Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Different Engineer Story

Well, it has been 6 years since I was (accidentally) exposed to the world of engineering. Though, it was more of a pre-destined path. 90% of the top scoring kids in India are made to opt for science stream and medical/engineering subsequently, and I was no different. Somehow, I managed to crack JEE. What I encountered later has been quite an interesting experience. No, I am not going to talk more crap about the IIT’s. You may have already heard enough of that. Here I elucidate about weird people’s weird opinions about engineers-especially the ones I have seen.
                Well, as they say, the govt institutes with double “I’s” command a lot of respect in Indian society. I am lucky enough to be a student at these institutes. You move out of your college campus and people tend to look at you with an aura of supreme-ness (which is totally over-hyped). But, in this crowd of praising people, one always runs into self-proclaimed superstuds who think that only what they are doing is great and rest of the things are ultimate crap.
                These folks can find the weirdest of reasons in the world to show people like me below their level of intelligence.  Here I present to you some examples:-
  • “Aji aajkal toh IIT’s ka level ekdum gir gaya hai. Isse accha toh yahi hai kisi private college se engineering kar lo. Kam se kam wo job toh dilwa dete hain.”
Why the hell don’t these folks tell that they/their kid was not able to crack the JEE? If the level has really gone down, then why was it that their “INTELLIGENT” kid failed to get through into even such low-grade institutes?
  • “Aji ab IIT kar bhi lo, toh kaunsi badi baat hai. Package toh dhang ka milta nahi. Isliye toh ab inki ranking top-10 mein bhi mushkil se aati hai”
I wonder why the people who say these lines never had the pleasure of even entering into IIT’s. And talking about packages, the IIT’s don’t offer bribe to the companies who dump you 6 months after your placement and neither do they offer bribe to these survey companies to put their institute into the top-10 engineering colleges of India. Here, your kid does not, in fact he/she CAN NOT, get through any management quota but only through an exam that is common and same for all. The packages have never been bad but still, are good enough for your abilities. Plus, there are a lot of top companies that your so-called engineering college may not even get a sight of!
  • “IIT mein toh bas woh bachhe padhte hain, jinke pass private college ki fees bharne ke paise nahi hote.”  
I can only laugh at such people. There is a limit to ignorance and stupidity and this comment is far beyond that limit.
  • Ab toh reservation lag gaya. Ab IIT mein acche bacche nahi aate. Isliye humne apne beta/beti ko IIT mien nahi bheja”
Excuse me! If someone would like their facts right, the number of general category students in all the IIT’s is still the same. If your kid had the talent to get into it, he/she would have done so anyway.
  • Arey, kaahe ka IIT. Bas naam ka hi hai. Kuch padhai nahi hoti inme.”
 Agreed, but the point is that very few colleges in India will grill you like the IIT’s for studying purposes. (its another fact that you may still end up learning nothing). If you really thing that people don’t study in an IIT , then,(BREAKING NEWS!), students in other colleges in India study a lot less. This may be hard to digest, but yes-it-is-true.
Now, a lot of people might think that this post is written by an arrogant person who is proud of his achievement of clearing JEE and doesn’t consider anyone in-front of himself. Sorry, but you are wrong. This post was written because such folks never stop cribbing, I am not proclaiming that I’m the most intelligent fellow of India and, that, IITs are the best and perfect college of India. Sadly, they are nowhere near to what one expects out of the “proclaimed” institutes of the country. But, i am frustrated of people trying to undermine those who study there. We, as IITians, are not asking for your respect. We are not as great as we are hyped to be. But, still, we are not as worthless as people quoted above make us to be. We still study in an institute that is still better than the umpteen bad ones that exist in India. 
               This is just an appeal to people to stop acting over-smart. We are not looking to battle over who’s smarter? That would be a really stupid thing to do. But, we also do not wish to indulge in a battle to show who’s more pathetic? That would be an even more stupid thing to so. Just live peacefully. We just wish to be treated as normal persons. I want no fame and no battle to show each-other down. Just let us be normal and enjoy the beautiful world.

P.S: i know this article is not going to go well with many people in many sections of society.I just wanted to express my irritation to a certain section of people and i have done so. That was the only intention.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I cried but tears refuse to fall.
My heart shatters, but no sound at all.
I don't know what wrong i did,
Hey God, can you answer my call..?

I was doing what i had to do..
trying to stay impartial and all..
I was steadily treading my path,
When, out of the blue, came this call.

You didn't do anything wrong, you say
But, did i do anything wrong? I ask.
All i ever said was the truth,
But, in the glory of betrayal, i now bask.

I don't know what future holds.
The present is already so bold.
There are some things that go "Out of hand",
while there are also some that "you can't control".

What's done has been done,
No use ruing about the past.
Live moves on, and so have to we..
let's go ahead and

The incomplete proposal

Warning! This is a piece of awful nonsense written from a loafer's point of view in just 20 minutes. You might find yourself really irritated after reading this.
Read at your own risk!

Excuse me! Kya main aapke do minute le sakta hoon..?
Tumhe apne dil ka haal suna sakta hoon..?
Shayad tu ye jaane ya na jaane,
Saal ke pehle din se tujhe pyar karta hoon.

Isey gulaab na samjho,apna dil de raha hoon,
Guldaste ka akhiri fool tumhe de raha hoon.
Main na jaanu pyar kya hota hai..
Par itna jaanu ki tujhse pyar kar raha hoon.

Mere pyar ka gift, tu sweekar toh kar,
Ek baar!! Ek baar toh ikraar tu kar,
Pyar bhi de dunga tujhe..
Tu apne address ka bakhan toh kar!

Tere gharwalon ko bol ki main taiyyar hoon..
Tu kahey toh dikhata unhe bhi apna pyar hoon,
Tu mandir mein bol ya church mein,
Main toh bhaag kar bhi shaadi karne ko taiyyar hoon!!

