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Friday, July 08, 2005

I Got Scared: Blogger Fired from Work (Ha..ha... I am not employed)

Ah... missing from action.... taking a break or been in hibernation? Well, the reasons for my absence have been many as far as blogging is concerned (not that I have been missed... from the comments, I make out one person who has been a regular reader of my blog... thanks RAJ). I will start with the list... The Advani comments on Jinnah, The Terrorist Attacks in Ayodhya, The London Bombings... Sorry, these are the recent ones. What had I been doing for the past one month or so... oh comm'on... I was finishing my preparations for setting off to USA. Its done... over and I will be off in a week. I was also busy meeting up with friends, relatives and spending a few light hearted hours with my parents. They are not showing it... but their anger gives it out... they are getting really senti that I will be away for at least an year, if not more. It was actually this as the reason, which prompted me to do the relations building thingy. I was happily single and enjoying my life... when I understood that their biggest fear was my getting involved with someone out there... in the big bad world... so what did I do... I proposed to and got (it) accpeted by a girl (I am straight !), got my parents to meet up with hers... and well, all is fine. They are happy and I am happy, and life goes on. More about this later.

For now, check out this article I discovered a few days ago. Blogging is not all fun... after all, as has been pointed out. So bloggers beware... keep your identities wrapped up in layers of untraceable email ID's and proxy IP addresses. In the long run, taking precautions is better than facing the fate of Norah Burch. I took note, coz she was fired from HARVARD.

Mixing blogging with work can lead to unemployment

By Kate M. Jackson, Globe correspondent, 7/3/05

When Norah Burch included a link to her personal website - AnnoyYourFriends.com - in her work e-mail signature, she inadvertently annoyed her supervisors and lost her job.

Burch, who was working as an administrative coordinator in Harvard University's social studies department, said linking to a personal website was a common e-mail practice within her office. However, Burch's site also featured a link to her personal weblog, where - nestled among hundreds of posts on punk rock and pop culture - there were some negative comments about her co-workers. In one post, Burch talked about her supervisors' season on senior faculty members." Her supervisors eventually clicked their way onto Burch's journal, confronted her with printouts, and promptly showed her the door.

The whole blogging thing was so new back then, I never expected anyone to find it and read it," said Burch, who was fired in May 2004. "I wrote in the blog to let off steam, not stir things up, but they viewed my e-mail signature as some kind of open invitation to read those comments. That wasn't the case at all but they made me out to be some kind of terrorist."

Steve Bradt, a Harvard spokesman, said the school does not comment on personnel matters.

Burch is part of a growing list of employees nationwide who have been fired for content posted on their personal blogs.

Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.

Delta Airlines, Google, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, and even Starbucks have terminated employees for their blogging practices. With 38,000 new Web logs created each day, more employees could find themselves a few clicks away from the unemployment line if their blogs are discovered and deemed inappropriate by their employers.

Blogs have been around since the mid-1990s but established themselves as an integral part of online culture after the last presidential election. By the end of 2004, blog readership jumped 58 percent and now represents 27 percent of all Internet users, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Right now, the blogosphere is a digital free-for-all, and companies are scrambling to keep pace with the technology. While many employers recognize blogs as a powerful marketing tool, they are also concerned about the widespread circulation of company information, according to Stephen D. Lichtenstein, professor of law and chairman of Bentley College's law department. Lichtenstein is also a coauthor of a cyberlaw text book and is currently writing a section on blogging.

"This is an evolving topic that debates an employee's right to privacy versus an employer's proprietary rights," he said.

The American Management Association reports less than 25 percent of organizations surveyed have a written policy governing corporate or personal blogs, while 84 percent have a written policy governing use of e-mail.

But Lichtenstein said even if a company doesn't have a blogging policy, it can still fire employee bloggers under related policies about protecting proprietary information, upholding the company's reputation, and using the Internet at work.

Still, employees don't have to violate a nondisclosure or make threatening statements to be fired for their blogs, according to Gregory C. Keating, an employment attorney with Littler Mendelson.

"Most states, including Massachusetts, are employee-at-will states which means an employer has the right to fire a worker for any cause at any time - usually without any notice," he said.

It doesn't matter whether an employee uses a blog to disclose trade secrets or dish about the boss's flagrant combover.

"This is not Big Brother watching you; it's you putting something out there into the public domain," added Don Schroeder, an employment and labor attorney with Mintz Levin. "Assume it will be public and that it will travel very quickly."

