Archive for March, 2008

The Silver lining

Every dark cloud has a silver lining…

I got my silver lining with all your comments on my previous post – it really helped me get back on track and look at everything I’ve gained in the last ten months (so many new friends & well-wishers in the blogsphere) rather than what I lost out on (so many dings…)

Thanks guys! I really appreciate the warm support I’ve got from all of you over the past months, especially last week when I needed it most.

On a relatively side note, I got into LBS – yes!!! LBS is a great school and it was not in my top 3 choices previously, only because M could get her transfer to the US, and not UK (and that has changed now). So why is this a side note? Only because right now it pails in significance vs the support from all of you.

Now, as things stand today, I have six Dings, one Accept, one Black Box 😉 What I’m doing right now is to evaluate whether I am going to do an MBA at all…



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One…Two… Three

Morning: Ding from HBS (so now its official)
Evening: Ding from ChiGSB (how come???)
Night: Ding from Wharton (huh…)
Over & Out !

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Okay, before you misinterpret… I have NOT been admitted to any of my awaited schools

Not yet anyway!

But I made a cracker of a start today – I resigned from my job 🙂 and I can’t help smiling 🙂 🙂

Am I super confident of getting in? NO!

But this was long overdue*, and if I dont make it thru B school this year, I’ll put Plan B into action. The problem is… I have 3-4 Plan B’s, and I need to prioritize – but then we’ll cross the bridge when we reach it.

* Why? Why’s to be answered later… Chicago results due in 2 hrs!


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3/3 dings from my R1 apps!

1/5 (ie. HBS) in R2… but I’m still optimistic

ChiGSB calls have started, and though I’ve yet to receive one, I’d rather wait for 9am CST tomorrow before jumping to conclusions!

Next are Wharton (27th) and LBS (28th) – whatta week this is going to be 😉

And Columbia is still to send me the interview invite – maybe this week?


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I’m Back :-p

Some word-associations for the last fortnight…

Wait, Travel, Hectic, Wait, Friends, Tension, Wait, Beer, Campus-visits, Wait!

Almost 20 days since my last post, and one of my least-blogging months since I started this blog. I am now back in India after 2 weeks of hectic traveling, work and partying!

A quick update (before some more detailed posts later):

  • Completed my LBS interview 2 weeks back, and left for a work/leisure trip to the US on the same day
  • Visited Chicago (on work), NYC & Philly (friends N family)
  • No prizes for guessing which schools I visited (okay… GSB, Wharton, CBS… for those who still couldn’t guess!)
  • Averaged about 7-8 pints of beer daily(!) over the last one week
  • Back to work today 😦

Will post more details and pics soon – lotsa pending work to catch up on!

PS- And what was the ‘wait’ all about? Huh

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So many things troubling me over the last few day… I’m becoming an angry young (old?) man now!

First my LBS interview schedule finalization. Its just not getting finalized. LBS took more than 3 weeks to assign me an alum, and you know what – he’s from a competing consulting firm! So that gives rise to two BIG problems:

  1. First, our travel schedules don’t match! days when he’s traveling and other days I am, compounded by the fact that LBS has given us time till Friday 6th (a princely 9 days including the weekend, since they assigned the interviewer). I still have no clue whether this is possible at all, and even if LBS gives us grace period beyond the timeframe, I’m traveling abroad this Saturday. Distressed? Irritated? this is just the start…
  2. Provided the IV does happen, I’m not sure how much detail I’ll be able to go into regarding my career history /projects. With client confidentiality paramount, I cannot share much on what initiatives I’ve done and how that generated results. With an adcom, its fine as they probably do zillion interviews, and the info is not directly usable for them, but with a principal from a competing firm? Maybe not! Dilemma – and no way to get out of it, except for stating such groundrules upfront. Dont know how he’ll take it though…

What else? Did I mention work? That’s getting irksome, and how… first no one wants to take decisions and move forward, not my boss, not the client people, no one – hey! my deliverables are at stake here! if that wasn’t enough, I’m overloaded (which in part is why my LBS interview scheduling is being hit). Mostly due to the fact that I’m flying overseas and won’t be back for a couple of weeks – part work/part leisure !

Which brings me to my planned US trip next week. I’m excited I’ll be able to take some time out for a ChiGSB visit, as my work is in Chicago itself. I’ll most prob also be visiting Wharton as I might be able to squeeze out a few days leave. Lets see! I’m hopeful of getting into both schools (optimism = the greatest cure for anxiety!) & possibly the luxury of choosing one of them 🙂 so these visits will be paramount in the absence of a welcome weekend visit – too costly, that…

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