Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Revisions go on... Tensions build over...

There were just a couple of classes today to revise the RB-II portion so that we are prepared for the coming test. Things are getting a little dull over here. I believe, the reason is that no one is getting answers to their questions about placements. In fact, there is nothing to blame anyone. The world is facing a recession. The banking and financial services industry is worst hit by all this. So, things are not smooth. In such cases, we cant help it. But then, we cant even afford to accept these reasons and keep quiet for the kind of money, time and energy lost in the last couple of months. I am terribly upset due to everything. On one side are these issues, on the other side are questions from family and on another side are the unanswered questions of life. I had set things with a perspective of 3 months. Everything went on fine till now as planned. However, all of a sudden, things have tumbled

I know that things will get right and everything will go fine. There is no doubt about this. But then, it will take time. And time is the only thing which is the obstacle that I dont want to face. There is panic built in me now

Signing off for the day

Monday, 29 September 2008

To lie or Not to lie... What a situation...

This week, perhaps, will be the smallest working week for me. I am with plans of going to Hubli on Wednesday. Thursday is a holiday and I am going to apply for a leave on Friday. Saturday and Sunday are off days. So, I will get a good 4 days for a visit to Hubli. Its been long that I have gone home. I am kind of dying to go to Hubli. Only I know how I am missing the most valuable part of my life, rather my life. However, I am having a mental hurdle as well. The purpose of coming here to Bengaluru with no intimation to anyone is to go back and surprise everyone. However, it has not been served yet. Our interviews are not over. Things have turned very awkward. In fact, we were told that we will get the offer letter within 1-2 weeks of joining but its almost 3 months now and nothing is done. Things are postponed beyond limits. Our course, which should have got over by now, seems to run up to 24th or 29th of October, i.e., 17 or 22 days extra time

Further, there is nothing confirming jobs for us yet. Our joining is nowhere known or even talked about. The previous batch sat home for 2 months after the course before joining the internship. So, its really adding to my woes. Due to this, I am a little confused over moving to Hubli for I cant answer anything about whats happening in Bengaluru. Till now, my life here is a top secret. No one except my parents have an idea of this. I only hope I do not become a disaster in lieu of a surprise. I really do not know what I will get from IFBI or what I will get when I tell people about what I got. Its the greatest dilemma

Sometimes, I feel I did a mistake by not informing. Sometime, I feel surprises are good. Had it been a 6 months course or more, I would have definitely informed. However, for this being just 3 months and due to the promise that we will get the offer letter within 2 weeks of joining, I decided to take this risk. I thought I will go back after 2 weeks with the offer letter to Hubli. That 2 weeks turned to 3, 4, 5, 6 & so on and even after 3 months, all I have is zero. I have no face to return to Hubli. I have a big fear that it might hurt people to know what I have done. I also have a hope that people might be happy to see the progress and not even bother about me not having informed

Someone has truly said, 'Don't lie ever for whatever reason. 1 lie leads to a 1000 lies and life becomes a hell'. Someone else has said, 'Tell a 100 lies if you are certain of doing something good to the world'. I was confused on who to follow. I always lie (these are actually not lies. For example, you want to surprise your friend on birthday. You will never tell him/her that you are waiting at restaurant to celebrate birthday. You cook some story and when he/she comes, you surprise them with the cake) to surprise people. However, this delay in surprising has created a lot of negative suspense that can be an obstacle. I only hope things will be taken in the right perspective

Hmmm... Lets see what God has planned for us

Signing off for the day

Friday, 26 September 2008

Things speeding up...

Some syllabus is remaining to be completed and things are picking up speed. Today is one special day for me

Nothing much happening except academics

Signing off for the day

A first shot at Pizza Hut...

Pizza is one thing that I always love to eat. I have been eating a lot of that. But then, its surprising for me too to see that I have never been to Pizza Hut. Yes, I have been numerous times to Dominos, Pizza Corner, various restaurants, etc to have Pizza but never to Pizza Hut. We have (now, I must say, we HAD) a Pizza Hut in Hubli too. But then, it has been shut down. Though it was there for about 2 years, I postponed each time and I never went there either. I have been having pizzas from Pizza Hut through their home delivery service but have never gone into the place

So, this was the first time I was going to Pizza Hut and it was at the Brigade Road in Bengaluru. The treat was sponsored by Naveen to celebrate his success. Even Maruti joined us for the same. We had been to The Garuda Mall for the treat. However, we did not find anything good there to eat. So, we walked on to this

We waited for some time before we got a seat. I ordered for a medium punjabi pizza and a normal medium pizza with a pepsi. It was served in a good way. The taste too was good. I liked it. And then, we rung the bell thanking for the service

Thursday, 25 September 2008

The aftermath...

