Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This Blog is Moving

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Sing for the moment

She had been tired and unwell and upset that weekend two years ago. Then on Monday, he asked her a question she had not at all expected. Don't think Eminem was telling him "If you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it or let it slip?"

He felt at peace after a long time. She went home, he sat at the library he ran on campus with some friends.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Every once in a while, something happens that reminds you of what is well and truly important.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thoughts from an alumnus

Harsha Bhogle, famous cricket commentator and quizmaster on ESPN, is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad. Recently saw a video of his, of a talk he gave in the auditorium on campus.

Had many wonderful thoughts: why live life like its a 100 m race? Why get into a job thinking about exit options and early retirements?
He says, "If you choose your first job based on the salary it offers, you might be making a mistake. Choose a career, that is what you came to (or should ideally come to) IIMA for." Maybe someday, when the day zero fever subsides and the media stops blaring the crore-plus salaries, maybe then some of us might get some of this perspective.
To end the talk he recited 4 lines of his (and my) favourite Urdu poetry:

"ख़ुद ही को कर बुलंद इतना
की हर तकदीर से पहले ,
खुदा बन्दे से ख़ुद पूछे,
बता तेरी रज़ा क्या है?"

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Teachers' Day - a long overdue thank you note.

I've been a student all my life and teachers have played a very important role in my life. Right from the ones in KG (which I sadly have not much recollection of) to the ones at IIMA, they have shaped the person I am and I will be.

This blog is for all the teachers who I have not been able to thank in person: I will be ever grateful for your guidance. The foundation you laid has helped me get to where I have got, in the way I have got there.

To my teachers in KG - Chincholkar teacher and the others, who taught me the absolute basics (literally the ABC), who made sure I never had stage fright- thank you. I cannot imagine the effort and patience you must have had to handle the number of rambunctious kids that you did.

To my teachers in primary school: who made sure I got talking in English, the ones that made me write fast and in good handwriting, the ones that supported my fascination for astronomy, the ones that encouraged me to participate in many extracurricular activities; thank you. They gave me an excellent base in English and Mathematics (what you taught me was extremely useful in the CAT). Nisha teacher, Rajput teacher, Anuvi teacher, Seetha teacher, Radha madam, Jaya madam- thanks for your teaching. I still aim for the sky; sometimes get there but atleast reach the top of the tree.

To my teachers in secondary school - too numerous to name; you made a wonderful impression on my mind. When a teacher who taught you 3 years ago says, "Nissim, your problem is that you take the languages for granted", it makes you take a good hard look at all the things you are doing wrong. Your constant encouragement was very important to me- thanks a lot for all of it.

I hope some day I get a chance to thank all of my teachers in person, but this blog is atleast a start.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Random Walk down memory lane

Read my old blogs today...should have been reading FORM.
I used to write well...the pain, the happiness it all comes through even 3 years down the line.

At some stage I should start writing again.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This blog needs a revival.
Tuchchadom promises some more time but I have so many things to do outside the class that it might seem as busy as fachchadom itself.
Then again, there's hope.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Just thinking about the way my life is going now...
When it rains, it pours!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

V-day for some, D-day for others.

February 14th, Valentines' Day- the day of reckoning for lovers around the world.
February 14th, IIMA interviews began- day of reckoning for some.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Perfect 10

And I'm not talking about Nadia Comaneci.

Seven months ago she sent an SMS, "You were perfect today."
He did not...she has always been perfect.