The Eloquent Gung-Ho: Anurag Saha Roy

The Eloquent Gung-Ho: Anurag Saha Roy

Apr 03, 2017 | Satyajit Mahapatra Dibya Yasmin Kukul

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Finally sitting on the opposite side of the interview panel, and being interviewed by a bunch of juniors, Anurag Saha Roy, in his final year of Electrical Engineering, exclaims,

This is definitely a different kind of a feeling, because it feels like yesterday that we would be doing background research and making questionnaires to grill people and then suddenly you are in your final year and suddenly it’s today when you have juniors interviewing you.

He is known among his friends as one of the most understanding and reasonable of people, sarcastic by nature, and ever ready to flaunt his dry and sharp wit, Anurag has always been "great with advice in general and love-life in particular." A loud and a friendly person who is always willing to help anyone in need, he has been ever so passionate about debating and about the causes that he believes in. 

Growing Up

Brought up in the humble Indian suburb of Krishnagar in the state of West Bengal, Anurag has always been a family person. With a fond undertone to his voice he talks about his hometown; a setting which, according to him was very close-knit, with "nosy aunties" investigating about their neighbour's kids, and where each one made an effort to know each other. Having grown up in a joint family, Anurag says that he never missed having a sibling because "there were so many people around."

It was one of those typical Bengali scenarios where, dinner used to be a huge affair, with around 10-12 people sitting together and having their food, along with loud discussions about politics and football.

He began his education at Bishop Morrow School, a convent institution run by the Sisters of Mary Immaculate which had discipline as its primary look-out making it a point of conflict between the administration and a boy who would never stop being talkative, irrespective of whether or not he was in class; often getting his friends into trouble while escaping himself. Of school, he has cherished memories of the hymns that they would sing, the fanfare with which they would celebrate Christmas and the punishment session that meant being made to sit next to a person of the opposite gender. His friends from school say that he always "had some weird logic, which we could never reason with." He fondly remembers how he was always a mini-rebel, from complaining against teachers and having them replaced to questioning every new rule that was made by the administration.

Anurag, however, was always the topper of his class, all the while participating and indulging in activities like debates, dramas, and extempore, with a special inclination towards reciting poetry. He says that a lot of his friends have no idea that he was into reciting poetry.

Come Grade 11, when every ICSE student faces the dilemma of choosing streams and schools. For Anurag, it meant moving from Krishnagar to the city of Kolkata. He, however, decided that he wouldn’t want to look back and regret the missed chance of moving to Kolkata and hence got enrolled in Salt Lake School. He describes the culture shock as a learning experience that is part and parcel of a big city. He accepts that he owes his refinement and change in outlook as well as ideology towards everything, to his two years in Kolkata and to all the people who made up the life there.

He retrospects, that Kolkata became as important as it is to him because of the wonderful set of friends that he found here. Perhaps because of his love for this “home” and its people, he would often hop onto a train on a Thursday night, if Friday happened to be a holiday, bargaining with his co-CC’s to edit the smaller, easier articles and leaving the lion’s share for them. 

He feels that being an ICSE student throughout his entire school life has helped him in many ways. The kind of narrative, descriptive and argumentative pieces that they were made to learn shaped and honed his skills of the English language. Proof lies in the fact that he is still seen, often correcting people with their "I's" and "Me's." The kind of emphasis that ISC puts on details and the comprehensive nature of the courses all provide immense exposure to every student pursuing it. The only thing that saddened him was the fact that the Bengali and English syllabus would contain stories that could depress even the happiest of people.

It would make you feel so nihilistic knowing that the only things that existed in life were poverty, sorrow, pain and hunger, and the only way to escape them is death. If JEE preparation by itself wasn’t depressing enough, the literature reading which was supposed to serve as a break in between, added to the depression as well. (laughs)

A DST scholar, a Times Scholar and an awardee of several prestigious honorariums, Anurag Saha Roy has always believed in taking chances. He would apply for anything and everything that came his way and hope that he got selected.

Even though he could have settled for some of the unpopular streams in certain IITs, he was always inclined towards Computer Science. He also had the option of taking admission into one branch and availing the internal sliding to change branches. But this "lazy" person, as he calls himself, could not bother with another year of slogging. The story of him ending up in Electrical Engineering is rather an "uninformed one" as he puts it. His desire for taking a shot at Computer Science was overrun by the advice of his folks who urged him to go for a career in core rather than in CS. Guided by their advice, Bengal’s prodigal son turned his face towards Electrical Engineering which he considered was closest to Computer Science. Of course, he was in for quite a rude shock when he learned the curriculum had zero flexibility and very limited coursework that overlapped with Computer Science. 

