The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Is the alias Dronodeb goes by for the wealth of knowledge he carries around with him. Who better to call when in a spot on the hotseat than this IIM-Ahmedabad guy, with a history of topping exams, quizzing his way to the top, joining the jocks on field and sharing his knowledge with those in need'

A matter of course…

It is for this 26-year-old to see his name at the top of the honour roll. Appearing for the Madhyamik exams from Ramakrishna Mission, Purulia, in 1994, Dronodeb ranked 17th in the state with 91.3 per cent. Outdid his own track record when, after two years at RKM Narendrapur, he came 14th in the Higher Secondary exams with 89.5 per cent. Made his way to Jadavpur University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, only to leave four years later with an aggregate score of 82.6 per cent under his belt.

Beat down his door…

Did the IIMs around the country, each opening their portals for the Chandernagore guy with the sterling stats. But not before he worked for a year at Infosys as software engineer, doing a project for the trendy clothing label GAP. They turned to him to monitor the quality of a 30-member offshore team. Now he is studying in IIM Ahmedabad, batch of 2003.

Tunnel vision…

Of the MBA-induced kind is not at all what our man suffers from. He has diversified his investment portfolio, having served as class rep in college, played on the engineering department cricket and football teams and organised technical seminars on campus. Now he serves as sports secretary at IIM-A, willing to put on the spikes and hit the football and cricket pitches any time of day or night.

Give as you get…

Could be Dronodeb’s motto. He also gives back to others the most precious gift he has received: the one-time National Service Scheme member taught underprivileged kids and organised literacy drives. If the good karma comes back his way, the man who came second in the Kshudiram Memorial Prize Essay Competition across all RKM schools and won a Rotary inter-school quiz competition in Purulia will taste success on BBC Mastermind.

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