Today, the book review results were declared again and chocolates were distributed amongst everyone to celebrate the success. The monthly test is the next big thing on the way. Rahul sir came up with some ideas like giving presentations on our states, giving a presentation on various important happenings across the globe, etc. He wanted us to do in a group while I continued to request him to make it a individual game so that everyone plays seriously. However, things did not turn in my favour as a good number of people wanted the activities to continue in a group (mainly to skip making the effort)

Signing off for the day

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Who Moved My Cheese? Book Review is up...

Today was the D-Day for the presentation of book review. There are 5 teams and each of them is going to deal with a book. Gung Ho, Who Moved My Cheese, The Ice Cream Maker, Raving Fans and The One Minute Manager. Our team was assigned with the book Who Moved My Cheese. Honestly, there was almost zero preparation by us till yesterday. We all were in a dilemma about what has to be done. And it was me who had to be blamed for it as I was expected to take the lead in this activity while I sat idle and uninterested. I regret on this attitude of mine today. Had I taken the lead just one day back, we would have been taking the first position today. I never expected that the performance would come so good. Seeing other teams making a lot of effort, I personally felt that there is no worth making effort as the outcome will be zero. Assuming this, I just went ahead with this activity for the heck of it. We just prepared the slides yesterday and put in a small role play into the presentation. Further, we added some reviews by our friends on this book (which were all fake). And then, we disbursed after dividing the slides for presentation among us. I had also taken up the responsibility of presenting an introduction. And I really feel bad to accept that I did not bother to even think about this responsibility yesterday. After reaching my room, I just had my food, got my clothes ready and went to bed. There were a lot of personal issues that made things very difficult to handle

Today morning, when I saw that everyone was so serious in preparing, I felt that I will be on a comedy circus. And then, my teammates, especially Naveen, spoke to me and I could feel that the expectation that he had from me was too high. I knew I was not just cheating them but I was cheating myself by my laziness and not doing the assigned work. That was not the way to go about. We had about 20 minutes left and I decided to get serious and I immediately wrote down points for my introduction. I even rehearsed them. Though, I also need to accept the fact that what I had written was something, what I rehearsed was something else and both these had no relation to what I actually presented. But, Thank God, it came out well. And by the end of our presentation, though I was happy for the team's performance, I was sad for the point that I did not give it what it deserved. I did not even care to involve myself as I did in ISAS or for that matter, any other events that I participated in. Had I done that, we would have clinched the first position. In fact, getting second position without a proper preparation is an achievement in itself. Yes, second position. But, when we could do so well without that, imagine what we could do with that. I think, it is a lesson for me learn today that I need to stay motivated and interested in things happening in life. Else, things will go wrong. There are a thousand things happening in life simultaneously and there is a huge need to allocate appropriate importance to everything. If not, you can never forgive yourself

Overall, it was a good day. There were great shows by all the teams. A lot of them came up with new ideas and innovative ways of doing things. To my greatest surprise, I was declared the best performer (reasons mentioned under) followed by Meenu, Rekha, Naveen & Sukanya. There were a lot of jealousy faces but then, I guess, they were not pointed at me. Even I believed that I was undisputed the best. The best in improvement of performance category were Sameer & Sivakumar. And one very good thing about today's book review was that everyone delivered very well. There was no one who we can say has not done well

As far as my performance is concerned, I am sad that I could not give the team what it needed. Though I gave everything for it today, I failed to give it yesterday and the days before yesterday. The planning was not in position. I will ensure that the next time, planning gets effective

Signing off for the day

My script during the presentation. There were huge accolades for this and I was thrilled to see the kind of response I got from everyone. It was amazing. I narrated the script along with Heartbeats track from Kal Ho Na Ho and Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyaara Hai (violent music only) from Roja

Here it goes

What is the most important thing in your life? Which is the most beautiful thing for you?

