Monthly Archives: March 2018

Can we?

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Love is not meant to hurt. It is not supposed to make you feel sad or cry. Love is not meant to make you second-guess yourself or wreck your life. Love is supposed to make you feel joyful and at home. It is meant to be glorious and beautiful. What if in all this time, it…

via Can we give love another chance? — Once Upon a Chai

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IIMI Plexus Conclave

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Alumni Meets, a very interesting concept. You meet and greet professors, senior and junior batchmates, peers, friends, once-upon-a-time/ongoing frenemies, batch-competitors (read rivals), some good characters, some annoying-species. But all in all, it is a great networking opportunity.

I have been lucky in life to be an alumnus associated with many academic institutes, but this year, for the first time, I attended IIM Indore PGPMX Alumni Meet scheduled on Saturday, 24th February 2018 at IIMI Mumbai Campus and Park Hotel, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

The event initiated at IIMI Mumbai Campus with the inauguration of PGPMX (Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives) Batch-9 followed by PGPMX Alumni interaction with the IIMI Director, Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan and Professor Kajari Mukherjee, Chair – PGPMX, IIMI.

There was an interesting and informative session (as always) on ‘Indian Economy – the present and the future’ by Prof. Ganesh Nidugala, Faculty – IIM Indore. He is the favourite economics professor of almost everyone. I doubt if anyone could have taught International Finance as best as he did – at least to me – because being a medical graduate, and yet I understanding International Finance means some great job done!

Professional Trainer’s Team from SAS Institute enlightened the alumni with a bird’s eye view on Business Intelligence & Business Analytics through application of SAS. Technology can do miracles. And every data narrates a story. Connect the two and one can be a modern day magician.

Later in the evening, at Hotel Park, all participants experienced an ice-breaking and engaging Plexus Conclave – thanks to Dale Carnegie Training Team for all those intersession activities! The conclave had two illustrative sessions by IIMI Faculty members – Professor Abhishek Mishra and Professor Omkar Desai and two intriguing sessions by Industry Guest Speakers – Mr. Sushil Borde, Head, Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre and Mr. Tushar Pradhan, CIO, HSBC Global Asset Management.

And the evening concluded with photo session, all alumni receiving a box containing Indore Sweets and Farsan, as well as a handy IIMI branded Leather Organizer, and of course, all of us relishing a delicious dinner.

Thanks to Sanjay Gupta (PGPMX-1) for all the coordination and to the IIMI Student and Faculty teams that contributed in making this event a success.

Some glimpses from the event as below and more can be read on the webpage: https://www.iimidr.ac.in/news-events/first-pgpmx-alumni-meet-and-conclave-plexus-held-at-mumbai/

Looking forward to Plexus-II…

…Ashu Bolar

‘I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman.’

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Every Women’s Day reminds of the karaoke scene from the movie – Sex and the City-2.

‘I am Woman’ – a song written by Australian-American artist Helen Reddy and singer-songwriter Ray Burton – a beautiful song with lovely lyrics!

What is there to write, when the song says it all. Here are some of my favourite lines…

I am woman, hear me roar,
In numbers too big to ignore,
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend,
’cause I’ve heard it all before,
And I’ve been down there on the floor,
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again.

Oh yes, I am wise.
But it’s wisdom born of pain.
Yes, I’ve paid the price,
But look how much I gained.
If I have to, I can do anything.

I am strong STRONG.
I am invincible INVINCIBLE.
I AM WOMAN.

I am woman, watch me grow,
See me standing toe to toe,
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land.
But I’m still an embryo,
With a long long way to go,
Until I make my brother understand.

Oh yes, I am wise.
But it’s wisdom born of pain.
Yes, I’ve paid the price.
But look how much I gained.
If I have to I can face anything.

I am strong STRONG.
I am invincible INVINCIBLE.
I AM WOMAN.

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(I like Samantha’s lines, sung confidently, following the karaoke session: “I am a woman. I am at that table.” Wow character she is!)

So today, as I work, my day goes humming these lines…

And to all ladies out there, wishing you all a very Happy Women’s Day!

Hugs and Kisses to all the Carrie-Samantha-Charlotte-Miranda’s in my life!!!

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…Ashu Bolar