Friday, May 23, 2008

This is a single page MBA!

All you wanted to know about management... in a single page!
Astonishingly most of the major topics have been learnt by me, already....

Is it possible to be an MBA without studying?

Is it possible to be an MBA without studying?

A million dollar question.

Check this

If you read and sort of participate in all the discussions, you would have made it. Knowledgewise, YES.

Lots of things you gain in the work life. So MBA is an added advantage. Concentration (Camp?). Based on the NPV of investments, is the ROI worth it. says yes for most of the colleges (if you get a job). Few of my friends who have done part time MBAs didn't see any value add, after 10 years of experience. (there is a message for me)

Now what about Ross School, MIT Sloan, Wharton, Cornell and Columbia along with Yale and Harvard. They are definitely up there. But for folks you have been brought up, bright in good family environment, etc.... makes sense. Not for people like me, who at young age, looked literally forward for a good meal! from 1982, not even a single day has passed without me working and earning! 1982 was dual mode study, school and work till 1990. The whole family used to work! Never mind the good ole days at Kotagiri with Cloth Shop, Estates etc... and what losses can do to you...Days of Ragi puttu, very rarely idlies ,one time rice etc...Foreign was not new to us, as relatives were there and used to gift us, and we had a taste of it (chocolates etc.). My brother was also planning to go to Kuwait on hosiery work, when IRAQ captured it, so he returned back before even he boarded the flight - a sad story I will have to elaborate upon later. My family used to send me away to Grandparents, always during school vacations, it helped me and them. May be that made me a bit more successful. Education wise both my sisters are having multiple degrees now.

Well I did write GMAT in 1995 end and also ensured, in 96 attended at Reading campus 3 courses without completing finals (names forgotten ... Economics, ...Accounting and Decision....) costing me about $4500 USD @ $475 a credit hour - contact classes 3 days, including weekends. I think it is still the same now from LaSalle Univeristy. Heard that they are trying to recruit students in India. Those courses I took, come back to my memory, when I discuss about NPV, ROI etc with my wife for her MBA exams preparation.

May be my poor decision making of returning back to India (no one can kick me out, rain or shine principle, it's my own country man!) has made me change jobs at the drop of a hat, er... satisfaction. (I have decided it is next five years of work. That's it, then education/relaxing field or some easy biz - retirement) Money has never been the motivation. May Dad used to tell me, money will follow where the talent is. It is happening always and even today. He did see me a multi-millionaire in Rs. before he passed away, which he always wanted, the pride in him stayed on.

I am good in case studies, thanks to Business World, HBR and I think that quality helps along way in my current job too. I have handled enough MBAs from IIMs, UCB etc.. and always proved that I was a better task master.... If I can understand the M&A strategy and concepts, and some understudy assignment in Investment banking, I can pass off better than a proper MBA for sure! I don't have the looks or charm - may be that is the cultivation you get done in these league schools?

Do you guys know about the middle finger lecture of Indra Nooyi? click here...

Karnataka May 2008 elections results

Karnataka May 2008 elections results
(You heard it first here. Verify on May 26th morning with complete results. I have tried my level best to analyze astrologically).
Congress - Blessed with strong Jupiter on May 16th and 22nd. > 66% chance of victory. May 10th was a Sun victory, means, intelligent voters have been involved - correct - Bangalore has 28 constituencies and the days poll was for 69 seats.
BJP - favourite - Jupiter gave good start on May 10th and brought it down to 2nd level on May 16th and 22nd.  50% chance of victory.
JD(S) - Only on May 10th - some blessing from Saturn, transiting with Jupiter (only leader would win). 33% chance of victory in all.
Others and Independents - Moon survives the Jupiter onslaught - so certain caste dominant areas give their own peculiar results, irrespective of their party allegiance. < 10% overall chace.
Now the seats and numbers, in my humble opinion
Congress - 123+
BJP - 80+
JD(S) & Others - 11+
Note - It is always necessary to analyze the planets positions on the day of the polling and prominent parties along with a desired result for them individually. It cannot be done before poll, as people will have to give their votes, to decide. To check results the event should have happened. That is why you can see most of the astrologers predicting past accurately, while being vague on the future. It is a God given gift to interpret. Else all politicians would be coming to me to decide, who the next CM would be.

