Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fabulous Fifteen



                It’s my birthday today!

Yep, 15 years ago on this day, I was born. We didn’t know each other then but somehow, our paths have crossed and I have no idea what destiny awaits us.

                It’s 2:30 am right now and to be really honest, my mind’s blank. I’m awake because I’m unable to sleep because of some breathing problem. I can’t wait for dawn because that’s when the viruses in my body hibernate and my White Blood Cells can finally annihilate them. WBC’s in my body are like Komodo dragons. They are cowards. They don’t go on a one-one battle with the viruses but instead, they track them and just infect them. Only when they are sure that the viruses are totally incapacitated do they attack them. Sorry about that, Terra Nova is still on my mind.

                And, I’m looking for ways to integrate online learning with the offline mode and somehow have down-time between the two. Any advice/suggestion would be appreciated :)

                Anyways, I think I’ll stop writing now. My mind’s drawing a complete blank.

Until next time,
Adarsh.

PS : Time to change the '14 year old' into '15 year old' on my google profile :P

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Indian rupee is devaluing. How can you help?


So, I came upon this e-mail in my inbox and I couldn't help myself from sharing it. I guess I'm a too true an Indian. Reading it 'opened my eyes' and hopefully, they'll open yours as well.

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Please spare a couple of minutes here for the sake of India.

I got this article from one of my friends, but it's true. I can see this in day to day life.

Here's a small example:-

Before 12 months 1 US $ = IND Rs 39
After 12  months, now 1 $ = IND Rs 50

Do you think US Economy is booming? No, but Indian Economy is Going Down.

Our economy is in your hands....

INDIAN economy is in a crisis. Our country like many other ASIAN countries, is undergoing a severe economic crunch. Many INDIAN industries are closing down. The INDIAN economy is in a crisis and if we do not take proper steps to control those, we will be in a critical situation.


More than 30,000 crore rupees of foreign exchange are being siphoned out of our country on products such as cosmetics, snacks, tea, beverages, etc... which are grown, produced and consumed here.


A cold drink that costs only 70 / 80 paisa to produce, is sold for Rs.9 and a major chunk of profits from these are sent abroad. This is a serious drain on INDIAN economy.


We have nothing against Multinational companies, but to protect our own interests we request everybody to use INDIAN products only atleast for the next two years. With the rise in petrol prices, if we do not do this, the Rupee will devalue further and we will end up paying much more for the same products in the near future.


What you can do about it?

1. Buy only products manufactured by WHOLLY INDIAN COMPANIES.
2. ENROLL as many people as possible for this cause.....


Each individual should become a leader for this awareness. This is the only way to save our country from severe economic crisis. You don't need to give-up your lifestyle. You just need to choose an alternate product.

All categories of products are available from WHOLLY INDIAN COMPANIES.

LIST OF PRODUCTS

COLD DRINKS:-

DRINK LEMON JUICE, FRESH FRUIT JUICES, CHILLED LASSI (SWEET OR SOUR), BUTTER MILK, COCONUT WATER, JAL JEERA, ENERJEE, and MASALA MILK...

INSTEAD OF  COCA COLA, PEPSI, LIMCA, MIRINDA, SPRITE

BATHING SOAP:-
USE CINTHOL & OTHER GODREJ BRANDS, SANTOOR, WIPRO SHIKAKAI, MYSORE SANDAL, MARGO, NEEM, EVITA, MEDIMIX, GANGA , NIRMA BATH & CHANDRIKA

INSTEAD OF  LUX, LIFEBUOY, REXONA, LIRIL, DOVE, PEARS, HAMAM, LESANCY, CAMAY, PALMOLIVE


TOOTH PASTE:-
USE  NEEM, BABOOL, PROMISE, VICO VAJRADANTI, PRUDENT, DABUR PRODUCTS, MISWAK

INSTEAD OF  COLGATE, CLOSE UP, PEPSODENT, CIBACA, FORHANS, MENTADENT.


