X=X/2 or X=2X? What is your Equation of Success?

This post is a continuation of my previous post “With love- to all my Grade 12 parents”

I have already shared with you the story of the boy who was forced to choose science by his parents even though his interest lay in another field which definitely was not science but he was not able to point out what he actually wanted to do in life.

I gave him and his parents the following simple equation for choosing careers;

X= X/2

X= 2X

Where X is the amount of efforts you put in a subject.

I asked the boy to apply this equation to some of the subjects he is studying in his class as of now and analyze the results. This is what he came up with;

Subject Effort Return
English X 2X
Maths 2X X/2 or even X/4
Science 2X X
History X 2X

You do not need to be a Rocket Scientist to analyze the above the data- do you? 

When I discussed the above table with the boy the following highlights came up;

  1. The boy loved studying English & History and he said the results he got in English and History were always double of the efforts he put in
  2. The boy was okay in Maths & Science and was even putting extra efforts in the same subjects but the results he was getting were either half or less than half of the efforts that he was putting in

Then, I came up to the next important question for him & his parents when you could clearly see the equation of success pointing towards his aptitude being for either English or History- why were they not pursuing it?

And, I got an answer that left me a little disappointed but not shocked. What was it?

To be followed!


With Love- To all my Grade 12 Parents!




Tomorrow, is Grade 12 results for CBSE students in India. Tomorrow, is a day when many of the students I have met the year long will be finally getting their results of all the hard work that they have put in the year. I must also mention here the parents who are eagerly looking forward to tomorrow and in some cases their level of stress and anxiety is more than that of the kids themselves-Big day right?

Tomorrow, is also, the day when new achievers will be named and celebrated- District Toppers, School Toppers, State Toppers and National Toppers. These top 1% students will be covered in Media, Feted by their respective Schools, Teachers and even Government. Kudos to you and must say well deserved. I am sure your parents/families will be really proud of you.

If you do the maths close to 1 Million students have written the CBSE exam this year out of which only Top 1% will be celebrated which means some where around 10,000 of them. These Top 1% would have their life/career paths set and future already secured in some of the countries best colleges but my concern lies with what happens with the balance 9,90,000 students who may be branded as failures by not only the people around them but sadly in many cases by themselves because the moment the students do not get the correct percentile right to the correct decimal places- the student start questioning themselves- Am I good enough? Am I made for the field I really think I am good in?

I had this student with me last year who had given his grade 12 exam in Sciences and wanted to be an Engineer. Full of life and energy- Really creative and a good writer. Give him a 1000 word essay to write and he would come up with one of the best ones in the class and although, I could clearly see that,  his strengths lay in a creative field but he still wanted to be an engineer- not because he wanted to be one but because his “Parents” wanted it for him. Sounds familiar? Result- Disappointment. His science result was average and not the one, that could get him a seat in one of the good engineering colleges. So he opted for the second option- doing a science degree from one of the regional colleges. Result- again disappointment & heart burn. 

The family reached out to me and requested me for a counseling of the student- what I told them left them a little shocked- I said, leave the student- I want to counsel you first!

-to be followed.


How NOT to choose a Private University in India!



If you are a student who has just finished writing your grade 12 exams in India or If you are a parent of a student who has just finished writing his/her grade 12 exams in India. This post is for both of you.

As the race to enter India’s premier state funded well known institutions becomes more competitive  read CRAZY every year. We now have a very substantial population of students who have to look for a place in the numerous Private Universities mushrooming across the country and as you begin the process of shortlisting some of these Universities as prospective places where your children can devote next 3-4 years of their life and you can invest a substantial part of your hard earned financial resources, I thought, it will be prudent if I could share a few points on how you should NOT shortlist a prospective private University and If any of the below points is true in a University case, my advice to you is simple- BOLT just run away from that choice and look for better motivations to join a University in first place.

