TAAQ & Antaragni -- FLOODAID -- a tsunami of solidarity

FLOODAID -- a tsunami of solidarity

Thermal And A Quarter and Antaragni perform to raise funds for thevictims and families of the over 9,000 Indians affected by the tsunami of December 26.

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Venue: St John's Auditorium.

Donor passes Rs 99.99.

Time: 8.30 pm onwards.

We know it's a weekday, and that you have to go to work the next day.

Yes, we know of the traffic jams, too. But tragedies don't think twice before striking.

This one struck on Boxing Day, a Sunday, when most of us were still curled in bed dreaming about tomorrow.

Please turn up in large numbers. For some of our brethren, it's not going to be a happy new year. Let's help make their 2005 a little morebearable. Please contribute generously with clothes and non-perishable foodstuffs.

ps: Spread the word. Passes will be available at the venue.

More details on http://www.thermalandaquarter.com

[BTW you can free d/l MP3s from their new album "Plan B" from the site]-


Tsunami Relief Donation Points in Blore

this is in addition to what people must be already knowing about theagencies working to collect contributions for Tsunami





Bangalore citizens initiative for tsunami victims, Dec 28, 2004 Click <http://www.indiatogether.com/relief/tsunami/docs/esgltr.htm>here to see yesterday's press release

A network of voluntary organisations, colleges, student organisations,NGOs, etc. from the Bangalore region have come together to launch the CITIZENS INITIATIVE FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS.

The main purpose is to developcollective efforts for mobilising relief material and money to helpvictims through credible contact points in the affected areas.

St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science will be the main contact pointfor collection of material and donations. A bank account in the name of "Citizens Initiative" is available for collecting all donations androuting them through credible channels to the affected communities. In a major drive to mobilise relief material and resources, the CitizensInitiative will organise a Relief Collection March on Thursday, 30December 2004, from Mahatma Gandhi Statue on M. G. Road, starting 3.30pm. This March will wind its way through many commercial areas to raiseawareness to GIVE GENEROUSLY AND APPROPRIATELY. Additionally, there will be a major Points set up by Volunteers in many parts of the city.

By way of this Release, we request more volunteers to join these campaigns.

Can you speak Tamil? Do you want to volunteer for the Tsunami relief

I just spoke to AID India in Chennai and they need people who can speak and understand Tamil.

If you can speak Tamil and are willing to volunteer then kindly contact AID India at the following numbers:

Ravishankar of AID India: 94440 84910

AID India office: 044 28350403

Appeal from an XLer NGO Network for Tsunami Relief efforts

Dear fellow XL'ers,

This is Pondy, XL 84 appealing to your support for a Network of NGO's called CIOSA (www.ciosa.org <http://www.ciosa.org/> ) based in Tamil Nadu.

I happen to be the Managing Trustee of this network of 104 NGO's.

Our members have over a 100 volunteers working in Cuddalore,Kanyakumari, Nagai and Chennai, performing a variety of relief and rehabilitation work, as detailed herewith. I would commit that whatever contribution you make will reach the needy with professional valueaddition and minimal throughput cost. Would really value your gestures of kindness, at this hour of need. Pl feel free to contact me for any clarifications

(Mobile - 98410 79559 Res- 044 26224214).



K Pandiarajan

Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd

"Amble Side"

No.8, 4th Floor,

Khader Nawaz Khan Road,

Chennai - 600 006

Ph : 91 - 44 - 2833 3351-53

Dir : 91 - 44 - 2833 3359

Fax: 91 - 44 - 2833 3358

The 2004 XL Bangalore X'mas bash !

It was a lovely Christmas evening and on behalf of the alumni committee, I'd really like to thank few people for making the show happen.

The settings of the Century Club in Cubbon Park was apt for the XLersand their families who turned up to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season.

Top honours go to Nelson and his beautiful family of Anindita & Celine for the generous sponsorship that made this possible. (iPeopleIndia, Executive Search & Selection - Mob:+91-93428-55611,nelson@ipeopleindia.com). He also did a great job as our Santa.

Thomas & Sarah brought cheer to all the children by buying all the gifts, thanks much.

