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Mid-point crisis… this is the point at which people become indifferent between beginning and the end… like traditional Wednesday night mid-week crisis (when you are not yet recovered from last Friday’s hangover, you have to decide which pub to hit on coming Friday). So here I am at mid-point of my MBA program and indifferent between happiness of starting the course and sadness of finishing course (don’t go by my words… I really don’t mean those) 

Brain teaser: If you are at INTERmediate of the COURSE then can you call it as ‘intercourse’???
[Hmmm… before you decide that I am nasty… intercourse ALSO (that’s right… ALSO) means: mutual dealings/ social or spiritual communication… check dictionary… but anyway I like your thought process, *wink* ;)]

As per great Guatemalan philosopher Socratotle, midpoint crisis occurs because you don’t have any comparison points to anchor and thus become indifferent… that’s very true as most of the time we run our life compared to others … everything runs with comparison… Oh… she has nice shoes, I need better ones, oh… he has good grades, even I need… oh you got more hike than me… and whole life revolves around proving only one point… mine is bigger than yours… and life goes on!!!

As of now I have nothing much to compare with anything or anyone… because most of the time I am so self centered that I simply just don’t care what others are up to… so I decided to go ahead and compare Engineering and MBA course… You might think what a stupid moron I am to compare engineering with MBA… it is like comparing apples with Durians… but anyway I won’t give two cents to your thinking which thinks my thinking is unthinkably moronic…

Knowledge cave#1: Durian is a tropical fruit and I feel, apparently for no particular reason it is quite popular in this part of the world… poetically it is praised as ‘smells like hell but tastes like heaven’ (and they really mean it) 

It is weird train of thought but there is a remarkable difference between engineering and MBA programs apart from the fact that from engineering course engineers come out (theoretically) and MBA courses produce managers (*really???*)

I feel, engineering is more of conclusion based, not many assumptions (except that next batch girls will be much prettier than this batch), and definite answers… yup… a definite 5 decimal point precision answers… so most of the time engineers know what is happening and what gonna happen next… because they know things will work as per theory… see even stupid Zener Diode of our electronics laboratory knew that it has to undergo voltage drop at breakdown voltage of 7 volts… no further arguments… just breakdown… asthe !!!


Engineering course really didn’t give much space or time (even though it was 4 year course) to discuss… (Or is it that my friends and I didn’t do it). I don’t remember discussing why we use ‘if-else-default’ condition rather than ‘this way – that way – highway’ condition… it’s not that engineers are not much intellectually challenged with their course but we largely trust others’ inventions, discoveries and theories and save the time…(what is the point in reinventing wheel… just ride the bike and reach nearest pub… that’s pretty smart haan!!!

Engineers (at least me) are intuition based people… intuition is nothing but fastest way of reaching conclusion by skipping intermediate steps… if conclusion is wrong then simply call it ‘draft version1.0’ and restart one more round of intuition… 🙂

But MBA is totally different story… it’s about assumptions and discussions… and hell lot of discussions… and challenging idle brain cells to think a lot and listen a lot to others’ points (at times bullshit)…  I strongly believe that discussion is good way of looking an object from multiple angles with multiple lenses (wow… i am so, so involved…)

There is inherent problem with discussion… because ‘it depends’… it depends who is there in discussion, what they want to discuss… are they interested in solution or just love discussions… and most importantly, ‘when is the presentation deadline??’ 🙂
When there are more exceptions than rules and more opinions than information then discussions tend to happen and conclusion becomes distant dreams…(like my dream of dating Megan Fox… woo…woo)… That’s the reason (in class) we are taught that ‘it’s not about arriving at conclusion but process behind it’…(managers always have some explanation in hand… pretty smart haan!!!)

In short, management is about systematically deducing a process (with discussions) considering all risks and rewards (with some more discussions) and arriving at conclusion (wrong one…oops…)… If deduced wrong conclusion makes even the slightest of the sense then call it ‘new business model’ 🙂

So hope that explains why engineers don’t appreciate managers’ methods of working… its not just pay scale but they are fundamentally different… that is the reason why engineers and managers never understand each others’ words though both are talking in same language… and that explains why few of my friends laughed when I told that I will do MBA 🙂

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I think I am becoming too conscious about my thoughts and words these days… after the controversy about one of my earlier blogs (ironically, the controversial blog was the most popular one), I am trying to control my flying thoughts but for a guy with abundant thoughts, its little difficult… but I will try my level best 🙂
 
