So what is your “KhudKoKarBuland” moment?

Very recently I came across this video in YouTube. The video was all about standing strong when the odds are turned against you. Indeed took me down a memory lane of sorts when I revisited my early days of my career!

It was about a little more than a decade ago and I was in my final year in my college. I was preparing for my CAT examinations, with dreams like all to reach the hallowed portals of the IIMs, XLRI, MDI and FMSes. In those days, seats were rather limited, and number of premium institute was also limited. The D Day was here and only the brave ones are supposed to make the cut. It was then we actually realized that the barrier of merit was not always the only barrier that needs to be passed to get an MBA. It was more of a game of stamina and perseverance. While one needs to have a very grueling training to pass through the examinations, often on the D-Day, the brave sometimes falters. Scorers who perform fantastically in mock tests often fail due to exam jitters. One minor calculation mistake (say an addition of a carryover) can make a percentile of difference and thus the call may be awarded to someone else.

Most call it a game of luck! In those days, however, I strongly felt otherwise. It was perseverance and planning that made all the difference! It was especially when I made through the hallowed portals of my alma mater, that I realized that luck actually had nothing to do with it. Most of my batch mates bore the scars of battles lost, but the fire of perseverance and the cool tempered plans that pushed them through the bed of thorns, so that the dreams were achieved. Now,being on the other side of the table, at admission interviews, often these are the qualities we look for in candidates. The desire and fire to fight, to be “khudkokarbuland” characters that sets the men aside from boys.

Indeed it has been rightly said when the going gets tough the tough gets going! So what is your “KhudKoKarBuland”moment?


Author: Kar

Dr. Kar works in the interface of digital transformation and data science. Professionally a professor in one of the top B-Schools of Asia and an alumni of XLRI, he has extensive experience in teaching, training, consultancy and research in reputed institutes. He is a regular contributor of Business Fundas and a frequent author in research platforms. He is widely cited as a researcher. Note: The articles authored in this blog are his personal views and does not reflect that of his affiliations.