Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What is Success?

For most of us, the way we are conditioned, we believe success to be financial and social. We think, money will buy us happiness but when we become rich we realize that money can’t bring in happiness. Money can bring comfort and safety but not joy and bliss.

So, that means we are getting more comfortable day by day but are not finding happiness. What is it that can bring us happiness?

1. Contribution-Giving Back

Someone beautifully said, that life is given to us to give it away. We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. The more you give, the more you receive- this is the Law of Karma.
But, you have to give without expectations for a return. You have to give unconditionally.
Giving doesn’t mean only giving things and foodbut also giving your knowledge, attention and presence.

2. Sharing

Sharing is natural. If you are in tune with life, you will automatically share. The more you share, the more happy and blissful you will become. Joy when shared multiplies. If all of us start sharing, there will be no lack of anything and most of all there will be no lack of love.

3. Self-Actualization

Tich Nhat han once said, that there are more possibilities in the present moment than you can imagine. We all have tremendous potential-immense possibilities. We can flower in a thousand different ways. We should seize opportunities to actualize our potential and that will give us happiness, joy and satisfaction.

4. Positive Attitude

You should understand that it’s not what happens to you but your thoughts about it which make all the difference. You should realize that the glass is always half full. Looking at the positive side of things makes your life fuller and happier

5. Follow Your Heart

Always listen to your heart. The heart is the lamp for the soul. Focus and follow your feeling. As you mature, you will realize that emotions are critical and the most important.

Dream, because only those who dream realize their dreams.

Siddharth Anand
Faculty, INLEAD

Friday, March 24, 2017

“Do You Own The Donkey Or Does The Donkey Own You?”

What you can visualize, you can realize. The Buddha said, "you are what you think." In other words, it is your thoughts which make you who you are. But, unfortunately, we are all in the habit of unconscious thinking. We don’t choose what to think, we just think what we think.

The need of the hour is, to bring in the light of awareness, presence and intelligence into how we think.

You have the freedom to choose and once you start to exercise this freedom, it gives you wings. No longer are you a slave of your mind. You start controlling your thoughts and emotions. Simply put, you become free.

Let me tell you a story. Once a Washerman was on his way to work  and he had a donkey with him which he was dragging along with himself. Suddenly,  the donkey refused to move. From the opposite direction a saint was coming and he saw what was happening. He made a simple but profound observation and comment. He said, “Do you own the donkey or does the donkey own you?”

This is exactly what is happening in our lives. The donkey is owning us. We need to take back the reigns of our mind back into our own hands.

This is easier said than done, but there are simple techniques which can help you in controlling your mind:

1. Detachment

Don’t identify with anything. Be as you are-Total-Complete. The most common identification is that with the body. You are separate from your body and mind. So, don’t attach your sense of self with them.

2. Self-Awareness

Be Aware of every action, every thought that you do and think. Bring in the light of consciousness into your life. This will give you freedom.

3. Acceptance 

Accept each moment as it is .Don’t choose. Just be a conscious presence and let things be and happen on their own through universal grace.

4. Surrender

One who surrenders totally, gains totally. Surrender and let divinity and intelligence take charge of your life. Slay your ego and reach for the infinite.

5. Being a Witness

Be a witness. Develop Objectivity. Observe your life as if you are observing a third person. This will give you perspective, vision and wisdom.

Siddharth Anand
Faculty, INLEAD

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Role of Discipline in Personal & Private Victories

“Life is a series of problems. Discipline is the basic set of tools to solve life’s problems. With some discipline you can solve some problems and with absolute discipline you can solve all problems.”These lines from the book “The Road Less Travelled” by M.Scott Peck are more relevant today than ever.

In a world which is pacing fast towards nothingness, most people are living lives without any purpose. The need of the hour is to find ones center, have a goal and a vision and stick by ones commitments and promises.

Everyone respects a Man of his word. Honesty is still greatly valued. Authenticity is critical in creating lasting relationships.

Discipline involves Commitment, Rituals and Time Management.

1. Commitment

If you keep promises, you are bound to garner respect for yourself. People will start by trusting you with small things and soon they will start trusting you with bigger things. To keep ones word is a mark of a true gentleman or lady.

When you honor your word you are creating a Trustworthy Brand for yourself. People will approach you more and your reputation will soar sky high.

