Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015

Potpourri – The literary and debating club of IIM Udaipur is hosting The Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015, IIMU’s annual B-school literature festival in its Udaipur campus. This is the third such edition of the event, and is slated on the 28th of February this year, as every year.

The Udaipur LeapDay Litfest was conceived by the first batch of students of IIM Udaipur, simply out of its love literature, helped by the support of the IIM Udaipur culture that encouraged it to conceive and execute such a unique concept. Over the years, the ULLF has evolved into a strong name in itself, becoming Udaipur’s very own Literature Festival and a platform for the local aspirants and enthusiasts to interact with renowned as well as upcoming artists and performers from across the length and breadth of this country.

The first edition, themed ‘Indian Mythology and Fantasy through new-age fiction’, hosted authors Rashmi Bansal, Ashwin Sanghi and Rajiv Menon who gave beautiful insights on the topic and also made the panel discussions very relevant for the predominantly management crowd that had gathered. The second edition, themed ‘An Odyssey of Expressions’ , however saw increased participation from the junta of Udaipur, and also a much more variedly experienced set of guests in authors Nikhil Sachan, Chetan Mahajan, classical singer Vidya Rao and Artist painter Siddharth. While the first two speakers were of management background, the other two were much experienced in the fields of art, and hence took the entire audience through a beautiful journey of their own illustrious careers.

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The theme for this year’s event – ‘Beauty in Chaos’, looks to celebrate the charming order that takes shape in all the turbulent journey of an artist. This year, the ULLF 2015 has grown much in size as a platform for Udaipur, and in stature in terms of the participating guests as well. Participating guests include Indian classical dancer and Padma Bhushan Dr. Mallika Sarabhai; Musician, poet and actor Mr. Piyush Mishra. Apart from these guests, ULLF 2015 will also be hosting, Ladli award winner for her writing on gender sensitivity, and author of e-retail record-breaking collection of short stories ‘Neela Scarf’, Ms. Anu Singh Chaudary; Asst Professor with the Department of English at St. Stephen’s, Delhi, musician and music conductor, and author of the ‘Book of Guardians’ trilogy, Ms. Giti Chandra; Founder of online entertainment channel ‘EmotionalFullsMr. Sandeep Jha; and founder of online satire-news portal ‘Faking News’, Mr. Rahul Roushan. This year’s event has been sponsored by Sahitya Akademi and co-sponsored by Aryas Publications, Niranjan Associates, Ashoka Cinemas and Pirates Publications, education partner National Book Trust and food partner Jaisingh Garh, Raaj Bagh and Kaju’s.

As a pre-runner, Potpourri also conducted Tell-a-Tale, a story writing marathon, hosting budding and aspiring authors and writers from Udaipur, Kota and Jaipur and the IIMU community as well. The event was a huge success going by the feedback of the participants, and event video will also be showcased during the Litfest. Going forward Tell-a-Tale will grow into a much bigger platform, inviting and encouraging participants from far and wide. This year too, the participation of the external community in the ULLF is touted to increase from last year, a healthy trend towards making the ULLF truly, Udaipur’s very own literature festival.

For participation and further info, please contact-

potpourri@iimu.ac.in or www.iimu.ac.in/LeapdayLitfest

Event SPOC- Puneet Mor @ 7023002064

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Tell-a-Tale- An epic 12 hour marathon story telling competition.

Tell-a-Tale was recently conducted by Potpourri- The literary and quizzing club of IIM Udaipur. Tell-a-Tale is a 12 hour marathon event where budding authors from the local community of Udaipur participated to write 5 different stories. All 15 participants were grouped into 5 teams of 3 writers each. Each team was provided with a beginning paragraph and told to write 12 chapters based on the initial paragraph. All the teams were provided with the same beginning and asked to dish out their own stories.

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The stage was set and participants assigned their teams. Out of the 15 participants, nine were from IIM Udaipur while the other 6 were local budding authors from Udaipur. At 8:30 pm on Saturday evening the event got going. Teams had arranged themselves in the order in which they were going to write the chapters. Once the order was decided, the first member of each group started writing the story while the other two left the room. The other two members had been given a read only access so that could see how the story was shaping up. The first round lasted for three hours in which every member wrote a chapter each for one hour. At the end of first round participants were given a 10 minute breather where they could refresh their minds. At the beginning of the second round participants were asked to give a title to their story and also specify the genre of their tale. The same process lasted for four rounds.

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The event was a great opportunity for local budding authors to show their writing skill. The 5 stories are going to be forwarded to a group of publishers who will judge the best story and declare them a winner. The winning team will get their stories published by the publisher. The opportunity of getting their first story meant a great way to start of their journey as a professional writer.

