We’re moving on

It has been some time since I have been here. Missed me?? C’mon don’t be shy. 😉 … As a matter of fact, I have been quite busy of late, particularly with the entrance processes of different B-schools. Just like a pendulum I have been moving to and fro between Delhi and Mumbai. No I am not complaining. As always, I love to travel and this came as a nice excuse to do so. But finally I took some time out and decided to pay my beautiful city a visit, after a gap of almost four months.

So far I have been lucky with the first half of the admission process. I have got a call from almost all the reputed B-schools of the country. And now I stand before the second and the most difficult phase of the entire process. The interviews. And this is the phase where they ought to select the best out of the best.

I am already through with IIM, IIFT, Symbiosis and NMIMS. The next stop being FMS on 15th, followed by IMI, NITIE and MDI. Keeping my fingers crossed to convert at least one of the calls, particularly one in either Delhi or Mumbai. 😉 I so don’t want to drop a year.

In the meantime I happen to have got a job at Infosys Technologies. So my bachelors degree did pay of and the myth of my faculty that the defaulters don’t go anywhere has finally been broken.

The news headlines of my college is marked by the strikes caused due to the placement issues, which has been going from bad to worse for few years now. Eighth semester is yet to get off the mark, with nil classes so far. Still, I am not complaining 😛 . I have no issues if the entire semester flies by in a similar way 🙂 .

That reminds me that slowly, but surely, we are reaching the end of our college life. Time does fly by. It was, as if, only yesterday when I entered this institute and it’s already been four years now. Looking back through the time line, RKGIT has given me everything to learn. Friends, memories, a few “bad” habits, a lot of “surprises” and many many things which I just can’t list out. It would be real hard to bid all the idiots goodbye in only few days to come 🙁

But no point lamenting now. Time to plan many parties, many trips and many memories. I am not going to waste even a second of this semester once I am done with my last interview, which is on 30th of this month. And very soon I will be coming up with a post dedicated to my very own, very awesome, very entertaining and very enlightening interview experiences. 😉 … Till then .. sayonara … and yes … Happy Holi everyone 🙂

The CATastrophe

January 12th 2011 :: The day the earth stood still. At least for these few moments when I was typing in my serial number. And then it started spinning at an extraordinary pace as soon as I filled in the captcha and log in. This was my first major disappointment of the season. Though I scored a pretty good 97.75 %ile, it was not enough, not by far to get the coveted calls I prepared for, the entire year.

For the last few days I had an intuition that CAT is going to give me a surprise, and it certainly did. Blame the Verbal Ability section, blame the normalization, blame my slot or may be blame my luck. But things certainly did not go the way I planned them to. Anyways, I am not the only one who has to face the wrath of CAT’10. Pagalguy is full of many people whose scores are just unfathomable. But what’s done is done. No point blaming anyone. May be I should bring my focus back on the “pen and paper” exams, which happen to be the one which show you the real picture rather than a vague transformed image which has been tempered by a weapon of mass destruction termed “normalization”.

So CAT is out of the window. Might get a call or two from here and there. Got a satisfactory SNAP scorecard. Would be lucky to get a call from SIBM-P. Anyways, time to start the preparation in full swing for the calls I have in hand. But before that I need to wipe away these two words from the back of my mind >> CAT and IIM …!!!  x-(

Miles to go before I sleep

This new year could not have started in a better way , for me at least . And the reason being the fulfillment of something I was really apprehensive of . A call to the second round of selection process . Both from IIFT Delhi and FMS Delhi . Brands in their own , both of these colleges are something one could do anything to get into . And I am no exception to the community .

Going back into time , I was quite relaxed appearing for both of them . In fact I was late to reach the center for FMS entrance test ( got lucky they allowed me in ) and IIFT .. well frankly speaking I was regretting filling up IIFT’s form a day before the exam . Co incidentally it was first form of the season and the first form that I filled myself ( without the able guidance of my daddy dearest 😉 ) … But with my share of luck in both , my self belief and most importantly , with all the hard work I had put in the last few months … I managed to made the cut in both the shortlists that have been declared so far this season .

Now this is high time I get back into the high alert mode once again . CAT is not far away ( I managed to miss the leaked results somehow ) and I am still expecting a call or two from few of the other places I have applied for . Anyways , these two results have really given me a boost and a lot of inspiration . Now when I have got the initial and essential push that was very much needed , I am ready to give it my all . I very well know that the road that lies ahead is a lot more difficult than the first phase ( because now I get to compete with the best in the domain ) .