TOOTH BRUSH: -
USE PRUDENT, AJANTA , PROMISE

INSTEAD OF COLGATE, CLOSE UP, PEPSODENT, FORHANS, ORAL-B

SHAVING CREAM:-
USE GODREJ, EMAMI

INSTEAD OF PALMOLIVE, OLD SPICE, GILLETE


BLADE:-
USE  SUPERMAX, TOPAZ, LAZER, ASHOKA

INSTEAD OF  SEVEN-O -CLOCK, 365, GILLETTE


TALCUM POWDER:-
USE  SANTOOR, GOKUL, CINTHOL, WIPRO BABY POWDER, BOROPLUS

INSTEAD OF  PONDS, OLD SPICE, JOHNSON'S BABY POWDER, SHOWER TO SHOWER


MILK POWDER:-
USE  INDIANA, AMUL, AMULYA

INSTEAD OF  ANIKSPRAY, MILKANA, EVERYDAY MILK, MILKMAID.


SHAMPOO:-
USE  LAKME, NIRMA, VELVETTE

INSTEAD OF  HALO, ALL CLEAR, NYLE, SUNSILK, HEAD AND SHOULDERS, PANTENE

MOBILE CONNECTIONS:-
USE BSNL, AIRTEL

INSTEAD OF HUTCH

Food Items:-
Eat Tandoori chicken, Vada Pav, Idli, Dosa, Puri, Uppuma

INSTEAD OF  KFC, MACDONALD'S, PIZZA HUT, A&W

Every INDIAN product you buy makes a big difference. It saves INDIA. Let us take a firm decision today.


BUY INDIAN TO BE INDIAN - We are not against of foreign products.

WE ARE NOT ANTI-MULTINATIONAL. WE ARE TRYING TO SAVE OUR NATION. EVERY DAY IS A STRUGGLE FOR A REAL FREEDOM. WE ACHIEVED OUR INDEPENDENCE AFTER LOSING MANY LIVES.
THEY DIED PAINFULLY TO ENSURE THAT WE LIVE PEACEFULLY. THE CURRENT TREND IS VERY THREATENING.


MULTINATIONALS CALL IT GLOBALIZATION OF INDIAN ECONOMY. FOR INDIANS LIKE YOU AND ME, IT IS RE-COLONIZATION OF INDIA. THE COLONIST'S LEFT INDIA THEN. BUT THIS TIME, THEY WILL MAKE SURE THEY DON'T MAKE ANY MISTAKES.


WHO WOULD LIKE TO LET A "GOOSE THAT LAYS GOLDEN EGGS" SLIP AWAY?


PLEASE REMEMBER: POLITICAL FREEDOM IS USELESS WITHOUT ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE


RUSSIA, S.KOREA, MEXICO - THE LIST IS VERY LONG!! LET US LEARN FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE AND FROM OUR HISTORY. LET US DO THE DUTY OF EVERY TRUE INDIAN.


FINALLY, IT'S OBVIOUS THAT YOU CAN'T GIVE UP ALL OF THE ITEMS MENTIONED ABOVE. SO GIVE UP AT LEAST ONE ITEM FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY!

We would be sending useless forwards to our friends daily. Instead, please forward this mail to all your friends to create awareness.

"LITTLE DROPS MAKE A GREAT OCEAN."

PLEASE TRY TO BE AN INDIAN.....

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Just 4 for this month? Here, take this :P


                It’s 20 days through November and the number of posts made in this month stands at ‘4’. Considering my recent addiction to blogging, that shows immense determination, deep will, extreme control over my mind. It’s either that or I was just plain busy.

                It would’ve been cool if the reason for my absence was that I’d been lost in some remote island in the Pacific Ocean and had to survive 10 days on an island in a nomad-like lifestyle and without access to the internet. Sorry to disappoint you but the reason for my absence is nothing close to that. It’s just that I couldn’t really find time to write. I was busy studying for some Olympiads.

                Anyways, here’s a brief update of what happened since the last time I was here.

