Term 8 begins

Term 8 started today. I have to take 3 subjects this term. Have got 3 and am waitlisted in 1. So would have to choose 3 out of those 4 after sampling the classes today and tomorrow.

I had just one class to attend today – “Leadership Lessons from World Literature” by Prof. Rajeshwar Upadhyaya. As written by the professor in the introductory part of the course material, “To use some of the best-written books to cull out the meaning of leadership and our roles as professionals, is an overarching objective of this course”. I had chosen this course because I had been influenced quite a bit by Prof. Upadhyaya when he took the Leadership Development Program for us earlier in the core terms. He is a really good speaker. There were moments in today’s class when there was a pause for a few seconds between two lines that he spoke and I could actually hear the wall-clock ticking (I think it was the wall clock :-) ) as there was pin-drop silence then. People were listening intently to whatever he was saying. He is one professor to watch out for when you come to ISB. There is a very high chance that you will like him.

I have three classes to sample tomorrow which means that its going to be a really long day.

Just a little more than a month to go before my ISB stint comes to an end :-(

The Trip to Ahobilam – Part 3

Its been really long since I wrote Part 2 of this thread. One of my friends is planning to visit temples in South India and might most probably visit Ahobilam. He wanted me to complete this thread ….. so here goes …..

(Please click here to access Part 1 and here to access Part 2 of this thread)

After reaching Prahalada Padi, we visited the Yoga Narasimhar shrine.

Way from Prahalada Padi to the shrine
From top to bottom: The priest, Rajani, Murali and Ramki

The priest (archakar) performed ‘puja’ (archanai) and explained us the significance of the place. From here, we started the most difficult part of our climb – the trek to the top to reach the “Ugra Sthambam” which is believed to be the place with the iron pillar from where Lord Narasimha emerged. The trek upwards was really tough. As I was not aware of the trekking part, I was wearing slippers which made it all the more difficult for me. After climbing for a long time, we finally managed to reach the top.

This is Ramki sitting on one of the rocks at the top

To go to “Ugra Sthambam”, we had to pass through a narrow stretch of rocks which were slippery and had around 2 km drop on both sides. I decided to stay at the top and not proceed to “Ugra Sthambam”.

At the top … the ones from our group in this picture are Rajani (green shirt), Murali (blue shirt), and Karthik (white T-shirt). The one behind in the white full sleeve shirt is the driver for our trip and the one to his left (behind Karthik) is our guide for the climb. The couple behind Rajani came along with us for most part of the climb.

Karthik, Murali and Ramki (L to R) returning from “Ugra Sthambam” while a monkey keeps vigil

Thats me … the one to your right when you face the picture :-) …. at the top of the climb

The climb down was really difficult. The rocks were very slippery and it was proving really difficult to get a firm foothold with slippers on. We reached Jwala Narasimhar shrine after spending a lot of time climbing down carefully. On the way, we saw a spot called “Rakta Kundam” which is where Lord Narasimha is believed to have killed the demon. Near this spot is a huge waterfall. Here are some more snaps taken on the way down ….

Rajani & Venu (the driver) catching some fresh water from the waterfall

More monkeys … a group of monkeys actually trekked along with us for almost the whole of the trip as though guiding us on our way
A bridge on the way

We finally reached the spot where we originally started from and went inside the main temple there to have darshan. We were feeling very hungry by that time after having spent all our energies trekking up and down. Murali happened to strike a conversation with a senior priest there. Don’t know if we told the priest that we were very hungry or he figured it out himself. I think it was the former. When he heard we had trekked up till the very top he was very happy and was kind enough to arrange some “prasadam” for us.

It was almost dark by the time we reached lower ahobilam. We just killed time for 3-4 hours while our driver slept in order to get ready to drive in the night. I think we left Ahobilam at around 10:30PM and reached ISB in the morning at about 6:30 or 7AM.


Finally, I leave it to you to interpret the following two snaps and to appreciate the similarity in them (I think I am in for some real good bashing from KR tomorrow) ……

Snap 1

Snap 2, taken at the same place immediately after taking Snap 1, although from a different angle

Update on placements

More than 150 offers have been made till now in the first 3 days of the placement week. Today is the third day and some companies that are on campus today are yet to announce their offers. They will be doing so late in the night.

A very close friend of mine here got an offer yesterday and has accepted it. I feel really happy for him. Aditya got two offers today and is almost certain on which one he wants to accept. He gave us a pizza party today. AG, my friend from Delhi, has also got two offers and is almost decided on where he wants to join. Like them, many people have got two offers and are now out of the placement process. Some have decided where they want to go while many others have some time left to make their decision. S, K & A, who were a part of my focus group for interviews have also got offers.

More later …..

Its all started

Placement week has started. All the consulting biggies were here yesterday to have their initial rounds of interviews. A few more firms also had their first few rounds yesterday. All these firms will be conducting the remaining rounds of interviews today and are expected to declare the results by tonight. Wishing all ISBians the very best !!!!

