IIMC PGPEX 09-10 Blog

Motivating Speeches continued…

How many of you know Mr Kamal Nath, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India as a suave orator? Listen, to his talk(@Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS) to witness his oratorical prowess. After hearing this, I read his book “India’s Century-The age of Entrepreneurship in the world’s biggest democracy“. I never expected a book grounded in so much reality and woven with so many facts from a politician. But his lineage and pedagogy helped vanish all my cynicism. Its indeed a very well written book.

While discussing books on India, recently, I came across this title named “India – A Journey through a Healing Civilization” by Shashank Mani. This masterpiece from a fellow IITian reinforces the fact that engineers can write, and that too for a cause. This book vividly captures a very unique train journey across India organized by the author in the year 1997. The purpose of the journey was to get a sense of the changes that had engulfed India in the past fifty years of independence, and what needed to be accomplished in order to stamp its authority in the world. 200 Indians from different walks of life traveled together, discussed among themselves the issues that bothered them as citizens, possible solutions to fight corruption and kindle a new spirit of entrepreneurship. Read this book to understand the infinite potential of our generation.



May 29, 2009 Posted by | Information | Leave a comment

Reflections after Term One

IMG_5172So, finally Term 1 exams are over;And the suffused joy on everyone’s face when theĀ  Microeconomics exam ended, knew no bounds. Though that joy was fleeting as everyone was reminded of the fact that a whole bunch of MC(Managerial Communications) presentations were pending along with the much dreaded Cisco Case Study. But, however transient the feeling was, it was indeed conspicuous.

The comforting factor was,at least for few days( read a week’s vacation), I wont have to sleep at 4AM and wake up hurriedly at 8AM in order to attend classes. Neither do I have to bang my head at the wee hours of the morning trying to understand recondite case-studies. Nor do I have to balance my 24 hours in figuring out whether to study for next day’s class or to read what ever has been taught today. It is indeed a balancing act and I,for one, is not adept at “sleight-of-hand” or “pantomimes”.

It has been instructed by IIMC that every 1 and half hour of class necessitates a background work of 3 hours. If one does the math, one would realize that, the studies would leave us no time for anything else.

A typical day has 5 classes( 1 and half hour each) which means it requires us to study for 15 hours(5 classes multiplied by 3 hours for each class). Classes end at 5:30 PM. If you start counting the impending 15 hours just after the class breaks, it would be next day 8:30 AM, incidentally, which is when our next day starts. So where is the time to eat and sleep??

Though this is an extreme exaggeration, I just wanted to point out that how hard-pressed we are for time. In these circumstances, the much needed vacation came as a welcome respite from the grind and I can’t express in words how happy I am to get a healthy 8 hours of sleep.


May 27, 2009 Posted by | Life @ IIMC | Leave a comment

Series on motivating speeches

I thought of starting a new series on some of the most heartfelt, captivating and meaningful speeches I have ever heard in my life. These speeches subsume a whole array of topics which would help us understand how leaders think and enact. I have drawn a lot of optimism and support from these speeches and hope everyone benefits the same.

Today, I start with Steve Job’s 2005 commencement address @Stanford University.

Next, a knowledgeable talk by Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala on how India is spearheading the technological revolution.

Prof Jhunjhunwala is a renowned Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. From 1979 to 1981, he was with Washington State University as Assistant Professor. Since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT, Madras.

Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala has significant expertise in incubating technology to make a difference for the masses in India.


May 27, 2009 Posted by | Information | Leave a comment


Currently writing a case on Cisco and reading Asimov – “Prelude to foundation“. Last 6 weeks I have been reading only from the point of view of application – “How does it help me to know this? How can I apply this to my work? What connections do I notice from my previous job?” Well no more – I can read Asimov knowing most of it “does not apply“.

Liberty of the positive kind!!!


May 24, 2009 Posted by | Information | Leave a comment

Term 1 learnings

I had an “Aha” moment today. I read this article and understood it on the first attempt.


May 21, 2009 Posted by | Acads | 2 Comments

Damned Lies and Statistics!!

After a series of flunky-dorky exams, I finally managed to do well on my stats end-term paper today. Under usual circumstances, such a feat would always be celebrated with a few gallons of beer, but not today. Today, I’ll let my ‘delay-gratification-self’ take over me and wait for two more days when all the exams finally get over and then we’ll have a blast on Friday night. Btw, the stats exam reminded me of a blog I scribbled in 2007. It was basically a collection of several interesting points from the book ‘Damned Lies and Statistics’. You can read it here and here, that is, if you have the time!!

