I become more philosophical…


I have my own reasons to firmly believe that whatever happens in our life is for good!
In May, when i was initially wait-listed 209 in IIM-Indore, that made me loose confidence and take up IIM-Trichy (Next option that i considered). I was scared to wait and lose IIM-T. the fear made me not wait for another year too. I chose to enroll in IIM-T and i can’t believe I am going to say this. But “I am glad I chose it”.

 


It has been 4.5 months since i came here. There has been mixture of emotions ever since I came here. there has been times i wanted to leave this place for good and go home… Times i missed my parents, sis, friends and Chennai  There has been infrastructure problems here along with all that i was already going through to make me get mad at times. My parents, sis and friends (here and at home!) had to listen to me whine and complain then. Sure they were great support! 🙂
But on the other hand there has been more good times too! First time i was away from home. People here have been very kind and considerate towards me. These make me feel that all hope is not lost. As months passed by, I found more new friends who have been making me feel good about the place. A close group of friends who always accept you for what you are makes you feel good. When you know that there are more people out there who are also friendly and make you feel comfortable it is a nice feeling. This place does have many nice people! 🙂


Day before yesterday for the first time since I came to Trichy I danced Bharathnatyam! A real pleasure. Though i was not feeling well and could not give my best, people have been very kind and appreciated me well and all that makes me feel that “Yes, like the coin has two sides, every thing has good and bad attached to it. It is best if we look for the good and ignore the bad”. This is so true! 🙂
When i was continuously rejected for 3 times by different companies for my summer internship, I had totally lost confidence and i became desparate for a job. but my family, friends and seniors kept motivating me and it really did help me. God knows how much i tortured everyone :p Thank god for all the nice people around me! 🙂 Finally I have got placed in one of my dream companies which i thought was impossible after all the rejections by other companies.
November 1st- A day i’d never forget! 🙂 🙂 I got my first job offer (just for summer internship though 😉 ). Thanks to all those who have been supporting me!

“To all those who feel that nothing is right in life… Just wait. remain positive and the tough phase will pass. Whatever happens is for good. look for the good stuff and oppurtunities around you. “

P.S: That’s the update from me after a REALLY long time. The hectic schedule at B-School has made it tough for me to blog. But i sure hope that i would be able to blog more frequently in the coming days. 🙂

Cheers!

Give them the right to compete and grow!


I recently read a column written by a fellow blogger bikramjit. it was about reservations based on castes. it made me angry and and hence i’m writing this post.

I have nothing new to say but to stress on the one thing:

Do not reserve seats on the basis of castes instead train the students to compete with the rest.

Reservation just disheartens and smashes the hopes of many. There are students who crave for seats into many prestigious institutions but just end up with nothing or some thing less than what they worked for. The hard work the students have put in for the single seat at the institution goes waste. What is the point of all the hardwork then?

I can quote my example for this. Three years back when i sat for my counselling for college admission i had got the course i wanted but not at the college i aimed for. I felt bad and blamed myself for not securing enough marks. Sometime later i saw that another guy who had the same cut-off as mine had got the same course at the college i very badly wanted. It made me feel that there was no point in preparing hard at all. Was it a curse to belong to a class that has no reservation?

I also have quite a few friends who have written their boards this year. They had got cut-off of 189 or 190 out of 200. Any other day it would be a wonderful score and would be celebrated. Come on 95% is an awesome score. But i see that these people have seen the last year seat allotments and decided that they wouldn’t get into the top colleges with this score and have “bought” seats under the management quota in different colleges.

The ranking based on castes is even more interesting. Marks come into play first (thank god!). Based on the marks the students are grouped. Among the people of same marks they are then ranked based on castes then individual subject marks and then the date of birth. If you think thats all then wait to see that the allotment also goes caste wise. First every one can claim seats under open category then its only the backward people with the chance.

But i want to say that even they are equally competitive! So they don’t need all this reservations. They are equally smart and can prove their mettle given a chance to compete with everyone. That would only boost the competition among students and in the process the standards of Indian students as a whole would increase! I have even seen people who have say that they don’t really need the reservations and that it makes them feel subordinate sometimes.

And the worst part is that most of the seats reserved for these students go waste sometimes with no body ready to take it or qualified to take it. This happens when there are thousands waiting to get that seat.

Instead the reservations systems could be used in training the students for the various exams. The students with limited resource can be given preference in getting trained for this exams and hence be made capable of  competing like every other student and proving his caliber. That will increase his self respect and make him feel confident of himself. There is no point in reserving a particular number of seats for any group and providing a separate competition among themselves. Sometimes students are sure that they would get a seat at the engineering college thanks to all this reservation and don’t put in fullest of their efforts. I mean give them a chance to grow! let them compete and increase their standards!

I can show you an example that all they need is proper guidance. This week the IITJEE 2011 results were out. I read an article in the newspaper that a physics professor had selected 30 students from the economically backward class and trained them rigorously to take the IITJEE this year. And 24 out of the 30 students have secured ranks. need i say more?

