Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

AbhiTaneja wishes all the readers of this blog a very
Happy New Year

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Kyon Duniya ka Naara Jame Raho

[Song from Movie 'Taare Zameen Par' (Dec'07)]

What a beautiful song!! Actually captures the lifestyle and the blind race to su
cceed among people..and at the same time we have individuals who do not get into this blind race and live the life the way they wish..These people dream! They do not care about the society, about others and are often regarded crazy. They fail to understand -
Kyon Duniya Ka Naara Jame Raho


Kas Ke Joota Kas Ke Belt
Khoons Ke Andar Apni Shirt
Manzil Ko Chali Sawaari
Kandho Pe Zimmedari

Haath Mein File Man Mein Dum
Meelon Meel Chalenge Hum
Har Mushkil Se Takrayenge
Tas Se Mas Na Honge Hum

Duniya Ka Naara Jame Raho
Manzil Ka Ishaara Jame Raho
Duniya Ka Naara Jame Raho
Manzil Ka Ishaara Jame Raho

Ye Sote Bhee Hain Attention
Aage Rehne Ki Hai Tension
Mehnat Inko Pyari Hai
Ekdum Aagyakari Hain

Ye Omlet Par Hi Jeete Hain
Ye Tonic Saare Peete Hain
Waqt Pe Sote Waqt Pe Khate
Taan Ke Seena Padhte Jate

Duniya Ka Naara Jame Raho...

Yahaan Alag Andaz Hai
Jaise Chhidta Koi Saaz Hai
Har Kaam Ko Taala Karte Hain
Ye Sapne Paala Karte Hain

Ye Hardum Socha Karte Hain

Ye Khud Se Poocha Karte Hain

Kyon Duniya Ka Naara Jame Raho
Kyon Manzil Ka Ishaara Jame Raho
Kyon Duniya Ka Naara Jame Raho
Kyon Manzil Ka Ishaara Jame Raho


Ye Waqt Ke Kabhi Ghulam Nahin
Inhain Kisi Baat Ka Dhyan Nahin
Titli Se Milne Jaate Hain
Ye Pedon Se Batiyate Hain

Ye Hawa Batora Karte Hain
Barish Ki Boondein Padhate Hai
Aur Aasmaan Ke Canvas Pe
Ye Kalakariyan Karte Hain

Kyon Duniya Ka Naara Jame Raho
Kyon Manzil Ka Ishaara Jame Raho
Kyon Duniya Ka Naara Jame Raho
Kyon Manzil Ka Ishaara Jame Raho


Thursday, December 20, 2007

My first Advertisement - eaZyKILL

Now this is exciting. This is the first time I have tried my hands on anything creative like this. I think I have been able to come up with a decent ad. I simply love it!!

Watch it for yourself and leave your comments on how you find it.



Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Life after MBA

Good video on Life After MBA:
A look at Banking/Marketing/Consulting/Non-Profit

Friday, December 07, 2007

Another Bubble- Good Video

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Aaja Nachle: Only Madhuri Nothing else

Ever seen a movie which you feel is not a great movie but when you exit the theatre you certainly feel good about it. Aaja Nachle is one of those.

The movie marks comeback of arguably one of the best actress in Bollywood, Madhuri Dixit. She makes a comeback after 5 years and undoubtedly the movie will benefit from the fact that she is still a crowd puller. Not even Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan or Aamir Khan have so much of fan falling, forget about actresses.

The movie is about a girl, Diya (obviously Madhuri), who runs away with a US photographer after falling in love with him in just a couple of days only to realize later that the person did not love her truly. By that time she was already pregnant. They divorced and Diya started training people in dance(in US) to make living. Her Guru was dying and she flew back to India to see him but before she reached he had already passed away. Now she comes to know that local people are going to demolish Ajanta Theatre (an Open Air Theatre) to build a shopping mall at that place. [Ajanta Theatre is the place where she learned dance and hence carries emotional importance to her]

She comes to rescue that and took up a challenge with local MP. Either she performs with local people within 60 days (i.e. get people support within 60 days) or the Ajanta becomes history. She stages a show to get people to the place and there asks for their support. Everyone ridiculed and left. Local ex-MP even goes to the extent of trying to destroy it the very next day. Diya shows the politician a political motive in saving the heritage and gets his support. With a few people in her team, she starts getting support of local public as they get enthusiast to participate in the drama- Laila Majnu. She takes screening tests of all the interested people and builds her team. The team works with dedication towards making the event a success till the time the constructor who had the contracts for building the mall played trick by bribing ex-MP (who was playing an important part in the play). The contractor also manages to do some negative publicity of Diya through his wife (who was a good childhood friend of Diya). The wife’s conscience scolds her after she does the act and she decides to join the play as well. D-day comes. They do the play and do it well. In the meantime Laila and Majnu had already got into real life love as well. The event is a success and Ajanta remains. Diya returns to US and movie ends.

Nothing in movie as such but the play towards the end of the movie is good. Songs are good and obviously Madhuri rocks. The Laila Majnu play is a musical play and engages viewer well (atleast engaged me very well). It runs for about 20 minutes and includes 3 of the songs in the movie but never looked like dragging or something and in fact, director manages to make movie run faster during those 20 minutes. The movie drags during the mid part of the movie and viewer almost loses interest (if any) at all but with no choice sits through. The director tried to explain each and everything no matter how trivial it is and that sometimes looked irritating.


Overall as I said, the movie has no content to boast of but still manages to give a happy ending feeling to the viewer and viewer comes out of theatre happy and smiling.


Overall I rate Aaja Nachle 1.5 on scale of 5

Brownie points include:

Madhuri Dixit!!

Good songs and Beautiful dance sequences (Again Madhuri!!)

Laila Majnu play is good but not worth 150 bucks at all

Brownie turned black for:

Slow pace and drags

Unnecessarily complicating the relationship dynamics (Many relationships did not make any impact on movie in general)

Under-cooked story and Under-utilized actors

Recommendation: Watch it only for Madhuri (She rocks!). No point looking for story etc.

Monday, December 03, 2007

We call him Third Umpire!

Now this is something that never happened before and I think would not be repeated again atleast in this decade or may be century [:P]

Watch and tell if he is out or not-out.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Goal missed the 'time-goal'

Dhan dhana dhan GOAL

If I have to speak it in a line, it is a remake of Chak de India!, released this year. Chak de India was based on a hockey player who created a World Cup winning team out of a losing team after being accused of match-fixing and _________. Goal is about a football player who made a losing team win the league championship, after himself having skipped the final game in 1985 due to threats.

The concept is good but another movie of the same kind in a year!! Definitely not a good idea and the second mover had to lose for sure.

The Story: The movie is about Southall Football ground, which was to lose its existence if the management fails to pay 3million pounds in 11 months. Players from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh origin play for this club and this club is an identity for them. They now have only one chance to get this amount and that is by winning the league championship. But it is not that simple. They do not have a coach, the team is good for nothing- physically and mentally, the manager died of heart attack. And here steps up our hero- The Captain- Shaan Ali (Arshad Warsi). He approached a veteran player of the club,Tony Singh(Boman Irani), and somehow convinced him to coach the team. One of the player mortgaged his garage to raise funds for the player kits, team bus etc. The coach worked hard on the team and brought them in shape. He also brought in a player from other club- Sunny(John Abraham).

