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Thursday, February 23, 2006

How to waste your life's 2 best years

One of the reasons i had to struggle very hard at the end of the term was because I was involved in numerous activites that consumed lots of time. But I do not repent it. Is life only about studying ? Or is it about enjoying it to the maximum ? Should i not make full use of all the opportunities that life gives us ? This is the question i want to ask those of my batchmates whose sole purpose is studying. These guys mug all day, dont take part in any events, dont play any sports, dont go to parties , curse us for organising Events which cause them to miss their preciuos study time . I pity them becsue they are wasting away their life. No other place will offer you more chances to enjoy extra-curriculars than IITB . But to them it does not matter .

Many people will find it hard to believe but we got a lot of flak for the Systems Continuum which we organised so successfuly. And this flak we got from our batchmates for making them attend this event when exams were just 15 days ahead. I ask them - " Are we doing this for ourselves ? " . What will we gain out of the event . Its for the betterment of our school . And if acads is the quesiton, then the worst sufferers are thr organisers who have to work day and night to make the event a success. And yet we get such a reaction from our class . It hurts ! Everywhere we see the same set of guys working - be it events , or placements, or sports. Rest are either just plain lazy of dont work because it will take them away from their studies. And mind you, this kind of attitude comes mostly from people who have some amount of work-ex with them. You would assume that they will be more mature, but then thats how it is .

Is MBA just about studies ? How will you become a better manager if you mug all day ? Ask Nandan Nilekani, Ask Gururaj Deshpande , Ask Vinod Khosla what was their biggest learning at IITB . And their unianimous reply is that the most they learnt was when they organised events such as MOOD INDIGO . It tuaght them the nitty-gritty of mangement. It taught them how to deal with difficult people. It taught them how to manage in a cash crunch . It tuaght them how to work in teams. These are the things which no one will teach at any B-School . Is there any better way to learn teamwork than by playing team sports ? Is their any better way to learn to take defeat in your stride unless you have played and lost in a game ? And yet people think that these activities are a waste of time and time is better utilized studying.

IF you ask these "study-oriented" guys then they will give you their frank opinion - " We have come here to study, not to waste our two years " . I want to ask everyone an honest question - Who is really wasting their two years ?

9 Comments:

  • u hv aired the same thots i had a year back..but u r on the right side dude..carry on! :)

    By Anonymous Ujjwal, at February 24, 2006 3:45 AM  

  • I know Ujjwal . But the sad part is that none of our tirades are probably gonna work

    By Blogger Phooka, at February 24, 2006 9:35 AM  

  • hey phooka,
    Nice post man....Hope someone is listening....

    By Blogger coolvir, at February 24, 2006 6:33 PM  

  • Hey Rahul,
    very nice thoughts and very practical too...
    keep it up bro! ;)

    By Blogger Harry, at February 27, 2006 9:04 PM  

  • Hey Rahul,
    very nice thoughts and very practical too...
    keep it up bro! ;)

    By Blogger Harry, at February 27, 2006 9:04 PM  

  • sahi bola.. lekin dil pe mat le yaar :)

    By Blogger Vijay, at March 05, 2006 2:43 PM  

  • Miraculously , I think me seeing a change in People's Attitude :)

    By Blogger Phooka, at March 06, 2006 10:39 PM  

  • hey!

    me not from your college or anything but i think the ppl you are cribbing about are right in their own perspective.

    i feel ppl should be free to do whatever they want. you have no right to tell ppl whats good for them or bad for them. i know its sad when ppl study study and study but who knows they may actually be enjoying studying as much as you enjoy playing video games.

    i guess ayn rand has written some big fat books on this on the theory of objectivism and so on. in a nutshell it means you do what you want to do and i will do what i want to do! :)

    chow!

    By Blogger amIda1, at March 09, 2006 1:10 PM  

  • well i would not have commented on these guys if they had not pointed fingers at us. You do your thing , but when someone is working very hard for your institute, then you cant blame them.

    By Blogger Phooka, at March 09, 2006 9:57 PM  

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