Monday, November 27, 2006


I got my new 70-300mm Nikor lenses. Thanks to Doc! He got me these from Delhi. I was in two minds to shell out the money for these lenses or not. TOTALLY worth it!

I took my camera out to the Atrium to give the lenses a workout. Helped me pull-off some great pics!

Of course, it also helped that there was good lighting in the Atrium and there were people colorfully clothed! Everyone typically is happy on the first day of the term!


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Another term flies by!

Is it just my imagination or is my time here at ISB flying by? Another term just finished today. Had two exams, Branding and Pricing. I'll thank my stars if I score an average on both of them. Somehow, I seem to be loosing interest on studying as the terms go by!! I think I'm getting too old for this. Or, I've been studying for too long!

New term begins tomorrow! I'm taking Market Research, Consumer Focussed Product Development, Creativity, Innovation & Design, and Marketing of High Tech Products.

My ELP and PAEV finally will finish this mid-way through this term! Boy will I be glad when its done. Its like an extra burden at this point of time!


Friday, November 17, 2006

More Global Warming?

Large icebergs have been spotted floating towards New Zealand. Looks like very large chunks of ice have broken off from the Antarctic Shelf and have floated up north. This article doesn't say if its a cause for concern. Maybe I'm just getting paranoid over a a 200ft long, 50ft high block of ice floating in area of the earth never seen before.

Read the article here

Monday, November 13, 2006


Here's a new search engine from Google.

I guess they introduced this one because of their inability to run risky tests on the existing one. So, this is probably their test search engine where they will try out some new features. I actually like the way the image results also get posted on the same page!


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Travelogue - Bhubaneswar II

The event was a total hit! We really had fun. There were a number of rounds which tested all possible fronts of an individual. Team play, negotiations, communication, physical fitness, adaptability, geographical knowledge, language diction, and a number of other skills. The ISB teams were all split up. 2 of us were paired with 2 people from XIM. It was a good thing too. We really made some friends there!
We didn't place in the top two. My team came only 4th, but it's not as bad as it sounds. We were only 2 points less than the team which placed 2nd!
The hospitality was unbeatable, and the food at the mess rocked. I'm back at ISB now. Last night, the dinner at ISB brought me back out of the vacation mood. After the XIM canteen food, the ISB food tasted like mass produced Industrial waste! Sigh. I don't know if it's because I'm just bored of the Sarovar food.
Pics shot @ XIM, Bhubaneswar

1. ISBians participating in the SkillCity event

2. The rings we won in the many rounds. Iron Knuckles (for the lack of Brass)

3. Trying to deliver the knockout punch!

4. SkillCity organizers and participants

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Travelogue - Bhubaneswar I

Drastic events have happened in the last 2 days. I got lucky and all of a sudden, I am on my way to Bhubaneswar to attend the Xavier Institute of Management (XIM) B-school competition. This is the first time I’ve made such a quick decision on going somewhere out of town in India. So, today I bunked my branding class, hopped on a flight to Kholkata with Nucliomaniac, V and RH. This is the first time I flew Sahara. I was pretty impressed with their service. I didn’t know that Sahara was positioned somewhere between the discount airlines and the premium Jet Airways and Kingfisher. I was pleasantly surprised to see food being brought to me for a 2 hour journey. Heck, this sure doesn’t happen in America. You have to be on a bloody 3 hour flight at least, to be served anything. Food was great, and the desert was even better.

We arrived at Kholkata at about 7.45pm. This is Nucliomaniac’s home town. His driver whisked us back to his place. I was pretty impressed by the roads and the city in general. Not too densely populated when compared to Chennai. The car population on the road was very manageable, and we didn’t have to stop anywhere due to traffic. Of course, Nuclio says that we took the less crowded route from the outskirts to his place. Nevertheless, I can say that it was about 1/4th the car population of the journey from the Chennai airport to my house! So, you do the math.

We passed by the Victoria Memorial which was a huge building built like the Taj Mahal. One thing that struck me as we drove by a lot of the places was that there are hardly any people on the roads!! I can compare Chennai 8 years back to Kholkata today! I can’t imagine this much space and wide areas any more!

Nuclio’s family gave us a warm welcome. We had an awesome Marwadi style dinner. Man oh man.. I’ve said this before and I’ll say this again. I love Marwadi style of cooking. I was reminded of the time back in Colorado two years ago when Rakhi’s grand-mom was visiting us while Akka was pregnant with her. Damn. I shamelessly pigged out on the food. Damn. I need a work out now!
After quick dinner, we were whisked away to the Howrah railway station. Got a chance to see the famous Howrah Bridge and remembered the scene from the movie Yuva.

While at the station, it struck me that there were a lot more lower class people here in Kholkata than in Chennai. V and RH made the same observations. Of course, they are from Bangalore where there are either beggers, or there is the middle/upper class according to them. Kholkata has a major problem of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh according to Nuclio. The West Bengal border with Bangladesh is a very long one and is not a natural border like the Kashmir passes. Hence, I guess it is not easy for the Government to keep strict watch-out for illegal immigrants. According to Nuclio, a lot of the people we saw at the Howrah station belonged to this category.
I get on the train, and I’m now in a different compartment from the other 3 guys since my tickets were booked the last! As I sit here in my compartment, I look around and I realize that it is VERY hard for me to tell the difference between a Bengali and a tam-bram.. especially the ladies (I sure can tell a Gujarati, or Punjabi when I see one!). At least the ladies in this compartment are dressed very similar to Tamilians. All of them are in sarees. I wonder if there was some ancient connection between Bengal and TN. Or did the South Indian brahmin’s migrate from the north centuries ago.
A mental note to myself: look up the origin of the South Indian Iyers and Iyengars. Their skin colour sure don’t match those of the so called Dravidians. Maybe, they aren’t Dravidians at all? Where is my Oxford History of India when I need it!
I’ve also heard that there are more similarities between the Bengalis and South Indians in terms of their love for art, dance, music, poetry and education. A lot of very learned people have come from Bengal over the last century. The food habits I hear are also very similar to Tamilians (except for the fish of course).
Before I boarded, I purchased myself a book to keep me occupied: One Night @ the call center by Chetan Bhagat of the “Five Point Someone” fame.
Tomorrow’s going to be a good day with the competition kicking off. The event we’re taking part in is one of its kind apparently in India. It’s a smaller version of shows like the US reality show “Survivor”. It tests both physical as well as mental capacity to adapt and come successful.
More details later! Now for some good sleep!

Some pics from the journey from Calcutta to Bhubaneswar

1. Nucliomaniac @ the Howrah Station

2. RH, V and Rhapsoder @ Howrah Station

3. Rhapsoder and V with a background perspective view of the railway tracks

4. Sunrise at Orissa

5. V enjoying the sunrise

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Retro-virus brought back to life

I was reading this article on Slashdot how scientists have succeeded in bringing to life an extinct virus.
After reading Jurassic Park, and the character Ian Malcolm's views on messing with stuff we don't understand, my first reaction is a little negative. Why can't we leave things that nature chose to make extinct, alone? I don't understand too much of the article, but, intuitively at least I would assume that our human body does not have resistance to viruses that we have no exposure to. So, knowing that this virus hasn't been around for millions of years, I would assume that my body doesn't have too much defense against this virus. I am trying hard not to imagine about what would happen if there was an outbreak of this virus! :-).

It will be interesting to keep see what will happen down this line in the future!