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Lost in Thoughts

Lost in Thoughts

Does it ever happen that you sit to study and hours passed and yet you study nothing? Damn, Daydreaming . Some say daydreaming is good and increase productivity but for me, I am constantly lost in my dreams. So this time around, I thought of figuring out the reason why I dream so much. The answer was simple and did not take much time.

I day dream cause its fun and a nice escape from the mundane details of life. Since I am not bound my thoughts go crazy and achieve lofty heights. I have had some really wacky day dreams.

Some of my wackiest day dreams are

1.Mahatma Gandhi taking on Britishers, Bhagat Singh style. Imagine Mahatma taking offense at someone and beating the crap out of him with that stick of his. I know its wrong to think that way about him but the urge is just too strong.

2. Attending class wearing nothing. Absolutely nothing and just sitting in the class trying to listen to the prof. Don’t know how such a thing entered my mind but it did. And I spent an hour thinking about that dream..Some really productive thoughts.

3.Reaching my workplace in a sports car, opening the door in style and walking out of it wearing tight fit T shirt and jeans to die for. Girls are gawking at me but again this is never going to come true.

Confused what to do!!

Confused what to do!!

Some dreams just confuse me, for example one day I was thinking that if I were to have superpowers what would it be? Believe me I was totally confused. Do I want to be a man of steel like Superman or may be ability to read minds, or keeping a vigil on the city during nights or something altogether different like Sylar (Heroes Fame). I am still confused about this though.

Not all my dreams are wacky, some are good too. For example

1. I also dream of a prosperous India and a world without fear and poverty. No I am not going for Miss India oops Mr India contest (by the way I do not know what Mr India people say cause I have never seen it). This however is one of my dreams that I will be working for.

2. This one is in relation to CWG. Well in one of the classes I was dreaming about taking charge of the project and like a savior organized it so flawlessly that Beijing Olympics seemed unorganized 😛

But most of this is wishful thinking and sooner or later I will snap out of it but till then I am enjoying it. So if you encounter someone walking on the streets of Delhi lost in thoughts, chances are you have encountered me..

Comment to tell your wackiest dreams..and the good ones too…

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ASHOK LEYLAND EXPERIENCE

MY ASHOK LEYLAND EXPERIENCE

It all started in the 7th semester in NIT Jalandhar- my alma mater. We were waiting for companies to come in our campus and everyone seems worried coz of the recession. None turned up till November when 2 companies which were the leaders in the CV sector came – The TATAs and ASHLEY. I tried my luck in TATA, but failed. So I was waiting for some other company. We are industrial engineers of NIT Jalandhar, so we didn’t expect much. Any company is fine. But then ASHLEY came and it was the first time in my entire college life that I studied. After clearing through the written tests in PEC, Chandigarh, we went for the interview in Gurgaon. We were all excited seeing the first glance of the corporate office of Ashley. Soon interviews took place and the next 10 days were the happiest of my life. I got selected. After that, we totally enjoyed our last sem in college tension free, and finally joined the company on 5th July.
Coming to Management Development Centre, Hosur (Management Development Centre) was the first obstacle. Nobody knew Hindi or didn’t use it. One guy literally said in Hindi “Muzhe hindi nahi aati” Somehow after lots of efforts, time and money spent, we arrived.
Management Development Centre was a cool place – 4 acres with fully built hostels for GET’s and Executives, Basketball courts, Volleyball court, table tennis, a small Gym, Carom etc. & a green campus. Hosur has an excellent weather. We were on the 7th heaven. GETs of ASHOK LEYLAND – The second best after TATA, and within a year we were going to be deputy managers directly. I never expected this being a low grade student of industrial engineering with 6 point CGPA in NIT Jalandhar. (I still cant figure out why I was selected)
After completing all the formalities of bond etc,. on the first day we had a major shock in the evening. Tomorrow 5:30 am – PT – Major Said. By the way Major is Major Swamy. Management Development Centre is managed by two army personnel – the Brigadier LM Malhotra & Major Swamy. So next day, waking up was the most difficult part but we realized an even difficult thing then. Only 6 bathrooms & toilets for 60 people & we have to be ready in 30 minutes. Somehow we managed and after that we went for PT. After all that was our first lesson in managing.
PT meant running 3 rounds of 500 m track at 6:00 am in the morning. After that, we compulsorily had to play games – volleyball or basketball. Many opted for TT & carom being the least exhaustive. After 40 min of games & PT we had to attain 8 hrs of classes. Initially the classes were fun like the corporate, email and dinning etiquettes. But as we spent 5-6 days, the classes began, were core automobile concepts were taught to us by Mr. Balan Sir. The most exciting 68 yr old bugger. In his 10 days of classes, we learnt many new sentences apart from automobile. Bugger, Bullshit, I will kick your ass, to name a few. Those were the most exciting 10 days in my life.
As days passed, PT & getting up at 5:30 am etc became usual for us but boring. Then suddenly one day rope climbing & balancing came along. Most of the guys did it except 7-8 who were fat buggers, then came the factory visits. There were 2 factories in Hosur & we were to visit them every alternate day when the automobile classes by Mr. Balan continued. Managing all the activities including PT, visits, evening games etc. became very exhaustive & there was hardly any energy left at the end of the day. The Management Development Centre guys took care of that too by providing good food – Most of the North Indians hated it but what do you expect them to make – fishwadas (for Bengali buggers)
After 20 days of training in Management Development Centre, Hosur, we were sent to Chennai. We were totally happy with the facilities there too – Comfortable buses, 3 star hotel. Seems this is how they treat GETs before kicking their ass. We had visits to their Product Development & RND facilities, Corporate Building were all the senior management interacted with us.
Chennai is the place where we got our first salary. I remember the day clearly. It was raining & Axis Bank ATM was about 200 m from the hotel. As soon as we received a call, all of us ran to the ATM as to who would see his account first in the heavy rain. We were totally satisfied. Had a feeling of responsibility for the first time.
Then we visited the ennore plant where I drived my first vehicle – An AL TRUCK.
Finally after the ennore trip, we have come back to Hosur, fully satisfied with the company culture, the training, the facilities, the faculty as a whole. We made friends, interacted with seniors, dozed off in like a 100 presentations.
I am sure to enjoy this training & cheer it for the rest of my life. Cheers to Ashley. Ha!!! We just came out with our Batch Name too:

