Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation Ceremony

A couple of weeks ago, I was initiated into the Beta Gamma Sigma society, an International honor society to recognize scholastic achievement in business schools. At SCU, it is given to students who constitute the top 20% of graduating students every year.

Feels good and I must say that this would not be possible without the continuous support of my wife.



Thank the Rain “Lord’s”

The India England Test Match at Lord’s can be summed up in a few words – a great Test Match with India performing a great escape thanks to the rain Gods. It was simple, India needed 380 to win, England needed 10 wickets. The final score – India were 282/9 when bad light and rain halted the game and the match was drawn !

Yes, it was sad at not seeing a result to this good Test match but then India have been at the receiving end for a quite a few frustrating games when rain has prevented victory for India – so, I will take this gladly. I think India bowled pretty well in this Test match excepting on the 1st day, where they were probably a bit nervous. It is their much talked about batting that let them down – they need to get their act together soon because the next Test starts on Friday.



India England – 1st Test

Ok, after the end of Day 2 of the 1st Test match, it is pretty much “even-stevens”, though you could say that India might have a slight advantage considering that they have some good stroke makers to follow. Today was an amazing day of cricket indeed. Indians started very positively by bundling out the remaining English batsmen with S’Santh picking up 3  wickets and Zaheer 2. It was pretty high quality bowling.

In reply, India are 145/4 with most of the top-order back in the hut. India needs Dada, VVS and Dhoni to score heavily if they are to make a contest of this Test match. It is not going to be easy considering that the bowlers are going to be fresh tomorrow and the batsmen need to have their concentration back again.

The prospects for the 3rd day’s play seems really exciting – so far, this has proved to be a great entertainer and I see no reason why the 3rd day won’t be one. It is great to see Test Cricket played like this – great ground, great crowd, great batting, great swing bowling – just an absolute delight for a cricket lover :).

Whom are you placing your bets on? – chime in.


The Pan IIT meet

Last weekend, I had been to the Pan-IIT conference held at the Santa C lara Convention Center. It was a good place to meet up with old IIT buddies, live through nostalgia of the IIT days and also network and meet up with some new and interesting people.

I could not make it to the conference on Friday – so, I don’t have any updates from that day, excepting that Hillary Clinton spoke over the video :).

On Saturday, Susmita and I wanted to arrive early so that we could hear Arun Sarin. But we got delayed and so, we got to hear only the last 20 mins of the speech. After that,  I attended a session called “From Engineering to Finance” where the panelists were primarily talking about their experience in moving from a traditional Engineering job to a more Financial job. It was an OK session – i thought that it started off well but it digressed from the main topic. They were talking more about Financial jobs and what it is all about rather than the transition from Engineering.

The second breakout session that I attended was about Web 2.0 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Om Malik, the founder of Giga Om who was moderating the program. The panelists were all very good and it was interesting to hear about what each had to say about monetization. I think, there is a lot of scope and companies still do not know the exact answer.

Lunch was decent – nothing to write home about. The after noon sessions were not all that interesting – there was one about the Director’s panel, where each director spoke about his IIT and what they have achieved. At the same time, there was one session where Shekhar Kapoor was talking about nothing in particular :). Finally, I attended another session in which 2 Nobel laureates were interviewed. That kind of wrapped up my first day in the conference.

I wasn’t really planning to come for the Sunday program but Susmita insisted that I go. They had exclusive sessions for the individual IITs. In the IIT KGP breakout session, I met up with some old friends, juniors, seniors and caught up with what each was upto. They also showed a video of KGP and that added a bit of nostalgia to all.

All in all, it was a decent conference – I wish I could attend more sessions – maybe next time. Btw, Susmita blogged about her experiences in her Blog  – check it out if you get a chance.

— Thyaga