Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

AbhiTaneja wishes a very Happy New Year to all the readers!

Response to a Fan


Hi, dear Abhishek !!
T
his to inform you that I have just finished reading all the posts on your blog.... I had sort of became hooked to it during the last few days, but now having completed reading all the posts I feel a bit relived.
hmm.....

My favourite one was Sunil Handa one, but I also liked the couple of posts about 'the zoo' , but didn't actually understand which/what place were you referring as 'the zoo' ??

also thanks for your 'real' insights on IIM-C , from an insider’s point of view.....

You promised in 2007 that more posts on the 'good old days' will follow, which I fail to find !!

One question I will like to ask you, as you have aroused my curiosity, about the post on 'confusion' posted in jan, 2008. You told that you were in confusion between abhi@DA-IICT v/s abhi@IIM-C.... so did you manage to find any solutions for that confusion? I am asking you that, because many people here may be facing same problem after just entering the college , so your experience may come useful to many people...

congrats for your job in Johnson & Johnson ... but you posted ,more than one time earlier, that u didn't want to do the 'zombie' job instead you are determined to become an entrepreneur, what happened suddenly ?

also I want to know the procedure for reading all that private posts ;~)

P.S. : I found your thoughts on Google very true and have some similar experiences with Google, also I have an explanation of your post topping Google search of "duniya ka naara", if you want to know
and thanks for your amazing tips for preparing for cat/gd/pi on your blog
sorry for writing such silly things in your scrapbook(can't resist it), but such outburst occurs when u read too much from a single author in too short time, you get sort of linked to him/her and he/she captures your thought process for a small amount of time.. I would b highly delighted even if u read all this silly outburst, and b highly obliged if you have time to answer even some of my querries/questions !!

------------Another one after a few days-----------

Hey, it's great that you are in France... it should be a wonderful place, but at the same time it's not Britain(whose language, food, structure r all somewhat expected, ) ....... hope you enjoy a great time there !!

About your surprise, well I told you that I used to read very much since I was a kid I was hooked to reading, it was similar effect in your case because..
1) Your use of language was really good ;~)
2) Your thoughts and insights were original as well as different (non-stereotype ! , I liked your idea about TAJ MAHAL in particular, but I don’t think "people we elect" are going to implant such fantastic ideas :~9)
3) You projected/marketed your thoughts well enough
4) "Tips on preparation for cat" acted as an initializer

I am very much pleased to know that u r going to answer all my queries/concerns/thoughts/suggestions;...time doesn't matter



First of all, Thanks for all the appreciation and apologies for taking so much time to respond to it. It is my pleasure to know that you liked some of the posts in this blog and again the expression of surprise that you read more than 100 posts within 2 days!! That is simply incredible!

Now answer to your queries-

Regarding missing posts: Well, it happens a lot of times that you commit yourself to certain posts but then do not find enough time/motivation to complete that. That is particularly strong when you write about past incidents from your own life- You got to feel nostalgic to do justice to the post. But now since you have pointed it out, I will try and complete those posts next time I go nostalgic. :)

Private posts: Sorry buddy but certain posts need discretion. There are certain matters related to one's private life or certain posts related to politics at work places / study places / peer groups etc. which can only be shared with appropriate audience otherwise things might get blown off out of proportion and hence, whether or not to allow someone to read those posts has to be decided case-on-case basis.

Zombie job and enterpreneurship: As you have already gone through the entrepreneurship posts, you know that I was always very motivated with doing something of my own. The spirit still lies intact and I am still game for something challenging. As far as it goes about jobs, probably you mistook every job for "Zombie" job. The Zombie job was a phrase used in particular for Investment banking jobs and I am still very much against those. On the other hand, marketing and consulting jobs are very much different from the investment banking jobs and it would be absolutely inappropriate to treat all these in the same category. Also, I must mention it to avoid any ambiguity that my hatred for finance jobs should not be considered as hatred for the field of finance. I have a lot of respect for the field of finance as such and it is just the finance jobs that I hate - that again more due to the work-life imbalance point of view. Again I would like to repeat what I also mentioned in concerned posts- This is very much a personal disliking - Do not hate it because I hate it - Just make an informed decision.

So as far as venturing out all by myself is concerned, I would surely do that but as of now I am just playing safe and building up strategy to get in there when the time is right.

And lets face it, it takes a lot of guts to sacrifice the security and foray into a territory yet unknown to you. Probably I am scared to take that risk now!

Regarding abhi@DAIICT v/s abhi@IIMC - You know there is this particular thing God has gifted to all the living beings - an automatic ability to adapt. Let me tell you my friend, this ability is nothing but a true gift! It makes things so easier for us humans. [:)]

Well things have changed on that front as well. I hated it initially and that was the time when that particular post came out but it was not very long before I realise strengths of both the lifestyles. And the thing after that was not really difficult - I just had to adopt the positives (better said - the way I wanted it) from both and come up with a lifestyle of my own. You will come across such issues many a time in your life and believe me all you need is a strong will power. You can transform it in any way you want - just got to have will to do that.

