Stars guide B-grads to aim and shoot high
MAJOR RAJYAVARDHAN Singh Rathore and Geet Sethi, both were ?spot on? in the sport that they excelled in. One excelled in shooting, the other in potting. Both came together at one platform during the IIM-Lucknow?s annual extravaganza, Aditya Birla Manfest, on Saturday to advise the B-school students how to be in the right ?frame? of mind to aim towards the sky and shoot high. Both conveyed the same message to the students in different ways.
MAJOR RAJYAVARDHAN Singh Rathore and Geet Sethi, both were ‘spot on’ in the sport that they excelled in. One excelled in shooting, the other in potting. Both came together at one platform during the IIM-Lucknow’s annual extravaganza, Aditya Birla Manfest, on Saturday to advise the B-school students how to be in the right ‘frame’ of mind to aim towards the sky and shoot high.
Both conveyed the same message to the students in different ways. Geet Sethi, winner of World Amateur Billiards Championship in 1985 and 1987, considered the ‘cell phone’ an unnecessary evil, one that makes a person lose focus and digress. “It’s not as if one without cell phone cannot remain connected. I know of several busy celebs like Tom Altar who hate mobiles. Tom is very busy, yet he is always accessible. People who have something important to do with him know where to find him. He always informs those people with whom he has to interact the next day where to find him,” Sethi said.
And Major Rathore, the only Indian silver medallist in the Olympic double trap shooting event too emphasized on the necessity of staying focused, albeit differently. “Never mind what people say. If you believe in something pursue it with complete devotion,” the Major said. He then proceeded to give example from his own life.
“When I started shooting in 1998, I struggled for first four years. Everyone had doubts. At that time a friend’s advice helped,” he recalled. The advice was: “It’s our decision and not our condition that shapes our destiny.” That was it. Major Rathore realised immediately that he would ultimately become what he wanted to. The Olympic medal, Rathore said, couldn’t have come his way had he lost focus and given in. He identified five ingredients of success. “Knowing the direction where to use resources, ability to bond with others, physical and spiritual energy, clarity of values and no fear of failure.”
Geet Sethi too had another very interesting example to narrate. There was this gruelling tennis match between an unseeded player and a top seed. The unseeded was very near to making an upset. Suddenly he started losing and the top seed won. During the post match press conference he was asked how he suddenly started losing. The unseeded player said he was so close to winning the title and the fabulous prize money that came with it that he started thinking of what all he would be able to do with the money. At that moment as his mind wavered, the top seed seized the initiative and won. “That is what happens when one doesn’t remain focused,” Sethi said.
After this inspiring talk by India’s two sporting icons, the students were all pumped up. It was soon time for foreign students currently at the IIM-L under the students exchange programme to speak out their mind on an interesting topic: “India — Obstacles to its development and solutions — a foreign perspective.” The free wheeling discussion judged by Professor Shelby Quest from the University of Washington, USA and Prof Sukumar Nandi from the IIM-L saw foreign participants speaking on a host of topics.
They touched infrastructure development and bureaucracy, quality education and corruption etc. All agreed that there was no dearth of human capital. But the potential has to be tapped.
David Aubergier from IECS, Strasbourg, France was ranked first followed by Nassima Firosehousen and Ann Coureau from ESCP-EAP, Paris, France as the joint second. Prof Quest was all praise for the amount of research that had gone into the presentation.
Soon enough it was time for Colosseum — a theme-based panel discussion on “India: Global torchbearers and the road ahead.” Here too the panel comprised of well-known names like Ashok Desai, consultant editor, Telegraph, Dr P Mohammad Ali, MD, Galfar Constructions and winner of Bharat Pravasi Award, Chetan Sharma, newscaster from Headlines Today, Dr CR Prasad, former CMD of GAIL. ‘OpsLekh’ — the paper writing competition organized by the special interests group focused on pertinent issues like Supply Chain Management in rural retail and India as the potential manufacturing global hub.
A session on entrepreneurship with Sunil Handa, brand wars, biz theatre cases and papers presentation, general quiz finals too all happened today and drew applause from all concerned.
There was so much more happening all over. KK Menon’s live performance late in the night and VIBES (party) by DJ Ryan of Velocity saw the day coming to a colourful close.