Sneak peek from the write-up:

Never overestimate the understanding of an innumerate public. Any estimate can be defended by challenging the motives of anyone who disputes the figure. People who create or repeast a statistic often feel they have a stake in defending the numbers.

–Posted by Tauqueer

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Information | 1 Comment

Is life a presentation?

Just read Abhishek’s post here.

And my humble opinions –

  1. No life is about living. Its only when we aspire we need to follow effective presentation. But is aspiration a synonym of life?
  2. We live in sequences and our story come out in sequence. As an example, this phase of life is a very discreet event in many of our colleagues’ (including me) lives. Our hind-sight justification tries to connect this to our dreams and goals. But are we convinced?

Oh and the audience. Yes and No, but lets give a benefit of doubt – I guess if I show interest in others they will reciprocate.

May 9, 2009 Posted by | Social | Leave a comment

Leave Me Alone!!!

The excessive attention of the media, authors and film directors towards India has produced a plethora of works which people in the West, including the so-called intellectuals just lap up in a moment’s notice. The opportunistic media has metamorphosed from days of yore – India was then the archetype third world country, a land of snake-charmers – to a rising superpower(pun intended) needed to be tamed to maintain the balance of power in South Asia. It hardly bothers me that journos and authors of Western capitalist countries fill their coffers by projecting filth, squalor,inhumane living conditions,violation of human rights and chinks in the democratic armor of the largest democracy of the world. It also hardly bothers me that books on Asian contexts are sold primarily in the West – the rich countries thereby enjoy a vicarious pleasure and gloat over the deplorable state of affairs in the developing countries. What bothers me is that each one of them state the obvious facts(As if, we are not cognizant of our own sufferings) and do not propose a solution. NY Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman, in his book “World is flat” talks about everything else but the steps South Asian countries should take in order to keep the world flatter,thereafter. Even renowned HBS professor Tarun Khanna in his book “Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours” glosses over the most important aspects of the 21st century and stresses on aspects which only make headlines in the academic case studies.

A simple perusal of the library racks would provide you with enough testament that every Tom, Dick and Harry notwithstanding their journalistic prowess, flair of writing and depth of subject-knowledge have written books on India and China; And they keep on procreating(read producing) the same **** over and over again. Plagiarism is an understatement. In our lifetime we have/will witnessed/witness a glut of movies based on the life of the destitutes and slum dwellers of Mumbai – the latest being “SlumDog Millionaire”. Though its a cinematic marvel,it is overtly palpable that this movie was made keeping in mind the “Golden Globes” and the “Oscars”. Otherwise, how would you explain an uneducated slum native speaking in suave English accent? Simple, the movie was meant for western audience(eye-candies for the jury).If you believe in the-matter-of-fact data, tell me “How many full-length western movies(I am not talking about You-tube uploads) have you seen which portray the aesthetic and powerful vignettes of India”?

Here, worthy of mention is selfless westerner John Wood(http://www.leavingmicrosoftbook.com/author.html) who quit his position as Microsoft’s Director of Business Development for the Greater China Region in order to found Room to Read. I offer my sincere respect to self-denying individuals such as John and not authors, commentators or journalists who write about poverty from their cushy Manhattan apartments.

Leave me alone is the cry of my motherland.

“One” of the two most colorful ones.

May 8, 2009 Posted by | Social | Leave a comment

Of Credits and Cards…

Signing up for GMAT: Rs. 12500

Applying to IIMC: Rs. 2000

Fees for the PGPEX Course: Rs. 1400000

Landing your dream job in the first week of placements – priceless…

There are some things that money can’t buy. For everything else there’s Mastercard.

— Author wishes to remain anonymous

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Humor | Leave a comment

Democracy – Who is that?

I just realized that I will not be voting this year. In fact I have never voted. Not a single occasion. I wonder if I should be still called an Indian by any meaning of the word Indian.

Turnout in all major cities are all down, Bombay at 43%, Bangalore at 46%, Lucknow at 35%. People like me are self centered and indifferent to the world outside.

By not taking part in the democratic process I tell the world – “I am not a stake-holder in India. I don’t care what happens to the country. I will neither take blame on accept any merit for whatever happens to India. I am paying a rent to India by paying my taxes on time.”

The reason I quote for not voting are also standard –

  1. All candidates are bad so why bother
  2. I don’t have ID cards – the govt. is a mess and can’t do anything. Or, I am not is town during votes. The govt. should have the sense to introduce postal ballots.

I think I am just plain lazy and don’t care enough to take the time to fulfill my fundamental right and duty.


May 5, 2009 Posted by | Social | Leave a comment