Schroeder said employee bloggers who claim that their postings - like other forms of media - are protected under the First Amendment are misinformed. "The First Amendment only applies to government workers. If you're part of a union or are working under a collective bargaining agreement, you may have some protections but by and large, First Amendment protections do not apply to private workers," Schroeder said.

The laws on blogging and privacy vary from state to state and depend upon a firm's culture or the nature of its business, he said. According to a recent survey of 279 human resources professionals by the Society for Human Resources Management, 20 percent of the firms surveyed reported firing employees for improper Internet use in 2004. Only 3 percent were disciplined for blogging, and none were fired for blogging.

But posting to your blog during work could be considered improper Internet use, noted Chris Austin, a 27-year-old business analyst from Weymouth who maintains the political blog Dead Issue. "It's very easy for employers to ask an IT manager to print out a list of all websites visited by employees. If you've been posting to your blog at work, you could be fired for improper Internet use," he said. And it'd be a double whammy if you happened to be using the company computer to slam your co-workers in your blog, he said.

Remaining anonymous online is one way employees "can vent about work without damaging their ability to stay employed," said Annalee Newirth, a spokeswoman for the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

Newirth said her organization recently published a paper on how to blog anonymously, recommending services like Invisiblog and Anonymizer as means of flying beneath the radar online.

Dave Pye, 31, a search engine marketing consultant from Boston, said it's very easy to remain anonymous online and has little sympathy for people who have been fired for posting to their blogs.

Pye said he started his blog Pye in the Face to better understand blogs as marketing tools, but it took on a life of its own, garnering a readership of about 200 people a day. "It's meant to be funny and entertaining. Yes, I frequently talk about search engine optimization, but I never talk about my clients or what I do for them," he said.

Pye's comments ring true for many in the marketing world as more consumers look to blogs to gather information on companies. "People know spin when they see it. They know that corporate Web pages and literature are filtered through a public relations voice," said David Weinberger, a writer and fellow at Harvard University's Berkman School for Internet & Society. "Companies look at blogs, hear a human voice, and it scares them."

In its May 2005 cover story, Business Week magazine called blogs "the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself ... Blogs are not a business elective. They're a prerequisite."

As a result, the traditional employee-at-will relationship and some corporate policies could shift as expectations of privacy evolve with this new technology, said Steven Chow, a partner with Perkins Smith & Cohen, a law firm specializing in technology and intellectual property.

"It'll come down to how much privacy we're willing to deal with," said Chow. "We don't expect our employers to go through our pocketbooks at our desks. But will our home computers and laptops be fair game with so many people working from home? There is certainly a disconnect and where we end up in the long run is still open for discussion."

For now, fired blogger Norah Burch is working at Newbury Comics, a company that she said is welcoming of bloggers. "The first thing I did was read the employee handbook," she said.

But despite those assurances, Burch posts under a pseudonym - just in case.

How jobs and blogs can coexist?

Even if a firm does not have a specific blogging policy, related issues like disclosure of proprietary information and Internet use at work could land blogging employees in hot water. The following are general rules for a workplace where jobs and personal blogs can coexist:

  • Read your company policy on Internet use, e-mail, and dissemination of information.
  • Only post content on your blog that you would not mind your colleagues and supervisors reading.
  • Do not act as a de facto company spokesman. If you identify yourself as a company employee, make it clear that opinions expressed on the site are not necessarily the views of your company.
  • Use online services that allow you to blog anonymously.
  • Never visit, update, or post to your blog on your firm's computer.
  • Never disclose confidential information about your company.
  • Think twice before pressing 'post.' Even if you delete a post, it is still out there somewhere.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Toss a coin to get a JOB post MBA (50% chance says I will)

Now these surveys may be dime a dozen and might lead to nothing in reality (or to lots in some cases...) but I still read them cause they point to a future, bright and sunny, with me walking into the sunset in Cayman Islands with my SO, not bothering whether there are Earthquakes or Tsunami's hitting all around. Now, now... don't get carried away, I am not an anti social element... who hates the idea of CSR (the new buzz word... Corporate Social Responsibility)... infact I am working towards creating an index to measure effective CSR for most organizations, especially the consulting and banking firms... (I plan to lead a non-profit movement, in case I don't get a job with one of those BB firms...). Now again, this is top secret and would not be revealed unless someone offers to buy me out, along with my ideas. (Off Course, I am on SALE... selling at a discount as well... any takers ???).
OK, as usual, I am all over the place, having moved on from the main idea... that I might find a JOB. Isn't it heartening to know... only, I would have wanted to know if the figures also take into account the international population (Wannabe MBA's) and more so... if that figure was above 50%. Anyways, read on and have fun.

