Reflections of My life and My thoughts ..

Things I want to do in years to come .

Posted in Musings, Personal by Apoorv on September 15, 2010

Here are some of things I want to do over next few years. so let me see how I fair against my expectations πŸ™‚ .

– Write a book . It would mostly be related to healthcare / Healthcare technology since thats the area which has been my bread and butter over past 6 years and I am passionate about it. I hope I would find few takers for the book too.

– Fit and healthy me : yes , I have been known as one of the laziest folks around in my friend circle πŸ™‚ . But I wish to change that . And now is the time.

– Travel across India and globe: From Leh Ladakh, to Kerala – I seriously want to explore India to begin with and travel across some of the most beautiful and mysterious places.

– start a venture of my own in 10 years. I am still exploring various aspects of myself , digging deeper into various aspects of how business runs. But I am optimistic I could do something on my own in due time.

– Help lesser fortunate people on the way while living my life.

– Try and learn lots of new things , that I always wanted to do. playing a guitar, learn to dance, learn to cook exotic dishes.

– Earn money, lots of it – because all the things I want to do above may not materialize unless I got dough.

– Be happy : Now that is more important than anything else , strive for your dreams and be happy with what you got . There are far more number of people in this world who are lesser fortunate.

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Too much information and too many choices.

Posted in Economics, Musings by Apoorv on September 8, 2010

I read this term Too much information and too many choices yesterday while reading the book Future files: A brief History of next 50 years by Richard watson. The author predicts that we all will suffer from Too much of information for too many choices we would come across while making decision. And I really dont think we need to wait for too long to face this situation. It is already happening in India.
I purchased my last cell phone 2 years ago. It was pretty easy choice then. It was Nokia all the way , I just had to pick one which would suit my budget the best. And in stray cases, I would browse through handsets of Samsung and Ericsson.
Buying car was no different. I had about 2-3 models to study from Maruti and Hyundai stable and pick the one – most of time which would be Maruti and go ahead with it.
A whole generation has been raised with Maggi Noodles as their favorite junk food.
And now, all this is changing. I had to make 3-4 visits to the cellphone shoppy to narrow down on one. Every time we went to buy one, we were swamped by about 10-15 different models. It was draining to go back and research for the best one.
Buying car is not any easy either. You end up struggling to decide which one you go for ,given that there are
many competing models within each price segment.
And when I go to supermarket, I struggle to decide whether I go with tried and tested Maggi, or opt for Froodles, souply noodles.
Internet has made our lives easier in many ways, but getting the right information you need is still a challenge.one cant help but be swamped by volumes of information that is there which one needs to sift through before arriving at an opinion or conclusion.
There should be , I am sure , business models evolving around this problem and I hope they would make lives of us all easier !!

Life post MBA !

Posted in Musings, Personal by Apoorv on August 2, 2010

ok, so its been about 13 months since I posted something on my blog here. I happened to stumble upon my own blog when one of friends read something here and told me that he liked the post. In this fast paced age of facebook and twitter, somehow my blog took the backseat.
phew,so where do I start now , now that I have decided to resurrect this place from dormance . why not talk about what life is been all about ,right from MBA days at great lakes and the career after that.
so here I go. one year at Great lakes just flew by. I entered the campus with uncertain mind ,not sure whether it was right time to go for MBA thanks to the slowdown and gloomy economy. However as year passed by, I drew confidence and was glad to have been part of something which I always wanted. Peer learning , learning from faculty was just great at Great lakes thanks to avarage work ex of students of about 4 years and the faculty being the best who came from all over the world to teach us.
one year at Great lakes made me very competitive and significantly changed my perspective towards life. and if any aspiring students are reading this blog and wish to my opinion on whether you should go for Great lakes, it would be resounding yes.
And here I am now, working at United healthGroup in Hyderabad ,working on something which I always wanted to, so that marks fairytale ending to my MBA career path, a dream job to start with. Life is pretty much stable now after oscillating widly outside comfort zone for an year.
There are few posts which I wish to write subsequent to this one which would take a bit of scratching the brain on my part but I should complete those articles. one would be about my two cents on placements process and survival guide for job aspirants at campus. I wish to follow it up with a short story that I wanted to write for a while.

