its not my usual…

25 Feb

Only 2 more to go…and I am sure they shall convert very soon as well. I realize that its not the best position to be in…when people all around you are getting jobs and celebrating…but then I respect them for holding on to their nerves and not giving up. that’s what makes me so proud of them…and I know that this very trait of theirs shall take them far ahead in life.

Records are being broken left right and center. Record for the highest domestic and international package ever in Indian B-school history has already been established. And it doesn’t stop here. The number of people who have got placed in the 1st 6 days itself is phenomenal.

A very disturbing email was sent by an R2 applicant about the ISB placements this year. What makes the entire situation worse was that the ‘details’ had come from a current ISB student itself…who ofcourse was no where close to senses when he spoke. Things written in that email make you wonder if that last strand of intelligence had also died an unfortunate death in that ass****’s mind when he gave off the ‘real scene’…!

All this makes you disillusioned. And I hate to be writing all this here. But I need an outlet. If there is one thing I could wish for right now…its to catch hold of that guy…shake him up…so hard that he realizes the difference between ignorance and reality.

People…and this is especially for students coming in…need to understand a few things about ISB. And I shall act as the preacher today…

  1. This is the basic…and if you get this…you will get whatever you want. ISB is not…repeat…IS NOT…a magic wand that shall get you to where you want to be. YOU WILL TAKE YOURSELF THERE…AND ISB SHALL MERELY FACILLITATE.

  1. Which means that if you are looking for a career shift…from say IT to finance…you shall have to do that much more. It won’t happen just cause you are a fin major.

  1. ISB is a lateral school. We are not in the business of closing our placements within 3 days. We have…and will always have…month long placements…wherein people shall negotiate on roles, compensation and the toilet paper brand used in the office…for eternity.

  1. And hence…companies that comes during the 1st 7 days…are not the only companies that come. There is almost a 50% increment on that base…if not more.

  1. With 279 students…and the average comp as 10.1 lacs (last yrs stats)…everyone does not get more than 10 lacs. That’s precisely why the average…the sum of all salaries divided by the number of students…get it…is 10.1 lacs. Hence…there are people less than this number as well…

  1. The reason for this is the fact that not everyone pays the way the consults and the I-banks pay. Their business model is different. If an entire industry is surviving because of cost arbitrage then please don’t expect them to pay the equivalent of Bill Gates’ salary…! Please be realistic.

  1. …don’t think that anyone in ISB doesn’t want you to get a good job. Everyone at ISB is working towards the same. So please trust the system…and support it. and even if you wish to criticize it…do so by entering into it and suggesting improvements…

  1. And lastly…it is not that the top rankers get the best job. I wish I could share the stats of this yrs…but if we do a ‘CGPA adjusted compensation’…some guys will shock the toppers…! The entire thing is to simply stay focused…work towards your aim…network…leverage upon the batch strength in terms of its experience…and…pray…!

Today was a sweet day for the marketing group. ABP and Reliance gave off some real sweet offers. Almost everyone in the marketing domain got placed within hours…and the roles and compensations are sexy. People are bloody leading radio stations…and entire west regions…and what nots…! Awesome…

If everything goes fine…then I shall be closing my books tomorrow and can plan for a nice party and a delhi trip. Lets see how it works…

Apart from that…nothing else…! Yah…the Jessica lal case was quite shattering. Was feeling horrible for hours because of it…and almost broke down this afternoon while watching her sister’s interview. The system sucks…and what sucks more is that I don’t want to do a thing about it knowing very well that I should. I just don’t have the balls…bastard me…!

Sorry for the post…its not my usual…


11 Responses to its not my usual…



February 25th, 2006 at 8:09 am

I am happy that you and your colleagues are doing well in placements and wish the best for the remaining few. Hopefully you will all be celebrating soon.



February 25th, 2006 at 8:14 am

As for the Jessica Lal case, I share your feelings.

Here’s a link to an article by KPS Gill on the role of the police in solving such cases:



February 25th, 2006 at 8:22 am

I dont want to change the mood, but I thought I share with your readers some facts I read in an Indian Express article written by judge V.N. Khare about the justice system in India:

Consider a small statistic. In 1967, the conviction rate was 80 per cent. In 2005, the same conviction rate dipped to 22 per cent, and most successful cases concerned petty crimes. Obviously these petty offences are committed by the poor who are not in a position to engage an expensive lawyer. The big fish, on the other hand, can tear their way out of the net of law.

Lord Macaulay drafted the IPC (Indian Penal Code) in 1835 sitting in Tamil Nadu’s summer vacation resort, the famed Nilgiri Hills. It is now 2006. One hundred and seventy-one years have passed by and the IPC, CrPC etc. remain virtually the same. The time has come to drastically change penal laws, the criminal justice administration system and criminal jurisprudence itself given the vast societal changes in these 171 years.



February 25th, 2006 at 11:30 am

thanks dude…! :)




February 25th, 2006 at 11:32 am

Dude, I read your post today and feel that I missed out on a lot of action. Anyways, you have certainly been doing a fundoo job. Will catch up with you after I reach on Sunday – our prep group also needs to celeb now that Mangu has also cracked a rocking offer.
urs, Yash



February 25th, 2006 at 11:33 am

will definitely do that dude. mangu is happy with his job…usko pramath ke charno mein jagah mil gayi…! :)

anyways…will surely brief u on everything…



alumni 2003

February 25th, 2006 at 11:43 am

well written … excellent post !



February 25th, 2006 at 12:09 pm

thanks for the useful insight :)
And yes it really si shocking to see the rich and powerful make such a mockery of our judicial system..



February 25th, 2006 at 1:43 pm

Rightly said Ankur that the role of the institution is to merely facilitate …it can just provide u with a passport and at the most a visa. ,u still have to buy your own ticket…if you have same relationship with the country you intend to visit,ul fly business class,othervise you shold be willing to travel economy..I hope it makes sense :)

And yes,the judicial system is flawed because of the way it is applied .Salman Khan gets a sentence for killing a black buck..Manu Sharma gets to go scott free for killing a human being..I m not defending Salman but his case actually shows if the cops actually intend to ,they can get there man .



February 27th, 2006 at 6:55 pm

Your post is not usual…but the best one among all..atleast i felt that….thanks for clearing some doubts regarding ISB….you have re affirmed my faith towards ISB…thanks dude….



February 27th, 2006 at 8:35 pm

Thanks Sree…! i am glad i could be of help…though i still dont know how..! :)


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