The AL Mighty

This is a guest post by my batchmate in college and now an employee of Ashok Leyland- Ravi Pimperkar.

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INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

Today is Independence Day and this day would be no different than the 364 other days in the year. There is hype surrounding it for a plain reason that we become independent today. This day marks the end of colonial rule over the subcontinent. There has always been debate surrounding Independence Day celebration. Should we show our military might on this day? Should we show case our new found strength in the field of IT and services? Also there are some who would question the whole exercise? They may be right too.
India as a nation has failed to provide to its citizen. The dreams that were weaved 63 years before do not seem to be turning into reality. The poverty is there and so is unemployment. No considerable progress has been made in the field of agriculture, true that the output has increased significantly but we are well below the potential. Monsoons and famines remain a regular feature that determines the direction of economy.
Add to these problems there are some more now. Some are serious and others are sporadic in nature but they remain problems nonetheless.
Calls for Azadi in Kashmir have got shriller. There have been utter disappointment and Indian State is frowned upon in Kashmir. Kashmir is not alone for there are same feelings in parts of North East India but those states do not matter and hence can be ignored. Maoists have gained prominence in many districts of India and runs parallel government. They collect tax, make their own laws and even enforce them. They may be present in hinterland of India but the reclamation of those territories would be herculean task for the Government of India. Inflation is at an all time high and is eating away the savings of common people. CWG is rife with charges of corruption.
These problems do make me ask”Have we lost somewhere?”
The answer is an emphatic no.
Though we may have been slow and sometimes utterly incompetent but it does not mean that we have lost the way. The spirit of democracy and fairness remains in most hearts today and will continue to remain. We have faced challenges, some really formidable challenges to reach this stage. We have survived an emergency, couple of wars and the future looks rosy from here.
And even if the future looks bleak remember this is the day when we won the right to walk with our heads held high, The day when we won the right to our self esteem, The day which would one day lead to greatness and we will continue to strive for that and settle for nothing less than that. There can be no reason not to celebrate this day and remember this day with pride..
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL OF YOU….

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Shahrukh Khan-The Entrepreneur

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Shahrukh Khan is a household name in India and is popular among Indian Diaspora abroad too. He is the CEO of Red Chillies Entertainment. He is one person who has correctly figured that he is not in the movie business but in the entertainment industry. Over the years Shahrukh Khan has changed from being nobody from Delhi to a person whose personal wealth amasses Rs 1500 making him the richest film actor in India(source:Business World). This was made possible because he never stuck to film industry alone.

