BANGALORE ---AS IT IS
The occasion of life is so beautiful that the aura of existing on this surface to cherish your days and moments simply takes over you when you try to fit into the role of a philosophical homo sapien.
Before I realise about tomorrow, my association with PES has entered the sun set stage.In a few days from now , batch 2005-2007(MBA) will be entering the post 3rd semester phase and thanks to the university, students can start being called as professionals from January 2007 which technically means that a decent enough student need not see the classroom once again after the 3rd semester exams get over but for appearing in the 4th semester exams in June 2007.
In a literal sense, the so called college life has finally knocked the exit door. Personally for me college door means PES door as its here that I spent all the 5 years of my college days running up and down the hill(up the hill-down the hill)
If my memory is still strong enough, it was on June 28th 2002 that I got down at Bangalore railway station at around 5.30am. Chily wind and cold atmosphere were the components that greeted me to the city of gardens. Like a typical small city boy, I was blank in my thoughts and had no expectations and also prefered people who made no expectations from me but I was matured enough by then to realise that the game of life had just taken a new, decisive and pragmatic turn!
It was 2002 and I am mentioning of 2007 MBA completion, now 5 years will be completed in Bangalore and there has been only one shelter for me- PES. Its been my home away from home in more ways than not and interestingly I have grown more at this home than the home in Bhubaneswar. Going into the details of how and why would not do justice to the topic.
Before I attended my 1st class, my association with PES began through the hostel. Being a first timer to hostel life, I handled the initial days of INTRODUCTORY sessions by seniors with much fun and enthusiasim. Interestingly I enjoyed every bit of my interaction with my hostel seniors and soon the ice was broken(It is true that ther's no ragging in PES). To state a matter of fact, I was slapped by my HOD in the very 1st week of my hostel life as I was trying to cover up a few seniors who were ragging my batch mates. 3 years in the Management block of PES Hostel will remain as one of my most memorable phases of life as I came across a totally new and different culture and socialism. Rules apart, it was fun doing the craziest of the things at our own peril. The evenings in the corridor and hostel mess were basically stress buster sessions and helped me hone my interpersonal skills. Knwoing new people and maintaining friendship with them is such an interesting thing to do in life that I was totally engrossed in doing it and never knew when 3 years just flew by. Mr. T.Seetharaman, the hostel warden had a mixed feelings towards me and till date I have not realised whether he thought me to be a hero or a villian.
Getting into the course was a blessing in disguise for me as all of a sudden I realised of the hidden potential within me. Till I came to Bangalore, I had never spoken in English to a large gathering but here I found that I can speak and speak really well as compared to fellow batch mates.Thanks to my English Ma'am (Vijaybharati Ma'am) who asked me to come on to the dais and speak about Indian Politics. I followed my intuition and spoke what I knew and in 2 minutes, the audience was applauding my thought flow.Wow!That was a confidence booster and since then there has been no looking back. The force within me has been kind enough to sustain the freshness as it was on the first day in bangalore though over the years I have learnt new skills of playing the game. BBM was the shell for me from where I taught the W's of life in a big city(What,Why,Where,When,Whose) , where every 2nd person you meet is one step smarter than you.
Mr. DHIMANT V. GANATRA(Presently in MATS, Bangalore)
Head of the BBM department when I joined the department. There was so much noise about him in the hostel that I was wandering who this guy is! As he entered the classroom to address the fresh batch, there was an aura associated to the atmosphere as he controlled the audience with the power of his speech and voice modulation. Much to the pre hyped expectations, he won the hearts of every single entity in no time. To start off I had a unfamiliar experience with him(after all I was the 1st student in our batch to be slapped by him) but just a few days before the college fest-VISTAS, I won his heart through my level of commitment and the level of energy and passion that I displayed,made him stand and notice me. Since then the association has bloomed and he is the core individual to have laid my foundation in Bangalore. Whatever popularity I enjoy today in PES wouldn't have been a thing of reality had he not given me the freedom to execute my thoughts at the cost of classes. He contributed a lot to a lot of my decisions in the initial 3 years. It was a sad incident when he quit college in 2004 but again that gave me a chance to see the world through my own eyes in my final year BBM. I could realise in no time, how people change colour
SURENDRA N.V.(Suri Anna)
Sourav and I were keen on getting hold of some work in VISTAS 2002 as we were pretty much interested in knowing what life is apart from books. We also had that small city mentality of doing whatever came our way. Incidentally Suri Anna was the person at the helm of affairs. Every time we went to him begging for work, he would give some excuse and ask us to come later. People of our batch who were not interested in contributing to the cause were dragged to execute ground level tasks just because they were better than us when it came to smartness and communication. It demotivated us as our dedication and desire were not being notice. The first work that we got after much persuading was that of a gate keeper for receiving the colleges on the registration day of VISTAS. My fellow batch mates had laughed away at us but we just sticked on to the task because we knew nothing but to work, whatever the profile may be. Seeing the interest level,Suri Anna slowly started considering us for tasks that were of better quality than that of a gate keeper. The turning point of our relationship came when he as a MBA student did Shiv Mani show in PES, which till date remains to be the biggest show in campus. Since then we have been talking on the same wave length when it comes to events and entertainement.He remains to be an inspiration till date and our cognitive plans of making it big in the entertainment industry keeps on being fueled, thanks to the level of sincerity that has existed in the relationship for nearly 5 years.
