Saturday, January 23, 2010


Right from childhood till death…we make inroads for success…be it exams at school, university exams, job interviews or  promotions everywhere man makes plan to fulfill his dream. No matter how hard we try or organize our goals we have failed in one basic field and this basic field aspect is Life.
You can ask anybody be a beggar or a billionaire did everything that he planned right from childhood went according to his desires?
The obvious answer you would get “No they didn't get Everything they had planned for "
Planning Life has been the most complicated domain for humans.

If you ask an Olympian who just won an Olympic gold on how he feels, you would get the reply :" It seems Life is heaven."
If you ask a person who just became a father on how he feels,you would get the reply: "I have never been so happy in my Life before."
If you ask a bidding writer whose 1st book is being published on how he feels, you would get the reply: "Life can’t be better then this."

These are few examples of people who tasted success in their life…now moving on the other side…the failures…

Have you ever asked a student how he is feeling when he failed in an exam,you would get the reply: "Life is hell."
If you ask a business man who lost all his money in shares and is bankrupt,his reply would be: "I have lost everything and there is nothing left in my Life."
If you ask a Lover on how he feels after loosing the love of his life, his reply would be: " It seems everything has been taken away from my Life."

We see different panorama of Life from these examples….

The more you know about Life, the more you feel about your ignorance towards it. There is not much difference between the failures and the winners, the only difference is how they approached their goal. The first initial step in most of the cases decides their fate, whether a person is going to win or loose. In few the final step determines your destiny. Whatever it may be first or the last step, a positive thinking always leads to achieving unachievable. On the other hand negative thinking leads to losing even simpler looking goals.
Some losses are of the nature how hard you try you never achieve … possible reasons are
1) Your preparations were never enough for it.
2) It was not in your fate.

Many people would disagree when I am talking about fate but in Life there are certain situations which cannot be controlled by human efforts and it’s only the almighty who decides the result.

People would then ask what is the appropriate way of leading Life or acquiring success If no planning  help to achieve your goal?
How should one be aware of what has fate decided for him?
What if all his hard work won’t yield any result?
These things would make people loose heart even before they start their survival strategy in Life.

Life is not what people often think it is. As I said earlier Planning Life has been the most complicated domain for Humans.
Does that mean Life is really complex?
The correct answer is "No", Life is not complex. Life has a close relationship between nature and its simple rules that govern the universe. We the people have become so complex that we think everything around is complex.
Life is not about making stringent rules and abiding by those rules day and night.
It’s about realizing smaller things starting from doing what is necessary then what can be done and suddenly you start doing what is impossible. This is how you can succeed in life.

Then the question arises is it enough if we do what is necessary or there are any other requisites?
The real life is not living life in accordance with your expectations it’s about living amongst the unexpected.
We shouldn’t be bothered about the result we should be concerned to give our best in whatever we do. Life doesn’t give second chance to all, so we have to channelize our self in such a manner that even if we fail in our attempt we should take out the positives from our failures and wipe off the shortcomings so that if we ever get the 2nd chance we don’t have to wait for the 3rd.

It’s often said destiny doesn’t make a man; it’s the man who makes the destiny.
Fate and destiny are the words used by losers to hide their inefficiency. In reality success comes to those who try, those who are not bothered about failures. One's thinking also play a  major role in the outcome of his fate. If a person is determined he achieves success be it career, love or anything. He who never gives up in any circumstances. He who makes one thing clear in mind that the path to success comes through rigorous commitment to one's Goals. He who is focused to fight against all the odds. He who stands  tall amongst all failures, Success in Life comes to only those people.
Being pessimist doesn’t help because if you think negative you lose the first initial step and the person who loses initially seldom ends on a winning note. Success in Life depends on person’s attitude, his will and his dedication.

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't!
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
It's almost a certain you won't.

If you think you'll loose, you are lost;
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You have got to think high to rise,
You have got to be sure of yourself Before you can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don't always go
To the stronger and the faster man,
but sooner or later the man who wins
is the man who thinks HE CAN.

