Chaalis Saal Baad (CSB) Class Of Seventy Three, IIM-A (COSTIIMA) Ruby Jubilee Reunion, 12-151213

December 25, 2013

My arrival at Ahmedabad…sunrise on the 12th morning:


For many years, KM’s class from


has been meeting every year in December, with families. I liked the group immensely, and started the egroup for the alum, too. Our families grew together, and we bonded even more than classes do in the usual way. So I felt very comfortable going for the reunion.

The IIM-A logo of the Bodhi (or Peepal) tree: DSC04925 The description of the logo, by Annie Paul: "Siddi Saiyad Jaali, one of the screen windows at the Siddi Saiyad mosque in the centre of the old city. The arched, semicircular window portrays a beautiful Peepal tree with curving, sinuous, intertwined branches, intricately carved out of yellow stone to give the effect of filigree. There is also a palm tree in the centre. It is a stunning example of sixteenth-century stone tracery decorating a mosque built in 1573 by a Siddi General." It's stylized in the new campus: DSC05059 The famous architecture by Louis Kahn: DSC05009 DSC05007 DSC05006 DSC05004 Before writing of the ruby reunion, one must mention a very interesting fact about COSTIIMA (Class Of Seventy Three, IIMA). Unlike most other batches that have a reunion once in a while, this class is one that's been meeting regularly, with families, for the past twenty years. The result has been that not only have the alum bonded ever more deeply, but also the spouses, and the children have grown up together. Here are most of us, at the first session: The ladies at the dinner gathering: DSC04802 The first initiative to meet was taken by Rajan Sanghi, in the days before the internet. Once started, the annual gathering was so popular that the families met every year. As various people took on the job of hosting the meets, the class combined fellowship with tourism. Venues like Jaisalmer, Ranthambore, Indore, Kodaikanal, Aurangabad and Naukuchiatal (Gadwhal) enabled the class to meld more and more into one extended family. The coming of the internet enabled everyone to keep in touch. There was a concentrated effort, for many years, to get everyone on the egroup that had been started,and to locate their various co-ordinates,and create a database that would be regularly updated. It now includes even the children, their spouses, and grandchildren! Of late, the alum had been using the auspicious occasions of their children's weddings to gather, but there was also a meet at Kumarakom, which was well-attended. From the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, Shashi Kant Sharma, who lives in Pune with his wife Manju, had been gearing up for the CSB. The venue was would be the alma mater, of course. After all, for landmark events, we all return to the ancestral home! Shashi drew up a schedule that competently straddled the fine line between too many and too few activities. Shashi the organizer, on the 12th evening, gearing up: DSC04534 Several others pitched in to contact friends, and it was a triumph for the class that from 12 to 15 December, no less than 39 alum (including 2 of the 3 women who graduated in the class).... that is, about 33% of the class.... attended, some with their spouses, and one with his son. At the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Management Development Centre (KLMDC), those who arrived on the 12th exchanged notes, and some went for dinner to Vishaal, an ethnic Gujrati restaurant. Food on a "stitched-leaf" (dona) plate at Vishaal: DSC04550 The "Intro Session" on the 13th morning, overflowed with the happiness of meeting old friends...and making some new ones, too. Shashi starting the session (how alliterative is that!) DSC04628 Hairlines and waistlines were receding, and the other advancing! (no photos!) Those of the class who were no more, were saluted with a minute of respectful silence. Many alum shared their experiences of the first day at the campus. Many contributed photos and write-ups for a “then-and-now” exhibition on the board. DSC04747 At this session, Soban Khan (PGP 2) DSC04749 and Himanshu Bhatt of the Alumni Office were both present. Post-lunch, while the spouses went to see Ahmedabad, the alum gathered for a session labelled IIM...Interaction on Institute Matters. The following people from the Institute were also present: Prof. Ajay Pandy Prof. Arvind Sahay Prof. G. Raghuram Prof.Rekha Jain A message from Prof. Ashish Nanda was read out. Prof. Rekha Jain gave an overview of the changes at the Institute, and asked the alum questions about what the alum had learnt from their two years, and how IIMA could help them at this stage of their lives, when the alum are in their sixties. Prof. Arvind Sahay talked about new initiatives relating to globalization and faculty development. In the evening, at a sumptuous dinner by Kalpana Raval, DSC04791 and her son Nikunt and his fiancee Dilbar, DSC04793 at their sprawling home in Thaltej, the warmth of their hospitality dispelled the chill on the lawns. Also attending were Prof. and Mrs Abhinandan Jain, Prof. Arvind Sahay and his family, and Prof and Mrs Sasi Misra. Kirit Raval, an alum, was the Solicitor General of India at the time of his untimely passing away. DSC04773 On the 14th morning, the alums visited the Sun Temple at Modhera: DSC04902 DSC04870 Our keepsakes were red tees and red caps, and the bus was red, too: DSC04814 click here for my detailed post about the ancient, beautiful temple. Resting at Modhera: DSC04908 A temple on the way back from Modhera: DSC04967 Lunch was organized at the Shanku Water Park Resort. Here we are (I took this from the top of one of the water slides) DSC04951 Age-old transportation methods: DSC04964 In the evening, there was dinner on the lawns in the "main" (read old) campus I actually got into my own camera at the dinner: DSC05026 The gathering, through a gate: DSC05021 One of the class, Beheruz Sethna, was being honoured with the “Founder’s Award” the highest award conferred by the University of West Georgia. With the help of today’s technology, the group was able to briefly watch him accepting the award, live from the USA. DSC05010 Post-dinner, at the Ravi Mathai Auditorium, Prof Kalro addressed us: DSC05029 Various PGP 1 and 2 students entertained the gathering with their delightful talents. PGP 1's...very talented...entertaining us: DSC05045 The alum and their spouses also took the stage in turn, providing a feast of music,dance, and humourous verse. The humorous verse being provided by Vivek Pande: DSC05043 We enjoyed listening and watching: DSC05032 All too soon, it was the morning of the 15th, and the alum dispersed, having thoroughly enjoyed their time at the alma mater. The warmth of old friendships was cherished, and further strengthened.

COSTIIMA is now planning the next meet, for 2014….!

The flower of our friendship will never fade…..