Monday, May 28, 2007

Most satisfied theory paper attended!

Let me go back to my engineering days!

It was my first year of Engineering. Was in my second semester. Physics cycle. Had Mechanical workshop(theory n pracs), 'tricals, physics(theory n pracs), Mathematics =), Strength Of Materials, Engineering Graphics. These were my subjects. We had some amazing lecturers! Will dedicate a seperate post for all lecturers n teachers i've encountered! Lemme finish this post.

Mechanical was handled by Sudheendra a.k.a Terminatra for his actions being so close to the robot(Sometimes, drafter in the hand like a gun! Hehe!!). SOM was handled by Anilkumar(Was supposed to be handled by Jade Dattatri of KREC, but we missed it out.) Even he was cool! PHysics was takn by Hitha Shetty n the sleepy Jyothi ma'am! Oops! Feelin sleepy takin her name on a monday afternoon(Afta lunch!). Gosh, she was so, so, so boring! Never got a single word what she taught! They say she is a Gold medallist! Aah!

Tricals was handled by ever smiling Manjula Pai! She was just finishin her portions so fast n we were not upto her pace! We sometimes dint understand something at all! I still remember gettin a 11/25 for the first time(Neva got that low!) Was afraid of gettin 15 in Tricals. Graphics was handled one and only Srikant Prabhu! I was finding no problem with him, but he was finding a lot in all of us! He used to just stare at us like anything! I was never pin-pointed though! Well thats a different case alltogether!

Now comes the favorites of all! MATHEMATICS! Aah! I'd like more of it anytime! We had Laplace Transforms, Differential Equations, Beta-Gamma Functions, bit of Vector Calculus, Infinite series also i guess! I had read most of themin my first sem hols! Finished LT in a day, Differential Eqns was just a cakewalk! Beta Gamma functions was easy according to akka. I dint try to read it. Thought i'll read it later. Was not interested in Vector n dint concentrate on that most! Had books of my sister n was just goin thru all stuff from her book.

Our second semester started! My first sem results were out! I was dejected by that! Those were the days when i was expecting much! These are the days where i dont even expect anything! Change was since my second semester. I was unhappy with my second sem results n was always feelin alone! Meanwhile, manythings had happened n i was hardly speakin to say a few (2-6) people! Thats it! Was just enjoyin classes! No pranks!! Every second i was free, i was at library! Was takin the Hefty Kreizieg, n was just reading it! Not much went in, but i was passin time like anything reading that! Was readin about things we have in that book! He was givin where exactly those things were used! I liked that part of it! Was wondering where they were applyin such things all these days n was gettin a vague idea bout things!

Meanwhile, we were attending classes from the "DM" Dhananjaya Murthy(we called him 'thaamra'). A lecturer from Shivamogga! Used to just pass time solving the problems he gave! That was cool! Math classes were just fun enjoyin! ( I recollect one of my classmates in SVVK, getting jacked by his math lecturer just fo writing MATHS is FUN on his book! Dunno why he was screwed! ). Just solving problems! That was coooooool! =)

I was just doin maths all the semester! Sometimes was concentrating on SOM! Even that was cool!

Exams came. Maths was the second last subject. Everything went good! All papers were relatively easy! We finished four theories. Left are two! Maths n Graphics. Now, i was okay with graphics. We had 2 days to read about graphics. But before that we had maths wherein we had 5 days to prepare! I was wondering what to do for 5 days?? Hadnt touched Maths since 2 months. Last time i opened the book was in my second internals where i got my average to 25 out of 25. Dint even wrote the third sessional( It was including Vector Calculus, I thought, okay! Lemme skip it! I've got 25/25). I was not prepared for vector calculus.

We had five days! I thought, lemme finish a novel i had taken up way back in my II PUC holidays. It was Parva, by S.L.Bhairappa. That was his Mahabharatha. Really a good read. Had just read some 150 pages of 500. Thought i'll finish the book n then start reading maths. It was then i realised that i have gone slow in reading. I took 4 days to complete that book! All these days, I was just readin that novel n nothing else. The next day, i thought of reading. Unfortunately, my cousins had come home since 4-5 years n i had to spend time with them. Watched the movie "Upendra" for the first time at a stretch. That was the first telecast of the movie on small screen. How could i miss it?? Enjoyed with my cousins till 8. Had my dinner n then started to brush up things in a hurry! Had lots to do. Havent even checked a single letter since two months. Just recollected the methods to solve in Laplace. Tried out some problems in Differential Equations. Dint ever tried to check out beta gamma functions. Just went thru the formulas of Vector calculus. It was 11 n i went to sleep.

