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Saturday, January 19, 2019



“There’s no great joy than saving a soul”

The blood you donate gives someone another chance at life. One day that someone may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one – or even you. IMI Bhubaneswar feels gratified, that a blood donation camp was organised here in association with Odisha Blood Bank, Capital Hospital and Indian Red Cross on 19th January 2019. The camp started around 10am and continued till 2pm. Initially a form was made filled by the students in order to have a general information of health. After that registration of the students was done and students who were eligible to give blood were called one by one in the bus. Huge number of students as well teachers contributed selflessly by donating the blood. After the donation, some refreshments were provided to the donors such as biscuits, real juice, glucose and banana. There was a huge enthusiasm among the students, a feeling proud was found in  them.The blood samples were carefully carried and transported away.

The day was full of zeal and cheerful faces, a true embodiment of what we believe in. At last, the donors got a certificate of recognition as well as a card though which they can get 1 unit of blood for free whenever they need it. Thus, IMI Bhubaneswar did an appreciable cause.


-Ajit Mahendra Maurya

India has a great tradition of sports, and is greatly influenced by the British presence in India in the 18th and 19th century. Cricket is undoubtedly the most popular sport, but in such a large and populous country there are many other sports that are played by a lot of people. With sports comes some great events which have happened in the time series. I would share some of the events which had made India proud and honoured.

The 3rd Boxing Day test 2018 in which India registered their 1st series in which they won on Australian soil. Hypochondriac behavior could be seen among the Indian fans. Day 3 sublimated the Australia’s Innings to mediocre one’s. An innings which stupefy the dressing room. Recovering from this point of time needed a extra zeal to bring Australia back into the test series as well as test Match. Australians who were playing for the pride and denying the prospect of India, though glory on their turf.

4th Test in which India registered their 1st ever away series won in Australia. There’s been scrutiny of this team and some of them might be their own doing in the way of the team selections and some of the statements thrown around. But the fact remains, there is the only Indian team to have done it ever alone in last 15-20 years.

Any series that propels Cheteswar Pujara to the rightful status of a batting superstar is a serious worth cherishing. With 521 runs from 1258 balls, he basically broke Australia’s bowling attack into the ground. He blocked everything, Australia just couldn’t figure out a plan to get him out. Even the energy beams and water canon ,he might have blocked them too. The rookies saw off the new ball and that set the platform for the Pujara- Kohli marathon stand. The batsmen posted a mammoth score and that was followed by the series defining spell by Jasprit Bumrah.

Virat Kohli kissed the Border-Gavaskar trophy which is handed to him the great Allan Border himself. Kohli relegates himself to the periphery for the photograph. There’s this great vibe in the team, soaking in the atmosphere and the celebrations. Some of the players got their families onto the field to share with the them. It’s all very lovely to see.

Thus, all  we can abstract from sports is- Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.

Saturday, January 12, 2019


-Rohit Chandel

‘Utopia’ as defined in the Oxford dictionary, ‘is an imagined place or state of things where everything is perfect.’

What if we got everything we that ask for? What if there were no loss and all profits? What if all our wishes came true? What if all the countries became rich, prosperous and flourished with all sorts of goods and resources? Will there be a time when we could ask for literally ‘no more’?

Human beings are a social animal. They require food, water, shelter and various other basic resources to survive, though now a days, the number of requirements lists a stretch of necessities. Can there be a society where all of us surviving on this planet could get ‘all that we want’? That wouldn’t just result in the happiest society all around the world but also the most, rather the one with never ending resources. The Perfect World, one would call it. Seems such a beautiful place to be in, right?

Well the harsh truth is, no one can survive it. In Bible, the Garden of Eden was a Utopia provided to the first man and woman, where they could have anything they had in their sight but for a forbidden fruit which God himself ordered them not to consume. After getting lured by a snake to consume that fruit, they were banished from the Garden of Eden. The human desire that still exists in each one of us, couldn’t resist them in exploiting that abstinence.