Here I am one more time, after turning the page… doing my MBA on an island country. Looks like I have strange connection with islands, then Japan and now Singapore. Actually I am not a sea loving person (philosophically oceans are quite complicated for me… don’t ask why/ how… just read on :-), I rather like mountains but whenever I step out of India, I land on an island… I know few of you are praying that next time I should land on Antarctica…Hmmm…
 
My student life is somewhat different than my friends’. Most of them went to West and I decided to go in opposite direction (now don’t give me super logic that earth is round and whatever goes around comes around). Anyway east is east… close to home and close to heart 🙂 I had this stereotype picture about studying abroad… wearing big Jackets, cold weather and snow (thanks to pictures posted by my friends)… anyway I don’t like cold (Oh… my God… I dislike more things/places than actually I like) so here I am on humid island… except air-con and ‘rum on the rocks’ most of things are hot here (I am just referring to weather 🙂 )
 
In this student avatar few things have changed… Like I have lost sense of dates (no… no… this is not island effect on my cerebral appendicitis cortex). All dates look same to me now. When I was working, I used to wait for month end, the salary day… Of course for a person who was earning 6 million INR per month it must be big day… right?? (Oops… I think I ignored the decimal point 🙂 ). Anyway 30 or 31 or 1st were motivating and the most beautiful dates for me… Hurray!!! 24 days to go for salary. But now 30, 31 and 1 are just three consecutive days of calendar (in fact numbers, of which a number is prime). I have stopped counting and waiting for month ends… Now all I count is the deadline for the assignment.
 
Weekends… there are no more weekends… need to study every day. Things just go on and on and on… Remember the gazelle which wakes up every day morning in planes of Serengeti and starts running to beat the fastest lion… yeah… right… I am feeling like that Lion which wants to catch at least the slowest Gazelle 🙂 Things move fast… so need to catch up with lots of things…
I got chance to work (to be precise, study) and interact with people who are not software engineers… being in Bangalore and being a software engineer, most of people I knew (except my family and relatives) were either software engineers or security guards of my office… good to meet people from different professions… Still I believe software engineers are special race 🙂
 
Few months back food and beverages were not a major issue for me… if I think, even today they are not… but now I am surviving on loan and sudd…suddenly I feel guilty that I am spending a lot (can’t help this feeling)… so can’t spend like good old days and can’t spend loads of time in search of new restaurants (which was my favorite sports in Bangalore)… In great Chime Tester Santossss words, “now I am just another poor man in rich-man’s country :)” [Still Maggie has not become my regular food]
 