Monday, April 4, 2011


First of all, i'd like to apologize to all those who managed to read the part-1 and "actually" waited for part-2. On my part, i can only say that i was quite busy with my life in IIT. Well, without wasting any further time in discussing crap things, let's come straight to the point. So, we were done with 7 shortcuts, here are the remaining few which i remember-

8) Find for n-terms: There are perhaps the easiest kind of questions in maths. Generally, the nth term or sum or product of n-terms is asked. What you can simply do is put the value of n=1,2,3 in the given options and compare with what value will come for 1,2 or 3 terms by simple calculation. Mostly, the answer comes with n=1 or 2. The maximum number of trials required in such questions is 3. If it goes beyond 3, then the question is a high level one and it's better to leave it alone. Example: Sum of n natural numbers (1+2+3+....+n) is
(a) n(n-1)/2;    (b) n(n+1)/2;    (c) n(n+2)/3;     (d) (n+1)(n-1);
Here, the sum of 1 natural number is 1. Now, if you put n=1 in the options, we get;
 (a)=0; (b)=1; (c)=1; (d)=0; Hence, options (a) and (d) can be ruled out. For n=2, the actual answer is (1+2=3). On putting n=2, we get (b)=3; (c)=8/3. Hence, only option-(b) is the correct answer. Similarly, with some practice, you can easily learn how to apply this kind of logic in questions.

9) Generalize the question: This is one of those favorite derivation types questions given in JEE. They will give you a complex orientation and ask you to find one of the variable.what you have to do is assume an orientation such that two or more of the arbitary values go to zero/one/some easy value and then check the options again. Example: suppose for positive real values, it is given that :m3x4=n3y4  and m2<n2,then
(a) m3x2>n3y2 ; (b) m3<y4 ; (c) m3x2<n3y2 ; (d) m3>y4
Now, if you actually start doing the maths of it, you will find yourself in a trouble of inequalities. So better think of an alternative. As we are given necessary conditions for with m and n, so lets assume m=2;x=3;n=3. Thus, you will get y as fourth root of 24 which you can approximate as square root of 5(coz 5x5=25). Now root of 5 is 2.2. For these questions you have to be good at approximating values which is not a big ask (atleast its more natural than remembering all identities). Now put these values in the options. You will easily see that on cancelling the "3" in the options wherever possible, the only option that still stands as correct is option (b) which is the answer.
Similarly, in questions where you are given random inclinations of plane (alpha,beta,etc), see what will happen if the inclination was zero/90. Now put alpha/beta/whatever equal to zero or 90 in the answer and see which of them satisfies the condition. Similarly, for finding moment of inertia about a random axis, same can be appllied.Try this one yourself. Example: Find M.O.I of a rod along an axis at theta degrees from its length passing through the centre.
(a) ML2sin2Ө/12; (b) ML2cos2Ө/12; (c) ML2sinӨcos2Ө/12; (d) ML2sin2ӨcosӨ/12
SOLUTION: Here, we clearly know that M.O.I of a rod along its length is zero. So at Ө=0; M.O.I=0. On putting Ө=0 in options, (a),(c) and (d) become zero. Also M.O.I of a rod perpendicular to its axis i.e. Ө=90 is ML2/12. Now, on putting Ө=90, only option(a) gives ML2/12. Rest all become zero. Simple!! Isn't it?? 

10) Modern Physics (atom,nuclei,radiation,etc): Now this is one topic you would not want to lose marks on. This topic accounts for roughly 20-25 marks in IIT-JEE and you won't need more than a day to expertise this topic even if you start from scratch. If you can't expertise, atleast cram all the formulae related to modern physics. YOU SIMPLY CAN'T LET THE QUESTIONS FROM THIS TOPIC GO AWAY FROM YOU.If you atleast remember all the formulae, you can devise something even in the exam ahll to find the correct option but please DON'T LEAVE IT. Its study requires less than one-tenth of the time required to study "Mechanics" and still it provides marks- 10 times than "Mechanics". STRANGE BUT TRUE!

11) Co-ordinate geometry: This is one area where even a raw but approximate diagram may work in some questions of finding radius, area, equations,etc. Simply draw a diagram according to scale and try to find the required thing. It may seem trivial but it works in many situations. What's the hesitaion in trying something to get to the answer when you don't know the concept? :-p

12) Kinematics, trigonometry: These are the two least weightage topics in JEE. Try to do them as late as possible. It won't even hurt if you leave these topics. They are meant to take up huge volumes of your time and have maximum 2-3 questions in JEE. In the same amount of time, you can score 20-25 marks by studying other topics. YES! IT-IS-TRUE! One may argue that trigonometric basics are used at lots of places elsewhere. My answer is that what you know about trigonometry, by default, is enough to solve the main questions. The tricky ones require use of some identity which only the geekiest of nerds will have idea about. So its better off to leave these topics and concentrate on other areas.

13) Chapter-1 (physics): Remember it? When you enter 11th standard, you have the first chapter about measurements and all which no one cares about. I don't know why no coaching institute pays importance to it. But, this chapter is one easy piece of cherry. Read it thoroughly. You get 3 questions from it about dimensions,maximum error and approximation. If you are not able to understand it from the book, read all the questions from your study material about it. On looking up the answer key, you yourself will eventually figure out the ways to get to the answer of these problems. Remember, on the answer-sheet, only the answer is important. No one cares about the way to get to it. This chapter is just freely distributed marks.

14) NCERT is GOD/GITA/QURAN/BIBLE/WHATEVER:Even my teachers used to say the same when i was in 12th and even i never paid attention to it. But, today i know they said the truth. NCERT is the most precise book esp. in case of CHEMISTRY. In physics and maths, you may find deviations but every question of Chemistry in IIT-JEE is taken from the NCERT book. Read or maybe cram the whole of NCERT (chemistry especially). Most importantly, questions in inorganic chemistry are directly lifted lines from the NCERT.

15) Mind over heart: This happens with the most of us. We see a question in exam and our heart says that the answer is something whereas the mind says something else. Always, go with the mind. The IIT-JEE is meant to test 'intelligence' of over 5 lakh students, not to simply test if something new strikes you during the exam. So, let only the mind solve the questions and let the heart only keep up your spirit. The reverse leads to disaster!

16) Confidence: Whatever happens, this is the most important thing needed during the preparation and exam. Let your spirits always stay high. Remember this fact- " The person writing all this (Dhawal) had only confidence with him. His concepts were zero but still i managed to clear JEE because he believed in himself." And i am not being modest or anything. Neither am i thinking low of myself. I am simply saying the truth in your as well as my face. So, If i can.....anyone can!!
Moreover, never go to the exam centre with any book or anything. The only thing you should be carrying is your admit card and a pencil box with your stationery. And if you feel low while studying, here are some songs that will help lift you up. Put them in your cellphone/ipod and listen over on earphones. I believe it will help you.
Live like you're dying-Kris allen
Firework-Katy Perry
Lose Yourself-Eminem
Remember the name- Fort minor
Someday- Flipsyde
Who says- Selena Gomez (esp for girls) 
 ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR J.E.E..!!! Good luck..!!! Hope i helped you in some way.

