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Sunday, November 30, 2003
Google's University Search
Google never ceases to surprise. It has a university/college specific search facility to make it easier for people to narrow down search. IIMB is listed there too!
Saturday, November 29, 2003
The Smart Manager Invites You to Nationwide B-School Competition on CNBC-TV18
CNBC-TV 18 and The Smart Manager are pleased to invite you to participate in a new training initiative for MBA students entitled "Trial By Fire". This unique television series with a significant online contest aims to find out how prepared management students are for working in the real world. It is nationwide initiative, challenging and thought-provoking.
"Trial By Fire" is open to two-member teams from management schools across the country. The preliminary round will be conducted online with teams having to take the test on the website www.cnbctrialbyfire.com. The top 32 teams from the preliminaries will be invited for the on-ground events, which will then be telecast on CNBC-TV18. The Smart Manager is the knowledge partner for the series.
Friday, November 28, 2003
Bangalore Events this weekend
1. Antaragni. 28Nov0 comments
Thursday, November 27, 2003
Details on what happened during CAT leak at IIMs.
A forwarded mail from an IIMA PGP2. Not sure if I should publish this. Heck, I just did.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2003
For the record
Taking a cue from my PGP batchmate Shoubik Dasgupta, I thought I also should put in my oath hereby (you know, just in case!) :
"I, Anurag Jain, s/o Sh P. C. Jain, do solemnly affirm that I cleared the CAT by honest means and did not get the papers in advance."
Monday, November 24, 2003
CAT is the reason IIMs are considered a pure meritocracy. But by now all of you would know about the CAT paper leak that happened yesterday: here, here and at google news
Its highly unfair to the people who slogged for months/year and attempted CAT without any unfair means. I wish all aspirants who took CAT this year the very best for next dates (as and when they are announced).
Saturday, November 22, 2003
Self-Promotion Inc: Site Hosed
My site usually receives around 600-650 hits a day. But on Nov 20, it registered almost 1300 hits. Later, while going through weblogs (and also, courtsey a friend - Ankur Jain), I found out the excessive traffic's reason. Now I know RK, but didn't know he liked my site. But one thing is for sure: One more incident of such inward linkages, and my site would be ready to kiss goodbye to the world. :(
While talking about myself and my web-presence, here's another inward link to my blog. Oh Matt, how on earth did you manage to find me!
IIMB event - A musical on Saturday, 22 November
From: Film Club
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2003 3:26 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We welcome you along with your family and friends to the screening of probably one of the greatest musicals ever, and a wholesome family movie. The details are as follows:
Movie: The sound of Music(1965)
Director: Robert Wise
Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
Runtime: 174 minutes
Venue: IIMB Auditorium
We advice you to especially bring your children along. A synopsis of the movie would soon be available at http://spidi.
Dress Circle - The IIMB Film Club
Thursday, November 20, 2003
1. Quiver .. fest at ITM, Bangalore. 21st-22nd Nov.
2. Legala - National Law School Fest
Legala, the Culfest at National Law School Bangalore, is being held on the 21, 22 and 23 Nov 2003
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
I have heard a lot about noise in search engines due to blogs. But to mesaure the magnitude, just sample some of the hits that led people to my blog yesterday:
* Kishori Amonkar + contact nos
* contact email address of amitabh bachan for social work
* ahmedabad gays contact numbers
* 98450 bangalore female date
Get a drift? Seems like Google did just the right thing buying blogger (bugger? :)). If blogging continues to grow at today's rate, Google should - and most probably would - have a separate search index for blogs.
But in the meantime, please spare me of gays contact number searches. And yes, while you are searching for a female date, please get me one too, u dorks.
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Mess goes online
Even though I find IIMB mess as one of the best (and I have lived out of home for last 13 years now!), our mess committee has been doing a lot of improvements recently. Now they have gone ahead and launched a website for the mess!
IIMB Summer Placements Cracked!
IIMB has created a record by placing full batch of first year students for the summer internships in three days flat! (An ET report here) The process got over yesterday and cluminated with crackers rocking on the dance floor (L-Sqaure). A L-Square party on Monday night is quite unusual at IIMB. But then the occassion was unusual too, and the 'spirits' were high!
