M Back !!

Okay..herez a quick recap of my life in the time from diwali to 14 days post new-year.

Umm..where was I..oh yeah..Diwali. Life was pretty much non-existent after that. I had a math test..then another midterm…n then another. Every thursday called for two-three submissions and so did a monday and friday. Had another midterm…studied like mad for it in November…the paper was graded out of ten marks…got assigned a project..hunted for a paper to model…found one…did the MATLAB coding..ran the codes…got stuck..spent sleepless nights trying to make it work…did some jugaad made it work…made the poster..printed it…celebrated that day…ogled at it as if it was Monalisa…gave the poster presentation…got good marks…had finals in three days…didnt sleep after that…gave the finals..almost slept in one exam…finished the finals…my birthday was the next day…had to pack my room for the pest control clean-up…got an amazing birthday surprise at 12 am..partied till 3…slept till lunch..went out to california pizza kitchen for lunch…ate awesome greek pizza…decided to watch 2012 last minute…turned out to be the worst movie ever…shifted out my stuff in pouring rain…slept…left to New Jersey…cut a surprise cake there…played with my baby boy…enjoyed with sister…went out last minute shopping…got an amazing gift…saw two movies…got my grades…was relieved…came back…started studying for qualifiers….just studied everyday…didnt step out of the house for 3 weeks…partied on New Year’s..ate cake…had some wine..watched the ball drop…continued studying…Jan 7th gave quals…got badly raped…mostly wont pass…mourned the exam…mourned my luck..was super pissed after screwing it up..it snowed in Atlanta..played in snow…had a fight..slipped and fell..walked in snow…started reading for oral qualifiers…read and read articles after articles on chocolate..critiqued the paper…made the presentation..did not sleep…was practicing…walked to the department with a shiver…gave the presentation..answered the questions…gained momentum and confidence as the questions kept coming…overall did a fair job…made pongal and now im writing the blog.

Whew!

This semester is as tight as the last one but hopefully (if i dont have to write my qualifiers in May) will be far more interesting than the last. I’m excited about starting research and finally having time to do all those things that were under hold all of last semester.

Fingers Crossed for results though.

PS: Writing the blog is high on my agenda this time. Keep reading! 😀

End of the beginning

I remember the words spoken by our professor while distributing the answer papers in our first semester, hours before we left for home for our first christmas break. ” You have a long way to go! This is just the end of the beginning.” Yesterday, our professor told us (again while giving answer sheets) ” This is the beginning of the end. Your college life is ending”. The time inbetween? Where did it go?

Yes. I agree ive been pondering a lot over the last three years of mine. (Successive blog posts on the same topic are proof enough). But this time, there is a mixed bag of feelings. We’ve grown older for one, more complex emotions cloud our minds. There is a desperation to get out and face the real world. (and also face an air-conditioner asap.) But there is also the huge senti feeling of parting and meeting again years later in a totally different mode and stage of life.

Leaving all that aside and looking ahead. The times ahead are tough. Higher entrance level tests, CAT preparations and Internships apart, there are the dreaded comprehensive examinations coming. (I actually wanna explore the upper parts of the library where Ive not got the chance to go so far!) So folks, here is taking a long break(yet again) from blogging (for purely academic reasons this time!).
Keep checking my blog, mostly I’ll update them once i get back home.
All the best to everyone. Enjoy!

Ecstasy

Finally!!! The suicidal days are over! The days of the dreaded test 1 have gone past. The days in front are full of events to look forward to n filled with lots of fun. But tests do a lot of things to your life and schedules. A lot.

Firstly, it changes your routine. Mine atleast. Now im comfortable sleeping at 5 am and getting up at 1 pm.(That explains the weird time of posting this blog!!.. 3 am! ) Eating at all times other than the meal times. Easily munching 2 packets of hide and seek without noticing. Suddenly trivia becomes so interesting. The number of hours between 9:30 am and 4 pm seem to matter. New resolutions of studying are made. Class notes are exchanged. Groups of friends discussing methods or terms at 3 am, maggi at 4 am, endless cups of tea and numerous biscuit packets. The DC screen filled with requests for portions of various subjects. Breakfasts include last minute revisions. People walking through walkways engrossed in their notes.

But yes, once its over its simply amazing. It so happened that the finals of the 20-20 Cricket World cup coincided with its ending. Our elected members finally managed to telecast it in the auditorium. Suddenly the last exam didnt matter. India-Pakistan FINAL! Whoa!

The last exam was dismissed in a hurry. All rushed to the auditorium. Everyone. Cricket fan or not. It was the most electrifying atmosphere. Just like a cricket stadium with the added advantage of watching it conveniently on a giant screen. The screams when the sixes were hit or the groans when a wicket was taken, the swearing at the Pakistani cricketers and the cheering of the Indian batsmen..it was an experience in itself. But trust every India-Pak encounter to be most entertaining with the balance of the game swinging dangerously from one side to another. Given the short span of the game, every ball mattered. Every run counted. It all made a difference. The nervous end and the intense celebration when India finally did it!!!! Oh my God!! Its something I would never forget. All danced and cheered. Suddenly cricket was everything. The men in blue were Gods. We danced like crazy. We rejoiced in spirit with the team and the rest of the country. It was celebration like never before and Indian team deserves the audulation.It was the most amazing post test celebrations we’ve had. 😀

After being high on India’s success for a while, reality dawned. Classes once more, papers to be got back ( omg omg Im shit scared!!) ,lectures to attend (remember the resolves we made during the papers!!??…Groan!!) and lifestyles to be rectified and synced with Indian Standard time. But hey, this is the time I’ve been waiting for. Music, dance and rock nights and not to forget the upcoming ZEPHYR!!! (its the best event of the year!!). Yeahhh..lots to do. Movies to watch, outings to be made.Post exam time is just ecstasy!!!

PS: Yoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyooyyo!!! 😀