First Day at NMIMS – Anushree Kanoi

The expanse of brown and white looked newer than ever, unpolluted by the minimalistic activities of the nearby village; the knowing trees swayed slightly, enjoying the breeze that overcompensates for the unpredictability of the Bangalore weather, and a sea of unfamiliar faces, smiling nervously, made their way to meet and greet the life that awaited them for the next two years.

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If only I knew then what I know now; if only I could see that the grass is always greener on the other side. Despite what we may think, no one has it easy.

Fresher graduates worried that they would know very little in comparison to those who come with work experience, commerce students fretted over the learning pace of an engineer, while these two “privileged” parties couldn’t fathom how they’d manage to go back into the habit of studying and learning completely new subjects all over again. The students who took up apartments as an accommodation all advocated how the hostel residents were swimming in luck, they’d be familiar with so many people even before college began. These same objects of en vy, however had their own set of worries – “The hostel rules are so rigid, what are we going to do? We should have taken up a flat. Life would be so much more happening.”

The first day at any institute is a whirlwind of emotions, anxiety and nervous excitement, and NMIMS was no different. These anxiety levels broke all records during the lunch hour. Some of us knew a handful of people, but what about the others? A few tables were already full of large giggling circles with faces that looked so comfortable and at peace, whereas other students were busy looking for that one face who they could find a friend in – they didn’t want to eat alone. Everybody was under pressure from the first day itself; but this was a different kind of pressure, a pressure you put upon yourself to feel ‘one of them’, to feel that you’re accepted, to feel home.

A week into the college, as I look back now at my first day, I wish I could tell my batch-mates that all our worrying was baseless and futile. We’re all in the same boat, and we’re all more alike than we realize it. If somebody were to walk from table to table and overhear the small talk that was taking place, he’d be astonished at the synchronized questions – it was as if somebody was reading off a script.

“Hey, where are you from? Okay, flat or hostel? Nice, are you a fresher? So which stream were you a part of? Which specialization are you considering? Awkward silence.” The guide to making friends had hit its last page, and one was out of questions.

What should I do? What should I do? What should I do?

It is ironical how it was the conversation that followed this regime that determined who were going to be your friend- because that exchange, my friends, was genuine.

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We spend months preparing for our first day in college. We discuss fervently about what would be appropriate to wear, try our level best to finalize a “furnished” accommodation with people whose interests match our own, some of us try even to learn basic cooking, look up placements, interact with seniors as to what to expect, memorize the course structure by heart. In reality, none of us really prepares for the first day, or expects the training that we’re going to be embedded in from the first hour itself. So when the time actually comes, and we find ourselves sitting in the seminar hall, with accomplished personalities telling us about hard work, dedication and balance, our brain springs back into action after a long hiatus, exhausting itself in the process. The result- we’re tired, at a loss of words, dazed and numb. Our apprehensions take a front seat and we wonder if we’ve made the right choice, whether this really was the right time to do an MBA, what if we don’t fit in, what if we fail? However, the very next day, we find ourselves marching right back into our headquarters, waiting to find out about our divisions, armed with a yet new guide to make new friends; a sea of now somewhat familiar faces, smiling a little less nervously, a sea that doesn’t realize that it has crossed the first hurdle, it has made it through its first day.

         – Anushree Kanoi (PGDM 08)

City Lights ~ Vibhuti Bakshi

city_lights_by_zy0rg-d64jru9I scream and shout,
But there’s no one to hear me,
People pass me by,
A shadow on the pane,
A crack in the vain,
I am unable to open my eyes,
Air doesn’t seem to meet my lungs,
Dirty and ambiguous,
Images imprinted in my brain,
Every tick of the watch taunts me,
I am away from home,
The glitz and glamour washed away,
The steak reality breaks free,
I stand alone on a street,
On a path, where there is no place to breathe,
I stand alone in a crowd,
Lost.

NMIMS Diary – Day 1

The day had finally arrived. Eager and enthusiastic as I was, I got ready speedily (which seldom happens). I had decided to reach a little early so that I could explore the campus; ready to build my dreams with rocks of passion. I got down the bus and ‘Oh My Holy Golly Gosh!’

