Success Stories: Campus Winner – Mahindra Rise Challenge 2022

The competition included fourteen colleges, with three campus winners from each. I am a production engineer with a strong interest in automobile engineering, and during my undergraduate studies, I worked on automotive projects for Formula Bharat. So, Mahindra, as one of the best companies in the automobile industry, which manufactures lightweight commercial vehicles, SUVs, and… Continue reading Success Stories: Campus Winner – Mahindra Rise Challenge 2022

India’s energy policy: Balancing the energy mix in India

In the year 2020, as a part of the COVID-19 stimulus package, the Prime Minister’s announcement to focus on coal mining and infrastructural development for transportation of coal, no one saw it coming. The landscape shifting to greener and cleaner sources of energy to meet the demand and consumption boosts the target of Coal India… Continue reading India’s energy policy: Balancing the energy mix in India

Happiness Through Sustainability

Though myriad of definitions and interpretations of happiness exists out there in the world, today we will look at the happiness through the lens of sustainability. ‘Sustainability’ is the buzzword used in the world currently. It is a common narrative with all the big companies and countries today along with effective actions to become more… Continue reading Happiness Through Sustainability

Community-led problem solving: A solution to the Maharashtra water crisis

Imagine a farmer Sakharam Shinde growing your favourite fruit, mango, in one of the 36 districts of Maharashtra. Currently, he owns 202 mango trees, and one morning he gets up and destroys 110 of those mango trees. But why? Why will a farmer destroy his livelihood? Simply put, he is in debt and cannot afford… Continue reading Community-led problem solving: A solution to the Maharashtra water crisis

Benefits of digitisation and fund-raising possibilities for small/medium NGOs

If the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be achieved by India, then it is imperative that civil society supplements the efforts/spends of the government in the manifold spheres of social development. For the social sector, the driving force is the ability to design and implement interventions that create high impact, both in qualitative and… Continue reading Benefits of digitisation and fund-raising possibilities for small/medium NGOs

Living with FOMO

Anyone who is or has been a part of the MBA world must have come across the word FOMO. And for those who haven’t, let me start by expanding the acronym. The acronym stands for the ‘Fear of Missing Out’. When I started my MBA journey at SPJIMR, I wondered why this term would be… Continue reading Living with FOMO

Keeping up with the Clock

A perfect question to ask over supper is ‘What is Time?’ Now, one would argue, how is this supposed to be a dinner table conversion? Well, because the answer to this question lies on the table itself. Time is like salt. Even the most exquisite of meals would probably be inedible without salt. Just like… Continue reading Keeping up with the Clock

Where the heart is

Home is where the heart is, and I have yearned for it ever since business school started. I was always surrounded by a loving family, so when I got the admission offer from SPJIMR, a part of me felt excited and also a bit scared of the new environment. It was a completely new city… Continue reading Where the heart is

PG Lab- An Unforgettable Experience

It was 27th July 2022, we were all sitting in a huge hall at a luxury hotel in Lonavala, surrounded by 60 odd people with whom we had had the least amount of acquaintance with, ready to learn about our own selves and others. Yes, I am talking about the Personal Growth (PG) lab at… Continue reading PG Lab- An Unforgettable Experience

Checking with Mr Nice Guy

It was the second lecture of the day. “… so… what is cos2x?” asked the professor, engrossed in a problem, addressing the whole class. Trigonometry… the old acquaintance has not been in touch with most of the students of this MBA batch. Obviously, they have dealt with a lot more in the last few years,… Continue reading Checking with Mr Nice Guy

My ACAD group experience

It was the first time during the orientation that I came across this term ‘ACAD group.’ I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the fact that, unlike my engineering days, these ACAD groups are assigned, and not for us to choose. The first few interactions with my first term ACAD group were just regular conversations. Things started… Continue reading My ACAD group experience

The most ignored aspect of MBA life is…

If I were to ask you the most sought-after phenomenon for an MBA student, I’m sure most of you would respond by saying – “getting a CV point”. Most activities beyond those that we are mandated to do are in the quest for CV points – be it case competitions or PORs. (On a personal… Continue reading The most ignored aspect of MBA life is…


Time; or rather the concept of time, feels like something of an enigma in itself. It is part of the collective human experience to sometimes feel that time is stretching, where even a single quantum of it bears down upon, crushing you under its unassailable weight; like when you have to sit through a boring… Continue reading Spotlight

A (failed) interview that changed my life!

It was a pleasant early February morning. I hopped on a train from Surat to Mumbai, all geared up to appear for my best interview call in that admissions cycle – SPJIMR. Being in my final year of Mechanical Engineering, I was absolutely surprised to get a call for the Operations and Supply Chain Management… Continue reading A (failed) interview that changed my life!

How (not) to ace the 2.30 PM quizzes

It’s the last day of the Diwali vacation. Surprisingly, we’ve had the opportunity to keep our laptops aside, at least for a few days. It would be a while before we get a chance to rejuvenate again, and while I’d be lying if I said that I’m thrilled for the coming Monday, I’m indeed optimistic… Continue reading How (not) to ace the 2.30 PM quizzes

A Horizon of Possibilities

“Congratulations! You did it! Your months of preparation for the entrance exams and interviews, has paid off. We are excited to welcome you to S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Class of 2023” The message flashed without a buffer on the screen that it almost felt anticlimactic. The feeling of settling down after months… Continue reading A Horizon of Possibilities

Weekend With A Starboy

The problem with cynicism is that once you adopt such an attitude, the universe often presents itself in such a way that you end up holding on to such limiting mindsets; an offshoot of the Law of Positive Attraction if you will. I thought that getting into SPJIMR would have been the start of a… Continue reading Weekend With A Starboy

The Breakout room saga!

