Monday, August 30, 2004

Some happenings and non-happenings

Feeling very lonely today.

One of those feelings which I both love and hate. Hope to wake up with a better feeling tomorrow.

Long time since I have written something. So many happenings....I was waiting for a day like this to sit down quietly for sometime and write away.
But then lady luck is never with me. The spare laptop that I got like a boon is not with me anymore. The hard drive got corrupted!!!!!! Yes!!! Within 2 days :(
Yash, I swear it wasn't me!

And my Toshiba lappie in blore seems to have no intention of coming to me anytime soon. The LCD arrived from singapore with lots of hullabulla......only to find out that it didn't fit my model &*%*@^%
Now I have to wait another lightyear for the correct model (hopefully) to arrive from Singapore. I have a good mind to call up the Toshiba office and let them know what I think of them....but then have been stopping myself.
Folks.....take care of your supply chain please!

Another Onam passes by. This is the first Onam during which I didn't go to the temple, wasn't at home, didn't make a pookkalam (flower carpet) in front of my house, didn't have an onam sadya, didn't even realise that it was Onam!!!!
My Onam day was limited to the IT seminar, a quick dekho at the huge Pookkalam at the reception(while running off to send the press release) and the Onam forwards I got through mails and some Onam wishes from my classmates whose immediate next utterance was 'So when's the Onam treat!?'


Onam Pookkalam

I seem to miss all the occasions when all my cousins get together at home and I am just 3 hours away from home but unable to go. Been so long since I have seen some of them who stay so close to my house! :(
Don't rub it in guys......Enjoy out there, but dont tell me about it!

This is not doing any good to my mood!
Let me write something about what has been happening here at K the last 2 weeks.

My first assignment as a member of Media Cell : The Foundation Day of IIMK. We get to know that there is such a function just on the previous day and the pressure to get the event covered by the media was huge. (Wonder why the college keeps such an important day such a big secret!)

ONGC Chairman, Mr. Subir Raha was the Chief guest. This must be one of the very few speeches I have actually listened to with complete concentration. The main motivation was that I had to write a Press Release about it later in the day! :)

Mr. Raha talked about some of the management issues facing the country and how it could be tackled at least in a small scale by each one of us. He concluded by connecting it with neurons singing together. (or was it dancing together!) Everyone found that very inspiring and lots of people were quite impressed by it, but I was struggling to control my smile at that moment.

Just imagine a thousand neurons lined up wearing Tuxedoes and gowns and dancing in sync :)
Anyways point noted Mr. Raha!

The afternoon was spent writing down the Press release and sending it across to various newspapers. Boy it was a great feeling to see what I had written, in print in Hindu the next morning :)
(Yeah I know its a very small thing, even my name wasn't in it, but then sometimes such small things are enough to make my day!)

Reminds me of a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip, where C&H have one wish each and they have to decide what they want
Calvin: "I'd ask for a million dollars" (or something like that)
Hobbes: "I want a Tuna sandwich."
Calvin: "Hey doofus! Why do you want to waste your wish on something like a sandwich!?"
(They get inside the house and go for breakfast. And of course it's tuna sandwich for breakfast.)
Hobbes: "Atleast my wish came true."

Sometimes comics is not just comics right? :)

Next big event at K was the visit by 5 students and 1 faculty (who could very well pass of as a student if she could only conceal those eyebags) from Lahore University of Management Studies, Pakistan or more popularly known as LUMS.
Well, I went with Rohit motu to receive them at the station and guess what Mr.Murphy strikes again and we end up pushing the bike right from Malabar Palace to the workshop somewhere far far away. Once again realised that Calicut is still not a safe place for girls if they are not wearing a burkha. God, please punish all those roadside romoes. Take away their hormones so that they don't ever do all these shameful acts again.

So me and Motu had to rush back to K sans the bike, in a local bus. Bus ride in calicut after 3 years. It's something like a rollercoaster ride. Only without any safety :)
Had nice fun going through old memories while munching on yummy flavoured peanuts.

