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Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) organized a guest lecture and Interactive session for students of PGDM with Mr. PS Krishna Prasad, Head, Luminance Knowledge Center. Held in Lecture Hall 5 on 13th of September, 2014, at 2 pm, the topic titled ‘Hedge Fund History – A Perspective’ was divided into two sessions – the first session dealt with concepts of hedge funds and the next one gave an overview of opportunities in the field.

Professor Geetha Madhuri began the session by introducing the speaker to the audience. Mr. Prasad took over the dais and urged the students to interact, rather than simply listen, in order to gain a better understanding of the topics discussed. He began by introducing the history and background of hedge funds, explaining that they were an investment vehicle that pools capital from investors and invests in securities and other instruments. He then explained the difference between Hedge funds and Mutual funds: “Hedge and Mutual funds are both pooled investments; however, Hedge funds are from qualified investors and are less regulated, while Mutual funds have large and diversified investors and are highly regulated”. He also explained the difference between Hedge funds and Private Equity.

Talking about the investors he said, “There are two categories of Hedge Fund investors – Institutional and Individual.” He then touched upon the norms and guidelines for both categories of investors. The investments usually come from Foundations, Corporate pension funds and Public & State funds, he said. Explaining the structure of a Hedge Fund, he said, “Hedge funds have three principal units – the investors, investment management Co., and the hedge fund itself, which is either a LLP or a Co.” He then launched into the advantages of hedge funds, including their limited liability designation; he also discussed their flow through tax obligations. Various investment styles were also discussed along with the types of fees and stakeholders. Mr. Prasad ended the first session outlining the challenges associated with Hedge funds and the developing trends forecasted up until the year 2018.

The second session was about career opportunities in finance sector. He responded to the students’ queries and spoke to them about various roles like support (accounting), markets, operations (accounting/data crunching), analysis, strategy (visioning, conceptualization and planning), management, and other services like rating services. The students interacted with the speaker to understand the industry expectations and gaps in their learning. At the end of the talk, the session was closed with a sincere vote of thanks to the speaker, Mr. Prasad.

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The PGDM class of 2013-15 of Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS), Pune had their orientation on the 22nd of June and Shrikant Pataskar, General Manager of Kirloskar Middle East FZE, took the opportunity to pass on some pearls of wisdom to the gathering. Stressing the importance of learning every day of one’s life, he told the assembled students and guests that “all the opportunities are favourable for you; use them and become excellent people.

In today’s world, the international market is no longer separate from the domestic market, so we have to look at everything as a global village.”

He went to tell the incoming students that KIAMS was unique because it has included a Business Excellence Model in its curriculum, something that is as useful in personal life as in academics, with exam results being business research and excellent results being like overall growth.

Mr. Pataskar knows what he is talking about. After having earned his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Pune, along with a Diploma in International Business from Symbiosis International University, he has had a distinguished career in business. His varied career includes stints as Senior Engineer at Thermax Ltd., Senior Manager at Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., Managerat Kirloskar Middle East FZE, and Sales Specialist at Al Bahar Construction Equipment FZE, leading to his present post.

He was followed on the podium by Dr. Janaki Naik, Director, Pune Campus, who has been at KIAMS Pune from its beginning, shaping the curriculum and guiding students. She spoke of KIAMS’ commitment to idea of the learning process being a partnership between students and faculty. After her inspiring speech, the faculty, staff and students took the management oath.

Students of the KIAMS class of 2013-2015 were obviously impressed by the ceremony and KIAMS Pune in general.

Student Kausab from Nagpur said he chose KIAMS because the institute is backed by the Kirloskar Group, a major industrial house in India, and he prefers a PGDM over an MBA since the PGDM keeps changing to match the requirements of industry, which an MBA fails to do. He added that he likes the location of KIAMS, which is nestled in a naturally green area with mountains and fresh air.

Durgesh, a mechanical engineer from Goa with one year of industrial experience, said, “KIAMS is a promising institute, and studying here is sure to enhance my career.” He also cited the prominence of the Kirloskar group, noting that it was the second oldest industrial group in the country with an excellent history and highly regarded in the industrial scene, factors which were behind his decision to choose KIAMS.

