The five days spent in Germany gave me a number of experiences, thrills and moments of adrenaline rush and above all gave me so many people and memories to cherish on!
From the very first day when we all were taken out for sight-seeing, the city of Cologne marked an
impression through its mesmerizing Roman Architecture and the grandeur of The Rhine and the Cologne
Cathedral, one of the finest masterpieces of Gothic Era; the 533 steps climb gave us the wide view of the
entire city. The dinner hosting and the dessert hosting at the houses of two different natives of Germany
and their warm and their affectionate conduct replaced the feeling of homesickness with joy, and we raised
our glasses of beer to “Prost”!
“The final conference on the fourth and fifth day
was something to mark on, hearing, learning and getting inspiration from renowned business personalities from divergent fields.”
The second day which was the day for the Science Slammers’ former performance or initial screening
round, Pia and Adriano, the coordinators of Science Slam took us to the Head Quarter of Evonik at Essen;
another splendid piece of Architecture, this time actively Contemporary. Out of all the slammers being
selected in the top 3 for the final Slamming at Koln SKY Tower and presenting my research before the
eminent jury gave me my first surge of excitement and anxiety. Moments before my final stage
performance I got cold feet but as soon as I stepped on the stage I knew, this was it and I had to nail it!
These thoughts make me nostalgic about the entire duration; my fellow people from India, Pakistan,
Argentina, Taiwan, Mexico who were a constant support and motivation for me! I was nervous when it was
the time to declare the result, and there it was, the feeling of representing my Nation, India on a world
Platform and earning pride for it is simply indescribable. The final conference on the fourth and fifth day
was something to mark on, hearing, learning and getting inspiration from renowned business personalities
from divergent fields is something that I thank WBD for!
An opportunity to meet up with leaders of tomorrow full of inspiring speeches and overwhelming impressions.”
Networking lunches and dinners with people from all around the globe provided me with a broad outlook on
various business aspects. Keeping in line with the topic of the convention “Facing Change”, we were part
of various workshops customised for every delegate based upon their preferences that gave us exposure
to some defining trends of the future and an opportunity to meet up with leaders of tomorrow full of inspiring
speeches and overwhelming impressions.
And then the best part of the conference came up “The Party of Nations” where every delegate was
dressed up in their traditional attires, dancing to the tunes of German songs, clicking pictures and saying
goodbyes with a promise to see each other again next year or in some other part of the world.
The entire experience was summed up with a budding feeling of nostalgia. The night before I had my flight
to India I wanted the symposium to go on and give me more to learn from and to cherish!
Kudos to World Business Dialogue for this entire convention and to IIM Raipur for making it possible and
for making it grand!
Author: Harshit Kalra
Harhsit is currently Pursuing Masters in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Management Raipur with Major in Marketing & Strategy. He attended the Conference in March 2017 and won the first ever World Business Dialogue Science Slam.