Success in life comes to the person who thinks “HE CAN”

Life's Sequel is here

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The road to Tech-Mahindra

The story starts from 11th December 2009, Anjan that’s me came afresh after giving CAT exams and was trying to concentrate on my last semester.
One of my hostel mate came running to me and said Anjan do you have the R.S Agarwal aptitude book?
Me: Why? CAT is over I suppose!
Friend: Tech-Mahindra is coming for campus selection 0n 9th January in KITS Ramtek, so I want to prepare for that do you have the book please give it to me.
Me: I don’t have the book, have you searched the library?
Friend: yes I have there were more then 100 books but none are available now I guess everyone is preparing for this. Are you going for the campus recruitment process?
Me: what’s wrong in going at least I will get the experience!
The complete hostel scenario was changed as if it was the university exams approaching and not any company. Everyone was busy solving aptitude and other books. I was very casual with my preparation as I thought there are many greats in hostel who would do much better then me so there is no chance for my placement. For the entire period from 11th December to 7th January I was meagre with books. Few of my friends would come to me and say why are you not preparing for Tech-Mahindra if you try you can get through have confidence in your self. I would change the topic and say I have never been to Ramtek, I have heard there are more then 100 temples there I would like to visit some of those & I want to do MBA I don’t want job now.
There were around 200 students who were eligible for the campus recruitment process from my college. I along with 6 of my friend decided to go to Ramtek on 8th January itself as the reporting time in Ramtek was 8’o clock & Ramtek was 155 kms from Gondia as it was a new place to me & my friends and we had to go there and search for lodge and all.
We reached Ramtek by around 11:30 in the morning of 8th January. We booked the cheapest lodge available there as we had to stay only for that night. In the evening everyone in my room was busy with books and had no time for anything else. I decided to see the market place so I took my ex room mate with me as he wasn’t in mood for any studies at the last moment. I used to think that gondia is a village, my initial view of Ramtek “my god what a place is this how can people live here its rural then even gondia “the only distinct feature of Ramtek was that here and there temples were built for eg. On the top of the hill, on the road, between plateaus everywhere you can see temples!!!
In the morning we woke at 5 in the morning and we all got dressed up in familiar interview dress and went to the college where many of my friends hope was in stake. We reached there before 8’o clock. There was no such indications when will the placement procedure start. The building where the interview was supposed to be held was slowly filling up with M.I.E.T students. They were all discussing about KITS Ramtek and were comparing this to our college. I was glad to hear that almost everybody commented that KITS was far better in campussing then our college. We were loitering in the campus and it was 11’o clock when the delegates of Tech-Mahindra appeared. They started with a movie clip of Tech-Mahindra. After the clip they asked "what did you like the most in the clip." One of the student replied “salsa” sir! I thought the delegate would give some rude comment but he went on with it and asked can you tell me the music that was being played at the background? Some of the students replied but I didn’t pay any heed to it. I was impressed by the clip as it wasn’t only focused on work and there was room for personal development, fulfilling your hobbies, interests etc
We were then divided into groups and were sent to the computer lab were each one of the candidate was assigned a computer were the aptitude was to be held. It was an online test were 100 questions had to be solved within 60 minutes. The aptitude questions were divided into 6 sections 3 of them based on English, One each of quant (basic maths), logical reasoning and data interpretation. The 3 sections of English comprise of more then 60 questions so I decided to start from the English section. Within 15 minutes I had solved all the 3 verbal (English) based questions. I had around 45 minutes in which I had to solve the rest 3 sections I did it comfortably infact I did it with 15 minutes sparing. For me the questions were very easy because I didn’t prepare enough but could solve the questions. When I came out everyone was happy they all were hoping that at least they would clear the aptitude round. Students who cleared aptitude was announced shortly only 13 out of nearly 200 students from M.I.E.T could clear the aptitude. I was amazed not because I was among those who cleared but because only 13 could clear the aptitude were almost everybody was pretty sure of their selection.
After the aptitude all 13 MIETIENS were asked to fill up the Tech-Mahindra form. Next was the technical interview, clearing the aptitude didn’t give any confidence as rest of the 12 people were either from IT,CTECH OR EC. I was the only one from the electronics department. Tech-Mahindra is basically a software company which provides IT solutions & telecommunication. Being related with electronics I had no knowledge about C++ and other communication related subjects like mobile and networking. I was pretty sure I will be eliminated in the next round. Technical interview would start from 3 pm and it was around 1:30 pm so I decided to have lunch and visit the campus. My friends along with whom I came to Ramtek had left as they couldn’t clear the aptitude. And I heard that they were packing for going back to gondia. I was sad because they were not with me. Suddenly I saw somebody & I thought I recognize him yes I recognized him he was Raju my school friend (class 10th) from holy cross school. I was happy seeing him after a long time. Raju told me that few friends from our school are studying in KITS Ramtek. Then I met pradeep another class 10th friend. I thought at least now I won’t be bored as my old friends are here. I heard raju was placed in AMCO (a company exclusively for mechanical). I was introduced to 2 more of their friends there who later told me that I shouldn’t get worried about technical as I am from holy cross. There is a big reputation of holy cross students here. Then he showed the list of candidates who were recruited in AMCO the first name was of Raju. I was happy on his behalf but still I was little worried for the technical interview.
It was around 4:00 clock when I was called for my technical interview. I was bit nervous but I didn’t show it from my face mainly because even if I would be rejected it won’t affect me because my dream is MBA.