On the same lines, I would also like to point out the difference I feel about the IIMs now as compared to the time of posts on 'Why not to join IIMs'. Well, frankly, even as on date I do not feel very great about IIMs but it is not that bad as well. It is just a totally different lifestyle than what I was living and it was probably that change, for which I wasn't really ready then. Now when I look at my friends who joined B-schools last year, yelling at the system and the lifestyle I find it amusing as I was doing the same last year and no longer have that strong reaction! One possible way of explaining this is the cliche - Everything changes with time. Another possible explanation as I mentioned earlier as well is that probably I was not prepared well to experience that huge change when I joined almost 2 years back. Yet another possible explanation could be that I identified my interests here and that totally changed my perception.

"The Zoo" - Thanks for refreshing my memories of "The Zoo" [:)]. While I was working, I used to stay with my friends - Nitesh Luthra, Prashant Tholia and Gaurav Jain and we used to call our place as a zoo. It doesnt take any rocket science to guess why that was so! [:P] Still if you do not get it why it was so, just go through "Awesome Pathetic" once again.

Eurotrip- To tell you frankly, that was an amazing experience. I travelled to 15 countries in 3 months and had many incredible experiences during that. More on this in Eurotrip post.

And finally thanks again for your comments and appreciation.


P.S.1: I was so moved by you passion that I decided to create a full post to answer your queries. I could have rather answered your queries by sending you a personal mail but I like your spirit and please consider this post as my gesture to show appreciation to that!

P.S.2: It feels good to be back!

Friday, December 26, 2008

I am back

Hello Readers,


Bonjour!

First of all, apologies for not updating the blog for so long.

And now the good news: I am back in India and will be putting up some posts very soon.
You should expect a post on 
1. A general post on the life in France
2. Highlights of Eurotrip (on the Eurotrip blog)
3. Sunil Handa is visiting the campus again so you should expect another one of enlightenment posts! (Run a Google Search on Sunil Handa to understand what that meant)
4. Long due response to one of the fan's queries
5. And  a dedication to a very beautiful girl (Reading between the lines wont help in this case)

Merci
Au revoir!

AbhiTaneja

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Eurotrip has started

Update 2:
Hello Dear Readers,
I have created a new blog for the Eurotrip related posts. The address is : http://abhitaneja-eurotrip.blogspot.com
I would start posting some interesting incidents over there soon.

Eurotrip update:
After the last update I have visited Austria, Hungary and Italy and was planning for the scandi trip this weekend. However, the scandi trip has got postponed again (3rd time postponed now). As of now, I myself dont know which country I would be in tomorrow morning. :)

Till sometime back my GTalk status said:
"1 month = 4 Weekends = 5 Countries = 13 cities! A perfect Eurotrip it is! :)"

****************************************************************************
Update 1:
Too busy traveling.. hardly finding any time to update the blog! Having too much fun..

The classes schedule here is so well designed for people to make these trips over the weekend. Well the weekend here could be anything from 3 days to 13 days!
Visited Toulouse, Paris, Amsterdam, Nice, Cannes, Bordeaux, Arcachon so far.
Leaving tomorrow for Austria and Hungary.

Next update on Monday or Tuesday
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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Shed your fears

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves; Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presense automatically liberates others.

By Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rock On!

Yet another brilliant song!
[Song from Movie: Rock On(2008)]

Rock On! - Hai ye waqt ka ishara..

Farhan Akhtar ventures into the domain of acting and singing as well with the movie and frankly, he is not that bad a singer as I had thought of [:)]

Javed Akhtar once again proved his expertise in writing songs..A song well written.. true to the spirit of the theme..The perfect mix of energy and fun in the music and proper justice to the song by Farhan Akhtar and here we have a treat for our ears, minds and souls.

Beautiful lyrics..Apt music..Well sung
Incredible song!




Dil kya kehta hai mera..
Kya main bataoon
Tum ye samjhoge shaayad..
Main pagal hoon

Dil kya kehta hai mera..
Kya main bataoon
Tum ye samjhoge shaayad..
Main pagal hoon

Dil karta hai TV tower pe..
Main chad jaoon
Chilla chilla ke main ye..
Sabse kehdoon

Rock on!!
Hai ye waqt ka ishaara..
Rock on!!
Har lamha pukaara..
Rock on!!
Yuheen dekhta hai kya tu..
Rock on!!
Zindagi millegi na dubaara…

Dil karta hai sadkon par zor se gaoon..
Sab apne apne ghar ki khidki kholen..
Phir main aise josheelay geet sunaoon..
Mere geeton ko sunke sab ye bolen..

