IPL and water management – a song of ice and fire

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Over the past six years, IPL has always been in the news because of the various reasons. Be it about individual heroics or be it about polluting the sanctity of the games. But, still IPL continued to overwhelm the crowd with amazing performances, heroics, star casts and riveting competitions. A spark that was ploughed by McCulum with his sparkling 158 against RCB had already given the glimpse of how the IPL is going to be the inroad to modern world cricket.

However brutal it seemed still it provided an opportunity to cheer and celebrate for your side. And amidst all this celebration and fun there were some flashes of new controversies about whether the matches would be held in the Mumbai because of the water crisis in the Maharashtra region.  A bit harsh in my revelation; how about allowing 20,000 people from your state sit in your stadium who are consuming packaged water by paying for it contributing towards the water crisis in your state. However, they are contributing in adding to your state tax which will help you to buy necessities for the residents of your state. And if you were so sure that the crisis may strike what were your best counter measures? To stop an IPL match, ban all public gathering because we are short of water. A fascinating idea to hold on to.

The concept of IPL has not only proved the boom for BCCI who has been bathing over the riches but it has also increased traffic of foreign commute within the country. I remember an incident where I was watching a match in Mumbai cheering for RCB when few foreigners called me and told that they travelled all the way from Africa to watch ABD play. Such is the passion of the fans who have travelled 100 of miles to see their star icon play for these clubs.

That fan was not here to waste water, he was only there to purchase and drink it.So, the ball’s in your court before coming forward and taking any hasty decision consider the implications it will have on your economy and is it worth to blame the monsoon over the club matches, or to be more direct whether IPL has affected your unpreparedness over this longing water crisis. Be wise and rise to always make a correct choice.

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Expect the Unexpected from “The Real World Iron man”

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The title of this article may seem a bit melodramatic but so is the aura of our protagonist. It has been a decade when we have been hearing talks about sustainability, dependability over the unlimited, under harnesses, not so limited, renewable energy sources. But, not until recent developments there have not been so much of sales pitch in this regard. The sole reason being — We were all waiting for a real world Ironman outside the world of Marvel to rock our world.

Falcon we were proud of you in the Marvel comics and now we are more proud of you Earth v2.0. Mr. Musk you deserve every bit of respect from every individual on this planet with the slightest of desire to be an entrepreneur. When I first heard of the term the only adjectives that I could relate to it were risk and adventure, but, probably some textbooks forgot to add disruption and positive constructivism to it. Sir, the world might not appreciate SpaceX and Tesla today but in the years to come you have already raised the bar modern world Einsteins. If Google was a revolution, facebook was a renaissance and Tesla’s renewable car has started the melody of the sweet symphony.

When we talk of real world entrepreneurs the quote – the sky is the limit seems shaken for individuals like you have already started the concepts of star wars so real. All the whoosh and whisshh have started to happen and it’s exciting to see whishy, whooshy space launches. You have inspired me, so countless others who are now looking at you as our leader, a master of witchcraft but, hope it doesn’t stop here.

There is still plenty of space left in this world to be explored and let’s not forget to sustain creation with all the new, exciting, melodramatic and charismatic disruption. Thanks for your help in this regard!

Why waste your resources on VPL?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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This is an essential question that every manager encounters during their tenure. Why spend extra on activities that do not yield result directly? The answer to these questions can only be found after carrying out the cost-benefit analysis of the entire process. But, before evaluating the process it is essential to understand the entire process and the output that it yields.

So, let’s try to understand how VPL works! The VGSoM Premier League or VPL process begins with the secret form floated by the most adventurous committee Sportscom. The form provides you with an opportunity to become Sir Alex of VGSoM or, to test your cricketing skills by being the Bradman of VGSoM. Students of both the years are encouraged to be a part of this annual event to show their team skills or, to be the Chanakya of VGSoM.

Once the forms are being filled, the managers are grouped into 4 teams, namely, Red Dragons, Blue Brats, White Tigers and Black Panthers. The managers then brainstorm till the day of the auction to create strategies regarding which player is most likely to provide maximum dividends. And, once the Auction day arrives. The managers are suit- strapped in a room to battle it out among themselves to select the best and battle out for the rest.

Finally, every team has a complete squad of managers and players – all dedicated towards a common goal of winning the most coveted winners trophy of VGSoM. The teams battle it out among themselves at Tata Sports Complex, TSC over a week and finally, we get a champion, a Tiger whose roar is acknowledged by everyone else.

The major characteristic of these events is they are jointly organised and participated by both the year students battling it out for their glory. The juniors get an opportunity to learn the art of winning from Seniors who are searching for the talent yet unseen.

So, at the end, these entities do not emerge as students from different years but they are bonded by the spirits of their teams, sharing the joy of winnings, and overcoming the dreads of losing.

So, the question that we need to ask is – is this not worth of an enough reason to continue with it? Is this platform not good enough to let students mingle, learn and share their experiences and the brotherly feelings among themselves. A question worth asking.

