The Social Market

What is the purpose of social networks? Connecting with friends? Gathering information? Staying aware?

Let’s take a trip back in time. When I joined Facebook, I was still very active on Orkut and Facebook was like that new child in the class you went to say “Hello” to but not stick around for long. Time passed by and it became the social network of choice. In the early days of the Facebook, all the engagement efforts were focused around your friend circle and every new feature or development circled around the same. Facebook continued expanding with a vision to connect everyone globally. But with great investments, comes the need for a “Revenue Model”. We will come back to that.

Let’s take example of Twitter. It was like a secret society in the beginning and a great source of information. It used to be a key learning platform (like Quora at present). All the major news of the day could be found in the top trending hashtags. It was a great place to share your ideas, discuss and debate.

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The Twists and Turns

The very same time of year it is … Suddenly you feel like doing anything and everything … Suddenly you have got so many plans which need to be executed right there and right now … Suddenly you start praying for the days to pass by as quickly as they can … And suddenly you start enjoying everything apart from studies …

I have moved for Ghaziabad to Mumbai … from B.Tech to an MBA … from Quantum to MS Powerpoint … But the feeling is still the very same as it was four years ago … The feeling that you get when you have got an exam (or may be two, if you are lucky enough) dancing right in front of you with open arms, ready to embrace you, ready to push you down to the era of uncertainties … a place from where you can’t see anything but the date when they are supposed to get over …

Few things might have changed but a majority of them still remain the very same …

>> 11th hour preparation …

>> Calculating the time which is required to cover the syllabus and then starting right at the deadline … And end up going to the exam hall with hardly half the syllabus covered …

>> You develop an intense liking towards world wide web (especially Facebook :P)

>> Suddenly developing an addiction to movies …

>> Insomnia, which troubles you all the year around, suddenly decides to leave you and let you fall in the never ending world of dreams …

>> Life suddenly becomes super hectic and you can’t help hoping to buy some time to kill …

>> And last, but not the least, in the middle of the night, you completely turn philosophical and start analyzing everything, right from the movement of lizard crawling nearby to your Karma and ultimate purpose of your life …

Amazing thing this is .. Exams .. And with my student life moving towards its completion, I have started loving them for no reason ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰

Two days hence the exams will end, and so will be my first year … So many things happened in this year that I could hardly recollect them … I will soon be moving towards my first step in the professional life with my summer internship with DBS, starting from this Monday. Wish me luck guys (not for the exams ๐Ÿ˜› ) …

Just one more year to go as a student … And a lifetime to follow as a man … B)

 

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Of Corruption, Cricket and Cumulation

And finally the long lasting silence breaks. And finally the thrust gave in. And finally the threshold was crossed.

Anna Hazare is the buzzword everywhere you go. From the streets to TV sets to social networks. From the farmers to the common man to business tycoons. From a Bill to a Cause to a Ray of Hope. More than Anna Hazare, people are supporting the cause that he is fighting for. People are supporting this fight against corruption that has been launched. People are supporting the ray of hope that Lokpal is offering to him.

I am still not completely convinced how effective this Lokpal Bill would be, and why should we not believe that like each and every sector in the society, the Lokpal will also be eaten up by the termite of Corruption. Many arguments and counter arguments can be seen flying like bullets everywhere. The digital space is occupied by the chain messages. Anna Hazare has been termed the reincarnation of Gandhi by few and anyone who is not found re-posting a certain status message on facebook is safely tagged as a traitor. I find this really ridiculous. Extremism is never an ideal way of going about things. Some amount of sense need to be brought in, for sure.

On the other hand I see people who are safely stereotyping the support for the bill as “Bhedchaal”. Look from the point of view of a common man. From the birth when he first encountered the word “donation” to get an admission into a good school to the RTO office where he needs to “buy” his license right to his first job which also doesn’t come without a reference letter or a reference “currency”. And the thing doesn’t stop here. Right from the top of the ladder to the bottom of pyramid, Corruption is the most frequent custom here. So is this wrong on the part of the person who thinks that Lokpal Bill would help him get his son a good future? Is this person wrong who thinks that the Lokpal Bill will prevent some Babu from drawing in the hard earned money from his pocket? … I don’t think so.

