My journey!

As I journey through time, here I present a small peak into what I think and experience!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Peace prevails

Life after exams is like the peace that prevails after a hurricane strikes a coast. Unlike the rummages of the havock that linger for a long time, the memories of exams get faded quickly only coming back to memory when something called grades are displayed on the notice board on a decrepit wall on some corner of the college! The other day I was checking the Stanford GBS site and was thinking why dont Indian b-schools or for that matter institutes of higher learning follow the same.

Infact I sometimes feel that in India, we are behind a mad rush of marks and grades. Right from LKG, we are taught that to rank in the top of the class is important. Its built into the psyche of a child. Parents says "Beta, agar tum ache number laoge, tho hum tumhe dher saara gift denge", "Munni, agar tum iss baar school mein first aayi tho mein tumhe ek luna dilwaongi", "Oye puttariya, ache number laaye, tho ek nayi gaddi dilaunga tere naal"! The child grows up thinking marks are the true indicator of one's talent. The top 3 in the class are given certificates and called on-stage during the annual day, they are made the class monitor and teachers assign special attention towards them making those in the bottom-rung remain there thinking "Bhagwan, yeh kis janam ka paap bhugat raha hu". Can this system be changed? Is there any way in improving the overall level of an individual? Are the US and European schools successfully tackling this issue?

I have to search answers for these...Till then, am off to sleep!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Time flies by.....

Sometimes life becomes so hectic that one hardly finds time to think about anything else. Not that one uses all the available time in the day for fruitful purposes but just doesn't have the mood or the right frame of mind to do something that one likes. There is a contradiction in what I say. One might say that a person definitely does what one likes but I say it need not be.

A famous quote of William Woodsworth says:
"This life is so full of cares, no time to stand and stare"

Life as an MBA grad is so full of quizzes, assignments, case studies, presentations, club work, wing treat's and other responsibilities. When does one get time to stand still and watch nature? Is this the same case in institutions across the world? After one graduates from the MBA, one gets sucked into the corporate jungle. That is more frightening cause the kind of pressure and deadline one faces would hardly give any time for oneself. The so-called career of "Investment Banking" which many MBA grads aspire for hardly gives any time for oneself. But it does pay a lot of money. Wait......

I seem to have digressed to an MBA career. This aint true again. Any career is like that. I sometimes wish I could work for companies like Discovery Channel and NGC that would have allowed me to fly to places unexplored. Though this does have its dark side, but what the heck. You get a lot of time to spend with nature. This raises an important question to my mind:

Is there any career in which one is completely happy? Its not about the way u think but truly and deeply from heart?