Michigan Diaries: Transition and the First post


You just can’t get enough of the early days of a place you’ve never visited before. Its almost 12 days since I reached US to start a new journey and the excitement is still on. Firstly, Boston for a week at a distant relative’s place and then the anticipated Ann Arbor to attend University of Michigan’s Masters of Entrepreneurship program involving Ross School of Business and College of Engineering. 

It always takes time to setup things in a new place. But, the transition has been really smooth because of distant selfless friends living here. I couldn’t be more grateful to them, for they prevented me from the underlying homesickness that comes in the early few days. Settling down is an important virtue to be productive and get going! Hence, I couldn’t stop myself enrolling in the Ross’s Kresge Library and subscribe to the book The First 90 days by Michael Watkins. A book on accelerating transition and implementing set rules to achieve the maximum in the first 90 days of your career transition. 

The city of Ann Arbor is indeed beautiful and home to the University of Michigan. The university employs the maximum number of people in Ann Arbor, almost 35000. The University is comprised into three campuses: Central, North and South. Few iconic buildings that I have been too are the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, which is the most sustainable green building of a business school and the majestic and Hogwarts lookalike Law Library (the place I am writing this post from). This library is the most quietest place on the campus of more than 20,000 acres spread and I cannot stop writing! 

I will be starting a blog-post series of my experiences and take-backs from the program and keep posting it under a new tab. I will enjoy my weekend till I start my Orientation and Bootcamp tomorrow. See you soon! 

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Thank you readers.

Here’s an excerpt of the review:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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The greater fool


“The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self delusion and ego to think that he can succeed where others have failed. This whole country was made by greater fools.” This is when Sloan Sabbath tells Will McAvoy in the recent popular series of ‘The Newsroom‘ created by Aaron Sorkin.

I am amazed by this dialogue in the sense how perceptions work in nations with same kind of investors all around. This is not applicable only to principles of stock investing but also to our daily life situations. We believe in few things, go against those beliefs and then justify why we did. If you are in a consultancy business or a stock broker or a palm reader or a lawyer, you know your previously held beliefs over fundamentals but just to keep up with the business you are in, you tend to make sell what is against your belief just in the hope that someone will buy it in the future. Thats when we learn how to play games. Not just this, there are people who are tend to modify their beliefs over time because that’s much more comfortable and easy to maintain. Who is the greater fool then? Do we realize how we become one in real life situations?

This greater fool theory relies on trends, opportunities and psychologies in surviving in life and in stock markets. Its one thing which is common in all the nations. All of us try to supersede our peers by becoming that greater fool and make beliefs over experiences which were sustainable and not out of the box. We tend to lose out on our passion in the process of becoming that common fool and run with the world around us. Anticipating a life which we wish to live, we think, talk and express other than what is right or wrong? We know there is someone in this world who might not be as capable as you so as to buy that plan. Be it the blame game or pushing sentiments over love, honesty and integrity. When will the world be a place where we get suggestions not based on hypocrisy, advises with no manipulations, words with no hidden interests and love with no condition? World will be a better place then. We must not share what don’t believe in. Its better to remain silent then to spread something which we can’t practice, social issues will then be resolved. Until then we are all greater fools, and some of us greatest.

The White Leopard (Not Snow)


So this has been a long break from writing and I suddenly feel an urge of starting it all over again. But a lot has happened all this while in countries, businesses and people. There are elections coming in the US, the internal conflicts in India has been rising over corruptions and scandals, the Chinese businesses are leading their way in producing cheaper consumer products, the world is turning to renewable energies, Apple is making amazing products, Samsung is jealous and climate change, we realize, is not a hoax. But, in between all of these the best thing that I did my dream internship at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and then went to Berlin to visit a friend and then Falera, Switzerland (Breathtaking village between the swiss alps and 2 hours ride from Zurich) for an International Summer University in Energy. The urge to travel from a long time finally got fulfilled, and trust me friends travelling alone is the best thing you can ever do to yourself.

Soon after my stint from the Summer program, I am finally back to my place and nothing is as beautiful as your home and the of course food with spices you get in India (which was badly missing in Europe). Just when I was sorting out my library (with sole intention to dust it), I got my hands on a book called The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, which won the booker prize in 2008. I completed that book in one go and I liked the way the author described the rave India with a lot of intended pun addressing the story to the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. This book is a story of a poor young boy from Rural India on how he gets corrupt and transform himself in the process of becoming an Entrepreneur. I realized that’s true with most of the people in India who actually don’t earn their Cheeseburger in a day, and there are millions of them. From the rich tradition to ravanous politics, this is the story of India. The India of all small things, we’ll talk about god later.

