Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Its all about time ..

At times, ISB schedule freaks me out .. that's what happenned last saturday(27th may) when i came to know about LDP(Leadership Development Programme) session scheduled on the next day.
A programme of 8 hours !!!... just when things were going fine and i was anticipating a managable schedule, i came to know about this programme and the thought of losing 8 hrs was nerve-racking..........given no other option, i had to attend the session.. it was a good session but it should have been scheduled some time in term break. Nyways, the positive side was that those 8 hours were like oasis in the desert.
... now that i am short on time, I plan to take out time from Accounting assignment, Accounting Quiz, Eco group assignment (all due by weekend) to do well in the end term scheduled next monday :)

Friday, May 26, 2006

Elections at ISB

Last few days have been full of activities - mid term exams, elections and of course, the regular assignments. I plan to drop assignments from the list of activities as they are already a part of daily life .. :)

Mid term Exams are history now .. in ISB world, a week is a pretty long time! Another reason for not writing about mid term is that i truly don't wanna remember it ..

Saturday, May 20, 2006

My GMAT Experience

People have been asking me about GMAT in general and my experience in particular. This link has it all :)



The famous ice breaker

One of the famous icebreakers used in B schools .. . i have heard different versions of this one atleast 3 times in the last one month :)

A CEO was interviewing candidates for his firm and decided to ask the same question "What is 2+2" to all of them
The engineer pulled out his slide rule and shuffled it back and forth, and finally announced, "It lies between 3.98 and 4.02".
The physicist declared, "It's in the magnitude of 1x10 power 1."
The social worker said, "I don't know the answer, but I am glad that we discussed this important question.
The accountant looked at the business owner, then got out of his chair, went to see if anyone was listening at the door and pulled the drapes. Then he returned to the business owner, leaned across the desk and said in a low voice, "What would you like it to be?" :D

A day for relaxation

After 5 weeks of hectic life, i got some time to loosen up. Got up at 10:30 in the morning and decided not to indulge in acads related stuff. I already have 3 assignments lined up for the next week, yet i am in no mood to start working today.
I am loving each moment of this day .....watched a movie, indulged in several discussions with peers... made coffee for myself and am listening to songs of fanaa now... what a pleasure this all is... specially when it comes in phases.
You already know i have 3 assignments for next week, then final exam are just a fortnight away .. in between there are few more quizzes and assignments... not to forget the pre read for lectures :) Its time for some co-curricular activities as well .. I have to start working on ELP ...
.. i will think and plan about these tomorrow .. till then agenda is to laze around :)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

No more GRE scores at ISB

News for ISB aspirants - GRE scores are being taken out the application process and hence, 2008 applicants cannot apply to ISB with GRE scores. The provisional admissions on CAT score will continue.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Yeah, yeah .. its the simplest course we read in Xth standard. Only formulaes and calculations and it is the most scoring part of the maths question paper.
Now consider this ... have you ever been attacked by your favourite pet? or have you ever been bitten by that cute little pomeranian, which hanged around you all the time ?
Though i haven't experienced the above, yet i can sense the feeling when one is being attacked by his fav. The sharp teeth hungry to bite you and growls adding to the terror... and all of this coming from something so dear to you ....
Why i am able to sense it because that's the feeling i have about the statistics course in this term. Without boasting about myself, i would like to claim that i have been very good in maths et al and in general have always managed to be amongst the toppers . Yet this course in stats(one of my favs in undergrad) is terrifying me this time. The mid term is scheduled this weekend and i am just keeping my fingers crossed. :)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Perceptions do matter

Do you know what others think of you ???? Is there some gap between what you are and what people perceive of you???
I know its difficult to answer such questions and we might be able to give a few details of trivial incidents where we sensed such feelings. Another radical belief says "It does not matter what others think of me, i know who i am and i am not going to change for anyone, so why should we bother about other's opinion".
Well.. not as long as you want to live in isolation and work without teams. The moment you have to work in team, you will have to understand people, build the rapport and generate the feeling of trust. In this process, you might have to change certain characterstics of your behaviour. If there is a mismatch between what you are and what people perceive of you, many of your actions would be interpreted with a different perspective.
So, its good to know how others perceive you. Also important is to take the feedback from right guys.("Everyone gives advice, it matters whom you take it from"). Genuine friends sometimes give open feedback and hence lay out the path for our continuous improvement but there are a lot of untold observations which keep lurking in the minds of people close to us and we better know what those observations are.
Bottomline - Feedback is an important part of self-improvement process and can surely help us improve on our weaknesses.
You might wonder, why all this gyan ? .. well , keep wondering ..
For ISBians - i just finished my LDP form. :)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Kinds of Men

Remember Shakespeare's quote "Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon themselves"
I guess i have met all three kinds at ISB (provided i understood Shakespeare right :D)

After 3 assignments, 2 quizzes and 2 class quizzes

Believe it or not, the title of the post says the number of exams(just to make it a bit more serious) I have gone through in the last 10 days. According to Alums, "The story has just begun and this is the trailer" .. lots n lots more is yet to come. First assignment was the most time consuming one .. by the time we came to second one, our group had almost mastered this process. Though anxiety isn't my middle name, yet the first assignment brought it for me... yet as the time passed, it has all mellowed down.. the word assignment/quiz/test doesn't fright now .. i believe by the end of this curriculum .. it won't even make any difference. (for better or worse???)
BITS, Pilani(my undergrad school) didn't have the attendance compulsion in our times(not sure if the rules have changed by now) and hence, as any so called "carefree" undergrad would do, i never attended classes. ISB is completely opposite , each and every class is considered important and initially it was a big pain for me, but now like the rest of my class, i have got used to it.
I think it is rightly said "When you perceive a strong need, you take control".. and i also have taken control of things now.. managing classes, courses without missing sports and friends!
Hope i keep this discipline in future as well... :)