The Pak team stayed in the girls hostel, but then they were almost always escorted by the SCON members. Not even once were they by themselves. I don't know what they felt about it but then the SCON(you-know-who!!!) seemed to be really enjoying it!
I am really happy the Pak team visited us, it lead to lots of cultural programs being conducted on that weekend, which otherwise would have been never conducted.
The first one was the awesome Kathakali performance. People may say that it's the Visual that stimulates them. But for me its the sound that hits the most! Same effect as the famous 'Panchavadyam' of Thrissur Pooram. I even have an audio tape of that :)


Pak team with the Kathakali artist.

The music that accompanied the kathakali performance was so full of energy that I actually lost my headache and felt so fresh after the performance. The dancers performed really well. So did the singers. But then I was a little disappointed to find that Kathakali has become so commmercialised these days. So much of humour was injected into the show so that people would enjoy even if they didn't understand the nuances of the story being enacted. But then I guess it's a tradeoff that would get them more audiance and more reachability. But should we do it at the cost of cannibalising an ancient art form?


The great show!

Then came the WWF style Kalaripayattu. My friends here who had seen this art form only in the Jiya chale song from Dil se or in a Chyavanprash ad by Ganguly were dumbstruck to see the nifty manoeuvres. Some were actually scandalised by it. Malini was finding it hard to look at all those dangerous action stunts with a calm face. It was a great show. It seems they had even contributed to the action scenes in one of the Jackie Chan movies!!!!! The way they are marketing all the ancient art forms.......mallus are really enterprising. They know a Cash cow when they see one :)


Kalaripyattu.....All brawn!

Just a small message to the Pak team "It was great having you here. But next time don't forget to bring some guys too!"

Next event................The IT Seminar. It was a huge success. Great coordination by the entire team.
Everything worked like clockwork .....almost!
I was very much looking forward to this seminar since it was about the industry I come from. But then I was always preoccupied with the Press Release I would have to prepare by the end of the day. I was straining my ears for any catch phrases that I could add in the article. This is in addition to the chore of calling up all those Newspapers and TV people and getting them to cover the event. I realised that Media Cell work was not child's play. I hadn't realised that there was so much of responsibility and pressure on the role. Luckily lots of good souls volunteered to help me out in preparing the Press release on time. Special thanks to Nitai and Kanika.


AIMS Day 1

Though there were 7 speakers getting their point across during the seminar, the 3 people who really stood out were Mr. Ramkumar Ramamurthy from CTS, Ms. Sangita Singh from Wipro and Mr. Sam Iyengar from ITSMA. All of them stalwarts in the Marketing functions of the companies they represented.
Mr. Ramkumar stood out for the rapport he meticulously built up among the students during the seminar and then later at the canteen. But the I found it a bit strange that he actually wanted to have a look at what we had written about him in the Press release before it was published.
Ms. Sangita Singh was the most charming of them all and she had eveyone floored first by her simplicity and then by her down-to-earth-non-global presentation. Unlike other speakers who chose to speak about the future she decided to go an a flashback to the day she joined WT as the marketing head and what happened after that. She talked about how brand difference is what matters more than brand awareness. She also talked about the Internal marketing and Andy Wright and the Six sigma initiative happening in Wipro. Hats off to her for being the only female speaker in such a male dominated field and for building a great rapport with the audience right from the beginning!

Well she asked me whether I would be joining back in Wipro and then later on when we said goodbye she brought it up again!!!!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Mr. Sam stole the show with his charisma and panache. Undoubtedly he was the most stylish and handsomest of them all :)
His talk was quite impressive too. He mainly emphasized on the transition from Tactical marketing to Strategic marketing and also about the role of Innovation.

Also got an oppurtunity to have dinner with these bigwigs at the Taj! My first Power dinner! :)


IT Seminar ariel view :)

The second day of the seminar saw an interesting Panel discussion on Brand India. But unfortunately, I slept through most of it even though I wanted to listen to what they had to say.
Some things in life cannot be controlled.
For everything else there's SCON :)
Just kidding guys! :)

The IT seminar ended with a much awaited Rock show on the harvard steps by the rock bands Leolads and Evergreen. It really rocked. Though I was a bit moody and was not in the head banging mood, the cool breeze and the rock music did wonders to lift my spirits.

And oh yes! We got those much awaited IIMK Tshirts. Check us out flaunting them!


Proud to be IIMK-ites!

