Thursday, June 22, 2006

Balle balle

Well, it is 4 in the morning, and I have a lecture tomorrow at 11. And going by the number of hours that I can now manage to sleep, I'd better hit the bed soon. But again, even though I wanted to just drop dead, I couldn't resist the urge to post about a victory.

Hey, do you remember when I wrote about the SIFE competition being one of the things I was worried about? Well, that took place on 17th and 18th of June, i.e. over the last weekend. The competition took place in Mumbai.

Well, the first day was a regional round, where 4 teams were to be chosen from 17. And guess what?? Our NIRMA SIFE team was adjudged the regional winners!! Yahoo!!

Not only did this mean we'd done one better than our senior batch (they'd been runners-up at the regional level the previous year), but also that we'd be participating the next day in the National Finals.

Saturday night was when our 5 member team really put in a lot of effort. We were awake till 5 in the morning, aware of the fact that we had to leave the hotel at 8. However, we were just so excited that we kept on going over the PowerPoint presentation over and over again, making changes here and there, discussing possible questions and also the financials of the business plan that we'd thought up for the sustainability of an effort to help a co-operative movement of the farmers of Gujarat.

The finals was a keenly fought competition at The Hyatt. It was a day long affair, and featured the best in the business. The 12 member group of judges were CEOs, HR heads and CFOs representing Syntel, Reliance (Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group), HSBC, HDFC, Monsanto, Diageo and others. Our team definitely felt the jitters as well as the excitement of competing at the national level.

And it paid off...

(from left: Sonal Singh, Mithun Shah, Kushan Jasani [standing in the background], me, Ketul Sir [our faculty guide], Jyotika Agarwal and Sneha Goenka)

We were adjudged the National Runners-up. And boy, was it a great feeling!!

Talk about starting the academic year with a bang.


bananapen said...

Congrats! :)

Himanshu Jain said...

congrats buddy..
good to hear that

shweta said...

coooolllll man ....u cld meet all these tycoons ...nd congrats on ur achievment .....well its jst the beginning ...hpe u hve many mre like this ...all the best ...rite now u said bale bale ..hve a blast wth ur team ..

Shekhar said...

banana: Hey, thanks. :)

himanshu jain: Thanks dude. :) It felt great to have made NIRMA proud..I'm sure Vikram Parekh and Sragdhar Patel would appreciate it too...they represented us last year.

shweta: Ha ha. Yes.. that's true. :) I sure had a blast, and am sure looking forward to many many more.

amit said...

congo dude.... well done :)

Raam Pyari said...

congrats mann!

Anant Misra said...

congrats man

Shekhar said...

amit: Thanks dude. It was a great experience.

raam pyari: He he he... ;) Amazing achievement, what?

anant misra: Thanks man. Let's hope it turns out to be a great year for us at Nirma.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jr.... CONGRATS.... :)

Shekhar said...

anonymous: Thank you jee...par aap kaun?

ajnabee said...

hey shekhar!!!! congrats!!!
sry m late in posting the comment,,,,,but m a recent fan!!!!

Shekhar said...

ajnabee: Thanks. :)