-          Khan Academy: A friend of mine told me about this a few months ago but I didn’t give a second thought to it. However, I stumbled upon it a week and haven’t been able to leave it since. The videos make the stuff interesting and that’s exactly how I wish to be taught. Most of the videos are on high-school math and that’s what I need. I have access to everything. Now the way I ‘utilize’ that access is going to make the difference. I’m pretty excited about it.

-          An amazing 14th November: I was actually planning on writing a full post on this but….
-           To be entirely honest, everything I’ve done over the last 9 days is related to studies. I’ve watched so many khan academy videos, read through text-books, solved annoying problems and all. Nothing that’d probably interest you :P

I’ve got some more Olympiads coming, all in the next 2-3 weeks. So, I don’t think you’ll be seeing much of me anytime soon. And… life without blogging doesn’t feel that empty. But of course, it feels fuller with it.

Until next time,

Adarsh!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NSO – 2011 – Unofficial Key – Xth Class



Hello there!

                Well, I  wrote this exam(NSO) today. I saw so many people asking for the key to the question paper on SOF’s facebook page. I’m pretty sure that it’ll be a day or two before they release the key so for those who can’t wait that much time to check your answers, I decided to create an unofficial key to the question paper.

                The following is what I think are the answers to the questions. I’ve pretty much thought over all of them, done a bit of research and these answers are what I could come up with.

 If you think any of them are wrong, just tell me so in the comments area. I’ll ponder over your dimension of the problem and will argue my point with you. If you manage to win me over with your solution, I’ll post it as the answer with credits to you J.

And, as you can see, some questions beat me. I couldn’t make head or tail out of them. If you can justify your answer to them in the comments area, I’ll gladly include them.

And, the key starts here! Hope you had a good exam J

  1.       (B)  131/300
2.       (A) 483
3.       (D) None of these
4.       (D) 400%
5.       (A) 3,2
6.       (C) Flying
7.       (B) Mean>Mode
8.       (B) 24
9.       (D) 12
10.   (D) 203/3-root-3
11.   (C) I
12.   (B) 7
13.   (B) ii and iii
14.   (C) 1
15.   (B) 308

Part 2 – Science

16.   (D) Does it affect the direction in which a compass needle points?
17.   (C) 50%
18.   ???? I must admit that this one beat me.
19.   (D) The difference in mass between the original nuclei and product nuclei
20.   (A) 1s
21.   (B) 4.8J
22.   ??
23.   (B) Q
24.   (C) The person can read the letters from 6m which the normal eye can read from 12m
25.   (D) 1.00m and 0.50m
26.   ??
27.   (B) HNO3  + 3HCL
28.   (B) Less
29.   (C) Nitrogen Dioxide
30.   (B) Solid X is sodium and the gas evolved is Hydrogen
31.   (C) Undergoes molecular reactions and is soluble in organic solvents
32.   (D)
33.   (D) S
34.   (D)
35.   (A)
36.   ??
37.   (B) 0.45 mol
38.   (A)
39.   (B)
40.   (B)
41.   ??
42.   (C) Carbon Dioxide in the air – 90% sure
43.   ??
44.   (D)
45.   ??
46.   (A) Boiling drinking water
47.   ??
48.   (C)
49.   (D)
50.   (A)

Don’t worry. I haven’t got all of them correct either. If my calculations are right, I’ll be getting around 40. I was pretty pathetic at the last 10 questions, got only 2-3 correct.

Anyways, let me know in the comments if this key helped you in any way J

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Break!



 Just wanted to let you all know that I won’t be posting much over the next few weeks.

I know that I’ve said that many times in the past and never really stuck to it but this time’s different. It’s just that I’ve got these Olympiads coming and other stuff that’s getting on my nerves. I am just not able to find time to write on this blog.