Rock on!!
Hai ye waqt ka ishaara..
Rock on!!
Har lamha pukaara..
Rock on!!
Yuheen dekhta hai kya tu..
Rock on!!
Zindagi millegi na dubaara…

Jaise jeene ko dil chahe.. jee waise tu
Meri toh hai bas ye raaye ki..
Apne jitne bhi armaan hain poore karle tu

Rock on!!
Hai ye waqt ka ishaara..
Rock on!!
Har lamha pukaara..
Rock on!!
Yuheen dekhta hai kya tu..
Rock on!!
Zindagi millegi na dubaara…

Rock on!!
Hai ye waqt ka ishaara..
Rock on!!
Har lamha pukaara..
Rock on!!
Yuheen dekhta hai kya tu..
Rock on!!
Zindagi millegi na dubaara…

Monday, July 28, 2008

Disappointment strikes yet again!

Well the disappointment strikes yet again..
After enjoying a Google Rank of 3 for over 3 months, today I was shocked to see the Google Rank Button showing a 0 for this space..Not that I care about that but still it looks gud to have higher page rank..

Anyways it doesnt matter..
Abhi's space remains Abhi's space
I remain I

Friday, July 25, 2008

100 Billion Dollars

What would you do if you have 100bn Dollars?
"I will buy a loaf of bread"
Surprised? or does it look stupid?
Well it is not if you are in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Govt. has recently introduced a Z$100bn note in response to surprising 2,200,000% inflation. It must be noted over here that Zimbabwe had introduced a Z$10mn note early this year and then Z$50mn three months after that.
Although the number 100billion in itself looks huge but the amount is meagerly enough to buy a loaf of bread or to travel a few kilometers. As per a statement quoted on BBC News, the amount is less than one fifth of what is required to meet daily expenses.

Amongst so many surprises, it really is not very surprising to note that the worth of Z$100bn is just a few US Dollars!

Well actually all this reminds me of the "MoneyKumar" comic strip released by Reserve Bank of India to spread basic awareness about the money market dynamics and how adjusting various factors could impact economy in positive or negative manner. Zimbabwe once used to be one of the richest states in Africa but the condition today is terrible (with inflation figure in 7 digits).
I dont know why it happened and why their monetary and fiscal regulatory bodies could not handle it. I will try to explore that and then may be another post will be dedicated to the unbelievable stunt by Zimbabwaen economy.

Note: News link at BBC

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Century Scored

It is said that the most difficult time to bat is when you are at 99. Every batsmen strive to get that extra run. Even the feeling of scoring that single off the next ball is enough to keep you on the toes. The Feeling, The Excitement, The Pleasure on reaching the third digit number is unexplainable - You have got to feel it.

Well with that background, I feel extremely delighted to announce that
THIS IS 100th POST ON THIS BLOG

It has been a long time and frankly I never realised that I could reach the 100 post mark so fast. I strated this blog in April or May of 2005 but became active only in April of 2007. Last 14 months have seen me writing all kind of arbit stuff over here.. At times I made some sense.. at times it was all senseless.

Just to take you through the timeline once:
April 2005:
Created login and posted a "Coming Soon" post

September 2005:

First Post - An interesting article "God and Me"

April 2007:

First self written Post - written out of sheer frustration on 20th April while waiting for CAT results

April 2007:

Used this space to vent out my frustration

May 2007:

Moved on to better topics (with Zoo and Awesome Pathetic being my favourites) :P

July 2007:

"June mein hum Joka aaye" - IIM Calcutta, MBA added to the topics

August 2007:

was nostalgic for various unknown reasons!!

September 2007:

Arbitgiri, Gyaan started pouring in on the blog. Movies, Cricket and a lot more.

October 2007 - December 2007:
Movies got into mainstream.
Foundation of Cinema Garage.
Major aesthetic changes. [:-)]

Wrote the all time hit post "Enlightenment by Prof. Sunil Handa"

January 2008:
New Year arrived and Gyaan poured in like anything

February - June 2008:

Busy with Summer Internship.. could not write anything despite of having a lot to write

July 2008:

Marked the comeback with this being the 7th post and another 2 on hold!



Wow! These numbers looks really good
14 months
100 Posts (including 15 Private posts)
5600+ Page views
2800+ visitors
260+ hours of Total Page viewing!


Approx. pageviews per day = 5620/420 = 13.38
Average Pageviews per post = 5620/88 = 63.86

And as you might be aware of- I never publicised the link through any channels! Whooa.. wondering what would have been the case had I promoted it ever.. :)

Thanks to all the readers for visiting Abhi's Space.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Congrats to me

I am surprised!

