Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The koward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!"
                     oscar wilde , the ballad of reading gaol







When was the last that I thought of you...I know not...but am I the one who goes alone on this path...and should I but care only a little for the souls that follow or those as march ahead?

Mode C is a way of life, perhaps my way of life: C for Cool, C for Cold, C for Chaos, C for Calvin. Ultimately, all of it boils down to the way you look at things. Are they not how they are but just how they appear?? No...and yes...Almost all the seriously critical fundamental concepts of life...aren't they just the bogies under Calvin's bed that he is afraid of? Miss Wormwood, Susie, Mom and Dad, and of course above all, Hobbes...aren't they all merely the means that he uses to attack these bogies?

Reflecting on 'living the Calvin way', I have started to believe that life and our reaction to it can only be explained by a number of Calvin and Hobbes strips combined together. The philosophy, as I like to call it, is to know that you are not alone. It is not just my perspective alone that is going to help me fight my bogies. I will be able to inch towards the Calvin way only when I perceive the other perspectives on my way.



   
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Thursday, May 13, 2004
Closing of a chapter

One more chapter of my life closes today. I formally resigned from my job at Infosys just a few minutes back and believe it or not, I can not feel any difference. It is not just because I still have to drag myself in every morning for the next 20 odd days to office. It is not just because I will have to slog in office for some more days. And above all, it is certainly not because I am tired of people asking me about my interview experience at IIMK. It is just that I don't seem to get that enthusiasm going in me. It doesn't look like a big change to me...well, at least not yet. From reports by seniors and others who 'know', life at IIMK is going to be a real challenge as far as taking time out to sleep is concerned. Malini, one of my would-be class mates, says that she is trying to compensate by lazing around at her home this entire month and even the next. But at the same time, Prashant, one of the other guys who are leaving Infosys to join IIMK, wants to utilize this time in brushing up on accounting fundamentals...

As for me, I am certainly not going to study, despite what chimpx (why the x, though?) says about being ahead of the competition on Day Zero. I believe that there will be Days 1 to 365 to worry about that (it is another matter, however, that I may not worry about it even then) and a lot of other things. And the other thing, sleep, is also not within my grasp right now. Most probably, it never will be. For the next few days, at least till June 4 when I actually pack my bags and leave Chennai, it is going to be work for me. When I reach home, too, it will be pretty hectic with so many relatives and friends pouring in to see me for one last time (it really scares me to see the way they are treating this...my going to IIMK...as if it is my death knell or worse still, as if I am getting married).

Having volunteered for moderating the e-group of the 2006 IIMK batch, I really don't know what I am supposed to do. It is not that I know something that the seniors don't. At best, I might be at par with the average guy who is going to join IIMK this year, with a number of queries of his own. But I guess that Karan (the e-group owner and Student Council Coordinator at IIMK) must have had some purpose for that so I think that I will have to wait till he decides to let us lesser mortals know of our real purpose (aka Morpheus in The Matrix)...


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Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Group Dynamics and others...

Am I really past my prime? Was it a bad decision to wait for two years before giving a serious shot to CAT? Could I have got a better deal had I not wasted my time in GRE preparations in college final year and concentrated more on CAT instead?

All these questions come to mind when I see people who are fresh out of college being apprehensive of studying with the people having work experience. In fact, even some of the seniors at IIMK feel that the people with work experience are actually their seniors and not juniors. I personally don't want to be a part of such group dynamics and the sooner the attitude changes, the better. Traditionally, in the Indian education system, it has been a norm rather than an exception for people to carry on their studies without any breaks and any kind of break in studies is actually looked down upon. The kind of culture that a US University has, for example, is very clearly not evident in Indian schools as far as the 'gaps' are concerned.

The question that is burning my grey matter right now is whether it will really matter if a person has 2-3+ years of work experience, when he/she tries to blend in the group. Are birds of the same feather going to flock together? I hope not...

