Thursday, October 20, 2005

How is Water Culturally Significant to Indians?

I woke up at 5.30 this morning thanks to the alarm that was set by Vinz last night to wake him up early so that he won't be late for his meeting at Swindon later today. After that, I couldn't get back to sleep as the other half of our double-bed was empty and cold. I stared blankly into the air and sighed. I can't stand sleeping alone for a few hours already what more sleeping alone for the next 2 and a half months when he goes back to Malaysia for his annual holiday?

I've already thought of things to keep me occupied for the next 10 weeks or so. I've signed up to go for the first Solid Rock social at Peak District a day after he leaves for Malaysia. I've also decided to emerse myself in my endless list of assignments and projects. And of course get the customary job hunting while in UK over and done with. I checked out a few companies of my choice during their visit to our university on Monday and have sort of decided that I do want to work in a consulting firm such as KPMG, Deloitte, PwC and the like. I will have to start filling up application forms, dressing up my CV to make it look presentable and delectable and of course pray for the very very best. Academically, I have got what it takes. I satisfy their conditions of having a 2nd upper degree from a respectable university and also at least 300 UCAS points. The only thing I lack now is non-academic achievements. I hope my year in the Postgraduate Students Association and also the MA/MSc Society will boost my CV a little. I do have some work experience i.e. working OUTSIDE my father's firm as well. Oh...how could I forget that I worked in my Hall's shop for a year! It might not be a challenging job but at least I had some responsibility. So I really hope that I qualify at least for the interview as it would really be an enriching experience going down to London and wearing a pin-strip suit with pointy black high-heels :)

But for now till Wednesday (which is when I'm meeting my career's adviser), I will just have to research on how water is culturally significant to Indians. Basically, I need to know the Indian culture in a nut-shell. I suppose I can get them online but after going for Qualitative Research Methods class, I think a semi-structured interview with my Indian classmates will boost my research essay a little. Oh...by the way...I'm researching on Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Kerala, India; on how they extracted water from an already water deprieved state and dumped toxic waste back to the villagers claiming that they are fertilisers. It may be an overeaction on the part of environmentalist and the people of Kerala or it may be a truth, a fact which Coca-Cola is vehemently denying. And thus it is MY JOB to research about it. If anyone has some ideas please do not hesistate to contribute them here. Thanks!!

Off to Business Ethics class now! Cherio!

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