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HR Continuum 2016 At Shailesh J. Mehta School Of Management, IIT Bombay

Continuum, the rolling seminar series, is the flagship event of the annual industry interaction sessions at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. The Continuums are held across the various domains of management like Consulting, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Operations and Systems. This event aims to cover the latest trends in management by inviting eminent speakers from the industry and academia. Every seminar focuses on the issues and challenges faced by a management function, and aims at drawing insights from the knowledge and experience of the speaker.

Human Resources Continuum was the first continuum of the year with a theme reflecting the current trends and challenges faced by the HR managers. The Human Resources Continuum 2016 saw a series of lectures centered on the theme: “Enabling Evolution of HR practices with the changing corporate scenario in India” and the following subtopics like “HR trends in the fast emerging start-up culture”, “HR challenges in manufacturing sector” with initiatives like ‘Make in India’, “How is the introduction of Big Data changing the HRM scenario?”, “Building talent pools to transform organizations with human resources as the business driver”. The speakers for the event were:

1) Mr. Vineet Kaul, Advisor, Group Human Resources Aditya Birla Group

2) Mr. Harsh Bhosale, Head HR Essar Oil Ltd.

3) Ms. Rakhee L.Malik, Head HR, A.T. Kearney Ltd, India

4) Ms. Pooja Malik, Vice President – HR Development, Anand Automotive Private Ltd.

5) Mr. Sanjay Singh, EVP and Global Head, Crompton Greaves

6) Mr. Swaminathan R, Chief People Officer, WNS Global Services

7) Mr. Raj Karunakaran, Director – Human Resources, Philips Healthcare

8)  Mr. Ajith Nair, Director – Engagement and Cultural Practices, Aon Hewitt India

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       Mr. Vineet Kaul started the continuum by stating “Change is a part of life”. Mr. Kaul explained what is productivity mindset. i.e., getting better and getting more. Also about squeezing a dried towel. i.e., best productivity comes out often when one is tired. He also focused on skill shortage and challenges in attracting talent.

Mr. Harsh Bhosale, Head HR Essar Oil Ltd., explained that in India the variation in fuel prices does not affect the manpower planning as we are not a producer of oil, rather we are a consumer of oil. He next described the process followed by Essar Oil to align individual and organization strategies and allocating the duties to each department and trickle down of responsibilities or cascading of responsibilities till last man.

Ms. Rakhee L. Malik, Head HR, A.T. Kearney Ltd, India gave various examples from her own life and that of other renowned persons to aid her in explanation on how an individual can achieve the greater heights they aspire for.

Ms. Pooja Malik, Vice President – Human Resource Development, Anand Automotive Private Ltd. commenced her talks with a brief mention of the challenges faced by the VUCA world followed by the change in global talent pool and population dynamics of India in 2020 and beyond. She pointed out that Managerial Coaching and Change Management are one of the basic needs of the hour.

Mr. Sanjay Singh, EVP and Global Head, Crompton Greaves started the session addressing the audience with his past experiences in the civil services, which included brief stints with the Railways, Customs & Excise. He then talked about his transition from public services to corporates, with Dr.Reddy’s being his first employer, followed by Tata Motors, only to end up with Crompton Greaves, where he has been for a while now.

Mr. Swaminathan R, Chief People Officer, WNS Global Services began with sharing his ideas over the evolution of the industry from front-room consulting to jobs concerning data analytics. The discussion then proceeded to the varying present-day brand progression strategies, drawing an analogy from Starbucks. He laid emphasis on the relevance of data and its varied definitions, and the extent of its usage in sense making of contemporary markets, thereby also pointing out the traditional inability of HR professionals in comprehending quantitative information.

Mr. Raj Karunakaran, Director – Human Resources, Philips Healthcare talked about how the technology has driven the digital revolution in healthcare through remote monitoring, real time analytics etc. He also talked about software industries where the requirement is agile.

Mr. Ajith Nair, Director – Engagement and Cultural Practices, Aon Hewitt India, started the discussion by explaining the reinvented role of human resource professional on the context of changing corporate scenario. He also explained how the role of HR had became boundary less. In the future, “everyone will be the HR”.

The session came to an end with the focus that “HR is no longer HR’s problem. It is everybody’s problem.”

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“Take The Veil Off”- Ankita Kamble, SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

Take The Veil Off Woman

“How does it feel being a woman in the 21st century?” my grandma asked.