I have just started interacting with a lot of my would-be batch mates at IIMK and it has been quite an experience so far. They are a bunch of interesting people, no doubt. The posts on the e-groups along with the chats on the messenger have already started building a relationship that I hope, is going to be long and lasting one. This batch at K (I am sure all others before us would have said the same) sure looks like an interesting batch as of this moment. There is this guy, Nilanajan who keeps on posting all the junk stuff in the group, and then there's Neeta from Raipur, interested in stuff like Bungee Jumping and Paragliding. IF we have Malini from Hyderabad who is so very quiet, we also have Abhijit who has been working on Bio-Technology at TCS (rare, that?), and Ravi, who has been giving me the shoulder to cry on (as I have not received my call letter so far). So many Bengalis, too with Sandipan, Debojyoti making the names...you can also find Arpita in Ahmedabad, trying to get a study leave from IOCL and Surabhi in Bangalore, waiting to rock IIMK. Yogendra from Wipro, Chennai is confused between IIMs I and K (lucky chap...more than one calls and converts, too) and on the other side, Prashant Joshi (no relative of the great MMJ) is planning on a whirlwind tour of India before packing up his bags and coming to Kozhikode. Man, what a gang!!!


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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Monday Blues!!

The whole of Sunday spent in watching all three parts of Lord of the Rings, I was completely spent yesterday. It seemed as if there was nothing to do, nothing to think of except the beard of Gandalf, the eyes of Ghollum or the sword of Aragorn. And to top it off, I got a throat infection and believe me, nothing like a throat infection to dampen your mood if you are not in one of your brightest. There I was, to my utter surprise and even contempt, thinking happily of going back to office on Tuesday. Monday being a holiday on account of elections, I couldn't even find any net cafe in the vicinity that could serve depressed junkies like me. Another dose of movies on HBO was what saved the day for me in the final run.

Above everyting else (even the throat infection), I had this thought of wanting to check out the people who have joined the yahoo group for the batch of '06 at IIMK. I wanted to read more on the blogs of the seniors to know what they think of this period and whether any of them are nostalgic about it, seeing the enthu of us people (I found one nostalgic lady in Divya Iyer). But for all this, I had to wait till Tuesday, when I joined office again and had the world wide web at my disposal. Sometimes, I am seriously led to wonder as to what the world will come to if there is no internet. I guess the people who came much much before us thought the same of books. Information has, in deed, been fascinating right from the origin of time and the sources of information valued above all else.


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Sunday, May 09, 2004
Main Hoon Entertainer...hoon na?

In a race between a manually driven Rickshaw and a Toyota Qualis, how is it humanly possible for the Rickshaw puller to win? Are matters of national security dependent on the whims of the daughter (in saying that she does not want any security for herself) of the Chief of Army Staff? In a hostage operation masterminded by a terrorist who has been able to develop a sizable army of his own, how can the hostages be rescued by killing/over-powering just three or four of the kidnappers?

If you are not bothered by the above questions and like me, think that these are issues for those with more sophistication up there in the grey cells, Main Hoon Na is just the movie for you. The movie is every bit an entertainer that it has been touted as. Right from the action scenes (with some good stunts and effects) to the comic relief (the campus scenes, especially the initial rivalry between the two heroes) and not to forget the excellent romantic chemistry between the lead players (by the way, Sushmita Sen essays the role of an amazingly good looking and distractive chemistry teacher) are simply too good.

Contrary to reports, however, Shah Rukh Khan is not much of a revelation. Having heard that he has come out of the Mohabbatein type mould for this movie, the movie viewer may expect something new and refreshing but unfortunately, that is not the case. Just by making the 'King' Khan jump and hit the villain a few kicks in the butt, does not really change the complexion of his character. He is still the same old Khan, suave and self-important, confident and yet a bundle of nerves: overall yet another decent representation of what he has grown into, as an actor, over the past few years.

As for the other actors, in my personal opinion, they are not wasted, as is the case in so many of other SRK movies. The frames do have something more than SRK at times, even though he does occupy center stage for most of the movie. Zayed Khan is good, and so is Amrita Rao, coming across as a girl full of pep. She does look good, especially in the scene where she has taken beauty tips from Sushmita. And believe me guys, Sushmita Sen does look ravishing. In fact, I had to look at her with a new eye for this movie (not that my two eyes were not sufficient but you know what I mean, don't you?) Rest of the cast has small but good cameos in which they have all entertained, to some extent or the other. The role of Boman Iraani could have been a little more detailed to add to the fun. Hey, did I forget to mention Sunil Shetty? Oof, how I wish that this guy had a little more of a voice..it really amazes me no end how a voice like that can gel with the body that he has..but perhaps, people would have wondered years ago how a body like Amitabh's could gel with the voice like his.