An experiment known as, Behavioral Sink, was performed by ethologist John B. Calhoun
Human brain is quite complex to understand but it functions similar as that of a mouse’s.  This is the reason why most of the experiments (including this) are performed on mice than getting into the trap of human rights violation. In the experiment done by Calhoun, several mice were kept in a confined area where they were provided unlimited food, water and protection from all predators, diseases, etc., in short creating a mouse utopia for them. The result wasn’t as bright as the situation that was provided, the mice started dying from overpopulation and after some time, it eventually ended up in the extinction of that once 2200 large population society. Major reason being cited as ‘over-population’.

Humans had been provided with plentiful resources since the inception of its species 200,000 years ago, but what we do with it and how we go along with what this universe has provided us, has been the biggest question. A person gets a million-dollar lottery, yet he runs into debt, a country finds gold mines beneath it, yet it goes into trillions of dollars of debt, where does the human being go wrong if we are the most intelligent and deserve to be at the top of the food chain? The need to have ‘more’ has not only killed human’s chances of earning an imaginary utopia, but has also led them to the destruction of the very imperfect world they’re living in.

The same might not be the reason of the downfall of our race as was in the case of Calhoun’s experiment, but yes, if human beings were to be provided with a state of utopia, they’ll meet the same fate.

Friday, January 4, 2019


-Alok Upadhyay

Human race is a greedy species. In an attempt to earn more and more money they have started losing mental satisfaction and peace.But why is contentment and peace so important? Isn’t earning money the only satisfying thing.The answer is big NO.

In his recent interview Ratan Tata, former chairman TATA group said “Don’t be serious, enjoy Life as it comes”. He clearly pointed out towards the issue of having a balanced life.An individual should maintain balance between time apportioned to work and his other life interests. Other interests may include family, hobbies, and social or leisure activities.

Working round the clock not only prove detrimental to physical health but also mental health. Working without any serenity in life leave no difference between a human and a machine.There is no point in having money when you don’t have time or place to spend it, there is no point in having promotions when you don’t have people or family around you to share the happiness, there is no point in coming to home with a depressed face and at the end of the day questioning you existence.

In recent times there have been reports on increasing number of people suffering from depression, migraines, obesity, etc. citing stress and work pressure as one of the major reasons.
Hence one should have a holistic approach towards life i.e. to have a good health, patience and serenity, good health and exercise, fixed time for sleep, have a quality time with themselves and their family- so as to have a happy life and they can enjoy it to fullest.

You cannot reap full benefits out of your work until you enjoy doing it. Therefore don’t make your life a part of your work rather make your work a part of your life.Remember life is too short to have tensions and we have got only one, so enjoy it my dear friends and make full out of – “kya pata kal ho na ho”.

Saturday, December 29, 2018


-Rohit Chandel

The universe started with a big bang almost 13 billion years ago. The big bang is the phenomenon due to which we all came into existence, it created the universe. There are a number of theories which suggest the causes of it but let’s just not get into it, not everyone here is a celestial fanatic.

But according to the laws of physics, all these theories drew only to one conclusion which is that before the big bang, all the things were in a singular form or in other words, they were collectively held together in clasp of hands until some force just pushed it outside to scatter around which eventually created the universe.

Until that unknown force pushed out the celestial bodies to make up the universe, it was all a concept of singularity, everything was held closely knit to the other, conjoined and united in all aspects.

Compare this phenomenon to the society we’re living in, isn’t it much very like what and where we’ve been heading to since last few centuries. When mankind became familiar with the elements of the earth, it started experimenting with it and made things out of it which were not only of immense help but also created tools of destruction in the name of defense. They were never used for defenses though. Human beings barely learn how to live as a civilization when some force starts to separate them from their kith and kin. The unknown forces, in the case of human beings that separated them from the concept of singularity was nothing but their own misgivings against their own counterparts, which in the case of universe is still not known.

Human Beings whose species came into existence not even in a fraction of a second if we compare it to the timeline of the birth of the universe, yet we humans try to change laws of nature, the nature that created us. Earth is the only known planet to have sustained life form by balancing its environment with its natural surroundings. Ignoring all the alien theories, life is a complex and a unique concept. Among the uncountable celestial bodies, why and how only Earth had such suitable climate to sustain life. Considering this as a fact, human beings are considered as the most civilized species on the planet as they have fully developed senses to encounter their surroundings. Yet when it comes to maintaining the singularity among themselves, human beings would be rated at the lowest possible rank among all the species.