P.S: If you are doing engineering just for the namesake of it, then you are committing a grave mistake. All you will end up with is an irritated you. If  you actually are interested in solving question by such methods as i suggested, the C.A.T is the exam for you. In C.A.T coaching, you are officially taught all these methods. :p And, if you have to give C.A.T in the end, then why waste 4 years on a degree that is almost rendered meaningless after M.B.A. So my final word is that- 
"Do engineering if only you are really interested in it. Else please don't waste your life on engineering. Rest is all upto you."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

EVERGREEN LOVE..! Part:2-The Love never ends

BUT she was unmoved. She didn't reply but pointed at the result sheet. Her name was, as expected, in the topper's list at the position of eleven. But her face was lacking everything that had made me fall for her- no smile, no glow on her face. I could not guess what was wrong with her. Definitely, rank-11 could not be the matter of worry. Was she so much of a nerd who thinks that life has ended if their position goes into double digits? I couldn't understand what troubled her, why she was dejected and downhearted.
She just didn't say anything. Then after a long wait which seemed like eons, she said “Oh! Hi! Sorry I didn’t notice you. I have been good. Let’s go to the canteen. It has been a long time since I had ‘Ramu ki coffee’.
Finally, relief entered into my heart. She remembered me and all was normal with her. We went down to the canteen and had the famous ‘ramu ki coffee’ with namkeen and patties. As usual, i never allowed her to pay the bill. We sat chatting. I told her about my foreign trip. How i had roamed around in Rome, Paris, London, Berlin, etc. (though i deliberately did not mention all the hooker part.) She also sounded too excited to hear about all these beautiful places. I told her that i will show her the pictures that i had taken of these places. I told her that I was coming the next day to pay the fees and asked her to come the same day so that I could get one more chance to meet her and talk to her. I truly felt on top of the world. Bryan Adams had made an understatement when he had sung about cloud number 9. Right now, i was on cloud number 99! I didn't mention any of these facts to her but just asked her, and she accepted. Then she left the place. We agreed to meet up at 2pm next day.

Next day,I went to the institute to pay the fees for another year of my torturous coaching and one more year when i can adore the innocent beauty of Sanjana’s face. I reached there at 1:30 as i did not want to leave anything to chance from now on. God had already played with me twice when i had left things to chance. Though the procedure was done by 1;50, she was nowhere to be seen. But I didn't leave the place since I was waiting for her. The clock rand 2:00, then 3:00 and 4:00 too but there was no sign of her. As she didn't turn up, it made me believe that she wouldn't come. Why did i leave it for today? God had once again played trickery with me and deceived my luck. So I decided to leave.
I entered the car and was about to start. Just then, I saw her walking and approaching the institute in haste. Immediately I got down the vehicle and went towards her running. Maybe, God is not that cruel either. He examines us first and gives us the reward later. I ran towards her like a child runs towards candy. The first thing she told me was "Sorry!". I asked "For what? And whatever it is for, it’s ok. There is no need to introduce sorry between us." She replied "I am not joining here and sorry for making you wait." I couldn't understand what she just said to me. This was too much cruelty towards me from luck’s side. But i thought i had heard something wrong. "What nonsense are you saying? Are you in your senses? Had ‘ramu ki coffee’ intoxicated you or what?”, i said jokingly. “How come you are not joining here? Is something wrong?" I asked.
Her eyes became wet immediately. This was not what i had even imagined of. All my joke sense swished away and i found myself struggling to grasp the reason that had made the beautiful angel cry. Crying, she said " I am not joining here. I am joining somewhere else." "What is the reason.? When you have to some place for coaching, then why not the best one? And please stop crying, for God’s sake!" I said. Her tears were burning me like a rope on fire. My strength was giving up due to the flames of her tears. She then said something which engraved in my heart forever. "It might be the best one in city, but my parents cannot pay the enormous amount of fees, so they are joining me in a bit low grade coaching institute. That's not much a problem for me. Maybe the coaching will not be up to the mark, but I think I'll be able to do things myself. But, i don’t think i will ever be able to come here again. We’re moving to some other place."
I was in a complete shock. I couldn't take it. Then she told how hard it was to convince her parents to let her come to this place one last time to see her classmates. She had pleaded hard with her parents to convince them for her last visit here. Then, she said she has to go and lifted her hand to shake hands with me. But the sight of a bruise on her arm caught my attention. I asked her "How did this happen? I don’t think it was there yesterday." She narrated to me what were the consequences of her result and what all had happened at her home the previous day.
When she informed about her rank at home, they were at first happy. But then they immediately turned against her the moment they came to know that she missed the scholarship by just a single rank. The institute gave scholarship to only the top-10 rankers in the examination. She had to face all the music at her home and later she was also bashed by them. Then she showed me the wounds all over her body. There were scars at her other hand. Her feet were marked by the red slashes. Also her face was still red. Even the kids in Africa in the UN posters were not beaten by their parents for studying so brilliantly
My heart swelled up. A burst of tear wanted to break the dam of my eyes but i held them on. I knew that her tears would return on seeing me cry and I did not want her to cry again. I got so much irritated and angered at her parent's behaviour towards her. I felt that i should just go and bang the hell out of her parents for beating a beautiful angel like her. My insides were burning on hearing all this. I wanted to ask why God made such people? Maybe even orphans were better than her. Atleast, they did not get beaten for excelling in exams. In spite of appreciating her excellent performance that earned her a top rank, why the hell did they beat her, scold her and abuse her. Bull shit! What the F***!! Why does God create such people? Why should they be so cruel towards her? What was her mistake? I simply thought of killing them. I tried my level best to console the poor girl by talking about other good things, in order to divert her mind from the painful incident. I knew she won’t accept but i still offered her that i could even talk to my parents and convince them to pay her fee. But both of us knew that such talks were of no help. Later she left as her parents had told her to be home by 5:00. As soon as she left, tears burst out of my eyes. I stood there crying till my driver called out to me that we had to go home. I thought that maybe i will see her somehow in future. Maybe, we’ll stumble into one another somewhere. But, at that moment, i just stood there motionless. Only the salty water in my eyes was moving. My heart felt as if it had been sliced into a thousand pieces.

I never met her again. In fact, i never got to even see her again.