Anuja Singh rallied all the kids to decorate the tree.

Zo sponsored the tree, which he claims is 5' though the pot's 2' high.

Our host for the evening was Venkatesh and his cool son, Amrith, who signed us in.

Many thanks to both of them for the lovely venue.

Nimmi sent across the cake because she couldn't make it because of a sprained neck. The causes for the sprain are shrouded in mystery.

Lastly I'd like to thank our musicians, David, Jabez, & Zo for playing/singing in the Christmas spirit.

Thanks also to Xlers who came out of the woodwork to attend the programme, like Satish Karunakaran, Ravi Rego and a few others.

Of course, grax was exchanged by all and sundry...and some snatches ofconversation that Scooperizer was able to catch were:

"So this XLer after making his HR consulting firm one of the biggestin India has chucked it all up and is starting it all over again inSingapore !"

"Seen some great tech startups recently? We'd like to invest some seedcapital.."

"Being a freelance consultant has its ups and downs , but I am enjoying it...."

"I'm thinking of buying a Toyota Camry, the Accent feels small these days.."

"The politics after the merger caused the partners to leave...pure culture clash , y'know"

"How come my competitor gets to be in the top employers of the country with 32% attrition and my organization doesn't make it , with half that rate"...

"I tell you, I joined this organization just to move to Bangalore, andthey have a horrid work/life balance...I can't even go to Styx to chill out on Saturday night!"

"Guess what, slowly and surely our batch has 10 IRs inBangalore...maybe we can have a small batch meet!"

Ahem! I'll stop here before I spill any dangerous beans , but I hope you get the general idea ;-)

Of course, the drinks were flowing (since they were free till 7.30 pm,we had quite a few early birds there !), with yummy snacks like Chicken Tikka, masala peanuts and pineapple, cheese sticks!

The food took the cake (no pun intended!) with some great Mangalorean fish, Chicken Chettinad, Pulav, Rotis, Palak Paneer, Bhindi and Salad!

Yum !

The kids discovered the adjacent park to the party venue and so quitea few XLers had to move there to keep an eye over them as they went berserk on the swings and slides there !

It's better than regular parties...It's X'mas !

No Schmoozing - No Networking - No Fist Pumping

It's Christmas time!

This is the time for our friends, families, and especially our kids.That's what this programme is all about. Good fun for the kids and us parents.

Santa Claus, carols, gifts, cake, chocolates, time with the kids, fun, fun, and more fun.

Thanks again to the generous sponsorship from Nelson Cordeiro of iPeople India (Executive Search & Selection - Mob:+91-93428-55611),for making this happen.

Friday, Dec 17, Century Club (Cubbon Park), 7:30 onwards.


Please send in your confirmations ASAP with your children'snames and ages for us to buy gifts for them (kuruvilla@gmail.com /98451-41464).

Rates:Families/Couples -250

Singles - 150

Guests - 200

Kid guests - 100

Drinks/Beer - 50 each,

Booze is FREE till 7:30pm.

Answers to your questions:

1. Dinner is included and will be served at appropriate times for thechildren/grownups.

2. Snacks & softdrinks are free

3. The venue is semi-closed so clothe the kids appropriately

4. Yes, you can bring guests at Rs 200 each. If they are kids (Rs100), please send me their details so gifts can be arranged.

5. Century Club is in the middle of Cubbon Park.

Here are the driving directions:

From GPO: Drive in front of Vidhana Souda, cross the first junction between the old and the new Vidhana Soudas and go straight till you hit the signal that branches to Palace Road, Vidhana Souda Road and Nrupathunga Road. Don't take any of these roads, take a hard left into Cubbon Park and Century Club is 200 feet down on the right. Ask for Sampige Village.

From (demolished) Tiffany's/UB City gate of Cubbon Park: Drive straight in and pass the public library on the left. At the next junction go straight (diagonal right will take you to the High Court).You will hit Century Club about 500 feet down on the left. Ask forSampige Village.

From Hudson/Corporation Circle gate of Cubbon Park: Drive straight in and pass the public library on the right. At the next junction take ahard left. You will hit Century Club about 500 feet down on the left.Ask for Sampige Village.

