LIFE! in Alliance


life! in alliance.

hello and a very warm greetings to all the readers out there.

let me first apologize for such inconsistent posting schedule, i know i haven’t updated my blog in a long time, and, from a blogger’s prospective, that’s not good.

but honestly, as much as peoples missed my blog, ( based on the response i get from my old friends/readers,) i’ve missed blogging, too.

no promises yet, but i’ll try and update more often, ( probably on weekends. )

so this particular post, talks about a new turn in my life.
i’m finally in alliance business school, bangalore, and i’m proud to be associated with such a prestigious b school.

so, from where should i start?
so much to summarize and express in just few lines, is definitely a hard task, but let’s give it a try.

after 21 years, it was the time to live independently and responsibly alone in a hostel.
first time, without mom and dad, at first it seemed a fun idea, but the reality is a bit different.
they have just left bangalore 2 days ago, and i miss them.
but life, you can’t have everything with you. to move ahead, achieve success, sometimes, you have to compromise

and so i’m missing my parents, but still going strong on that subject so far.

bangalore, is a city with a relatively colder climatic conditions and evenings are awesome.
from a guy from MP, where temperature spikes up to 47C, this definitely is a heaven.

people speaks their native language a bit in campus, which, i’ve yet to figure out at all, but others are hopeful that i’ll at least be able to understand after 2 years, so i’m leaving that task on them.

when i came to alliance, tens, thousands of thoughts were running in my mind.
for me, a differently able visually challenged guy, multiply the problems you face in a totally new environment by 10.

mobility? food? presenting my prospective? communication? you name it, and i had confusions about everything.

gradually i came to know that people, who deserve alliance, came here from different part of the country, so i’m not the only 1 who doesn’t understand south indian languages! (Y) 😀

gradually, i have made a few friends here, and its pretty good when it have been only 6 days since i’ve arrived in bangalore.

i’ve so far learned to keep things at proper place, because its me who suffers if i be careless and misplace things, ( oh, can anybody tell me where i’ve lost my USB drive:(? ) 😛

the acceptance and cooperation of friends in alliance is much more then i’ve expected.

its they, who are my strength here,with whom i’m going to share my happy and sad moments for next 2 years, and for the rest of my life.
they are not many, but those who care, understand and support me, a million thanks wouldn’t be enough.
but friends don’t need thanks, so i’m taking that back. 😀

on academic side, the rigger and grilling has already started a bit, we’ve just done our first case study today.

surely things are going to be challenging, but i’ll, like always try and give my best.

i’ll be positive and won’t give up, and hopefully like every past exam, i’ll be able to ace out this PGPM program too.

food is not bad at all, infact, i’m eating in a more scheduled way here, because you don’t control the time, time controls you.
punctuality, participation and listening to hundreds of different ideas and filtering the best part out of them, is what i’ve been able to understand are the key factors of this program.

guest faculties that visits us, are the top managers and industrialists who are expert in their respective fields visits us very often, and it have been an inspiring experience so far.

there’s a lot to say about alliance, but if you really want to experience the friendliness, energy and enthusiasm of alliance, you’ve gotta be here!

to all MBA aspens, i’d suggest, consider alliance B school, it mite be turn out to be the best decision of your life.

on that note, its coffee time!

till i blog again, love, peace and harmony to all!
🙂

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Dear mom.

dedicated to my mom on this occasion of mother’s day.


Dear mom.

Dear Mom, Know that when I say I love you,
I mean it with all my heart.

Dear mom, you was,
And will be my most important life’s part.

Dear Mom, I’m sorry for the things I’ve done.
That put you through so much, which was not fun.

Dear Mom, I’m sorry for bad times gone past.
Those times are regretful, and somethings shouldn’t last.

Dear Mom, You are my mother, this is so very true.
Also a friend, who’s there when I’m blue.

