Companies that make products can be imagined to lie on a continuum that has two ends – one end where all products manufactured are the same (standardized) and the other where each product manufactured is customized to the specific needs of the customer for whom it is manufactured. I think any resume made on campus can also be visualized to lie somewhere on such a continuum. There are people who have been able to make many variations of their resumes by customizing their work experience to what each company they are applying to might be looking for. There are others who have almost the same resume for almost all the companies they are applying to, may be with just a few minor changes here and there. I know a person of the former kind. It is amazing to see how he rewords what he has done in different ways to make it look completely different each time. The only problem I presume could be that he goes to an interview and it takes him some time to realize which version of what he has done has to be talked about :-)

Meanwhile, more PPTs have happened since my last post on the topic. The latest ones to be on campus for the PPTs are J.P. Morgan, HLL, Godrej, Accenture Consulting, Nokia, TVS Motors, Tata Motors, Castrol, Frigoglass, eBay, Sierra Atlantic, ITpreneur, Atos Origin, ECS Ltd & Rabo Finance. There are 7 more PPTs lined up for today.

Return of a married man

Kamalesh got married in Chennai on Saturday and returned to ISB today. KR & Co had decorated Kamalesh’s apartment here and we all planned to get inside his apartment and surprise him when he arrived with his wife. As soon as news came that Kamalesh had arrived on campus, we switched off all the lights in the apartment and the wait started. After a long wait, the couple finally showed up at the apartment and the gang managed to surprise them. Here are a few photos from Kamalesh’s marriage and the party we had today. These snaps come courtesy the other Raam at ISB.

At the wedding

Exchange students who had gone to attend the wedding

Ramki hiding behing the sofa ready to surprise the couple

A part of the gang hiding in a corner of the apartment

Kamalesh getting ready to cut the cake

Mani singing a movie song

(L to R) Chandu, Ramki, Mani, Girish, Clickie, Bharani. The one sitting in the sofa is Rajani

AT Kearney Session

Came back just now from AT Kearney’s PPT and the informal chat with ATK employees after that. On the whole, it was a very useful session. The PPT was done very professionally and we had a fruitful interaction with two of their employees, one of whom was an ISB alum and the other one, an IIMB grad. Both of them provided important pointers w.r.t case interviews and on what ATK tries to look for in a candidate through his resume and from his interviews.

News from the placement front is that bulk of the placements this year are supposed to happen in the week between the 7th term and the 8th term in Feb. A bidding system is being used to allot slots to the companies during the placement week according to the bids made by students for the companies. A lot of PPTs have happened and many more are scheduled in the next few days. Companies that have come till now for PPTs include McKinsey, BCG, AT Kearney, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, E&Y, Agilent, Motorola, Intel, Mittal Steel, Microsoft, Amazon, Diamond Cluster, British Telecom, MBT, Subex Systems, NIIT, Virtusa, Trilogy, IBM, Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Satyam, Cognizant, Inductis, Computer Associates, Patni, Fractal Analysis, ITC Infotech, Infotech Enterprises, Tavant, RPG, J&J, ITC, BP, Hero Honda, Essar Group, TCG, Gati, HT Media, Apollo Hospitals, Convergys, ExlService & Genpact.

More Thyagaraja Aradhanas

Recordings of the Thyagaraja Aradhana organized by Jaya TV recently in Chennai were broadcast today morning. Many top artistes of the carnatic world were there. Some noted young vocalists were not present though. Three top mridangists – Umayalapuram K Sivaraman, Mannargudi Easwaran and Srimushnam Raja Rao led the percussionists. The good part about the program was that the songs were not cut for showing ads. The way Jaya TV has been giving increased importance to music programs in the past few years is commendable. The music festival they conduct during the December Music Season in Chennai and broadcast later on their channel is now very famous.

Moving on to other news from the music world, Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, a prominent organizer of carnatic music concerts in Delhi will hold its annual Thyagaraja Music & Dance Festival this year from 24th Feb to 5th March. This festival is probably the only one of its kind in Delhi where many renowned carnatic artistes are invited to perform. It is sad that I will not be able to attend the concerts this year.

