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Posted by: on November 2, 2016

Home Away From Home: Garden Plot #54A

“You have less than a year! Don’t follow the throng: decide on the right opportunities for you.” Given that Oxford’s program is only a year long, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) was something I felt strongly starting from Day 1 at Oxford Saïd. FOMO was what made Dean Tufano’s advice stick out and catch me […]

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Posted by: on October 25, 2016

The Space Agency in Your Backyard

I like thinking about the future. I like things that feel like they could come out of the pages of a science fiction novel. Some of you know this about me. Some of you even share this interest. If you do, then you know that there are few futuristic sectors more interesting to a scifi […]

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Posted by: on October 21, 2016

Anchoring!

Four weeks into #OxfordMBA with 328 amazing individuals, personalities and celebrities, it’s not strange to feel a little less exquisite. How am going to cope up in a class with such individuals, how am I going to get that job against that consulting guy, how am I going to get into that industry with no […]

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Posted by: on October 19, 2016

Mind Over Medal

I’m teaming up with Sagar to feature our MBA classmates. One of the things I’m trying to work on this year is just plain discipline. While I used to love sports, now my dread of the anticipated soreness discourages me from a strenuous workout. I have a drink instead and tell myself that I’ll jog […]

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Posted by: on October 12, 2016

Student Spotlight #3

A Conversation with Naman Sanghvi and Pablo Oliveira It’s a beautiful Thursday in Oxford before MBA Launch begins. Naman, Pablo, and I grab cups of coffee, walk out onto a terrace at the Saïd Business School, and sit outside, enjoying the view. Sagar: Tell me your stories! Naman: I’m an engineer, and I’ve specialised in […]

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Posted by: on October 11, 2016

Under the Polished Veneer

“Why do you go to work? To increase shareholder value? What a load of b**l. Lots of people go to work for family, to get away from family, because they enjoy it, but nobody goes to work to increase shareholder value!” As I smoothed down the lapels of my blazer, berating myself for not having […]

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Posted by: on October 10, 2016

Letters home – Launch

Dear Mum, ‘Launch’, the three week pre-term warm up, is officially over, real work starts today (though launch was hectic enough and we had lectures for nearly every one of this term’s subjects as well as some of next – so hard to ascertain the ‘pre-term’ factor!). John came up to visit, he’s an absolute […]

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Posted by: on October 10, 2016

Memoir of a novice rower

            Involuntarily awaken after four hours of sleep, it is 4:51AM. I get into sportswear and take my rowing gear – which Ghadeer my wholehearted wife had bought me the night before on our anniversary. My alarm clock went off 10 minutes after. I was just thinking: that is precious […]

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Posted by: on October 5, 2016

The Supply Chain Master in Your Kitchen

“What’s the difference between your operation and a restaurant?” I ask Steve. “So, in a restaurant, they’ve got the same menu for a month. And their dishes don’t change. Say, for example, you’ve got a chicken dish with tomato. They just continuously top up their preparation. They never waste it. They never throw it away… […]

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Posted by: on October 4, 2016

Lessons learnt from an MBA: Aim high!

A few weeks ago, I finished my MBA degree from Oxford University. One of the most important lessons I learnt is this: Aim high. Constantly being surrounded by smart, driven, and passionate people showed me what high levels of excellence can be achieved with hard work, persistence, and a little luck. Two years ago, nothing […]

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