There’s still a lot to learn from everything that surrounds us and has been thriving long before us. Not only would it help us correct our mistakes that our ancestors might have done but it could also teach us how to survive.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

 International Conference on India and China

An International Conference on India and China: Economic, Social and Cultural Perspectives in collaboration with Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, China was organized by International Management Institute at the IMI B campus on 14th and 15th of December, 2018. An interview was taken regarding the conference by Prof. Ramakrushna Panigrahi and Prof. Supriti Mishra in which some questions were asked regarding the challenges and expectations they have gone through from they thought of organizing such a grand conference . The key questions of the interview are as follows.

Prof. Ramakrushna  Panigrahi's Interview

QUESTION: What challenges did you face while conducting such cross-country conference?
The main challenge that we faced while organizing this conference was to arrange VISA for all the delegates & coordinators. The application for VISA is a very long process and the duration for which you get VISA is very short.  Another challenge for us was to attract good quality research papers from the participants.

QUESTION: How this conference will be beneficial for our college?
The conference had witness footfalls of many researchers which will benefit in creating awareness about our college. We are also planning to release all the research papers of the conference in a book form.

QUESTION: What had been your expectations from the Indo-China conference this year?
We have hosted this conference in 2016 as well. So this year we had expected more number of research papers, more number of participants, and more researchers to be a part of this conference.

QUESTION: What had been the take away from the conference for the students?
The students had got exposure to multicultural environment. The got the chance to gain knowledge from the research papers that had been presented in the conference. Many students had also volunteered in this conference from our college, so they got an idea of how to manage such kinds of international events.

QUESTION: Which all countries had participated in this conference?
We had received research papers from India and China only. However the conference was open for all the countries.

Question: How many participants are generally involved in this conference? 
Generally we had 50+ research papers excluding the paper presentation from our own college. We had 100-120 participants approximately.

Prof. Supriti Mishra's Interview

QUESTION: What challenges did you faced while conducting such cross-country conference?
While organizing such cross country conference the main issue that we came across was of the socio-political relationship between the governments of the two countries. The social-political culture that had been prevalent in these two countries came into picture & influenced the way delegates perceived such kinds of international conferences.

QUESTION: How this conference will be beneficial for our college?
Any management student requires a global perspective of the issues. These kinds of cross country conferences help students to develop an understanding of business in global platform.

QUESTION: What did you expected from the Indo-China conference this year?
We had expected more number of good research papers, academia and researchers from across the borders. We looked forward to have nice exchange of ideas between the countries.

QUESTION: What had been the take away from the conference for the students?
 The students got deeper insight about various issues and also got an opportunity to gain knowledge from the micro perspective.

QUESTION: Which all countries had participated in this conference?
We had received papers from India and China only but we were open to research papers from different countries.

Question: How many participants had been involved in this conference? 
We had 100-150+ participants in this conference. Apart from them we had the faculty and students of our college who had presented their paper in the conference.

4th IMI Bhubaneswar & EGADE Business School Conference

An International Conference on Global Business Environment was organised by IMI Bhubaneswar in collaboration with EGADE Business School, Mexico City on 7th and 8th December, 2018. After the conference got over an interview was taken and few questions were asked which had these answers.The key conveners were Prof. Manit Mishra and Prof.Sourabh Sharma.

Question1. What challenges did you face while conducting such cross country conference?

Answer: The main intention of such conference was to provide platform to research scholars for presenting their research work and disseminate the information across the borders at global level. So the challenge for us was to find a cutting edge theme that would be relevant to the prevailing business environment. The running theme of the conference is Global Business Environment, so under that for this year we had decided the theme of “Industry 4.0: Business beyond Boundaries” because according to current business scenario it is the most relevant topic.

Question 2. How this conference will be beneficial for our college?