There I was, the pilgrim, standing before my garbled temple, which stood amidst a cluster of puddles and heaps of gravel, echoing with the cackle and clatter and jingle and jangle of the bulldozer monster and the loader monster. The sight came as a shock. In a fraction of second, I did some soul searching. Was my glass half full or half empty? Time has the answer. I stepped inside the building, now with meek expectations and a dolorous heart. Before me a sea of people awaited me.

People from similar walks of life had started teaming together. An old friend of mine had given me an unpalatable list of ‘do’s and don’ts in a business school’. Hence I made sure I introduced myself to as many people as possible, while not forgetting the big fat smile. I was living a quiz all throughout. The event started and so did the monotony of the day. Lecture after lecture, followed by another lecture wherein the ‘nouveau riche’ strongly advocated how trivial money was!

(Reader, I was quite amazed to see that how once did they not realize that the fee structure of their ‘muddy puddly’ campus thwarted their prophecies.) Anyhow, we were invited for luncheon that provided the opportunity to puncture each others brain again.

Now during the first half of my ‘getting-to- know-each- other’ exercise, I was saturated with people boasting about their formidable work experience in some ‘inky pinky ponky ltd’. So I found solace in a girl, who looked like a little version of Harry Potter. At that point of time I cherished the ‘Hari da puttar’ because she had the same ‘berozgar’ past as I did. But as an old adage goes, looks can be often deceptive, this little package blabbered a lot. She talked about comets, about traffic in Bangalore, about upcoming US elections, about some ‘panipuriwala’ and blah blah blah blah and only God knows how did she link them all. She smiled throughout and while she blabbered I wondered whether my smile was as big as hers. Fortunately, the event resumed and unfortunately was taken up by the seniors. With constant rhyme between PCOM and DCOM and DCOM and PCOM, all I could conclude was, that hard times were on their way.

The day ended and by this time my ears were bleeding (not literally, I mean you know what I mean right!). I so wanted to be back to my place and be alone for a while. As I bid farewell to my little friend, the inquisitive animal in her woke up. She inquired about my plans. Now reader, it is very difficult to tell a girl where you’re planning to go because it’s difficult to answer the rest……. Where? When? And for what purpose? And then came the worst “I would like to join”. My heart sank.

The long day had a long conclusion (because my little friend does not know how to conclude). With a dubious mind and a curious heart, I awaited the next day.

PS- It’s been almost a week in college. And it’s been fun so far. So what if my temple was half done. I built one in my head. Its hallways are as lofty as a cathedral and the arch of each window as supple as a bow. And my little friend, if you don’t stop sucking my brain, I will hunt you down one day and maybe eat you alive.

~ Pallavi Sharma (PGDM 07)

Know Your Buddy-Pragya Dass

Hello everyone! I’m Pragya, from the city of joy!

I have done my graduation in management ,2015 passout.

I take some time to open up but once I get comfortable with someone, it’s really difficult to make me shut up! I’m a total movie buff and though it’s difficult to believe seeing my size, but I’m a foodie too! 😀 I’m also a dog lover and speak a language that even I don’t understand when I have them around ! it’s more like a reflex. J

One more thing that I’m really passionate about is dancing! From a very young age I have taken interest in dance and have involved myself in different competitions and cultural fests throughout school and college !

After spending 22 years in Kolkata, Bangalore Is something im really looking forward to. Though the thought of staying all by myself, away from home is giving me butterflies in my stomach, but I’m sure it’s going to be really exciting too! J

Looking forward to meet some really interesting people in college. See you guys in Bangalore!! IMG_0334.JPG

Know Your Buddy – Sayali Dokey

An Engineer from Pune to tell you all,

I am Sayali Dokey my friends – quite tall !
Lucky to have worked in a chocolate factory,
For me a weekend movie is mandatory !😀
Dance is my passion – Bharatnatyam or Bollywood,
Good food & music are enough to lift my mood !🙂
Trekking & nature trails is true peace for me,
Painter or a sportsman was something I always wanted to be !
Let me tell you a secret I cannot sing good at all,😛
Now seriously can’t wait anymore to meet you all !!!
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My paintings!

Know Your Buddy – Deepanshu Gupta

Greetings Buddies,

This is Deepanshu Gupta.  I come from city Banda located in Uttar Pradesh.  4 years of engineering from NCR and 19 months of association with Cognizant, Pune has shaped the person I am today.

