Archive for August, 2006

Celebrated Independence Day on 15th August. Joined the Director and faculty for flag hoisting along with a small function culminating with a round of snacks. Was pleasantly surprised to see a rather significant student turnout, in spite of the fact that the event had only ‘Requested Attendance’ and was void of the ‘Compulsory to Attend’ tag. Don’t know if it was patriotism or the post-event ‘refreshments’ which was the motivator for the fabulous outcome. Like every patriotic and foolishly optimistic Indian I would like to believe it was the former.
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A couple of lines for the occasion then would be in place,

As a nation India Never followed the plot,
Just when it was endangered with being written off,
It stuns with its technological know how,
Its truly an idea that defies the croakiest of plots,
An absurdity, a madness, an incongruous hodgepodge,
An absolute pandemonium, a labyrinth and yet order evolves and patterns emerge.
An Adventurism, a clairvoyance, a vision that statistics can never do justice to.
A Feeling, a fever, a taste that can never be explained.
A true and befitting ode to Freedom,
Vande Maataram!

The next day saw the celebration of Janmashtami with the traditional ‘Matka Phodh’ competition along with the customary puja with arati. The dinner consisting of special ethnical cuisines was a welcome change from the regular grab that we consumed.

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Meanwhile still struggling with Managerial Accounting and Microeconomics. With every passing day a realization just firms up, It is not difficult leave alone unconquerable. All what it demands is bit of respect, a bit of attention and a bit of time. A preference over a hostel gossip, a privilege over a weekend movie and an adjustment with the extra holiday sleep… not always but for one weekend. And that is all it will take!

Time management has evolved to become the single most important aspect of B-School life. You have loads of assignments, case studies, worksheets, projects & then of course course material to read up. None of these are optional or have a shared domain. They all give a different flavor/ a different perspective. So doinga lot of projects or assignments will land you in no better a position in the examinations that doing none. Of course they carry their own evaluations but then that’s a different story. On top of these every weekend we keep having seminars and symposium. Last week we had CTO IBM, CIO HLL and some consulting company honchos coming down for talks. This week we had ITC, CTS, Yash Raj Films and some others being represented by their who’s-who. There is a perennial time constraint and at every nook and corner you have to take a call. Weigh your options, evaluate your priorities and pick the one you value the most. Sacrifices are inevitable.

This I think would be my greatest takeaway from Business School Education, apart from a chain of buddies and loads of memories to augment them. Another aspect is the essence of team work. Sooner or later one realizes that not everyone in a team can or will contribute equally; in fact not everybody should be expected to contribute the same amount. Then what really matters is hoe the dissymmetry is exploited to the maximum, how you play on strengths to cover each others’ weakness in order to evolve as a much more stronger and a much more formidable entity.

Just to Explain the Title:

eMpower is the marketing interest group at IIMK and Synopsis is the current Marketing seminar it is organizing. (The one in which ITC and Yash Raj Films are coming over)

By the way, An interesting event is happening in campus, Certain parts of our facilities are being used for a movie shooting. The entire crew including the star-cast is present hence in the campus. A sad fact hence that being a south Indian movie/star-cast, we find it difficult to appreciate their stardom. (They anyway don’t look so aesthetically enticing!)

Quintessence of Dust

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What a piece of work is a man!
how noble in reason!
how infinite in faculty!
in form and moving how
express and admirable!
in action how like an angel!
in apprehension how like a god!
the beauty of the world!
the paragon of animals!
And yet, to me,
what is this but
quintessence of dust!
~ William Shakespeare

B School Birthday Celebrations

Posted: August 12, 2006 in MBA Ramblings

Clebrated my first B-School Birthday in a lot of Pomp! Started off with the customary bashing in the Night Canteen, or ‘NC’ as it is better known 🙂 . To my horror it was almost as if the whole college had turned up to kick the life out of my poor buts. 😦 Boy! if this makes you smile think again !!

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The people seemed ready for a vengence, I knew not for what :(. My best assumption is the Mid-sems not going fantastically for most folks out here ;). The ritual went on with a lot of gaiety until someone finally had pangs of conscience and decided that it was enough for the moment.

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I for one had almost become numb in that area. The feeling was strange initially it hurt then it became hot and then feelings eluded me. ( The actual agony was to start and linger on the next morning and onwards, as I was to later realize).

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Finally there was ‘Mehndi‘ ceremony, much akin to the ones pretty brides are subjected on the day of mariage; Only in this case the Mehndi was substituted with Chocolate Cake Cream and the Milk was substituted with Sprite and Fanta :D! Fantastic for Complexion. See the pictures of the proceeding below. 🙂

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In the evening we went out for dinner with the Hostel Gang. The fact that the place was no less than TAJ just added to the fun of the event.

