Sunday, June 12, 2011

"The storm after the lull.."

So the long enduring voyage of MBA preparation and admissions has finally culminated. Spanning several months in duration, it's been a fulfilling and enlightening experience to say the least. I had often come across various personal interview (PI) experiences of past aspirants. I often wondered what was so big about an interview..

The airs and the hype have finally cleared.. The 'big' interviews had some funny as well as 'not at all funny' moments. But they have altered the course of life in a very interesting way.. some of those amusing instances in the top B-schools need to be shared.. so here goes..

The interviewers are represented as I1, I2, I3. And they were mostly a blend of middle aged and experienced industry experts in most colleges.



( I3 turned out to be from gurgaon only and happened to know a lot about the place and the area where I lived.)
I3: so you think gurgaon has turned up well?
Me: yes sir, it’s a popular perception.
I3: so tell me about the development of gurgaon. Whats been good and what bad..
Me: looooongish answer. (included the rich-poor divide and infra problems)
I3: (visibly impressed) so palam vihar( I mentioned I lived here) is an authorized colony?
Me: yes sir.. its ansals palam vihar..
(all 3 look at each other and say ok thanks, you can go now)
I3: ( as I got up) just one thing, you happen to know anyone by the name of Piyush Upmanyu in ITM(our clg which I had mentioned)?
Me: (thinking wow!!) yes sir, he’s in the 4th year in the EI batch. I know him by face.( I was smiling like anything)
I3: ok that’s good. Good luck to you.
p.s. I3 turned out to be the maternal uncle of piyush upmanyu as I Iater enquired from him, and he had told him I had a good chance.


( we had to fill a personal information form which included basic details like marks, college, parents info etc)
I1: ( reading the form carefully) you are from IIM-Gurgaon?
Me: No sir, its ITM gurgaon. ( trying to figure out if this was intentional from him)
I1: (smirk)
Me: ( Aaaaah, intentional) (wanted to pick up my shoe at the moment)
I2: ok so anurag, have you been to a village?
Me: yes sir. (details)
I2: ok so tell me how do villagers use tractors for irrigation in the fields?
Me: (what!?!) uhhh.. I haven’t seen sir.
I1: try and think. You are an engineer. How can it be used?
Me: (gave some logic)
I1: ok how would you figure out which tractor to buy if you had a field? I mean there are different varieties available isn’t it.
Me: (WHAT?!?) (again some logic)
I2: ok how is the internal construction of a tractor different from a normal automobile?
Me: (duhhh…)
I2: can an engine of a powerful car be used as it is in a tractor?
p.s. absolutely 'tractorized'..:p

@ SIBM-Pune
I1: so you’ve have completed school, engineering, both from gurgaon, while staying at home?
Me: yes mam, and it suited me..

I1: so if you get selected here, this will the first time for you outside of home.
Me: yes mam, I am looking forward to it.
I1: yes you should. But you have any idea how difficult an mba course is? I think you’ll be busy adjusting for the two years outside home.. I don’t think u can do justice to the course..
Me: (smirk & conviction)
blah blah…

@NMIMS- Mumbai
I1: so you filled HR at a higher preference than BM(banking mgmt)?
Me: yeah I have an interest in HR +(details)
I2: but why did you fill BM at all if you don’t have an interest in it?
Me: I didn’t know a field could be left blank. Was that an option? ( involuntary chuckle)
I1: ( he saw it) what if you get BM and not HR?
Me: sir NM is better known for finance courses,..( shudnt hv said that)
I1: (latching on to it) aaaah.. there we go.. so the usual rat race.. you should know your strengths and weaknesses and go by them, not by ‘industry forces’.. thats the problem with freshers isn't it. the only thing they hear and see is investment banks..
Me: (now was the chance) blah blah blaaaaaaaah…
I1: (not convinced) whats the role of banks in the EU crisis? is there any?
Me: blaaaah...
I1: (he wudn't give up) what is the optimum rate of inflation?
I1 wasn't to be convinced at any point after that..:p


