Thursday, 29 May 2008

Aspirations 2020

With some interest and lots of luck me and Benne Batta (BB- not to be mistaken for any other abbreviation ) make it into Aspirations 2020 for a general quiz, which is pretty much certain as far as, we all knew , we would go.From then onwards it was just a roadtrip to Blore where the fest would be held.
An entire bus full of friends, quite an insane gang , all qualified for different events, sleepy eyed but still insane enough left Mysore at 5:30 something after the ever late lecture-in-charge failed to make it on time.

Breakfast at 9. We had to wipe our plates with tissue paper about 3 times, just because everyone were doing it and finally we realised that those plates were originally PURE WHITE as against the light brown we had assumed it to be.

What happens next is the crowning moment of our Blore Roadtrip. We are talking about horror movies and all sorts of nail biters, Rubs doesnt seem very amused , so,I ask Rubs if she would be scared if I go 'Boo!' and I get a big laugh and a bigger no!

I haven't even seen a kangaroo jump like that before!And then I spend the next half an hour running away from a mad mad Rubs who wants to eat me alive.Well that was scarier than any horror movie and if it WAS recorded, she would never watch it!

And ofcourse, not to mention the " I'll KILL YOU" statement that is ringing in my ear as I write this blog!

Our quiz goes pretty much okie dokie with every single answer being "on the tip of my tongue" and yet failing to drop onto the paper below.So much for the team name of NaXatra (Marketing they call it) , cause at the end of the quiz we were just seeing stars.

Lunch at 2, perhaps!
More wiping, hey come on, it generates quite an apetite for the lunch that awaits.
Or maybe GAT thought of an "Earn ya lunch" concept!God knows.

Finals later...NIE storms through and ends up with 115 in all.The second placed team is at 10 in while the 3rd place team is on -5

I had two coupons, which meant I could have the awesome heavenly cake twice! But then there was the super stale samosas from yesteryears that I had to make sure would reach someone's belly.National waste to throw it away you see!
I managed to find a taker, and it was gone in 60 seconds.But wait, the story doesnt end there...
Looks like not too many digged the idea of munching on fossil Samosas so there were a lot of them left. Who you gonna call?
There is something stale, in the neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Batman Batta!

I have never seen anybody gobble up so many stale anythings ever before in my life.When I heard the breaking news that Batta had swallowed 5/6 of them , I thought it was just another exaggerated joke about Batta, amazingly enough it was true.We decided to leave Bangalore before Aaj Tak arrived with TV Cameras.

On the way home it was time for Dares!
Bull game...cause you don't win even when you win.I was asked to speak to a gal at the front for 5 minutes.Among the half a score eggheads yelling at me there, one wanted me to talk rubbish, other wanted me to talk complete sense.One wanted me to introduce myself to her, other wanted me to not do any of that.And a pretty big bunch just wanted to see me lose!

I went and started speaking to her and she was a cool gal, she was speaking well, infact she seemed like she was trying to beat me at speaking.In the end my dare was cancelled in between for (real) reasons unknown to man.The reason actually given sounded like the Noida police trying to cover up their stupid errors,
" You spoke a lot of sense"
no no " You spoke a lot of rubbish" no" You didnt intro",
no no " You intro'd"

The gravity of "I wanna see you lose" campaign was realised when people who didn't even watch all started arguing that I didn't win.COME ON!! I lose in lots of things every single day...why pick on me when I actually win something! Kill joys!

The best of all was
" You need to know the person before itself in order to complete the dare"

WOW, you didn't tell me that Magic was involved, or time travel rather.If I knew that this dare would be thrown onto me, I would have tried to get to know her a month in advance!
Ofcourse after this Rubs gave her own shot at this awe inspiring game by simply cheating("Hello, this is a dare, my dare is to ask you silly questions, so can I go ahead with it?or even better just shake your head as if you are speaking, my dumb friends wont even realise the difference") , you know what they say - If ya ain't cheating, ya ain't trying!

Soon we are in Mysore and insane-o-gang head away in different directions towards home sweet home.

Disclaimer: This is a completely non-fictional story, any resemblence to characters in the article purely by reality and not at all by co-incidence.Any non-resemblence is deeply regretted and complaints are NOT welcome.Keep your verifications to your creative imaginations where I can lose every single second of your dreams.Please DO come back and read the next one ;p

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

The bday treat

Well, best man P had his b'day on that clash of the big bdays!But luck would have it that his punk tail would fall sick on the same date.
He comes to Mysore from Kasargod through a sleepless journey and then next morning Bday boy is all gung ho about going to betta.Well waddaya know?huh!
The treat is pushed from then to later to latest because of the all important voting of mass companies thingy. Finally yesterday we do find ourselves all setup and ready and it turns out to be an eye opener...
we find out a lot of things:

1) Pramukh doesn't need to be drunk to be drunk!
Near the zoo he suddenly stops his bike , points at some dark gully , where no man has gone before and yells " I can see some light there, come on lets go there, EVERYONE COME ON"
All of us give puzzled looks and he yells again " Come on I can see some light there, lets all go there"

2) I can eat.
Well I didn't say it completely because I didn't want ya to fall off your chairs, it was actually supposed to read, I CAN EAT 7 ROTTIS.