Close your eyes. For the next 3 or 4 minutes, I request you to give to 2 things. 1 is truth and the other is honesty. This is an experiment to have an insight into your lives, your thoughts, your strengths, your weaknesses. So, kindly be honest to get the right insight

Kal Ho Na Ho music starts

Imagine, you are sitting in a beautiful garden. Its a cool evening with fresh breeze flowing into you. It is making you and your life as fresh as it is. And with you is the most beautiful, most important thing or person that you always dreamed of. Yes, this is the life that you always wanted to lead. You are HAPPY. You are delighted. You are feeling great. All your dreams have come true

Violent music from Roja starts

And suddenly, there is a bomb blast. A suicide bomber has not just killed himself but also destroyed that thing which you had achieved. If it was love, you love is no more. If it was a car, the car has gone into pieces. If it was career, you have been hit by the bomb in a such a way that you can never go back to work. What next? You have lost everything. There is nothing left in your life. Your parents, friends, relatives, everyone is upset with you. You have become a loser. You feel its better to commit suicide and end this life

Violent music ends & Kal Ho Na Ho plays back

Life is a saga, a journey from existing position to a desired position. We all strive, we all struggle, we all make effort to better our lives. We all have aims, objectives and thoughts to lead our lives. For some, it might be to get a great job, to get a good career ride, to get a good wife or husband, to keep parents happy, to help people lead better lives, to buy a car, bungalow, a lot of money, etc. Man is always on a ride to make these dreams come true. A dream something that is the most important aspect in our lives. A person without a dream is like a person sitting in a bus without knowing where to go. But then, making all dreams come true is definitely a tough task. It needs a lot of things like effort, hard work, honesty, integrity, etc. And for all this to come in life, one factor thats most influential is CHANGE. Life changes and we need to change with it. The person who adapts to change quickly is the one who wins. He is the one who can be called as Opportunity user. The others change as a matter of compulsion. There are simple and basic points in life that we need to remember with regards to change. Changes do happen and we need to accept these changes. To be a winner, you need to anticipate changes and monitor them. There is a need for us to adapt to these changes recognized by us to ensure that we are ready to rock on with life. Be open to changes and enjoy the changes. After all, change is the spice of life. But always remember, Stay committed in your decisions but stay flexible in your approach. I repeat, Stay committed in your decisions but stay flexible in your approach

Now, slowly, open your eyes. I am sure, you have felt the change and have got the zeal to face changes in life. And with this, I have reached my objective of making the book's message reach you all. We now need to know who is this great man behind the book Who Moved My Cheese?

And then my presentation begins

PS: Bala sir told me that I performed this act on par with Amitabh Bachchan. Specially the violent dialogues were delivered so effectively and with so much force that he was totally disturbed. In fact, he conveyed that he was seriously sitting and imagining spending a beautiful evening with his daughter & son in law and when I said about blast and all, he almost imagined these things and broke his eyes open. "Perhaps, it was his involvement and not my performance that has to be appreciated", I said. Rahul sir also said that I made a comeback like Amitabh Bachchan. The expectations were very high & I exceeded them. That was really surprising

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Preparations begin for the Book Review...

The preparations have begun for the book review scheduled tomorrow. We have just planned out what has to be done and have created the slides for the same. There is a need for a lot of preparation. I don't know how it is going to come out tomorrow

Signing off for the day

Monday, 22 September 2008

Week No. 12 begins after a weekend at Shivanasamudra...

We began the new week with classes on CIB and RB-II continuing. Further, today, the Book Review preparations are on a full swing. The presentation falls on Wednesday and a lot remains undone for the same. There is a long way to go. We have to plan out what has to be done, how, when and also need to implement this plan. We also need to make a presentation and do a couple of rehearsals

Signing off for the day

Shivanasamudra Tour

On Friday, we had been to a trip to Sivanasamudra and Talakadu lake. 19 of us got together to make this day beautiful. In fact, I had no plans to go. I had decided that I will not be going. Somehow, I had to listen to some requests and at the last moment (early morning), I changed my mind when Naveen called me. We were asked by the organizers to assemble at 6.15 am at the institute premises and we shall be leaving by 6.30 am. However, things take their own time and it was 8 am by the time the hired minibus took off. I saw a cricket bat and got excited. The search for a ball gave a lot of other things other than a ball. The shops too were not open. Luckily, before we left, we could get 2 balls