(here one of the interviewers (I2) was surprisingly young, perhaps just about 3-4 years elder to me)
I1: so anurag, you are a fresher.. have you got a placement yet?
Me: (hehe well prepared) no sir, I haven’t been sitting for them.(more crap)
I1: ok if you get one, what is going to be the expected package?
Me: sir around 4-5 lpa if I be optimistic.
I1: hmmm and after an MBA your starting package will be?
Me: sir I read the recent placement report of MDI. Its avg package is 13.8 lpa.
I1: you know this is the problem with the Indian youth. Everyone wants an MBA after engineering.. and the reason is clear..
Me: sir that is not the case, some people I know from my very own class aren’t interested in MBA at all and they didn’t give CAT. (mentioned some good performers and told they only wanted engineering jobs. \m/ ) (gave more logic of the usual- 'why mba')
I2: (I1 just kept staring from then on) anurag whats the boiling point of nitrogen?
Me: some logic (did not mention any figure)
I2: (one after the other, without caring what I was answering)

what are the components inside a compressor?
can we use aluminium alloys for it?
What is a binary vapour cycle?
What is the law of refrigeration?
In a refrigerator, how do we maintain two different temperatures by using the same compressor?
p.s. clearly, I2 was a mechanical engineer.. and a recent one…:p


( I mentioned somewhere I liked machines)
I1: what kind of machines do u like? What is so special?
Me: answered
I1: ok what is a machine?
Me: (started with something really technical.. ) sir, it’s a contrivance.. (stopped) uhh sir actually..( gave the exact definition given by rancho in 3 idiots ;) )
I1: (instantly, laughing out loud) you do watch a lot of movies isn’t it?
Me: sir I think you are a follower too.. (wide grin)

It’s all been an enlightening experience. Every single interview teaches new things and more aspects of the personality to delve into. “ know yourself better” has been the impetus behind PI preparations. I discovered some characteristics which I never knew could even be discovered. Perhaps that is why they say this process is perfect for selections to these B-schools..
p.s. there were a lot more of such instances but it would become too long a pst to include them all..;)



Joining- IIM-I

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Am i myself..??"

I close the door.. I grab a chair. I look up in the mirror..

I see a silhouette, unrecognizable, peering through.. I dont see the beady eyes... I dont see the pursed lips..

Am i sad? I aint happy..

I dont feel the expressions.. I dont see a smile.. I dont feel an anguish.. The hair aren't strewn..

Am i awake? I aint in slumber..

I dont see an attire.. I dont see any prints..They appear eroded, faded.. Covered with ebony soot as if..

Am i achromatic? I aint much vibrant..

I dont like those lights.. They spread the luminance around.. Why waste it? I dont like sunlight.. Revealing the numbness..

Am i insecure? I aint much confident..

I like the night.. When its dark.. No soul breathes around.. Breathes under my neck.. Lets me be free.. To forage around.. Spread my wings..

Am i nocturnal? I aint luminiferous..

I am a mere reflection.. I dont feel your dismay, your shame.. I dont enjoy your ecstasy, your success..

Am i myself? I aint a stranger..

I do comprehend my consternation.. I want to be free.. I want exoneration..

From your soul.. From your guilt.. From YOUR world..

Who am i?

I am your SHADOW.. Your night shadow..

Friday, December 10, 2010

The 31st century...

I have an 'unusual' friend.. staying with me at home.. Its not unusual to have 'unusual' friends nowadays though.. Most of my peers flaunt one.. From the very inception of the 'friendly earth' space odyssey in the last century, 'unusual' people, or aliens (as famously known) have taken quite a fancy to our planet.. Aliens gading around our earth in pairs is a pretty common site..

I fondly remember the day when we managed to establish contacts with the first extraterrestrial clan in space.. Our centuries old quest for life in space had finally bore results.. We had achieved what our ancestors had long coveted.. We've come a long way since.. The intermingling of communities was a natural consequence..

Yes, i go to school.. I have to be there each day..From evening to night.. It was called off yesterday, when the mega air generators developed a technical snag.. The enclosed glass building went short of air..