P.S: If this post has hurt anybody i apologize. It was just the flow of thoughts from someone who has been so much angered by this bias.

Thanks,

the art of saying "No!"


what would you do if you were a salesman at a grocery store and a customer walks upto you and asks you for some item and you do not have stock of that item at that time? what would your reply be?

well some may just say a simple “no sir we do not have it now.”.

but so many people find a negative reply to be a bad sign for the rest of the day. that too when they are purchasing some stuff for a pooja or something. :@

but is there any other way to say a no?

well there is! i recently discovered it. when my dad had gone to a sweet shop to purchase sweets for diwali and when he asked for jilebis , the salesman said that he had ladoos. at first my father was like ” did i ask it right?” :brow but it was then we realised that was his way of saying no in a positive way.

great thinking no? :b

cheers,

10 words!


>this is one forward i got by mail. i felt like sharing it with you all 😀


the most

selfish one letter word…                   “I”                …avoid it.

satisfying two letter word…               “we”             … use it

poisonous three letter word…            “ego”             …kill it

used four letter word…                     “love”            …value it
pleasing five letter word…                 “smile”          …keep it

fast spreading six letter word …         “rumor”          …ignore it

hard working seven letter word…        “success”       …achieve it

enviable eight letter word…               “jealousy”      …distance it

powerful nine letter word…                “knowledge”   …acquire it

divine ten letter word…                     “friendship”    …maintain it


cheers!

of what use?


this was one story my physics teacher told me when i was in my 6th standard. though it has very little physics in it the incident is worth the time you will spend reading this post.



The incident: discovery of electricity.


In 1752, Franklin is said to have performed the famous experiment of flying a kite during a thunderstorm, which led to the discovery that lightning and electricity were somehow related. and that was the first step towards the life we lead today. so franklin was excited with his find and wanted to exhibit it and he went to the court of the then ruler (i actually forgot the name of the king though 😉 ) anyway, when he displayed it to the king the king was skeptical to the find and asked this question : ” of what use is this find to the people “. and franklin said ” this is just like questioning, ‘of what use is a new born to the community?’ “. you never know what the kid will grow into similarly you may never know what may come out of what every one calls a simple find. 


i’m not talking about the scientific researches alone here, never underestimate anybody or any idea. 🙂


think about it… 


cheers,




lessons from Lord Ganesha!


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(a 1810 A.D. painting )
Some of us worship Lord Ganesha. Some of us at least see his picture very often. for those who don’t know Lord Ganesha/ Ganapathi/ Pillayar is revered as the Remover of Obstacles. the elephant headed God is worshiped at the beginning of any work. it is said that the work will be a success if done so. 

There are a few lessons we could learn from Lord Ganesha’s anatomy. In this post i’m sharing the few of those which i heard some years ago. 


Big head: think BIG!
Never restrict your thoughts to certain well defined boundaries. open your mind and think about the millions of opportunities that are open to you.

Small Eyes: Concentrate on the goal.
Never waver from your goal. Be like Arjuna, who when asked to aim at a wooden bird with his arrow, told his guru that all his attention was on the bird’s eye only.

Large Ears: listen more.
Never assume that you are the all knowing one around. There are people around you with a far more extensive knowledge and by listening to what they have for you you can raise you intellectual level more.

One tusk: Retain the good. Throw away the bad.
one must accept the fact that no one is perfect but one can inch slowly towards that perfection by retaining all good thoughts,habits and discarding all bad stuff.

Trunk: be adaptable and highly efficient.
This is mainly about the survival of the fittest concept. To be successful one has to be adaptable to his environment.

Small mouth: Talk less.
A well known fact-” Empty vessels make more noise”. so quit the waste talks and do something more productive.

Axe: cut of all bonds of attachments.
Never let the bonds of attachment to hold you back from your goal.

Rope: pull yourself to your goal.
channel all your efforts in one stream, towards your goal and propel yourself forward.

Large stomach: Peacefully digest all good and bad that comes in life.
Learn to accept both the good and bad in life the same way.

Mouse: Desire.
Unless it is kept under control it causes havoc.you ride it and keep it under control. don’t let it take you for a ride.

Modaka (the prasad): rewards for your work. 
Really yummy 😉 and worth all the efforts put in for it.








Is this engineering?


>i’m annoyed at the way we are made to study engineering.

there is nothing that i’m learning worthwhile 😦 it’s only in the exam point of view and not in the life point of view. the engineering is something i need to remember for a life time and not forget within just one semester.
but i’m not generalizing each and every college in the country… just some like my college. 😦 and on statistics, my college has been placed number one among the affiliated colleges in my state for Civil Dept. so i hope you get the scenario.

We are made to learn the problems by writing them some number of times (I hate to call it… “Imposition“) instead of getting the basics right and then proceeding, that too in the structural design paper. This is not the way I want to learn engineering. The trainings we took up at the construction sites, for some two weeks during the summer, proved to be more fruitful than two years of my engineering put together. 
i’m seriously considering quitting my engineering and joining as an apprentice at some construction site, at least that way i’l get the knowledge i want and do some real engineering. 😉 *just kidding*