Same as in Chak de, they start with losing first game due to no coordination among team members and then coach inspires them to play for team and forget about personal grievances. The team finally turns into a team, which nobody can beat. But with two matches to go in the championship, Sunny signs up with another club. The team manages to end the second last game in a draw but needs to win the final match to win the league championship. Sunny comes to know the story about his father and his dedication to the Southall club and he joins back Southall in the final match. He played in spite of having line fracture in nose. The opponent team targets his nose but he, being the hero of the movie, doesn’t really bother and inspired by his father’s dedication, he keeps on playing and takes the team to victory.

Southall wins and the stadium and club are saved.

As far as performances are concerned, Arshad Warsi is just fine, John doesn’t look very natural and Boman Irani is unnecessarily loud. Other actors put up an average show in overall. Director did a fine job but Producer needs to be blamed for late timing of movie release. Had this movie released before Chak de India!, it could have been a different story altogether.




Overall the movie scored 2.5 out of 5.

Why to watch?

If you have missed Chak de India!, then the movie is definitely worth watching

Inspiring movie


Why not to watch?

Remake of Chak de India!

Anout average acting performances

A lot of inconsistencies and movie drags at times



Recommendation: Your wish [:)]

No Smoking - A miracle or a fluke!

NO SMOKING (2007)

Genuinely speaking, I did not expect a Bollywood movie to be of that class. Deeply impressed by the concept and the way abstractness is handled in the movie. HATS OFF!! -

A miracle indeed.

The movie switches on and off dreams so beautifully that sometimes you just can guess it being real or illusion. The movie runs in good pace and the surprise factor is created beautifully as well. The acting department has certain glitches at places but still it manages to score above average in that. The characters had their roles to play and none of the character looked under developed. Although the director failed to show the emotions properly at places (As for example, the scenes with Ram, Shyam, Balram could not depict what the director really wanted to). And more importantly, I failed to understand the purpose of keeping the names as K and J..may be trying to imitate James Bond (I am K..only K) or may be trying to portray the ego (which was clear from the actions and hence did not make any impact).

The Story: Mr. K(John Abraham) is deeply into smoking and feels ashamed even about the idea of leaving it. His wife( also secretary) (Ayesha Takia) decides to leave him and it was then that he decides to quit smoking. He is referred to ‘Baba Bangali’ by his friend and then the real drama begins. Beyond this point the movie runs into illusions and imaginations. Mr. K is put to agree to condition that he will do whatever being asked to do. What happens next: watch it for yourself!!

The movie does preach of downsides of smoking but does that in a style. It talks about the cost one incurs on cigarettes etc.. It talks about the impact it has on friends and families. It talks about the diseases it spreads. It talks about the impact on health and expenses due to that. It talks about it all but in such a style that it never looks like some preaching. Well Done!

Phoonk de!

Ratings:

Overall No Smoking gets 4.5 out of 5

Why to watch? (I hope you dont need a reason after reading the plot above)

- If you want to quit smoking

- Good concept

- Well executed

- Decent acting

Why not to watch?

- If you do not want to quit smoking [:)]

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The saga called "Placements"

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Big guns fail to deliver again: OSO, Saawariya take a hit

Nothing new with this but I fail to understand why are these producers/ directors considered top shots.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who brought a new dimension to Indian Cinema with Amitabh Bachchan-Rani Mukherjee starer Black and revived memories of old Devdas with his version of Devdas, failed miserbaly to deliver this time.
Farah Khan, made a dream debut with entertainment movie "Main Hoon Na" but seems like she used up all the masala in her first movie. Om Shanti Om, is terribly tasteless.

Saawariya: (Rating at the end)
Following the tested funda of narrator, movie starts with Gulabji(Rani Mukherjee) telling the story of true love although she sells false love every night(being a call-girl by profession). The movie is about Raj,a singer (who God or may be SLB knows does what to survive-had a job of singer at bar which he left for Sakina) and Sakina, who still lives in ancient era and waited for over a year for a person she had met for a few hours. Don't get surprised, there are a lot more elements like this in the movie. The movie marks a debut for two new Kapoors in the industry, Ranbir Kapoor, grandson on Raj Kapoor and son of Rishi Kapoor, played Raj while Sonam Kapoor, daughter of Anil Kapoor, played Sakina. Sonam is beautiful but failed miserably to make an impact with her acting. Ranbir looks cute (Handsome or not..subjective!) and I would advise him to take some inspiration from Shahid, who started of in a similar fashion with Ishq vishq and then made a image makeover with his subsequent movies and definitely avoid becoming another Sonu Nigam(wrt acting). In such a role, it is difficult to comment on acting skills, although he looked pretty natural in most of the frames.
OK. So the story goes as: Sakina goes daily to a small bridge in the area to see if her love, Imaam (played by Salman Khan), is back to take her. On one such night, Raj met her and fell in love with her (I thought this was a thing of past!) She also felt good in his company and and made friends with him. The next night, she tells him about Imaam. (I dont understand this as well. She tells a stranger about her love life in second meeting itself!!). Our hero is hurt but after listening to the complete story makes a ridicule of the girl for she fell in love with Mr. Imaam in just a meeting or two, who then left her without even telling about his whereabouts and when, if at all, he will come back?!. She asks Raj to help her find Imaam and the ship(movie) sinks further.
Finally when she is all set to get along with Raj forgetting Imaam, Imaam reappears. She goes to Imaam. He proposes, she accepts and movie ends.!
Add further to this 'jhelao' story line the fact that no 10 mins of movie go without a song. Too much of trying audience patience!!

Om Shanti Om:(Rating at the end)
Rishi Kapoor did wonders with Karz 30 years back but the concept of something from this and something from that killed this movie. Farah Khan gave an impression from her debut that probably she knew the recipe of making a good masala entertainer but this time she disappointed as this time, it was all disproportionate. OSO features a story line which probably is a mixture made from a dozen movies or so.
SRK is a junior artist, so is his mother(Kiron Kher) and so was his late father. He had ambitions to become a star and his friend suggested him change his name from Om Prakash Makhija to Om Kapoor, making ridicule of 'Makhija' (as Makhi-ja). [ I do not understand why is not there any protests against this and in fact, even not being Makhija, felt it as like a ridicule on an ethnic group.] He is also in love with a star ShantiPriya(Deepika Padukone), who is secretly married to the producer "Mukesh Mehra", played by Arjun Rampal. Mukesh Mehra was planning his next movie as the biggest movie ever and had the sets ready for the movie but since ShantiPriya tells her that she is pregnant with her child, he planned to get rid of her. She took her to show the sets of this new movie titled Om Shanti Om and set the sets on fire and locked her in. Om saw it all. He tries to save her life but lost his life as well. He takes a re-birth as child of one of the most successful heroes in the industry and goes on to become a hero himself. During shooting of a movie, he starts getting memories of his past life back. He also happened to visit the sets of Om Shanti Om and that brought back all the memories from his past life. He decided to take revenge from Mukesh Mehra and found Sandy who looked exactly like ShantiPriya. He planned some mind games for Mukesh and succeeded significantly till Mukesh finds out that this girl was alive and not a ghost or something. Om threatened Mukesh but Mukesh had realisation that nobody will believe the incarnation story of Om Kapoor and the ghost of ShantiPriya appears and killed Mukesh Mehra at exactly the same spot where whe was buried. The movie ends!
There were still a few good points in the movie like the dressing sense, styles, sets, language etc looked contemporary to correct periods. SRK showed that he can act as well (Yes you read it right..he acted well this time and showed some diversity in his acting this time).

He died in the movie and that suggests the movie should make good business but I have a feeling that his lucky charm might not work this time.



Rating:
OSO gets 1.5 stars

Why to watch?:
Consistency in styles as per time
SRK finally acted!

