Friday, January 27, 2006

INSEAD's Oli has fun in Australia

I'm still laughing hard after reading this.

Well done Olivier.

Others: BTW, Olivier is on the Dean's list of our school too... And he still does such funny things down under. I need to go, get a few tips from him on time management ;)

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Free Publicity?

Thank you Death Spiral. I'm glad I could be of any assistance!

But it will help me if you can remind me of the comment I made (see, this is what happens when you go from class to class, presentation to presentation, without a break. You tend to forget what you said, and when :P)

And why are we playing this asymmetric game? You know my name, and now you have seen me too, but I don't know you at all. Come ooon, get in open now :)

Pretty pretty please :P

INSEAD: It is all ONE BIG family...

Hi All,

Sorry it took me so long to post, but life has been REALLY hectic and SO FUN (note the caps!). The people are amazing, with a lot of experience and anecdotes to have an interesting conversation with. They are from Consulting, Industry, Banking, Private Equity, Entrepreneurs, NGOs and so on. They are from Africa, America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

There are a lot of things going on at any given time; actually so many that it is very easy to get distracted. For example, this week is the Brazilian week and we had Brazilian food everyday in our canteen, a Brazilian dinner on Wednesday, Brazilian movies and party.

And P3s have done a great job in the 'welcome' and 'integration' week. Thank you!

We have had dance parties, beach parties, weekend parties and well, some more parties! I think this is one thing which is going to continue in typical INSEAD tradition, and I love it!

I am sure I am at the right school.

And very happy, except for the facts that:
1. There are so many things to do that it makes me feel lost, well at least sometimes
2. My wallet is getting empty at three times the rate I expected
and,
3. It is tough remembering all the names of people from different parts of the world... just AMAZING. But another surprising thing is that the stress has helped us all open up so fast that I feel as if I know some people for years. And it all feels like a BIG family.

Note: Though the MBA department and the career services will try their best to keep me busy with work and away from internet, I will try my best to come here regularly and keep you updated!

Hail INSEAD!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

at INSEAD!

Started at the school I was dreaming about for years!

And if past two days are indication, we're going to be kept f***ing busy here!

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year Resolutions

No body is 'Perfect', I am 'no body'!

[Personal]

Somehow, I don't feel like making any new year resolutions, not because of the quote above, but because most likely, I just end up breaking those resolutions for various reasons! And it sucks when I break a promise - to others, or to myself.

However, if I were to think of 3 things, they would be:

1. Do not over commit, this will be much more important in 2006 than it ever was, with INSEAD having so many things to do at any day/time! It is just impossible to do all of them, and I should remember this. I am in habit of doing everything I can for the sake of 'experience'!

2. Avoid falling in the trap of thinking about old golden times, and be ready to take on the future! And this includes very old friends, who can not come back to my life!

3. Have half an hour a day just for self. Alone, with myself, thinking about my life. This will be needed to avoid following the herd and following my own dreams, not someone else's! And best if this half an hour is not when I am super drunk, when it doesn't make sense to be alone :P

Happy New Year 2006 and how was my 2005!

First, a very Happy New Year 2006 to all readers! May you get more love, happiness, success and joy in your life!

Here is my Good Bye letter to 2005...


Dear 2005,

I am a little ambivalent as to should I be sad that you're ending or happy to see you go away! Our relationship started on a not-so-good note, when you gave me two MBA deadlines and hence many sleepless nights in your first two weeks. This was on top of your elder sister 2004, who was a real b*** and disappointed me a lot right till the end!

You made some amends early on, and kept throwing some interviews on my way. But I won't thank you for that, as you kept throwing failures/rejections at the same pace too! Throughout the two third of year, every good news you gave me was preceded/followed (and that too very closely) by a bad one!

Despite the failures, you gave me motivation and optimism to plan few great things like this, but again you created bad weather, unpredictable flights and lack of good company to let me do those cool things!

Then suddenly (and for good!) you realized that I've paid my dues and started giving me good news! Two admissions, and then one internship offer, which left me quite happy. But you kept me so hectic (OK, partly my fault), that I couldn't savor the good part as much as I would have liked to! And before I realized that I should have had more time with you, you were running away at super fast speed!

However, considering that you've been very good with me in past 3 months, and "All that ends well is good", I will say that I liked the way you were. I hope your younger sister 2006 is good like you, right from the beginning and she doesn't test me for 8 long months un-necessarily! Please say a few good words to her about me, I'll really appreciate it :) OK honey, bye now... I'll miss you!

Dear 2006: A warm welcome into my life! I hope you heard me talking to 2005. I will like you to be as nice as your sis was in 2006 September onwards. Don't ever think of copying her first few months, please! In return, I will promise to be a nice companion :)