Thursday, February 16, 2006

Humbler by the penny..

I have been reading ISB related blogs a lot in the past few days..

Here's a small piece by a Ramakrishnan Sankaranarayanan. He is an ISB alumni, who started working at Verizon in Madras after ISB. He apparantly has been a very good performer in school, college and at work before he joined ISB. He talks about how important it is to be put in the midst of minds which are sharper (or atleast as sharp) than one's own. He talks about how much of a humbling experience it can be, and how it can help keep you on your feet.

Here's a link to that post.

I think I have learnt a life-time lesson from it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

You know you're from Boulder when..

An interesting piece written by someone

Your diet consists largely Boca burgers, Silk Soymilk sushi, and Celestial Seasonings tea.
You understand the utility of burning a couch in the street.
Your kids wear 'Baby Gap' clothes.
You really believe that there is a war between Boulder High and Fairview.
You shop at Alfalfa's, and think that it's quilty eating.
You wear shorts in the winter.
Riding your bike in the middle of the street is okay.
You had a hour long coversation about the Ramseys, and your sure you know who "did it."
Your hybrid car is stocked with Ani Difranco and Indigo Girls CD's.
A member of your family either works or plays for C.U.
Sandals are worn year around, regardless of temperature.
You have either been, or sent your child to an alternative school, (ie. New Vista), because the other schools didn't challenge you/them enough.
Your waiter has a PhD in philosophy, and a MA in Women's Studies.
You rather starve than eat something that isn't organic.
You understand that "8 glasses of water a day" is what is required before 10:00 a.m.
Your sense of direction is: towards the mountains and away from the mountains.
Your friends don't eat meat, but they guzzle microbrew and designer coffee like it's water.
In any given line you can see a white person with dreadlocks who is barefoot and the next person is wearing Prada, Chanel sunglasses, a Rolex and is dripping in diamonds.
You're invited to a Halloween party only to find out "party" means serving peanut-pumpkin soup and sitting around reading Edger Allen Poe.
A "bike ride" is at least a 4-6 hour event, a "shower" is optional.
The only women wearing makeup are over 50 years old.
You know all 4 seasons: "winter," "two day spring,""drought season," and "one day fall".
The 3 most popular bumper stickers are: "Free Tibet," "I love my dog," and any array of Democratic political candidates.
The more holes a young person has in his clothes the more zeros are in his trust fund account balance.
April showers bring May blizzards.
You tell someone you're training for a 10K and they tell you they're training for a marathon and the Ironman.
The true feud which divides people is between those who "board" and the "two-plankers."
You've dressed in shorts, sandals, and a parka.
You've gone skiing in July.
You've gone sunbathing in January.
"Rio," "Pearl," and "Walnut" have nothing to do with Rio, pearls or walnuts.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Boulder.