Was totally afraid about the exams. Was not even knowin the basic things fully. Just brushed up more while i commuted in route 2 bus (now route 5). Came to college. Just discussed my condition with my friends. Some of them were in my condition( Dunno whether if its true!!). 5 mins before exam n i dint knew how to get prepared for the exam. Was so afraid. Anyhow, in any of the exams, i was not afraid of failing. Not even in the exam when they failed me for the first time, Thats a different story! Will blog it soon. The one n only O.S, that post must be even interesting...). I had prepared myself something that i wouldnt fail.

Enter the exam hall. That was graphics room. We were lack of rooms. We were placed in the graphics hall. Well my handwriting was bad on a flat desk. It got worse on a slanted drawing board. Got the answer sheet. Filled it up. Beside me was Vinay Kumaran is all i remember. We were given the question paper n the questions were not as what i expected. Some new kinda question. Dint find it in any text i read. I took the first problem. Tried solving it. I wasted the first page solvin it but i found that the question was itself wrong. I wrote it on the paper scratching the whole page. "Question itself is wrong". Well thats arrogant.

Forgot the format of the paper. I tried the 5 mark questions first n then went on for the 10 marks. to my surprise, i was applying techniques of Laplace Transforms in Beta Gamma functions. I had never read Beta gamma functions n i found the similarity between them, I solved all problems of Beta Gamma functions using laplace transforms. On the whole i solved problems of Laplace transforms, Differential equations, and the infinite series. Surprisingly, i had coveredfor 110 marks. I still had an hour to go n dint knew what to do. I had left out all problems in vector calculus. Had some 10 pages remaining in the answer sheet. As I have done for 100 marks, i thought of getting up n going but i dint do that. Lemme try even these problems, i thought n i tried solving them. I just applied the formulae i had read thru yesterday n voila!! I got the solution. Took 15 minutes for each vector related problem. There were 5 or 6 i guess. Attempted most. With the time i got, i was able to try only 4 i guess. I was trying the fifth n the bell rang. Supervisor just grabbed the paper.

People were going out saying that the paper was tough, but i found it so easy that i had attempted atleast for 144 marks. I had never got such satisfaction attending a paper. Just came out. I saw my friends n they said that they had done for 110-115. I had gone crazy n bluffed to all my friends that i could attempt only for 75-80 marks. They said that they found the paper was so easy! I explained that i wasnt prepared n i wasted my time like anything.

It was over. We headed for the bus. I just told srikanth, the only person i was close in those days that the paper was good n if i dont get a minimum of 85, the evaluator doesnt know how to correct.

Graphics exam got over. I found it pretty difficult. Now came the holidays. We enjoyed a months' vacation. Then came third semester. 1st September, 2002. We had planned that we will boycott the uniform in the college! (uniforms in college??? Nah!!). I purposefully was not wearing uniform, i thought that everybody will not wear uniforms. But for my surprize, except three(including me) everybody were wearing uniforms. No unity. We went to college n our than princi, Anthony Thomas, Professor @ IISc, was unhappy with us. He threw us out for the day warning us that we should wear uniforms. I started for home cursing all my classmates n collegemates who promised of not wearing uniforms.

The next day, 2nd of September, 2002(dunno how these dates remain in my mind! They are just in some location in my mind n the de-allocator is not called on those locations hehe!!), I came to college wearing the uniform tucking out as a protest against wearing uniforms. Was climbing the stairs n DM asked me about how i did in my maths exams?? I said, okay! not bad! It was okay! "I had attended for say 120" I said. Then i asked why?? He said "No no! Leave it!" and he went.