The journey began. The first thing to begin, as history goes, was antakshari. I have a great track record in this game. In fact, I hold good number of records in this. Though I don't sing well, I keep singing always as it helps me in relieving stress. Coming back, it was decided that there will be 5 in 1st team, the back sitters, and the 2nd team will have the remaining bus, 14 of them. The game went on for about half an hour and there was nothing stopping. Suddenly, there was some interest loss and the game was forgotten. I was not much involved in it. I just kept suggesting songs whenever there was a need for it

Suddenly, someone got some shining powder and starting spraying in on everyone. I kept myself away from it by covering myself with a hanky

After some time, people began dedications. A lot of songs were dedicated from one person to other. A lot of them on teasing lines and wooing the listeners. That was a great fun in passing songs from Saurav to his new found crush Vibha, the Great Bayyareddy to the Greater Nikitha, Raju to Jeena, Naveen to Rajlakshmi, Sivakumar to Sukanya, Raghu to Meenu and so on. I was kind of feeling bored. I don't know what was making me sit so lethargically with no interest in anything that was happening. I was sitting at the corner seat of the bus. But then, I was very keenly observing what was happening

Some observations of the songs dedicated
Deewana main chala to Raghu
Mukaddar ka Sikandar to Ajeya
Aayi re aayi re khushi to Sukanya
Chahe koi Mujhe junglee kahe to Kamaksha
Maruti's was an awesome piece of choice, jungle jungle paar chali hai, pata chala hai, arey chaddi pehan ke phool khila hai, phool khila hai
And finally, it was my turn. I guess, a perfect one came up for me considering what I have shown to the people ever since we met. Though it might not very much relate to what I am in reality but it was an absolute truth as per my behavior at IFBI till now. The song, "Cash on my mind, making money all the time" was dedicated to me

By then, we had reached Sivanasamudra. Its a beautiful waterfall and the most beautiful part of it was the mist the came out of it. We enjoyed the scene. A photo session went on for long. Now I see that I have one of the best photos shot at this place

We were back in bus to move to the next destination, Talakadu lake. We had been having bread, jam, pepsi and all on the way. The fun was on and soon, we were at the lake. We went on to see the lake and everyone decided to go on to play and swim. Back to the bus, we changed our dress and got into shorts and ran towards the lake. All entered water but I just stopped at the border and continued playing cricket. After some time, all the water drenched people got me also into the lake. We played there for quite a long time. Ball cathcing, ball snatching, back diving in a group, competing to see how long can we stay in the water, etc. went on. I was happy to see that I have not forgotten swimming. It has been over 5 years that I have entered water. Way back in 2003, when I was in 12th standard, I was swimming at my school. And from then, I never did that. Whenever I thought of swimming in these 5 years, I felt as though I have forgotten it. But then, I realized that I am still able to swim. Some boys tried to enter the girls group but were kicked off by them

We had to leave as we had to reach Bengaluru in time. Soon, we had a change and a cup of coffee and got on to the bus for the return journey. All bodies were tired and the enrgy was definitely sucked out in the day. Nothing much was going to excite in the return journey. I occupied a front seat to eat well and sleep well. In fact, we had good food too organized in the afternoon. Yet, hunger had striked back too quick. There was some fun that continued on the back seats with Binit which I got know later. Let me not reveal what fun it was

I defintely have to mention that these were some good moments in life that I am going to cherish for a long time to come. Further, here is round of applause for the organizers- Raghu, Naveen, Meenu, Raju and everyone who added so much value into this day by joining us. And not to forget Naveen who ensured that he takes me along, no matter what comes

And for those who missed out, I really feel sorry as they missed out a big oppotunity to have fun and add more value into friendship. And perhaps, God did not want to see my name on this list

Friday, 19 September 2008

Shivanasamudra tour plans...

