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By – Hardik Madani, Meher Legha

I can’t help but smirk when my fellow Indians boast about our nation being the epitome of acceptance, approval and tolerance. I understand we are a diverse nation with a history of successfully designing and following an unbiased political framework. It led to flawless democratic elections for choosing leaders objectively and this has remained unperturbed since Independent India emerged.

However, breaking the consensus facade, let’s get to the infinitesimally small drivers that make the status quo disarrayed. Before you start building your confrontations for my using the word – “facade”, pardon and let me try to substantiate it. Hasn’t India witnessed the chaotic situation instigated on the grounds of castes and creed discrimination? Didn’t things go wrong to such a level that a group started having objections with what others eat, watch or believe? Didn’t it affect the thought process of an impressionable youth that forced him to take a stand and then defend his/her side? Is the world’s largest democracy on the verge of being an intolerant nation? Ponder and the idea or the rage will sink gradually.

No, I do not follow anti nationalism but it is always better to view the situation from all perspectives. There are flaws but we can always figure out a way out.

Our nation is the perfect example of Yin and Yang striving to exist in perfect harmony. We’re a perfect mélange of social contradictions. India is Ram. India is Ravan. India is the fastest developing country in the world. India is also ranked low on Human development. We are no strangers to this dichotomy. The tolerance of the British colony in the Golden era for India, had a very different texture, seeming like something learned gradually, with difficulty but also determination, while India appeared from a distance like a society where tolerance had grown organically, and has a far longer history, and was more deep rooted for that reason.

Speaking at the launch of Tawazun India, a city-based think-tank that focuses on “counter extremism”, the Dalai Lama himself was of the opinion that India is the best example of religious tolerance, where non-violence and religious harmony were propagated as early as 3,000 years ago. A very strong point of about educating the young in secularism and teaching them the “goodness of being peaceful” was stressed upon along with the proposition that secular ethics should be part of modern education.

We might be a complex, indefinable and incomprehensible nation but we are also one that is slowly trying to make the transition of being more tolerant when it comes to the socio-political, economic or even financial conditions prevailing in our nation today. It is true that we cannot fully be judged or understood on the semantics of tolerance and intolerance alone. It is however our prerogative to build to a slightly more empathic India and the pinnacle of this example is our present Prime Minister Narendra Damodar Modi. A man of his calibre just might be the answer to our troubles with our neighbour. Just like a kid in a school yard, India is the budding chap, brown be speckled child still toddling over to the swings. Pakistan, the one trying to bully India. India can fight back if ticked off far enough. But taking the humanitarian way is what we have learnt while growing up. Gandhi would be proud. Coming back to our beloved Prime Minister, he has floored the entire nation by a simple phone call. While flying over Pakistan, we wished his counterpart in the country and visited them just out of the goodness of his heart. It was not a political move; it was ironing out of those blood laden wrinkles that has been there for a very long time. It’s these few small things which make the difference albeit slowly than expected but at least we have found the right path to walk on. We are and always will in an era where our thought process will dictate that we win over our friends with love. Enough said, let our moral compass do the talking now.

Brain Teaser – August Edition


By – Sophia Coelho

  1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?
  2. A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?
  3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
  4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?
  5. What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?
  6. Billie was born onDecember 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?
  7. In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?
  8. If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
  9. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?”
  10. A farmer has five haystacks in one field and four haystacks in another. How many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in one field?



By – Hemil Gandhi

For an outsider, the definition of MBA includes profit and loss, growth, market share, cost cutting, economy of scale, stock market etc. This is totally rational thinking because that is what they see and read daily about the corporate honchos. They don’t know the backstage story about the business leaders. They need to have long vista of the human nature and human life.

Premiere B-Schools like Symbiosis Institute of Business Management-Bengaluru (SIBM-B) showcase a much wider view to students along with above mentioned terms. The SIBM-B covers the most important and instinctive nature of human species of having fun. SIBM-B has sculpted a method to have fun and learn both in tandem by interacting with people from different places, having different cultures and practising different rituals from all over the globe.

UTOPIA was organized on 31st July 2016 to celebrate the birthday of Dr. S.B Mujumdar, founder of the Symbiosis society. Dr. Mujumdar’s precious dream was to bring all nations together and to create the perfect cultural harmony under a campus. The mission of conducting the event was fulfilled as the event hosted 596 students from 25 countries

UTOPIA is the annual international cultural meet of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru, organized by the International Relations Committee (IRC).

The cultural meet was officially launched on 14th July 2016 by the IRC co-ordinator, Syed Mujtaba, in presence of all students. As it is a digital era, it was directly launched on Facebook. It spread like a wild fire on the social media.  Since then the entire college indulged in the preparation of the event in some or the other way. The local event marketing team started inviting the colleges located in and around Bengaluru, Hippocampus (our creative storehouse) and various other clubs and committees started with their share of preparation.

The cultural meet was inaugurated by the Director, Dr. Rajesh Panda; the Deputy Director, Professor Vidyasagar; Committee mentor, Dr. Asha Nadig; Student Council President, Rohan Bharaj; Student Council Vice president, Ashish Kumar and IRC coordinator, Syed Mujtaba. The cultural meet included following events:

Alley oop: It is Basketball game. The Basketball players from different colleges showcased their breathtaking talent by exhibiting some special shots and moves on the court.

