Archive for October, 2005

ISB == Aishwarya?

October 14, 05 by Bharani

My parents enjoyed their 4 days stay here in ISB. According to them the striking features of ISB are peaceful atmosphere, away from the outer world (separate world), courtesy of SAROVAR personnel and the facilities of course. I explored bit of hyderabad along with them. Took them to Birla Mandir, Ramoji Film city, NTR Park, Golconda Fort. Had to miss out Salar jung museum and Zoo as my mom was finding it difficult to walk. Also took them to Hyderabad central and chutneys. I had good time with their company…

Different topic. I read an interesting comparison between ISB and IIM in one of the website. It goes like this…

“…But comparing ISB and IIM-A is comparing Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen. Each has its own charm…”!

Now, the comparison leaves the judgement to the readers. I wonder who Aishwarya Rai and who Sushmita Sen is!! I am a fan of Aishwarya Rai (so are millions)…So, I will assume ISB as being referred to as Aishwarya Rai here :)

Diary 10th October 2005.

October 10, 05 by Bharani

Reading the book “The monk who sold his Ferrari” and watching films like “million dollar baby” and “The motorcycle diaries” is nurturing and strengthening my philosophical side.

The focus that I exhibited before ISB is no-where now. I see hundreds of paths and thousands of options before me. I am not sure if being lost in direction like this is good…But many men have found their perfect purpose in life amidst such chaos…So looking at everything with my eyes wide open and ears wide spread…Sooner or later the purpose will find me and I will be more purposeful. Just a matter of time…

Realized that human beings can think about only one topic/thought at a time. No multi-tasking possible..Whatever multi-processing happens is in the form of time-slicing! This small, obvious yet powerful truth has cleared many confusions.

My parents will be here tomorrow morning and will stay with me for 4 days. I am planning to take them around hyderabad and fulfill my unfulfilled wish of exploring hyderabad. Sometimes things are held up for a purpose!

Contacted renowned Tamil actress Revathy to invite her for a Media-Panel discussion in ISB. Talking to her was surreal. I thought her PA will pick up the phone. Pleasantly surprised to find her on the line. Unfortunately, she will be out of the country during our proposed dates. In the end I said to her that I am a big fan of her. Brought laughter to her voice…

Evaluated another application form today and collected my only coursepack on “Managing IT”.

Quad Party…

October 07, 05 by Bharani

G suggested to have the ‘quad party’ today evening. It’s been 6 months since we landed at ISB and this quad party idea was being constantly postponed.

We ordered Pizza, some Punjabi food and Coke. We decided to make use of our otherwise rusty and unused Balcony for having dinner. But just having dinner would be dull, so Power extension chord, Tables, sofas was escorted to the balcony. A’s speakers (100 RMS, excellent sound) and V’s speakers also found it’s way to the balcony. The result…an amazing ambience with available resources! We also switched of the lights to pep up the environment…V sang couple of classical songs and mesmerized us. He really has good voice…Even though I mock him all the time, I need to give credit to him in some things. Then we took turns and played songs that we liked. Then the topic turned towards career aspirations and placements. Finally the food arrived and we filled our stomach blissfully with loads of high-calory stuff…

Then G, A and myself started the topic of the gossip that seem to have captured the attention of entire ISB campus. V has a major hand to play in that…I wouldn’t dwelve more on this topic…!!

Great evening…Now every term each one of us will take turns and host this ‘quad party’ thing.


October 07, 05 by Bharani

The morning session was one of the most intriguing sessions I have ever experienced! What an examination paper…It was double-sided blow. Firstly, many problems demanded lengthy calculations like manipulation of 5*5 matrices! Secondly, Problems themselves were problems! Couldn’t decipher what was asked…The person sitting next to me, who is a stud, left the examination hall when 15 minutes still remained. Even his IIT colleagues were amazed that he managed to complete the paper well within the allotted time…effort deserves some applause!!!! But such heroic efforts were very few today, so I can take heart from that fact…

In the GSB examination, many people left the examination hall in just 20-30 minutes. For a change, I thought I will sit till the end of the exam…My dream was almost fulfilled until 2 of my colleagues decided to compete with me and sit till the end! It was like musical chair :) Finally, I left the examination hall when 10 minutes still remained..

Funny experiences…We have a lengthy break this time..9 days! My parents might visit me during this break..

