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1 month to go to GMAT:Take 2

 

 So I have been quite busy over the last several weeks with various activities including farewells for my folks, moving into an apartment in preparation for my folks departure, doing a variety of social things (dinners, festivals, etc, etc) and lending a hand in organizing Panorama India’s Independence Day Parade. If any of you are in Toronto I highly recommend coming to this event. It was a huge success in its inaugural year last year with more than 15,000 people attending. More details can be found at www.PanoramaIndia.ca .

 

Now back to the MBA ‘stuff’- my re-test is scheduled on 6th September. Although  the fact that I still haven’t opened the books again isn’t encouraging. I am going to start in earnest and see if within the next few weeks I feel prepared enough to do justice to the exam this time around. If not then I might just push it out a little bit more.

 

As far as the more elemental decisions that I had alluded to in an earlier post. I must confess that I have not given them much more thought, I have had several additional conversations with folks since but feel as though I am getting marginal returns on these efforts and haven’t been persuaded one way or the other.

 

I probably still have enough time to get some R1 applications in if I make up my mind soon enough. Needless to say, the decision better come soon or else it will be R2, which given the level of competition at most of my target schools will imply very high chances of DINGS.

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Trip to Philly

I got back to a whirlwind trip to good ole Philly this past weekend. Drove out to Philly Friday evening and made it there Saturday mid-day (with a stopover in sleepy Binghamton, NY).

 

Congregated with friends from University, one of whom just got married in May – this being the excuse to get together in the first place since most of us were unable to attend his Bangalore wedding. It was a gala time; we went to some old haunts from University days and went to some new ones. We got to spend some time with his bride and get to know her a little.

 

All in all it was a highly satisfying trip and made me reminisce about my University days and despite the many challenges one had (mostly financial) how much fun we had while at it.

Coming back we stopped over in Watkins Glen, NY (Finger Lakes region of NY) and stayed the night. On Monday, we spent some time hiking and just relaxing away from the big city. I must say that very occasionally it is nice being away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto.

 

Now that I am back and we have no family commitments – I must really get back on track with several activities:

 

§         GMAT plan

§         Schools short listing

§         Essay outlines

§         Round by Round Application Strategy

 

I plan on writing about most of these things more exhaustively and regularly in the next several days. As always reader comments are welcome.

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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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An Evening with Dr. Kalam

On Thursday, Aprill 17th I had the privilege of meeting Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. The former President of India (2002-2007) was in town as the Chief Guest for the inaugural awards ceremony at the Canada India Foundation. Dad hosted a reception for him as is the usual protocol.

Now, this is is certainly not the first time I have met a high profile individual. I have met my fair share of politicians, movie stars, cricketers, et al. I am far from star struck and have almost never gotten photo’s snapped or asked for autographs. However, there is something immensely charismatic about Dr. Kalam. Consequently, I did get an autographed book (Wings of Fire) and some snaps.

I don’t need to list out Dr. Kalam’s achievements, they can easily be googled, but it suffices to say that he is one of the most important Indian’s post independence. His body of work is awe inspiring and his life a template for others interested in the service of their country.

In a small speech, he enunciated his vision for India which is also available here. What struck me in this small 10 minute repartee were his clearly laid out principles, the clarity of his though albeit very simplistic and lacking nuance, and his ‘mission’ attitude.

I highly recommend that others catch up on his life story, I think you might be similarly inspired.

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Interesting developments

A lot of new and interesting developments occuring right now. The next several weeks should provide me more clarity for the next couple of years. Also, I am planning on porting this blog over to my own site. I am yet to figure out all the mechanics but I am sure I will figure it out soon enough.

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So, plenty of things happened since I last posted. I didnt even realize it has been 8 months since I last posted. Anyhow, I am no longer in Philadelphia; Toronto is the new temporary home for yours truly, I got married and am now working full time.

Oh yeah, I have also said my final good-byes to playing cricket.

I look forward to writing again, looking back at some of my posts I miss the experience of writing and encapsulating my thoughts on paper.

I look forward to hearing from those of you who are interested.

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