Archive for May, 2005

Only because we are majority, you are minority…

May 30, 05 by Bharani

Managed to wake up at 7:30 a.m. today. Huh! Today, we received the marks of our first mid-term examination in ISB (Statistics). Was not surprised to see my score…It was proportional to the effort that I put in…Hmm, I guess I got the exact average figure…

Later in the evening, an interesting conversation in this regard.
My friend asks..”Dude, how did you perform in Stats?”.
Me: “Hmm..ok, I got the class average mark.”.
He: “How much did you get?”.
Me:” X ( a figure)”.
He:” How do you know that it’s the average mark?”
Me:” Because I am an average guy and Averge guys get average marks!”
He: “??@#!%!%”…

Another conversation:
Friend 1: “How much did you get in Economics?”.
Friend 2: “I maxed out.”
Friend 1: “Well, I got one mark less than max..”
Friend 2: (Looking at me…) “Dude how much is yours?”
Me: “I got slightly below average mark…” and I continue…
Me: “Remember, only because I am below average, you are above-average. You guys owe me!”…

More statements on the similar lines.
Friend 1: “Only because we IT guys are in big numbers here, you CAs and enterpreneurs are diversity candidates.”
Friend 2: “Only because we are majority, you are minority!”…

Sometimes, it’s fun to have such conversations…:-)

Fun aside, we had an Introductory session on Career Advancement Services (CAS). CAS will be THE important unit for all of us. They will assist us in fine-tuning resumes, preparing us for interviews, case-studies, dressing, matching our profiles with recruiters etc., Some important goals of CAS this year are increasing the international offers, increasing the offers in consulting firms and attracting firms from diverse backgrounds. I have my first one-on-one session with CAS on June 17th.

It’s 4:00 a.m. dude….

May 29, 05 by Bharani

It’s 4′o clock early morning…Should I go to sleep or continue waking up? If I go to sleep now, there is a high probability that I will not wake up for tomorrow’s class…

Huh! I postponed the economics assignment for today evening and boy, didn’t it take the energy out of me?? I started reading economics theory (about 3 classes backlog) at 6:00 p.m. By the time, I completed reading the theory, it was already 11:30 p.m. Then started solving the problems and somehow managed to complete it by 3:00 a.m! Having solved the questions, I am still not 100% confident on topics like Game Theory..God, help me for the end-term exams which is only a week away!!

Talking about the situation, I remember one famous sentence from Kamal haasan’s film (Kurudhi Punal). He would say to the terrorist, “Do you know what is courage?”…and then he goes..”Courage is to act like you don’t have fear”…I am following the same principle…Inspite of having so much anxiety about the looming end-term clouds, I am trying to wear a ‘cool-chap’ mask and cover the underlying fear! Atleast, that will kill my nervousness…

My eye-lids are dragging…Now, I will go and get atleast 3.5 hours of sleep….and yeah, I am not forgetting to set my alarm on ;-)

Double dose…

May 27, 05 by Bharani

Today we had Cricket match between Section A and Section B. Guess what, Section B were the winners yet again!! The rules of cricket game are weird here but are sure fun…

We play the cricket match inside basket ball court. It’s quite big. We play with tennis balls. Catches taken after one bounce are out (either off the ground or off the wall). A girl is a must in the team. 8 overs per innings and 2 innings per match. No chucking and only over-arm bowling…Interesting recipe…

Whole lot of speeches are happening in ISB. Looks like we will be witnessing speeches of great people atleast once per week. Today, CFO of Renault-Nissan, Mr. Thierry Moulonguet shared his experience of transforming loss-making Nissan into one of the best performing automotive company in the world, with a whopping profit margin of 10.6% (Highest in automotive industry). He was the chief architect behind it’s revival..

Tomorrow, we have a Panel discussion on topic “Do B-Schools add value?”. The guest speakers list is pretty interesting.

Arun Maira – Chairman, Boston Consulting Group, India
Bakul Dholakia – Director, IIM-Ahmedabad
Dharni Sinha – Chairman, COSMODE
Indrajit Gupta – Deputy Editor, Business World
Ravi Yadavilli – Assistant VP, GE (ISB Alumnus)

Each of them will share their perspectives on the topic, followed by an interactive Q&A Session…Will be very interesting..

