Archive for March, 2012


Rajesh bought a new swift and we decided to go to the marine drive Friday midnight. I had been there last Sunday, but that can never be the reason to say no. We left at 9:30 after we finished our t/o’s and took the western express highway to south Mumbai. I had never been beyond Bandra on road and so this was the first.

We paid 75 bucks in toll (to and fro) on the sea-link and sped along on it. The ride was amazing. I got a close look at the structure, a sign of India’s progress over the last decade. The view of the city was amazing from the sea-link. The tall barricades on the sides prevented the view of the sea but the well-lit sky scrappers of Mumbai were a treat to watch along the way. Natasha and Akshay ditched us immediately after the sea link at worli and we then took to south Mumbai via the peddar road. All the restaurants on this road usually host big parties with a lot of celebs frequenting them.

On the way I even got to see the Antilla (Mukesh Ambani’s house). It did not even have a good entry from the main road. Apparently he doesn’t stay there! Goes to show how much money he has to waste. I also got to see Haji Ali from a distance. I do want to visit it again during daytime. The marine drive was amazing with the road curving to the right as we travelled all the way till Nariman Point. Rajesh and me were very hungry and so we decided to go to Bademiyyan again (2nd time in this week ) After a 15 mins wait, we got our food at 11Pm. I started to now develop a strange liking to the Butter chicken masala and the rumali rotis we get there.

Since no trip to Marine drive ends without a scoop of natural ice cream, we went there and I got myself a mango ice cream J YummY. Enjoying the starry night and listening to Jagadish’s belief in palmistry (which he kind of explained emotionally!) we spent 30 mins chilling out. It was almost 12:30 by the time we started and on our way back I sat in the front enjoying every moment of the next 1 hr drive back to Malad. It was an amazing road trip to marine drive – the high-rise buildings, traffic at midnight, imported cars, ice cream, sea-link and the amazing new swift. I want more! and a big thank you, Rajesh, for the ride :)

 

After the 3 minute interview I had for Columbia University, I was certain for sure that either they liked my profile that they wanted to admit me or they wanted to reject me. I was asked 3 questions – Why columbia? why MFE? and how will i fund my studies? Last year everyone who had an interview was either wait listed or admitted. So the chances were high :) From 24th feb, the last date for the interviews, I was eagerly checking my mail box every 2 hrs to see if i had an admit. It was a long wait. on 26th Night i had a dream that i got through. All excited i got up only to realize it was a dream. But to make sure, i got to my Mac and to my distraught! – NO Internet!! :(

I used my 3G on my mobile to find out what happened and after 15 mins of sync up! – No Email :( I went to office and for the entire day never looked at my inbox. I came home late from work and played dotA with synti till 1 PM. Just before going to bed, I opened my mail box and the “Most important” mail was there. The subject read – “Decision on your Columbia M.S. application”. My heart was in my mouth as i opened the mail. The second word said “Congratulations”. I was erupting in joy. I couldn’t read further and was getting very emotional. I stayed away from games for almost 9 months as i spent what ever free time that came my way improving English, giving GRE, CAT and GMAT in successive months. Then went through tough times writing SOP’s and essays and what not! It was a tough 9 months in my life and finally a sweet result — “COLUMBIA ADMIT”

My Facebook status as of now has over 70 likes and 50 comments! something i never got ever! ever!! :) (of course I am a boy! ;) ). I am all excited now and am eagerly waiting for MIT, CMU and my IIM results. It will be a tough next few months as i am now spoilt for choice :D . I dunno which option i will choose, but it is a very confusing choice to make. I will be talking to as many people as possible who can clear my doubts and help me make the decision. Though i don’t want to count the chicken before they hatch, I am now highly optimistic of my profile now that an IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL has considered me worthy :) \m/