By JUSTIN POPE, AP Education Writer Fri May 27, 5:42 AM ET

For newly minted business school graduates, this was the most successful job-hunting year since 2001, a new survey says. Half of students finishing master's of business administration degrees this year had job offers by mid-March, according to the survey of 5,829 students at 129 business schools conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council, an organization of business schools.

That compares to 42 percent who had job offers at the same point in 2004, and is the highest figure since 64 percent of students had offers in the 2001 survey.

Salary expectations also rose, with the average respondent expecting to earn $84,318 after graduation, compared to $76,147 a year ago.

GMAC President Dave Wilson said employers have been reluctant to hire aggressively in recent years, even as the economy recovered — relying instead on consultants and other contractors.

But this year, he said, "The market is back, the earnings are strong, there's solid growth. It's time to get back to building your own intellectual capital in-house as opposed to outsourcing it."

The survey, to be released Friday, also found 32 percent of respondents said they considered the value of their MBA degree "outstanding," up from 23 percent in last year's survey.

A number of recent scholarly articles have criticized MBA programs for failing to teach useful skills, and GMAC trumpeted the results as showing that customers are satisfied.

Students "think about an MBA as an investment, and it's a substantial one — $100,000," Wilson said. "They're going to look at it in terms of what kind of return are they getting."

"Now that we're starting to see salaries move back up, and the number of offers students get increase, you're seeing the economics of the degree change substantially," he said.

According to the survey, 45 percent of MBA grads plan to enter a different field from the one in which they worked before business school. The fields with the greatest net loss of business school students were nonprofit/government, followed by high technology and manufacturing.

The biggest gainers were consulting and finance/accounting and health care/pharmaceuticals.

Monday, May 23, 2005

I LOVE YOU - Saying Bye is So Difficult

A few days ago, a finally said bye to the last of Business Schools (Off course...other than HBS). It was quite a painful, gut wrenching exercise, for I had grown so attached to all of them. They had all shown so much love, accepting me right off the shelf, two of them, without even an interview and almost all offered me great scholarships. Then the current students wrote and called, as well as alumni sent mails and so on... Ask me, its like a new found friendship that you dont wanna let go of. Then again, it is a lot like all those beautiful girls, whom you would like to love and be loved in return, but it is a decision of living your life with that one soulmate, whom you find to be above everyone and everything else. I am a conservative guy and a staunch believer in monogamy and hence, even the thought of courting two at the same time is like sacrilege.

So one after the other, I wrote long emails to the admissions staff about how I loved interacting with them and with the students and how I loved the school atmosphere and so on... I really found it difficult to break the news to them, that I had decided to go elsewhere (not that they cared much) and tried to soften the blow (in my head) by saying things like personal reasons and maybe later and so on...

However, I realized it soon enough that they were smarter than I thought they were. They wrote back ASAP, asking for reasons and the name of that other bitch (read school...), which beat them in the race for my affections. Some even went ahead and asked me to compare them with my choice (how I hate it... and shudder, if women were to ask me to do it !!!) and tell them where exactly they fell short on my list of expectations. It was like saying, compare the stats, the face, the qualifications and tell me dude, what has she got that I ain't ... huh !!!

I am so glad that it did not get any more dirty then this.... I was getting jittery, expecting then to send emails to the other one, saying, he won't be your as well, if he can't be mine (don't I fantasize enough???). So the decision is made and done with. Now they can do whetever they want... (only please do tell me... or else I will keep loosing sleep...)

PS. I got my US visa and am all set now to storm the seas... land up on the shores of lower manhattan, past the statue of liberty and proclaim... bow to thee, you ass*#@*$ - in classic Godfather style... only I am talking from a Charlie Sheen movie spoof on Godfather. (I am so lost... what would I do at Business School ?)

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Harvard Rules ???

Harvard Bashing - Now its a matter of opinion whether it has any relevance to HBS at all, but I do feel that the snob value of attending Harvard remains and will be there for a long time to come. The fact that some Universities are referred to as"Ivy League" to refer to their super star status in education, when it actaully refers only to an internal league between the eight institutions meant for sporty competitions, ensures that Harvard would rule the headlines for quite some time, while all the others catch up (not in the least indicating that others are any lesser, only that they need to produce more journalistic talent ;-)) . In the meanwhile, I start to pack my bags and prepare for getting in line for the visa interview. Enjoy the article...!!!