I was indifferent. Went to class to find that the results are getting announced on that day. I knew that it would be a repetition of the first sem results. By that time, i had attained nirvana about marks. I was not expecting anything. Guess it was third period. Principal, HOD of CS Dept, Hemavathi ma'am, n our SOM lecturer Anil Kumar came to our room with the results sheet. They were about to announce. They were pretty happy with our results. They said there is a special attraction in the results of our class and they'll let us know about it later. First they announced the leaders. I stood nowhere in the top 5 i guess. I dint feel anything. Then, Ma'am announced that somebody in our class has got 100 out of 100 in our class and that is Sandesh Karanth. Hehe! I was not at all expecting that. Everyone was so surprised about that!! Ours was the first batch in the college n i was the first person to get a 100 in any subject in the history of our college. I couldnt believe it! Just couldnt believe it! I was congratulated by one n all for that n i felt happy! Just recollecting that moment. Still makes me feel so happy about that.

I was greeted by people whom i didnt knew! Those who had ego problems with me. I was surprised by such things. Some people who knew me(from other class) came to my class asking who is sandesh karanth?? they knew me without knowing my name! hehe! It all happened! I was not that happier even when i stood first in my third semester. They said that in the whole university, only 8 had got 100/100 n i was one among them! I felt "Coooooooooool"!!!

Still if i recollect those things, i feel so happy! That gave me a seperate recognition in the college. Even now, if i go to college, people treat me remembering that incident.

This remains the dream paper attended by me! I value it so much not becoz i scored a hundred in that! Its 'coz i attended a paper without any preparation and got the satisfaction of attending an exam. This will remain THE PAPER in my life.

Just thought of sharing this in blog!

As always, do post yo comments. Will blog more frequently making time fo it!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A terrible day to blog about...

Hey All!

Well, I could have given a better title to this post but am not able to think of one! It comes under many categories! I've already given some 4-5 titles and am not satisfied! Dunno whether i'll change it further! Lets see!

Meanwhile, if you are tryin to find some posts in my Kannada blog, you can't find any( Its still waiting for its 100th post to be completed! Have many things to blog in that! Dunno what to chose for the 100th post! Its not as a milestone as such, but still, dunno why i'm delayin a post in that blog!). Will blog something interesting in that as soon as possible.

Had got some amazing replies for my previous post in this blog(Both as comments as well as personal opinions outside blog)! Really feel happy about it! It was a nice incident. Do keep commenting.

Dont blame about this Loooooooooooooooooong post! It gets interesting by the end!

Lemme tell ya about the incident on which i'm bloggin now! It was a sunday evening, 4-5 weeks ago, at around 9:30 pm. It was another sunday where i was wondering what to do?? Those were the days where i was not interested in reading, blogging, doing some creative work(Nah!)! You couldnt find me @ home, even if you did, you'd probably seen me messaging, messagin n messaging! Those were the days i was totally behind messaging forwards,( My record is say 1827 messages a day, which i havent thought of breaking yet! Will do it in the near future! =) ). All my friends were busy! Some were at their office( poor guys), some had some function to attend, some had to get prepared fo some interviews! They had their own reasons! I was even fed up of messaging that day, i had messaged some 1200 messages that day, got bored n thought that i'll just roam around somewhere ( unknown destination) for sometime!

I had my lunch, set myself ready for the destination! Had met an orkut friend who was forcing me to meet ( dunno why?? that was the first as well as last time i met that person!) Forget about that! Thats anotha long story! Will post it some other day with a different title n a label!

That was in Barista, Church Street! It got over by 5:30. After that, i headed myself towards Shivajinagar bus stand wondering where to go! Came to Shivajinagar! I had seen in the newspaper that there is a concert by Hamsalekha in National College Ground! Thought i'll go there! Just saw a bus with a board to Jayanagar n boarded that!

Alas! For my bad luck, no buses were going via Indian Express but were taking a different route ( via Commercial Street), reason being a procession from the muslims on behalf of some festival. They were having a procession in all major roads of Bangalore! I thought okay! Since long I hadnt been to commercial street, will have a beat around it! anyhow, the concert was supposed to get started by 6, there would be stupid speeches from some idiotic politician!! I'll go late so that i'll be in time for the concert!

