Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The koward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!"
                     oscar wilde , the ballad of reading gaol

When was the last that I thought of you...I know not...but am I the one who goes alone on this path...and should I but care only a little for the souls that follow or those as march ahead?

Mode C is a way of life, perhaps my way of life: C for Cool, C for Cold, C for Chaos, C for Calvin. Ultimately, all of it boils down to the way you look at things. Are they not how they are but just how they appear?? No...and yes...Almost all the seriously critical fundamental concepts of life...aren't they just the bogies under Calvin's bed that he is afraid of? Miss Wormwood, Susie, Mom and Dad, and of course above all, Hobbes...aren't they all merely the means that he uses to attack these bogies?

Reflecting on 'living the Calvin way', I have started to believe that life and our reaction to it can only be explained by a number of Calvin and Hobbes strips combined together. The philosophy, as I like to call it, is to know that you are not alone. It is not just my perspective alone that is going to help me fight my bogies. I will be able to inch towards the Calvin way only when I perceive the other perspectives on my way.

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Friday, July 16, 2004
Taking a chance at chance

The classes at IIMK have just moved on to the first gear, or that is what the seniors want us to believe. In fact, thinking about it myself, I don't feel that there has been anything so far that can be really classified as load. We have been having tons of free time and it has actually become a bore. Also, the very basis of my expectation from an institute like IIMK has been shattered. Now I know that an IIM is not radically different than any other college (UG or PG). However, there do exist some subtle differences which not only need to be nourished but also improved upon by constant innovation and experimentation.

I do not know if things stand where they do because there has been lack of effort from any party. Actually, I seriously do not think that this can possibly be the case. As in the example of my own team at college attempting to get sponsorships for the various college fests, I can understand the case of total effort and yet less than optimum results. In my opinion, for all it is worth, it is all about creating the right opportunities at the right moment and more than that, about the opportunities making themselves known to you. There have been so many cases in my own past where I have not been able to identify obvious chances that could have given so much and so much more easily compared to opportunities that I and the team actually created for ourselves out of nowhere.

I know all this sounds very abstract so far but that is because the context is not there for the reader. We had another session of Omega, the Operations Management Interest Group at IIMK, last night. This session was focussed primarily on the Six Sigma concept as seen by Deepak, a summer intern and a Pre-Placement Offer Recipient at GE. The session was informative and interesting, perhaps not so much for the people who are uninitiated into operations of any company. For the majority of our batch however, that is not the case, and we have all seen at some stage or the other, the working of an organisation in quite a bit of detail. So it was not all Greek to me, as Deepak took us through the jargons and his interpretation and usage of those jargons. Most of the jargons, being a part of Six Sigma and not of the CMM model practised at Infosys, were unknown to me but the basic concept remained the same.

The second part of the session, the smaller part, focussed on the lack of options that we have in Operations in the college and the small amount of interest that has been mostly responsible. Perhaps it is not my place and experience to say anything at this juncture but I do feel that things can be managed more efficiently in a lot of organisations to get more active participation. I am saying this not because I am just being 'global' in the IIM lingo. It is because I have done it in the past. Having been the Literary Club Secretary in my college, I had this daunting task of trying to attract junta to a dead club, that was believed to be the bastion of the dull brains of the batch. I had tried to change the impression by adding glamour to the group by getting events sponsored and actually combining literary activities with theatre to come up with events like a modified version of Dumb Charades, etc. I knew that this was not the real purpose of the club and I even faced opposition from the faculy in charge of the club for 'belittling' the ideals of the club.

All along, my intention had been to get those people in, who do not really know about their interest. Literary skills are something that are more often than not cultivated and not necessarily inherent in an individual. Once an individual is pulled in by some 'cheap' events that are well marketed, the agenda can later be turned to a more serious one. That was how I was able to manage a crowd of about 80 people for the annual Literary skills workshop that earlier had a record for highest attendance of 20-odd.