From MG Road/Jewels D'Paragon gate of Cubbon Park: Don't take this gate, it won't lead to Century Club!

Nelson Cordeiro

iPeople India

Teaming good professionals & companies

Executive Search & Selection


Tel: 569 88 793 / 51216699


# 304, Raheja Arcade


Bangalore 560 095

The X Factor

The X-factor - a monthly e-newsletter for both alumni and current students of XLRI - was launched yesterday on December 2nd, 2004.

The X-factor aims to address a long felt need for sharing and disseminating news/views across the XLRI community - alumni, students and faculty.

You can Download Your Copy Here (right click, save - it is a 377kb, pdf document)

We would love to have your feedback, suggestions and contributions for the forthcoming issues. Please write back to us at: editor.xfactor [at] gmail.com

Happy Reading!

Santa's coming to XL Bangalore on Dec 17th !

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way... making spirits rise... oh what fun... !!!

Dear friends,

We reindeers are bringing Santa again for the XLBang Christmas HappyHours on Friday (Dec 17th - 7:30pm) at the Sampige Village, CenturyClub.

This programme is specially meant for your children and there's lots of fun for everyone. This year we will also be serving dinner for hungry kids and even hungrier parents.

Santa will be there with great gifts for the kids. There'll be lots of carol singing, so come with your best voices. We have Christmas cake,snacks, and a whole bunch of great stuff.

If you or your organisation would like to sponsor the programme,please let Kuru know on 98451-41464.

See you there!

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Madhur and Upasana getting married !

Two XLers in Bangalore (batch of 2002) are getting married in Delhi tomorrow.

You can wish Upasana and Madhur Upadhyay by calling on 9886724203, 011-26526782 or mailing at madhurupadhyay @yahoo.com

XL news updates

XL summer placement is a huge success .

XL alumni homecoming news and the seminar on ethics.

National Information Technology Seminar news from XL.

XLRI wins best overall institute trrophy at IIM Bangalore

From: "Chandrakanth Pai"

Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2004 23:48:11 +0530

Subject: XLRI Wins Best Overall Institute Trophy at IIMB

Dear Sir,It gives me great pleasure to inform you that XLRI hasbeen awarded the best overall institute award at IIM Bangalore intheir annual management fest "Vista 2004" held over this weekend.

Our students have performed exceedingly well in thevarious competitions during Vista and have won this overall trophy.



Chandrakanth Pai.

XL Diro @ XLBang Happy Hours! Friday - Nov 5th

Hi folks, long time no schmooze & booze!

We are happy to have with us for this month's Happy Hours:
* Fr N. Casimirraj, S. J., Director of XLRI
* Bushen Raina the National President, XLRI Alumni Association
* Rana Sinha, President of the Jamshedpur Alumni Chapter.

We're also having some adult games like Dumb Charades for entertainment.

Venue: KGA Poolside or Party Hall if it rains
When: 7:30pm, Friday (Nov 3)
Host: George Ollapally
**Free drinks served till 7:30pm.**

Bring your batchmates and see you there!



XL Diro @ XLBang Happy Hours! Friday - Nov 5th

Hi folks, long time no schmooze & booze!

We are happy to have with us for this month's Happy Hours:

* Fr N. Casimirraj, S. J., Director of XLRI

* Bushen Raina the National President, XLRI Alumni Association

* Rana Sinha, President of the Jamshedpur Alumni Chapter.

We're also having some adult games like Dumb Charades for entertainment.

Venue: KGA Poolside or Party Hall if it rains

When: 7:30pm, Friday (Nov 3)

Host: George Ollapally

**Free drinks served till 7:30pm.**

Bring your batchmates and see you there!




XL Alumni Homecoming - 2004

The XLRI Alumni Association - along with the XL Alumni Jamshedpur Chapter - has planned the XL Alumni Homecoming-04 on Novemebr 20-21, 2004 at XLRI Jamshepdur.

The event is open to all alumni from all batches.