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Now that those celebrations are over, time to get back into the B-School life. Started Saturday morning with attending the Annual I.T Management Seminar, organised by the enthisastic Systems Consulting group od IIMK. A wonderful experience. Listened to some of the industry stalwarts like Manish Gupta the CTO of IBM India.

Need to get back deep into academics as the numerous chapters of Kotler are awaiting my reading in order to prepare me for the Quiz scheduled for Monday.

The past week was quite eventful in all respects, something that was a farcry in the professional/corporate world. Hope I am able to soar over the high waves and surf in them! Ending with a Calvin Thought !!

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Birthdays & AbaKus

Posted: August 10, 2006 in MBA Ramblings

With Abakus(the spectacular IT seminar by IIMK) just around the corner, it was time to put the mid semester scores, which started seeping in at the beginning of the week, behind us.

Being a part of the IT Committee I think I will have my hands more than full. My grades for now have been unbelievably low, it was almost a discovery, as to how low I could actually score!  😦 :O

Meanwhile it seems the whole Kampus is getting ready to wish one guy on his birthday 😉 . Kicks, Bumps, Slam Dunks, Cake Plastering and hullabaloo are all on the cards :O . Everyday for the past three days almost every guy who met me in the mess or the Night Canteen (NC) or just about anywhere in the picturesque Kampus kept reminding me, “Its two days for showdown!! All the Best” 😉

I sometimes wonder what does it take to be so well known and so badly in demand in the Kampus, that everyone, and I really mean every single person, in an establishment knows you very well. Every single individual has something to say about you, some good some bad and some others irrelevant.

Meanwhile, for the first time, one is not that happy that his birthday is just around the corner!

Taking off the Mask

Posted: August 6, 2006 in MBA Ramblings

Attended a two hour seminar by Jure Biechonski, an experienced Counseling Psychologist and the founder director of SACH International on “Taking off the mask”. It was an eye opener in more ways than one. The whole experience was different, as in it raised many questions and disqualified whatever little answers we had or we thought we had. Leaving us with no choice but to do some serious contemplation. The questions ranged from the most difficult and yet fundamental to ‘Who is I’ to the little more descriptive, ‘What is Happiness for me’. Penning down some scribbled notes from the interactive session.

  • The Secret to happiness is to live in present. Sleep when you sleep, eat when you eat and work when you work
  • Its better to be left with more questions than answers than the other way round
  • If someone tells you that he/she can hypnotize you then you better run fast. Cause that man/woman is definitely a CON
  • Treat the cause of pain than try to alleviate it
  • Always have a contingency plan in life.
  • The current generation suffers from “Emotional Constipation & Verbal Diarrhea
  • Funny Fact : The word ‘Happiness’ DOESNOT exist in the medicinal books of Psychology
  • Fear can indeed hold you prisoner and sabotage your thoughts
  • A smart youth comes to a famed Sadhu renowned for his intellectual prowess, to prove his intelligence. He holds a butterfly in his clenched fist and asks the sadhu to use his supernatural powers to find out what he is holding. The sadhu replies ‘A Butterfly, My son’. Next comes the question, can you tell me if its dead or alive. (He intended to double cross the sadhu on this; it was alive till then and if the sadhu correctly replied that it was alive, he would promptly crush it within his clenched fist. If on the other hand the sadhu replied that it was dead then he would let go of his grasp. The butterfly would fly away and it would be proven that he was wiser than even the famed sadhu!). The Sadhu smiles and replies, “It is in your hand , son, if the Butterfly is Dead or Alive”.
  • Similarly, the butterfly of our happiness is in our hands

The ordeal is finally over. It was one hell of an experience. Apart from Statistics all others were closed book exams; kinda queer and weird, as in we knew not what struck us!

The worst debacle of the whole bunch was undoubtedly Accounts. Long as a love letter and cryptic as a military transmission. Proved to be quite a dampener to all those who thought they were born to be financial analysts.

The funny thing was that all through the exams no one actually bothered about something as trivial as sleep. You could find the library, the computer centers and all WiFi hotspots brimming with people. Then of course there were caricatures who were looking into them even when having their meals or for that matter loo-ing (I assume, that must be the case).

A point worthy of mention was the quality of questions asked in two of the papers: Quant and Org Behavior. The quant paper was easy, tested the very basics (and of course was an open book exam) which made quite a few consider it as a cake walk, even as they wrote the exam. However, the question setting: was a job well done, much to the anguish of the till now jubilant students. The Pits dugs and cleverly camouflaged by the simplicity of description had foxed almost all but the ultra paranoid. The realization dawned for most just after walking out of the examination halls into the green grass carpeting at the amphitheater, just as they opened the folded question papers with an intent to enjoy their easy prey!

The Org Behaviour paper was an intellect tickler. To answer it satisfactorily you would have had to attend all classes, participate in all the class discussions ardently, read the HBR Articles vociferously, red the suggested textbook zealously and most importantly think philosophically, and think a lot at that! All in all a lovely question paper to have and a lousy one to answer!