Physics Lab@DCE

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Before starting, I would like to wish all my readers a very happy festive season!! Also, i am looking forward to a nice get together with some of my close pals. So, it's the time to party and celebrate!! Enjoy!! :)

So, talking about the physics lab, i seriously feel it should be banned!! Why?? Because, it gives such a wrong impression of all other labs in the college. Till date, i haven't understood what was so remarkable about the physics experiments that compelled our physics faculty members to be so ridiculously strict!! Physics practical was a part of our curriculum for first and second semesters. I remember the day when we had entered the physics lab for the first time. It was the first working day of first semester. There was a long list of experiments displayed outside the lab. There were lots of strange, unseen apparatus and using them, we had to perform some hopeless experiments in groups of two. The teachers(mostly M.E. students) who kind of monitored us were equally hopeless. They asked us to maintain an auxiliary notebook to "record" the readings while performing experiments. The readings had to be accurate, irrespective of our actual observations. This was seriously bizarre. Someone should tell them that physics experiments rarely give accurate results!! I remember once we had performed an optics experiment. Using 3-4 sets of readings, we had to plot an "expected" straight line graph. I drew a straight line graph(although our readings were too wild for it.. :D) whereas my partner decided to be a little more realistic and showed some deviation from ideal result. Outcome... I got a "good" whereas his graph was crossed!!! In every class, we used to submit our practical files and only then we could mark our attendance. Therefore, in every class we literally struggled to complete our experiments so that we could submit the files in the next class. The penalty of not submitting the files was too harsh(after all ATTENDANCE is what keeps the classrooms and labs full!! :D). Some M.E. students would even take the "pain" of comparing the readings of our files and auxiliary notebooks!!

In another incident, me and my partner had to perform another hopeless experiment. The problem was all the groups that had performed that experiment before us had written the same readings. None of them could come up with even "near accurate" results and hence the same readings kept getting copied from one group to another. Although we tried our best to write somewhat original readings, but ultimately and unwillingly we wrote the same readings. Outcome... the M.E. student who checked our readings somehow read our innocent faces, made us confess our readings were copied and crossed them "generously". I think these teachers really feel good when they get such a chance as they make such a huge and ugly cross that can never be missed out by someone looking into the notebook!! It must have been a proud moment for her. At that moment i thought she herself was a student and must have come across a similar situation as well. Yet, instead of showing some leniency she was so harsh to two students who couldn't lie as boldly as others!! Net outcome... less marks in the mid-sem practicals.

Later on we came to know that it was only physics lab that had so much of unnecessary stringency. I hardly remember any physics practical experiment as they were all useless. Most of other practical classes were quite chilled out. That's why i had said physics lab gives a very wrong impression of other labs!!

Rithala to DCE in 5 Rupees!!

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At the behest of one of my college friends, i have decided to share some of the best and the worst experiences of my college life. As a writer sometimes it becomes difficult to come up with interesting topics. Hence i thought it would be a nice opportunity to write about some unforgettable incidents that i have missed out somehow.

Talking of my college life, i can never forget the metro feeder buses or RTVs that used to(probably still) ply between Rithala metro station and DCE. During the first two years, most of us traveled mainly by RTVs as they were the most convenient(... not really!!) and economical means of conveyance to reach college. Later on, shared autos and gramin sewas became popular. At the moment, i can recall some really funny scenes like:

Scene 1
I get down the metro station stairs to find a stuffed RTV waiting for some more passengers!! I stand outside to wait for a vacant RTV. The conductor comes to me and asks in his typical tone "Madamji kahan jaaoge". "College", i say. "Arey aao madam , bohot jagah hai" , he says this despite the fact that people are literally overflowing(almost hanging :D) from the RTV!! "Bhaiyya sir pe bitha k le jaaoge kya!!", i reply back in an angry tone and continue to wait for the next RTV.

Scene 2
This time i find an RTV with seats full but enough space to stand comfortably. So, i get in and wait for the RTV to move. In the meantime, people keep getting in. Ten minutes later, i am still standing, the RTV hasn't moved, i am surrounded by uncountable people, almost suffocated, there's hardly any space to even move, still the conductor continues to attract more passengers and strangely people keep getting into an already stuffed RTV!! When i get down at my college, i am all messed up. I realize i just took a ride in an overstuffed RTV in 40 degrees temperature!! Phew!!

Scene 3
Now, i find two RTVs standing, a metro feeder and a green coloured DTC. On seeing a flurry of "potential" passengers, both the conductors come forward to get more passengers into their respective RTVs. I am just about to enter the metro feeder when i realize the DTC is more vacant. As i start moving towards the DTC, the metro feeder conductor comes to me and says "Madamji bohot jagah hai, yahan aaiye, aapko seat dilwata hu". On the other hand, the DTCconductor requests, almost pleads to me to get into his RTV!! Completely frustrated by both, i decide to take an auto.

These are some peculiar "RTV attributes". Howsoever crowded it might be, the conductor always sees "ample space" to accommodate more and more and more people!! The drivers have this strange habit of keeping the vehicle in 1rst gear and moving it by inches for nothing less than 15-20 minutes. In this way, they give a false impression to the people outside that the RTV is about to leave whereas those who are already in keep sulking. They usually play a series of unheard songs that belong to either of the two categories. They are either loud and typical punjabi/haryanavi folk songs or hopelessly sad separation/betrayal (judaai and dhokha would sound better.. :D :D) songs. Moreover, there is a lot of hidden talent in the drivers and conductors who keep people entertained with their singing skills!! I very well remember a conductor who had memorized the lyrics of a particular hindi song by heart and sang each and every word to an "irritating perfection"!! In four years, the RTV fare has doubled from 5 to 10. However, the attributes remain unchanged!!

RIP Steve Jobs....

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5th October 2011, it was a usual wednesday. In the evening, i opened my facebook account for checking the daily updates and notifications. On my home page, first few status updates were "RIP Steve Jobs". I scrolled down to find the same status update by some more people in my facebook friend list. I scrolled down further to find more quotes and messages on Steve Jobs....
Well, honestly speaking, i have never been a gadget freak. What i knew about Apple was it sells products like laptops, iphones, ipads, ipods, etc like a lot of other companies do. I also knew of Steve Jobs but succinctly. When i saw so many "Steve Jobs" status updates, i was intrigued. I thought there must be something very spectacular about the man whose life and death have been such a tremendous source of inspiration and admiration for millions and millions of people across the globe. Hence, the following day i opened the newspaper and read each and every article on Steve Jobs. There's a saying, "Behind every successful man, there is a woman". I would modify it a bit. Behind every successful man, there is an inspiring story. Today, we all know what a spectacular man Steve Jobs was. His determination to follow his heart, his vision, his innovations, his "think different" motto and his famous Stanford speech will continue to inspire his successors at Apple and many others for whom he was a role model. Hope he passed on his technical acumen as a legacy to his successor. The world will always remember Steve Jobs as a great visionary. May his soul rest in peace.....
P.S. How can i forget to say... "Stay hungry, Stay foolish"!!

And hence... blogging happened....

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This entry was published at the Indian Fusion as a part of The lost paradise writing contest, on 22nd July, 2013. As per the rules, I am removing the content from here and sharing the link of the published post. Do read!