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Random October 30, 2010

Posted by Karan in Personal.

Life is a bitch. In a poll, possibly a widely held opinion would be that it’s so with them. It’s true, isn’t it? Boss not reasonable, pressure from all quarters, struggles everywhere. You work for something, expect the results and they don’t come- You see your neighbour win, and the feel the blood being sucked out of your limbs.

Sometimes, it looks like all of the environs want their retribution for a crime un-attributable to you. Sometimes, even tearing a part of your soul and channelizing it is not enough of an effort. Sometimes, you seem to be in the accusatory hot pot for all the good intentions you had. Sometimes, nobody seems to understand you and the sacrifice you make. Sometimes, the hurt sucks you to an extend that even the tears refuse to flow. Sometimes, you feel like running away from the ones who understand and love you the most.

Sometimes, you just want to give up. After all, is it freaking worth it? Is there something for you in there? Anything at all? For if your closest ones do not sympathize with your efforts, should you carry on? Are all those sacrifices being counted? Aren’t you messing up your life? After all, even the river does not flow till the Sun recognizes the snow clad mountains.

In such a situation, it is amazing what an innocent “Thank You” can do to your soul. It is soothing to see the respect you might have earned, if just in a limited arena. It is divine to talk to yourself and realize that this was your calling.

Cheers, to the amazing feeling called life!

F.A.Q June 12, 2009

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I have shamelessly picked this up from Neha’s blog, because I have nothing better to do 🙂

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
I am looking like a bear and need to get a shave.

2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
253 bucks.

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?

4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
My sis.

5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
Smack that by Akon.

6. What are you wearing right now?
Shorts and tee.

7. Do you label yourself?
Nah. Karan is good.

8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?
Lee Cooper, Reebok and Hush Puppies.

9. Bright or Dark Room?
Dark. Anyday.

10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
Neha: Came across her blog while blogging through PagalGuy. It’s a nice blog.

11. What does your watch look like?
Fast Track. Typically sporty.

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?

13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
“Dude.. wassup?”

14. What’s a word that you say a lot?
Ok. Cool. Alright. Hello. Damn. F.

15. Who told you he/she loved you last? (please exclude spouse , family, children)
A friend. Wont name the person here.

16. Last furry thing you touched?
A dog. Just yesterday.

17. Favorite age you have been so far?
This age.

18. What was the last thing you said to someone?
You suck.

19. The last song you listened to?
Seventeen: The Sex Pistols.

20. Where did you live in 1987?

21. Are you jealous of anyone?

22. Is anyone jealous of you?
Yeah again.

23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
The sacred thread on my hand, my chain and my attitude.

24. What’s your favorite town/city?
Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
Four years back, to my parents.

26. Can you change the oil on a car?
Damn it. No.

27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
Have no idea where she is 🙂

28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
Yeah. Took Hepatitis shots yesterday on my arm and it HURTS!

29. What is your current desktop picture?
A photo of my cirlce (Trailblazers).

30. Have you been burnt by love?
What sort of a question is that? Course no 😀

I tag Himank, Maruti, Aniket, Sharat, Daka, Sanrag, BitGeek, Namrata, Ankit, Rohit, Sashidhar, Arctic Monkey, Kulbir. Most of the others never care, but do buzz me if you need a tag 😀

Top Playlist March 12, 2009

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Music is always in the air. Here, I am trying to get a feel of the taste of what people are listening to besides getting them to lift their bums out of their chairs and blog.

Here’s the top 10 playlist according to playcount. Playcount number in brackets. Thank you Windows Media Player!

1 ) Latika’s theme – Slumdog Millionaire (52)
2 ) Guzarish – Ghajini (43)
3 ) Aankh Micholi – Dev D (37)
4 ) High Hopes – Pink Floyd (35)
5 ) Crystal Planet – Joe Satriani (34)
6 ) Jaane Kyun – Dostana (31)
7 ) Masakali – Delhi 6 (30)
8 ) Nayan Tarse – Dev D (29)
9 ) O… Saya – Slumdog Millionaire (28)
10 ) Californication – RHCP (27)

I tag Himank, Aniket, Ankit Garg, Kunal, Daka, Tifosi, Ghost Runner, Obelix, Zenwalker, Gaganpreet, Bhargava, Sashidhar, Neuron, Deepti, Prateek, Namrata, Saini, Kulbir, Shark, Arctic Monkey, Sid Chandra, Mythalez

PS: Anyone else want’s a tag? Please ping me, I’ll add it 😀

IIM-I gdpi experience February 13, 2009

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X (CBSE) – 91.6%
XII (CBSE) – 91.2%
Undergrad- B.Tech CSE (IIIT Hyd)
GPA – 8.43

Work-Ex: Nil

CAT %ile:
DI : 84.92
Quant : 99.88
Verbal : 99.18
Aggregate : 99.86

Others: Lots of extra curriculars- quizzes, debates, cricket, blog, writing for newspaper and college mag, blog, organising events etc.

