• The Girl with the Midas touch

    -Deepshikha Maheshwari (PGP 2016-18) She is a doctor, an Indian Railway Accounts Service officer and currently a first year student at IIM Bangalore. And no, these are not three different people being talked about here. We are talking about none other than Archana Maganti, the girl with the Midas touch, excelling at everything that she puts her mind and heart into. She was adjudged the Best Outgoing MBBS student in her institute and the university topper, bagging a total of 51 gold medals. Yes, you read that right, 51 gold medals. While studying for MBBS, she decided to appear for civil services inspired by her civil servant parents. And boy,…

  • I wish I could say it… (by Rajbarath, PGP 2015-17)

    – Rajbarath (PGP 2015-17) There are certain things which one would want to say explicitly but simply can’t and this is one among those innumerable personal battles fought in the heart, but in the drumbeat around, is lost. Our first term of college was all about knowing each other and we gave it a fancy term, called it networking! The challenge was to work your way to the top without giving in to the easier means of pulling down the guy at the helm. Maybe a few of us did that well, maybe a few of us succumbed to the temptation and there were a few shrewd ones who did succumb…

  • Eximius 2016 – Day 1

      The ninth edition of Eximius, National entrepreneurship summit of IIM Bangalore, that celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship came to life on the 5th of august. The tagline for this edition was – The Time is Now. Eximius 2016 was inaugurated with a keynote address from the man behind many of India’s best-selling books linking management and mythology – Dr. Devdutt Patnaik. He used the example of a blade of grass to motivate the emerging start-ups and entrepreneurs. When we pluck grass from the ground, its roots are still entrenched in the soil. The grass survives. He urged the audience to find opportunities and not be afraid of threats. He egged them…

  • Eximius 2016 Inauguration by Dr. Devdutt Patnaik

    Eximius 2016 was inaugurated with a key note address from the man behind many of India’s best-selling books linking management and mythology – Dr. Devdutt Patnaik. His talk began with an overarching statement that everyone is seeking predictability. Both the entrepreneur who is in search of an investor as well as the business who is seeking the next big market wave seek predictability as it makes them feel secure. He said that once there is predictability, there is control and as a result we can better predict the future and hence feel secure. He then moved on to speak about the extent of control companies have on our ecosystem. He…

  • The Master Stroke – “Nobody trains to come second”

    -Malvigha V (PGP 2016-18) When this 4-year-old was accompanied to the swimming pool for the first time, little did he realize that he’d spend a significant part of his childhood there. Anadi Rakesh Mishra, PGP1, a National Swimmer, shares his story with us. His father, a Merchant Navy Officer, knew swimming would keep his son active and fit. This was why he willingly took him to the pool every day at 5 in the morning despite it being 12 km away. Anadi was too young then to realize how swimming was moulding him. Undaunted by success or failure, he participated in competitions because his parents told him to do so.…

  • In conversation with Jaggi (R Jagannathan)

    In conversations with R Jagannathan, Editor- Swarajya magazine             -Srikkanth Sridhar As part of the India Economic Seminar 2016, several eminent speakers debated and discussed pressing public policy issues. The Student Media Cell, IIM Bangalore, interviewed R Jagannathan, editor of Swarajya magazine, and former editor of FirstPost. Here are some excerpts of the interview.     Q: You have always been associated with media houses like Business Standard, Financial express and so on. What was the inspiration to switch to an online media like FirstPost and subsequently to Swarajya? A: I’ve always believed that online is the way to go. It is a better business model, and I believe its reach is far…

  • India Economic Seminar (2016): Day two

    The second day of the India Economic Seminar 2016 organized by The Public Policy Club, IIMB, in association with Swarajya, featured eminent speakers on various economic and policy issues. It comprised of illuminating discussions with some of India’s leading scholars, economists, and policy experts on topics ranging from Infrastructure, Agriculture, Planning and Policymaking. The day began with Prof. V. Ramakrishnan’s lecture on ‘How to make Public Private Partnership (PPP) as a Method for Infrastructure Projects more effective? ’. He asserted that effectiveness of the private sector cannot happen if the government is inefficient. One of the major fallacies of PPP is that the private party bears the risk. In fact,…