Why not to watch?:
No entertainment with no storyline
You watch almost the same twice (Post-interval =Pre-interval after 30 years)
Read the above post, if you haven't

Saawariya gets 1 star
Why to watch?:
Melodious songs
Cute Hero, Beautiful Heroine

Why not to watch?:
No storyline at all
Melodious songs! (The frequency makes it very frustrating)
Drags are there
Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan both wasted!!

So overall a poor week for Bollywood and for cinema lovers. Do not bother your pockets for any.

BTW my placements start tomorrow morning 7:30 a.m. and I have been writing this for now over 2 hours since 10:00 p.m. Definitely a stupid time to do this but anyways this is who I am! :)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Green Park turns Blue!

Today Kanpur's Green Park hosted 3rd ODI of ongoing India-Pakistan series but the Park was not the same as it has always been. The Green Park was found Blue today.
Not very difficult to understand the reasons with Bahujan Samaj Party being the ruling party and with a colour theme of Blue.
This I would say is very cheap ( as in cheap mentality) and is something that bothers citizens like me a lot. This is how the tax I pay is being spent!! What a pity!
They have rules prohibiting election campaigning in election days..what about these days? Aint it a simple case of Office of Profit? Why doesnt IT department asks about finances for this expense? If it is public money and is coming from share of Sports, is it really what it is meant for?

Anyways the bottomline is that I am reconsidering whether or not should I pay taxes!!

Here is a professional news item: (No point rewriting)

Kanpur Green Park stadium painted BSP blue

Kanpur's Green Park stadium, the venue for the third India-Pakistan One-Day International, has been virtually given a blue hue - clearly resembling the official colour of Uttar Pradesh's ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

No wonder everyone seems to attribute it to the proposed visit of Chief Minister Mayawati, who is to give away the prizes at the end of the match Sunday.

The painting began shortly after Mayawati consented to being chief guest at the event.

What followed was incredible. Officials from the chief minister's secretariat personally monitored the large-scale renovation by the state government to give the place a face-lift.

It started with refurbishing of the VVIP pavilion and the special enclosure for the chief minister but later large parts of the giant stadium were also painted entirely in blue.

The manner in which the colour has been used shows that care has been taken to ensure that right from her entry into the venue, Mayawati gets a total 'blue view'.

All entry gates are draped or painted in blue and all chairs in different enclosures visible from the VVIP pavilion have also been painted the same colour.

Even road-dividers in the city have been painted blue.

No one is however willing to divulge as to how much money has been pumped into re-doing the stadium, which otherwise has often suffered gross neglect.

Unofficial reports estimated the expenditure to be around several million rupees.

The chief minister is scheduled to spend just about 30 minutes at the felicitation function.

Top aides of Mayawati have made at least 17 trips from Lucknow to Kanpur to personally supervise the face-lift of the VVIP pavilion.

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made in and around the venue, particularly between the police lines where Mayawati's helicopter would land, and the Green Park stadium.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Negative Pygmalion

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Think!!

Have you ever realised how loosely this word is being used in today's environment? I think you should do this. I think you should not do that. I think this might have happened. I think you think. So what were you thinking? What do you think about it? And for that matter IBM claims its pads to be thinking(ThinkPad) as well.
How much do we actually think? and how much do we claim it?
Anyways that was just a passing thought. I saw this funny (or rather sarcastic) Fedex advertisement a few back, where this MBA guy has just joined the company and a lady comes to him on the first day to get something done. She takes him to a terminal and says that he needs to do some admin-staff work but it is all very simple. The guy resists back saying. "I am an MBA" and the lady looks a bit worried commenting, "Ohh! you have an MBA, in that case I have to show you how to do it.".
The message is loud and clear- "FedEx.com makes shipping so fast and easy- even an MBA can do it"




I think this is not something to laugh at but is a warning to act before it gets too late.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Dil Dosti etc.- A sensible movie

It is evident from my posts that I generally dont write many movie reviews but again like it happened as with Blood Diamond, I am deeply touched by the simplicity, by the screenplay and more importantly by the message conveyed by the movie. This time it is 'Dil Dosti etc.'.

I dont know how many would have even heard the name of this movie or even if heard how many would have seen. Further, even if seen, I doubt how many would have seen the value in the movie.

Introduction: The movie is simply about Politics and Sex! That's what those who have seen will tell you. My perspective is different. I believe the movie is about the values and the mindset of different economic castes.
The upper class believes in freelancing and living-in while the middle class believes strongly in values like trust, bond, love, relationship. However, I do not comment anything on what is correct and what is not. Neither did the movie. I neither comment on which one is better. Nor did the movie. It just brings out these aspects in a very touchy and emotional setup. The movie also seems to be following my line of thought that nothing is wrong and it is the perspective which makes it right or wrong. The story teller tells it as a high class individual but more from a middle class perspective. (which ensures it doesnt touches any of those extremes)

About the Story: There is not much in the story as such. The story revolves around two individuals: One from a very rich family in Delhi, who has only one ambition in life - SEX and other from a middle class (or may be lower middle class--The whole point being not a rich/upper class) family from Bihar who wants to become student council president and may be join politics. Thanks to the ragging in campus, these two get into a friendship and the rich guy ends up helping the other in election campaigning. The middle class person tried preaching his values to the high class dude and ended up challenging him to have Sex thrice in a day before the elections. With self-respect at stake, both sincerely get set to their missions.
In the meantime, the middle class guy also finds a love(as likely to be used by upper class people) in a high class babe who aspires to be a model in recent future. The conflicts in their thinking are apparent as well.
Finally, the movie ends with guy from Delhi having sex with Bihari's girlfriend(third sex on the day of election), which meant nothing to the two high class people but meant his life to the middle class guy from Bihar. The poor guy had even lost the meaning and excitement of having won the election.

Plus: Smooth Story telling, No major breaks as such, Songs much into the story line of the movie, No explicit content (Plus from middle class point of view, although may be minus from upper class point of view [:P]), Good screen play, Decent pace, No preachings, Overall Well executed

Minus: Nothing much into story, No well recognised stars(although acted well), Somewhere between a commercial and an arts movie.


Recommendation: Recommended for people who like to watch movies that make some sense, that give some message. If you liked 'Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi', you are quite likely to like this movie as well.
Additional Remarks: Not many movies impress me enough to write a review for.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Will luck ever start favouring me?

I dont know why is it so but it has been always like this. The luck factor, which goes in favour of so many at so many times, doesn't seem to have a very good relation with me. If it happens just once or twice, it is fine but why the h*ll always!
The last time I remember I rode high on luck was more than 3 years back when I survived after an accident with oil tanker on National Highway 2. Since then, it has been a long run of bad luck. I thought it might end sometime soon but that has not happened yet.
I dont know how to vent this frustration out coz even venting out frustration has had some serious implications on me at times!
Avoiding to write the circumstances that led me to write this, I conclude it wishing the situation to improve soon but again that would be really very optimistic of me.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Sample CV -- Must Read!

PS: I dint write it but really liked this creative piece of work. By putting it on my blog, I do not intend to claim any ownerships, hurt any feelings. Please to inform if anyone considers it to be breaching IPR in any sense.

