ISB students shine !!!

Mails have been pouring in for about 2-3 weeks now, of ISB students having secured first position in one B-School competition or the other. The latest news is that two ISB teams have been shortlisted for the final of the Innovation Challenge being organized by Thunderbird (The Garvin School of International Management). Of the 10 teams that made it to the final from a host of B-Schools worldwide, ISB is the only Indian B-School. Click here to see the results.

This was sent by a batchmate of mine:
” Quote from the audioblog:
While announcing the final 10 teams, this is what they said:
Anil: And here is something unique. For the first time in innovation challenge, there are 2 teams from a single school in the final round, and they are from the Indian School of Business. What do you have to say about that Bob?

Bob(one of the judges) : I think it’s a sign of times !”

Proud to be a part of the ISB community !!!

Profs this term

I had listed the subjects I have taken this term and the profs teaching them in an earlier post of mine. (Click here to access the same).

Prof. Vikas Mittal is “the coolest one“. He is very accomodative, easily approachable (not that the other ones aren’t) and probably the most friendly one. He brings back memories of Prof. Anjani Jain who took the Decision Models & Optimization course for us in the core terms. But usually the profs who have seemed to be really friendly and cool have been the ones who have tormented us the most in the exams. Hope Prof. Mittal breaks the tradition.

Prof. Seshan Ramaswami is “the fastest one“. He would easily beat anyone if there was a competition of speaking the maximum number of words in a given time. In his first lecture, he would have finished saying 5-6 sentences by the time we were able to comprehend the first sentence he spoke. We have somehow got adjusted to his speed now. The most interesting part of his class is where he shows us a series of ads and asks us some simple survey like questions based on those to illustrate some of the concepts. Some of the ads are really good ones.

Prof. Nirmal Gupta is “the best one“. Kya funde hain unke baap. Ekdam solid. I would rate him as the best professor we have had till now at ISB (the only prof who would match him or come a close second in my ratings is Prof. Krishna Kumar who took our Global Economics course in the core terms). My interest in marketing has reached new heights after I started attending his classes. Almost every marketing prof we have had here has been good in his own right. But in my humble opinion, no one can beat this guy. I sometimes just feel like falling at his feet and imploring him to take me as his student for life. It would be really great if the acad office people here can somehow convince him to take all the marketing courses we had in the core terms. This would build a very strong foundation for people who want to take up marketing as a career post-ISB. Another interesting part of his classes is that he takes up a lot of cases related to Indian companies and marketing in India which is a welcome change from the international ones we usually have.

Latest news is that I am trying to shatter my reputation of being the silent guy of the class by starting to do some CP (class participation). I have spoken twice in the consumer behavior class and once in the marketing implementation class this term. I think I had spoken in class only twice in all the four core terms put together earning me names like”the silent one” and “silent Ram”. The justification from my side is that I don’t feel like speaking unless I have something really useful & interesting or some really novel idea/thought to contribute and nothing like that usually comes to my mind these days. I especially hate to speak in classes that have marks for class participation. There was a mini “satta bazaar” here on the last day of the core terms with some people in my section placing bets on whether I would open my mouth in class or not. Needless to say, I kept my silence that day too. RC, who undoubtedly would be among the toppers of the batch, had changed my name to PDS (pin drop silence). Interestingly I am just the opposite of this outside the class …. keep talking, taking, talking for most of the time I am awake. AN, a batchmate, had the following in the note he gave me in the last LDP class we had a couple of terms back: “amazing duality – silent in class, brat outside”.

Life in Term 5

“Kya se kya .. ho gaya ….”

It suddenly seems like Term 1 days are back. New study groups have formed with the added complexity that the constituents differ for different subjects as different people have chosen different electives. Between the 5 subjects and the project that I am doing, I have some 26 different people apart from me constituting the study groups I am a part of. Its becoming tough to remember who all are in which of my study groups for which subject.

The number of assignments have also increased. I am cursing the day I decided to bid for 5 subjects. Two finance courses and a logistics & supply chain course have eaten away whatever was left of people’s sleeping hours.

In the core terms, each section had a classroom allocated to it. So we had fixed seating layouts and our name cards used to be placed in the classrooms at our respective seats. With different subjects to be attended in different classrooms this term onwards, people have to carry their name cards along with them. Since we are not used to doing this, we invariably forget to take our name cards along from one class to the other. The other day, I went to the logistics class and there was a name card staring at me from my seat with “DON’T FORGET TO TAKE” written in bold letters at the back of it. Apparently, the person in question had forgotten to see what he had written at the back of the card and left it where it was in the class before ours.

Deutche Bank is coming in Nov for placements. Fin enthusiasts are all busy preparing and can no longer be seen hanging out.

News from the world of music (this one is slightly old): The Music Academy, Chennai will apparently host this year’s season concerts from December 17, 2005. The prestigious ‘Sangitha Kalandhi’ title will be awarded to senior violinist M. Chandrasekharan. This person lost his eye sight even before he was two, following an attack of jaundice. Despite this severe handicap, he learnt to sing and play the violin. One of the senior most violinists alive today, he has given many solo concerts and accompanied almost all the top-notch artistes of the carnatic world. Its really inspiring to hear him play. May god give him a long life ahead and may he and his violin continue to enthrall his fans forever.

Business & Arts programme

Sanjay Bhattacharya, successful painter and Shekhar Kapur, famous director (of Elizabeth fame) were here on campus as a part of the Business & Arts programme.

Sanjay Bhattacharya was the “Artist in Residence” this year and stayed at ISB for 3-4 days and made some lovely paintings. Heard he was very approachable and a very down-to-earth person. Shekhar Kapur came this Sunday and gave a talk to the ISB community. I couldn’t attend the talk but heard that most parts of what he spoke were total bouncers to the audience. Heard he talked about quantum physics, vedanta etc and drifted from topic to topic. We had heard earlier that he is a very good speaker and that had set very high expectations in many people’s minds about his talk. What he chose to speak might not have been appropriate for this forum, resulting in very low levels of satisfaction among many who attended his talk.

More details on the Business & Art programme in ISB website’s News & Events section. Click here to access it.

Dandiya Nite

Dandiya nite today @ ISB was just awesome. All credit goes to the Spouses & Family Association (SFA) for organizing it and to students, their spouses & their kids, faculty and staff for such an enthusiastic participation. Sarovar people prepared a special Gujarati dinner …. certainly one of the best dinners I have had in the past few weeks …. wish there was a festival every night to keep them motivated :-)

For more information on dandiya in general, please click here.

Here are some snaps from the event (click on the snaps to enlarge) …….

….. and finally … this is Bharani – the grandpa of all ISB bloggers of this batch (including cute boy)

The Music Season

The Music Season” refers to the festival of music and dance held annually by many sabhas (organizations that arrange concerts) in the city of Chennai (Madras) in the months of December & January every year. Very popular among fans of Indian Classical Music, especially among fans of Carnatic Music, the season involves performances by almost all top-class artistes of the country (and from abroad). Fans from all over the world flock to Chennai during this time. The good part about the season is that there are so many concerts happening everyday at so many places that you have a wide variety of artistes to choose from and hear. Sometimes it gets really confusing as to which concert to go to when you have all your favorites performing on the same day. Was fortunate enough to be there in Chennai for 2-3 days during the last 2 seasons. Sanjay Subrahmanyam and T.M.Krishna are my favorite singers and I attended as many concerts of theirs as I could. Don’t think I will get a chance to go there this year, courtesy acads @ ISB.

To get more details on this year’s season, please click here. The concert schedules have not been posted yet; must be coming soon.