Saturday, October 25, 2008

Iv Been Tagged

1. If your lover betrayed you, what will your first thought be?
The more things change, the more they remain the same ;)

2. If you can have a dream coming true, what would it be?
Walking into Wharton as a student.

3. What is the one thing most hated by you?
Being asked to do work I dont believe in.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?
Buy a huge mansion with sprawling lawns, build a mini 15 seater theatre with the best dolby sound, one video game room with PSP, Playstation, XBox and Wii consoles + thousands of video game titles, buy guitars: acoustic, classical and electric and hire the best teachers to teach me, one games room with a foosball and pool tables, a football stadium within my mansion with AC Milan and Manchester United playing weekly and the rest of the money I will give to my parents to take pocket money whenever required.

5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?
Been there, done that.

6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
Playing football is the best feeling.

7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you really love?
Till the time the next one comes along ;)

8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?
Keep shut.

9. If you like to act with someone, who will it be? Your gf/bf or an actress/actor?
Depends on what kind of acting is needed ;)

10. What takes you down the fastest?
Dishonesty around me.

11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?
Maybe single, but definately rich!

12. What’s your fear?
Losing my family.

13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Omi - spiritual, socially aware, making-it-happen-person, bong-ly, non-techie!

14. Would you rather be single and rich, or married but poor?
Whatever has rich, I want to be that.

15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Tell myself this is gonna be the best day of my life.

16. Would you give all in a relationship?
No.

17. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?
The one who looks good on my B-School profile ;)

18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?
Raat gayi, baat gayi, dosti gayi.

19. If you get to go back in time and fall in love all over again , would it still be with the same person?
No.

20. What will you do about climate crisis?
Contribute to it so that people can have jobs dealing with it.

I tag Anshul, Nova, Archie, Shweta, Mythun and Ships!

In the Name of the Father

Well, G-day has come and gone. And the score is a 690. Not too great, not too low. Neither here, nor there :D Its the kind of score that tempts you to think of retaking the GMAT again, and yet is a pretty reasonable addition to a pretty good profile.

For now, Im going to sit back and relax. This is a huge day in my life, for the fact that I have managed to get past a mental hurdle that has been in my way for a very long time. And that is actually taking the GMAT and putting up a score on the board. Probably I don't even realize the magnitude of my actions today, but its a huge weight off my shoulders.

All in all, I cannot complain much. The score is in the same range I was getting in practice. Additionally, the only top school I was looking at was Wharton. While Wharton seems a distant possibility now, my score should be good enough for the rest of the schools that are in my target list. Combined with my international workex, decent acads and extra-curriculars, I believe I am a strong candidate.

Now, its a matter of convincing the ad-coms ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pre-match jitters

G-day is 2 days away. And the pre-match jitters are coming and going. My scores have fluctuated quite wildly and while I am confident of hitting 720, it has to be done on G-day still. Im getting the 49 Qs. Its the Vs that are fluctuating. Last time was a 33. Hope to bring it up to 40 and with my (hopefully decent) Q, it should be a decent outing.

A hundred thoughts going through my mind, wondering many things.

Anyways, I really don't think I am going to be bothered thinking too many things in those 4 hours. It's going to be difficult enough to focus on the test. And thats all Im going to look to do.

Note to self: Let your light shine.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Beckham on loan to AC Milan

This is good news. Iv always liked David Beckham as a player and person. His freekicks are phenomenal and his character is something I have admired. It will be nice to have him on loan and let's hope it is good for both him and Milan!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sydney, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai

For some reason(s), known and unknown, I wish I could travel to

Sydney


Seoul



Hong Kong



Shanghai

Some Thoughts - Football

This is a sad state of affairs in the BPL. Tottenham are a top club struggling after the departure of Robbie Keane and Berbatov. While both players wanted to leave for greener pastures (Keane to Liverpool and Berbatov to ManU), it remains a mystery why they were sold off without the purchase of any reknowned striker. Tottenham are at the moment a team of midfielders who are not able to gel, and that, coupled with a low morale over the manner of Keane and Berbatov's departures has combined to resign them to the bottom of the premier league. Its a shock that they are there, but its a sad fact, all the same.

Now, with the likes of Bentley and Pavlyuchenko (from Zenit St. Petersburg) and Corluka and Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas, I do believe that they are just about to turn the corner. Hopefully, by Christmas, the lights at White Hart Lane would be burning brighter. Tottenham is a great club with a proud history and the players need to persevere to turn around the season.

All the best guys!

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I just love this ad!

Memorable Moments!

Completing a 100 on the CMR (Change Management Review) system at Shinsei was an achievement of some order! I was just browsing through my Gmail archives and came across this sheet I had prepared when I hit the target! Some nice memories :)


Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Story So Far...

Mission Wharton is chugging along at a snail's pace. I have been enjoying my preparations. Which would involve hours of PSP gaming (FIFA 07) and guitar practice ;)

Oh, as for the material, well, if Sarah Palin can aim for the US (Vice)Presidency with nothing more than self-confidence on her side, then so can I (aim for a decent GMAT outing.)

