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A Little Pondering

I took the bus today, took me twice as long to reach home than if I had taken the train but that was fine. Just the simple pleasure of sitting in an almost empty bus, by the window, feeling the breeze on my face was enough. I had a magazine for company and the time was spent quite happily. It just reminds me to be grateful for the little things in life and also that some things never change (read: the slow rambling bus routes in Mumbai).

Change is a wonderful thing and without accepting that, one would tend to find oneself always out of step with reality. But somethings will not and should not change and those will be the pillars holding us up, the foundations of the future. For example, I am not much of a picture taker (I don’t particularly enjoy being clicked either) and I don’t think that that’ll ever change. I prefer capturing moments in my head and cherish them. When the moment is important enough, you will remember it, there will be no need for the picture to serve as a reminder. I once thought that my blog would be more interesting if I had more pictures on it. But that just made me very anxious every time I wrote something because I would worry about the perfect picture to accompany it. In the end it made me not want to write and that was just sad so I stopped trying. I might still put up a picture from time to time if the mood strikes but that’s about it. I’m not one for endless clicking and uploading of pictures on Facebook, Instagram et al. I like to think that this says something about me but what that something might be is a mystery still.

Another of my pet peeves that hasn’t changed much over the years is to be lazy about things that are important to me. Somehow it is so much easier to put my back into things when someone else is holding the reins and there is a possibility of disappointing them. But the things that I care about often fall to the wayside, like my writing for example or exercising or let’s face it, my applications to B-Schools. I’m quite disappointed in myself about this actually and this is something that definitely needs to change. Life is all about balance. Too much of anything is not good but its one hell of an effort to bring about such a change. But like I observed earlier, change is wonderful :P. This is probably the perfect example. I hereby solemnly swear to make conscious and careful decisions from here onwards and find my balance. It will be an uphill task and many many battles before I’m satisfied with how things are but here’s a promise that I will get there. Enough said.

Until next time.

Cheers!

PS # This probably sounds like a resolution that should have been made in the new year. But hey I’m lazy remember? So its a tad late 😛

Ready for GMAT!

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If there is one thing I’ve learnt in these eight weeks is that you can never have too many pencils 🙂

(Well technically I’ve learnt a lot of other things too but I’ve talked enough about those!)

I wish I could take my pencils to the test with me but since I can’t, let them be immortalised here! : P

Until next time, Cheers!

GMAT Prep: Week Seven

Well it’s been a good week with a mock test score of 730 but somehow I can feel myself a little low on energy and a little high on laziness. I would like to blame it on the extremely hot weather or on the lack of exercise but even I know those are convenient excuses. So I dug up all the motivational literature I have ever stored and they made for a good read. Now I just have to get to implementing them 🙂

My favourite one is this piece here. It basically debunks the myth of passion and motivation and tells you that you have to be able to put up with the boredom of regular practice. That is all it takes: just keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing every single day no matter how boring it gets. It’s something to think about, and it’s something I’ll apply this week. With less than 2 weeks to go for the test, I’ll need every bit of practice I can get.

Until next time, Cheers!

PS # I had some trouble finding the article I was looking for and now I’m inspired to re-organize all my archives and various storage modes 🙂

GMAT Prep: Week Five

It has been an interesting week.. took some time off to research colleges and I must say there is a lot to find out about! Took only a cursory glance at 5 colleges but took a while nevertheless. It actually got me excited thinking about where all this is leading. So far, just the challenge of the exam has been keeping me going but now that I’m quite used to that, it helps to look at the larger picture. Helps to keep me focussed. I also made a conscious decision to keep myself more updated about the affairs of the world. Currently it is way too sporadic to be of much use. And while I was out there compiling a reading list of newspapers, journals et al, I found this video on TED.com which I found absolutely amazing, which also led to me to read up a little bit more about the speaker, nobel prize winner, Daniel Kahneman. Let’s just say that now I know what the term behavioural economics means.