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Welcome to the New World

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Sitting at home, sipping tea with a hot & crisp snack along with your family on a breezy evening. This was how I was spending my Sunday evening. But, an IIT-KGP-ian never envies such peace because I was desperately switching channels to find something more interesting to resort to. And to my peace, I accidently stumbled upon the Brussels attack. The attack on the capital city of Belgium which again reminded us about one of the challenges that still needs fixing.

Sitting at home, sipping tea with a hot & crisp snack along with your family on a breezy evening. This was how I was spending my Sunday evening. But, an IIT-KGP-ian never envies such peace because I was desperately switching channels to find something more interesting to resort to. And to my peace, I accidently stumbled upon the Brussels attack. The attack on the capital city of Belgium which again reminded us about one of the challenges that still needs fixing.

Sitting at home, sipping tea with a hot & crisp snack along with your family on a breezy evening. This was how I was spending my Sunday evening. But, an IIT-KGP-ian never envies such peace because I was desperately switching channels to find something more interesting to resort to. And to my peace, I accidently stumbled upon the Brussels attack. The attack on the capital city of Belgium which again reminded us about one of the challenges that still needs fixing.

The attack on Brussels is not just a random act of terrorism but it reminds us of a challenge that we have been fighting against for decades. These insurgents have very little regard for the human life and they are misled by their radical thoughts. But, why to lose your weight over these fools. In the light of optimism, it seems more orderly to discuss the human developments in the astronomical universe. If stepping on the moon was an achievement, then, our ability to connect the billions via technology is no less than the Revolution. We are still in awe over how much is still left behind to explore and mind you guys, the human brain is a mystery that is still left to be unravelled.

Technology has always been our best friend and it keeps on surprising us with his ‘Big Black Pandora Box’. Extinction has been substituted with an alternative, Non-Renewables have been replenished with Renewables and calamities have been recuperated with preparedness. So, the world has been changing. It’s not only about us becoming smarter, today is the dot-com age we even prefer living in smarter cities. The world has been squeezed from Billions of mile to our weary handsets.

But, the smart question to be asked at this moment is are we dealing with something that we cannot control. A lot of us have grown watching archetype Terminator movies where AI takes control of our world. So, is this what has been happening – Have we become slaves of technology, paranoid and paralyzed to be rescued by our own little devices.

Growth does not depend on the individual, and evolution cannot be eclipsed, but are we the fittest to survive or are we turning something else into more fit, more lit than us. Big Bang tells us how the universe is expanding but particle physics also cautions us to be aware of the tiny particles. And the latter cannot co-exist without the former. So, the question worth pondering about.

So, let’s keep asking ourselves – are we moving to the correct path? And we are golden. There is no simple answer to this puzzle and as statistics teaches us it’s just a probability towards a better possible future that we aspire for. The past has been golden but isn’t it better to search for something rather than ideally sitting and keep sipping your tea.

Just as I said a gloomy evening for a bored KGP-ian with nothing better to do.

Thank You!

JNU Row # The clock keeps ticking

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The Indian politics unlike any across the globe has its own unique way of presenting yourself. The movie forces you to hold on to your seat for you may never know when does the protagonist choose to present itself in his unique avatar.

Before this recent event, whenever people talked about JNU the only thing that popped in our minds was an ocean of knowledge which has been carrying this country together. For me JNU was like a projection of my high school Hindi teacher who made me realise language is not something to be trifled with so easily. JNU for us was like whoa people are so filled with knowledge and then suddenly the childhood nostalgia faces a setback after so-called “doctored videos”.

It is not my objective to implicate anyone but if you are a part an institution where the Government is bearing your cost to turn you into a responsible citizen, it’s better to work with the law rather than choosing the travails of sedition. We live in a country when plenty don’t even get the opportunity to avail these delicacies because of environmental factors and here you are standing amidst your friend mocking Government, mocking the people, and making a fool of yourself, of course, there we cannot comment.

The most dubious rather an invigorating player of this movie is the All Indian Media, who have mastered the skill of rolling the dice to select the protagonist. I often wonder that if we are so much emotionally vulnerable why hasn’t our peaceful neighbour invented equipment to charm our emotions, for they are more worried about our current whereabouts.

So, let’s not resort to making a hero out of a sedition-ist until he is acquitted. I wonder how easy it is today to get a cheap publicity and no wonder if we choose to create a memorial out of him, probably a park naming he is who, who has enlightened us on the path to be a “hero”, with a list of contents but without any context.

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Are smart cities the epiphany of ‘the growth story’?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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If there had been any topic that had instantly caught the nerve of any Indian, it was how profusely we were predicting our decade-long growth story. Long have we been admired for our ‘diplomatic’ skills but the threat that now looms upon the ‘superheroes’ of modern world upon the advent of young sinister has raised concerns over their forehead. The frequency of expert comments and ‘Nastredamusians’ predictions about how to be or how not be is rumoured across every nook and corner of the country. And, why would the esteemed citizens deny themselves with these opportunities to be  a scholarly ‘Socrates’?