Even today, till this date her crying innocent face, which I last saw several years ago comes to my mind. Every feature of hers is as fresh in my mind as if it was just moments ago that i had last seen her. I could never meet her again. I tried on all the social networking sites to find her, but my efforts went in vain. I even called at the number she gave me the last time we met, but it is always the telephone operators useless messages that I find on the other side. I never got a chance to see her again. In the past five years of my life with her absence, there was no such instance that could give me some information relating to her whereabouts. I simply have no clue about her. I don't know whether she fulfilled her dream, whether she is living in the same place and whether she is happy or not. Do her tyrant parents still bash her for getting good marks? I don’t know. I don’t anything about her, not even a single bit. Sometimes I feel I shouldn't have said the words which I uttered just before she left. It was I who asked whether I could be of any help to her, in regard to money.

I have met so many girls after that. I have had so many crushes after that. I might have even liked a one or two, but I can never forget her whom I loved from the very first moment I saw her. As time passed, I also got a bit busy. Currently I'm pursuing by B.Tech degree from a reputed university. Maybe, someday she might read this and know all these feelings of mine that i never got to say to her. With so many new things and other involvements of mine, may be my search for her might have become a bit loose and non yielding, may be my memories have started to fade, but I LOVE YOU dear Sanjana..!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Written by: Mulpuru Raviteja; Edited by: Dhawal Pratap Singh

There are more than 6 billion faces on the earth and each one is unique. We meet people, remember them. Then, we meet new ones and forget the previous ones. But some stay engraved in your mind forever. This is about one such face. It has been almost five years since I last saw her. I don't know where she is, how she is, what she is doing, whether she is happy or not. In fact, I don’t even know if she exists or not.

This is not a love story. This is the story of my love!

All this started when I probably did not even have the understanding of the word ‘love’. I was in class VIII. It was one of those days that my parents decided to visit my neighbour’s school and they took me along too. Reason? Our schools came under the same management. The exam dates, progress report collection date, and many other events of our schools used to take place more or less on the same day. So, i had to leave my dear Mario game and go to school to waste my Sunday. We proceeded to his school. I stayed outside in the playground as my parents went to see my friend’s performance. I was banging my smiley faced stress ball on the wall with full force to vent out my frustration of wastage of my Sunday holiday. Why was i tagged along when i had no work here? In fact, they knew that I was leagues ahead of him in studies.

“Excuse me, can you go to the other court? We have to practice here.” A voice said to me. “O.K”, i said and turned towards the other side of ground. That was the first time I saw her. My whole body got stuck as i soaked in her beauty through my eyes. She was as beautiful as Aishwarya Rai in Taal which i had just seen yesterday. Her beautiful eyes, innocent face, cute smile and the heavenly look captivated my mind, heart and soul. Suddenly, i realized that she was also staring at me although her stare was that of surprise while mine was of admiration. Somehow, i managed to put my body together and moved myself away from there though my eyes were still stuck at her. I heard my parents calling me to go back. Damm! Why did they have to call me and cut short my joyful moment once again? But I could never forget that face. As we were leaving, i nudged my friend and asked him about her. I got to know that, that girl was a student there and a very intelligent one too. The whole journey I just kept imaging circumstances when i could get a chance to come to my friend’s school again and see her. There were lots of chances, but luck didn't favour me. That was it.....I never saw her again. Somehow, even God was conspiring to cut short my joyful time. Just like everything wears away, my mind started forgetting her. And as time passed by, I couldn't remember her.

Time passed and i moved on. In further attempts to cut my fun, my parents enrolled me in a coaching institute for IIT-JEE in just class IX whereas normal nerds start preparing for JEE in class XI. Thus started the hectic routine of my life which has been continuing till date.

School –> study –> lunch –> coaching –> study –> dinner –> study –> sleep –> study –> school.

Finally, the schedule started to take its toll on me. I was caught sleeping in the class and, no wonder, the teacher sent me out of the class for that. I was standing in the corridor waiting for the class to get over and go home. It becomes really irritating to pass time in such situations. Somehow, the boring class seemed more welcoming as it atleast gave me a chance to do nonsense at the back of my notebook and pass the time. Right now, i was tracing the path of the lizard travelling on the wall in front of me. As the clock neared 5, students started exiting from the class opposite to me and i lost track of the lizard. Suddenly, i saw a familiar face in that crowd. It was the same girl whom i had seen an year ago at my friend’s school. I rubbed my eyes to check if i was hallucinating. No, i wasn’t. It was indeed her. She was wearing a sky blue salwaar-kameez which made her look as cute as Preity Zinta in Kal Ho Na Ho. My eyes just kept tracking her till she was visible no more. It was then i realized that i had reached the gate of the institute. I turned around to see my classmates asking me what i was doing there. I went back to the class, took my bag and started on my way home. I couldn't believe what was happening with me. Fate had initially separated us and later brought us to the same place. Though we studied at the same place, I never got a chance to talk to her initially. Reason? I was on the engineering side and she was on the medical side and our class timings, exam timings etc. were different. Though I was happy that i got to see her face often, at the same time I was really eager to meet her, talk to her, introduce myself, know her name, her background, know everything about her and get close to her. Suddenly, i started to like biology. All the cells and classification used to remind me of her. I even scored 99/100 in biology whereas my score in maths was 87/100 in my school exams. I even tried to convince my parents to let me prepare for medical exams instead of engineering. But my doctor parents did not listen. Two doctors were already there in my home. Now, an engineer was due. So, i decided to concentrate my energy on finding a chance to talk to her. This did happen. At last, my brilliance in studies helped me in some way. She used to top in her field and I used to top in mine and so our names used to feature on the toppers list always. Hence, we had a lot in common! As I knew her before, I thought of taking the 'topping the exam' point as an opportunity to somehow meet her. But, God had some other plan in mind.

I was scanning through the result of my last phase-test on notice board.
"Are you Akash?". I turned around to see that it was her. I Just could not believe my eyes. I was shocked, surprised, excited, overwhelmed and what not. Somehow i held my calm face and replied "That's me...what do u want?"
"I see your name every time the list is put up and also my friends tell me a lot about you... it's you only right?"
"Yeah, you are talking to Akash. But who are you?” I thought of appearing totally oblivious to her.
“I am Sanjana. Just thought of meeting the topper one day.”
“Oh! You are “THE Sanjana”.  Even I wanted to see you some time...looks like your name never comes down the list....a regular player I suppose...." I replied. I thought of showing off some style in my talk so that she gets impressed by me.

