Tuesday, 24 November 2009

friends, food and a good time!

It was a great weekend this time… had been to college to judge an event, meet old pals with whom i studied, accompanied by great food.

I was trying to make it to Christ College where I did my MBA, however due to busy schedules on the weekdays I could not manage to wake up early on Saturdays :( to make it to the college.. Well this Saturday was an exceptional one…I did manage to wake up early! It was good being in college after a long time, walking the path which I used some four/five years ago… One thing that has grown significantly is the intake of MBA students. While I was studying, we were 60 students in MBA of which 14 had taken finance. Currently, there are 260 students who have taken finance in their MBA..wow almost 20x increase… Was there in college to judge an event where eight groups made a presentation and played the role of lead managers in a book building process of an IPO. There were colleges which participated in this event from across Bangalore.. I appreciate their effort in collecting data and making a presentation, however a few groups were not able to justify the price band they came with. While there were two groups which impressed me..they were very close in justifying the price band they came with.. Its quite challenging for those young minds to take the appropriate growth rate, compute fcf and using dcf valuation arrive at a price target…I do appreciate their effort in getting closer to it… I enjoyed being there and it was an honor to be sharing the judging panel with Prof Ramachandran who taught me finance while I was in college and played a vital role in helping me understand how markets work…

It was a packed weekend for me…Post attending the college met a few friends from my native at their residence in JP Nagar. It was a good time spending over the weekend. We managed to get up early on a Sunday morning to enjoy tasty and mouth watering breakfast in Basavanagudi. It is a small place in Basavanagudi, however the breakfast is worth mentioning on my blog. This place is known as Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa Hotel…and as the name goes, they specialize in making awesome benne dosa and phad (locally known as..which is made of the same ingredients used for dosa, while it is round in shape and has same slices of onion and mirchi). There are very few such places in Bangalore which serve you these kind of dishes. Mostly these are located in Jayanagar, Rajajinagar, Malleshwaram and Basavanagudi…

The weekend did not end yet…It was now time to catch up with the old pals with whom I studied my graduation. We had plans to meet at Barista, however we ended up meeting in CCD on MG Road where we spent few minutes and after being irritated by the hopeless songs played there, we moved to Cafe Hardrock where there were few more friends whom we had to meet. Cafe Hardrock plays nice songs, old rock songs…just too good…

Coming weekends are gona be a little packed as this one was..Have to catch up with a lot of friends!

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