For the uninitiated, click on the respective words to know more about the movies here: Inception, Inglourious Basterds

For an engineer from India, Quant is like the movie Inception whereas he should think of Inglourious Basterds for the Verbal section. Here is how:

Quant : Inception 

Now if you’ve watched this movie, you know that Leonardo and his friends try to plant an idea in the mind of some xyz person. They ultimately doze off to sleep and navigate to three levels of dreams (already knowing that the deeper they venture they harder it is for them to come back). Everyone except Leonardo ventures to three levels of dreaming (i.e. dream within a dream within a dream) while Leonardo, the expert, takes a leap into the 4th level as well (dream within a dream within a dream within a dream). I think this much intro is enough to get my point across but you can watch the movie for more details 🙂

GMAT quant for an Indian engineer is like Inception. He always knows that he can fare well in the quant section of the test. Whether he actually screws it up is another story, but there is always a line of confidence that quant can be tackled. That’s why many engineers spend those precious extra seconds to solve a 750 level quant problem on the test when an instructor might have advised them to make a guess and move on. This courage gives them that extra push and they ultimately crack that tough problem. The confidence acts as a booster and they probably will get the next one right too.

Just like the movie Inception, when they knows it’s getting dangerous but they still venture into 3 levels of dreams, a person might find himself devoting 3 plus minutes on a tough problem (thinking that he is going to crack this one). Even if they are lost in the dream, they manage to come back! Similarly is the case with quant. People will devise some short cut (hack) to solve the question.

In the end, they are just comfortable with Quant.

Verbal : Inglourious Basterds

Now comes Verbal. Before that a few lines about the movie – The movie focuses on the two main characters: Colonel Hans Landa, a German who was a specialist in finding out hiding Jews and giving orders to ____ them, and Lt. Aldo Raine, an American who led the Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers and paid back the other force in kind. For more details, please watch the movie 🙂

And how is verbal related to the movie? Each question in the verbal section hides some critical aspect – the aspect you MUST find out (for inference questions and assumptions questions), the aspect that lets you state the intent of the passage (in primary purpose type questions) and the aspects that helps you form an opinion (for evaluate type questions). You need to dig deep into the meaning of the passage and understand it. Here you don the hat of Colonel Hans Landa.

And when you understand what’s being asked or you’ve formed your opinion, or caught hold of the tone of the passage etc, you don the hat of Lt. Aldo Raine. You need to brutally execute the question. And hear bugles of victory in your head 😛

PS: I do not intend to hurt the sentiments of any particular group of people though the issue taken up in the verbal section of the post. I’ve just stated how do I refer to the movies from GMAT perspective. No offense to anyone.




“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.
Why would you be realistic?
What’s the point of being realistic?”

Confucius said: “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.”

If you have some time, do watch this video:

I watched this almost a week back and I loved those lines. Specially the realistic/unrealistic ones. They give me a high!!

It’s time to get inspired friends. I’m getting back to business!! Back to studies. Back to GMAT. Back to the unfinished journey. The Log needs to be updated. The road needs to be traveled.

Last week, I started studying for the GMAT. Though I couldn’t be regular throughout the week, but I started. Studied mostly over the weekend. The next step is to be regular. I’ll be updating this blog regularly from now on would like to share my side of the story and hear yours.

I look forward to connecting with like-minded people – those who are preparing for GMAT / those who are done with their GMAT and writing the applications / former, current students / and of course others.

Best of luck to you. And to me too.

PS: I just checked that  Clear Admit’s Friday on the Frontline blog is still functional.  I remember it as I was a regular there once 🙂

Something’s brewing!

Posted: September 7, 2012 in general

Something’s brewing!

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And it’s not coffee!




Friends, I’m back!! See you soon.

What’s going on?

Posted: March 2, 2012 in general

… is my question to all of you out here.