Adios for now !

The Magical Three Hours .

Posted in Economics, Life @ Great lakes, Musings by Apoorv on June 27, 2009

Its been fairly long time since I wrote the last one about life here at great lakes and this one too , I am writing this post in the middle of all the chaos going on here . These days , I am somehow keeping up with deluge of presentations , quizzes , exams and most important , sleep.
It seems to have happened in distant past but I would not be able to forgive myself if I don’t write about much talked about last class of Prof. Rakesh singh’s Macroeconomics class .
Throughout the semester , we all were struggling with the assignments he used to give us ( assignments ranged from Inflation in India to Singapore exchange rate management to US current account deficit to India on the move to name a few πŸ™‚ ) . Most of us had the first taste of rigors of B-school once his classes started . Fondly known as ” Rocky ” among student community , Prof. Singh is an economist who would make you appreciate good things about india and at the same time , he would make you think hard about problems faced by India in general , and rural india specifically . Within span of 20 hours of his classes, students started talking in terms of GDPs ,WPIs , CRRs , Repo rates when they talked about nations .
I vividly remember one of his quotes , ” I still want you guys to remain confused and do the good job with assignments ” . First 17 class hours , most of us were clueless which direction classes were heading . But it was last 3 hour class where Prof speaks about ” India on the Move ” when it all made sense .
There usually is lot of hype about This last class, what with all the seniors telling you at length about it .
Prof easily exceed all my expectations and all the hype in those three hours . when I sat through those 3 hour class , I , rather none of us realized that its been 3 hours . Prof went on speaking for 3 hours , he did not take break to drink water or take a breath . Right from india`s economy in 1950s to Indira Gandhi`s tenure to liberalization to role of IMF in forcing india to open up the economy to Rural india growth to Enron to Anna Hazare to PC chidambaram to comparison of india and china , he simply went on and on .
And when the class ended , the entire 230 students stood up for standing ovation for Prof .
Rest of day was spent doing research about so many things he told in class ( There is a joke , that Prof. Singh speaks in hyperlinks πŸ™‚ . you could spend hours after each class analyzing various things he talked about , and you still wont be content ) .

Hats off to you sir ! Those three hours were the most precious hours of my life as a student . And today our Dean , Prof. Bala Balachandran sent the weekly mail stating that there will be many more such wonderful experiences over next 10 months !!

and Its already been a month !!

Posted in Life @ Great lakes, Musings by Apoorv on May 24, 2009

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2 years ago , when i was preparing for Gmat , I used to do two things . I used to study a lot and I used to eat a lot ,thanks to my mom πŸ™‚ . and now after 2 years , its time to shed the weight i gained then . Thanks to the hectic schedule here at Great lakes , I finally seem to be melting down . Its been a month and I already feel bit lighter πŸ™‚ .Accounting principles of credit and debit and depreciation seem to be at work !
oh btw I am 1/12th MBA now , having survived through the rigours of first month πŸ˜€ . Time just flew by over past few weeks since I landed here .
Quick updates from the campus : yours truely could get into The much coveted Placement commitee . Financial Accounting – 1 classed ended , I thorughly enjoyed classes of Prof. Surya sekhar . With heavy heart ,we bid good bye to him . I casually looked for his profile on school of accounting – Florida Int. University and was completely at awe looking at the accomplishments of the Gentleman . We will miss you , sir !! Prof. Krishnan`s classes ended too , relieved in a way for I wont need to go through texts of Upnishadas , Geeta and Vivekananda`s speeches as pre reads here after πŸ™‚ .Β 
Its been fun so far . Throughly enjoying life here , there is huge scope of improvement for me . I am taking longer time than I should to work at optimum limits . My perenial bete noire , bad time management , has not completely been taken care of . I hope to be better when it comes fighting with sleep in forthcoming days . Β 