One great thing about ISB is that it is able to leverage its brand very well and attract guest speakers from various backgrounds. Many new speakers come here and become impressed by the infrastructure and students here. Many of these people, come back as Recruiters…

learn to learn…

May 27, 05 by Bharani

:D…couldn’t restrain from blogging…So am back…

Today’s thought….

Not only are there many ways to earn money, many ways to have fun, many ways to spend time..but there are many ways to learn. I can see whole lot of patterns in ‘learning’ in ISB. Some learn from books, some learn from professors, some learn from peers and some learn from within (by doing lot of self-introspection). ‘Learning to learn’ is one of the important trait that ISB is trying to implant in each of us. One should always be willing to learn from each and every situation. The key to this is to avoid assumptions. Lot of time we assume things and take items for granted…and the result?? we don’t learn…

Take IITians for example…They have certain style in studying..You don’t find them working hard…but they do slog…They spend time in sports, spend time in parties, but they also manage to study (and how hard!)…They exactly know when to break out from the crowd and when to break into the crowd…I am starting to look that as an art…Infact, that’s a learning on “how to learn”!!

Take Married people…They have whole set of challenges..and those with kids deserve special mention. Observing them on how they study is a learning on “art of balancing”…

Some have good speaking skills, some have good writing skills, some have good social skills, some have charisma and use that to maximum effect, some have great networking skills and the list goes on..and on…

I have started admiring each and every individual here…No one is inferior to other…Everyone has something to be admired about…Looking back at my own post, I can infer onething….I am learning to learn…

Excuse me…

May 26, 05 by Bharani

I have so many things to write and so many updates to convey…but I don’t have equivalent amount of energy…

I am excusing myself for 3 days…Hope others excuse me…

May 25, 05 by Bharani

Not a pleasant day…

Somedays back I was mentioning about an amazing presentation by Siddarth Sinha, Class of 2005. Today he is no more with us. A reality which I find it hard to take…May his soul rest in peace…In tribute to him, I am posting the link of his favourite lines…

Wear Sunscreen

Audio of “Wear sunscreen”

Moment of momentum….

May 24, 05 by Bharani

Yesterday, I missed my first class in ISB! I forgot to set my alarm, and when I woke up, it was 8:25a.m. I could have reached the class before 8:30 a.m., but my sleepy presence would have been disgusting ;-) ..Luckily, there was no surprise quiz during that lecturre…I was cursing myself for not setting the alarm on…Having missed the class, I enjoyed my breakfast after a long time in a relaxed mood…

3 days back, one of my friend was telling that the day after the examination is very relaxing and he was wondering how nice it would be, if all days in ISB were like that..I mentioned spontaneously “If yesterday was not yesterday, today would not have been today”!! He had a perplexing effect on his face…though he understood the meaning later…

We got a response from Prof. Robert Stine, for the interview questions that we provided him. Very thoughtful responses. One of the question that we asked goes like this…”Do’s and Dont’s in B-school for students, based on your experience…”. He responded on the following lines..”Go too far to one extreme or another: too much networking or too much book learning. Those who spend lot of time on parties miss out on learning from academics, and those who neglect socializing, miss out on learning from others. Spend time to know about your classmates, who will be future stars…”…Great piece of gyaan…Strange thing about gyaans are that everyone knows those, but are conscious about only a few of those gyaan, in day-to-day life…It’s so easy to get carried away with our habits that have been imbibed within us..

I am confessing. My time-management skills are currently little wayward…I am not definitely me…something is wrong, still figuring out what’s wrong…I will be happy if I get the momentum back…Looking for that moment which will provide me the momentum..

Weekends getting busier…ISBians coping up well…

May 22, 05 by Bharani

It was a fruitful weekend overall…Managed to complete considerable amount of work.

Just submitted the Economics assignment and played some games of Table Tennis after that. My companions says that I have improved my game considerably..Sounds good!

The upcoming week will be a crucial week. Should keep up with the academic workload and carefully manage the backlogs, as the end-terms are just 2 weeks away..I have to submit a short-resume for the Recruiter’s handbook. There is a photo-session planned on Wednesday for my study group..The picture will go into Recruiter’s handbook. A one-on-one session with Career Assistance service is also planned on 30th May. After initial thrill of academics, the real stuff has begun..The job-focus, networking and research..