2. Rituals

Rituals are the basis of a disciplined and goal oriented life. Right from your morning exercise, yoga and meditation to having your lunch on time and networking 1 hour daily, if you have a well-defined daily routine, you will not waste time and will be able to make the most of each day.

3. Time Management

Time is Money. Time is everything. You have to realize that you have limited time on your hands and that is why you should concentrate on tasks which are Urgent and Important. The way you spend your time today will determine your destiny tomorrow.

Divide you day into 3 parts. Take breathers and Breaks. Make the most of the now. Prioritize.  Schedule. Keep Timelines. Be Punctual, in fact be before time. This will help you live a more fuller, more successful and a richer life.

With Commitment, Rituals and Time Management, you will be able to excel at your workplace and live a richer and more meaningful life.

Siddharth Anand
Faculty, INLEAD

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Success Mantra: Take Initiative & Be Proactive

Today good enough is not good enough. You have to be an expert- the best in your area of expertise and subject. To gain a competitive edge, you need to put in that extra effort.

There are certain traits Companies are looking in their candidates today:

1. Perseverance

It is a difficult world out there. In order to survive this world, you need to take initiative and seize the opportunities that come your way. You need to be tough and go through the struggles effortlessly. As the famous poet Rumi put it, “If you resist every rub, how will you get polished”. You will need to look at problems as challenges and give your best shot at constantly inventing solutions. 

2. Proactivity

Normal is passé. Taking Initiative is the new thing. Companies are looking for candidates who can go that extra mile, make that extra effort and deliver instantly and successfully. In this technology rich superfast business world, you are not only competing with humans, but  also competing with machines and computers so you need to be super quick and come up with progressive problem solving and creative solutions to complex problems.

3. Go-Getter Approach

Life is a race and you have to be in it to win it. Corporates are looking for candidates with passion, devotion and loyalty towards their workplace. In these dynamic times, opportunities are plenty but to seize and realize them one needs to be driven from within. One needs to keep ones spirits high and be an eternal optimist and always remember that behind every calamity lies tremendous opportunity.

4. Creativity

Today, knowledge is available at the click of a button. We are literally carrying the world in our pockets so the need of the hour demands that we think different, invent unique, improvise and customize. Creativity is a greatly valued skill and creative people are always in demand. Being creative involves original improvisation and intuitive imagination. Be creative and you will get the edge that is needed to shine in this world. 

5. Team Player

Companies are looking for team players and team assets. The need of the hour is to align personal values, vision and mission with that of the teams and to align the teams with the companies. Working in teams is a part of every profile and good team players are always in demand. 

Siddharth Anand
Faculty, INLEAD

The Importance of Soft skills in Corporate Life

In the fast changing world that we live in today, soft skills play a pivotal role in generating personal and professional success. No doubt, technical expertise is very important in every job but if you lack in soft skills, you will find it very difficult to climb up the corporate ladder.

The competitive and fast pace nature of our world presents us with very less time to make a lasting impact and generate success. So, communication skills have come to acquire a critical status. Also, we have tight deadlines on our plates that need us to be an expert at multi-tasking and delegating. We all need to understand, that we are all very unique and different and we need to value differences and be effective and efficient team players. All these skills contribute in personal and professional skills.

You need to connect emotionally, be empathetic, and understand others and their paradigms. You should know when to be assertive and when to be submissive; what this means is that we need to be more emotionally intelligent to succeed in life.

Someone rightly said “life is not about accumulation…life is about contribution”. By using niceties, you can make emotional deposits in the hearts and minds of your friends and colleagues, thus increasing and improving your network and your connections.
Simple words like “Sorry” and “Thank You” make a big difference. People might forget what you said to them or about them but they will not forget how you treated them, so it becomes very important to be nice to others , no matter what their status or position. Real leaders lead from the front and know that to succeed one needs to make others succeed as well.

Some years ago, the Times of India decided to supplement the small “i”  for the capital “I” symbolizing a less egoistic, less selfish approach. This is what we need to do in our lives as well. When you help others you are helping yourself too. Inclusiveness can make your life rich and worthwhile.

More than all using soft skills make you feel good about yourself and make others feel good about you as well. So, imbibe these soft skills and make yours and others lives rich and fruitful.