2 years ago , when i was preparing for Gmat , I used to do two things . I used to study a lot and I used to eat a lot ,thanks to my mom πŸ™‚ ( off the topic : Those were the golden days seriously . prawns ,fishes , chicken . I would get anything I ask for , coz I was studying πŸ˜€ ) Β . and now after 2 years , its time to shed the weight i gained then . Thanks to the hectic schedule here at Great lakes , I finally seem to be melting down ( my melting down has got nothing to do with global meltdown , its got to do with pure veg food we get here πŸ™‚ ) Β . Its been a month and I already feel bit lighter πŸ™‚ .Accounting principles of credit and debit and depreciation seem to be at work !

oh btw I am 1/12th MBA now , having survived through the rigours of first month πŸ˜€ . Time just flew by over past few weeks since I landed here .

Quick updates from the campus : yours truely could get into The much coveted Placement commitee . Financial Accounting – 1 classes ended , I thorughly enjoyed classes of Prof. Surya sekhar . With heavy heart ,we bid good bye to him . I casually looked for his profile on school of accounting – Florida Int. University website and was completely at awe looking at the accomplishments of the Gentleman . We will miss you , sir !! Prof. Krishnan`s classes ended too , relieved in a way for I wont need to go through texts of Upnishadas , Geeta and Vivekananda`s speeches as pre reads here after πŸ™‚ .Β 

Its been fun so far . Throughly enjoying life here , there is huge scope of improvement for me . I am taking longer time than I should to work at optimum limits . My perenial bete noire , bad time management , has not completely been taken care of . I hope to be better when it comes fighting with sleep in forthcoming days .

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And am back to Land of Rajni …

Posted in Life @ Great lakes, Musings by Apoorv on May 17, 2009

And I reached chennai Β to start off with MBA . and as it happened in the past , the autowalla took me for ride again πŸ™‚ . I hope to be smart enough by the year end at Great lakes to handle these chaps in better way , thats the yardstick to gauge how much I could make out of MBA πŸ˜€ .Β 

And before I write anything further , well this space is going to talk about my life and experiences during rigours of 1 year MBA for time to come .Β 

Its been 3 weeks in chennai now , after fun filled first week at a resort on ECR road as part of orientation , we finally packed our bags and shifted to new campus on ECR road . I must say this place is slightly far from chennai , but one year MBA hardly gives you scope to fool around . Β It feels great to be part of bunch of 260 folks with avarage work ex of about 4 years .Β 

Classes started a fortnite ago . assignments , tests followed too and then the fun began . I am completely clueless how I am going to cope up with 3-5 hours of sleep a day , having slept for more than 8 hours a day for my entire life πŸ˜€ .

with couple of weeks , we had mid term of Accounts , a test of Marketing and Statistics . And we got going with our Empirical study project for Yale – Great lakes Empirical research projects .Β 

Having worked for 5 years , I was skeptical about my decision for personal reasons and for the shape of economy . Whatever doubts I had about my decision evaporated when I sat through convocation of senior batch . I think thats it for now Β shall keep on writing as and when I get some time . yeah , time is the most precious commodity here πŸ™‚ .

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Back !!

