June 16, 2007

The Gloomy Saturday Afternoon and Nitya

It did not begin as a great day. The mood at work was down and not very conducive to productive work. The rain clouds were all over Muzaffarpur and it kept raining in spurts disrupting our entire plans. As I sat pondering if I had done anything to displease Indra, the rain God, the phone rang. I was little surprised to see Nitya’s number. Wasn’t she supposed to be in induction?

People who know Nitya are aware that under normal circumstances are words come out faster than Rajdhani. So people who have not been privileged enough to know Nitya can still make out how an excited Nitya would sound. By the time she was done I was jumping up and down too, without a care in the world about the people around me. Our paper had been accepted by the Marketing Review.

For any sincere student of Marketing, this is perhaps the final frontier - to see your name in print alongside the likes of Kotler and Aaker. Images rushed past me. Two of us sitting late into the night, falling asleep on our uncomfortable chairs; one too nice to wake another up, conducting our first focus group discussion, mails going back and forth at 4:00 am in the morning ending with “I’ll finish my part by 6. Review it and send it over by 10”, work happening even when I was in Calcutta and she in Mumbai.

Marketing@IIMB has given me memories I’ll always cherish, insights I shall always treasure but most importantly people I’ll never forget - People who wait for a session to end in order to call me and lighten up a gloomy day. Thanks a lot partner :-)

8 comments:

Nitya said...

*speechless*
for once :D

Madhuri said...

Congratulations to both of u ... Indeed will remain as a grt memory for u banjo.. Grt goin, we are proud of u ;)

Madhurjya (Banjo) said...

:-) Thanks :-)

Anonymous said...

Congrats to both of u!

Pooja

Anonymous said...

hey Banjo and Nitya,

CONGRATS!!! :) :) :)

Abhiram

AP said...

Rocking!! Congratz Both of u!!

Vinay said...

Awesome stuff people..

Madhurjya (Banjo) said...

Now I'm really getting embarassed :-)