Read an article on which mentions about plans to demolish Saint Thyagaraja’s house and build a modern memorial there. Please click here to access the article. I somehow do not like this plan at all and agree with the author’s view on this.

A blog on learnings from ISB

Alok has started a new blog on learnings from ISB. URL is . The storehouse of knowledge that he is, I am sure this blog of his will be a good read and of help to many. Hope he keeps updating it regularly.

McKinsey shortlist arrived yesterday. 35 people have been selected for the next round of interviews.

Interviews for round 2 (R2) of admissions for the next batch have started. Wishing all the very best to R2 applicants !!!!

First few days @ ISB

I was having dinner yesterday night with my quaddie Alok when we suddenly started recounting how we met each other and what transpired on the day we entered the campus. In my case, I remember landing on campus along with some 20-25 other people in a Swaraj Mazda van that ISB had sent to pick us up. The train from Delhi had arrived late and I think it was around 10:30PM when we reached the campus. The security guys at the gate were supposed to let us know what student village we were allotted. When my turn came, I was told that I had already checked in. Don’t remember whether I was surprised or shocked to hear that then. After talking to two more colleagues of theirs, the security staff finally told me that I was supposed to go to student village 2 (SV2).

Upon reaching SV2, I found that the guy at the reception there had already put a tick mark against my name which again meant that I had already checked in. I was wondering what was wrong with these guys. However within a minute or two, the housekeeping staff gave me my room keys and helped me carry my luggage to my apartment. After dumping my stuff, I started checking if someone else had checked in to the apartment. I found one of the rooms open and a guy in pyjama sprawled upside down on the bed in deep sleep. Came to know later that it was KP. No one else had come yet.

After freshening up and changing clothes, Bhatia (my friend from Delhi) and I went on a hunt for food. I was awestruck with the beauty of this place when I came out of the student village. We had food at the cafe (yes, it was open past midnight then), checked our registration schedules, roamed around the campus for sometime, got lost, managed to find our way back (since almost everything is located in around a circle here) and finally hit the bed.

After getting up in the morning, I again went to KP’s room and saw KP still in the same condition, sleeping as though someone had told him that he will never get to sleep once the classes start. I was wondering what to do next when suddenly the apartment door opened and a guy walked in followed by a housekeeping guy who was carrying most of his luggage. He went straight into his room and after sometime came into the living room, searched for the TV remote, settled down on the sofa and switched on the TV. All the guys I had met or seen till now (except of course KP) looked so serious with a determined look on their faces and there was this funny looking chap who comes in and of all the things starts watching TV? He introduced himself as Alok and we started talking about how we managed to land up here.

The last guy to join the quad was Vikram. Only Alok was present in the quad when he came in and he distinctly remembers Vikram coming and knocking like a mad man on each of the doors to find out if anyone was already there.

When I went for registration, the first person behind the counter had the same puzzled look on his face which the security and the housekeeping guys had when I entered the campus. When I asked him what happened, he told me that there was another guy with the same name who had registered a few minutes back. To make matters worse for me, my namesake was placed in the same section as I was when Term 1 started. Since then there has been a battle raging between us as to which one of us is going to change his name. Hope we both don’t get placed in the same company as well ;-)

The latest addiction

Foosball is the latest addiction for many here on campus. Ever since the foosball table was set up in our student village (courtesy Condi, our sports club president), people of all ages have been flocking this place. I have even seen people playing at 3AM early morning (or late night for them??). For my quaddie Alok who is obsessed with video games of all kinds, this has been a new stuff to try his hands at. Please click here to check out some foosball snaps at Clickie’s blog .

PPTs are taking place as usual. We even have 3-4 PPTs a day sometimes. A company that came for PPT on Saturday offered what might probably turn out to be the highest salary of the campus this year if some student manages to convert it. They require very specific profiles with a considerable pre-ISB work experience.