More Bangalore Events
1. CHATTERATI - An Annual Event
Sunshine Toastmasters Club, Bangalore, affiliated to the Toastmasters International Club, was started in December 1999 and by now has an array of distinguished speakers from divergent professions such as Medicine, Law, CA, Engineering, Armed Services, etc. This club meets on every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at room # 5, Alliance Francaise, off Millers Road, Bangalore, 560010 (contact Dr Chaya Nair, President, tel: 3333604). It is one of the very active and sophisticated toastmasters clubs in India. (The attached document contains an overview of the activities of the club.)
CHATTERATI - An Annual Event
Sunshine Toastmasters club is organizing an annual event, CHATTERATI, on November 29th, 2003 from 6:30 to 9:30pm at Rotary House of Friendship, Levelle Road, Bangalore-560001. The event will feature two categories of speech contests: Category 1: Between Toastmasters and Category 2: Between Non-Toastmasters. There are attractive prizes for winners of both the categories. And there is a dinner after the contests. The entry ticket costs only Rs 100, which entails to participate as a Non-Toastmaster in the contest (contesting is optional), view the event, and enjoy the dinner with all the participants and the visitors.
Details of the Event: Date: Nov 29th 2003, Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm , Venue: Rotary House of Friendship, Levelle Road, Bangalore, Dinner: 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Ticket: Rs 100
For further details and to buy the ticket, please contact: Ravi Prakash (98452-37017), Jayant RC (94482-24926)
2. Forthcoming Events at Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore
A Conspiracy of Stories: Tales from the Indian Subcontinent
Written by Erik Schäffler
Outdoor stage performance with live music by Theater Triebwerk, Hamburg, Germany
In association with the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
6.30 p.m. on Saturday November 22, 2003
at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
Kumara Krupa Road, Bangalore 560 001
For adults and children (7 years and above)
Duration: 75 min.
Limited passes available from Wednesday November 19, 2003 at MMB.
"Where to draw the line" : A Cartoon Workshop
11.00 a.m. on Monday November 24 and Tuesday November 25, 2003 at Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560 001with participants from Germany, Bangladesh and India.
Designed as an interactive forum for cartoonists, the two-day workshop will feature discussions, lectures, and live-drawing demonstrations and culminate in an exhibition featuring the works produced during the project. Also on display will be samples of works by all the participants. the ideal platform for addressing issues faced by cartoonists the world over and an excellent forum for exchange of ideas among established cartoonists as well as aspiring ones. Certain aspects of the workshop will be open to the public.
At 6.00 p.m. on Monday November 24, 2003 at the same venue, there will be a public talk: "Cartooning in the midst of a million mutinies" by Mr. Narendar Pani, Senior Editor, The Economic Times, Bangalore
For further details please call or visit our website.
Goethe-Institut - Max Mueller Bhavan
No. 3, Lavelle Road
Bangalore 560 001
Tel: 221 9772, 221 4964
E-mail : email@example.com
Web : www.goethe.de/bangalore
Monday, November 17, 2003
1. Flights of Fantasy Music Concerts
programmes on Saturday, 22nd and Sunday, 23rd November 2003 at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall
22 November: 6:30 p m : Carnatic Vocal recital by Vidwan T M Krishna
23 November: 10:00 a m : Hindustani Vocal-Dhrupad recital by Gundecha Bandhu
23 November: 6:30 p m : Carnatic Violin Jugalbandi by Vidwans Ganesh & Kumaresh
Admission by invitations available at the Ganjam Showroom, 148, Embassy Square, Infantry Road. Seating on 'First come first served' basis for all three programmes Brought to you by Ganjam, Karnataka's Legend in Diamond Jewellery
2. 22nd Varshikotsav of SURSAGAR
SUR SAGAR celebrates its 22nd Varshikotsav at 6:30 p m on Thursday, 27th November 2003 at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall with a Bansuri recital by
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia with Pandit Ravindra Yavagal (Tabla)
Invitations with Seat numbers being sent by Postal Mail to enrolled Patron Members,Benefactors, Hony. Members, Life Members and Donors of Sursagar.