“A PGDM prepares students to grasp opportunities when they arise in industry”, said Durgesh, “and also shows them how to handle any difficulties they may face.” He went on to say that he also liked the hostels at KIAMS.

Pranasha Sahu from Raipur, pursuing her Bachelors in Engineering, said that Kirloskar had a good history and a PGDM from KIAMS would help her get into the corporate world in the field of her choice. She likes the picturesque setting of the Pune campus, the mess and the hostel facilities too. Pranasha said that a PGDM from KIAMS would provide her with more opportunities to enter into the corporate world, to prove her ability, to explore her options and to generally enhance her ability to achieve her goals. “A PGDM is a way for people to increase their expertise in their chosen field”, she said.

Entrepreneurship was the topic of a recent industry interface at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) Pune campus, when Ravi Sinha, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd., vice-president and head of corporate human resource management and communications was the guest lecturer.

Mr. Sinha, who holds a B.A. and Law degree from Tilka Manji Bhagalpur University and a PGDPM in human resources from Xavier Institute of Social Service, has more than 18 years of human resource experience across a wide spectrum of industries.

Prior to taking on his present post with Kirloskar Brothers Ltd. in April of this year, he served at various times as senior executive with Usha Martin Industries Ltd., assistant manager of human resources and administration with Telco Construction Equipment Co. Ltd., human resources manager with Gujarat Gas Co. Ltd., head of human resources (supply chain India) for Wrigley India Pvt. Ltd. and vice-president of human resources for Praj Industries.

While students were expecting an executive of his experience and stature to be possibly very reserved, they were pleasantly surprised to find him friendly and outspoken, with a humble streak.

“I am not a trainer,” he told the KIAMS students. “I am here to share my practical experiences. You keep on learning every day and so do I.”

Mr. Sinha quoted Gifford Rinchot who said “Entrepreneurs are ‘dreamers who do’ – those who take hands- on responsibility for creating innovation of any kind within an organization.”

He told the students “Businesses today are challenging and complex. We need people who can take charge and make a difference.”

There was a great deal of discussion and questions raised about the status of human resources in the corporate world, including expectations, problems faced and the realities that exist today.

The viewpoints expressed by many senior students made a great impression on Mr. Sinha. “You have passion and really think like entrepreneurs,” he told the assembly.

“It was an honour to attend a lecture by such a high-ranking corporate executive from one of the most esteemed business houses in India,” said Anuja Mathur (PGDM, Batch 16). “He not only taught us a great deal, but through his friendly nature and openness put a truly human face on what many might perceive as the cold world of business.”

All-in-all, speaking from his wealth of experience in the world of business he filled the KIAMS students in on tactics to be used in business today and the corporate workforce such as value creators, value enhancers and value protectors.

He wrapped up his presentation by fielding a host of questions from the students.

While Mr. Sinha was impressed by the KIAMS students, he too made an outstanding impression on them.

Pranasha Sahu from PGDM, Batch 16 said “An industry interface with Mr. Sinha is like a business course in itself – I learned so much at a go. He took the time to answer each and every question and it was encouraging to see someone as high up in the corporate world having such a high level of interest in helping and educating the students of today.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwo years into a budding career in the manufacturing industry with Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL), Sathish Krishnan took a decision that was frowned upon even by the most enterprising of his friends. The Telecom Industry in 2002 was just about finding its feet, and it made little sense in shifting into a fledgling Bharti Airtel. But if there was one thing that Sathish had learnt pretty early in life, it was to back his instincts while looking out for newer horizons.

“It was the ability to back myself as well as the grooming at KIAMS,” recalls Sathish Krishnan, looking back on what drove him to take calculated risks in those days. “The spirit was highly competitive at KIAMS. Each one of us, from the batch of 1998-2000 (first batch), came to know his or her strengths. The fierce competition gave us the confidence to back ourselves, and provided an excellent opportunity to learn and imbibe as a team. I still remember the Management Accounting tests that Dr. Niranjan Swain would dole out at short notice, taking us completely by surprise. The interesting and challenging case study discussions with Dr. V.S. Pai exposed us to the limitations of our thought process and the ability to think deeper and deep dive. I would say that every time I’ve made a career decision to move from one organisation to another, I’ve always dug deep into my KIAMS tenure and revisited the process of decision making and the risk taking ability inculcated there. It has certainly held me in very good stead.”

