Tuesday, July 19, 2005


"Life is full of coincidences..." or so my dear friend Medha once commented.
And i agree with her. All of us at some point or the other come across such amazing coincidences that it becomes difficult to imagine it is all luck, and not especially designed so by the heavenly powers that be!
I have come a across hundreds of coincidences myself, mainly regarding people having the same likes/dislikes, place of residence, thoughts and ideas, names, etc.
But shall I tell you the most fascinating coincidences of all that I have come across??

In my family, my mother is an astrologer, my father is a doctor, and their daughter is called Aditi.
My parents have Kumars as family friends, where Mr. Yogesh is an astrologer, Dr. (Mrs.) Alka is… you guessed it right... a doctor, and they have only one child, a girl, called
Also they have another family as their long time friends: Dr. Charak. It’s obvious by his name that he is a doctor. He is also a practicing astrologer and teacher of the same in Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan. In fact my mom learnt astrology under him only.
And guess what? He has 3 daughters, out of one which is called Aditi!!

3 families, all with a doctor, an astrologer, and a daughter named Aditi! And all 3 know each other! Some coincidence that, isn’t it??

Maine aapko pehle bhi kahin dekha (and sometimes suna) hai...

I suffer from this irritating habit of associating strangers/new acquaintances’ faces with people I already know. One month at IIMA and I already have look-alikes of Gaurav’s brother Saurav, my school friend Nishu, etc in my class, and I keep telling them how much they resemble my friends… in fact Garima, who looks exactly like Nishu (and she agreed with me when I showed her Nishu’s photo) also sounds exactly like my friend Priyanka!! Is it a coincident that both girls have spent considerable time in Chandigarh??

Not only this, I se a number of faces everyday which remind me of someone or the other. And my fellow-IIMAites would agree with me when I say that we have a ditto copy of Vivek Oberoi in our batch… I mean the guy looks so much like him, it’s not funny!! I’m sure by now he must be sick and tired of people staring at him or telling him he looks like VO!!

They say there are 7 people with the same face as yours in the world, including yourself, which means effectively all of us have 6 look-alikes each. Wow! That’s a lot of humshakals!! I had one… my identical twin sister, but she died when she was 2 weeks old. Since then I have never come across anyone who looks like me, nor have I been told by someone that they know someone who looks like me. Except once I thought a girl who appears in the song “kuku-ku” from the movie “Pyar tune kya kiya” as a fisherwoman looked somewhat like me. That’s the closest anyone has come to resemble me.

I wonder where the rest of the look-alikes are… I’d sure love to meet them someday!!
And then wonder... “Kya hum kumbh ke mele mein bichhad gaye the ya….”

What's going on??

What’s going on???

Yes, that’s the question I ask myself everyday when I think about my current position and future potential in academics at IIMA…
What with seven subjects in pre mid-term, and 6 going over my head, I am pretty confused!

MANAC: the god of all subjects, it stands for managerial accountancy, but I think it’s a pretty maniacal subject!! I am a commerce student; I have studied accounts till class 12, and thought that MANAC won’t be so hard, but I sure was in for a surprise! I don’t know nuts about what these people are doing in the cases that we get! And the namak on the ghaav is that the engineers here have mastered it faster and better than I ever could! Who says commerce people have an advantage??

Or Eco students: we have a subject called economic analysis. Being a business economics student I was very happy. But the professors here have a way of making your whole life’s studies redundant in an instant: in no time we were showered with concepts I had never even heard of, and deep analyses of cases, which went way OTT! But I guess such are the ways of this institute!

OM: now don’t even start talking about it. Operations management is a very interesting but a highly technical and complicated subject. Now I know many would like to differ with me on this, but frankly it is a little out-of-ordinary for non-engineers… at least for me it is. But I enjoy it a lot, even if I don’t understand it much! ;)

HRM or human resource management is also a subject we had touched upon in school and college, but it been made very interesting by our instructor. He is a little intimidating and condescending, but the way he pulls out HR issues from deep down in the case, is awesome!

QM: now that’s a difficult one: with all the simplex and graphs and excel solvers and equations and network problems etc., I feel pretty lost! But fear not, I have my neighbour, PaRo, who is Eveready to help me out of the Quantitative Methods mess!! Cheers to PaRo!!

Then there is IC (intro to comps): my nemesis. Humse ka bhool Hui Jo ye saza humka mili… now I’m getting outta control… but what to do?? All this excel spreadsheets, complex formulae (IF nestled in AND nestled in MATCH nestled in INDEX… it goes on n on n on...) this subject has the honour of presenting me with y first “?” grade in the term!!

Last but not the least is WAC, or written analysis and communication. It’s basically to help develop and improve business communication skills. It’s a pretty decent course, and we have a real fun instructor: we discuss options available in a particular case, and then write a report on it. The best part is the discussion, where our prof comes up with funny and creative comments on our suggestions etc.!! This really helps ease all the tension which is associated with the WAC report, when everyone is running around to complete it before the stipulated time. The second best part of the course is, the WAC run, wherein all the late bloomers are running to submit the hard copy of their repots, intercepted by our seniors who are trying to delay them ( a delay of even a minute leads to lower grade points!!) and dunk them with water on their way back! Fortunately in our first and only assignment till now, I finished the report and submitted it well in time, but not everyone was lucky. PaRo was wearing her running shoes at 4:20, while getting a printout of her report, and ran all the way to the class room, just in time for the submission!!! It was fun, watching them run and the seniors trouble as well as cheer them!! Thankfully everyone reached on time, even if they were 1 second away from penalty!!