I replied without a second thought “Things haven’t changed much”.

Pat came the reply “You have more freedom than the men did during our times.”

Her reply did not surprise me, instead it jolted me to a realisation. Today, we are free to work wherever we want and wear whatever we want. We can travel the world and live in different geographies. We can date and choose to opt out of a marriage. We have seats reserved for us in trains and busses and metros. Quotas and reservations in schools and colleges. Organisations want diversity.

So is that what we call ‘freedom’. Is that what we have strived for?

Alas! I beg to differ.

The employment opportunities have increased manifold but the glass ceiling still exists. We can carry off that pretty dress but embracing it without experiencing the discomfort of the constant ogling in public still seems like a distant dream. Taking autos with the drivers adjusting the mirror, makes reaching the destination the least of our concerns. We don’t live with deadlines but can we stay out late without giving our parents a heart attack. Think!

After being brought up by the strongest woman I have known and witnessing the sexist world around I thought my journey would be different since I belong to a new generation. But what can I say? I’m not so sure now that I contemplate.

Is it our fear that stops us from breaking off? Or our parents who protect the daughters instead of empowering their sons?  Is it the administration that’s crippling us with all apportionment?

So many questions but the answer remains the same.

You are responsible.

I don’t want this piece to be another sob story about the mistreatment of women in our society because I have witnessed some ladies breaking barriers like no other.

The women I am talking about aren’t CEO’s of big multinational firms or some political leaders. These are the women I grew up with.

The ‘kaku’ who took care of 10 other children so she could provide for her own. The ‘didi’ who did household chores for 10 hours straight to make sure her children had a better future. The tutor who’s constant cajoling and hard work made sure her students did well while giving moral lessons. My school teacher whose motivational talks resonate in my head every time I want to give up. And at last but not the least my ‘aaji’ who raised the most amazing woman in my life. Her values and principles made us what we are.

These women inspired a timid reserved girl and made her capable of facing the world with full throttle.

Not afraid of breaking the barriers and questioning the norms or competing with the men to break the gender prejudice.

I believe now it’s time to take our previous generations efforts forward to improve and take what we are worth. They took the veil off, it’s about time we all do

 

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Ankita Kamble is a student of the Class of 2018 at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. She completed her B.E. in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai and has a prior work experience with Tata Consultancy Services.
 
At present, Ankita is an active member of E-club, the entrepreneurship club. of SJMSOM. She also actively co-ordinates the activities of SOMskriti, the cult club of SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

 

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“Ten Reasons For Choosing MBA In IITs”- Ibrahim Katthawala, SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

Aunty: “Beta, what are you currently doing?”

Me: “I am pursuing my MBA from IIT Bombay”

Aunty: “MBA from IIT, but waha to khaali engineering hoti h na

Me:

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Barring the occasional taunts from aunties, doing your MBA from an IIT, especially one like IIT Bombay, can potentially turn out to be one of the best decisions of your life. Here are 10 reasons why,

1)      The campusInsanely beautiful, huge, and lush green campuses. During the rainy season IIT Bombay’s campus is akin to heaven itself.

2)      The infrastructure – Almost everything here is state of the art and well maintained. Be it the classrooms, the hostels, lecture halls (which are countless, by the way), the auditoriums, or the sports facilities, all are fully equipped and in top shape.

3)      The culturals – There is, in fact, no limit to the extent of cultural involvement one can partake in an IIT, from the inter PG cultural festivals to the inter-IIT culturals. The scale is so huge that almost everyone can participate.

4)      Sports – IITs have some of the most awesome sports infrastructure. The cricket ground in IIT-Madras has been described by Sachin Tendulkar as the most scenic ground he has played in. IIT Bombay has facilities/ courts for cricket, football, badminton, lawn tennis, squash, swimming, basketball, volleyball, athletics, hockey, and more. Preparing for an inter-IIT tournament feels like participating in a national tournament.

5)      Networking – Most of the unicorn start-ups have IITians as their founders/co-founders. You get to be amongst and network with some of the most amazing minds in the country.

6)      Incubation – All the old IITs have an incubation centre. IIT Bombay’s incubation centre SINE is one the oldest and most renowned incubators in India, which as of now, allows only students and alumni of IIT Bombay to get incubated.