Others may collect the Invitation cards from Ganjam Showroom, # 148, Embassy Square, Infantry Road.
Saturday, November 15, 2003
Personal websites: Out of fashion?
I usually dont link to general news on my blog as I figure that Net users are pretty well (24-hrs) connected today, and hence they would already know that news by the time I tell them. But this item why personal web sites matter? on slashdot is interesting to me as I myself run a personal site (and I enjoy maintaining it). Nice discussion happening on /. , and as is obvious, some people think its for egoistic people's to run a personal webpage/site, whereas some others think that its quite worthwhile to have a personal webpage/site.
Food for thought!
Friday, November 14, 2003
Mobile phone and Yahoo Messenger: A sypmhony
Recently I got a mobile. This is my second attempt at getting mobile. The first one was 2 years back and was a futile one where I ended up wasting money on a phone which only worked in the US (GSM 900). This time its a bliss!
Since much before I got a mobile for myself, I have been in touch by SMS with a lot of my friends who have mobile. Well, you see yahoo messenger allows you to send mobile messages (=SMS) for free without the recipient mobile user having anything to do with yahoo! After I got my mobile, I tried it with myself.I could send 4-5 SMS' successsfully to my mobile phone number from my yahoo messenger. After that I got a message saying:
"To continue receiving text messages from anuragkjain, you must reply to one of their messages. Your reply will be sent to anuragkjain".
I could continue recieving messages from yahoo messenger users but in order to do that I have to respond to that one message. This step is to protect mobile phone users from spamming. I somehow didn't reply to that message, and instead erased it! Then, whenever me or my friend tried sending SMS from yahoo messenger to my mobile number, s/he would get this yahoo messenger error:
"This number has chosen not to receive any text messages."
This continued for some time and then I hit google where I could find only one page discussing this problem! (there was one more, but in some non-english language).
I tried the solution outlined at the discussion forum. I sent messages to +8242105, +8242103, 8242101 but all failed and of course, I got charged for international SMS for these numbers :) I tried variants like 8242105, 8242103, 8242101 (without a + sign), but the nothing happened and nothing continued to happen (remember HHGTG?).
Then I went to Yahoo India and tried something. And I could fix it. Solution was very easy: You have to send an SMS which says 'unblock all' to the number 8242 (for India. dunno abt other countries) and voila! You'd recieve a reply SMS saying "All Yahoo! IDs unblocked successfully. You will now be able to recieve messages from any yahoo user".
Even though I started recieving yahoo SMS on my mobile from other yahoo users, but still I was unable to send SMS from my yahoo login to my mobile. I was getting this error: "Your friend must respond to one of your messages before you can send more." I again tried a command "reset anuragkjain" by sending it as SMS to 8242 from my mobile and zap!, it worked!
Simple, isn't it? When u know, of course. I wasted 30-35 rupees and numerous SMS before finding the right solution!
1. National IT Seminar 2003, XLRI Jamshedpur
The theme for this year's seminar is "ERP II - The Next Leap.
2. Seminar series DMS IITD on 13th & 14th
We are organising a two day Seminar series, "Building India Inc. - Vision 2010" on the 13th and 14th November 2003. We invite you for the same.
Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi http://www.iitdmba.org
3. "WHIZCOMP-2K4", HBTI, Kanpur.
we feel proud to tell you that we are organizing a Computer Science seminar on "Recent Trends in Computing and Applications" by the name "WHIZCOMP-2K4", under the" Association of Computer Science Engineers" on Jan-24,25 2004. We cordially invite you to the function. It will be helpful if you please arrange for sponsorships through your contacts. This would certainly help us in making the seminar a success. Looking for your contribution
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Over the last few months, our net connexion at campus had become terribly slow. Turned out that the 1.5 mbps line we had, which I thought to be a dedicated line, was actually a shared (with 3 other orgs.) line! But, just last Friday we upgraded to a 1.5 mbps 'dedicated' line and now the speed is real fast!! Net surfing is again what it used to be! :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Poile Sengupta's YAVAMAJAKKA! A musical for the entire family......and a political allegory
13, 14, 15 November 2003(Thursday, Friday and Saturday) 7.30 pm Chowdaiah Memorial Hall Tickets at: Supermarket (Fifth Avenue, Brigade Road), Café Paradis(Alliance Française) and at the venue Original music score Preetam Koilpillai Director Abhijit Sengupta Choreography Arati Punwani
Assistant Director Vivek Madan Cast includes: Aporup Acharya, Poile Sengupta, Preetam Koilpillai, Anish Victor, Romola Cardoza, Rukmini Vijaykumar and over 20 children from The National Public Schools Indiranagar, Koramangala and Rajajinagar,NAFL and TISB in a collaboration with Theatre Club!