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The event was an unusual experience for the IIMU students where they could for once distance themselves from the business of business and revel in the joy of writing. The participants from the local community of Udaipur were mostly students pursuing their graduation. Vineet Sharma has recently given his 12th standard board exams and is preparing for his JEE entrance exams. But he says he is passionate about writing and like writing scripts. He wishes to one day write and direct his own movie. For him Tell-a-Tale was a great avenue to meet other budding authors like him and share ideas and learn from each other.
Gauri Pandya writes poems and stories in our national language HINDI. She is currently looking to publish her first book. “This is a very good platform for young writers like me to showcase my writing skills. But I also feel that this competition should be conducted in English as well as Hindi to promote Hindi language writers as well”.

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Arushi Vyas is currently pursuing B.A.L.L.B. from MLSU and and works for ‘City Angle’ a local lifestyle magazine. Arushi was first introduced to IIM Udaipur 2 years back. This was when Potpourri organized its very first leap day lit fest. “Attending the lit fest was a great experience for me. The event in itself was first of its kind in Udaipur. It had a great line up of authors including Ashwin Singhvi. The sessions were very interactive and insightful. Since then I have been a regular attendee of various events that are conducted at IIM Udaipur. I recently attended Audacity (IIMU’s cultural fest) and now it’s very exciting to be a part of Tell-a-Tale. I am also eagerly looking forward to the latest edition of the Leap Day Litfest”. The Udaipur Leap day Lit fest is the annual literature festival of IIM Udaipur conducted by Potpourri-The literary and quizzing club of IIM Udaipur. The event has a great lineup of authors including Mallika Sarabhai and Bollywood lyricist and actor Piyush Mishra. ULLF 2015 will be conducted on the 28th of February 2015 at IIMU campus.

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Team Work!

Climbing the ladders of a managerial career requires one to be cinch with team working abilities. Beginning from management trainees and proceeding through various phases of middle management and senior management roles, responsible managers are expected to work and deliver according to best of the capabilities of the team with which they are associated.

IIMU follows the pedagogy in the academic and non-academic student affairs in such a manner that the best of team working skills are inculcated in the students within the first three months itself of their stay at the institute. The academic programmes of the institute are launched with the first week entirely dedicated to team building workshops. External agencies who are specialist in the field are also sought to conduct innovative exercises involving sports, games et al to help in ice-breaking between the students and help them get ready for their journey in the institute.

A large part of the academic process involves weightage given to assignments, project submissions and class presentations given in study groups, furthermore, individual assignments. The study groups are formed by the Programmes Office with inputs from the faculty. A large care is taken to ensure parameters like academic, cultural and work experience diversity in the formation of groups to enhance the overall functioning of groups. IIM Udaipur has adopted case based learning methodology and a significant importance lies in the class participation and case discussions, hence providing the students of a feel of simulation of real life complex managerial situations.

The student clubs and committees and their plethora of vibrant activities in the institute complement the team building process. These bodies maintain autonomy in their selection process and hence bypass a large number of conventional parameters to form best teams aligned with their outcomes. The challenges posed to the students prepare them in honing their skills not confined to academic pursuits. The institute provides ample opportunities, independence and resources to students to conceive ideas and work in teams to plan and orchestrate their design and implementation. The institute has seen many such student driven initiatives culminating into events like The Leadership SummitThe Flagship Event of IIMU, Arth SamvaadThe Annual Finance Symposium of IIMU, SpandanThe Annual HR Conclave of IIMU, The Udaipur Leap Day Literature Festival and the Excursus Series.

Other prominent didactics like Live Projects, Field Surveys, Focus Group Studies, Industrial & Companies Visits, Global Immersion Programme, Student Exchange Term, Rural Immersion Course, Summer Internships and Placements Preparation Process all benefit students in the team working abilities by teaching them the values of mutual respect, appreciation, motivation, trust, understanding and refining of opinions, processes and working approaches.

Students also unite together with common interests and have come up with hobby clubs and societies for activities pertaining to sports, dance, music, arts, literature, photography, dramatics etc. Dedication to serve for a sensitive cause and social responsibility have also resulted in execution of student drives like Blood Donation Camp, Stem Cell Donation Camp and School Children Mentorship Programme.

Leaders well known in the corporate world are comprehended as great based on their abilities to lead teams with perfection for exceptional work deliveries. And IIMU strives to help students in developing as managers more confident of their team working capabilities and more responsible for team based actions so that they excel in their corporate journeys after learning the insights of transition at their stay at IIM Udaipur.

Second Edition of The Udaipur Leapday Lit Fest organized at IIM Udaipur!

“Management is a science that should be taught in an artful manner”.

In keeping with its unique style and commitment to din that admonition into the state of mind of the student managers of IIMU, Potpourri – The Literary Club of IIM Udaipur presented the second edition of The Udaipur Leapday Lit Fest on 28th February, 2014. Under the theme, “Odyssey of Expressions”, the event proved to be a spellbinding consuetude where some of the best minds from the world of arts and literature came together on a common platform to enrich the ever hungry literary souls of IIMU.

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The precursor to the event started a week prior with The Udaipur Amazing Race, a one of its kind event held to explore the city of Udaipur like never before. Udaipur, the City of Lakes and Palaces with its rich, diverse and beautiful locales provides a unique setting for this race with a back drop of a cultural milieu. The race is a treasure hunt competition and tests the students for their out of the box thinking, attitude, negotiation skills and a grasp on both the in campus and out campus locations to crack the clues.