Freshman year at NIT involved him and his group of friends, attending every single club orientation. He marvels saying that he has no idea today as to why orientations felt like the biggest thing on earth back then. The first club that he joined was Leo, whose orientation he still feels was the best he has seen till date. Inquizzitive and Clarion were among the other clubs that he joined, apart from founding a new club called Pixeloids, which essentially had been planned to do what Cinematics does today. Even though he enjoyed working for Leo and Quizzing, the only club that has managed to be actively part of throughout his entire stay at NIT-R, has been Clarion.

The Clarion Call:

Joining Clarion was a funny story, he says. As part of his inductions, he was asked to talk about "Porn-star Sidekicks," which as a topic appealed to him and enjoyed speaking for and against it.

It's not like I had very comprehensive knowledge about the topic and its intricacies but I so loved that round. It just felt exciting doing something like that right into your second week at college.

The next round involved a two-on-two debating match-up which was the first time he would debate with Soham, Srimoy and Anukta, and who would go on to become his best of friends. Surprisingly, even though his first two rounds had gone exceptionally well, he was not selected into Clarion on account of him being "cocky" about his answers, which did not go well with the seniors. That one incident made him very upset, he says. He eventually got into Clarion through a separate induction process, which was meant for inducting students into the technical team. He considers his induction to Clarion was not through the front doors, but rather through a side door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anurag and 17 of his fellow Clarionites participated in the KIIT School of Law debate in 2015, which was one the highest points of his college life. Their team consisting of Anurag, Soham Ghosh and Srimoy Mund was titled Doppelgangers.The name of his team, "Doppelgangers", he says, came up through a very "lame source."

The only reason why we named our team as that, was because we were in a hurry while naming our team for the Intra-Clarion Tournament, and we liked the ring to the word, even without knowing what it actually meant. For reasons unknown the name just stuck to us.

He describes himself as having a moderately successful debating career with participation in events like KSOL (KIIT School of Law), CNLU (Chanakya National Law University) and NUJS (National University of Juridical Sciences), which he believes, helped him garner invaluable experience as a debater.

He fondly narrates a peculiar incident he had during his time at KSOL debating competition. The team was up against St. Xavier, Kolkata in the finals, a team they had trounced in the earlier stages of the tournament. On being asked for a bottle of water by the members of the opponent team, he threw the bottle towards his rival only to hit his partner (on the face). Although it was an honest mistake, the adjudicators were stupefied wondering whether the war of words had transformed to something more brutal than that. ‘Dopplegangers’ or the NITR-C as it was called were the Novice Champions at the tournament. The victory was one of the most cherished moments of satisfaction throughout his career, he recounts.

He believes his stint at Clarion made him a lot more passionate towards the activities that he had been a part of since his childhood. He spent a major part of this sophomore year in college with the Clarionites, turning up for debates on every evening, organising the Parliamentary Debate tournament, organising the literary events during the Nitrutsav and a whole lot of other things. He found a family in Clarion that he holds very close to his heart.

I feel serendipitous sometimes considering the fact that I made so many friends with similar interests who share the same insanity as me. The entire group of seniors, juniors and peers at Clarion would always hang out together, have debates and go for dinner that led to creating some of the most memorable evenings from the four years at NIT Rourkela.

Them Feels: The MM Life

Introduction to Monday Morning was more of an accident than an incident for him. Friends Soham and Sagnik were much pumped up about Monday Morning and their coercing was the only thing that forced Anurag for the inductions. Having no interest or idea about it, he appeared for the written rounds.

The written round was something which featured a lot of  my seriously lame replies (laughs). My answer to the question, ‘What is your favourite part about Monday Morning’ had one of the points as 'the IP address.’ The reason being the IP, which was 192.168.1.69 (get the pun).

However, after qualifying the first round, the tasks in the second round spurred his interest as he was assigned to do a club review for Astro NITR and an interview. The club review was easier with the content being mostly provided by Abodid Sahoo who was then preparing a sponsorship brochure for the club, which he recollects of having promptly copied. The other task was to interview a senior, Raunak Thomas. The interview progressed smoothly as it was something he had prepared and researched for.  

