Monday, October 06, 2008

Dusting Cobwebs in my head !

My blog is going to hate me. 10 posts this year. Shameful. Of course I'd been travelling a lot in the first half of the year, and now I'm in business school.

Ah that part has become an amazing excuse for everything these days.
Forgot Arun's birthday - was busy with business school.
Didn't call some person about something - sorry busy with assignments.
Didn't eat dinner for 3 days in a row, Mom is pissed - had too much work.

Yeah ! Apart from all the work here, all I do is play football, watch movies or sleep. I belong to that rare breed of b school students who fit in atleast 8-9 hours of sleep into everyday. NITIE is an amazing place to be that way, always 3-4 degrees lesser than the sticky Mumbai heat in the city.

I've always been a fan of amazing speeches at graduation ceremonies and such events, especially ones that bring out the true meaning of life atleast to those who want to believe so. This is a small excerpt from Bill Watterson's speech at a graduation ceremony.

"You will find your own ethical dilemmas in all parts of your lives, both personal and professional. We all have different desires and needs, but if we don't discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled. Sooner or later, we are all asked to compromise ourselves and the things we care about. We define ourselves by our actions. With each decision, we tell ourselves and the world who we are. Think about what you want out of this life, and recognize that there are many kinds of success. Many of you will be going on to law school, business school, medical school, or other graduate work, and you can expect the kind of starting salary that, with luck, will allow you to pay off your own tuition debts within your own lifetime.

But having an enviable career is one thing, and being a happy person is another.

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it's to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You'll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you're doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you'll hear about them.

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble."
Courtesy - Phalgun's status message

How true. After 16+ years of educations, numerous competitive examinations and a few interviews later, here I am on the crossroads of what could turn out to be life altering years at India's equivalent of the City of Dreams.

A special shout out to all my friends who I think of often, but am short on balance to call or short on time to ping.

The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony is playing on Winamp


Akshay said...

Good job with the copy paste...

is ur summer placement week round the corner? :P

Poornaa Venkatesan said...

Again... We can be happier...

Dream said...

tempted to close the window saying no time for a comment..but then its time i sit bck n do wat i truly feel like...nice one :)

Anup said...

u have loads of time now :P mod2 is sleepy :) just be careful in de's classes though :P

Vasu said...

Good thought provoking blog, although I have not got enough time to get my thoughts provoked :)
We can at least feel happy that we need have to slog as much as other b schoolers.. :)

Ravi said...


Anonymous said...

That was a real good "excerpt from his speech". Good Luck with B-School and all. Do your thing! =)

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