After living in big apartment for years today I am sharing place with 4 people, no more free incoming calls and I wait till 8PM to make or receive calls, regular idli-vada-sambhar have become exotic now, forget the Tata-sky I don’t even have TV to follow up the Roadies, now I watch movies (clips) on youtube… friends who were just bike ride away are now portals on facebook… Oh… by the way… before coming here or even before applying for University, I knew this is the way it will be and I was/am ready for this… but most important thing is I am learning… I am learning new subjects and concepts and I am liking it… sometimes I feel topics are in Hieroglyphics… but when damn Sphinx can understand Hieroglyphics then MBA is not that hard for me… aag hogli matte… 🙂
I am so confused and clueless… it’s not writer’s block but I think I am becoming too conscious about my thoughts and words these days… after the controversy about one of my earlier blogs (ironically, the controversial blog is the most popular one), I am trying to control my flying thoughts but for a guy with abundant sarcasm and cynicism its little difficult… but I will try my level best 🙂
Here I am one more time, after turning the page… doing my MBA on an island country. Looks like I have strange connection with islands, then Japan and now Singapore. Actually I am not a sea loving person (philosophically seas/oceans are quite complicated for me… don’t ask why/ how… just read on :-), I rather like mountains but whenever I step out of India, I land on an island… I know few of you are praying that next time I should land on Antarctica…Hmmm…
My student life is somewhat different than my friends’. Most of them went to West and I decided to go in opposite direction (now don’t give me super logic that earth is round and whatever goes around comes around). Anyway east is east… close to home and close to heart 🙂 I had this stereotype picture about studying abroad… wearing big Jackets, cold weather and snow (thanks to pictures posted by my friends)… anyway I don’t like cold (Oh… my God… I dislike more things/places/people than actually I like) so here I am on humid island… except air-con and ‘rum on the rocks’ most of things are hot here (I am just referring to weather 🙂
In this student avatar few things have changed… Like I have lost sense of dates (no… no… this is not island effect on my cerebral appendicitis cortex). All dates look same to me now. When I was working, I used to wait for month end, the salary day… Of course for a person who was earning 6 million INR per month it must be big day… right?? (Oops… I think I ignored the decimal point :-). Anyway 30 or 31 or 1st were motivating and the most beautiful dates for me… Hurray!!! 24 days to go for salary. But now 30, 31 and 1 are just three consecutive days of calendar (in fact numbers, of which a number is prime). I have stopped counting and waiting for month ends… Now all I count is the deadline for the assignment.
Weekends… there are no more weekends… need to read every day. Things just go on and on and on… Remember the gazelle which wakes up every day morning in planes of Serengeti and starts running to beat the fastest lion… yeah… right… I am feeling like that Lion which wants to catch at least the slowest Gazelle 🙂 Things move fast… so need to catch up with lots of things…
I got chance to work (to be precise, study) and interact with people who are not software engineers… being in Bangalore and being a software engineer, most of people I knew (except my family and relatives) were either software engineers or security guards of my office… good to meet people from different professions… Still I believe software engineers are special race 🙂
Few months back food and beverages were not a major issue for me… if I think, even today they are not… but now I am surviving on loan and sudd…suddenly I feel guilty that I am spending a lot (can’t help this feeling)… so can’t spend like good old days and can’t spend loads of time in search of new restaurants (which was my favorite sports in Bangalore)… In great Chime Tester Santossss words, “now I am just another poor man in rich-man’s country :)” [Still Maggie has not become my regular food]
After living in big apartment for years today I am sharing place with 4 people, no more free incoming calls and I wait till 8PM to make or receive calls, regular idli-vada-sambhar have become exotic now, forget the Tata-sky I don’t even have TV to follow up the Roadies, now I watch movies (clips) on youtube… friends who were just bike ride away are now portals on facebook… Oh… by the way… before coming here or even before applying for University, I knew this is the way it will be and I was/am ready for this… but most important thing is I am learning… I am learning new subjects and concepts and I am liking it… sometimes I feel topics are in Hieroglyphics… but when damn Sphinx can understand Hieroglyphics then MBA is not that hard for me… aag hogli matte… 🙂

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Turn the Page

You get a job, you become the job” – if this is true here I am Mr. Piece of Un-compliable code or Excel sheet with utterly unhelpful data 🙂
 
It’s been more than five years since I am working as software engineer… I have seen companies, met different people… some good (whom I admire), some gifted (whom everyone admires) and some jesters (not worth mentioning in this nice blog), I did different kinds of tasks (good, bad or ugly… it’s just a job)… but at the end of the day I am just a simple plain software engineer…
 
Many times I felt like one of those regular rickshaw drivers, who don’t know anything more than driving rickshaw… and same here, since last five years I knew nothing more than SOFTWARING (if this word is not registered then I am gonna get patent for it 🙂 ). I share few more traits with rickshaw drivers… like; I need hikes (it is deserving greed… you pay nuts then you will get monkeys to do jobs 🙂 ), even rickshaw drivers charge more than meter bill and still keep all change(chillre)… most importantly, even I like listening to loud Kannada songs (dhinga chikka… dhinggg) 🙂
 
If life is like a book (Sometimes I wonder that mine is question bank) then now it is the time to turn the page. One more day and my existence as software engineer will cease to exist… I will no more be the job I do… because technically, literally or simply I will be unemployed… but all new me, my, myself… One more time I will be student 🙂

Learning is continuous and whether I like it or not life will teach me lessons… but I decided to make this learning little professional… by attending regular classes, doing assignments and ultimately by writing exams… Frankly speaking it is quite exciting and strange feeling to go back to school again… because last time when I was in class (in engineering), few of my professors were of my current age…haa…haa 🙂

Happiness of my first pay-cheque (it was a cheque as bank account was not opened yet… still wondering where I deposited that cheque?) , frustration of missing on-sites, fun of coffee breaks, fights over appraisals, pay hike parties, slight crushes which crashed like bad code, people who were nice with me, people who inspired me, people whom I had to tolerate and people whom I don’t even bother to ignore… all contributed a bit towards shaping my personality…

Whether I liked my job or not… at the end of the day (to be precise, on the salary day) I was happy to have one… Everyday morning after almost dead-like sleep, I knew where to spend rest of the day (of course @office). Though life is uncertain but I was pretty much sure that I will meet my friends (hope they are not on planned sick leave 🙂 ), I have to finish my work and I am eligible for unlimited free coffee and a group insurance…

Tomorrow onwards few granted things and few people of my regular life will become part of the stories of my life’s experience… and consume few more bytes of my brain… but thank you guys for occupying my empty brain bytes… Thank you very much for being part of this journey… and hope to be in touch with you people when I am all set to turn the page 🙂

Generally I finish my last mails with this line:

If someone throws Lemons at you, Don’t make Lemonade… Think out of box… Ask for Tequila and Salt 🙂

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Dooorada Betta….