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A total of 20 teams participated in the first elimination round where 8 teams had to be shortlisted for the next level of the race. A total of 8 clues were placed in different locations in the campus. The clues are designed to test the most basic of common sense among the participants and a way to figure out the most quirky things about the life in IIMU campus. First set of 8 teams to find out the clues ran in the actual race, the actual mania. Each team was provided a fixed budget from which they had to figure out all the day’s travelling and other expenses. The fun part is that each clue deciphered the next location and thus tested the real negotiation (read Jugaad) skills to convince the city autorickshaw owners to travel with the participants throughout the city for a day and that too on a meagre budget.

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The first clue in this race’s edition took the participants to the Royal Cemetery which is a huge structure spread across a large area. The participants had to figure out from the clue to drive towards the next location where a sumptuous portion of Daal Baati awaited them to be finished as a part of the tasks in the race. The Baati’s taste left them with the next clue, a run towards the Dai Mata Ki Baoli. The clue there landed the teams straight into the cold water for three dips in the Pichola Lake at the Ghangour Ghats. The real crazy part began here when all the completely drenched participants had to sell handicrafts to complete strangers on the street. The teams running everywhere took every onlooker to surprise and left most of them querying if a film shooting was in place there. The participants exerted physically by then had to push their stamina beyond limits. Recollecting the strength, the teams had to trek the hill to reach the Karni Mata Mandir. Some quit and some could not figure out the clues to reach. But the enchanting view from the top of the summit refreshed the complete day’s exhaustion. Then started a run to Shilpgram, The Handicrafts Village where the teams had to complete the tasks of pottery artefacts and garland making. From there began, a cycle race back to the campus. Throughout the event, picture snippets and video clipping of the various participants in various stages of races were tweeted live and trended the Social Media channels of IIMU. Raghuram and Hari Prasad from PGP-1 won the race showcasing brilliant sporting attitude, perseverance and skills. Potpourri ensures with ado to imbibe the flavour of art and culture in every task of its farrago of activities.

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The curtain raiser to the Lit Fest saw an evening filled with a dash of entertainment, drama and humor when the Society of Dramatics collaborated with Potpourri to present a satirical play, Kanjoosa Hazrat Awara adaptation of a popular French Play by Moliere. Dramatics fans from Udaipur turned up in the campus for this sumptuous comic appetizer. The visual setting, audience cheering and applauds set the right mood for the Lit Fest.

The Lit Fest day began with the lamp lighting by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIMU. Light is synonymous with the spreading of knowledge, wisdom and hope. And the enthusiastic students, speakers, faculty comprising prominently Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar, Prof. Vandana Swami, Prof. Thomas Joseph and Prof.  N. Vishwanathan along with the audience indulged in talks to exchange experiences and thoughts to assay the notion.

For the literary minds, first panel discussion saw Mr. Nikhil Sachan, an IIT-BHU and IIMK alumnus and author of last year’s Hindi bestseller Namak Swadanusar, discussing the issues which young writers face. He also spoke in detail about the publishing industry’s intricacies, falling popularity of Hindi and other regional literature as well as the challenges faced by budding writers. Nikhil also recited some of the poems from his body of work which are close to his heart and through which he connected with young audience. He was accompanied well by the second panelist, Mr. Chetan Mahajan, author of The Bad Boys of Bokaro. Chetan touched the audience with a sensitive note of his storytelling experiences, narratives which went into shaping his book, social issues and tips for aspiring writers.

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Following the literary discussion, began an hour of Mrs. Vidya Rao, Classical Singer and Editor, speaking from the podium. She mesmerized the audience with her sweet and cherubic renditions of Thumri when her mellifluous voice filled everyone’s hearts in the auditorium. Her journey of evolving as an artist and her views on people, expression, arts, music, dance, love and life left everyone awestruck.

A photography exhibition of Prof. Mahesh Sharma’s collection depicting the various shades of life in Udaipur enthralled the audience. The speakers also distributed books and CDs of their works among the participants.

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The event culminated with a talk by celebrated Painter and Sculptor, Mr. Sidharth. He shared his experiences as an artist, the power of expression and the spirit of arts as a medium of communication and change. He also painted a portrait of Gautam Buddha in the fest and gifted it to IIMU as a token of souvenir.

Udaipur Lit Fest is the only Lit Fest conducted in an educational institute in India. And it conveys the very message of IIMU’s Uniqueness and Diversity with elan. The speakers congratulated the Potpourri team for conducting the event. The event ended on a thanking note to the audience and the sponsors viz., The Times of India, Learning Quotient, Sojatia Classes, Big 92.7 FM, Kaju’s Pizza and Lake City Mall. And the audience left with a promissory word from Potpourri to return next year bigger, better and more opulent. A week in the name of Literature, Arts, Music, Dance and Life. Cheers Potpourri!