Today some of my ex-colleagues at Wipro landed at UK, courtesy a giant called iGMS NGT. Somewhere in a parallel universe a Priya also would have landed at Birmingham with a Pressure cooker in her suitcase and lots of dreams in her head.
Just one message to her "Do send me some chocs and those picture postcards!"


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Joke of the day : Ever wondered what is P&A way..... :)
Courtesy: Sumit.

Now thats Innovation :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

My silver lining

I am connected. Finally.

No...my laptop is not back yet. But got a spare one (yeah!!! there's a person here with spare laptop) from a friend.

God Bless you Yash!

-GWBE


ps: Hope this can be considered as a long n juicy post :)

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Thank You!!!!

.............to all those who supported me during the election yesterday and made me win!

Just one more thing to say "You have great taste" heh heh heh :)

Jokes apart, the elections for all students commitees were held yesterday evening without much dhoom dhaam...but have to say the enthusiasm of the batch was at it's peak! All candidates were cheered without fail and I have to say the enthusiasm and energy was infectious!

Am elected in the MediaCell commitee. It is the link between IIMK and the rest of the world. Good PR is the most important factor for IIMK right now. Increase the visibililty. Gain a good foothold among the old and established IIMs.
It's going to be interesting work.

End of Midterms.......
This week was one hectic week we've had after coming here. Mainly due to the Midterms and with 2 'Global' subjects being tested on the same day, it was more of a memory/creativity test.
Well I too contributed my bit to the cause....so much so that my right hand is in a very bad shape now. Havent written so much in the last 3 years!

How did the exams go?
Ok-ok. Some went pretty good. Some went pretty bad. Like the QM test we had yesterday. I just realised that I am as stupid as I was when I was in school. In school I used to do all the maths questions very properly right till the end. And when I have to write the last answer and do the double undeline....I would screw up there. If my answer is 457, I would happily write 598. Not even the same digits dammit! And I did that in QM yesterday and am I glad to be back in shape :)

And 3 years of not watching TV had an adverse effect in my Marketing paper.
No TV.................No advertisements
No advertisements.....No Brands
No Brands.............No positioning
No positioning..........No marks in marketing :(
We were asked to write about the positioning of some popular and not so popular brands (what the hell was Revital!) based on their ads. I was doomed. Had no idea what was the Ad for Mortein! :(

But then I try to use all my creative juices and filled up enough of the sheets! If I get decent marks in Marketing it's because of any of these
1. ................ (everyone here@K knows what this is) Now I am fervently praying that its true!

2. My wild guesses were actually correct. (But then I didn't try to cook up stories about Revital like others did. Some of the guesses were Instant Starch, Cooking oil, Shampoo!

3. Noone reads the answersheets! They weigh them :)

4. I am good at 'Global'. I can actaully psyche the prof into giving me great marks whether my answer is correct or not!

5. I am actually having a good phase according to my Kundali or jathakam. (My mom keeps telling me this)! Let me see the marks I get Mom!

:)

The mood in the campus is very upbeat right now. Everyone looks happy and peaceful. I guess its the calmness after the storm!
But then ugly things have started poking their heads slowly......project meetings, case studies, surprise quizzes, class at 8am....some things in life dont change.
But then I am thankful for many of them like..........the bday parties we celebrate religiously, the enjoyable group meetings, (SG, I have that D-style photo of yours with me! Be good to me, or else it will be put in public! That photo along with that comment yours was a riot!), the midnight coffebreak in the canteen, the saturday night parties, the silence in the library, and most of all, the wonderful people here!

Another highlight of this week is going to the student group from Lahore University who will be visiting our campus this weekend. I am sure they will be bowled over by the beauty of our campus!
(cant take my eyes off from the beeeeaaaauuuutifuuuul view today! How is someone expected to study in such a romantic setting? :P)
But then its more important that we show to them how good our college and students are too.
Heard that there are lots of interesting events lined up. Its a suspense till now. Motu
Rohit is not disclosing what they are!
Anyways I am sure they are gonna be J when they come to K.
MediaCell..................Here i come!
:)

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Pens and Electronic goods :(

They don't seem to like me. All my pens seem to be having a great time ditching me when I need them the most. I have lost my 11th pen today!!!!

Enough is enough!

Have a taken a resolution! Will not buy any more pens.

