IIM Shillong – A Memorable Classroom Experience In My B-School

Every class brings with its own share of memories, some were so good that you wished that the class didn’t stop and there were few classes where we felt that the time had taken a standstill and it was like slow poison. But as someone said, you value the good things only when you experience the bad ones. I agree with the point in full. The prospect of studying again after 3 years in corporate life was a daunting task, where I had to fight all my inner demons and face it with a smile on my face. Everyone says placement season is the toughest but for me, the first trimester was the litmus test and life has been smoother ever since even with the ups and downs of SIP processes, maybe because I got used to the flow. The two subjects which I made a point to attend were the Behaviour Science and Self Leadership & Communication even when the faculties were not too fussy about the attendance. What made it special? Was it the faculty who forced us to think deep and challenge our own thoughts and perceptions or the fruitful discussions ranging from the silliest of topics to ethical and moral dilemmas? Many people question what’s requirement of such subjects, but when we work in industry and confronted with such situations, we realise the importance. It helped me to transform as an individual and the ability to look from different perspectives. One memorable experience is the final class where the faculty requested to tell the stories of their lives, whatever you think is important. It will not go out of the room and no further discussions on it. The respect and love for our faculty, the trust of our classmates on the batch was showcased on that morning. There were stories which moved people, internal struggles they had to fight, some nostalgic moments. In the end, most of us had moist eyes. No one did it to gain any sympathy or to shine in front of everyone but it was a symbol of their victory with the circumstances and showcase of their inner strength. The people with smiles on their face have been through the toughest of circumstances and conquered it all. It showed the large-heartedness of the batch to share their stories. This experience will live with me forever because it made me realise that you should never judge a book by its cover as we can never know what a person has been through. So, respect the differences and march on together to the goal ahead.


The ABG Company which I would like to work for is Birla Cellulose which deals in the textile domain. The reason for choosing this is that it is the world’s largest producer of Viscose and deals with all the players in the supply chain from start to end. It provides the exposure of dealing with clients, suppliers in different countries, the different processes involved in it, understand the value model of business, realise the business potential in the market  and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people with a dying craft at the lower end of spectrum in this business.


Harish Nair

PGP 2nd Year

IIM Shillong

IIM Shillong Placement Committee

Placement Committee of IIM Shillong