________________________________________________________________________________


C. V. Manoranjan J. (007/99)
stud_iimc@hotmale.com

Academic

  • Wrote mid term, end term and two class tests, qualified for the 75% attendance requirement to take the end term in H.R.M class
  • 90% attendance record in Finacc tutes (for two tutors)
  • Consistent academic performance in 3rd, 5th and 7th std (half-yearly)
  • Second highest grade in the ProdMan re-exam
  • Bid for a course under one of the leading profs in Asia
  • Appeared for IIT-JEE, CET etc
  • Top ranked in the lower third of my branch in Engineering
  • IEPH mid-term section topper
Other achievements

  • Recruited by Goldman Sachs during the Placement Con
  • Received conduct cert of “fair” after high school
  • Won paper dance (solo) contest in Intaglio’2001, 1st prize in Govinda party

Sports


  • Head, Gaali team Creative Verbalization and Support squad, XL-IIMCmeet 2001
  • Scored the solitary goal basket, in the WH vs NH basketball match duringWW
  • Co-passenger with Steve Waugh on Jet 2W409, 20th May 1996


Dramatics


  • Supporting artist in NH skit for WW parade. Selected from among 100 students to play a prominent mythological character.
  • Part of the laugh track for Hum Paanch
  • Have been part of shows like Movers & Shakers
  • Featured twice in a row on MTV Bakra


Music


  • Lead tambourine player, Baro-C & JBS
  • Member, organizing team, badla party
  • Second prize, solo singing, Informalz
  • Lead singer, anthem, Baro-C nite


Publications


  • Largest number of entries in paper contests
  • Authored numerous articles on BlueBoard, Courseweb and IPMSG
  • Provided key creative inputs for the oath for Stats tutor Sec C
  • Have had my letters published in agony aunt columns on Cosmo, Femina and Grihashobha


Leadership initiatives


  • Coordinator, east wing dunking squad, mahamishti
  • Contested elections for Wing-rep
  • Chief fetcher for Lehman Brothers and Murugappa Group, Final Placements2002
  • Chief client, LANsquad
  • Associate under secretary, FOSLA, W400s IIMC chapter


Interests


  • Reading habits: Telegraph etc, India today last page
  • Musical tastes: classic rock n’ roll such as Jimmy Hendricks, Bob Dillon etc.
  • Skiing, whitewater rafting, mountaineering and skinny dipping


Consultancy experience


  • Provided ad hoc management consultancy to a leading retailer on the Joka campus
  • All other projects under contracts of non-disclosure


Thursday, October 04, 2007

My first Consulting assignment

I really appreciate the fact that generally I know in advance my priorities. Same was the case when I had applied for clubs @ IIM-C.
I did not want to get into organising things, building Knowledge Management(loosely used for Database updations), etc. and wanted to do some real work. I stated this clearly to the club-recruiters at the time of interviews and was probably the reason that no club had accepted my applications till INCA found me worthy.

Day before yesterday, I went to the organisation "Sundarika Bartika" where I (as a part of team of 4) would be providing consultancy services (another fancy name for helping organisations expand/grow/ solve their problems). It was around 40 K.m.s from the campus and frankly the drive to that place was really painful, with potholes of different shapes and sizes covering around 40% of the road. But the excitement of being involved with something big (not organisationwise but rolewise) was enough to keep me focussed.
We were received pretty nicely. Although we were on time, the founder of the organisation was waiting for us. The treatment we received there cannot be explained in words. We were treated as experts in every field, especially the one that was discussed and I must confess that I had no clue of the topic under discussion for more than half of the discussion. At times, he talked of certain personalities and expected us to know all about them, when both of us were sitting wondering whether we have heard the name or not. I remember 'rephrasing his words and telling that as answer to him' had to be done a number of times.

I must also confess that although it was good to have such a recognition and respect, I felt guilty at times. A person who is running an organisation for past 25 years is treating me as if I am his boss!! Sounds good but is intimidating at times.

Anyways I think it qualifies well as an experience to cherish and I am proud of having made correct decision of being choosy w.r.t. joining clubs

Since the time I visited the organisation, I only have one question bothering me...Do I really deserve so much respect? Lets see, time will surely provide an answer.

Blood Diamonds

It is not a new movie but I had not seen it then.
I had heard a lot about it but watching it was really a different experience.

"Sierra Leone,1999
Civil war rages for control of the diamond fields.
Thousands have died and Millions have become refugees.
None of whom has ever seen a diamond."

The people are innocent. They have never seen a diamond. To them, it is just another white piece of stone but they are still being killed for it. Children are doped and trained to take lives...to help fighting in struggle for motherland!! (something which is already yours!) All foreigners are our enemies!!(Is there any rational at all!)
And all this just to make some money..OK a lot of money.. but is it still worth the cause!! On one hand we claim of distributive effect of money (poor benefits from rich getting richer) and this is what rich do to get more richer!!

Greed is such a vice that it can make any rational human being do such pathetic acts.

I appreciate the director/producer's effort to bring up the issue to public..and I agree to my friend's words, "Movies are biggest source of learning after Reading".

The closing message of the movie was not just a mere consolation but also a warning. This needs to be stopped..at least for the sake of humanity.

"In January 2003, forty nations signed "The Kimberley Process"--an effort to stem the flow of conflict diamonds.
But illegal diamonds still find their way to market.
It is up to the consumer to insist that a diamond is conflict-free.
Sierra Leone is at peace.
But there are still 200,000 child soldiers in Africa"
Stop smuggling Blood Diamonds.
Stop selling Blood Diamonds.
Stop buying Blood Diamonds.

I suggest Ban the company even if a single case in this regard is reported..The world wont be any different without the Diamonds but the presence of diamonds is making such a big difference!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Enlightenment by Prof. Sunil Handa

Prof. Sunil Handa(SH) from IIM-Ahmedabad visited IIM-Calcutta recently and I had an opportunity to attend one of his sessions. Considering the fact that I am myself a bit oriented to start something of my own, I liked the session. One may argue that most of the points these people (entrepreneurs) talk about are just the same .. hmm.. may be.. but there is a lot to make a difference. One good point may change your outlook drastically and something similar happened to me after this session.

On Exit options:
The session started with example of one of his student from IIM-Ahmedabad who had started a company of his own but had recently decided to sell it off!! Prof. claimed that this guy sold his soul.
As per SH, there is no exit option for an entrepreneur and he outrightly rejected the idea of selling a venture after say 5 years of establishing it. I had been fascinated by the idea of creating and selling off a business before restructuring period (I believe after some 5-6 years, processes etc. in a business need to be restructured coz by this time others also find it worthy to get into it..so selling off at this point would mean avoiding the restructuring cost and efforts, which can be further used in setting up something else, plus you get a healthy deal for current business at such a time). Although SH was of different opinion and he commented that
1.) One tends to get an emotional bonding with the current business,
2.) Rarely do people start a second venture as they get too old by the time they plan to sell off first one
3.) Even is one gets past the emotional bonding and timing factor, one tends to lose good people. You may plan to switch over your business (coz that is your business) but the employees may not be ready to take that risk and would be resistant to change.

This made me think of the establish-and-sell philosophy again, especially the third point which is most crucial as what i think. Anyways, I need to evaluate that well.

On VCs:
"So, what would you do once you sell off your venture?"
"I would start a new one" is a typical answer. How many do you think do that? Hardly anyone, SH claimed. The factors include the social pressures and the family responsibilities. Add to it reduced appetite for risk as you grow old.
"If you quit your own child(company), you will end up being only an uncle(Venture Capitalist), where you will just guide and help and wish other's children(ventures you fund) do well. Most of their(VC's) days go in praying for other's ventures to get successful"

On Diluting Equity:
"If you wish to start a business, do you need a lot of money or you may as well get it from Venture Capitalists?"
If you think you may start a business by borrowing money from VCs, you probably need to relook at the mathematics of doing so. If you succeed, you will end up paying hefty premiums and if you fail, you may still end up paying more than the Principal amount!! Then how does it make any economic sense..
Those who still might be thinking of it being useful, I suggest reading the post on session by Mahesh Murthy.

