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With Rs 20 in pocket, IIM-B students live the life of have-nots

BANGALORE: Just Rs 20 in pocket. Surviving on single banana for breakfast, rice dish from roadside vendor for lunch, biscuits for tea time. Not a life that you would expect the future CEOs from the most prestigious B-school of the country to lead. But this is what some of the IIM-B students experienced for a day early this week — just to know what it is to be poor.

As part of their elective programme ‘Inclusive Business Models’, 75 students were exposed to another world — that of people who live with just Rs 20 per day (the below poverty line cut-off).

The students, in groups of five, went to different slums in and around Bangalore, interacted with the slum-dwellers, trying to understand their lives and finally come up with suitable business solutions that can help them. Interestingly, some of them even went on to experiment what it is to live with only Rs 20 to get a hands-on experience.

“My strategy was to have two meals — Rs 10 each. But I wanted to make sure it was wholesome so I do not feel hungry. I could not get anything from campus for that much.”

“So I ventured into the smaller lanes outside the campus. I could get three akki rotis and two bananas within Rs 10. I know it’s not possible for me to survive for a long time like this, but may be for a day or two. It was a life-time experience, it makes you realise the value of money,” said Justin T. “Mine was an abject failure. I found it was impossible to live with Rs 20. I did not touch my car, used the mobile only to receive calls, went out to Bilekahalli market to get bananas, ate from roadside vendors, got low quality vegetables, yet it did not fit in,” said Varun Sharma.

While some gave up smoking for the day as cigarettes were expensive, there were others who gave up on luxuries like using a laptop.

From understanding the aspirations of slum-dwellers to sending their children to English medium schools, students got a peek into the lives of the poor.




July 18, 2011 at 2:27 am Leave a comment

Two Tough Questions

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the answer for this one.

Question 2:

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates.

Candidate A – Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He’s had two Mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B – He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C – He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be your choice? Decide first, no peeking, and then scroll down for the answer.










Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, the answer to the abortion question: If you said yes, you just killed Beethoven.
Think before judging someone.
Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember: Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic

March 18, 2011 at 3:11 am Leave a comment


1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. Many of lifes’ failures are people who did not realize how close to success they were, when they gave up !!!

July 1, 2009 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

Right ear is always right!

 Research shows that people prefer to listen with their right ears rather than the left.

Humans prefer to be addressed in the right ear as they find it easier to process the information and therefore, more likely to perform a task, say researchers.

Three studies by the University Gabriele d’Annunzio in Italy have revealed that a natural side bias, which depends on hemispheric asymmetry in the brain, actually manifests itself in everyday human behaviour.

According to the researchers, one of the best-known asymmetries in humans is the right ear dominance for listening to verbal stimuli, which is believed to reflect the brain’s left hemisphere superiority for processing verbal information.

“Our studies corroborate the idea of a common ancestry in humans and other species, of lateralised behaviour during social interactions, not only for species-specific vocal communication, but also for affective responses,” said Luca Tommasi, who led the studies.

They have based their findings after specifically observing ear preference during social interactions in noisy nightclub environments on a group of people.

In the first study, 286 clubbers were observed while they were talking, with loud music in the background.

In total 72 per cent of interactions occurred on the right side of the listener.

These results are consistent with the right ear preference found in both laboratory studies and questionnaires and they demonstrate the side bias is spontaneously displayed.

In the second study, the researchers approached 160 clubbers and mumbled an inaudible, meaningless utterance and waited for the subjects to turn their head and offer either their left of their right ear.

They then asked them for a cigarette.

Overall, 58 per cent offered their right ear for listening and 42 per cent their left.

Only women showed a consistent right-ear preference.

In this study, there was no link between number of cigarettes obtained and the ear receiving the request.

In the third study, the researchers intentionally addressed 176 clubbers in either their right or their left ear when asking for a cigarette.

They obtained significantly more cigarettes when they spoke to the clubbers’ right ear compared with their left.

Taken together, these results confirm a right ear/left hemisphere advantage for verbal communication and distinctive specialisation of the two halves of the brain for approach and avoidance behaviour, the researchers said.

The findings are published in the latest edition of the ‘Naturwissenschaften’ journal.

June 25, 2009 at 4:35 am Leave a comment


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