The broad schedule with Tea/Lunch/Dinner is:

Nov 20th: 1000-1100 - Registration

1130-1300 -Alumni Interaction to evolve agenda/action-points for theAlumni Association

1500-1700 -Interaction with current batch students.

Theme: "What They Don't Teach at XLRI"

1800-2030 -Panel Discussion on "Ethics in Business is an Oxymoron"

Panelists: Mr Azim Premji, Mr Suhail Seth, Dr Dipankar Gupta (others to be confirmed)

Nov 21st 0600 onwards Golf Tournament

1230 Prize Distribution and Lunch

This is a first attempt to create an regular Annual Event for all alumni, so join in to make it a success.

For more details and acco, you can write to:

Mr Shahid Akhtar


Ph: 0657-2225506 x 214[O] / 619[R]

Cell: 098351 96784

Ensemble 2004 at XL

Ensemble - the annual management festival of XLRI Jamshedpur is back this year with a bouquet of events under the different functional areas of management. This inter B-school festival witnesses excellent participation year-on-year from students of all reputed Business Schools across the country.The unique design of games and contests in each of the functional areas like marketing, finance, strategy, IT/operations & HR attracts talent from top B-Schools in India to take up the challenge. There are online games too !

The B School Alumni Quiz at Acumen 2004

As per the mail mentioned below this is your chance to represent our B-schoolfor this quiz. Interested participants can either get in touch with Surya or Kuru or can just land up at the venue on 19th November. If we have enough XLers coming to the venue then we can have a get together there itself. Regards, Surya


Its that time of the year once again - time for Acumen 2004. This time, apart from the usual quiz for B-Schools, we also have a set of very special quizzesfor B-School alumni. It is a chance for corporate executives to represent theirold B-School once again, and win some very exciting prizes in the bargain.

No hassle of forming teams or an entry fee - just land up at the venues mentionedbelow (the Mumbai round is on October 8 at S P Jain, starting 6:30 in theevening - please note) and take part in the written elimination by yourself.

We promise you a great time.

Acumen - The National Level B-school Challenge from Business Today and TheAditya Birla Group, in association with Tata Consultancy Srvices will, this year, host a Quiz competition for all B-school Alumni currently employed inIndia.

This is your chance to beat old rivals and win fabulous prizes.

4 Zonal Rounds:-

Mumbai - 8th October - S.p. Jain Institute of Management & Research

Delhi - 29thOctober - IIT Delhi

Bangalore - 19th November - Sathya Sai Sadanam, Hosur Road

Kolkata - 3rd December - Kala Kunj Theatre, Shakespeare Sarani


You may register by sending your details (with contact number) atacumen@intoday.com or you may register on the spot. Written elimination will beat 6:15 pm. Solo entry. Top 8 scorers will be paired to form teams for theon-stage round.


Delhi - FICCI Auditorium - 20th December

Kray publishes a paper!

Kaushik Ray (nicknamed "kray" after you-know-who!) of PMIR '98 currently working in the Organization Effectiveness group of Infosys HR, has published a paper as a part of "Emerging Asia - An HR agenda" for the International HRD Conference 2004 !

Congrats Kray !

Kuru's got a baby girl

Our very own enthu Kuruvilla Kurian and wife Tara were blessed with a baby girl on 26th September in the evening ! Join us in congratulating the lucky couple and their son Jordan on this new addition to their family.

Bijou gets quoted in BT

hey folks, in the latest Business Today ranking of the top B Schools
in India our Alumni President, Bijou Kurien (COO of Titan) has been
quoted extensively (along with the likes of Muthuraman of Tata Steel).
Go get your copy !

There's even a special writeup on XL titled "the X factor" focussing
on the life and social factors that go into making an XLer. XL is back
to the number 4 slot pushing IIM-L back to number 5!

By the way, this year we beat the IIMC Joka's with a margin of 12-8 at
the XL IIMC sports meet!

Sara Creations at Safina Plaza

Ravi C Dasgupta's (IR - '88) wife Tasneem is having her first exhibition
cum sale of designer clothing ( women's wear ). It started from
yesterday and ends tomorrow . Venue is the first floor of Safina Plaza (
shop no 42 ) . Its on the side closest to the road and you will see the
green banner of Sara Creations ( her label ) as you reach the first

Its open between 10 am and 9 pm on both days. Some of his friends would
like to know. And perhaps some ladies might like to go ??


