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Orientation - Day 3

After sleeping for 3.5 hours, I woke up again at around 7 AM; because I had to complete the assignment that Prof. Agrawal gave. After finishing the breakfast, we went to the P11 lecture hall for the session on introduction to case study method of learning by Prof. Jose. To our surprise, the Robin Hood case was really given by the professor and not entirely a mock(however, PPT was not intended by the professor, I guess). It was a nice discussion. Again going like fish market discussion at times. The session finished with the professor explaining about how is classes will be, how to do well with case analysis etc. Till now, I haven't spoken in the class. I guess, I have to change it ASAP since a decent percentage of the marks is for class participation. This was followed by a session on positive psychology and meditation by Mr. Sandeep, who is with HSBC for the past 18 years. He was mainly talking about how to find the happiness, importance of meditation etc. Again the topic was too…

Orientation - Day 2

whoo! was awake till 3-3:30 AM, writing the experience, preparing for the skits etc. Actually, we had divided ourselves into two groups, one covering the skit discussions & the other covering blogging. After completing my blog post, visited the computer centre with the group leader, Prateep. Had a nice chat, and we departed for the day. We were asked to be at the lecture hall L1, sharp by the SAC members. So kept an alarm for 7 AM - virtually a sleep of around 3 hours.
I got up at around 6:30 AM itself, and took a quick batch. Our group had decided to assemble near the mess at 7:30 AM to discuss about the blogs & other events of the day. But only 7 out of the 19 turned up. After a small discussion, we went to the MDC(Management Development Centre) for breakfast. We reached the lecture hall by only 8:05 AM; and the hall was already closed. We were told a surprise quiz is going on and we will not be allowed to take it. After a while, a mid 30's looking like gentle man came ou…

Orientation - Day 1

Though, we were supposed to report only at 12 noon in the hostel blocks; since I got a lift, I reached here by 11:45 AM. As expected, none were there, and even the security was not sure, why I am here. After explaining to him about my intention of entering the campus with a suit case and a laptop backpack; I was directed to the hostel block. After walking for sometime in lush green campus, I reached the hostel blocks. I was embarrassed to contact the hostel office since it was just after 12’O clock; so I just roamed around the hostel blocks. This was like another dream coming true.


After sometime, I decided to get the keys from the hostel office and got the first room - J201. Once I entered the room, I understood why Laxmi indicated to bring whatever you might need. Though, I have never stayed in the hostels till now; I was not completely surprised by the dusty floor, spider webs here and there. After cleaning them, I decided to roam in the floor; but couldn’t meet any one. It was ju…

My Expectations from PGSEM

Well having said in my previous posts, whatever be the negative comments, I got for this course; I am going forward with it. I believe if I plan accordingly and give me best, I should be able to draw maximum out of this course.

Most of the ones, to whom I discussed with, advised me to take the course with a caution & pinch of salt. So I have rather lowered my expectations. All that I am hoping to get from this course is:

- Interaction with some of the best faculty in management education in the world
- Interaction & build some life long relations with my peers
- Make use to the maximum whatever, IIM provides a PGSEMer
- Be part of some committees and do some very good work
- Win, or at the least participate in some B School competitions
- Study well (It seems very hard, with my project becoming more tighter) and try to get an exchange program (I guess, again hard for a PGSEMer); So these two are on kinda lower priority :)
- Try my level best to consider this opportunity as a …

Joker in the pack

I was very excited, when my waiting list got converted. In fact I was praying like no one else in world for a week, to get the WL converted. I will be God fearing ever :)
As soon as I got the convert letter, I started informing others with at most enthusiasm. Predominantly, the response was very postive, inspiring & accolades. But then, I started getting mixed reactions. A sample

Me : Hey dude, I got into IIMB for its part time program, PGSEM
X   : wow! great man. Congrats!
Me : Thank you..
X   : its a 3 year course...conducted during weekends...right?
Me: Yeah, 2.5 years; Fridays & Saturdays.
X   : hmm...part time may not be that good; why don't you try for a full time again?...its much better option.
Me: Yeah, but iam fed up of writing CAT; and i don't want to miss IIMB
X  : hmm, how much is the fees?
Me: 9L
X  : Oh man! does your company sponsor you?
Me: No
X  : Oh! will IIM provide placement support?
Me: No
X  : awful! are you crazy to opt this?

These dialogues did…

PGSEM Interview

The interview was after one month on April 25 (Sunday)
My Slot was 9AM

Essay - Challenges faced by Indian IT industry to maintain the growth in the next decade

Wrote some good points. But later noticed that, my concentration was more on the challeges faced by an firm, rather than the industry as a whole. Guess, that was ok :)

Interview - 2nd one to be called
Panel - 2 Young guys (1 working in Yahoo; other may be a faculty)


1. Tell us something about yourself?
2. What do you blog on? (I mentioned blogging in introduction; A long discussions on blogs)
3. Oh!, you blog about online marketing, can you compare text & video marketing?
4. What is your take on video marketing?
5. Who is the market leader in video marketing? (Said Google; corrected me saying, for you information, its Yahoo)
6. What do you think is the rigor of PGSEM?
7. What are the adjustments and preparation one may need to take for this course?
8. How many hours will you think will be needed for this course preparation?