Monthly Archives: April 2005

Beautiful

A certain tree with only lavender flowers on 12th Main, Indiranagar!

No leaves.

Just lavender flowers.

Awesome sight.

You have to see it to believe it

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XLer writes a book on “Mediocre but Arrogant” MBA

This may be the Indian answer to Peter Robinson’s cult book on MBAs “Snapshots from Hell“.

Abhijit Bhaduri, XLer of the PMIR ’84 batch, is publishing Medioce But Arrogant (get it, MBA?), a story of how Abbey, the protagonist, an unambitious undergrad from Delhi Univ, lands up in the highly competitive Management Institute of Jamshedpur.

How the 2 years there change him and his relationships.The novel is scheduled to hit the bookstores in July 2005.

There are some great sketches, and a overview of the novel by AB up at his Mediocre But Arrogant blog. Check them out!

Abbey – The Mediocre But Arrogant MBA?

This may be the Indian answer to Peter Robinson’s cult book on MBAs “Snapshots from Hell“.

Abhijit Bhaduri, an alumnus of my alma mater, is publishing Medioce But Arrogant (get it, MBA?), a story of how the protagonist, Abbey, an unambitious undergrad from Delhi Univ, lands up in the highly competitive Management Institute of Jamshedpur (a thinly veiled reference to XL ;-). How the 2 years there change him and his relationships.

The novel is scheduled to hit the bookstores in July 2005.There are some great sketches of by Abbey up at his Mediocre But Arrogant blog.

Abbey is academically unambitious, directionless and yet content with his
life. He is the Cultural Secretary of his college and has the unstinting
admiration of his friends Priya and Kapil – the President of the Students’
Union. Occasionally Abbey suspects that Priya is in love with him. The thought
scares him. Priya is not his type… somewhat uncool. Despite his best efforts,
he has been unable to impress any girls. Kapil tries to help Abbey by addressing
every love interest as “Bhabhiji” but that only gets in the way. Priya tries to
console him by making up stories about how gazillion girls out there are queuing
up to meet him. But we all know, reality is different.From that idyllic
existence in Delhi University, through a cruel act of ‘serendipity’ Abbey is
selected to join the prestigious Management Institute of Jamshedpur (MIJ). The
year is 1982. After the initial euphoria is over, he realizes that he cannot
handle the academic challenges of MIJ. His grades are dropping. He is worried.
Three D’s or two F’s will mean the end of his stay. His room mate sleeps for the
most part of the day and night. The Boys Hostel has so many crazy characters….
Harpal Singh alias Hairy, David Chummanoor – Chumma for short, Arunesh Nanda – the guitarist who sings Dylan songs and the mysterious, enigmatic Rascal
Rusty. Rascal Rusty believes that there is a short cut for every thing in life.
He becomes Abbey’s mentor and teaches him a thing or two about the corporate
world. How to get better grades in Mini’s Term Papers on Labour Law. Tips on how to design questionnaires for a survey. Rascal Rusty knows it all. He knows the who’s who on first name terms. Whether it was Jeh (JRD Tata) or Ratan … Tata yaar or Nusli uncle. Most students in MIJ are in awe of Rascal Rusty.Then there is Gopher. He is the one big suck up everyone loves to hate.And then there are girls. There is alluring Ayesha. The toast of the town who every male lusts for.
She is not interested in anyone particularly. The other girls of the Hostel hate
Ayesha.There is Dadu’s Dhaba. The wise old man who has great insights and a
credit line to offer. Basanto, the Mess Bearer who doles out pieces of chicken
to the select few as if it was a state secret. Ganauri – the dhobi who comes to
pick up the laundry on his moped.Abbey is taught by the charismatic Scottish
priest Father Hathaway (Hathi for short) and the eccentric Professor Chatto
whose heavy accent and cruel marking style are both legendary among MIJ-ites. He teaches Quantitative Technics and some people manage to score .86 – out of 100 in the first quiz.”I have arranged the marks in ascending order. So the laytaar
your paypaar ees the baytaar your maarks are. The parson who scored the least in my queez scored 0.86…”For the first time in his life, Abbey falls in love –
with Simi. All was well when he left for his Summer Training in Bombay. When he
met two months later, she seemed distant and distracted .”You have changed
Abbey. You are not the same. You are on a perennial narcissistic trip.” She
said.”Wonder why we men always find it so hard to understand women?””Maybe
because the word Men has ME built into it and Women has the sound of WE” and walked off. Abbey is tired of guessing, he has bigger problems to worry about.
His grades are not good enough to get him a job offer on campus. He needs t
borrow a blazer to attend the job interviews. Nothing is working. Abbey’s resume
sucks – he has horrible grades. Nobody gets a job with those grades Rascal Rusty
suggests a different approach.Will Rascal Rusty be able to help Abbey find a
job? Will Abbey find the love of his life? In a Darwinian microcosm of the
corporate world, MIJ has taught Abbey to hone his survival instincts and shave
off jagged edges of his character. Is this what he wants to be?

The blog about Mediocre but Arrogant

This may be the Indian answer to Peter Robinson’s cult book on MBAs “Snapshots from Hell“. Abhijit Bhaduri, an alumnus of my alma mater, is publishing Medioce But Arrogant (get it, MBA?), a story of how the protagonist, an unambitious undergrad from Delhi Univ, lands up in the highly competitive Management Institute of Jamshedpur. How the 2 years there change him and his relationships.

The novel is scheduled to hit the bookstores in July 2005.

There are some great sketches of by Abbey up at his Mediocre But Arrogant blog. Check them out!

Bangalore XLers turn parents

Jayati (IR 99) and Ajeet (BMD 99) have been blessed with a baby girl at Manipal Hospital. You can call them at 9886087758 to wish them !

Jayati is with Novell and Ajeet with Hughes.