A tribute....

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I know I should be writing things like Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, etc. But I am sad. Two days back I lost my Tayiji(Aunt). She wasn't suffering from any ailment. She was absolutely fit and healthy. 25th Dec was a usual day for her. In the morning she left from home for a regular morning walk. Then, no one knew she was leaving forever. Just few steps from her house, she was hit by a rashly driven car. It was a typical "Delhilike" hit and run case. She suffered severe head injuries, unconsciously fought for a few days, but finally gave up. It's still so difficult to believe she is no more. May her soul rest in peace. I would like to share a few words....

Sometimes we do not realize,
how less time is left,
the mind somewhere knows,
but the heart refuses to accept,
the people we closely know,
the people we deeply adore,
were not supposed to be forever,
they leave us alone on the shore,
and flow away with the strong waves,
in the sea that is unbound,
we still wait on the shore,
for the sea to turn around,
the sea comes back running,
with a loud and eerie roar,
only to erase the footprints,
they had left while walking on the shore...

Delhi Winters.. :)

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Few days back, some of my colleagues were talking about how girls go insanely mad over some of our bollywood actors. One of them said, "Ranbir Kapoor zara saa ro kya de, ladkiyan bolti hain "O My God!! How cute!!", arey bhai ab ismein cute ki kya baat hai!!". Immediately another one said "O My God nahi they say OMG"!! My sarcastic smile somehow escaped their eyes and i thought why do men dislike men "girls lose their hearts to"??? :D :P

Anyways, winters are back!! I am sure most of the Delhiites love and are proud of Delhi winters. Here are some of my unusual(or maybe usual) reasons for loving winters...

We can take sick leaves without sounding ungenuine.. ;) Now that doesn't mean sick leaves are always taken for ungenuine reasons. During winters, falling ill is quite real and obvious. Simple illnesses like cold, cough and fever are good enough to get you some approvable sick leaves. I hope my Manager never reads this!! :D

Some hopelessly coward people(like me :D) can roam around their houses fearlessly because there are no lizards!! Honestly speaking, when it comes to lizards, i might be the most coward person on the earth. The lizards in my house love wandering on the floor rather than the walls, which further scares me. My cowardly behaviour draws a lot of criticism from my dad. However, i can't really help it!!

Even if you put on some weight, the extra flab gets hidden beneath pullovers, blazers and jackets. That doesn't mean weight gain is encouraged during winters :D

Less of sun, less of sunshine and hence, less of skin tan. Although people long for sunshine during winters, i don't really mind if the sun plays hide and seek.. :)

For all the ice-cream lovers(like me again :)), it's a great time to enjoy ice-creams! During summers, ice-cream melts even before we start eating it. There is no such problem during winters. Although having too much of it can leave you with a running nose and sore throat, ice-cream lovers can still manage somehow.. :)

It's a nice time to explore new places other than the usual "Air-Conditioned" malls.

So, these were some of my reasons for loving winters. Hope you all had a great 2011. Don't forget to enjoy the last few days of this eventful year. Happy Winters to all the Delhiites!!

Birthday Wishes.. :)

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It's my dear grandmother's birthday. Another year has passed without her and life goes on. But we all miss her. I never got a chance to thank my grandmother for a gift she had given me. The gift that's my priced possession. The gift that will be with me all my life and even after.. my name.. And that's why, i love my name even more... :) On this day, wherever she is, I just want to tell her that:

Moments may pass without your presence,
But moments won't pass without your essence,
I can see you smiling in the sky,
I hope you can see me too,
You little grand-daughter is a big girl now,
She always loves and misses you....
Happy B'day!!!

Practical Exams@DCE

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Even before starting, i can say this one's is going to be a bit longer. Our practical exams used to be so happening that i can think of numerous funny incidents at the moment.

Electronics and Communication had total 120 students, divided in two batches of 60 each. Let me call the two batches ECE1 and ECE2. Alphabetically, i was in ECE2. For the practical exams, two days were assigned for each subject, one day for ECE1 and usually the next day for ECE2. Each day was divided into three slots: 8:30-11:30, 11:30-2:30, 2:30-5:30 and the 60 students were further divided into three batches of 20 each. I used to be in 8:30-11:30 slot of the second day of the practical exam. Our preparations always relied heavily on the experiences of ECE1 people who kept us updated all the time. Being in the earliest of the three slots had its own pros and cons. Our examiners were too tardy to reach college by 8:30 and usually they would instruct the lab attendants to assign us the practicals so that we could start filling our sheets. In the absence of the examiners, completing the written part or even performing the experiment was not burdensome. The lab attendants were also quite cooperative and had no problems with our discussions as long as they were not noisy. The one and only difficult part was VIVA. Our examiners used to take viva in groups of four-five students. Here are some "excerpts" from our vivas....