I was just browsing through the navigation of visitors on this blog and to my surprise there were repeated visits with Google search on "Sunil Handa", "Mahesh Murthy" and "Duniya ka naara". Apparently the post on Sunil Handa's visit to IIM Calcutta also happens to be the most popular post on the blog. While I was still wondering about the reasons and all, a Google search on "Sunil Handa" revealed the secret.
Try it yourself. Go to www.google.co.in. Type Sunil Handa (with quotes or without quotes) and hit Search button.
Do a similar exercise for "Duniya ka naara" and "Mahesh Murthy" and see the results.
Abhi's Space is the FIRST result on Google Web Search for Sunil Handa and Duniya ka naara while it appeared on second page for search string Mahesh Murthy. (See attached screenshots)

Not to forget the FIRST page(and first result) appearances for various search strings on Google Blog Search, which apparently looks insignificant compared to this current finding. Other prominent visits through Google search come from search strings related to CAT GD-PI preparation (where again Google Web search honours me by keeping the blog on first page)


SS1: Web Search result for "Sunil Handa"


SS2: Google Web search result for "Duniya ka naara"


SS3: Google Web search result for "Mahesh Murthy"



Of these three, the fact that Abhi's Space is first result on searching Duniya ka naara excites me most. Reason: With a large number of websites dedicated to Bollywood movies (including professional websites for Music reviews, Music downloads, Movie reviews etc. and not to forget Youtube), it was beyond my imagination to have thought of a result ranking above them. Realty is larger than Imagination here. I am impressed!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sports diary- Sunday Jun 6,2008

Green is not always Grass..It can be clay!

OK I know that is a stupid statement but this is what can be said after the 4hr 25min long battle between the two greats of present time - Roger Federer (Champion on Grass & ATP Rank 1) v/s Rafael Nadal (Champion on Clay ATP Rank2). There was hardly anything more to expect of the Wimbledon final when the stage was set for match between the two champions but then the match showed why exactly was this an ideal stage for the Wimbledon final.
With both these players on the court, it was never easy to chose a winner. People supported one over other for sheer favouritism and then there were people like me, who had to take a random pick to chose the player to support. Most of the choices were made randomly.
Looking at the relatively poor show by Feddie in first two sets, I decided to be on Rafa's side for this match and finally he proved me right.

After having lost first two sets, it was getting really tough for Feddie to make a comeback but then he is known to be a fighter and it seems rain interruption also helped him get his rhythm back. Feddie came back strongly after the rains and it was a tough fight between the two legends. Feddie appeared to be in good touch but Nadal showed good resistance and the third set went into a tie-breaker. Feddie came back strongly and won the tie-breaker at 5. Fourth set was no different- Feddie broke Rafa's service in the very next game after Rafa broke his and this set also moved into a tie-breaker. Feddie again clinched the tie-breaker making the game to move into fifth set. The scores were- 4-6 4-6 7-6 7-6.
The game doesnt get better than this- The two players were neck to neck in the fifth set, with no one able to break other person's serve. All they needed was to break other's serve once and save his next one. There were no signs of either of two giving up before Rafa broke Feddie in 15th game of 5th set indicating some prospects of game ending soon.

Anyways I am bored of writing this stuff.. I dont know why the hell I am writing this but anyways, the game was definitely interesting and deserved a post on My Space (but this boring! I did not anticipate that)

Also not to forget, Ferrari drivers disappointed in British GP while Indian cricketers repeated the history by failing in the final after putting a good show in league matches.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Thodi Game-Theory Thoda Magic (2008)

Oh My Goodness!
Now what the hell is this?

Even after having seen one of these movies, I had no clue that these were two different movies altogether. I saw the name different at two places and neglected that for a possible typo but after having seen the movie and when I could not find any of the songs, I was confused. A basic search on Google revealed something that made me jump out of my chair!!

Jun 27, 2008 - Two new movies were released.
One from Yash Raj Films - Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (TPTM)
and the other one from director Anand Rai - Thodi Life Thoda Magic (TLTM)

Should I call this a case of game theory in practice?
Consider the scenario: Two directors have decided upon the name of their movies as TPTM and TLTM and conflict regarding who came up with the name could not be resolved. Now the next issue in context is obviously the advertisements, promotions and the release date of the movie.

YRF being the bigger banner could get a larger share in the media and the other group did not contest it much (Not a dominant strategy for unknown banner to spend high on advertisements). So the more important factor here comes out to be release date.

Consider the case when Movie 1 comes before Movie 2. The name of these movies is so much similar that the second movie would be lost in the identity of the first one. If the first one is a success, it could draw some public or alternatively could lose market since people might confuse it for the first one, which they have already seen. On the other hand, if the first one is a flop, then there would be hardly any public knowing about the second one and it would pay for the sins of other one. So the payoff matrix if we see comes out to be negative if you move late, positive if you move first and unpredictable if you move along.
As a result, both the players would try to move before the other player but since it is like a game of simultaneous move where all the information is shared between the two players, second player would know as soon as first player tries to release it. This would lead to a further early move from the second player.