For my personal interview round I was grilled by Anubhav Maharana, Abhipsa Mishra and Antareep Sharma with Rahul Pasayat appearing in between to play the bad cop. I was told that I was called for the interview just so that they could have a look at why and how someone could be so cocky in the induction question paper. However, I answered the interview questions logically and I was ultimately inducted.

The summer tasks were really enjoyable. The last task which was on ‘ Over-Consumption of Alcohol’ was according to him one of ‘The best article I ever wrote which was never published’.

Journey as a reporter in MM was a delight. Preferring interviews over any other types of articles, he laid his hands on the DD (Director Desk) section whenever he got the chance. He admits teamwork was never his forte, as he preferred to work alone. 

I remember a meeting where a few of my co-reporters made a complaint against me for hijacking the articles. However, my CCs were really understanding who continuously inspired me to imbibe team work as a part of my work ethics after which I made it a point to prioritise team work in all my subsequent articles as a reporter.

The interview of Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, retired Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India (AECI) during the convocation of the 2014-15 batch was probably the first event during his period as a reporter that gave him the chills and he decided he wanted more of that. The Open House Discussion was probably the second such moment for him as a reporter when his feel for MM was roused. That event was something, which he believes unified the institute in a manner never seen before and laid the foundations for subsequent metamorphosis.

The preparations for the OHD were something to cherish for a long time. Mock sessions, making scripts, arguments and counter arguments and extensive research just to come up with statements from the authorities from previous interviews, although exhaustive were definitely amusing for this prodigy. He recollects working closely with his CC Anubhav Moharana during this process, preparing the documents, the scripts and the presentation. It was at this juncture of mock trials and sessions that upon him dawned the realisation that he wanted more of this and would like to lead the team.

The date for the Open House Discussion was changed thrice. Watching his CCs almost breaking their heads, after being tired of the constant running around, but still not relenting and finally making the event a massive success was something that was an enormous dose of inspiration for him. These were some of the things, he believed inspired him to contribute to MM in a capacity, beyond that of a reporter.

He reminiscences about one of the bloopers that went just out of script during the OHD at BBA.

We were having a heated discussion on a topic related to late entry for the boarders when midway through the discussion a professor made a very silly statement. Unconscious of the fact that we had a microphone in our hand which was switched on, I made a slightly unpleasant exclamation  and although it was low on the decibel count it still made its way to the speakers and I was debarred from the BBA premises for ten minutes.

Tenure as a CC started on a lighter note for him. A witty tale goes around in the MM circle with his outset as a CC. As it so happened, he had a sprained leg on the day he was announced to be the next Chief Coordinator of Monday Morning. The same was the case with Anshuman Patnaik, the outgoing CC who coincidentally had turned up with a broken leg during his commencement, leading to a joke that went around like ‘One limping leg to another’, as the baton of Monday Morning changed hands from Anshuman Patnaik to Anurag Saha Roy. This according to him was the third most memorable moment in his career in MM.

Going back to those earlier days as the Chief Coordinator, he says,

We used to completely diss the new inductees. It was total objectification and dehumanisation (laughs) of their summer tasks to a maximum level. I also spent a large part of the summers in looking up various alumni on LinkedIn and other social media, for potential Alumni Interviews and even interviewing a couple of them during my stay in Bangalore.

Considering themselves as a slightly lazy group of CCs, he recollects his time as a Chief Coordinator after the beginning of the semester. Always considered the go-to guy for any sort of documentation he was the one who typed out the allotments while Siddharth and Gaurav chalked out the articles during their classes.

We had a lot of faith in our reporters. We knew even though we procrastinate and send the allotments out late our reporters will be able to complete them on time because we had trained them so well. (laughs)

He smiles as he recollects his experience with HMC meetings. Even after receiving a mail before every meeting, for reasons unknown, the trio managed to miss the meetings.The concept of MM orientation was something the team toyed with during his tenure as a CC. A large grin escapes his lips when he speaks about the MM orientation programme.

We put up a large flex for an orientation that never really happened. MM orientation was something we wanted to do, but never really got our head around as to how to do it.

Working on the print issue was a different kind of story altogether. The team procrastinated in the winter leading to a truckload of work in the beginning of the session. The team received elaborate help from the mentors as they raced against time to finish the task.

