Kaun hai woh karorpati?

I had ordered an external hard disk from a Hyderabad dealer just a few days before the orientation week for the new batch came to an end. This is how the initial part of the conversation with the guy (HDDwala) who came to deliver the hard disk went (just imagine that guy speak Hindi Hyderabadi style):

HDDwala: Aap foreign jaa rahe ho naa?
Ram: Mein samjha nahi?
HDDwala: Naukri ke liye foreign jaa rahe ho naa? Yahaan toh sabki naukri baahar hi lagti hai?
Ram: Nahi …. meri naukri abhi toh India mein hi hai.
HDDwala: Kyun? Aapke number ache nahi aaye kya?
Ram: What? @#$%^$#
HDDwala: Maine suna hai jinke number ache aate hain unka naukri baahar lag jata hai
Ram: (Thinking …. poor McKinsey guys …. got such good grades but will be based out of India)
HDDwala: Matlab aap kabhi baahar jaa hi nahi paaoge kya?
Ram: (Thinking – abe bas kar yaar) Nahi maine aisa nahi kaha … naukri mein ho sakta hai baahar jaana pad jaaye
HDDwala: Acha … aapko ek crore ka tankha (salary) mila kya?
Ram: (Thinking .. when will this guy stop) Nahi
HDDwala: Kisko mila
Ram: Woh mein nahi bata sakta
HDDwala: Aapko kitna mila?
Ram: Woh bhi nahi bata sakta …. aap hard disk ki baat karenge please?
HDDwala: Haan ji … waise naye class ke log aa gaye hain kya?
Ram: Haan … hard disk laayen hain aap?

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Snaps from outbound activity

A group of students from our batch (including me) went for an outbound activity at the beginning of last week to Greenfields, located at the outskirts of Hyderabad, near the Usman Sagar lake. We had two full days of fun, fun and just fun. We played a lot of games, learnt and/or reinforced our learnings on a lot of stuff and also decided what all games to include for the new batch of students, to be conducted as a part of the “Bind Unwind” activity during their orientation. Here are some snaps from the same …….

Girish a.k.a Giks getting his harness strapped from Piru (one of our hosts at Greenfields)Thats me on the Burma Bridge

Thats a sample of the greenery @ greenfields for you

Ashok, who was one of the guys in my group, doing the group’s dance

A group of students has their hands knotted while playing the “Knotty Game”

Thats probably how worse the knots can get

Zenobia, our sweet instructor, doing CP … i.e., explaining some fundae

My group having some real fun moving around playing “Tied in a rope”

Zenobia in action … fundae again

Our tents getting drenched in the rain

The landing terminals prepared by the three groups in the egg-drop game

Thats the entire group of students

Sample gyaan

Here is a sample gyaan given by one of my batchmates during orientation:

“Your mobile phones should be switched off when you come to class. Else you can use your vibrators” :-) :-)

Most activities planned for the orientation week have been completed. Some of us left yesterday to go back to our homes. Many are leaving today, including me. The rest few will move by this Saturday after the “Talent Nite” happens. I think my next visit to ISB will be during “Solstice”, our annual alumni reunion …… don’t know if I will get a chance to visit this place before that.

I will soon post snaps from the outbound activity camp that we went to recently, to play and select games to be played by the new batch during the “Bind Unwind” activity. We had lots of fun there.

Thats it then for now from ISB …… goodbye.

Alum life during orientation week

This is how a typical alumnus, if you could think of one, would spend his day at ISB during the orientation week:

9:30AM – Get up wondering if it is already past 10AM and if breakfast would have already been over (Sarovar closes breakfast session at 10AM). Happy that it is not 10AM yet. Make up mind to get up, do morning ablutions and rush for breakfast

10AM – “Chodo yaar … kaun jaayega itni door breakfast karne … lunch kar lenge”. Go outside the room, do a lot of timepass, talk to others who have just gotten up.

11AM – Go to the atrium or to the auditorium to either give gyaan (read “talk to a fresh ISBian”) or listen to what gyan others from his/her batch are giving

1:30PM – Time for lunch. Bitch about Sarovar food still being all the same but eat it to heart’s content

2:30PM – Time to go back to the atrium and again start talking to batchmates or to the new Class of 2007 guys/gals

5PM – Time to go back to Executive Housing, the place where we are put up

5:30PM – Come back to our rooms, check mails and talk to people around

8:00PM – Time for dinner. Move slowly to the dinner hall

9:00PM – Time to go to the auditorium for gyaan sessions during the night

11:30PM – All gyaan sessions over. Time to move to the party that is happening in one of the student villages

4AM – The number of people who are still left dancing is very less. It is time to move back to room to catch some sleep

5AM – Come back to room and start sleeping

….. and the cycle continues

Orientation Time

Its orientation time for the new batch here at ISB. Till now they have been tortured with all the official presentations and they are spending most of their day in the auditorium here. We had the treasure hunt and some of the student club presentations today. The presentation of the day was by ‘Bhakti Club’ and ATA, its president was awesome, as he always is. The kind of questions that were asked by the new batch during most of the presentations have made us stay rest assured that they will be able to do CP relentlessly and keep the flag flying high.

I went to my quad today to check out who were its new occupants and to my surprise found it empty. Only a few housekeeping guys were there doing some work. Looks like the quad has not yet been allotted to anyone yet.

Tomorrow we have an event planned for almost the entire day called “Bind Unwind” which will keep the new batch occupied outdoors for most of the time. We have really enjoyed putting this event together for them and we hope they enjoy it too.

Back at ISB

Yaahoooooooooooooooo ….. I am back at ISB. Had a wonderful view of the campus at night from the sky just before landing at Hyderabad ….. could clearly see the main building, the SVs, the road to the main gate, the campuses adjacent to ISB etc. The ISB swimming pool was shining. In case you are landing at Hyderabad from any place to the north of it, you should mostly be able to see ISB from the air if you are sitting towards the right side of the plane (works for flights from Delhi and Mumbai at least). You will be able to identify it clearly if you already have some rough idea about how the campus looks on the ground and what is where.

It feels great to be awake in campus at this hour without any assignments to be submitted. We have been just chatting and roaming around the campus since we came here. Some of us, including me, will be going out of campus for two days. I should be back here on the 16th night.

I m home

Imhome. Reached here yesterday afternoon and since then have been sleeping and eating home made food for most of the time. Spent the day watching India get thrashed by England in cricket.

Got a call from KP yesterday just a few minutes after I arrived here and it felt really nice to talk to him. We, along with Alok and Vikram, had a real cool time as quadmates for one year. Wonder who will be allocated our quad in the next batch and how lively they would keep it. The housekeeping guys at ISB, while doing the exit formalities, told us that ours was the most lively quad they had seen in the last 2-3 years they had been here. Something or the other always used to happen in our quad … either movie screening or general chat or bitching sessions or something else. Miss them a lot now.

Next post will most probably be from ISB.