INTERVIEWER: Anjan you are from M.I.E.T Gondia?
ME: yes sir.
INTERVIEWER: how much do you think you have scored in your aptitude?
ME: sir, around 75
INTERVIEWER: how can you be so accurate? Who told you?
ME: sir I am not from this college who would tell me. It was just a guess.
INTERVIEWER: quite impressive. Your BE results are quite good what’s your aggregate?
ME: 69.65
INTERVIEWER: very good. I don’t think Nagpur university students get these marks so easily. Are you the topper of you college?
ME: no sir I am 5th from electronics department of my college.
INTERVIEWER: where are the toppers?
ME: sir none of them are eligible because of the criteria.
INTERVIEWER: which criteria?
ME: sir Tech-Mahindra is asking for minimum 60% marks in 10th and 12th with a maximum of 1 year gap between any 2 courses. They are not fulfilling either any of these criteria or both so they are not eligible.
INTERVIEWER: ok. So tell me what is class?
ME: I don’t know sir. It’s related with C++ and being an electronics engineer I don’t have any knowledge about it.
INTERVIEWER: what are your hobbies?
ME: playing cricket, writing short stories, quotations etc.
INTERVIEWER: cricket!! So who is your favorite cricketer?
ME: sourav ganguly.
INTERVIEWER: so why do you like him?
ME: basically he is left handed like me and belongs from Kolkata my home town. But the thing I like the most in him that he never bogs down in difficult circumstances he has always silenced his critics not from his speech but from his bat. When I was a child I wanted to be like him.
INTERVIEWER: so who is your idol?
ME: I don’t have any idol as such I want to establish myself.
INTERVIEWER: what are your strengths?
ME: I never give up in difficult situations, I am always smiling even when odds are against me, I am a good team member.
INTERVIEWER: can you give an example of not giving up in difficult time?
ME: when I was in 1st year a disease named chickengonia was spreading everywhere and I got viral flu. All my tests showed symptoms of that disease. Many people had died in the neighboring areas. I was shifted from hostel to a separate room. I couldn’t even lift my limbs. I was on complete medical dose and I was given 15 days of complete bed rest. I didn’t want to miss my classes so from the fourth day onwards I started going for my classes. Everybody advised me to have rest but I opted to do classes and it was my attitude of never giving up in hard times I was cured within 7 days. Even doctors were amazed with my recovery.
INTERVIEWER: what did you like in the Tech-Mahindra clip?
ME: sir personality development. Tech-Mahindra is not only focused on work but also gives time for the fulfillment of one’s hobbies etc.
INTERVIEWER: why do you want to join an IT company?
ME: it doesn’t matter whether it’s an IT company the place where I can use my skills and brain for the development of company. I am interested to work in a place which gives more emphasis on personality development.
INTERVIEWER: what do you know about Tech-Mahindra?
ME: Tech-Mahindra is basically a software company which deals with telecommunication sector.
INTERVIEWER: does any of your relative work in Tech-MAHINDRA?
ME: no sir.
INTERVIEWER: so you want to apply you brains ok let me take your test.
ME: yes sir.
INTERVIEWER: suppose you work 3 times as fast as your colleague and you do the work in 60 days. In how much time will you both complete the work?
ME: sir can I have the pen and paper.
INTERVIEWER: yes sure.
ME: (after few minutes) sir 45 days.
INTERVIEWER: suppose 3 people are working together and they complete their work individually in 24, 12 and 6 days?
ME: (after few minutes) sir 3.4 days.
INTERVIEWER: if a=10 and b=7 swap the numbers without using 3rd variable
ME: (after few minutes) a=a-b; b=a+b; a=b-a
INTERVIEWER: can you solve by any other method?
ME: (after few minutes) a=a+b; b=a-b; a=a-b
INTERVIEWER: you are quite intelligent why you want to go for MBA after your engineering. Work for 2-3 years your work experience will help you lot for your MBA afterward.
INTERVIEWER: tell about your weakness?
ME: I am emotional and sentimental.
INTERVIEWER: everybody is emotional even I am emotional. Can you explain?
ME: sir I went to see 3 idiots along with my friends. After the movie everyone one was happy after the movie but tears were rolling down my eyes.
INTERVIEWER: where do you want to be placed?
ME: anywhere in INDIA I am comfortable.
INTERVIEWER: any specific region?
ME: I am from Kolkata so I would be happy if I am placed in Kolkata.
INTERVIEWER: do you have any questions?
ME: no sir!
INTERVIEWER: Best of luck. you can go now.
My interview was for around 45 minutes. I was happy as there was not much technical in my technical interview.
ALL technical interview were over by around 6:30 pm. Many of them also had their PI ROUND.
5 people including me were called for the Personal Interview (HR) ROUND. We were seated in a semicircular arrangement. I was at the center.
HR told that there will be a group discussion and asked us to give some topics. Everybody gave their topic. I gave “reservations in education system”.
HR thought for a while and said I am giving you all a topic if you are ready then we will continue with it. The topic was “DOES THE EDUCATION SYSTEM REALLY MAKING US A BETTER CITIZEN?” Everybody except me supported the notion I went against. My basic query was there was no education required by the ministers and they are the ones who sit in higher posts and make all the laws. Many of the highly qualified IAS and IPS officers had to work under those ministers who probably can’t even write his name. So the current education system isn’t really helping us to be a better citizen.
Every body gave their views. At the end the HR asked one common question to everybody “if you are made the principal of M.I.E.T Gondia what changes will you bring about in education system?”
Everybody said what they had to when it was my turn I spoke “I would go for quality education instead of Quantity education. Whatever we are studying theoretically we should apply it practically then only we can grow as an engineer.” I ended with the 3 idiot dialogue “we should go for knowledge success would come automatically.”
The GD finished at around 7:30 pm. The delegates told that the list of selected candidates would be announced shortly. At around 8: oo pm the announcement was done and the rest is history!

