Alumni Picnic in Delhi - Dec 16

Note:Please confirm attendance asap and circulate within yr batch egroups....

Hi friends XLers delhiites!

Chalo time to take a break and join in for some truly hair-down masti!!

Lets all jump into a picnic lunch to celebrate the new season and get Delhi rocking!

16th December 12 noon, on the lush green lawns of Lodhi gardens get out your cowboy hats and your gypsy skirts and lets get down to lotsa groovy fun!

Couples get your kiddos as tons of games are on the cards.....

Ummmmm and did we forget the food...No way! Time to test our culinary skills too....potluck with 2 extras so we can look forward to loads of variety (and you don't get to taste slurp!! your own kitchen!!!)

So lets all spread the word around and add some XL colour to the winter.

Here's to the XL spirit! ( and those who can't join in with such advance notice MUST get their time management re-tuned).

Pour in your confirmations to Aneesh or me.


The group is meeting at the side of the first monument as you enter from the palm tree lined main gate.

Party Time in Chennai and Singapore

Thanks to the initiative by Mustafa (85PMIR), Shantaram (90PMIR) and ‘Rocky’ Vijay Kumar (80PMIR), there were these 18-20 of us who met in Gandhi Nagar Club, Chennai on 21st December… the bandwidth was wide, with R Vankataraman (71BMD), Suraksha Giri (72BMD) and Vernon D’Costa (73BMD) at one end of the spectrum, and Tathagat Kumar (06BMD) at the other…

Some photos:

The ‘infection’ flew across Bay of Bengal and reached Singapore, and so a repeat happened on Dec 2nd at Wine Company (the name of the place is just appropriate for the occasion – thanks to Ramesh Ramakishnan (85BMD), Rajesh “Ciggy” Soundarajan (99BMD) for organizing this… besides the passerby like me, it also helped many who had recently shifted to Singapore to get connected….
… Given the fact, the invite went under a subject line “Jobless – and in Singapore” it was heartening to find so many jobless people at one place ;0)

Some more pix: Have a decko:

For me, personally, one of the many highpoints of this trip was the visit to National Univ of Singapore (NUS), where I spent an afternoon with Jayanth (y2K PMIR) who has recently joined the place as a faculty after his PhD from London Business School, and with Kulshaan (01PMIR) who also dropped in. Jayanth asked me if I knew a prof called Dr Ramadhar Singh… of course, I knew him – he had taught me in IIT/Kanpur. I knew that he had shifted to NUS, but thought that he must have retired. Apparently, I was wrong and Jayanth and he are working on a joint research paper. And so we went to meet him, and spent some time with him.

So here is the pix of 3 generation of profs… me, my teacher and my student…

Mini XL Meet at National HRD Conference (Nov 1-3, '06) New Delhi

During the recent 10th Annual National HRD Conference, held at Taj Palace, New Delhi, there were so many XLers, that an impromptu alumni meet got organised. There was an XL Corner during lunch, and some 40-50 junta (maybe more..., from batches ranging from '69 to '07 (there were 10-12 students who were sponsored by XL for the conference)...

here are some pix:

The highlight of the Conference was the Annual Award for Professional Contribution (Senior HR Professional category) going to Aquil Busrai (72PMIR), Exec Director (HR), IBM India

and the Young HR Professional Award to Mohit Nayar (95PMIR), Director (HR), P&G India.

Royal Challenge XLRI - IIM-C Friendship Meet 2006

The XLRI and IIM Calcutta alumni meet at Bangalore

Royal Challenge XLRI - IIM-C Friendship Meet 2006

The alumni can't let go of the great sporting rivalry !

Good Ol' Jampot

Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
Originally uploaded by seaview99.

Room No. 206

Originally uploaded by Angira.
Kuru gets all reminiscent!

3rd Floor terrace

3rd Floor terrace
Originally uploaded by Angira.
The batch of 1996 reunites after 10 years

Its OVER!!

Its OVER!!
Originally uploaded by shailendra_barshikar.
That's how it feels after the MAXI Fair ...

XLRI Hostel - Summer of 1982

From the archives. Thanks to Abhijit for uploading this pic on flickr !

Saraswati Puja, XLRI Jamshedpur

Reminds you that dyed-in-the-wool B School cynics might also be quite religious !