Siddharth Anand
Faculty, INLEAD

Monday, March 6, 2017

My Experience At INLEAD

Hi, I am Chandan. I hail from Andhra Pradesh’s port city, Visakhapatnam, where I completed my Bachelor’s in Hotel Management. Moving further I was in search for an opportunity which would be helpful for my personal as well as my professional growth. I was informed by my college about INLEAD in Gurugram. I got to know that INLEAD provides hoteliers with Global Management Development Program which is a short term course which offers international placement opportunities in hospitality sector. Earlier, I thought going abroad would be little tough as it requires some work experience and that would take much time and money as well. Later, with a positive approach I kept my efforts and faith towards having a better career by joining INLEAD.

I was convinced by the advanced infrastructure and quality maintained at the campus of INLEAD. In such a short duration, I was able to brush up my technical knowledge in Food & Beverage Operations as well as in Rooms Division Management. The entire program went on so well including other important modules required in the present market consisting of Retail Management, International Marketing and Global Culture & Ethnicity. The standard maintained by faculty to educate students is also much appreciated. They are the people who supported me throughout the course. They helped me to build up my personal strengths through attending workshops and assigning presentations frequently.

The placement opportunities were with famous brands offering attractive packages in different locations. The Training & Placement team continuously works together to facilitate every student with good job profiles across various sectors. I have got placed in Qatar with Al-Shaya Group which is one of the leading companies in the world. I was very much pleased and happy to get placed even before the completion of my course at INLEAD. I was completely satisfied with the entire program; the way it commenced, the modules covered and also the placements that took place.

I feel proud to say I am a student of INLEAD. I would like to thank entire INLEAD team for providing me with such a great platform to start my career. And, for candidates who are looking for an opportunity to work abroad, I suggest INLEAD will be the best place to go ahead with. The overall experience of mine at INLEAD was very amazing and I am always thankful to everyone behind me for what I am today.

Student, INLEAD

Monday, February 27, 2017

Here’ s Why We Need To Say NO To Plastic

Plastic is a material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organics that are malleable and can be molded into solid objects of diverse shapes. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, but they often contain other substances. They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, but many are partially natural. Plasticity is the general property of all materials that are able to irreversibly deform without breaking, but this occurs to such a degree with this class of moldable polymers that their name is an emphasis on this ability.

The success and dominance of plastics starting in the early 20th century led to environmental concerns regarding its slow decomposition rate after being discarded as trash due to its composition of very large molecules. Toward the end of the century, one approach to this problem was met with wide efforts toward recycling. Some polymers may also decompose into the monomers or other toxic substances when heated. Most plastics are durable and degrade very slowly; the very chemical bonds that make them so durable tend to make them resistant to most natural processes of degradation. However, microbial species and communities capable of degrading plastics are discovered from time to time, and some show promise as being useful for bioremediation certain classes of plastic waste.

The greatest challenge to the recycling of plastics is the difficulty of automating the sorting of plastic wastes, making it labor-intensive. Typically, workers sort the plastic by looking at the resin identification code, although common containers like soda bottles can be sorted from memory. Typically, the caps for PETE bottles are made from a different kind of plastic which is not recyclable, which presents additional problems to the automated sorting process. Other recyclable materials such as metals are easier to process mechanically. However, new processes of mechanical sorting are being developed to increase capacity and efficiency of plastic recycling.

Many people have concerns on plastic shopping bags.  The traditional reason is that littered bags are unsightly and can create a hazard to animal life. Littering is often a problem no matter where you live in the world. In India’s largest state a new environmental issue recently surfaced which has resulted in a complete ban on the use of plastic bags. From the beginning of August 2010, the manufacture, storage, import, sale and transport of plastic carry bags will be illegal in Rajasthan.  No shopkeeper, retailer, trader, hawker or vendor will be allowed to supply goods to consumers in bags. The measure was proposed after local municipalities had complained of blocked sewer lines, drainage systems and water distribution pipelines due to plastics buried in the soil, providing breeding grounds for malaria and dengue fever. In Mumbai in 2005, India experienced massive monsoon flooding partially as a result of drains blocked by plastic bags, resulting in over 1,000 deaths. In talking to people – from shopkeepers to executives – it becomes clear that the issue of plastic pollution is one they are aware of and they understand why it is a serious issue.  This awareness and willingness to act to decrease plastic use and waste is slowly permeating in daily Indian life.

Mohit Hooda  
Student, INLEAD

The Unknown, The Unfamiliar!

The most important thing in my life is the relationship I have with myself and with my parents and friends. This is because no matter what happens, I will always be myself in my zone.  

