Sunday, March 29, 2009


Justed finished watching the 2007 movie from Dreamworks 'Bee Movie'. Lately watched Pixar's 'Wall-E' and 'Kung Fu Panda' too... Also 'Madagascar 2' - Wall-E was the best in terms of realism and sheer graphics (won the best animation Oscar 2009, having beaten Kung Fu Panda), Kung-Fu Panda was absolutely hilarious and Bee Movie the cutest of them, including some cool music by Hans Zimmer...

Sunday, March 22, 2009


The annual business fest ‘Convergenz’09’ conducted by the IIMB-PGSEM student fraternity happened on 15th March 2009. The pre-lunch session in the morning saw the finals of the business plan - Alchemy (judges panel consisted of Venture Capitalists and Professors of the NSRCEL, IIMB) and Case presentation competition (on the topic of beating Nokia’s market dominance in the Indian mobile handset market); with the finalists vying for the top slot; the sessions were thoroughly contested and interesting pitches were made. The ‘Turing Test’ business/technology quiz finals were conducted by Prof Rajeev Gowda in the afternoon after the written elimination rounds and Arul Mani the VP of Karnataka Quiz Association was also present for the show. 

The panel discussion at the end of the fest, in the late evening was well attended and consisted of panelists of repute from the IT Industry including Srini Rajam, CEO Ittiam Systems and Y V Prakash, Director R&D, Honeywell Technology Solutions and established entrepreneurs from the PGSEM lineage moderated by Professor Sourav Mukherjee. Prof. Pankaj Chandra, Director, IIM Bangalore, started with his inaugural address which was followed by the Keynote by Srini Rajam; on the topic of ‘Innovation: Leading the way’ which was also the overarching theme of Convergenz’09. 

The panel discussion centred on the theme of finding the next business model for the Indian IT industry and the unanimous conclusion was that a more collaborative model of interaction and technology development among the various IT industries was the need of the hour. The panelists agreed that the sector would in the next few months successfully counter the recessive storm in the global economy to emerge stronger. The valedictory address and concluding remarks were made by Prof. Shankar Venkatagiri, Chairperson, PGSEM who stressed on the importance of industry-academia interactions and stressed the point that students of the PGSEM through Convergenz were leading this initiative!

The event was sponsored by eLitmus and Samsung and online and media partners included PagalGuy, MBA Universe,, Orkut, Doohm and 

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Chess board and Life - I

  1. A wrong move can do you in and be very costly.
  2. You got to keep playing. Are you ready for the next move?
  3. It is often tempting to make a move – think of all the possible traps!
  4. One move at a time. Rarely otherwise.
  5. That was a sure trap. You figured it out…
  6. You got to follow the rules. Each piece has it's unique style.
  7. You have to 'sit through the match' to win it.
  8. Never underestimate your opponent.
  9. Sometimes to elicit the level of your opponent, make a reckless move.
  10. If the opponent is repeatedly making stupid moves unable to acknowledge - that's the sign of an unworthy opponent. 
  11. Sometimes pawns dont matter much, but they are often the most useful.
  12. Often what you see on the board is not what you get.
  13. You can go a long way, but then your own pawns are blocking you.
  14. It is not easy to checkmate. More easy to check.
  15. Sometimes it is hard to keep playing - but the sharpest, grittiest mind wins!
  16. Think upto 10, 20, 30 moves ahead???
  17. The next move is based on a future consequence!
  18. Reckless playing will lead to a loss, unless the opponent is also equally reckless.
  19. And lastly the board is not everything; it’s all in the mind.
  20. What is your next move?