John has three apples; he gives two to his friend. Calculate the volume of the sun.

Baffled? That’s how unrelated our vivas can be. They can ask you anything and mostly you’ll find yourself sitting speechless.

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Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all the Indians out there. For engineers like me, Independence Day is not just about the freedom of the country but also, to some extent, freedom from college. Majority of Indian festivals and holidays occur after the Independence Day so we always have one, two or sometimes three holidays in a week.

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Second Blogoversary

My blog finished two years on 19th of May. Yay! I didn’t even know that until WordPress sent me a notification saying “Happy Anniversary! You have completed two years on”.

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Oh Dear…

Dear Electricity,
They’re just using to you so that they can start me up.
Sincerely, Computer.

Dear Computer,
They are just using you to start a connection with me.
Sincerely, Internet.

Dear Internet,
They are just searching for me through you.
Sincerely, Google.

Dear Google,
They’re only using you to get to me.
Sincerely, Wikipedia.

Dear Wikipedia,
They’re just using you.
Sincerely, Home Work.

Dear Home Work,
They do you so that they can get me.
Sincerely, Marks.

Dear Marks,
They get you because they want to through me.
Sincerely, Exams.

Dear Exams,
They pass through you just so that they make me.
Sincerely, Money.

Dear Money,
They make you just so that they can pay my bills.
Sincerely, Electricity.

History of Confusion

Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!

Me during exams: The battle of Panipat was fought in…. Oh, what the hell! What year was it? Let it be. I’ll just write “The battle of Panipat was fought”. That’s it.

I am sure that most of the people will be selecting the same subject as me. And that’s the subject of History. History has always pulled me in its land of confusion and I have always ended up battling with it on that land. History exams were a nightmare. Not just for me, but for many of my friends in my class.

Remembering the years of different happenings was the worst thing to do. And then we had to memorize the biography of different people, the role they played. Which countries fought in the World War? When did Mahatma Gandhi start the Dandi March? Argh! All these questions eat up my mind and it happens that I jumble everything up during the examination session.

I never had any interest in history. After all what is the use of knowing the history when you can do nothing about it. You can’t go and undo the World Wars, you can’t stop slaughter of the Jews by Hitler, you can’t do anything. Instead we must focus on the present and look into the future and hope that no world war is fought again. But since I have passed school, I have left that subject behind. I can’t explain the joy I experienced on the day of my last history exam.

And lastly, a quote:

I don’t know with what weapons World War III will be fought but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. — Albert Einstein

Haiku #3 : Exams

Question paper leaked
Students get fully prepared
The exam postponed

My exams are starting next week so something related to it. Rest assured, no question paper was leaked. But it will be good if it would really leak. 😉

Just joking.

My Exams

Daily Prompt – What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?

I visited the Daily Prompt page and I am glad to see the pingbacks working again. Thanks WordPress team for answering our call. They completed their most pressing deadline, “The Pingback Problem.” Now it’s time for us.

I am currently in the midst of my exams but it so it seems. There are a lot of days given to students to study (study leave) and it’s a holiday, a virtual holiday. My deadline now is to just finish this semester with a PASS in every subject. There are total of 6 subjects. Three of them I have managed to write somehow but about the coming three I am in doubt. Studying all day long is not my habit. Many of my friends study all night long, I don’t know how do they do it (maybe a cup of coffee every hour keeps them awake).

Study leave is too boring for me. ‘Cause even if there is a month to study before exam, I’ll start studying only one or two days before it. About other people, I don’t know. They say it’s impossible to study everything in just one or two days. Then I say, “Who said I have studying everything.” And I list the topics which I have dropped.

Finishing this examination deadline is everyone’s deadline right now. And after that, all students would be out partying. Lots of picnics, eating and drinking, hanging out, etc. But why waste time in those things. I have a much better option. Come home after your exams, turn on your PC, take out your dusty controller and just dig yourself into some game (e.g. FIFA). That would relax your brain a lot. Whenever my friends meet after exams, they always start discussing about the exams. Why recall that most tense situation? Just chill out and relax.

My books

“Dinner’s ready!”, Mom shouted from the kitchen. I switched off my console and started to go downstairs. Just as I reached the door I heard a loud and low pitched voice calling me, “Hey, you! Yes, you. There is no one else in the room I can refer to.”

I turned round and saw my mathematics textbook standing upright and speaking to me. I rubbed my eyes and pinched myself to ensure I wasn’t dreaming and it was for real. The silence was broke as it said, “Your exams are near, aren’t they?”

“Hmmm. Yes but I’m in no mood to study right now. So please you may go to your sleep again”, I replied.

“So it seems that you don’t want to study and fail. Right?”

I was startled. I kept staring at it intently. I said, “Well. Time will decide it!”

“NO! It’s you who will decide it. You bought me from the store and never opened me once. In three days you will be in the examination hall writing your exam. What will you do then? You will regret not having opened me.”

“Maybe you’re right”, I said.

The book continued, “And if you fail in this exam you will have to clear it in the next semester. Do you even understand the seriousness of the impending issue.” I considered his words as I slammed the door shut and headed for dinner. As I was walking downstairs I heard its blabbering from within.

After dinner when I came back to my room I saw the book still standing upright with a frown as if waiting for my reply. I went up to it and apologized to him. “My biggest apologies“, I said. “It’s alright. But mind it from now onwards. Start studying right now”, it said.

I picked it up and headed to my desk when it said, “And yes, clean me first. I have gathered a lot of dust.”

Favourite Mistake

Daily prompt – Is there a mistake you’ve made that turned out to be a blessing — or otherwise changed your life for the better? Tell us all about it.

A month ago, in an examination hall I was solving multiple choice questions. These type of questions have four options of which exactly one is correct. The options have small circles besides them and the correct one has to be completely darkened. The catch: if I darken more than one, the answer is treated incorrect; if I don’t darken any one, still it is deemed incorrect.

I was tackling the questions one-by-one calmly. But my calmness was too calm I think, because I didn’t notice at all how the time went by. Only ten minutes remained and I had 20  questions to solve. Half a minute for each question. I started solving each one rapidly and kept darkening a circle at each question. But then I made a mistake. “Oh, how could I do that”, I thought. I had in hurry darkened some other circle except the one I wanted to. The exam concluded and I walked home dejected at the my mistake.

A few days later, the answer key was published on the internet. I was curious to check my results. Checking each and every question I reached that question which I had wronged. To my surprise, it was right. I checked it not once, twice but thrice. I realised that my method of solving that question was wrong. To me, my mistake was clearly a boon.