Goaltastic(Futsal): Futsal is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor, pitch. The players could manage to play this modified version extremely well.

Talentino(Cultural mix): This was the event which broke the ice. The participants from different culture opened up and demonstrated the different taste of the different cultures. The participants displayed different activities like street plays, dance forms, singing etc. Dancing by a participant in the traditional way and singing by a participant in the traditional way was the lime light of the event.

Shutter Bug: In this competition the guests had to click a photo with the dummy props, made on current trends amongst youngsters, and upload it on Facebook and get the maximum likes and win exciting prices. In this era of selfies, snapchat, pokemon go and other fascinating things, the PR and media committee were bang on by organizing this event. The props were the cherry on the cake.

Gaming siege: It was the playstation event. A FIFA tournament was organized where participants competed with each other. The tournament was spread across 3 rounds. It was a knockout tournament. The event garnered the attention of a lot of young boys passionate about football.

Foodilicious – The International Food Festival: The food festival covered a wide variety of food ranging from Pani Puri, Biryani, Chinese, momos and Tacobell’s tacos, which stole the lime light, to Donuts, Crushers and juices. The food stalls received an immense response from the guests.

Energy level of the participants was about to go to zero but Symbiosis made it as asymptote by having War of the DJ’s. Hard rock cafe India presented “Afterdark war of DJs” at the college’s amphitheatre. The participants engaged in a war as the winner would get to play at Hard rock cafe Bengaluru and even win some exciting gifts. But for the in-house students, corporate sponsorship committee had a different plan. They presented the after party where Bengaluru’s renowned DJ Sahil Madaan made sure the crowd danced to this tunes!

Along with all these interesting events, the dance club – Jhaankar – and the dramatics club – Jzaa – of SIBM-B entertained people by giving fantastic performances. The dramatics club – Jzaa presented two forms of art: The first one was a MIME. The MIME was based on the theme of parents’ pressure on the child. It garnered a huge round of applause from the audience. The batch of 2016-2018 gave a sensational performance, making the audience emotional. The second one was a NUKKAD natak. The NUKKAD natak team performed it fabulously. It was based on the theme of blood donation on the eve of a blood donation camp that was to happen the next day. They did convey the message positively as many myths were broken regarding the blood donation.

On 1st August 2016, Social Responsibility Committee of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management-Bengaluru and SoulSparsh of Symbiosis School of Media and Communication organized a blood donation drive in association with Symbiosis Centre for Health Care. The response was overwhelming right from the faculty, students to the support staff. The drive could collect a whooping 165 units amounting to 69300 ml of blood.


This event had added one more jewel in the crown of SIBM-B by having full media coverage. The business line newspaper and news9 TV channel took this event inside the minds of the people watching. Without thanking the sponsors Pantaloon, Hard rock Cafe, Resonance Studio and Adore unisex saloon this article cannot be finished. Their presence in the event was a real confidence booster for the students.

Hemil Gandhi.