Assertiveness, Struggle, No shy factor:
"When I used to travel in Public roadways buses, I used to end up traveling most of the times standing. Then I realised this is not how it gonna work and I learnt the art of finding and making space to sit. I started asking people to shift even if there was no place and most of the times ended up getting some place to sit.- That was my first lesson into entrepreneurship" I learned to be assertive. I struggled and I was no longer shy of asking for place.
This is what is required to establish a business. If you think everything will just go right, it wont.. you need to make it right.

Impact of Contacts in Initial Phase:
Another way of getting initial success is a shortcut- to use your contacts. But as soon as you use contacts to get any favour, you lose the race. Nothing comes for free in this world!! If you ask for a favour today, you'll be asked to repay in some form or other tomorrow and it wont end there. Since you got a favour in initial days of struggle, you would feel indebted for long and you would have to make compromises at some point due to these favours/contacts/people/..

Struggle in Initial Phase:
So the alternate way is to struggle!! People, if given option, would love to skip this part but this is most important phase one goes through and this is the phase that basically lays the foundation for rest of the career.
There was a bird, which was trying to come out of the egg-shell. She was fluttering her wings and trying desperately to break the shell. A man walking beside saw this and out of his genuine concern and care, broke the egg-shell with a knife. The man was happy as he thought he had done a good job, helping the bird out of the shell. The bird, on the other hand, could never fly in her life coz her wings were just not strong enough to fly.
It is not difficult to understand why the bird could never fly!! So you decide by yourself whether you want to break the shell yourself or do you want an external support!!

Upto-date Info of Related and Unrelated streams:
It is not uncommon in people to stop reading/analysing once they get success. However, SH suggested that one should always keep the habit of reading and be knowledgeable about things related directly or indirectly or not even related to his/her business. This is helpful when one needs to adopt methodologies/techniques/benefits from outside the business. He took an example of his own venture which in no way related to plastic industry, and he could make a benefit of a few lakhs using that. I dont remember the example exactly and it would not be appropriate to quote it wrong but it was something on the lines that huge amount of excise and tax could be saved by purchasing a machinery in parts due to differential tax rates for plastic and other material.
The essence of the point was that one must keep himself up-to date on different topics, regardless of whether they are directly influencing your business or not. Who knows when they come handy!!

On Consultants:
To keep it short, I just quote his words,"Consultants are people who wont tell you anything unless asked, even if they know something is going wrong!!"
Without having any first hand knowledge of this, I think it is difficult for me to make up any perception based on this point.

On Ethics:
Everyone claims ethics in business are very important but no one spells it so clearly!! Everyone talks of setting an example in front of juniors but no one says how exactly it makes a difference. He took example of a manufacturer trying to save some tax amount by manipulating accounts and stealthily selling some of the goods. The same person ends up pursuing his employees so that the news is not leaked publicly and in case that happens..Brand Image tarnishes!!
Precisely why people do not feel proud in saying that they work in Reliance!!

Skills One must Learn at IIMs:
Leadership skills
Negotiating skills
Delegating skills

On Partnership:
Reiterating what MM said, SH also said it is better to have partners for the moral and support and better to start in smaller teams. A larger team is bound to fail. Although, he discarded that the two partners need to be good friends from college days and things like that. According to him, a better team would have people with only some understanding of each other. More understanding may result in you taking other for granted, which might not be the case always. But still, more the understanding between partners the better it is.
Idea or partner?
An idea is worth nothing unless implemented, said MM.
Unless you have a good partner, it is difficult to succeed in a venture, said SH.
Clearly both of them had an emphasis of a good partner first, someone who is equally, if not more, passionate about the venture.
Moreover, SH made a claim that no one would be working on their first idea for long, no matter how attractive it may seem to them in starting. It is only the third or fourth idea that people end up doing!

Not to forget,
Irrespective of what you may think, the partnership doesnt last forever and which sometimes may be an emotionally testing times but that is how it is!!

To end with a globe statement, you need 'Midas touch' to succeed in a business more than anything else.

"To get an extraordinary person is difficult but to make ordinary people extraordinary is simple.": Some great philosopher.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

And we won!!

There could not have been a better end to it.
India's first match with Scotland is washed out and India plays Pakistan in league match in a battle to survive. India Survives after the bowl out.
Next India meets New Zealand and not to surprise of many, India lost to NZ.
India meets England, again a battle of survival. India persists.
Still struggling to survive, India meets hosts South Africa. Brings out a surprise for all sending Proteans packing bags.

India meets its second order arch-rivals, Australia in Semifinals. People doubtful over India's chances but as it has been a tradition, players come up with exceptional performance to see India through to Finals.

So India to meet its first order arch-rival Pakistan in finals!!

On the other hand..
Pakistan stumbled against minnow Scotland but eventually got past them.
Meeting India next where they could bring match to competitive situation after having lost almost all the extablished batsmen but could not score the last run in 4 deliveries.and eventually lost to India in Bowlout.
This probably provoked Pakis and they scored impressive wins over likes of Sri Lanka and Australia.
Bangladesh could not stand the Paki passion and New Zealand also had to go back packing their bags in Semifinals.
And now they meet India again!!


Impressive performance by both the teams, especially after dismal show at ODI Cricket WC in WI. (Note that both the teams were ousted in the Group stages itself, where India had to pay price of losing to Bangladesh while Pakistan and Coach Woolmer had to pay heavily for losing to Scotland)
Final match, obviously, had to be exciting/nail biting/thrilling/.... (non-ending list of adjectives) and it was like that.
The closing moments of match say it aloud:
Pakistan needs 13 runs from 6 balls.
India needs 1 wicket or restrict Pak to at max 11 runs in 6 balls.
Masbiah Ul Haq-most successful Pakistani batsman in series on strike
Mohd. Asif on non-strikers end. A single would mean that he comes on strike.
India has already used up all the senior bowlers till now.
Dhoni has 2 options: Harbhajan Singh and Joginder Sharma.
Spinner in last over against a settled batsman could be a risky business so Dhoni calls Jogi.
Jogi gets the ball. One of the most unexperienced bowler in the team gets to bowl the last over!!
First ball: Huge Wide. 12 off 6 required.
Dhoni goes and talks to the bowler.
19.1 Masbiah misses it completely. 12 off 5.
19.2 Jogi tries to hit the deck hard but wasted. A mistimed shot goes over the fence for max. 6 off 4.
Pakistan celebrated. Similar to what they did during first league match against India.
Jogi feels the pressure.
19.4 Jogi bowls a normal ball. Masbiah is desparately looking for boundary as he does not want to expose Asif at this time. He moves across towards Off and collects the ball from outside off stump to play it around Leg Gully area. He mistimes. Sreesanth is standing there and it is a CATCH!! Masbiah walks back and India has won the first World Twenty20 championship!!

After 1983, India again gets to be called World Champions!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Losing and Gaining motivation

Another session on entrepreneurship and another time I lose motivation to do the 'zombie thing' (as Sunil Handa puts it). I started hating "the zombie" jobs as soon as I came to the campus but the hate grew stronger when I attended Mahesh Murthy's talk. Today it just grew more stronger.

With the declining motivation to these, the motivation to set out on my own strengthens a lot.
Lets see what future has in store for me.


A detailed analysis from Sunil Handa's talk to follow soon.

India faces Australia after a long time..

The Second Semifinal of International Twenty20 World Cup, India v/s Australia, has all the ingredients to be an exciting match. India has put up an interesting show at World Cup so far. The team that arrived as underdogs has now become one of the favourites, and the fact that they sent one of the favourites in the tournament back packing their bags. On the other hand, the world champions started on a lower note losing to minnows but came back strongly to reach the Semis.

