lets see how it goes…

1 Feb

Almost a week has passed since the last entry…and a lot has happened…(as always). The campus is amazingly different. Its hard to visualize this state when you first enter ISB. You know…you have this… “oh, it will be courses and a lot of work…and then finally a job”…! Somehow…no one can actually predict…or even begin to imagine…the period between one preparing for a job and eventually getting one.

People are talking a different language…suddenly the newspaper is the hottest commodity on campus…CNBC the best channel…10 lakhs is passé…and London/NY is cool…!

The Pre-placement talks got over last evening…and quite a few of the companies are looking really good. They are taking advantage of a bullish economy and I have no reasons to believe that the placements this year shall be much better than last years.

Had the privilege of interacting with the MD of ICICI Securities, Mr. Mukherjee, last evening. Its so amazing to see people who have achieved possibly everything that we at this stage wish to achieve…and yet be the most down to earth and humble people around. During his conversation with his colleagues I overheard him say “Mr. Damodaran called me just when I was boarding the flight. He is really excited about the conference. That’s so nice of him. It will be an honor to meet him” (Damodaran is possibly the most prolific corporate finance professor in the world right now. Teaches at Stern, NYU.). Now, I have a strong respect for damodaran…but then at some level one is led to question whether he can even come close to the power that Mr. Mukherjee enjoys. And yet he chooses to acknowledge Damodaran’s greatness.

Its not an easy thing to do…and I know this…! Truly amazing…!

I guess at some level…the best thing that ISB has offered me…is the chance to interact with possibly the most powerful and smartest individuals all across the world. And realize that if there is one thing that binds almost all of them…its their humility. I would consider myself lucky if I could reach even half of where they are…on this front…!


So…the happenings…! Had a party this Saturday…the last one before everyone plunges into the rat race. Was quite a dud party…not many people turned up…! but then ok…I enjoyed myself…was very tired though from the 4 hours of cricket early in the day…!

ISB’s management, this year, had constituted a new set of awards for overall contribution in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities towards promoting the ISB brand. 4 students were awarded the ISB young leader award and a set of 34 were awarded the ISB Torchbearers Award.
A very nice way of appreciating the efforts of so many people…who in their own little way have played a crucial role in maintaining the honor of ISB. Congrats to the winners…!

The BCG shortlist came out. And the minute that happened there were a series of mails sent across…with mostly the following concerns:

  1. 23 students find a presence in both the McK and BCG list. Damn!
  2. What the hell will happen on the 1st day…all these guys will end up with the jobs…and ultimately choose just 1…! Which means disastrous job losses…!

The PLACOM has been thinking on how to handle this…and we met up last night…and this afternoon. A lot was discussed and I think we have a structure in place. It needs to be tested 1st before the actual launch…so the next few days shall be dedicated to the same.

Lets see how it goes…!

Lots to look forward to…! Lots…!


12 Responses to lets see how it goes…



February 1st, 2006 at 9:35 pm

was he talking of Prof Damodaran? because usually a professor is not addressed to as Mr. or was he referring to Mr Damodaran of SEBI. But then why would ICICI Sec CEO be excited about meeting SEBI Chairman. they would have met many times.

………..the placement week is going to get the best and worst out of us.




February 1st, 2006 at 9:37 pm

ohhh…am sorry…he addressed his as damodaran. and not Mr. damodaran.

and i guess u r right…he shudnt be excited abt meeting SEBI’s damodaran…!




February 2nd, 2006 at 1:19 am

Congrats. You deserve the BCG shortlist and the ISB awards
– S



February 2nd, 2006 at 1:29 am

thanks a lot ship..! :)




February 2nd, 2006 at 9:06 am

“I have no reasons to believe that the placements this year shall be much better than last years.” — Are you suggesting that the placements will be worse than last year’s? Or is it a typo??



February 2nd, 2006 at 9:08 pm

oppppppppssssssssssss….!!! TYPO TYPO…

its the other way round…!

how cud i….!!!!




February 2nd, 2006 at 11:11 pm


this is ravi chawla again…..i have shifted profession….m now with SEBI and work under Damu bhaiya…..every1 has hinted at u for next SEBI chief…

so we have an offer for u. SEBI chief position….limited salary, huge perqs.

Life is calling u…r u ready ???!!!

Ravi Chawla



February 2nd, 2006 at 11:47 pm

Hey hi Ravi…

good job dude…u seem to be going great guns for your own good. awesome…am really proud of u…

and yeah man…SEBI looks awesome. i will be definitely interested in the job. why dont u give me a call since you seem to be so interested in my profile..!

will wait…




February 3rd, 2006 at 6:36 pm


he had mentioned during the presentation that SEBI Damodaran would be attending a conference that he was organizing in/on China. So he would have been excited that he had consented to come.




February 3rd, 2006 at 9:21 pm

this is ravi again….we work for a very secretive society under the SEBI wing…
if i talk to u…i will have to kill u.

ravi chawla signing off….from batinda



February 4th, 2006 at 9:53 pm

Hi dear,

how have u been ? Its been a long time since i last spoke to u….

MICA gal


Ashish Pokharna

February 4th, 2006 at 9:54 pm

yeh kya ho raha he pappu….??? :-)

ja pappu jee le apni jindagi

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