IHM-WE ALSO MAKE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS!
they know of England, who only England know?” was Kipling’s lament that his
neighbours knew and cared so little about their achievements in the wide world.
Orwell agreed about the ignorance.
On a different note, this is equally true of the hospitality industry too. We tend to only recognize & venerate those who are celebrities or those who are on top of the totem pole in our hospitality industry. But there may be many writing their own success stories unknown to us outside the narrow confines of this industry after graduating from an IHM.
That set me thinking – If the hospitality industry prepares its students for a very demanding audience, the same student should be able to use these inputs wherever she/ he is to forge a success story outside the confines of the hospitality industry. Demanding audience as we serve the basic needs of man.
That made me find out success stories of IHM students who have joined the hospitality industry and migrated, but, in some cases not join the industry but choose to pursue their dreams on the wings of their passion or join a totally different industry or profession and excel beyond their boundaries.
Though my search
was limited to a very small group of
students albeit, yet, produced very satisfying results. I interacted with those
I know from IHMCT Delhi and 1 from Madras made me view the potential of this programme in a different light
. Below, I
have tried to group these individuals based on their success stories outside
the hospitality industry.
Here I give
credit to the Hotel Management programme for the student to undergo the rigours
of physical work. To learn to appreciate that there is no substitute for hard
work. In addition to the physically taxing work in the Housekeeping, Food
Production and Food & Beverage Service departments, somewhere, unknown to
the student, her/his sense of creativity is ignited. The discipline that
is required, the grooming, the thinking on the feet et al develops the student
to be capable of joining any industry and make a mark.
the women & men in Olive Green,
entrepreneurs, lawyers, a globally famous author, corporate
czars…., an internationally acclaimed lady who has braved odds to be conferred
with national & international awards, an academician in the CBSE
system, journalists as well as a green warrior.
using my networks to find each of them. It was an honour to have interacted
I am sure after reading this blog post, all you academecians, shall be motivated to search for such students with whom you would have interacted then. I am sure you would be pleasantly surprised and shocked on getting to know about some of them and what they have achieved.
The majority of those listed below expressed hat the
Hotel Management rogramme prepares them
for the world with inputs of soft skills,
dignity of labour, man management, customer care, street smartness, communication skills in addition to self- confidence, grooming,
discipline. Hard work and long hours is a given. The 6 months industrial training further
honed these traits.
A Hero For
Shivani Gupta – A road accident
transformed this girl into a tetraplegic and bound to a wheelchair for life.
Undaunted, she did her MSc in Inclusive Environments – Design and Management
from the University of Reading, UK to set up an NGO Accessibility for
making public spaces accessible for the specially Challenged. She went on
to earn a Diploma then a Masters in Architecture Technology 2004 before
starting Accessibility. She has been awarded the Helen Keller Award
(2008), The CavinKare Ability Mastery Award (2008), The Red and White
Social Bravery Award (1999), The National Role Model Award
(2004), The Neerja Bhanot Award (2004) and the Sulabh International Woman
of the Year Award (1996). She has worked with the UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights, The International Disability Alliance and CBM
International. She has also authored ‘No Looking Back’, a first
hand account of her life.
Another Role Model
Sujaya Walia- She
has fought breast cancer and is the face of the NDTV campaign to create
awareness among women to deduct breast cancer in its early stages to heal faster & better. For this she travels to
rural areas of Haryana, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh to address women and
educate them. She has also launched her own brand of tisanes
meant to holistically with natural ingredients keep you healthy . https://www.suesyogikettle.com/
The Change Makers
Shaloo Dogra- Shaloo Dogra is a Yogaarcharya. She
has learnt and has the expertise of formal meditation methods of Hinduism and
Buddhism including Advaita, Vedanta, Shunyata, Dzogchen, Mindfulness and
Stillness. A Master’s degree in yoga and expertise in Iyengar yoga has made her
proficient in perfect body alignments and all other related mind & body
She has a yoga studo in DLF Phase 1 Gurgaon. She
facilitates customised sessions.
Srijeeta Varma – A volunteer with Medicin Sans Frontiers
has seen her in Bihar to assist those suffering from Kala Zar as also
volunteering in strife torn Palestine and Israel.
Prokash Dutta, MD, Cleanpolis Energy Systems.
Engaged in taking the initiative for investment in renewable energy
infrastructure in a heavily subsidised and agrarian region.