So in a nutshell, these are the subjects I have, and the way I am faring in them... everyday we prepare in advance for our classes (or try to) and attend classes next day (this we HAVE to) and be attentive and not sleep (that also we try very hard to… but….) and what does the PGP office do to reward us? Give us a quiz (read surprise test) almost everyday now!! Now I’m not a religious girl but I sure do hope dear God becomes pleased with me for some reason and showers me with… the answers to all quiz questions!!!


P.S.: Mom Dad, if you are reading this, don't fret... IIMA is not chucking me out just yet!! ;)

Disclaimer: the ideas expressed are totally mine and events described are 100% authentic, though teh inetrpretation may change. Any resemblance to the life of, or reference to a person, living ( hopefully not dead) is not coincidental... i mean it!! Cuz thats how it is here at WIMWI!!

What's in a name??

Finally the deciding day has come: I have been given my dorm name: FIDOE.
Now don’t go wondering/asking me what it means… its CCCF (Wimwi term, meaning: conceptual clarity and contextual familiarity) is top secret!!
What is interesting is that the word FIDO is related to “dogs” because it comes from fidelity which means trust, loyalty, faith.
This made me search on my name, and I came across lots of information which I did not know. Till date I believed that my name, Aditi, doesn’t have any meaning. It’s the name of a rishi’s wife, who was the mother of devtas or gods in heaven.
But boy! Was I wrong!!! Here is what I came to know about moi:

In Hindu mythology, Aditi was the goddess of the boundless sky. Her name means "free from bonds" or "the unfettered" or "Limitless" and the Vedas hint that she was once all-encompassing. She undoubtedly pre-dates them, and was once “the goddess of the past and the future, the seven dimensions of the cosmos, the celestial light which permeates all things, and the consciousness of all living things.”Aditi, is called the free one, because in Sanskrit her name means "boundless," and is considered an archaic mother goddess, depicted in Hindu, Vedic literature. She represents unlimited space and consciousness, hence infinity or eternity. According to the Rig Veda Aditi is said to be the wife of Kashyapa or of Brahma and the mother of the Aditya, under whose constraint the universe is made possible; and she also personifies death because she consumes everything. She is also considered to be the mother of Hari and other legends have her as the mother of Indra. No human physical features of her are drawn, though she is sometimes identified in the guise of a cow (don’t quite like this bit). Aditi was believed to be a guardian goddess of prosperity and could free her devotees of problems and clear away obstacles.

Wow!! Now I am able to appreciate my name even more! Though its popularity gets on my nerves:
In school it was ok, I was mainly the only Aditi, 1-2 juniors may have shared my name...
But in college, my senior, batch mate, junior: I had 3 Aditis around me!!
And even in IIMA, there are 3 Aditis, one in each dorm!!
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the other Aditis… just that I miss the uniqueness of the name. But I do think it’s a pretty name, whatsay??

Sunday, July 03, 2005


“All my bags are packed ready to go
I’m standing here outside the door
I hate to wake you up and say goodbye
But the dawn is breaking, it’s early morn
The taxi is waiting; he’s blowing its horn
I’m already so lonely I could die…

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go…

‘Cuz I’m leaving on Rajdhani Express…

Confused??? Something wrong with my lyrics??
No Sir! This is exactly how I felt on June 20th evening (I know my lyrics still say morning... but I did not want to change that) when I was to leave for Ahmedabad to pursue my higher studies.
I had packed 3 suitcases full of all imaginable and unimaginable things, after checking and rechecking and re-rechecking and finally checking one last time everything was in.
And then I left my home… with my doggie barking madly behind closed doors… not sure if I would see either ever again, since my parents may shift home while I’m away, and my doggie, who is very old, may just kick the bucket in my gham!!

Anyway so I finally boarded the train after lots of tearful hugs and kisses to my dad and Gaurav. Mom and Rachit accompanied me to Ahmedabad. I had 2 more IIMA bound people going with me, and met 2 more on the journey.

The journey as such was comfortable, though God knows why I had kept hoping wishing and praying the train would not be derailed/blown up since I was traveling for the first time to the state of Gujarat, which is famous for both natural and man made calamities. (read: riots etc.)

Finally on the morning of June 21st we finally reached Amdavad Junction. We left in a taxi for IIMA campus. Reached there, submitted papers, got my dorm room. Wow! What a surprise! Such small rooms! No comforts, leave alone luxury! The fan was too slow, the room was dusty, no dustbin, broken comp chair, power points not working, and the worst: no mirror in the girl’s dorm rooms!!! Nooooooooo….

“Mommy I want to go home…” is what I wanted to screech out. Nevertheless we began to unpack and set the room. Got the repairs done, cleaned it up, made the room habitable.

Finally we got over with it, and left to search for a suitable hotel for my family to stay in. after half an hour in an auto, we zeroed in on a small hotel, and paid the guy 25 bucks. 25 bucks!!! Can you believe that? I sure can’t! The autos here are soooo cheap; it’s not even funny…

Anyway after settling down we shopped for things that I did not carry. And after all the time, energy and money spent, I was all set for the next two years to come. And then came the day when my family had to leave for Delhi. After lots of tips, caveats, blessings and tears my mom and brother left on June 23rd.

And Aditi Varma was left all alone, in a tiny room, all by herself, amongst a sea of strangers, for the next two years.

Well that’s what happened in the past week. Lots of new faces, names, rules, people, surroundings, responsibilities, odd jobs…
Mom dad brother and Gaurav call up everyday to see how I’m doing.
I miss my house, my loved ones, my friends…everything in Delhi.
But I’m well settled now. I have settled down in this hostel life comfortably, and am gearing up for the extremely hectic but hopefully equally enriching and interesting life at IIMA!