3)Batta stomach does have an end, it does get full - occassionally.
We were expecting the owner to start crying and begging when it was decided that the treat would be at an 'all you eat' kinda place.Cause we had heard a myth that Batta can never really have a full stomach. MYTH BUSTED!

4)Hotel Siddhartha sucks!
We wait for about half an hour like cold blooded animals waiting for already dining people to leave their tables and when the moment of truth comes, we are told by the waiter with somewhat rude behaviour that there is nothing we can eat.It felt like we had come to some kind of government office for some government work!
Well, if there was any use that the hotel came to in that half an hour apart from letting me know the IPL scores was that I used their bathroom.Ofcourse that was not a great incident either what with an uncleji singing some marwari song at the top of his voice in that 8X8 restroom!

All in was good, goood! Only because of drunk old P!Nothing else....cheers!

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Happy birthday(s)

It's that time of the year some of my best friends' birthdays fall on the same date!

5 to be exact.So here is to wish them A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to







To Anush...Loved your party, made my day.The truckload of cake that you guys stuffed ,is still on its way down!
To Pramukh...get well soon.

Another little fact...This is also my 200th post!

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

How to Stay Happy Always :)

1. I have thrown out non-essential numbers.

This includes marks,aggregates, height,weight, internet usage limits, pocket money and bike mileage.

2. I Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. I kinda Keep learning:
Or at least I try, ok fine, I at least decide to try.
Today I learnt - Not to try stunts when you are not sure of pulling it off, especially at a crowded traffic signal!
Keep learning
'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'

4. I Enjoy the simple things
Like a simple walk with Pluto in the neighbourhood, a zoom on the bike or watching the fish swim in my pond.

5. I Laugh often, long and loud,until I gasp for breath.
You know me!If you don't, well now you do :)

6. The tears happen:
C'mon, I can't always pretend, I got no emotions? besides, everyone seems emotional especially when you are reading their (personal) blog ;P
Learn to MOVE ON!

7 I have surrounded myself with what I love:
Family,friends, pets, music, movies,plants, hobbies, whatever.

8. Trying to cherish my health:
It ain't perfect as yet, but it will be, yeah baby!

9. I Don't take guilt trips.
I take a trip to the betta, even to college, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. The 10th reason/rule, is THERE ARE NO RULES!!!

Finally - No rules can keep you happy, its you who can!Hakuna Matata!

Saturday, 17 May 2008


No matter how well I start,it's the same, I always seem to come back to damage-control in the end.
A vow to go past 20 in all subjects...and the great lord knows how, POOF!!,3rd internals tomorrow and I have not the faintest idea about the portions even!

A few words start ringing in your head "Last semester you had promised me you would study now?...what happened to all that meditation? didn't they help you? "

I also continue my sixth semester tradition of falling ill exactly before the internals and I begin to wonder if its a subconscious excuse NOT to study!
After careful, thought, I finally realise its because of all the dust accumulated over my text books which are finally unsettled when I decide to honour them with my gracious touch.In a nutshell , I got dust allergy and one thing seems to lead to another.

I keep thinking that I got CG tomorrow despite repeated reminders from one and all that we ain't got CG the next day!

FINE!!USP it is...hey, this is easy...

Noon IST

I sit to write, I write and I write...cause , it feels good to say this, I had actually studied!
But then...

I still get caught copying!

"ಏನಪ್ಪಾ ? ಕಾಪಿ ಹೊಡ್ದಿಥಾ ಇದಿಯಲ್ಲ? ಎಷ್ಟು ಮಾರ್ಕ್ಸ್ ಬಂತು? ವಾಹ್ ೭ ಮಾರ್ಕ್ಸ್ ಬಂಥ? GOOD! "
(What hot dude? ya much did ya flick, 7? thats so totally awesome dude! )

"No maam, I wrote 75% of this figure on my own "

"ಒಹ್ ಹೌದ? ರೀ ಜಯಂತ್, book ಕೊಡ್ರಿ direct -ಆಗಿ ಕಾಪಿ ಮಾಡ್ಲಿ , ಅಥವ ನೀವೇ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಗಿ ತೊಡೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಕೂತು ಬರೀರಿ
ಹೋಗಿ! "
(Oh yeah?Hey Jayanth dude give him ya book, let the him copy from it directly,or even better, you go sit on his lap )

" ಇಲ್ಲ ಮೇಡಂ, ಇಷ್ಟು ಸಾಕು(No thanks , Im fine), I will write on my own now! "

" If you had told me earlier, I would have brought my book from home, for you to write from "

(#)The rest of the "Funny" statements made by her are truncated, cause we all get the point.

fine, that went off well anyway!