Will borrow them :)
(people who sit next to me in class...beware. you have one more reason other than Mr.Panda to think twice before sitting there!)

How about the electronic goods?

First it was my brand new laptop. Sigh! It's been a month and it's still at the workshop.
Would definitely say that the SCM of Toshiba doesn't seem to be very good in Inda. Getting an LCD replaced takes more than a month!

Then it was my oh-so-sleek-and-the-thinnest-and-stylish calci! People were admiring it so much the day I took it to class and I too, was happily showing it off. The very next day, while I was carrying it, it slipped and fell down and here too...the LCD is gone!
Was a gift from dad that I cherished so much :(
Hope I can get it fixed!
Had to come down to earth and had to buy an ordinary bulky (but rough and tough) calci.

Daddykins, life is so tough at times :P ( I am sure Veronica would have said this!)

Then the mother of all tragedies!

My pyara cellphone! (or is it pyari cellphone? hey frens, is cellphone male or female? :P)
My just-4-months-old Sony ericsson baby!
Dropped it too and it died promptly...without even saying a bye! Those 10 minutes were
hard-to-accept-reality for me. I was sitting in the IT class and cajoling it to resurrect. All my contacts were in there and without the address book I would be as lost as a girl in a Mech batch of any engg college! And it's almost brand new! Something I had bought after so much of reseach and window shopping! (pkt would know how much!) And its gone now.
And then it happens! Reddy touches it once and voila! It's back in action!
Phew! Thank god for that.
Is it Midas Touch or is it Reddy touch? :)

Latest! My Canon Powershot :(
The biggest investment I have ever made till now (other than the lappie and the IIMK fees
of course!) It goes Kaput...no, it doesn't go Kaput. It just decides to be in 'Attention' mode from then onwards.
(Haven't you played the game 'Stautue' or 'Attention' where if someone points at you and says 'Statue' you HAVE to freeze in whatever posture/expression you had at that moment! It's a great game to play when you have almost 20 cousins vacationing in your house. So many statues in all wierd postures possible!)
And haan......my Canon digicam decided to play that game with me. While I was taking a photo, it just froze and has managed to hold the posture perfectly till now.

What next?

I guess I don't have any more electronic goods with me. Thank god for that.

And don't come near me if you value any of your transistors. I am jinxed!

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Can't stop thinkin about

Social Transformation in India
or more populary known as STI

Trying to read the long notes for STI...though I dont make a consicous effort to understand what I am reading, I hope they come back to me as hallucinations during the test.
Reading about Who is an Indian, Indian caste system, Dalits in TamilNadu, Changing faces of Jats! blah blah blah from a barely clear photocopy at midnight is not exactly my cup of coffee ( I prefer coffee to tea).
Wish these were just prescribed readings and didn't have tests. Maybe I would have read them in a different light and in my own sweet time.
The test is tomorrow....long 2 hours ....and that too in the sleepy afternoon. If I get away with this, I am sure I can get away with anything.

Wish I had not slept happily in all those STI classes :(

MidSem starting from tomorrow and the schedule is packed with 2 exmas every day. Reminds me of the back to back exams we used to have in schools.
Tomorrow it's gonna be Accounting and STI.
Hope my Balance sheet matches and I don't doze off in STI.

Another Independence day on a Sunday. I am proud of being an Indian and I did attend the flag hoisting ceremony, but I wish it had fallen on a Monday or a Tuesday or a Wednesday or a........

Saturday, August 14, 2004

The most beautiful sight.

No...it's not my reflection on the mirror :P

Something I am sure others will also agree to :)

Rain.
In all its glory.

Have you seen rain? No, I dont mean the usual rain you see out of your window, nor the one that hits you just when you thought the weather was perfect for a walk.....this is rain in all its glory!

6 of us, were standing in the open corridors of the faculty block waiting to meet Dr. Panda about our Marketing Research Project. What do we do here at K when we have some time on our hands and we are not lazing around in the canteen? Look at the greenery around and talk about how beautiful Kerala is. A fav topic especially among all the northies here.

So we were yapping away as usual and looking at those long line of hills (doesn't it look like an elephant procession? hmmm a long line of green elephants!!) and the mist slowly descending on a far away hill.
Mist at 2:45pm? That was a bit unusual. We have seen mist descending on our campus say around 2-3am...but not in the afternoon!