There is nothing that can bring me closer to building an image for myself than me, and the fact that I want to know what my position in the society is. In a quest to find myself, I decided to move away from home and now hope to start an independent life.  Away from home, which is in faraway Vishakapatnam, I now have the freedom and the right to discover I, me & myself. I aspire to move abroad soon and enjoy the wind beneath my wings.

Living in another country will be an eye opener  for me. Because, the place is far removed from where I am originally from, I can observe things from an outsider’s perspective. I will be able to see things from the outside, and I’m pretty sure it will force me to re-think about my culture from a new point of view.

This introspection often makes me re-think about who I am as a person and I often start questioning my  original beliefs, attitudes and values which have inevitably influenced me in the past. I have questioned myself many times from all perspectives, and I know now I have a chance to reshape my personal and professional life. I will soon become Independent and everything will be new; everything will once again be unfamiliar and getting to know the unfamiliar environment which hopefully will soon become familiar all over again, should teach me to fight fear. Fear of THE UNFAMILIAR, THE UNKNOWN! Discovering the new streets alone, talking to new people, trying out new foods, or even befriending new people. I know myself and I am aware I am a little wary of everyone, I can never fathom the intentions of others and more often new streets look scary to me at night.

“Living overseas”, the thought is always at the back of my mind . How am I going to get to the hospital if I happened to get really sick? Who is going to help me if I had a problem with the housing situation? Who is going to be by my side if I get attacked on the street? It takes years to find true friends whom I feel can truly rely on and trust. It is a big responsibility. It is a sentimental thing.

I am by nature adaptable and open-minded.   From road rules, decisions to make in day-to-day life, dealing with people’s attitudes and irrational behaviors;  it will be like going back to school again where I would need to relearn social etiquettes, assess the education system, understand the healthcare system, the country’s history and cultural beliefs etc.

Yet, I believe I can and I will build a new identity.

I will be a new brand there, not a rebrand. People talk about falling in love as in falling in love with someone. But for me, I need to fall in love with another city. So hello new love, embrace me and I will love you till eternity!

Surya Teja,
Student, INLEAD 

Monday, February 20, 2017


Launched in 1992, the Convergence India series of expo is credited as South Asia’s largest ICT expo. The year saw the expo celebrating its 25th anniversary. The event was organized for 3 days in February 2017, covering a wide spectrum of topics from Make in India to Digital India, e-commerce and cyber security. INLEAD’s International Business Management students got an opportunity to attend the expo across all 3 days, visit stalls, sit in conferences and interact with other members of the audience. 

The expo was organised in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, where 635 companies  showcased ground–breaking technologies and services with new product launches. It was organised by the Exhibitions India Group, the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Broadcasting and the Digital India campaign. 

Under the theme of Digital India, the event gathered an influential audience, including governments, key ICT industry players, international organizations, pioneering thinkers, consultants, academia, media and emergent players. The key players were responsible for enabling digital transformation and bringing to life smart technologies, products, services and the latest Internet of Things innovations.

Convergence India expo, and the co-located IoT India expo, were spread over 18,000 sqm of area, bringing together the IoT ecosystem including hardware, services, software and governing bodies, covering development areas and the future of IoT in India including smart cities, wearable technologies, design applications, enablers, industrial IoT and data analytics. Further add-ons at the expo were the Start-up planet, the Techknow conference and the mobile devices and Accessories. Event was sponsored by various partners like skyline, TAIWAN EXCELLENCE, CORNING, CISCO, Aeris, GOSPELL, Mulifi, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

On the first day of “Convergence India”, conferences were featured in various halls having sections “Ganga, Krishna, Godavari”. For the convenience of delegates ‘SHOWDAILY2017’ time tables and respective conference topics were displayed all over Pragati Maidan, Conferences covered various smart topics like ‘Digital india, 5G-next big step in mobile communication technologies and how it will revolutionise the customer experience, Digitization challenges in India, new business models and revenue generating streams, policy requirement for IoT startup growth.’ Conferences, seminars were attended by founder and CEO of reputed international organization, ICT players, business consultant, and government bodies. Information and experience gathered on first day was exciting, refreshing, adding value to all over personality.

Ahead of second day, Mr. Narendra Bansal (Chairman and MD Intex, India) and other influential panelist showcased Mobile phone industry- as torch bearer of Make in India and Digital India initiative.

