Rashmi Bansal was invited by ECell to visit the campus on 19/09/2010. She held an informal session with students talking about her books “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” and “Connect the Dots”. She also spoke about some interesting entrepreneurs she happened to meet in Kerala. She spoke about some entrepreneurs whose stories could not be published in the book “Connect the Dots” but were interesting stories. Examples included two alumni of IIMK who are into the business of Banana chips. She also gave a very interesting example of a young entrepreneur in the incubation centre, NIT Calicut. She used this example to convey how inspirations may be there everywhere around us, we need to have the tendency to look for them. Rashmi also guided students regarding the importance of having informal interactions with faculty members because they always have stories which can be enlightening to students.
On being asked about examples of “Failure in entrepreneurship”, she told that there is nothing called a permanent failure in entrepreneurship; it is like an addiction, you would seldom feel like closing down a business and going back to job. She told she has never met any person who has felt like a failure after being an entrepreneur. If you don’t succeed it is a lesson, if you do, you fulfil your dream. A job is a safe option…. so one can rather seek the adventures and do something new than work in a job with limited exposure. Students were lucky to get some practical advice from her when she told them that every campus has around 10 percent students who are capable of making it big if they try something different, but every student should use the time in the college to discover if he or she belongs to that 10 percent. When asked about the difficulty in getting a book published in India, she said “ one should write for himself, and his satisfaction, publications and audience will follow”.
She spoke about
- Her experience as a book writer
- How she ended up being a writer?
- What the life of a writer is like?
- Journalism as a career option
- Challenges that one faces in starting up and maintaining a magazine
She was full praise to the architecture of the buildings on campus and the beautiful natural landscape around the campus. She commented that the campus looked very different from the other IIM’s and it is the most beautiful of all the IIM’s that she has seen. She liked the concept of Contemplation Room and Meditation Centre in the campus.