We gathered together at Anubhav Maharana’s room and sat there for hours editing the articles leaving only for lunch and dinner. It was a small room in Hall 5 and we accommodated ourselves on the table so as to complete the print issue on time. However, those few days, working together, and finally having the Print Issue released in the office of the Director, instilled in us a deep sense of friendship and togetherness, that lasted beyond the tenure as CCs.

The Student Mentorship Programme (SMP) has been one of the landmark achievements of his career in Monday Morning, the seeds of which were planted by Prem Depan way back in the winters of 2014. The thing finally took shape in Autumn 2016, when the programme started off with 80 mentors allotted to the incoming batch of freshmen.

The Mentorship Programme is something that I deeply believe in, because I could see how lucky I was to have had the opportunity of interacting and being guided by some of the most amazing seniors in Prem Depan, Swaroop Panda, Rohan Patra, Anubhav Moharana, Sidhant Chand and the likes. However, I never saw my juniors sharing the same level of camarederie with their seniors and tapping into their wisdom and resources. Hence, the Mentorship Programme. Though not entirely successful, I am confident that the Director’s efforts in ramping it up to a much grander scale will ensure that it becomes one of the cornerstones of building inter-batch rapport in our institute.

Not being particularly bothered about placements allowed Anurag to devote ample amounts of time in his final year to various MM projects and activities. Besides all the running around for setting up the SMP, he also took a keen interest in the restructuring activities of Student Activity Centre (SAC). Having otherwise shied away from SAC-related issues, he recollects how it was during the end of his tenure as CC that he started taking an interest in it

In the month of March 2016, we started an article of reviewing the expenses made by SAC under various heads in the academic year, To my surprise, there was absolutely no centralised record-keeping of all the funds that were used by various clubs and societies. Despite all the running around from Finance & Accounts to SAC office, it was never possible to release an account of the expenses made and the funds left unused. This made me sit up and take an interest in the restructuring of SAC and formation of the Student Body when the opportunity came in under the new Director of the institute. 

The issue of late entries for the female boarders, something that had been a key point of conflict during the Open House Discussion of 2015, took new shape at the end of March 2017 when the final and pre-final year girls came out in arms to protest the tyrannical imposition of new rules in the middle of the semester. In order to diffuse the impending protest, a visit to the Director was promptly made following which a discussion was convened in the evening. 

The issue of Late entries was something that had always bothered our friends, something that we had always protested whenever given a chance. However, that evening in BBA, seeing all my friends making their voices heard against the discrimination meted out to them, being able to bring to light the hypocrisy of some of the authorities, did indeed make me feel like it was a step in the right direction of change, if not change itself.

When asked about how he would like to see Monday Morning grow and expand in the coming years, he began articulating the various plans that his team had chalked out for the upcoming semesters

On the insistence of our new Faculty Advisor Prof. Rath, we set out to make a Mission and Vision for Monday Morning. The brainstorming session for the same was a very fruitful one bringing out ideas for producing podcasts and candid documentaries/interviews. Leading MM as a CC and then as a Mentor has been an extremely insightful and enlightening experience, something that I am sure all previous ones have felt too. However, a lot of this insight is never documented and only a part of it seeps down to the junior batches. Creating an MM Handbook, which can be a go-to guide for all CCs and Mentors whenever in a sticky situation, is something that I would personally like to be involved in developing, even after graduating from NITR.

The Pro Life

Anurag Saha Roy has been as successful on his career path as he has been in his extracurriculars. Even with a CGPA which wasn't particularly glorious, this dedicated lad made sure that none of his vacations went unproductive. Having realised pretty early in college life that the pangs of the departmental coursework were not for him to bear with, he made it a point that he picked up enough essential and valuable skills during the semesters and during his internships that could offset his otherwise disastrous academic profile in college.

Whilst applying for internships during his second year, he received offers from two places. One of them being Indian Academy of Sciences where he was allotted a faculty in IIT Ropar and the other being Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore. He chose the latter because of the stellar profile of the faculty (Dr. Urbasi Sinha) who was supposed to mentor him in RRI and also because Bangalore seemed like a much more fun place to intern in than Ropar.The area of research was more inclined to Physics than core Electrical Engineering and the biggest takeaway from that internship, as he recollects, was learning how to read scientific literature and extract relevant information from all the jargon and also learning how to use high-precision optical and electronic equipment in laboratories and clean rooms.

My interest in Quantum Computing was spurred at the end of my first year, partly by our faculty for PH-102 and also by all the hype and hoopla that was abound at that time over the rise of this new technology. Consequently most of my internships have been related to that domain and I was lucky enough to explore and venture into both the theoretical and practical aspects of it and also getting a feel of microwave photonics in the course of one of the projects.

