02 November 2008
28 September 2008
वृक्ष हों भले खड़े,
हो घने, हो बड़े,
एक पत्र-छॉंह भी मॉंग मत, मॉंग मत, मॉंग मत!
अग्नि पथ! अग्नि पथ! अग्नि पथ!
तू न थकेगा कभी!
तू न थमेगा कभी!
तू न मुड़ेगा कभी!-कर शपथ! कर शपथ! कर शपथ!
ये महान दृश्य है, चल रहा मनुष्य है,
अश्रु, स्वेद, रक्त से
लथ पथ, लथ पथ, लथ पथ
अगनीपथ! अगनीपथ! अगनीपथ!
23 August 2008
19 August 2008
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
You might succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt -
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.
- Unknown -
19 July 2008
I recently came across this fantastic talk from Harsha Bhogle given at the IIM-A campus. This talk is part of a series of lectures on what constitutes excellence. Some of the gems from the talk
- You never know when and from where the next great opportunity will come from so if you give every moment 100 percent, the little things in life that make the difference between good and great will happen for sure.
- Excellence never seeks excuses.
- Anger and ego have no place in the world of excellence.
- Never hate criticism.
- Attitude and passion counts far more than talent.
Check it out. It will be well worth your 80 minutes. The actual video is available here
27 May 2008
A few points to note are
- A stellar GMAT score won't guarantee admission
- A poor GMAT score won't guarantee rejection (Or DING)
- To be safe, your score needs to be in the middle 80 percent range
- Don't over-stress the importance of GMAT scores. Your essays, recommendations, interviews, and academic and extracurricular records will also play a very important role in evaluation of your application
- Start early - Make sure that you are done by your GMAT by May of year previous to the one when you plan to enter B-school. For example if you plan to enter B-school in Fall of 2010, be done your GMAT by May of 2009
- Take into account that you may need to give GMAT again.
- Be focussed - Don't try to do every material available under the sun for your GMAT preparation.
- Use both offline (books, software etc) and online resources (blogs, forums etc)
- I used the following
- Official GMATPrep software
- Online practice tests from Princeton Review
- Take the first practice test from Princeton Review (PR T1). Note your scores. Don't be disappointed if you scores low. Don't be elated if you do well.
- Start with PR. It is gentle compared to official guide and will give you a good taste of the challenges
- Finish Princeton review and give the next PR test (PR T2). Note your scores
- Start the main official guide and Manhattan Sentence Correction book
- Read and practice each section everyday
- Keep a log of mistakes that you commit
- Halfway through the book, give your third PR test
- Start following the forums on GMAT club. Be helpful. Be respectful.
- Finish you official guide and take the first GMATPrep test. The results of this test will give you an idea of where you stand.
- Start the official Maths and verbal book, and essay writing preparations
- Halfway through them give your fourth Princeton Review test (along with essays section)
- Finish the books and give your second GMATPrep test (along with essays)
- Give your GMAT within next 3-5 days. Don't give your GMAT the next day and don't delay more than 5 days.
- Lose patience. GMAT preparation will test you. Keep the faith
- Try shady online tests claiming to contain questions from actual GMAT
- Not read/practice everyday