How's my Luck now?

Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

Location: India

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Manfest - III

Day 3 events:

Talk by Mr. Ravimohan, CEO, CRISIL

This talk had be to be rescheduled several times due to last-minute timing complications. It was a talk on finance-cum-pre-placement talk. It was interesting primarily because we got to know a lot more about CRISIL than our first impression of a company known for its credit
ratings. I realized that it would be quite an exciting place to work for people with a quantitative bent and interested in finance and economics.


Along with a batchmate, I hosted the crossword competition. We had prepared the crosswords in advance. We had scheduled a prelim round in three waves at a spacing of one hour each. The prelim had one standard quick crossword. We selected the top ten teams from the prelims and had the final round in the evening. The final consisted of four rounds - quick crossword, grid word search, word jumble and cryptic crossword. It was an elimination round
with the structure 10-5-3-2. It was quite enjoyable to host a crossword competition - something I have only participated in so far in college.

Besides the above, there was also a talk by Mr. Dilip Chhabria, head of DC Designs, best known as an innovative car remodeler. I couldn't attend it because of schedule constraints but it must have been quite interesting.

Night concerts

Manfest concluded with performances by two well-known bands - the Pakistani band Strings, and the Indian Euphoria.
I found one of the Strings vocalists really good. He had a voice with a good bass which he used very well. His voice modulation was also good. He sang a song mimicking Hariharan's voice (a song they have recently recorded with Hariharan) and he did it very well. Some of their songs were trashy, but many had a distinct element of melody and good lyrics to make them good to listen to.
Euphoria is a good band who now have several hit songs to their credit. While their instrumentalists are quite good, it is their vocalist - Dr. Palash Sen - who commands the most attention. He has a voice which reaches incredible pitches. I call him the Mahendra Kapoor
of Indipop. He is also similar to MK in the sense that he overuses that ability :). Many of the Euphoria songs have been set at uncomfortably high pitches, which makes them sound devoid of melody.


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