Battle of the Ping Pong Pundits at IIM Shillong

December 3rd, 2014: It seemed as though PGP students of IIM Shillong were waiting for the arrival of this day with more anticipation than that of the first day of placements. After several breath-taking matches that had been held throughout the course of the tournament, we were left with two deserving finalists. These two individuals had proven themselves to be the personification of dexterity with the paddle in hand. When our beloved Hostel Committee sent out the mail for the match between Vangal Srinath and Aditya Kansal, all of us, almost simultaneously, realized two things – firstly, that this match was going to be one for the ages and secondly, that this match would give the winning batch ultimate bragging rights.

 

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The first set showed everyone why the two players deserved their spot in the limelight. Smashes back and forth coupled with intricate shots from both ends, provided the crowd with entertainment of the highest quality. Vangal and Aditya were treating it more like a chess match, rather than a ping pong game. They were going neck and neck, and before we knew it, “Deuce!” shouted the referee. Vangal eventually won the set, but Aditya gave a quick, calming glance directed towards his batch mates and we instantly knew that this was far from over.

The second set was dominated by Aditya Kansal. He managed to figure out a chink in Vangal’s armour and exploited it like a shrewd tactician. The huge crowd from the senior batch were worried to say the least. The fact that they would have to lose to their juniors was something that was simply unacceptable to them. However, despite the incessant rants of the senior batch, Kansal remained unfazed. With forehands as strong as steel, and a defense as impenetrable as iron, Aditya managed to beat Vangal by a huge margin of eleven points, thereby taking the second set.

As the euphoric juniors cheered for Aditya, silent seniors wondered if the third set would be a mere formality. However, just as the juniors were beginning to prepare for the celebrations, Vangal hit a smash that startled Aditya, as well as all of his junior batch’s brethren. Suddenly, Kansal was down 6 points to 3 and that is when things started to go downhill for him. Vangal seemed to have ice water running through his veins, and the task at hand, was becoming increasingly difficult with each of his calculated and precise shots. One last smash became the final nail in the coffin for our ‘Kansal’-ting club member and Vangal’s hand was raised in victory.

Even though Aditya sported a smile on his face, we all knew that deep down, he was really disappointed. Vangal, being the sportsman that he is, congratulated him on a hard fought battle. Aditya’s supporters were ecstatic to say the least and Vangal was the man of the moment. Hugs and handshakes throughout the recreational room, was a fitting end to an exceptional table tennis tournament organized by our Hostel Committee and saying that we are in eager anticipation of next year’s tournament, would be a gross understatement.

 

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This article is authored by Sumon Chaudhuri, a student at IIM Shillong. He is enthusiastic about marketing and has a flair for theatricality in almost everything he does. He also enjoys writing and is a proud member of IIM Shillong’s Literary Committee, Symphony

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GodSellers 6.0: Humans Talk, Heroes Sell!

“Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but about the stories you sell”- Seth Godin

GodSellers 6.0 – “Humans Talk, Heroes Sell” was all about discovering the hero in you and selling your story. With a theme of bringing to life the comic universe, the event will be remembered for the delicious food and amazing games put up by the students.

GodSellers, the flagship event of the Marketing Club of IIM Shillong is arguably the most awaited event of the year. The event gives students the opportunity to test the various marketing concepts they learn in the classroom out in the real world. The event requires the students to bid for stalls in three categories- food, games, arts and entertainment in an auction process; the successful bidders are subsequently required to market their stall using various marketing techniques and ultimately sell.

At the stroke of midnight on 10th November, 2016 the marketing club launched GodSellers 6.0 with a firecracker display and a small teaser video. They marketed the launch in the campus and invited students to the quadrangle at 12 am for a surprise. They had set up stalls to sell items to give people a taste of what they could from the day of the event. In the absence of high denomination currency notes, cashless wallet transactions were deployed to save the day. In addition to the apprehensions about attendees not having enough cash to pay for delicacies and splurge on games, the Marketing Club members had to engage in eleventh hour firefighting on myriad other fronts as well: a liquidity crunch not only meant that there wasn’t enough change to return to students but also that there wasn’t enough cash to pay vendors who did not accept card payments. The first problem was solved by reducing the inventory after negotiating with the vendors; the second problem was solved by scouring the campus for any amount of currency to compensate the vendors. With a little luck, and pounds of grit and assiduous hard work, the launch was successful.

