It may sound "un-cool" to a lot of people, but it is a little hard not to get emotional when you realize that you have to let go of something that has been an integral part of your life (infact, that has been your life itself) for as long as you can remember. As my airport-taxi pulled out of the gates of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore(IIM-B), probably for the last time, it was almost as if I was leaving a part of me behind.
Although I wasnt fortunate (and/or accomplished) enough to study at IIM-B, I was lucky to be associated with the IIM-B community for 28 years, 5 off-campus and 23 on it (I am counting years only from the time I was old enough to understand what was going on around me). During this time, I met and interacted with some amazing people and was part of a culture and environment that has influenced me in many ways, professionally and personally.
But all good things must come to an end. It was a good 28 years and, hard as it is to accept, its time to move on. I wish the institution and every member of the IIM-B community nothing but the best in future. I will miss IIM-B