2. Trekking in Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary - 22nd & 23rd Nov
CARE 126, Arora Business Centre, 111, Dickenson Road, Bangalore - 560 052.
Ph: (080) 5586719 / 337/ 627 & 5598128 Mob: 98456 - 95350
URL: www.careadventures.com, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
European dinner tonight!
This should be fun!
From: Mess Committee
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 1:18 AM
Subject: European dinner tonight!
Well guys, that was not just an attention grabber....
In association with the Exchange students @IIMB, Mess Comm has arranged an European dinner tonight. The menu boasts of Pasta and Salad with delicious dessert.
We thank the Exchange students for sharing the recipe and helping in the food preparation.
Note: The regular menu will also be served.
Monday, November 10, 2003
Just attended a talk by Prof. Howard H. Stevenson Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration , Entrepreneurial Management, Harvard Business School. He's a veteran in Entrepreneurship research and a pioneer of Entrepreneurship department at Harvard Business School. According to him, entrepreneurship in today's context is about following:
1) Resource Mobility
2) Reinvestment in the community
3) Celebrating other's success
4) Celebrating Change
Loss of protectionists' power
Getting governments on board
Overcoming the fear of science
Also according to Prof Howard, a Promoter/Entrepreneur operates very differently from the way a Manager/Trustee operates:
Parameter. Promoter/Entrepreneur Vs Manager/Trustee
Driver. Opportunity driven Vs Resource driven
Committment to Opportunity. Short & Quick Vs Long & slow
Committment of Resources. Minimal, with many stages Vs Complete in a single stage
Control. Use or buy Vs Own or employ
It was quite nice hearing from the expert himself on a subject that greatly interests me!
Saturday, November 08, 2003
A revival of jazz Yatra after 12 years. There is one concert on Nov. 10th & another on Nov. 18th...Nov. 10th concert will feature a Saxophone quartet from France , Quatuor de Saxophone de Paris and a contemporary folk-jazz music band called Oikyotan. Tickets are available at Alliance Francaise (Ph:2258762, 2265390), the Pro FX showroom at Barton Centre, MG Road (Ph: 5594440) and at the venue.
date : 10th Nov. 2003 time : 8pm onwards
venue : Royal Orchid lawns, Park Plaza adjoining KGA Golf Course, Off Airport Road
Friday, November 07, 2003
IIMB Event- A documentary and a Roman Polanski thriller on Friday, 07 November
We welcome you along with your family and friends to the screening of a documentary on the Sahyadri Mountains (brought to you in association with "Prakriti", the IIMB Nature Club) and a classic Roman Polanski thriller this Friday!
The details are as follows:
Documentary: Sahyadri Timing: 6.45pm Venue: IIMB Auditorium Runtime: 45 minutes Approx. Language: English Rating: Open to all age groups
Movie: Chinatown (1974) Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, John Huston Directed by: Roman Polanski Timing: 8pm Venue: IIMB Auditorium Runtime: 131 minutes Language: English Subtitles: No Colour: Colour Rating: UK:15, USA:R We advice you NOT to bring your children along.
A synopsis of the movie would be available by 6pm today at http://spidi (right hand top corner of the webpage).
Regards, Dress Circle - The IIMB Film Club
Rainseed Series - Thermal and Quarter
Thermal And A Quarter, together with Trans Indus, a unique eco village on Kanakapura Road, bring you The RainSeed Festivals, the first of which, simply called 'Guitars', will begin Saturday, November 8, 2003, 9 pm onwards.