Digi wallets :A new trend for developing India was effectively delivered by Mr. Sunil Kulkarni (Deputy MD, Oxigen Services India Pvt.Ltd). Excitement was palpable till the last day as it covered “e-commerce in India, Impact of IoT on Lifestyle to take it forward and make smart home for everyone, cyber security, its challenges and solutions.’

One of the sessions talked extensively about Cyber security being a big issue for Indians as we have to pay a lot more attention on development of cyber security. The 3 Pillars of cyber security include PROCESS, PEOPLE and TECHNOLOGY. 

Cyber security research and development in the country, is critical both in public and private sector. Google only caters to 0.04% of 100% of the entire world. Demonetization for all its frailties, helped the Digital Network penetration and take on the challenging task of digitising financial India. Digital economy have to take focus on rural area and also urban area by providing lot of data. To keep the demonetization train from derailing, the standard of technology being used is vital.

A new trend of developing Digital India mainly focuses on 3’D combination. 

The Exhibition focused on adaptation of Digital accommodation such that it works across mobile, internet and digital payment through success of mobile wallets. Its main focus will be on Inclusion, Innovation and Efficiency. Focus needs to move towards the villages or the small towns to make a digital wallet a success. Biggest challenges remains to make people aware of digital wallet .

The learning across the 3 days was huge for the students, who returned home every day with goody bags from some stall or the other. 

Aniket Patil and Vishal Choubey
Students, INLEAD

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Motiongate Dubai - A New Theme Park On The Block

Theme parks are amusement parks that are planned loosely around a significant idea or theme. These parks are divided into various sections that use diverse elements to convey to visitors that they are in a specific place or time, or also to tell a unique story. Walt Disney and Disneyland are the first names that comes into the mind as the first theme parks in the world  in Florida and California. They are rated among the largest and most visited themed amusement parks in the world.  

A theme park is a place with attractions made up of rides. They have a combination of different types of rides, clubbed with retail, restaurants and other entertainment outlets. Several are themed to a specific area; there is water parks, parks modeled after toys, parks modeled after movies or types of movies, usually adventure or action. Theme parks target an interesting mix of audience that includes adults, teenagers and children.

Riding high on the popularity, it comes as no surprise that MOTIONGATE was launched in Dubai. Dubai is recognized as a world-class vacation destination and the latest attraction offering luxury resorts, amazing food, out of the world experience for adventure and relaxation, world class infrastructure and a shopping haven. Dubai offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Motiongate is one of the newest and most exciting theme parks in Dubai. The park is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Dh13.2 billion project at Jebel Ali. It is a Hollywood and Bollywood inspired theme park located in Dubai Parks and Resorts. It showcases themed areas and attractions best-in-branded entertainment from three of the largest and most successful motion picture studios in Hollywood – DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate and opened in December 16, 2016.

At Bollywood Park, the rides and attractions are inspired by popular Bollywood classics, including Don, Sholay and Lagaan. This is the world’s first amusement venue which is themed around Bollywood movies and fascinating Indian culture. The main attraction is the 850-seater Rajmahal theatre that exclusively hosts the region’s first Bollywood Broadway-style musical extravaganza. One can also experience live shows, where the visitors can enjoy stunt shows and performances depicting blockbusters like Dabangg.

A lot of research had gone into designing the Bollywood theme park wherein the consideration was not only for the Indian Patrons but also taking into account the popularity that the Bollywood stars have across the globe. They have picked the biggest stars of Bollywood like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. The fact that Bollywood is very much male centralized in reflection in the park as well, it has a scope of expansion and likely to have more attractions with more leading ladies’ themed attractions.

Surya Teja
Student, INLEAD

Monday, February 13, 2017

INLEADers @‘IETF 2017’- 22nd International Engineering And Technology Fair

‘IETF 2017’ a mega engineering and technology fair exhibition was organized between 2nd - 4th  February 2017, as part of 22nd IETF 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

INLEADers Aniket Patil, Anshul Gupta, Vishal Chaubey and Arun Chettri, all pursuing International Business Management, visited the EXPO on 4th February 2017. 

‘IETF 2017’ expo showcased Indian Industrial technology, leading scientific products and services, Path breaking RandD initiatives, government schemes, Automobiles, Achievements of India’s leading Public and Private sectors, government departments, Global companies, Real estate had stalls at exhibition. The scientific organizers push forward their vision as well as innovative ideas through their exhibits. This was not just about science and technology but also about innovation which will make life easy.