7)      Festivals – No matter how big, even the biggest B-school fest is nowhere near an average engineering college fest. This is where IITs take the cake, with some of the largest festivals. You can even become a part of the management of such fest. In fact, even I am a part of the E-summit, which hosts Asia’s largest B-Plan competition and has an amazing speaker line-up year on year. Then there’s, Mood Indigo, Asia’s largest cultural festival, ‘nuff said.

8)      Extra-curriculars – IITs are some of the most happening places. There is always something or the other going on. On one hand, there would be a session on photography techniques going on, while in the next hall, a distinguished panel of speakers would be discussing the impact of demonetisation. The next day a classical musician would be coming to play while a boxing camp would be starting off in the gymkhana. There are infy (IIT lingo) no. of activities and clubs like Energy Club, Social Activities Body, Literary Club, mountaineering club, all of which you can become a part of, you just need to be passionate enough to take time out of your hectic MBA schedule for those.

9)      Faculty – Since this is the part in which the least people are interested, I’ve kept it last, but seriously though the criteria for faculty intake in IITS are so stringent that even the best have trouble securing a position. This leads to an awesome pool of faculties with some amazing research to their name.

10)   Batch Strength – With the IIMs and even others upping their intakes to more than 400 a batch, and sharing their faculty with the new IIMs on top of that, they fall a long way short of the 1:10 prescribed faculty ratio. Since IITs have a low batch strength from the beginning, they have more than enough faculty members to pay individual attention to each student. E.g. in SJMSOM the no. of students is less than 230 while there are 24 dedicated faculties with even more visiting professors.

These are just some of the many perks of doing your MBA from IIT. In the end, as with every other college, it’s what you do with the resources in front of you that matters the most.

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From Tinkly-Eyed Girl To A Confident Woman – Nandita Sugandhi – SJMSOM – Celebrating Womanhood On InsideIIM

This woman’s day, a huge realisation struck me. My experiences and my endeavours to try to enter the corporate world have matured me a lot. I am no longer the twinkly-eyed girl that I used to be, but I have grown to be a much more confident woman. Of course, this is just the beginning of my journey, and there is never an end to it. But it has been beautiful however it has been, and it feels empowering to share these experiences.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

 With my Dad being in a job subjected to a lot of transfers, I have quite a diverse school experience. But I was fortunate enough to find my high school being the same where I had studied in my childhood. I rediscovered my old friends. And I made many new ones, in fact even my bestie. To be honest, I had always felt more comfortable in the company of boys as they are always more candid. Girls care a lot and so they hide their feelings, unfortunately, a situation that I wish didn’t exist. Though I myself tend to do the same :p

But my time spent with my best friend, Harsh, opened me up as a person from being horribly shy to a little more carefree and open to accept life. A part of the confidence instilled in me is due thanks to him! We are still the bestest of friends even after 8 years. It is true, friends made in High School will last you for a lifetime.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

 Call me vain, but I am an extreme shopaholic. If money was no object, I would probably shop all day long. Keep buying dresses, giving business to everyone who comes my way (wink wink) and give the most indulgent of indulgers a run for their money.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

 An advice that I would give to a 5 year younger me, would be to take decisions carefully. Trust in myself and take a leap of faith. That I am capable of much more than I think.

 

How do you think women are better equipped to deal with problems as compared to men?

Honestly, I don’t think gender plays a role in any way to define one’s capability to deal with problems. It is the experiences and the very definition of an individual that qualifies them for being better. Usually, men are sturdier and can take decisions stoically, whereas women bring unseen perspective and a caring touch to their decisions. Both approaches are better suited for different kinds of decisions. So, being better equipped with respect to problem-solving skills because of someone’s gender is something that I can’t comprehend.

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

It is indeed true that a lot of B-Schools offer extra points for being a woman. In a fair society, I would be completely against this decision. After all, these coveted institutions need the best candidates and not a certain gender. But it is also true that the society is not as fair as we would want it to be. Extra points for being a girl is an ugly necessity to promote girls to study, especially when it goes for higher education. Though my personal take is that lower fees for girls would encourage parents to send their girls to study higher as it will promise a better RoI.

