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Today is an opportunity to get better. Don’t waste it.

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Yep, I took this opportunity to get better three years back. As a Person, yes I have learnt a lot, specially in the HR and OB classes. As a Professional, yes, again I am more polished, enough to shine a lot.

Right now, I am waiting for the next right opportunity, a long wait.
So, I guess, my shine is blinding people now 🙂

And that reminds me of another quote:
“In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Why I chose this ad?
Because it has my batch PGPMX-5 in the ad with me in the extreme right 🙂

Best wishes to all the future participants!

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Published in Times of India, Page-3 on Wednesday, 13th June 2018

#IIM Indore #PGPMX Mumbai #IIMI

For program details, visit: https://www.iimidr.ac.in/executive-programmes/post-graduate-programme-in-management-for-executives-pgpmx/

– Ashu Bolar

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Sing Singapore

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Sing Singapore

Oh yes, it has been six months and I am still singing Singapore, well not literally, but virtually. My social media pages still have images from the trip and I guess it will be so until my next trip. 🙂

I can go on writing about this trip, but will try to keep it as crisp an account as possible. I am hoping this will be a point-to-point guide for anyone visiting to Singapore, especially to those from the upcoming batches of IIMI PGPMX.

Why Singapore?

In my executive management program, there was a compulsory International Immersion session and IIM Indore has collaborated with NTU – Singapore for this five day program. This was last year, in the last week of November.

Well, I decided to be a student and a tourist, so I spent last two weeks of November 2017 in Singapore. Thanks to my friend Hema, who was my tourist companion and photographer (Ok, she is terrible in clicking pictures, but as if I had an option 🙂 Sorry Hema! Can’t Lie! )

Jet Airways is what we choose, a late night flight. Good experience.

At Singapore Airport, breakfast at Hello Kitty Orchid Garden was excellent! My type of place, colorful interiors, little girly, but great menu and awesome service, worth it!

What we bought at Changi Airport?

The package offers to the Singapore Zoo (zoo visit, river side boat ride, river safari), Jurong Bird Park, Wild Night Safari and Gardens By The Bay. (We did it all. Pictures will speak volumes!) And metro-bus card (validity three days). For two, if I remember correctly, all of these together had cost us slightly over SD 400.

From airport to hotel, we opted for Uber car. Prompt service, very helpful drivers. (This is year 2017 I am talking. I think it is only Grab now.)

Stay was at ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson. For a day or two stay, this hotel is good. But for two people sharing the room for five days, it is not a great option. The breakfast menu is same every day—two days I managed, third day on Orange Juice, and fourth and fifth day, I skipped the Breakfast, which was a part of the package.

All right, now coming to places visited in these five days…

Jurong Bird Park + Singapore Zoo (zoo visit, river side boat ride, river safari) + Wild Night Safari—all can be visited in one day provided you make a move early in the morning around 9 AM.

  • Singapore Zoo – River Safari was a great experience!
  • Jurong Bird Park – clicking picture with birds was cool.
  • Wild Night Safari – I loved it! Tramp ride I went for it twice; thrice was also okay with but it was closing hours so yeah I couldn’t.

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Sultan Mosque + perfect for souvenir shopping in the area around + Lunch at Rumah Makan Minang (a resto for seafood lovers) – excellent day spent!

Yueh Hai Ching Temple, at Raffles Place, surrounded by all tall buildings that probably are addresses to various successful commercial settings. So yes, every landmark tourist destination is at a walking distance from here. All three wharfs – Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay on the Singapore River are around.

We chose River Cruise from Boat Quay jetty. This cruise acquaints you with all the iconic landmarks during. And, of course, Chilli Crab at one of the Quay Side restaurants (food for two with drinks SD 110) is way too tempting! Followed by evening at Clarke Quay!

Now, Iconic Landmarks…

Marina Bay Sands— not-to-miss…Ce La Vi Restaurant and Skybar (entry fee SD 20 per person, food for two will cost about SD 100) and The Shoppes

Marina Square has many dining options. We had visited for currency exchange (Money Changer). But we enjoyed the great ambiance and were guided by very helpful staff. And yes, it was close to Christmas time, so yes, there were ongoing fun activities.

Merlion Park (free entry); Enjoy J-cone ice cream Korean dessert – unique experience as you got to balance ice cream at both the ends of the J-cone which melts at a great pace. But yummilicious!

Gardens by the Bay – nice, but chilling cold. Wear appropriate clothing. Waterfall is something unique. Night view of Super Trees is beautiful. Don’t miss the Garden Rhapsody Show. There is a McDonald’s if you are hungry. And many other restaurants. Rooftop Drinks at SuperTree by IndoChine gives a beautiful view of the city (entry SD 20 per person).

Singapore Flyer (entry fee SD 33 per person, I think, plus additional SD 25 or 35 for the picture if you choose to click inside). I loved this place. Just loved it. Sunset is an apt time as you can see the city bustling in light and then glowing in the dark. There is a lot to explore around besides the Flyer.

Little India: We visited Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Mustafa Centre here.

