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Learn or Perish

Learn or Perish

A McKinsey colleague once told me a funny yet sad story of this old lady working at a client company. He had to meet her a few times with some data requests. Since she used to always appear busy and overworked, he asked her what her job was. Turns out, she used to...
Do you get nervous?

Do you get nervous?

A few months after I moved out of the US, just near my erstwhile apartment building, a plane landed in the Hudson River, near New York City.  The US Airways flight had a complete engine failure due to a bird-hit and had no power left. Yet, Captain Sullenberger, a...
Who is a genius?

Who is a genius?

In the first semester at IIT Kanpur, I noticed this guy whose class notes would just be half a page of tiny scrawl, scribbled with a ball-point refill.  In the hostel, he would usually be playing cricket or doing bull sessions with friends. Clearly, not a recipe for...