MORAL: The story isn’t to show how I fared at the campus interview. It’s about how we should approach an interview. Many would feel I was lucky because I never prepared for the aptitude but my friends I had prepared a lot for the CAT (the result of this preparation would be visible only by the 3rd week of February when the CAT results would be declared) by the way the aptitude questions doesn't require deep mathematical concepts. There was no need of any deep mathematical or verbal knowledge. It was just an application of common knowledge. Many of my friends would go for books including mathematical concepts. But the thing that was necessary was your ability to think simpler things. Many of us try too hard and in the process get tensed and nervous. We have to keep in mind that we can be at our best when we are relaxed. Many give extra effort then what they require we have to keep in mind that even if we are not selected there is experience which we gain from these interview it’s not our last hope. If we broaden our view and take things as it comes we can be what others can’t. I would tell everyone that you should be simple straightforward and show what you are….these are the basic things that can lead you from bottom to top.
So I wish all the best to all those who couldn’t qualify their interviews. Don’t loose hope and do prepare for basic things instead of the depths.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Emotions ...!!!

What will you do when you have lost somebody who would mean the entire world for you?
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of living your entire life without your heart beats (the person you love the most)?
What will you do when the same person breaks your heart not once but twice?
What if the person who proposed you later tells you he/she doesn’t have any feelings for you?

Think on it and give your opinion only after reading this story!!!

Almost each and every person have some kind or affairs or crush in their high school. This story revolves around a timid person sidharth.
Sidharth waited almost the end of school days to speak about his heart to the person he loved for so long as he was fearful that it may be the end of his friendship as well.
Moreover he didn’t want his feelings to be spread among the mass as an advertisement pamphlet that would make a mockery out of it.
But he made sure that within the two years (11th & 12th) they became good friends, their friendship made it possible for sidharth to speak what he felt without any hesitation.
As the school life was nearing it's end a sense of urgency erupt in Siddharth’s heart as he thought his feelings would remain buried in his heart as there was only a few days when they can see and talk to each other.
Finally one day sidharth decided to speak his heart.

Sidharth called her on one morning
Sidharth: hello anindita!
Anindita: speaking, who is it?
Sidharth: it's me sidharth
Anindita: sidharth!!!What happen why did you call me?
Sidharth: have something to speak to you.
Anindita: go on.
Sidharth: you always used to ask did I have anybody special in my life
Anindita: yes, who is it
Sidharth: if I speak you her name, you might not talk to me again.
Anindita: why will I do that, you are my good friend and you always be one. Now tell me her name
Sidharth: you know her very well but if I tell you her name you will break our friendship.
Anindita: I know her? Who is it please tell me.
Sidharth: first promise me no matter whatever is the case it won’t affect our friendship and we will be friends forever.
Anindita: I promise you now tell me who is it?
Sidharth:'s anindita!!!
Anindita: joke of the year
Sidharth: it’s not a joke. You are the one for whom my heart beats
Anindita: you have gone mad. I am keeping the phone I will talk to you afterwards.
Sidharth: when?
Anindita: in the evening.
Sidharth: ok
Anindita: bye

In the evening they both met at the scheduled spot.