Clearly the dominant strategy for both the players comes when they move along, i.e. release the movie together, which is exactly what they did to avoid heavy negative payoffs involved with late release.

How much did it pay for each of the players and what is the effect of others performance on each movie would be known only by the end of this week or may be by the next week but in any case, it is really confusing and misguiding for the moviegoers. Moviegoers will have tough time in deciding which of the magic they want to see - Life or Love is the choice!

Yash Raj Films & 7 unanimous "Yes"

Will Yash Raj cast Saif Ali Khan in their next film?
Yes

Will Yash Raj cast Rani Mukherjee in their next film?
Yes

Will next Yash Raj Films(YRF) movie be on the same theme (+-5%)?
Yes

Will next YRF movie have a semi-nude/sex scene or an item song with Saif in it?
Yes

Will next YRF movie again project Saif as a rich person?
Yes

Will Saif Ali Khan use same outfit in the next movie?
Yes



Will next YRF movie still be a hit?
Yes

Thursday, July 03, 2008

They proved me wrong

Just a few days back, I thought it was almost over. I was almost free but then they again proved me wrong!

I do not know in detail about a lot of companies but I feel there are not many companies as poorly managed as Lenovo India - a company where people at senior levels back off their words without any signs of shame - where ethics is just another fancy word to be used in some of the company meetings for junior staff - where the idea of selling is just to get the client hooked once and then he may regret that for years. Now I am writing all this based on my experience with the company. The company may object to this content on grounds of defaming them but this is all what I can say after having seen their attitude in last few days/weeks.

The laptop delivery (for IIM Bulk deal) scheduled in third week of June has not yet been made and there are hardly any signs suggesting that to happen in next few days. Regarding the status of shipment, one could draw an analogy to Indian Railways. Every day it got delayed by further two days and the current date I have been informed is still six days away. Mind you the original mutually agreed date of delivery has passed 12 days back! Also to note that the order was placed 40 days (~6weeks back)

I dont remember having been in so much pressure and tension in a while. Although last few days at summer internship were also trying but still these few days have been much more pain. And the worst part is that there is nothing much I can do!

Anyways this post has helped me vent out some of that frustration and hopefully I can manage to read the case for tomorrow's class now.

but Pappu cant dance saala!

Before I start - This post is NOT about the song from the movie "Jaane tu ya jaane na"
I would classify this post as a very strange and stupid post.
Stupid - for I am making a fool of myself by making this public
Strange - coz I am doing it knowingly

Anyways who the hell cares! [:)]

The post is about my stupidity and related to the fact that you have already guessed by now - I do not know how to dance [:-P]. It was the Freshers party at the campus and I was dancing to the tunes of JBS (making full use of crowd to remain unnoticed). Just happened to get into a girls group. They knew me and I knew them so no issues as such but then I cant dance properly. I can dance only when there is enough crowd to make my stupid dance go unnoticed. Anyways we started to dance and the girl was feeling kind of embarrassed (Predictable!). It was not difficult to make that out by looking at her face. I commented, "I do not know how to dance" and the response was prompt, "Yeah you really dont know that" [:D]. Her friend (who was dancing with her earlier) came and asked me to stop hitting on her [:O] Now that was strange as I had no intentions like that at all [:)]. Anyways I parted from the group but could not resist laughing at it and mentioning it over here. It has already been a week since then but I just cant let this incident go off my mind. [:P]
(This is just an excerpt from the incident but enough to make fun of myself [:-P])

BTW on a serious note...was I hitting on her? [:D] No way! I cannot spare(or rather waste) either of the two things a girl would demand - Time and money.
O man! that incident was so much fun.

No offensive replies plz. Offensive comments would be deleted [;)]
Name of both the girls not disclosed knowingly as they might not feel comfortable with that. People to keep that in mind before writing comments, if any.
And yeah! sorry for so many smileys but that incident was so much fun that could not resist adding smileys to it. Sometimes some situations could get so funny [:)]

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Arbit ramblings

People get frustrated irritated agitated in high pressure high workload but today I am really frustrated and irritated coz I have nothing to do at all.

So these are some ARBIT RAMBLINGS OUT OF FRUTRATION AND IRRITATION OF HAVING NO WORK AT ALL.

I was extremely busy till a day back when I was dealing with Lenovo with regards to laptop bulk deal, was highly involved in IT (something which cannot be mentioned on public forum for certain protocol issues) and had a part of my attention focussed on another thing (which again cannot be mentioned but for personal reasons) and here I am today- total Vella- nothing to do at all.
Company dealing not yet over completely but kind of over - The $1 billion deal is almost through.
IT(second point mentioned above) is over and efforts in that (third point mentioned above) seem futile.

