Friday, July 30, 2004


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling


Friday, July 16, 2004

All over the world(except perhaps in India),prior work-experience is considered a sine-qua-non
for business education.Nice to read an article that presents a contrarian viewpoint!


Thursday, July 01, 2004

Is Lucre the overriding concern of fresh up-and-coming engineers?One would be inclined to think so on reading this report.Though it might sound like a sweeping generalization,it is a fact that the
perception of a company among students is influenced by the compensation packages more than anything else.I could sense this during my college placements when a number of my friends gave Infosys/Satyam a miss-in-baulk,since the pay-package was not as enticing as that of some of the mnc's.
Some would argue that the tilt towards mnc's is primarily because of the nature of work and the fact that these firms are into higher end R&D activities that are beyond the reach of mere service providers like Infy/wipro.But are students
discerning enough to know which company will provide them with the most enriching work-experience?I doubt it very much considering the cloistered mode of living of most engineering students.A few students
are lucky by way of having someone in the family in the IT industry,who can help them form informed opinions about companies.For most other students,it is but natural to take decisions based on
compensation figures.But the larger issue here is: Should the monetary aspect be a consideration for your first job?


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