Electronics workshop viva:
The examiner points to a switch placed at the bottom of the wall and asks me "What kind of current does that switch support??" Engineers follow a funny but a very useful rule during their exams/vivas. It states: when you do not know about the tree, tie a goat to it and explain about the goat. I try to use this principle. "Sir, one of the terminals of this switch is for earthing....", he immediately interrupts me, "I am asking about the current. What kind of current??". After thinking for two-three seconds i say "Sir three-phase current". He smiles sarcastically and i feel like asking him "Why the hell do you ask such questions that you know i won't know!!"

Digital Circuits and systems viva:
Three of us come and sit before the examiner. He gives us a sheet each and says, "Design a full-adder using a multiplexer with active-low outputs". I feel happy as i know it. The guy sitting in the middle seems to be confused. Although he knows that the people sitting adjacent to him know the correct answer and just by moving his head 45 degrees to the left or right even he could know it. I and the third guy do not even try to hide our answer sheets. But look at his plight. The examiner is right in front of him and hence he cannot even try to avail this opportunity!!

Linear Integrated Circuits viva:
Again the examiner calls us in a group of three. He asks the first person, "What are the ideal characteristics of an Opamp??" "Shit i know it", I tell myself. He tells the second person, "Draw the circuit diagram of a schmitt trigger and explain the working". I know this one as well. Finally he asks me, "What are the different stages of an Opamp, draw the circuit diagram and explain". I am clueless. I remember some people were cramming it before the practical, but i didn't pay much attention. I try to frame my answer using some terms that i vaguely remember. On hearing my answer, the examiner says, "lagta hai aapne zyaada classes attend nahi ki". Alas!! I wish i hadn't attended his hopeless classes. The outcome would have remained unchanged!!

Microwaves viva:
Four of us sit before the examiner. He asks a bouncer question related to transmission lines and characteristic impedance to everyone. All of us look at each other and see blank faces. It is somehow comforting to see so many blank faces. All of us pretend to think hard as if we were almost there on that particular page(in the book) but just missed out those lines!! Suddenly someone gives a distantly relevant answer(using the tree and goat rule.. :D). Immediately, all of us start speaking about some distantly relevant terms to make the examiner feel we do know a few things if not everything!! :D

These were just some of the many such vivas. It didn't take us much time to get used to the humiliation. The moment we would move out of the lab, our friends and classmates from the next batch would literally mob us to know how bad the viva was and we would narrate the same story over and over again!! I had written a poem after one such viva...

The plight of every engineering student,
duffer, intelligent, ignorant or prudent,
the real cause of anxiety and fear,
the VIVA is overtly hard to bear,
Anticipating a volley of questions unknown,
trying to recollect the knowledge to be shown,
we pray to get a decent grade,
alas! the knowledge seems to fade,
As the duration of viva lengthens,
the nervousness of others strengthens,
some try to chill and ignore,
while some try to cram some more,
only to find themselves dejected,
as usually the viva is unexpected,
we try to forget the professors' taunts,
but the haunted vivas continue to haunt.....
So friends, the only way to face the hell,
is seeti bajake bol bhaiyya
ALL IZZ WELL!!!

The Burger Story... :)

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Super Mama Ready... :D

Well, how can i "not mention" Kolaveri Di!! I can't get this tune out of my head. I had heard of this song on some news channel that talked about how this song has become too big on youtube. I wondered what was so remarkable about Kolaveri Di. When i heard this song for the first time, i thought it was ok. The lyrics were not so meaningful but the tune was catchy. The more i heard it, the more i liked it. Slowly and gradually, like a sweet poison, this tune got so badly stuck in my head that now it refuses to get out!! I have already amused as well as annoyed two of my cousins by humming it repeatedly.. :D

Tune change... :)

Many years back, two little girls(sisters) went to watch a movie with their family and cousins. During the interval, their father brought them a burger each. They both had seen a burger for the first time and they wondered how they were supposed to eat it. They were too shy to ask others and took sometime to think. Finally they decided to eat all the components of the burger separately. First they ate buns, then tikki and lastly whatever raw vegetables(onion, tomato, cabbage etc) it had. Needless to say they felt burger was a hopeless and a tasteless snack. Next time when they went to watch a movie, again their father brought them a burger each. Again the same thoughts crossed their minds. However, this time they decided to eat all the components together i.e. the way burger is actually eaten. This time they loved it and after that day they wanted to have it every now and then.

Sometimes, different and simple flavours that do not have much of an individuality come together to form a savoury dish. Similarly different people with different mindsets can together make a great team. I hope comparing a burger with people is not so philosophical, is it???? :D

BTW those girls were my mom and my aunt(mom's sis). I don't remember exactly when i had a burger for the first time. I am sure mom must have guided me well.. :)

P.S. Why this kolaver kolaveri kolaveri di.. ;) ;)