The auction that was organised on 12th November was a surreal experience, to say the least. None of the participating teams seemed to hold back; the eye-popping bids far exceeded the collection in the previous years. The last stall led to a bidding war between two teams, with neither team backing down. High bids for stalls placed the onus of drawing out significant numbers for the event on the Marketing Club. This development mandated extensive in-house and external marketing: campus ambassadors were appointed to put up fliers and other promotional material in other institutes of Shillong.

With the event scheduled to take place on 19th November, the build-up could not have been more fascinating. The participating teams promoted their stalls in ingenious ways; it’s safe to say that the campus was gripped by the GodSellers fever. From free food sampling, barbeques, musical chairs, discount-coupon balloons, the participants did it all. Come the day of GodSellers, the campus was in a frenzy with management students running around trying to find utensils to cook in, trying to figure out the right mix of spices for their broths, chopping meat, et.al. The event started at 6:30 pm and witnessed participation from various colleges such as NIFT, NIT, NEIGHRIMS, St. Anthonys and St. Edmunds. The stalls were decorated in accordance with the theme of the event, with each stall named after a comic character. The students deployed a plethora of techniques, ranging from enticing discounts against bulk orders to dynamic pricing, all with the objective of pushing sales numbers. With music, food, bonfire, games, and the English Premier League in the background, GodSellers 6.0 witnessed over a 20 percent increase in revenues from the previous years and was a grand success.

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IIM Shillong Pays Tribute To Mr. Manjunath Shanmugam On His 11th Death Anniversary

The Director, members of faculty & administration along with the students of IIM Shillong honoured the legacy of late. Mr. Manjunath Shanmugam by holding a candlelight vigil and a march to mark his 11th death anniversary. About a hundred participants gathered to show their solidarity towards the cause and pay their respects to the venerable brave heart.

Fondly remembered by his friends as Machan, Mr. Manjunath was working to curb oil adulteration in his capacity as a Sales Officer at Indian Oil Corporation when he was murdered on 19th November, 2005 by a group of vandals that included a gas station owner and seven of his accomplices. Every year, on this day, students across all IIMs and other B-schools participate in this endeavour of awakening nation-wide consciousness through a candle light march. This memorial is conducted in collaboration with the Manjunath Shanmugam Trust (MST), an international corporate community initiative which works to improve governance in Indian public life.

The vigil was preceded by an eulogy for Mr. Manjunath that recounted his contributions in the fight against corruption. Prior to starting the march, all participants took a Pledge of Integrity, committing themselves to the cause of uprooting corruption and upholding the values that Manjunath stood for. The participants then marched from the institute premises to the Nongthymmai Presbyterian Church, where candles were placed around a photograph of Mr. Manjunath, followed by a minute of silence to conclude the vigil.

The legacy of Manjunath Shanmugam, a symbol of integrity and values to all citizens of India, has gone beyond the IIM community to become an inspiration for the whole country. It is with this realisation that the students of IIM Shillong came together to ensure that his memory lives on.

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Utsav’16 – IIM Shillong Lights Up For A Stupendous Diwali Celebration

With the beginning of the month of October, festivities and celebrations had started all over the country and IIM Shillong was no different. After a wonderful Dandiya Night in the first week of the month, Cultural Committee of the institute began preparations for one of the most awaited festivals, Diwali. Amidst the hectic schedule of classes, assignments, quizzes and what not, the late night meetings, decorations and the shopping in between the classes led to what was one of the best weekends for the students at IIM Shillong.