As for the backlash of these extra points, we girls experience them all the time. We sometimes feel like we are a part of forced gender equality. We are under pressure to perform as good as our male counterparts, and sometimes even surpass them to prove our worth. Because this system has created a perception that whatever girls achieve, it is due to the merit of their gender and not their own talent. I wish the world understood, how much it undermines our respect and self – confidence. We wish to be treated as equals, we don’t want special treatment.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

Oh, it is one thing for which an opposite question should be asked. We rarely get told that we could, and only we could do something, just because we are women. For me, the choice of being a Civil Engineer itself was frowned upon, a field heavily dominated by males. I hope that I proved the questioning minds wrong by successfully and diligently completing 7 months of internship on the field.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

If I am out on a date, I would love to pay for myself. In fact, it is better that if I am in a relationship, the dates should be paid for by both, alternatively if possible. This actually gives you turns to take your partner out on a date. I hope if I propose this to my date, he would not object. I would like to pamper him as much as I would like to be pampered myself. And of course, I am expecting a positive reaction.

I loved to give you a glimpse of what defined me as a woman. I hope that a lot of others out there can relate to what I meant. Just a message for you girls – “The world is out there for you. All you need to do is go own it!’

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This woman’s day, a huge realisation struck me. My experiences and my endeavours to try to enter the corporate world have matured me a lot. I am no longer the twinkly-eyed girl that I used to be, but I have grown to be a much more confident woman. Of course, this is just the beginning of my journey, and there is never an end to it. But it has been beautiful however it has been, and it feels empowering to share these experiences.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

 With my Dad being in a job subjected to a lot of transfers, I have quite a diverse school experience. But I was fortunate enough to find my high school being the same where I had studied in my childhood. I rediscovered my old friends. And I made many new ones, in fact even my bestie. To be honest, I had always felt more comfortable in the company of boys as they are always more candid. Girls care a lot and so they hide their feelings, unfortunately, a situation that I wish didn’t exist. Though I myself tend to do the same :p

But my time spent with my best friend, Harsh, opened me up as a person from being horribly shy to a little more carefree and open to accept life. A part of the confidence instilled in me is due thanks to him! We are still the bestest of friends even after 8 years. It is true, friends made in High School will last you for a lifetime.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

 Call me vain, but I am an extreme shopaholic. If money was no object, I would probably shop all day long. Keep buying dresses, giving business to everyone who comes my way (wink wink) and give the most indulgent of indulgers a run for their money.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

 An advice that I would give to a 5 year younger me, would be to take decisions carefully. Trust in myself and take a leap of faith. That I am capable of much more than I think.

 

How do you think women are better equipped to deal with problems as compared to men?

Honestly, I don’t think gender plays a role in any way to define one’s capability to deal with problems. It is the experiences and the very definition of an individual that qualifies them for being better. Usually, men are sturdier and can take decisions stoically, whereas women bring unseen perspective and a caring touch to their decisions. Both approaches are better suited for different kinds of decisions. So, being better equipped with respect to problem-solving skills because of someone’s gender is something that I can’t comprehend.

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

It is indeed true that a lot of B-Schools offer extra points for being a woman. In a fair society, I would be completely against this decision. After all, these coveted institutions need the best candidates and not a certain gender. But it is also true that the society is not as fair as we would want it to be. Extra points for being a girl is an ugly necessity to promote girls to study, especially when it goes for higher education. Though my personal take is that lower fees for girls would encourage parents to send their girls to study higher as it will promise a better RoI.

As for the backlash of these extra points, we girls experience them all the time. We sometimes feel like we are a part of forced gender equality. We are under pressure to perform as good as our male counterparts, and sometimes even surpass them to prove our worth. Because this system has created a perception that whatever girls achieve, it is due to the merit of their gender and not their own talent. I wish the world understood, how much it undermines our respect and self – confidence. We wish to be treated as equals, we don’t want special treatment.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

Oh, it is one thing for which an opposite question should be asked. We rarely get told that we could, and only we could do something, just because we are women. For me, the choice of being a Civil Engineer itself was frowned upon, a field heavily dominated by males. I hope that I proved the questioning minds wrong by successfully and diligently completing 7 months of internship on the field.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

If I am out on a date, I would love to pay for myself. In fact, it is better that if I am in a relationship, the dates should be paid for by both, alternatively if possible. This actually gives you turns to take your partner out on a date. I hope if I propose this to my date, he would not object. I would like to pamper him as much as I would like to be pampered myself. And of course, I am expecting a positive reaction.

I loved to give you a glimpse of what defined me as a woman. I hope that a lot of others out there can relate to what I meant. Just a message for you girls – “The world is out there for you. All you need to do is go own it!’