Until next time, Cheers!

PS # I am now officially a fan of the sitcom Modern Family, keeps me company during meals 🙂

GMAT Prep: Week Four

So far I have been following the guidelines that say that you should conduct all preparations under ‘test conditions’, which means no music, no cellphone, just focus on the task at hand. While that has worked out pretty well, there is something to be said about a bit of music playing in the background while studying. So I gave in to temptation and played myself some classic John Denver music while reviewing math concepts.

In other news, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ came to an end! It was really sad but it did get us all some much needed closure. I didn’t start watching it when it first started but have been a solid fan since 2010 and absolutely love the show. I guess life needs a little laughter from time to time.

I didn’t exactly get around to making mind maps but I did brighten up my notes with lots and  lots of colour! Some of my favourite ones are here!

My Notes: Comparing Fractions
My Notes: Comparing Fractions
My Notes: Exponents and Roots
My Notes: Exponents and Roots
My Notes: Ratios and Percentages
My Notes: Ratios and Percentages
My Notes: Statistics
My Notes: Statistics

In an interesting interlude, I took this personality test. Now I’ve explored my fair share of personality tests and each one has it’s own merits but this one was something quite different. Very refreshing, you should try it too!

Took another GMAT mock test and scored a 690 :). Getting closer and closer to success!

Until next time, Cheers!

GMAT Prep: Week Three

Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll have a lot to say everyday so might as well make this a weekly thing. Well after that shocker of a test last Sunday, I took another full length test on Tuesday and heaven be praised, I managed a 710. It was quite reassuring and it prompted me to schedule my test for May 10, 2014!

As of today, I have finally finished reviewing all concepts required for the test, from now on it shall only be a lot of practice. I also intend to make flashcards of each topic for quick reviews. I thought I’d make them interesting so bought myself a sketchbook and lots of coloured pens, let’s hope they help!

In other news this week, I bought one of those erasable note boards so that I could get used to them before the actual test. It looks pretty good but I am yet to make use of it, will give it a shot tomorrow when I take a full test.

My Erasable Note Board
My Erasable Note Board

Necessity is the mother of invention they say, I say it’s food :P. Whipped up a very delicious omelette yesterday when I was hungry in the evening 🙂

My Delicious Omelette
My Delicious Omelette

Until next time, Cheers!

GMAT Prep: Day Thirteen

I took my second full length test today and while was there was a slight improvement in score from last week (640 to 650), it was not phenomenal. While closer inspection did reveal that the level of difficulty of about 60% of the questions was quite high, but nevertheless need to buck up and get those scores improved. I managed better at Math than Verbal, which was quite a surprise!

Once I was done analysing errors, I decided to take a walk down memory lane, listening to some of my favourite music. ABBA once sang:

And I’ve often wondered, how did it all start? 
Who found out that nothing can capture a heart 
Like a melody can? 
Well, whoever it was, I’m a fan 

and I couldn’t agree with them more!

Until next time, Cheers!

GMAT Prep: Day Eleven

Today I timed myself to complete a full section of Math (75 minutes) and Verbal (75 minutes). The first thought that went through my head was ‘phew!’, at least I finished in time this time. In the diagnostic test, I ran out of time. The second thought was that the accuracy had some improvement. This was essentially to gear up for the second full test that I shall take this weekend, here’s hoping for the best!

I’m also reading a book called ‘The Mind Map Book’ by Tony Buzan and I quite like the concept that he talks about. The brain can store infinite amounts of information, it’s just that we humans, choose to store our information very inefficiently and therefore are unable to effectively utilize the full power of the brain. The book might just be able to live up to it’s claim that it will: ‘Unlock your creativity, boost your memory, change your life’.

The Mind Map Book Cover
The Mind Map Book

Once I’m done with the book, I shall attempt to create mind maps of my study material, should help liven things up 🙂

Until then, Cheers!