The Act Of Underestimation!

Ah! Can’t believe it’s already a week that a week passed by in a flip of a second. It was only until like a day before that we were so busy discussing how we as a team going to celebrate Independence Day at office and showcase the same towards our entry in Cubicle Decoration at office.

Phew! What a week it was! From theme to the content delivery, the speech, the collectibles and the preparations, it was all fun 🙂

We brainstormed and finally came to the flow. Needless to say, couldn’t even realize how the hours flew by. And, we were there all set on our D-Day! As was expected, we had all our team mates in white and blue that portrayed the spirit of Independence and Oneness in us. Lest I should forget to mention, we had the most lively moments in our zone when compared to others. We had 4 other teams competing with us. Must say they fared really well!

One of them were the ‘Zeniths’. They began their preparations well but then had to resort to something else owing to some issues while decorating. And, we had all others who went on to criticize them for their ‘wedding-like’ preparations and all. They had to start all over but that didn’t deter them from finishing up.

In the end, all were ready with vigour and passion. The esteemed judges arrived and went onto have a glimpse of all the nominations. Every decoration was unique in itself.

In all, it was a Friday well spent. Though tired, we knew we enjoyed the team work and realized our responsibilities towards our country. We realized what Independence means to us.

Now, coming back to a week later. We had our inboxes with the results. While we were busy identifying who were the winners, we had no clue it was this very own team – Zeniths! It was not only me but everyone else who underestimated them.

It was then that I realized that underestimating anyone does no good. You never know what someone is up to. Rather, we be concerned about our own stuffs. That reminds me we should not underestimate even oneself, especially in times of crisis/failures. We never know what we are capable of until we try and put our dedication/passion to work. Might be late, but definitely not unnoticed/unrewarded! 🙂


One In A Million

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”   ~ Helen Keller

Life – no less than a roller coaster ride in itself. While it gives us innumerable moments to cherish for, it also puts to test our abilities and limitations. How often have we not got bogged down with the trials and tribulations that life has to offer?! The road to success ain’t that easy. It takes a lot of effort, character, perseverance and the right attitude to achieve and sustain the same, in spite of all the roadblocks around. To add, a pinch of inspiration keeps one going.

This very aspect reminisces me of a famous American Educator, a Social Activist, a World Famous Author/Speaker and a Lecturer – Helen Keller. She is one among the epitomes who proved that there are virtually no limits/boundaries except the ones we impose upon ourselves. While ups and downs are a part and parcel of life, there is something more that life puts us to test for – as goes Helen’s another famous quote – “We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.”

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she fell ill with so-called ‘brain fever’ and was rendered blind, deaf and mute. Beginning in 1887, her teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate. While in college, Helen wrote her own autobiography – “The Story of My Life”, and in 1904, at 24, she graduated from Radcliffe, becoming the first blind person to earn a degree in Bachelor of Arts. In 1932, she was elected Vice President of the UK’s Royal Nation Institute for the Blind. Helen went on to become a world-famous speaker and author and until this day, she is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities and everyone as well. In 1915, she and George Kessler founded the Helen Keller Institute[HKI] Organization devoted to research in vision, health and nutrition. In 1920, she helped lay the foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union[ACLU].

“Be of good cheer. Don’t think of today’s failures, but of success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”

We often reflect more upon what we do not own rather than what we possess upon our own set of limitations rather the opportunities that lie ahead. Helen has beautifully demonstrated the will that helped her rise above the challenges, to do something admirable. She never let her disabilities get the better of her. In these times of vast economic disparities and a looming ecological crisis, we need examples of people like Helen, throughout history, who committed their lives to justice – bringing more equality and fairness to the world. In a nutshell, Helen is truly Inspiration Personified!

Could not find a more apt closure that succinctly conveys Helen’s take and perseverance – “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.” 

P S – This is my Official Entry towards my LOB’s Newsletter, that garnered quite some attention.Well, happy that I contributed my bit. The entire Editorial Team was appreciated by the LOB’s Leadership Team for the hard work we put in.

Happy Reading ! 🙂

To Err.. Is Human

It’s again that time of the year when the ‘serious’  CAT aspirants would now be fully fuelled only to await the death of the feline on their D Day. Well, having introduced the 4-slot system, IIM Indore and TCS hopes to make test taking experience and the aftermath hassle / controversy free. It’s the first year for TCS to have taken up CAT when students are actually not satisfied when it came to form filling and allotment of the slots / centres, although TCS holds a good name in having conducted exams like TISS, Bank related exams [if only my data is correct :P] earlier. Well, fingers crossed !

Coming the theme for today, I wanted to jot down some pitfalls / mistakes that I feel a serious capable aspirant commits unknowingly – that only grows to form his/her frustration on a bad mock score.

When by now, most of us would have been sailing high on the scores, there are potential candidates struggling to rise. An observation on the test taking approaches would reveal that they are no less than those 200+ Scorers. And, they are;

1. Having to attempt 100 questions in 170 minutes has left little lesser time per question than before [based on last year’s pattern]. As such, a candidate will often be in a haste to attempt in order to maximize his / her score. And, a liable pitfall here is mis-reading the question.. :/

The question might have asked just the opposite to what a candidate tends to compute. A sure trap by the IIMites. For example, you must have found yourself marking the ‘incorrect’ sentences when the question actually asked you to mark the ‘correct’ ones. Many times ? Huh !!

