Archive for February, 2005

Good News India

February 28, 05 by Bharani

News from India : of positive action, steely endeavour and quiet triumphs ~ news that is little known

http://www.goodnewsindia.com/homepage.php

Came across his wonderful website from Chakkarapani’s Post.

“…It is a site run by a one-man-army – a 63 year old Shri D V Sridharan, whose mission is to show-case the heroic efforts of thousands of little known men, women and institutions, while skirting celebrities, politicians and publicity-hunters….” [Chakkarapani]

Many of the stories are truly inspiring, but have been neglected media attention. I am happy that I came across this website and I salute the efforts of Mr. D.V. Sridharan. I am posting this here as a humble contribution towards popularizing the website…My main intention is not to just popularize the website, but to expose these wonderful steely stories to the world..

Personality Types.

February 27, 05 by Bharani

Somedays back I took the personality type tests. One among them is the famous “MBTI Personality type test” [Myers Briggs Type Indicator]. Most of the B-schools makes students to go through this test and make them understand their personality type and help them to fine tune themselves. This helps students to understand their strength and weaknesses.

One can take the test here http://www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html. Sometimes you might find that you have characteristics of more than one type. If you find yourselves in such a case, you can take a modified version of MBTI [Jung MBTI], and then take that as a reference guide.

According to the Test, my type is “INTJ” [A Scientist]. Tthe description of my personality type is availablehere..

This test basically categorizes all personalities in to 16 types. Each has some advantages and disadvantages. No type is good or no type is bad. You have to just understand your strengths and weaknesses and work on them.

You will also find it interesting to take the “BBC – Personality test”. According to it, my personality type is “Mastermind”.

Summary of Masterminds

* Visionaries who put energy into achieving their goals
* Prefer to work independently and dislike inefficiency
* Think of themselves as logical, thorough, and bright
* Values practicality and common sense above ideas and theories

More about Masterminds

Masterminds create a vision for the future by gathering and organising information. They then develop strategies to achieve their goals. They have a rare gift for looking at almost anything and seeing how it can be improved. These skills and the Masterminds’ high standards often allow them to reach leadership positions at work.

Masterminds value independence and prefer to work on their own. Once they have decided on a course of action, Masterminds rarely change their minds, although they can be persuaded by clear reasoning by someone they respect.

In situations where they can’t use their talents or are unappreciated, Masterminds may cut themselves off from a group and criticize people who don’t understand their plans. Under extreme stress, Masterminds may overindulge in sensory experiences like eating, shopping or watching television.

Masterminds often have an unusual sense of humour, which arises from their ability to spot surprising links between seemingly unconnected facts.

Mastermind Careers

Masterminds are drawn to jobs requiring logical analysis or abstract thinking common in science or technical fields.

It will be interesting to see, if ISB has this analysis.

Diary Feb 26th 2005

February 26, 05 by Bharani

Yesterday, I downloaded Apprentice – 3, Episode 6 and watched. This week’s task was to create an ad for a new PlayStation 2 video game called Gran Turismo 4, a racing game. Each team was given a bare 20 foot wall and a graffiti art conveying the ad had to be drawn on it.

Magna Corp (book smarts) won the task. Networth faced the boarding room. Tara was fired for her poor vision and conceptualization.

Well, Apprentice is going in a predictable fashion, with Book smarts on 3 and Street smarts on 3.

As of me, I am enjoying the show as usual. My initial short-list of 4 candidates [John, Craig, Audrey and Kendra] are still on..So far so good. But Bren looks like one smart and matured guy, so keeping a watch on him. Craig is becoming doubtful…Forthcoming episodes will answer that..

Lesson learnt this week: Art of Listening

The Google adsense is turning out to be a disappointment. At the current rate, I will get my first payment only after 5 years..That should give a clue..Will continue for some more time and then lift if off, if it doesn’t work. Sometimes, it shows Public charity ads(!!). I believe google doesn’t pay for that..

Two days back my parents went to a temple in Thiruvannamalai (A famous Shiva temple). On full moon days, the devotees circle around the mountain (15 kms). The act is called Girivalam (To come in circle). My parents also came around the 15 kms. Since there was a huge crowd, the buses had to stop 2 kms away from temple. So totally they walked nearly 20 kms. My mom has problems in leg and she is only going to aggravate her pain.. I called them up and shouted for doing such things (Well, out of care). As usual my mom say something and I go silent.

