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The truth about IT cats & dogs

There are two kinds of engineering students in India — the cats whom all companies run after, and the underdogs, who are running after the companies. The cats usually bag the cool jobs which pay you well, send you abroad and keep you far far away from sweaty industrial shopfloors. 55,000 such cats found employment with the likes of Infosys, ...

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Of Indian brains and medicine

There are two kinds of people: those who see reality and those who flee reality. If professional waters are choppy, the realist takes note and adjusts the sails. Or chooses on an alternate way to reach his destination. The escapist believes that knowing there is bad weather is of no use since it can’t be changed. Members of this tribe ...

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Can you afford an education loan?

While the oil mafia tried to entice him with bribes to turn a blind eye on fuel adulteration, murdered IOC sales manager S Manjunath refused to waver in the line of duty, despite his own financial constraints.’ A poignant story printed in The Indian Express reveals that, of his modest monthly salary of Rs 25,000, Manjunath was paying Rs 10,100 ...

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The truth about Indian schools

Today is my soon-to-be six-year old daughter’s first day at school. Or is it her last day of childhood? My heart is heavier than her new, big-girl schoolbag as I see her off at the bus stop. Playschool, nursery, kindergarten — those are mere preparation for separation. Class One is the rough, rigorous, Real Thing. Twenty-odd workbooks, textbooks, notebooks. As ...

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The $152,000 salary is just a jackpot!

There are two kinds of students at IIMs — those who get good jobs and those who get great ones. The definition of ‘great’ is directly proportional to the kind of moolah on offer. The heroes — to put it crudely — are the ones with the most zeroes on their pay cheques. The hero of the moment is the ...

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Career lessons from Bunty Aur Babli

Apki naukri mein na izzat hai, na mazaa hai aur na matlab (Your job has neither respect nor fun nor meaning),” declares the new tall, angry young man. A man whose father would like nothing more than a son who follows in his footsteps as a ticket collector. The young man is Abhishek Bachchan, giving voice to the hopes and ...

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Got the part-time MBA blues?

There are two kinds of MBA students — those for whom the course is a dearly loved wife, and those for whom it’s a secretly cherished mistress. The first kind are devoted to their course full-time. Getting this far involved a fairly long and hard battle (entrance tests, interviews, GDs!) against thousands of other suitors. Hence the object of their ...

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Where there is a coaching class, there is Hope!

There are two kinds of junta post CAT 2004: Those who feel deceived and those who feel relieved. In the first category lie those who slogged for months, mastering Vedic Mathematics shortcuts and agonising over their performance in SIM CATs. They prepared all they could. And then some more. Only to find the rules of the game cruelly altered. Hence ...

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The MBA Caste System

There are two kinds of MBA institutes in India — a handful from which you leave with a pedigree and the vast majority which offer just degrees. In the first category lie the IIMs, XLRI and, to a lesser extent, FMS and Bajaj — the institutions which pioneered the concept of management education at a time when the IAS was ...

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