The weekend plans have begun quicker than ever. Plans are up to go for a tour to a place called Shivanansamudra. Though almost the entire class is going, I have kept my fingers crossed due to some genuine reasons

We have begun with the new book, namely, Corporate & International Banking (CIB). Today, the topic dealing with Foreign Exchange has begun. In Finacle, we have covered all transactions relating to Demand Drafts. In RB-II, we had a detailed learning about Retail Credit

Signing off for the day

Thursday, 18 September 2008

MT-4 too gets over...

We all have got through the 4th monthly test conducted on Retail Banking-I. It was a competitive one and no one could cross a score of 90%. However, everyone had a fair performance

Nothing interesting happening either in life or at work or at IFBI. Just the same old life. There are certain personal difficulties that keep pumping into my way regularly. I'm kind of habituated to them

Signing off for the day

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

50th Day at IFBI Bengaluru...

Today, we complete 50 working days at IFBI. Its been a great life with a lot of learning all through. Officially, we are supposed to undergo 72 days (working days) of training. So, we are through with about 70% of the course

Signing off for the day

Monday, 15 September 2008

ISAS Presentations by PGDFPRM Students...

Today was dedicated for the ISAS presentations by PGDFPRM students. The topics that were given to them were to compare ICICI Securities with various other competitors, viz, HDFC Securities, Kotak Securities & Reliance Money. There were 3 teams, each making the comparisions with each company. It was a good show by all of them. There was lot of fun. The spotlight was Nikitha having a blast during the show. In fact, everyone kept teasing her on someone's name. We hardly listened to what was being told

Signing off for the day

Friday, 12 September 2008

Chocolates flow on...

On the occassion of Onam, Meenu began the day by distributing choclates to everyone. And we also had some chocolates from Rahul sir on the occasion of his daughter's birthday. We have been having a lot of chocolates for different reasons

Today's news review was presented by Ajeya. It was a good show by him

Another weekend has begun. The HDFC Bank interviews have been put on hold for the moment. Things are appearing a little bleak. I really do not know what is waiting ahead

Signing off for the day

Thursday, 11 September 2008

The Bank of Bengaluru...

Today was a cool day with some activities assigned to us. The first one was to discuss about various alternate channels of banking and discuss their features, benefits, limitations, cost involved, etc. It was a nice show by everyone. I was preoccupied with some hassles in relation with my education loan. So, I was not able to give 100% into the same

Then, we had an activity where we were supposed to build a bank premises using the toy items. As children, a lot of us might have used those building blocks to create various structures. Similarly, we did this activity of setting up the bank premises. We were divided in 3 groups. And after a lot of effort, we were able to create a good bank premises. And our group got the first position

And the most important part of it is the name of our bank. We called it, The Bank of Bengaluru

The news review was presented by Maruti and he did a good job

Signing off for the day

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

News Reviews begin with a bang...

The highlight of the day is the beginning of new activity, namely, News Reviews. This activity is concerned with reading of newspapers and presenting the same on the next day to the class. It was suggested by the IFBI Academic Head who met us on Monday. And now, it has been identified as a better alternative to Daily Class Reviews presented all these days. There is more interest and the body language too speaks high

Further, Binit did a good job by kickstarting the activity with a great presentation giving a perfect show. The activity got the start it deserved. I am sure, it will have a great impact and success in days to come

Signing off for the day

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Classes, classes and classes...

The classes are on and on. Our syallabus is moving fast. In a few days, we will be completing RB-II as well as Finacle. Further, we will be left with another 2 subjects. Our next Monthly Test will be on 17th of this month. Preparations towards the same are to begin soon. The test will be on RB-I

Signing off for the day

Monday, 8 September 2008

IFBI Academic Head visits IFBI Bengaluru...

The highlight for the day was our interaction with the Academic Head of IFBI. He is a person with a vast amount of industry experience. We had a good time interacting with him. He gave us some information and asked everyone to be serious about studies and perform well at the interview. Suggestions for improvement were asked. A feedback too was was taken. He also cross checked our knowledge by asking various academic questions. One very good point brought out was that we were unable to remember the most basic points of banking. We had a perfect understanding. However, things did not come out of the mouth as they should have come. Further, we all tend to concentrate on higher level knowledge and rememeber everything about it and also tend to ignore the basics. Though we have a perfect understanding, a perfect explanation too is needed to express our understanding. A wrong explanation represents a misunderstanding

Today, we had the RB and Finacle classes. We had a detailed study on ATM as a channel migration tool was discussed. An activity too was conducted where in the customer's card has been misused and he comes out to fire the bank officials for his loss. The ways to handle such issues were addressed. Security measures and precautions to be taken by the customer as well as the banker were discussed in full length

Today's review was given by Saurav and there is nothing much to tell as he did not tell anything either. Jokes are OK but not at the cost of people who are spending their time to achieve something with seriousness

Signing off for the day

Breezer... Is it alchoholic...