The success story of Bharti Airtel has been the focus of studies at the global level. Appropriate to say that Sathish Krishnan caught the fast lane to career growth. And then, just when it seemed that he was in Airtel for good, Sathish yet again broke the mould, shifting to an organisation that was yet to take off!

“It was a simple question of faith – faith in one’s ability, knowledge, and background. When I moved out from Airtel in April 2006, even the staunchest of my supporters were shaken. Yet we launched the company by August 2006, and 7 years down the line, that unknown company – Tata Sky – is one of the biggest names in the Pay TV Industry.”

Today, Sathish Krishnan sits pretty high up the hierarchy of Tata Sky, as Head of Service Planning and Business Information. His team provides critical support to the Customer Operations Pan-India; from Financial Planning to Information required to run business on a day-to-day basis. Infact, Sathish closely works with the Chief Customer Operations Officer at Tata Sky.

“Information/ Intelligence about own business is still a key to decision-making; except that the tools and approach that makes this available (in the shortest possible time) makes all the difference to the business.  The tools have changed over a period of time, irrespective whether information is made available in a spreadsheet, or in the form of data warehousing.”

Sathish Krishnan believes that due to the massive number of players in the Telecom industry today, telecom bigwigs are cramped for maneuverability. He advises the youngsters at KIAMS that since the opportunities in the Telecom are limited now, those targeting Telecom companies would do well to build Trust, take Ownership for results, and help build Accountability across the organisation. So there’s still a lot of promise in the sector if used appropriately.

CAM00269 (1)“Sometimes I actually go and touch my medal and read the name on the certificate to reconfirm that it was actually I who was amongst the toppers of my batch in KIAMS” Says Anish Wadhwa

Sometimes your entire life boils down to just one moment. For Anish Wadhwa, that moment came during her convocation ceremony, when it was announced that she had bagged the Silver medal. Anish confesses that this was a bolt from the blue for her – despite the fact that all her course mates were pretty much certain that she’d bag it.

“KIAMS has given me many unexpected memories. The honour of being a topper in the batch, a good placement in the first company on campus, that too on my birthday; all these things were totally unexpected when I came to KIAMS. Sometimes all this feels like a dream and I actually go and touch my medal again and read the name on the certificate to reconfirm that it was actually I who was honoured with the silver medal.”

Anish was the second person placed in her batch at KIAMS, with an annual package of Rs. 5 Lakh. The US multi-national, Odessa Technologies, has its own set practices that required its India office in Bangalore to recruit much ahead of the usual recruiting season. They were looking for business graduates in Finance from the country’s top business schools to work on software solutions for Finance companies; KIAMS was a natural choice for Odessa Technologies. There hardly seemed to be any time to prepare, but the beauty of the routine and academic rigour at KIAMS is that its students can appear for interviews without elaborate preparations.

“I had six rounds to clear. The first round was a group discussion, followed by a psychometric test, then a visual round and then three rounds of interviews. Four rounds took place on the campus itself, while the last two interviews took place in the Odessa office at Bangalore,” recollects Anish. The first interview at the Odessa office was with the Managing Director of the company, while the Head of Human Resources took the second. Her recruitment was confirmed way back in August 2012 itself. An Economics graduate from Khalsa College, Delhi University, Anish believes that the foundation to a sound personality was laid in school, the structure built in college, and finally polished for entry into the corporate world at KIAMS.

“KIAMS has not just nurtured me for a managerial role, but also helped me understand the nuances of life. How to take care of oneself in difficult times, how to help others and how to work as a team player are a few of the things which can be taught best only the KIAMS way.”