Well for folks who intend to venture into finance, be prepared to have a lazy March every year. You’ll get ample time to just gaze at the stars or appreciate the beauty of mother earth. I just heard Sheldon say “Bazinga”! 😀

For the rest:

  • Are you still thinking to schedule your GMAT but haven’t done yet? Do it soon.
  • Are you not getting time to study for GMAT? Know very well that only you can make time for yourself. Do something about it. Check out your dream b-school deadlines and make a plan.
  • Is work getting on your nerves? Work will never end, my friend. Never ever. Unless you quit your job; But I’m almost certain no one wants to do that. Relax. Take a break. Think how you want things around you to go forward. Plan out something. You’ll feel better.
  • Are you burning midnight oil but still find yourself stuck in a few areas. Analyze. Ask for help. Reach out. There are nice people (myself included :P) around.
  • You are finding it difficult to manage personal, professional and academic life? Understand that you can’t achieve success in one dimension at the cost of  the other because all are equally important and demand appropriate attention. Sort out your mess. Only you have to do it. Only you can.
  • What else?

Sleep eludes me and with nothing better to do at 0336 hours, I’m writing this post. It just depicts a few moments which might seem familiar to you during the course of your journey, whether it’s an MBA journey or not. And my perspectives on them.

To answer the same question – I’m not completely well. And it sucks. This also put my study plans on the back burner but I’m coming back. I need to get started and this seems to be best time – A Weekend! I have to make a plan of how to start.

Btw, I researched a bit about INSEAD. Will be sharing my research in further posts.

Somehow, I just got reminded of the movie Invictus in which Morgan Freeman hands over a poem to Matt Damon. The poem ends as:                                “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”

Something to ponder!

Hello My Friends,

I have been out of breadth for a while now! Why? Because I’ve running away from maintaining this blog! Well, frankly there have been a lot of developments (exciting & dull) at work, in my personal life (let me not go deep into that ;)) and on the MBA front as well.

Let me capture a few moments for my readers here:

  1. My company got acquired recently and there has been a lot of hoopla on what is going to happen next. I am clueless as well.
  2. I wrote the CAT in Nov 2011, that too without a single day of studying. I am of the view that CAT is more of an aptitude/logical test and studying the whole year doesn’t necessarily yield the best results. Secured 95.xx %tile but no IIM calls (due to xyz reasons :)) That result marked the end of CAT 2011 for me.
  3. I f***** up big time! I really don’t want to star those words but my mistake makes me deserve a more severe action. I had my eyes on XLRI GMP – This is one year MBA program for professionals with significant work experience. As some of you might remember, I already have a valid GMAT score which lies in the range of scores expected by XLRI GMP program. The obvious thing for me would be to use that score and apply! And did I do that?
    I didn’t.
    Instead, I chose to wrote XAT. Did I mention that I didn’t prepare for XAT! So that’s cool. As expected, I got blasted in XAT and a beautiful looking XAT interview call via GMAT score (I was so sure of being invited for an interview) blew up in smoke *ashes smiley*
  4. A few personal things

So friends, this was all what happened in the last few months. The good news is that I have decided to move on and give it another shot. A final one, indeed!

Exciting times ahead!

More to come. Take care fellas!

What’s up fellas?

Posted: August 12, 2011 in general


With this post, I can say that the blog is now updated! The application season for the admission season of Fall 2011 is now over. Overall, it has been a good phase of learning. Applied to a few schools, got an admit, didn’t take up the offer and now I’m here again thinking what is to be done next! Isn’t that kewl 😎 Learnt so many thing about the application process, schools, talked to a few people .. nice experience.

A few things happened in personal life – a few good, a few scary 😐 Professional life has been going on all along!

A long weekend is coming up (Monday, 8/15 – India’s Independence Day) & I’m just trying to make sure that I (& my colleagues) don’t work on this weekend. So it’s like setting up some scripts to be started automatically etc 🙂 I hope to get this done soon.


So, what’s up fellas?

Okay! 🙂

So this was my moment! An admit from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University for the Class of 2013 😎


About Scholarship:

A few days later, received a scholarship announcement email from them: 10000K, which was less that I expected! Purdue University also offers Graduate Assistantships, which are quite helpful in offsetting tuition costs but I didn’t get that either. Now the only way left for me was to go the university and then try for GA. I talked to a few students at the school and it seems people do land GAs after landing at the school, too! Good to hear that!



I’ve decided not to take up the offer from Purdue University for the MBA program (Fall 2011). Reasons are purely personal. Purdue is a great university and I got to know so much more about the program & the university. I interacted with many current students and a few alums as well; All of them were just so receptive & friendly.

Let me know if anybody out here wants any help on this school 🙂