Archive for July, 2006

Are you done with all ?

Posted: July 28, 2006 in Gibberish Blabber

This is the question every passerby whom I greet or who ends up greeting me invariably pops up. With the first round of B-Skewl evaluation (mid-terms, in lay man’s terms) beginning on Monday, Academics are probably the only thing on one’s mind.

But what’s troubling is the invariable impression people build up about others. I for one am the last person to dig deep into the course material, tons of it and my current status shows over 50% of the subjects are untouched and awaiting last night rescue!

To think, that quite a few actually believe me to be on the upper echelon of the batch is indeed troubling and of course burdensome.

This is something I really like about an performance evaluation on D-day. Whether it is an examination or a cricket match or electoral polling in a democratic process. The out come of the event is unbiased and free from the ‘extra baggage’ of image and ideas. It is a great leveler. The evaluation is free of any prejudice. And it is this evaluation hence, which finally does the noble task of separating chalk from cheese.

Ending with this link about one of the most interesting person on Kampus. Though I would not completely agree with the author, but then again, freedom of speech of expression is to be revered and respected!

P.S : My next post might only be possible a week later with the ending of the burdensome mid term exams

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Rooted to Rabindranath

Posted: July 24, 2006 in Gibberish Blabber

Thanks to the running quizzes and the academic load that the course puts me in, and to add to it the absence of my laptop; I was almost ‘sanitised’ of my cultural identity.

I have never really been a TV watcher, credits to my parents who stubbornly refused cable connection as long as I was in the house, even though our next door neighbour was the cable operator and he was keen to give it to us without any charge whatsoever.

I instead became, whether driven by choice or by circumstances, an avid music buff. Music, over a period became the HIGH point in mylife, an instant relief & soothening balm for perturbed nerves. the past few days were stressful, and with my favourite antidote gone missing ( all my songs were in my laptop!), it became increasingly difficult to look up to the brighter side of life.

My favourite in terms of Antidotinal effect against stress is “Rabindra Sangeet”, songs of Rabindrantah Tagore sung in a mellifluous and gentle rythm. Finally I managed to borrow I-POD video of a friend from CTS Kolkata in my hostel for a few hours.

Its Magical the instant effect that this GENRE has. Its like a neuran stimulant, or rather a Neural muffler!! 🙂

The haze seems to instantly clear up and the maze seems suddenly a lot easier to get through. simplicity suddenly creeps in, hedging out labyrinth and confusion and despondency is replaced by the clear reflections of hope and optimism.

Will end with these words from the ‘Kabiguru’ (Poet Master) himself,

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Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

AbaKus, Systems Seminar

Posted: July 20, 2006 in Gibberish Blabber

ABAKUS

ABAKUS, The Annual Systems Seminars would be starting shortly with the main eventls lined up on 12th and 13th of August. The theme for this year is “IT India : From cost advantage to Strategic Partnership”.

 This year being the tenth year for IIMK, big things are lined up in the event list. We would be having some of the most prominent speakers from different organizations comming over and sharing their thoughts.Organizations like PwC, CTS, E&Y, TCS, IBM, Virtusa, HLL and HCL are expected.

Apart from that there would be numerous competitions for students to take part in and test their skillset on.

The site would give all the other details like the detailed event list, the competitions and the various speakers with their topics.

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Marketing Theories Galore

Just got done with the first evaluation for marketing. So went through a large part of Kotler’s over verbose and voluminous book. Beautifully written and wonderfully designed, it still is could do with shedding a lot of excess flab, according to me. The concepts though sank in beautifully and thanks to the wonderful graphical illustrations was easy to relate to. The example of the Coca-cola goes for a fine example of superb marketing. Till not long back, The soft drinks used to fight for a share with each other, cutting and undercutting each other in price, volume and of course advertising expenditure. But being an oversaturated market there was very little improvement on the bottom line. That was until some innovative gut at their marketing dept. came up with the idea of “Thanda Matlab Coca Cola” and with that brought the war right into the domain of the roadside ‘Nimbu Paani’ (Lemonade) sellers. This campaign was amply supported with the aggressive pricing of 200 ml of Coke at Rs. 5 ( a little about Rs. 3 ehich is normally charged by the street vendors). Little wonder that sales immediately took off and it almost revolutionized the market.

Thanda

So much for marketing having an impact!!

Talk-2-Toshiba

Posted: July 10, 2006 in Gibberish Blabber

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Blogging Hiatus : Since the unfortunate demise of my TOSHIBA Satellite, its almost become a bleeding exercise to even think of blogging. Add to it the constant push’s and pull’s that the packed schedule of a B-School makes to your time. My TOSH, went in for repairs as it was getting into a cyclical restarting loop after operation for about half an hour. The TOSH Technicians, Lots of them, worked on it, took their own sweet time and returned it as a CPU Heating problem which according to them just required a minor fan cleaning. Little wonder, it wasn’t long before the problem re-surfaced and the whole cycle began afresh. The funny part is that with the excellent Talk-2-Toshiba program which aims at projecting the customer savvy image of TOSH, this kind of sloppy service protrudes like a sore thumb. :O

 

As wise men said, ” A drop of poison spoils the milk!” 😀

IIMK Goes Dry

Posted: July 8, 2006 in Gibberish Blabber

Booze Ban

Booze got formally Banned in Kampus. Not that it was ever allowed 😀 but you could find it free flowing in the numerous parties that took place every weekend ! With this comes an ADDON Clamp-on on all parties except the teeny-Meeny Birthday parties, which henceforth will need to be shorter than the shortest of Mini Skirts found in any Girl’s Wardrobe in the Kampus. How Dissapointing!! 😦

Not much of a drinker myself (Unless the ‘Drink’ is a Cold Coffee with Dark Chocolate Ice-Cream … Yummm !!), I did definitely enjoy the fun that used to take place with the folks all drunk and on a rampage 😀

Inscidently it was one such WILD Party that kicked up a ruckus and sparked off the DICKso ..oops DISCO (DISciplinary COmmittee) came into the picture and conked off this innocent fun too out of the worn lives of the students.

