Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Marathi Terrorist


The act of arson and vandalism by MNS MLAs on the floor of the Maharashtra Assembly is condemnable and unless people like him are stopped, India will begin to disintegrate.

The act was sparked off when SP Legislator Abu Azmi began to take his oath in Hindi. Previously, Raj Thackeray had shot off an open letter asking all MALs to take their oath in Marathi or face 'serious consequences.'

The Indian constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to speak freely in any language, yet this act clearly strikes at this very fundamental right. Thus, the MNS has gone against the Constitution, not just this time but many times prior to this. IT fully qualifies to be banned.

Yet, no political party has the guts to do so. While the Congress-NCP won't do it because it would give the Shiv Sena its old votebank back (remember how they won the recent elections?), the Shiv Sena-BJP, if they were in power, would not do it because the Shiv Sena has similar ideologies, but keeps them suppressed. In such a situation, nationalism is in grave danger in Maharashtra. How long before the MNS demands a separate Marathi nation? How long before more and more civilians are killed? He is already hurtling stones and banners at defenceless people: how soon before he takes up guns?

The Union Government must ban the MNS now: it is the duty of the Union Government to protect the unity of the nation. When the Kandhamal attacks took place, the PM called for a meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC). The time has come for another such meeting: and the MNS must be banned.

And here come the End-sems!

Two weeks to go for the real deal, the exam that will determine my CGPA. Come Nov. 23 and the end-semester exam for Autumn Semester 2009 will commence. So, hows my preparation?

Well, here's the good news: I've already passed in a subject! OK, not yet, but since I need to score 3 marks our of 50 in CE-102: Environmental Studies, I'm pretty content that I'll be passing this one with ease. Next, HS-101: Technical Communication aka, English. Very easy.

The others are pretty safe, our Chemistry Professor promised to pass us all in Chemistry (he controls 60% of our marks!). The only trouble, as usual, is Electronics. Let me not talk about this anymore... at least no until I fail in the final exam.

So, as the exam approaches and we have our final practical exams (today was Chemistry: not so good), it's study time... again!

Expected CGPA after 1st Sem: 6-7. Now, lets see how right I am...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Diode ki Kahaani Suno...

OK, this is yet another lamentable post on the worst subject on the planet viz., EC-102: Fundamentals of Electronics.

I mean, how can we possibly pass in this? The entire department teaches badly, yet the question paper is abnormally difficult. The department is also evil so they don't gibe us plenty of marks in CWS: in fact, they give us marks in single digits! Then, our mid-term marks don't come so good and the end-term, being a much, much harder paper, is a no-show anyway. Our practical classes are spent in permuting and combining wires (and the professor joins us in that), sometimes getting the right combination by sheer accident! Even worse, they know that we cannot solve single question from our Tutorials, so they give us the solutions to copy. Incidentally, the solutions also do not make any sense!

In this situation, how can we pass? The only hope is relative grading: it's bad for me, but it's bad for everybody else. So, it's good! Not quite, there are a few prodigies in CSE and ECE who do get good marks (and raise the damn average in the process)! So how does one pass? I have NO IDEA!

So, as I prepare to fail in this abhor-able subject, sing with me: (sung to the tune of Pyaar ki Yeh Kahaani Suno)

Diode ki kahaani suno...
Ek mid-sem tha... ek aur mid-sem thi...
Dono mein hamaari vaat lag gayi...
Dono ke liye padhe the...
Par questions the ajnabee...

Hoti kya pareshaani suno...
Ek mid-sem tha... ek aur mid-sem thi...

Padhte padhte rehte the...
Phir bhi, phir bhi, back lag gayi...
Soche kuch marks layenge... par zero aa gayi...
Paper dekhte hi hosh kho gayi...
Diode ki kahaani suno...


(I would've written more, but there's no time. Much more after the end-sem!)

Back from Thomso

Fun, loads of screaming and some life-threatening situations: that's an easy way to describe Thomso 09.

Having arrived at IIT Roorkee (Roorkee Campus) on Day 1 (WE MISSED Day 0), we had to find some accommodation. Luckily, I found a guy from RJB whom I could befriend. Now, RJB is not a great place to live in: thee is no ventilation, no lighting, the canteen is too small for so many people and (most importantly) the Mess SUCKS!

But anyways, having set up a place to sleep, we went to Nescafe for the Street Play. Thanks to the wonderful cheering by the DPT Gang, and also the team's talent, DPT won the third prize! Sadly, the dance event - Footloose - wasn't so good. The DPT group sucked, but nobody could boo them because we were cheering them on anyway (and the hanger aka Convocation Hall carries voices far).

In the night, there was a fashion show. IT was nice, but there was a stampede caused by over-enthusiastic guys, because of which I simply left after the first performance. Later, I found out that some hot Brazilian models had also come ;)

The event management at Thomso was very bad: everything started at least two hours late and there was even some mild lathi charging! Not a great thing for North India's #1 Fest (ok, IITB's MoodI is #1, but Mumbai isn't all that up North). I met a lot of people there, spending my time giving gyaan about the Saharanpur Campus. Tch tch, such ignorance over there. 'Malviya Bhawan mein kuch aur hi log rehte hain, pata nahi kaha hain...' (Malviya Bhavan is in the Saharanpur Campus).

The good news is that most people did badly in Electronics there too! But apart from studies, plenty of stuff happened there. The UG Club was perpetually busy, as was DoMS. Over there, I managed to see the 16 Frames Short Film Festival: it was simply spectacular! I left on Day 2, but my friends stayed back and took part in the informal Treasure Hunt. Imagine walking 14 km in 2 hours!

All-in-all, Thomso 09 was a lot of fun, but it could have been managed better. Let's see how Tarang 10 goes now!