"No body gives a DAMN, you've gotta take it!"
...From the Movie "The Departed"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Understanding what life means at 45 Deg C

Well, just to give you a background. The author was an investment banker, and had worked in some of the poshest places on the face of the city, with the best facilities around, and without ever stepping out in the heat. Having work for 3 years in such conditions, the author had no idea of what life would FEEL like in a place with no electricity, no air conditioner. A general perception was that of difficulties galore.

DOCC - Development of corporate citizenship, goes the formal name. But this one initiative at SPJIMR goes further than just creating corporate citizenship. It goes to the extent of making one realize that things in life are difficult to come by, and that the intensity of your struggle is only a relative measure against the benchmark. You set a benchmark that you see convenient.

DOCC changes this benchmark. It takes you to unexplored shades of life itself. And in these shades, when you see how even water and hygiene are a luxury, you first feel disgusted.

This is normal, because whatever you may want to feel, you do not like what you see.

But then you see, how people still live with something like this. You imagine, have they evolved to become zombies, numb of all pain, and sense of reality? You imagine, who can survive such a thing.

As you spend time with them, you begin to understand, that how these simple folk, never complain. Their resilience continues to grow with each passing day. Do not mistake them to be passive about not improving their lot. They do have aspirations, but their aspirations are not at the mercy of their present situation. They dont give importance to what gets them to think lowly about who they are. There is enough fire in that belly, to beat the heat of the sun.

AS they take another stride to silently achieve what they desire, you begin to see, the heat can only take away their soul, it cannot take away their spirit. Lesson's like these dont come from the text book, they only come only when you experience the world at 45 deg C.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Weird, Wicked, Wild, Wizard Like, WoW = the First year of an SPJIMR MBA

yeah, why the W word you may think? my Whims...

things get to your head here...
Numbness and a rush of energy.. something you may experience in a matter of minutes.. (like when you get the Quant quiz in Hand, numbness... like you strike a solution in the dying minutes, A rush of energy)

You feel sleepless and sleepy at the same time... Like when you have not slept for day's together, and there is an exam coming up, and like when your colleague is about to start studying, and is expected to do better than you..

You feel elevated and devestated in a matter of minutes... like when you come out of an exam hall, thinking you have 9 / 10 ... and when you hear that everyone is pegging a 10/10.. which under the draconian rules of relative grading means, you are failing ;)

Like you shamelessly adapt, and get a astonishingly original idea... when you doing a Gas filled assignment, and shamelessly copy it, or when you think, well, the source took i t from wikipedia, and since he has not mentioned the original source, i will put it as a link under the write up.. so that the assessor thinks i was the one who got it from there first.

Like you dont know how to cook, and you yet know how to cook... especially when you are hungry and don';t know what to eat, and especially when you are answering a HRM exam.. :)

Like you miss the bus, and you miss the bus... previous one, when you miss the complete quiz, as it leaves you blank... like you miss the feeling of being blank ...

Like you go to the mess, and recycle the mess.... Going to the mess to eat lunch / dinner / crap, or go through your group mates assignments, and re do the whole mess, improving its quality substantially, making it edible (oops readable)

Like when you talk of giving a damn, and really dont give a damn... especially when asked about a bad exam, and especially while checking the marks for tha bad exam.

Like you hate the DCP, and you want the DCP... especially when you hear inconsequential gas, and especially when you hear earth shattering Thoughts ( bureaucracy and pythagoras theorem)

Like you Want to leave, and so want to be a part of ... especially when you looking to go home, and especially when you want to be a part of the group snap...

This can go on... Hmnnn I can now say a pride, i have enough contradictions to award myself Half an MBA... half an MBA WTF?