Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Obscene....or creative freedom

After a long time I got this song on my ipod. Was and still is a terrific song.
But after hearing it I checked the lyrics online to reaffirm what I had heard.
And this is what the female in the song says
"coldboy dekhe mujhe
playboy chayre mujhe
sex mere tan mein haye
lips mere mun mein haye"

This was in 1995.....Pretty liberal eh...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ishaan Awasthis in IRMA

Just in case you do not know who Ishaan Awasthi is, he is the cute little dyslexic kid in TZP. Yeah the same kid who saw space shuttles animals coming out of his question papers.
I empathise with him. I felt exactly like him during the last three days. So did many other IRMANs of the 30th batch.
But I have learnt my lesson. I have been chastised. I will now try to study more. The key word being try.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Of tests, tests and tests

Exams were a once- evey- six month affair. Here it is a daily affair. While some Professors are kind enough to hold announced quizzes, some prefer to have surprise ones. It does not matter actually as my grades are showing a decline irrespective of the quizzes being surprise ones or not. Not that they were high but then they were above the class average and then are hovering dangerously close to D levels.
I am still waiting for the F to come along. As say they say "Life without an F is a Lie"

Friday, July 10, 2009

WSJ unvelis a new initiative

Looks like Investment Banking is passe......
WSJ in collaboration with Knowledge@Wharton has launched a new web page dedicated only to Rural India.

Time Management-How not to do it!!!

Monday, 6th July:KMB announces an assignment. Creation of company and one month transactions in TALLY. Plan to do it on saturday. Submission is on 13th.
Wednesday, 8th July: RS announces an economics quiz on Friday. I postpone the studies to Friday afternoon.
Thursday, 9th July:MK announces a quiz on Monday on Rural Society. Plan to study on Sunday.
Friday, 10th July:KMB announces two cases to be done on Saturday. Plan to do it after the quiz.
MK hands out a case for discussion.Plan to do it after the quiz
SB hands out a case for discussion.Plan to do it after the quiz
SB hints at a surprise quiz. So 20 pages of studying.Plan to do it after the quiz
In all of this I realise a presentation on Farmers movements in India, an essay on Society and Culture is due on Tuesday and Wednesday. Not to mention the Quant assignment and the back log to be cleared in order to solve the assignment.
Something tells me that the days ahead are going to be uncomfortable.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


This blog and post is long overdue. Its been more than a month since I have made IRMA my home and have already experienced new highs and new lows.
There is Anand and there is IRMA. Anand is a district known as the milk capital of India, a fact that I came to know when I was asked this question in a quiz on 26th January 2001.The same day that Gujarat was hit by a massive earthquake. Little I did know that I would be heading to Anand to spend two years in an institution which is one of the many started by the father of White Revolution in India.
Anand has a population of around 1,oo,ooo. Its an educational hub with Anand Agricultural University, IRMA and and several colleges dotting the district. It also presents itself as a interesting case of a town being invaded with coffee shops, malls, foreign brands etc etc. The weather is anything but pleasant. Temperature touches 45 degrees in summer and goes down to 5 degrees during winters.
IRMA is one of those institutes which has a beautiful campus. Spread over 60 acres, it has landscaped lawns, wonderfully designed buildings and of course the Amul Chimes which when seen in its full splendour at night is a sight to behold. None of the buildings here have the usual four walled structure. The campus can be a bit puzzling for new comers as all the buildings look the same and when you walk on the pathway, it gets more confusing as you have several offshoots going in different ways.
I still am trying to make sense of directions here.
The life here is hectic. Its been three weeks since regular classes have started and I have never felt so compelled to study as I have been now. Its something I am getting used to. From profit maximisation to Marx, I have been studying everything possible.
As I look at the clock, I realise that I need to get back to isocost and isoquant functions which will determine whether I will get a D or a F in tomorrow's quiz.
For those interested or curious in knowing why the name "barefoot manager" here is a video which will satisfy the curiosity.