Major attraction at the expo were the government schemes like PCRA (Petroleum Conservation Research  Association), Rain Water Harvesting (Delhi Jal Board), CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board), Also, private companies came up with ideas like IGBC (Indian Green Building), and all of these schemes had main moto of conservation of energy, and making environment pollution free, which is a great initiative.

Government of India had also put up ‘Make In India’ exhibition highlighting the new initiative of the Prime Minister. Leading Private sector and Public sector companies like TATA Steel, Linde India Pvt. Ltd., Ganges International, Mahindra Electric, BVG group, YADEA GROUP (CHINA) were some of the other participants. The IETF 2017 expo was spread across 61,290 sq.mtrs, and has participation of over 250 premier organizations.

The BMW stall attracted a bunch of curious students and delegates wanting to find out more about new BMW -I8 luxurious model, its design , technology, special features. There were companies from China, South Korea, Japan who came up with spectacular technologies, product advancement like highly designed electric bikes, electric bicycles, weight lifters, cranes, Air conditioning units, household purpose robots which are highly mechanized and cost effective.

There were many companies which were came up with innovative business ideas in Logistic, Supply Chain Management to attract and acquire customers from different fields. Delegates of reputated companies, entrepreneurs, Business personals were visiting expo and exploring the stalls, company products, and looked extremely curious about gathering information related to their business.

The other interesting stall was by National Innovation Foundation, featuring innovation by different companies, and by people from urban as well as rural setups. The stall displayed a 3D printer machine and a water quality measuring on-line system, all designed and developed with the help of innovative ideas from the people and for the people.

A stall by MILGROW business and knowledge solution(P)Ltd., an Indian origin company was another one to attract a lot of people who wanted to know more about Robotics and its utility in daily household chores. They have  products like, Wet Cleaning machine, Dirt sensor machine, Self-Diagnosis machine, Pre schedule cleaning, Bacteria filter, wall cleaners.

This year the ‘IETF 2017’ exhibition laid a foundation stone for India’s place in the Science and Technology arena globally.

Monday, February 6, 2017

My Internship Experience @Percept Limited

I was fortunate to have my first industry exposure in a company like Percept D’Mark, a division of PerceptLimited, one of India’s leading event companies. Founded in 1984, Percept Limited, an entertainment, media and communications company, is at an enviable leadership position today, with a team of over 700 people and 42 offices in India and the Middle East and a capitalized billings of INR 17.26 billion. Percept Limited has 13 Divisions, each division dedicated to a particular category of event. Percept Divisions & Companies deliver marketing solutions that reach consumers at every moment of their lives. From integrated advertising campaigns, to embedded content, to path-breaking live entertainment products, to innovative digital and media solutions; Percept companies construct tailor-made solutions that deliver in both local and global markets. 

Broadly, an event company has five departments i.e. Business development and Client servicing, Creative, Operation, Accounts and Administration. I was a part of the business development and client servicing team. This department is responsible for creating and acquiring new business opportunities and building a good relationship with the clients. It is the most important department; if this department is not able to bring in business the other departments wont have any work to do.

My key responsibility areas were doing cold callings to prospective clients and to fix a meeting with them and get briefs, going with my seniors for client brief meetings, brainstorming ideas and making presentations. At first, doing cold callings to clients seemed like a huge task but with the help of my seniors I was able to do the same quite successfully. Doing this not only improved my communication skills but also made me confident. I was a part of five events that were executed by the company during the time of my internship – Jeep Camp event, H&M Insta share event, Sunburn, Madame Tussuads Delhi launch event and Jaguar-Land Rover dealership and customer event.

This internship has not only given me an insight about the industry but has also helped me grow personally. It has taught me how to work under pressure with deadlines and in a professional office environment. Even though Percept is such a huge organisations, my mentors were more like friends who always guided and supported me. All the departments used to work in sync and eat and share food at lunchtime like a big family everyday keeping aside the professional tussles.

In the end, I would like to conclude by saying that by working in the Industry I have learned how to deal with problems which were not accounted for and make the event a success. This cannot be learned by only reading or studying about them. It was a wonderful experience working with Percept.

Anjali Bajaj
       Student, INLEAD

MS Dhoni-THE Captain

They don’t call him Captain Cool for nothing. He has been one of the most successful Cricket Captains of any international team. He even has a biopic made on him, where the lead role was played by India’s famous Hindi Filmstar, Sushant Singh Rajput. He was at one point of time the richest sportsperson in the world and competed with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Novak Djokovic. I have always been enamoured by Dhoni as a person and followed his career graph quite religiously.

