IIM Shillong – The One On Trekking
At 5 am on one of the most beautiful days in July, the alarm tries wakes you up. But you are struggling very hard to wake up as it is a beautiful and cool morning and you have just slept for about 4 hours. The day promises an adventure as your “Sustainability Week” is coming to an end with a spectacular promised “Sustainable Trek”.
Within half an hour more than 8 buses leave the campus to outskirts of the city at strategically located places including a forest, dam and a long trek more than 5 kms long. We reached the required forest within the first hour. The first thing available at the start of the forest visit was the breakfast for all the students. During the visit to the forest, we came across small streams, path untraveled and even ropes where we had a merry time and even travelled like Tarzan. We saw the places where the local tribesmen would sacrifice animals for their ritual along with a warning not to take anything out of the forest or be cursed. It was definitely an advice which was followed by all the students diligently. The forest was named as “The Sacred Mawplong Forest”.
The next stop of the bus was the first hydropower project in the state of Meghalaya. The approach road to the dam was very narrow and the most important thing on everyone’s mind was to safely reach the dam. But the drivers were all highly professional and trained and had experience driving in such conditions certainly helped. We visited all the most intricated places in the dam without any hindrance. This was the place with the most number of pictures.
The last was a long trek up the mountain. We had to cross one very large and fierce river before reaching the place where lunch was served. After lunch, we started our trek reaching the top of the summit within 2 hours. We stayed at the summit for a few hours and then started our trek back. There were less than 5 guides among 180 people but luckily everybody was able to tread the correct path to the buses. The trek down was exceptionally beautiful as it covered the back side of the mountain with some rivulets and we had to protect ourselves from snakes and other wild animals. Luckily, we arrived at the point before time.
We eventually started India’s favourite pastime ‘Cricket’ for a good few hours before heading back. It was an exceptionally beautiful journey and one of the deepest sleep that I have enjoyed for more than a few years. Such experiences are not possible in any other campuses in the world.
Which ABG company would you want to work for and why?
I would like to work with Hindalco-Almex Aerospace Limited as it is focused on manufacturing components for Aerospace industry. As I am deeply interested in Defense and Aerospace sector, I have studied the business models of major companies in this sector. I believe that Aerospace and Defense will be one of the largest driving forces for India in the coming years. By creating components in this segment, the company is uniquely placed to capture value that is arising out of Defense Offsets contract and the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the company. Working with HAAL would be a unique confluence of my interests and company value proposition.
Sugandhi Anurag Deepak
PGP 2nd Year