XLers in Hyderabad chill out

Originally uploaded by Praveen Prakash.
Don't they really look like they are relaxing?

Apparently the name they have given themselves is "XL Nizams" !

Bangalore Alumni Meet

Bangalore Alumni Meet 4
Originally uploaded by xlerphotos.
Ok folks, I know this is a little late to post...but some pics never hurt a blog :-)

IIMC - XLRI friendship meet


After a break of 4 years, we are once again having the Sports Meet in Bangalore with our rivals, IIM-C.

Date: Oct 14 evening
Location: SPT Sports Academy, Sarjapur Road

Events: Cricket, football, Volleyball and lots of other games ... ................................................................................................................................................................................................... Further details on the website

We need people to play and people to cheer! Either ways, do spread the word to all XLers in and around Bangalore!

Mediocre but Arrogant to be filmed?

And starring Aamir Khan and Perizaad ? To be directed by Farhan Akhtar or Kukunoor?

That might not be such a distant dream ! Keep your fingers crossed for XL, er, MIJ to be part of the movies !

But AB, isn't Aamir too old to play Abbey? May we suggest Shahid Kapur? How about Kareena as Ayesha?

Reliving the CRP

Surya has a post on CRP and why she chose her organization

By the time I came out, I was in love. I went up to the placement guy handling this commitee and told him; "If they want me, I am in. I am in love with them." He smiled ( a cute smile, I should add here) and about three hours later, told me and other three friends, that we are accepted. I smiled. I grinned. And I grinned some more when I saw one of my friends saying yes to the offer. "I like them. They are very chill people." was his response.

Am I happy now. Yes. Do I love my work? Yes. Do I love my colleagues? Yes. Will I recommend my company to you and ask you to join us?


What I can do is to tell you about my company. Whether you fit in here or not, that is a decision you have to make ( and the company too).

Social Entrepreneurship elective at XLRI

From the XLRI News blog. It's also got featured in the University Network for Social Entrepreneurship:

Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur is introducing a new elective on Social Entrepreneurship for its second-year Personnel Management and Industrial Relations (PMIR) and Business Management (BM) students in September.

You can download the course outline here (140 KB MS-Word File)

Get the latest issue of X-factor

Right click here (on IE) and choose "save as".

It's a great issue ! Great job, XF junta !


...long long time back... or perhaps not that long either (upto somewhere mid-80s), Dadus was not where the latter batches saw it... it was on the other side of the road, and looked like "this" in the late 70s

its location then also had certain advantages, since it was beyond the eyes of the 'watchers' and therefore allowed certain freedoms that were not possible otherwise ;0)

so I guess when it got shifted to behind the campus wall (nopes, it was never 'in' XL campus), it must have caused much furore among the batches then...
check out the piece on Dadus in the Aug'06 issue of X-Factor

From that beginning to this new precinct is how things unfold in life...

Dadu's ... A forgotten era?

From Abhilasha:

"Stop the car right now!!" I shrieked, horrified at the news I'd just heard.

On my way from the Tatanagar station to XL for the Independence wetnight, I had just comfortably settled into the passenger side and casually asked Guppu, my junior, for campus news. He turned to me and, almost reluctantly, said "Dadu's has been broken down".

For a few minutes, there was complete silence as I tried to figure out if he was pulling one of his usual fast ones on me. He looked serious enough, concerned even... I asked him to repeat himself, a little slowly this time, from the beginning... even before he got beyond the first sentence I was screaming for the car to stop.

My eyes brimmed over and through the mist I could see two years of friendship, heartbreak, fun and nostalgia flash before my eyes. Our first days at XL, and finding my first set of friends at Dadus... the autumn evenings seated at the log... 'nimbu paani' by the litre during Ratanjee and XL-IIMC... taking a break during classes, leaning against the white washed walls proudly proclaiming 'Happy Diwali'... express sutta service for batchmates during SIP... winter mornings with seniors, banging on the blue counter window, waking Buddhu up to make a steaming cup of tea when the sun had barely risen... rediscovering friends and observing the new crop after summers, while the smoke trailed from our fingers... jumping the compound for impromptu dinner at Madrasi... from visiting dadus, to making it home--Niranjan da's smile and welcome small talk... discovering, in a cycle that I suppose repeated itself in every batch, friends among the junior batch while seated on the compound wall...

