Friday, April 29, 2005

Placement Pinks (Blues Doesnt Rhyme)

I decided to share this thing called Placement Pinks (I think Placement Blues doesnt sound too good)... with people who go for placements... thats what they call it in B-Schools, popularly known as Executive/Final Placements... this phase comes up to people who do not study in popular B-Schools and do not get campus recruitments...

Searching for the right kind of job is a big thing... when ur offered a lot of things... i had to reject a lot of offers due to lack the right kind of post that i was looking at... I tried everything... from sales to asset management to technical lead and got offers everywhere and i was tempted to pick up almost every offer... but thanks to sapna, abhijit and alap (believe me... these guys just rock)... i was able to be more patient and waited for the right kind of opportunity to come by and then accept it...

It so happened that I finally got an offer of my choice... I just got the confirmation yesterday and am on the way to pick up my appointment letter... I am at Nariman Point... pretty close to where Sapna is... so thats a double whammie for me actually :)

My special thanks to
  • Abhijit(Krodhit Valmiki) and Alap(Sparks Shivashankaran), Dipesh(Baba), Mitesh(Doggie) who have helped me to be more patient:
  • Ravi, Subhash & Sethu who helped me with my resume, printouts and lots of other things both tangible and intangible...
  • Sapna who is my calming factor... who has put up with me in good times and bad times...
  • My family to have been so patient with me and my whims :)
  • All my well wishers and friends... that includes everyone who i know even remotely...
My word of advice to people seeking placements is that keep on the lookout for options... weigh them... have sapnas and abhijits and alaps with you for the purpose of moral support... it pays off to have people like them... and finally have a mind of your own to accept or reject jobs of your liking or otherwise :)

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Farewell or Whateva...

Last night, I attended my farewell party at my college... I would rather call it "get lost" party or "F### Off " party that the juniors throw to their seniors... it is this time that the juniors feel that they have entered a new post called "seniors"... but the fact is that seniors post is more of a demotion than promotion (personal thoughts you see)...

I somehow feel that these farewell parties are more or less the same... there are some professors who speak crap and then there are seniors who lie about the time that they spent in college and the kind of value they added over the years and then there is dance party (this part is something that everybody enjoys...) followed by dinner and some return gift which will constantly remind you of the college that you studied in (i have already forgotten the college where i did my MBA from). This is the so called the "FAREWELL FRAMEWORK". Everything happens as per the above stated framework. Something similar happened to the farewell party last night... So Here it goes...

The party started with the speech of the director and the placement co-ordinator giving "BRIEF" speeches... the fact remains that these two people are so fat that their "BRIEFS" are of XXXXL size... so you could imagine the brief that they might have provided with... simultaneously we were served with soft drinks to bear the briefs... thank god for the soft drinks :)

Then we were provided with "return gifts"... i felt like i was anil kumble carrying the stump after his 10 wicket haul... 2 years in this college and still alive is a much more worthwile achievement than that... and i get a red rose and a wrapped gift for that achievement... i still havent opened it... you see its a surprise... but i guess its a photo stand/holder or whatever you call that...

Then we had seniors talkin about the time that they spent in the institute... i guess people are carried over by the latest set of hoardings which read "SPEAK UP... ITS IN YOUR DNA"... and so they kept on speaking about friends, studies, library, toilets, staircases and all other useful things in the institute... then there was a guy who sang "O HANSINI..."... what was that guy thinkin when he sang that song which was so called "dedicated" to the couples in the institute... i guess he was carried over by emotions and had to spill it out in some stupid form or the other.... Then there was another guy who sang "PAPA KEHTE HAIN BAD NAAM KAREGA..." oops sorry, it was "PAPA KEHTE HAIN BADA NAAM KAREGA..."
... he still believes that his papa has expectations from him (all i would say to him is that your papa stopped expecting anything since the day you joined this institute)... he was singing with his eyes closed... probably couldnt see the audience in pain and agony... i also spoke up and gave a piece of my mind to the guys out there... :)

Then there came the dance party where people danced on all songs from hip hop to reggae to pop songs to "ITEM NUMBERS"... this was the most fun part of the program and it seemed to end as soon as it started... i guess all people have a huge appetite for dance out here in india with the culture of dancing extending from ganpati visarjan(no ralphie... this is not priya ganpati) to dandiya raas... so we had a jolly good time out there... followed by dinner and a final get lost from the venue...

