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IFIM Business School student Mr. Prabhu Ebenezer wins first place at paper presentation conference in Jaipur

12th Feb, 2016

Topic: A management perspective on Emotional Stability among women- Anecdotes of Urmila from Ramayana.

As I landed at the Jaipur airport on the 11th February 2016, the pink city of India welcomed me with a cool evening breeze at its arrival area, which had monument like walls around the parking. It was a 5 km drive from the airport to the hotel, nothing much about the city could be witnessed as it was the outskirts of the city. The rest of the day was spent taking rest. For dinner I wanted to discover some eateries near the hotel I stayed, so I slowly walked out into the road and bumped into a ‘Dhaba’; a small restaurant named ‘Shri Om Restaurant’ run by a young lad named Sanjay Singh Rathore. He served such tasty food that it tickled my taste buds. Next day, the 12th February 2016 was the first day of the conference. A bus was sent to pick up the delegates to the conference. The conference started off with a heart-warming inauguration song ‘Varde veenavahini varde’ sung by their students, following which the lighting of the lamp took place as the universe was invited to be a part of the good happenings. The inaugural address was delivered by Dr. Madhu Kishwar, Director, CSDS, Delhi. Her address was mind boggling as she explained how diversities should co-exist in a healthy way to form an identity in a person. She said – ‘how sometimes when one of the diversities overpowers the others, it leads to unhealthy social relationships such as terrorism. She also spoke about the gender discrimination before and after the British era in India, the effect of media manipulation on women, individualization, mental health, mythology connection to gender discrimination, sexual liberation etc. After a session with a lot food for thought, the tea break was announced which had the authentic Rajasthani Kachori, Poha and tea. Following which was the keynote address by Prof. Veera Raghavan, Emeritus Professor, IGNOU, Delhi. There were 3 technical session for the day in which about 20 papers were presented- 10 orally and 10 posters.

My Presentation was due in the technical session III. I was a little nervous as this was my first paper presentation, as I proceeded with my presentation I gained confidence and went on to make the audience laugh with a thought provoking joke. With this the first day conference came to closure. The second was again a hand full of paper presentations. The panel discussion on ‘Women’s health and Identity in modern times: Missing wood for the trees?’ was one such though provoking and brain tickling even for the day. As day two came to a closure with the valedictory, I was just waiting to get my certificates and leave but to my surprise I had won the FIRST PRIZE for the paper presentation, out of the 60 abstracts published in the abstracts book and the 35 papers presented orally. It was the best moment of my life. The first thing I did was thank God and my parents for their blessings. If it was not for my college, especially Mr. Shaji Kurian to have supported and motivated me throughout, I don’t think I would have reached this mile in my life. I am grateful to them. For those restless days and sleepless nights working for my paper with my friend Thenndral.S from Montfort College Bangalore, it paid off really well. My third day at the pink city was to admire her beauty in the forts. The ‘Jalmahal’, ‘Hawamahal’, ‘Amer Fort’ were food to the eyes. The extensive shopping for slippers, bags, kurtas, and saree added to the bliss of the trip. On the 15th, I headed back to Bangalore.

- By Mr. Prabhu Ebenezer S,
PGDM Batch 2015-17

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