Khuda hota

Another lovely song from East India Company.

ना था कुछ तो खुदा था, कुछ ना होता तो खुदा होता
डुबोया मुझको होने ने, ना होता मैं तो क्या होता

Life @ISB

The Resume Conundrum

This was supposed to be the easy part. However, after coming to ISB, I have realized that I am even below the baseline as far as having a so called good resume goes!!

Another thing is that business grads do not have any sense of aesthetics when it comes to resumes, and we are taught to cram in as much information into that single sheet as possible. It looks like a really badly printed novel. No thought is given to the readability of the entire document and the smallest size fonts are used. I was almost in tears when I saw one of the “better ones” from last year’s batch.

Sometimes I am saddened by this lack of any imagination that is ingrained into business grads. Though the entire MBA is one huge learning journey, I sometimes wonder if there is also a huge loss of creative thoughts in the entire process.


The Delhi Trip

First up – Congrats Gogo!!

The trip was a load of traveling around, caught a lot of traffic jams. Did a lot of catching up with some old friends. Lots of eating out. Got Bansal to clean up – not an easy task I tell you. Caught a live concert, played cards, ate breakfast at NII (Oh how I miss that!!), and almost missed the return flight.

Even though I am in Hyderabad, I am still mentally stuck in Gurgaon 🙁


Movie marathon

There was only one choice to be made. To sleep early, or do a movie marathon. Thankfully, I chose the latter 🙂 So here I am. An hour before I start from ISB for the airport, and I have just completed watching three awesome movies, back to back.

The first one was a Japanese animated movie, Spirited Away. Just found out that it was the first anime to win an Oscar. Deserved one if you ask me.

This was followed by Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz. ‘Nuff said!!

Finally, after a long wait, I ended up watching Boy A, by far the best movie of the evening. Loosely based on a true story, it track the difficult journey of a child convict trying to lead a normal life after completing his sentence. Immensely touching, and a brilliantly made movie. A must watch if you ask me.

Anyway, I must now complete the packing bit, and get ready to ride to the airport.


Why backup?

I should have known better!!

When I became the webmaster for the ISB Student’s Blog, the first thing I did was install the WordPress DB Backup plugin. I also tested it then, and it worked. So I assumed all was fine.

Anyway, last month our hosting ran out due to non-payment of fees, and the email alerts went out to people who are no more at ISB anymore. Since the account was not renewed the hosting was canceled. It was during the exam times in Term 4 and not many noticed.

I wasn’t too worried since I thought I had a backup and would be able to get the blog back up from it and running in no time. But lo and behold, the backup plugin did not work anymore and the scheduled backup did not work. Now we face a daunting USD 150 in renewing and restoring the old setup 🙁

Learnings from the incident:

  • Take regular manual backups, and do not depend on plugins for that.
  • When using a hosting account, ensure that the registration is done via a mailing list which includes people responsible for maintaining the hosting, and the blog, and update it every time people leave.