AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 DAYS

Phileas Fogg attempted to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager.  The technological innovations of the 19th century had opened the possibility of rapid circumnavigation and this prospect captivated Verne and his readership. Once again, fascinated by technology, a group of 90 will attempt to go around the world in 10 days to observe and be inspired from the best in the world. Continue reading “AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 DAYS”

Whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Eureka means “I found it!” and was the phrase that Archimedes exclaimed after discovering that the volume of water that ascends is equal to the volume of the submerged body.

While Archimedes may have single handedly discovered the principle of buoyancy, the same cannot be said for innovations from the wheel to the iPhone.  These inventions and innovations were led by collective thinking and group dynamics rather than any individual effort. Continue reading “Whole is greater than the sum of its parts”

Damini says “Ask yourself why”?

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“I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come. To understand me, you’ll have to swallow my world.” Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children

My name is Damini Sud. I was born 33 years ago in a small Himalyan town in India called Shimla. I pursued an education in humanities and social sciences as I believed that it would help me to look at the world in a more nuanced humanistic way. Continue reading “Damini says “Ask yourself why”?”

Pause, Reflect & Go

I have a little confession to make, when I started at IMD almost three months ago, I did have a slight chip on my shoulder…. I used to wonder how could anything make such a difference in someone’s personality … how could I possibly assimilate so much in such little time as the alums make it out to be and the one thought which constantly nagged me was how will I work in a team of peers? Continue reading “Pause, Reflect & Go”

Breathe & Let Go!

Despite being in love with sea, on every beach vacation, I would happily stay on shore- side and longingly watch people enjoy water activities. For those who know me, getting inside water was like my kryptonite! Last summer, I decided enough is enough and decided to go for a tandem scuba diving on my vacation in the beautiful island of Koh-Tao. Immediately as we dived in, panic almost hit me and I was like, “what the hell am I doing”? I was claustrophobic, almost gasping for air and felt extremely strange. And suddenly like that, I just decided to breathe, let go of my anxiety and trust my instructor. It was almost surreal as I became aware of the exquisiteness enveloping me. The slight shimmer of the sunlight penetrating through the depths, the silence clogging my ears, the bubbles screaming up and down and the colorful aquatic world was finer than most experiences so far. Continue reading “Breathe & Let Go!”

And the mountains beckoned

We have often heard the question: beach or mountains? There is a scientific study which claims a link between personality and geography. Extroverts have a higher affinity towards beaches while introverts prefer mountains. While I like mountains and other wild landscapes, it is only an ocean which has always beckoned me with a magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into its beauty. That said, I’ve a strong inkling that the next ten months in such proximity to snow-capped peaks at a lakeside may alter my preference; though hopefully not my personality! Continue reading “And the mountains beckoned”

New Beginnings

I’m Neharika Agarwal, a graduate of BITS Pilani, India, holding an CFA & FRM charter. I have worked with Morgan Stanley Capital International for seven years in the quantitative equity research team and later with Absolutdata in marketing analytics domain. An MBA will help me realise the goal of applying my skillset at a leadership level by filling the gaps in my armour.

As one of the official bloggers, I will share my experiences during the MBA on a regular basis. The following lines summarize my journey so far:

Keeping an open mind is quite a desirable state…
A thought process that all leaders I met, advocate…
Happens to be a key mantra shared by our new MBA dean…
“Let’s see” is what he suggests us to believe…

A similar spirit bit me a couple of years ago…
Driven by neophilia or just a willingness to explore…
Landed in Delhi, moving from finance to analytics…
Learning everyday something new, whether industry or statistics…

I loathed the city at the outset for all it represented…
A new city, a new job & no friends, leaving me a tad disoriented…
Against popular advice, I decided to give the city a chance…
And voila! It embraced me with a warm heart and outstretched arms…

A stroke of luck again provided a life altering opportunity…
Accepted by IMD, I was put in a very distinguished community…
Along with change in ‘dateyear’, New year gave me a fresh start…
A chance to press a reset button & reflect on what has driven me so far…

90 already connected by technology came together from different parts…
Camaraderie in the group defied all laws of time and far…
Trips to Ikea, even buying groceries or forging friendships through the week’s course…
Eliminating all traces of homesickness, anxiety or any other such source…

Despite strains of relocation, elation trumped exhaustion in the last few days…
A peek into the what’s in store reaffirmed that alums had already appraised…
Day one, seeing the whole class together suddenly made it so real…
A glance at my seat in the auditorium almost brought a tear…

A transformative experience they say, IMD changes almost one’s third layer of skin…
Now a chance for me to pursue my passion & discover myself without any din…
11 months: a new journey, a new horizon, a new romance I seek…
I already can’t wait to meet a braver, stronger and a more mature version of me…

 

-Neharika

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