IIM Shillong – A Beatboxer, A Pharmacist, And A Mariner Walk Into A B-School

Imagine walking into a classroom, barely awake, dreading the early morning lecture when you catch sight of a Kathak dancer patiently (and gracefully, of course) reiterating the Golden Rules of Accounting to a Food Technology engineer.

Welcome to IIM Shillong, where the batch of 2020 is as diverse as the range of spices sold in the local Khasi markets. From a graphic designer to a Mariner with an engineering in naval architecture, from residents of Jammu and Kashmir to Port Blair, this batch indeed spans the cultural, educational, and geographical lengths of India.

Let me introduce you to a few of my most interesting batchmates starting with Trisha, the aforementioned Kathak dancer with the poise of a gazelle and wits of a cheetah. Trisha has previously worked in a backend investment banking role and aims to use the skills learned at IIM Shillong to eventually open a dance institute. Her dream is to incorporate the peer learning and guest faculty culture of a management institute into a national Gurukul open to dancers across disciplines.

Enter Sambhid, who walks around with a devil-may-care attitude but is actually an angel in disguise. You’ll root for this Chemistry graduate and food truck owner too when you hear him narrate the tale of how he left his corporate job to work on his social entrepreneurial venture.

We’ve all heard that a B-school experience involves plenty peer learning, but did you ever think you’d learn why a simple paracetamol does the trick after an all-nighter when Crocin can’t? That’s where the Pharmacy graduate, Ritika steps in. Using her knowledge about the synthesis and composition of complex drugs coupled with the management acumen developed at IIM Shillong, Ritika will take on the world of marketing pharmaceuticals directly to doctors.

Then there’s Kanika, known to most of her batchmates as the dancer who made our jaws hit the floor. However, dig deeper and you’ll find a Food Tech engineer raring to leave her mark on the world with a new age food revolution driven by the managerial skills she picks up at IIM Shillong. Her pet peeve is when people assume her course is better suited for females and includes plenty of cooking. “We’re not chefs, we’re not concerned about the taste,” she says as she details the thermodynamic analysis of packaging food.

It is mandatory for a college to have a guitarist to steal the limelight at every party, but IIM Shillong’s batch of 2020 has a beatboxer. The batch’s first memory of Anjanay is of him teaching us the tricks of his trade using nothing but “Boots and Cats”. The certificate holder from Trinity College of London plans to combine his passion for music with a B-school experience to set up music studios across the country.

Gone are the days of management institutes accepting students with a similar set of skills. As organisations grow more complex, IIM Shillong leads the path of preparing future managers that will each bring something new to the table.


Which ABG company would you like to work for and why?

Given the opportunity, I would like to work for Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited since retail is one of the most challenging and fast paced spaces in a market like India. ABFRL’s continuous expansion through e-commerce as well as brick and mortar stores will allow me to grow and contribute on several fronts. I believe working on marketing brands like Forever 21 and Allen Solly to the Indian youth will be the ideal task for me, given my experience in generating youth-related campaigns for brands like MTV while working with a pan-Delhi University student newsletter.


Vani Vivek

PGP 1st year

IIM Shillong


IIM Shillong Placement Committee

Placement Committee of IIM Shillong