I am still not sure about the implication, the outcome and the effectiveness. But at least something is being done and the massive support that Anna Hazare has accumulated will at least make one thing sure. Once this Bill is passed, at least it will be in the back of mind of a person who is involved in an illegal practice. And the corruption level would be brought down for sure (only if it is to a very minimal level .. Well something is better than nothing isn’t it?? ). By the way, UPA is almost done with. But who is next? God only knows.

In the meantime, Lokpal Bill has done a huge favor for Indian Cricket Team. The attention is completely diverted from the Men In Blue whose houses would have otherwise have been attacked and dummies be burnt by the same cricket fans who put them next to God once they brought in the World Cup. India never looked so helpless like they are looking now. They have absolutely no idea what is going on there. I believe MSD and his men must be praying for the series to get over as soon as possible. Indra Dev is the only hope that could save them from a humiliating whitewash at the hand of the British. Something seems to be desperately wrong with Indian Cricket Team and it’s high time the problem be found and solved. Or else …… They know better than me what would be scenario otherwise. The worst thing that could happen to them is that IPL would be blamed for downfall of Test cricket and hence, the biggest money making industry in the country (after corruption) would be doomed. And in the current economic crisis that would be the last thing BCCI would want ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Enough of Gyan for the time being. Let me come to this demon which has suddenly struck me with a full throttle. THE CUMULATION OF BACKLOGS. Suddenly everything from CV submission to he exams to the summer placements has closed in. Deadlines are a lot closer than they appear to be, that is for sure. And here I ( or should I say we ) find myself completely unprepared to handle this attack. But wait a minute. I happen to have a degree with me which says “Bachelor Of Technology”. In short, I am an engineer and there are few things that this four years of boozing, dilly-dallying and partying hardwork and dedication has taught me for sure. And one of those thing is to handle such situation ( I am a pro in doing this you see ). Resourceful bunch of guys we are. 11th hour is too early for us ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

In the end I would like to leave you all with this pie chart which, effectively depicts the subjects which occupy my wall and timeline all the while nowadays ( Did I tell you that I have a subject name “Biz Statistics” in the first module?? ) ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› … Adios Amigos… Keep cribbing, Keep complaining and Keep revolting … Oh yeah … Keep Commenting too ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ …

Nerd !!!

Second sessionals are going on . Having not appeared for the first sessionals , its really important for me to score good marks in DBMS this time around . But here I am . Instead of struggling with SQL , I am spending my time here , chatting , blogging , and blah-blah-ing at twitter ๐Ÿ˜› .

You know what I used to be two years back in intermediate ??? I was like , say , even if there was an exam next week , its nerdtime to spend some a lot ofย  time with the books ????ย  No television , no time pass , no nothing … and excuse me , what is Internet ?? A classic example of a study bug … a mugger . Had it not been the desk rotation policy in classes , I guess I would have been a first bencher all the way . And guess what … I secured 100% attendance in High School and was also awarded “Most Disciplined Student” ( Disciplined ??? ahemm ahemm…).ย  Elected as a captain twice in a row ,ย  92.8% in Xth , 94% in XIIth , my teachers still set my case as an example for the juniors .study ??

And now , two years from then , I have totally turned into a study repellant creature . What has got into me ?? Is this the transition from school to college ?? Can’ be . I still find the existence of a number of muggers here. They study , study , study , study and study ( just like I used to do ) . And when I tag them “book worms” I realize that two years back , someone would have tagged me with the same title too . Is that the reason ( the fear of being mocked at ) that has transformed a mugger ?? Or is this caused due to the lack of parent’s supervision in hostel ?? God only Knows !!!

Now as exams approach , everyone seems to be reminding me a few things again and again …..

  • Semesters are approaching . Start studying now . ( As if studying would delay the semesters ๐Ÿ˜• )
  • Books are supposed to be your best friend ( I thought Dog was my best friend ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ) .
  • Don’t construct any destructive plans of cheating in theory exams ( cheats are only to be used in practicals ๐Ÿ˜› ) .
  • Put a halt to your online activities for some time . No one will hack your account during your absence . ( Me and my hackophobia ๐Ÿ™ )
  • No Counter Strike . No NFS . No AOE for few days . ( That’s just a game . You don’t need to escape a hot pursuit . Neither are the terrorists planting a bomb under your nose )
  • Facebook is your enemy . Twitter is monstrous . Orkut is banned anyway .
  • Stop posting nonsense on your blog for few days . There is no need to reveal your insanity to the whole world .

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Go…Go…Go !!!!!!!