inverse bumping

it is not easy to reject a job. especially if it is from the world’s second largest bank. with a posting in london. a compensation which starts at the same level as the security guard at the bank but quickly grows to make me a millionaire within 5-6 years. and in an industry which is most coveted for most people in my college.

it’s not easy to accept a job, either. if the two months you spent at your “future workplace” were hell. Where you were made to do the jobs normally done by “class IV employees”. where the only thing that mattered to anyone was money. in an industry where everyone is grossly overpaid and hence one has to be lucky to survive. where the job, as i see it, is hardly intellectually stimulating. where you’re just another brick – no just a grain of sand making up a brick – in the wall. in a far-off land, where I don’t have too many friends (except a handful from my college who’ll be going there to – do what else? i-banking). where i have trouble getting the kind of food i like; where i managed to get rid of my addiction to caffeine because the coffee was so bad.

well, it has been hard to make this decision. have thought over it. talked to a few people around me. have faced extreme reactions – in both directions. well, if you’ve been following my blog over the last month, i think you’ve guessed right.

i am currently in the process of writing my “inverse bump” mail. i believe even when you’re saying “no”, there’s a nice way of doing it. hope to complete this mail in some time. early tomorrow morning, i’ll get it proofread by a few friends and send it on it’s way.

yet another glorious (??!!??) chapter in my life comes to a close. one that started with signing in a grubby yellow notebook saying “i accept the offer”. it had it’s highs and lows and stuff. was interesting, to say the least. well, it’ll end as soon as that mails leaves my mailbox a few hours from now.

hmmm… as usual, i’m not finding a good ending for this essay, so i guess i’ll stop here. and yeah, in a few days you can find articles on the investment banking myth and also a complete porter’s analysis on the investment banking industry.

more on simulated annealling

This time, I pick one of my favorite topics: Indian Politics.

Simulated annealing is a popular heuristic technique. I’ve written some preliminary intro about it here . Read it before you go ahead with this… for those who are too lazy to do that, here goes… as for those who already know what simulated annealing is, ignore the next two paragraphs.

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Mass Weddings

In a month’s time from now, 200 girls from our tribe are going to be married. The weddings will start on the 10th of March and go on for a week, until all the brides have been married. Preparations have already begun in full swing and some girls have already been engaged – they won’t go through the process of finding a groom in those days.

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Cricket Illustrated

This is in reference to the article “life is a game of cricket” I wrote a few days ago. Today we were discussing the answers to a certain examination and I was able to explain everything in cricketing terms… The paper consisted of 40 Multiple Choice Questions with +1 for every right answer and -1 for every wrong.

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On cultural events and simulated annealling

As part of my “Artificial Intelligence” course three years ago, I had learnt about this search technique called “simulated annealling”. I learnt this again as part of an advanced course in Operations Research. It is used to solve problems where solving rigorously is not feasible as it would take too much time.

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