Dear Mom, Once more, thank you for all you’ve done.
From all of us, each and every one!

happy mother’s day 🙂

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A heartbeat away.

found this poem while browsing and since i’m now graduating next month, i’m going to miss my friends, college and great moments i spent in this beautiful town.

this post is specially dedicated to my college buddies.


A heartbeat away.

I know it’s hard to leave,
and you don’t want to say goodbye,
But you’re the strongest person I know,
and your heart will never die.

Your bravery and strength,
has always boggled my mind,
And no matter where you go in the following years
our friendship will continue to bind.

You always found a way to bring out my best,
and simply for that I consider myself blessed,
Not only blessed for having you as a friend,
but blessed for knowing you’ll be in it ’till the end.

Wherever you go,
and whatever you do,
I’ll always be here,
to see you through.

I’ll stand by your side,
when your heart is weak,
and I will help you to find,
all that you seek.

You can call on me,
whenever you fall,
I’ll raise your spirits,
and help you stand tall.

When you feel scared and alone,
with nowhere to turn,
you can always count on me,
you’re my #1 concern.

We have so many memories,
in this sweet little town,
and when you think of them smile,
don’t ever frown

Because no matter how near,
and no matter how far,
My heart is always,
wherever you are.

So don’t forget me,
and don’t ever let go,
And throughout the years our friendship,
will continue and grow.

And I’m sure things will be different,
and you’ll have to rearrange,
But promise me one thing,
you’ll never change.

And if time passes,
and I don’t see you for awhile,
Remember to always think of me,
and always smile.

Think back on all the good,
times we’ve had before,
But don’t get upset,
there’ll be plenty more.

So take a deep breath,
and begin your new day,
And know that I’m always,
only a heartbeat away.

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The 90/10 secret

found this very interesting post on some random blog, and i thought to share this with all my readers.


The 90/10 secret

Author-Unknown

The 90/10 secret is incredible! Very few know and apply this secret. The result? Millions of people are suffering undeserved stress, trials, problems, and
heartache. They never seem to be a success in life. Bad days follow bad days. Terrible things seem to be constantly happening. Theirs is constant stress,
lack of joy, and broken relationships. Worry consumes time, anger breaks friendships, and life seems dreary and is not enjoyed to the fullest.. Friends
are lost. Life is a bore and often seems cruel. Does this describe you? If so, do not be discouraged. You can be different!. Understand and apply the 90/10
secret. It will change your life! What is this secret? 10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react.

What does this mean? We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane may be late arriving,
which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%.

The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%! How? By your reaction. You cannot control a red light, but you can control your reaction.

Don’t let people fool you, YOU can control how you react!

Let’s use an example.

You’re eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened.
What happens next will be determined by how you react.

You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the coffee cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize
her for placing the cup to close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt.

Back downstairs you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave
immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit zone.

After a 15 minute delay and throwing $60 (traffic fine) away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs to the building without saying good-bye. After arriving
at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase.

Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to going home. When you arrive home you find a small wedge
in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.

Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning.

Why did you have a bad day? 
A) Did the coffee cause it? 
B) Did your daughter cause it? 
C) Did the Policeman cause it? 
D) Did you cause it?

The answer is D. You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day.

Here is what could have and should have happened. Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say “It’s OK honey, you just need
to be more careful next time”. Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase. You come back down in time to look through
the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You and your spouse kiss before you both go to work. You arrive 5 minutes early
and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good of day you are having.

Notice the difference? Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different. Why? Because of how you REACTED. You really do not have any
control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% is determined by your reaction.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 secret.

If someone says something negative about you, do not be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You do not have to let the negative comment
affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out, etc.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you loose your temper? Pound the steering wheel? Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket?
Do you try and bump them? WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the blue car ruin your drive. Remember the 90-10 principle, and do
not worry about it!

You are told you lost your job. Why lose sleep or get irritated? It will work out. Use your “worrying” energy and time into finding another job. The plane
is late. It is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going
on. Use your time to study, to get to know the other passengers, etc. Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse.