Here are some snaps taken yesterday. These are the guys apart from me who are present throughout the day in my quad:

This is Alok, undoubtedly the brainiest of us all. This snap was taken just before he was leaving for his interviews yesterday. He has cleared yesterday’s rounds and will be interviewing with two firms today.

This is KP …. even these days you will find his table more cluttered than those of the placement co-ordinators. Without him, the quad wouldn’t be as lively as it is. He is our primary source of entertainment :-)

We were discussing yesterday that if the interviewer asks him whether he can handle stress or not, he will say: “Stress .. you call your job stressful …. come and live in my quad for a day and see the stress that I go through … you will just stop calling your job stressful” :-)

This is Aditya with his corporate finance course notes. He lives in the quad opposite ours (officially)

This is Vikram. After waking up at 1PM, he has started giving fundas at 1:05PM.

A typical day (these days)

This is how my typical day looks like these days:

8:00AM – Get up. Call Alok to see if he is up (he usually is) and ask him if he will come for breakfast.
8:30AM – Have finally gotten up, brushed my teeth and am off to the student dining room with Alok.
9:15AM – Decide to return back to room after a lot of gup-shup over breakfast. Decide there is a lot to be done w.r.t the placement preparation.
9:30AM – Check mails and go to take bath
10AM – Browse net for arbit stuff and chat with a few friends
11AM – Suddenly realize that there are applications to be submitted before 12 noon. Take the EOI and resume that was used for the last company, change the name of the person to whom the EOI is to be addressed, his designation and the company name and a few other things here and there. Check if all traces of the previous company that was applied to have been removed from the EOI. Resume looks fine … nothing to modify or say in addition to what has already been written for the previous company.
12 noon – Trying franctically to upload the EOI and resume on the placement website before the link gets deactivated. Finally successful. Feeling really happy about the achievement :-)
12:30PM – Everyone in the quad is up and watching TV except Vikram who slogs in the night and wakes up in the afternoon
1PM – Someone in the quad shouts “yes”. The intensity isn’t too high which means that he has not been shortlisted and is happy that one more application has been freed (we have an upper limit on the number of applications that can be in process/shortlisted at a time). He can now apply to one more company :-)
1:15PM – Everyone starts discussing as to what company might declare its shortlist next
2:30PM – We suddenly see that its 2:30PM and its high time we had lunch. Discussion starts as to whether we should go and have lunch or have Maggi instead. Maggi wins sometimes.
4:00PM – Decide that we need to study something when suddenly there is a very loud “yes” from one of the rooms which means that someone has been shortlisted. The next 1 hour is spent in congratulating that guy and unsuccessfully trying to get him to treat us all. Finally decide to ask A who lives in the quad opposite to us to make tea or coffee for all of us.
5:00PM – KP is off to play tennis. Time to check mails again.
6:30PM – In no mood to study …. we all again gather in the common room and start talking about life in general and about whatever comes to our mind.
8:30PM – Time for dinner …. we go to the dining hall expecting something good will be there but as usual get the same menu.
9:45PM – Call up Bharani and ask him if he is ready to go for the focus group meeting. Reach the venue in 15 minutes. Others start trickling in.
10PM – Discussion starts on the shortlists that have come in on that day and what might be in store tomorrow
10:30PM – Decide that its high time we did something in the focus group meeting. Start discussing some arbit topic. Go on for about an hour when we decide that we need to break for the day and apply to companies that have deadlines at noon the next day. Meeting over.
11:45PM – Back in the quad … trying to see what applications are due the next day. Chat for a while, watch TV, talk more about the shortlists that happened that day, check mails, write something on the blog, decide to postpone the application activity to next day morning and hit the bed.

zzzzzzzzzZZ …… zzzzzzzzzZZ ……

Concerts in Delhi

This one is for all carnatic music fans in Delhi or visiting Delhi towards the end of this month. Delhi’s Sree Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha is organizing its annual Thyagaraja Music & Dance Festival this year from 25 Feb to 5 March, 2006. The following is the concert schedule that I received …. not sure if there will be any changes to this:

25 Feb 2006

  • Inauguration
  • Bombay Jayashree Ramnath (Vocal)

26 Feb 2006

  • ‘Uniqueness of Tyagaraja’ by Prof. T.R.Subramaniam (Lec-dem)
  • Mambalam Sisters (Vocal)
  • T.M. Krishna (Vocal)

27 Feb 2006

  • Vidya Srinivasan (Vocal)
  • A. Kanyakumari (Solo violin)

3 March 2006

  • Meenu Thakur (Kuchipudi)
  • Roja Kannan (Bharatanatyam)

4 March 2006

  • Gayatri Venkatraghavan (Vocal)
  • S.Sowmya (Vocal)

5 March 2006

  • O.S.Arun (Vocal)
  • Sudha Raghunathan (Vocal)