Thursday 22 May 2008

Long at last

And in keeping with my 20 Post and inconsistencies, this blog has a new look and yet another new name, which we hope will be our last. We have now been re-christened as Nomad. A nickname that has stuck since 8th std. RIP

Sunday 11 May 2008

HIT 2: CAT SCAN

The CAT (Common Aptitude Tests) needs a scan. They have been developed by the best brains for the best brains to get into the best institutions have the best careers make the best money. It’s foolproof, stupid proof, its THE PLAN to have and once through, you are set, or so they would like you to believe. Cracking the CAT, being part of the hullabaloo ensures that you make smooth transitions from one superlative phase of life to another. Hence every year you have droves of students studying, sweating, 'suiciding' and hating the whole wooing the IIM'S process, so later you have easy access to campus recruitment. Follow the mob never had a finer example.

And why not? India is still unfortunately stuck in the clutches of an ever burgeoning population, a fundamentally rural economy and a social system largely dictated by caste and class. The only way to escape this existence was to get a "white collared job" and in these days, an MBA.

So we have devised the CAT, MAT, SNAP and CET, the last of which thankfully I am ineligible for. These ultra competitive exam acronyms follow the same mold of tutoring, elimination and acceptance that has been synonymous with the Indian education system for the past 50 years. It was fine till school level. Emphasis was given on mugging because the basic science/social studies/economics/politics laws and facts are universal.

But surely not now? Now India is an emerging nation, seeking to provide opportunity and essential commodities for its population. We need visionaries, entrepreneurs, and people with different experiences to make use of these opportunities.

The CAT method defies all of this.

It seeks to stamp out individuality. Every class I am told to unlearn /to forget/to stick to rigid rules, even in English. They make one learn literature like mathematics. To analyze without perspective and assess without originality.

The math questions are supposed to expand your way of thinking. They bind your mind with steel straps, because of negative marking and the minuscule time frame given, taking risks is an absolute no-no. This will make an entrepreneur? What frustrate me even further is the collages which demand that a highly individualistic and creative field like Mass Comm must go through the rigors of this mundane process.

Education plays the role of providing a student with experiences and bringing them closer to reality, so that they understand the society they live in and make the changes needed. CAT defies this by being an authoritarian method where the term human personality does not exist, only an examination and aggregate score. They treat us as a collective, we are to think the same way and arrive at the same answer at the same time while ignoring anomalies! How close to reality is that?

Also if I had a leaky cistern and a running tap, I WOULD NOT stand like a bloody idiot calculating the amount of time it takes to fill a bucket with a hole.

Shut the tap,

Change the bucket

Save water.

The dry as stale - rotten- bread method doesn’t give two hoots to manual skills or exploring potential. It suppresses creativity, enthusiasm, appreciation and worst of all, interest.

You CANNOT love Math or English if they keep telling you what to think and how to think. We are to erase all that we bring with us in form of personal experiences/backgrounds/reading/exposure/global or local outlooks and think like cattle. Do you think these people will run grocery shops individually, let alone a nation?

But you hear the hard nosed realists say... millions of students do it every year.

Exactly… millions of students do it every year!

Sunday 4 May 2008

Delhi Hangover 4

THE BITTER SWEET APRIL SUMMER {Click on the pics for an enlarged view}

Delhi Hangover 3

OF JEWELS AND DROOLS!!!!!!!!! JANPATH! Now shopping is reall y not my thing neither is cricket, but the delightful array of earrings and Glenn Mc Grath!!!!! I'm a convert.

Delhi Hangover 2

There may be several reasons to like and admire the IIT's, these are the only ones I will choose. Other than that, they're Boooooring! Now peacocks are a common sight in Delhi, but not in this part of the country. There were more than a few raised eyebrows as I stopped in my tracks furiously clicking away this obstinate bird that insisted on turning its arse up at me! Lil girls....... Biiiiiigggg Camera. At 3 a.m Mohan Sir still works Magic, transforming a bare room into an extravagant set!

Delhi Hangover 1

Not having gone sightseeing as such, I could not capture Delhi in its many facets and charm, nor did I get to see all the monuments and famous landmarks.So I just went around my daily work clicking and in the next few posts are some of the pictures that have left lingering impressions of the city in my mind. Just click on the pics for the enlarged version. The endless line of humans snaking halfway to the entrance was intimidating and I almost chickened out, happy with a view from outside. Once inside though the perseverance pays off. It doesn't matter whether you are religious, an atheist or antagonistic. Places like the Lotus temple are not so much places of worship as of calm introspection and relaxation.
A court really is a hell hole, though an exciting one if it's your first visit. One tends to pick up quite a bit of colourful vocabulary from convicts.
R.K. Sharma after hearing his verdict on the Shivani Bhatnagar case.
The coolest cab of all!!!!!!!