New Day, New Life… Part 1

TAPMI

This post is special to me in many ways….

  • Firstly, it is my 50th Post 🙂 …took some time to reach this milestone 😎
  • Secondly, July 13th marked a year since I entered the portals of Infosys. Although I am not a part of Infy anymore, I felt good to relive those memories of July again.
  • Thirdly, its my first post after coming to TAPMI 🙂 … had been wanting to write since a long time now, but was held up by many other ‘constraints’ 😀

I reached TAPMI on the evening of June 30th, very apprehensive about where my life was headed. Staying away from home for a long time again was what I had been preparing myself for, but it looked a bigger challenge after stepping into the campus. My roomie had not yet arrived, so I has the whole room to myself for a day 🙂 …

We were called for a meeting by the seniors at 9.30 PM, immediately after dinner, as they wanted to brief us about the important rules in college. We were also divided into groups and told to perform certain events for a cultural show that was to be held 2 days later, immediately after the formal induction program. I had mentioned Dramatics as my area of interest, so I became a part of a random group of 9 people, most of whom later went on to be my closest friends in college 🙂

The 9 of us decided to sit in one of our rooms and brainstorm on the idea for the play… After a lot of thought, we got an initial draft ready which we discussed with our senie in-charge during the ‘interactive’ session in the senies’ hostel block 😀 (I guess the whole aim of this was to make us understand that there is nothing called day and night at TAPMI!). It was 2 am when we decided to call it a day, since most of us were tired after a long journey from our respective places. We decided to meet after the induction program tomorrow to start practising for the skit.

On the first day of the induction, we had to collect the schedule for the 2-week orientation and get our photos clicked for the college ID. The induction program was just like how a formal function would be. We had chief guests from different domains speaking to us about the importance of management education. We also had people from KMC coming over and talking about the Medicare facilities that we can avail, and certain important health aspects that we should take care of while in Manipal.

After the program got over, our team met to start practising. We had prepared a funny theme of a B school admitting famous people during the recession times, and we kept improvising on it as more people pitched in… My roomie Ajit had also arrived by then, and he fitted into the play at the last moment. There were 3 skits scheduled in the half hour slot, and ours looked the sloppiest during the rehearsals… but what actually happened during the actual show was beyond our imagination…. 🙂

Here’s the video of our final skit during the cultural show!

The cultural show also exhibited the musical and dancing skills of the new batch, and was an instant hit with the senies and the faculty alike! But immediately after the show, one of the lecturers gave us a very ‘pleasant’ surprise! We were told that we have an IT quiz in 1 hour, and as was the case, none of us were prepared for it…. but that’s how life is – Things come unexpected, and we have to learn how to deal with them 🙂

The next part of the series will come up soon, in my 51st post 😀 … lots to write about, but now I have a case to read!

T.A.P.M.I !

Well, I have been facing a writer’s block for quite sometime now… So finally, I decided to post something about my experience during the selection process of the B-school I’ll be joining in a few days from now… TAPMI 😎

After a long delay due to the technically hampered series of CAT 2009, I was happy that I ended up with a more than decent 96 percentile. I had attended interviews of K J Somaiya and IMT Ghaziabad before the TAPMI interview. The first one was bad, and the second was more than decent. So I felt some kind of momentum flowing as I went for my crucial interview @ TAPMI.

My admission process was scheduled to begin at 8.30 AM on 19th April 2010, at TAPMI’s new Campus in Bangalore. And what made it more interesting was the fact that I reached 40 minutes late at the venue! A couple of professors were discussing whether to allow me for the 8.30 AM slot or shift me to the 11.30 AM slot, but eventually, I was told to go to the exam hall right away, where the Case Analysis had just begun.

The Case Analysis was introduced for the first time in TAPMI’s selection process. Here, we were given a case and told to provide a reasonable solution for the same. The case was about an agency that serviced cabs in a city, and how they could make the cab drivers come by themselves to report defects in cabs before the customers do so, in order to improve efficiency and customer satisfaction. Since I was a ‘little’ late, I was given some extra time to finish my analysis 😀

After the Case Analysis, the interviews began. There were 2 rounds of interviews : the first one was a normal interview with a panel of two asking questions along with an Extempore, and the second was the director’s interview. I was in Panel 4 and mine was the third name, so I was relieved that I don’t have to wait for long before my interview.
My panel consisted of a lady, who seemed to be Konkani as well, and a gentleman, both of whom seemed to be faculty from the institute. For clarity sake, I’ll refer to the lady as L, the man as M, and myself as Me.

