Monday, November 14, 2005

Life or something like that

This will probably be my last entry from India for a while. Am leaving for Philadelphia tomorrow. Heard its very cold out there. We'll see about that. Did a lot of shopping for the journey this last week, and talked a lot to ma and pa about stuff in general. They are happy for me, but sad about me being away for so long. Dada has been sulking the last few days but that probably does not have to do with my departure.

Got a chance to get updates on some of my old engineering friends this past week. It seems Sher Khan has cracked all the public sector exams there were to crack, and now is living his dream of a lifetime of relaxation on the tax payers money. Dogra was one of the seven engineers selected on a national basis for the indian navy's design corp, and has already become a leiutenant (pardon my french) and privy to national secrets. Bhatti has cracked GMAT with a 730 score and with his background should manage one of Harvard, Stanford or Michigan. Speaking of which Dasti has already managed to secure an MBA admission from the Univ of Michigan, which now officially places me and my MBA institute low down in the list of also rans, so much for the great indian education system.

Next year it'll be ten years since we all first met. Its funny, how we motley crew of friends, the perennial underacheivers and the couldn't care less brigade sans the attitude, whose only appreciable though not laudable acheivement was to be able to down cups after cups of that bland 'Buddhi ka moot'(Buddhi btw was the emaciated, bow backed, grumpy tea stall owner at moti's campus), and wonder when is it that we would get laid, manage accomplishments that could be looked upon wih admiration.

Fundu is a much hyped and abused term, hyped and glorified to the extent that one would not want to be associated with the term fearing the burden of expectation. Bhatti was right about the fundus. Being a fundu is simple, just have your fundamentals right. You don't need to be sharp and on the edge all the time, in the long run you'd have proven yourself.

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Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

"Fundu is a much hyped and abused term"

Noted. What does it mean? I'm curious.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, its a hindi slang, for an intellectual/academic stud with several local variations. Our variation was 'one who was clear with his basic/fundamental math and physics'.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

Huh. Thanks. I'm not sure there's an American analog, unless it's "physics nerd." Out in the career world, having an expertise that has some cache in the mind of the speaker makes you a "wonk," as in "policy wonk."

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh! Thanks for the info. Right now, wonk is not such a common term in the indi work scenario, although I guess, given our natural predilection for picking up anything american, it might soon be. Here, if you are in technology/research/finance I guess you could still be a fundu, but in management, if youre good, you naturally become a stud irrespective of your physical constitution.

11:03 AM  
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