I had just walked out of the casual world of engineering and was now being chaperoned by the residual logical part of my mind into SIIB. MBA in my min
I had just walked out of the casual world of engineering and was now being chaperoned by the residual logical part of my mind into SIIB. MBA in my mind was going to be formidable, frightening, but unparalleled. And what better way to bring in the calm before the storm but an outbound program.
Surya Shibir was mesmerising. You don’t see, hear or smell the nature here. You feel it. I felt the gravel crunch under my feet, the petrichor, and the sound of koels. Just post arrival the Out-Fit team had sorted us into groups, and sent us off into 2 days packed with team building and personality development exercises. At the end of 8 or 9 activities, lots of laughs, many tumbles, and plenty of friends made; I’d learnt more about myself than I had in 2 decades.
There is a different kind of adrenaline involved in putting up a show with a mere 30 minutes of preparation, which is just what we did. Cheering on everyone in dance, drama, music, the kind of unity I saw within the batch that evening was astounding. The day ended with a jam session where everyone was singing with all their heart, and it was a night to remember.
After the excitement of day 1 we were more than looking forward towards day 2. The trek was exacting. Walking up to the top, through the grassy knolls, and finally down the mountain. I made some great friends in those 14 kilometres. We ate wild blueberries that the rain washed right into our palms. Mother Nature pulled out all the stops, blessing up with cool breeze and constant drizzle.
Before we knew it, it was time to leave. We personally thanked the Out-Fit team for not only the personal experience, but also the life skills we learnt. Surya Shibir was an experience I will never forget. The calm, or better still, the exhilaration before the storm.