Sunday, April 30, 2006

Back in US

Well!! I am back at our client location in Minneapolis. I had to fly on short notice and am suffering the after effects of such a long trip!! Flew in via Paris and New york this time around.
4 flights, 23 hours flight time, 34 hours journey time!, Bottomline - I need rest.

In other news
- Still on waitlist at Tepper
- Considering dropping out and re-applying next fall as its already 'may' and I would need time arranging the finance and Visa. US Visa procedures are especially arduous. Plus it would be even harder doing it from US. And with this years experience and another year work-ex, my application would definitely be lot stronger next year.
- My friends in US are excited that I am back
- Our cricket team was especially distraught on my departure
- Family supportive like always. My younger brother is passing out from college soon and would be joining the same company. So I am really looking forward to that.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Still waiting

"All you need is just a little patience"

I am still waiting to hear from Tepper and as per them waitlisted candidates are informed of their decision only by end of May, final date being Jun 13th. That seems very far away right now.

I read the tepper waitlisted chat a saw a comment from the adcom "we like candidates who keep interacting with us" After the update, only thing I can think of is asking - when? How can I arrange finances at such short notice? When will I get my I-20, what about the US visa? – Ofcourse, all this considering that they choose to accept me. However, I am sure this not what they are referring to. At the same time I am sure, they do not want to hear about every little thing that is going on in my life. So what do I tell them - "Hi there, I am still here, happy to be on waitlist, just checking incase you have forgotten me"

On a more serious note, I would like to hear from other applicants/students who were waitlisted earlier on the best approach to the situation.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Bangalore Buzz??

Continuing on with my previous post and looking at the responses to the same, I realized that not much information is available about Bangalore’s hot spots. Even the localities, me included, seem to have little clue on where to go and what to expect there. So I have decided to compile a list of hot spots with reviews and would keep updating that based on feedback. I’ll add a link to the post on the left frame. I’ll start something based on my knowledge and hope others can pitch in. Please feel free to post a comment and mail me.

Next post will have the details but to start with, here is what I am hearing –
‘Purple haze’ seems to be history
‘Styx’ is shifting towards mainstream. It doesn’t resemble a gay hangout but definitely a strictly guy hangout!! Fairer sex is outnumbered 50 to 1, as in some of the other Pubs in Bangalore.
‘Bunkers’ has gone underground
Few new places in Koramangla area

Ppl who have visited other places do give the ratios for them as well. Guys here are wondering where all the women went?? It would be easier if some of them came and posted it here themselves.
Some clubs draw lots of the good crowd but most of them are couples entry only.
Have heard of some all night rave parties in outskirts of bangalore but most of them are very hush hush.

Overall - 11:30 PM rule has dampened and strangulated the night life in Bangalore!!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Just chillin'

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Visited Styx and Purple Haze (Popular Pubs in Bangalore) over the weekend. Styx has definitely changed since my last visit over 2 years back. Music is not as heavy as before but it was still as fun as ever to “head bang” on some hard rock/heavy metal. I especially love the wooden benches on one end where you can feel the reverberations of the music passing through your body.

Purple haze has been one of the most popular pubs in Bangalore for a long time but it was my first time there. Somehow I didn’t like it much. Neither the music, nor the ambience.

In other news and earlier in the day we lost the first match of another tournament that we are playing (yes! – Cricket). We didn’t play well and my captaincy left lot to be desired. It was my first loss as a captain in 18 matches. It had to come sooner or later!! We have some really tough matches coming up in our own tourney and my focus has totally shifted to that and away from work and applications. With nothing more to do on application front but wait, it’s good that I have something to divert my attention.

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