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Hello to all the dudes. And love to all the girls who have been visiting this page everyday for the past 1 month. Well all your wishes have come true. I am here.

I am done with my exams... for now atleast. Within 4 weeks, they ll come back knocking on my door.. like those seniors knocking on our door in the induction week (read here), to wake us up at 4:30 for the yoga session.

After almost an age and a half, I slept for 10 straight hours. I woke up to a huge breakfast. Slept again. Took a bath, more than a record 25 minutes. Slept again. Woke up for a heavy lunch. And now I am here. Sitting outside my room facing the terrace, enjoying the warmth of the Sun and the chill of the evening air, and thanking God for inventing Wi-Fi.

The funny thing about this post is that I was supposed to write it last month, when my last exams got over. But I slept then, because I was sleep deprived. Once the weekend after the exams gets over, you never get time to do anything. Now this may seem to be a usual MBA cliche. But in this case, its not.

Heard MBA guys whine about scarcity of time and lack of sleep? Well, those guys have 14 lectures a week... We at International Management(IM) at MDI, have 26 lectures a week! More lectures also mean more assignments, more quizzes and more exams! And that is why we have exams every 4 weeks, but they get a good month and a half before every exam. Compared to my life, the normal life that MBA students live around the country live is Disneyland. And this crib is in line with my philosophy - What I do is more difficult than what you do! :P

So all those guys who are mad at me for not being able to comment on their blogposts, I rest my case.

But this isnt a crib post, this post is a feel good post... feel good for YOU that is! But seriously, MDI isnt all about hard work... umm.. it is actually.. But its majorly IM who has it so bad, but then they get to study and work abroad, proving Timberlake's age-old line of thought- "what goes around comes back around" :P

I have a stack of unread Economic times on my table that I plan to read. I have been collecting them since a week now. Last week, I didnt really get the time.
Today, after my bath, I cut my nails. It took me only 10 minutes. Believe me you, I had been planning when to cut them all week. After I was done, I wondered, why was I actually planning a thing this trivial?! Then I realised, its all about priorities.. Its always a tradeoff...

What do I do? Should I read that article I had been planning to or should I shave my 3 day old stubble? Should I sleep for another 20 minutes or research on that assignment. Should I read the newspaper or work on that ppt slide? Should I study over the weekend or join the folks over for a trip to Kasauli? Everything, you see, is a tradeoff..

But its not always bad. Sometimes I choose a trip to Kasauli(a hill station near Shimla) over studying. And its great fun... Come to think of it, even reading and studying and working on projects isnt too bad. Actually its kinda fun. You have to be creative and different from your peers. There isnt anything thats right or wrong, there are just different ways of doing it.

Now for example, this is something that I plan to work on - "The ratio in which the fairer sex checks itself out in the mirror, compared to the male, when presented with an opportunity"

You will be amazed by how nerdy I am gonna sound for the next para or so. I can already see the girls who used to hide behind trees to have a glimpse of me turning their laptops off. But dont. Listen to this.
The other day, in the 15 minute break that we get between serial lectures, I was having coffee, resting my already tired body, tired beacuse of attending 4 lectures on the trot, against the wall facing the door of the building. For the MDI guys who are reading this post, the building I am talking about is 'Lakshya', the building where all the International Management guys attend their lectures. This is a centrally AC building. It has reflective glass doors. The ones that allow the people inside the building to see the ones who are outside, but not vice-versa.

So I was standing opposite to the door. One door was open, the other was closed. As people entered the building I noted that they looked at the close door. Some just look, some touch their hair. But something was peculiar about this. The girls did this more. I was confused for like a minute. But then the coffee kicked in. I realised they are looking at their own reflection in the glass door.

I got half the class to stand with me and predicted who will look to the left(the girls) and who wont(the guys). Well, needless to say, it was a rage. I declared that only girls look at the mirror when presented an opportunity. Foreign girls go out of their way to look at their image. Some of them actually stop and pose and stuff! Well guys dont look at themsleves. But this notion was ruined by the French and the Italian guys who entered the building and not only looked at themselves but also fixed their hair. I am in the International relations committee of MDI and know these guys by their first names and nationalities. My next aim to find which part of what country they belong to. Btw, some Indian guys also looked at themselves as they entered. We now exercise caution against them. :P

Taking this research forward(yes, I am taking this very seriously) I conducted the same research in the break after the morning lecture. It turns out that lesser people looked at their reflection. So now I am very interested.

