From then to now ..... the journey
13th Jan 2005.
That was the date of my last post on this blog. That was a good year and a half ago. So much has happened in my life from then till now. If i remember correctly, 13th Jan 2005 was midway through my 3rd term in IIMB.
3 more terms, 1 summer internship, 1 fall internship, a final recruitment process and a dream job later, here I am!!!
So much has heppened in my life since that date.
2.5 months trying to sell Ice Cream was a fanatastic learning experience for me. It is rather ironic that the company where i interned is now gonna be my biggest competitor, but thats the way the river flows I guess. Had a great time there with 2 awesome ppl from A and C, both of whom have done very well for themselves since then. None of the 3 of us actually joined HLL after that project. I dont know abt the other 2 but I took grt pleasure in turning down Levers in finals for my dream job with their biggest competitor. More on that later.
Man. I was going through my earlier posts and I read the one on the 2nd term. well let me say this. term 2 was nothing compared to term 4. After a dissapointing grade in term 3 coz of a major butt raping in macro eco I put hajaar fight in term 4 to boost my CG. Man I actually went over 20 nights without sleeping this term so that I could turn in perfect reports. the term didnt quite go as well as I wanted it to but did manage to boost my CG a bit.
If someone tells you that he had a tough term 5 in IIMB then you should probably laugh on his face. lets face it, when the CG doesnt count, why should the term be tough? Well when you have a fall internship with DBS, india's biggest b school fest to organize, projects and assignments in virually all the 6 subjects you choose (you cant fail after all) and other personal problems, it all adds up to one fucked up term. Those 3 months was the closest I ever got to depression. As I look back, Im kinda happy that what heppened happened. Coz Im sure that life can never get as bad as it did in those 3 months ever again. As I look back at that time, I wish I had turned to my close friends for help. Heck I wish I had done a lot of other things as well. I guess hindsight is a luxury that one does not have when he is in deep shit after all.
The culmination of the past 2 years. Dreams are realized or shattered at this time of the year. This is what everything at a B School boils down to: placements. Let me cut a long story short. That 12th of March, 2006 was the greatest day of my life (after 7th May 2004, when I got my IIMB admit). I had 3 goals as I entered 8th standard.
IIT didnt happen. It only hardened my resolve to make the other 2 happen. May 7th, 2004 was the day I realized my goal of making it to IIMB. After a 99.8% I would have been fucking pissed if AB or C didnt happen. But B did and I expereiced the 2 best years of my life. And that 12th of March, 2006 , dream 3 also came true, as Proceter & Gamble made me an offer to join their Marketing function as an Asst. Brand Manager in the Singapore office.
It gave me great pleasure to walk over to the Campus Recruiting manager at HLL, with whom I had a PPI interview scheduled for later that evening, and tell him that I will not be interviewing with them. SOunds wierd aint it? After all, it was my summers company. Lets just say that it was personal ..... very personal.
Well 18 months since my last post. Lot has happened since then. Went through the toughest challenges of my life over the last 6 months. But in the end, as I sit here on my bed, and type this post out at 2 am in the morning, a small smile crosses my face. Im so fucking happy :)