M : So Nikhil, what does your father do?

Me: He has his business in Peenya that was established almost 30 years ago.

M : So why do you want to do MBA when you have a perfect platform for yourself?! Your dad would not have done an MBA when he started right?

Me : Told my reasons.

L : Why did your marks go down in 3rd year in engineering?

Me : Told my reasons.

L : So what lessons did you learn? And how will you manage if you face similar problems during your MBA? As you know, it is a very rigorous course.

Me : Told how I came out of the problem I was facing and gave the example of my training in Infy which was also very rigorous.

M : What is your definition of a true friend?

Me : Told.

M : What are your hobbies?

Me : Told.

L : Oh so you are a blogger and you are writing a story?! What is it about?

Me : I’m writing a story about a software engineer’s experience as a trainee in Infy, Mysore

L : Oh that’s great! So did this story come out because you are a natural writer, or because you wanted a vent for your feelings?

Me : It was a bit of both.

M : Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Me : Gave a detailed plan of what I see myself doing right after finishing my MBA.

L : That’s good! Ok, tell me something about Object-oriented programming. I’m not an engineer, so explain in layman’s terms.

Me : Most of my answers during college vivas were like a layman talking, so I did decently here 😀

L : Okay, can you tell me some of the features of Object-Oriented programming?

Me : Told whatever I could remember. (I had realized by now that she actually came from an engineering background, or she would never have asked me about the features of OOP 🙂 )

M : Okay, please pick a chit from here. This will be your topic for the Extempore.

Me : My topic was “Not keeping a check on one’s employees will result in a loss of money”. I was given a minute to think about the topic, and after that, I started speaking. I talked about how getting a right system in place will result in bringing a check on many manipulations that go unnoticed, no matter whether it is a small-scale industry, or a big multi-national.

L : Okay, we are done. You can wait outside for the director’s interview. All the best! 🙂

I was given a CD about TAPMI and told to wait for almost an hour for the director’s interview. The interview was a very general one, with the director asking me where I’m working, what my dad is doing, and whether I’ll take up the 60 extra seats under PGDM if they do not get AICTE Approval and have to be started under Manipal University.

Overall, the entire process took around 2.5 hours.

And after another long wait, I got my final confirmation on 11th May, 2010! I was among the Top 120 selected for the PGDM course at TAPMI 🙂 . My first convert in 2 long seasons, and a big one at that! 😎

July 1st is the day when I’ll get to go back to my native, on a long journey of 2 years, filled with a lot of excitement and hard work!

MIND Games!

Karthik, the proverbial loser, would have passed his life unnoticed but for the phone call which changed his life one early morn. The caller, also calling himself Karthik, teaches our hero how to get the top job, the hot chick, the happening life, until our hero angers him…Is it downhill after that?

Well, I got to watch Karthik calling Karthik recently, and was very intrigued by the various facets of the mind that were shown in the movie. Based on a little research, I’m listing out the important states of the mind, and how they can influence the way we think.

Conscious State : Our conscious mind resides in the cerebral cortex, and is the area used for logical thinking. When we are in the conscious state, our mind tends to take logical decisions, and differentiates between what is possible and what is practically impossible. This conscious state is also known as the Beta state, and we spend most of our waking hours in this state. Our brain radiates certain waves (13 cycles per second or higher) when we are thinking, reasoning or engaging in problem solving.

To give an example, let us consider a student who is preparing for a challenging exam like CAT. It is his conscious mind that tells him that he has been an average student all his life, and that it is practically impossible for him to bell the CAT!

Sub-Conscious State : Our subconscious mind is located in the primitive parts of our brain, i.e., the medulla oblongata and the limbic system. The sub-conscious state is also known as the Alpha state, and our brain now radiates waves ranging between 8 and 13 cycles per second. Our subconscious cannot distinguish between thoughts that are created by external events (reality) or imaginary events. If we can begin to imagine that we are filled with a lot of confidence, our sub-conscious will accept that as true. At the same time, if we imagine a lot of negativity, our sub-conscious ming will accept that as the truth as well.

Therefore, if we take the example of the student again, he has the power to imagine that he has enough aptitude to bell the CAT, and to pursue his dreams. With repeated self-instructions in the alpha state, the student begins to believe sub-consciously that he has the confidence to reach his goals, and will automatically start taking steps towards it.