The festival was inaugurated with a surprise for the whole batch when the clock struck 12. Participants were greeted to a planned blackout to raise the anticipation in the lead up to the celebration. Little did everyone know that they would be in for a ‘crack’-ing welcome to Diwali 2016. Fairy lights adorned all the college buildings; cheers of “Happy Diwali” was all that one could hear at that point. Post the inauguration, a Mehendi Competition was organised to fan the festive feel. Everyone showed enthusiastic participation and the night ended with people dancing with mehndi cones and coloured hands.

A cricket match between the junior batch and the senior batch was the highlight of the next morning. After an exciting match, a comprehensive line-up of events was planned, starting with a round of Bingo in the afternoon. The customised Antakshari that followed saw huge participation from music enthusiasts. An engaging compilation of Bollywood music videos, movie sequences, dialogues, and pictures of actors made the event even more interesting.

To bring the feel of “Ghar Wali Diwali”, diyas were placed in every nook and corner of the campus on both the days. Decorated with colourful lights and diyas amidst the hills, the college looked nothing less than a beautiful piece of art. The first evening of the weekend continued with people putting on their dance shoes for Punjabi and Bollywood numbers. The night was one grand party with a variety of games like dumb charades, mafia, and card games among others. Post this flurry of events on Day 1, students geared up for the next day’s events, starting with a Rangoli competition. The entirety of the campus, including hostel entrances, reception and classrooms were all adorned with fascinating Rangoli designs. The same morning, the cultural committee of the college also visited  a number of charities like Mercy Home, Demthring, San-ker Charitable Trust etc. to donate the contributions made by the students and faculty members.

 

A major attraction for the day was the Selfie based Treasure Hunt, which was followed by students indulging in sweet preparations. Decked up in their ethnic attire, students and faculty members came together to attend the Laxmi Pujan. The evening rolled on with a delicious dinner hosted by the Hostel Committee. The night concluded with a bonfire in the quadrangle of the institute with melodious songs amidst the beautiful lights.

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With the beginning of the month of October, festivities and celebrations had started all over the country and IIM Shillong was no different. After a wonderful Dandiya Night in the first week of the month, Cultural Committee of the institute began preparations for one of the most awaited festivals, Diwali. Amidst the hectic schedule of classes, assignments, quizzes and what not, the late night meetings, decorations and the shopping in between the classes led to what was one of the best weekends for the students at IIM Shillong.

The festival was inaugurated with a surprise for the whole batch when the clock struck 12. Participants were greeted to a planned blackout to raise the anticipation in the lead up to the celebration. Little did everyone know that they would be in for a ‘crack’-ing welcome to Diwali 2016. Fairy lights adorned all the college buildings; cheers of “Happy Diwali” was all that one could hear at that point. Post the inauguration, a Mehendi Competition was organised to fan the festive feel. Everyone showed enthusiastic participation and the night ended with people dancing with mehndi cones and coloured hands.

A cricket match between the junior batch and the senior batch was the highlight of the next morning. After an exciting match, a comprehensive line-up of events was planned, starting with a round of Bingo in the afternoon. The customised Antakshari that followed saw huge participation from music enthusiasts. An engaging compilation of Bollywood music videos, movie sequences, dialogues, and pictures of actors made the event even more interesting.

To bring the feel of “Ghar Wali Diwali”, diyas were placed in every nook and corner of the campus on both the days. Decorated with colourful lights and diyas amidst the hills, the college looked nothing less than a beautiful piece of art. The first evening of the weekend continued with people putting on their dance shoes for Punjabi and Bollywood numbers. The night was one grand party with a variety of games like dumb charades, mafia, and card games among others. Post this flurry of events on Day 1, students geared up for the next day’s events, starting with a Rangoli competition. The entirety of the campus, including hostel entrances, reception and classrooms were all adorned with fascinating Rangoli designs. The same morning, the cultural committee of the college also visited  a number of charities like Mercy Home, Demthring, San-ker Charitable Trust etc. to donate the contributions made by the students and faculty members.

 

A major attraction for the day was the Selfie based Treasure Hunt, which was followed by students indulging in sweet preparations. Decked up in their ethnic attire, students and faculty members came together to attend the Laxmi Pujan. The evening rolled on with a delicious dinner hosted by the Hostel Committee. The night concluded with a bonfire in the quadrangle of the institute with melodious songs amidst the beautiful lights.

