My Random Thoughts

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Questionnaire for Introductory Accounting

When the schedule for pre-terms in ISB was announced, I had the question – Do I take the accounting pre-term?

The general trend for the “Introductory Accounting” pre-term in ISB is that all non CA’s or non-commerce grads need to attend this. ISB helps one decide whether he/she needs to attend the accounting pre-term by giving a “Questionnaire for Introductory Accounting”. But unfortunately test does no help for me. Though I never took any formal education for accounting, I know a bit of accounting because of my involvement in my father’s marble business. I wasn’t sure about the need of the accounting pre-term for me. I thought the test should help me decide. Here is the message I got after the test –

“You have a fair understanding of Accounting Concepts and do not necessarily have to do the pre-term course.
You have the option of deciding to enroll for the pre-term course.”

What does that mean? I have the option! I thought everyone has the option. In short the test did nothing for me to make a decision. I still have the question - Do I take the accounting pre-term?

Saturday, March 18, 2006

BSchool Networking

Everyone values network and BSchool grads value it more than everyone else. Opportunity to network is one of the important reasons for people to do an MBA. Guys go to a BSchool, network with diverse people, make wonderful friends. ISB class of 2007 admits are a step ahead. They are arranging meets in almost all the metros and knowing the faces they would be working with. A close friend – Siddhant Bhansali – has even organized a party at his home in Delhi.

So much happening but I am nowhere in the game. I cherish strong and close relationships instead of simply knowing hazzaar people. But is this excuse good enough for me not to initiate contact with ISB 07 admits? Certainly not. I am very busy meeting with my old friends, relatives, cousins. Maintaining relationship is definitely very important but should it stop me from attending any of the 07 admit meets? Nope.

I need to kick start. Meet some people. Talk to them. Make new friends. I am coming guys.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Government of India Public Grievance forum

Government of India has a online Grievance forum at The government wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like Passport Office, Electricity board, BSNL/MTNL, Railways etc etc.

Looks like a good step for solving the problems faster - if it indeed works.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Stanford vs. ISB

Does it sound like the most stupid title for a blog post? Or, does it sound like apple vs. orange or even a more stupid comparison?

Perhaps it is not all that stupid in the context I am talking about. A person is waitlisted in Stanford MBA program. For some stupid reason – he is fairly confident of converting the waitlist into admit. But he also has an admit from ISB. What does he do? He has done the comparison of Stanford with ISB for himself hazzar times. The most of the points of comparing the two are the same which everyone knows and are very general. A couple of points are specific to his position. But he is not able to reach a conclusion. Does it sound stupid again? It indeed is to most of the people. Also there is significant risk involved in rejecting ISB and waiting for Stanford. Will Dubya’s visit to ISB make him slightly more inclined to ISB?

Is the choice really difficult or is there no choice at all? Is the person stupid to do a stupid comparison with a lot of probability involved? Is the word “stupid” being used too many times? Has the whole post become stupid? Am I stupid? Am I that stupid?