1630Hrs IST

Software Engg.

Guess what? I get caught copying!

The OS guy seems to be enjoying playing snake Xenxia on his cell phone. So we all decide to turn this into an open source fest.Pradeep sitting next to me seems to be putting Somerville to shame.

50 minuted through, I am sincerely copying with such ruthless intent , totally bent over to Pradeep's side that I fail to hear some sort of rustling sound of paper.About 30 seconds later I realise that I am actually writing on the empty bench, the rustling sound was the OS guy snatching my book from me!Cheers, this calls for roars of laughter, take a bow, now get your ass out!


CG internals, 3+1+2 people show up to write...and I am asked to sit that bench far far away very close to where the teachers sit.Made sure I am atleast 3 benches away from the nearest neighbour. I write answer 2 to 3 , 3 to 4, and 5 to god knows what!

Single digit, my domain!Normalcy restored!At least I didnt get caught copying!

Better than any of the CN tests.I take a wild guess at an answer...out of nowhere, not even an educated guess and chances are that it might be the correct answer - 4 out 10 times.Great!


SSM: -I'm gonna write that - yeah right!

PPL(Passionate Programming Language):
I enter the room - Passionately.
Study for 20 minutes -Passionately.
Discuss - Passionately
and I do a lot more things Passionately - finally including running to another room in a floor below you and actually writing the test.
I am yet to receive the marks passionately.

Averages - within striking range!

Don't rest yet you dog...we got CG lab internals on Saturday...write record...come on get busy!

FFWD to Saturday!

Studied zero (no wait - 2 programs) answered in full! Thnx to the wonderful world of copying!
Amidst shouts of "Bring me your SHITS" " I want all your SHITS", " Its been one hour, so many of you still havent submitted your SHITS", I just sneak out before they realise all of us could be copying our programs from another machine on the network.

and no I didn't get caught copying!

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Mock Placements

It's been a while eh?
Well I have kept myself busy.Good I s'pose? I'll be telling you about all the things that kept me busy soon, but for today let me write about the latest buzz in the insane world and that is the Mock placements.

Last sem when we embarked upon this all important mock placements I was so excited to get through every bit of it.I had a safe aggre too.This time it all seemed confusing.

Yesterday I wrote the aptitude test and attended a safe 30 Questions with full interest and made sure I didn't write my name on the answer sheet when I handed it over.Why? Because I didn't want to be selected.Why? Because I didn't have formals and I just didn't want to be selected.
I began to answer my technical paper with full interest in between which the guy gets up and asks "Anyone didn't write their name on the paper?....gel pen...?? ".Having 'Strict actions' (RDK) at the back of my mind I just decided to own up.

Plan B: I have answered about 25 Questions...scratch upto 10 of the answers and write new answers, only if you are sure you are marking the wrong answer.
Why? Do I need to keep telling you?

I walk out and even convince the PC to ensure I am not passed through.Later I decide to stick around to hear the results of my buddies who are actually interested in getting in.
Voila...I'm in!

* Shift+all the num keys! *

0900hrs IST,

I walk into the seminar hall find out my GD group and time and et al.
I walk into the GD as and when asked and then bang bang, Im banged for not appearing in formals.
Ego clash:
"Why are you not in formals?Shall I throw you out?"
"huh! Sure, throw me out"
"Weren't you told about this before? You aren't interest in your placements and career? I think I should throw you out! "


Santhosh Nag pitches in for support and I just decide to respect that and stay for GD.
Just for the record, I didn't have formal shoes, not that I just decided to show up in a pair of Reeboks.

GD starts, topic - IPL boon or bane?

GREAT!!! I had to sit with my lips so pursed that it would give you the impression that they were glued together and watch 10 other members make points that barely touch upon the debate (on my favourite sport) according to me.A funny crow's crow and a vigorously nodding Thama later, time's up and I am asked to conclude.Keeping quite now seems like an arrogant gesture, so I sign off like a news-person with a 2 line conclusion.

Voila...I'm in!

Just for the record, my group no was 13 just like it was in the last sem.Just for the record, I actually made some valid points last time and was eliminated.

I wait,

and wait,

and wait some more.


I went home for lunch.I come back at 1:45pm...

I wait,

and wait,

and wait some more.

Finally at 4 O'clock and god knows how many minutes, I am called for the technical interview.

The technical round went well ,but probably made me rethink my placement aims.

One cup of mango juice with pulp, later, I walk into the HR round.

Favourite movie?

The Matrix.
Next 20 minutes, discussion about The Matrix!


Blah blah blah blah!

Cricket? Then how much your mouth was locked during GD today morning?
I am shocked...the "HR" was the judge for the GD today morning!
I soon give in and tell them I didn't want to make it through GD just because I didn't wanna be banged around for not wearing formals.
Sheesh!! And I get comments such as "Improve confidence level" for feedback!