The bus crossed Commercial street, i thought it'll take a turn towards Ulsoor but it took exactly the opposite direction! I was wondering why would a Jayanagar bus go via that road?? Its totally in the opposite direction! He passed Kamaraja road( where i saw more Kaat(tamilian) sayings, something about thiruvalluvar, his works n crap! What has it gotta do in Bangalore?? Huh! Will write more about it in my Kannada blog! I thought it would take a different route ( preferably a shorter one, hehe! which i dont know =( ).

Meanwhile, things had gone wrong! We were affected by procession on our way, delayin things, along with two filthy passengers havin a hot chat with the conductor regarding ticket, They were drunk by 5:45! phew! Dunno where these people come from! They had one pass and were arguin with conductorto allow them both! Conductor was new n was unable to handle the situation so were the people around as they were not ready to make their hands dirty with the drunk ( Including me, i was in a different mood, thinking about the stupid kaat writing!) They were cursin like anythin! Conductor asked them to get down but they refused! This went on and on and on.......

This went on till we reached B.R.Ambedkar Road, Frazer Town. I was wondering why the heck was this bus goin towards Frazer Town when i realised that this stupid conductor had changed the board! Yappa! That was a bus to Kammanahalli i guess! Now i was cursin my bad luck when these drunken monkeys started smoking and lying down in the back seat! Got Irritated with things goin around n got down in the next stop! It was somewhere in the ambedkar road in filthy frazer town! A narrow road breadin a vomitin smell! Had to get outa that place asap! Just crossed the road, boarded a bus to shivajinagar on spot, thanks to traffic created by the procession! Was headin to Shivajinagar! He went via Kamaraja Road, Coles park, Queens Road and Indian Express!

Got down @ Indian Express! Meanwhile, the procession had moved away from Indian Express! I dropped my plan to Jayanagar, thought i'll watch some movie in Majestic! Was waiting for a bus! Dint get a bus to Majestic or Market! Got one after 15 minutes! To market! Thought i'll get down in Corporation n head towards Majestic!

Got down @ Corporation! Saw a huge procession near Nrupatunga Road, heading towards Majestic! Thought i'd betta change my plans! It was 6:45! I made up my mind not to go to Majestic! Got a bus to Market! Thought i'll go to the concert again! Took the bus! My bad luck continued! There was a procession near Town Hall Circle (Huh!) DAMN THIS PROCESSION!!! Somehow reached Market by 7:15!

Thought there'd be no procession near Basavanagudi n nearby area! Took a bus to Banashankari n got down at Chamarajpete! Thought i'll walk my way till National College Grounds). Went there by 7:45! It was a huge crowd! The speech was still goin on! Dunno when the program would start! Waited there for some 15 minutes! There were no signs of the concert to start! Forget it! I'll head home! I thought that way and started myself towards Ramakrishna Ashrama.

Now a thought came to me, why shouldnt i call Seena n just meet him?? Well thats a good idea! Called him up! First time for the day, for my good luck, he was just in Basavanagudi, just a few streets ahead of me! We decided upon a place n met! Went to Vishweshwarapura's Food Street, had some junk, strolled a bit in Sajjan Rao Circle, chatted all the way( obviously! ) n headed back to basavanagudi! I went to Ramakrishna Ashrama while he headed towards Channammanakere Achchukattu!

Now comes the interesting part of the story!

Just took a bus to market! Was messaging all my way! The bus was vacant! Nobody was sitting beside me! I was happy about that! Now, a person boarded a bus in Chamarajapete! Sat next to me! I continued messaging while he was starin @ me doin that. Big Deal! I kept on messaging! We were about to reach market! Near Kote Maidana (Fort ground), he started a chat with me n there started another irritation for me! Conversation goes....(Ofcourse, translated from Kannada to English)

He asked "New mobile or what?? Looks pretty attractive!"

"Nope, its almost 1.75 years old!"

"Oh yeah! Good maintainence"


"BTW, what are you doing??"

I got irritated, controlled myself n answered " Am a software engineer, working at Subex Azure"

"Cool! Since when??"

"one and a half years! what are you doing??"

"Am working as a lineman in doddaballapura!"

"Okay! Good to meet you! I'll get down, have to take a different route!"

"Where do you stay??"

"Byatarayanapura, near yelahanka!"