Dr. Mrs. Anshu Maheshwari Arora, Principal- The
Principal Amity International, Sector 43, Gurgaon. Honoured with the Best
Teacher Award by CBSE for the year 2019. CBSE Master Trainer, an author and who
has earned her Doctorate for her thesis on ‘Media habits Amongst School
The Indian Armed Forces
Two lady Officers- Captain Sunita Dahiya Devrani and
Captain Guppaji Nagra
Late Major Harsvinder Dhami and Late Major Navneet
The former CO of the Armoured Corps Regiment who also
was a Black Cat commando with the distinction of being an anti hijack expert.
Presently, in service is a Squadron Leader in the Indian
Air Force as also two Brigadier rank Officers.
Also in Uniform –
is Rohit Rawat as a Customs Officer in Cyprus.
Kumar who has made two films starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui; a short film titled
Byepass and a full length film titled Monsoon Shoot Out. He is also making
serials for Amazon Prime.
Malavika Bannerjee- Her designer label Malavika tells you the story of her entrepreneurship. How she engages the services of handloom weavers and local craftsmen to not only sustain the art & craft but ensure a decent living standard of life for them.
Vijay Singh-Established Aaram Shop in Delhi and Bombay connecting more than 25,000 neighbourhood shops with the community. A technology he and his team pioneered. Bought over by Reliance Jio!
Saurjyeshnath Bhaduri- Former head of
Reuters in India now has his own company. He with his course mate Sanjay
Kailash was one of those in the team of ESPN for their launch
Meher Sarid- India’s 1st Wedding Planner
Meher Sarid Weddings and Sound of Music India Pvt Ltd also doubling up as
Director Oxigen Online Services.
Subramaniam- From IHMCT Chennai, one of the Founding Partners of Maverick Systems- a company that is into testing of Banking & Financial Services software.
Samir Kasal- Used to manage the off the field events & activities including celebrity management, organizing cheer leaders etc for Deccan Chargers during IPL Season 1.
Manish Shihani- Founding partner of Delta Cooling
Anant Verma-Founder Director, Emoi Frozen Desserts.
Manish Maithani- used to export garments to Wal-Mart
from 1999 to 2011. Now into real estate business.
Atul Omkar-In Canada.
Kapil Sankhla and Ajay Jawatkar- the High Court and
Supreme Court, New Delhi.
Scripting their Own Story
Madhulika Liddle- Referred to as India’s Agatha
Christie for her stories set in the Mughal empire courts.
Hercule Poirot is substituted with Muzzafar Jang, a Moghul
nobleman. A very interesting methodology to inculcate children into the
reading habit with the advantage of their learning the history of the Mughal
Empire. Her website www.dustedoff.com is a treat for those keen on film & book
reviews as well as a treasure-trove for melodies before 1970.
Vineet Pannchhi- www.vineetpanchhi.com Poet, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur and India’s
leading Voice Artist based in Dehradun.
Corporate- In High Places
Mohit Malhotra- CEO Dabur India.
Nirbhik Goel- now the Chief Recruitment Officer for the
Oberois was earlier MD- Barclays Bank India.
Ravneet Bhandari- Chief Commercial Officer Brightline
Trains in the USA. Two years back, he sold his tech start-up.
Rajat Kapoor- Executive Director KPMG leading Product
Recycle Management for Firmwide Applications. Former Global Transformation&
Simplification Leader with GE for 20 years.
Romi Dutta- Has been Head of almost all the verticals at Sahara India.
Anjali Chandra- Regional Manager (Eastern Canada), Accenture.
Sameer Chawla- Former VP- HCL.
Pratapaditya Chakraborty VP-Training Wadhwani
Achla Ghai Chawla- Brand Manager, Longines.
Manu Goel- Senior VP, GenPact USA.
Indira Sowacar-Senior VP-HR, GenPact India.
Hema Suri- Director-Revenue ( India Bangladesh &
Pakistan), Turner International (Pogo Channel, Cartoon Network etc). She used
to be Head -Revenue, BBC India.
Yogesh Khattar- Head-Operations-HR(USA), Morneau
Vikhyat Singh- Senior Director and Site Lead, Dell,
Anoop Chauhan-CEO-Supply Chain, ACCI Supply Chain.
Rakesh Kaul-Group Head-Retail Banking, RHB Banking
Amrita Padda-Executive VP &CEO Unilever,
Lucky Wadhera- Commercial Banking Leader Wells Fargo.
Manish Khullar- Technical Solution Lead, IBM, Dubai.
Rahul Clifford Saluja- Trainer, IBM.
In The News
Tejeesh Nippun Singh Behl- Former Asst. Editor with
Business Today, now works for the Times of India group.
Shivani Mohan- Columnist and a regular contributor to
the national and regional print media. Was earlier a columnist with
the Khaleej Times.