Then she continued talking about her interests, goals, plans for the future, school life, and academic life. That’s one of the setbacks of these nerdy coaching institutions. No matter how beautiful a girl comes up to you, she will always talk about studies and studies only. But i was happy that i was getting to know at least something about her. I was making progress in my love life. In due course of time, we became good friends. Whenever I used to get some free time, I would leave all my work aside and rush to meet her on some pretext. Once i even asked her a doubt in biology saying that i did not understand that topic when it was taught in my school. Talking to her used to give me a great joy and relief. I used to forget the world in her presence. One smile on her face helped me forget all the worries in my life. Maybe this was the moksha feeling that my parents and grandparents used to discuss in their free time.
From our small talks, I could learn that she hailed from a poor financial background. Her parents had a small job. It was very difficult to make the both ends meet. I also came to know that she was studying there with scholarship that covered her tuition fees, laboratory fees and conveyance charges. Also, it was available only to the few people who topped the entrance exam, conducted by the institute as a part of the selection procedure.

As time passed by, final exams were at the helm. So our meetings became sporadic and also short lasting. I had, sort of, lost touch with her. Suddenly I came to know one day, that the classes for her batch got over a week ago. My feet found it unable to stand. God has once again cut short my enjoyment. I couldn't digest the fact that I will not be able to meet her again. The time that i used to spend with her was now spent roaming idly in the streets of the area hoping that i might get a glimpse of her somewhere. Out of my shyness, I had not even asked her phone number or where she lived. Now, i hated myself for it. What a stupid i had been! Everything around used to look useless and i was nothing less than the love-torn ‘aashiq’ that they portray in Hindi movies.

Like this two months passed by. Somehow i tried to get over her. I even convinced my family to go on a foreign tour so that I can get my mind off her. Though i dint get over her, the trip was quite enjoyable. I was even approached by two prostitutes in Paris! I passed my class IX. Once again, I came to the institute to give its entrance exam for getting admission into class X coaching. The moment I reached there, the reminiscences of the past kept troubling me. The walls, on which we used to sit after the classes, the canteen where we used to have a burger and a coffee during the break, the tree under which we used to have conversations. The sight brought thoughts about her back into my mind. The exam duration was spent less in thoughts of physics and more on recalling memories with her. I gave the exam and went back home. Few weeks later, I had to go back to check the results.

I don’t know who said it but it is indeed true. “History repeats itself.” I saw her. I simply kept staring at her. A new lease of life got blown into me. Maybe God was just saving the best for me for the end. I couldn't control the joy and happiness I got in seeing her after such a long time. Had there been no one around, i would have surely punched in the air a thousand times. Now, without wasting any second, I went straight to her. I felt like the Hindi movie hero approaching the heroine as they do at the time of happy endings. I said “hi! Where the hell have you been? How have your life been? What you did in the holidays? What all exams did you give? Did you go anywhere on a vacation? How did the final exams go? How was the entrance test result? Little did I realize that I had thrown such a flurry of questions at her in a single breath. The excitement had gone way over the top and was flowing like the Belagio fountains. In fact, all the people surrounding me were staring at me as if I was some lunatic babbling anything nonsense.

BUT she was unmoved. She didn't reply but pointed at the result sheet. Her name was, as expected, in the topper's list at the position of eleven. But her face was lacking everything that had made me fall for her- no smile, no glow on her face. I could not guess what was wrong with her. Definitely, rank-11 could not be the matter of worry. Was she so much of a nerd who thinks that life has ended if their position goes into double digits? I couldn't understand what troubled her, why she was dejected and downhearted. She just didn't say anything. (more in next part. Please stay tuned)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Abhi baaki hai..!!

Dil ke tukde hazaar hue,
par 1001 abi baaki hai.
Dil toh humara toot gaya,
par dil mein dhadkan...abhi baaki hai!

Aankhon se ashq nikle toh kya,
aansuon ka sagar abhi baaki hai.
Humari khushi toh dard mein badal gayi,
par muskurahat abhi bhi baaki hai! :-)

Wo rooth kar chaley gaye toh kya?
unhe manana abhi baaki hai.
Mohabbat rooth gayi humse toh kya?
mohabbat ko samjhana abhi baaki hai!

Nafrat ki hadd toh humne dekh li,
chaahat ki hadd dikhana abhi baaki hai.
Dil toh humne de kar dekh lia,
lekin dil lena kisi ka abhi baaki hai!

Ishq ka sooraj toh chhup gaya,
"Naya Savera"... abhi baaki hai.
Tere dard se ye dil pathar ho gaya,
pathar pe gulaab ugaane ki aas...abhi baaki hai..!!!!

( Aakhir dil toh baccha hai ji....!) (*_*)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How to solve multiple choice questions in IIT-JEE?