Her profile at Odessa Technologies will be that of a Functional Analyst dealing mainly with clients and their business processes. The job involves updating the software as per the client’s requirements, and hand holding the client in understand how the software works. She is positive that the zeal to excel will propel her to put great effort into her job.

Anish Wadhwa,
Silver Medallist, Batch 2011-13, KIAMS
Placed with Odessa Technologies

 

KIAMS - DesignPune, 18th March 2013: Kirloskar Institute Of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) founded by the renowned Kirloskar Group conducted the Convocation of the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) for the class of 2013. Dr. Ganesh Natrajan, Chairman – NASSCOM & Global CEO, Zensar Technologies was the chief guest  and Mr. Rahul Kirloskar, Executive Chairman, Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited and President Governing Council (KIAMS), presided over the convocation.  Graduating students and parents attended the glittering ceremony. All the staff and faculty members from both locations were present on the momentous occasion.

In his presidential speech, Mr. Rahul Kirloskar observed that a passion to impact, a competence to deliver and a conscience not to abuse can sustain the quality of an Institute in the long run. He also highlighted proudly that KIAMS staunchly embodies these traits and this has helped the Institute to move seamlessly across Management Education, Management Development Programs, Consultancy, and Research.

 

Dr. Ganesh Natrajan in his convocation address advised students that if you make a habit to do something you love and really gel with the people around, you will always be successful. He further stressed that good communication skills will never let you down and being innovative, being entrepreneurial, doing something different will always help you in building a good track record. He also gave a mantra of ‘5Fs’ in life: think fast, focus on what you want to achieve, be flexible to accept  opportunities, be friendly, and have fun – treasure every moment in your life.

Dr. Ganesh Natrajan conferred diplomas on all the graduating students, and Mr. Rahul Kirloskar awarded the gold and silver medals on the occasion in the presence of Dr. Gopal Iyengar, Director, Dr. Janaki Naik, Director, KIAMS Pune, other senior faculty members & corporate dignitaries, staff, family members and friends. Ms. Shruti Jain was awarded the gold medal while Ms. Anish Wadhwa bagged the silver medal.

Taking the academic review on the occasion Dr. Gopal Iyengar, Director KIAMS appreciated the efforts of faculty and staff to develop and implement integrated processes of academic delivery & assessment, placements and admissions. He further added that interactions with industry in various forums such as placement activities, seminars, guest lectures, summer projects, etc. provide tremendous insights into these processes. He put forth the efforts of faculty in collaboration with the students in the area of research and publication which resulted in publication of papers and cases in national and international journals.

The placement season this year has seen a significant increase in the number of companies coming to KIAMS for recruitment. This trend is expected to continue in the coming days also till the placement process is completed.

 

The convocation ceremony ended with the convocation high tea.

 

Editor’s Note:

KIAMS a Brief Profile

For over a century now, the Kirloskar Group of Companies, one of India’s largest industrial conglomerates, has been growing and enriching lives. In 1991, KIAMS was conceived as a training institute and a knowledge hub where Kirloskar Group managers shared their learning and caught up with the latest movements and concepts in management. In 1995, the training institute was opened to managers all over the country. In 1998 the PGDM program was started in the Harihar location. In 2010 the Pune location was inaugurated for PGDM. Class of 2013 is the second integrated batch of KIAMS to pass out.

 

Activities Conducted

  • Management Development Programs – for training and consulting education for industry executives
  • 2-year fully residential Post Graduate Diploma in Management.
  • Consultancy – in India and abroad
  • Research

 

Contact us:

Phone: (08192) 241269, 241483, 241486

Email: info@kiams.ac.in

What makes HAMAAM, different from LUX?
How did MOOV capture the market that was so totally dominated by IODEX?

In all fairness, these are not really the questions that you might like to ponder upon after a hearty dinner…. unless, ofcourse, you belong to the KIAMS Marketing Club.

