Internet musing

The other day, I was using my time (which we have in plenty) to open the google home page which took its own sweet time. And by sweet, I mean real sweet. Real real sweet. This is a tribute to our Internet speed… I can speak on behalf of H-9 residents at least. We can proudly say that or hostels have wifi or LAN but sometimes its just a redundant piece of technology. I love this… Mocking the college… Its also our all time favourite timepass, also famously known as ‘bakar’.

Yes, back to my musing. I actually think its good that we have such ludicrous speeds. We have so much fun over it. It actually increases social harmony… Reinforcing the point, I was browsing on our superfast net and going through some archaic data showing a graphical representation between the broadband speed and various countries. Japan topped that chart with a speed of about 7.5 Mb/s even in some distant age! USA was somewhere in between and India… Have a guess… Yes, you’re right… It wasn’t anywhere in the reckoning in the chart (I want to use a smiley). India can be called a giant minnow. I gave my room mate a smile at that moment… See! Harmony and good will!

Now, what would happen if someday the government of Japan decides to reduce their speeds to Indian levels? (Hypothetical case. Everything is possible). I conjecture a mass riot in that case. People will come to a halt and announce a strike or something. They’ll be on the streets. This conjecture comes from the fact (though not completely related to internet speed) that just due to some technical glitch recently, gmail faced some problems and couldn’t provide satisfactory services for a day. New forums came up condemning the situation and services and asking for compensation. On the other hand, in India or lets talk about SVNIT (:-) now I use a smiley)… we curse a bit but we also smile! People talk to each other and tell stories of their grandparents while they’re waiting for their favourite google page to open. Again… Harmony and goodwill…

P.S. A bit of mockery never hurt anyone but I hope this does.

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Smoker’s Paradise

Once upon a time in a village far far away, there was a man who was working in his farm. It was time of harvest and he was cutting the crops with a scythe. Then all of a sudden something happened. In the panic that followed he accidently cut his own nose with the scythe. He had lost his nose in the freak mishap. Bleeding profusely the man had a thought. He thought that if he went in front of the rest of the village with a cut nose he will be ridiculed for not having a nose. This thought began worying him more than anything else. Even the present pain was nothing he thought compared to the pain from the humiliation he would have to suffer from the rest of the village for not having a nose. He thought for a moment and then he had the EUREKA moment. He made up a story and rushed back to the village with a calm and peaceful look on his face. When the other villagers saw him they were quiet confused as to why this person was smiling even as he bled through his cut nose. On being asked as to what happened he narrated to them the entire incident about how his nose got accidently cut and after that he added his made up story. He told everyone that when his nose got cut, he was able to see God. He claimed to have talked to God and said that was why he was so calm and at peace. His trick worked and instead of being ridiculed by the villagers he was hailed as a hero by them. He soon became a popular figure in the entire village. A few days later another person thought that even he could see and talk to God if he cut his nose. Then he would also be considered someone great. So without giving it a further thought he too cut his nose. Obviously he could not see any God, nor could he hear His voice. So having lost his nose he thought of lying that he too saw God. Thus this other person also started claiming that he could now see God. The news spread like fire in the entire village that one can see God if he cuts his nose. Everyone began believing in this and soon everyone in the village cut their nosea and began claiming that he could see God. Soon the entire village lost it’s noses and claimed to see God in the fear of being ridiculed or outcasted. Then one day a traveller came to the village. When he noticed that everyone in the village was minus a nose, he could not resist asking the question as to why everybody’s nose in the village was cut. Soon he came to know about the entire story. He declined to believe in the story and even in the fact that he could see God if he cut his nose. The villagers got enraged by this and beat the outsider black and blue. They then covered his face in soot and paraded him on a donkey through the entire village. They then threw him out of the village.