First it looked as if the mist was just descending on the faraway hill....but then it was moving towards us too....and that too very very rapidly. Too rapidly for fog/mist to move! Something like a rick going at the rate of 100kph and that too uphill! Then we realised it was not mist at all.....it was something else.

It was actually huge sheets of rain moving in formation towards our hill....and there we were, a bunch of kids watching it with mouths wide open. The sight was so mesmerising that all of us forgot to move away when it actually reached the IIMK hill and hit us all right in our open mouths!

There you have! The most beautiful sight! One of those moments when you feel happy to be alive and have such a beautiful life.

I keep finding more and more reasons to like this place each day. Today, I have one more to add to the list.
Beautiful Rain :)


Wish I was a camera sometimes,
So I could take a picture with my mind.
Put it in a frame for you to see,
How beautiful you really are to me.

Ugly - Bon jovi

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Fevers..........

...............of all kinds!

To start with it was the much awaited SCON -Students Council- Election fever. The tension was pretty apparent on the campus well before the election day. Much lobbying and grouping and backbiting was going on. Some mysterious force made lots of aspiring candidates to withdraw their nominations days before the election. Being in the least affected C hostel I have only hearsay of these happenings. But it was in the air...no mistaking that.

There was no visible campaigning happening in the campus before the election day. But things changed drastically on the election day.
Bansal...they way you haunted me with your 'Vote for Lal' propoganda!

The election process was well planned out by the senior SCON members....though they were a bit lost when asked what was the strategy if there was a tie in the results! (the blank expression on their faces is something that was pretty amusing to watch!). But all in all it was coordinated and carried out well. For once there were not many PJs or bekaar questions...though were enough double meaning questions.

10 candidates for the post of 4. Out which I'd say only a few were actually visible in the batch! (or is it just me?!) Each of them had their 7-9 minutes of fame....fielding all sorts of questions. Was interesting watching the dynamics of the batch.
There were some highly popular candidates who had their own cheering team. Most of them gave their best shot at selling themselves. Some went on to talk about their past achievements, some into their strong agenda if they win, some got senti, some tried to make the audiance senti, some had only a few words to say and left it all to their faith in themselves and the batch.

The results were not very surprising. 3 who I thought would win, actually won. The exit polls were pretty accurate too. Now we are waiting for the elected members to live upto their promises.

Rohit Motu Gupta....are you listening? I can't see the ppts in the public folder yet!

Well there's always the reelction! :P

Bottomline after the SCON election "Actions speak louder than words".

Well..............almost!



The next fever is the Marketing project midpoint assessment.

Everyone has just one thing on their mind...how to face Dr.Panda?!
There are so many people who come to me and ask me to help them out cause everyone thinks that I am the 'chosen one' from our batch. I am just as helpless as they are!
I wish I could help each one of them! sigh!

My project assessment on P&G is also tomorrow and me too a teeny weeny little bit tensed about the same..…………………....well what am I trying to hide!..........That's one of my BIGGEST WORRIES right now! Right next to ******* and ________

Hoping that Dr. P is in a good mood tomorrow!

Next fever is my very own fever. Or is it a pseudo fever? Been three days since it's been on and off....and Mr.Murphy couldn't have been right on target with the Midterm Test Fever high on the campus! Have been saying “Om Crocinaaya namaha” three times a day after food.

Leave me alone you imbecile Viruses!

Please note plural of Virus is Viruses and not Virii.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Another day goes by here...................

It was quite an eventful day yesterday. For a change, I managed to get up one hour before the class!
Had missed two classes this week due to this and I was struggling yesterday to understand the Merchandising accouting and Desicion theory.
It is indeed true that if you listen (read awake) in class, half the work is done.
Just made a resolution to get up in time, hope I remember this when I wake up today!

Some things that I have been busy with

- Washing my clothes! Had to, cause I was left with nothing clean to wear.

- Trying to catch up on a little bit of sleep. I feel my efficiency level is going down day by day. Maybe I should start having Complan again. Yes, I am a complan girl! :)

- Go on long walks down the hill and then up the hill! 4 kms in all. That too at midnight!
Nothing like it to start a day with!

