Thanks Paul for the prompt response. I'm glad you think I'm not part of the typical Indian applicant pool. This had been my most major concern. As far as GMAT is concerned, I have some time still (about 50 days or so); so I was thinking of giving it another shot, since I have only one more essay to write and co-ordinate with the recommenders now. And since I'm only applying to HBS, it makes things easier
Thank you once again
"Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working."
→ Although that didn't quite get me to HBS, so obviously the quotation is a little idealistic.