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Friday, November 30, 2018

Why I found writing ‘hard’?

  -Himanshu Ghongade

I guess, it’s almost been two months now, that my colleague Nimisha asked me to write some content for her blog. She used to give me deadlines and I’d always end-up asking for some more time. In fact, later she freed me from writing on any topic and asked me to write on whatever interests me, but I still found it hard to write on something.

 I find it hard for many people to write on anything, even during their exam-time. But what exactly makes writing so difficult? Just jotting-down some random words on a piece of paper is easy. What makes it difficult is trying to convey the essence of your thoughts through those words. When I find writing to be tough, there is this one thought that runs at the back of my mind- “these words are not the best expression of my views.” And then I remove those words because they don’t sound the way, I want them to. At the end, I get back to square-one, staring at the blinking cursor of the Microsoft Word on a blank white-page.

People follow different approaches of writing. For me, writing is a process that has two-stages:

  •      Acknowledge, which exactly is the idea that I want to convey out of the million thoughts that always pop-up in my mind, some of them not even having a life-cycle of a few seconds.
  •         Communicate those ideas in a clear manner and making it interesting to stimulate the emotions of the readers.

These points may sound obvious. But why do people find it tedious to follow these steps? One reason, I feel responsible for it, is the lack of clarity of thought. If the writer himself is not clear with the idea that he intends to convey, how will he communicate that idea with the folks?

I think many people directly jump to the process of expressing their ideas to others without structuring them and then try hard to present them in an engaging fashion. Instead of that, they should try to clarify their own ideas and put them on paper in whatever way it turns out to be, without bothering about how they look. So, if you spend more time thinking about the presentation of the content, you will find that much less time is left thinking about the actual content. Thus, the idea behind paying more attention towards the ideas that run through your consciousness is that you forget about presentation for the time being, so that more focus can be laid on the ideas that have to be expressed.

Finally, I feel that the toughest part of the entire writing process is to get those initial words on a blank page. Once you surf through the scribbling process, it becomes easy to convert that messy write-up into an expressive and engaging content. It is also vital to accept that the first draft will unlikely be perfect.

At this point of time, I’m reminded of the following words of Sidney Sheldon-

            "A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God."


Monday, November 19, 2018


- Aritra Bose

Life is measured by moments and achievements; Man’s worth is not measured in his longevity. Time flies, it waits for none. Every moment in this life is different from the previous one. Man was the creator of civilizations . From the beginning of time it is established that “a man may die but his story remains; stories about his victories are talked about even after thousands of years,
and the world remembers his name.” We may die young but our deeds(good or bad) remain, with it our name remain.

Age is no criterion for meaning of life. It is the actions which make us immortal. Jimi Hendrix was an American guitarist,songwriter,producer. Hendrix is a legend in the history of music. Hendrix created brilliant music with lyrics and is loved and listened to by music enthusiasts even after 48 years of his death.We all have aims in life but the fulfilment of those depends on our deeds.He had inspired many people to learn and play the guitar.He was 26 years old at the time of his Death. Deeds are not just good or bad. They are actions of a an individual that create a difference and makes them immortal. Greek Mythological Hero,Achilles is an immortal of such kind.His major feat is slaying of the Trojan prince Hector,which ultimately turned the war in the favour of the Greeks. He was killed in the war with an arrow shot to his heel.His name and story have been passed from one generation to another.Indian freedom fighters namely Bhaghat Singh,Khudhiram Bose all died young in their fight for our freedom.To us they are heroes and Olympians whose names has been engraved deeply in the sands of time. It’s often said that one’s must be able to protect oneself with a pen not with a gun, Anne Frank and her diary made us believe in this. By writing her famous diary,she helped the world understand that the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust had faces,personalities & lives.
She is termed the "human face of the Holocaust".

She helped to educate people that the Holocaust did happen, and it was a horrible thing. Without her help, the world would never know the intensity of the pain caused during this time.Her deeds opened our eyes to the sufferings of the people during the second world war which killed 60 million people.
Life is measured in quality and not in quantity.