In the five days of classes that we have had, Accounting and Micro Economics look to be the interesting classes. Perhaps it is an indicator of things to come and the probable shaping of my interest and specialisation. As for the interest groups, as was my practice in college, I think that I am going to attend and like all of them since they involve an informal and student approach that appeals to me, whatever be the occassion.

I finally met Prithesh yesterday and he was good enough to actually come down to my room. I know that it shoud have been the other way round but I do really appreciate his gesture. And not just his alone, the way this entire senior batch has been treating us is with kid gloves and I must say, we are lovin' it.

Posted at 02:21 pm by Nitai

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Thursday, July 15, 2004
On the Mckensie way

It was only last week in this space that I had been blasting Konsult, the consulting committee of IIMK. I had this thing in mind that the session that was used to greet the majority of freshers on their very first day was absolutely boring and a major put-off. I was vindicated yesterday when attendance to the Konsult session dropped from a huge 100-odd to merely 20-odd people. The primary reason, which I also tired to explain to the seniors, especially Harish and Mukesh, was that the first session gave the impression to most of us that Konsult was something very hi-fi and that most of the juniors will not have enough band width and capability to do something like this. Also, the repeated stress on the fact that the projects need to be completed or else Prof Saji will be on your neck, was not at all comforting. The detailed brief of all projects that are being done by Konsult were also a no-no, perhaps on the very first day.

Last night in the Konsult meet, the seniors had planned a game, which they could have possibly had on the first day itself. Also, the format of the game should have been more competitive instead of just inviting questions from the junta. In such a scenario, only those who are able to understand respond, and the rest of the people feel completely left out. However, if you make a competition out of it, I feel that most of the people will participate.

This is not to say that Konsult should have people who are not really interested in it and end up in becoming something similar to the glamour driven Mpower. But on the other hand, Konsult does need to attract people, especially those who have not yet made up their mind over what they are actually interested in. Though I have not actually volunteered for working for Konsult, I do have these suggestions and if any one is listening, good enough...

Father Cyriac did not turn up today for his first OB class, which I was actually looking forward to, because of the HR part of the course. Marketing by Prof Panda is also not going to be there today...a good day, so far but definitely, there will be compensatory classes soon enough :(

Posted at 09:20 am by Nitai

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Today was officially the first full day of classes. We have been having a lot of orientation stuff that has been filling our daily routine but the first officially course content filled day was only today. The statistics class that began the day was as much a bore as it could be, probably because it was the first and introductory class. Once we move on to concepts like standard deviation, variance, co-relation, etc., I am sure that it will become more interesting. The worst part of the day, however, turned out to be two back to back classes on Information Technology. I can appreciate the need of IT in a management course, especially in today's situation, but somehow at IIMK, I have felt that there is quite a bit more than required emphasis on IT. This has also been the probable reason for the batch profile that has come in this year. Predominantly from the IT sector, the batch can be easily placed in the IT sector where they belong...or at least that is what the administration of this college thinks.

Last night was another interesting event in campus and that was Atharva, the quiz club, meeting for the first time this session. There was a general quiz conducted by Sanjeev and it was quite interesting. Surya from our batch seems like a good quizzer and our team (formed ad hoc and also comprising of Abhijit and Ramesh) came up with a decent performance by answering 17 out of 28 questions correctly. We did miss a few sitters but even if we hadn't, we were nowhere close to the winners who were in the 23-24 range. It might require a little more reading but we definitely can be in the reckoning in days to come.

I am planning to conduct a Bollywood Quiz soon. I had plans to do that on a grand scale in Infy but somehow, that never really materialised. I had prepared some questions and had devised an interesting format, too. Animesh had even adapted my quiz in parts to prepare his own quiz that he had conducted in Infy Mangalore. I have asked him back for all the materials and I guess that I should be ready with the quiz on a day's notice if the guys at Atharva give approval. On second thoughts, this might as well turn out to be the ice breaker I have been looking for...let's for now, I am off to the last class of the day which promises to be sleep, because I have already had my stomach filled and two, because the course is Micro Economics, which is supposed to be a pathetically theoritical one.