Posted in Musings by Apoorv on August 30, 2008

well , its been ages since I wrote something , isnt it ..last time I wrote was way back in Dec 2007 . Phew , long time indeed 😦 . In my defence , I did start writing many a time , but didnt complete the effort πŸ™‚ .so I shall scribble whatever I can today and see if I could complete this one . so many things happened in last 8 months around the globe . The ones mentioned below had me thinking though .
Mr. Musharaf is finally out of the office . His tenure sure was mixed bag . Few things I admired about him were his policies which led to better life for pakistani women , his practical stand on J&K and his efforts to make pakistan more liberal nation . He indeed lost plot along the way over past couple of years but a decade down the line ,he will be remembered as someone who did good for the cause of pakistan .
We won 3 medals at olympics , another 3-4 indians made it to quarterfinals . We got to know about the hardships the olympians face without enough financial support . I sincerely hope enough money is pumped in sports by corporates over next few years and get to see better showing in olympics at london πŸ™‚ .For some reason , I enjoyed watching Pugilist Akhil kumar fighting it out there in middle ,even though he lost in quarters .I wish he will be around next time around ( considering that he is 27 right now ) .
Future of The nuclear deal is still hanging in balance and lefts are out of the govt ( yeyy !! ) .
And me is in hyderabad at peace with life , its almost been an year since then . I just dont know how time flew by so quickly. The other day a friend was saying , 8 months of 2008 have passed by already . It doesnt seem long time since I jotted down my memoirs for year 2007 and the time to write about 2008 is approaching at fast pace πŸ™‚ .This year witnessed record number of marriages so far among my friends . Every other day a friend or the other uploads snaps of engagement / marriage on orkut .The regret on this front has been I attended close friend`s wedding at a place which was 70 kms from Panaji in Konkan and we could not extend the trip to Goa thanks to work at office 😦 .
My association with my employer entered into 5th year in May πŸ™‚ . For some reason , this bond has been pretty strong . Chennai , Hyderabad , NJ and back to hyderabad . Its been eventful 4 and half years .I am one of the buzurgs here right now πŸ˜€ , many of them either moved on to other companies or are working somewhere in US / UK .
on personal front, life has been good . oh btw , I bought a Bean Bag , something I wanted to buy for ages πŸ˜€ . I wanted to buy a recliner chair too. yeah , loved the one Joey has got in sitcom FRIENDS . That indeed is being sold in Hyderabad . But 45,000 for a recliner chair , ahem . so I leave it on future me for time being .
when we are sitcoms , I stumbled upon this sitcom ” How I met your Mother ” and thoroughly enjoyed watching 3 seasons of it .
On Movies and Novels front , Read The Namesake and thoroughly enjoyed the book for its excellent narration and character portrayl. There have been no notable desi movies so far to talk about . Enjoyed watching english Movie Wanted starring Angelina Jolie though πŸ™‚ .
Phew , so many things to write about I guess. Shall take a break right now .and pen down something else very soon .
oh btw , Do go thru this one . Nice read.Did help me to put many things in perspective .

Eid Mubarak , Merry Xmas and Appy New year !

Posted in festive mood, Musings, new year by Apoorv on December 25, 2007

There is this feeling which makes me happy many a time . someone is sitting there up in heaven who protects me all the time , prevents me from taking wrong decisions , brings me back on track again and again .There were moments when not so good things happened with me . I was left sulking , wondering why of all me ? , why did things not shape up the way I wanted them to be . But when I look back and ponder over all those not so good things , it all makes sense .
It does not look all that bad now . I realised that there is difference between the way I want things to happen and the right thing . It was like someone was trying to tell me , ” young man , there is right time for everything and this sure is not the right time . ”
All the risks I took did pay off , my luck never deserted me when I needed it the most . some things happened recently which further strengthened my belief πŸ™‚ .
Reminds me of the quote , ” I had my time, I had the power, I am yet to have my finest hour ” . so here comes 2008 . And I look forward to this year and I am sure there are lot many goodies in store this year and this sure would be my finest hour , I hope my guardian up there feels the same way πŸ™‚ .

Bye bye 2007 , you have been very kind to me too .

“Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I’d like to express my thanks –
I got the sun in the morning
and the moon at night.”

~Irving Berlin, “I Got the Sun in the Morning,”

Wish you all a very happy festive season and a great year ahead !!

The Butterfly Effect ..

Posted in Life.., Musings, Travel by Apoorv on December 14, 2007

Given a chance would you like to change something in your past ? a friend asked .