You now know the 90-10 secret. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results!!!

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gd/pi at SCMHRD

Hello and a very good evening to all my readers.

first, to all my well wishers, i’m still on earth, and still living a happy life, but just have been too busy with exams and projects, haven’t got enough time to write/edit/search a blog post for my audience.

today, i’m here to share my experience of my first interview at SCMHRD ( symbiosis center of management and human resource development.)

as most of you may know, i’ve appeared for cat, xat, and snap exams this year, getting call from 1 of top20 management institute was certainly very exciting for me.

with a bit of preparation for gd/pi, and hope to ace out the first interview, booked tickets and went to pune to attend the overall process on first feb.

everything was well organized, right from getting registration, to document verification, filling checklist, all was well explained and volunteers was always ready to help.

that gave a good start, but from here, things didn’t went as i’ve expected.

first, because i was listed as a ph( physically handicap ) candidate, i wasn’t suppose to clear the gd round, and was directly sent for personal interview.

maybe the management of SCMHRD was trying to be helpful, but no thanks.

we, differently able candidates believes in equal competition, and is ready to face equal challenges just like our sited companions.

i didn’t spoke anything at the venue since i didn’t wanted to act over smart and spoil my first life time opportunity, and stayed quiet.

then, i was sent to some other section where the senior management member ( name not disclosed for prevention of personal offence ) was taking the interview.

he looked at my CV, asked few questions, and was being positive so far.

but then, this is life, not a fairytale, where everything goes fine.

he told me that he prefers me to do 1 year job and then appear again.

he said, ” you do have a very good knowledge and i really appreciate that. but i’ve seen peoples like you who don’t have any work experience, terribly fails in first semester in most of the subjects. i believe you should come again next year. ”

i’m sorry, but i beg to differ.

” peoples like you?”
i didn’t expected such hasty,non logical generalization from such a senior management member of such a reputed management institute.

i’m really disappointed and depressed by such comment.

if other peoples, with enough knowledge and a willingness to do MBA can join as a fresher, why can’t i?

why discrimination and generalization?

now the results are due on 16th feb, and i’m not sure of what future have for me, but,incidences like this, hampers the feeling of equality, and d-motivates.

that’s all what i had to say for now.

regards,

ruchir

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experience with CAT09!

hello and a warm greetings to all the readers. 🙂

normally, this blog acts as collection of various thoughtsand ideas, some of which are my own, and some of them caried or derived from internet.

this post, however talks about 1 of the most important event in my life, “entrance exam for IIM ” known as “CAT.”

IIM, is 1 of the leading management institution in india, and, to get admission, 1 has to go through somewhat tuff exam, which is basically common aptitude test.

the exam, mainly focuses on testing your presence of mind, logical reasoning and overall knowledge in subjects of mathematics, data interpretation, and english.

being in the category of differently able persons because of being visually challenged, according to IIM, i was allowed to bring scribe/writer with me.

he should be of lower qualification then me, and should not be appearing for CAT for this year, and next year.

i’ve been really working hard since last year for this examination, and fortunately, this year, the exam was changing its overall structure and pattern, and from a paper based objective test, it upgraded it self, and, news reads, “cat09 goes online!”

at first, i thought that they will let me use speech output softwares such as screen readers, and i will be able to give the exam on my own, but it turns out that still, there’s a time for extreme upgrades, and despite of the exam going on computers, i have to follow the traditional way, and arrange for scribe.

from going to bank, filling the application forum, getting scheduled for the exam, getting the admit card on email, the process was pretty easy, and everything just worked out to be perfect.

although arranging the perfect scribe, and establishing the coordination for exam is not that easy, and i’d really appreciate if in future such institutes like IIM provides screen readers or other software support enabling us to give the examination individually on our own.
luckily, i was able to find helpful and friendly scribe, and filled the scribe forum just a few days after submitting my own examination forum, and got the approval from IIM to bring him as my scribe.