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This woman’s day, a huge realisation struck me. My experiences and my endeavours to try to enter the corporate world have matured me a lot. I am no longer the twinkly-eyed girl that I used to be, but I have grown to be a much more confident woman. Of course, this is just the beginning of my journey, and there is never an end to it. But it has been beautiful however it has been, and it feels empowering to share these experiences.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

 With my Dad being in a job subjected to a lot of transfers, I have quite a diverse school experience. But I was fortunate enough to find my high school being the same where I had studied in my childhood. I rediscovered my old friends. And I made many new ones, in fact even my bestie. To be honest, I had always felt more comfortable in the company of boys as they are always more candid. Girls care a lot and so they hide their feelings, unfortunately, a situation that I wish didn’t exist. Though I myself tend to do the same :p

But my time spent with my best friend, Harsh, opened me up as a person from being horribly shy to a little more carefree and open to accept life. A part of the confidence instilled in me is due thanks to him! We are still the bestest of friends even after 8 years. It is true, friends made in High School will last you for a lifetime.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

 Call me vain, but I am an extreme shopaholic. If money was no object, I would probably shop all day long. Keep buying dresses, giving business to everyone who comes my way (wink wink) and give the most indulgent of indulgers a run for their money.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

 An advice that I would give to a 5 year younger me, would be to take decisions carefully. Trust in myself and take a leap of faith. That I am capable of much more than I think.

 

How do you think women are better equipped to deal with problems as compared to men?

Honestly, I don’t think gender plays a role in any way to define one’s capability to deal with problems. It is the experiences and the very definition of an individual that qualifies them for being better. Usually, men are sturdier and can take decisions stoically, whereas women bring unseen perspective and a caring touch to their decisions. Both approaches are better suited for different kinds of decisions. So, being better equipped with respect to problem-solving skills because of someone’s gender is something that I can’t comprehend.

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

It is indeed true that a lot of B-Schools offer extra points for being a woman. In a fair society, I would be completely against this decision. After all, these coveted institutions need the best candidates and not a certain gender. But it is also true that the society is not as fair as we would want it to be. Extra points for being a girl is an ugly necessity to promote girls to study, especially when it goes for higher education. Though my personal take is that lower fees for girls would encourage parents to send their girls to study higher as it will promise a better RoI.

As for the backlash of these extra points, we girls experience them all the time. We sometimes feel like we are a part of forced gender equality. We are under pressure to perform as good as our male counterparts, and sometimes even surpass them to prove our worth. Because this system has created a perception that whatever girls achieve, it is due to the merit of their gender and not their own talent. I wish the world understood, how much it undermines our respect and self – confidence. We wish to be treated as equals, we don’t want special treatment.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

Oh, it is one thing for which an opposite question should be asked. We rarely get told that we could, and only we could do something, just because we are women. For me, the choice of being a Civil Engineer itself was frowned upon, a field heavily dominated by males. I hope that I proved the questioning minds wrong by successfully and diligently completing 7 months of internship on the field.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

If I am out on a date, I would love to pay for myself. In fact, it is better that if I am in a relationship, the dates should be paid for by both, alternatively if possible. This actually gives you turns to take your partner out on a date. I hope if I propose this to my date, he would not object. I would like to pamper him as much as I would like to be pampered myself. And of course, I am expecting a positive reaction.

I loved to give you a glimpse of what defined me as a woman. I hope that a lot of others out there can relate to what I meant. Just a message for you girls – “The world is out there for you. All you need to do is go own it!’

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This woman’s day, a huge realisation struck me. My experiences and my endeavours to try to enter the corporate world have matured me a lot. I am no longer the twinkly-eyed girl that I used to be, but I have grown to be a much more confident woman. Of course, this is just the beginning of my journey, and there is never an end to it. But it has been beautiful however it has been, and it feels empowering to share these experiences.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

 With my Dad being in a job subjected to a lot of transfers, I have quite a diverse school experience. But I was fortunate enough to find my high school being the same where I had studied in my childhood. I rediscovered my old friends. And I made many new ones, in fact even my bestie. To be honest, I had always felt more comfortable in the company of boys as they are always more candid. Girls care a lot and so they hide their feelings, unfortunately, a situation that I wish didn’t exist. Though I myself tend to do the same :p

But my time spent with my best friend, Harsh, opened me up as a person from being horribly shy to a little more carefree and open to accept life. A part of the confidence instilled in me is due thanks to him! We are still the bestest of friends even after 8 years. It is true, friends made in High School will last you for a lifetime.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

 Call me vain, but I am an extreme shopaholic. If money was no object, I would probably shop all day long. Keep buying dresses, giving business to everyone who comes my way (wink wink) and give the most indulgent of indulgers a run for their money.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

 An advice that I would give to a 5 year younger me, would be to take decisions carefully. Trust in myself and take a leap of faith. That I am capable of much more than I think.