Museums (entry fee SD 8 per person in each museum): ArtScience Museum (Near Marina Bay Sands) and Asian Civilizations Museum (Empress Place) we missed other museums due to time constraint.

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Streets: Bugis Street and Orchard Street. Intercontinental Bugis is a great place to visit. We had been there to have dinner at Nandos, and got all excited at Charles & Keith store – good collection. I love the bag I bought.

A day trip to Sentosa: Since we had not pre-booked online, it was kind of expensive SD 90 for Aquarium + Trick Eye Museum + Laser Show. We missed Universal Studios, again due to time constraint.

  • Fort Siloso – cool to click aerial views
  • Co+Nut+Ink ice cream – not to be missed Coconut Icecream
  • Beach walks can be cool, but we did not have time for that.
  • Lunch at Hard Rock Café was yummilicious. Fish & Chips and onion rings – not miss it!
  • To move within Sentosa, there is free bus service or you can opt for car but that is not free. 🙂
  • From Sentosa to city you can opt to go via Bus, Cable Car, Monorail or Car (all paid services).
  • S.E.A Aquarium, a section is shut down, but whatever is functional is worth it.
  • Trick Eye Museum – you can click weird pics, with weird poses.
  • Wings of Time, the laser show – oh my my…Mesmerising! I love Shahbaz!

And the next six days I was at Nanyang Technological University, NTU-Singapore campus. Smart campus, excellent facilities, amazing staff, great 3D research unit, and as a participant you experience lively knowledge exchange sessions with the faculty. Single room accommodation at Nanyang Executive Centre was totally worth it. Breakfast Buffet menu offers a wide range of options. I should have opted NTU instead of IBIS. Well, a lesson learnt.

Note: If you want to buy NTU merchandise, budget that amount as it is not available online. From SD 7 to SD 100 and beyond – there are several products you can purchase; from badge to t-shirt to jacket to stationary to coffee flask, etc.)

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At Changi Airport – Chocolates was a must buy for me. And back to India via Jet Airways.

Some Clicks…Singapore…Night & Day…

 

All in all a superb trip, and I cannot stop singing!

– Ashu Bolar

Tempus fugit…Time flies…

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Sunday, 4th October 2015 was my first day at IIMI Mumbai Campus as a participant to the PGPMX Batch-5. And Wednesday, 28th March 2018, in the 19th IIMI Annual Convocation, I graduated–one journey ends and another begins.

Time flies…so what do you do? What do I do?

I can’t clench it, I can’t catch it, I can’t cage it.
So I fly with it, matching its pace as far as I can, as long as I can.

Some great people have said…

  • Life is too short to worry about anything, you had better enjoyed it because the next day promises nothing. (Eric Davis)
  • Life is too short for long-term grudges. (Elon Musk)
  • Life is too short to do anything that’s not challenging. (Michael Mayer)
  • Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself. (Gene Simmons)
  • Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart. (Kevyn Aucoin)
  • Life is too short to blend in. The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. (Paris Hilton – this one, I take it very seriously 😉 )
  • And I loved what was said by the Chief Guest, Mr. Aditya Ghosh (President and Whole-time Director, IndiGo Airlines) during the Convocation speech
    “Don’t be prisoners of your mark-sheets.” An A-grade doesn’t mean there is no scope for enhancement and a D-grade doesn’t mean end of the world.
    Life is too short to be a prisoner of your mark-sheet. – Well, that’s my conclusion.

I have been blessed to be associated with the best of best educational institutions. One being IIM Indore. And every convocation, the words from my favourite book echoes in my mind…

“It is a far far better thing that I do, than I have ever done.

It is a far far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”

– A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Yes, being a part of every academic institution was indeed a better thing that I did, than before.
And every time when I share the knowledge gained, it gives that rest, that peace, than I have ever known.

I know for sure all the graduates will be successful, some sooner, some later in life. Thus, I wish every participant, of this, and all the future convocations, best wishes to be a good citizen and a great human being. Achieving goodness and greatness is a learning process, sounds easy but in reality it is difficult.

Siddhi Moolam Prabandhanam – The Root of All Achievement is Management – that’s what the IIMI crest reads.

And I believe with management, it is possible to achieve both goodness and greatness.

Tempus fugit…time flies,
therefore, Carpe diem…seize the moment
because Que sera, sera…whatever will be, will be.

All the best. God Bless. Jai Hind.

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– Ashu Bolar

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

IIMI: Captured!

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Amidst travelling+reading+assignments+exams+group discussions+lectures+Indore heat that says ‘stay indoor’+having fun+late night study spells+campus morning walks+early breakfasts+hastened lunches+retro Bollywood music on TV & dinners+Saturday Latest Movie in campus auditorium+exploring IIMI campus+Indore City Tour, here are some of my Digi Cam captures…

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#IIM Indore #PGPMX #IIMI Mumbai 
#Siddhi Moolam Prabandhanam #The Root of All Achievement is Management
#Batch 2015-2017 #Dr. Asma Yousuf

….Ashu Bolar

This Day, Last Year.

