Life at IIM Bangalore
Whats happened to me for the past one and half months.. No posts.. Nothing.. Am I alive.. Am I dead.. Whats happening here @ IIMB
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
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.. Its extremely difficult to stay focussed for full time.. 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.. There is no end to learning..
So.. What else happens here???? Lots.. 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 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”
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.. Whoever said exams were only to test your level of knowledge..
Well that also reminds me.. There were a number of things I experienced for the first time in my life.. 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
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.. Well, may be even loving it
Cheers and have fun till I catch u next time..
More on Life @ IIM Bangalore.. as life unfurls..