Mouth ulcer is still troubling me. Yesterday I almost got fever because of the extreme pain. Today, I feel better.

Planning to watch “Meet the Fockers” tommorrow.

LinkedIn

February 25, 05 by Bharani

I must say about the Tool called LinkedIn. It’s a social networking tool. It’s a network of “TRUSTED” connections. Put in short “It’s a online service helping professionals find and connect with one another more effectively”. You can invite your close colleagues to be part of linkedIn and be part of your network.

Vasanth invited me to LinkedIn way back in 2003. Back then, I just registered and didn’t use it much. Later one day, I started exploring the website and spent one day to invite most of my contacts to LinkedIn and requested them to be part of my network. Out of 100 invitations I sent, 52 have linked with me. I am planning to update my network slowly with new found friends, ISB students etc., You can also ask your colleagues and friends to provide endorsements about your work. The more endorsements you get the better it is when potential recruiters look in your profile.

Somedays back one of the current ISB student invited me to join his network and I was amazed to see that he has around 50 ISB students & alumni in his network [up to 4 degrees]. Some of them are in very good positions like Senior Managers and likes..

Have a tour of linkedin here.

https://www.linkedin.com/static?key=tour_1

There are other tools in the market like Ryze, Orkut etc., But LinkedIn has better user-interface and as the website says it fits more to the upper-echelon of professionals [Executive level]. Apprentice 2 winner Kelly purdue is also a LinkedIn user!

I am planning to investigate Ryze and Orkut sometime next month. After all, these networking tools are going to be part-and-parcel after MBA.

ISB – Placements 2004-2005 – A first report.

February 24, 05 by Bharani

Looks like Economic Times has published an article covering a glimpse of ISB Placements. Detailed reports are expected to arrive by March end.

You can find the scanned copy of the paper clip here.. I couldn’t find a online version of this news. Initially, I was apprehensive about publishing here, but then since the news has been published by ET, there should be no problems. This is just a first report..[Courtesy: yahoo groups, couldn’t resist checking the groups :-D ]

The Extract:

ISB Set to Churn out Globe-trotting leaders.
Economic Times, hyderabad, Feb 23 2005.

These ARE exciting times at the ISB Campus with the placement process at its peak. Early trends indicate that the average salaries that ISB grads would command would be much higher than Rs. 9.05 lakh per annum last year. This is because the number of overseas postings are likely to go up and also the fact that the class of 2005 has 20-25 students who have work experience of over eight years.

ISB Director (career advancement service) Shalini Sethi told ET, “A clear trend this year has been that many Indian companies are into lateral hiring for critical positions like business development in overseas locations. There are many challenging oppurtunities for students in the senior management positions and leadership roles.” Many of these job postings are for international locations like China, European countries, the US, Singapore and London. The whole placement process would be completed by March-April.

Some of the Indian Companies making International offers include Lupin laboratories, Birlasoft, Asian Paints, Satyam, HCL and ITC. It is perhaps a result of the fact that many Indian companies, both in manufacturing and IT, are looking at diversifying their operations to global locations. International offers are also trickling in from foreign companies like LNM, Duetsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Novartis, HSBC, Carrier Aircon, Euro Swiss and Marakon. Indian offers are coming from companies like BCG, AT Kearney, Inductis, E&Y, Colgate Palmolive, Coke and J&J. The B-school has attracted nearly 100 companies with 350 job postings so far.

According to ISB’s student profile, nearly 20 students would be eligible for positions like functional heads as they already have over 10 years of work experience.

There are 60 others who have experience in the range of 5-8 years. The batch of 2005 has 273 students of which 52 are women. Lateral hiring is somewhat a new concept in India with most B-schools accepting students who are either freshers or have just a couple of years experience. Since ISB attracts professionals from diverse sectors and rich experience, the placement process at the campus is long-drawn and case-by-case…”

Looks very promising. Detailed placement reports will be out in a month’s time..Hold on till then!

Diary Feb 23rd 2005

February 23, 05 by Bharani

I have been living and breathing in yahoo groups for past 1 month. I have decided to take a break as I feel I am becoming addicted to the forum!

I managed to complete some tasks. I bought some gifts for my recommenders and cards as well. I have completed the draft version of reference letters. Will finalise it and get it approved and signed from my clients and from my director sometime next week.

