Monday, April 26, 2010

Give me some sleep. Give me some pill……

The above title of this post is a very poor attempt by me to rhyme it with a  famous song of recent blockbuster 3 idiots. Hope you don’t mind it.

Why are Pharmaceuticals not coming up with formulations that can fight sleep deprivation? We hear so much advancement in medical science. Lots of new drugs keep hitting the market everyday.

I believe all management schools present a very good market for “anti sleep” tablets. Students with deep “red eyes” are constantly looking for some magic potions that can make them sleep immune. Batch mates of PGPX batch at IIMA have started walking sleepy eyed with confused looks in the face. Everybody is somehow trying to catch up with mandatory reading for all the classes. If you are not adequately prepared, you are bound to be caught of-guard in the class and Profs are very sharp in identifying ill prepared students. Most importantly you don’t want to miss the action in the class just because you fell asleep while reading the class assignment.

I feel really blessed to be in the company of such accomplished individuals. PGPX batch of 2010 is a gathering of very talented professionals who have already made a mark for themselves. Everybody here comes with a very strong and focused insight on his or her respective field. Learning accomplished in class discussions is of highest order. Discussion in individual groups and informal gatherings provide deep insight into some of the best practices prevalent in the industry.

Given a choice I would like to have as much interaction as possible. The only thing coming in way is paucity of time because of extra heavy workload. On top of it Profs keep reminding us that things are going to be more uphill in coming days. I am not sure what will happen to most of us. We desperately need a pill so that we can be wide awake for next 51 weeks. We have just crossed one functional week at IIMA PGPX!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I Reached IIMA on 8th April. Past two days have been hectic considering the many tours of neighboring schools for my daughter’s admission. I was under impression that school admission in Ahmedabad may be slightly less painful than Bangalore. It’s not the case. Schools charge heavily under the guise of admission fees. We need admission for a year and paying hefty amount for admission fees looks unreasonable. I have got assurances from some of the schools. Let us see how things unfold in coming days.

IIMA campus is majestic and very impressive to say the least. Lots of open spaces invite you to take long walks in the campus. Accommodation provided for Married students is also very spacious and comfortable. It comes with all the amenities required for modern life. Meenu and Kuhoo have got an instant liking of the campus. Choti is also behaving properly by not howling and she is also smiling more. The bond between two of us is increasing by day.

On the registration day I was greeted with approximately two tons of books and study materials. Faculty here is no mood to give us any respite. They are making all arrangements to submerge all of us deep in the intricacies of management theories and concepts. Let us see how things shape up. I have lost my precious sleeping cycle thinking about the load of books. I have yet to open a booklet from the tons of reading material provided to all of us.