Confluence 2006 at
- by Vinamra Srivastava *
This was long overdue but I guess
I was just too lazy... Now that am back home for our 2nd term-end break, there's
lots of catching up to do!!!
Confluence is the annual
international B-school summit of IIM-A. I had heard it's a huge scale event, but
it was only when we actually started preparing for the event and during those
actual three days that I realized its true magnitude.
The event is managed by a number
of teams, each consisting of a mixture of tuchchas and fachchas.
The fachchas were recruited into the team in the first term itself, even
when the event was to take place in the last week of November. I was in the
domestic team, and thus, our work had started much before the actual event got
underway. My team was responsible for sending invitations to all the colleges,
and then, actually taking care of their stay and queries once they were on
November was truly hectic in some
sense. First, it was our mid-term exams. Once they got over, after three days
the placements started, and once they got over, after another 4-5 days,
Confluence started. A domestic registration desk had been set up at LKP and it
was the nerve centre of all the activities taking place during the three days of
the summit. Right from checking-in by the teams who got on campus to the
announcement of results to the distribution of freebies, it was a one-stop shop
for all information. And hence, it was essential that most of the domestic team
members remain in the stall for as long as possible. And that's what precisely
happened with me.
For all the three days, I used to
be at the desk nearly the entire time and once the day was over, we all used to
sit and do the wrapping up of data and get the desk ready for the next day. So
basically, you can say that there was hardly any sleep for those three days. Get
up early, come to the desk, be there or do other Confluence related work the
entire day, get back to the room at about 12:00 midnight or 1:00 am, crash on
the bed and the next day the entire cycle repeated.
But you know what? Those three
days were damn good fun despite all the work. Though I did not get to attend any
of the seminars / lectures / workshops / competitions (and some of them, I
really wanted to), I really didn't have many regrets. Because the whole
experience of being at the desk and managing the thousands of queries of teams
and participants and guests was something special indeed. The entire domestic
team bonded very well and we all had become very good friends, despite the fact
that we were from different sections and had hardly known each other before we
got together as a team. That's the beauty of this place. Even though your daily
interaction is limited to people from your section or your dorm, since you are a
part of different teams / clubs, you get to know so many people and make friends
Yes, there were stressful times
as well. You always don't have all the information with you and when so many
people ask you consistently for that information, things get a bit
uncomfortable. You have to ensure that you keep your calm throughout and that
the guests leave the place with a good impression of the entire event.
Multi-tasking was at its peak, with so much information about small details
entrenched in your memory throughout. But all that was not only a challenge, but
also good fun. I made so many new friends from so many other colleges. You talk
to them, get to know how things go about in their colleges, learn from their
experiences, get their feedback on the event, and yes, I will be honest, it sure
does feel nice when you hear them praise the institute and the professionalism
with which the entire summit has been handled.
And actually, when I sit and look
back, yeah, they were right. It was a huge event with nearly a thousand
participants I guess, not to mention people who just came to attend seminars and
to get a general feel of a B-school festival. And it did, in the end, go pretty
well I guess. No major goof-ups, things were smooth in general and almost all
the teams I interacted with were appreciative of the way the event progressed.
Hats-off to our tuchchas led by Arjun Balan, the Confluence Coordinator,
who all worked day and night for so long to pull off an event of this huge scale
There were lots of eminent
personalities who delivered lectures. All the details of the event are available
on the website, and hence, I won't go into those details here. And once the
summit officially got over after the Quiz Contest, which was the last event, the
celebrations began. Starting with the Confluence Tempo shout at the auditorium
to the Ramp-party organized for absolutely everyone on campus, it was a night of
fun for most of the people. The dance party saw mostly the participating teams
letting their hair loose and enjoying themselves thoroughly along with the
Confluence team members, who finally could smile after pulling off a successful
event. Yes, there were not many fachchas / tuchchas who were present, but
I guess that had to do with the exhaustion that had engulfed everyone after
three hectic days of buzzing activities.
All in all, a truly amazing
experience. My first ever of such a kind. To be a part of Asia's largest
B-school Summit and to get a first-hand experience of being in the thick of
action was fun and learning going hand-in-hand. After Sangharsh and Placements,
this was the the third thing that made this term a truly unique one. This place
never ceases to keep you on your toes and give you experiences of a lifetime.
And now being in the Admin team
of Chaos, our cultural festival in January last week, I can already feel an
encore of a different kind.