Why hasn’t there been more innovations in the cooking gas stove? Its still mostly LPG/Natural Gas I believe, atleast in India. Electric gas does not seem to do justice to a smooth cooking experience. Despite the source being LPG/Natural Gas, the stove probably is not very efficient. I guess I am making an assumption here as there might have been lot of improvements already. Microwave, for example, is a completely separate cooking medium available in most middle-class homes. 

Why MBA?

I came up across an interesting ‘waitbuywhy.com’ post on ‘why is my laptop on’ questioned by a six-year old George.

Let me apply that to my ‘why mba’ question and hopefully get some clarity on my career direction

Because that will provide me an education on managing business
(forgetting the herd mentality of gaining prestige and money for now)

Why manage business
Because that is what I seem to find interesting in my day to day work.
(forgetting the herd mentality of gaining prestige and money for now)

Why do you find it interesting
Because I do. For example, participating in the Operating plan prep meetings for Xeljanz was exciting. Being able to do something that makes a direct impact in business makes it worth the effort.

How do you make an impact?
By doing analysis and providing insights into how the brand should be run. I do not make the final decision. So I need the next set of skills through MBA to be able to lead and be responsible for the actual decision making and the direction of the brand strategy.

Why does leading a business mean so much to you?
Because it gives meaning and a sense of purpose.

Ummm. I don’t know. But I need a sense of purpose and direction in life. I have reached a stage where I am not passionate about the work I am doing.

Why not?
Well – I feel stagnated at times especially with the boring data requests. Some of the projects are exciting when you shape the strategy or provide meaningful direction to the brand team on various strategies. I do not have enough structure in my life to manage everything well.

So you basically need better time management skills?
Yes at the least. I don’t want to procrastinate.

Then why do you procrastinate so much?
It is due to the instant gratification monkey pulling me away from the real work. The inertia to start meaningful work is too high for me and there are multiple monkeys pulling my attention to something tiny and exciting – like a tennis video or a song or a tv show or facebook or magazine article or email or text messages or writing this post.

Are we now digressing from the topic?  I still do not know why you want to manage business.
Yes right. I love to create things – a product or a service. Like that KBC software as a kid. Or the hours spent on photoshop to create posters or college magazine covers. That excites me. Being part of a business where my work is very closely aligned to the bottom line would be thrilling. That would be easy to do in a startup than spending decades in a huge organization like Pfizer.

That is helpful. Then just join a startup related to healthcare industry. Why the MBA?
I still the business skills. But yes, if I do not get admission, then I will actively explore the option to work in such a startup.

Some clarity if not complete. I should use this technique more often when I face dilemmas in life. Atleast forces me to think more deeply than letting myself stop at the first ‘why’


Planning is the key to being productive. I complain in my head all day long how much I procrastinate and even though, I know the solution, I still do not do it.

However big or small my goals or ambitions are, they would never be successful without a plan. Having a concrete plan is so important. And that is for both short-term and long-term as well as both personal and professional. Creating lists is also important so let me start one today about the different things I need to create plans for:

– How do I want to spend my time in a week? For example, how much time playing tennis versus reading a book versus work versus cooking etc.

– Plan out the MBA dilemma like now

– Plan out my career options within Pfizer (of course assuming no MBA)
       – Who all do I need to talk about options? Like secondments in brand team etc.
       – Explore job postings

– Plan out my career options outside Pfizer

– Worklife: Creating a short-term / long-term calendar of project deadlines and assignments

– Plan out the extra training required to raise my level