"A Flood of Crimson Ink", By Michael Steinberger, Friday, April 29th

Another academic year is drawing to a close, another year in which Harvard has generated vastly more headlines than any other American university. Most of these, of late, have concerned Lawrence Summers, Harvard's president, who famously suggested that there may be a biological explanation for the paucity of female scholars in the hard sciences. (He hasn't stopped apologizing since). But a single controversy doesn't account for all the interest. Two recent books are decidedly unflattering to the school: Richard Bradley's "Harvard Rules" is, among other things, an assault on the entire three years of Mr. Summers's tenure, charging him with arrogance and bad manners, among much else. And in "Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class," Ross Douthat, class of 2002, describes his own Harvard education as a combination of vacuous classroom assignments, cruel social climbing and feverish networking.

Of course, a fervid interest in Harvard is nothing out of the ordinary: It is the country's most famous university, with a long claim on distinguished scholarship, political influence and high SAT scores. Most important, the media have long fawned over Harvard, treating its "brand" as pure gold. But while the school may have merited obsessive coverage in the past, it no longer does: Harvard is diminishing in importance as a factory for ideas and a breeding ground for future leaders. In all sorts of ways it is not nearly as pivotal to the life of the nation as it once was. You just wouldn't know that by reading the papers or browsing the bookstands.

Take politics. Harvard has long prided itself on being an incubator of political talent, and for good reason: It has educated seven US presidents, more than any other graduate university. But only two Harvard graduates have been elected president in the last 45 years, and one of them, the current occupant of the Oval Office, holds a Harvard MBA. By contrast, four of the six most recent presidents earned degrees from Yale, and two Yalies squared off in the past election. Moreover, for Democratic office-seekers at least, a Harvard education, with its suggestion of Eastern privilege and liberal elitism, is probably more of a liability than an asset these days.

Harvard also matters less in the business world. It is true that a few Harvard graduates (and one dropout, Bill Gates) have figures prominently in the digital revolution - unquestionably the biggest story in the past decade - but Stanford is a much more prolific supplier of its brainpower. Google, Yahoo!, Cicsco, Sun Microsystems and a raft of other marquee tech firms were partly or wholly incubated on the Stanford campus.

Meanwhile, there are fewer Harvard diplomas hanging in corporate boardrooms. According to the executive search firm Stuart Spencer, the percentage of large-company CEOs holding Harvard MBAs declined to 23% last year from 28% in 1998. Of the Fortune 1000 CEO's appointed so far this year, just one, Corning Wendell Weeks, earned a Harvard MBA. Asked about Harvard's declining presence in the executive suites, Mr. Weeks jokingly told USA Toady, "I've yet to see a study that Harvard creates value."

Quite the opposite, actually. Two years ago, famed hedge-fund manager Victor Niederhoffer (himself a Harvard alumnus) and Laurel Kenner did a study measuring the performance of Nasdaq 100 companies run by Harvard graduates, of which there happened to be an unusually large number at the time. The results were not pretty. Mr. Niederhoffer and Ms. Kenner looked at the nine Nasdaq 100 firms headed by Harvard grads and found that they had, over a five-year period, dramatically underperformed Nasdaq firms run by graduates of the other Ivy League schools, Ivy League equivalents (Stanford, MIT, Berkeley) and state schools.

Harvard is also a much less important intellectual hub than it once was. The University of Chicago, for one, has wielded much more influence in recent decades. It is not an exaggeration to say that Chicago laid the intellectual foundation for the conservative ascendancy and nurtured the ideas that now drive the debate over economic policy, legal theory and foreign affairs. The key ideas of the so-called Reagan Revolution, including monetarism and deregulation, trace their origins back to the free-market theorizing of Chicago's economics department. (One striking measure of the department's clout: Of the 55 economists awarded the Nobel Prize since 1969, when economics was added to the roster, 10 have taught at Chicago and an additional 13 either trained at Chicago or have had previously taught there. Harvard, by contract, has had 4 faculty winners.)

One of those Chicago Nobel laureates, Ronald Coase, is acknowledged to be the godfather of law and economics, unquestionably the most influential branch of legal theory in the past quarter-century. (It applies economic reasoning to legal questions). And while Harvard certainly has its superstars, when you look at the people who have taught at Chicago in the past 40 years or so - Milton Friedman, Richard Posner, Allan Bloom, Leo Strauss, Robert Lucas, Albert Wohlstetter, Richard Epstein, Leon Cass, Saul Bellow, Martha Nussbaum - it is pretty clear which school has been giving off more heat.