An actor’s shelf life is limited and his making big in the film industry depends how his movies fare every Friday. You have to be consistent for a long period of time before you can reach a certain standing. Shahrukh having done that, diversified to make himself a brand. He entered into movie production with Red Chillies entertainment. He could be seen hosting events and even dancing at weddings and birthdays. Of course he charges heftily for that. His 40 min appearance alone can cost you around Rs 5 crore and he charges Rs 12 crore per film for which he work around the year. Also when IPL was started, Red Chillies Entertainment was quick to seize the opportunity and brought Kolkata Knight Riders for a sum of Rs 295 crores. Although the team has not performed well in the three seasons of IPL but it has posted profit in all the three years and going by the sum for which new teams were bought (Rs 1700 crores for Pune and Rs 1500 crores for Kochi), the price that KKR will fetch is anybody’s guess.

The realization that cricket comes under the bracket of entertainment industry helped him make a foray in the market. Apart from that he has hosted shows on T.V.

Red Chillies Entertainment is one of the companies that encompasses virtually all the entertainment sector in India. The revenue posted by Red Chillies Entertainment in the financial year 2008-2009 was Rs 73 crores. A break up of the company is given below
Red Chillies Films- This division is responsible for the production of the film. Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om were produced under the Red Chillies banner.
Red Chillies Idiot Box- This division produces and co produces television serials. Seeing the explosive growth of the TV industry this may be the division minting money for the company in the future.
Red Chillies VFX-It deals with Post Production and special effects segment.
Red Chillies TVC-This division is responsible for making ads and the client list includes the likes of Hero Honda, Pepsi, ICICI, Hyundai etc
Kolkata Knight Riders-This is an IPL team which participates in the IPL tournament. Though the team has not performed well, it however has posted in the three seasons of the game.
The entire gamut of entertainment is included in the various divisions of Red Chillies and the market for animation and special effects is set to grow in India making Red Chillies VFX promising. Also the fact that Kolkata Knight Riders was brought in the first season for Rs 295 crores speak about the opportunities of growth. Considering the fact that Kochi and Pune teams were bought at around Rs 1500 and Rs 1700 crores respectively, the valuation for KKR increases significantly.
The goal for Red Chillies TVC is to churn out 100 commercials per year from 40-45 commercials that it produces annually.
As a whole, Red Chillies Entertainment future seems promising for the simple fact that they have not only invested in movies (which could have been their strong domain considering that Shahrukh features in the films), it has diversified in the TV serial segment, ad industry, special effects and last but not the least cricket. This speaks about identifying your business domain correctly and broadly.

I hope to see Shahrukh making strides in the Industry and be as successful as he his with his film career.

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Gone with the Wind

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Set in the backdrop of civil war, the novel is not about civil war but of the people who lived during that time. The novel deals with Scarlett O Hara and her relation with Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Wilkes.
The book presented a lot of challenges before I started it. When I first saw the book , I thought that it will take a hell lot of time to finish it. When I divided the task of completing the book into smaller tasks it became comparatively simpler. The book was 800 pages and forty pages a day will complete it in mere 20 days and hence the book can be completed within vacation time only and with two hours a day effort. The problem of time was solved, next was the problem of content. The backdrop of the book is civil war in America and though I like reading about wars but I have read war and peace (the characters were developed stunningly and loved it) but the war description there wore me out, for it was an alien geography to me and hence I was not able to visualize it. I was afraid the same should not happen again. Finally I started the novel and I have reached the point in novel where war is over and there was not much of war description so that way I found it pleasant. The characters are well sketched though they do not really sound like real life people to me as in they are extremes and have not really encountered the likes of them and could not connect to anyone of them. For e.g. I fail to understand the fuss about Rhett Butler because he is projected as an all knowing scallawag. Or maybe I am plain jealous of him for he could predict future, read minds (which he frequently did with Scarlett), was fiercely independent and courageous.
Scarlett O’Hara is an amusing character and though her actions during the desperate times can be understood but her actions during pleasant times is beyond me. Like for e.g. when Ashley turned her down, what on earth propelled her to marry Charles right away for I was turned down when I was 15 and even in that adolescence I do not run off to propose another girl. The concerned girl in my case wrote she hate me in every slam book she could get hold off (Heaven knows what I did to her to be at the receiving end of such rage) and Scarlett on the other hand could have taken comfort in the fact that the man did love her. Well of course mine is a different story altogether because Scarlett seem to get every man she want, I have a knack to repulse female company so much so that I am planning to write a book titled “What not to do in female company”. This book will be an autobiography of sorts but more about it later.
The character that really catches the eye is Melanie Wilkes and though her part is subdued and she may not seem like the heroine but she is courageous, intelligent, beautiful and most importantly compassionate. The style of writing is great too, the vivid description of the cities and Tara, Twelve Oaks, Atlanta etc makes it easier to understand and picture. The book though large seems to fall short of characters as there are only 3 or 4 main characters and the rest are playing unimportant roles. The events however are worthy of praise like the description of General Johnston retreat and the criticism that he faced from the public who knew little of war. It is the kind of treatment that we give to our cricketers after every series they lose be it the 20-20 world cup or a trivial tri series. Another analogy that comes to my mind is Naxal violence. People, who have never set foot on rural ground and have been ensconced in their comfortable city life, all of a sudden become experts. People with no experience whatsoever start to plan out strategies to counter naxalism while our inexperienced and foolish commanders get licked by the tribals!
Another incident that stands out is the love that Scarlett develops for Tara which her father predicts. Tara became a sanctuary of sorts for her, a place where she can turn to in case of any difficulty or trouble and derive strength to face the world. This is one book that you must read, though you might be intimidated by the size of it but believe me the juice is worth the squeeze.