I wud say I really wont . I am happy with my succeess and I am incomplete without my faillures and mistakes and the lessons learnt from them .Β  watched this movie called “The Butterfly effect ” recently ( would advise everyone to atleast read about this phenomenon on wiki ) and read quite a bit about The chaos Theory , and realised that life is but a game of snakes and ladders. outcome of a series of decisions that one takes . so there really is no point in ruing about what you could have done and what you couldnt have . past is past .

Β I seek a future though with plenty of fun , perfect balance of work and personal life .spare time for various things in life I always craved to do .
To start with , The lazybee in me yearns to shed some weight πŸ˜€ .
The enthusiast in me yearns to take up photography as a serious hobbyΒ  . I have been reading about the art and appreaciating works of others on flickr quite a lot , of late . And probably take a shot at writing something good , after long time .
The careless me yearns to be bit more organized .
The wanderlust in me yearns to see new places , spend a month in goa ,observe the people ,their way of living , appreciate the scenic beauty all over again , watching the sun rising and setting at those beautiful beachesΒ  . I would love to spend a week at vizag and araku valley ( which btw is going to happen soon πŸ™‚ ) .
standing on beachside and looking towards the horizon ,the vastness of this world gives me a high , like it would have to the sailors . It feels like I am peeking into the future , makes me feel immensely peaceful . yes , I would love to go for boat rideΒ  from Rajmandry to Bhadrachalam in month of chilly winter . They talk a lot about god`s own country . I wud love to go there too some day . And there are so many other places too . Having never travelled to northern part of India , the land sadly remains unexplored 😦 .Β  There is no end to the wishlistΒ  πŸ™‚ . would end this one with beautiful lines by Mirza GhalibΒ  πŸ™‚ .

hazaaron khwahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dum nikle
bahot nikle mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle

…thousands of desires, each worth dying for…
many of them I have realized…yet I yearn for more…

wah wah !
This might very well be the last one for this year . or I could write one more . Anyway wishing everyone a very prosperous and fun filled new year .

Kabhi Aana Tu Meri Gali :)

Posted in Musings, Nostalgia by Apoorv on August 5, 2007

stumbled upon video of this song sung by Eupohria Band , recently on net . and some fond memories related to this song rushed thru my mind πŸ˜€ ..
I must say I am devoid of any sort of artistic touch in me . I never really sang , danced , painted or played some musical instrument well . And there was this burning desire in me all along to perform something on stage in college days.and win atleast a prize in one of such contests . I was pretty much involved in organizing events for last two years and that way I was part of action , but I was looking forward to some onstage performance than being backstage boy all the time . Ahem , I had this thought somewhere on back of my mind that one such stage performance would go long way in realizing my potti patao operation πŸ™‚ .
During final year gathering , I could realize one of the two goals ,winning a contest . I could win a stupid dumb-charades contest with bit of luck and bit of manipulation with help of organizer friend πŸ™‚ . But the other dream , performing something on stage didnt really see the light of the day . Towards end , we friends had passed resolution that we would live the life to the fullest and do what we want to do , no matter what . so , we friends ganged up and thought of giving a live performance . The occasion was perhaps last celebration of our college days ,which was farewell party to us by juniors,and with fair amount of practice , we could sing this song on stage , Kabhi Aana Tu Meri Gali …. and it truely was lot of fun , I was lead singer of our group of 7-8 guys πŸ™‚ … Today suddenly all those memories flashed thru my mind while watching the song ,and I couldnot help but hum the lines along with the song πŸ™‚

kya karegi tu ghar se nikalke jayegi tu kahan
kya dekhegi tu tajmahal ko ,mai na hun jo wahan
kya najar aur kya najare kuch nahi inme baat
nagri nagri kya dhundegi mai na hun jo tere sath
kabhi aana tu meri gali tujhe palko pe rakhunga ji ……