I want to conduct a full fledged research on this. Any corporate house interested in sponsoring this research(inclusive of the coffee bills) can contact me.

What good is this research gonna bring to the society you ask?

Well, due to the varied sample size - we can understand the impact of different cultural attributes on the behaviour of the masses of different regions of the world and the different ways in which this impact manifests itself.

I have learnt in my 4 months of MBA training that your answers to stupid questions must be more than 3 lines in length and equally stupid.

Anyway, I have solved the purpose of this post, which was to clean the webs hanging off its ceiling and treating you guys to some quality(?) blogging. Now that I saved the day, I should go off to my 3rd short nap of the day(I am making some kinda record here).

Thanks & Regards,(something I learnt here)
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17 letters to the editor:

    On November 14, 2009 at 5:05 PM     
    Anonymous said...

    hahaaaaaa :P

    Your typical LOL post! :P

    Well, I've been a regular here, only don't comment very often... and I have something for you on my blog, so check it out if you have the er.. time, of which you're so deprived! :-s

    On November 14, 2009 at 5:39 PM     
    Harish said...

    Certified that you can write lengthy posts on 'Nothing'..Abbe get back to your romantic short stories jaldi from these MDI ramblings! :P

    On November 14, 2009 at 11:03 PM     
    Mabel said...

    Hahaha :) Very funny! But I have one qn in mind. The ones that stopped by to check their reflections must also be aware of the type of door it is. Did it never occur to them or they simply dint care ?? Anyways back in my college too it was the same way, the diff was half of one side wall was also made of the same type of glass.So our people were well aware, that even if they accidentally looked at the glass they will be an object of mockery for those inside! We were very thankful u know, whenever somebody passes by atleast we get to look at a different face other than the professor's standing in front. I liked ur post pal.

    Hilarious! :)
    Although... have you read "Outliers"? Malcom Gladwell / Levitt/Dubner have kind of made an industry out of such research :) Maybe your research does have a future after all! :)

    superb as usual!!

    On November 25, 2009 at 1:56 AM     
    Karan said...

    "we can understand the impact of different cultural attributes on the behaviour of the masses of different regions of the world and the different ways in which this impact manifests itself."
    Hahaha!! You are a true MBA now :)

    On November 27, 2009 at 2:48 AM     
    Nikita said...

    Written in true MBA spirit. Stuff some statistical jargon into your argument, use cultural differences as spice, and drop the name of a good B-School.... voila! you already are ready for your post B-School adventures :)

    On November 28, 2009 at 4:14 PM     
    aroop said...

    bakwaas... 10 minutes of my life I'll never get back...

    Thinking of removing your blog from my bookmarks.. :P


    The certification came shud have had come ages ago mate!

    Would write about it sometime..

    Yes, they were aware, but they didnt know I was on the other side of the door, checking on them! :P

    You know what? I have.. I didnt think I was sounding GLadwell-types when was discussing tht! But thats cool.. look! I am a psychologist!

    Thank you..

    Well, almost :P

    Yes, I AM ready :P

    10 mins? You should have given it more time.. No wonder you didnt "understand" the deep complexities of the impact of the cultural differences on the manifestation of our behavioral traits!

    awsome blog...hilarious...your research will actually help in understading of cultural artefacts n habits of people of multi ethinicities...LOL!

    On December 27, 2009 at 2:29 PM     
    Anonymous said...

    Brim over I assent to but I dream the post should have more info then it has.

    wen did u join MDI dude? or am I mistaken in some way?I was thinking its Chronic Writer's page? :thinking

    god arshat..u really tht busy ke nautanki kar raha hai?? mann u r scrayin me...

    n u startd gettin up early in the morning?? hehhee... i kno u r nt...js asking ;) ;)

    On January 9, 2010 at 3:09 AM     
    Anonymous said...

    I want not acquiesce in on it. I over polite post. Specially the appellation attracted me to be familiar with the unscathed story.

    hi yaar,
    u r simply frank n funny :P
    It was a treat to read da blog, but wer r u now??
    no posts recently...
    plz carry on wid this gud TTP (truly time pass)stuff...
    regards pallavi :)

    On January 18, 2010 at 10:21 AM     
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