Answer: This conference will increase the awareness about our college internationally as we will be able to communicate to 100 times more people. Many times it may happen that colleges start these kinds of conferences but do not regularly conduct them over the years or conduct them only once in a while, but we have been conducting this conference in a very systematic way since 2015 & this was our 4th edition of the EGADE Conference. This conference brought researchers from across the border at the same platform and turned out to be beneficial for our college as it will result in recognition of our institution.

Question 3. What had been your expectations from the EGADE Conference this year?

Answer: From the conference this year we had expected many positive deliberations, participation of many good researchers and dissemination of research information across countries & we have successfully achieved this.

Question 4. Which all countries had participated in the conference this year?

Answer: Since it is an international conference we had been open to researchers from all over the world. This is year we had received research papers from countries like Mexico, Spain, Nepal and India as well.

Question 5.  How many participants had been involved in this conference?

Answer:  This year we had received 150 research papers out of which we had finalized 85 papers for final presentation. We had a footfall of 160-180 people out of which 48 delegates were from Nepal.

Additional Info:
EGADE Conference is Co-chaired by Professor Ramesh Behl of IMI Bhubaneswar and Professor Rajagopal from EGADE Business School, Mexico City. This conference is chaired by many reputed chairpersons from India & abroad. This year also we had 12 professors from India & abroad together. In the conference we had participants from the top IIMs & IITs. These kinds of conference generate buzz which leads to recognition of the institute.

Saturday, December 8, 2018


-Mohit Badhwar

We all are born with a tight fist, well that’s how our brain is at that stage. But steadily, as we grow up that fist gets unlocked and that’s the moment when our brain starts twiddling. We start observing and perceiving everything we see around us. We see, that the world is so colossal with so many shades, colours, people, artefacts and what not. With this we start getting choosy even as a child as what we want and what not. We start pointing on the colour that attracts us, the dress which others are wearing, cake with all the gems on it, shoes with a squeaky sound and food that delights our tummy. We start mewling and bawling at parents of what we want and become as rigid as rock if we do not get it. Eventually our parents get us the shimmery dress just to see twinkle in our eyes. Isn’t so?

But as we grow up that bubble gets burst and we realise that “LIFE” will not always fulfil your wishes. Even after the mewling and bawling life might give you a kick on your ass. Now, those childhood tantrums won’t work anymore. Then, what are we supposed to do to make our wishes and dreams come true? Should we “Follow our dreams. Figure out where we would like to be, what we like to be doing, and then figure out what you need to do to get there.” Well, is it that simple…If not simple it’s true for sure. Putting an extra edge to get what we want isn’t a bad deal. The catch here is how desperate you are achieve your goal, the sacrifices you can make to make that dream come true, the hard work you put into it, the obstacles which you beat, the mould which you have bought into yourself. If all these things are put together and once you make a firm decision, the whole universe will conspire to make it happen. One needs to be dedicated, focused and consistent.

Now some people may disagree with all of what I said and say that it’s all philosophical crap and however hard you try, life will always give you lemons. Life has always been unfair and will always be to me. Then, the answer to it is look around yourself. You might have a bundle of things which you have and you don’t appreciate because you have got them with an ease. There might be the things which you don't want but you still have. That’s because you needed them. To make our lives beautiful, life always provides us a baggage of stuff which we might need. For the extra things which attract us and then we aspire to have them in our lives, comes after strong efforts. Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you’ll find you get what you need.  

“Sometimes not getting what you want is the best thing for you.”   

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument”

-By Vibhor Agarwal

Arguments are silly, often undesired and unwanted, still they are a necessary part of our social construct and the society. Arguments are the fuel for a healthy democracy, they tend to appreciate the notion of free expression, which is the birth right of every individual.

A parliament is a setting where the members are paid to argue. The whole nation wants them to argue, but this trail of never ending argument must lead to some conclusion, conclusion that transcends into law. India as a country value this process as much as it values the review of the law.
In India, the law may have been passed but the debate continues, in the form of media coverage. TV channel fill their slots with meaningless debates to maintain their T.R.Ps and fill their coffers. Yet there are no conclusive results for the debate. There are great speakers, who with their enamored voice can sway the public notion in their favor but over time they also become the caricatures of their image.

