>Looking back…

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Something doesn’t feel right. I’ll be writing the last exam at IIM Kozhikode tomorrow. Should I feel happy that it is finally over? Ideally I should. At least that is what I always wished since I came here. Funny how feelings change with time! One more farewell in the list of so many – Sainik School, ISM, Infosys, IIM. The moments of initial relief (once that week or fortnight or month sets in when you finally have to call it quit) last not very long. Very soon you want to do everything again – EVERYTHING. Going on long bike trips in and around Kerala, sitting and gossiping in Night Canteen, cribbing about the system, giving birthday bumps, fighting hostel wars, night outs for exams, endless cups of coffee etc. etc. The list is long. For some it would be longer. You wonder if you did all you could. Probably not. But where is the time to regret? There is not enough time for anything. You feel a void. You look at so many faces around you and you wonder whether they feel the same.
Yes, they do. They sure do.
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>Last lecture

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Why are we a country of mediocrity? People respond. Low risk appetite, red-tapeism, mediocrity breeds mediocrity (urs truly speaketh!) etc etc. Prof Ram shows us few slides of Combodian capital Phnom Penh. Then Angkor Wat. Torture centers during Khmer Rouge regime led by a teacher of French literature and history Saloth Sar better known as Pol Pot. Few slides showed the killing fields where people were dumped in open graves after being killed. There are many non-diffused landmines still present in the area.
In between all this, Prof Ram met this motorcycle taxi driver. He lost his father and four brothers to Pol Pot’s atrocities. This guy learns english by listening to radio, reading newspapers and repeating every sentence that Prof Ram uttered. He does not go to the local school because they all have flawed pronunciation. He wants to move from bike to a taxi. And he is working hard at it.

What leads to innovation?
Do you realise what kind of competitors you’re pitted against?

You might have read lots of theory, many brands but, remember there is only one brand and that is you.

>Calicut Mini Marathon 2011

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Completed another mini marathon (10km) yesterday. Took me around 50 min. Came 2nd among IIM K folks. Fellow ‘F’cuker Devang beat me this time:) It was better organized as compared to last year. Considering that this is the 2nd year that it has been organized by Social Service Group of IIM K, I’m sure that it’ll only get better in the years to come.
I had clocked the same time last year also but the difference was the ease with which we could finish the race this time. Both Devang and me think that it’s time we start thinking of half-marathon. Amen.

Few images:

Fcukers Night Cricket League

F Hostel at IIM Kozhikode is hosting Fcukers Night Cricket League. The poster hangs on the wall facing J hostel.

After the beating they received from F in ‘K’onnect 2010 (F was 1st with 250 points while J shared the 2nd position with C with 95 points), Jokers have not been able to raise their head again. Last heard, their premiere cricket team had lost to some godforsaken hostel called K1. What a ‘J’oke!

In case you’re wondering what is the big deal about a night cricket tournament well, it is being played in the corridor of F hostel (top floor of ‘F’) under many 100 watt bulbs, with a plastic chair acting as a wicket.

As the poster says: there are 12 teams, 36 players – all fighting with just one aim, the FNCL Cup. Excerpt from a conversation that the write had with a guy from some other hostel (it is ‘J’:))

Heard about your gully cricket tournament. Yaar! F is different. Hats off to you guys!!

Thanks dude! We work hard for it!!

Visit our facebook page in order to view the pics, the schedule, the results and comments.

iXiGO! Yo Ho!!

It was a surprise from team iXiGO. In this era, when standard of most of the services in India is going down the drain (some of them being health care, hospitality, entertainment, financial services – insurance etc.) despite the fact that this sector contributes majorly towards India’s GDP and offers huge employment opportunities, it is heartening to seeĀ  iXiGO always ready to listen to customers’ complain, their feedback and suggestions. The various features on their website like fare outlook, filter flights have surely come from the suggestions of their patrons. Add to this the cool t-shirt and coffee mug that they send and you know here is an e commerce company that is going to go places. Could not help liking them on facebook. Leaving you with two images :p

Lakshadweep tour

Started from Cochin on 6.12.2010. Ship Name: Lakshadweep Sea

First stop:Minicoy island

Activities: Kayaking, Scuba diving, Lighthouse

Second stop:Kadmat island

Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Coconut powder factory and Coir factory visit

Third Stop:Kavaratti island

Activities: Kayaking, Glass bottom boat ride, Deep sea snorkeling, Beach volleyball

Did star gazing after a long time. Did snorkeling and Scuba diving for the first time. I loved it. Wish I could remember all that I saw while swimming through the sea. I found snorkeling relatively more appealing as there is no heavy equipment like compressed air tank as in scuba diving. You move around the sea at your own pace, halting in between when you see something like a school of fish. Scuba diving needs more expertise. The advantage is that you go deeper and can stay longer with the help of compressed air.

Star gazing was fun. Ursa Minor was easy to spot. Ursa Major which one easily spots when lying on one’s terrace was conspicuous by its absence. Learnt about Orion, the hunter.