Smokinnnn !!

After smart and hard  preparation, consistently for 8 months and 26 days precisely, the day came for GE/PI in Symbiosis Infotech Campus. The fruit was so delicious that it filled my heart with anxiety and ecstasy as the dream comes true – The Dream Of Doing MBA From Symbiosisssss.. waaooww..!!

The first day I, entered the campus and went ahead with new friends to have a look of each and every corner of SIC, it was beautiful. I can fill pages for hours if i start describing SIC in golden words, but there is one venomous drop in this unbeatable ocean of  knowledge that we noticed in the end and it was just a small stall, covered with plastic sheet to have a shade from 24×7 drizzles, on outer footpath of SIC- A Cigarette stall.

As the college days started, we gained more and more insight of the phenomenal success of this business. Our Marketing faculty taught that soap industry has 98% penetration in Indian market. Here, this business is having ~100% penetration in SIC market.

Students, fresher or experienced, and corporate faculty, all have this habit of smoking in a 10-minute break or after the college gets over. The start of college is a new and different experience for all teenagers. They are keen to learn about their new surroundings and make new friends. Many teens are attracted to drinks, smoking and drugs to be considered as cool. Whereas, experienced so-called corporates think, this will enhance their efficiency. Perhaps, these people perform better and give high output, but their health deteriorates at massive rates. They are rising on the ladder of success, but at cost of what? – Their Health..!! and this cigarette gradually becomes their habit and addiction.

The marvelous trip of suryashibhir was followed by a “SOHAM THING”.. ART OF LIVING COURSE and it  was mandatory for all of us to attend it. I did that course with dedication as I was already a volunteer of Yes! Plus to advance course. The students of this course in SIC were supposed to quit smoking and drinking and adopt ways that will give them HIGH FOCUS and HIGH ENERGY LEVELS by doing few easy aasans and kriyas. Some students do follow the Sudarshan Kriya here, but very few they are in number.

It seems that all efforts of Guruji went in vain. I strongly feel that guruji’s methods give a person, focus and energy high enough to complete the whole curriculum, assignments and projects in time. It shows a glorious path to the young blood. Smoking is not at all an acceptable thing to look cool or to increase efficiency. Even having cup of milk twice a day will solve the purpose.. yess!! it will..

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco caused 5.4 million deaths in 2004 and 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. According to Wikipedia, Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally.Tobacco use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart, liver and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis), and cancer (particularly lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancer). It also causes peripheral vascular disease and hypertension. The effects depend on the number of years that a person smokes and on how much the person smokes. Starting smoking earlier in life and smoking cigarettes higher in tar increases the risk of these diseases. Also, environmental tobacco smoke, or second-hand smoke, has been shown to cause adverse health effects in people of all ages.

Yes! very precisely named second-hand smoke is the one which makes persons surrounding the active smoker, a passive smoker. After the 10-miunte so-called tea-break the students surrounding us make us passive smokers. Moreover, if we have habit of sitting on first bench, then even our corporate faculty makes us passive smokers. All these students attended AOL course but no one has seen the crux of why we have been made to attend that course. It was because our “Managerial” career has started from day 1 and that means lots and lots of workload and pressure. In this pressure we must not forget the way of living we had in our childhood and we shall not depend on TOBACCO to START the projects and ALCOHOL to celebrate the END of those projects. We were supposed to learn ways to get the focus and energy in a legitimate  and acceptable way and that is why guruji, very aptly, call it ART OF LIVING.

I strongly feel that this mind set has to be changed in today’s b-schools and companies. Only the awareness can solve the purpose. Government spreads this awareness through media and cigarette box warnings and other measures. But, we have to reach people at grass root level via campaigns and awareness events. If done, this will be an SSR i.e. the biggest Student Social Responsibility for the community of Students mainly and similarly a CSR focusing the corporates themselves.

As far as, my contribution is concerned, I  must say that readers please click this link once http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Smoking_effects_on_your_body, and you will get to know what are you achieving at the cost of your Precious Health. Body is our temple, we must keep it sacred and clean to make our life taller! stronger! and sharper!..

I wrote this blog just to make the reader feel why he or she has joined SIC- the prestigious institute, that do gives us work load, but prior to that, gives us tools to mitigate it. Besides, I expect all students to be a PART in removing the blot from face of SIC main gate.

This great institute has provided us with Art of Living Course at very beginning-

“SCIT did its Part.”

Guruji gave as amazing Sudarshan kriya and various other techniques to enhance the abilities of body and brain-

“Guruji did his part.”

I am writing this blog to spread awareness using macro-blogging and social media Facebook –

“I am doing my part.”

AND YOU..?????

 

Manikaran Singh

(MBA-ITBM 2013-15)

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