SUMANTH D.S. (Sumanth Bhai)
The best thing to have happened to my life. He is one person who has changed my total outlook towards life and keeps on adding new features to me till date. My association with him goes back to January 20th 2003, when I walked upto him and put forward one statement with a bit of courage and guts,''Sumanth Bhai, I want to be a part of the fest team and I am ready to work 24/7.'' The next question he asked me was what makes you feel that you can work -My answer was ''WORK IS WORSHIP.'' That was the single moment point which defined our relationship. From him I have learnt innumerable things but what stands out is he making me aware of the bliss associated with SMART WORK & PROFESSIONALISM. The mere process of observing every move of his for more than 4 years has added so much value to me that I have forgotten what was I before I met him. Commitment doesnt mean to slog, commitment means doing things the right way. Emotional involvement with your tasks is injurious to health. These are few things I have picked up from him among other precious lesons. Through him, I got close to a series of enthusiastic creative people like Rohit Bhai, Chirag Bhai, Madhukar Bhai, Arvind and everyone of them has kept on adding some or other value to my process. Incidentally it was Nitin Bhai who introduced me to the whole group. Another person who has made an impact on me is Naveen Bhai and it was again Sumanth Bhai's network that brought me close to Navin Bhai and gave me an opportuinty to have an insight on the event world through my brief stints at WIZCRAFT.With Sumanth Bhai, my association has been strengthening and the future looks to be full of experiences courtsey experiencial marketing strategies of SNAP Events & Consulting Private Limited.
PROF. K. MURALI MOHAN (Murali Sir)
Considered as THE LIFELINE OF PESIM, he is one individual who was a motivation for me to live life my way in the MBA department. For me Murali Sir is of MBA, what Dhimant Sir was of BBM. The freedom he has given will probably not be given by any other faculty in the history of PES BBM & MBA. His chamber was as good as the student activty room of the college. It was the place where thoughts were generated, ideas were given birth to and concepts were materalised. How can one forget those fun filled 2 month night outs at his place, with we both being the only teetollers among the lot.Those nights have left a print in the minds of every AYOGYA for so many reasons which for obvious reasons shouldnt be shared with peopel who were not a part of it. The late night snacks in his chamber, the serious discussions where I used to keep on explaining a few things only to find that he was lost in his own world and I had to start all over again, all those humor filled moments at crisis, all those singing sessions with Phalgun where I would be converted into a mere onlooker, all those friendly talks will now echo the hearts of everyone of us as he's leaving the department well before we do so. He was the one who used to be the face of the department in any issues related to the growth of PESIM as an entity.He was always there for all the reasons the department wanted him and the association was blooming big time.It is an unstated fact that he was the KING OF PESIM, for people who wanted to grow in the right path and who wanted to use PESIM as the platform to grow in Life.Department will miss the services of its stalwart as its time to move on in life and moreover every AYOGYA will now look at the chamber from quite a far distance as if its haunted..The mere presence of his in the corridor of PESIM used to bring a charm in everybody's face. I am afraid to mention that the charm and the aura will be a thing of past for people who knew what he meant to PESIM. A large void has been created!!!!It will take years before someone tries to fill it up with justice.Words cant describe the magnitude of the loss!!!!But the bottomline remains that we need to move on in life.
WHOELSE(Everyone with whom I have been directly or indirectly been associated in PES)
In this journey of 5 years I have come across people like Sourav Majumder, Sudip Dhar, Nishant-Rakesh-Kiriti-Ritiwik-Bodhaditya, Rajeev & Co, Prashant V.B & Co. other BBM & MBA Mates, juniors,seniors, AYOGYAS of PESIM, Prof. Venugopal Naidu, Ms. Sahana Umesh, Ms. Jessy Nair, compeitiors of other colleges (who have gone on to become good friends) ,who have contributed a major part to my growth as an individual.
Mentioning a line or two about Prof. Venugopal Naidu, it was his constant encouragement and motivation that led to my improvement as a speaker. My first major presentation was in his class and since that distant day so many presentations have been completed without much of vocabulary problem.
APART FROM PEOPLE
Three non living things that have given me a reason to live life the way I wish to in Bangalore are VISTAS, MANIT and FESTS. Organising fests and winning fests have gone into my blood in these 5 years and as I move on to my next phase of my life, it will take some time for the feeling to sink and some months before I come out of the nostalgia associated with inter college rivalry and competition. As Murali sir says, ''Patnaik lives for and on Fests''
This marathon phase in my life has just laid the foundation for greater peaks to be conquered. I wish to do justice to myself by making the best utilisation of the base I have created here in PES over the period of 5 long years. The road ahead has a lot many turns but I am confident of taking those sharp turns with agility. thanks to the experience gained at PES. A whole new world awaits!