• Sensing The Future – IIMBue 2018

    Contributed By: J K Varshika “We have to keep an eye on the future with a sense of the past in every passing moment of the present.” – Amanda Harlech One united college. Two days. Third edition of something extraordinary. IIMBue 2018 promised to be a spectacular event from the start what with its previous editions attesting to it’s quality with the likes of Piyush Goyal, Deepika Padukone, Shahrukh Khan and Shashi Tharoor being the speakers in the past. The leadership conclave was hosted in Taj Bangalore this year on 20th and 21st of July, where people poured in hundreds. The auditorium was as jam packed as the sessions were. Finally,…

  • Yashodhara Lal on life beyond the Corporates

    Yashodhara Lal graduated from IIMB in 2002 and has over a dozen years in the corporate world, mostly in the Marketing space. She has three bestselling books to her credit – Just Married, Please Excuse (2012), Sorting Out Sid (2014) and There’s Something About You (2015) -her latest book debuted on the AC Neilsen Book Scan at No. 2, a feat achieved by very few women authors in India. Despite a very busy schedule she graciously agreed to answer a few pertinent questions SMC had for her. Following is an excerpt from the interview. Many of us enter and go through our MBA’s hearing and practicing frameworks, 2X2’s etc. whereas…

  • Rock Walls & Words

    It is a fact that a first novel is never actually the first novel, definitely not in the head. That is the case with me as well. I started writing my first novel when I was in class 9, with a Waterman pen, and a grey diary I’d annexed from my father. The story, a full chapter of which was written in my horrible handwriting before abandonment, was named ‘The Adventures of Jack Space’. I was, in many ways, a childish child. Class 9 was the last freedom I had for such whimsies. The next few years, for me and the rest of my nation, was not a place for…

  • Take the Plunnge…

    August 1st, 2012 – I enter my fifth year at IIM Bangalore this month. From a travelling salesman in Qualcomm, to a nobody today, it has been a fantastic joyride – something I really feel blessed that happened to me.  I call this state a “Plunnge” from where I was to where I wanted to be. And I wrote a book on the same topic (More details on www.plunnge.com ) which has 15 stories of ordinary people like me. We all were doing regular jobs but always wanted to do something else – something that is our passion. What is the relevance of Plunnge and our PGP students? I don’t…