We talk our Indian Premier, who is known as the Silent man of India, the prime minister. He recently introduced FDI in retail, hiked diesel prices etc to give a boost to the Indian Economy despite of failed attempts to stop corruption in his own team. There were protests meanwhile from various personalities and all of them are tired and quiet now. The opposing government tries to pinpoint the government on policy changes and various other issues in the states or elsewhere. This is how the coalition government works and in democracy, there will always been someone losing in the whole process, that is the Common man. Just as described in the book The White Tiger, the boy who understands the system, gets into it and become successful from misdoings ( there are a lot of ‘success stories’ like that) and then become the Entrepreneur of principles for the people of his own company. And he was called the White Tiger. We need someone like that to run our country. The one who adapts to the system, gets into it and has one vision in his/her mind, to grow urban India as well the rural India and nor his team or him has accounts in Swiss banks. Then, he will be known as the White Leopard among the Black bulls. I believe there is some white leopard in the making. The Leader of leaders.

Ah, I love Swiss chocolates!

Curiosity. Particles. Physics. Mystery.


Universe as we know, is expanding.

How? Never seem to care?

The majestic limit of imagination and its creativity lies in the wonders of the universe. From the ancient sand houses of time, to a popular sky-scraper, there is no end to imagination. Each imagination has its own significance. The big bang theory gives us the picture of the time, and the origin of the earth after vast transformations. The universe is made of infinite galaxies and each galaxy of infinite stars and planets. There are not just electrons, protons and neutrons in the Cosmo but a lot new range of different matter particles known as Baryons and Leptons, and anti matter particles.

A lot of research has been conducted at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), in Geneva where huge detectors and accelerators add to breathtaking research to detect Higgs Bosons (which are also known as God Particles) in fundamental particle physics and cosmology. There is FERMILAB in Illinois in USA, where astrophysicists, particle physicists and scientists work in defining what the future beholds. These detectors at CERN have already reached a milestone of accelerating the particles in the detector nearly at the speed of light, once it is achieved that these particles reach the speed of light, it will prove the Einstein’s  relativity theory wrong and will change the shape of Quantum Physics in determining the origin of the universe.

Are the extra dimensions then the ones we know? Does universe behaves as a hologram? There are never-ending questions in this field of research which not only fascinates scientists but a common follower of science and technology. These questions will define how the world will look like in 2050 be it at the cosmic frontier or by the string theory approach. The scientists are at quest to determine how is the universe came into existence and what are the driving forces behind the dynamics of the space. It will not just be a blot on that misconceptions of beliefs and faiths, but will question the existence of what we call GOD? Well, I think it will never be easy, but curiosity leads to the truth. This will encapsulate the mysteries and secrets in the dark energy, dark matter or the dark universe.

Only time will tell. 

 

Turning 21.


So its one hour to go and I am turning 21.

There a lot of questions about growing old. However exciting it may seem. I look back and see what all things I have lived and done in that living.

Time to make a bucket list of the stuffs I would like to do ahead, and completing those made before. We make resolutions and every year we see that those resolutions be fulfilled. If not, continue with it the next year. It would not just suffice my satisfaction but also make me a much more determined.

  • Time to see some new places.
  • Time to live some new emotions.
  • Time to make things work out.
  • Time to test the limits.
  • Time to make bonds stronger and older.
  • Time to fulfill those resolutions which are not fulfilled.
  • Time to be challenged.
  • Time to reach new dimensions.

This new beginning will definitely make me a much more experienced and an adventurous person.

Time is to turn 21 and share smiles.

Welcoming myself to the most exciting phase of my life.  

Time is to entangle these threads. Image


Innovations of the future

Twenty three hundred years ago, there was a learned Acharya (Scholar) named Chanak in the Kingdom of Magadha of the ancient India, formerly called BHARAT which aboded as a cultural heritage and a rich nation. Bharat was divided into kingdoms like Gandhar, Kashi, Avanti, Assaka, Kalinga, Magadha, Kuru, Mallayrajya and so on.

There was King named Dhanananda who was ruling Magadha, who was adamant, wine-loathed and women laden man. He had a cabinet of ministers, which was headed by a wise prime minister named Shaktar. He was the King’s advisor and a learned man. One day in the assembly, he announced to the king, that women in their kingdom are raped and murdered, and no one seem to care about it. The king got furious, by Shaktar’s comment and sent him to Nanda’s hell, which was a torture cell in the underground reigns of the kingdom. Acharya Chanak, was Shaktar’s…

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