Friday, 11 December 2009

Au revoir NYC

My first NYC trip is coming to an end... will be leaving tomorrow. I miss the NYC subways, squirrels and pigeon in the Madison park, shopping on 34 street, walk in the Battery park, croissant............. :)

I like this place (I like majority of the places I visited), but time to leave...many more miles to walk before the night sets in. And excited to see my people back at home, sweet home.

Bye NYC, till I come back again.


Brooks was sentenced for 50 years. On the day of his release, he tries to kill another prisoner and breaks down. Then Red says " These walls are funny, first you hate them, then you get used to them, then you get depend on them. That's institutionalized".

This is a scene in ''Shawshank Redemption'' which made me to think, are we all under ''institutionalized'' effect? At work, at home... sticking on to something...... getting institutionalized.... without our knowledge?
When I started my job, I thought it's just a stop gap option, then I thought ''Ok, I got settled here, why to hop companies'', and now I think ''what do I do if leave''.

Institutionalization can be both positive and negative. It's all about being aware on what is happening with you, and choose the most positive impacts.

By the way, Raj, if you get a chance', do watch this movie ''Shawshank Redemption'', may be during P2-P3 break? :)

Friday, 27 November 2009

Thanks giving parade NYC

I like the concept behind thanks giving celebration. It is not restricted by any religion, nationality, profession etc. We all should be thankful for the wonderful life we have :).

Okay, my co worker told me that when the European immigrants came into US, as a way of saying thanks, they shared the feast with native Americans, and that's how the today's thanks giving celebration started.

And in NYC they have feast of turkeys and a feast to the eyes, Macy's Thanks Giving Parade. There is lot of effort, cost and will involved in the preparation. Every year thousands of people come to see this parade equipped with ladder, blankets, chairs etc. Though the parade begins at 9.00 am, it is advised that you need to be there at 7 avenue 55th street latest by 7.00am. (In 2009, 83rd Macy's thanks giving parade, parade route was shifted from Broadway to 7th avenue. Its is crowded there, but it is crowded through out the parade route.)

Some photos of 2009 parade

Friday, 18 September 2009

IF........Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,Or being hated, don't give way to hating,And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same;If you can bear to hear the truth you've spokenTwisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,And lose, and start again at your beginningsAnd never breathe a word about your loss;If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,And so hold on when there is nothing in youExcept the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,If all men count with you, but none too much;If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds' worth of distance run,Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

How reliable B school rankings are

Sharing profit: Hyderabad B-school invites 'rejects' to re-apply :
It's the news!!! One of the top 20 schools in the world is struggling to get the applicants? Offering discounted rates?
FT should judge the schools on more realistic grounds.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Said a Blade of Grass by Khalil Gibran

Said a blade of grass to an autumn leaf, "You make such a noisefalling! You scatter all my winter dreams."
Said the leaf indignant, "Low-born and low-dwelling! Songless,peevish thing! You live not in the upper air and you cannot tellthe sound of singing."
Then the autumn leaf lay down upon the earth and slept. And whenspring came she waked again--and she was a blade of grass.
And when it was autumn and her winter sleep was upon her, andabove her through all the air the leaves were falling, she mutteredto herself, "O these autumn leaves! They make such noise! Theyscatter all my winter dreams."