                I’ll be back soon though. Wouldn’t want you killing yourself because I’m not updating my blog. :P

Until next time (Whenever that is!),

Adarsh!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Getting Punished





                Yesterday, I was punished for not doing my home-work by a teacher. That’s something that hasn’t happened in a long-long time (maybe decades). It was a ‘wonderful’ experience and I just felt that I had to record it in my blog. So, here it is.
               
                I had to finish solving all the problems from the chapter Arithmetic Progressions in my class work and submit it. I didn’t solve them all.

Now, I don’t like giving reasons for not doing stuff because they often hold no ground. If I had really wanted to finish solving the problems, I could’ve easily spent an extra hour before sleeping to do them but, I didn’t. Why? I felt that my mind was already ‘heated’ up because of ‘intense’ (Ahem Ahem) studying for the Olympiads. In other words, I just didn’t feel like doing it.

                While on my way to school, I did think about it. I didn’t feel that good about not doing the work because the teacher had strictly told(commanded rather) us to submit them tomorrow and I even told her that I would. I didn’t feel good about going back on my word.

I planned to complete them all upon reaching school. Now, I’m pretty good at math (Duh!). I can usually finish an exercise in half the time that my friends (no offense meant!) take because my mind works like a bullet train. Okay, enough of narcissism. What I meant that my mind accepted the plan as it was perfectly feasibly.
                I reached school about 5 minutes before the assembly began, and started completing my work furiously. I didn’t attend the assembly either. Oops. Don’t tell anyone that! I’m already in enough trouble :P

I swear that I could’ve finished the work but thinking is a lot different that doing. While thinking, humans tend to consider only a few factors and don’t even bother to glance at the rest. Factors like chatting with friends, writing at a slow pace and maintaining excessive neatness also take up a significant amount of time.
The math period started and I still had a lot to do. Everyone submitted their books and she(the teacher!) started correcting them. Around 15 minutes later, she asked who didn’t submit their books for correction.

I didn’t stand up. I acted as though I was too busy to have heard what she had said. 3 others stood up. She started ‘scolding’ them. Then, a friend of mine asked her a doubt and her gaze turned away for a second. It was then that I stood up and announced (lol) that I had not done my homework. I still had to do a few sums (Read few exercises).

                Her eyes grew wide and she told something like “You didn’t do it! How could you not when I told you so strictly that you had to submit them today.” I thought of telling her that “I was busy preparing for some Olympiads” but, I chose not to because that really wasn’t the reason. I could’ve done it if I had wanted to, I didn’t. Now, it was time to face the music.

                Then she said “When I’m punishing them, how can I leave you. I’m going to have to punish you as well.” I was like “When did I tell you to treat me differently?” Well, I didn’t do the home-work and I was ready to accept whatever punishment she gave because I probably deserved it.

                Then she announced “I’m taking you all to Mala Aunty.” My pulse did go up for a second. In case you are wondering who “Mala Aunty” is, she’s our principal and we address all our teachers as ‘aunties’ lol.

                Any punishment like -- writing the questions that we didn’t complete - 20 times is totally acceptable for me. But, taking us to mala aunty is in a totally different dimension. I’m pretty sure that if she saw me with the others who had not done the homework, she would be like “Adarsh! I’m surprised to see you here! I didn’t expect this from you!”

Seriously, I hate it when somebody tells me something like that. I’m always like “Good. From now on, expect it. I’m no friggin’ android.” But I don’t say anything out loud of course.

                I did get ‘scared’ about the punishment for a second. But, our teacher isn’t that ‘sadistic’. At least I don’t think she is. She thought about it for like 30 seconds and then told us to come out of our benches. I was pretty scared. When she told us to sit on the floor and complete our work. I was like “PHEW!” I was glad. I gathered my note-book and textbook and sat on the floor. All in a nano-second. I didn’t want her to change her mind. Sitting on the floor is not half as bad as going to the princy’s office.

                I then started solving the problems as though some devil was behind me. I can’t really remember the last time I solved them that ‘fast’. Pretty slow when compared to my younger days but pretty much above standard today. She then told us that we were going to sit on the floor until we completed our work. Deep down, I knew that she wouldn’t do anything like that but, then again, I couldn’t be sure. She even looked at our time-table and told the name “Alka” (name of our hindi teacher) out loud as if she was solidifying her stand.