Date and Place: 13/2/2009 (8:30 AM), Hyderabad.

GD: Find it here

The GD was a fish market for the first 10 mins and quite peaceful after that. I think I did quite well. I started the GD and gave it a direction, pitched in a lot of times and gave quite a few original points. I was satisfied with my performance. 🙂

I was the first one to be interviewed. Lets call the professors P1 and P2.
Ask for permission to enter the room and sit. Wish them.

P1: So Karan, How’r you doing?
Me: Fine sir, Thank you.
P1: So you’r doing your B.Tech?
Me: Yes sir.
P1: You want to shift to management?
Me: Yes sir.
P1: Why?
Me: Sir, I think the possibility of leading and guiding businesses excites me. It’ll give me high levels of accountability and responsibility which I cherish. I believe that I am a natural leader and have in me to give vision and lead the fortunes of a company. In the future, I would also like to set up my own venture.
P1: What are the qualities which make a good leader? Why do you call yourself a good leader?
Me: Sir, a leader should have qualities like 1) visionary (elaborated) 2) good himself (elaborated) 3) inspirational (elaborated).
Then spoke about how I fulfill these qualities. How I was elected coordinator for my college fest, a 1.5 million INR event. Then spoke about the challenges I faced during the fest and how I handled them 😀
P1: What is network security?
Me: Talked about the definition of network security and what are the different types of security issues: 1) impersonation (elaborated) 2) interception (elaborated) 3) viruses.
P1: How do you make sure that a network is secure?
Me: Talked about asymmetric and symmetric cryptographic algorithms. Elaborated on the differences between the two, which is used in which situation and why.
P1: But are they effective? Whatever is available in the market today?
Me: To a fair extend sir. Then I spoke about RSA, RC4, DES, SDES, AES and how they are being used today.
P1: Then what is a virus?
Me: Sir a code written to make sure that the computer program performs in an ineffective way.
P1: Can you name a famous virus?
Me: Sir, Y2K..
P1: (Cuts me) No no..
Me: Sir, the “I love you” virus. It was started in Thailand in 2000. (elaborated)
P1: Ok. Now tell me something about database management systems.
Me: Spoke about what is db and dbms. Then spoke about issues facing a database, distributed databases, database admin’s role etc.
P1: What is a relational database?
Me: Defined.
P1: Ok.

Now P2 takes over

P2: What is globalization?
Me: Spoke about the definition, the types of globalization- economic, cultural, social etc. Elaborated on each.. Gave examples like western culture affecting countries in Asia etc.
P2: What are the types of economic globalizations?
Me: Sir 1) Trade , imports and exports (elaborated) 2) FDI, when a company invests (elaborated) 3) Joint ventures between companies.. Gave the example of Vodafone Essar. 4) Acquisitions.. (elaborated) Tata-Corus acquisition.
P2: How many people in India below the poverty line.
Me: Sir, according to one dollar a day definition around 30%.
P2: What is the FDI cap in telecom in India?
Me: 74% sir.
P2: Banking?
Me: (Hmmm.. 49 ki 74?): Sir 49%.
P2: Insurance?
Me: Sir its been raised to 49% by the cabinet.
P2: Asked about some economic term.
Me: No idea, sir.

Back to P1

P1: Karan, what do you know about IIM Indore?
Me: Spoke about the vision of IIM Indore- thought leadership, world class entrepreneurs, managerial excellence, social awareness etc. Then spoke about the logo of IIM Indore, what it mean etc. Also told that it started in 1998. Spoke about integrity, excellence etc.
(All smiles)
P1: (smiling) So you’ve gone through the site?
Me: Yes sir.
P1: What did you find special about IIM Indore?
Me: Sir, the fact that it stresses and fosters thought leadership. It is in sync with the vision in life I have for myself. Spoke about how I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I also spoke about Iris, and the other fests of IIM Indore. 😀
(All smiles again)
P1: Do you know someone in IIM Indore?
Me: Yes sir and named him. Spoke about Indore 360 the mentor system and how it has helped me.
P1: Why have you been moving from one state to another?
Me: Spoke about how family moved from Ranchi to Vizag for personal reasons, then about why I moved to Puttaparthi (spoke about Satya Sai Baba) for my 10th and 12th, then about why I dropped a year for JEE, then about my engineering in Hyderabad.
P1: Asked about something like
Me: No idea sir.
P1: Ok. What does your dad do?
Me: Sir, business.
P1: What business?
Me: Answered.