“Yes its true that most of our meetings are post dinner,” agrees Prachi Agrawal, recently nominated as a Marketing Club Lead at KIAMS. “You see there is no permanent membership to the Marketing Club of KIAMS. The Leads of the Marketing Club decides on a discussion point, and then schedule the meeting as per convenient timings; which is usually after dinner. The interested students automatically carve out time for the meeting if they find the topic helpful and interesting. The Marketing Club at KIAMS is totally student driven, and its uniqueness lies in its informal yet fruitful meetings. We do not mandate the participation because we want knowledge-seekers in the Marketing Club meetings.”

No wonder therefore, the Marketing Club is described as the ‘hotbed of ideas’ in KIAMS. In the current academic session, there has been a steady flow of marketing quizzes, discussions on topics from the classrooms, and illustration via examples. In between all these, there have been regular reading sessions where students read articles/passages from a book or magazine. The regulars are almost addicted to this post dinner meeting.

“You should attend one of the meetings of Marketing Club at KIAMS to be able to understand the kind of cerebral interaction it witnesses,” points out Sakshi Gupta, the coordinator of the club.“You will more likely than not be caught in a passionate discussion on a marketing topic or case study – exploring methods of creating awareness, promoting a product,innovating the existing product, and creating a Brand.One of the extremely popular sessions was about helping fellow batch mates understand their individual USP’s.”

Since this Club at KIAMS recognises marketing as the very essence of business today, it attracts passionate marketers within the folds of KIAMS. Understandably, the post of a Lead at the Marketing Club is quite sought after.The selection process of a Lead is a three stage formal process.The interested candidates have to submit a write-up on how they will drive the club, and why will they make a better Lead then others. This is followed by a GD among the aspirants, on a topic that tests knowledge about marketing, awareness, spontaneity, communication skills, and leadership. The candidates are shortlisted on the basis of these 2 rounds for an interview.  The senior Leads from the 2nd Year interview the candidates formally, and also seek advice from their own colleagues as well as juniors before selecting the two Leads.

“It is a matter of pride being a Marketing Lead responsible for driving the club,” says Maheshwar Julka, the other Lead from Batch 15 of KIAMS apart from Prachi. “It’s a challenge understanding the areas of interest of students of marketing, bringing in best knowledge of marketing concepts, generate creativity in the Marketing Club members, and encourage them to come up with new ideas of marketing. Marketing Leads have the responsibility of taking the club to new heights, where its contributions will ultimately bring a revolutionary change within the participants, and produce valuable output that can be of great use in the corporate world.”

The Marketing Club of KIAMS is also responsible for central events like having Guest Speakers from the industry to deliver valuable insights on various aspects of Marketing – media, advertising, sales, research etc.

“Marketing is strongly etched in the DNA of a KIAMS student,” elaborates Priya Agrawal. “With mentors and faculty like Prof. Bidyanand Jha, and Prof. Akash Mathapati, marketing classes are a favourite of most of the students. Even ‘punishments’ are very interesting; one of us was asked to study ‘bathroom advertising’and give a PowerPoint presentation on it, in our 1st Term. The AdMad competition in the second term by Prof. Bidyanand Jha was an eye-opener. We were divided into groups and we had to literally rebuild a close competitor of a FMCG megabrand (Amul), design an ad, interpret it, and devise new avenues to reach out to target markets.”

Over the next few days the Marketing Club’s schedule is choker-block with discussions on topics like ‘Types of Advertising’, ‘Growing retail business’, and ‘Different fields of Marketing’; as well as Mock Press Conference, and Quizzes. Clearly, there are a lot many things ‘cooking’ in the Marketing Club of KIAMS… so what if it’s after dinnertime! 

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“This Onam was special for me. Our institute turned into a mini Kerala. It felt like home to me and I enjoyed my favourite festival with my friends,” expresses Lakshmi Warrier of KIAMS. It was Lakshmi and another student, Nishant Joseph, who were crucial to the planning of Onam celebrations at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS). “On the 29th of July 2012, after 7 p.m., no one could say that we were not in Kerala. All our mates from the institute got to eat payasam, a special sweet delicacy, and all other goodies of Onam right here at the campus. I will have fond memories of this Onam all my life,” smiles Joesph.

