Diwali – The Festival of Lights

What does an NUS Diwali look like? The NUS MBA Blog celebrates the Festival of Lights 2007.

Diwali was celebrated at NUS on December 10th. We, @ NUS, ensured that it was a celebration not only for the Indians in the cohort, but also for the cohort as a whole. We lit up the room with little deepas, the flame protruding from them flickering in the breeze. Urmila and Gagan, first year MBA students, created a beautiful rangoli in the room. Arindham, another member of our first year student community, recited prayers in Sanskrit. After the pooja, we distributed Prasad and sweets. The experience of explaining about Indian culture to our foreign students was fascinating. They were full of questions – ‘Why lamps? Why so many gods? Why Prasad?’. Honestly, some of their questions made me think as well. It took me back to the basics of our ancient culture.

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No Reservations!

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A NUS MBA Movie Night was sponsored by alumni during the 2007 semester break.

After a week-long break from academics, I finally got to see my course mates again! It was really thoughtful of the MBA Alumni to sponsor the movie’ No Reservations’ during the semester break. Throngs of students, accompanied by their other halves, some with their families, relatives, friends etc… flocked the theater. I recalled seeing my best pal, bringing her ‘village’ along; which consists of, her sister, brother-in-law, landlady, and even landlady’s son!

Although there was a long line to get the ticket, the catch ups that we have to do between our course mates masked out the long waiting time. All of us were eager to share with each other how we spent our week long holiday.

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A totally new experience during Exchange

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Johnny Jetjirawat, an NUS MBA exchange student from the University of Southern California, shares his experience at International Day 2009.

International day was a very interesting event for me. I didn’t know what to expect at first. I didn’t even dress up because I thought it was going to be a small party with a few people in their national costumes. It is evident that I was so wrong.

It turned out to be a showcase party of our fellow students. I was impressed with the NUS students, being brave and courageous enough to go up on stage in front of hundreds to show their talents. Even many quiet students in my class were confident and expressive on the big stage. Bravo!!

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One team, one dream

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For Colleen Gao Xiang and Du Fei, International Day 2007 was an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the NUS MBA community, and to share a different side of Chinese culture.

NUS is not just a university for me, but a connection of culture, a palace of academy, and a community of smart and ambitious young ladies and gentlemen.

It was always my dream to share the long story of China’s history with my foreign friends… the legend of the Forbidden City, the poems of Tang Dynasty, and the tunes of Peking opera. During the night of International day, on the stage of the Kent Ridge Guild House, my dream was realized… not only by me, but all my Chinese friends in the MBA program. Under the limelight, we used our songs to tell the long history of China, a real China, with an ancient, mysterious, and beautiful culture.

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International Day 14th Sep 2007

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NUS MBA blogger Sourabh reports on International Day 2007, a celebration of diversity, and an evening of deep cultural appreciation and camaraderie.

From the moment you walked in to the minute you left the NUS Guild House, you were splashed by the many cultural hues of the diverse nationalities representing the MBA cohort. Did you know that there are students from 26 countries in Year 1 alone? With students from all over the world – Japan, Korea and China, all the ASEAN countries, the Indian subcontinent, Europe and the Americas, there was never a dull moment. National costume was the recommended attire and the motley crew let go of the drab T-shirt and jeans and changed into the colorful Sarongs, Sarees, Salwar-Kurtas or Barongs of their choice. A flurry of introductions and getting to know each other and the event was ready to start. You made your way to a table, neatly set with a flower at the center. The floral expert that I am, I wondered if it was a Vanda Miss Joaquim, only to be reminded that it was a lovely orchid.