                I just went on doing the problems as fast as I could. The others were doing the same but, there was a difference. A big difference. While they were copying from other’s book – which is just like Xeroxing stuff – I was actually solving the questions. And, I did far more problems than them because I had to finish them all and took approximately the same time. Sigh. I’ve always been a narcissist :P

                10 or 15 minutes later, when I was totally into the problems I was doing and all voices except for the teacher’s were drowned into oblivion, I heard the teacher say something. She said “Where’s Adarsh?” I looked up and turned my head towards her. She then saw where I was(on the floor!) and then half-smirkingly said “Look how coolly he’s sitting there.” Seriously, that thing probably made my day :P Why? You figure that out.

                Anyway, the weather was pretty awesome. Cloudy and cool. In other words, almost perfect. And, I didn’t know that the floor could be so cold. It was pretty awesome - let me give you that. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that writing wasn’t that easy. I had to ‘kneel’ down to be able to write properly. But, on the whole, the floor was pretty comfortable.

                The bell rang. I looked to see how many more questions I had to do. It was just 3 more. I told myself “Let your values get washed away in a flood. COPY!” I conceded ground and took my friends book to copy the answers word to word like Xeroxing stuff without giving a second glance to what I’m writing. But, the math teacher went away before I could finish them and our hindi teacher came in. I was sitting on the floor when she came in but I don’t think she saw me. I quickly stood up and went to my desk. Our math teacher hadn’t told her anything. See? I was right. She isn’t that bad after all.

                I wanted to finish solving those problems in the hindi period but, common sense prevailed. I decided that getting punished once was okay. Twice is a big no-no. I decided to wait until the period ended and then complete my work.

                Well, 5 minutes was all I needed to ‘carbon-copy’ the stuff. I quickly went over and gave the teacher my book. She said in a ‘surprised’ manner “Oh. You finished already.”  She clearly wasn’t expecting me to give the book just then because the last time she saw, I had to do 30-something questions in about 35 minutes. But, I forgave her for not expecting it. She doesn’t know me :P

Overall, I really liked the experience. I mean, it’s not something that happens often. I usually complete my work before the submission date and sometimes after coming to school but, I almost always complete the stuff. On days that I don’t, the teacher’s don’t scold me as if it’s the end of the world. They just tell me to submit it the next day with a few extra words. But, to be honest, I don’t really like listening those ‘extra words’ that’s why I usually finish all my work.

And, don’t tell them I said this but, most teachers don’t really want to ‘punish’ me. Why? I don’t know why. This math teacher, well, she’s new and, the main reason I got the punishment was because I wasn’t the only guy who hadn’t completed the work. There were 3 others. Now, she couldn’t possibly let me go and punish those 3. Nor could she leave us all because the other 3, well, let’s just leave it at that. Had I been the only one who hadn’t completed the work, then things would have definitely been different.

Anyway, that was my try at stuffing 45 memorable minutes into, 1500 words. Actually, if that’s the amount of words that it takes to write 45 minutes of my experiences then, everyday of my life could be a short novel of 15,000 + words. :D

Until Next time,
Adarsh!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

APSRTC





That is the acronym for Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.

Well, they make and run the buses that I have been boarding every day to get to school since the last 3 years.

It's the best bus-service in the southern states. I'm pretty sure of that. I've boarded city buses in Delhi, mumbai, chennai, Nepal, Lucknow, Pune and so many other places. Hyderabad wins hands down.

The reason I've shrugged off the buses in those places is because of the poor way in which they are maintained. You should see the buses in Delhi and Mumbai, it's as though they have been coated with a paint of dirt. It feels as though nobody has cleaned them in decades. Or that's probably because I'm used to seeing innumerable buses in Hyderabad that are spotlessly clean.

