Even as we were in the first week of our stay inside our lush green campus in Gurgaon, thoughts like – getting ourselves accustomed to the hostel scenario, interacting and knowing our peers, a probable change in our biological and sleep cycles and the hunch of going back to books(that still feels intimidating) were on our minds. A plethora of similar emotions was playing a strange medley in and around us. Then, Great Lakes came up with the outbound trip to Rishikesh, the most fitting pilot episode to our newest series in life- The B school experience.
Our trip began on 19 May as we boarded our buses and started our long and fun filled night. Antakshari, Dumb charades, singing and dancing were the norm for the night… This was just the beginning!
We reached our pristine and beautiful campsite ‘Life missions’ in the morning and got ourselves ready for a day filled with unforgettable adventures. We split into two groups. One group geared up for a thrilling tryst with Rappelling as another started for an electrifying Rafting experience on the river Ganges.
As I braced myself for my rendezvous with rappelling, I could not help but wonder what it would feel like. The thought of hanging from a tall bridge with just a rope to our rescue felt awesome! I am obviously talking for myself. I am sure the same was not the case for people with Acrophobia. 😀
Cut to the actual experience, it did feel awesome! It was amazing to let go and hang almost perpendicular to the bridge and slowly descend systematically. It also gives a sense of trusting the guide who was giving all the instructions. Trust is what drives all businesses! In retrospect, it seems there was so much of sub-conscious learning happening.
Next, we had a team exercise of building a bridge with straws. Working in teams and collaborating amongst each other was a fun learning experience, to say the least.
As the day approached noon, we returned to our campsite, had lunch and eagerly prepared ourselves for Rafting. The review provided by the other group that returned added on to the excitement. We started off and reached a location called ‘Marine drive’, strapped ourselves with life jackets and helmets, and made sure we took proper instructions given by the Rafting coordinator. I can vouch for the entire batch by saying that this experience was, without any argument, the highlight of the trip.
As we started rowing our rafts in unison, we came across quite a few surprises. For a person who is new to the rafting world, the idea of encountering ‘rapids’ was massively thrilling. Our coordinator gave us direct and lucid instructions before each of the four rapids we challenged. These were:
- Good evening
- Sweet 16
- Roller coaster
- The three blind mice
Each of these rapids has a special memory with all of us. Experiences like standing inside the raft with the probability of falling over, taking a toss in the river, witnessing an ever-beautiful landscape across the river and getting ourselves lost in a myriad of senses and thrills as we witnessed the beautiful sunset are a few souvenirs we took back home from this experience.
As the Rafting escapade ended, we had one more learning experience in the form of a raft building exercise that was veritably fun filled and utterly enriching.
Coming back to our campsite, an evening with the bonfire and music awaited us. With our batch having a talent spectrum ranging from professional violin players, drummers and guitarists to melodious singers and dancers, this evening was exactly what we needed to feel refreshed. As we dispersed to our tents after such a happening day, we all had a sense of belonging amongst each other.
We struggled to wake up the next day, but Palhan Sir’s meditation session filled us with reinvigorated energy as we headed off to a trek. Returning from a short hike, we had one final meet up focusing on the assessment for the two group activities. It was fun witnessing all the teams doing interesting introductions and victory dances.
None of us was in a mood to leave Rishikesh and the trip back to Gurgaon did seem long. Nevertheless, the end of this eventful trip marked the start of our ‘B-School’ journey.’ A journey that will surely be filled with ups and downs just like the rapids that we faced in Rishikesh. But if we work together then I’m positive that we’ll all get a chance to perform our victory dances at the end of this year.
‘IN THE MIDST OF MOUNTAINS’
A trip to a beautiful place,
Uttarakhand, you blessed us with your grace.
Driving through your mountains’ maze,
Mesmerised by your rain’s presence.
Drifting down the bridge like a pro,
Amidst the mountains’ meadow.
To get rid of phobia of heights,
Rappelling was an amazing exercise.
Ganga, the mightiest of the rivers
Embraced us with all her ardour.
Feeling the quivers in her waters,
Rafting, an experience gifted to us.
An evening with a Bonfire,
Music, you are the sire.
Guitar, Violin and Drums singing to its melody,
Musicians tuning to all its glory.
Staring at the sky of twinkling stars,
Sleeping in the mother nature’s arms.
Opening eyes to the beautiful misty morning,
Waking up to the sun between the mountains, rising.
Meditating early in the morning,
Trekking through the hills in the surrounding.
Relaxing by the river that’s flowing,
Folks playing water volleyball, enjoying.
An end to a beautiful journey,
A lovely opening to a new Odyssey,
Cheers to a lot of memories,
As a fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, It is
‘The One with a Sweet Beginning’.
Authors: Samuel Johnson & Prithvi Naadig
PGPM, Class of 2018, Great Lakes, Gurgaon