The case with smokers and the world around them is somewhat similarimages. Everywhere there are people who take to smoking accidently or on someone’s insistance, and get addicted to it. They then start giving reasons as to why they smoke sometimes even start claiming that smoking makes them feel elevated and relieved from stress and all. Others soon fall prey to this advertising and follow the smokers to smoking and get their own noses cut. Now even if they do not feel any thing after smoking they quietly begin accepting everything in fear of being ridiculed or outcasted by the rest of the people. And this is the way people take to smoking(or cut their noses) now if someone challenges their belief they start mocking him, and try to convert him to someone like them. If he dosen’t fall prey to smoking even then, he is cast out like a leper.

By now you must have started wondering as to why have titled this article as “Smoker’s Paradise“. This was done intentionally. If no one else read this article I definately wanted the smokers to read this and that is the only reason why i gave this article this title. I could not figure out any other way of making smokers read something related to Quit Smoking other than misleading them this way. I apologize for this.

Coming back to smokers and the world of smoking, the reason as to why people burn their money to smoke by smoking is un-understandable to me. Some say that smoking relieves them of the stress that they are under, though momentarily. So they smoke. Some say they smoke because it makes them feel relaxed. Some smoke because they feel it helps them to concentrate, to focus on their work. Some smoke because they take it to be a style statement. They feel that smoking will make them look stylish. Some even believe that smoking will help them find a girl as they believe that girls go ga ga over guys who smoke. While some others do it just to ape some celebrities who smoke. But the reality is somewhat different. All these are mere myths associated with smoking. All these are simply made up stories by people who have cut their own nose.

People believe that smoking helps them to relax and enables them to concentrate on their work better. This actually occurs because when one smokes, he while taking in the smoke actually inhales harder than when breathing normally. This causes more oxygen to draw in. Similarly while exhaling one exhales harder than when breathing normally while smoking to exhale all the smoke that was taken in earlier. This causes more oxygen to be inhaled and more carbon dioxide to be exhaled thereby providing the brain with blood containing more oxygen resulting in a feeling of relaxation. This same effect can be caused when one takes deep breaths. So why smoke?

Some say that they are under so much stress that they need to smoke to relieve themselves of the stress. If stress busting is the only objective, it can also be achieved by chewing gum or eating chocolate. These are also proven stress busters and actually come cheaper than a cigarette. So why smoke? Also the stress levels can be reduced by practising simple deep breating and meditation for 10 minutes daily. So why smoke?

Another myth associated with smoking is that it is stylish and that girls like guys who smoke. In reality smoking is only disgusting and gives nothing but an odour to your mouth. Also a survey done by MTv relvealed that the myth that girls like guys who smoke is indeed a myth. So why smoke?

To sum it all up smoking is nothing but an addiction that is derimental to one’s own health and wealth. Smoking also adversely affects those who are nearby you when you smoke. In no way does smoking help you with anything except causing lung cancer and other health issues. One smokes once and gets addicted to it. The urge to smoke then becomes irresistable and if asked why one smokes, he comes up with reasons like those mentioned above. One then gets so involved with these reasons that he then actually begins believeing in them even if they may not be true and purely made up. One gets involved with these reasons so much that his mind then makes these reasons come true. So much so that one may not feel hungry if he does not smoke, if he believes that smoking makes him feel hungry. This is known as a psychosomatic condition. Why else would people like to spend their money and ruin their health for a pack of cigarettes which itself says that it is injurious to the smoker’s health.

Think with your mind and you will realize what I argue upon is true. If you are a smoker you may even experiment it out. Life is precious, Money is hard earned and Cigarette smoking is injurious to health. Don’t waste your precious life and your or your parents’ hard earned money to smoke. It is nothing more than an addiction which eventually leads to sorrows, troubles, complexities, problems and in the case of some even to DEATH! Act wise and please do not take to smoking. If you already are a smoker, act wise and QUIT SMOKING!

Behind those close doors

There are two extremely disparate ways of looking at what happens behind those close doors. Either it’s everyone knows what happens behind those closed doors or no one knows what happens behind those close doors. Lots of things happen oblivious to the public eye. You got what I mean, right?