I am planning to cover some aspects of basic accounting, quantitative methods and statistics, so that I can save some expenses in the pre-term front. But I am finding it difficult to get materials online. Buying any books is out of question as the books are extremely costly in belgium. I will present some links as and when I collect some.

I am suffering from cold and mouth ulcers. It’s very painful and very difficult to speak. So practising ‘mouna vratham’ (silence) currently!

Only a month remains for me in Belgium. Time is flying very fast!!!!

India: The next knowledge superpower

February 22, 05 by Bharani

“..Some of the biggest names in IT are heading towards Bangalore once more, but now it’s the brightest minds they seek – not cheap labour..”

http://www.newscientist.com/special/india

The website NewScientist .com has dedicated a special section focussing on India. Read on..Thanks Rohit Khanna.

SWADES

February 21, 05 by Bharani

Yesterday, I got my hands to Swades DVD through one of my friend here. I am glad I saw the movie. My first impression was “A movie well made”.

But I hope Ashutosh Gowarikar’s movie doesn’t bring all NRI’s back to India thereby stopping all the forex income for Indian government :-)


Pun aside, the actors in the film have done very well. Some of the scenes are very emotional. I normally will have some tears in my eyes when I see very emotional or sentimental scenes.This film definitely did brought some emotional tears in my eyes..

The scene where Sharukh visits Haridas (a poor tenant of Gayatri joshi’s land) is well brought out. Most of the population in India are in Haridas’s situation. The frame where Sharukh manages to generate electricity through hydro-electric concepts and turbines is pretty gripping. Gayatri Joshi is cute and homely. Her passion for teaching and educating village children is amazing and inspiring.

The comedy in the form of “Mela Ram’s Dhaba” in American highways is pretty clean and appealing. The background score by A.R.Rahman is stunning as usual. The songs are intriguing and have depth in lyrics.

I liked some punch dialogues in the film:

“Habits can be changed, but narrow opinions and beliefs can’t be changed..” [Gayatri says this to sharukh after she denies the groom]

“Every piece of ice is inevitably ordained to melt into it’s own water..” [Fatima a old muslim lady says this to Kaveriamma, when she faces the dilemma..Honestly this is the best line in the film..]

“Our light in the home giving light to neighbour’s house” [Mela ram says this finally to Sharukh]

“NRI == Non-returning Indians!” [Gayatri joshi says to Sharukh while he takes bath]

“The Thirst in my heart alone knows the taste of my tears..” [Haridas tells to Sharukh]

“What is money when compared with the value of human life?” [Kavariamma tells to sharukh]

The scene where they show the film in white screen brought my memories back. In my childhood I use to watch films like that sitting with many people in the open-air..It’s an experience..

If you get an oppurtunity to visit village side and meet some village poor people, do so..You will feel how comfortable and lucky you are to lead your life…One of my distant relatives are very poor and they live in such conditions..I have visited them and talked with them freely sometimes, which many of my other relatives don’t, they have enormous respect for me..It’s not just the money, it’s the care and warmth these people are denied of in the society..

ISB Food expenses.

February 20, 05 by Bharani

Today I received some information in the yahoo groups regarding the Food expenses in ISB..

“..The food charges at ISB are as follows.

You will be charges @ Rs. 55 for breakfast, Rs.86 for lunch and same
amount for dinner plus taxes if you take buffet meals. This implies the
total cost will be 55+86+86= 227/- plus taxes @ 8% = 245 per day. The
total food costs come to Rs. 80,850/- for the full course of your stay
at ISB. This has been the charges for last four batches at ISB…”

Rs. 250/= per day for food is expensive! As long as the quality is maintained, it’s ok. Apparently, this is the cost for previous batches too. One good thing here is the pay-per-meal scheme. So, If I miss a breakfast, I need not pay for the breakfast! [During my undergraduate days, it was a shared expenses, so even if I didn’t had food, I end up paying..Also I end up paying for some heavy-weight eaters!]. In that respect it is better. I have control of the option now. I also heard that there are food outlets nearby, which is good. When I am not busy, I can save some bucks by eating outside ;-)

UPDATE: Some information regarding non-buffet meals.