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With the beginning of the month of October, festivities and celebrations had started all over the country and IIM Shillong was no different. After a wonderful Dandiya Night in the first week of the month, Cultural Committee of the institute began preparations for one of the most awaited festivals, Diwali. Amidst the hectic schedule of classes, assignments, quizzes and what not, the late night meetings, decorations and the shopping in between the classes led to what was one of the best weekends for the students at IIM Shillong.

The festival was inaugurated with a surprise for the whole batch when the clock struck 12. Participants were greeted to a planned blackout to raise the anticipation in the lead up to the celebration. Little did everyone know that they would be in for a ‘crack’-ing welcome to Diwali 2016. Fairy lights adorned all the college buildings; cheers of “Happy Diwali” was all that one could hear at that point. Post the inauguration, a Mehendi Competition was organised to fan the festive feel. Everyone showed enthusiastic participation and the night ended with people dancing with mehndi cones and coloured hands.

A cricket match between the junior batch and the senior batch was the highlight of the next morning. After an exciting match, a comprehensive line-up of events was planned, starting with a round of Bingo in the afternoon. The customised Antakshari that followed saw huge participation from music enthusiasts. An engaging compilation of Bollywood music videos, movie sequences, dialogues, and pictures of actors made the event even more interesting.

To bring the feel of “Ghar Wali Diwali”, diyas were placed in every nook and corner of the campus on both the days. Decorated with colourful lights and diyas amidst the hills, the college looked nothing less than a beautiful piece of art. The first evening of the weekend continued with people putting on their dance shoes for Punjabi and Bollywood numbers. The night was one grand party with a variety of games like dumb charades, mafia, and card games among others. Post this flurry of events on Day 1, students geared up for the next day’s events, starting with a Rangoli competition. The entirety of the campus, including hostel entrances, reception and classrooms were all adorned with fascinating Rangoli designs. The same morning, the cultural committee of the college also visited  a number of charities like Mercy Home, Demthring, San-ker Charitable Trust etc. to donate the contributions made by the students and faculty members.

 

A major attraction for the day was the Selfie based Treasure Hunt, which was followed by students indulging in sweet preparations. Decked up in their ethnic attire, students and faculty members came together to attend the Laxmi Pujan. The evening rolled on with a delicious dinner hosted by the Hostel Committee. The night concluded with a bonfire in the quadrangle of the institute with melodious songs amidst the beautiful lights.

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With the beginning of the month of October, festivities and celebrations had started all over the country and IIM Shillong was no different. After a wonderful Dandiya Night in the first week of the month, Cultural Committee of the institute began preparations for one of the most awaited festivals, Diwali. Amidst the hectic schedule of classes, assignments, quizzes and what not, the late night meetings, decorations and the shopping in between the classes led to what was one of the best weekends for the students at IIM Shillong.

The festival was inaugurated with a surprise for the whole batch when the clock struck 12. Participants were greeted to a planned blackout to raise the anticipation in the lead up to the celebration. Little did everyone know that they would be in for a ‘crack’-ing welcome to Diwali 2016. Fairy lights adorned all the college buildings; cheers of “Happy Diwali” was all that one could hear at that point. Post the inauguration, a Mehendi Competition was organised to fan the festive feel. Everyone showed enthusiastic participation and the night ended with people dancing with mehndi cones and coloured hands.

A cricket match between the junior batch and the senior batch was the highlight of the next morning. After an exciting match, a comprehensive line-up of events was planned, starting with a round of Bingo in the afternoon. The customised Antakshari that followed saw huge participation from music enthusiasts. An engaging compilation of Bollywood music videos, movie sequences, dialogues, and pictures of actors made the event even more interesting.