 

How do you think women are better equipped to deal with problems as compared to men?

Honestly, I don’t think gender plays a role in any way to define one’s capability to deal with problems. It is the experiences and the very definition of an individual that qualifies them for being better. Usually, men are sturdier and can take decisions stoically, whereas women bring unseen perspective and a caring touch to their decisions. Both approaches are better suited for different kinds of decisions. So, being better equipped with respect to problem-solving skills because of someone’s gender is something that I can’t comprehend.

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

It is indeed true that a lot of B-Schools offer extra points for being a woman. In a fair society, I would be completely against this decision. After all, these coveted institutions need the best candidates and not a certain gender. But it is also true that the society is not as fair as we would want it to be. Extra points for being a girl is an ugly necessity to promote girls to study, especially when it goes for higher education. Though my personal take is that lower fees for girls would encourage parents to send their girls to study higher as it will promise a better RoI.

As for the backlash of these extra points, we girls experience them all the time. We sometimes feel like we are a part of forced gender equality. We are under pressure to perform as good as our male counterparts, and sometimes even surpass them to prove our worth. Because this system has created a perception that whatever girls achieve, it is due to the merit of their gender and not their own talent. I wish the world understood, how much it undermines our respect and self – confidence. We wish to be treated as equals, we don’t want special treatment.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

Oh, it is one thing for which an opposite question should be asked. We rarely get told that we could, and only we could do something, just because we are women. For me, the choice of being a Civil Engineer itself was frowned upon, a field heavily dominated by males. I hope that I proved the questioning minds wrong by successfully and diligently completing 7 months of internship on the field.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

If I am out on a date, I would love to pay for myself. In fact, it is better that if I am in a relationship, the dates should be paid for by both, alternatively if possible. This actually gives you turns to take your partner out on a date. I hope if I propose this to my date, he would not object. I would like to pamper him as much as I would like to be pampered myself. And of course, I am expecting a positive reaction.

I loved to give you a glimpse of what defined me as a woman. I hope that a lot of others out there can relate to what I meant. Just a message for you girls – “The world is out there for you. All you need to do is go own it!’

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This woman’s day, a huge realisation struck me. My experiences and my endeavours to try to enter the corporate world have matured me a lot. I am no longer the twinkly-eyed girl that I used to be, but I have grown to be a much more confident woman. Of course, this is just the beginning of my journey, and there is never an end to it. But it has been beautiful however it has been, and it feels empowering to share these experiences.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

 With my Dad being in a job subjected to a lot of transfers, I have quite a diverse school experience. But I was fortunate enough to find my high school being the same where I had studied in my childhood. I rediscovered my old friends. And I made many new ones, in fact even my bestie. To be honest, I had always felt more comfortable in the company of boys as they are always more candid. Girls care a lot and so they hide their feelings, unfortunately, a situation that I wish didn’t exist. Though I myself tend to do the same :p

But my time spent with my best friend, Harsh, opened me up as a person from being horribly shy to a little more carefree and open to accept life. A part of the confidence instilled in me is due thanks to him! We are still the bestest of friends even after 8 years. It is true, friends made in High School will last you for a lifetime.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

 Call me vain, but I am an extreme shopaholic. If money was no object, I would probably shop all day long. Keep buying dresses, giving business to everyone who comes my way (wink wink) and give the most indulgent of indulgers a run for their money.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

 An advice that I would give to a 5 year younger me, would be to take decisions carefully. Trust in myself and take a leap of faith. That I am capable of much more than I think.

 

How do you think women are better equipped to deal with problems as compared to men?

Honestly, I don’t think gender plays a role in any way to define one’s capability to deal with problems. It is the experiences and the very definition of an individual that qualifies them for being better. Usually, men are sturdier and can take decisions stoically, whereas women bring unseen perspective and a caring touch to their decisions. Both approaches are better suited for different kinds of decisions. So, being better equipped with respect to problem-solving skills because of someone’s gender is something that I can’t comprehend.