Im targetting a score of around 720-730. I do believe that is my correct level. While I did score a 750 in my mock yesterday, I think it was more of a fluke.

While it might be nice (and/or necessary) to get a 750+ (being an Indian IT engg.), I frankly don't care that much to invest in getting that 99th percentile. I will be pretty happy with 96 (if I am lucky to get it.)

The chief joy right now in life is guitar practice. Am thinking of getting a new classical guitar from downtown Mumbai (to go with my 2 acoustic pieces). That has given mom an excuse to cajole dad to buy a newer, bigger house ;) presumably coz theres no space left in our current house to house my new guitar :D (Note to self: Women!)

So thats all for now folks! Its the final lap (final week) to this grand exam! Wish me luck!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Quick Question

Would you marry your sweetheart or invest in your career?
(Can choose only one)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Song for Tonight

Don't Cry - GnR

Talk to me softly
There's something in your eyes
Don't hang your head in sorrow
And please don't cry
I know how you feel inside I've
I've been there before
Something's changin' inside you
And don't you know

Don't you cry tonight
I still love you baby
Don't you cry tonight
Don't you cry tonight
There's a heaven above you baby
And don't you cry tonight

Give me a whisper
And give me a sigh
Give me a kiss before you tell me goodbye
Don't you take it so hard now
And please don't take it so bad
I'll still be thinking of you
And the times we had, baby

And don't you cry tonight
Don't you cry tonight
Don't you cry tonight
There's a heaven above you baby
And don't you cry tonight

And please remember that I never lied
And please remember
How I felt inside now honey
You gotta make it your own way
But you'll be alright now sugar
You'll feel better tomorrow
Come the morning light now baby

And don't you cry tonight
An don't you cry tonight
An don't you cry tonight
There's a heaven above you baby
And don't you cry
Don't you ever cry
Don't you cry tonight
Baby maybe someday
Don't you cry
Don't you ever cry
Don't you cry tonight

I don't know if words like "sugar" and "honey" suit a GNR song, but that apart, a beautiful song.

I Wish...

... GnR had never broken up.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Mission Wharton

I am positioning myself to join B-School in Fall 2010. Preps for giving GMAT are ongoing and I will be taking GMAT in another 20 days. The entire process, from start to finish, is however quite extensive comprising of not only the GMAT, but also school research (including curriculum, tuition, aid, placements and career services), applications (including essays, recos), interviews, visa related work etc.

As a whole, Iv decided to name this operation of the next year and a half as "Mission Wharton". Each time I sit and think about the MBA process, the first name that pops to my mind is Wharton. The Wharton School is one of my top two target schools (though by no means the only school in my list.) And it is a very good school. So, why not name this entire operation after a good aim? So, there you go.

First mission of the greater Mission will be on October 25th, when I take my GMAT. Preps are going well and I am confident of scoring in the range of 720 (for sure) to 750 (with a combination of the right amount of concentration and luck on the final day.) Confidence is high and I am enjoying the preparations. Will keep you posted on the results.

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Cycle of Life

Businesses undergo cycles of sustained periods of ups and downs. Similar to that, in the last 8 years, George Bush and his army of militants have brought the world to ruin (low point of the cycle). It might be argued that they were provoked by the 9/11 attacks. But to spread death and destruction across the world (most directly in Afghanistan and Iraq and indirectly in many other countries through further fostering fundamentalism by their idiotic actions) is unacceptable. Add to that the economic crisis that is festering, and you wonder why the world has to pay for the stupidity of one man and his army of arrogant duffers.

In the coming US Presidential elections on Nov. 4th, I would go with a vote for a (hoped) change.

John McCain has the credentials to be an experienced President, but it will be very difficult to break away from the policies of George Bush, once he is in the Presidential chair. Sarah Palin is a big-talking, hollow politician, who destroys the credibility and effectiveness of the McCain campaign. An experienced member like Mitt Romney would have contributed positively to McCain's campaign both in terms of policy and leadership experience, but that was not to be.

My reason for going with Barack Obama's campaign isn't Barack Obama. It is Joe Biden. Joe Biden's experience and standing neutralizes John McCain's and Barack Obama is the lesser of two evils when compared to the loud Sarah Palin.

Therefore, the Democratic ticket is the lesser of the two evils (provided Obama actually lives up to his theme of "change".) Personally, his words sound hollow, but owing to political reasons (John McCain constrained to carry forward the Republican policies owing to him being a Republican and Obama not wanting to carry them forward owing to him being a Democrat), it would be a better thing for the world, if Obama brings to an end this "ignorance and arrogance" fuelled US-led war on the world's stability and prosperity.

Barack Obama's not the man. Its Joe Biden (and John McCain on the other side). But together, they (Biden and Obama) give hope.