I am half-baked MBA now. Exactly 182 days remaining for the graduation. The more interesting part of the roller coaster ride is ahead of us! For now, it is silence before the storm…


October 06, 05 by Bharani

“My mind tells me to give up, but my heart won’t let me.”

The greatest pain in life is to wish for something and not to achieve or attain it. Even worse, you will have to live with it for the rest of your life. But there is certain warm feeling associated with ‘wishes’ in life. It can’t be expressed by words. But they certainly do motivate us, bring some purpose to our life and some entertainment to our otherwise tired souls and mind…The wishes, dreams bring in ‘life’ to our lives..I am trying to keep my dreams alive…Many of them are are still in incubation…One day or other they will be realized.

BTW, I have started enjoying the ‘exams’ setting. I am not sure if I will be ever taking examinations in my life again. So, I have decided to enjoy the experience of preparing for exams, slogging, taking exams as much as possible. With this mindset, studying for exams becomes a bliss…isn’t it…Whoever said “Change your mind you will change your life”…

Are you kidding?

October 06, 05 by Bharani

Which year was Human Development Index conceptualized? What is the rank of Srilanka in Well-Being Index? How can Indian IT companies appropriate value? What did XXX said when he visited the campus during the panel at the nth minute and nth second?

These are not the kind of questions and examinations I like. But some well-known professors are reverting to test our memory skills…What to do? Only option is to get on with the flow…

Only exam which makes sense is Investment Analysis and I heard rumours that the paper is royally tough!!! Let me see what happens…

Actually finished the exam(2.5 hours) in 40 minutes, just checked back my answers and decided to leave..Atleast I can make use of the the remaining 1.5 hours by sleeping so that I can slog in the night!!!

Mr. Timothy Draper on campus…

October 04, 05 by Bharani

Efficiency is high when your input is minimum and output is maximum. That’s exactly what I am trying to do for the past 12 hours. There should be a ’special’ grading factor to benefit the students who prepare at the last minute and still manage to get ‘B’. They should be awarded “Efficient B’s”?

Mr. Timothy C. Draper, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson will be on campus today evening. He is considered to be on of the best VC’s around. I will try hard to make it to his speech in spite of exams tomorrow.

His profile:

Draper Fisher Jurvetson is the premier early stage venture capital firm. Founded in 1985, Draper Fisher Jurvetson has created a global network of affiliated venture funds with over $3 billion in capital commitments and offices in the major technology centers around the world. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the firm has proven expertise in identifying and helping extraordinary entrepreneurs who want to change the world.

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mr. Draper serves on the boards of Skype, SocialText, Project Y, MailFrontier and Chroma Graphics. His original suggestion to use “viral marketing” in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique to hundreds of businesses.

He was an original venture capital investor in Parametric Technology (PMTC), Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD), (OVER), Digidesign (AVID), Preview Travel (TVLY), Four11 (YHOO), Combinet (CISCO), and Redgate (AOL). r. Draper launched the Draper Affiliate Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in 26 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded Wasatch Ventures (Salt Lake City), Zone Ventures (LA), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC) and DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara).

As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Mr. Draper is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV radio, and headline appearances. Mr. Draper is also the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He served on the California State Board of Education. In November of 2000, Mr. Draper launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Last day in Section-B

October 03, 05 by Bharani

Today was the last class for Section-B. From this point of time, all the concept of ’sections’ will be meaningless, as everyone will be choosing different paths and different interests (electives…what else?)..

The camarderie in the class today was very good. Yesterday night, I prepared a slideshow featuring each and every person in my section. It came out very well…and it was well received when we showed it on the screen. When I see each person in the video, it’s evident that everyone has something special about them…to be admired about them…

It’s a kind of sad that 4 terms (50%) has finished so fast ! If given a choice, I will redo it all over again :) Ofcourse, that’s not how real world works, so time to move on…

The enthusiasm, energy, spirit, bonding that is prevalent in section-B is simply of the best. Many kudos to our beloved CR (Class Representative) Dipanjan. He is one hell of enthusiastic guy…Wonder where he gets his energy from…

Looking forward for the remaining terms…But before that I have one major frontier to cross…Examinations…My preparations towards this term has been below my expectations…So time for a marathon for next 96 hours..I have 9 days break after examinations…so can afford to slog now…Here I come Investment Analysis, Managing Organisations, Government-Society-Business and Strategic analysis of Information Technology…..

Collage prepared by Ramki