and, finally, after so many days and nights of tiring studies, came the day when the exam was scheduled, 3rd December, 2009.

i chose the center to be gandhi nagar, amedabad, as it was nearest to udaipur, the place where i’m presently living for final year of my BCA.

reached the place well before time, and located the place where my exam center, Vishwakarma Government Engineering College was situated.

next was to find out nearest hotel, and book rooms for me, my scribe, and parents.

thanks to dad’s strong marketing network, rooms were booked well in advance in the nearest hotel.

the journey from udaipur to gandhinagar was overall good, but i was quiet for most of the time, as it was 1 of very important event of my life, and i wanted to perform at my best in it.

heck, couldn’t even sleep the night before the exam, scaring dreams and thoughts accompanied me the whole night.

at last, it was 6AM!
talked to nikita, 1 of my very good friend, got ready, and left for exam.

the exam time slot was fixed from 10 am, so had to check in the center at around 8 AM, and no late then 8:30 AM.

having near hotel helped for sure, and reached the center well on time.

the staff was really cooperative, got my and scribe’s documents checked and verified, and was allotted the workstation at around 8:30 AM.
my finger prints and picture was taken after a while, and the test begins.

as it was previously mentioned on IIM’s website, the timer started from 3 hours 30 mins instead of 2 hours 30 mins, as extra time is given to candidates who are appearing with their scribe.

now, the main thing, is the exam, which was not that hard overall.

attempted sufficient amount of questions from all 3 section, and the extra time was very well required.

i’m not disclosing any further specific detail of the exam as it is prohibited, but i can confidently say, that i can expect a good result.

tried my best, and gave the exam on satisfactory level.

the results will be declared on 22nd January, and i’ll definitely let you all know when it comes out.

i’d like to specially thank rajpal for being my scribe and for such a grate understanding and friendly support he gave me right from the preparation till the exam.

also, a big thank goes to my parents for supporting me in every possible way,
IMS udaipur for taking the responsibility of teaching me and trying various methods to make me grasp the concepts, and nikita for motivating me whenever i gave up or felt low, and many more peoples who were directly or indirectly involved in making me appear for CAT.

now, i’m off to take a well deserved brake, and relax for a while.
till i blog again, take care everybody! 🙂

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Death of an Innocent.

Hello and belated very happy diwali to all.

diwali is, perhaps 1 of the biggest festival celebrated in india, and despite of being a festival of light, every year, because of careless and ignorant fokes, it brings a never ending darkness in to the life of many peoples.

celebrating the happy time together is grate, but please, do take care that your celebrations shouldn’t hurt others.

following is a poem, elaborating this fact in detail.


Death of an Innocent

Author:Elizabeth Beeson

I went to a party, Mom,
I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink,
So I drank soda instead.

I really felt proud inside,
The way you said I would.
I didn’t drink and drive,
Even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom,
I know you are always right.
Now the party is finally ending,
As everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car,
I knew I’d get home in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me,
So responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, Mom,
But as I pulled out into the road,
The other car didn’t see me,
And hit me like a load.

As I lay there on the pavement,
I hear the policeman say,
“The other guy is drunk,”
And now I’m the one who will pay.

I’m lying here dying, Mom,
I wish you’d get here soon.
How could this happen to me?
My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me,
And most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say,
I’ll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom,
I swear I didn’t drink.
It was the others, Mom,
The others didn’t think.

The other guy was probably,
at the same party as I.
The only difference is, he drank
And I will die.

Why do people drink, Mom?
It can ruin your whole life.
I’m feeling sharp pains now,
Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking,
And I don’t think it’s fair.
I’m lying here dying,
And all he can do is stare!

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.
Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven,
Put “Daddy’s Girl” on my grave.

Someone should have told him,
Not to drink and drive.
If only they had told him,
I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
I’m becoming very scared.
Please don’t cry for me,
When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question,
Before I say good bye.
I didn’t drink and drive,
So why am I the one to die?

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