To bring the feel of “Ghar Wali Diwali”, diyas were placed in every nook and corner of the campus on both the days. Decorated with colourful lights and diyas amidst the hills, the college looked nothing less than a beautiful piece of art. The first evening of the weekend continued with people putting on their dance shoes for Punjabi and Bollywood numbers. The night was one grand party with a variety of games like dumb charades, mafia, and card games among others. Post this flurry of events on Day 1, students geared up for the next day’s events, starting with a Rangoli competition. The entirety of the campus, including hostel entrances, reception and classrooms were all adorned with fascinating Rangoli designs. The same morning, the cultural committee of the college also visited  a number of charities like Mercy Home, Demthring, San-ker Charitable Trust etc. to donate the contributions made by the students and faculty members.

 

A major attraction for the day was the Selfie based Treasure Hunt, which was followed by students indulging in sweet preparations. Decked up in their ethnic attire, students and faculty members came together to attend the Laxmi Pujan. The evening rolled on with a delicious dinner hosted by the Hostel Committee. The night concluded with a bonfire in the quadrangle of the institute with melodious songs amidst the beautiful lights.

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With the beginning of the month of October, festivities and celebrations had started all over the country and IIM Shillong was no different. After a wonderful Dandiya Night in the first week of the month, Cultural Committee of the institute began preparations for one of the most awaited festivals, Diwali. Amidst the hectic schedule of classes, assignments, quizzes and what not, the late night meetings, decorations and the shopping in between the classes led to what was one of the best weekends for the students at IIM Shillong.

The festival was inaugurated with a surprise for the whole batch when the clock struck 12. Participants were greeted to a planned blackout to raise the anticipation in the lead up to the celebration. Little did everyone know that they would be in for a ‘crack’-ing welcome to Diwali 2016. Fairy lights adorned all the college buildings; cheers of “Happy Diwali” was all that one could hear at that point. Post the inauguration, a Mehendi Competition was organised to fan the festive feel. Everyone showed enthusiastic participation and the night ended with people dancing with mehndi cones and coloured hands.

A cricket match between the junior batch and the senior batch was the highlight of the next morning. After an exciting match, a comprehensive line-up of events was planned, starting with a round of Bingo in the afternoon. The customised Antakshari that followed saw huge participation from music enthusiasts. An engaging compilation of Bollywood music videos, movie sequences, dialogues, and pictures of actors made the event even more interesting.

To bring the feel of “Ghar Wali Diwali”, diyas were placed in every nook and corner of the campus on both the days. Decorated with colourful lights and diyas amidst the hills, the college looked nothing less than a beautiful piece of art. The first evening of the weekend continued with people putting on their dance shoes for Punjabi and Bollywood numbers. The night was one grand party with a variety of games like dumb charades, mafia, and card games among others. Post this flurry of events on Day 1, students geared up for the next day’s events, starting with a Rangoli competition. The entirety of the campus, including hostel entrances, reception and classrooms were all adorned with fascinating Rangoli designs. The same morning, the cultural committee of the college also visited  a number of charities like Mercy Home, Demthring, San-ker Charitable Trust etc. to donate the contributions made by the students and faculty members.

 

A major attraction for the day was the Selfie based Treasure Hunt, which was followed by students indulging in sweet preparations. Decked up in their ethnic attire, students and faculty members came together to attend the Laxmi Pujan. The evening rolled on with a delicious dinner hosted by the Hostel Committee. The night concluded with a bonfire in the quadrangle of the institute with melodious songs amidst the beautiful lights.

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With the beginning of the month of October, festivities and celebrations had started all over the country and IIM Shillong was no different. After a wonderful Dandiya Night in the first week of the month, Cultural Committee of the institute began preparations for one of the most awaited festivals, Diwali. Amidst the hectic schedule of classes, assignments, quizzes and what not, the late night meetings, decorations and the shopping in between the classes led to what was one of the best weekends for the students at IIM Shillong.

The festival was inaugurated with a surprise for the whole batch when the clock struck 12. Participants were greeted to a planned blackout to raise the anticipation in the lead up to the celebration. Little did everyone know that they would be in for a ‘crack’-ing welcome to Diwali 2016. Fairy lights adorned all the college buildings; cheers of “Happy Diwali” was all that one could hear at that point. Post the inauguration, a Mehendi Competition was organised to fan the festive feel. Everyone showed enthusiastic participation and the night ended with people dancing with mehndi cones and coloured hands.