Both look at each other.
“Ok thank you, Karan. Please take your certificates”.
Me: Thank you sir. Good day sir.

Overall, the profs were pretty cool. Enjoyed my first GDPI experience.

My Googling Stats January 30, 2009

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I thank Zenwalker for tagging me 😀



1 ) Account created only in July
2 ) Sleep hours around 1-7
3 ) Afternoon sleep at around 3
4 ) Peak activity at 5-8 in the evening and 9-1 in the morning
5 ) Search activity down in October and November, when I was preparing for CAT
6 )Search activity at its peak in December, when I was preparing for placements
7 )Search activity low on Sundays.
8 )Search activity highest on Tuesdays, in fact much higher than other days. Thats probably when I relalise that Sunday is over 😛

Now I tag:
Mythalez, Kunal, Ankit Garg, Aakanksha, Deepti, Pankaj, Sambhav, Daka, Aniket, Arctic Monkey, Sainani, Siddharth Chandra, Rohit.
(Anybody else wants to write? Just ping me, I’ll add the tag 😀 )

Bangalore 2008 July 17, 2008

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Summer ’08. Will remember these months forever! Had never imagined that I’d land up with an internship in Microsoft.. And the last couple of months at Bangalore have been as good as they come. Here’re ten memories (in no particular order) that I’ll take back from Bangalore.

1 ) Foosball. We’ve spent hours on this lovely game. Just listening to the sweet sound of the ball hitting the post spurs me on. We’re ready to take on Joey and Chandler now!

2 ) Pagare-Paro-Khatri-Piyush-Saurabh-Prateek. Ah.. What a blast we’ve had. Some memories which stay etched forever. For people who didn’t know this, Piyush is Hilarious (note the capital H) when he gets going. We’ve had nights when we never stopped laughing. Khatri, as usual was his unassuming best, and the victim- poor Paro 😛

3 ) Ooty and Mysore. Undoubtedly, the best trip I’ve ever had. My initial resistance against missing the mock broke down, thanks to the persuasive skills of Khatri. And I don’t regret that wee bit. The all night road trip, where no one slept, the RJ show, the cold I’d caught, the freezing temperatures, the game we played.. Ahh… Life’s good, ain’t it?

4 ) Polo Nest and the breakfast we’ve had there. Needless to mention, Microsoft pampers its employees like no one does. The exorbitant guest house and its breakfast was a part of the story. Those 15 days where we’d pinch ourselves every day, unable to digest the fact that we were being treated like kings.

5 ) July 12th. My birthday 🙂 My friends made it all the more special for me by gifting me a terrific Fastrack watch. Thank you, Pagare, Khatri, Paro and Prateek.

6 ) Work at Microsoft. We’re nearly done. Hurray!

7 ) Brigade road. Every Saturday, we’d reach the road and hang out like crazy. Watch movies, go bowling, eat out. Gosh! Some weekends we’ve had. It’s when you are working that you realize the true value of weekends.

8 ) CAT. And the mocks we’ve given on Sundays. Has to find a mention.

9 ) Gudbud. For every damn thing, we’de bet on this fantastic icecream. One of the better Sundaes I’ve had.

10 ) WonderLaa. How Prateek and I conquered every ride. How Khatri, who was trying to intimidate poor Pagare, got bludgeoned himself.

All in all, a fantastic summer ’08. Looking forward to getting back to college now!

Darna Zaroori Hai. February 28, 2008

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Gaurav has tagged me to write the shortest tag post ever- “What I fear the most”. Well, there are quite a few things which’ll fall into that category, but I guess the first which comes to my mind right now is losing my beloved ones. I know its clichéd and boring but it’s also awfully true. What if I wake up one fine day and find myself alone in this world? Horrible. Another thing which I can think of is the fear of letting down people. By the way, both these fears together seem like an endorsement of Gaurav’s worst fear “people forgetting me”. Well that’s how humans are- however deep a loner you may be, your friends and loved ones are important! For most people. Oh, yeah, I also have this lump in my throat when I set out trying to achieve or do something big. “What if it doesn’t succeed?” It’s something which I find discomfiting and unpleasant. For example, the tiny bit of fear in my heart amidst all the positive vibes before Felicity ’08 were to start. Can get unsettling, I say!