- Work on my Marketing project.....google for P&G, Ariel, HLL, detergent....havent used google before so much!
We have a great group for this project. With the mix of people we have its pretty
informative! (Keep giving me all those tips and tricks Rahul!)

We have already done two field trips...one to the retailer and one to the distributor. Both of them were very helpful in terms of the data that we wanted.
I was trying to talk to the distributor interspersing the conversation with something I had picked up in class or from kotler! And it actually worked! From the looks he was quite impressed! heh heh heh!
I should practise this more!

Hey anyone has any contacts in P&G....however chotta motta it may be....distributor, DM, KAM, Sales executive? Do let me know! Treat guaranteed!

Oh shucks! Juz came to know theres a 'Surprise Quiz' tomorrow! :(

I have come to hate surprises now!


Saturday, August 07, 2004

CV - Me in 2 pages.

CVs!

Who likes to write CVs? Especially if its their own?

I for one dont like it.
And I have been very uncomfortable during all the times I have made one.

The first time was during btech while applying for jobs through Campus. Back then it was the technical skills that mattered more. Though I took lots of pains to make the CV...how many nights and how many discussions! And the fat HR from Wipro (who had a cute cuddly tummy though!) who recruited me didn't even open my file! All he wanted to know was how to write a C program to delete the last but one node from a doubly linked list. And then the general questions about sorting and compilers. ... ...blah blah blah.....it all seems so distant now.

Oh! The day before the Wipro interview (which I knew I had clinched when I saw the interviewer's expression during the interview), there was the Lucent interview.
Worst part of any interview is the waiting just before you get called into the confines of the D-Room :|
And the waiting part of the Lucent interview was the worst! Donno why, but I was all fingers and had all sorts of butterflies in my tummy. Finally I was called in, and I saw that the interviewer had this expression on his face as if the coffee he was drinking had salt rather than sugar and he wasn't too happy about it. At that time, the last place I wanted to be in the whole world was that room!
And how do they always know how to ask ONLY the questions you THOUGHT would never be asked or you simply DIDN'T know! :(
It was ta ta to Lucent in 10 minutes.

Then there was the SYNOPSYS interview...which was a sitter as it was only on Maths and Puzzles! I even ended up asking the interviewer some of my favourite puzzles!!! :D

3 days......2 jobs in the bag! Not a bad proposition!

Wish I could have gifted the Synopsys job to any of those needy jobless batchmates of mine. But then life comes with its own set of rules!

Then came the most painful time of my life. The software slowdown and the personal slowdown.

One of those damn doom years.

No job. No fun. No life.




Just an emptiness.


















But then how can a Capricon give up so soon?

You gotta start somewhere! Sitting at home learning Java or cribbing about my fate wouldnt do!

How to make a resume to submit to a firm all on my own! No placement committe....no NIT to help me out.

Man....that was scary! I had a feeling that my CV was too juvenile. But then it turned out to be otherwise!
Wherever I took my CV to, though I got a job or not, a compliment on the CV was assured! :)

The interview in the small electronics company in Nashik (I forgot its name!) and the horrible one week there!

Me and electronics!? they should have been out of their mind to take me in!

Those days I used to count each and every second in a day and wait impatiently for the clock to show 5 so that I can finally get out of that place and go on my loooong walk back to my aunt's place. And there, I learnt how to do absolutely nothing but still look busy. (Well, I later perfected those skills in Wipro )

The only thing I used to look forward to in those days were those long lonely walks...that too in a place so different from what I had seen till then (first time outside Kerala and not on a vacation) and in a place where I had no clue about the local language (marathi).
Finally when I was tired of counting the seconds, I left the job or internship or whatever it was!!

Then came the ICICI Home loans stint.....my resume with all the alphabets C,C++ blah blah blah was a complete misfit over there. But I guess the achievements part saved me there.
And before I knew it, I was saying "Hi, can I help you with your Home Loan?"
:)

Those 6 months were like oasis to me. Thanks to my darling cousin Kavi for everything and to my aunt and uncle without whom I would have had a 1 year hole in my resume!
Those 6 months gave me an insight into the real world. Salaried people....business men, their wives, children, sisters, brothers and their spouses.....all who wanted loans! People who wanted loan for the tax benefit......people who wanted loan cause they need the money......people who want a loan just because they think they need one becasue their neighbour has one. It was a nice experience.
Managing 7 field executives was a little tough in the beginning....especially since there was a Jat in the group! :)

Then the interiview in Vidya (VAST) for the CDAC faculty post!