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

It is indeed true that a lot of B-Schools offer extra points for being a woman. In a fair society, I would be completely against this decision. After all, these coveted institutions need the best candidates and not a certain gender. But it is also true that the society is not as fair as we would want it to be. Extra points for being a girl is an ugly necessity to promote girls to study, especially when it goes for higher education. Though my personal take is that lower fees for girls would encourage parents to send their girls to study higher as it will promise a better RoI.

As for the backlash of these extra points, we girls experience them all the time. We sometimes feel like we are a part of forced gender equality. We are under pressure to perform as good as our male counterparts, and sometimes even surpass them to prove our worth. Because this system has created a perception that whatever girls achieve, it is due to the merit of their gender and not their own talent. I wish the world understood, how much it undermines our respect and self – confidence. We wish to be treated as equals, we don’t want special treatment.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

Oh, it is one thing for which an opposite question should be asked. We rarely get told that we could, and only we could do something, just because we are women. For me, the choice of being a Civil Engineer itself was frowned upon, a field heavily dominated by males. I hope that I proved the questioning minds wrong by successfully and diligently completing 7 months of internship on the field.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

If I am out on a date, I would love to pay for myself. In fact, it is better that if I am in a relationship, the dates should be paid for by both, alternatively if possible. This actually gives you turns to take your partner out on a date. I hope if I propose this to my date, he would not object. I would like to pamper him as much as I would like to be pampered myself. And of course, I am expecting a positive reaction.

I loved to give you a glimpse of what defined me as a woman. I hope that a lot of others out there can relate to what I meant. Just a message for you girls – “The world is out there for you. All you need to do is go own it!’

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This woman’s day, a huge realisation struck me. My experiences and my endeavours to try to enter the corporate world have matured me a lot. I am no longer the twinkly-eyed girl that I used to be, but I have grown to be a much more confident woman. Of course, this is just the beginning of my journey, and there is never an end to it. But it has been beautiful however it has been, and it feels empowering to share these experiences.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

 With my Dad being in a job subjected to a lot of transfers, I have quite a diverse school experience. But I was fortunate enough to find my high school being the same where I had studied in my childhood. I rediscovered my old friends. And I made many new ones, in fact even my bestie. To be honest, I had always felt more comfortable in the company of boys as they are always more candid. Girls care a lot and so they hide their feelings, unfortunately, a situation that I wish didn’t exist. Though I myself tend to do the same :p

But my time spent with my best friend, Harsh, opened me up as a person from being horribly shy to a little more carefree and open to accept life. A part of the confidence instilled in me is due thanks to him! We are still the bestest of friends even after 8 years. It is true, friends made in High School will last you for a lifetime.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

 Call me vain, but I am an extreme shopaholic. If money was no object, I would probably shop all day long. Keep buying dresses, giving business to everyone who comes my way (wink wink) and give the most indulgent of indulgers a run for their money.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

 An advice that I would give to a 5 year younger me, would be to take decisions carefully. Trust in myself and take a leap of faith. That I am capable of much more than I think.

 

How do you think women are better equipped to deal with problems as compared to men?

Honestly, I don’t think gender plays a role in any way to define one’s capability to deal with problems. It is the experiences and the very definition of an individual that qualifies them for being better. Usually, men are sturdier and can take decisions stoically, whereas women bring unseen perspective and a caring touch to their decisions. Both approaches are better suited for different kinds of decisions. So, being better equipped with respect to problem-solving skills because of someone’s gender is something that I can’t comprehend.

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

It is indeed true that a lot of B-Schools offer extra points for being a woman. In a fair society, I would be completely against this decision. After all, these coveted institutions need the best candidates and not a certain gender. But it is also true that the society is not as fair as we would want it to be. Extra points for being a girl is an ugly necessity to promote girls to study, especially when it goes for higher education. Though my personal take is that lower fees for girls would encourage parents to send their girls to study higher as it will promise a better RoI.