I was wondering what are the things I have been missing for the past few weeks. Watching television, arbit browsing in internet and reading newspaper have reduced considerably..”Trade-offs”, a fundamental principle in life is in intense action here…

‘Star’ outside – ‘Fading light’ inside…

May 21, 05 by Bharani

I have nothing to do with the title..It’s just a general topic…The following is the thought process that went through my head today…

Assume a cricket team like Indian cricket team. There are phenomenal players and once-in-a-century players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag..and the list grows on…If you have to evaluate them in a absolute scale out of 100, then the scores will be like 99,98,90,95 etc., Wonderful scores….But, What if you rate them relatively?..The one which is in the bottom of the list has effectively failed to live up with other three..Does this mean he is a failure?

By now you know what I am talking about…Yes, I am talking about the relative grading system. If everyone in the exam achieves a score of 95 out of 100 and I achieve a ‘meagre’ 90, I am an outlier and I have effectively underperformed within the ’system’. But overall, the learning that I have got is not bad..

Going back to the Indian cricket team, Let’s assume Laxman was the unlucky soul who got ‘90′. If you compare him with state level players and domestic players or even with other ‘international’ players, he is a ’star’. But not within the Indian cricket team…

Also, Let’s compare players like Rahul dravid and Sachin tendulkar. Sachin is a kind of prodigy, genius, brilliance…Rahul is epitomized for Hardwork, reliability, technique. The strengths of them are different…but the overall effect brings them together in the scale. Translating this to academic terms, there are some souls who are simply ’super’ smart, who needs very little time compared to others to grasp a concept…and there are others who take time to grasp concepts, but consistently perform…

Next question that I receive will be, “So…Where do you fit in?”..Well, I fall somewhere in the middle of the scale here in ISB…I am not brilliant, but I am hard-working. I am not prodigy, but I am dedicated and sincere. I am not genius, but I am a fighter..By now, you should have interpreted that I like Dravid more than Sachin :-)

On a serious note, as long as I go on without any ego, and with my heads up…I will learn a lot…No questions about that…

I am HAPPY that I am here…

Finally, I would like to mention about interesting chat session that I had yesterday. A small talk which started with 2 operations guy grew to 6-member group. It was absolutely thrilling to know about each of those profiles..There was a operations guy from Maruti Udyog who was in R&D division, 2 operations guy from Oil field exploration and drilling, 1 operations guy from L&T who was part of team which developed Launch controls for “Akash” missile…I have come up with an idea after yesterday’s conversation…I will make this in action soon…It will be very beneficial to prospective students..

First examination in ISB..

May 20, 05 by Bharani

Huh! What a relief…The Statistics Mid-term is finally over. The question paper was very straight-forward with occasional twists..Easy paper if you have practiced well and absorbed the concepts well…Don’t ask how I fared ;) My problem seems to be not paying enough attention to the questions/keywords..(the ones we used to call as ‘careless’ mistakes)..Time to wakeup and catch the ‘exam-taking’ mood..Thankfully this is the first of examinations :)

My ’sleep-payable’ (Number of hours of sleep lagging) is increasing exponentially. I am feeling feverish for couple of days…so will go and hit the bed now…

After finishing the exams, I thought I will not discuss the answers…I came out the exam hall 5 minutes before the deadline. Walked through the Corridor. Was stopped by couple of friends and had to listen to their conversation and realized that one of my answers is wrong. So decided to break away, again was stopped by another group of people and listened to another conversation and realized that another of my answer is wrong…At this rate all my answers could become wrong :) ..So broke away from the group and took my lunch and came back quickly to my room…

Thank god there is a protection-mechanism from peer pressure in the way of “Grade non-disclosure policy”…

The examination was objective type. 30 questions, 2 hours. Cheat sheet allowed (A single A4 size paper where you can write anything and everything you want.). Throughout my exam, I didn’t even look at my cheat sheet…Not sure about others..

Another 2 weeks, and we have 4 end-term examinations!! 2 exams per day…

Well, there is no respite after the mid-term. We have enough work for the weekend. An economics assignment. A marketing group case study. A marketing individual case reading. Financial Accounting Case study. Readings for the monday class…List never ends and the cooling off period is not in the near horizon!

I will sleep to the maximum possible today and play some sports. Didn’t play ( or couldn’t play) any sports for past 4 days…