THAT is the power of the sub-conscious mind!

Unconscious State : The unconscious mind is the source of night dreams and automatic and random thoughts, i,e., those thoughts that appear without any apparent cause. It is the store-house of all the memories that have been forgotten, but may still be accessible to consciousness at some later time. The Theta state (between 4 to 8 cycles per second), the dream state, and the Delta state (below four cycles per second), characterize the unconscious mind. When we are just going to sleep but not yet asleep, or just awakening but not yet completely awake, we are usually in the theta state, and when we are in deep sleep, we are in the delta state.

One example of the operation of the unconscious mind is the when the same student does not get the right approach to solve a particular problem, and suddenly, a bulb glows somewhere that provides a solution. A similar phenomenon happens when we try hard to remember something, but when we stop thinking about it, the data that we were looking for is retrieved in a flash!

The power of the human mind is unthinkable. It is up to us to train it in such a way that we can achieve all our goals and lead a good life, or to fill our lives with a lot of negativity.

References:
Personal Development

States of the mind

Wikipedia

Status for this season

After a very long and hard-fought season, this is how my current position stands:

Exams Given :

CAT
JMET
SNAP
XAT
FMS
NMAT

Call/ Conversion Status :

SCMHRDRejected

K J SomaiyaRejected

IMT Ghaziabad/NagpurWaitlisted

TAPMIWaitlisted

BIM TrichyWaitlisted

WE SchoolResults yet to be declared

Hope to convert one of the waitlisted calls. Otherwise, it is time to start preparing for season 2010-11 😦

What Next?

I’m back!!! 8) Well, the new year has been quite eventful so far….a semester exam on the very first day, CAT results, a couple of not-so-good management entrance exams, and Infy Training….My CAT results have put me in a sticky position ( I got 94 percentile btw!) , coz I’m not able to decide whether to continue with my admission process, or give myself more time to sharpen my skills and attempt again next year. Anyway, I’ve applied to a few good B-schools now; will cross the bridge when I come to it 🙂 ….

Infosys training has been good fun so far though…atleast there is something useful to do than to rot at home 😛 …we’ll be having a test on the 19th of next month, and that might decide who joins the company when, or who gets chucked out first! 😀

I got to watch a few movies too…..GHAJINI rocked!!! 🙂 ..Slumdog Millionaire was brilliant……and Dasvidaniya was really meaningful….I loved all 3 of them 🙂

Lastly, Nikkiman’s Philosophical Thought for the day :-
The earth is round and it is rotating. Therefore, even if you stay stationary, you’ll be going around with someone or the other, and at a pretty high speed. So all you singles out there, DON’T feel too bad! 😀 😛 😆

:-)

My mind has been context switching from good mood to extremely good mood to bad mood to pensive mood for quite sometime now. I have been talking crap most of the time , and I’m sure I have eaten many a head with my silly one-liners! ( To all those who are already bugged of my crap-talk, I would like to tell you that I’ll continue to eat your head! MUHAHAHAHA  😎   ) ….but on a more serious note, I am beginning to understand that life, on the whole, is a positive experience. Shit happens sometimes, but there are also other times when you feel that you are on top of the world….every single day teaches you something, if you are willing to learn. When I look back at my past now, I feel life could not have shaped up more perfectly; because an imperfect life is the most perfect one! 🙂 …I don’t have any regrets, nor am I ashamed of anything, as I used to be earlier. Just want to keep a positive attitude throughout, so that I can enjoy each moment of this wonderful journey 🙂

Astro-Gyaan (Part 2)

The first post had a detailed description of the first 6 Zodiac signs. In this post, I’ll talk about the remaining 6, which are:-

  • Libra (The Scales)
  • Scorpio (The Scorpion)
  • Sagittarius (The Archer)
  • Capricorn (The Sea-Goat)
  • Aquarius (The Water-Carrier)
  • Pisces (The Fish)

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CoNfUsEd…aNd Br@iN-FuSeD!

With mock-CATs coming week after week, online tests to practice, and about 5 subjects to ‘re-learn’ for placements, my mind has gone for a toss…..I have no idea where to start from! 😦 ….its like enemies attacking your kingdom from all directions, and you don’t know where your weapons are….

The result : Consistently mediocre performances …starting right from 6th sem exams! Mock-CATs, which were my strengths at one time, have become more of a formality now…

Hope to find my way out of this rut soon…