I do believe that MS Dhoni is a legendary person. He is a role model for modern day youth. MS Dhoni is a cool and a very composed person on the field as well as off. When he got the captaincy of Indian cricket there were a lot of senior players in the team around that time. He managed to bring in fresh blood without spilling that of the older ones. There’s this good thing about MS Dhoni, that he knows how to maintain discipline among players and also tranquility in the dressing room. Under his captaincy, India won for the first time the T20 world cup in South Africa in 2007 and also India won for the first time Champion Trophy in England in 2013. Under his captaincy, India also won their 2nd world cup trophy in India in 2011. One thing very impressive about MS Dhoni is that he works on strategies before every match in the dressing room and in the field the teams perform accordingly. He appreciates his players’ performances and motivates them to give their 100% on the field. In my view, MS Dhoni is the best and the most successful captain of modern cricket.

Here I pen down MS Dhoni’s 7 rule of success, which I believe in too:

1. Be Proud of Yourself
2. Manage your time Effectively
3. Don’t take Pressure unnecessarily
4. Be fearless and Calm
5. Be Responsible
6. Don’t blame others, improve upon yourself
7. Be simple and focused

Vishal Choubey
Student, INLEAD           

Monday, January 30, 2017

This Trumpet seems to make too much Noise!

The Gag order on Public Service agencies! Abortion laws to be pared down! Immigrants to be vetted rigorously! Obamacare to be scaled down! The Great Wall to be built! Climate Action dumbed down! People coming from 7 Islamic nations to be deported!

Many ups and downs..that’s how the 15 day CV would look of the 45th President of United States of America, Mr. Donald J Trump.

The man is delivering on his manifesto promises and how! He has just taken office (20th of January 2017) and is already creating ripples especially in US foreign policy. His Presidency, which began with a Hitleresque inauguration speech - with the pumping of arms and chants of “Making America Great Again - was indeed expected to be packed with punches. But, Trump has pulled them all a bit too soon. He is riding the great bald eagle and swerving the nation away from globalization towards a more inward looking economy. We all smell protectionism by the way.

Let’s take a sneak peek into Donald Trump’s explosive populist measures which were also a part of his manifesto.

Explosion 1:
First of all, he signed on the “Build the Wall on Texas – Mexico border”, within a day of taking office. The fallout? Mexicans are feeling discriminated against by their fellow Americans; Mexico President, Enrique Pena Nieto has refused to pay for the wall; and the meeting that was supposed to take place between him and Donald Trump has been called following the abominable Wall-decision.

Explosion 2:
Trump on day two decided to move against all pro-abortion laws and has threatened all Planned Parenthood institutions with stopping Healthcare funding if they promote abortion. The Fallout? There are many lawyers who have started taking up causes of abortion of unwanted pregnancies in court.

Explosion 3:
Certain government agencies have been issued the gag order, i.e. to cut down on publishing of content especially on Twitter. The order has been specifically pointed towards the scientists working for the Environmental Protection Agency, now that Trump wants to pare down usage of words like Climate action, Global warming, etc.. The Fallout? Closed door discussions on curtailment of Freedom of Speech have sprung up.

Explosion 4:
Scale down the affordable Healthcare services started in March 2010 by former President Barrack Obama, and nicknamed Obamacare, that’s the ongoing mantra for Republicans. The party is having multiple closed door meetings, trying to figure out ways to bring down the Affordable Healthcare services. The Fallout? This is going to impact millions of middle class Americans, and many have hit the streets in protest.

Explosion 5: And the worst and which created chaos at the airports of US:

Trump passed an order on 28th of January 2017, refusing entry into US territory of all immigrants and refugees from seven Islamic nations, namely Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Sudan. 
Many people from these nations who have long settled in US, and who were on their way back to US after a holiday back home, were detained at the airports on the 29th of January 2017. The Fallout? It was only after massive demonstrations outside airports and the Supreme Court interventions on a Sunday that the immigrants were allowed to leave customs and enter US territory.

What we are witnessing is impulsive foreign policy maneuvers which are rather radical in their character. And one hopes that Indians do not get caught in the Trump Hurricane.

