Saturday, March 19, 2005


The last four days have been real hectic for me. Starting with my first radio appearance on AIR FM, having my faithful pair of scissors being confiscated at the airport, my apartment search in Mumbai, my train journey back to my insti for convo, boy! I have managed to pick up not-so-good experiences all along :D

First, I was queued up behind a painfully slow talker on radio giving 'economic update'. Next, my beloved pair of scissors that has cut many a hair, hundreds of pieces of paper, not to mention many other things, was confiscated at the airport. Entirely my fault as I forgot I had kept it in my hand bag some three weeks back and forgot all about it. Third, I just found out that I haven't kept any clean change of dress here so I have to maintain a tight dress rotation cycle here. Finally, my search for a flat in India's apple is still unfruitful. None of my classmates are here yet as they will be enjoying their vacations and joining their jobs late. Ah!

Today I realised the extent of the heat in the subcontinent and summer has just started! I pity the British Overlords who had to spend their time here. Wish I was in Shimla, Darjeeling or Ooty now. No wonder they developed their 'hill stations' so much.

With nothing to do here, I finished one book - Jack Welch's Straight From the Gut in less than 8 hours of which 4 were spent in my favourite bed, curled up sleeping. Nothing is better than a 4 hour siesta! Brings in good memories spent at home when I was a kid where the biggest worry were home work assignments, getting up early and exams. Nowadays, kids as young as 15 are killing themselves over over-hyped exams. Not to mention the pressure from the glorified drill-sergeants a.k.a teachers. I still remember and hate to my guts some of the teachers back in school. I was horrified at the verdict of a court that acquitted the moron who pushed a 11th standard kid to hang himself. The school was velammal, where students are akin to prison inmates and the 'teachers' are nothing more than slave-drivers. In the name of 'competition' and 'future', the morons are pushing kids to achieve more than what they can. Getting even 90% in the final exam is seen as the sign of a 'weak student'. The idiots who 'correct' the papers are even more stupid. They just look for a few 'keywords' and reduce marks for each 'keyword' not seen! Just out of spite, in 12th standard, I filled one whole paper with just keywords and there wasn't a complete sentence in any answer. I got 93% in it!! Surprised? It happens only in India!

Exams for some papers here in the PHB insti can be considered a farce at their best. One guy who hasn't attended any class is one of the toppers, people who knew zero about information technology and information systems getting top marks in those subjects, blatant copying in certain papers, etc etc. There I go again, must be the air in this place!

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