I had written this poem titled “Bahut Din Hue” which went as “Bahut Din Hue Kuchh Likha Nahin” (It has been long since I wrote something). Probably it fits the situation better now than when it was written.

Well, what to say about this silence now. Had been bogged down by Group work, which never seems to be something done by the group, but rather turns out to be something done for the group. I sometimes wonder – if all this MBA education which, everywhere, emphasizes group-work need not rethink the mode. You can force people into “group work”, but unless group-ethics are there, what good the group work will do. When group work comes after all the personal academic and non-academic work in people’s priority list, may God bless the concept. And it does badly need some blessing. There are several structural problems anyway. The size of the group is decided not by what kind of work it is and how many people are needed to manage it, but by the size of the class divided by the number of group the instructor thinks he/she can manage.

I can go on and on, but there is no point; probably shall be projecting myself as a moron. This is a problem not specific to IIML anyway. So, all this might not have mattered so much if the academics otherwise would have been satisfactory, if it were possible to look forward to some of the classes at least. You should have seen the faces of MBA students at IITK, when I told them that one of the questions in our OB exam was “to list and define the five personality factors of the five-factor model” and then you would realize why I feel so frustrated.

Have been sleeping for almost 18 hours after the classes got over yesterday. Don’t know what was I trying to overcome by sleeping, when I wasn’t really physically tired. Something, which has not been overcome even after that.

Too bad, blogger does not have that option of specifying mood like LiveJournal.

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe ( with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: Twitter: @jayajha Facebook:

3 thoughts on “Silence…

  1. Hi Jaya,
    I can’t stop myself from replying to ur blog.
    I don’t know what was your experience with IITK MBA students & why you are generalizing MBA Students of IITK.
    Again the question comes to my mind is it possible to quantify things? Is somebody relly very stupid if he doesn’t know five personality factors.Are all the people without such knowledge unsuccessful?
    I do agree with you that groups really don’t produce optimal solutions.

  2. Hah! You got it wrong Sir! I was criticizing IIML and not MBA students of IITK.IITK MBA students were surprised that such idiotic questions are asked in the exam.They have the fortune of having a better professor there and hence question-paper is more sensible.

    While it is in no way related to my post, but since you seem so senti about it, I think MBA student anywhere in the world pretty much know well about the five pesonality factors. Whether it has some grand effect on the success and failure or not, if at the end of an MBA programme one indeed does not know about them – well all I can said is that I wonder…

  3. Thanks for making the things clear.
    Don’t know/Not Sure whether MBA is required for developing/knowing five personality factors.
    Really enjoyed ur blogs & was surprised to know the radical transformation in your personality.Anyways wish you best of Luck for upcoming placements.


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