Importantly, it must be noted that India would be facing Australia after a long period of around 11 months (328 days). (FYI: Last time the two teams played was on 29 October 2006 when Australia chased a target of 250 with 26 balls remaining and 6 wickets in hand at Mohali.) Also, it has been observed that in each match they play against each other, one of the two teams substantially outperform their normal performances whether it be India stopping successful wins record of Australia or Australia thrashed India in the ODI World Cup 2003 finals.

Lets see what is in store for today!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

My 22nd Birthday

I had planned to write this long back but due to academic and other rigours, could not find any time to do so. Anyways, it is not that late as well.

7th September 2007:
It was just 3 days to the first end term examinations, 1 day to the Statistics Terminal Quiz and 2 days to another Statistics quiz. It happened to be just a few hours after Financial Accounting Quiz, a few hours after the Master CV Verification deadline. Add to it the excitement of 'about-to-complete-Term-I' feeling.

I never knew the potential of this combination.

Junta frustrated and excited at the same point of time and adding to the excitement was chance to hit the butts of a batchmate. The poor guy dint realise how hard it was going to be. People from other hostels were the first ones to reach the B-Top/ Mess Top. Thankfully, Statistics tutors had arranged for a tutorial at the same time, which reduced the number of people substantially. The number still was not that small and more importantly, it was some serious hard hitting by the frustrated Junta.

Check out these pics and I dont need to say anything else:

Sidey getting a feel of the same!!
The game had just begun!!
Oooh..Someone Help!!
So Brutal of them!! :(

CHECK this Video: Cake Wasted!!


Come on!! It would have been better if we ate it!!
After the celebration- Me with Sideys
After the celebration- Me with Wingey (Anand)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

And they say Cricket is dead!!

After a dismal show at WC, people said the cricket fever in India has died down. Various agencies etc. confirmed the same with their reports on advertisements during matches and disappearing Indian Cricketers from the advertisements. They accused coach Greg Chappell. They accused Rahul Dravid. They accused Sachin Tendulkar. They accused Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and who not.
And now, the same people seem to be worshipping these players again!!

India and Records!! Ain't it synonymous??

Did you know:
India holds the record of having maximum number of records in Cricket!!

With legendary players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Saurav Ganguly ... belonging to India, it is no surprise that India holds maximum number of records in International Cricket. In fact, Sachin Tendulkar has always been envied of holding so many records in the International Cricket. Asking someone Maximum number of runs in any form of International Cricket(excluding Twenty20 coz he opted out of the format) is a no-brainer. Even players like Ajit Agarkar who find it difficult to get a permanent berth in the Indian Cricket Team have had taste of International Records. For those who are unaware, he holds the record for fastest 50 wickets in ODI.

And now today, Yuvraj Singh managed to raise the count further by two. He scored 50 off just 12 balls and hit six 6s in an over. In his innings of 58 runs, he faced just 16 deliveries of which 10(3x4,7x6) went out of the boundary(even out of the ground for that matter), which included six consecutive sixes of Broad's 4th over(19th over if Indian innings). With this he not only surpassed Mascranahes's record of 5 consecutive sixes, he has also equalled the record of 6 sixes in an over in any form of International Cricket, with Herschelle Gibbs.

Watch the exciting over yourself..

India Pakistan Twenty20 match

Needless to say the level of excitements when there is an India-Pakistan Cricket match. Although people compare it with Aus-Eng rivalry but I believe that doesnt stand anywhere closer.

Both the teams put in their best to win the match and actually they put in significantly more than that. It doesnt matter much if India loses in a final, what matters more is winning over Pakistan. Same holds true for Pakistan as well.

India Pakistan Twenty20 World Cup League match of Group D was no different. India, after a poor start(losing quick wickets in initial overs to Mohd. Asif), came back strongly to score a competitive score of 141/9 in the 20 overs. The score, if not a very high score was comfortably a competitve score, given the humid climate but obviously Pakistan was not to give up easily. Despite of losing some quick wickets and an ever rising Required Run Rate, Pakistan maintained a decent chance of winning till around 17th over of the innings. When it looked like that Pakistan has almost lost the match(after their last recognised batsmen, Shahid Afridi, got out), one of the least known names in the International cricket, Masbeih Ul Haq, came to their rescue. He made Pakistan reach a situation where they needed just 11 of the last over.
Having already hit about 30 in 8 odd balls, this looked like an easy target.
The last over:
The second ball of the over goes for a 4. 7 required in 4
19.3 2Runs
19.4 It goes for a 4 and the scores are level. Just 1 run required of 2 balls.
19.5 Sreesanth bowls a bouncer. Masbiah is unable to connect. Dhoni collects the ball and charges to the batsman.
Last Ball: 1 run required. MS Dhoni brings fielders inside the circle. S. Sreesanth hits a bouncing delivery. The batsman mistimes it and the ball goes to the fielder at Point. Batsmen run. Fielder is alert. He fields it quickly and Sreesanth is ready at the Bowlers end for a throw. Fielder throws it towards the bowlers end and the batsman is found short of his crease. It is a TIE!!

Second time in the history of Twenty20 Internationals and obviously first time in Twenty20 World Cup. For the sake of ignorant ones, a Twenty20 tie match is decided by Bowl-out, in which 5 nominated bowlers from each team are asked to bowl and hit the stumps. The team that hits more number of times wins.

So, The match moves on to a Bowl Out now and guess what, MS Dhoni has surprise for most of the people. Unlike Pakistan, which nominates its 5 main strike bowlers, India decided to chose Sehwag and Uthappa over Ajit Agarkar(the most experienced bowler in Indian team) and RP Singh(strike bowler, known for his line and length). And in fact, nomination of Uthappa came as a big surprise since people have not seen him bowl anytime and nomination of Sehwag was a surprise since he did not have a chance to bowl in the match.

Anyways,
Pakistan won the Bowl-out toss and asks India to bowl first.

Sehwag takes on the first ball. He is smiling. He looks casual as always. When audience is tense with Indian chance to stay in the tournament totally dependent on the bowl out and the bowl out being largely dependent on Sehwag. He bowls a straight slow ball and it hits the stupmps. India scores.
Pakistan tossed the ball towards _____, he came he bowls and he misses by a huge margin. India 1-0.
Harbhajan Singh is the next man..will he or wont he?..And he hits!! India 2.
Umar Gul takes up the ball for Pakistan. He comes with a realtively smaller run up and bowls an almost wide ball!! Surprise all around!! Anyways India is up 2-0.
Pakistanis are tense now..One could notice the pressure Asif was facing.
Without anybody realising that it is India's turn to bowl 3rd time, Robin Uthappa comes and hits the stumps..India gets a huge lead of 3 to 0.
Pakistan needs to hit this time for sure to possibly take it to a draw in bowl-out and Shahid Afridi is the next man!!
And he misses!! INDIA WON THE MATCH

What a match it turned out to be!! Excitements all around.
Watch the videos for the Last over and the Bowl-out.

Last Over




Bowl Out

Sunday, September 16, 2007

RGV made mockery of a classic: Sholay Bhature

Kitne aadmi the?
Sardar ek(RGV)...wo ek aur tum karod.. phir bhi torture sah liye.. kya soche the oscar milega..

Having seen the review of AAG at IBNLive, I thought it was probably an exaggeration when Rajeev(watch CNN-IBN review) called it sholay-bhature. Still curious to verify that, watched it to realise that it was probably an understatement-- the movie is even worse than that. More so coz RGV made a mockery of a timeless classic.

