I, Me, Myself and ISB!!

This blog is about me and my life at ISB--Hence the name I,Me, Myself. Its just a chronicle of events as they unfold during my tenure here. No knowledge sharing, no talk about finance, public policy, economy or industry trends..(However that does'nt mean i dont know about all this stuff:))--This is a "gyan free" blog.Enjoy reading

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Then and Now

Its interesting to see how human behavior changes with time and circumstances. Ok now that doesn’t mean I am going to write some gyan on behavioral psychology. Just trying to compare exam time in Term 1 and Term 6.

Then:Oh my god exams in a week.

Now:Is the exam today or tomorrow?

Then: I have read the material only once for before class pre-reads. I am going to get screwed in exams

Now: Do we have a coursepack for this subject ? I have'nt collected mine!

Then:I have four exams in two days. I am screwed

Now: I have two exams next week. I remain screwed

Then: O God , an A, at-least in this subject

Now: Please god please please please please just one more B !

And the list goes on---

So basically the exams week is really chilled in the electives. Most of the subjects in electives are advanced applications of the core term subjects and have take home projects, which makes more sense over an exam as its closer to a real life simulation. Another reason most people have stopped caring about exams is that these grades aren’t coming out before placements for sure! Yet another reason is that people have just gotten used to it.

I still recall our first midterm, Microeconomics. People studied like crazy—I mean really like crazy as if there is no tomorrow!

Over time grades et al have stabilized and people know where they are going to end up. For me, I never thought I will be so chilled before exams.

However certain things never change. So my uncontrollable urge to write blog posts just before exams refuses to go away.

Happy New year to all.

And Wish us best of luck for the upcoming placement season.
I cant be more shameless than this par acche placement ke liye sab kuch karna padta hai

Friday, December 29, 2006

Brett Lee and Asha

Came across this song by Asha Bhosle and none other than Brett Lee "the aussie pace ace"---Very interesting to see Lee singing in Hindi--

Nice song

Monday, December 25, 2006


Solstice, the annual alumni fest of ISB happened over the weekend. Many alums ranging from the batch of 2002 to the recently graduated class of 2006 were on campus.

One great thing about ISB is that even though we have a tiny alumni base compared to other leading B-schools in India and abroad, the efforts the alumni put in to help the current batch and network with each other is absolutely phenomenal. Another way to look at it is that since we are small in number compared to others, we need to know each other very well in order to be effective!!

Whichever way you look at it, it was great “networking” with so many alums especially those who are working in companies one is targeting. This gave many students a chance to know intricate details about their target companies and careers. Many students were behind the alums to get their resumes reviewed—and many went overboard ---however it all comes as a part of the package.

Next year the alumni base would grow by 40% as our batch, the largest by far would add to the numbers. If we can keep up the same levels of commitment towards ISB, I am sure the incoming batches are going to find it extremely useful.

Placement pressures have really started to show effect on ppl. Consulting has been the flavor of the season by far with many new firms, who have never visited ISB in past coming to recruit this year. The two Indian biggies have already posted their jobs and wannabees are preparing in full swing. Some other souls (like me) are praying hard (2-3 hrs everyday) cos that seems like the only chance to get a shortlist.

All said and done, fun times are ahead.

Merry Xmas to all.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Welcome : Class of 2008

Round 1 results for admission into class of 2008 were declared today. My yahoo group mail box is flooded with emails from ppl congratulating each other. I remenber for us, the class of 2007 it was 7th Jan. After a lot of wait the results were declared and it was a great feeling to be a part of this great institution called ISB.

Here are a few pointers i would like to include for the forthcoming batch :(based on my experience so far)

1) ISB is a great place. No doubt. However, this not the ultimate achievement you would have in life. Its just the begining and i can assure you its really a perfect place to start off--So party as much as you like, but also tighten your belts for this joyride.

2) ISB doesnt make the students. It is us the students (and alums) who make this place what it is. So keep that in mind and now you are the torch bearers of this school.

3) You are going to be competing with the best of the best of the best breed here (yes one best is extra deliberately). Prepare youself for a year of hard toil and some adversity. Life is not a bed of roses anywhere

4) Have realistic expectations especially in terms of placements out of the school. If you think just because you are an ISBian anyone will pay you whatever crores you have in mind, think again before joining. You will get what you are worth. Plus you are competing against the best guys in the business. So be honest with yourself and think logically. Having said that placements have never been an issue at ISB. (Infact it has become the best attraction :) )

5) The school's infrastructure ,academics and faculty will far exceed your expectations. Be rest assured about that. You are going to have a never before experience on this front and consider yourself lucky for that.

6) Dont worry about petty issues like shifting to a new place, living, campus facilities, schools for kids etc. There are absolutely no issues on these counts and everything will be very smooth.

7) Feel free to get in touch with alumni you know or current students, for any post admission questions that may be bothering you. Make sure you have you doubts clarified

8) Get ready to roll.

Good luck to R2 applicants