As for the backlash of these extra points, we girls experience them all the time. We sometimes feel like we are a part of forced gender equality. We are under pressure to perform as good as our male counterparts, and sometimes even surpass them to prove our worth. Because this system has created a perception that whatever girls achieve, it is due to the merit of their gender and not their own talent. I wish the world understood, how much it undermines our respect and self – confidence. We wish to be treated as equals, we don’t want special treatment.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

Oh, it is one thing for which an opposite question should be asked. We rarely get told that we could, and only we could do something, just because we are women. For me, the choice of being a Civil Engineer itself was frowned upon, a field heavily dominated by males. I hope that I proved the questioning minds wrong by successfully and diligently completing 7 months of internship on the field.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

If I am out on a date, I would love to pay for myself. In fact, it is better that if I am in a relationship, the dates should be paid for by both, alternatively if possible. This actually gives you turns to take your partner out on a date. I hope if I propose this to my date, he would not object. I would like to pamper him as much as I would like to be pampered myself. And of course, I am expecting a positive reaction.

I loved to give you a glimpse of what defined me as a woman. I hope that a lot of others out there can relate to what I meant. Just a message for you girls – “The world is out there for you. All you need to do is go own it!’

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This woman’s day, a huge realisation struck me. My experiences and my endeavours to try to enter the corporate world have matured me a lot. I am no longer the twinkly-eyed girl that I used to be, but I have grown to be a much more confident woman. Of course, this is just the beginning of my journey, and there is never an end to it. But it has been beautiful however it has been, and it feels empowering to share these experiences.

What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?

 With my Dad being in a job subjected to a lot of transfers, I have quite a diverse school experience. But I was fortunate enough to find my high school being the same where I had studied in my childhood. I rediscovered my old friends. And I made many new ones, in fact even my bestie. To be honest, I had always felt more comfortable in the company of boys as they are always more candid. Girls care a lot and so they hide their feelings, unfortunately, a situation that I wish didn’t exist. Though I myself tend to do the same :p

But my time spent with my best friend, Harsh, opened me up as a person from being horribly shy to a little more carefree and open to accept life. A part of the confidence instilled in me is due thanks to him! We are still the bestest of friends even after 8 years. It is true, friends made in High School will last you for a lifetime.

 

If money was no object, what would you do all day?

 Call me vain, but I am an extreme shopaholic. If money was no object, I would probably shop all day long. Keep buying dresses, giving business to everyone who comes my way (wink wink) and give the most indulgent of indulgers a run for their money.

 

What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?

 An advice that I would give to a 5 year younger me, would be to take decisions carefully. Trust in myself and take a leap of faith. That I am capable of much more than I think.

 

How do you think women are better equipped to deal with problems as compared to men?

Honestly, I don’t think gender plays a role in any way to define one’s capability to deal with problems. It is the experiences and the very definition of an individual that qualifies them for being better. Usually, men are sturdier and can take decisions stoically, whereas women bring unseen perspective and a caring touch to their decisions. Both approaches are better suited for different kinds of decisions. So, being better equipped with respect to problem-solving skills because of someone’s gender is something that I can’t comprehend.

 

Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?

It is indeed true that a lot of B-Schools offer extra points for being a woman. In a fair society, I would be completely against this decision. After all, these coveted institutions need the best candidates and not a certain gender. But it is also true that the society is not as fair as we would want it to be. Extra points for being a girl is an ugly necessity to promote girls to study, especially when it goes for higher education. Though my personal take is that lower fees for girls would encourage parents to send their girls to study higher as it will promise a better RoI.

As for the backlash of these extra points, we girls experience them all the time. We sometimes feel like we are a part of forced gender equality. We are under pressure to perform as good as our male counterparts, and sometimes even surpass them to prove our worth. Because this system has created a perception that whatever girls achieve, it is due to the merit of their gender and not their own talent. I wish the world understood, how much it undermines our respect and self – confidence. We wish to be treated as equals, we don’t want special treatment.

 

Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.

Oh, it is one thing for which an opposite question should be asked. We rarely get told that we could, and only we could do something, just because we are women. For me, the choice of being a Civil Engineer itself was frowned upon, a field heavily dominated by males. I hope that I proved the questioning minds wrong by successfully and diligently completing 7 months of internship on the field.

 

If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?

If I am out on a date, I would love to pay for myself. In fact, it is better that if I am in a relationship, the dates should be paid for by both, alternatively if possible. This actually gives you turns to take your partner out on a date. I hope if I propose this to my date, he would not object. I would like to pamper him as much as I would like to be pampered myself. And of course, I am expecting a positive reaction.

I loved to give you a glimpse of what defined me as a woman. I hope that a lot of others out there can relate to what I meant. Just a message for you girls – “The world is out there for you. All you need to do is go own it!’

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