This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!
“IIT-JEE” – the toughest exam in the world at 18 years of age. Well, lets leave all that blah blah. If you are actually reading this article, then i guess you don’t need to be told anything about it. You already know the numbers – 5 lakh applicants, 2% success rate and all that. Now, in case you have really been studying your ass off for IIT, kudos to you and your courage. Now, let’s get to the point.
I am no stud in the field of engineering studies. I was one of those types who never studied anything seriously. I never followed any textbook (H.C.Verma, loni, M.L.Khanna and all), bunked 70% of my classes and made every possible effort to get to enjoy my life in my +2.  I am the so-called lucky guy who just managed to scrape through into an IIT. Hence, i am no expert to advise people on giving tips to study. But still, if i managed to get through, that means i struck gold somewhere else. That’s what I am discussing here.
For the fact, all the engineering exams in India are objective. Now there are two ways to crack it – either know the concept or know all the wrong answers. In the exam, nobody cares how you circled the bubble. The administrators don’t care if you knew the concept or cheated or circled it blindly or made a fluke. What matters is only the circling of the correct bubble, no matter how you do it. And SENSIBLE GUESSING DOES HELP A LOT IN GAINING THOSE MARKS.
After all, negative marking is just meant to discourage blind guessing only, nothing else. But if you are able to guess sensibly, you will never receive loss due to it. Imagine this yourself - all the exams have 4 options to each questions and, believe it or not, all the answers are equally distributed among all the four options i.e. a, b, c, and d (this is true for all exams- be it your phase test, test series, AIEEE or even IIT-JEE). Now even in the worst case scenario (marking scheme: plus 3,minus 1), if you mark all your blind guesses as, say option-“a”, even then the net difference in your marks will be ZERO.
Surprised!!?? Suppose you made guesses in “x”-number of questions and marked them all as option-“c”. Going by the law of probability, 75% of your guesses will be wrong and 25% will be right. Lets calculate your total by that:
[(X/4) x (+3)] – [(3X/4) x (-1)] =zero. Hence there will be zero addition to your score in the worst case which is true because the administrators never want anyone to lose out because of probability. So they equally distribute the options among all the answers. Now suppose the marking scheme is plus 4, minus 1, as in many exams like DCE, you can actually GAIN 1 MARK for ever four guessed answers by you. Ain’t that free marks??!! :-P
Here are some of the tricks-
1)  Highest and lowest: In a question where numerical values are the answers, the highest and value will never be the correct answers. Weird as it may seem, but it is true for atleast 60% of the cases. So, if you don’t know the way to solve question, try staying away from the extreme values of answers. It might just help you.
2) Two or zero: Whenever in doubt between two of the options, try gambling on one of them. When you have managed to cross out two options, try going for one from the remaining two options. It works.
3) No negatives: For those questions which don’t carry any negative marking (eg: match the following, multiple answers questions which appear ever year in IIT-JEE), go for them even if you don’t even know an inch of the concept. DO NOT EVER LEAVE THEM UNATTEMPTED. If the thing has no discouragements, then why should we be a fool to leave free gambles?
4) Same and different: This applies for those questions which have options in which they play in units and values. Eg: suppose the options for a heat and thermodynamics question are:
(a) 120 K ; (b) 130 C ; (c) 120 C (d) 110 C
Now, since 3 of the options are given in degree Celsius, therefore answer will definitely be in degree Celsius. Now since the value 120 is given in both celsuis and Kelvin, therefore 120 is the numerical answer. Hence, going by the above two logics, the answer will be option-(c) 120 C. Trust me or not, it works in 80% of the cases!
5) Mathematical extremes: Everytime, we do find questions in maths which ask us to either find the range or domain of a function, and the options are generally given as:
(a) [0,1) U (2,3) ; (b) (0,1) U (2,3] ; (c) [0,1] U [2,3] ; (d) (0,1) U (2,3)
As you must have already understood, simply try to test the function on the extreme values i.e.0,1,2,3. You don’t need to solve the whole dam function. Simply see if these 4 values satisfy the function and you will be able to get to the answer.
6) Dimensions: This is one field where the administrators show their complete ignorance. Such types of questions have very stupid options that you feel like laughing on them. Suppose you have a question to find the velocity of an object in an electromagnetic field in some weird orientation with field values as E and B. The options will be something like
(a) (2E/B)1/2 ; (b) (2B/E) ; (c)  (2E/B) ; (d) (2B/E)1/2
Now, by simply analysing the dimensions you can tell the answer. Electric field has dimensions (M1L1T-3A-1) and magnetic field has dimensions (M1L0T-2A-1). Simply, you can see that E/B will give you (L1T-1) which is dimension of velocity whereas square-root of (E/B) will give root of velocity. Hence, the answer will obviously be option-(c). The “2E” will take care of itself. Dimensional analysis really helps. It helps at a lot of places.
7) Value putting: This applies for questions where we have to find the general expression for something. Suppose you have to find the expression for pressure on a bubble of radius-R when it is at a height h from the ground level in the container which has water upto a height L. (i am just taking a general and easy example, not an exact one.) So, let the options be
(a) P + [pg(L-h)/LR] ; (b) P + [pgLR/(L-h)] ; (c) P + [pgR(L-h)/L] ; (d) P + [pg(L-h)(L-R)/L)
Now, if you would have noticed, you can simply leave out option-(a) by simply checking its dimensions. The dimensions of second term are not that of pressure but of pressure per unit area. Even if you ignore that, we know that pressure at the surface of water must be P and must be (P + pgL) at the base of container. So we have two cases:
At,h=0; pressure=(P + pgL)  and  at,h=L; pressure=P. On putting these two values of “h” in these options, we can clearly see that option-(d) is the correct answer.
(More in next part. Stay tuned)
In case you want to test all these things, take up an MCQ set of a topic which you have not studied and try all these logincs on those questions and see the score that you get. I indirectly practiced these things and they really helped me. I got 30 extra marks in IIT-JEE by the same approach!!
Well, now i am a bit tired by writing and need some sleep too. So I am stopping here. The next part will be out in 4-5 days. In case you liked the post, please comment and give your feedback. In case you want any advice, you can contact me at my email id on my blog profile. Remember, the exam tries to test our knowledge and understanding, but sometimes it just forgets to maintain the logic in the options. (^_^) (*_*)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


The article you are looking at may not be safe to read!
...Although, since you're already here it's kind of too late for this warning to actually be useful!
If a friend or your girlfriend sees this article, claim that it was spam and blame the advertising guys. Otherwise, continue to read it until your curiosities and fantasies are satisfied.

First of all i’d like to clarify that i’m not a stud/love-guru/girl-expert, nor am i trying to act like one by writing this article. It's just that a friend of mine really inspired me to write about all this stuff. So, miss HEGHSAINN (her name's anagram), This one is dedicated to you..!

So, we all see girls everywhere...i mean,they ARE everywhere indeed. Now,when most of the guys see a hot,lovely,charming,sexy human being that's genetically female, more than half of them lose their senses and get lost somewhere thinking about a date with her. As soon as they come back to reality i.e when the other guy slaps you at the back of your head, they realize that the date they fantasized about has long gone. Obviously, the slap on the head silently breaks their heart and they try to mend it by again waiting for the sight of a similar creature and this cycle continues.

Well...having one's heart broken so many times is definitely not good for even the biggest of jerks. Obviously, It hurts! So,I (alongwith some others who were as nonsense as me) thought of some ways to divert our minds from this heart-breaking ogling at girls. Moreover,as we discovered later, not every girl's beauty is worth the attention that guys tend to give her. Many of them make brilliant use of makeup and other tricks to deceive us. (Girls love to get our attention,don't they!) Sans the makeup,they morph into a less like-able creature. But eventually,we found out some ways to detect the fake. (After all,my IIT degree implies that i am intelligent with respect to the normal world.) So,here i present to you some basic facts that may help you ogle only at really beautiful girls and thus conserve your attention. Here we go...