So, I would rather suggest stay calm first of all. Ensure you read each question properly to correctly interpret what actually has been asked for before you take the plunge.

2. A variation of the above can be mis-interpreting what the question asks for. Happens generally in Geometry questions where a candidate may fail to visualize the actual case. And, hence you either end up marking a wrong option or you are stuck. Don’t freak at this. Just keep calm, cross check the question once, try and then attempt.

3. A calculation intensive paper often falls under the category of a lengthy paper. And, each one of us is liable to commit a very silly calculation error in haste or what so ever. A byte of word here – Just be perfect in calculations. Don’t let it deter your scope. Be vigilant. Read the numbers, especially in Dis very carefully and answer.

4. Often, we tend to a good amount of useful time on calculations/uninvited thoughts etc. While dealing with the latter is very much individualistic, the former can be handled with little shrewdness. Be aware of Vedic Mathematics techniques of faster calculations. You should have practised them at the onset to be able to apply when needed. To add to this, you might not need to completely solve a question. A partial answer might serve your purpose. Just look through the options. They will guide you.

5. At times, one might not even calculate an answer as per tradition. Few tricks like observing the question and the likely options, one may have to chance to rule out certain options and mark the possible one.

6. How often has it been that you zeroed in on 2 very close options and ended up choosing the wrong one ? Lot many ? Well, this requires a little bit more of caution when you actually are so close to the answer.

7. Play on your strengths rather struggling with your weak areas.

8. Don’t let a question decide your fate if you are stuck. Just move on to others and give your best.

9. Decide for yourself a working strategy and work on what works the best for  you.

To end in a positive way.. Would like to wish every one.. All the best .. Just go for the kill !

Rising Against The Wind !

Even though I am almost dead on my feet, I still feel a tinge of my part to share this around.


Its yet again that phase of a very recent graduate’s life that is full only with confusions galore. With so much ecstasy of getting a degree after 3-4-6 years of turmoil, there remains a panic/anxiety/nervousness towards one’s very first job. You might be a lucky bird to have grabbed a deal well in advance even before passing out, however, its not a piece of cake for everyone else out there.


With so much turmoils, one might end up with a well paid job in hand. What is ensuing is the responsibilities that come up when one joins the corporate. Fresh graduates are like unformed moulds who can be configured the way corporate wants. All that is left with a directionless graduate is following the crowd and following what comes up. It is at this stage that is very crucial to decide what are we going to pursue, what are our expectations, what are our future plans and how are we going to grow. These aspects might seem very petty when you are actually in a student mode and not yet tasted the corporate but you come to realise the same when you are pretty 2 years old in the corporate.


While many are lucky/unlucky to get their joining right after their college, some are kept waiting even until years. Yes, it’s the service based companies in our country who do so according their pre set rules/regulations. It is this time that one can take the most advantage of. I would like to stress heavily on the fact that this is the best time in any one’s life to make the most. You have ample time to spend it the way you want – just accept the fact that this time won’t return in your life. You must do all crazy things you have thought of. Spend with your parents, friends and relatives. Create memories. Pursue your long lost dreams. You have a cherry upon the cake if you are an aspirant of higher studies. This is the best best time to devote yourself and prepare hard. Even if you are not, you may start looking around for better opportunities in the market while studying closely as well. You may try at your hand at exams like the E Litmus – a good score in which might land you up in a well paying job!


Start exploring around. You’ve got immense things to do/pursue. Introspect yourself. Think through the ways you think will help you climb the success ladder.


Somewhere amidst all these, you might end up with your joining letter in hand. Congratulations !


When you get busy with all the joining formalities, just be prepared of what the ground reality of the corporate is. Besides the salary thing, there are several other aspects that need consideration.


But yes, nothing at the expense of the joys of learning, sharing and caring at the workplace. Corporate is not like your student life. You are grown up now. You are expected to grasp everything easily and mould yourself up into the professional attire. Leave the student life behind. You would have responsibilities with you once you start working on a real project. You would be answerable to your immediate lead, manager, delivery manager and most importantly, your client. Be ready to face the harsh reality of a fresher. A fresher would be used the way your higher management wants to only to fulfill their needs. You would be in competition with seniors alike. You have to stand out against all by keeping yourself abreast, pro active and being the best. Never leave a chance to your management to pinpoint defects in you. Well, having said this, the grim reality is you would be targeted even if you are good enough. The thing is everything depends on the circumstances. But not everyone is so lucky. Politics is a dark/bitter veracity, especially of the IT sector ! Be ready to face and tackle this.


Remember, you must be fighting with everyone else around, but emerge a person who’s better than you were. Let your actions speak for you. People will try to suppress you. But, don’t lose heart. Everything has a way out. This is the battle you have to fight and emerge victorious.


All the best !