To start with, Lets look at the characters he chose:
Nisha Kothari as Ghunghroo to replace Basanti Hema Malini, with his tanga(Dhanno) to be replaced by an auto-rickshaw(____). Add to it the arbit things like naming as per numerology(U seem to be quite advanced Mr.RGV), too much use of "too much", etc. Overall a poor imitation of the character of Basanti.

Some newbie to play the legendary role of Jay Amitabh Bachchan is a stupid idea, any person who even knows who Amitabh Bachchan is would be able to tell. He could not even generate 1% of the aura of Jay. No fake coin to toss with.

People might have expected Ajay Devgan to do some justice to the role of 'Veeru' Dharmendar but 'Hero' equally competed with others. This is what happens when you try to imitate some character which does not suit ur personality. Veeru's live personality could have least matched Ajay Devgan's serious part-gangster kinda image. I pity 'Hero' for trying suicide with gun.

Sushmita Sen had a very serious role, similar to her image in Hindi Cinema, but probably she got deeper into the character than it was required. Her character, in turn, turned out to be dull and boring!!

RGV remembered his friendship of Company days with Telugu actor ___ to cast him now for Thakur Baldev Singh. And he came just to give some far from good (and even far from mediocre) performance. Hands to be replaced by fingers this time..another poor imitation!!

Rajpal Yadav as Chhota Don(Soorma Bhopali of Sholay) also set up a poor show for a change and with no substance in his roles and dialogues, he is not the only one to blame for that.

Thank God there was no Jailor(Angrezon ke zamane ka jailor)

Sholay produced a timeless character in Gabbar Singh and Aag produced an easily forgettable character in Babban Singh. With poor script and worse dialogues, there is very little Amitabh Bachchan could have done here. To add to it, Gabbar was a character close to perfect while Babban has no connection with practicalities. More people know Amjad Khan as Gabbar than by his name but for sure Amitabh would not like to keep these haunting memories with him.

If the selection of characters was not enough, RGV arranged for some pathetic Background score. I dont understand how did he manage to find such a poor background score- more than remake of Sholay it looked like remake of Company.

Before discussing the worst part, I would like to give due credit to Mr. RGV for the only high point in the movie- Item number by Urmila Mantodkar (Mehbooba song). Urmila looked even better than what she looked like in Rangeela. Please to ignore Mr. Amitabh Bachchan's desparate attempts to dance in that and sorry Abhishek Bachchan but just because ur father is in the movie, u dont necessarily have to be in there.

So finally getting to the worst part: Dialogues
Selecting star cast might be called a mistake but selection of script writer was surely a blunder.
None of the charcters in the movie had reasonable dialogues regardless of dialogues being new or adapted from Sholay. Some of the worst lines (adapted or otherwise) are:


  • mujhe lagta hai maine tujhe kahin dekha hai..
    mujhe lagta hai maine tujhe kahin nahin dekha..
    haan to theek hai naa balance sheet barabar ho gayi..

  • ae rajnikant khali hai kya
    nahin peeche khatmalon ki shaadi ho rahi hai..dikhta nahin tere ko
    ae shani driver kidher hai
    tu andha hai ki yeda.. pata nahin kahan kahan se chale aate hain
    tere ko kya lagta hai main yahan pe tere jaise chhokre logon ko entertain karne ke liye baithi hoon..main hi driver hoon
    lekin tum to ladki ho
    ladki auto nahin chala sakti aisa bhagwad gita mein likha hai kya

  • waah ghunghroo kya gadi chalati ho
    tunhari driving ke saamne to yeh mard driver kuchh bhi nahin
    maloom hai kyun?
    kyun
    kyunki jab se ghar chalane ki zimmedari muhjpe aa gayi hai na tab se auto chala rahi hoon

  • ghunghroo kisi ki madad nahin leti
    lekin ye ghunghroo hai kaun

  • ye to too much ho gaya

  • tu too much nahin tu to 3 much hai

  • maar doonga maar doonga tujhe
    dekh teri dushmani mere saath hai ladki ko jane de
    dam hai to mujhse lad marna hai to mujhe maar

  • kya khati hai ri tu.. sab asli ghee ka
    kahan hai tera wo..tera wo kahan hai

  • tu kya sochta wahan inspector shirt utha ke chhati dikhayega tujhko.. saala thanda na karo to jal hi jata hai
    main wo galti nahin karega jo america iraq ke saath kiya

  • kitne? (for Kitne aadmi the?)

  • tension nahin
    tension nahin lene ka
    ja raha hai

  • choohe billi ke khel mein bada mazaa ata hai
    billi bil mein ja nahin sakti aur chooha andar rehne nahin chahta



Forgot to mention, the dance scene when Gabbar has captured Veeru has been replaced by a rape scene. What a pity!!

As CNN-IBN puts it,RGV makes sholay bhature out of Hindi cinemas most endearing classic. RGV ki Aag is a recipe of disaster.
Unlike Rajeev, I do not have an option of throwing egg on camera so I can only write @#$#%$# RGV.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Consulting - Perceptions Refined

They teach about Selective Perceptions in the classroom and I though what rubbish!! It was all common sense!! forgetting the fact that common sense is not so common as well.

Yesterday, we had another session with a consulting firm(fourth in the season so far) and it totally changed my perception of consultancy. I wrote about Consultancy and Entrepreneurship sometime back but yesterday's session made me think over certain aspects again.

The session was simple, yet powerful. The people were not pseud as one would expect, still they were impressive. They spoke with clarity. Their thinking was structured, or at least looked like. They articulated impressively. One special thing about this session was that they never seemed to have said 'Globe'(Global statements) and got away with it, which apparently was the case in most of the sessions till date. Probably, this is what answers why this firm is arguably the No.1 Consultancy firm.

Some of the impressions from yesterday's session:
1. Consultants not necessarily have to be pseud.
2. It is more about problem solving than to make fool of others.
3. Consulting and travelling may not be synonymous always.
4. Each of the consulting firm appears to have a different working culture.
5. Also, different career paths.
6. Success in consulting career is directly proportional to the passion that drives it.
..Many more

And Last but most important,
They are looking for humans and not Super-humans, as some of the earlier ones indicated, to join them. :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Remembering the good old days 1.2


Previously in the Nostalgic Series
:
Remembering Good old days 0.0
Remembering Good old days 1.1

Now this aint exactly good in terms of experience but definitely very good in terms of learning.

CAT 2005
So finally after preparing for almost an year, it was time to perform and the only time to matter. With so many mock tests, my strategy for the test was almost in place. It was unusual but I still had a belief in it.
The pattern was totally different so the strategy had to be changed for that. Fairly less number of questions and hence my USP of picking the easiest of the questions was not of much use there. One of the questions was as it is picked up from one of the AIMCATs but my poor memory power dint let me benefit.
Anyways, did it to the best of what I could do then and there but had a feeling that it was not enough to get through. Although, after discussing it with people outside the examination hall, I felt that it was not that bad either. Met Siddhartha Soni(VA instructor at TIME) while on the way back to college and having discussed some of the questions with him, I felt there was a fair chance of my getting through. But considering the past experiences of IIT-JEE time, I decided not to discuss the possibilities with the people.

Answer Keys
The next day, all the coaching institutes had come up with the answer key to the test but unfortunately their keys dint match much with each other. So, calculated it with all the keys and got a similar estimate from all of them that I had scored fairly good in QA and DI, while VA was a boundary-type case. With all the keys echoing same thing, I believed it to be true and was just praying for it all to turn out just right.

