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Placements at IIMA

310 students, 4 days…a hell of an effort by the Placecom.
Congratulations to the PGP1s and to Placecom. IIMA placement committee has been ranked Numero Uno by the Economist and it is entirely deserved.

4 night outs for me, working in stationery…a better idea of how far I can go without breaking down. I have no intention of doing this any time soon again.

Got quoted in TOI and had people calling up to congratulate. It probably wasn’t as big a thing as they thought it might be. I was mentioned in one of the press reports that were sent out. It was a nice feeling nonetheless. Thank you all!!

Slot 6 begins

As the last slot begins, I look back to try and figure out what I’ve learnt. All I see is this mass of information, cases and solutions that makes no sense to me. Lack of time to digest what has been taught may be. This will be followed by my summer internship and then a rocking (I hope!) second year at WIMWI.
I take recourse to Churchill’s words when I say : ” This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end, but, it is perhaps the end of the beginning.”

Reconnect…

Things have been crazy in the last few weeks…need to catch up with family and friends.
Haven’t used gmail chat or anything like it for more than 10 min for 2-3 months I think.
First there was Chaos, the cultural fest, then Leverage 2009- a VC/PE conference and exams this week.
I need a serious reconnection. Looking forward to the 3 day break next week to do some of that.

On the other hand, got into IIMA’s Media Cell- will be in charge of Media activities for Chaos 2010.
Chitranshu is heading the team. Looking forward to being a part of this major effort. Will also try to keep updating this blog more frequently. Given the motivation levels to do anything after trying to just keep up with the activity around me, that will be a major effort too.

For a fun and exciting description of how messed up life can get at IIMA, refer to Kaka (dorm senior, batch of 2005-07).

Khalbali at WIMWI

Chaos reigned at IIM A as we had 4 days of Khalbali. It started with a performance by Pt.
Hariprasad Chaurasia, who entertained us by informing us that he became a flautist only after he did not get into IIMA. Aren’t we happy the selection procedure is as tough as it is, for it ‘weeded out’ India’s greatest flautist.
The next two days had all kinds of activities going on, including an excellent quiz by Diwakar Pingle.

Aside: The authorities had threatened to have classes during Chaos, and I had the idea to post a notice at the mess , “Quiz at 2.30 in RJMCEI”. That strikes fear in the heart of every i-banker and consultant in WIMWI land.

There was an interesting reunion of 5 Somaiya people in IIMA, though 2-3 others missed it.
Mohit Chauhan (of Masakali fame) was the final pronite artist and he did a good job of closing Chaos 2009.

Chitranshu (Matty) is the Chaos 2010 co-ord and we can look forward to another version of the same well-managed madness.

Interesting times indeed…

The old Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times” has taken a brand new meaning for those in b-school especially the ones in India.
The fallout of the economic crisis, how it has affected the world and India is as interesting as macro-economics and finance theory can ever get. Figuring out how we got into the mess we are in and how can we get out of it and the efforts going on worldwide are lessons that teach better than any classroom lecture.

As I’ve written previously IIMA started a course on Business Ethics this year and what better way to put ethics in business into perspective than the Satyam fracas. Markets crashing, commodity prices jumping everywhere, people bungling…interesting times indeed.

Election fever

So Barack Obama has been elected and the LS elections are near…WIMWI is in the grip of its very own election fever. Elections for posts in the Students’ Affairs Council are even nearer.
PGP-1s vote for their SAC this Monday. Campaigning was in full flow till 11:59:59 pm 14th Jan.
Now, no more ‘pitching’…what was nice was that there never was any ‘bitching’.

The cultural differences between the 3 institutions I have attended so far:
1) KJSCE: The Gen Secy and the rest of the SAC was selected by the faculty. You can imagine what might have followed, though I think our SAC did really well.

2) IISc: Will have its own elections soon. Regional biases, some campaigning bordering on intimidation and definitely tarring the other candidates.

3) IIMA: Clean, well-spelt out timings and guidelines for the campaigning. Ppl campaigning without bad-mouthing others, just the way ‘ideal’ elections ought to be carried out.

Recently, my sleep timings have receded into the early hours of the morning, though not as much as Tamba’s (he sleeps at 6 am or later…making me wonder why he sleeps at all??).
Interesting effect WIMWI has.
Have a couple of ideas for blogs …so stay tuned.

Fooled by Randomness

While there is a great deal of care taken in WIMWI regarding the grading procedure (understandable given the extent of importance acads and your CGPA carry) there still exists some amount of randomness in it.
Exams are graded in quite a random way sometimes, you write something thinking that is the answer only to be told something ‘more’ was expected. If you say that the question does not ask for that analysis, you are told that is the way the professor wants it.
Assignments are declared to be presentations and written reports are demanded with unbelievably tight deadlines. Component weightages are changed and flexed in a way that to the naked student eye seem arbitrary.

I take this in my stride saying this is another way of training us for the big, bad world out there which has no intention of being fair. WIMWI has found a way to fool us by randomness.