Recently, I had been to a restaurant for a small party that was hosted by Shekar, a great achiever at my business team. Mac and Sagar were also present. That was Nandhini restaurant on St Marks Road. The restaurant is just opposite our team office. The Nandhini group has a chain of restaurants across the city and is a famous place. The treat came as a surprise to me. It was just the next day of me joining the business. While making the order, I was asked if I drink. I said no. I even said that I am a pure vegetarian. I said I am OK with pepsi or slice or something like that. Suddenly, Shekar came up with an idea of ordering a Canberra Breezer for me and him. I never heard of it before. I was confused. But then, I was told that it is a juice that contains a very negligible amount of alchohol. I was still confused. And then, he said that alchohol is even used as a tasting material in gobi manchuris. So, it was not that alchohol is bad. It all depends on volume. And even I knew the fact that alcohol is used in preparing gobi manchuris. And yes, I was convinced. Confused and convinced. In no time, it was before me. I had a sip hesistatingly. And then, I felt it like a juice only and I went on with it

Be it whatever, I liked it and may be, I will go for some more whenever I wish to

Some regular activities of life...

In Bengaluru, a lot of changes have been added in life. And these changes have become a part and parcel of my life now. Let me just review on these and see how this life has added value to my living. Let me also analyse in what way I am on the losing end

An added advantage of a fast life is that you get up early in the morning. The race is on everytime and so, you need to be at par in this. So, irrespective of what time you go to bed, you get up early. I am habituated to be up by 6 am now. While in Hubli, my sleep time was too fluctuating. I used to get up at 4 am and even at 10 am. Now, there is some balance in respect of this

Another thing for which I am very happy is that I go to the temple every morning. In Hubli too, I always pray to God at home as soon as I have bath. I thought this will not be possible once I am here. But then, I have made it possible. There is a Ganesh Temple, Navagrahadevata Temple, Mariyamma Temple, Shiva Temple and many more near my room. And I go to the Ganesh Temple every morning. Occassionally, I also go to other temples

In the day, I keep doing a lot of activities realted to every field of work I am involved in. Time has been moving good. And each is used efficiently. Unlike life in Hubli where there would be a lot of time wastage, I can see a better time use here. I usually dont have breakfast as I am in a rush in the morning. I take a plate of chappattis for lunch. And a plate of rice for dinner. But in the course of day, I usually keep having a lot of food like samosas, chats, etc as and when I feel hungry. Recently, I read that having food 5-6 times a day in smaller quantities increases metabolism and adds to health

I am spending a good amount of time towards the newly taken up venture of retail marketing opportunity. Its a wonderful area to work and things are moving pretty good for now

A lot of friends have been getting in touch and a lot of new friends have been added to life. One very important point here is that the entire community is interested in growth and development in life. Unlike Hubli, no one is bothered about all silly things in life. Its all very crystal clear, clean and straight forward. Further, this doesnt mean that people will hurt you. In fact, its the other way round. There is such a good and healthy relationship that builds up here. It is fair competition that happens here. And each time there is an argument, it is taken very sportively. People are matured enough to understand things. For example, I keep arguing with Siddu and Anand sir every moment. But then, not even once has it hurt them nor me. The reason is that our focus is on solving the problem that has popped up. We never take the words personally. And when we have such a matured appreach, we easily get the solution. However, at Hubli, we usually add more problems to the existing problem. Even when I asked people to concentrate on the problem and solve it, people would only make an effort to either ignore it or to run away or escape from it. But, how long? It would crop up again another day and keep spoiling things

I am glad that people are much matured, understanding and more willing to solve problems rather than create a foul cry on them

Thats how life should be

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Swings always excite on extremes...