The semester exams have almost ended now ( Last one scheduled on 9th ) . The Delhi Cold is at very awesome , ultimate and fantabulous best . The very sight of water gives me a chill right from the head to the toe . Winter semester exams have always been a real test of character for us . It really checks the mettle within us to stand against the cold and battle hard to conquer the 3 hour mental trauma that we are required to face as a standard set for the test of our knowledge of this field called engineering . Nonetheless , I love this season and would prefer winter to those sweaty sticky summers any given day .

Now the battle is almost won . I skipped almost all the classes ( even internal viva ) this semester for my preparations . And the one night stand with the concerned books ( Quantum to be precise ) was good enough to help me see through the “UPTU” exams . But the real battle stands in front of me right now . Staring right through me with that cold stare . Saying “ Come to me . Prove yourself and show what you are made of “ .

One year back in to time I never believed I could go this far . But now I really believe that I can go as far as I want to . Just need to include proper ingredients in the recipe ( the most important of which happens to be something we have been in habit of listening every now and then …. Hard Work .. which , coincidentally , is the key to success ) ….. So here from the word Go , I am going to start my preparations , once again …. The only difference being that this time I am not afraid of the fear of failure … not anymore … Because quite interestingly , I have started believing in myself …!!!!

And this quote by Robert Frost perfectly sums up my present scenario >>

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep. …

Life in full “FORM”

So my stay in Lucknow has finally come to an end . And looks like “Indra Dev” has been making few conscious efforts to bid me goodbye in a rainy style . Its been raining cats and dogs since the last few days . And I am more than ecstatic to be at the receiving end of this awesome treat 😉 . Plus the thing which I am really proud of is that I have successfully managed to incorporate this rule “Carpe Diem” into my daily life . No wonder people have started calling me careless … a swashbuckler …. But what I say is that just replace this term “careless” with “carefree” … and here I stand .

One of the things which really got me plodding through my everyday “buzzy busy” schedule was the filling of the IIFT form , not to forget that this was the first form which I filled myself ( yes .. first in my lifetime … because my father took care to fill all my Engg forms for me , while I could just lay back and worry just enough to sign them … But he decided that enough was enough … and its high time that I learn some responsibility … ) ….

So there we were … The application form sitting idle right in front of me on the computer screen …. Few glares passed amidst us … Then finally I decided to carry on with the proceedings . Fast and furious as I am , it hardly took two minutes to get done with this thing .

Head held high , eyes filled with immense pride , with a feeling of conquest , I presented the printout to my father ( Look Dad ..!!! There is new born perspicacious Harsh standing right in front of you ) …. But within a second , the wall was brought down , that astute look disappeared from my face … Father gave me a deride look , and took special care to point out all the three fields I filled incorrectly … Damn !! I also misspelled my college’s name …. Optimism prevailed … Thankfully , I didn’t misspell my father’s name … That being the case , I am sure I would have been ousted from the house that very night ..!!!

Act I Scene II … I called up IIFT people … They took in my application id and did the necessary amendments … I reviewed each of them carefully and this time , the printout was free from any ambiguity … Took the printout and mailed the damn form … But the world came upside down , when yesterday , while checking my form status , which was abnormally displaying “Application printout not yet received” for the past few days … I saw the key words … “ only through a registered post / courier / speed post “ …. No points for guessing , I mailed it via a standard post …. And when I told them ( my family ) about this … They were not angry … They were not criticizing me … Infact , they were laughing … they were mocking me … and trust me … I would prefer criticism , anyday , to sarcasm , seriously …

But my dear friends , the story is yet to conclude …. I couriered a brand new copy of the form today … 😀 😀 😀 … And guess what … I didn’t sign it …. Yayyy ..!!! … Now please stop laughing and be kind enough to pass on a few words of encouragement …. Trying hard to shuffle away the feeling of despondence that’s been gripping me so tight since this morning , I am going to give it an another try ( there is no other option I guess … ) … Guys .. Wish me Luck ..!!! Hope it turns fourth time lucky … 😛 😛 😛

Life is a journey … full of peaks and valleys … and we learn from our experiences … And did I learn something from this episode ??? …. The hell I did … And one thing is for sure … I am not committing any such mistake again … ( Hopefully … Touch Wood !!! ) … 😉