So, once the talk of the smart city was publicly announced, it was only a matter of time that it would become the talk of the town. We had discovered something of substance and this something has raised the expectations of every young and old philosophist of this country. All the age boundaries have been dissolved and it has been like Martin’s I have a dream speech, in the presence of a grander audience.

Chinese have already been declared dead as we are growing more rapidly than them without ‘devaluating’ ourselves and the US’s are already busy in selecting their POTUS. So, here comes our window of opportunity where we can shut them up and pull them down.

So, Martin if you ever had a dream, we will also keep coming with our dreams, for we not only love our country we love to plan big for ourselves. Don’t underestimate us with the slight tumble of the market because this might be our another strategy to surprise you down. It might not be the era of Krishna or Shakuni but there always be a Chanakya to pull Ashoka’s victory lap.

100 is the number you should be wary about because already in the era of 20-20 we have started planning for 25. So, lest you forget there still a lot left with the flip of that coin which we are still carrying in our pocket. Act like Dhritarashtra as much as you can but Arjun will still prevail because we already have Krishna by our side.

Thank you!

How has cricket evolved over the years

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The season of the T20 world cup, or so famously called boom-boom cricket is around the corner. It is surprising how we have been constantly we have been struggling to improve our delivery time to meet our day to day experiences and this T20 format is just that salt which has found its way suavely. The cricket that we know was all about the class, the resistance, the resilience and how all this seems lost amongst the speed and thrust to go kaboom in this 120 ball format. No more techniques of Gavaskar, or sweating of Dravid to detest opposition from plucking one out. The satisfaction of denying bowlers the pleasure of wicket is no more the objective.

The kids from 80’s and 90’s are still looking for the Sachin’s and Kumble’s and the Laxman’s but, are we ever going to get to see them anymore. I don’t think so and the others will agree that in the era of power hitting where Pollard’s and Gayle’s of modern cricket continue to make a mockery of every stadium around the globe we are not looking for Rahane’s anymore. Amongst Rahane’s and Raina’s, I am afraid that it will be Rahane’s who will be sitting out every single time because there is no matching to the race to hit bit rather than to play along.

So, it’s time to get ready with your ultra HD televisions to watch the big boomy hits of Russel’s and Pandya’s who will somehow keep earning big bucks. For every other cricket lovers like us, it’s time to either make a sacrifice or to compromise with the change as change is continuously knocking the world in all forms. So, grow from your misery and be cheerful, whilst you can enjoy their show.

Cheers!

Pathankot Attack : A chink in our armour

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


It all began with the winter chill when the entire country was wrapped in quilts and blankets. We already had two trending topics for discussion for the season. For those who are wondering, this is what we Indians love to do during our free time. We are elated to talk, to express and to enact like we are no less than an expert to present our opinions about myriad topics. This winter had already been occupied with talks related to the experimentation with an odd-even rule which had kept all other discussions about the winter chill at bay. However, our financial masters were more concerned about the falling market or the so ‘famously’ called charisma of ‘The Dalal Street‘.

While we being busy in our affairs, there were a few who were working extremely hard towards a precarious task – to protect us from all the known and unknown threats due to unkempt circumstances. Be it a winter chill, or an arid storm, or being flooded with hefty rains, no snow was permitted to evade from their claws. But, the chilling winter was looking for an opportunity to breach those walls and covet fear in those who were holding a dove with a white rose.

It was around 3:30 IST in the morning of a day past the new year celebrations when all hell broke loose upon this country. Our airforce was under attack from the group whom few termed as misguided young individuals while other called them as erratic, cold terrorists and infamously known as Jaish-e-Mohammad. Hence, to move outside these jargons, it was our time to act, to retaliate, to show ourselves, to show others that we are capable of handling our affairs, and, that no external threat has been able to breach us in the past and no one will be ever allowed to breach our defenses now. So, under the given circumstances, this incident was a shock to the nation, our nation, which pledges to advocate peace, a nation whose roots lies in spreading peace and a nation where we always stand for peace.

The attack which lasted more than 17 hrs. resulted in a few casualties. Our country lost a few good, fine young men keeping us perplexed again that will they ever stop, asking ourselves why they advocate war at the cost of peace and harmony. That young dove was caged again and the talks of peace were disrupted with the tremors of war.

Our country has already bled a lot by these random acts of terrorism, but, we are still not ready to give in to what we have preserved from our past. Our leaders, our values have always given us the courage and the reasons to fight for peace and no amount of terror can ever lessen our beliefs or mutilate our efforts in this regard.

India is a multi-ethnic, multicultural economy where all castes and creed, communities and societies have co-existed together, sustained together and bonded together. So, a message needs to be given to those who are trying to divide us that our past has given us the direction that how courageously we have kept on sailing together and amidst all the adversities we will continue to coexist together. We are still the fittest proponents of peace and as stated by Darwin — ‘it is the fittest who survives’.

Thank You!