Monica Mor
Sr. Faculty, INLEAD

Training Your Way To Long Run

A long run is the perfect challenge for beginner runners who want to get more serious, kick their training and fitness up and prepare for bigger and better challenges down the road. The long run blends the best of short recreational runs with longer more intense ones such as half marathon, offering  challenges (but a challenge nonetheless) which will be fun to work towards. If you feel like this is the next logical step for you, here are some things you should do to get ready for your first 10k.

Form a proper training plan including slow and long run.

If you are not running recreationally until now, it’s likely that your training routine hasn’t been very focused. You may have been going for a short jog each morning and your natural inclination might be to simply increase the distance and speed of your run.
That’s not the way to go about it,

Instead , you should plan a fixed weekly training routine which includes around three runs per week. One of those should be an easy run- slow and for short distance, the next should be slightly more intense run- increasing your pace but maintaining roughly the same distance as with your easy run. The third should be long run where you should aim to spend 60-80 minutes on the runway.
Between each running day, include a rest day to recover. This form of run will help you work on your endurance, speed and technique with little risk of injury or exhaustion.

Add uphill runs to your Training Route.

Uphill runs are fantastic when training for a weight loss and training for long runs as it requires more power, strength, it checks and enhances your endurance body limit also improves your overall speed and power. Be aware that this uphill runs should be done at steady pace, stay in control when running back downhill as well.

Add some cross training to your routine.

Between your planned weekly runs, you should also include cross-training if you feel like you have the energy to manage it. Good cross training routines are those which work the muscles involved in running, without extra adding extra stress to your joints. It includes having spin on a stationary exercise bike between training days is a great way of working your quads and calves without risking injury. Swimming is another fantastic option, it includes the muscles of the lower body and upper body also.

So go on, begin that little run sooner rather than later and see how your fitness and your endurance improves!

Aniket Patil
Student, INLEAD 

Monday, January 23, 2017


How unique can an event be? How unique can a cultural festival be? We know of music festivals, literary festivals, and now even grub festivals! All this left us with very little to be creative about. And just when we kind of gave up, voila! along came Festivelle.

What’s so unique about Festivelle?

Festivelle is the first of its kind women’s only festival curated by actors/ entrepreneurs Shruti Seth & Gul Panag. It was a 2 day cultural fest of women, for women, by women. Festivelle envisioned a world in which women were allowed to take a break from their daily routine and cool their heels while enjoying new experiences, both enriching and entertaining; female centric and eccentric.

The event was a culture-led weekender- a two day dress down for women. This was organized to celebrate abandonment of the daily and espousal of relaxation, revelry and quite boldly, happiness with girlfriends.

The never-ending retail therapy, eclectic music & comedy performances by the most renowned women in India, relaxing spa treatments, enlightening conversations, exciting workshops and much more.  The two-day showcase included some of the kickass women performers like Alisha Pais, Manasi Scott, Neeti Palta, Anu Menon, among others.

“Every woman of every age and in every sphere of her life is now ‘labelled’. A daughter, wife, professional, mother, divorcee – she always has to be someone, prove something or be somewhere important.  What if we told you that it’s time to stop? That it’s now time to forget all definitions, chores, whatsapp groups, kids, husbands – even the chatter with our own self-critical selves; to simply pause and escape the everyday,” said Gul Panag, Organiser and Co-curator, Festivelle.

Festivelle was one extravaganza with music, comedy, fun conversations, food, shopping and much more! The decor was designed and executed by Invision Entertainment, keeping in mind the vibrancy and effervescence of women. “Festivelle was about to simply experience something extraordinary. Something that doesn’t judge or care for judgement. A platform to elevate with no glass ceilings to shatter; just come stand under the open sky with your girls and celebrate being a woman with Festivelle!” opines Shruti Seth,Organiser and Co-curator, Festivelle. 

The lawns of Juhu Hotel were a perfect setting for the festival. Draped in colorful fabrics, buntings, flags and ribbons the place looked its best at sunset. Fairy lights and lanterns made the flee market not just a happy place to shop but also a visual delight! The entire setup was magical with the aim to educate, entertain and engage the women of today.

The Festivelle was a great hit! The workshops curated by renowned author Kiran Manral, were educating and enlightening at the same time. The musical, the stand-up comedy, the reading events were marvelously executed, to say the least.

Visitors and and performers were given goody bags and hampers from brands like Pipa  Bella, Style Cracker, AND, Fab India, Bono, Sublime Factory, and The Label Life.

I sure hope that there are seasons of Festivelle. After allsometimes girls just wanna have fun!

Sakshi Vig,
Faculty, INLEAD

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