In the winter vacations of 2015, he interned at Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. The kind of work he did there was very theoretical and something entirely new to him which he found equally intriguing and exciting. Spending most of his time at the library, he honed his skills in simulations and computations. One of the memorable parts of being there, he recollects, was the large Bengali community in HRI who would hang out and provide a very at-home ambience. 

Like most of his peers, he also aimed at having a research internship in one of the foreign universities during his Junior Year summer vacation. However, his constantly declining GPA made sure that he couldn’t crack any of the reputed programs and the few professors who expressed interest in having him come over as an intern weren’t compensating enough to cover all his expenses. Thus RRI happened to him. Yet Again!

The highlight of all his internships was his stint at Chubu Electrical Power Co. Ltd, Japan - a unit that is very similar to Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. and basically takes care of the generation, transmission and distribution of power in Central Japan. The internship was during the period of October to December 2016 and some 70 students were selected from all over the world to be sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Govt. of Japan who took care of all the expenses including flight, accommodation and daily travel while also providing a very handsome stipend for the 75 days of stay.

I was not very serious about it during the application. Despite being in the middle of the semester, I applied for it because it was a foreign internship and I wanted to get away from the campus for a while in case it becomes too boring in the final year.

In his opinion, though the work he did in Japan was completely different from what he had done in his prior internships, the transferrable skills he picked up during the internships in RRI and HRI really helped him during the interviews in bagging this offer. The work there was entirely industrial and Anurag worked as a Product Development Engineering Intern, developing industrial automation using conventional PLC based systems as well as next-gen data-driven IoT solutions. Although he didn’t have the freedom to choose the hosting company but he definitely had the option to choose his area of interest that he wanted to work on.

The selection procedure involved applying online in the internship portal which was followed by shortlisting based on resume and three subsequent rounds of Skype interviews, the first being technical and the latter two directed towards gauging personality and soft skills. Since it was during the semester, he had two options - either to go in September or October. Finding a way to bend the rigid attendance rules while managing the internship was a predicament Anurag worked around quite effectively. Upon figuring out the fact that one did not have to appear for the end semesters for clearing a course, Anurag made a calculated approach towards the internship. Having secured a two-week leave for a study tour, he made sure his attendance was enough to overcome the threat of a grade back while at the same time making sure that he had enough marks combined in his mid-semester exams and TA to secure a passing grade. Ultimately he had the required marks in two subjects while falling short in two others, (which he subsequently flunked). The laboratory courses though had to be compensated well in advance before he left for the internship. 

I was extremely fortunate to have a very accomodating set of professors in my 7th semester during the time of the internship. They were understanding and encouraging towards my aspirations. My Bachelor’s Project guide, Prof. Susmita Das was the most helpful, ensuring that my project work was evaluated properly despite my absence. I had to send all the software work and presentation from there but she ensured that my absence did not hamper my evaluation.

Speaking about the Japanese culture he recounts the homogeneity in the country, something vastly different from that back home. The people follow a very well maintained and organised lifestyle and are quite punctual. His boss and supervisor ensured that he did not just have a good work experience but an equal amount of cultural exchange. 

The most enlightening experience that he believed he garnered as an intern in Japan was learning about the people from a vast set of countries and their varied approach to various aspects of life. His rendezvous with fellow interns from Vietnam presented before him a completely different way of handling post-collegiate life. 

The outlook which they have towards life is very different from ours and it made me look at life from a different perspective and made things much easier for me. It’s a lot more holistic and a lot less stressed, and most definitely a lot less predictable than what we aspire to have. It made me sit back and take a moment to grasp it all in, instead of being constantly worked up over the next big thing to do.

 

Anurag has recently been placed at BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited). He considers his entire journey of being placed at BPCL as a very funny anecdote. Before travelling to Japan for his internship he had taken a shot at some of the super dream companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung and Qualcomm with no luck as he couldn’t get past the written rounds, thus ending his placement drive in the odd semester. However, he always aspired to go for a Masters degree and thus the lack of success in the placement process didn’t put him through trauma or frustration. After coming back in the even semester, though, he knew that he had a messed-up grade card, having performed poorly in most of the 7th-semester courses. Going for masters immediately was thus not an option anymore.