Drawing! I wouldn’t say I am pro at it but  I do draw cartoons especially Walt Disney characters. I also have boots having wheels connected to its bottom that helps a person to propel on surface. Yes, I am taking about rolling skates. Skating is a stress buster for me. Apart from these, I am crazy in exploring food, known as FOODPANDU at my previous workplace, reading reviews on zomato is my every other day activity. I enjoy partying with friends . With below intros, I see a lot of interesting people to jel up in coming days.

Keeping it short, I am looking forward for a wonderful 2 years of learning and enjoyment through my next step at NMIMS, Bangalore.

The rest will be seen sooner..!

Enjoy…..

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Know Your Buddy – Aman Verma

Hello Everyone,

My name is Aman Verma and I am presently situated in Mumbai. I completed my graduation in business administration from Christ University in 2014 and then went on to join the marketing team of zomato for a few months. I have also done an internship project with Coca-Cola India in 2013.

When I talk about my passion, music is the first thing that strikes my mind. I am a vocalist. I love singing. I follow cricket as well.

With a hope to make new friends and with an aim to learn, I shall soon be seen in the Nmims Bangalore with you all.

See u all soon.

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Know Your Buddy – Devyani Mehta

We all go through that period where we are mocked for some shortcoming of ours. I was no exception. Being a little less tall, I was always picked on for not being able to do the tough things normal people would usually do !

After a while when the mocking got a little too serious and aggravated my anger, I decided to vent out my anger in a more positive way.
I went on my first trek to panchalingeshwar where I was challenging myself with people who were much more built and tall. Trekking, river crossing, living in tents  ,river rafting, rock climbing, made me cherish the very small things in life, one of them being myself 🙂 I began finding happiness in the places I visited, the different people I met and the memories I made.
Going on treks to shankarpur, uttarey and climbing various mountains, living in unbearably cold temperatures just made me realise that my height was inversely proportional to my level of toughness.
I have trekked a total of 96kms and achieved the bronze standard. I hope we all can channelize our so called shortcomings in a way to just challenge ourselves and allow it to surprise us 🙂image1-2.JPG

Know Your Buddy – Ritwika Ray

1464099968797Hailing from the City of Joy I have to be passionate about food.So much so that I worship sweets. Jalebis and Gulab Jamuns need special mention 🙂 Basically I adore junk food. Having said that I am also a health freak and work hard to burn those calories.

I like to try my hands at preparing new dishes. Hope you guys get a taste of my culinary skills soon :)At leisure I like sketching and gardening. Also contribute my bit towards society by actively volunteering for various CSR activities like teaching the under privileged, street cleaning drives etc.

I am quite like Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S when it comes to cleanliness 🙂 As a travel enthusiast I love exploring places.Bollywood masala movies interest me.

Here comes a disclaimer..I suffer from Katsaridaphobia which is fear of cockroaches and I go haywire on spotting them.I am sure you guys would get a demo sometime Amusement park rides scare me to death.

Most importantly I love sleeping and can sleep for hours. Wonder how much of a task it would be to stay awake for those assignments

On the professional front I am a B.Tech grad with 4yrs of work ex in TCS and Infosys.

Looking forward to a great time at NMB!!

Know Your Buddy – Smit Jeswani

Hello people!

This is Smit Prakash Jeswani from Kutch, Gujarat. People might describe me as cheerful & optimistic. I do carry a lot of enthusiasm in doing things.

I had some great experience as I did my Engineering in Electronics & Communication currently employed with IGATE now Capgemini as Software Engineer, got accolades for tasks well done at GE Client Location.

I enjoy Reading only Non Fiction to some range of articles, passionate about getting involved in organizing events, quizzes. I have been active in debates, extra-curricular activities, drawing and painting since school. Involving in discussion of ideas or anything sort of which is something unique excites me, Mimicry to have fun and I like to make fun out of anything.

I have business exposure and unique experiences in my Part time business of Firecrackers & kites since 5 years and also a bit of investing in stocks, etc.

I look forward to meet you all and believe that we will create rich learning environment here at NMIMS not only to become some of best managers or leaders but also to be identified as wonderful human beings!

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