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My AIESEC Experience and how it molded me

I am glad to have lived an almost 360 degree AIESEC experience which included CEED, Exchange, various leadership roles from OCP recruitments to VP CIM to LCP. I have seen failure and achievements at an equal scale in the organization and had the opportunity to follow and lead wonderful people. Some of my most favorite moments in AIESEC have been of Exchange experiences and interacting with interns from more than 20 countries. I found a finnish sister, made some life long friends in various countries.

However my most triumphant moments have been of representing IIT KGP at National and international level through AIESEC and making my LC proud by winning the very first awards and trophies at national level. I can never forget the adrenaline rush it gave me when we were appreciated so openly even though we were just an expansion.

I was privileged to be elected by the LC to lead it in its very first year as an independent local committee. That was the toughest and most challenging experience I had till now which had a huge impact on my life and my career. An experience which tested me, challenged me at every point and rewarded me with some wonderful companions for the long run in life.

I joined AIESEC because I wanted to dance and meet foreign people. And I did both in abundance and more. Doing tempo shout of KGP in every national conference was a proud moment for me, winning best Jive in NSC 2010 was another happy experience. Skooling for the LC and watching the MCP elections year after year 3 times consecutively has inspired me the most.

I won’t say AIESEC was all happiness but it was a sort of pride and excitement. Joy and sadness came in big packets and I didn’t have all I asked for but then I had more than what I asked for.

The organization has been about moments for me, small, simple, awesome, nervous, hectic, tired, over joyous, winning, motivating moments for me.

I can’t sum everything up here about what AIESEC means to me and how deep it goes in my heart. I found my first love through AIESEC, won first award in KGP through AIESEC, took first leadership role in life, spoke first time on stage through AIESEC and lots more.

I have been happy to have experienced both extreme love and hatred, joy and pain, success and failure in the LC and that is what makes my experience so rich. The journey had all colors and the picture is so beautifully painted in my mind that it is one master piece of my life.

AIESEC allowed me to make some of the most toughest decisions in my life, made me realize my core values and how to be true to myself. The opportunity to learn from people around me be it junior, senior, other LC people. Everyone and everything in AIESEC had something or the other to contribute to me.

AIESEC taught me to pursue my passions with 100% efforts which was the reason I even applied to US MC for MC VP position after my LCP term. I didn’t get selected but I was happy that I tried something which I wanted to do. I was happy that I did everything which was on offer for me in AIESEC in my 3.5 years of experience and am proud of each action and decision taken during those times.

I also feel proud to have recruited and closely worked with so many wonderful individuals in my teams who went on to become great leaders and contributors in the LC and outside of it.

The joy of being able to give back to the society be it through the smiles on children’s faces during a mega BKK or to our own students in Y2B, is unmatched by anything else. A chance to understand the workings and efforts of NGO’s in and around KGP and deliver conferences and events which make a life changing impact on people’s life is a truly cherish-able experience.

And yes the people, the ones who stuck through and some of the most wonderful gems of my life. There is nothing better than having a chance to change someone’s life for good. And AIESEC gave me a wonderful opportunity to do it for a few people. That is the most satisfying feeling of all.

AIESEC learnings have helped me in my current work experience where I have been a confident, eager and positive contributor to my team’s activities. The experience has also enabled me to pursue my boyhood dream of doing research which I will be doing in Information Sciences [IM in AIESEC lingo] from coming August. I was fascinated by this field of study after my VP CIM role in AIESEC and am still learning more and more about it.

I am still an AIESECer, a proud one and I still jive regularly. Infact you can see our jive recordings on youtube and enjoy 🙂

And above all AIESEC taught me to LIVE LIFE LIKE A JIVE.

AIESEC -> Journey, Music, Moments.

My Feedback to the LC:

AIESEC IIT KGP has huge potential but then the blunt truth which I have seen for years is that we are just too complacent and complaining to work to the best of our potential in AIESEC. 10 – 20 % people do more than 80 % work of the LC, show tempo and are active in the AIESEC national and global community.