Will the Airport Open soon! (they say May 24th, 2008)

Will the Airport Open soon! (they say May 24th, 2008)

Hopefully yes.

But for HAL to be running, God knows what kind of money these politicians will pilfer out of the system!

Long live Bangalore.

If you dont like, then move to Coimbatore (I have to make money on some land there!)

Six Steps to Service Level Management Success

Six Steps to Service Level Management Success

1. Assessing willingness and readiness
2. Implementing monitoring tools
3. Raising awareness and interest in the process
4. Running pilot projects
5. Expanding visibility through service/support metrics, and
6. Using SLM metrics to drive predictive planning and IT automation

What is Web2.0?

Here is a lift off on Web 2.0 (I am internalizing aka HOWGAL)
Someone wrote "Web 2.0 can do something. We really don't know what it is yet. But this is what I think it is" ha ha.
Reference from O' ReillyPublishing second hand stuff like this that weakly paraphrases what somebody else had attempted to phrase-it devalues other concepts such as 'salary' and 'newspaper-fame'. Let us talk fluff "so what. This is fluff?"
While this may impress 'give me 5 of those' type people and prompt them to do the web 2.0 thing - this could also inflict damage on intelligent readers, who aren't tuned into web 2.0, causing them to form theories that sound something like: "My physics teacher in Tiruppur didn't explain physics very well to me. So physics is all fluff". You got it?
Well if Web 2.0 helps online marketing and selling, I need not have helped my Dad carry (1980s) the heavy bundle of hosiery - manufactured (hard physical labor) and sold without any taxes - zilch - non so whatever - smuggling from Tiruppur to Erode Wholesale market within our own country! It was always nice to hear from Dad that he made Rs 100/- and more as profit, as that would mean we (siblings) can get some nice Cashew Pakoda and Cream buns. We can afford to give coffee (Neskappi) to friends, if they visit.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Shantaram - a wonderful novel by Gregory David Roberts

Facts or Fictions, your Shantaram stands out apart. Hats off Gregory David Roberts!
930+ pages of marvel. Wonderful descriptions.
I bought the novel at Chennai Airport, when I was moving from Chennai to Bangalore, on a new job - last April. Now that I have finished it yesterday (the Afghanistan scenes, seem to be of my memory that I have scene (seen) when I was living in USA 94 to 99), I searched for him on the net and emailing now.
This is what he writes about a novel (beautiful!), on the website (quoting with permission as he says...(refer end of snip))
What is a novel?

What are the elements that must be found in any piece of writing for it to be considered a novel?

I think it fair to say that traditional definitions of the word "novel" work along these lines:

A novel is a fictitious prose story of book length.

In my view, a novel has six basic elements:

1) It must have a society of characters;

2) They must be undergoing transformations;

3) And those must be in the course of a sustained prose narrative;

4) The sustained prose narrative must be impelled by a plot;

5) And it must be unified by clearly discernible central themes;

6) And to the extent possible, it must be universalised by a complex architecture of allegorical and symbolical sub-strata.

If I write those six basic elements into a single definition, I come up with this:

A novel is a society of characters, undergoing transformations, in the course of a sustained prose narrative, which is impelled by a plot, unified by clearly discernible central themes, and universalised by a complex architecture of allegorical and symbolical sub-strata.

You won't find that definition in a book, or on anyone else's website (unless they took it from mine, which they're welcome to do).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

All about Fitness One & Gyms

Read this article...
I wonder how I was a member of a fitness gym from Nov 95 to April 99, working out 1 to 1.5 hours a given day!
After returning to India, I tried to join Golden Gym at Kumar Park West, Bangalore - who were trying to charge @ Rs 10,000/- per annum.
Well I missed joining the Fitness One at TTK Road, 5 minutes from my home at Gopalapuram, between 2003 & 2007 for want of time, while I was slogging from 8 AM to 9 PM everyday! The Sunday beach walk, was the only thing that kept me sort of OK other than my 5 KMs on my excercycle, which I am religiously following everyday.
But still I gained 8 Kgs in the last one year, since I moved to Bangalore.
Will graduate to weights, when I move into the 40's club.

Monday, May 19, 2008

India looses in Azlan Cup Hockey final to Argentina 2-1

India looses in Azlan Cup Hockey final to Argentina 2-1
Well done, better luck next time.
Way to go Dhanraj & team.