Then there are those leaders, who are quoted time and again, like it is a universal truth or some divine knowledge. The perspective behind the quotes almost never mentioned, but it doesn’t mean that there thoughts are irrelevant or incorrect. Over the time these quotes have become idioms, fitting in some situations and completely useless in other.

The voices are needed to be heard, they need to resonate through history. A loud voice may be a disruptive force but it need not necessarily bring the change. Change requires a more powerful harbinger than the mere noise. Change requires meaning and change without meaning cannot sustain itself for long.
Arguments help us in sorting out the good ideas from the bad ones, or sometimes reach a conclusion after thorough analysis. Then there is a change in world, which was at first touted as the biggest instrument for freedom, but now has turned into a force of chaos.
The rise of social media has given voice to many, it has created stars out of ordinary people just because their voice could reach the millions and affect them in some way or other although the quality of arguments on the platform is debatable. People are held in high light and are then forgotten like the flowers of autumn.

Arguments need not be necessarily be in the form of words, they can be an expression from a painting, a tune of flute or simply a song, but they all should carry a deeper meaning. This deeper meaning can be sought by those who wish to seek them, and in seeking those pursuits, one can remember this statement making them concrete and unbreakable.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tales of Gate


-By Nimisha Sharma

My journey in IMI, started in 2011. I have been here stand and still, getting rusted after every murky rains and painted in every dazzling summers, observing everything with a great tranquility under the heat of the sun and shades of the canopy. Although I don’t say much except for a creak or a slam but I have with me some earnest and some humorous stories. I am white, small in height but have all the vibrant shades in me which are filled with tales. I have seen smiling faces of achievements and woeful faces of detachments. I have seen the gloomy goodbyes and affectionate welcomes. I have seen students entering with towering hopes, strong aspirations, ample goals, tremendous aims, immense expectations and returning with a luggage full of cherishing memories, great experiences, prominent exposure, catchy opportunities, impulse motivation, imperishable bonds and connections.

I welcome all the great people of the corporate world, with due respect, telling them the achievements that IMI holds. Showing them the beautiful lush green campus through my bars. I even see off them and make a mark of remembrance. My heart feels blissful when I see boys and girls coming to play with the pet dogs of IMI near me. A feeling of content comes from within when the dogs shake their tales and try to jump a mile and laugh.

Every day, I meet with dozens of delivery persons, holding hundreds of couriers and waiting for the smiling faces of startle to come and pick them up. Every day I see the joggers and the runners, some losing their weight and some becoming fit by balancing the breath rate. Every day I see peeps crossing my bars, going through the posh road under the canopy to mingle and to chit chat and to have Tea and Maggie.

Every night at sharp 9:00, I try to act stubborn and close my bars, stopping everyone to get through, accepting apologizes with a raspy face. I deliberately hide my laughing face on the excuses they give, then with a mulish act I let them finally in. This is how it goes all around the clock. Sometimes sweet and sometimes sour I stand still with a twerk and some bars.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

" The Last Battle by Prapti Mishra"

The masterful art of story telling is one of the key ingredients that has helped mankind to develop into a society of society of intelligent beings but most importantly, the art has transcended a way to communicate the differences in cultures and in spirits of human beings. 
Such is a story by Prapti Mishra. She tells this fantastic story about the fighting spirit of the woman who will become a shield for the ones she love and for the humanity itself. Read it 

She woke up screaming again. This perhaps has happened the umpteenth time by now. There were the sweat droplets on her face shimmering in the beam of moon light that fell on her from the corner of a window. She has seen  the same dream again, the same nightmare again.

“Are you alright my child? Did you see the same dream again?”, the old man asked. He was way too old to stand straight .His age showing perhaps he has seen the centuries pass by. He looked like a saint bend by the age, white hair that was woven to make a bun on top of his head and white beard that reached his knees when he walked , and he was grinding some leaves with a stone, perhaps making  a medicine sitting on the floor near the bed. The situation introspected was like this young lady was too ill to get up and move. And the old man, perhaps a sage who has knowledge way beyond his age, was her doctor here.

This tale starts from the foothills of Mount Kailash and I am the only living person on this earth to tell this tale to others as a folklore. Some believe this , some ignore this saying it’s just a story. But only I know the reality.