O man! I was so addicted to high workload high pressure - something to keep me busy all the time and here I am feeling totally lost today!

So what should I do now??
Probably could have called someone but these f**king Airtel guys have barred outgoing calls on my phone.
I have been trying to watch movies to keep myself engaged but that again seems useless as none of the 5 movies I tried watching since this morning could run for more than 10 mins.
Party - Not really in a mood for that. No booze today.

I think just hanging around in the city might just be a good idea so the search for someone to go out with begins now..

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Apologies

My sincere apology to all the readers for not having updated blog for so long.
I have had enough content to write and frankly, happenings in my life have been more than interesting in past 2 months but due to insufficient connectivity, busy schedules and my laziness, I could not update you on any of those. Those staying with me all this time have seen all that and would probably agree with me.

Anyways, I would be active in a few days time now. I will try to put censored versions of all those happenings and other arbit stuff.

Thanks for your patience etc etc

Friday, May 02, 2008

Congratulations!

Hearty congratulations to all those who made it to IIMs this time.

Looking forward to meet IIM Cal Junta soon.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Jashn - e - Bahara

Beautiful Song from the movie Jodha Akbar:
Good lyrics, Good music and Well sung




Kehne ko Jashn-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai
Kehne ko Jashn-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai

Phool se khusboo khafa khafa hai gulshan mein
Chupa hai koi ranj fiza ki chilman mein
Sare sehmein nazare hain
Soye soye vaqt ke dhare hain
Aur dil mein koi khoye si baatein hain

Ooooo hooooo…

Kehne ko Jashn-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai

Phool se khusboo khafa khafa hai gulshan mein
Chupa hai koi ranj fiza ki chilman mein

Kaise kahen kya hai sitam
Sochte hai ab yeh hum
Koi kaise kahen woh hai ya nahi humare

Karte to hai saath safar
Faasle hain phir bhi magar
Jaise milte nahi kisi dariya ke do kinare

Pass hain phir bhi paas nahi
Humko yeh gum raas nahi
Seeshe ki ek diware hai jaise darmiya

Sare sehmein nazare hain
Soye soye vaqt ke dhare hain
Aur dil mein koi khoye si baatein hain

Oooo hoooo..

Kehne ko Jashn-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai

Phool se khusboo khafa khafa hai gulshan mein
Chupa hai koi ranj fiza ki chilman mein

Hum ne jo tha nagma suna
Dil ne tha usko chuna
Yeh dastaan humein vaqt ne kaise sunai

Hum jo agar hai gumgee
Woh bhi udhar khush to nahi
Mulakato mein hai jaise ghul si gai tanhai

Milke bhi hum milte nahi
Khilke bhi gul khilte nahi
Aankhon mein hai baharein dil mein khiza

Sare sehmein nazare hain
Soye soye vaqt ke dhare hain
Aur dil mein koi khoye si baatein hain

oooo hoo

Kehne ko Jashan-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai

Phool se khusboo khafa khafa hai gulshan mein
Chupa hai koi ranj fiza ki chilman mein

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Irony - YouTube incident

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

IIMC - XLRI meet

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Preparation for GD/PI - Tips (2)

This post was supposed to be out about two weeks back but the extremely hectic and busy schedule forced me to postpone it to this date.

Step 3: Content
So after you are thorough with Steps 1 and 2(as described in first post of this series), you are almost ready for the personals part of the interview and now need to focus on building content for the talks.

At this point, I would like you to think over it for a moment - What is it that you "must" know? What is it that you "should" know? and What is it that you "may/may not" know to talk sensible in a discussion or an interview?

Clearly there are no defined rules for preparing for content. Nobody knows what is it that you will be asked in an interview so the scope of topics is unbounded and limitless. If we can classify the topics in above three categories, we can save sometime by not doing things which are less important. We can prioritise must dos over should dos.

Again the classification also has no defined rules. Only a general set of guidelines. For an example, there are a few things that are more likely to be asked in an interview like your work experience, some recent happenings in the related industry, some theory related to what you have done etc. Similarly topics from your UG which may not be directly related to your field of work or topics from your desired field of specialisation may be asked and then you have topics which are remotely related to you or are highly technical to the field of your UG etc., which are not very likely to be asked. Based on my experience and observations, I can prescribe you an order of readings, which I strongly suggest you to change to adopt to your particular case. I suggest you follow 3-1-4-5-6-2 or 3-1-4-5-2-6 (where 1=Newspaper, 2=Magazine, 3= Work-ex related, 4=Academics, 5=Interview experiences, 6=PG articles)

1. Read Newspapers properly
Spend atleast 2 hours daily to those 20 odd yellow pages. I can tell you those will come really handy in GDs and PIs. You may go through Economic Times or Business Standard for this purpose. Business Line and Financial Express would be a bit too much for new readers so you may avoid those at this stage. Business page of TOI is good as well but not sufficient at all. Do not waste much time on Sports page. You may like to refer to editorials to gain new perspectives on the topics of discussion, which may be useful for Group Discussions but otherwise the knowledge gain there is very limited.
Note that this is a daily activity and above given order for this activity is just to represent its importance.