Duh! I am not talking about the things bollywood has corrupted our minds with but about our hostel rooms. Yes, our little cubicles which teach us the meaning of redundant space as in the 250 odd acre campus a bit of extra room wouldn’t have hampered the bushy growth. The first year is the one when it wouldn’t matter if doors existed or not… They were just there because they were supposed to be there. No collusions, no secret tries at triumph; everything was out there for all to see. The sophomore year dawns with the advent of “The LAN”; enemy lines are about to be drawn. The musings begin… Paranoia sets in; doors make their presence felt and knocks take longer to be heard. But sanity still prevails.

 The “pre final year”, the supposedly most important year arrives. Clans have been formed. Weapons have been drawn. Information is the key; internet is the playground. Clandestine visit to the profs in search for projects and future prospects for lor’s. The skill of licking has been lubricated beyond the limit and it has proved to be more important than talent or for that matter, even fate if one believes in it (as always there are a few exceptions). Eyes wide open in the cut-throat search for that notice which might change their fortunes. The rooms turn stuffy and stingy but air will not be allowed to adorn the prison cells (sorry for the irreverence towards the dorm rooms but can’t help it). Once and for all, territories have been decided and the doors are closed!

P.S. Note the stance changing from “our” in the second para to “their” in the third para! Pretentious psychology, I guess.

Future Peek-SVNIT goes GREEN!!

It is another pleasant day at the SVNIT campus. As I sit in my hostel room doing nothing, the breeze continues to blow into my room through the open door of my balcony. But this breeze does not come alone. It brings along an idea. An idea which instantaneously enters my mind triggering my imagination. As the gears inside my head begin to rotate, more and more imaginary things come to my mind, travel to my hand and ink themselves down on this piece of paper. As the title suggests, this is a piece of imagination about the future. It may even be called day-dreaming. But this still a peice of imagination as to how the future can be. And moreover how it can be over here in SVNIT. The idea of SVNIT going GREEN may sound highly anachronous and incongruous. To some it may even sound Vernian. But then there is no tax on imagining, as least not yet. This is actually an article as it may be written in the future(distant or near).

SVNIT goes GREEN!


The world just became a better place to live, thanks to SVNIT. SVNIT has always been in the news for one reason or the other. But this time it is back in the news with a bang, a big and loud bang. The lush green campus of the prestigious institute got greener as the institute’s very own power plant generating green electricity from the wind and sun was inaugrated making SVNIT self-sufficient in terms of electricity.

The electricity is generated in a huge system operating over the entire campus. The electricity is generated by harnessing the wind’s energy by means of wind mills installed all over the campus, not only on the open ground but also on the roof tops of the campus buildings. The solar energy is also utilised to generate electricity by means of solar panels installed at various locations around the campus. The electricity generated by this conversion of the wind and solar energy is directed into a private grid that is then used to supply electricity whenever and wherever needed in the campus. This entire system is so designed that it can generate sufficient electricity to fulfill the needs of the entire campus. The institue however plans to keep and maintain the earlier electricity supply system. But the SVNIT electricity bill is surely going down.

This entire setup is special in itself. But what makes it more special is the fact that the entire system and all of it’s components were designed by the students and professors of this institute making it completely indigenous. No doubt SVNIT is counted one among the creame de la creame institutes offering quality technical education. This entire setup however involved a huge initial cost. But thankfully due to the combined efforts of the institute and it’s alumni, it was taken care of.

The institute next plans to become self-reliant in terms of cooking gas supply by setting up a Bio-Gas plant. The plant will operate on the organic waste generated in the campus to produce Bio-Gas that will take the place of the conventional LPG gas presently being used for cooking purposes. Seems as if the wallets of GGCL are also going to get lighter.

But whatever may happen in the future, SVNIT has already set an example by becoming India’s first campus to become self-sufficient in terms of electricity generation. And that too without causing any harm to the environment. This definately is one giant step for SVNIT. Or the SVNITians say

“As the world battles…We help the Earth win”

No doubt they are!