Another movement within Bangalore.

Ranu Gupta (IR 96) who was Director HR of Metlife India has moved.

Grax has it that Ranu is in Bangalore with a IT services firm. News will be updated when confirmed.

If anyone has any idea who is taking over from him at Metlife then do let us know.

Punnoose gets married

Rohit Punnoose (2002 BMD) working with Infy got married last month on 26th at God's own country. His reception is today, 9th Sept, in Delhi (Gol Dakkhana) . I wish I could put up attachments on this site. He sent out an absolutely refreshing wedding invite !

Hey, Rohit, when's the party in Bangalore, dude?

Here's wishing Linda and you a great life together !

The show is today at the KGA - reminder

In case you haven't got the email, here's where you gotta go for the showing of Micheal Moore's Fahrenheit 911 today:

First Floor Hall, The Karnataka Golf Association, opposite the Royal Orchid hotel, off Airport Road, Bangalore

The charges for XLers and spouses are Rs 50! (yes folks that includes the movie screening, a drink and dinner!)

Kids are NOT allowed (sorry folks, but that's the rule)

Guests can come in for 250 bucks

Big Screen and even BIGGER Speakers (Professional Bose Equipment)

Movie starts at 7:30pm - BE ON TIME! Bar's free till 7:30pm !!

Thanks again to Nelson Cordeiro

iPeople India

Teaming good professionals & companies

Executive Search & Selection


Tel: 569 88 793 / 51216699


XL on Google

Google has recently launched Google's University Search. It enables people to narrow your search to a specific school website. Try it for things like admissions information, course schedules or alumni news.

Most of the IIT's, IIM's etc are already listed over there. Google is encouraging universities to nominate them to be added to Google's list of University Searches. But they need a critical number of requests before they do so.

Request you all to follow the following link and fill up a small form in establishing the XL brand.http://www.google.com/options/mycampus.html

Put in the University name XLRI, Jamshedpur and the University URL as http://www.xlri.ac.in

The rest is pretty much obvious.


Ok, I thought this would be a better place to post these details. Some recent movements

Murali Swaminathan (86 PMIR) has moved to Bangalore to head HR for 24/7 Customer. He was earlier at SPIC. The news item is here.

Ramya Sampath Sharma (97 PMIR) has moved to Intel. She was earlier doing freelance HR consulting work.

Diptakirti Chaudhuri (99 BMD) after an innings with Pepsi in Bangalore is moving to Marico in Hyderabad. However, he'll keep frequently dropping into Bangalore.

Bangalore XLers in the news

The XL Alumni Blog focusses on the media attention that Bangalore alumni Gautam Sinha (writing about entreprenuership), Rekha and Vijayan Menon (on the Bangalore Wine Club's founders) were garnering, and also what Gautam Reddy and Mustafa Moochala were upto !

XLBang Alumni committe Happy hours on 10th Sept screening Micheal Moore's Farenheit 9/11

When was the last time you saw a movie for 50 bucks?

When was the last time you saw a movie and had dinner for 50 bucks?

When was the last time you saw a movie and had dinner with a nicedrink for 50 bucks?

You can do it this Friday!Thanks to the generous sponsorship from

Nelson Cordeiro

iPeople India

Teaming good professionals & companies

Executive Search & Selection


Tel: 569 88 793 / 51216699

Mob:+91-80-3685-5611# 304,

Raheja Arcade


Bangalore 560 095

XLBang is proud to present Michael Moore's FAHRENHEIT 9/11 on this month's Happy Hours.


Friday 9/10

Big Screen

Even BIGGER Speakers (Professional Bose Equipment)

KGA - First Floor Hall, Airport Road

Movie starts at 7:30pm - BE ON TIME!

Bar's free till 7:30pm

XLers/Spouses - Rs 50 each

Kids NOT allowed

Guests - Rs 250 each

Dinner included

Booze - As usual

Thanks to David D' for the inspiration