Speak Up!

Abhishek came back home at 11.30 PM, totally exhausted. He was having a bad time at work. He had been working from 8 in the morning for the last 9 months on a critical support project. His PM had earlier told him that he had to put in a lot more effort than what he was putting in now, in order to sustain in the company; but Abhishek could not understand how much more hard work was expected out of him.
Once he reached home, Abhishek had a quick dinner and went off to sleep; his mother tried to strike a conversation with him while he was eating, but Abhishek was way too tired to even respond. He went back to his room and opened the resignation letter that he had written a month back, and which he felt like submitting to his PM every single day…

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Optimistically Pessimistic – 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterβ„’ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 10 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 53 posts. There were 20 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was July 7th with 167 views. The most popular post that day was My CAT calling!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, pagalguy.com, search.aol.com, thethoughtsofnikipedia.wordpress.com, and indiblogger.in.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cat, cartoon cat, jungfraujoch, cat cartoon, and cat pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

My CAT calling! November 2008
30 comments

2

Christmas Tag! December 2008
20 comments

3

Europe…The unforgettable tour June 2008
21 comments

4

T.A.P.M.I ! May 2010
8 comments

5

Final sem memories Part 2 – Farewell! May 2009
9 comments

New Day, New Life… Part 2 – EPISODE MANIA!

EPISODE 2010

β€œHippppieeees, HIPPIES!”

β€œPIRATES, PIRATES, PIRATES!”

β€œHum Hain WHITE WHITE WHITE!”

β€œMAFIA, MAFIA, MAFIA!”

…these were the phrases we heard all day for almost a week in the canteen, prior to 13th July. The seniors were wearing shades of Blue, Red, White, and Black, and chanting slogans feverishly! They seemed to be on a mission, out there to prove a point. Come July 13th, and we all became a part of this extravaganza…EPISODE MANIA had taken over, and we brought back magic from the Realms of Time…

EPISODE is an annual intra-collegiate fest held at TAPMI, to serve the purpose of senior-junior bonding, and to inculcate the quality of teamwork among the new batch. This year, we were divided into 4 different teams, namely:
β€’ Hippies (Team Blue)
β€’ Pirates (Team Red)
β€’ 4-D (Team White)
β€’ Mafia (Team Black)

One day before Episode kicked off, the seniors from the respective teams put up their inaugural skits, which was liked by all. This was immediately followed by allocating each of us into one of the 4 teams. I had a liking for the colour Red, so was very happy when I came to know that I was a part of the Pirate team!

The new PIRATES!

The first day of Episode had some of the literary events like Wordsworth (Poetry Recitation) and Kurukshetra (Debate competition). But the major event for the day was the Poster making competition, which involved all the junior members of each team, with the seniors pitching in regularly. This was the event that helped all of us really break the ice, as we got to talk to a lot of people and the spirit of working as a collective unit came to the fore!

The PIRATES making the poster

The following days saw a lot of events, some of them being the Fashion Show, Street-Play, Dance, Ad-Zap, Blogging Competition, Creative Writing, Exchange and HR Fora (2 personality-based events). All teams began pushing themselves up the points table, but team PIRATES somehow seemed to be lagging behind. There were only two big events with big points left on the last two days- Dream Theme and Valedictory, and one good day could seal it for any of the 4 teams…

During the Fashion Show dress rehearsals

It was then that the lead PIRATES decided to take a Risk… They put a LOTTERY on the Dream Theme, which was a singing competition where the entire song has to be composed by the group members, and the song should be sung by the entire group. Putting a lottery meant that if we won the event, we would get double the points awarded for it, and losing would mean we forfeit half of all the points that we have gained so far… so we decided to go for it, and put in all our passion and Enthusiasm behind our very own TAPMI Theme song…

And voila! We WON the LOTTERY! The first team in the history of TAPMI to have won a lottery! And what’s more, we jumped from 4th place straight to 2nd place!

Pirates’ Lottery-Winning Theme Song!

But things turned around during the Valedictory function. Team 4-D also put a lottery on the ultimate show-down, and thanks to some brilliant performances, deservedly won it, thus becoming the Champions of Episode 2010 πŸ™‚ ….

Whoever was the winner of the Fest, it was the spirit of TAPMI that shone at the end of the day. Looking forward to being a part of EPISODE MANIA all over again! πŸ™‚

Senie Pirates!
Junie Pirates!
Samundar Ke Hain Raja Hum, Bajaa Denge Sabka Baaja Hum!

New Day, New Life… Part 1

TAPMI

This post is special to me in many ways….

  • Firstly, it is my 50th Post πŸ™‚ …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 πŸ™‚ … had been wanting to write since a long time now, but was held up by many other ‘constraints’ πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ …

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€ (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…. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

The next part of the series will come up soon, in my 51st post πŸ˜€ … 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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ )

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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ . 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!

New Story, New Beginning!

First of all, wish you all a VERY Happy New Year! …Hope all your dreams and wishes come true and your lives are filled with more happiness and prosperity than the last year πŸ™‚

After a long sabbatical, I’m back to blogging….its been a pretty hectic half-year for me at Mysore, but now I’m back to Bangalore and have started my work life in full flow πŸ™‚ ….but amidst all the work, there was something I had wanted to do since I was in training… and that was to write a story revolving around a confused guy who goes to this wonderful campus in Mysore for training. And after shrugging long periods of procrastination, I have finally begun working on it; and I have created a new blog totally dedicated to this story πŸ™‚

You can catch my new story HERE. I’ll be uploading the first post soon. Awaiting your reactions and comments, because its you readers who inspire me to write more and more πŸ™‚

Happy Reading!