If we want to excel in this organization we have to remember that an AIESEC XP is like a bank account. You will only get interest on what all you put into this organization. The organization has a lot to offer both in terms of experience, fun and network. Unfortunately, year after year I have seen people putting their excuses before their hard work in the organization. The very fact that this organization is nascent and new means you all have the opportunity to make it something wonderful. That itself is the biggest opportunity AIESEC IIT KGP gives you.

Learn to believe in the core idea of AIESEC exchange, its not about running after numbers but about giving maximum life changing experiences and making sure we are growing and making full use of our capacity.

And on the final note, AIESEC is emotional, no doubt about it, for many people are everything AIESEC is for them. But I suggest you all to learn to love the organization first. The values of the organization globally have brought it this far, emotions come and are human but at no point should emotions drive you to make decisions which harm the organization. Weather you are a leader in the organization or a member, remember you are responsible for this organization and people will look at this organization through you. The kind of example you set will be carried forward by your admirers and person you become will define what AIESEC has contributed to you. So choose wisely your actions and intent. Remember AIESEC XP is like the rules of open spaces “It starts when it starts” and “it ends when it ends”. What you do in that period is the best this that should be done.

As a closing note, I have been saying this since my AGM speech and I will say it again, bring home the trophy from Natcong Awards Night =)

All the best and be the best =)

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Youth Leadership


Recently I encountered a question asking “How do you define Youth Leadership ?” on Quora and I found it a pretty good opportunity to reflect back on my experiences of youth leadership during my time in AIESEC. Here are my views on the topic. You can read the full answer on Quora.

My Moment

There are phases in life when we break down completely, devoid of all focus, goals and hopes. Some individuals help us pick ourselves up, trying their best but we can only get up when we make those first steps to our revival. When we start making those small victories count again because we want to win a bigger battle once more. That is the time we get on all fours, pick ourselves up, try and just try honestly to stand tall. Taking one step at a time, asking for help, feeling better, creating new moments for ourselves. Moments which inspire us to do more and become more. And finally after all that trying, clawing to small opportunities in life once again we become 100%. We see the light and we rise again. We reach the pinnacle of aspirations once again. That moment we feel bliss. This was one such moment. My moment =)

Leadership is a broad term which encompasses many values like:

  • Taking responsibility
  • Being Passionate
  • Driving change
  • Standing out in the crowd
  • Inspiring people around you
  • Building a team
  • Reaching goals
  • Creating more leaders
  • Being a role model
  • And many more …

Leadership is not dependent of age a prep school kid can also be a leader by taking responsibility sincerely given to them by their teacher, parents, by helping their friends become better.

A leader can also be a 100 year old individual who can share their experience with individuals and inspire them to live a better life.

A youth leader however is crucial to the ecosystem of leadership in this world as  they not only have the wisdom after a few years of knowledge and facing life but they also have the exuberance to perform, the energy which they can induce in others through their acts. A youth leader has crossed the nascent stage of learning passionately and acting swiftly and is also at the stage where they can talk and justify their acts through the wisdom they have earned in the years.

Usually we would classify a youth leader as someone between the age of 17-30. An individual who is passionate about something and is leading either a team or just themselves towards achieving that goal. They are individuals who can communicate their passion through their acts and inspire others to join it as well.

There are lot of organizations focusing on evangelizing youth leadership all over the world. [Youth leadership]

The best ones among them which have centers in Pakistan as well are:

AIESEC in Streams: Global Youth Leadership- not an option but our responsibility


If you liked this video please help me win this competition by following these simple steps:
  1. Become a fan of AIESEC here at : http://www.facebook.com/AIESECglobal
  2. Go to the screenshot of my video and click on the like button: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4491131&id=8496751819&fbid=387957621819
Its been a long time since I wrote a blog post. Well I was busy with far too many exciting things in life which required me to cherish them more rather to document them at that time. I have a good memory so I preferred the first option. I wrote my last blog on my CEEDership in NUS, an AIESEC Experience that was my first major involvement with AIESEC before that I was recruited in October 2008 in this amazing organization’s local chapter at IIT Kharagpur to just some global experience in my otherwise nerdy life but again I continued to wok here as well as a technical support staff.