Me and teach!?

I had never thought about that before. But then I was not in a position to choose at that time and they were ready to pay me generously just because of the NITC in my resume!

Sometimes where you studied does make a difference even if you didn't study anything much there!
Happy times were back again.....Siji, Nisha, Nithin...had an amazing time with you all!

Then suddenly one day Wipro realises that it had recruited some bright ones ;) from NITs and its time to take them into the grind!!!! Yahoooooooooo.............No more resumes to be made! The REC gang from all over India landed in the Bangalore Sarjapur guest house!

I wo'nt forget the way they pampered us for the first month with the perfectly clean and almost 5 star rooms and those buffet breakfasts in the balcony overlooking the pool. . . .. .. .the coffee machines in the rooms....the duck family walking around the campus in the night........maids to clean the rooms and make the beds.....free unlimited food!
It's also a place where I made some friends for life and that too in such a short span of time!

Reality check....the 12 hour day work starts!
There it is!....you-better-write-your-CV-lady-or-else raised it's ugly head again. This time for internal company use. There were times when I used to detest this so much that, when I get those now-or-never mails from HR to update the CV, I used to open up the CV updation site, add or remove a fullstop or a comma and save it as if it has been updated! Smart, huh? :)
Software is really stupid at times! (or is it the progammer who never thought about something like this?!)
CV updation was not really important for me there as I was in the same project and didn't want to change it for some specific reasons! I miss iGMS!

Then there were the times when I made a temporary Work Ex resume to apply for other companies. How can I forget the Infosys stint, which I turned down and the Geometric stint, which turned me down!

Then comes the CV preparation for the IIMs! That must have been the CV on which I spent the maximum time on.
What with rumours that the IIM profs did pyschoanalysis to read between the lines. brrrrrr

Thank you pkt for helping me out with the resume so patiently. Without your help, I wouldn't have been sitting here and writing this!

'Why do you want to do an MBA?'
'Your strengths and weaknesses?'(who would want to admit their weaknesses?!)
'Why should we choose you?'
'What do you expect from us?'

and more and more blah blah...........

The SPJain 'Managerial aptitude test' was the ultimate of them all!(Though it's not a CV, the contents were almost the same) My hand started aching by the time I somehow finished all those numerous chottu mottu questions! They had repeated the questions randomnly to check for consistency in the answers. Boring it was!

Now again the time comes to write the CV again! For Summers. But this time it has become more of a Copy paste with some creativity here and there.

A little help from SG, Rohit and Ronald and Voila! my resume is ready!
And I feel this is the crispiest it has ever been :)

My best ever CV.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Sab aise kyu hain?

Picturise this.............

You and a couple of friends are walking around the campus after class.....talking about all sorts of things like 'which couple to be made fun of next', 'how its been raining nonstop', 'how much stuff has to be done for the next day', 'who was sleeping in class today', 'which senior is cute', 'how romantic the weather is' and blah blah blah...............

Suddenly one of your friends trips on one of the steps, stumbles awkwardly and falls down.


What is the first thing that you do?

- Give your friend a helping hand?

- Check whether he/she is ok

- Check to see if they dropped any money

- Look at them, smirk, and keep walking

- Of course have a good laugh! after all YOU were the one who tripped them!

- Burst out into a laugh as if there can be nothing more comical!

Most of us would go with the last option. It's a subconscious decision. But why!!!!?

What's so funny about watching someone trip and fall?


Now let's turn the table.......

Suppose you are the person who trips and falls. What then?!

Do you
- get embarrassed about it and try to run away from the place

- get up and get going!

- show the middle finger to those sissies standing and giggling looking at you

Most of the people tend to do the first one. They get embarrassed about it and turn beet red! Why Why Why!

Now what got me started thinking about this!?

Here's what.............

In a usual Marketing Class, Mr. Panda was taking attendance as usual by asking...'Who is
absent?" (as if he assumes the person who is absent to come out of thin air and say 'I am absent sir!')