Story wise, Main Hoon Na comes across as nothing different from the run-of-the-mill stuff. Archie's Riverdale School is brought alive in St.Paul's, Darjeeling, but that is not all. There is a parallel thread that talks about the Project Milaap, a friendly gesture of the Indian Government towards Pakistan which is being opposed by some terrorists, Raghavan (Suniel Shetty) being one of them. To stop the project, he plans to abduct Sanjana (Amrita Rao), the daughter of the Chief of Army Staff (Kabir Bedi). Major Ram (SRK) is sent back to college to complete his graduation (actually to protect The General's Daughter :-) ). If you are ready to believe that the army can not force security upon one citizen just because she (read Sanjana) hates her daddy and can not stand the sight of Army people around her, you may as well believe the rest of the story. SRK enters college, woos everyone (including the new Chemistry teacher who looks like a million bucks..oops, there I go again), and also, is able to find and placate his estranged step mother and step brother. Manmohan Desai rekindled, what? Add to that the climax where the Major just leaves his post (yeah, just like that, without informing any senior officers) because he is kicked out of his home by his step mom and bro. This gives free way to the villain who now kidnaps not just the General's daughter but the entire college (surprising to see so few people in the college, though). But truth triumphs, finally and everybody lives happily ever after.

After viewing the movie in one of Chennai's multiplexes (renovated recently), my personal feeling was that it is a value for money kind of a thing. If you don't have too many expectations with the movie, it will be a treat but if you go in thinking too much, you will be in for a rude shock. But I guess that is true for any Hindi movie and I should know, considering that I come to like any flick any time any where and there are hardly a score of movies which I have seen and yet did not finally come to like :-).

And last but not the least, one of the best things about Main Hoon Na was its end credits. I have never seen such credits on the Hindi Cinema Screen. Well, a lot of movies end with songs but hardly have any attempted to give recognition to the technical staff, that go behind a good movie, in such a beautiful way. Accept it or not, when we watch a movie, the names and faces that linger even after the movie, are not those of the director or the choreographer (despite high profile names like Ram Gopal Verma and Farah Khan, herself). What we see on screen is what we recognize and really appreciate and the way Farah Khan has got everyone on her team on stage, in the lime light, is truly commendable and hopefully, a trend setter.


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Friday, May 07, 2004
IIMK...here I Come

What a day, what a day, and even if I repeat myself yet again, what a day...because it has been exactly that...what a day. I got through IIM Kozhikode first list and am all set to join the hallowed portals of an IIM in about two months from now. It is a strange feeling, refusing to sink in even now, though it has already been hours after the result came on the net today morning. I guess the best part was the surprise package that the IIMS threw. Only the results of IIMs Bangalore and Lucknow were expected to be released today but surprisingly, all the IIMs came out with their results and it was a riot. With results pouring in every half an hour, I had a hard time waiting. And then I got a call from my room-mate, Puneet, telling me that K results have come. (He made it to L though he missed out on B and K) I was so apprehensive that I almost stopped myself from opening the site but with all my colleagues looking from their desks in the cubicle, I finally dared to enter my registration number on the results page. And lo and behold! there it was. Congratulations! and that was all I needed. I almost whooped up ..well not almost..did really whoop up with joy and in a matter of seconds, half of my wing knew that there was something good that had happened with somebody in the corner cubicle.

Ravi, one of the people in my project, got through IIMs A,B, L and K and missed only C (which he could not convert) and I (for which he did not have a call). Well, that's what I call quality, but no, I am not cribbing. I am happy and satisfied with what has been given to me and I am sure that I have it in me to make the most of this and not only have a blast at IIMK but also make my stay there very, very fruitful. High hopes, eh? What say, seniors???

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