last post from JP Morgan

i fetched probably the last round of coffee for my team an hour ago. two skinny lattes and two mochas. i’ll be in office for not more than an hour from now.

it is the end of one of the most interesting chapters of my life. a period of ten weeks where (as i’ve said before) my ‘learning density’ has been maximum. of course there have been those momeents of frustration, such as when i had to check if the ‘middle office’ had done it’s job properly. some moments of elation – climbing the white cliffs at the isle of wight and watching ‘les miseables’ (i still don’t know how to pronounce the name) and our first ever IIMB outing to canterbury. there have been moments of excitement at office – sometimes when the guy next to me has had me calculating stuff for him as he was closing a deal. when i read about some exotic structures. and sometimes it’s been utter boredom – my weeks 6 and 7 where i did nothign but check mail every minute for non-existent new mail.

yeah, i have an offer from JP Morgan. it’s in exotic derivatives trading. it’s going to be a hectic job: 7 am to 8 pm or so of intense action. as i’ve said before, probably the best job an investment bank could offer me.

i have the contract letter in my bag – literally. if i want the job, i need to sign it and send it back within 10 business days. several factors to consider. hopefully i should make an intelligent decision.

yeah, this also happens to be my last post from London. would be leaving for b’lore on sunday morning, via delhi. due to some screwed up planning, etc. it’ll take around 18 hours to hit b’lore.

london has been kinda nice. lousy weather. but some things are good though: the night-life, the public transport, the variety in entertainment, etc. some things have been lousy – the food (except for a few good meals here and there), the weather (again!!), the tiny roads, most shops closing by 7 pm, no free lunch at office, the coffee, etc.

a few closing notes about england…

capital: London
national animal: lion
national game: football? rugby? (surprisingly not too many people here like cricket – strange)
national obsession: the weather
national pastime: making out

guess thatzit for now. the next post will be from IIMB.

once again, cheers mates!

last day!!!

today is the last day of my internship at JP Morgan. 10 weeks seem to have just flown by. a few things i have to do today…

– finalize my fraud “project report” (i didn’t do any project here) and get it signed by my manager
– pain the HR people and make sure i have my offer letter in hand by the end of the day
– ask my manager to send a mail to the HR people saying that i haven’t taken any leave. i’ll get paid for those days i’ve NOT taken leave for
– clean out my desk and collect some useful stuff, if any, to take back home
– say goodbye to everyone here. i’ve brought a whole bunch of IIMB business cards for distribution!
– and i’m sure that my team here would like to have their money’s worth and i’ll have to do my today’s quota of choo tiya kaam

so i guess i’ll sign off now. i’ll be online till evening when i leave this place. and given that net connectivity at home is painfully slow, i guess i’ll follow a “no net” oplicy until both my comp and i have shifted to IIMB hostel.

cheers, mates!


contrary to all my expectations, i was offered a job by JP Morgan today. i have been offered in the exotic derivatives trading team (different from what i’m doing right now).

so i do have to worry about my career options now! apparently i’ll have to make the decision within a month…

let’s see…

given up

as my boss is pushing back my review day after day (he’s told me “tomorrow” at least 4 times), i think it’s mostly going to be a “no”. and it’s not going to be communicated to me since in that case i’m going to stop putting fight.

keeping in mind that the probability of getting offered is really small, and even if i’ll be offered i won’t be taking it up (balls to bullet point), i’ve decided to give up and at least enjoy the rest of my stay here in London, rather than breaking my head about something non-existent.