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16th August 2015

The day I had my interview at IIM Indore Mumbai Campus. A month back I had filled the form with no hopes of even being shortlisted for PGPMX two-year executive management program. And there I was ready to go to the interview.

It was a Sunday. Interview was scheduled at 3 pm. I had booked a car as I was too nervous to take public transport. For the first time I was going to travel from Andheri (western suburbs of Mumbai) to Navi Mumbai, so I was anxious and left early to reach on time – well, I reached two hours early as I left at 11.30 am. 🙂

I had checked and rechecked my certificates and photocopies to ensure I have all the documents in place as mentioned in the mail—but was still worried if anything was missed.

On reaching the venue, I was asked to take a seat in the cafeteria, and there I see the shortlisted candidates—all impeccably dressed in formal attire, majority in the age bracket of 40 – 50 years, and there my titbit hopes of being associated with IIMI sunk as I was sure no way I will be selected.  Twenty-plus years of experience versus eight years of experience was no match. Nevertheless, since I was there and had travelled for almost two hours, I was sure to give the interview.

Interviews had started in the morning. My appointment was scheduled in the second half, post lunch.

After the lunch break, the staff resumed work. The documents were screened and verified, I was now shifted to another room, and was told I am third in row to be called.

Interviews were conducted in two different offices. Each office had three professors. I did not bother to check with the candidates who had gone through the interview to what was asked, as I was extremely nervous.

“Asma take deep breaths. This too shall pass.” That’s how I consoled myself.

And there was ‘the call’.

As I entered the room, I was greeted by three senior faculty members. One being the Director for the course which I identified as I had gone through the website faculty profiles and had attended the info-session program held at Hotel Orchid a month back.

I will not describe all the questions but a short summary of the event should do. One interviewer will be examining you and your gestures and may ask questions to know you and your reactions better like…

“Tell us something about yourself.” (I have answered this umpteen times, so it was not a problem)

“Of all these organizations (say XYZ) I guess X was your best experience.” (Well mine was Z and I confidently mentioned it.)

“How good are you in Mathematics?” (A common question asked to any and every medical student/professional and makes sense as we kind of forget maths while learning human anatomy.)

“Why do you want to pursue MBA? How will it benefit you?” (I has an answer for this, so I was fine)

“From healthcare to MBA. Why?” (Again I have answered this many times.)

The second member, will be mostly from the area of your expertise – Marketing in my case.

“How do you think your current profile (Manager – Branding and Communication, Hospital in my case) will benefit from pursuing this program?” (This took me a long time to explain and none seemed convinced. But ok, it was time for next question.)

“If you are to sell XYZ product, what would be your strategy?” (Strategy word is scary but since I had recently completed Mass Communications from XIC, so this was the best question one could ask me. I kind of gave an entire marketing plan as an answer.)

Now the third, and the questions were like:

“You are a Masters in Clinical research. So about statistics…”(Oh Lord, that was the most dreaded question and my answer was honest – “I did MSc Clinical Research but never worked as a clinical research professional. So sir, I will have to revise the subject to answer any questions on statistics.” – Seriously stats I need to revise. And honesty is always the best policy. Trust me.)

And then one GMAT type question.

The questions will not be asked in this order nor were they worded as mentioned above, and these are some of the many questions asked.

After 30 minutes, I was out and unsure what my fate at IIM Indore will be – selected or rejected – and kept thinking all the way back home.

‘Selected’ – read the email about 15 days later and I took admission in September, 4th October was our induction program.

Caution:

There is a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to be submitted at the time of admission. It is advisable to take approval from both you HOD and HR. If the HR is not aware, then it may not go in your favour later at work especially at the time of appraisal and if you have an insecure boss–sad but it does happen.

Some Funny Thoughts in My Head:

INR 5000 was the application fees. So the thought while filling the form was to gamble 5000 bucks… kind of – Lag Gaya To Teer, Nahi To Tukka (hit and miss affair) :O

I was to travel Ranthambore in October last year with my colleague. Never been to a wild life safari and was looking forward to it. But after paying a huge fees, I had a weird thought in my head – “Asma, what if the tiger eats you – total waste of the money spent.” Very crazy thought, I know, but enough for me to cancel the trip. 🙂

“Will I be able to manage subjects like Finance and Economics?” – with the amazing faculty team at IIM Indore, I do not think one should worry about this at all.

16th August 2016:

It has been a year now, and I am thoroughly enjoying the program. We are a batch of 30 students from varied background. So far it has been a learning experience. Expert faculty, the case-based approach to studies, individual assignments, group projects, class quizzes, exams – all are keeping my adrenaline levels high and helping me enrich my knowledge.

Yes, the program is rigorous. But that I knew when I enrolled.

In two years, I will not be a master in all subjects, but yes, I will excel in those subjects that fall in my area of interest and will be good in the rest. The program will guide you, but it is up to you to perform and rise. Two years of PGPMX is just a beginning to a lifetime of learning. But now, I am more prepared, more aware.

One year gone, and another awaits…

Time will fly, but memories won’t…

Some glimpses of time on and off campus…some more to capture in the future…

…Ashu Bolar