Swinging takes you to take extremes and gets you back to a balancing position in a few moments. And again, you are sent to another extreme. Similar is my story where balance hardly stays. I always keep swining from one thing to another. And for a swinger like me, 24 hours a day is something insufficient

I have been meeting a lot of people and sharing my business ideas with them. It includes a good number of Ajeets, friends, acquaintances and others. People have been appreciating this business model and have started to benefit themselves from this. I have started to give more time to the business and slowly, LIC business is on a slack. Hmmm... Actually speaking, LIC business has been on a total slack from August 14 2007. That was the day when LIC Money Plus was withdrawn. And soon, I had Youth Festival competitions and Teachers's Day Celebration at college which made me too busy. Further, as it was a final year at college, I was too involved in all other activities. And personal life, home life, time with friends, etc drew off a lot of time. And soon, the 6th and final semester exams came up. And after that, I made a serious decison of getting back to LIC business. And the efforts are on. However, slowly, the concentration is shifting over to other business opportunities

I have been working too late and too long. I have been reaching home by 12 am, 1 am and so on. The beginning, at least, has been a rock show with a big team joining in the first week itself. Now, I need to ensure that this team grows. There are a lot of things I have been thinking upon. Further, my team too is coming with innovative ideas like a 45 day plan, etc. We have even set up our own team office

Some difficulties are definitely on. One of the major one being the washing of clothes. Its a tedious job that has been taking a toll on me. And yeah, recently, my blanket, mobile charger, towel, soaps were stolen. Hmmm... Not exactly stolen. Our maid thought that I have left the room and gone back to Hubli and so, she took them all to her home. On being asked, she was afraid and she told that she has not seen anything. I told her in a cool and calm manner that these are daily use items and it creates a lot of problem when these are not there. So, I requested her to return them. I also told her that I will not tell anyone and she can just keep them and go

Surprisingly, the next day, the blanket was back. And today, the mobile charger is back. I await for the towel and soaps to come back now. Great fun is on

Will post more soon

Friday, 5 September 2008

Good Bye MT3... Good Morning Teachers...

The 3rd test began early at 8.30 am and we all were through it by 9.30 am. It was a supercool test. Adequate preparation and effort was put in and the results too were good. I was able to score well

After the test, the surprise celebration of Teachers' Day began. we invited all the faculty members and began with a presentation that thanked them and their efforts in moulding and adding value to our lives. The next program was a quiz on general awareness of common things in life. It was a great fun. The questions included very small and minute things like the names of students, number of computers, number of questions in a test, etc. They had great fun. And then, we had an activity where the participant will be blindfolded and he will have to put a bindi on the forehead on the woman's picture drawn on the board. Venkat sir put it in the hair, Lakshminarayana sir almost reached the forehead, Rahul sir put it on the eyes, Nagesh sir too reached somewhere near and under my perfect misguidance, Bala sir, who had almost put it on the right place went on to put it on the lips. That was real great fun. Further, all were amazed and astonaished when Praveen sir perfectly hit the right spot in moments. We had another competition of putting the thread into the needle. And the quickest in this was Rahul sir

We also had a cake cut by the teachers. We had some snacks and cool drinks too. Soon, we slipped into entertainment session. I presented a laughter challenge kind of a thing where I imitated all the students as to how they will lead their life as bankers. It was heartfully loved by all and everyone laughed to their fullest. I was very happy that I was able to make so many people laugh and enjoy their lives. In fact, I am a very serious kind of a person and me doing this role was a real surprise. We had a song from Sameer and Ruchi. And soon, I too presented a song from Race, 'Pehli Nazar Mein'. Nobody, including me, knew that I was a good singer. Seeing all this, Lakshminarayana sir got inspired to present a song and that was great too

In the end, everyone was overwhelmed by the kind of celebration we had and was really satisfying and it made everyone feel happy and good

Seeing all this, our centre head did not keep quiet. She too ordered for a cake and celebrated the day in the honor of all the teachers. That was another great fun. We requested her to sing a song. And there was a great refusal. But the request went so deep, strong and forceful that she finally came out with "Chaahe tum kuchh na kaho maine sun liya, Ki saathi pyaar ka mujhe chun liya" and we continued "Pehla nasha, Pehla khumaar, Naya pyaar hai naya intezaar, Kar loon main kya apna haal, Aye dil-e-bekaraar, Mere dil-e-bekaraar, Tu hi bata"

And then, our personal entertainment session began. There was some good music and some great dancing to its tunes. I sat down & relaxed. While I was sitting, my mind traced back those beautiful moments of Teacher's Day celebration at SSBJ & JGCC. They were some great moments. All in all, it went on well and it was a great day. Yes, The weekend has begun

Signing off for the day

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Ganesh Chaturthi days...

