Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bought a Honda City with automatic transmission. Driving through the crowded Calcutta roads is a big challenge, but have been successful so far.


Thursday, May 26, 2005

My first test as an MBA is a week away. I have to visit Dallas on 5th June and stay there for about a month to have discussions with a client. The work is primarily to get new business from an existing client.My H1B process will also start soon so that I can be in the US from October onwards when the quota opens for this year. So I have to be prepared for many more client-facing assignments going forward.
This Monday I have to interview an MBA from IIM-C 2004 batch who wants to join CTS. He has hardcore banking experience, so I should be quizzing him on Fin concepts. Time to take out my ISB Fin coursepacks!


Sunday, May 22, 2005

Have been quite busy with a new initiative at work, but can't write about it yet (it’s some kind of a model). Other than that I got a taste of responding to RFPs at Cognizant. So that’s how I have been passing time. Also have been making friends at work. With so many new friends, I actually look forward to going to work each morning.
I thought I had heard all the jargons and buzzwords during the MBA program, but the IT industry is not one to take it lying down. During a conference call, I sat speechless when I heard the jargon being used. The favorite seemed to be bandwidth – used to refer to free time available with an employee. Anyway, I have also started throwing MBA jargon around, like ‘network effects’ and ‘value appropriation’!
The biggest advantage at ISB was that we did not have to commute to work. Everything was within walking distance. Here, after traveling through the city, one does not feel like doing anything at home. So the weekdays are very uneventful. Weekends I usually sleep like a log of wood on one day, and go shopping the other. Today chanced upon the Bombay Rockers performing live at a music store. Their ‘rock tha party’ – teri to yaad….is really catchy.


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

I had never imagined that I will one day work in Calcutta, but here I am. The office is fabulous and I have a great seat, although I am still a few years away from the corner office! The only complaint is about the commute which is killing me. The traffic here is terrible and a distance of just a few miles can take hours.
I am into domain related work currently to understand the banking and financial services vertical better. Most of it is straight out of what we learnt at ISB in various Fin courses. It is good to see these concepts in real life action.
One of my ISB batchmates is getting married here in Calcutta, so have been attending his bachelor parties at various nightclubs here. There is indeed a wild side to this otherwise sobre city!


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