My heart was heavy as we headed to XL, the initial excitement having died down completely... it was near midnight when I got there, and in the rush of meeting people, it slipped my mind... the next morning, we took a walk down and I saw the shell that remained... I could not fathom why anyone would have wanted to break Dadus down--to me, it was as horrific as ripping one's own limbs apart...

Dadu's has now been moved behind GH1, where the broken furniture used to be kept... when I met Niranjan da, he told me all this had happened but a day before I got there... one look at their faces could have shown any fool that they felt cheated, betrayed by their own... to them, XL had been family all their life, and the little room known to the XL world as Dadu's their lifeline... to snatch that away must have taken an awfully cold heart and lack of all human consideration...

Is that where XL is headed? The official reason is that this is a part of an overall plan to beautify the campus.

Many XLers hold prominent positions in the corporate world... I ask of you, when you come to recruit us, does it really matter how green the garden is or how even the pavements? Or do you look for signs like these, that tell you what we value and what kind of human beings we are? And what does such blase destruction of a revered symbol of the XL tradition say about XL now? I, for one, am sorely disappointed......

Dadu's shifts to inside the campus?


Wasn't it earlier too "inside" the campus?

Secondly to all seniors who by accident or by choice happen to read my blog the not so latest news is Dadu's has been shifted to inside the campus behind the TFEMR hostel, where there were furniture repair earlier.

An FM station at XL?

Abhishek posts just this bit of news !

Any other detailed info, folks?

On Conversations

Abhilasha and Udayan have very similar beginning to their posts !

Maybe its just got to do with how we XLers love to drink and converse and reflect all at the same time !

For BFAXI junta

Dipta hopes on behalf of all the Bachchan fans that AB gets a chance to play these 10 roles.

XL-IIMC alumni meet at Bangalore 15th October 2006

The 2nd XLRI - IIMC Alumni Meet at Bangalore is to take place on 15 October 2006.

Last time we beat them at Football and Cricket while they beat us forthe Quiz (with some help from Rekha & Vijayan Menon).

This time there could be an increase in the number of games and wouldinclude games like volley-ball, basket-ball, tennis, etc. besides cricket &football.

All alumni who are capable and interested in participating may please send their names to john.idicula @

Contact Titto at +91-98453-24383

Accenture consulting projects for XLers

Live consulting projects floated by Accenture in collabration with SAPPHIRE recieved overwhelming response with around 20 teams i.e over 80 students submitting project proposals for 4 live projects. Accenture will bear the project expenses of consulting teams as well pay for the consulting, how cool is that?

(Grax is that quite a few XL seniors got help from their summer guides ;-) or at least tried to !)

Watch this space for the results.....

Sunit Sinha (pmir '98) visits campus

Sapphire's 'Human Resource In Practice' kicked off with a bang on pre independence eve with Mr. Sunit Sinha, Principal Consultant , M&A, of Mercer HR delivered a talk on 'Careers in Consulting'. The session was attend by around 100 students comprising of GMP, BM and PMIR students.

Sunit talked about the typical lifestyle of consultant, myths about consultancy and what students need to look before choosing consultancy as a career. He stressed consultancy is more of a career and not a job which demands self belief, abiltiy to think on feet, presentation of thoughts and resilience.

He also enlightened the prospective managers who are wannabe consultants about what consultants look for in a prospective employee. He also brought forward the fact that more and more women are now joining consultancy and are climbing to success.

Where do XLers hang out virtually?

There are various online hangouts of XLers...

There's email based groups like Grax and PJAXI

A lot of XLers have profiles on Ryze, check Madhukar's page for a comprehensive listing of XLers there.

Quite a lot are on Linkedin. In fact Kim ensured that we have a XL Alumni group on Linkedin too.

And there are lots of XLers on Orkut, the social networking site. Some XL-related communities on Orkut are XLRI, XLRI (smaller group), Fraxers, MadFaxi, VLAXI, PFAXI. The last three are Prof fans associations !

Calling XL Alumni as co-authors

This blog plans to be a collablog (a collaborative blog).

So, XLers who want to contribute to this blog, by becoming co-authors, please drop me an email !

The id is ggxl99 [at]

Welcome to the XLers Unlimited blog

This blog attempts to start lots of XLers blogging about their alma mater