1. I can join this University because ” It is near to my house and 4 years is a long time to spend away from home”

2. I can join this University because ” It has a beautiful campus with a swimming pool in it”

3. I can join this University because ” This is the place for Film Stars to promote their movies and they come at least twice every year!”

4. I can join this University because ” The crowd in the University is really Hip!”

5. I can join this University because Some of the Private  “Leading” Business Magazine Rankings put this Uni in its Top 10 List!”

6. I can join this University because ” The AVERAGE placement figures of its graduates are really good!”

7. I can join this University because ” They have a really good 10 days International Exchange Program to Singapore!” (Read International Holiday)

And, the worst of all;

8. I can join this University because ” Hey, couple of my friends are joining the same and both of them sound smarter than me!”

Choosing a University is a life time decision and it is a time consuming process with no one strategy that fits all but still, If you are choosing a University because of any of the above reasons. Think Again and ask for help with a good career counselor in your city!

I will follow up this post with points on “How to Choose a Private University” soon.

Wish you all the best!



P.S: I wrote this post initially on my Linked in Profile over here!

Should You Join IMT Dubai?


This post is intended to all those of you who have written emails to me in hordes with this very questions- Should I join IMT Dubai?

Well, to be really straight forward to you, as much as I may want to help you, I think I cannot give you a direct answer for that question as the answer for each one of you will differ depending upon your background both professional and personal that is and also your objective in doing an MBA. Still, In this post, I will try to answer this question for all of you based on my own experiences and idea of a B-School.

For me a B-School has three important pillars;

  1. Profile of Students Studying
  2. Profile of Faculty
  3. Placements

So, How does IMT Dubai stack up on each of those pillars;

1. Profile of Student Studying – I think IMT Dubai is an Indian Institute in Dubai that means almost all of the students joining it are coming from different cities in India. At least that was the case during my time(2008-2010) and I am assuming that is the case today also, so you do not have an International Classroom what you do have is a completely Indian Classroom in Dubai. On an average over the last few years, I think there are about 60-70 students in an MBA class at IMT Dubai

2. Profile of Faculty- Faculty plays a very very important role in any MBA program, at IMT Dubai most of the faculty again are Indians with a minority of them from outside India which in turn keeps the Indianess alive in the campus

3. Placements- One of the most important & first question that comes to any aspirants mind is the golden word placements. In IMT Dubai what will get you placements will be your hard work done in those 2 years of MBA program,you can’t just expect a placement having only topped your class room for 2 years in IMT Dubai and done nothing else.For you to get a placement in IMT Dubai, you need to be a kind of all rounder, somebody who balances his/her academics with internships/company projects, whatever opportunity of exposure comes you to experience Dubai and yes, not a lot of students start on big fat salaries, many start small but surely, after couple of years of experience in the local market establish themselves( I think if you are studying @ IMT Dubai  you should work on a time frame of 2+2, which 2 years for MBA and then 2 years to establish yourself in local market)

Frequently Asked Questions Answered

1. Can I get placement in India through IMT Ghaziabad if I study in IMT Dubai?- No

2. Is Investing a Huge Some of Money in MBA at IMT Dubai a good idea for me?– I cannot take a decision for you, please do the maths, see from my inputs above if you think it will be a good idea for yourself, each of you is in a different phase of  your life. So think and decide accordingly

3. Can you vouch for IMT Dubai?– What kind of question is this?

4. How was your experience in IMT Dubai?– My experience in IMT Dubai was phenomenal, I made the most of my 2years  in IMT Dubai, I experienced my best college life in IMT Dubai, Did internships, organised lot of campus events, made lot of good friends, studied and experienced Dubai, all in those 2 years and I think those were one of the best 2 years of my life but then that was me in a different time and in a different economic scenario all together, you need to take a call yourself. Please do not go by my experience alone. Talk to lot of current students, alumni and find out their                        experiences too

 5. You advice to students joining IMT Dubai?– Always remember you are joining two things IMT & Dubai city. You need to experience & accept both and only then you will succeed

Hope this clarifies all of your questions. Wish you all the best!