So why does Harvard continue to get so much more press than Chicago or any other American university? One possible explanation: Harvard graduates are disproportionately represented in the upper echelons of American journalism. Harvard far surpasses any other university when it comes to cultivating journalistic talent, and all those Harvard-trained reporters and editors do an excellent job of keeping their alma mater in the news.

Young Mr. Douthat is a case in point. In a recent profile of him published in the New York Observer, he explained that he landed his current job with the Atlantic when David Bradley, the magazine's owner, walked into the offices of the Harvard Crimson looking for a few recruits. As for the book, it was commissioned by an editor who had graduated from Harvard several years ahead of Mr. Douthat. Nice connections, if you can get them.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Indian Institute of Percolation

Came across the following article written by TLI and posted on www.sulekha.com. The guy has a really amazing sense of humor and adventure, daring to take on the very "cult like" and "living in its own world" IIT populace around the world. Cudos to him...!!!

Have you ever wondered whether the university you went to actually taught you something that other universities do not? I've often wondered this. Not so much because I thought the university I went to taught me something special, but because I've run across a group of people who have gone to particular institutions, and who seem to behave as if they did learn something different. What's really piqued my curiosity is the fact that this group of universities is acclaimed as among the best in the world. This particular group, known collectively as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), seems to nurture a common behavior amongst its students. Perhaps it can be termed as IIT culture. Or perhaps calling it culture is being too kind. Regardless, let's explore some of these traits.

One thing you will know about IIT grads is that they are particularly proud of the fact that they managed to spend 4 of the best years of their lives cooped up with other students with an equal lack of understanding about what is really important in life. I mean, do you really want to spend your most youthful, virile years trapped with a group of nerds who get really excited about calculus? Wouldn't you rather be in the company of stylishly dressed, beautiful people, like there are in the nearby fashion institutes, or business colleges? I mean, calculus stays the same whether you are introduced to it at age 18 or age 24. But all the beautiful women get hooked up way before they reach 24. And those that don't are beyond the IIT grads' reach anyway, for they have greater ambitions in life than to be seen roaming around with IIT grads.

So why this particular pride that you are an IIT grad? I would think it should be a source of shame -- an admission that you are totally clueless about what your priorities should be at this particularly important stage in your life. What baffles me is that these IIT grads are very fond of relating this horrendous blunder to everybody. For example, they will make it a point to bring that fact up in any conversation, even if it has nothing to do with education or college. For example, I have actually had this conversation with an IIT grad:

Me: “Hi. How are you doing today?”

IIT Grad: “Back when I was in IIT - Bombay, all the dumb people who didn't get accepted to IIT used to greet us that way. We, of course, had no time for such idle banter, as we had more important pursuits in life, like calculus. So, what university did you go to?”

At this point, if you answer anything other than IIT, chances are the person will look right beyond you, as if you do not exist and it is not worth their time to talk to you, specially about their current state of being. If you, however, happen to be a particularly attractive woman, you may get some response from them, as long as the next words out of your mouth are, “Oooooh, you must be smart.” If you, however, do not seem suitably impressed by this revelation, then you are likely to be branded a bimbo, and not worth their time.

Another thing I've noticed about these IIT grads is that they seem to think they have a particular understanding of the sciences that other grads are not privy to. So they will choose to ignore you in scientific conversations, as if you are incapable of completely grasping the problem. They seem to think that some different laws of physics apply to IIT grads. I wouldn't be surprised if they fully expect to field problems as follows:

Question 1.a. “If a person throws a rock into the air with an angle of trajectory alpha, with an initial velocity of v, then how far will it travel from their location?”

Question 1.b. (extra credit) “How much further will the rock travel if it was thrown by an IIT grad?”

Of course, us mere mortals know that the real answer to 1.b. is 0, because the IIT grad probably couldn't pick up the rock off the ground to begin with. And probably would have made some comment about how it was too menial a task and below his dignity. However, this is a great question to ask a group of IIT grads at a party, in case they are boring you with stories about their experiences living in the dorms. Just ask them this question, and all the IIT grads will take great pleasure in explaining to each other how they figured out the answer, and how that method is far superior to anybody else's method. You, however, will be spared the agony of having to participate in this animated discussion, thankfully, for how could a not-IIT grad possibly have anything to contribute to this conversation?