LUCK is not just another word
While I was praying for it to turn just right, God had different plans for me. When the results came, VA was not even close to cutoffs and all the predictions were no where close. I was disappointed badly and understandably so.

All that ends bad is not always bad:
It had ended with disappointment but before that it made me realise that
1. It was useless thinking about the results after writing the test.
2. There was no point matching answer keys and calculating expected scores.
3. It is also about Luck.
4. If coaching institutes were predicting it wrong, there was hardly any chance people would have done exceptionally well.
5. The strategy of taking the exam has to be independent of the type of paper.

I carried these learnings when preparing for CAT 2006 and all of these paid well!!
How? Coming Soon.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Remembering the good old days- 1.1


Previously in the Nostalgic series:
Remembering the good old days 0.0

1. CAT'05 Preparation
The coaching center was around 25 Kms from the college and none of us had a Bike. All we had to rely upon was public transport i.e. Jeeps and Buses and that means around 2 hours of total travel time for each class. 2hr travelling for 2 hr class!! Sometimes classes even got cancelled. But that was not enough to demotivate the very focussed us. For quite sometime, none of us even thought of bunking classes as an option even if it was Snehdeep's QA classes(Bundle of keys hanging out of the pocket fame). The kind of dedication we had put in for the preparation was huge (although I never practised it the way TIME faculty had suggested coz I did not find that worthwhile) and the only thing being discussed in the group was CAT for quite sometime.
My idea of joining the coaching was to be regular and it was working out well.
The performance in tests and AIMCATs were fine, if not good. I still remember the kind of effort I used to put in to analyse the test and to modify my strategy to accomodate the results from this analysis. After every test, I used to give a couple of hours looking for the mistakes and the possible causes of the mistake and eventually getting to the root cause and eradicating it. I had good support and motivation with Amit Agrawal(TIME Ahmedabad director) always showing confidence in my capabilities and encouraging me to perform better.

An interesting incident

One interesting thing happened once when I discussed my Test-taking strategy with Amit Agrawal. Considering that VA was always an issue with me, so I had devised a strategy so that I comfortably clear the cut-offs for all the sections and then look for maximising total score.So for that, I divided the 120 mins as 30-60-30 rather than suggested 40-40-40. It looked stupid to others including Amit Agrawal, and people said a lot of things for that(obviously out of concern and I thank all of them for that) but I knew exactly what I was doing. Scoring very high in QA and DI would have propelled the overall score but without a minimum score in VA, that was as good as nothing.
In fact, for that matter, people did not like my test-taking strategy at all. I used to start my test with DI, which they said was a strict no-no. Doing QA at the end was again a no-no . More so when it is just 30 mins to the bell. Anyways I just liked that. For a number of tests, I even had RC at the end, which looks like a fundamental blunder.
The intentions were clear: To have a well customized strategy that suits my style of working without bothering about what suits X and what suits Y.

Non-DAIICT Batch
I had reasons to join the non-DAIICT batch but dint know that it would have much more advantages. The disadvantage as one could clearly see was that with so many people going from a place, they could hire jeep and that definitely saved more than an hour for one-way trip. Thats a lot of time!! but I think positives still outweigh it totally.


Next: Remembering the good old days 1.2

Friday, August 24, 2007

Time Management

Found this article on the Blue Board...nice read

An expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz" and he pulled out a one-gallon, mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?"
Everyone in the class yelled, "Yes."
The time management expert replied, "Really?"

He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"
By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered.

"Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"
"No!" the class shouted.

Once again he said, "Good." Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!"

"No," the speaker replied, that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all.

Decide what are the BIG ROCKS in your life and remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them all. So whenever you are reflecting on this short story, just ask yourself: What are the 'Big Rocks' in my life? and try fitting them in the jar of your TIME.


*by Stephen Covey

Why dropouts are successful??

Some say it is a mere coincidence. Not many appreciate the close relation between the two.
At least from Indian perspective(Generally, I dont like to generalise but I think it holds true here), dropping out signifies failure and the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs etc. are considered to be mere exceptions. You can find a list of such people here.

Having thought over it for sometime now, I think it is nothing but a causal relationship.

Have you ever wondered - Why did these people drop out?
Listen to Steve Jobs saying it himself

After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK.
Gates although gives due credit to his stay at Harvard but dropped out to see his plan get into action.

Steve Woznaik also states similar reasons.
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So it is apparent that these people dropped out for they could not see value in the educational system or the educational system could not fit into their action of plan.

Why do things where you cant find value-add? Why do all of it just for the sake of doing?
It is difficult to understand it unless you experience it yourself. Read this for a counter view.

Apparently I don't find value in the educational system these days and I am really thankful of the education system to make me understand all this through hands-on experience.

The goal is not to get out of the prison, but to get out in a way that enables you to stay out. Be patient. Think ahead. Getting free is not like walking through a magic doorway -- it's like growing a fruit tree. Source


PS: 1. I am not drawing comparisons with these greats but just found something I have in common with them.
2. Do not consider it as looking down upon our educational system, it is just my individual perspective. In short, Do not generalise.

The Much Awaited!!

DO WE REALLY NEED A REASON TO CELEBRATE!!

Day4: Washerman comes and tells that he returns back clothes in 7 days.
Practical observation: He returns back in 10+ days.

The group of managers thought of buying a washing machine but hey, all are managers so who will do it!!! And the managers planned and planned. They planned for around 2 months, while finding alternatives to get their work done. Finally after 2 months, one of them went to the shop and ordered a washing machine without even looking at it. Just looked at the prices and ordered least priced one in the shop, which turned out to be an LG-SemiAutomatic Power Saver model priced at INR 5800. He did not even check the available colours etc. and had to be told what colour it is after it had been delivered in the hostel. Nonetheless, thankfully he ordered one.

And now this definitely called for some celebrations..
So check this out and look at the enthu in ppl...
















Some more videos to be uploaded..

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rhain Davis: The Wonder Kid

Rhain Davis.
He is 9. Born in U.K.. Brought up in Australia.
The kid was signed by Manchester United after they saw him playing in a DVD sent by his grandfather.
The kid's skills are being compared to various greats'(Robinho, Rooney, C.Ronaldo to name a few). Lets see how he translates his skills into footballing success. Fingers crossed.

For now, watch this video

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

EGO!!

Success!! Is it good or bad?
What a stupid question!! Aint it? Not if you have already read the Title of the post.

It is not that all the successful people are egoists. In fact, a high proportion of successful people are modest and that is what they attribute their success to but equally high proportion shows attributes of King-size ego. Like modesty takes credit of success for the first types, success rules the second types.

Moreover, my observation says that people who get quick success(undeserving, most of the times) tend to have a higher degree of ego than those who faced a few hurdles and had to fightback to get success.

Another observation says that those people who have not been much into the world tend to think they drive the world(which is just a step short to ego). The more you experience the world, the more you get to know the mortal self.

~Stop reading here only.
~Just some frustration coming out.

There was this guy in our group, who hindered the working of the group to the extent that the final submission made was sub-quality even when we had most of the things done well in time. This guy bothered us on almost every minor point even when he knew that 2 people in the group knew far more than him. Just because he thought he was from a very good college(sometimes people over-estimate things belonging to them) and he is a fresh graduate(everyone else had relevant work-experience), he could not resist himself but to show redundancy of all we did. Thanks to him that more than the total time put in completing task was spent in explaining him why we were doing that and yeah one more thing, the only thing that he did, he did not show it to anybody and himself decided that this was no good to be put in our final work.
~What a free-rider and this guy still claims to have done most of the tasks!!
Someone please put some ego-test as admission criteria plzzz!!

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