Friday, December 29, 2006


My blog site reads nissimatisb, and well I haven't written much about it at all. But rather than having a guilt, I am having a cup of tea right now, to digest this bitter fact. Alright this will be a sum total of what has happened with me in ISB till now... And for faint hearted, please stop right now!

My first blog, was about how I managed to tame my wild heart and got to socialize with junta. First 2 weeks were a blast with Tennis and T-nite stuff going full blown. We won the talent nite showdown, and made a turnaround from last to 2nd place!

Marketing was the first killer. Oh, and did I tell you I hate theory! So for marathon 2 terms I was molested by this subject. And my honorable quadie S, who has become a pukka MBA, was grinning all the way.. Meanwhile the other quadie V was preparing himself for all those coveted posts of student management which give people a kick and spike on the resume! He did his best but as things went it wasnt that best.

Accounting, and Finance subjects came next. I tell you these are very "lucrative" to read but when it comes to making decision, I almost fell like a Newtonian little kid staring at the ocean picking up a fancy shell or 2. DEFINITELY NOT MAJORING IN THIS, I thought (of course, out loud).

There was a tiny weeny IT subject in 4th term, my only hope to recover from the Grade BOP (Bottom of Pyramid, for the uninitiated), and it tricked us! I hit the abyss in this subject!!

Meanwhile Quadies were mingling more often.. V, G and I had fun time during inter-term breaks, mainly becoz S just had a fetish for Mumbai ... Yah right, everyone loves their home town but this was definitely more than that...

I will stop here since faint hearted didnt listen and are still reading... guys please....
OK later then!!

Thursday, December 28, 2006


Its not the end. Its not even beginning of the end.
Its the end of the

Friday, December 22, 2006

Just a thought, just an ordinary thought...

so here is the story of a very ordinary man.. and it might sound very un-real but that was my grandfather, and when i drove 600 kms to console my granny's unconsolable loss, my mind wandered...

my grandfather was the only surviving member of his family. his parents and other siblings didn't survive, as used to be the norm at that time. he grew up with his maternal uncle who treated him like a slave. though his paternal aunt knew that he was entitled to all the property of his father which the m.u. had an eye on. so when he came to the legal age, his p.a. fought with the m.u. and gave him his due rights. he came to MP where the land was (and is) and started working days and nights together. from nothing he created everything. almost enviable. and severed relations with everyone from his maternal side.
he wasnt an educated fellow, but he knew he had to educate his kids, and so he sent all his kids to p.a.'s house in city where they all grew by themselves.
he was a true soldier, fought till the end. he was a man of the soil. he was the man who gave me passion to drive that long. a lot of my nature is like him.

its almost like tagore kept my gradfather in mind when he wrote this (english version):

"jodi tor daak shune keu naa aashe, tobe eklaa cholo re"

If they answer not to thy call walk alone,
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou of evil luck,open thy mind and speak out alone.
If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou of evil luck,trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.
If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou of evil luck,with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart
and let it burn alone.

my tributes to a man who stood on the ground, and challenged the sky.
my salute to "mannu patel", because you taught us "mushkil nahi hai kuch bhi agar thaan lijiye"


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

any comments?

A few words I have heard a lot in last few days and a lot means *a lot to write a friggin' blog*!! Here are a few and their definitions -

1. Moving up the value chain - Ok so you have a offshoring shop in India and you are happy that you are going to be minting money. Wait! Did I hear that this is 2006? Dude! Please change your strategy and do something other than just hiring s/w engrs and make them code like mad. Ok here is a *road map*, try to hire some people who are MBA, give them fundas about what your clients are doing, and next day don't feel shy to promote your techno-functional consultants. Now you are moving up the value chain!!

2. Supply and Demand - They are fine by themselves but when you attach the word IT to it they can pretty tricky. Your normal supply comes from your suppliers, but you IT supply comes from within. The normal demand comes from customers, but IT demand ALSO comes from within. WTF? That's the world that McKinsey has portrayed and projected for all those stupid people who wasted their lives on IT businesses. And if McKinsey says it, please don't waste time arguing.

3. OPM - Option Pricing Model, well they taught us how to price the ESOPs using Black Scholes. Then they said ESOPs are now out. They are expense, in Warren Buffet's lingo. So we thought well they are out, so we were happy (my colleagues in B-schools would agree that Black Scholes is as complicated as one could get to find out the value of stock options. I love ESOPs as much as I hate BS). VOILA!! The curtain raised, and I find myself again pondering over this BS for valuation of option embedded IT projects.. WTF??... What a waste of time for all these months!!

That will be all for now... I think MBA is becoming very dynamic. They should only teach basic things and leave the rest (incl grades) on us.. ;-)