When all this happened, i hadnt observed him much! He was more of a villager! Working in a town! Thought he's not a guy who tries to cheat or do harm! No harm in talkin to him! He got down along with me n we started walkin towards Market from Vanivilas! when suddenly he asked - "Are you a gangadaki gowda??"

(Dunno whether its gangadaki or somethin else, sounds similar)

I was astonished! How can anyone ask such a question to a perfect stranger! I excused him once more and answered "No! We are Brahmanas"

"Oh! Okay! do you know anyone who belong to that community??"

I desperately wanted to escape from this person! Damn him and his questions! "Nope! I dont know anyone one! In fact, i havent heard of that community and you are the first person of that community i'm speakin with!"

"No, the matter is i'm planning to get married and am searching for a gangadaki female, so, if you know anyone of that cast, you may tell me as well so that i can go ahead!"

CRAP!! Am i a marriage broker?? Do i look like one?? What does he think of me?? "No boss! I dont know anyone of that community n its gettin late! I have to go! Bye"

"Hello, just wait a second, listen to me, first of all, tell me yo name".

"Sandesh Karanth. Yours??"

"Giridhar! Gimme yo mobile number"

Now that was not the thing i expected from a stranger! But he has seen me with my cell! It would be nice not to give my number n i asked for his number.

"Its 9......... Gimme a missed call!" (Will disclose it at the end! If you know any gangadaki gowdas, you can give the details to that number!)

Unwillingly i gave a missed call! He got it!

Then he started to chat like anything! He was new to Bangalore, he told me about his job, he is a mysorean, spent most of his education in Mangalore! He knows Tulu! He recollected my name( caught Karanth) and asked you are from Mangalore?? I said no, I'm from Kota, Kundapura!

"Oh! You know Tulu?? I know Tulu very well! Yaan mangalooralle odiddu! ( Tulu mixed with Kannada )"

"Nope! You cant find tulu in Kundapura! Its a different accent of Kannada spoken over there!"

He gave me more details about him! He studied in Mangalore where he got a true blue friend (Rohit i guess is his name), he spoke abt Rohit n his family! His good deeds, They were close friends. They would share everything n all crap! Rohit is a rich guy! They have an estate! But the good part is all members of his family are unegoistic! He told me all crap about his friend n stuff! He's got a brother n he's finished his reading n is posted somewhere else! Both of them are under electricity dept! His parents are poor n he had to take control of the family n lead!

I now had a soft corner for this guy! We reached bus stand by now and were waiting for a bus towards Yelahanka! He had to go to Upparpete police station and talk to his uncle! He would go to his house in Jayanagara and the next morning to work! He didnt knew which bus to take as he was new to Bangalore!

I said fine! I'll tell you the route! Its on my way! Get down at majestic and i'll tell you the route!

We waited in the bus stand! Now comes the turning point! He said,

"You see, i am not well versed in operating a mobile! could you please store you number in my mobile??"

Now, the cunning fox inside me came into picture! I got his cell! Checked the called list! Went to Missed calls list! Checked that mine was the first number! I was simultaneously speaking to him, pretending to store my number! Just deleted my number from missed call list! Next number was also not stored! I stored that number in my name in his cell and gave it back to him! Pooooof! I felt a sudden loss of weight from my head! Was happy at that instant doin that!

He went on chatting with me! We got a bus now, he chatted all the way! He asked about my details. I had given him wrong details purposefully! He then discussed about his plans in work, his future goals n stuff like that! He used to say some tulu dialogs in between( i dint understand even a single bit of it). He was trying to impress me that he was close to my culture! He thought that even Kundapura people spoke Tulu! I waved my head to his tunes! At last after 1/2 an hour, (thanks to Traffic Jams in K.G.Road) we reached majestic! He asked me to keep in contact! Be my friend!

I was laughing inside and said "Okay! Bye..."

Once he left, I was feelin happy for what i did! Reached home! Discussed 'bout this with my dad n laughed out loud! But after sometime, i felt the guilt inside me rising! I shouldnt have done that! He believed in me! I had cheated his trust!

After this, i was feeling like have i started to fool around people??

Have similar incidents of foolin people n will post about that soon!

Hope this post kept you busy fo sometime! Sorry for the yawnin lengthy post!

See you till i post one again!