A whopping 531 days back, I made my last blog entry here at GS. A lot passed following this, including but not limited to a personal vendetta, a failed startup, a new PC and notebook, a sweet moment of success, some terrific gaming moments, and finally, a place where I'm proud to be :)... That's a lot of lost ground to cover! (Un)fortunately, I won't be getting into all that crap completely, although you might see glimpses as my blog progresses (I say this every single time, don't I).
For starters, the BIG news... I finally cracked the CAT, and now am merrily sitting in my super hot microwave of a hostel room in IIM Lucknow. For the uninitiated, IIM, or Indian Institute of Management is THE definitive chain of B-Schools, where every postgrad seeker aspires to be. You need to clear a tough exam with a fantastic perccentile (98%+), and then go through a gruelling Group Discussion / Case Study and a Personal Interview. The process is attempted by almost 300,000 students every year, and only a fortunate 1500 make it to the IIM... Yeah I'm on the top of the world right now! :)
Lucknow, the City of Nawabs, is a place best known for its warm climate, chikan embroidery and of course, the mouth watering kebabs. My B-School is located about 20 kms out of the city in a secluded area, with plenty of greenery (and mosquitos to boot with), and a tremendous infrastructure! A few light courses are going on, but soon enough, a grilling couple o years is going to change my life forever!
Of course, this means I've finally left my job at Infosys Technologies, which was a mixed bag at best. While I was more than impressed by the infrastructure and values of the organization, there were incidents which led me to believe that the corporate world has digressed perhaps too much from its path, in the wake of competition, deals, policies and contracts. It was an enriching 18 months which I spent there, and was decidedly a perfect way to launch my career.
Finally... the gaming.... aahh... my favorite part!! At the beginning of last year, I finally went for a complete overhaul of my ageing Athlon XP, and lent it some graphical firepower, which was seriously required. That meant that apart from my routine job and life otherwise, I always had something to look forward to post 11PM every night! :). Man... this is the way to survive!! I was finally able to play those titles at maxxed settings, which i had only seen in jerky trailers... Cinematic experience bore a new meaning :).. This, and more coming in a blog soon!!
Let's make this one short n sweet now... This blog post was just a consolation for myself... a pat on the back for making a comeback to GS, and blogging in general. Looking above, it's not really a blog which dicusses anything, but more of a rant about all the stuff which has been going on. Shall catch ya gamers soon enough, hopefully with something more of your interest than my tales!! :D