Term 1 has gone past in a flash. Sticking to the attributes I gained in engineering (not saying that I’m proud of them), I haven’t retained all the academic learning from Term 1. But I still recall a few Breakout room sessions that were nothing short of being absolutely transformative learning experiences. Oh wait! Before… Continue reading The Breakout room saga!

The Big Question

As I took a sigh of relief post the completion of the first term exams, I received a call from a junior who was planning to attempt the CAT this year and wanted to join SPJIMR in the Marketing specialization. He wanted to know a little about life here before he made that call. As… Continue reading The Big Question

Demystifying MBA – The 5 myths about the B-school journey

Out of all the advice you get on pursuing a One-Year MBA course, you have to learn to use the ones most fruitful. I took up the journey heads-on and discovered the many myths I have listed here in the article. Diapers, fashion, Un-goals: Are these words you would think of when you think of a… Continue reading Demystifying MBA – The 5 myths about the B-school journey

I Had A Dream…

What follows is a fictionalized narration of someone who dares to dream of being back on campus. The author has taken the creative liberty to imagine the scenes without the requisite protocols and guidelines that might follow an actual B2C (Back to Campus). It was the last class of the day. The final minute before… Continue reading I Had A Dream…

What I learnt from my TA-ship?

Would I be able to complete my Teaching Assistantship (TA-ship) successfully? How much time would I need to dedicate to it, considering I already have responsibilities as a research scholar? When I began my Teaching Assistantship (TA-ship) with Prof. Sushmita Srivastava as part of the Fellow Programme, the Doctoral Programme in Management at SPJIMR in… Continue reading What I learnt from my TA-ship?

Baptism by Fire

The Beginning  On November 7th, 2020, we had our online induction for the PGPM Class of 2021. Everybody seemed excited; after all, we were all sitting in the classroom of one of the best management institutes in India. We were so excited that we scheduled a batch meet the previous night just to discuss the… Continue reading Baptism by Fire

The Path to New Knowledge Creation

One of the special things that I find about the SPJIMR’s FPM – a full-time doctoral programme in management – are the seminar-based courses which are offered by the specialists in the fields/specific area. In the seminar courses, participants end up going through research work by Nobel laureates and trying to understand the contribution by… Continue reading The Path to New Knowledge Creation

An intangible transition

It was September 24th, 2020. I was binge-watching Netflix after my dinner. At 11:50 pm, I heard the sound of the Gmail notification on my phone, and a floating notification appeared, with a Capital ’S’ in a purple background. I opened it, and for a moment I was in a state of shock. The subject… Continue reading An intangible transition


On Friday, 13th March 2020, we finished our first general management phase. On Saturday, 14th March 2020, the lockdown was announced, and the school asked us to stay back where we were. A day later, on the 15th of March, we got the institute’s message – “We are going virtual in the next 2 days”.… Continue reading Invictus

NGOs: Shield of the marginalized during COVID

It was an exhilarating four-day experience amongst the chaos of virtual classes, assignments, case studies and placement pressure. But it reminded us of what it means to be grounded as it connected us with the social sector; a sector that requires empathy and human connectedness. This is exactly what the DOCC experience taught us, the… Continue reading NGOs: Shield of the marginalized during COVID

Reel to Real finally !

A Letter from my Quarantine

Online Life and Tribe

I again sighed while looking at my schedule. I was slumped with work. And this was without taking into consideration the pre-reads and assignments. If you would have told me 4 months ago that I will be spending my days in MBA surviving on 4 hours of sleep, doing 6 hours of club and committee work,… Continue reading Online Life and Tribe

Am I Audible?

The Journey – As it has been!

At the age of 40, with a couple of academic degrees next to my name, with two decades of work experience in two different industry and half of this coming in international settings, having lead teams and projects, I consider myself a confident individual cognizant of my ability to be self-sufficient in any challenging situation… Continue reading The Journey – As it has been!

Value Based Learnings at SPJIMR

A few months back, I was attending my classes on campus, when I got a call from Sachin. Sachin is a friend. He is a junior employee, who rose from the grade of a technician to an assistant manager in his company. He comes from an economically challenged family and faced many hurdles on the way. Sachin was treated disrespectfully… Continue reading Value Based Learnings at SPJIMR

SPJIMR Admissions

During my MBA entrance exam preparation days, I was hoping to crack a top B-school given that I was consistently scoring above average in my mock tests. Fast forward to CAT 2018, I messed up the DI-LR section and ended up scoring 98.89 percentile which wasn’t sufficient for B-schools which considered only academic scores as… Continue reading SPJIMR Admissions


Meteorological data confirms that October 2020 was the coldest in Delhi in 58 years. Psychological estimates predict that it shall get painstakingly difficult to attend 9:00 am lectures in the coming months. However, there is hope. There is hope because it is incredibly easy to reflect on the burgeoning theme that runs through this place. Warmth.… Continue reading Warmth

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