Thursday, January 25, 2007

News from MDI

Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, has finished with best ever lateral placement and expects its final placements too, to be the best this year. The salary levels, the institute says are expected to go up as much as 25 per cent with around 50 companies visiting the campus. However, the final numbers will be known once the lateral placement are over by mid-February and final placements by March 10.
Source: Business Standard

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Update to Hotel Kerela-Fonia

In continuation to this post, about the anthem of batch of MDI 1996-98, here is the audio version now :-D - Thanks to Umesh Tejwani for this.

MDI in the media

PFC has partnered with Management Development Institute (MDI) in Gurgaon for an MBA programme in power distribution management. This two-year programme is especially meant for senior level managers.
Source: Business Standard

MDI, Gurgaon is the first institute in India to receive accreditation from AMBA (Association of MBAs).
Source: Economic Times

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Master Is a ...

When the great Sufi mystic, Hasan, was dying, somebody asked "Hasan, who was your master?" He said, "I had thousands of masters. If I just relate their names it will take months, years and it is too late. But three masters I will certainly tell you about.

One was a thief. Once I got lost in the desert, and when I reached a village it was very late, everything was closed. But at last I found one man who was trying to make a hole in the wall of a house. I asked him where I could stay and he said 'At this time of night it will be difficult, but you can stay with me - if you can stay with a thief'. And the man was so beautiful. I stayed for one month! And each night he would say to me, 'Now I am going to my work. You rest, you pray.' When he came back I would ask 'Could you get anything?' He would say, 'Not tonight. But tomorrow I will try again, God willing.' He was never in a state of hopelessness, he was always happy. When I was meditating and meditating for years on end and nothing was happening, many times the moment came when I was so desperate, so hopeless, that I thought to stop all this nonsense. And suddenly I would remember the thief who would say every night, 'God willing, tomorrow it is going to happen.'

And my second master was a dog. I was going to the river, thirsty and a dog came. He was also thirsty. He looked into the river, he saw another dog there -- his own image -- and became afraid. He would bard and run away, but his thirst was so much that he would come back. Finally, despite his fear, he just jumped into the water, and the image disappeared. And I knew that a message had come to me from God: one has to jump in spite of all fears.

And the third master was a small child. I entered a town and a child was carrying a lit candle. He was going to the mosque to put the candle there. 'Just joking,' I asked the boy, 'have you lit the candle yourself?' He said, 'Yes sir.' And I asked, 'There was a moment when the candle was unlit, and then there was a moment when the candle was lit. Can you show me the source from which the light came?' And the boy laughed, blew out the candle, and said, 'Now you have seen the light going. Where has it gone? You will tell me!' My ego was shattered; my whole knowledge was shattered. And that moment I felt y own stupidity. Since then I dropped all my knowledge ability.

It is true that I had no master. That does not mean that I was not a disciple -- I accepted the whole existence as my master. My Disciple-hood was a greater involvement than yours is. I trusted the clouds, the trees. I trusted existence as such. I had no master because I had millions of masters I learned from every possible source.

To be a disciple is a must on the path. What does it mean to be a disciple? It means to be able to learn, to be available to learn, to be vulnerable to existence. With a master you start learning to learn.

The master is a swimming pool where you can learn how to swim. Once you have learned, all the oceans are yours.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Don as a software professional

Don ka intazar toh 11 companies ke HR kar rahe hai....par ek baat samajh lo ki Don ko retain karna muskil hi nahi namumkin hai.

Kisi bhi company ki diware itni majboot nahi jo Don ko retain kar sake.

Don ko woh company bikul pasand nahi hai jo kaam karaye
Doosri woh jo paise kam de....

Don ko do type ki companies bilkul pasand nahin
Ek jo Recruit karne main bhaut der kare
Aur Doosri wo jo fauran (Immediate) recruit kar le.

And finally the ultimate

Don ke PM ki sabse badi galti ye woh Don ka PM hai...!!!!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Company Policy

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth.
Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.
Why not?
Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done around here.
And that, my friends, is how company policy begins.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


An ambassador is a person who, having failed to secure an office from the people, is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.
- Ambrose Bierce

There are three things that if a man does not know, he cannot live long in this world:
What is too much for him;
What is too little for him; and;
What is just right for him.
- Swahili Proverb

A man called the undertaker one afternoon and sobbed, "Come and bury my wife."
"But I buried your wife ten years ago," replied the undertaker.
"I got married again," the man sobbed.
"Oh," said the undertaker. "Congratulations."

The thoughtless are rarely wordless.
- Howard W. Newton

She said she bought her dress for a ridiculous price. The truth is, she bought it for an absurd figure.

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
- G. K. Chesterton

You appeal to a small, select group of confused people.
- Fortune Cookie Message

Mañana is often the busiest day of the week.
- Spanish Proverb
[Mañana means tomorrow or some unspecified time in the future. This is so true.]

Italian Knighthood for MDI Director

The government of Italy has decided to confer knighthood on Dr. Sujit Basu, MDI's esteemed director, also the former vice chancellor of Visva-Bharati University, for his efforts to strengthen the ties between India and Italy.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
- Abba Eban


Never accept a drink from a urologist.
-Erma Bombeck

Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn't want your mother to hear at your trial.
-Sydney Biddle Barrows, the "Mayflower Madam"

Never say "Oops" in the operating room.
- Dr. Leo Troy

Never comment on a woman's rear end. Never use the words "large" or "size" with "rear end". Never. Avoid the area altogether. Trust me.
-Tim Allen

Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire.
-Dan Zevin

Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.
-Harry S. Truman

Never drive through a small Southern town at 100mph with the local sheriff's drunken 16-year-old daughter on your lap.
-Anonymous member of a chain gang

Never invoke the gods (or goddesses) unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.
-G.K. Chesterton

Never murder a man when he's busy committing suicide.
-Woodrow Wilson

Never stand between a dog and the hydrant.
-John Peers

Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts.
-Ruth Gordon