IIT KGP has played a very formative role for me, it has done so for all the wonderful friends I made there and it will for all of you. We leave the comfort of a home at a very pristine age, ambitious but foolhardy, to start a special phase in our young lives – that of education at KGP. Our premature ideals and inchoate goals are bound to take a sail in such an environment by sharing the same with friends that we end up making. I grew up as a kid in various places – Pune, Ahmedabad, Ndola, Lusaka, Livingstone, Nairobi, Blantyre, Arusha, Kampala. So learning different languages and peer assimilation was always a struggle. You learn very quickly that you have to be good at something to gain respect. But in a place like KGP, it is hard to be good at something - the selective nature of the process ensures smart, well read, talented individuals. My seniors were charismatic and embodied leadership qualities that we wanted to emulate. They were always a great source of inspiration. I took part in sports, cultural events and learned to speak Bengali in a few months. Comparing notes afterward with my friends from other IITs, I can conclude that IIT KGP was very different, because it was not a city and nowhere close to another big city when I embraced it. This might have changed now, but during my times most students stayed back on campus all weekends. The forced togetherness created an ecosystem for spending more time together leading to exchange of ideas, development of ideals and friendships - that played a role in sculpting our youth and consequently laying a pathway for our future. So, conclusively and decisively I can say that KGP has its own benefits.