As I progressed through the different stages of AIESEC namely: Introduction to AIESEC –> Taking Responsibility –> Exchange –> Leadership Role I learned more and more about the amazing structure of this organization. The multitude of leadership opportunities available for each and every individual that a part of it as well as the unconventional but really efficient work culture with a perfect blend of fun and impactful hardwork. Now I am a 2.5 years old AIESECer and as I learn more and more about it I start to love it more and more.

One such thing which really caught my mind recently was the International Conference 2010 which will be held in India this time. This is the biggest conglomeration of youth from all over the world coming under one platform and its one the the biggest extravaganza AIESEC offers annually. After going through the delegate lists, participation as well as the activities of the previous International Conferences of AIESEC I developed this strong urge to represent IIT Kharagpur at this amazing platform and just like a God’s gift I came across this really innovative and intriguing social media competition of AIESEC International where the participants are supposed to show their Video Production Skills by coming up with something innovative as well as depicting the true values of AIESEC through a 2 minutes video on the topic of “Global Youth Leadership- not an option but our responsibility”.

As the topic aptly depicts the core values of AIESEC which believes in creating Leadership opportunities for young people  across the globe through a positive impact on the society. I brainstormed a little and studied how young people have changed this world from areas ranging from sports, technology, music as well as politics. Clubbing all my ideas together I came up with this video of mine which was aptly complemented by the Background Score “Up Is Down” by Hans Zimmer from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End.  The felling which I got after rendering the video was amazing and I personally believed in each and every byte of information I have fed into this beautiful stream of pixels. 

If you liked this video please help me win this competition by following these simple steps:
  1. Become a fan of AIESEC here at : http://www.facebook.com/AIESECglobal
  2. Go to the screenshot of my video and click on the like button: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4491131&id=8496751819&fbid=387957621819

Singapore: Cultural Envoy for Exchange & Development (CEED), An AIESEC Experience


We all dream of going abroad at least once in our life time and so did I, but how many of us that how it’ll will feel out there in an Alien Nation without your own people , your friends and yes without your home. A lot of questions go through your mind like How will the food be ? How will be accommodation ? How will the people be out there ? and yes Will I’ll be able to enjoy myself to the fullest and do my work with the same zeal as I have planned?
blue_on_white_short_height100 Well I had all those above questions running in my mind when I got the offer to do a 2 month Summer Internship at the National University of Singapore in the year 2009. I was pretty confident about the work I was supposed to do but since this was the first time I was going to any place far off where I’ll be left all by myself so there were some jitters too. But then God Helps those , who help themselves, and I actually helped myself during October ‘08 by joining AIESEC, the World’s largest Youth Organization. I was working in AIESEC till that time just as a member and had very little idea what it has to offer us. Before going to Singapore I came across this really cool program of AIESEC called CEED (Cultural Envoy for Exchange and Development) through which a member of any AIESEC LC can work in a different LC and can help then with his/her skills. Since I was mostly related with the CIM department I applied for this one only and to my fortune they had a vacancy there. I was excited about seeing the international face of AIESEC.
So I set out on my journey with dreams in my eyes of meeting new people and making new friends. My landing was fantastic and Changi really set the bar for what I was supposed to witness in Singapore. An exquisite country which has every thing to offer from the most Natural Zoos, Night Safari and Bird Parks to the Heavenly and adventurous Sentosa to the electric and Nightly active Clark Quay. The hustle & bustle of Little India, Chinatown to the really calm roads of Commonwealth. From the lucky Fountain of Wealth to the really amazing Escape Theme Park.

First Meeting

But where did AIESEC make an impact. Well Beautiful and Gorgeous things need to be discussed separately and well it was exactly the same for me when I was first contacted by Shean(Sleepy) and Amanda(The Orangutan) at the Raffles City Center. Well what can be a better introduction to a new team than meeting to really pretty Girls at a pizza place. It was a start I’ll never miss. We discussed the details of my work and I had a good time explaining the maps of India of Singapore to them 🙂 .