  • MAKEUP: The most basic tool that girls in every nook and corner of the world have used in every age. Now how to spot makeup? Well...there are different extents to which girls apply makeup. Some apply just to give finishing touches which looks really nice while some apply an inch-thick layer to hide away their pimples, dark skin,spots,etc (C'mon, be natural!) So, first of all, to notice the makeup,look if the face of the girl is shining or not. For the fact, a natural face never shines. It glows. Only the makeup can make the face shine because it reflects the light falling on the face. (science is everywhere,you see.) A natural face,on the other hand, looks so soft (and a bit rough) that it automatically grabs your attention. Try observing this next time and you will see the difference. Now, the detection of the extent of makeup is an easier task. To observe this,simply focus at the region where the neck meets the clavicle or where the chin meets the neck. Even if a girl has applied tons of makeup, she always tends to ignore these regions thinking that "Face is the index of the mind". So, if you will observe closely, you will automatically see different shades of skin tone while comparing it with the shade of the face. In fact, you might be able to see a boundary at the neck separating the two shades clearly. And, IT-IS-CLEARLY-VISIBLE... Girls always ignore the region below the face and even guys do. But a simple observation will tell you about her tampered beauty and may even save you the money for an extra movie ticket. Plus, if you once see a truly natural beauty, you won't even need these hints. Uski baat hi kuch aur hoti hai!

Also,there are some other basic facts. Maybe most of us know it. for example: If a girl has applied mascara over her eyes, it's a clear indication of heavy makeup. Obviously, mascara can't be applied over bare skin. Skin needs to be furnished properly to apply mascara. And the eyelashes... Rarely do people have flowing eyelashes (maintaining them is a near impossible task). So, 99% of the times, the long eyelashes are fake and the rest is obvious- Girls never apply partial makeup. It follows the "All or None" law. Also we can always notice the lipstick & all... Lips are never red. They are light red and they don't sparkle as they do with a lip-gloss. (GIRLS... In fact, an extremely shiny lipgloss makes you look ugly and fake!)

(more in next part about botox, hair extensions,silicone implants,contact lenses,etc.... stay tuned)

HOT TIP: To notice a girl, always look at the edge of her sleeves. Girls are most careless about her sleeve because one does not get to view it in the mirror. Check if her sleeve is dirty/folded/neat/loose/torn/etc. Hence, a closer look at these areas reveals a lot of truth about the girl than other areas do. On the other hand, look at the feet and edge of trousers of guys to notice the same thing. They are most careless about these areas. :P :P :P :P :P 

Note: The above article can be considered as a total crap and in no way shall be taken as a measure of the author's brilliance/stupidity.. Reader's discretion is totally advised. However, the facts presented above have been written after a well and thorough observational research and are true in more than 90% of the cases. Enjoy! (all the puns are real and intentional.)

Monday, August 23, 2010


Happiness - a word that means different things to different people. It may be scoring good marks in exam, hitching a business deal, getting the girl/boy of your dreams, seeing someone happy, achieving high stature in society, getting rich, and much more. To some, happiness may simply be ability to make both ends meet. To others, it may be to become the ruler of the world. All of us relate happiness with some aim in life. Howsoever small or magnanimous the aim may be, we always think that we will be happy once we achieve it. After that our life will be full of content and peace.
But, once we achieve it, we again make a new and greater aim for ourselves and start working towards it thinking that THIS may finally make us happy. A student wants to get more marks in exam. He’d wish to top the class, then the school, then the area, then the state and so on. Similarly, a businessman would want to increase his profits, expand his business, start new venture, etc. The society describes this as the result of human greed. But think again. Is it really greed?
Imagine if everyone was satisfied with their first aim. Newton would have given only one rule of motion. Mathematics would have been limited to Pythagoras theorem. There would have been only one company in every field of economy. You would still be living in the ancient stone age. The blog that you are reading right now would not have existed. Most importantly, wouldn’t life have been dull?
Imagine, If you got satisfied after passing XII class and settled for a clerk’s job. How do you think your life would be? The progress that we witness today is all a result of making new aims one after the other. I am not writing all this to support human greed. But, calling human’s hunger as greed may not be appropriate. I am a student at an IIT. The thing that people run after in student life is marks and the same is true at my institute too. I have a decent score as of now for which i would have happily settled for 2 years ago. But now i wish to get more. Wondering why?
Because, as soon as i achieved my aim, a certain hollow feeling started creeping inside me. Life became dull and boring. Now, i want to achieve more marks because the joy that you get on achievement of your aim beats all the other joys of the world. The moment to feel proud of one’s own work feels different altogether. That one moment of success is the moment of happiness. Once it is over, life would again become dull no matter whoever you may be. Hence, i wish to achieve more marks and relive that moment once again. Now, if you wish to term this as my greed, you freely can. But atleast, i am not inhibiting my ambitions. 10-20 years down the road, i would not have any regret that i may have achieved a certain thing but i just let it go out of my hand. Because i have realized that life without an aim is boring, dull, tasteless and monotonous.
Even the philosophers said “An aimless life is a miserable life.” So, why limit our aims to one, two or three? We all wish to be happy in our life for as long as we can and there is no wrong in thinking this way. Isn’t it? If we had no aims, what would we do living monotonously for years? Even fresh water turns stagnant if it stays still. Life is not about the moments you take breath; it is about the moments that take your breath away! So, try to make your life full of such moments. As long as you are not doing wrong to someone, there is not even a bit of greed in aspiring to achieve more and more.
That’s how you we progressed to this day. That’s how we were able to use the internet, watch tv for entertainment, connect to our loved ones in seconds, invent new things. It was all because there was someone who was not satisfied on his achievements. He aimed for more and achieved it. So, make new aims everyday and work to achieve them. As soon as you achieve them, make new ones. Maximize the joy of achievements in your life. It feels great to receive a kiss from the girl you love, to strike a deal you have been working on for months, to see you name at the top of the list, to see yourself satisfying your own dreams. Time, nature, progress – all keep moving ahead. Nothing ever stops. Why shall we? Aspire, aim, achieve and aspire again! This time for more! LIFE...means MORE!
P.S: Even Shah Rukh Khan says in an ad,"Don't be santusht..thoda aur wish karo!" (^_^)