A cricket match between the junior batch and the senior batch was the highlight of the next morning. After an exciting match, a comprehensive line-up of events was planned, starting with a round of Bingo in the afternoon. The customised Antakshari that followed saw huge participation from music enthusiasts. An engaging compilation of Bollywood music videos, movie sequences, dialogues, and pictures of actors made the event even more interesting.

To bring the feel of “Ghar Wali Diwali”, diyas were placed in every nook and corner of the campus on both the days. Decorated with colourful lights and diyas amidst the hills, the college looked nothing less than a beautiful piece of art. The first evening of the weekend continued with people putting on their dance shoes for Punjabi and Bollywood numbers. The night was one grand party with a variety of games like dumb charades, mafia, and card games among others. Post this flurry of events on Day 1, students geared up for the next day’s events, starting with a Rangoli competition. The entirety of the campus, including hostel entrances, reception and classrooms were all adorned with fascinating Rangoli designs. The same morning, the cultural committee of the college also visited  a number of charities like Mercy Home, Demthring, San-ker Charitable Trust etc. to donate the contributions made by the students and faculty members.

 

A major attraction for the day was the Selfie based Treasure Hunt, which was followed by students indulging in sweet preparations. Decked up in their ethnic attire, students and faculty members came together to attend the Laxmi Pujan. The evening rolled on with a delicious dinner hosted by the Hostel Committee. The night concluded with a bonfire in the quadrangle of the institute with melodious songs amidst the beautiful lights.

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With the beginning of the month of October, festivities and celebrations had started all over the country and IIM Shillong was no different. After a wonderful Dandiya Night in the first week of the month, Cultural Committee of the institute began preparations for one of the most awaited festivals, Diwali. Amidst the hectic schedule of classes, assignments, quizzes and what not, the late night meetings, decorations and the shopping in between the classes led to what was one of the best weekends for the students at IIM Shillong.

The festival was inaugurated with a surprise for the whole batch when the clock struck 12. Participants were greeted to a planned blackout to raise the anticipation in the lead up to the celebration. Little did everyone know that they would be in for a ‘crack’-ing welcome to Diwali 2016. Fairy lights adorned all the college buildings; cheers of “Happy Diwali” was all that one could hear at that point. Post the inauguration, a Mehendi Competition was organised to fan the festive feel. Everyone showed enthusiastic participation and the night ended with people dancing with mehndi cones and coloured hands.

A cricket match between the junior batch and the senior batch was the highlight of the next morning. After an exciting match, a comprehensive line-up of events was planned, starting with a round of Bingo in the afternoon. The customised Antakshari that followed saw huge participation from music enthusiasts. An engaging compilation of Bollywood music videos, movie sequences, dialogues, and pictures of actors made the event even more interesting.

To bring the feel of “Ghar Wali Diwali”, diyas were placed in every nook and corner of the campus on both the days. Decorated with colourful lights and diyas amidst the hills, the college looked nothing less than a beautiful piece of art. The first evening of the weekend continued with people putting on their dance shoes for Punjabi and Bollywood numbers. The night was one grand party with a variety of games like dumb charades, mafia, and card games among others. Post this flurry of events on Day 1, students geared up for the next day’s events, starting with a Rangoli competition. The entirety of the campus, including hostel entrances, reception and classrooms were all adorned with fascinating Rangoli designs. The same morning, the cultural committee of the college also visited  a number of charities like Mercy Home, Demthring, San-ker Charitable Trust etc. to donate the contributions made by the students and faculty members.

 

A major attraction for the day was the Selfie based Treasure Hunt, which was followed by students indulging in sweet preparations. Decked up in their ethnic attire, students and faculty members came together to attend the Laxmi Pujan. The evening rolled on with a delicious dinner hosted by the Hostel Committee. The night concluded with a bonfire in the quadrangle of the institute with melodious songs amidst the beautiful lights.

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