EB Outing

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Well after that I was looking forward to meeting the full LC and discuss my exact job profile. And to my surprise it was a completely Girly LC with Elroy(Mr. Laidback ) being the only guy. I met Wenny (The LCP) and yeah Bernice(Nasty). It was a fantastic day for meImage119
as I was joining their EB outing so I really got to know the working of AIESEC in NUS. It was fantastic as I was shown the stats and goals by Nasty I was really awed . They were really optimistic and Realistic goals and that actually made an amazing image of a 15yrs established LC. After the meeting I had the first taste of a Chinese Delicacy called Dan Dan Mian the only vegetarian thing available in the Chinese Restaurant. It was the most amazing Noodles I have ever eaten and its name only is makes me feel hungry. After the meal I had a comfortable ride home in Elroy’s car where I really got the insight into the LC workings.

The Harbor Front Encounter with the Cow and Mai

Well I was invited by Sleepy to Harbor Front as sheP6290340 introduced me to some of her friends and well it was wow. I met the  first Indian origin AIESECer in Singapore, Rita(Brown Cow) and yes a beautiful woman and cute AIESECer from Vietnam, Michelle Mai Pham V ^_^ V. By far she was the cutest lady I met in Singapore. We had a tour of the Vivocity Complex and we ended up taking snaps in different poses. And well it was more fabulous as Rita invited me to her Birthday which was just a few days away.

Meeting at SMU

We all met at SMU to discuss about the progress of AIESEC in NUS and set the goals for the coming academic session. The discussions about Recruitments , Projects and Welcome Tea kept all of us busy throughout the day. We also discussed about tapping in new partners for the LC and creating maximum impact during the College Matriculation Fair. Bernice came up with some brilliant ideas about tapping the IT companies in Singapore. Overall it was a day packed with some real @work but in the end it was all a happy ending.

Cow’s B’day Bash

P7010358 Well Cow invited me to her B’day in our last meeting and I was really excited about meeting some really new people and also experience an foreign B’day bash. Well it turned out to be a night filled with Ta-Boo & 7up game, Bachata, Salsa , some really interesting talks and yes Absolute Vodaka and Martini. I had my first and only date till now with alcohol as I gulped down 3 shots of Vodka and Martini each. ( FYI I am not a drunkard and P7010371neither do I plan to drink in future for leisure but well when its a sport and I lose then I really gulp all punishments happily. BTW I am proud I didn’t get high after all the above drinking.)It was a day I’ll always remember as I really enjoyed the Party and hospitality of the Cow . (Thank You Cow for that 🙂 ). The night ended with all of us leaving for home at 3 in the Morning.

The African Dinner

Well work was going on fine when I was told about the opportunity to meet some International Interns  in Farrer park for an African Dinner. A new intern from UK , Abi arrived in Sinagpore a few daysP7050694 back and it was planned to organize an African dinner for her. Upon reaching the station I met people from the NTU and SMU LC also there were interns from New Zealand and Canada. But alas mother nature had some other plans . It was raining and the African restaurant was pretty far. So we people decided to settle on an Indian restaurant and well it turned out to be good as I ordered dishes like Dosa, Idli sambhar and Choole Bhatoore for my International Friends.

After the dinner we went for some walk around the area and had small talks amongst ourselves. We eventually landed at a Chinese Ice Cream shop and had some really amazing Mango Ice-cream.It was time to leave but not without a snap and another round of amusement and so we did before we took our MRTs.

Shisha & Karaoke @ Arab Street

One thing I noticed in Singapore was that whenever I thought it was over the country gave me something doubly amazing to enjoy. A similar experience was of Arab Street Shisha and Karaoke when Nasty invited all of us. After going to the Shisha place we headed to a Karaoke Bar which was the place where we had the maximum fun, was highlighted by singing on Karaoke . Another remarkable night passes singing and enjoying.

The Final Farewell

“Everything that has a beginning has an end , Neo.” – Agent Smith, Matrix Revolutions.
P7120821 The above lines hold true for this amazing experience of my life too. It was the last time I was going to meet Shean and Amanda, as they were the only EBs available. An amazing lunch at a Chinese Restaurant at Raffles Place, followed by a short meeting at Starbucks and the Final Goodbye to Amanda. This is what summed up everything. I accompanied Shean at Starbucks and had some small talk including some Tech Stuff. It was fun and finally the time came as we said goodbyes. I was sad but at the same happy about the eXPerience I had as an AIESECer and the Positive Impact I was able to make on the NUS LC and also the Singapore MC.
P7161234 Just before leaving I met Mai Pham once again and we shared Sugar cubes which I still treasure.
My journey ended in Singapore but the experience will live on the the friends I made there will always have a special place in my heart.
I would like to thank NUS , AIESEC, all the AIESECers in Singapore and Singapore for giving me the best eXPerience of my life till now. Love you all and Miss you.

