Saturday, September 17, 2011

I attended ISB’s 10 year celebration event in NY yesterday, and it ignited the fuse to blog again. It’s been 3 years since my last post. Time flies!

What have I been up to? A lot. Changed jobs two times. Changed cities two times. And of course my new born son is a 3 year old handful now.

I was with Capgemini’s Financial Services consulting group for about a year, based in Toronto. I must say Toronto is a lovely city, more like a cleaner and safer NY. I lived in the downtown area next to Air Canada Center, and there was always something exciting happening. Summer weekends are especially eventful. I climbed up the stairs of the world’s tallest tower, CN Tower, as part of fundraising. Took me about 40 minutes and countless breaths to finally make it up. But it was a unique experience. I also visited Montreal, which brought back memories of my Paris visit. Even the road signs in Quebec are in French.

I travelled to Bahamas, Jamaica and Cancun on separate occasions to unwind from all the work. The blue/green ocean waters and sunny tropical climate was a great relief from all the snow up in the north. Bahamas was my first cruise experience.

After all this travelling, I took up a Senior Manager position with Accenture’s Financial Services Management Consulting practice in New York. Moved back from Toronto to New Jersey, which is like a déjà vu as NJ is where it all started for me in the US.

So in three short paragraphs I have summed up the last three years of my life. Not bad.

When I met alumni from various batches yesterday, it dawned on me how far ISB has come. I realized how lazy I am when I heard about the accomplishments of some of the alumni who are much more hard working. We talked about the companies that our batch mates have started successfully and tried to catch up on what’s going on in their lives. I met Paul Romer and heard him talk about Charter Cities, which will be like special economic zones where people can have better quality of life. I think he may be up for a Nobel. Luckily I was seated at the same table as one of my favorite professors at ISB, Prof Raju of Wharton. I was happy to reconnect with professors after so long.

What else has changed in the last 3 years? I don’t believe many people had heard of facebook, twitter, youtube or ipad when I last wrote a post. So not sure how relevant a blog is in today’s world, but I will keep it going. Hopefully my next post would be sooner than another 3 years. And with the economy the way it is, there should be plenty to write about.

I am looking forward to my India trip next month.


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