“Curious, passionate, go-getter. Fun loving and easy going until my germaphobia is triggered.”
Hometown: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Fun Fact About Yourself: Tea is love. After a bad day, the thought that of having tea the next morning cheers me up. Other than tea, dancing in front of the mirror is my go-to stressbuster.
Undergraduate School and Major: Gyan Vihar School of Engineering & Technology (EC) / Indian Institute of Mass Communication (Radio & TV Journalism)
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: S&P Global Commodity Insights, Associate Editor/Senior Specialist Price Assessments
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of IIM Ahmedabad’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I see IIM Ahmedabad as the mecca of management schools in the country and didn’t want to settle for anything less than the best. The opportunity to engage with and learn from the mighty faculty at IIMA was another motivating factor for me.
What has been your favorite course or extracurricular activity at IIM Ahmedabad? What has been the most important lesson that you have learned from it? We are just in the middle of term 2, so I have yet to discover a lot of courses. So far, I liked Microeconomics and Strategy the most. While the concepts of sunk cost and game theory in FAM gave me life lessons in decision- making, the differentiators in businesses in strategy management taught me the importance of being unique and disruptive.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: As a reporter, I interviewed CEOs, cabinet ministers and sports and entertainment personalities. But I am most proud of my interview of Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee when I worked with ET NOW.
While working at S&P Global Commodity Insights, I played a pivotal role in building the Shipping team in Asia from scratch, by cracking over 200 sources across the globe and launching new pricing products. The fact that I could do that while working from home without meeting anyone in person is among the top achievements in my career.
Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far: I think my biggest achievement as an MBA student so far is not suffering from FOMO-Fear of Missing Out. Instead, I have been investing my time and energy in the things I really want to do, both in academics and co-curriculars, irrespective of what the other people are doing or chasing after.
What is your class’s favorite hangout away from school? Why do you gather there? I think it would be a coffee place called ‘Kaffa’, which is a nice short walk from our college. We can be often found there, enjoying the delectable coffee and conversations around the 5Cs and 4Ps of their business.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? As a business journalist I got a chance to understand and analyze the intricacies of key sectors like aviation, telecom, e-commerce, start-ups, and automobiles. My profession gave me an intuitive understanding of market trends and business strategies. While in my career as a journalist I often talked and wrote about the challenges and possible solutions to business problems, I decided to pursue MBA to take my learnings a notch higher and be able to contribute to the management side of things.
What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into IIM Ahmedabad? I would suggest them to prepare well for GRE/GMAT, have a clarity of thought in terms of their work experience and future expectations, and be the most original and confident version of themselves.