Sanjay’s concert @ Hyderabad

Went to attend Sanjay Subrahmanyam’s carnatic vocal concert at Keyes High School, Secunderabad. The concert was organized by Kalasagaram as a part of its 38th Annual Cultural Festival of Music, Dance and Drama. Details of the concert are as follows:

Violin: M.R. Gopinath
Mridangam: Neyveli B. Venkatesh
Ghatam: Trichy K. Murali

List of songs:
1) varnam (vanajAkshA) – rItigowla – kanda ata – veena kuppaiyer
2) nenaruncharA – simhavAhini – Adi – thyAgarAja
3) siva siva – pantuvarAli – Adi – thyAgarAja
4) mallAri – gambhiranAttai – kanda triputa
5) mAmavasadA – kAnadA – rUpakam – swAti tirunAl
6) shankarAchAryam – shankarAbharanam – Adi – subbarAma dIkshitar

Had to leave at this point of time to get back to ISB. Sanjay was singing rAga varAli when I was coming out. I think he was planning to sing a “rAgam tAnam pallavi” in that rAga.

Sanjay, as usual, sang well though I felt he had a real sore throat today and looked struggling with his voice at times. The concert was organized in a “pandal” (big tent) in the school grounds. I was sitting in one of the last few rows and the audio system used was so bad that whenever Sanjay tried to do voice modulation and lowered the volume of his voice, people lost him completely. The worst part was when the mridangist tried to just play the left side of his instrument for some time and the mic was not picking up anything at all. Only the people in the first few rows could hear what was being played. For about 30-40 seconds, all we could see (and hear) was just the mridangist shaking his head as though he was playing something really good without the audio part coming through. It was like watching a bollywood song on TV with mute on. Suddenly the people in few of the front rows started clapping and all the people at the back also chipped in without the slightest idea as to what was going on. It would have been really helpful had the organizers kept at least one speaker near one of the rows at the back.

The festival continues till 4th Dec 2005. Apart from schedule for music concerts that I mentioned in my last post, there are two dramas scheduled on the 3rd and 4th of Dec.


Concerts @ Hyderabad

FYI …. Kalasagaram, Hyderabad is organizing a music festival this week at the Keyes High School for Girls, Secunderabad. The following are the concerts scheduled for the rest of this week:

29/11/2005 – Vocal Concert By Sanjay Subrahmanyam
30/11/2005 – Flute Concert By Jayaprada Rama Murthy
01/12/2005 – Vocal Concert By Priya Sisters – Shanmukha Priya And Hari Priya
02/12/2005 – Vocal Concert By T V Sankaranarayanan

I think all concerts start at 6:30PM.

Haven’t been able to go to the concerts that happened till now due to classes. Will try my best to attend Sanjay’s concert today as I am a big fan of his. Will also try to attend the TVS one, if all goes as planned.

Day 1 of Term 6

One of the disadvantages of not getting sufficient number of elective courses in the initial round of bidding is that you have to sample many courses to decide upon what you will bid for in the next and final round. Thats precisely what I was doing today resulting in the whole day being spent in the classroom right from morning till 9PM in the night. Will sample one or two more courses tomorrow to finalize what I am going to bid for in the next round.

Find of the day was Prof George Geis who will be teaching us “Outsourcing and IT Based Businesses”. Looks like we have one real good IT prof in him. I had thought it was really impossible to get a good IT prof after attending two IT courses here and after hearing the opinions of a few alums and some of my friends in US B-schools.

A seamless transition

Term 6 begins tomorrow. Term 5 was probably the longest term till now. There were no days off even after the exams with many assignments to be submitted. Finished all of my term 5 assignments today. Some people have an assignment to be submitted even tomorrow i.e., even after the next term has begun !!

Have got only 2 courses after the initial round of bidding. Need to get at least one more so as to satisfy the minimum requirement of 3 courses. Plan to take 2 more somehow to take the tally up to 4. All this essentially means that since I do not know what courses I will eventually end up getting, I will have to sit through many lectures tomorrow.

Based on my experience, the courses available this year and the professors who taught them, the courses in marketing for Term 5 I would recommend people take if they come here are:
1) Marketing Implementation – a must take
2) Consumer Behavior – a good course with some good learnings especially through the assignments/project done.
3) Marketing Research

Who decides what you specialize in?

You land up in a B-school. Do hi cheezen ho sakti hain (One of two things can happen) … You either decide what to specialize in before coming or keep your options open. If you have already come with a motive, then do hi cheezen ho sakti hain …. you either work hard, specialize and get a job in the area of your choice or you end up deciding that it is not your cup of tea and decide to specialize in something else. You keep your options open … then do hi cheezen ho sakti hain …. you decide what to specialize in by the time you start taking your electives or you choose subjects that interest you and decide to see which concentration area’s “minimum subjects to be taken criterion” you are able to meet.

Now if you thought that deciding everything was in your hands, wait ….. the system has a very important role to play too. The bidding system, if in place, finally decides what courses you get, so much so that in some cases, you may end up getting subjects that result in a change in your area of specialization itself !! So people who are not decided on what to do their MBA in need not worry. There are many options open.

Whatever I am trying to write isn’t kind of making sense to me at this time of the night .. or is it day… I think its better I go off to sleep … good nite …..


They say that managing time in CAT (IIM entrance test) is very difficult. Today’s marketing implementation paper went many steps ahead. Time management was taken for a toss. Every exam here is a revelation (of many things) !!

One more to go …. and then what …. exams in the next term in a couple of weeks time??


2 down, 3 to go

First two exams of Term 5 over. I really liked the marketing research paper a lot (irrespective of how I performed in the exam). It was so much application oriented and involved more of interpreting results of marketing research, making conclusions etc – things that a MBA in marketing is more likely to do in the real world.

The consumer behavior paper in the afternoon was more of a pain in the anatomy that got translated into a pain in the head after the exam … and I mean that literally. Almost everyone in my exam hall was sitting in his place for the entire three hours searching for some theory or the other in the textbook or in the notes. I am having a real headache now after surviving through the mental torture searching for theories related to memory and what not. But then exams in some subjects are like that. Though I enjoyed the consumer behavior course a lot – the surveys, the project, the findings, the night-outs etc , there was just too much to remember, which along with the exam being an open book one added to the pain. In my opinion, we had already done a lot of work through the other assignments/project etc and there was no need for this exam. But then opinions are opinions and may be I am wrong.

Marketing implementation exam is scheduled for tomorrow. This will probably be one subject that will stay in my memory for a long time …. of course I will never be able to forget Prof. Nirmal Gupta and the way he taught this course. Whatever be my performance tomorrow, I am surely going to enjoy reading through the notes taken in his class and the slides he sent out on the topics he taught us.