Anyway, coming back, the reason I'm writing this is to tell you all about some of my experiences in them in the past few years. I've learned stuff that can only be gained from experience and trust me, you won't find it in any hand-book. However, those tips are for a later post. In this entry I'll just be talking about random stuff.

I travel in RTC buses around 3 times a day and spend almost 1 and a half hours in waiting and travelling in the buses. Give of take 15 minutes. Out of those 3, 2 are for travelling to and fro school while the other is for coming back home from a training institue I attend in the early hours of morning.
On an average, I spend about 24 rupees a day. Btw, that was just for trivia :P

Anyways, the most common buses that I catch are the metro deluxe buses. They're the blue colored ones with the electronic displays.

I am lucky to live in malakpet. Why? Around 7 buses go to my preffered destination, lakdikapul. The few numbers are 225, 217, 218, 156, 100 (some versions of it). And a few others that I can't recollect right now.

The waiting usually sucks but that's not the case for me because buses keep coming on and off all the time and my usual waiting time is around 2-4 minutes. That's pretty fast. You'll know what I'm talkig about if you have to wait for a bus in some remote area. It's incredibly fast if you compare it with that!

Anyways, since my school timings hardly change, I catch the same bus 75 percent of the time. What I mean by 'same bus' is the conductor. So, over the past 3 years, I can say that I have seen almost 90% of the conductors who work in the morning shift and work in buses that go towards the lakdikapul area.

Anyways, over the past 3 years I've seen some conductors so many times that I hardly need to tell the name of my destination. The already know what I'm going to say because they have seen me so many times!

So, today, When I was coming home from evens. I boarded a bus and saw a conductor whom I had not seen in many days. He just saw me and gave a smile of recognition :D and, that conductor is...umm...let's just say that he reminds me of Musharraf. Yup, the Pakistani president :D

I liked it. Who wouldn't?

Fast forward 40 minutes. I had just climbed aboard a metro deluxe with the number '217'. I looked around for the conductor and he turned out to be someone I used to see a lot of. When he came to collect the tickets, I handed him a ten-rupee note and I didn't even need to whisper 'lakdikapul'. He just looked at me and nodded his head. And then, while giving me the ticket, he smiled and said "it's been quite a while since you last came". I returned the smile and replied "yeah..."
Let me describe him to you ( who knows when you might run into him?). He is a bit tall - taller than me atleast! - in his late forties or early fifties probably, his hairline is receeding and he wears specs. You get the idea! I'll try and get a picture of him when I get an iPhone :P

Anyways, these two incidents made the day for me. I started of the day feeling not-so-good about it but then, these incidents...well...they brought a smile to my face and are the reason I'm writing this right now.

Anyways, my stop is approaching. Until next time.

Adarsh!




(Writing on computer) 


So, I wrote all that on my trip back home in a SETWIN. 
Ironic eh? Anyway, here's some invaluable advice from me --


" Never board a SETWIN if you can help it."


Seriously, that's got to be the best advice I can give you. I say so because of a variety or reasons -- The buses are pretty cramped, the seats are 'tauba-tauba', the conductors grumpy, the driver's 'bekaar'. An ordinary journey from home to school would take me around 20 minutes in an RTC bus but, in a SETWIN, it's bound to be around 27-30 minutes. They stop for a pretty long time at every bus stop. Added to all that, they don't give tickets. 


TRUST ME. NEVER CLIMB A SETWIN BUS UNLESS It's for the following reasons


-- If you are tired and the RTC buses are jam-packed and the SETWIN is empty. Go inside and take a seat. Though uncomfortable, it'll be okay.
-- If RTC is on strike. (Doesn't happen a lot but, yeah, sometimes it does)


If you climb a SETWIN for any other reason, you are 'doomed'! 


And...I've got some personal reasons :P The effing conductors don't mind their own business unlike their RTC counterparts. They poke into everything. And, added to that, they keep yelling at us to go inside..inside...inside.


Anyway, that's the end of my rant.


Until next time,

Adarsh!