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My first week in DMS IITD

I will always remember the date 26th July. This was the day when all of a sudden out of blue moon, I got a mail saying I have been offered a seat in DMS, IIT Delhi. I have been expecting my waitlist to clear in NITIE but not in DMS and hence it was a pleasant surprise. In fact I was so happy that I had to ask a friend of mine to recheck it and confirm it for me. After that I just withdrew my application from the current institute and headed off to IIT Delhi pleased that I have made it to IIT, though may be I am four years late.
Since I got my offer letter a little late, that means technically I have spent only one week as of now in DMS. The first week has been interesting as I was swamped with things to do. Academics aside, my first priority was to get myself a room allotted. This is one process which is tedious and you have to navigate through the maze of bureaucratic machinery to find a place to stay. I will attend classes and immediately run to the main building to request for a room. It was a big campus and I had no idea where to go to get my work done. There have been times when I was exasperated, there have been times when I was plain angry with the system.
Apart from finding myself a room, I had to apply for committees and complete the Pre Joining assignments and there were things to complete which were covered in the class. All of this had to be done when in fact I did not have a room to live and unpack my stuff. Like I said before I was exasperated.
Then there were people in the class. They have made friends in the orientation week and the one week that they have lived here. I did not know any of them and the place was alien to me. I was apprehensive whether I will fit in or not.
But then this is I guess what people call multitasking. You have to juggle between your priorities and complete all of them to the best of your ability. Also you have to find time so that you can pursue your interests too. Things have started to fall in place and the place does not seem alien anymore. I have made new friends, friends that will stay here with me for the next two years and hopefully for the life. Now when I stand in the DMS building, I am not apprehensive of fitting in but I am hopeful for my future, I can see a future full of possibilities and I look forward to embrace it.

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CRUSH-1

When I saw her for the first time I knew she is my dream girl. She had everything that I have always wanted. The scintillating looks, the near perfect skin and most important of all the dazzling smile; it almost gave her an angel like appearance. Once when I passed her in the corridor of our class, I can smell her fragrance and it almost made me dizzy for I have never been so close to her. I kept looking at her in the class with rapt attention while she jotted down every word the Prof spoke. Oh she was beauty personified. I was content enough just to see her and this way a week passed. Now greed crept in, I wanted more, I was no longer satisfied with her smile and fragrance began to lost that enigma, I now wanted to talk to her. But that was not just possible. Whenever I tried to talk to her it felt like I have lost my voice, for even if I opened my mouth words would not come out. My mind went blank as soon as I was near her.
I thought of many lines to start the conversation with but there was no perfect line for her. Every attempt of mine felt lame and every night I would sleep thoroughly annoyed with myself. Finally I left it to fate, if god wants it, it will happen.
To my surprise God really wanted it for in one class she sat next to me.
Shreya- “Hi.”
Me- “Hi.” Oh! I managed hi without embarrassing myself. This must be my lucky day.
Me- “I am Dhiraj.”
Shreya- “I know.” This line almost gave me heart attack, she not only said hi to me but she also knew my name. I was overjoyed but suddenly my bubble burst for I understood how she knows my name. She must have asked her friend “Who is that creepy pervert who keeps looking at me?” almost in that instant I wanted earth to open and take me in. It is strange though how in one moment I was the happiest guy in the world and the next moment I was wishing for obliteration.
We talked a little that day, mostly about how prof is the most horrible person in the world and crib about mess food and the likes. It was an eventful day in my life, one which I will not forget for a long time to come.

Read the second part Crush2- In Love

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