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Falling in Love, again

Let me begin at the beginning.

I met my first love in Xth standard. It was the summer vacations and I had plenty of time. My first impression of her was favorable, though my attitude was guarded. It certainly wasn't love at first sight. Others around me didn't really have a good impression of her, and told me so. Never one to judge quickly, I decided to form my own opinion. And how glad I am I did that! As we gradually began spending more and more time together, I realized things about her that others missed. She was special, and only I could see it. We spent hours together and even silence between us communicated eloquently. When I wasn't with her, her thoughts filled my head. I wanted to know everything about her, and as I did, the strength of my feelings for her grew.

At the same time, I was preparing for IIT-JEE. That limited the time I could give her, but I knew she understood that. She always understood. After painstaking efforts, I finally got admitted to IIT. She was…

Course Bubbles

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In spite of the danger of being accused of being obsessed with acads, I present another analysis of the courses I am doing this term.

To the accusers, I have only two things to say:
I spend time in class thinking up such stuff andI spend time making such graphs and posting them here.Both these points should convince them that I only 'analyze' acads, and do not indulge in them.

Well, here it is: (click on the graph to view a larger image)

The size of the bubble represents the amount of work each requires (which is somewhat proportional to difficulty)

As always, this is based solely on my current perceptions and the bubbles could move over time.

As for the opinion of the class in general, I think many would like economics to move left, MIS to move up, and marketing to move right.
Feel free to comment on how you would like to move the bubbles! (this is obviously for classmates)

I will survive!

Stumbled onto this incredibly uplifting song while in a particularly bad mood.

'I will survive' by Gloria Gaynor

First I was afraid
I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live
without you by my side
But I spent so many nights
thinking how you did me wrong
I grew strong
I learned how to carry on
and so you're back
from outer space
I just walked in to find you here
with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed my stupid lock
I should have made you leave your key
If I had known for just one second
you'd be back to bother me

Go on now go walk out the door
just turn around now
'cause you're not welcome anymore
weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
you think I'd crumble
you think I'd lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
as long as i know how to love
I know I will stay alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my love to give
and I'll survive
I will survive

It took all the strength I had
not to fal…

What is the right time to start preparing for CAT?

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I had to write an essay on the above topic as part of my Media Cell volunteering task. Pasting it here because its a question many people have.

Preparing for CAT is an activity that is being taken up seriously by an ever larger number of students and young working professionals in India. Presumably, the motivation is to get into the premier management institutes in India, but several other factors, like peer pressure, post-MBA financial returns or dissatisfaction with current field of work or study also play a role in influencing the decision to give CAT. Like most questions dealing with specifics of a preparation strategy, the time duration required to prepare for CAT depends heavily on an individual’s aptitude, training, background and availability. So while an Engineer might view CAT as an exam that requires him to apply only a small portion of his analytical skills developed over time, a Science or Commerce student might view the quantitative aspects of the exam as relatively new a…

IIT Madras vs IIM Kozhikode

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Got the idea for this in class.

My personal (current) perception of the relative strengths of the various features of both these institutions:

The Rat Race Course

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This post describes the courses that I'm doing in my first term of the Post Graduate Program at IIM Kozhikode. Some of them are interesting, some less so.

Many people wonder what it is that is taught at a B-school. I myself had little idea of what I was getting myself into. The course work is by and large, interesting, at least to me.

Microeconomics: By far the most interesting course I have this semester. Though I had done a couple of basic economics courses as electives at IIT Madras, the level of instruction here was such that I was gaining new insights into old concepts from the very first class. The classes kept getting more absorbing and interesting, and our analysis of game theory was simply awesome. Lately, the classes have been getting a bit technical, so I need to study a bit to get back up to speed.Managerial Accounting: After struggling to understand 'debit' and 'credit' for the first few classes, I finally realized that practice was the essential ingredi…

One Billion, One Gold

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I experienced a sense of disbelief and then euphoria when I heard of Abhinav Bindra's achievement. That India had finally won an individual Olympic Gold after participating in the Olympic Games for over a century, is a matter of joy and pride. It also goes with the theme of India having arrived on the global stage in all fields of activity.

Life will never be the same again for the Bindra, a bespectacled clean-cut 'IT-type', the kind you would expect to go to work with a batch around his neck, facing a computer screen and typing code from 8 to 5, rather than having a gun in hand. He will deservedly be lionized by the media, politicians, corporate sponsors and the general public. But this post is not about him. It is about the sorry situation our country is in in terms of international sports.

After the euphoria of his victory died down, I began to think of the situation. A nation of a billion people going crazy on winning a single Olympic gold, a feat they've never been …

Marketing Friendship on Friendship Day

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I spent the morning of 'Friendship Day' marketing friendship to friends. Actually, it was a trip to the beach that I was trying to sell.

The 'value' being marketed here was friendship and fun.

Segmentation: My class needed to be segmented into groups based on their interest and inclination to go on a beach trip.
Targeting: Those who had shown an interest to go on trips earlier, as well those who informed me explicitly through direct communication.
Positioning: A rare chance to have an enjoyable trip to the beach, bond with friends, and blow off some steam after the strenuous exam schedule.

Product: A beach trip
Place: Kappad beach
Price: Around Rs 50/- per head
Promotion: Mails, messages and phone calls.

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