One of the perks of being at IIM Shillong is the number of Treks one can pursue. You just have to travel a few kilometers, and you are in the lush green mountains. To make things even sweeter, one of the treks is organized by our faculty, and it has become an integral part of the Sustainability course that every student studies in IIM Shillong. I still remember the day when we went on the sustainability trek as it was one of the most memorable days in my B-School journey.
It has been rightly said that once you really understand the value of something you realize how important it is to protect it from being destroyed. For five days, we had learned about sustainability, but that was through lectures, books, and presentations. On 9th July 2017, we understood how important sustainability is and how essential it is to act immediately.
The trip started with the visit to the Mawphlang Sacred Forest. We were mesmerized by the scenic beauty. We were introduced to our guide, and then we made a team of 15-20 people and started our trek into the beautiful forest. Our guide told us the story of the sacred groves, the two deities, and their customs and tradition. The traditions and rituals of the Khasi people were explained to us. We saw how beautiful the forest was and how some of the trees and plants there were helpful in the field of medicine. I learned how important our traditions are and how important it is to preserve our culture. The people there followed their culture and traditions that is why they could maintain their forest.
The next place we visited was the Mawphlang Dam. This place represented the economic aspect of sustainability. The Dam was an example of how modernization and development can coexist with the environment. Without growth, any society with fall behind. Thus, development is important for survival for any society. The Mawphlang Dam is a hydroelectric source of electricity production. The Dam provides electricity to many parts of Meghalaya. Apart from its economic use, it is also a place for tourists to visit.
The last stop to our excursion was the four-hour trek in the mountains of Lingyong. Before starting our trek, we sat beside a river and had our lunch. The lunch was amazing because of the weather and the place we were sitting. During the trek, we saw some of the most beautiful scenes that we have ever seen in our lives. The reason why everything was so beautiful was that it was untouched by mankind. There were no businesses, industries to spoil the entire area. It was a true testament to the fact when nature is left to itself it shows its true beauty. I realized that this was one of the most beautiful and peaceful places.
In the end, we had to return, and I was a little gloomy because I wanted to spend more time in the peaceful environment. It was one of the most peaceful days in my life.
PGP 2nd Year