By Hardik Madani


When we talk about the manufacturing operations, we always use this 2nd degree of comparison. Why?
• Because the moment we say this is the best we could come up with, the definition of the best changes.
• To indicate that we have bettered yesterday’s practices and strive continuously to reach the saturating standards of best.
From the above viewpoints, gauging the stand of operations followed at Indian shop-floors, we can safely say that it is best described by the latter. We haven’t reached to the best albeit we are close and we can be just there. We would have if we could have. Undeniably, the Government is making efforts – “Make In India” has fetched considerable attention and levelled up this sector to be viewed as having potential scope of improvement. By introducing “Make in India”, Government has set up a target to increase the contribution of manufacturing sector from 16% of GDP currently to 25% by 2025. However, we are a country with not only a diverse culture but more than that with a higher degree economic divide and that’s blatantly not something we would want to come up when it comes to cherish the diversity – a challenge for the Government to structure policies that impact all the levels.
The manufacturing sector is inherently capital and labour intensive and so it is always considered strong enough to absorb people. Today in the era of “smart is the new sexy”, lessening human intervention has always been our priority and that implies automatizing things and creating a network so that devices can coordinate and collaborate on their own. The industrial revolution disrupts the existing paradigm for betterment. As in, we had the 1st industrial revolution or Industry 1.0 that introduced the mechanisms using water and steam power. This was the time when many agrarian economies resorted to establishment of industrial sectors. At the advent of 20th century with emergence and gearing up of production systems, we targeted mass production and assembly line with the help of electric power in the 2nd revolution i.e., Industry 2.0 which I would personally like to call “Fordism”. This period also witnessed the introduction of Just In Time (JIT) by Toyota in Japan to address the inventory accumulation problem. And then, we tried to get rid of the practice of dirtying our hands and integrate electronics and IT to monitor the operations in 3rd or Industry 3.0 and this led researchers to making efforts towards attaining something which was never thought of – digitisation in manufacturing.
Industry 4.0 is the term first coined by German Government to refer to the fourth industrial revolution where the target is to create a “smart factory” – smart enough to further synchronise physical operations and information technology to enable a real time communication between the devices and humans. It is a combination of cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, Internet of Services and Smart Factories. It will enable the machines to connect horizontally with other components of infrastructure and vertically at different levels. For example, consider a supply chain delivery model where trucks, cartons, the origin and recipient can communicate with each other and share information about their whereabouts or consider a system equipped in the racks of retail stores that tracks the movement of goods-picked up or kept back in place. Decisions taken then regarding the supply chain, logistics, demand forecast and trends will be on very strong grounds and data making the process far easier and assumption free. According to an estimates, Industry 4.0 is expected to contribute 78 billion Euros to German GDP by the year 2025.
While the manufacturing sector across the globe is all set and eager to welcome the fourth industrial revolution called Industry 4.0, India has other grave problems to take care of before we prepare ourselves for any radical change. The more we try to simplify and titivate things at shop floor, the more complex the involved IT infrastructure becomes. Technically, we aren’t lessening but more or less skewing the distribution of work force towards IT and Automation departments but implicitly we are doing this at the cost of millions of jobs at shop floor. This definitely isn’t optimisation. And we cannot say our operations are doing good unless we make the most optimised combination of our resources. We tend to reach out the ideal but these factors hold us back.
However, on a better note, we have “Make In India”. The government has tried to ease the formal requirements for the businesses in manufacturing sector through various policies and initiatives. But 90% of manufacturing organisations in India haven’t kept up with the advancements and hence it is perceived as dirty, dumb and dangerous work place by young engineers. This substantiates their switching over to IT, services or banking sectors. This precariousness makes it difficult for the Government to witness the intents of “Make In India” getting materialised. In our way to make India ready to embrace the next industrial revolution, the biggest obstacle is to attract young engineers to this not so glamorous sector. How?
Its time now to walk the talks we had about “Skill India” and “Make In India” and the best start could be acknowledging the ground level issue constraining the industry’s attractiveness. Try to extrapolate the “Swachh Bharat” ideas into the shop-floor assuring safe, clean and hazardless working conditions. The factories that have operations in disarray should be trained accordingly and training should be given to workers in areas of IoT and Digital penetration into Manufacturing ecosystem. Courses that combine information and operations technology like Robotics should be promoted at university level. These can prove to be some of the measures that can catapult the conventional operations and rigidity of people attached to them to a completely new level – a level that will make India ready for Industry 4.0

Flirting the Piped Dreams



By – Makshi Misri

Just because we can’t see the sun on a rainy day, doesn’t mean it’s non-existent.
Just because we can’t envisage the miracles, doesn’t mean they’re fictitious.
Just because we can’t see love, doesn’t mean it’s apocryphal.
Just because two lines are parallel, doesn’t mean they won’t meet in incognito.

The harsh reality of the world today doesn’t let us dream, does it?
Ask a little girl, she fanaticizes of becoming an ostentatious actress. Ask a little boy, he is already marveling in the cockpit of his dream aircraft oblivious to the world that will soon soak him up.

In hindsight, even we dreamt a lot but became submissive to the verisimilitude of life. Why?
Are we terrified that it might never come true? It’s your dream that will push you forward in this mundane and monotonous nine-to-fives. The quixotic quest of impossibly large, unrealistic disneyesque dreams!

What makes us so petrified about that grey area? Who knows what’s round the corner, when we don’t even know where the corner is or what it actually hides? Why are we nervous of slack lining? Maybe it is an unpredictable path now, but might unwind and construct itself as and when we walk forwards. Isn’t heaven a dream for all of us? But alas! No one has seen it, no one can verify its mere existence but yet we are all here dreaming about it!

We have lost the ability to take risks. Let’s shoot some arrows while we are blindfolded, maybe one might hit the bull’s eye! Allow yourself the liberty, before it’s too late. Before we are packed off to the assembly line, which will make generic models out of otherwise unique individuals. Because maybe later in life, it won’t be about living – it’ll all be about not dying.

Life is too complex to be quantitative by numbers, scores and graphs. It’s all about making it large, maybe larger than the whole universe.

Maybe the idea doesn’t fit into the “real” world; why not create a new world altogether then? Why not try in the first place?
Maybe a utopian world doesn’t exist; yet let’s sail towards its discovery. Don’t kill your dreams in the process; let them fight a determined battle as we struggle to survive. Don’t let the sand of the hour glass pass by in vain.

Should we follow our dream, or should we follow the crowd?

Simply put, later in life, you won’t be able to benefit from the safety of the herd but from the chased unrealistic dreams.

Being oblivious of your own capabilities is your worst illusion. Wake up from the false reality. Break the stereotype. Look into a mirror and look into your very own eyes, because you can. Yes,


The vision and imagination is just there, you need to find the path. It’s just a matter of belief. Have faith and seek the answers. The sand in the hourglass will keep running out, and you will be left with unanswered questions for answers are right there in the infinite, waiting for you to be discovered. Maybe it will be in another world, another ‘parallel’ world. But maybe one day, just one fine day – Parallel lines will meet!

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