'Guitars' will feature TAAQ and three of Bangalore's smoking new axemen, solo and in concert:
Eric Samuel: Well regarded for his extraordinary tone and expression, Eric brings a refinement to the title 'rock guitarist' that few can match. Previously with the EMDEES, Eric is currently a full-time family man, but will take time off to join TAAQ at RainSeed.
Anirban: One of the city's youngest guitar heroes, Anirban is fast accumulating his own fan base. His technique and feel are a revelation, and his versatility makes him an asset in any musical context. He has joined TAAQ on previous occasions, and this collaboration has always seen some inspired jams.
Prakash Sontakke: A Hindustani Classical performer, adept at both slide guitar and vocal, Prakash is a first-call session player in the city, and is a composer of some note. Open to experimenting with various styles, this will be his first encounter with TAAQ.
TAAQ, now working on its third album, will premiere some smoking new originals at the gig. Donor passes (only a limited number) priced at Rs 100 will be available at the venue.
Gear up for the RainSeed series, and spread the word around.
More B-School Events
1. TAPMI - Atharva0 comments
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Revolutions of Matrix sort, tonight
IIMB has its share of Matrix followers. And we have booked almost 125 tickets for tonite's (955pm) show at Symphony. By booking 4 tickets, I am one of the top 2 bookers :) We get to watch the most awaited movie (for me) just one day after the world-wide release, not bad, is it? :)
Its been long time that I watched a movie with a big college group. Last such time I can remember of, was during my engineering days when we watched 'Hum' (*ing Amitabh) in Gurudev cinema, Kanpur. And the whistles and dances that happened on "Jumma Chumma de de" was, well, phew! I hope none of that happens tonite 'cause I am a serious Matrix fan and I want to understand the finer points in the last of series of the triology.
As Agent Smith says: "Mr. Anderson, We missed you" (you have to hear this line). So here I come Mr Anderson!
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
1. AvantGarde - IIT Kanpur MBA0 comments
Monday, November 03, 2003
P Chidambaram and the art of Project Execution
I attended Mr P Chidambaram's talk day before yesteday at our campus in the context of our management fest IIMB-Vista (theme: Mission Execution), and his recipe for getting things moving on the govt projects execution front:
1) Govt should privatize whatever it can.
2) Evolve new organizational forms/structures. Current structures are inadequate to deliver. E.g. Bhakra Nagal dam was constructed on a contract basis and it stands as a testimony to a project finished on time and an excellent example of engineering marvel. Maybe give projects of national significance on contract and then enforce compliance (think golden quadrilateral).
3) Enforce Accountability and impose economic penalties for non-performers. Or at least award performers, if not punish non-performers. Current system as very few performers (e.g. Mr Shreedharan of Delhi Metro and Konkan Railways fame) because incentives (and penalties for non-performance) are missing.
Not very original I guess, but if we are able to achieve these it can work wonders....
Saturday, November 01, 2003
National airline carriers - same everywhere?
Recently I read two books. Actually, make that 1.75 books. The first one is Nudist On The Late Shift - Po Bronson and the second is Loosing my Virginity - Richard Branson. I can see the disapproval in your eyes hearing the scandalous titles, but these two books are as 'businessy' as they get!
I am still reading up (0.75 done) Loosing my Virginity and will write excerpts/review soon, but in the meantime I came across this news about Indian government's decision allowing private airlines to fly to Colombo. Now here's the link between the book and the news: Richard Branson's autobiography is full of stories about Virgin's struggle against British Airways and the contempt with which BA treated Virgin (and before that Laker and British Caledonian). Just like Branson's anguish on the subject spells it out, I also dont understand why the national carriers have to assume that its their birth-right to have priority - and more importantly, exclusive - access to the routes and slots. Even though, nothing much has come out in Indian press so far about the behind-the-scenes fight between Jet/Sahara and IA/AI, I am sure there must be a lot going on at AI/IA in order to not concede ground to private airlines. Dont believe it? Get this: At one of time, at BA there was a formal team set up to rein in Virgin's progress! If it can happen in UK, from where our public institutional structure has been borrowed, it surely can happen in India. I am waiting for the time when Naresh Goyal or Uttam Bose would speak up about what really is going on.