“..I have already told you the prices of buffet meals. The prices of non buffet ie combo meals is Rs. 20 for breakfast, Rs. 50 for each of lunch and dinner plus 8% taxes. Currently you can take various combinations of buffet and non buffet meals…”

So, that brings down the cost to Rs.120 per day and the cost to Rs.40,000/= per year. This is a relief news..More options, more peace ;-)

Laptops for ISB.

February 19, 05 by Bharani

ISB has partnered with local dealer in hyderabad for Laptops, and offering the incoming students the options provided below.The Models are IBM Thinkpad. The prices are one of the lowest offered anywhere in India, or Singapore. Nice effort from Indian School of Business. Many students are now thinking to buy the laptops from ISB.

Specification Description

Option 1
Model R51

Processor Centrino 1.6 Ghz
Chipset Intel 855 Chipset
Cache 2MB Cache
RAM Std 256MB DDR Ram @333mhz
DIMM Slots 2
Hard Disk 40 GB
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD Rom Drive
NIC 10/100 Integrated WOL
AUDIO Integrated Audio Chipset
Graphics Intel Extreme Integrated Graphics
Keyboard 87 keys
Mouse Touchpad & Trackpoint
I/O Ports 2 USB, 1 Parallel, Mic Out, Speaker Out, Infra Red,
Security Hard Disk Password, Power-on Password, Supervisor Password, Active Protection System
Manageability Software Rapid Restore, System Migration Assistant, Remote Deployment Manager, PC Doctor
Productivity Application Lotus Smart suite ( License only)
Operating System Win XP Home
Operating System Pre loaded Yes
Anti Virus Norton Anti Virus (OEM) Preloaded
Weight 2.60 Kgs( incl battery)
Battery Backup 4 hours
Warranty 1 Years Comprehensive Carry-in warranty
Unit Price for above configuration is Rs 52,000 inclusive of taxes.

Option 2
Model R51

Processor Centrino 1.5 Ghz
Chipset Intel 855 Chipset
Cache 2MB Cache
RAM Std 2256MB DDR Ram @333mhz
DIMM Slots 2
Hard Disk 40 GB
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD Rom Drive
NIC 10/100 Integrated WOL
AUDIO Integrated Audio Chipset
Graphics Intel Extreme Integrated Graphics
Keyboard 87 keys
Mouse Touchpad & Trackpoint
I/O Ports 2 USB, 1 Parallel, Mic Out, Speaker Out, Infra Red,
Security Hard Disk Password, Power-on Password, Supervisor Password, Active Protection System
Manageability Software Rapid Restore, System Migration Assistant, Remote Deployment Manager, PC Doctor
Productivity Application Lotus Smart suite ( License only)
Operating System Win XP Home
Operating System Pre loaded Yes
Anti Virus Norton Anti Virus (OEM) Preloaded
Weight 2.60 Kgs( incl battery)
Battery Backup 4 hours
Warranty 1 Years Comprehensive Carry-in warranty
Unit Price for above configuration is Rs 49,950 inclusive of taxes.

The model offered is same as
http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,117147,00.asp

But many details are missing. I am not sure if the laptop has in-built WLAN capability, though Centrino technology based laptops have WLAN. The ports available are not clear, as there is no mention of RJ-45(LAN), RJ-11(Modem), IEEE 1394 (Firewire) ports. The laptop also doesn’t have CD-RW capability. Some things are not clear, will update once I have enough information.

UPDATE: Received some answers…
“…Dear Sir,

The answer to your queries are as follows

1. As you have rightly mentioned, centrino comes default with Wireless connectivity. Sorry, that it is not mentioned in the proposal. The IBM ThinkPad which we are offering comes with wireless connectivity

2. Yes, the system comes with RJ45 , RJ 11 only. It does not have IEEE 1394 Firewire ports

3. The Laptop comes with default DVD ROM Drive. there is an option for upgrade from DVD to DVD-CDRW. The additional cost will be Rs. 4600.00…”

So, if you include a CD-RW capabilities by paying additional Rs.4600, the laptop will be a complete one and I think is worth the deal..Decide for yourself..

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More details:

1. The screen size is 14.1″ TFT

2. The cost of upgrading the RAM from 256MB to 512MB is Rs.3900/=

3. The insurance is not covered in this cost. I would not know the
price of the Insurance and we will not be able to facilitate in
obtaining an Insurance. Please pardon us.

4. Yes the carry case will come along with Laptop

5. Yes the upgradations given to you is inclusive of all taxes.