Thursday, March 18, 2010


The colours are somehow getting swirled up in the sands. And in the end, I am finding it all dry and dusty. Colourless and dirty. And I look back at myself, and find little solace. For, I am hardly visible nowadays. Not that you could ever see me clean as a crystal. But I could paint the hues I liked, and I loved the freedom to do so. The colours are prescribed. And the beauty muddled up by dust-storms. Dreary. Motion without a sense of moving ahead. Swept back to the same point over and over again. Flung back onto the bedrock. So hard that it takes time to stand up once more. So hard that it hurts.

Some point back in time, a kid who looked just like me used to think that he had the guts to attack, and solve his own problems. Now, he doesn't even try. He peeps into solutions, and stays content. And fails miserably when that solution is absent. If three years at a sad place has this effect on that kid, then I refuse to be him. Staunchly.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Question, Why ? The Answer :

This is going to be a chronicle for my undying love for TA 201, as I had proclaimed a few days ago. Forgive me, but I had my TA exam coming up... and since the subject is purely based on understanding concepts and does not require one to mug at all, you can guess... it was always going to be too easy for me to dig out some time to explain its salient features. But now I'm busy with less important pursuits, like literature, or physics, say... so my conscience demands that I should return to this all important subject as fast as possible. After all, how dare I keep a distance from so wonderful a plethora of abstract thoughts,that TA 201 knocks my door with every now and then !
I have no clue which aspect of the brilliance of this course to emphasize on, its like a rainbow, I feel, with each hue reinforcing the beauty of the next...
The instructor? Well, he rocks. Till now I've slept once in a while in the LHC (lecture hall complex, not the other thing you might be thinking of! ) for every course I've taken here (even Engineering Fluid Mechanics). But this guy radiates genius all over, presenting subtle facts about machines and manufacturing in such a profound tone that you'd have to fight very hard to fall asleep in the lecture hall. He's extremely cool about, and with , mathematics? Confused? Let me explain.
First things first. The world's all mathematics, he announces, with a hint of glee in his voice, so we should be able to deviate our attention from real world processes, like manufacturing... he claims. That's not it. he further goes on to deliberate that he'd put problems in the exam, and they would require real thinking to solve (something totally unlike TechO' , where you have to plug in formulae for the answer, in other words, just mug and you'll rock in TechO', but don't even expect to do so in TA201! ). He gives the marks break-up on the very first day, allotting 10 percent for lab exams , and 4 percent for lab quiz. Half a semester later, he sends us a mail that says 10 percent is reserved for tha lab quiz scheduled on 2nd April. Intrigued by this sudden shake-up of the real number system, I pluck up the courage to go and ask him for clarification. His answer is sharp, and precise : "Why does the total have to be hundred percent? It can be 120, or even 150 percent." I return, satisfied, my faith in arithmetic fully restored by such a wonderful solution to so difficult a problem.
More to come...

Sunday, February 1, 2009


TA201 Sucks.
It's a pity that this doesn't come on a Google search. It deserves to...
That's the sole purpose of this.
And I'm just doing my duty as a responsible human being...