November 24

What i learned from How to win friends and influence people.

Before I decided to read this book, I used to laugh at the title and I probably looked down on people who might have read it. I mean who needs to read a book to win friends? What kind of loser would that person be? Well, here I am, one of such Losers. In hindsight, the title of the book is unfortunate but catchy. Maybe had it not been titled such, it would not have sold as much or stood out among people the way it did.

This is not a book review as such. This post is more about my opinion on the book and the other chain of thoughts it made me wonder about. The book was first published in 1936. Just reflect on that. Here is a book that can be termed self-help that is still valid and working for 81 years now. That caught my fantasy. The other thing that was equally appealing was Goodreads page of this book. This book has a rating of 4.22/5 from 322,000+ ratings. That blew my mind. Here is a book which 320,000 people have bothered to review and rated 4.2 on average. I mean surely it must have had a profound impact on a lot of people. But even before I got to this point, this book was recommended and was also on my to-read list. I picked it up to read without hesitation.
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March 5

CAT 2009: The Pain continues…

Well its been a really amazing few days. I was out for a trip, and the CAT results, after being delayed for 2 months or so finally came up. I really was unsure of what to expect. I was scared of results being unfair. And everything about CAT that has scared me, comes true. This has truly been the Indian Institute of Mis-Management’s (IIMs) biggest blunder ever, supported fully by Prometric.

Right from buying the CAT voucher by going to a bank. ( This should have been online rather ). Then the totally crazy website to fill up your data, designed by people who have previously never designed a single HTML page i guess. The whole madness of buying new vouchers, filling up data, messing it up, new voucher and so on. Then the form filling got extended to cover up the madness. This was the starting signs of what is to come. Then the exam days turned disastrous. Papers canceling, Technical Glitches, Cheating, Computer shutdowns and hangs. Everything that could go wrong with CAT did.
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