I think a lot of these people are under the misguided impression that anybody here in the US cares which university they graduated from. I have seen some people try to use this as a pickup line at bars, thinking that this would make a more profound impression on women -- more so than someone who has actually gone to the gym to exercise and stay in shape. Of course, the IIT grads' impression about weight lifting is carrying both volumes of Halliday and Resnick to class everyday (yes, I know most normal people who went to normal universities are not aware that there actually is a second volume of Halliday and Resnick, and the first volume was not all that there is to physics). But rest assured, that does not particularly impress the women at bars either.

Now, at this point, you may well ask, “But what about the women who also go to IIT?” What about them? The first thing to note here is that the ratio of men to women at IIT is not exactly 1:1. There are far fewer women at the IITs. And there is a very good reason for that. It's because women are far smarter than men. They have long figured out that the really successful people in life do not work as engineers. The really successful people in life either sing, or dance, or act, or design clothes, or run motels or sandwich shops. And going to IIT does not help you do any of these better. In fact, what the IIT grads learn are things like computer design and programming, so they can be the slaves in the side businesses funded by the people who either sing, or dance, or act, or design clothes, or run motels or sandwich shops.

And the few women that actually decide to join IIT are even smarter, for they have figured out that they will get much better treatment when there are 199 men vying for every woman's attention. And anybody who has been to Vegas knows those are pretty darn good odds. Of course, the drawback is that your grand prize is another IIT grad.

But surely there must be something that these IIT grads learned in their 4 years of being cooped up with other nerds. To explore this possibility, I decided to observe the IIT grads at work for one whole week. I carefully noted all their actions without them noticing me. That was not hard -- I had already told them I was not an IIT grad, so as far as they were concerned, I did not exist anyway. I noted their irritating habit of wearing slippers to work. I noted their desire to talk about esoteric and inconsequential subjects in the most animated manner, in the vain hope that it would impress all the women in the marketing and sales department. After the end of that week, I spent the following week observing all the other people at work. Then I complied and tabulated and collated all my data. After poring over the results, I did see a trend emerge.

To a person, I noticed that all the IIT grads consistently made really good coffee! No other group of people were nearly as meticulous, in measuring just the right amount of coffee grinds, positioning the coffee pot exactly under the dispenser so as not to spill a single drop, and adding the exact amount of water each time, as the collective group of 5 IIT grads in our company. Why, one of the men actually even mixed equal amounts of cold water and hot water from the bottled water dispenser, so that the coffee maker was consistently being fed water at the same temperature every time. I must say, I really marveled at the thoughtfulness of this person to use the bottled water rather than the tap water. And he felt the sides of the coffee pot to ascertain that the water was indeed at the desired temperature. What this resulted in was coffee that always tasted exactly the same, with no spillage whatsoever, and was consistently good.

So there you have it. Those 4 years of hard work at IIT have indeed enabled these people to claim something that no other place of learning has been able to so consistently impart to all its students. All you other mere mortals keep this fact in mind the next time you need to refill your coffee, and the pot is empty. Go find the nearest IIT grad, and engage him in some conversation as you steer him towards the coffee station. And watch the expert at work. You will need to be creative in order to get the IIT grad to talk to you though. I suggest you ask him some technical question, along the lines of, “If I picked up a rock and threw it into the air with an angle of trajectory alpha, with an initial velocity of v…” This will surely get the IIT grad going, as he gallantly demonstrates to you how elegantly and effortlessly he can solve this problem, and make coffee at the same time!

And this will also give you a good way of responding to one of these creatures in case you happen to run into them at a party. If you happen to ask them how they are, and they respond in the expected fashion by telling you they are from IIT, interrupt them immediately by exclaiming, “Oooooh, you must make really good coffee!”

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Getting Started

Uh Well...!!! Got to get started some time. So decided to join in, now that I am having a sedantry life style, sitting in front of a comp and typing for hours. Its the memoirs that I am writing before I join HBS in Fall. Had quit my comfy job long back and was doing some stuff that I had thought of from donkeys years - talk to people... smell the flowers... one of those forwarded emails that touched my heart.
Do hope to be a regular. Lets see how it goes. It will surely get me to be disciplined for one.
Cheers to all fellow bloggers - I have been a long time fan of Attagirl, Britchick, Bskewl and Megami. Still getting to know the others.