Again one more working day is over and my mind seem to be enjoying the tremors of last weekend hangovers… As I am not able to think beyond three zeros on this junk design, so I thought I will put some of my floating thoughts on paper, not that my extraordinary genius ideas will be lost in this cubicle but nothing gives me more pleasure than spending time in accomplishing a pointless ‘motto’ 🙂
Sometime back (year or so…), on a day which was nothing special than usual useless working day at Bosch, I thought ‘I should go for MBA, MBA is good for me’, in fact I felt that MBA is good for all living creatures.
And of course every determination comes with a bundle of distractions and confusions…
So as soon as I decided to do MBA, I could see ‘Everest’ of questions… when, where, how, why and what???
And obviously I needed suggestions…’Bitti’ suggestions…’bitti” but not so ‘shitty’ suggestions… and for such suggestion I have my roomie, Gubbs… So that’s my roomie… Gubbs….
Me: “Gubbs, MBA maadoNa antha idini… nin en helthiya?”
Gubbs: “ninage gottirbeku nin yaake MBA maadbekanthiya antha”

[That is what I wanted then, a super genius room mate and ‘unhelpful’ piece of question]

Gubbs: “what are your long term goals…?” [Interesting…very interesting… Sometimes I love such moral science questions]
Me: “Andre…” [Whaaaaaaaaattttt???? Just in case]

Gubbs: “where do you see yourself after 10-15 years down the line?” [I always thought it is a HR round question…with a standard answer, ‘I will be working as PM in YOUR organization’. As HR person knows, people join the company to quit but still it’s her duty to ask this utterly stupid question and it is our ‘ridiculous’ responsibility to answer]… (Continue…)

Me: “professionally or personally”? [Thought let’s be clear!!!]
Gubbs: “Professionally, lo…”
Me: “Oh….”

[After thinking a lot… I couldn’t think of anything solid… Means….I wanted a lot… I wanted 7figure salary (without decimal point), super private jets in my garage, may be a yacht with babes…etc…etc…Etc… ]
Me: “Gottilla lo…”
[I am not guilty for my bland reply… After all I am not Nostradamus…. stereotype software labor and useless corporate culture have restricted my view and plans till next weekend… and here the question is, after 10years!!!!]

Gubbs: “if becoming PM is your goal then don’t do MBA, anyway you can become PM after 4-5 years”
[Haaaan… that is true. Compared to the baboon brain people I have seen in this industry, I am like ‘Bradman’… So I can become PM any day… so Gubbs is right!!!]

Gubbs: “If money is reason then don’t do MBA, you can earn in other ways also”
[Really…??? I always thought money (in dollars) is the motive behind higher education… or my roomie is trying to suggest me make up some extra bucks which i have no idea]

Me: “adu nijane”
[Thought, will avoid lengthy debate on importance of money… as I hate anyone talking bad about money :)]

Gubbs: “actually heLbeku andre…..MBA dalli….bla…bla… and…”

[Trinnnng… my cell phone rang…]

(After 2 minutes of talk, which was more or less like ‘bar coded’ information…)

Me: “Gubbs… amele MBA discuss maadona… boys wait maadtha idaare… nanu hogirthini”
[To get some salvation]
I happily left the house (as I had taken the first step towards MBA that I talked about it… Hope u know, “Greatest journey starts with single step”) and Gubbs as usual got busy in some browsing activity (may be he felt relieved that his brain eating ‘Zombie’ room mate is gone)… and my ‘long term goal’ discussion stopped there for that night as I left the place to attend my ‘short term goal’.

Now and then I talk about this topic (MBA and long term goals)… and I happily spread my confusions to others by giving them information bits/bytes which I have acquired from Gubbs. Haan… I insanely motivated few guys to take up the GMAT… Haa… Haa… And still I am not sure of my looooooooong term goal 🙂

And God damn, I am not able to think what I will be doing after 10 years… (May be writing one more Blog then… wish I had a long term plan 10 years back 🙂

PS: Gubbs got MBA admission in Oxford University, UK and…haan… finally I have booked the date for my GMAT…

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