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Friday, September 22, 2006


I just watched the movie "Lageraho Munnabhai" and learned this new age concept of 'Gandhigiri'. Wow it's heartening to see that there is a Gandhi in all of us and he knows only what we know. Why not then,  we add more to our knowledge and teach the Gandhi in us -how to survive in today's world. His thoughts , his principles ,his way of putting resistance need a sea change but the spirit should remains same.

Still from the movie ' Lageraho Munnabhai'
Still from the movie ' Lageraho Munnabhai'
Few parameters like spirit of truth, courage, the good soul, the fighter and self believer is what Gandhi means to me. My truth has been relative to the world's lies ,though on the rest of the parameters i would scale better. The reason why i say so is a chequered past, heartbreaks, losses ,frustrations ,defeats and midst of them i have stood. Having suffered in interpersonal and professional relationships i still believe i could have saved much of the trouble had i killed this Gandhi in me.

Very recently i lost a good and a close friend just because the person in me wanted to be true , candid and more of a considerate man. Again the Gandhi in me has lost.

I ask you Mohandas Karam Chand gandhi don't i remember you when i remember my dad's good deeds, when i recall my mother's instilled values , my elders lessons, my teacher's knowledge and my own good acts. Then why don't i see you like Munna bhai ( The Protagonist in the movie played by actor Sanjay Dutt) ?  Why is it that i always loose and in the hope of keeping you and me alive i accept it all with a smiling face. Since i have decided to live with "Gandhigiri" i can and i will survive but not many are me.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Life at IIFT

24th March -2005 ,17 23 pm was the moment when truth dawned on me that finally I had got selected for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). How fervently I had wished to be a part and parcel of IIFT and now when I am an IIFTian how does it feels?

I remember the first day when 118 deserving and intellectual minds swayed their destiny to constitute the batch of 2007 appeared on the horizon. They came in all colors and from all corners of the country. Certainly the dreams were rosy and aspirations running high in all minds. They still are but the corporate thing is creeping in and the sense of calm , poise and grace is gradually descending upon all of us
IIFT Bhawan, New Delhi
IIFT Bhawan, New Delhi
Though it has been just 2 months of our presence in this institute we have certainly adopted and adapted the rich legacy of the institute. You talk about back to back lectures, assignments, presentations and more scary quizzes, midterms they all are exciting though enervating at all times. The mantra is everybody has 24 hrs in a day but you got to learn  how to put each and every minute to the best use.

Well this article would be incomplete without mentioning the most respectable form of ragging coined as PDP sessions (Personality Development Sessions). Those 15 to 20 days (of our baptism by fire )was the only time we sat together as a batch relaxing, laughing and enjoying under the star lit sky. This induction process into IIFT certainly helped us in knowing our batch mates, our seniors and finally we parted with some unforgettable memories.

On some serious gains we got a platform in form of the institute to interact with corporates, market leaders and trend setters. The Symposiums, Corporate relationship programs (CRC’s) and guest faculties all come packed with knowledge, experiences and insights. It is so much fortunate that we young minds carve our sparkling careers under the tutelage of these industry leaders. To add to more knowledge we have clubs called Cash-a-nova, Blash, Brandwagon, Quentessential and Koshish. The best part about them is they all are student bodies and they will reach where we want them to be. Our interests our visions coupled with a sense of responsibility is all required to improve the visibility of IIFT.

Finally when destiny has brought us together and intertwined our lives so inextricably let us work for a cause larger than our lives. I depart with the only wish Go IIFT Go, Go IIFT Go ,Go IIFT Go.