MBBS to MBA: 1st Day at PGPX, IIM Ahmedabad

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This is Sparta. That is exactly the kind of feedback that I got from every alum when I had tried to speak to when I had finally got a call for PGPX, at IIM, Ahmedabad. But such is the charisma of the institute that despite getting calls from some other top institutes from the country, I still decided to opt for IIMA. In fact, the choice was quite straightforward- it didn’t involve much utilization of the grey cells.

First things first. When I had decided on pursuing an MBA after seven years in the healthcare industry, post my MBBS, I was met with a lot of startled stares. You are a doctor, so why would you need to go for an MBA? From shock to complete bewilderment, I had seen it all! To a point that I had even stopped explaining my point of view to people. ‘My choice’ –…

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International Immersion Program @ ESCP Paris

Term 2 had been tough, and the prospect of leaving for IIP (international immersion program) promised a welcome break for us all! Most of us were supposed to leave on the 8th. Classes got over at 4. We had three hours to pack and get go. We (we = forty-four of us) were travelling to …

Term 2: The end of everything

The campus was unusually quiet. It wasn’t the lull before the storm. It was what happens after the storm has come, ravaged everything in its way, and blown over. We- the survivors, were holed up in our bunkers, trying to recoup from the onslaught. We had known second term was going to be tough- but …

Management: Arts or Humanities or Scientific Reasoning

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The first week at IIM Ahmedabad campus as PGPX student stimulates various thoughts in mind of participants. The journey has just begun and there are constant warnings about how difficult it is going to get over next couple of months before the principle of equilibrium sets in. And the famous quote from GameOfThrones,’Winter is coming’, appear very much the buzzword for the participants of one of the most academically stimulating, and technically comprehensive MBA program in the competitive MBA world across the globe.

While going through various initial sessions, I was wondering how true the fact that Management is built on the premises of humanities, art or science. In today’s world, where the human race has evolved. Nowadays, the thought of getting latest mobile brings more smile on the faces of the younger generation than that of getting a new bicycle. The feeling of being recognized technically advance may be more content among higher…

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IIM A PGPX Diaries: Term I completed |1st Milestone reached

My Morning Diaries

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June 6, 2017. 4.00 PM. I have couple of hours before I start my journey back home after end of Term 1 of PGPX – 1 Year MBA at IIM Ahmedabad. Program started on 13th April and it has been 8 weeks of roller-coaster ride. PGPX is a very intense and rigorous program. with an ongoing medley of classes, assignments, quizzes, cases and pre reads on any day. In term 1 we completed core courses in Accounting, Operations Design, Decision making, microeconomics, Marketing and Organization Behavior. Obvious learning is the direct knowledge and skills we gain from these courses taught by the best professors in the country but I am going to focus on the not so obvious learnings and experience of staying away from family.

New | Fresh | Different Perspectives

When you have worked in one function and one Industry, the perspective gets set in context of your function and…

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Progress report: One down, Four to go !

End terms came and went. The accounting, eco, operations, stats juggernauts had us all flattened. We were literally begging for a breath of fresh air, an opportunity to get outside campus, to feel that we were still alive after the mauling meted out to us in the first two months. So, the term break was …

PGPX Diaries, Chapter 2: Classes, Cases and Crashes

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“May Day. May Day. Crash landing imminent. Brace yourselves for impact. “

That’s the kind of message getting broadcasted in our minds right now. It’s been 2 weeks into the PGPX regime, and we are way past the ‘dreamy-eyed-so-excited-to-be-here’ phase. Reality has hit us, and hit us hard. From campus hopping selfie taking new recruits, we have become sleep deprived assignment burdened PGPX participants. Welcome back to school!

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I have been told by the alums though, that it is not as crazy, once we get used to the grind. Which would take anything between weeks to months, depending on your adaptabilities. I was pertinent enough to ask for survival tips from an alum, and was met with a curt response, “Never. You need to figure this out yourself”. Well, so much for niceties.

But then, all of us have different coping mechanisms. Some have taken to studying-whenever-I-see-them, rather “don’t see…

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Transforming India: Ideas to Implementation

"It’s the millennial’s world, that’s moving fast Through fabled path, we connect the dots From systems and processes, to technology we sway Disruptions and innovations, all here to stay For greater good, in a world of foray The cadence carries me and I drift away Experience we carry and we seek reflections Through diverse disciplines …

ConneXions 2016

TEMPO IS SET TO RISE !!! IDEAS READY TO BE EXCHANGED !! Come October 14th , And Countries Best Brains will come together & discuss startegies on how to take India Forward.   When the best minds of the industry and the academia interact on the grounds of a 55-year old institute celebrated for its …

Dividend – Only financial measure OR something more?

Recently Syntel Inc., Michigan (USA) based IT organization, declared a $15 dividend for its shareholders. At prevailing stock price of approx. $41, it meant a dividend yield of 36%, not a small number. It is not difficult to see how it would impact the finances when a $1 B organization, with its 101 Million outstanding …

PGPX Speaker Series 2016-17 : Mr Shankar Krishnan, Group Head, Strategy, Shapoorji Pallonji Group

Strategy in the Context of a Diversified Business House The New Campus at IIM Ahmedabad played host to another accomplished alumnus this Friday afternoon, as the PGPX class of 2016-17 and the wider IIMA community got a chance to hear Mr. Shankar Krishnan, Group Head – Strategy for the Shapoorji Pallonji Group (and an alumnus …

PGPX Speaker Series 2016-17: Mr. Sorabh Agarwal

"The most precious commodity is time" It was 3:45pm of 8th of July,2016 as the XI batch of PGPX students dressed in sharp business formals as well as few other interested audience filed in to CR-1 to attend the talk of Mr. Sorabh Agarwal, Catalyst at Esha Foundation and an experienced finance professional. Mr. Agarwal …

PGPX Speaker Series 2016-17 Mr.Raghu Raman

Leadership at 26000 feet The classrooms of IIM Ahmedabad have had many a leader from the Corporate World, everyone an accomplished achiever in many a different business battlefield. The uniqueness of this visitor was the battlefield that he got his MBA from, the highest and most difficult war terrain the world. For, guarding the Siachen …

PGPX XI pays homage to the “tree of life”

0430      on a Sunday morning, the alarms blaring….Oh darn that was another long night, the syndi discussions were never ending, it took sheer will power not to punch people…Why is everyone so damn smart here….ahhhhh somebody shut that damn thing off. Why did i agree to go riding into Ahmedabad city…..today of all …

PGPX Speaker Series 2016-17: Mr Raza Beig

LEADING FROM THE HEART How do you react when adversity hits you when you least expect it, not once but twice. Well, if you are Raza Beig, you turn it into an opportunity and become a famous and fashionable CEO of a major fashion retailer in the Middle East. Addressing the IIMA PGPX batch, the …