Thursday, July 29, 2010


(Based on a true story)
16th May, 2010

Beta, uth jaa... abhi saamaan bhi pack karna hai.
“uuuuunnnnnnnnn...... Sone do na papaaa. Abhi toh soya hoon.”
DHAWAL... 8 baj gaye hain... aur kitna soyega?? Saara din sota rehta hai..saari raat sota rehta hai..!!
With that he went and switched off the main power supply of my room. Now, howsoever lazy or sleepy you may be, you can’t sleep without atleast a fan in peak summer. And, in order to switch on the fan, i’d have to go all the way to the ground floor and switch it on. So, after 5 minutes of lazing around on the bed, i got drenched in sweat. Ultimately, i had to wake up. This is one of many irritating ways conceived by my dad to wake me up. In winters, he takes away my blanket and leaves my without any cover from cold and consequently, i have to wake up. With just 3 hours of sleep, i moved towards the washroom with red eyes.
Dhawal.. tu saara din sota rehta hai. Fir bhi teri aankh laal kyu rehti hai..??
“Mujhe kya pata?”
What i obviously did not tell him was that i used to be on the phone with my girlfriend all night. Today was no different and i had been talking to her till 7am – so late because maybe it was the last time we were talking over local network. From now on, it will be costly STD calls, the meetings would become fewer and far between and there will be distances. I’d have to wait for months to even see her face. I had got selected at S.C.R.A (Special Class Railway Apprentice), which acording to my dad, is the next best thing in Indian government after an I.A.S officer. To all those who don’t know about S.C.R.A, click here. I was amongst the lucky 38 out of 1.25 lakh applicants who were called to join the prestigious IRMEE by the U.P.S.C. Only God knew how i had managed to pass in the written exam, and then the interview, and then even the medical exam! (Mind you, 6 people even failed the medical exam out of 44 and I am skinny, unhealthy and fragile by every standard.) Even my dad (my harshest critic) was marvelled that how i had managed to clear all these stages without even preparing for them for even a minute. Even i found the fluke too hard to digest.
But, here i was, all through. Now i will soon get paid for studying- that too Rs.18,000 per month. And after my engineering degree will get over at IRMEE, i’d be luxurioulsy placed as an Asst. Engineer in Indian Railways earning a handsome 40,000 per month (plus the govt perks and allowances and there in no limit to ‘upar ki income’.) My days of toiling and slogging at IIT were over. My friends had even given me the most awesome farewell treat and i sill feel indebted to them. Today i was leaving for the IRMEE campus at Jamalpur, Bihar by the afternoon train. All set for an awesome life, wasn’t i..??
Back to reality, i refreshed myself and started searching for anything that i had forgetten to pack.It had been fun shopping for all the things. Nothing feels better than to roam around in the streets of Delhi. You realize the amount of variety God has created in the world. The week-long shopping extravaganza in connaught place had been an awesome experience after 4 months of sulking around at IIT-Ropar. I had to leave for the station by noon so as to reach in time. By 10am, everything was packed and well in place.
These are the times when all the weird things start coming into your mind. And one such thought struck me too that was enough to change my life. ENGINEERING – i had been studying engineering at an IIT for the past 2 years. But, Had i learnt anything? Was i interested in it? Did i have any sort of passion for it? Did i want to be engineer? Was i enjoying what i was doing and was about to do? Was i excited? Did I even want it in the first place? Strangely, the answer to all the these questions was the same - a mono-syllable word “NO”. I had got good grades in many subjects even at IIT but did i ever understand them? “NO.” And yet,the place i was about to go to, required me to continue this and bluff myself. Was i doing the right thing? "NO".
Was it a momentary move or my rush of blood, i still do not know. I went up to my dad and said ," Papa, can i talk to you?"
"Haan beta, bolo.."
"Dad, i am not going to S.C.R.A. In fact, i don't want to go to S.C.R.A."
"What do you mean???", said my dad with a puzzled face.
"I am not interested to go to S.C.R.A. I am staying here only."
"WHAT??? Are you all right??" My dad was still to come to terms with what i was saying.
"Yes Dad. I am all right. I am saying this because this is what my heart wants"
"why is your heart is saying bullshit all of a sudden? Dhawal, you just don't know anything. Why the hell are you saying all this?"
"DAD, I AM SAYING WHAT I KNOW IS RIGHT TO MAKE ME HAPPY. I - WILL -NOT- GO." This time, my voice was loud. And i hated myself for talkin so loudly.
"WHAT IS THIS? if this is what you wanted then why the hell did you give the exam? Why did you decide to leave IIT in the first place? Why did you go on a shopping spree for S.C.R.A? Why did you not leave it long time back? Why did you do all this drama in the first place?" There were a lot more ''why's'' thrown at me.
"Dad, i did all this because i thought money was all one wants. I thought happiness increased with your stature. I thought great things makes us happy. But NO. Happiness makes great things. I have been an idiot all my life. i took science because i thought taking up anything else was a shame after 94% marks. I took engineering beacuse it was more popular. I joined IIT because i thought the best institute was the best thing to do. But today, i realize i never did anything on my own. I just followed what the world thought was right and i thought that was right. I thought SCRA gave me good money and that would make me happy. But dad...i'm not interested in engineering anymore. i never was. The money may keep me smiling all my life, but i don't think i will be happy. I don't wanna waste the next 4 years doing what i don't like. I don't want to continue wronging my life just because i did this in the past. Dad, please. For the first time in my life, i am conscioulsy deciding something for my happiness. PLEASE."
I don't know how it affacted my dad but he just smiled and said, "Anything for you son! Anything for your happiness. I want my son to be happy. Nothing else matters." And he hugged me. Tears flowed from my eyes. That was the best moment of my life. I just closed my eyes. I don't know for how much time i hugged my dad but when i opened my eyes, my heart was happy and so was my dad. I happily unpacked my bags and 1 hour later, we were having lunch and enjoying. Was i happy?? YEAH SURE, I WAS!!
As the noon passed, i decided to timepass by watching T.V. What i saw left me open-mouthed. There had been a stampede at New Delhi railway station. Numerous people had been injured. Few had died too. The platforms of two bihar-going trains were exchanged at the last moment which lead to the stampede. I....was supoosed to board the Vikramshila express - one of those two trains. i din't know what to do first - to thank god for keeping me away from it or to feel sad for all those who were there. (to read more, click here)
Today, when i look back at that day, i still feel weird. I do thank God to give me those thoughts at that moment. Maybe, i will not earn so much in my life but i am content. My dad tries to convince me to try for I.A.S because that's the only thing better than S.C.R.A. But,right now, i don't care about it. I have my brilliant friends still with me who have even made my engineering life quite enjoyable though I had to give all of them a return treat. But thats not worth caring about. The studies may suck but i have a nice company. I am still at IIT. I am not courageous enough to leave IIT for the hate of engineering. Security is still a dominant option in india. But, i am now left with just 2 years of engineeirng rather than the 4 years i'd have had to spend at SCRA. Today, i am happy and smiling, both at the same time! I realized why people always say to follow your heart. It may seem a bit harsh but it definitely keeps you happy.