The evening was filled with fun and frolic. All the students were strictly asked to come in ethnic Indian wear. Triangle Rotunda, the venue, was vibrant, as all the students were in their traditional clothes. While the clothes added colour to the mood, the real works of beauty were the floral rangolis. “We took real care to make the floral rangolis. We had our fellow students from Kerala to guide us. We bought flowers by the kilos to make these rangolis. Our team consisted of the most creative and technically sound students. For me, this was the best part of the Onam festival,” says Priyanka Sharma, a student of Batch 15.

The place was resonating with happy energy, especially when the juniors and seniors got down to a tug-of-war match. Priyanka laughs, “All of us were supporting our respective teams and the camaraderie filled the air with joy.” The evening’s highlights were the special performances of traditional Onam dance and drama. Through this, the students were able to understand the cultural and historical importance of Onam.

No festival is complete without the delicacies. Sudheer Devalla of Batch 14 recalls, “The best part was the food, and what made it authentic was that it was served on banana leaves. Sitting on the floor while eating together was a unique cultural experience for me and many others friends.” The unanimous feeling among all students was to make it a gala evening and all of them worked hard to replicate the traditional celebrations. “The celebrations generated a feeling of togetherness among all of us. We shared jokes, giggled and worked together. We are now actually looking forward to the next Onam,” says Kumar Abhishek.

KIAMS students, despite their busy schedule, do not miss a chance to celebrate any festival, whether it is Janmashtami or Eid. Students of all faiths are represented at the institute and celebrations of all cultures are encouraged here. Students are also excited about sharing their cultures and traditions, and participate in full strength. Shruti Jain, Batch 14, excitedly shares,  “All of us are high-spirited and we make every effort to follow all the traditions during festivities. After all, we are Indians and such programmes fill us with a feeling of unity in diversity. We feel proud to be a part of such a diverse country.”

As a part of its overall process of grooming industry relevant managers, Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies – better known as KIAMS often hosts Guest lectures by stalwarts from the Industry. On the 19th of August 2012, Mr. Suhas C. Mekhe, Senior Manager, Marketing and Sales, at Forbes Marshall was invited to talk to the students of KIAMS on ‘Being a Leader’. Mr. Mekhe, a BE in Electronics and Telecom from MIT, Pune, and an MBA in Marketing, has 16 years of extensive experience. He has been with Forbes Marshall for the last 7 years – an organisation regarded as industry standard in customized Heat Recovery Packages, Boiler House Systems and Monitoring and Control Solutions. Forbes Marshall products are conscientiously built with the ultimate objective of energy conservation.

Despite, a heavy downpour, Mr. Mekhe arrived sharp at 10.30 AM for the interaction. Comfortably dressed in a formal T-shirt and Jeans, Mr. Mekhe, did not lecture the students of KIAMS. He simply asked questions; a lot of questions pertaining to leadership traits and behaviour. As soon as he had the 15-20 points that he was looking for, from the future managers from KIAMS, Mr. Mekhe, split up both the batches (B-14 and B-15) into 3 parts. He gave the three groups a topic to discuss. The twist was that only Group 1 was asked to discuss the topic, while Group 2 was asked to carry out a one-on-one observation of every member of Group 1. Group 3 was asked to analyse the content of the GD. The three groups exchanged roles in due course of time. What spooked out the youngsters from KIAMS was the keen observation by Mr. Mekhe on each individual who was a part of the process.

Through this process, Mr. Mekhe helped the students of KIAMS realise that deep down inside, a leader has a cultivated characteristics of Patience, Knowledge, and Empathy.

“Being leader is not to be confused with being a manager. Leadership is not just about management education – cramming and mugging up all the B-books. It is what you make of it all, and how you apply it in practice.”

Mr. Mekhe went on to describe how each point was important for being a leader and how he or she carries applies these characteristics to lead a team successfully. Interestingly, he provided various cases and situation from the industry, to put these three factors into perspective.

An avid trekker, it was clear that Mr. Mekhe had deeply explored the subject of leadership while traversing the mountains of Sikkim, and Lahaul-Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh.