Placements in the even semester began with Arrelic, a start-up from Bhubaneswar and it was doing exactly the kind of work that he had experienced in Japan. He cleared all the rounds but later denied the job offer due to disagreement on the compensation package offered.

For the job at BPCL, around 20 people were shortlisted from his department who headed to Bhubaneswar for a pool campus process along with IIT Bhubaneswar. Unsure about the workings of a PSU and unaware about the job type it offered, he was constantly having second thoughts about the whole thing. BPCL being a core engineering firm, he kept wondering whether he had any chances of selection given the fact that his knowledge of the technicalities of Electrical Engineering was next to NIL. 

By the end of Wednesday evening (the day before the process was to start), I had already made up my mind to let go of this opportunity. But then it was Srimoy, who when I called up to have the bus tickets cancelled, offered me a significant piece of his mind in not-so-kind words, asking me to go give it a shot anyway. However, in all this hurry and last-minute change of plans, I was silly enough to forget to carry with me the folder containing the entire set of necessary documents and certificates. I was lucky enough (again) that one of my friends Adarsh went the extra mile to find a store that opened early in morning so that I could get all the documents printed. There was no looking back after that.

The BPCL recruitment process was a two-day affair consisting of a Case Study Group Discussion as the primary elimination followed by two rounds of interviews. During the interviews, the internship experience in Japan provided him with a unique and differentiating edge. As he inexplicably cleared the first technical round, he took a greater interest in the company and made a more meticulous preparation for the final round of interview. 

The final round started on a sour note as he failed to answer 4 out of the 5 questions put to him. However, the tides turned in his favour when he had the opportunity to ask a question back to the recruiters inquiring about the flexibility the company offered in lateral shifting within departments. This was followed by the introduction of his work at Monday Morning into the picture and his narration of his experience at MM helped him emphasise on his skills in operations and management.  

The job offer from BPCL happened in the most unexpected of ways. When the results were being declared I did not have the slightest amount of hope, since I had tanked the technical questions real bad. However, I must admit that the kind of experience I gained out of Clarion and Monday Morning helped me in communicating my ideas and pitching my case in a manner that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

Though Anurag landed a lucrative job offer during the placement season in a super-dream company, his heart lies in Photonics and Quantum Information and he intends to return to academics as soon as possible in order to pursue a Masters Degree in Optical Sciences. Having been a part of the institute during one of its most transformative periods, he’s not of the opinion that the institute club-culture has been on the decline.

I guess it’s probably just a Golden Age Syndrome that makes us feel like we had a flourishing club culture in the past which has now become a lot less vibrant. I have personally seen many of my juniors actively participating in a wide variety of club activities with enough zeal and enthusiasm. However, the amount of interaction between juniors and seniors has definitely reduced significantly as has the feeling of belongingness towards the alma mater.

When asked how he found enough time to devote to projects, internships, clubs and MM while also managing to have a thriving social life, he was quick to quip that the secret lies in letting the academics go down the drain. On a serious note, Anurag feels that most of this energy and enthusiasm stems from doing things that would bring a twinkle to your eyes every time you describe it to someone. When you are able to develop that kind of attachment to your people and activities, it no longer feels like a task to manage the allocation of time for it. Not one to have too many regrets or to look back at the past except in sepia-tinted lenses, a part of him wishes he could have devoted more time to debating and quizzing and journalism in his Junior Year. 

You can always retake a course or compensate a missed laboratory but never relive the lost moments with your friends or that lost chance of visiting a distant land. Though meant in good humour, this is something that I have often referred to when faced with difficult decisions. Everything comes at a cost. However, if what you gain out of it outweighs the opportunity cost, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for it. But you must have the conviction to stand up for what you asked and craved, even at the face of opposition from your closest people.

As a person, Anurag has always been the most hopeful and positive of people. His ideologies, shaped by his humble beginnings, his friendships shaped by turmoils and smooth roads, and his work ethics shaped by the kind of passion he exhibits for his work, all make him a very interesting person to interact with. In a message to his juniors, the mentor says,

Take chances. We analyse too much weighing the probability of things going right or wrong and eventually end up missing the chance altogether. There are such a vast number of opportunities in life that if you just take a shot at a significant number of them, the law of probability will ensure that you have enough good things to cherish in life. There is no reason why you can’t get attached to people, to dreams and to ideas. No matter how much of it you lose, in the end you will always be the one walking away with the memories. So go out there, take your chances, put your heart into whatever you do and come back with memories.

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