That day there was one guy missing. Usually Panda doesn't ask why someone is absent; but
that day he had to ask. Someone goes upto him with half a mind and whispers something in his ears.
Since I was sitting in the front row, I could hear "@&*&%$^^& hospitalised &^$%&^&*&*."

After the class, I asked some of the absent guy's friends (lets call the absent guy kris) what happened to him and why he was hospitalised. Most of the guys blushed (yeah they actually did) and tried to avoid the question by giving some vague answer.
Priya (read persistent) that I am, I managed to get the cat out of the box!

Here's what happened.........
Poor kris, was getting ready for the 8 am class on that DDay and was in the lavatory. Suddenly without any warning the commode comes crashing down as if it has been waiting for this moment all it's life, and brings an unsuspecting and half asleep kris crashing down with it!

Ouch! Must have hurt!

This is what came to my mind when I first heard about it. But some people sitting with me found it exceptionally funny! And I saw this reaction in most of the people who happened to hear the news!

And poor Kris was in the hospital getting stitches on!

Finally Kris comes to the class after a couple of hours and you can guess the obvious reactions........

"Hey dude.....(with a sly smile) where exactly does it hurt?"

"Kris.....(again with a sheepish smile)...how did you manage to do that!"

and there were lots of others who were just brave enough to give loads of sheepish smiles.


Not a single person asks him how he is or whether he needs any help!

Shame on us!

Why do people behave this way? Why do we laugh when someone falls down, even though he might get hurt?

- Do we always have to be perfect?

- Are we always waiting to find some fault with others?

- Do we feel we are less grand than others if we trip and fall

- what is this....some kind of a sadist world!

There may be many reasons for this behaviour. Let me try to come up with some logical reasons.

The first maybe that we laugh because we feel superior. Perhaps, we feel good that it wasn't us. This isn't a particularly nice theory. But it does make some sense.

Another idea is that we laugh because of "incongruity." Things don't match up. We're caught off guard. We weren't EXPECTING that person to fall down. It isn't normal. But still, WHY do we laugh?

But still, how are feelings of superiority or release or whatever turned into this weird,
uncontrolled act of laughter that your body goes through?

Beats me buddy!

Here's what Bill Forsyth, Screenplay writer has to say about this

"I think that Glaswegian humour is very similar to New York humour, which is really Jewish humour for it is the humour of despair, the humour of the gallows. The humour of
awful circumstances or predicaments. I think that is where humour comes from. From
situations where the only way out is to laugh, for survival's sake. At the bottom of every
joke is a piece of despair, you can't produce a laugh without it. If someone falls on a
banana skin you get a laugh, but someone gets hurt."

"I think we're basically all odd. I think we all have a tension between what we think we are and what other people think we are."


I guess that explains it all........It's the subconscious fight between who we are and who we think others think we are!

Yet to see a person who doesn't behave this way.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Let the pictures speak..........

............for themselves.

Due to Popular demand and my selfishness not to lose my regular readers, here I am again. (Didn't know so many people started their day with a dekho at the GWBE corner! What an honour!)

Scarcity of time and one of my mood swings in progress. Don't feel like writing much. Thought I'll make it easier for me and make this a photo blog.

So sit back and enjoy the show.


Freshers Party 31 July 2004 We the PGP1
All set at the Freshers Party on Saturday Night at Taj, where the food was worse off than the IIMK mess food but spirits were at an all time high!
(pun intended!)
Half the batch was puking at the end of it!


Koyi kahe kehta rahe........I had so much fun doing this!



The play which ended up being impromptu! Thank God nobody had rotten tomatoes with them! :P

Kudos to Nitai for showing so much perseverance.



How can something happen on Calicut without the gay touch?
Yash, the gay man with Malini.
You guys did a really good job running the entire show.


The bongs hit it.

"Sandy, once more please!"



"Kanav......shall i show this to your mom?
This and the 'other' pic? ;)"



The best part of the entire night! Non stop dancing for 4 hours!


WatchWomen in the library.



Sho-n-de-pon in his teddy bear kurta :)



Masti in class


Rainbow at IIMK


Chai time



Dance practice


All dancers



How many assignments more to get an MBA? :(



Doing what I do the best in class.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I am so tired. I would do anything to have just one more hour of sleep :(

Have loads of tests coming up.

Wish me luck friends!