My Web 2.0nd Yr Internship at Singapore


“Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.”

Spring Semester 2009,
I was busy with my work for Kshitij ‘09 and once it ended it was like a void in my life . I never realized that I had to look into something to do during my summer break. As I was fresh from my year round web development work I decided I won’t go for a web based internship.
The mailings started and after some time I was like bored when no replies came. Then came February 11, I woke up and checked my gmail and all I could in the unread posts was Re: Internship in Web2.0 . I opened the post and wow it was like there couldn’t have been a better start to my day as I read through the mail which said:

Hi Shubhanshu,
I’ve been forwarded your interest in Web2.0 internship, over the summer months. When are you available for a phone call?
I immediately got to work . After 2 rounds of interviews my internship was confirmed at the National University of Singapore.

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As I was told that my internship would be in creating a web application using the latest web 2.0 tools, I was a bit upset about again working in the web. But then I thought this is what I am best at.
I landed in Singapore and from Day One I was told the exact design of the Application we were supposed to make.The application was a Cloud based Tagging and a Google Maps Mashup( a mashup is a web page or application that combines data or functionality from two or more external sources to create a new service ) which was supposed to be based on Google App Engine and was written using its Python SDK.
I was excited about the use of new technologies . Cloud Computing was a really fascinating field for me and working on some solid project in Python and that too on Django was something I was dreaming for since my last winter when I learned both.
My team consisted of my mentor, a Masters student in Software Engineering ( which to my surprise was also from Midnapore … ) and myself. The project was supervised by my professor.Also at the office I had a really good friend from Canada , who was working on E-governance and really helped me in all my Ideas regarding the application.
It was really exciting for me to start working with Google Apps Engine(GAE) the very fact that you can deploy your applications in the cloud and scale them as per your needs or as per people’s demand was something I have never worked before. We also used XML as a format for data passage between the different parts of our application which really gave it a modular look and made our app really extensible for future use.
Also the fact that we used services from different other web applications made the app a really neat example of code reusability.
We also had the crawler part of application coded in Java as my co-worker was already working on it before I arrived.
A basic design of the Application which I made is shown below:
internApp Software Model
After days of effort my application finally got working. It had features for user to mark places on the Map and attach information to it. A filtering scheme was used in the background to remove redundant data.
The day of presentation came and I preferred to call my application TAGGINGSINGAPORETagging Singapore. The presentation went great and our application was applauded by the audience which mainly includedP7161154 professors working in Software Development and Entrepreneurship. It was really satisfying to see our efforts being appreciated. My supervisor gave me Farewell lunch which was the best Singaporean Food I ever ate.
In the mean time being a member of AIESEC I joined the Local Chapter at NUS as a Cultural Envoy for Exchange and Development and helped them with their Communications Department which mainly included creating their website and giving them Technology related suggestions. It was really fun being with a huge student community in a foreign land. The innumerable parties we had made it all the more fun.
I also attended a Microsoft Conference on their latest Web Technologies which included Azure Services, Silverlight 3.0 and the Expression Suit. It was nothing less than a marvel as I ended up winning 3 books on Silverlight in the Audience questions.
The National University of Singapore was a gem of a place with some state of art Architecture, really amazing Food Courts and an excellent transport system (which in fact was the trademark of entire Singapore). Even during the winter breaks the vibrancy of the place was quite evident.
DSC00843ModifiedI took more than 5000 pictures during my 2 months stay .As a part of my tourism spree I went to all the amazing places in Singapore – from the amazingly natural Zoo and Bird parks , the highly posh Clark Quay, the ever amazing and fun water-parks and the Heavenly Sentosa Island. The hospitality I got was really amazing and the friends I made were something I’ll treasure all my life.

To sum it up my experience all I would say that it was simply:

Code , Click & Celebrate.

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