I remember that night. It was a hailstorm  that had hit our village and that night was the chilliest of all the nights of the year.Around midnight the wild dogs started howling as if a stranger had entered our village of Bruce.We came out to find a young lady riding a white horse with full speed,her hairs braided into a plait flying in the air,she almost pale white because of the snow sticking to her face,but her body carefully covered.She was trying to cross the village perhaps.But was too weak to move further,she fell from her horse and fainted.

The morning came,like a new sun rising from the eastern skies and it seemed like the storm was never there the night before,or it was just the warning of some evil rising in the far off land,because the time has come.I went inside the hut where the lady had been taken the night before and she was being treated by the best hands in our village.There were a few people who have gathered inside the hut to examine the situation.
We saw an old man walking slowly towards the village from the curved path that was almost covered with the snow from the foothills that paved the path to climb the mountain.It seemed like he was descending from the mountains and was holding a stick to help him walk.His face had a shine like the Gods ,even the age couldnot have diminished that aura and energy that was emitting from the man.He was a saint who slowly came near the hut and said,”Let me go and meet her,because she is here to meet me.I am the end and the beginning of her life’s quest.I will treat her henceforth and she will recover soon.”

I was really astonished and my villagers were also dumbstruck.We never saw this old man before and how he came to know what happened last night.But everyone  preferred to keep silence.And we let the old man in.He exactly looked like a saint from the Mount Kailash,and I felt like he was The Lord himself , there was a calmness and a sense of purity and fulfilment around him. It was like he was a source of energy himself, disguised, so that commoners wouldn’t even imagine his identity.
He started his treatment soon.With his experienced hands the lady started healing .Now her wounds were healing and she got her senses back for sometimes in the day.Slowly she was recovering,and she had become a great friend of mine.We talked and laughed alot. She said her name was Sarah,his father gave her this name because she was a princess ,the princess of Dausa,the arid region that covered the northwest   of the land.She had travelled from the west to far north east,into the provinces of Bruce to get the answers to some unsolved questions.At first I couldnot believe my ears to what I was listening,but alas there was no way of denying it when the old saint also smiled in conformation to her words.

Now I knew she was a princess and had stayed in the hot burning climate for all her life and that was the reason why she was not able to breathe this cold air that burnt the nostrils.Her body was succumbing but her spirit was alive.She started again,”when I was young I my parents would always find me near Lord Shiva’s idol.It was like I was drawn to that energy everytime,in spite of having a lot may dolls to play,I would still prefer the bows and arrows.When I started to grow up ,I loved the forests and the jungles that the walls of my castle.One day a saint arrived at our doorstep .Seeing me he said to my father,”start searching for a groom for her,before she reaches Twenty years,else her fate will call her towards him.You will lose her forever.”

Then she drank her medicine and some water and continued,” Hearing that I got scared but I had no other options.That night I prayed to the Lord asking to show me what was written in my fate and went off to sleep.I saw a beautiful dream.It was lively,so real that it never seemed to me I was dreaming until it suddenly changed its course from beautiful to fearful and got converted into a nightmare.”She was feeling uncomfortable now.She paused for some moments,trying to get some breathe and again continued,”I was inside a jungle searching my path to get home quickly.I had travelled into this vast jungle perhaps without knowing my way outI felt lost and frightened too.Soon it would become dark and I will lose my path, but then something happened. I found a cave,and walked nearer to see if I could get some help, to find a young man ,perhaps in mid twenties ,sitting under a banyan tree near the gate of the cave, deeply engrossed in his meditation. He was young,but had grown long hairs and beard, it seemed like he was meditating for years. In the departing light of the sun, I could somehow see his face, perfectly ached to resemble to the Gods’. I just gaped at him. I had forgotton my existence .I felt like I knew him from ages and it was only him I knew, he was the one for whom I can fight any battle in life just to be with him. I sat near his feet waiting for him to wake up. My legs were hurting after travelling such a long distances, and I was not able to see properly inside the cave. I don’t remember how much of the time had passed, perhaps hours or days. I had nothing to do, no where to go, I just looked at his face ,blank, I had no thoughts,  I had no words, tears were rolling down my eyes and dried up.I had forgotten my existence and my world for him, without even knowing who he was.”

