Taking off in the MBA flight

In the beginning of the movie Batman Begins, when Bruce Wayne finally scales the mountain and reaches Ra’s al Ghul, he is huffing and panting.
Ra’s: Are you ready to begin?
Bruce: I… I can barely stand.

And then he gets kicked to the ground. A couple of more blows later, Bruce finally starts to defend himself, puts up a fight, and eventually faints.

This is the welcome a B-school gives to you, once you scale the mountain called CAT.

I wasn’t oblivious to this. I have heard friends talk about it. Most of you must’ve heard this too. But it’s not the same thing. It’s like the Matrix; you can’t be told what it is, you have to see it for yourself.

The first couple of weeks aren’t so bad though, when the only thing turning up the heat on you is the Sun. You walk around in campus, and survey the crowds for what IT guys would call leads and opportunities. There is an aroma of new found freedom in the air, and a proclivity towards being irresponsible.

And then out of nowhere, you are expected to be athletes. A multitude of races are laid in front of you, and your mind starts to spin.
Clubs. Committees. Presentations. Exams. Competitions. CV. Placements. Placements. Placements.
On the very first day, I remember a line from the induction ceremony: “Most of you here; your lives have been graced with success till now. But beware; a lot of you will experience failure here in some way or the other.”
His words started making sense soon enough.

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The feeling of complete worthlessness is a phase through which almost every MBA student has to pass. Regardless of what you have achieved before B-school, or how inhumanly talented you are, you will break. There is no escaping it. Winning all the races is out of question.

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Yet the fact that some seemingly do better than others is undeniable. Some have that extra spurt of energy for whatever they do. In fact, experienced folks start feeling like a hundred years old, when kids fresh out of grad school run around and speak with over-exuberance. “Who’s that jumpy kid? I hate that bastard.”

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  1. Radha Somanchi 3 years ago

    A witty article! So well crafted too!! Kishorem you have a talent for writing, should do it more often :mrgreen:

  2. Sourav Bangotra 3 years ago

    The parallels you make with movies are brilliant. Like always! 🙂
    And that bit about not having 90 is a crime… errh, I have got 89 point something in both 10th and 12th. That really sucks! 😛

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      Kishore Pisapati 3 years ago

      Thanks man! I doubt anyone gets them as well as you do.
      As for the percentages, quoting Interstellar – “We’ll find a way. We always have.”

  3. Shirsendu Sarkar 3 years ago

    Awesomely expressed… Write more often dude 🙂

  4. Harnoor Singh Lamba 3 years ago

    Very well written, especially the ending.! Though I beg to differ on a few points 🙂

  5. Mohana Kodipaka 3 years ago

    So very true!!!……..We join top B-school and our content with that achievement, but later realize that the real competition begins here at school CAT was just filtration process..

  6. Sarthak Brahma 3 years ago

    Matrix,Batman and Star Wars + A heartfelt account of your life at your B-School= Great work dude. Applause 😎

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Taking off in the MBA flight

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