My teacher teaches us a lot of new things.. The onus is really on the comparison of our earth as it had been in the past and as it puts up now.. She says they had tall green living species called 'trees' which gave them oxygen to breathe.. I cant connect to it.. Why would any living being give away its produce for free?
Their food comprised of 'fruits' of plants! I guess they wouldn't have to pay for the nutrition centers, that we visit once a week for our bodily requirements..

She says the temperatures hovered between 20 to 40 degrees around the world! What a damned cold place it would have been!! We don't even have temperatures that low at the north pole today!

Further, There were distinct portions of land called countries and the inhabitants fought over pieces of land!! No such issue with us, considering we spend most our time in air or in space..; most of the 'land' is gobbled up by the seas anyway..

At my domed air sack at home, i usually get across my time by the Time Transporter Modules.. I use my Telepathic Ports to play and chat with my friends on nearby planets.. Some of them had to leave earth during the Resettlement Operation last year.. The 10x Master Processor randomly lists out the inhabitants to be transported every 5 years in order to decongest the overcrowded planet..

I have to help my 'unusual' friend as well, somehow.. He fears getting out in the sun..He cant bear the atmospheric conditions too much..He says his species are in danger of being wiped off..I know how the flora and fauna were wiped off in the early ages... He tells me he is a homo sapien.. I know i should help him reach the Species Conservation Centre across the globe..The aquarium is indispensable for the fishes..

After all, HUMAN BEINGS are an Endangered Species..

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


like the light at the end of the tunnel..,
the impenetrable darkness never fades,
like the fragrance of the flowers..,
the leaves break and wither to all shades...

like the stars scintillating at night..,
the summer sun singes the sand,
like the tranquil breeze through the hair..,
the prodigious high tides lash the land...

like the green cover in the forest..,
the deserts line the map of earth,
like the ethereal fog on the cold surface..,
to carbon black smoke there's no dearth...

like the serene blue skies..,
the honks-brawls never cease,
like the 'sweet dream' each night..,
the nightmare perturbs thy ease...

like the path that lies ahead..,
the trail left behind is daunting,
like the heights newly attained..,
the GHOSTS of the past are HAUNTING...

Friday, July 2, 2010

cometh the hour, cometh the thoughts..

Hmmm.. So I’ve been on a thinking spree.. On a rather enchanting yet arduous one at that.. It’s like that giant joy ride at the amusement park that amuses you first but as the speed increases to its max, you begin to feel nauseous..!! I guess that's what free time does to you. Your self-proclaimed-introspection by way of your random-to-the-core tut-tuts and self inflicted scrutinies start taking up gigantic concrete forms, much like that of a rotten shady egg, smelling profoundly of squalor, the sudden shattering of which threatens to engulf your senses in a vast sludge of delusional emotions which have this tendency to play havoc-havoc with your normal disposition.. So when this rotten demoniacal egg assumes a size that would put a dinosaur to a complex, it becomes vital to make the egg boil taking care to keep it from rupture, and ensuring at the same time the slime is quietly transformed to a soft disposable mass..

And thence thou embark on thy blogging voyage..:P No, I’m not considering going for that course in MBS (masters in blogging psychology), but believe me, its awfully apt.. Without dragging any more of my feet around, here's an instance that lead to all this..

All of us make decisions.. At all the crucial junctures (& not so crucial junctures) of our life.. It’s hard to make certain decisions because of our wariness and the supposed susceptibility of those decisions to turn into blunders.. But we do give ‘em our best shot.. Then comes a certain point in our lives where we think it should've been better, or worse, makes us think how can anything lead to all this?? This is where the crucial decisions start taking their toll.. We try and scrutinize every incorrect decision we took and rue the very day we made it.. But do we do the same when we get at a point where we get something better than our expectations? hell..!! We give the achievement credit to luck..!! Didn’t we make certain right decisions then..?

The more you'll dwell into it the more you’ll realize that our fear and over-concern for the ‘bad’ decisions is the missing link to this crazy piece of puzzle... They tend to influence us more because we let them do it...

I’d rather suggest we should just watch more Hollywood stuff.. like Dr. Stephen Hawkins.. And advise against making decisions at all, or lest the more advanced marauding aliens might raid the earth for human brains..:p