atleast when one of the issues mentioned above is uprooted.

And we “rejoice” the Independence of India. Irony much?