2. Magazines
Scan through a few magazines of your choice(General/Business) to get an idea of what's going around in the world. Dont spend too much time on magazines. The purpose is to be aware of national/global happenings.

3. Work Experience
Arguably one of the most important component of your Personal Interview. Since you are already doing the job, I'll assume you know how to do it but for the purpose of interview, you are expected to know the theory behind those things as well. Also, in case of large teams working on a project, you can't get away by saying that others in my team were looking up this issue and I was not involved(unless very domain specific issues are there). Now since you are aspiring to be a management student, you must have been thinking about the practical applications and new innovative uses of the project you are doing. If not then start thinking as you are expected to be knowing that if you are genuinely motivated to get into B-school.

4. Academics
If I say, preparing academics is a nightmare for people in jobs, it would not be an overstatement. It must be noted down that preparing academics well is must for a fresher(a person with no prior work experience) and the importance of knowing academics well goes down with the number of years of experience. Although it must not be taken as a sacrosanct statement for there have been instances where candidates with 6-7 years of experience had their interviews totally based on their academic courses.
While preparing for academics you may like to prepare well for 1-2 interesting(*interesting in managerial language is generally interpreted as something of practical use and yet not very popular in people) courses and the courses related to your field of experience. To take an example, a person with IT experience in 'development' should know the concepts of structured programming and object oriented programming well. You know which courses can be related to your field of work, so give high importance to those. In that sense, acads and work experience are not mutually exclusive.
Another very important point to note over here is that interviewer's perception of your field of work may not exactly match the actual work you do. To save your face in such cases, it would be good if you can get some basic understanding of fields of those possible wrong interpretations. To give an example, I worked as mobile solutions developer but during many interviews, interviewer interpreted mobile solutions as embedded programming. They are different.

Basically, in academics the target is to do certain related courses well and a basic understanding of a lot of courses.
A special tip for people with B.Tech./B.E. in communications or related field(Electronics/Electricals/ICT) - Prepare well for course on Radio Frequency and Radio waves. You will find a lot of interviewers obsessed with obsessed with RF,AM/FM etc.

5. Read previous year Interview experiences
A lot of people write their interview experience on their personal blog and PagalGuy. Go through those to discover all that I have written. [:-)]

6. Read articles on PG
In case you still have sometime left, just go through articles on PG. They generally have some articles on recent world happenings to make candidates more acquainted to the topics and intricacies involved. This might help in Group Discussions/Personal Interviews.

Step 4: Practice
The Last and very important step is to practice.
Any speech, no matter how short or long, without modulations is boring and ineffective. Relate it to listening to a song or a movie. A speech with proper modulations engages audience and force them to listen to you. It is not the decibel level that gets you a chance in Group Discussion, it is the modulation level. If you speak flat then rest assured, somebody will cut it off in between and others will support him/her. Make it interesting for others to listen to and you will emerge as a leader of the group. Similarly, in an interview, it is equally important to keep the interviewer interested in you and your talk.


I'll try to put on another post in this series, covering Do(s) and Dont(s) for GD/PI. Keep checking Abhi's space.

A happening time for sports

Cricket

They say Cricket anishchittaon ka khel hai(Cricket is a game of uncertainity). It proved itself correct when the on-field drama got dragged off-field after Sydney test. The umpires were asked to leave the series in between and different umpires were called for rest of the series. Steve Bucknor described it as an unfortunate event and was disappointed for being sent back for just making 2 errors when there were 11 appeals. (Mind you, he gave 12 wrong decisions in the Sydney test – all against Indians).

Umpires consult Ricky Ponting for giving a decision.

Third Umpire gives wrong decision(obviously in favour of Australia)- The batsman(Andrew Symonds) is clearly out of crease and the third umpire presses Green Button.

Then India surprised the Aussies on their favourite ground, Adellaide with an impressive win.

