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On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a private screening of Badshah Khan: A Torch of Peace. This is a documentary by Terri McLuhan, an accomplished author and filmmaker and also the daughter of the legendary Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, which has been 20 years in the making.

The protagonist of this documentary is Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, an apostle for peace and a seminal figure from the much troubled region of North Western Frontier Province in current day Pakistan. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in that part of the world and to those interested in peaceful resolutions to conflicts the world over. His story is perhaps more relevant today than ever before given the increased hostilities in that area.

Expect it to be released in the next 2-3 months, I will remember to post an update when it is released to the public.

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend a pitch for a newly constituted investment fund looking at mid-cap opportunities in India. As many folks know, India Inc. is a raring success story. However, what is often forgotten is the growth being seen in the small and mid cap companies which rarely make the headlines. For those who have the capital and may be interested, check out AmritFunds and SureFin investments. I don’t have that kind of cash, but maybe down the line ….

On Wednesday, I attended a discourse by two Canadian authors of wildly differing background who have written on and about India for decades now. The two authors are the well renowned M.G. Vassanji and Daniel Lak. They talked about their experience with India, Vassanji focusing on the trials of discovering his Indian identity while retaining his African and Canadian identities, his personal discovery of India and what India means to him while Lak talked about his interactions with India as a reporter, journalist, broadcaster and finally author.

They both addressed India’s progress and the change in how India is perceived. I must acknowledge that both were excellent storytellers skilfully including witticism and irreverence in their mostly serious discourse.

They happily entertained questions ranging from the process of being a writer to where they see India going.

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I had an interesting weekend for a change, went to a ice skating show and played some cricket after many moons.

Sat – The better half insisted that we go on this ‘highly touted’ show entitled ‘Swan Lake on Ice’ based on my parents feedback. I weakly complied without checking for myself. So after shelling out a pretty penny for the decent seats we went downtown to catch the matinee show.  In a nutshell, the show is a love story gone awry set to Tchaikovsky enchanting music.  I am not a big fan of ice skating, whether it be artistic, athletic or any other form. Consequently, I wasn’t particularly enthused over the long show. It certainly had impressive ice skating and nice sets and costumes but on the whole was one of the lesser artistic endeavors I have witnessed (in my opinion anyways).

Sunday – After many aborted attempts I finally got out to practice a little bit with a group of guys I connected with online (the Internet is wonderful!). The practice itself wasnt bad and the weather was awesome making for a nice summer day out. I now have to decide whether I want to play in a league over the summer. As much as I love cricket, the damn sport takes a very long time and consequently eats an entire day by the end of it. More debate needed prior to making that call.

Now that I have basically taken a full week off from GMAT. I need to get back on track and start preparing and move that score upwards!

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Retake it is!

So after deliberating over this decision, I have finally decided to retake the GMAT.

The following are my reasons:

1. Time in hand – I have a fair amount of time before Round 1 application deadlines. I reckon that I should make best use of it, and it wont distract me from the other elements of the application.

2. Cant die wondering – I am a fairly competitive guy, and it will eat at me if I dont give this another shot to see whether I can improve significantly. I believe that a 40-50 point jump is achievable.

3. Tangible areas of improvement – I have been able to zero in on the areas I need to improve upon. I think this was a critical input into my decision. The flip side is that I am going to have to learn grammar, number properties and complex math. No more relying on my ear for SC or figuring it out on the fly for complex math. Practice, practice … and more practice. I can safely say goodbye to the first few summer months in Toronto. Alright I dont want to talk about this anymore …. grrr.

A big thanks to all those who provided their perspectives and thoughts as I was trying to determine which path to take.

PS – I just got my official report today and I was pleasantly surprised to see a 6.0 on the AWA section.

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