Last week, I attended the seven days Orientation Programme of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a mandatory course to be attended before commencing the three years of articleship. It was an enriching experience where each day had something new to offer.
The Introduction session taken by Mrs Jasmine Bugli was mainly focused on effective communication skills- communication is not done just verbally but non-verbal communication is also important. Each person had to introduce themselves by telling everyone about the significance of their name, hobbies and qualifications. The batch had students from Ranchi, Kanpur and Jamshedpur- the quiet ones, the fun loving people and the no- nonsense ones; the combination was sure to make the next six days interesting!
CA Nitesh Maheshwari, a young and fun loving Chartered Accountant took us into the world of Financial Analysis which was far more interesting than what we had read in the theory of Financial management. He knew when and how to get our grey cells running. A complete number-crunching session, a few “quiet ones” managed to take a nap 😀
The first session was on Business Environment, conducted by Mrs Priyanka Agarwal who also runs a play school in Jamshedpur. The topic was mainly course related, but Priyanka Mam really made it fun by conducting rapid fire rounds and other cool activities.
The second session on Positive Attitude, conducted by Mrs Prabha Prakash who is a teaching faculty at Carmel Junior College, Jamshedpur was really not just because the topic itself was inspiring, but Prabha Mam herself was so full of positive energy and enthusiasm that she made the whole class lively.
Most of us were not looking forward to this class for two reasons- First, it was on Sunday and second, the topic for today’s session was Group Dicussion and Conversation Skills, both of which involved public speaking. Something that none of us were really good at!
On the contrary, the session turned out to be the best of all. The topics given for the Conversation Skills were so interesting- be it Sourav’s description of how his first date would be or Naveen’s views on how he would feel if he was a girl, nothing could stop us for laughing uncontrollably for the next few hours! The topics of “online shopping” and the debate on “love and arranged marriages” transformed us into established orators when it came to expressing our views.
Prabha Mam’s session on Personal Habits was again fun filled with the ramp walk and the feedback session. The second session on Office Etiquettes conducted by Priyanka Mam was equally informative. This session really boosted my confidence when almost everyone including Prabha Mam and Priyanka Mam appreciated the fact that I am a confident speaker.
‘Art of Writing’ would have turned out to be a boring and monotonous session had Priyanka Mam not conducted the ‘Antakshari round’ as well as her Rapid Fire round.
The second session on History of ICAI by Nitesh Sir was really informative as he told us everything that we need to know about the three years of articleship that we are going to begin in a few months.
Last day of the Orientation. The same people who were sitting in small groups on the first day were actually cracking jokes and getting pictures clicked with everyone. Suddenly someone played the music and the empty floor space turned into a dance floor where we danced until Jasmine Mam came. Jasmine Mam made us play “Chinese Whisper”, a game she said where none of the batches in the last 20 years had successfully passed on a message. But we were adamant and after three tries, we finally passed the message right!
We were then shown “I am Kalam” a movie with a simple yet strong message- We should not let our destiny decide the course of our dreams. The Self- analysis session followed and this is what I said-
“The best part of this programme is that I finally, after 12 years of struggle overcame the fear of public speaking. Now I know that it’s not just important to score good marks in the exam, but to make new friends wherever I go, not judge anyone for what they seem and also let down my hair once in a while and dance as if nobody is watching.”
Am I going to miss these days?
Yes, right from Vijay “Question Bank”, the Cap-wala-Rahul and “Engineer” Rahul, the shy “lover boy” Sourav and “Kanpur wala Sourabh”, Roshan with her awesome fashion sense, “Chatterbox” Chitra, Anuj’s epic solution to everything- “Ye sab toh Moh-maaya hai pagal!”, Harsha’s giggle, “Bossy” Priya, IPS Shikha, Neha’s frowns, Kiran’s omnipresent mobile phone, Naveen’s rampwalk, Hemant’s mimicry of Sunny Deol, Shruti’s introduction before every speech, Nupur’s calmness, Lavanya’s suicide attempt with a stole, Naina and Jyoti’s simplicity to Imtiaz’s trademark Jain Classes bag- I am going to cherish each and every memory of these seven days!
“Goodbyes are not forever,
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I’ll miss you.
Until we meet again!”
Unofficial:The Batch Photograph