IIM Shillong – A Memorable Trip To Sustainability Trek

It’s been 1 year in the beautiful campus of IIM Shillong, the campus in clouds but it seems as if it was yesterday only when we came here for the first time, the time has just flown. Though the whole journey will be cherished all my life the most memorable one would be of sustainability trek.  All the students were taken on the trek of 1 day as a part of foundation course at IIM Shillong which also makes it a unique attribute of this campus as no other institute takes their student for any kind of trek. It was a privilege for me to be a part of it and being able to witness the natural beauty so closely. Truly it was the best experience of my life.

The day started with a walk to the sacred forest of Mawphlang, and I was witnessing a beautiful forest with different shades of green. We were divided into small groups of 20 with 1 guide in each group. The guide shared the stories about their ancestors and the rituals they used to perform in the forest and the belief they hold for the forest and how they preserve this beauty. We were also shown mushrooms and various medicinal plants which includes plants that cure cancer and reduce blood cholesterol. Knowing about this was very enlightening. There was beauty everywhere filled with a picturesque view everywhere, I wanted to capture each view of the place in my camera but realizing that you cannot capture the real beauty in the camera it can only be felt.  After a long walk, we did lunch beside the river Umiew which means “flood of tears”. Sitting there having lunch and enjoying the beautiful scenes everywhere with nothing else in mind was a spiritual experience.

After lunch, we started our journey again realizing after a while that our group has lost its way, and no one knows the route back. So, we kept on walking taking help from locals who were very friendly and helpful meanwhile enjoying the picturesque scenes. To make it more wonderful it also started to drizzle. Speaking with each other about how we tend to neglect the nature and its beauty in our day to day life we, at last, reached our destination. We all became very happy when we saw the buses realizing that we have reached safely but also became a little sad as the beautiful journey got over. I would cherish this trek all my life and will always remember the lessons learned and experience encountered during the trek. Nature teaches us to live in harmony, peace, and balance. It also teaches us discipline and creativity. One’s reception power of knowledge and ideas are magnified to a large extent if one is tuned with nature.

Coming to Aditya Birla Group, I would like to join Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (AB FRL), as this sector is one of the most sought and lucrative ones when it comes to marketing and it is expanding whether it is online or offline medium. Also, I am a huge fan of all the brands with which ABFRL is associated.  As I would like to pursue my career in marketing domain ABG would be the great place, to begin with.


Shikha Bangeria

PGP 2nd Year

IIM Shillong

IIM Shillong Placement Committee

Placement Committee of IIM Shillong