Last day of November

It has been over 3 months since the start of the school and now just under 6 months are left for the start of the summer break when most of us are supposed to do our internships. 6 months seem to be long time, however, trust me as I have heard from every one over here, those 6 months pass by quickly. As I think about that, I realize that coming months are going to be very crucial as I continue to search for internships for myself. So far, I admit, things have progressed really slowly for me and for which I have myself to blame and no one else. Honestly, during last 3 months, I have seesawed¬†with my decisions. When you’re at a great place such as Purdue with such a talented faculty and the student body, you get really influenced and start dreaming about stuff you can do that previously you never had thought about. For example, interacting with people out here and from my own research, I realized that Krannert is regarded as phenomenal on Ops side and so soon I joined the Ops bandwagon planning to major in Ops. What first sounded like a logical idea to capitalize on the school’s strength soon turned into a major dissatisfaction for me as I couldn’t justify my decision to my tech savvy and entrepreneurial inner self. After few rounds of self-introspection, I finally swung back to the starting point, that is, what I had in mind before I came to Purdue. Hopefully, the plan will work though it will take a lot of patience from my side. However, I know somewhere in far future I won’t regret this decision because I know this decision is what my heart wants and I will succeed no matter what.

Concluding with a quote from Bhagwad Gita

“On action alone be thy interest,
Never on its fruits. Let not the fruits of action be thy motive, Nor be thy attachment to inaction.”

Windows Phone has arrived!

Just got my Samsung Focus S delivered. It is an amazing phone and the Windows OS is simply fantastic. I am overly excited to explore it further having already configured all email accounts, facebook and twitter on it. One complaint though – I noticed it synced my Purdue Exchange and Google calendar by default. What ended up happening was, I got duplicate entries on my calendar. The reason being the two calendars are already synced. So I had to turn Google calendar off on the phone and that froze the OS :-S. I hope this is the only time it happens. *Fingers Crossed*

I would also like to mention that the whole number switch thing from T-Mobile to AT&T was very smooth. As soon as I activated my phone on AT&T’s website, my T-Mobile Sim went dead. I just wasn’t imaging such a quick switch-over. So, kudos to AT&T.

I will continue to post my experiences and observations. Keep checking!


Bob McDonald’s Visit

Heard Bob McDonald speak today at Purdue. It was an honor to be present over there and learn his experiences of how he landed up at P&G from the military academy, and how his life’s expectations always matched to what he did during the course of his career progression. Among the 10 things he talked about related to leadership, and of course citing stories from P&G and his life, the one thing that really fascinated me was how it is evident that good leaders portray the quality of character, being personally responsible for things you do and leaving your mark, of course in a positive way, when you leave the organization, something I personally believe in doing too. I think good leaders are not about “me” but about “you”, that is, what “I” can do for “my” organization and “my” people. When I think about that, I think about the time I spent at TCS and how I handled my project and my team. I worked selfishly for myself but I worked on building a system, laying a foundation for better service, for my successor or subordinates. Honestly, for all those years I thought I am a badass when it comes to leading the team, a ruthless leader but trust me internally I broke down on my last day of work when I heard my team speak up about me. That made me feel proud.