India announced its cricket team for upcoming triangular series, with Australia and Sri Lanka, with no Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in the side. BCCI said the captain was given the team he wanted. Mahendra Singh Dhoni cites fielding to be the reason for dropping out Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid! (I never knew Rahul Dravid was a poor fielder). I am not particularly a fan of Saurav Ganguly but when he plays well, you cant help but appreciate him and I can claim without a hesitancy that Saurav has performed reasonably well since he made his comeback. He has proved himself time to time and showing him the way out when he is gaining back his form doesn't make any sense to me. Similarly for Rahul Dravid. He gave up captaincy even though he was doing pretty good, then he lost his form completely. The player who is synonymous for wall was finding it difficult even to keep his wicket. You drop him at that point of time, it looks fair but just when the person gets back his form, you ask him to leave- doesn't make sense at all.

Sreesanth makes a comeback. Before leaving for the tour makes a media statement, "Aussies should be worried I am coming", I remember last time Zaheer Khan did similar thing in World Cup (before final) and had to pay a heavy price as it took him about a year to gain back his form and place in the team.

Kumble again proving his utility with bat as well by scoring 87 in the first innings of 4th test match against Australia. Sachin gets another century in the series and reaching 150+ this time.


 

Tennis

Australian Open Mens Semifinal 1: Tsongo surprised everyone by defeating World number 2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Tsongo is just 22 years old and in playing his first grand slam tournament.

But Djokovik had bigger surprises in mind.. He thrashed world number 1 "Roger Federer" in straight sets!! Something I don't recall for happening in near past.

Lets see what happens in Womens final, which is scheduled to start in a few hours, while the mens final promises some high quality Tennis and huge excitementson Sunday.


 

Add to that, IIM-C team is going to XLRI next week for sports meet.

So overall, a happening period for sports this is.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

m-Publish


published this post from mobile.


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As it always happens in exam days - the time when usually everybody is found studying - except a few (including me), who can still be found wasting time somewhere or other. So here is what I wasted my time with today - was listening to songs on mobile(I like Sony Ericsson headphones so much that I, sometimes, listen to songs on mobile despite of that dummy 14" screen being still there) - having worked with mobiles for so long(worked as developer for mobile solutions for about a year), i felt like doing something with mobile - "but what?" was the question- so just started browsing- happened to make a Google search on my name (donno why i did tht!) - found this pic of mine - so just downloaded it (wasted a few bucks(GPRS charges) for nothing, although had this image on my laptop so could have transferred it for free) - anyways now I have the pic so what do I do now - waste another buck or two by posting it on blog- and then created this blog and posted it from my mobile - actually making the 14" more dummy (except that this editing could not have been done without qwerty keys).

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Google Sucks!!



Breaking News:

Google lost yet another of its fan a few moments back.


Google Search ruled the search engines for quite sometime. MSN, Yahoo!, Altavista, Ask etc. tried giving some competition but by now Google had become synonymous to Search Engine. Then Google launched Gmail, e-mail service with 1GB - something no body had thought of at that time. Yahoo and Rediff lost their share. As a reaction to this, Yahoo raised mailbox sizes to 100 MB and Rediff made it 1GB. Note that Hotmail was still offering 2MB mailboxes at this time. Gmail added another funda of ever increasing mailbox sizes and in very short time, it reached 2GB mark(As on date Gmail provides more than 6GB space in mailboxes). Then came Google News - collection of news articles from various news portals compiled under appropriate headings. Sites like Rediff, Yahoo and Indiatimes again lost some visitors. Then they bought Blogger and Picassa, promoted Orkut - All three of which being very popular and addictive services. They launched Google reader - yet another RSS reader with the provision of sharing the links with friends. Google Docs and Spreadsheet have as well started getting accepted by people and not to forget Google Earth, which became the craze of people sometime back. Other popular services include Google Videos, YouTube, Google Labs, Google Book Search etc. So overall Google seems to have done a very impressive work.

But there is something which I observed a few moments back and disliked it from bottom of my heart. While I was just browsing through my Orkut profile, I happened to click at the Orkut interface of my blog and what I found there was surprise!! All the posts that I have and I had deleted are still there. The posts I deleted more than months back are there in completion. The videos I even removed from YouTube are still there. The images I uploaded to my Blogger account with some particular post are still there. The next thing I did was to check the Google Reader for my blog and no surprises..each of those posts were there as well!!


Would anybody tell me what the hell is going on!!!
Why is Google spying into our lives!!
Even if I were to believe Google that these things are just to direct appropriate ads to me, I do not see a reason why Google should be keeping the data that even I have deleted. And this gives me a feeling that no matter whether you enable or disable saving and archiving of data/ search queries/results clicked/ chat records/.. , they always save it. If you enable, they provide you a view of that and if you disable, things happen against your wish and you dont get to know that.

Recently I remember reading an article on some research going on in the field of bio-medical field, do I interpret it as Google making virtual models of our personality in the cyber-world, who can predict with reasonable accuracy, the next thing we are going to do.
I know this might sound overtly skeptic at the moment but Doesn't it pose a threat on our identity??

And above all, is there any reason why this should not be considered as breaching into my privacy!

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