Mr. Mekhe was given the customary ‘Vote of Thanks’ and a memento as a token of remembrance of his visit to KIAMS. The thundering standing ovation that accompanied this gesture bore testimony to the fact that his inspiring words had been etched into the hearts of his young audience from KIAMS.

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The mobile phones of all students of Batches 14 and 15 buzzed to announce a message. ‘Janmashtmi Celebration  preponed – CR’. To the world outside, this may be a message of no great consequence. I mean, with Janmashtmi round the corner, such well-meaning, harmless, and possible-source-of-happiness messages are supposed to do the rounds, right? But in KIAMS, this triggered a ripple effect of regression and repression in all the future Managers of Batch 15; with everyone wondering, what’s going to happen. On reaching the rectangular garden of KIAMS, we were greeted with nothingness – until one of us happened to chance a glance to the sky. What we saw left some of us amazed and some of us hallucinated. An 18-feet high ‘Dahi Handi’ hanging out of the skies, was a clear signal of the times to come. ‘Are you nuts?’ was the first consensus from our collective cerebrums. ‘Is it necessary?’ followed a close second. Taking advantage of the stupefying effect of the gargantuan task staring down at B-15 from the skies, B-14, who had been in the same situation the previous year, rallied its forces together and began pondering on the pyramidal structure to bring down the prized ‘Dahi Handi’. Shocked to their senses by this treachery, a few of the B-15’s began ‘deny and deprive’ tactics on the B-14; all to no effect, as the seasoned B-14 had ‘been there, done that.’

Flushed by an unknown source of adrenaline pumps, B-15 began aping their seniors. ‘Try, try and try again till u succeed’ is a good proverb; but at the rectangular garden, that Janmashtmi, we generally agreed that the creator of the proverb would’ve rendered humanity by spelling out the maximum number of ‘try’ that one needed, to finally succeed. Pyramidal structures (and some which were not even pyramidal!) broke-off in different pattern, with participants falling in various interesting, death-defying, and sometimes gravity-defying postures, with every passing attempt. Adding to our woes was a lot of water gushing out of randomly placed pipes in every edge and corner of the rectangular garden. One could not help but marvel at the vision of the developer of the KIAMS facilities; who had designed this institution of learning, simply to fail the attempts of future courses at a ‘Dahi Handi’ exercise… atleast that’s how it seemed to all of us this Janmashtmi. The view of the Rectangular Garden of KIAMS was rapidly changing into an amphitheatre, where all Faculty, girls of B-14 and 15, staff, security guards and sundry employees of KIAMS had gathered to marvel at the slugfest. By this time our efforts had freely mingled with the aforementioned water, turning the lush green, manicured, carpet of grass of that lovely rectangular garden into a slushy swamp. Indifferent to our pains, grunts and sore shoulders, the bystanders were actually cheering us on to fulfil our god-ordained task of crushing out fellowmen in an attempt to shatter the elusive ‘Dahi Handi’.

When, after many failures, the ‘Dahi Handi’ was finally dashed by the exertions of B-14, it was generally expected of us to look sufficiently dejected. But surprisingly, this appeared of little consequence to us. Infact, I might go as far as to say that it actually spurred us on; for lo and behold, in our very next attempt the B-15 chased down the voluptuous ‘magic pot’ and brought it down with a bang. Joy was writ large on every face, as the realisation dawned on us that life really boils down to ‘team effort’… and a mud party in that Rectangular garden of KIAMS… and a few round of kabbadi to follow it up!

What I did understand this Janmashtmi is that it takes a split-second for Homo sapiens to transform into Homo managerians – never mind the dictionary -, and even into Homo leaderians. Four-days after Janmashtmi, when I opened my closet to take out my laptop, with the worm of this article on Janmashtmi, I could not fail to observe the mud in the inner lining of my key chain; a fair reminder that just like some can change into Batman or Superman in a wink, we at KIAMS too can transform into ‘Managers’, before you can say ‘Jack Robinson’. The article on Janmashthami simply flowed out of me after this realisation.

By: Chitransh Shrivastava

Batch 15. KIAMS