I tag:
Aakanksha, Ankit Garg, Aniket, Bhargava, Gopal, Kulbir, Maruti, Namrata, Pankaj, Prateek, Rama sir, Rohith, Teja

Tag time February 21, 2008

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Ankit Garg had tagged me long back. Am using this post as my comeback vehicle to blogosphere 🙂

A-Age: 21

B-Band listening to right now: Rage against the machine (awesome rap core)

C-Career: Entrepreneurship

D-Drink or Smoke: Nopes

E-Easiest friends to talk to: Lots of ’em

F-Funniest moment of your life: Not in the mood to rackle my brains.

G-Gummy bears or gummy worms: What the hell are they?

H-Have a girlfriend: Nopes

I-In love: Nopes

J-Junk food you like: Nearly everything.. btw, I dont support them being called junk

K-Kids: No again 😛

L-Longest ride ever: Vizag-Surat. A 36 hour train delayed by 15 hours..

M-Man/woman you love the most: Got to be papa and mummy.

N-Names for your kids: wtf?

O-One wish you have now: To get into the mind of whoever I want to and see what they think about me!

P-Phobias: None

Q-Quote (favorite): “Live and let live”

R-Reasons to smile: My life.. It totally rocks! In every damned sense.

S-Sleeping hours: Not fixed.

T-Time you woke up: 7:30 AM

U-Unknown fact about you: I dont know whether I believe in romantic love or not.

V-Vegetable you hate: Karela.. Is there anyone who’s written anything else?

W-Worst habit: Having people at the receiving end of my terrible mood swings.

X-X-rays you’ve had: Hands and legs

Y-Yummy foods: Junk, dal-bati-churma, mithai, ma ka khana 🙂

Z-Zodiac sign: C’mon. Cancer, the best.

I tag everyone who’s reading this and hasn’t been tagged as yet.

An Open Letter – To Sis August 29, 2007

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Dear sis,
One more Rakhi gone by without you with me. The sixth in a row. I’ve kinda got used to it. It was just another day with one of my friends tying all those rakhis to me. But you know what, after speaking to you in the evening, I felt different.

I went for a walk in the evening, and all those memories came rushing by. Those pillow fights, those complaints to mummy, those sharing of goodies, everything. I still remember the day you bit me 😛 . And yeah, the day when I emptied the toys’ basket on you. Of course, how can I forget those blackmails 😉 Those days when we played, and I was always made the ‘doodhwala’. Ah, how I miss it all now. I’m sure that you do the same! It’s great that we’r just a year apart from each other. It made growing up with you all the more fun (and irritating sometimes!)

But sis, as an elder brother, I’ve somehow never said this to you. There were times when we had a brawl, clashed, bit, beat, complained and what not. But amidst everything, I’ll take this opportunity to tell something which I’ve never done before, I love you sis. These are true feelings right from my heart, and I’ll always be there for you. I just wanted to tell you (not that you didn’t know it before) that you have nothing to fear while I’m around. And now that I’ve done so, I feel much better.

Hey, get a Tee of your choice from my side.

Your bro.

Life Moves On… June 6, 2007

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I rushed out of the hall and felt a whiff of fresh air. Finally, I was going home, and yeah, could be called half an engineer now! I rushed to my room for the all-so-heavy-and-boring ritual of packing. Well, it could hardly be called packing, as I just dumped my clothes and stuff into the bag. The clothes were finally moving out of the chair, and things that I had assumed lost were making way into my hands. I had to rush, as the train was just a couple of hours away, and the station far. Metallica made the arduous job easier, keeping me entertained.
College life was great, but it was good to get away from the campus once in a while. Especially after the fourth semester. The last few days were all too hectic. The rituals of assignments and exams could sap a lot out of you. Of course, the campus was vibrant and friends great, but I needed a breather. I was looking forward to rushing home to the aroma of freshly cooked cakes and paneer. I was looking to lazing around for hours. I was looking forward to those lovely family outings. And ah, I was looking forward to meeting my old chums! Hadn’t it been quite some time? There were some really good friends whom I was to meet after a gap of more than a couple of years.
I set up a meeting with him that evening. I was seeing him after such a long gap. I had imagined that it would have been lovely. I was looking forward to it. But a few minutes into the conversation, it was probably not to be. The whole home experience was different. His talks did not interest me any more, and vice versa. It looked so bloody mechanical and monotonous. I somehow got through those few minutes. Wasn’t it not too long ago that we were the closest of pals? We knew everything about each other, and spent the best of times. We could have done anything for each other. We left with tears in our eyes, and promised to stay the same way forever. But things changed… He went his was and I, mine. What had gone wrong? Why didn’t we get along well now? Why, why, why…
As I think about this, I feel a twinge of pain in my heart. However, then I come to the realization, and as they say, Life Moves On…