Everyone prays for a long life but ultimately it is a discretionary gift from the Almighty. There are many who have lived long enough and devoted their lives to great causes and became immortal. Mother Teresa had devoted her life to the poor and the needy. She is no more but she is immortal. Hence the saying, “We live in deeds, not in years,” is proven to be true. The children’s home at Missionaries of Charity gave waif children a second chance to life. Some great people in history died young and unexpectedly, while others lived long and yet nobody remembers them. One should have a defined purpose, purpose is questioned at the thought “Am I born just to die?” A dog has a short life but it leaves a permanent paw print in our heart. His deeds make us laugh and smile. In the end he leaves us teaching us the real meaning of companionship for the rest of our lives. Life is all about having a great story to tell at the end of it.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

-Nimisha Sharma

IMI Bhubaneswar witnessed a landmark celebration, the 6th Annual Convocation on its magnificent campus on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The PGDM 2016-18 and PGDM (Part Time) 2014-17 batch of IMI-B were conferred upon the Post Graduate Diploma In Management.  Mr. T.V. Narendran the Global CEO and Managing Director of TATA Steel Limited delivered the convocation Speech as the Chief Guest of the event.

The convocation began with a majestic and grand academic procession leading towards the Convocation Hall. The ceremony was declared open by Mr. V C Agarwal, Group President HR and Management Board Member- RP Sanjeev Goenka Group, after the lighting of the lamp.

Mr. T.V. Narendran, the Honourable Chief Guest, presented the Gold Medal to Chandrapati Sesha Sai Padmakanth and Silver Medal to Paridhi Sharma for their outstanding performance in the PGDM batch 2016-18. Sudakshina Mukherji got Dr. Rama Prasad Goenka ‘Best Student Medal’ and Rishi Rajeev Jain received the Director’s medal for overall contribution to the institute. Professor Himadri Das, Director General of IMI Delhi awarded the certificates to the top five students of PGDM 2016-18 batch.

Mr. T.V. Narendran in the Convocation speech foremost congratulated the PGDM 2016-18 batch for conferring the degrees. He began his speech in a nostalgic timbre quoting “A lot has changed”. The world has changed a lot and only a person, who was born in 1970’s can discern it. He doesn’t feel shoddy about the change but he is happy, how the world is getting quicker and better day by day. He highlighted on four things which are important to be kept in mind while entering into the corporate world. The first one is Technology- The nature of competition is going so aggressive that the industry is getting disturbed, it is changing hastily. The second point is about sustainability, of how an investor’s opinion is associated with environmental factors. The third point he talked about was of inequality. How tough decisions get hamper due to GDP growth, inequality in terms of salaries and more factors. The last but not the least point is the dynamics of geopolitics. New complexities, new outcomes, economic deficits effect the strategies of the company. He ended his speech by saying- “Enjoy what you love and then nobody will ever be able to beat you “.

Director, Professor Ramesh Behl thanked more than 400 guests including the IMI-B family, students and the parents for making the graduating batch a successful reality. He highlighted the year’s achievements by the students and faculties in the field of Research Papers, Journals and Conferences. He also told about the new concept of Flexi Course which has been launched for the PGDM students, so that they can bridge the gap between the corporate world and theoretical learning.

The key learnings of professional carrer were addressed by Mr. V C Agarwal, Group President HR and Management Board Member- RP Sanjeev Goenka Group. The key to live is not to carry baggage of the past to get a long term success. He also shared some valuable thoughts and aspects on the positives and negatives of the life.

The Mr. V C Agarwal, Group President HR and Management Board Member- RP Sanjeev Goenka Group thereafter declared the convocation closed, to proceed with the Convocation procession followed by the National Song sung by the students and audience of the event.

The propitious day will forever be etched in IMI-B family and guests enjoyed a lavish lunch hosted to mark this spectacular milestone in IMI B’s history