In my previous posts, I mentioned about constructive discussion on my thoughts for the benefit of folks reading this forum. You do touch upon a few good points, but unfortunately, I find some portions unnecessarily condescending and mere play of words. I gain nothing by asking people to opt out of ISB, and hence a question of mud-slinging does not arise. Pagalguy forums helped me a lot in the application process, and all I intend is to give back. Pardon my poor understanding skills in case I understood the tone and mood differently.
If you look at the broader picture you will find we have more things in common than we have differences, we both want to pursue MBA from a leading bschool and believe this will be (most likely) our last professional degree. Further, like you the sole reason on writing the previous post was to give back constructive suggestions/feedback on PG forums as I routinely referred to such forums for guidance during the application process and shortlisting target schools.
Let me comment to your post point-wise:
1). Diversity - I agree that 90% of the class with Indian passport (even though most have worked across the world, with different religion mother tongues etc) is not actual international diversity. I have also worked with international colleagues & clients and have discussed this concern with alumi of ISB and other top global Bschools. My conclusion, the most important aspect I want in the peer group is 'brain horse power' and I don't believe just because average GMAT among Indians is higher than other nationalities in global b-schools would translate to others being less intellectual, as GMAT is just a test and not all can be compared by one standardized test. But I just want to add, those who place a high priority to a internationally diverse class please mix with other nationals as most alumi mention Indians tend to stick within themselves and dont interact much with others outside of the classroom.
2.) Thanks for the analysis for my options but the point i was trying to elucidate is how to go about shortlisting Bschools to apply. Like, there is no point in applying to 15 schools as both time and money are crucial resources and its important to study and shortlist schools before applying as it provides precise info required to decide right 'Fit' and write school specific essays. And one way to do this is make a budget of say 50k or 75k and choose 1/2 'reach schools' and 3/4 'match' schools and 1/2 'safety' schools.
3). Opportunities in India and the moral responsibility - I agree to each his own.
4.) Yes, clients like Indians because we are extremely talented, dedicated and motivated individuals. But when you are the in the front-end/client developing side in the consulting company then you need to meet prospective clients and need to connect with them in their language. I dont want to open a new 'can of worms' but there is a reason why consulting companies prefer local nationals for front-end roles. I know this is an extremely controversial point and if someone is deserving he /she will reach the role. I also hope this was not true but this was confirmed to me by my friends (studying in top schools in US) and even by Alumi working in such roles.
5.) "@MBA_Target2013 said:5.) Rest in person at ISB, the game that SRT plays - Seriously? What is the point. Reserve them for your blogs fella."
Well this is the only point where I dont understand your reasoning. Your comments/ observations and analysis are absolutely logical as per your goals/objectives and I agree to all of them. But why make a snide remark if you dont like it just ignore it or just let me know in constructive manner. I just wanted to lighten the discussion with a little 'humor' and as you can see I have kept this post extremely professional.
Thus finally let us respectfully agree to disagree on the answer to this question
"If someone has on offer and finances to study from an excellent global b-school what is the harm?".
I am not defending ISB just because I got admitted, I believe at the end of the day its just business (we both know this) and if you can get all you want for USD 50K why spend USD 150K for the same.
Please carry on the great work you are doing on PG and I believe with your help my purpose of the writing the previous post is achieved as if two Indians can critically analyse each others points of view imagine a class of 770 students. Rest we both know everyone has to take this call on his/her own.
Please accept my sincere good wishes and hope you will make us proud on the global scale.