Aishwarya Rao
Today, two students of a reputed engineering college came asking for sponsorship of their college fest.I was looking at their proposal.Not very different from the ones I used to prepare and desperately try to sell during college days.
A letter from the college principal obviously drafted by the students' council assuring the prospect that there will be a minimum crowd of 1500 people (students still think they can get away with quoting that figure!)
A rate card with titles like platinum, diamond and ruby sponsors (clearly copied from these blasted mlm systems)stating the benefits each sponsor was eligible for.

And as these two very adorable students sat in front of me trying to make a business deal i was parallely (and not surprisingly) rewinding. To those days of pre-proposal notes, sample proposals, council meetings, rate cards, sponsor visits,denails, promises, revisits, missed lunches, bargains, deals, money, cheques, banners, stalls...motherofgod... those were really the days i thought would never end...

However sitting on the otherside of the table today i feel a bit old. I dont want to deny them. In the core of my heart I know how it hurts when a prospective sponsor throws you out. Even simple denial brings the morale down.But thats how it works doesnt it. Especially if you are the are expected to bargain the maximum possible and smile in satisfaction as the student walks out cursing you because you either gave no money or gave very less according to him...

As they say what goes around comes around....
Aishwarya Rao

:-) Yeah. He is mine. Now you know why i have been jumping around.Do read Optimum utilization of effective resources
Aishwarya Rao
If you are happy and you know it clap your hands,
If you are happy and you know it clap your hands,
If you are happy and you know it and you really want to show it...
If you are happy and you know it clap your hands

PS: - Half of you know what it is. The rest of you keep your eyes wide open.
Google search, break your heads, call up friends, ask me...until you discover.
Or simple wait for the announcement I say!!!
Aishwarya Rao
Today was a big day. My client Lifestyle launched India's largest retail store at the Chennai Citicentre. The checklist for the event was endless and the things just kept coming up as and when,one seemed like getting over. At some point I thought this day would never end. Photographer, sound equipments, new bookings, cancellations, cab hiring,confirmations,journalists,media,invitees,recee,print outs, dockets,instructions to follow, instructions to give, chief guest escort...all this of course in-between hundreds of phone calls. It dragged me into couple of years back when I used to manage events. Then I used to enjoy event management. Today I felt sick and exhausted.Really.The only consolation was the fact that things went on smoothly after umpteen hiccups. Actress Asin inaugurated the store and man this gorgeous woman is one crowd puller. Which directly translated into an additional security duty for me! But overall the experience was good. I observed and learnt a lot of things. To do and not to. So deservedly I got my first official job's pay check.

PS: - At the cost of sounding like an advertorial I recommend the store to you. When I was doing the recce yesterday I was stunned. The place is huge with amazing stuff, some from their Dubai stores. Some of them astonishingly affordable. And my favorite part of the store is visual merchandising. The stuff has been placed so strategically that you are unconsciously attracted towards it. And for the rest of the news I suggest you read the papers or better still visit the store.
Aishwarya Rao
Yes its been a thrilling past. A week
Of day breaks
Of hopes, high and low
Of discoveries really painful
Of dreams shattered and rebuilt
Of plans realistic and otherwise
Of faith (blind)
Of optimism busted
Of fryums, mango shakes, management books, temple visits, voice overs,exam revisions
Of assortments of desire
Of disappointments
Of Night Breaks

Orkut is saying that my present plan is going to succeed. Is that a slichly polite way of saying make some plans you nut?!