The saint was silent all throughout this conversation , now walked towards the bed and patted her shoulders. I saw tears in her eyes, rolling down her cheeks. She quickly patted it dry but her pain was intense. Till now I was only hearing out what had happened. After seeing Afriel’s condition, I started to listen properly.

She continued,” He opened his eyes,I was still sitting in that statue like posture ,no movement at all.I couldn’t even feel my limbs ,my body parts. He looked into my eyes, and just smiled.That energy was so intense that it made a current flow through my body.

The smile spread across his face like sunlight spread after the night. At that moment I forgot all my problems.  May be this feeling was love, deep sense of love, the calmness of a mother’s love for his child yet the pain associated with it. I wanted to ask him his name, to talk to him, but I couldn’t.I was completely mesmerised when I realized that it was just a veil and slowly it was fading.Now  I could see the gleaming red eyes clearly ,instead of the watery auburn eyes that created the ripples of  love in my heart. He turned into a completely black and shadowy figure .I could just see the silhouette , figuring out to be some kind of a monster. I wanted to scream, but there was no voice coming out of me .He attacked me ,mercilessly,as if he was waiting for this day to come I was fighting for breathe,he stabbed me mercilessly kept stabbing me until I was screaming in pain and then suddenly he vapourised, into thin air.I lay there,in the open, on the wet ground ,looking at the sky,everything slowly turning hazy.I finally lost my consciousness.”

I was shocked to hear such a nightmare that haunts this girl.I felt such pain that I couldn’t imagine how she must be holding herself up.I was in my own thoughts when the saint said,”This is not the end.”
I asked him,”Is there something more to say Lord?I thought her dream was over.It really felt so lively that I got goosebumps”.He continued”yes.That was just the beginning .That nightmare haunted her everynight since that day.Every night she felt the same pain being killed by the person she loved .When she started saying about this to her parents,they at first ignored thinking it to be just her imagination.Ther slowly days turned to months and she kept dreaming that dream everynight and woke up screaming.Her parents thought that she was getting mentally ill and called the kingdom’s best doctor.No one could trace her disease because in reality this time her energy, her spirit was dying and not her body.

Atlast the same priest arrived,who had made the prophecy.He told her”Ride east from here,then North.U’ll reach the foothills of Mount Kailash,the abode of Lord Shiva,whom you have worshipped since childhood.You will get all your answers there.”

And so one night without informing anyone,she took off on her journey,in search of her answers.I knew the time has come to save my child.So I woke up from my meditation and came here.”
Now Afriel and me ,we both were cofused and looked at each other.How did he know exactly what had happened to Afriel and what time has come?There were no answers to our questions,when he replied,”You both will slowly get to know me.Don’t stress out now.”And I knew he could even read minds .Such powers were rare for humans atleast.

Now that I knew the truth I was also searching for answers to Afriel’s problems.How will a person survive under such stress?Why her?These were the questions that kept popping up in my head.I couldn’t see her in pain and atlast I decided to meet the Saint.I went near him.He was in deep state of meditation  but opened  his eyes.
He said,”She doesn’t know yet.The prophecy says that  a gir will be born in November, will be saving the world from the devil ,pure evll, else no one can save the world .”
He continued,”When God created the universe,he created two energies complementing each other,The Yin and The Yang.The positive side,the light and the darkness.Now the time has come for the darkness to rule the earth,plunging the whole of mankindinto the grasp of evil for ages.So she was born on the eath.The positive side of this devastating dark energy to stop this from happening.This will be the last fight against the darkness just to save us.”
“Then who was the person whom she fell in love with?”I asked the saint.He replied”Its the devil himself,and he will keep coming to lure her and kill her until she kills him.”I felt afraid hearing to all these tings.Many things have changed since the night after Afriel arrived in our small village.This will be also a silent audience to see the greatest ever fight of this universe.
I asked him,”Now what?”

He replied,”I ll train her to fight.You will also help me in that.She needs to be ready before her journey begins.And so I am here to help and assist her.”
And so her journey begins,to save the mankind,to save the world.