Posted at 01:59 pm by Nitai

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Marketing the drizzle

Kozhikode is certainly a beautiful place and the campus of IIMK, especially so. I missed my jogging today because of the Tuesday fast but even if I had decided to go for the jogging, I couldn't have. There was a slight drizzle in the morning that made going out not impossible but certainly a little difficult. However, the kind of view the rain, combined with the beautiful hills around this place, gave was simply out of this world.

Classes have started here and are now in full flow. For the other section, the load has been a little more since they had two classes yesterday as well as today. For the A section, which is supposed to be luckier in terms of the teachers, the routine is not so hot on the first two days of the week. The coming three days are going to be a diffrent story, however, with the Quant Prof., Professor Gopal Chouwdhry, having already asked us to study the first chapter before coming to class. The schedule is also a little more tightly packed with four and even five classes on the coming days.

We had the financial accounting class today and the teacher, Professor Broca, was very energetic, to say the least. The first impression that I had of this teacher was that he is carrying with him a sense of fullfilment on being chosen to teach at IIMK. Also, he seems to be a person not used to too many changes. He has a distinct methodology which looks to be quite rigid. I don't know if these observations are correct in their entirety but they would certainly come to the forefront before long.

We had the most interesting of the student committee meets yesterday. Mpower, the marketing interest group at IIMK met last night for a very interesting session. Starting with the weekly updates on the marketing world, the focus shifted to a quiz that was well conducted and well fought by the IIMK students. It almost felt as if it was a beginning of the concretisation of my interest in marketing as a discipline. I have not yet decided on the specialisation that I am going to follow for my MBA but if Mpower was any indication, marketing may well have a role to play in my future.

On the personal and emotional front, things continue to be as far from rosy as possible. I am still not able to break the ice and in fact, have somewhat resigned myself to fate and decided to give things some more time to settle down. My only worry is that if I give too much time, the situation may become unsalvagable.

Posted at 05:02 pm by Nitai

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Monday, July 12, 2004
Crossing the line at MBA institutes

We had the first formal class at IIMK today. It was a class of Micro Economics conducted by a new faculty, Dr Sumit Sarkar. Personally, I felt that he was good to start with. He took the class on a brief introduction of the syllabus of the term and unlike some teachers, actually tried to explain, or at least introduce us briefly to the concepts that are associated with each section of the syllabus. Micro Economics does not look like it is going to be much of hard work and since most of the subject is theoritical for this term, I don't think that it will tax us much either.

State Bank of Travancore turned up for their loan presentation today and although Allahabad Bank which was also supposed to come, gave it a miss, we had some good fun making the poor SBT guy shout himself hoarse. Most of the guys already knew the interest rate and other things quite well and after a round of serious clarifications that lasted for about fifteen minutes, the place became a fish market and there was nothing that the class could have understood collectively. Well, so much for future and current managers!!!

Talking about managers, I read about the shocking incident at XLRI. I was just going through PG when I saw this amazing thread. Really, the guts of those people and the utterly disgusting upbringing they must have had to become such absolute boors. How could they even think, forget actually try, to attack the modesty of fellow female students? Don't they have any respect for them or for that matter, even for themselves and their own families? I am feeling really sorry and angry, to say the least...not because I am very righteous myself or I oppose the concept of ragging in its entirety or anything but after a certain stage when limits are crossed, things do become really bad and that is what happened at XLRI. I just pity all those inebriated souls who pride themselves on their drinking and smoking habits that can make such monsters out of them.

On the other hand, I must say that IIMK seniors have held themselves with great dignity. Even though smoking and drinking on campus are not taboo here either, at least the seniors have not crossed the fact, forget about crossing the line, they are nowhere even near the line. They have been most helpful and co-operative and have actually made me proud of this institute, especially after hearing this thing about XLRI.

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