The students are visibly crest fallen, some of them at least, while others are red with rage. And all the rage gets usefully and skillfully directed to the batch that caused it all .. “Yours Truly” 😀

To add to the injury is the fact that all the First year students, as a penalty, have been barred from any of the committees or other student bodies. As if They Mind! 😀 So all the backbreaking work for the numerous seminars and other kampus activities will now need to be single handedly handled by the Second year students, who till now were expecting roles limited to “Guiding and Directing” the work-force!! 🙂

The Mood, though outwardly Sombre, is anything but that. The Picture below beautifully pictures out the rebellious mood the student community here is in..

Calvin

A Weekend at Last !

Posted: July 1, 2006 in MBA Ramblings
  1. Three Case studies down, finally inched to a weekend. The days just did not seem to pass, as we spent hours reading and re-reading the numerous pages in Harvard Business Review and other management journals; scouring the case for any facts that might lay hidden deep beneath the camouflage of words. Have begun to look at the nice, attractive and glam HBR’s in new light; that of reverance, respect and dread(a bit of it!) 😀IIMK Board

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  2. Two parties attended and numerous other dropped out of! It is remarcably easy, even with the almost crucifying academic pressure to get sucked into the relentless festivities @ IIM. Keep reminding myself, “Knowledge is built on the EDIFICE of leisure”. Treasure hunt
  3. The one at the Hostel top given by the Hostel seniours really stood out. It went late into the early morning, challenging even the most spirited of us to squeeze out the hidden ounces of Energy! (Though the ‘spirts’ per say, were free flowing! 😀 We were even left with some to spare!). Was a Stormy experience to say the least. Got Baptised a normal IIM tradition in which your seniors baptise you with a ‘nick’ which will be your primary identity in the two years that you spent in IIM and beyond, as they formally welcome you to the IIM League! That’s where the ‘Vindi’ in HLL’s M.S.’Vindi’ Banga comes from. The party was very much appreciated, overfllowing it was with bon-homie and out-of-the box ideas of fun-filled activities.
  4. Already seem to be a veteran at the campus. Weekends seem so much dearer now. On weekdays, you might almost forget to breathe! Okay, now that’s an exaggeration, but yes to say that they are packed would be an understatement. Begun to look at all the MBA grads with more respect, now that I know how demanding the course can get.
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    The sanity and absurdity of late-nights and the nescessity of ‘Kajra-Re’ playing in Sync. By three home theater systems connected to respective laptops, at the austere hour of 3:00 A.M, seems to slowly sink in! 😀 It’s a mode of communicating to the world that,’We are ALIVE’.
  5. Almost everyone seems ‘multifaceted’ and widely talented over here. A little deeper investigation however reveals a ‘Larger than Life’image. Its more like, wishful thinking, people live a live that they believe recruiters of big ticket firms would like them to live (they talk as they would like them to be heard and they ‘lead’ even when leadership is the last thing required :D), rather than being themselves. Somewhere deep inside I do believe that this is not something I would ever do myself, not for an I-bank and not for any Consults. Its One life I got and One life I’ll Live!
  6. The honeymoon period is finally over with my Laptop, as it unceremoniously conked off!Sending it to B’lore to its authorised service center, who just informed me that as the laptop was purchased from USA, all its parts will be shipped from there before its fitted to my baby. Even though they had the same parts for laptops sold in India, they would not put that in as it would cause them some inventory management problems! So the expected time of its return would be six weeks. It will thankfully cost me the courier charges along with infinite patience as it was covered by an International Carry-in waranty. I really do think TOSHIBA folks need some serious SCM on their systems.
    My dear friend RS has been a darling as he willingly took up the responsibility and the headahe to get things done at B’lore. Couldn’t thank him enough.
  7. Its raining almost every day, 18 hours a day over here. The lush pristine greenery has an immediate placading effect on my perturbed senses here.
  8. Staying awake in the class is posing to be a touch challenge for me. One moment I am wide awake and attentively listening to the Faculty, and the next instant the volume of the speech seems to go down, almost as if someone is turning down the volume of a music system; and Before you know it I am napping sitting in the Front Bench right in the center of the class 😀 The sensible faculty generally ignores such blasphemous conduct.
  9. The Library is terrific. They claim to have the best e-learning resources in the country. I take that myself with a pinch of salt, but the learning Management Establishment is truly breathtaking and state of the art.
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    On an unconnected note, there are student managed ‘Stuff Servers’ which contain over 400 GBs of pure ‘Gold’! Whether it is movies or videos or SITCOMs or popular TV series or the ‘other’ stuff 😉 You name it and they got it! Downloaded and saw XMEN3 and a nice episode of FRIENDS from there. It was a sheer delight. Pity then, that you hardly get the time for any of that here!

That’s more like I can make myself to type right now, though I have loads to tell. Will keep it for Round-2 😉

P.S. : Time to shed some tears, ARGENTINA lost to the Deutsche guys!! 😦