I’m officially educated

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , , |

I have, unofficially, gotten over with my M.C.A degree. If you wonder why “gotten over with” and not “completed”, take a wild guess. I’ve never been studious in the classical sense, especially what Indian parents consider as studious, and have NEVER liked any college in India. The whole system of:

  1. Have 80% attendance
  2. Write all tests whether you want to or not
  3. Mug your brains out 2 days before the exam
  4. Empty the useless knowledge in 3 hours
  5. Pray like crazy that the paper evaluator is in a good mood

just pisses me off like none other. But here I am, having successfully completed 10+2+3+3=18 years of education(phew!). So congrats to me.

Just for the heck of it, here is a list of things I have/haven’t done in these 18 years:

  • Bunked school (not college) so badly, my attendance was less than 60% and had to take my parents to get my board hall ticket. I scored 88.5% (lame)
  • Bunked college for “very” weird reasons
  • Won about every extra-curricular and co-curricular competition in school, except for academic awards
  • Joined an engineering course and discontinued after 6 months
  • Won district level Carnatic music competitions for 3 years
  • Learnt to play the Veena – for a grand total 5 days
  • Fought with a kid when I was around 12, and pushed him into a burning fire (both got burnt lightly)
  • Been kicked out of the class, by my mom, for not completing my assignments
  • Played Cricket and other random games for 12-14 hours a day, in summer, for about 70 days
  • Did a very lame and embarrassing mono act scene, and won the second prize out of a total of 3 participants

Ahh, those days.

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Everything About Everything

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , |

Boredom is the starting point of creativity. And stupidity. Sitting in my room on a lazy afternoon with absolutely nothing to do, I couldn’t help but think about ancient scriptures, mythical stories and the sort. A sudden realization that there are indeed lots of sources to learn about everything there is to learn. Here are a few:

1. Bhagavad Gita – The holy scripture of the Hindus. Its basically the conversation between Krishna, the mainfestation of God, and Arjuna, his disciple. Timeless as it is, it still holds relevant to the modern way of life.

2. Thirukural – A collection of 1330 couplets, categorized into 133 sections, with 10 verses each. Written by the Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar before the arrival of Christ, it is widely regarded as a complete reference covering almost all aspects of human life.

3. Calvin and Hobbes – Yes, I’m not kidding. Whoever said knowledge shouldn’t be fun? I won’t pretend to be a HUGE fan of Calvin and Hobbes, but I’ve read quite a few of their priceless adventures, and truly believe it might just have everything there is to know about everything.

And if you want to read the entire collection, head over to this site

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Indians are still slaves

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: India, Thoughts | Tags: , , , |

We are still slaves.

We are slaves of corrupt Government officials.

We are enslaved by stupid politicians who have criminal cases against them.

We are slaves of age old thinking.

We are still slaves of foreigners who ruled us 60 years ago, yet call ourselves free.

We are slaves of terrorists who threaten the very fabric of our nation.

We yearn for a good name from all the countries in the world, without doing what is right.

We are slaves of a Government that cannot take definitive action against terrorists.

We fear a neighbor who openly sponsors terrorism against us.

We are an entire nation enslaved due to our fear of the US and European countries.

We are slaves of mediocrity.

We are slaves of the misuse of freedom.

We are slaves of an education system that teaches nothing about life skills, and make us tech coolies.

We are used to adjusting, rather than standing up against injustice.

We are slaves of a religion and cast system that give importance to how you were born, rather than how you live life.

Yes, we are still slaves. We do not deserve freedom, until we know how to use it.

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