Sidharth: whatever your decision may be please don't break the friendship
Anindita: were you serious in the morning?
Sidharth: what do you think?
Anindita: you know sidharth i can neither accept you proposal as I have no feelings for you nor can I reject you because I don’t want to hurt you.
Sidharth :( puzzled)!!!
Anindita: we will be friends for sure. Let time decide our fate if your feelings remain the same even with passing years then we can reach to any conclusion.
Sidharth: my feelings will be same for you throughout my life
Anindita: ok let's see
Sidharth didn't get much opportunity to either speak or talk to her in the recent past as the school days were over. Finally the day came when Sidharth was to leave the place for his higher studies in a distant place.
The day sidharth was leaving he called anindita and told her that he wants to see her for the last and final time as he wasn't sure when he would see her again.
Anindita first told she can’t meet sidharth but finally agreed.

Sidharth on seeing anindita couldn't take away his eyes from her face.
Anindita: what happened why you are so dull?
Sidharth: god knows when will I next see you i only want to see you in front of my eyes throughout my life.
Anindita: you have anything to speak?
Sidharth: I just want to see you
Anindita: I am going now.
Sidharth was speechless. tears rolled out of his eyes...he didn't want anindita to see his eyes so moved his face away and they both walked away.

A month passed suddenly one day anindita received a call from an unknown number.

Anindita: hello, who is it?
Sidharth: wish you a happy friendship day
Anindita: sidharth it's you. Nice to hear you!!
Sidharth: you recognized my voice!
Anindita: I can recognize your voice even in my dreams
Sidharth: I am getting late for my college, please don’t mind i will call you back after some day
Anindita: ok
Sidharth: by the way this is my no. you can save this by name
Anindita: ok
Sidharth: bye
Anindita: bye

Since then both of them were in contact with each other
Suddenly one day anindita asked sidharth not to contact her anymore as she has promised with somebody that she would curtail all her contacts with him.
Even after much interrogation she didn’t tell anything more.
Sidharth was heart broken. His days were wretched and nights sleepless.

2 and half months passed...Sidharth decided to forget everything as a fate
Finally one day he got 2 miss calls from anindita at 3 in the morning.
Sidharth called her back but she didn’t pick the call instead sent him sms instead.

Anindita: are you still awake?
Sidharth: doing some assignments
Anindita: do you still feel the way you did in those school days?
Sidharth: yes I do.

They started talking with each other normally as before.
During this period anindita even proposed him.
It seemed that Siddharth’s love has passed the test of time and their journey of life ahead appeared smooth.

But Siddharth’s happiness didn't last long...
Anindita did things that sidharth could seldom interpret for example anindita never told why did she called her after nearly 2 and half months? Whom did she promise that she will cut all her contacts with sidharth?
Then again when everything looked good suddenly one day anindita told sidharth that she is not good enough for sidharth.
She told sidharth that he deserves much better person then her.
Sidharth was shocked with her words. He asked why did she propose him.
Anindita replied she never loved him and she thought if she would propose him then feelings for sidharth may arise in her heart but since there was no such feelings she doesn’t want to be in contact with him anymore.
Sidharth tried to convince her but she refused to speak even a word. Sidharth tried to call her on many occasion but she refused to reply and then finally changed her phone number.

In this way there was an abrupt end to what people call love!

On reading this story people may have different opinion on the boy and the girl!!!

But friends before you come to any decision I would like to stress on few case you all people blame the girl and think that she was never serious and was flirting with him.

Do you think anindita had promised anybody that she would never contact sidharth? She may be lying but what if she was telling the truth?
Do you think anindita didn’t have any feelings for sidharth? She may not have but then why did she propose?
Is it because anindita didn’t have any feelings for sidharth that she refused to contact her? It may be true but do you think this the reason behind her breaking away?
Don’t you think anindita was having some problems? She may be fooling around but what if she was really facing some pressure form somebody may be from her parents?
Why did anindita say sidharth deserves a better person then her? Does sidharth really deserves a better person? What made anindita speak those words to him suddenly?

I have asked few questions at the beginning of the story from Siddharth’s prospective and few questions at the end from anindita's prospective...
So what's your view?

Do you think that anindita would come back to Siddharth’s life again?
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