Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Times of frenzy!

After IC, its just been 2 weeks before the crazy times have begun again!

The whole office is buzzing with excitement as country coaches prepare for their visits to all parts of the world. Theme dinners have begun. This is what has happened so far:

Central and Eastern European Dinner
Spanish speaking region Dinner
Asia Pacific Dinner
Western Europe & North America Dinner

African dinner and Emerging Markets (India, China :)) Dinner to come in the next two days...

The AI blog (http://ai.myaiesec.net) is back in action as well. Everyone has blogger accounts and have caught the fever of blogging :)

From 1st October most of the people leave the office.

I have a good trip lined up for about 1 month 10 days starting from UK - Sweden - Norway - US.
Some good sales needs to happen. Loving the times of pressure and corporate life :)

So many diverse experiences, and time just passes by so quickly - it becomes so critical to sit down atleast once a week and capture the million things that are happening in one small office with 22 people and you that are amidst all this!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Wicker Man - History created!

History is created yet again. The worst movie on the planet has been released a.k.a 'The Wicker Man'. Just for this tag - I will recommend everyone to watch this movie, so they know that the standards cannot go low beyond this movie, and I think for this reason this movie will earn some money.

But the movie is simply punishing for people like us, who wanted to have a decent evening on Saturday. Some of the things just doesnt make any sense in the movie.

Ryan, Ondrej and me were discussing at the end - the only good moment (for us) was the last scene in the club where the two girls look stunningly hot :) That's it.

Some comments so that its not only me who is saying this:

*BBC - movie review:
"Every time I turn my head, something doesn't make sense!" wails Nicolas Cage in Neil LaBute's The Wicker Man. But what really puzzles is why anyone, let alone the director of the excellent In the Company of Men, would want to blot their copybook with such a shambolic remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 - The Wicker Man"

*"When attempting what is often deemed the most unnecessary of cinematic projects, the remake, a filmmaker can adopt a nearly identical plot but still generate an inferior product."

*"A great thriller has been remade into one of the most laughable. Nicolas Cage seems to be acting in another movie, waving his arms around, shouting, pulling guns and even punching smiling pagan women. And Neil LaBute -- who never met a story he couldn't turn into a paranoid castration fantasy -- dumbs things down enough to insult the stupid."

*"Something Wicker this way comes...and you'd be advised to stay away. Unless you just really want to see Nicolas Cage running through the woods in a bear costume. Sorry, he's not helping prevent forest fires--that would've been more exciting."

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Poker night!

Poker nights are IN :)
Yesterday night, our house (Ryan, Ildi, Ondro, me) led by Ondro - the born casino player had organized a Poker night.

It was a perfect setting as you can see below. Everything was there...

Cigars, Whiskey, a professional Poker set, a shady room with the only two sources of illumination focussed on the poker table, men in black suits and ladies in black as well :), willingness to bet high and big, and the much required entrepreneurial attitude.

Just before the night began

Let the games begin!
The setup

High intensity period

It was indeed a lot of fun. The evening started at 21 00 and ended about 2 30 AM in the morning when the last person standing had all the money and all the other people were wiped out (strangely it was me - I have never won a bingo in my life and this was a pleasant surprise, but it was insane with the last few rounds of insane betting)

I am sure there are going to be more poker nights in our house!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Take a bow to these sporting legends!

This is to: My two favourite sport stars who are definitely sporting legends.

I have been a die-hard fan of Agassi since the time he entered the grass courts of Wimbledon in 1992. Unexpectedly winning the first Grand Slam championship there to then continuing to be the one of only five players to win all four Grand Slam singles events, he is truly an amazing guy.

He is much more than a successful tennis star. His humbleness, style, charisma, philanthropic nature has led him to be the favourite of millions.

On September 3, after playing his final match to Benjamin Becker in the 2006 U.S. Open's third round Agassi said a few words to his fans: "Thanks. The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn't say is what it is I have found. Over the last twenty-one years, I have found loyalty: you have pulled for me on the court and also in life. I've found inspiration: you have willed me to succeed sometimes even in my lowest moments. And I've found generosity: you have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I could have never reached without you. Over the last twenty-one years, I have found you and I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life. Thank you."

Salute to one of the greatest sporting legends...

Now, from one sporting legend to the fastest man on the circuit - Michael Schumacher

He announces his retirement from Formula1 after finishing this session. After winning the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari takes the lead from Renault in the 2006 season. With 3 races to go now, Michael Schumacher is 2 pts behind season leader Alonso.

His words while announcing his retirement:
"It has been a really tough decision not to work together at this level but I knew that one day it had to come.
All these years in Formula 1 have been amazing, especially those spent alongside my friends in the Scuderia (Ferrari)," he said. "Soon my future will belong to my family, while I am happy to be still part of Ferrari. But for now, what matters is this world championship," said the German.

A great driver, a great entertainer and a legend!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Back in Rotterdam after crazy 15 days...

I am back in Rotterdam after I dont know what I went through.

Passing through an insane head rush of meeting about 650 delegates from over 90 countries, laughing, dancing, those conversations that you always wished for, meeting over 100 guests, partners and talking about AIESEC, life - all in the span of 15 days!

And now suddenly I am back in Rotterdam all alone thinking what I have gone through. Less than 1% of the youth in the world today have an access to opportunities and a life like this.

A lot of people asked me on how is IC going, or how do you feel IC's been for you - and I frankly feel - I dont know what just happened.

It has been such a different experience for me - than the other 2 ICs where I have been a delegate.

I met some of the coolest and smartest people, whom I will never forget in my life. The impact this organization has on people is amazing. I realized the power of Gratitude - thanks to this wonderful man called David Pollay, who was an absolute amazing chair!

I am back for my vacation in Rotterdam where I want to remain in this solitude, reflect, rest, read, sleep, cook good food :), write long emails to people who helped me to be at this juncture in my life.

I miss all the people whom I met at IC! I hope to see some of you again somewhere...

Its just an amazing transition from an atmosphere of incredible frenzy and diversity to solitude...

Truly "Living my dreams"...

Saturday, September 02, 2006

AIESEC extends into Bahrain and Qatar....

AIESEC has further expanded its presence into the Middle East - Bahrain and Qatar join the AIESEC family :)

Yesterday late night during legislation, this history was created (Btw, Legislations lasted until 3 20 AM - some things never change :))

Its amazing to see how AIESEC is growing its network so rapidly and its powerful to see this wonderful organization providing an incredible experience to young people, now in 97 countries! AIESEC is becoming more and more relevant and impactful to the society and especially societies that are the most relevant.

A huge thank you to all the people who are putting their efforts in this direction.