A HEC MBA 2010 student diary

Thanksgiving – Enjoy the turkey!

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on November 26, 2009

Today, I had an excellent first thanksgiving dinner of my life with people from 3 generations of a truly exciting american family.

Thanks Pat, John, Tom, Henry, Keller & Mike, Letitia & Mark, Morgan, Chris, Tripper and others.

Enjoy the turkey!

Three most important learnings from my MBA

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on November 21, 2009
This topic came up in a recent discussion with a friend of mine and I thought, I should share it further. Now that I’m almost done with my MBA, I can take a jab on to summarize my learning experience.


Three most important things I learnt from my MBA,

  1. Better judgement of individual strengths and weaknesses
  2. What you can do depends on your own vision, initiative, ability to work with people and the extent of your network
  3. Most businesses can be turned around or built up by sticking to basics (cash is king, avoid debt, keep it simple & stupid etc)

Here, I have purposefully avoided mentioning academics. The point being – it really depends on individual needs. You should know finance to a decent extent, but guess what – most business models are simple BODMAS games.

However, academically speaking, I found the following very important,

  1. Marketing (sums up finance + strategy + people)
  2. Communication (especially corporate communication & sales speech. Note sales speech does not mean selling product or services. It could also mean how you pitch to recruit the right talent and so on)
  3. Case methodology (i.e. quickly grasping the situation, identifying the problem, and coming up with a hypothesis)

Makes sense?

mbaStories.com – the story telling begins!

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on October 10, 2009

mbastories.com is now available.

I updated the details of my MBA journey at http://mbastories.com/story/faiz

Whether you are a prospective MBA student, currently undertaking your MBA at a business school or whether you are an alumni, I invite you to follow the link below and read why you should participate,


Nandan Nilekani: ‘We Are on the Razor’s Edge’

Posted in Uncategorized by Faiz Wahid on October 7, 2009

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mbaCollab.com – coming soon…

Posted in Uncategorized by Faiz Wahid on September 25, 2009

mbaCollab.com is intended to be a collaboration platform for the MBA community of prospective students, current students, alumni, business schools, companies and recruiters.

A beta version will be launched soon targeting students and alumni. Visit www.mbacollab.com for more information.

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Ramadan ends, Eid Mubarak!

Posted in Personal Updates by Faiz Wahid on September 19, 2009

Today is the last day of the holy month of Ramadan. By God’s grace, after a month long fasting, Muslim’s all around US & EMEA will celebrate the festival of Eid tomorrow.

I’m a bit sad, as my entire family is back home in India. But, nevertheless, there’s a good bunch of people in my 2nd year MBA class at Darden with whom I’ll be going for the Eid prayers tomorrow morning at the local Buford Middle School.

In the afternoon, there is a lecture from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus at the University Hall organized by the University of Virginia. This event is free and open to the public.

Here is the link to the local mosque in Charlottesville.

and here is the link to the afternoon event,

That’s insane!

Posted in Business World by Faiz Wahid on September 14, 2009

1 Euro = 71.1184659 Indian rupees

Yahoo Finance (14 Sep 2009)

Yahoo Finance (14 Sep 2009)

Happy Indian Independence day!

Posted in Leadership Training by Faiz Wahid on August 15, 2009

It’s an inspiring real story of true leadership that mobilizes an entire nation to independence from it’s foreign rulers. A salute to all those who fought for our independence and gave us a free India.

India gained independence from the British empire on 15th August 1947. This news is said to have made the greatest headline of the last century.

A short video below shows the chronology of events that took place and the efforts that were put in by the great Indian people and the leaders of those times.

Finally, a beautiful song from the bollywood movie “Leader”, showcasing the   takeaways from the struggle of Indian independence and how applying them may help today’s situation.  [Although, I looked for it, I couldn’t find a video with English sub-titles.]

J1 Stamped

Posted in Exchange Semester by Faiz Wahid on August 13, 2009

By God’s grace, I received today the US visa for my exchange semester at Darden.

Thankfully, the visa came without the 2 year home residency requirement (HRR). The visa counselor was kind enough during the interview to have told me this.

I know I haven’t posted anything about my visa interview at the US Consulate in Amsterdam. But nothing much happened there. The documents were in order and the interview went smooth.

Things looks good for the next semester. I am having some troubles finding housing at Charlottesville. But, hopefully it should get sorted out soon.

HEC MBAT 2009 19th Edition Official Video

Posted in Leadership Training, MBAT by Faiz Wahid on May 21, 2009

Here’s is a video from the MBA Tournament held at HEC in May 2009.

MBAT is important at HEC as it is completely student managed.

I missed the event as I went to India to meet my wife and son before I left for my project at NXP in Netherlands. Great fun video, enjoy!