Yesterday was a holiday on the holy occassion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is a big festival for me. We celebrate it in a great way. It is one of the very important festivals. There were numerous calls from home to join them for the celebrations. But then, I did not feel like going as I do not have any reason to celebrate. I will definitely go for a celebration once I have the offer letter in my hand. Till then, let me wait. I feel sorry for I was not able to fulfill the wishes of my parents. In fact, there is a big joys in these small things. What parents need is not our job or money, they need love, care and affection more than anything else. But situations always play a different game in life

Today was a good day. We had a Finacle class where we covered Stop Payment Processing. And after that we had a practice session. And the day was off as we had to prepare for the test tomorrow

We had some discussions in relation to celebration of Teachers' Day function too. It is going to be a surprise package. I have been put into the Food Department by the host and hostess, viz, Naveen Koganti and Meenu 

Signing off for the day

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

PCSS revisions...

Today was devoted for the preparation for the PCSS test on friday. There was a revision and some important topics were discussed. Some important questions too were discussed. After that, we had some plans for Sep 5, a small photo session, some good punting, etc. Further, we are going for some work today after the class. Finacle too is moving on well

Tomorrow is a holiday on the auspicious occassion of Ganesh Chaturthi. We will be back on thursday

Signing off for the day

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Retail Banking II takes off...

We have begun a new subject now, i.e., the second part of Retail Banking. It includes syllabus pertaining additional services offered by banks like Bancassurnch,ance, Demat, etc in great details

I was too busy on saturday and sunday with excessive workload. I am happy that I was able to successfully accomplish these. I am sure, we will be going a great way in the new tasks that have begun

RB-I has been completed and we have begun with RB-II. The Teachers' Day Celebrations preparations are also on the route

After lunch, I came back and went through the PCSS sample paper for the upcoming examinations

Signing off for the day

Monday, 1 September 2008

Life going the hard way...

Life has been moving across a hard path from a long time. Its taking a lot of work, effort and the pain being suffered is immense. The pressure is high and is increasing with each passing moment. There is so much to do and so less time. Success, unfortunately, is going away from life
A lot of effort is going towards RMP too. On saturday and sunday, I had devoted the entire 48 hours for this. There was a lot that happened on saturday. However, nothing happened on sunday

This week, I met Veeresh Kamat, Girish Bagewadi, Madhusudan Rao after a long time and it was a good. I even met Prashant Metri. Siddu and Anand sir are always there

The most surprising moment was with Prashant Patil. I was speaking with Siddu and Anand sir about inviting him. And then, Siddu just told me that if I do not invite him, someone else will do that. And then, we were packing back home. Siddu went to the loo. And I took out my cell to give a call to Prashant. And this is one of the greatest miracles I saw in life. Prashant was just before me. I just could not believe it. Speechless, I ran back to call Siddu. But then, Pacchu was waving hand to me. I again decided to go and meet Pacchu. And yes, he was invited by someone else. Siddu came and he was also dumbstruck. A real miracle

Tough life. Washing clothes has become another real challenge. All this week's clothes were pending for a wash. And I reached home at 10 pm yesterday compared to 11.30 pm on Saturday. Helpless, I had to wash the clothes. Else, I would have a big trouble through the week. I did that upto 11.30 pm. And its really tough

Life is taking a lot of twists and turns every moment. What is true now is not at all even applicable to the next moment. I am really confused as to where at least is this path heading towards. But then, I have faith in the God. Whatever he does, he does it for our good. Whatever pain I am experience now might be a punishment for something wrong that I have done or it might also be that all my future pains are getting cleared now itself so that I can life a happy future

Lets await and see where God leads life to