Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Being Philosphical!!!

As I lift off the ground, I can see everything go smaller and smaller. I am above them, much above them. The moving cars seem to be reeling under me. I am not the crowd any more. I am over and above it. I try not to look inside the plane – it is more crowded there. Then I see a car and try to follow it. Who is the person sitting in that car? What is his life like? What is he thinking right now? Where is he going? Is he watching my aero plane rise above the ground into the vast unending spread of sky? And if he is, then what is he thinking of it? Is he envy of me because I am here and he is there or he is happy the way he is? There is a swarm of people who I can see but cannot really see down below. Are they all happy the way they are or are they all rushing around trying to achieve something which they cannot get?
I can see the sun set at a distance. It looks so beautiful – the sky is black up to a threshold, then the blue takes over. Somewhere orange mixes with it and as you move towards the sun, it becomes red. I am face to face with it and totally lost in the magnificent spectacle in front of me. Quickly the black threshold increases and suddenly the sun is nowhere but far somewhere a light orange hue still lingers on, refusing to die. No matter how much the darkness tries to push it into oblivion, it refuses to budge. This is the essence of life, I think.
I am over my destination now. It’s one huge bright spot amidst all the darkness around. We all have some bright spots even if it seems dark all around. Identifying and relishing the bright spot is important. I look down. Again I see small cars moving around in the brightly lit roads.
Soon I will be among the crowd, with a unknown identity - moving towards some unknown destination.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Puraani Jeans - My Version

Puraani jeans aur meri car

/*Mohalle ki vo chat aur mere yaar*/
garage wala vo room aur mere yaar

/*Vo raaton ko jaagna */
Vo cricket khelna

/*Subah ghar jaana , kood ke deewar*/
Ball lene jaana, kood ke deewar

/*Vo ciggrt peena gali mein ja ke*/
Vo choopa khaaana, verka pe jaake

/*Vo karna daanton ko ghadi ghadi saaf*/
Vo karna Gadi/scooter kabhi Na saaaf ( specially lolly )

/*Pahuchna college hamesha late*/
Pahuchna college hamesha late

/*Vo kehna sir ka - get out from the class*/
Vo canteen jana, instead of class

/*Vo bahar ja ke hamesha kehna.. yahan ka system hi hai kharab*/
Vahan ja ke hamesha kehna, lets have a full day cut yaaar..

/*Vo ja ke canteen mein ,.. table baja ke*/
Vo ja ke lake mein, pathron pe let ke

/*Vo gaane gaana yaaron ke saath*/
Vo gappe maarna yaaron ke saaath

Bas yaaadien yaadien , yaadien reh jaati hain
Kuch Choti choti batien reh jaati hain…

/*Vo papa ka daantna, vo kehna mummy ka chodiye ji aap */
Vo semesters ka aana, aur bina padhe nikal jaana..

/*Tumhe to bas nazar aata hai, jahan mein beta mera hi kharab*/
Vo results ke time, honi halat kharab…

/*Vo dil mein sochna, kar ke kuch dikha dena*/
Next sem se pehle sochna, kar ke kuch dikahana

Vo karna planning, roz nayi yaar

/*Vo khidki se jhaakna.*/
Vo free ke phone ghumaaana.

/*Vo likhna letter unhe baaar baar*/
Vo maarna voice mail baar baar

/*Vo dena tohfe mein sone ki baaliyan*/
Vo dena pyaar se gaaaliyan

/*Vo lena doston se paise udhaar*/
Vo lena doston se Hard disk udhar.(not exactly udhaar but I guess matlab samjh gaye hoge)

Bas yaaadien yaadien , yaadien reh jaati hain
Kuch Choti choti batien reh jaati hain…

Aisa yaadon ka mausam chala ,
Bhoolta hi nahi Dil mera
Kahan meri jeans aur car
Garage wala vo room aur mere yaar..

