2007-03-31

Babel, Rani Mukherjee & Chaos theory

Babel is a nice film and tries to capture stories of three families. The stories are influenced by a remote incident which otherwise has little to do with these families or what later happens with them.

People keep calling this fate, luck, etc. If one observes life closely, many things in our lives are influenced by something that would have happened, perhaps, in some unrelated corner of earth.

Rani Mukherjee is today the superstar of bollywood. How did she get to this stage? Because Salman Khan got up from the wrong side of bed one day some 4-5 years ago. Let me explain. Chalte Chalte (the movie) is a home production of SRK. He had chosen Aishwarya, the then reigning queen of bollywood, as heroine. The shooting of the film was going smoothly till Salman Khan one day came to the sets of the movie to create a ruckus. SRK was pissed off and asked Ash to leave the movie. He happened to choose Rani Mukherjee, not a big star then, as the actress of the movie. The movie was a hit, but more importantly, Rani got into the inner circle of bollywood. Only to become superstar later. Ash completely lost out with no godfather, till , of course, Bunty Babli and Kajrare happened.

While I believe in free-will, I also realize its limitation. Free-will is about controlling one's responses to various stimuli. The stimuli themselves are not within the domain of our free-will. They are explained well by Chaos theory.

PS: Chaos theory - the phrase has been loosely used to indicate that randomness that we see in lives is explainable (not some streak of fate / luck). To the extent that what happen later are well defined by initial actions / conditions. Not necessarily happening in our vicinity.(Ref: wikipedia)

5 comments:

Abhinav said...

hi vijay,

i have been a silent audience of ur blog. I have read almost all ur posts but somehow i never found any mention of the kind of GMAT score ISB requires in them.
if possible please send me ur view regarding it (coolaby@indiatimes.com) or may be include it in one of ur future posts. I have gone thru various sites (including ISB's) but i feel(gut feeling :)) that u mite give me the most satisfying answer.

bckgnd:got decent acads (engg), good work ex (3+yrs: a top tier indian company + a cutting edge MNC)

Apologies for asking a free advice.
BTW chaos theory and free will has also been mentioned in Lord Ram's conversations with Sage Vasishta.
Its a nice read :)

itheabsolute said...

Hi Abhinav

Thanks for your comments.

There is no specific score that ISB looks for. It is the total package that ISB looks at

1. Acads
2. GMAT score
3. Leadership potential
4. diversity

points 3/4 are thru work ex and extra curricular activities.

What u want to get from ISB is imp. for u; ISB will look at what u can contribute to the student body and the school in general.

It is important to you have some USP - in acads or in workex or in extra- / co - curricular activities

the following are important

1. a good resume capturing your achievement orientation
2. good essays are important - these shd capture ur background / achievements / diversity
3. good recos - these shd give an indepdent view of u as a leader or leadership potential, et al

that said, a high GMAT score never hurts. in case, u r going to appear for GMAT, please target 800. because it will never hurt.

a caveat - getting 800 will never guarantee an entry into ISB.

all the best

cheers

Abhinav said...

Thanks Vijay,
Seems like a lot of intangibles come into picture..

Thanks again !

Anonymous said...

Read your post on startegy being abused as a word. But why should it be the prerogative of only MBAs to use it....why do u think others should not use it? I think you were extremely harsh from you to say that. No one is inferior to anybody.

itheabsolute said...

anonymous

I did not even remotely suggest that the word strategy is a prerogative of MBAs.

You seem to be angry with me. Dont know why, but your prerogative...

btw, dont you have a name?

2007-03-31

Babel, Rani Mukherjee & Chaos theory

Babel is a nice film and tries to capture stories of three families. The stories are influenced by a remote incident which otherwise has little to do with these families or what later happens with them.

People keep calling this fate, luck, etc. If one observes life closely, many things in our lives are influenced by something that would have happened, perhaps, in some unrelated corner of earth.

Rani Mukherjee is today the superstar of bollywood. How did she get to this stage? Because Salman Khan got up from the wrong side of bed one day some 4-5 years ago. Let me explain. Chalte Chalte (the movie) is a home production of SRK. He had chosen Aishwarya, the then reigning queen of bollywood, as heroine. The shooting of the film was going smoothly till Salman Khan one day came to the sets of the movie to create a ruckus. SRK was pissed off and asked Ash to leave the movie. He happened to choose Rani Mukherjee, not a big star then, as the actress of the movie. The movie was a hit, but more importantly, Rani got into the inner circle of bollywood. Only to become superstar later. Ash completely lost out with no godfather, till , of course, Bunty Babli and Kajrare happened.

While I believe in free-will, I also realize its limitation. Free-will is about controlling one's responses to various stimuli. The stimuli themselves are not within the domain of our free-will. They are explained well by Chaos theory.

PS: Chaos theory - the phrase has been loosely used to indicate that randomness that we see in lives is explainable (not some streak of fate / luck). To the extent that what happen later are well defined by initial actions / conditions. Not necessarily happening in our vicinity.(Ref: wikipedia)

5 comments:

Abhinav said...

hi vijay,

i have been a silent audience of ur blog. I have read almost all ur posts but somehow i never found any mention of the kind of GMAT score ISB requires in them.
if possible please send me ur view regarding it (coolaby@indiatimes.com) or may be include it in one of ur future posts. I have gone thru various sites (including ISB's) but i feel(gut feeling :)) that u mite give me the most satisfying answer.

bckgnd:got decent acads (engg), good work ex (3+yrs: a top tier indian company + a cutting edge MNC)

Apologies for asking a free advice.
BTW chaos theory and free will has also been mentioned in Lord Ram's conversations with Sage Vasishta.
Its a nice read :)

itheabsolute said...

Hi Abhinav

Thanks for your comments.

There is no specific score that ISB looks for. It is the total package that ISB looks at

1. Acads
2. GMAT score
3. Leadership potential
4. diversity

points 3/4 are thru work ex and extra curricular activities.

What u want to get from ISB is imp. for u; ISB will look at what u can contribute to the student body and the school in general.

It is important to you have some USP - in acads or in workex or in extra- / co - curricular activities

the following are important

1. a good resume capturing your achievement orientation
2. good essays are important - these shd capture ur background / achievements / diversity
3. good recos - these shd give an indepdent view of u as a leader or leadership potential, et al

that said, a high GMAT score never hurts. in case, u r going to appear for GMAT, please target 800. because it will never hurt.

a caveat - getting 800 will never guarantee an entry into ISB.

all the best

cheers

Abhinav said...

Thanks Vijay,
Seems like a lot of intangibles come into picture..

Thanks again !

Anonymous said...

Read your post on startegy being abused as a word. But why should it be the prerogative of only MBAs to use it....why do u think others should not use it? I think you were extremely harsh from you to say that. No one is inferior to anybody.

itheabsolute said...

anonymous

I did not even remotely suggest that the word strategy is a prerogative of MBAs.

You seem to be angry with me. Dont know why, but your prerogative...

btw, dont you have a name?