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Life at IIM Bangalore

10 August 2008 13 Comments

Whats happened to me for the past one and half months.. No posts.. Nothing.. Am I alive.. Am I dead.. Whats happening here @ IIMB πŸ™‚

Hmm…. There was freshness in the air when I came in.. There was an element of anxiety… There were butterflies in my stomach.. How will it be??? Who am I going to meet? What am I going to do? What am I going to study? I mean.. Whats happening in life around me.. There is sooooo much change.. But as always, time is the best answer for all these.. Life has moved on… for the past one and half months.. It is soooo fast here.. Competition in everything.. Right from club induction to surprise quizzes to exams to what not.. It just keeps you on your feet.. I cant just afford to blink.. What a life!! Man.. its fast..

But amidst all these.. I find time for myself.. for listening to music.. for putting up blog posts.. for spending time with people.. introspecting about life.. Ofcourse, studying which is always there!! There is enough time for you to do WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO.. The question is.. do you really want to do something πŸ™‚

So.. Whats my daily schedule like? Well.. Wake up in the morning around 7:30ish.. Get ready and rush to class @ 8:30.. (I have missed 2 classes for over sleeping) Classes are 1.5 hours long.. Damn it!! If that is not painful enough, I have to sit in the last bench.. Thanks to alphabetical ordering of seats.. πŸ™‚ Its extremely difficult to stay focussed for full time.. πŸ™‚ No laptops in class.. So, you inevitably listen to whatever is told in class.. Then we might have some workshop in the afternoon.. If not.. then I go to sleep in the afternoon.. Then I do some “work”.. Finally dinner.. And then more “work”.. In between.. I get to “discuss” group work etc etc.. Finally go back to bed anywhere between 1 and 3 on a typical day.. The toughtest part here is to co-ordinate with various teams.. You end up in different teams for different subjects.. So… Time management is the most crucial thing out here.. And I am learning to manage my time better.. πŸ™‚ There is no end to learning..

So.. What else happens here???? Lots.. πŸ™‚ Emotions everywhere.. Emotions everytime.. As always, there were moments of happiness, sadness, disappointments.. Hope.. Fight and more fight and more fight.. You compete.. you compete like mad.. No with others, you compete with yourself.. To bring out your best.. Amidst these fights.. you get to admire some of the most beautiful brains in the country πŸ™‚ Trust me!! Ladies (please note my respect. I am not using chicks :-)) here are amazing.. “Beauty and the brains” – Trust me.. I am seeing it.. Btw.. If you start dreaming of coming to IIMB only for this.. Stop it there.. “Almost all of them are Committed” πŸ™‚

Back to serious stuff.. I guess the first thing I noticed when I came here was.. A good number had a very high attitude.. “I have made it to IIMB” kind of stuff.. Life is made.. Accomplished all.. types feeling was there in the air.. Ofcourse, one open exam in financial accounting brought people down to earth.. πŸ™‚ Whoever said exams were only to test your level of knowledge.. πŸ™‚

Well that also reminds me.. There were a number of things I experienced for the first time in my life.. πŸ™‚ First was the open book exam.. I had never given an open book exam in my life.. till the first quiz.. Then ofcourse, the surprise quiz.. Man!! Surprise quizzes are damn annoying.. they are not difficult.. But you keep revising the old thing again and again and again.. hoping that someday the test would be given.. Finally, when u give up.. the prof would give the test πŸ™‚

I attended a number of great talks.. like the one given by Subroto Bagchi.. Not only that, there are other alumni panel discussions, talks by country heads, professors sharing knowledge.. etc. etc.. It is fun… I also danced for the first time at the party floor.. We have L^2 day dance party once a month.. I am extremely happy that I dance (if u call it dance :-))
Ofcourse, I was also surprised by the amount of “noise” which people make in the name of class participation.. Its desperation at its very best!!!

What happened to Coffee With Sundar in this whole thing?
Slowly but surely, Coffee With Sundar is gaining foot hold here.. Lots of people know me through Coffee With Sundar.. Its fun and exciting..

At the end of the day, I realized one thing.. I can anything in life.. Its only a question of wanting to do it.. Be it the fast paced life or a slow paced (moving) lecutures.. I am just living it.. πŸ™‚ Well, may be even loving it πŸ™‚

Cheers and have fun till I catch u next time..
More on Life @ IIM Bangalore.. as life unfurls..




  • Alagu said:

    There is enough time for you to do WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO.. The question is.. do you really want to do something

    Awesome lines!

  • Suman said:

    Couldnt agree with you better on this Sundar. life is not just fast here…its on the edge as well. its a very diff way of looking at life when u are always on the edge… u need a support system to survive..to bank on..that is what this place teaches u…friends made here will hang around for life..

    great post brother…keep ’em coming.

  • Jennifer said:

    Been following your blog here from US for a few weeks (and I have read all your past entries of interest) Fantastic. Curious how you’re blog preceeds you? What do people say when they meet you? Do they know it’s you from this blog? πŸ™‚
    Nice to know what is a typical day at IIM…college days.. aah! Enjoy them now!

  • Rajiv Fonia said:

    lol.. u r getting the IIM lingo in your writing style.. beware..

  • Chetan said:

    Hello Sundar, Great to see lot of smiley here and there, that shows how you are enjoying life @ IIM :).

    I heard Elections are the exiting part of IIM life, Hope to hear more & more from you.

  • Prashant said:

    got time to read this blog entry now. Very interesting life out there.,. Thanks for the update on the girls being committed before hand. πŸ˜‰

    open book exams, competing against urself, great talks by eminent people etc, sure they go in to enhance one’s personality. And the reality check due to the exam in accounting is Cool,.. Tats say there’s a lot more to learn πŸ™‚

    keep enjoyin and growing !!


  • Vishy said:

    Googled the phrase “life at iimb” to see whether my post turned up.. And found yours!! πŸ™‚ Dunno how i missed this post..

    BTW i cant agree more with u on the “life on the fast lane” aspect.. i had wanted to talk abt that too, but somehow missed my mind.. For someone like me who always takes time to do things carefully, it took some level of adjusting to πŸ™‚ pheww..

    great post macha.. and ya.. i too knew ur blog first, before i knew u πŸ˜€

  • GK said:

    Gr8 to hear abt the life in IIM bangalore. Keep us updated. Hope u have a gr8 time and experience thr. Some of the things u told r really very interesting and exciting. Good work.

  • santosh said:

    good experience, but expecting is more than this from u people

  • saumya said:

    hi sundar,
    a very good post.. but trust me life is good there in bangalore.. think about other places and students..

  • Saurabh said:

    Hi Sundar,

    I am excited about joining IIM Bangalore, you have written amazingly well, I just want to experience that type of Tough Life!!! Want to compete with me, want to bring out the best..life is beautiful..tell me more abt the gals, i think you haven’t check them all there πŸ˜‰

  • komal said:

    well…the lyf seems 2 much exciting der…jst a 1 question???..means dont u ppl get nything 2 do odr than study..??