Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Placements 2006 @ K

The official teaser of a press release for Placements 2006 at IIMK goes as follows...

100% placement for IIM Kozhikode’s Class of 2006 was never a concern, but the sheer number of offers that flooded the placement season had the students floored with every student on the campus having multiple offers to choose from. A mind-numbing 415 offers were made to the 133 graduating students in the placement season this year! The best indicator of the success of a placement season is the “offers per student”, which stands at a spectacular 3.12 offers per student at IIM Kozhikode!

Companies made a beeline for the scenic Kunnamangalam campus vying to recruit top talent for their organizations. Offers were met by counter-offers as companies pulled out all stops to attract the best candidates!

47 PPO’s and PPI’s in a batch of 133 was a sign of things to come as industry reposed their faith in the capabilities of IIMK’s students yet again. Spoilt for choice, students were seen wracking their brains trying to decide between various lucrative offers in the best companies offering the choicest roles.

97 companies confirmed participation for the placement season this year (Lateral and Final placements), however, quite a few of these couldn’t recruit students because they were all already placed. Roles in Strategy Consulting, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Investment banking, Equity Research, FMCG Sales and Marketing and Analytics found favor with the students.

New recruiters like Lehman Brothers India, Standard Chartered Bank, CTS, PwC (GRID) Consulting, Ernst & Young, Marico, Reliance Industries Ltd, Headstrong Consulting, Atos-Origin, The Times Group, Britannia, Dabur, Dell, Indus logic, RPG, Ocwen Financials, ICICI Prudential, Murugappa Group and ICICI Lombard, to name a few, were added to IIM Kozhikode’s already impressive list in a thumping display of the industry’s confidence. Regular recruiters like Deloitte Consulting, JP Morgan, Citigroup, GE Money, ITC, Asian Paints, Genpact, Wipro, Infosys, Kotak, TCS, IBM, HP, UTI Bank, Patni, HCL Technologies, CapGemini and CSC returned this year, reinforcing their long-standing commitment with IIM Kozhikode.

The mood on the campus was festive as two years of grueling coursework paid off in a fantastic placement season for the Batch of 2006.

A detailed report shall be made available as soon as the compilation of offers and acceptances are completed.

For any queries, please mail to

My own take on the same and some random observations are in the presses. Stand by.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

a SuperSub post

Yeah yeah, I know it has been some time since this blog had regular postings and all that, but trust me there were 27 very very valid reasons for the same and hence I am totally justified. Period.

Now coming to the reason for this post. Sidin, in yet another post on his brilliant blog, describes some of India's eminent cricketers and does it in such style that I am typing this post with my left hand fingers, the right hand ones having been rendered useless by a fall from my bed as I tried to hold my guts in as I rolled about laughing, obviously.

I mean, how else can you react to something as obvious a masterpiece as this -

Sunil Gavaskar: The first big international Indian cricket star. Scored thousands upon thousands of runs in a career that spanned several millions of balls left outside off-stump. He was affectionately known as Sunny, the Little Master and that little Prick though the first two were rarely used. He was a tireless team player and inspiring captain who often shouldered a lot of the batting burden and most of the match fees single-handedly. Gavaskar was a cricketer who patiently waited for the loose ball and once did so for three whole days in a limited overs match before stadium security politely asked him to leave. Gavaskar became the captain of India in 1982 taking on the mantle from Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan, an accomplished cricketer himself, who retired from cricket in protest after it became mandatory to wear kits with one’s full name on the back.

Venkatesh Prasad: If Akthar is the "Rawalpindi Express" then for many years Venkatesh Prasad, a key part of the bowling attack, was affectionately called "The Slow Bangalore Passenger That Is Currently Broken Down At Palakkad Station. Passengers approach ticket counter for refund please." Despite several key wickets, Prasad was not a pacey bowler but instead used a bewildering array of slow, slower and slowest balls to vex batsmen. In the 1992 World Cup he bowled a slow one to Wasim Akram that has not reached the batsman to this day. He was a pioneer of the "Intimidation" school of fielding whereby you do not run for the ball but merely try to stop it by looking at it gravely.

Sanjay Manrekar: Manjrekar is an exciting top order batsman with an amazing repertoire of shots. If you play him in that stupid Anil Kumble game that is. In real life he was often called a text-book cricketer, in the sense that watching him bat was like reading a macro-economics text book. Sanjay Manjrekar was full of technique and single-handedly developed 2567 ways of padding upto an off-spinner. His moment of glory was during the Ashes Test of 1994 when Imran Khan approached him and accepted defeat as several of the Pakistani players were collapsing from brain inactivity. Manjrekar valiantly declined and went on to score an astounding century in just under a fortnight.

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