My appeal to all people who are planning farewell parties... please try out something new... innovate and have a great time... not that i didnt have a great time... one suggestion would be to allow booze at farewell parties... it would be the best thing to have at a farewell party... atleast i would be in oblivion when ppl are talkin crap :)

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Exam Preparations - Are They Always This Way??

I can post something only about things that I am currently doing / undergoing (thats what a good friend of mine told me... ya bewa its you) and the only thing that i am doing right now (rather not doing right now) is trying to prepare for my upcoming exams which are just a week away

Exams are coming up real fast... they are lurking just around the corner... they always have been lurking just around the corner... no matter which semester or year you are studying in... they are lurking around right from day one of the college/school begins... Some of my observations on exams and their preparations...

Exams, and their preparations seem to be the same regardless of the fact whether the exams are 286 1/3 days away or a day away... you are always unprepared(rather not completely prepared)... you always need that extra second / minute / hour / day / week to completely prepare yourself completely, but anything extra will always be used up for leisure and you are still unprepared till the end momemt... what was that parkinsons had said?? yeah "work tends to fill in the time"... i would always prefer to study at the last moment... atleast i dont need additional time for rituals called "revision"

There are always occasions coming up during exams... they always happen to me... 96 world cup during XII, 99 world cup during graduation (damn those ppl for holding a world cup after 3 yrs instead of 4)... why... why do i have to make a choice between studying economics and watching an india pakistan match... but whenever confronted with something like that, I always make the right choice (Indo Pak of course)... Right now I still havent got over the hangover of Dhoni's innings of 148 when i should have had the hangover of reading micheal porter's strategic management... some things never change :)

Last moment everyone realises that they dont have something or the other... it may be a calculator or some photocopies of sessions or even the subject of tomorrow's examinations... this is the height of being prepared for something... and we spend much of our time getting that thing rather than studying... but believe me getting these missing things are much more fun than studying... and eventually it so happens that all that we had collected are never used by us... but what the heck, we had great fun figuring out that its missing and spending oodles of time trying to get it :)

ciao guys... i will write about my exams... wud be hilarious... just like my answer sheet :)

Sneak Peek On Me

Heylo Folks

This just happens to be my first blog... so i dont know what do I put in here... For starters I decided to introduce myself... so here goes nothing...

I am Arun Iyer aka Batla aka Chotu aka Bauna aka Mote (megs... is that alright) aka etc etc etc (my friends would be in a better position to tell the nicks that they created for me)... I am doing my MBA in Systems from an unknown lil college in an unknown university called the Mumbai University. It would be worthwile to add here that this particular course was more of devaluation than value addition... my guys would vouch for it... the only thing that it has added to me is my weight (that would have been possible in the normal course without an MBA taking into account the number of beers that i consume)

Being creative is the last thing that comes to me (that is evident from this article)... the only thing that I can be is either a Sanjeev Kumar or an S P Balasubramanium ( or may be Dada Kondke or Neelu Phule for that matter)... The other thing that I can be is a one man band (aka Vinod Khanna in Amar Akbar Anthony)... I can use each of my body parts as an instrument and play on them (rather scratch on them) for hours creating great music...

I have a great set of guys... at workplace, college, building and miscellaneous and I will treasure each and every one of them... they hold a special place in my heart (I have streets in my heart named after each of them )...

Last but not the least... I love living my life the way it comes... Its very unlike me to plan... I just like living life to the fullest in the way it comes to me... So keep watching out for this space, I may not have planned anything till now, but I may... or I may not...