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!


i 7 said...

sivaaa mansha neno neenu? M:2 li 100 tegdidiyaaa antiyallaa!! :o blore-alli en shaa teritiddiyaa? muchchkondu MIT serodalvaa?

Donald said...

yea i remember that semester... it was fun

Shrinidhi Hande said...

full 4 page post..took a printout will read later

Srinivas B.P said...

nice post maga.. it reminded me of college days. Even i got good marks [for me thats good in maths 72 i guess] i am not getting any mood for updating my blog let me see... when will i update.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Read it fully...Congrats for scoring 100...

Sandesh said...

@i7 - Allige bandu en maadli maga?? ella kade onde! Nodona! Aadre sketch haaktheeni adakkenu??

@donald - hehe! glad that you recollected that!

@shrinidhi - Thank ya!

@srinivas - keep updatin yo blog sya! Good that you reminded of college days! I do that almost daily i guess!! =)