Saturday, December 23, 2006

Sweating at seventeen degree celsius

You know, it is difficult to remain consistently unpunctual. But I have managed to be one. I guess thins time I am not allowed to put any excuses. So let’s start of with what I have been doing in the past month. Since my last post there has been nothing worth sharing apart from the fact that I have started growing a long moustache. Now it is pretty long and it I look really funny when I curl it from the sides (like the surds in Chandigarh do). I post a photo if I could catch hold of a camera…

Most of my time was taken up by the semester exams. Unlike last year we had our practical exams first and it was followed by the semester exams. This was bad because of 2 reasons. Firstly that it is easier to go for the practicals once you have done the entire theory for the examination. Secondly the semester exams papers are shown to us within one week of the last sem paper. Now if the practicals are held after the semester papers, then it makes more sense to wait for the papers to be shown. This time we had to stay for a week just to see our paper. And I guess I was the unluckiest. My exams ended on the 14th, and the same day we were shown the papers of two subjects. And three of the remaining teachers promised to show their respective papers on the 20th. Now it is not practical to return to Delhi and then come back after three days. So I decided to stay on. Now most of my friends had a nice past time... Movies. Few of my friends are movie watching machines.. They can keep watching movies (esp. English) on and on without getting bored, tired or even sleepy. I remember few months ago I had spend my weekend at home. My PC was in my hostel and my friends had kept my keys with them as they wanted to work on the computer. On Friday 10:30AM I took a train to Delhi (Janshatabdi Express) and I returned on Sunday evening. When I reached my room, my friends were watching a movie. The fact that left me spellbound was that this was their 19th movie. So in the last 3 days (They did not even get full 3 days) these people had watched about 19 movies... On calculating the time ... 19x2hrs 15 mins avg.... approx 42 hours of movies..... in about 60 hours. A whopping 70% of the time consumed watching movies... 30% devoted to the natures call, food and other necessities. Surely they did not sleep at all. The very thought of being passive for such a long time makes me nausea tic.

All right so they watched movies. I did not give them my computer this time. Since I do not watch many movies, I needed something else to do... I continued learning more about web designing. And at the same time I kept playing DotA. Yes I have finally started playing DotA on LAN as the only person apart from me who loves playing Warcraft has purchased a Notebook (MacBook) for himself, and we have started playing against each other. And because both of us have been very competitive, we have had a lovely time. As the time passed 19th evening arrived... and I heard news that left me broken. 20th was declared a holiday due to some election in Chandigarh. Exams of other departments were postponed and the University would remain closed on 20th. The teachers had informed the students at the last moment that the papers will be shown on 21st instead of 20th. But I can't wait that long. I have my confirmed train ticket for 20th evening and I was not going to wait any longer. So I did not wait for the remaining papers and I returned on the 20th. Now I will have to go on the 1st or 2nd of Jan to see the remaining 4 papers. Could I have been be unluckier (if that is a word in English). It feels good to be back home and meet some of my old school friends. Yesterday evening I spent some time with the ever-helpful Karan who again brought some important things for me from US. While I was with Karan, Rungta and Varenya also made a short visit. Rungta briefed me a little about Ajax, and now I am spending some time trying to conquer another step in web designing...

Aha! And the title of this post… Well it is very usual if you are travel by Bus on route 764 in the evening at about 7-8PM. I was one of the unfortunate ones to be traveling on the same route while returning from Karan’s house. I was at the IIT Gate bus stop waiting for a 764. I had to leave the first bus cause it was so crowded. But since I did not want to wait, I took the next one which was equally crowded if not more. Initially I was hanging out of the rear door and slowly people crawled in. For some time I traveled on the foot board and soon I had to go inside the bus since the conductor keeps pestering you to clear the doorway. He keeps pushing and shouting at you to go inside (As if the bus is of infinite dimension) and eventually you have to. Every thing seemed so normal inside…. About 5 passengers every square foot. You can’t move, no need to hold anything to support yourself. You are like a pin of a plug fitted into the socket. It reminded me of the FIITJEE days, when I used to travel by the same route. We went past a big digital signboard showing 17 ÂșC and I could feel droplets of sweat rolling down my neck….

Hopefully I shall not remain unpunctual for long.....

1 comment:

Prateek said...

Yup, your moustache sure is funny. Was good to see you. As for the bus rides, been there, done that - not on the same route though.