Anurag

Anurag, India
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023

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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Achievements

  • 6+ years of experience in IT consulting, including 1 year in Germany, working for TCS (Tata Consultancy Services).
  • Awarded ‘Super Volunteer’ by Tata Trusts for more than 100 hours of community service in a year, providing primary education in slums, and mentoring socially challenged STEM students into getting full-time job offers from top IT firms in India. 
  • Co-founded and headed the content team of TCS Global sports magazine, an internal magazine circulated in 46 countries, highlighting the sporting achievements of TCS employees, and creating an open forum for sports enthusiasts within the company. 
  • Published an international literary anthology with Amazon, collaborating with writers and poets from more than 15 countries. All profits from the book were donated to AIDS-Hilfe Frankfurt (AHF). Click here to check out our anthology. 
  • Recited my poems in Paris, in front of 250 international poets at the prestigious Paris Lit Up spoken word event.
  • Awarded ‘Ambassador of Word’ by  Museo de la Palabra, Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation in Madrid for showcasing compassion and empathy in a short story.
  • Featured three times as ‘editor’s pick’ by India’s largest website for women, ‘Women’s Web’. Click here to read my articles on the platform:
  • Featured on the Vice Chancellor’s appreciation list after winning a national level case competition at NITIE (Now IIM Mumbai), against 650 undergraduates from 100 top Indian universities.
    Activities
  • VP of events at ESADE Net Impact Club, Chapter Leader at Net Impact Worldwide
  • VP of collaborations at ESADE Design & Innovation Club
  • Interviewed partition survivors from India and Pakistan as an Oral Historian for 1947 Partition Archive in collaboration with Stanford University.
  • Led the ‘Tree of dreams’ initiative by Caixa foundation, fulfilling the Christmas wishes of 24 refugee kids in Barcelona with the help of the ESADE community.
  • Student ambassador for ESADE on the Uni Buddy platform, helping potential candidates in their application process.
  • Under the Lenovo Smart-ed initiative, mentored secondary school students from impacted families in different parts of India, after their schools shut down due to Covid 19 Pandemic.
  • Acted as one of the program coordinators for Goethe Institute’s inter-embassy event, Poets Translating Poets, which featured 51 accomplished poets from 15 different countries in Europe and South Asia. 
  • Adopted a village as a part of the National Service Scheme (NSS) in India and worked for two years to improve its sanitary and hygiene conditions.

Academics

  • Full-Time MBA Class of 2023, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
  • MBA Exchange at Stephen Ross School of Business 2023, University of Michigan, USA
  • Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering Class of 2014, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

After spending 4 years at my undergrad university, when I was doing my final packing, I remember tearing off more than 100 pages from the back of my notebooks because they were filled with poems and short stories. The poems were not necessarily my best work, but in this moment, I  realized that writing was something that had become important to me subconsciously.

Next year when I moved to Pune for my job, I started to take my writing more seriously. I was working 12-14 hours some days, with  2-3 hours of travel time, so in order to make time for my writing, I stopped going out with my colleagues for lunch breaks. I would quickly finish my food in 10 minutes and dedicate the remaining 30-40 minutes, hiding in some corner of the campus, typing furiously on my phone. I wrote every day and have written everyday since. 

One realizes that something has become essential when they are not doing it for any outcome or a reason. With me, writing became that. I would be in the middle of a traffic jam, standing in a packed public bus on a humid day, or in bed at 3 am, and  I would suddenly feel the need to take out my phone and write.

It was in 2017, when I first heard about the concept of open mics. I remember taking a bus for more than 2 hours, right after my work ended, on 6th January, to somehow make it in time for the event. I was so late that I was  number 40, after 39 other poets, many of whom were regulars and already had a fan following. By the time my turn came, people were visibly bored and tired. I still remember being the last guy on stage, in a fancy rooftop pub, wearing my formals, even forgetting to remove my office ID, and people in front of me just started to leave or look like they wanted  to throw things at me. I always had stage fright, and this experience didn’t help. However, I continued going to different literary events and open mics, and things got better. This video is from December 2017, almost one year after my first open mic, and even if you can’t understand the language, you can see the crowd’s reaction and see the progress I have made since being number 40 on that Friday night in January 2017.

Immediately after this performance, I moved to Germany for my work, and it truly opened me up to a new world. I met lovely people, writers from more than 40 countries in one place, and we would jam together every Sunday for 3 hours or so. I went to Berlin and Amsterdam to attend writing workshops, and took a 9-hour long bus to Paris to participate in the Paris Lit Up event, where, through some magic, I was the opening act as well as the closing act in front of more than 250 poets from around the world. In the same year, I received the ‘Ambassador of Word’ award from Museo de la Palabra, Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation in Madrid for one of my short stories. I also attended the Frankfurt Book Fair,  where I got to meet and talk to Paul Beaty, the 2016 Booker Award Winner.  In January 2019, right before I  moved back to India, the anthology I had been working on with my friends in Frankfurt came to fruition and was published by Amazon. We dedicated it to the city of Frankfurt, and  decided to make the AIDS-Hilfe Frankfurt (AHF) its lifetime beneficiary.

As I continue the next chapter of my life here at the ESADE MBA, I  try to spend my Sundays whenever possible with the writing community in Barcelona. I genuinely believe that in order to write better, I must continuously strive to become a better human being, who can one day be the voice of those who are disadvantaged . It also means the realization of one’s mortality, and that there is always someone better than you, and that there are more things you don’t know than the things you know. I believe that this realization remains at the core of my being.

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