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The CAT xperience

The much awaited and prepared for exam – CAT – 2005. Everyone I know had been working hard at it for the period of last 6 months to one year.
I don’t know about others but here I give account of what happened with me during those crucial 2 hours.
As I sat in the Hall, I thought what should I think at this time. I have heard many times that you should be open minded before the exam so I closed my eyes and thought I am in a big open ground with greenery all around. They say free body results in a free mind. Still there was anxiety and one could sense it all around in the hall. Someone continuously drinking water, some playing furiously with pencils while others sharpening their pencils again and again.
Soon the answer sheets and then the question booklet were distributed. The booklet was closed neatly with tapes all around. There were 90 questions with both 1 mark and 2 mark questions.
And this time around they had clearly mentioned that 1/3 marks will be cut for wrong answers so no rumors about progressive negative marking etc.
I turned the booklet around and noticed that the last few questions were translucently visible. By concentrating hard I found that they were some questions on Venn diagram.
I stopped my watch at 11.00 AM. After around 5 minutes the lady on the speaker who had been giving us instructions announced – “you can open your booklet and start answering now”. This was the moment. The tapes were torn off, the time started and I went straight to my favorite English Section. I saw the 1st page – it was a RC.i thought - “Oh! Then the RC’s and few verbal ques are of 1 mark and some verbal of 2 marks. I can handle it.”. As I turned the page I noticed there was only 1 RC. I was shocked. Then I realized that only 10 questions were of 1 mark and 20 Of 2 marks!! I should have interpreted this data before hand. So I did what I had not done in 18 – 20 Mock CATs – starting the paper with a RC. It was a wrong move. Initially the concentration was not there. And the passage was tough. Some how in 7-8 minutes I managed to answer the questions. I was already 2- 3 minutes late. I had allotted 20 min for 1st part of English. But there were only 10 questions in 1st part and that too I was not able to solve. The Jumbled para was really tough and I left first two. My alter ego said:” u were planning to attempt all questions of English and here u are - unable to solve the most basic – para jumbles. U have to do at least one of them”. so I did one.( later I came to know I had done it wrong).
Soon I was on 2 mark questions. Found some relatively easy ones in the end. And was confident that at least something will be correct.” The first 20 minutes were coming to an end.
I quickly counted – 14 questions in 20 minutes. “Not Bad – IF they are correct”
I immediately shifted to maths as the clock struck 11:20. As I went upon touching the questions, I realized that none could be solved in 1 – 2 minutes.
My confidence was dropping fast. “C’mon man. Hold it. It is difficult for everyone else also.”
I could say that about English but maths – my weak link – I was not sure that it was equally difficult for everyone else. The 20 minutes got over sooner that I had expected and I could count the questions attempted in maths in 1 glance – 4.
“4 questions in 20 minutes. Hopeless. You have messed it up. Its all over”

It was DI next. As I turned the pages, I couldn’t see any DS questions. “What!! No DS. What is CAT upto this year?” Next, I tried to search some familiar line graphs or pie charts. None!!
All I could see was big tables and case studies occupying half pages followed by 4 – 5 questions.
“what are you thinking?Atleast start somewhere”
So it was the 1 mark questions which I thought would be easier. They were manageable and I was able to attempt 7 out of 10. But the 2 marks one went right over my head. I tried the last one which I had tried to read before start of paper. It was a huge case let. Somehow I read it. Could get the feel of it but all the feelings went away as I saw the questions. “You DUMb!! U have already spent 5 minutes on the set. DO atleast one”
I saw a relatively smaller one and eliminated two options. With a probability of 0.5 favoring me, I made a ‘intelligent’ guess( as it turned out later, the guess was not so intelligent and the probability had, as always, eluded me)
At the end of another 20 Questions, my DI attempt was 7.
So it was back to English for the next 15 minutes. In this I ‘tried’ to attempt the 2 marks passages. I used to think I was good at English. Now I didn’t. They were one of the toughest passages ever read.. Somehow I managed to get a hold of what the philosophical writer was trying to say. But the choices to the questions looked all very similar or all very different (with no relation to the concerned passage). I threw all the logic I had in my mind at the table (though not much was left after the grueling one hour). Another 7 questions in next 15 minutes. It was O.K. but I was entirely unsure about the accuracy.
By this time, drained and a bit tired, I was started feeling very hungry. I neither had a proper dinner nor a breakfast before the exam.
Amidst this, it was back to maths again. Some how the hunger invigorated me – a kind of second wind. I decided I was solving all Maths problems, no matter how much time they take. So started the assiduous conventional problem solving. I managed to solve around 7 questions in the next 20- 23 minutes. “Total of 11 questions. Not enough but it may help you to clear cutoff – IF u get them right”
DI again. The same approach here. I studied 2 case lets and tried solving them. Luckily I picked up the relatively easier ones and managed another 7 questions.
Time over! And CAT over. And probably everything over!
With some hope deep under my heart I came out of the center. “If you manage to get a good accuracy, there is some chance that you score good.”
I gave my alter ego a slight smile for the first time in 2 hours

I checked the marks. Started with Maths. Correct. Correct.correct. First 7 questions( 1 mark ones)- all correct. “you going great boy!!”
2 mark questions. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong….” All wrong except one!!!
“Everything is over.”
English: “don’t worry you will score good in this”
Right. Wrong. Right. Wrong. Wrong… English gone… more wrong than right.
“is there any need to check DI… O.K check it for the heck of it”
Right. Right. Wrong.wrong…. This also gone…

Thursday, November 17, 2005


There are Cats all around.
Each one with different power.
Some are good at Numbers
Others with terrific Word Power

There are Cats all around.
Some have nurtured their dreams
And some just Caterwaul
Because they see others scream

There are Cats all around
Where do I stand, T.I.M.E will tell
Currently I can only see
The Numbers Swell

There are Cats all around
All will sit for a grand Test
Whoever emerges successful
Will be undoubtedly the Best!!!