Friday, March 23, 2012

What should I do this summer?


(Just me rambling about what I’m going to do this summer)


The board exams are finally coming to an end. Just one more (Social) on this 26th and I’ll be officially be done with exams for now (not technically but, yes).

(C)
            I’ve got around 3 months or 4 ½ months (depending on where I choose to go) of holidays. 

            That’s a lot of time.

            Last year, I spent the holidays playing DotA for the first 1½ months. Then, I decided I was spending just way too much time on it and wrenched myself away from that. After that, I created a sort of ‘To-Do List’. I made a deal with my mom which said that if I completed every single thing on that to-do list, I’d get a mobile (which later turned into an iPod Touch). I did succeed in completing all those things and I did get an iPod Touch which I absolutely admire! 

So, what shall I do this year?

            Will I make another ‘deal’ with my mom? I don’t really have anything on my mind that I really-really want so, No thank you.

            Coming this 28th, I’ll be spending 6 hours a day attending this ‘preparatory camp’ for the Ramaiah entrance(and other entrances). So, the time slot from 6 am to 12 noon is pretty much booked. While I’m not exactly looking forward to it per se, it’s not much of an option. I spent the last 2 years lazing around without exactly studying and if I can cover all that up in this time, I’ll gladly do it. And then, this will provide me some much-needed practice for all the Olympiads that I’m aiming at next year.

            So, all I have left is around 8 pure hours to do stuff (from 1pm to 9pm). I’ll spend about 2-3 hours of those revising/studying
So, that’ll leave me with about 5 hours a day.

That’s not a lot of time in my opinion for all the stuff I want to do but hey, better some than nothing.

             
What could I do?





-          Learn Python/C/any-other-programming-language 


-          Draw! (I used to draw a lot a long time ago. Time passed and I started spending less and less time on it. Nowadays, I hardly draw once in a few months)

-          Mess around with my old PC's.

-          Knock off a few books! Get that BC library membership!

-          Watch a TED video a day (Did it religiously until a few days back.)

-          Blog often! (on AeonsAway! :P)

-          Go running? (I’m gaining weight nowadays and hence losing my agility. Agility, I’d hate to lose it)

-          Write a story? (It’s a big time-commitment and I’m not sure if I want to commit to it)

-          Brush up on my Photoshop skills (It’d come in handy some day!)

-          Think about some awesome things I could do!

Ah. I’ll update this list if I stumble upon something else.

Until next time,
Adarshar.

PS : If you have anything in mind do let me know! 

And, pictures from here, here, here, and here

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Made it to the interview stage for MUWCI :)

a.k.a MUWCI (Just in case you're wondering!)


March 10th

            “Your brother told you to call him once.” Those where the first words I heard after coming back from having just watched Venus at the Birla Science Centre as a part of an amateur astronomy course that I’ve been taking. After a bit of pondering about what he was going to tell me, I settled on “some cricketing news” or about my latest post on my blog.

            I dialed his number, put the phone to my ear and waited for the familiar ringing sound. Nothing. 5 seconds later a small beep and the ‘disconnecting’ sound. I wondered what had just happened. I dialed again but it just repeated itself. Felt like I was in a time loop(Supernatural-season4-someepisode :P).

            Went over to mom and told her that his phone wasn’t working. She tried dialing but the same thing happened(I was like, “You thought I didn’t try that?”). Anyway, I went back to my room thinking that maybe I’ll try later. Hoping time would heal the wounds. I had not even entered my room when I heard my mom say “Ah. Hello?” I realized that the call had been connected and went over to the adjacent room and took the phone from my mother.

            Walking to my room with the cell-phone in my ear, I pondered about why mom had been successful in dialing and not me. Before I could come to a logical conclusion(called ‘luck by chance’) a “congratulations” broke my thought-train. My brain raced through all possible explanations for that ‘congratulations. Nothing struck me. I asked “What?” I got the reply “You got selected for the interview for uwc college.” Just to make sure, I asked him “What?” He replied “Uwc. United world colleges. You got selected.” I was like “Aain. Aaisa kaisa? How does he know and I don’t?” so, I asked “How do you know?”(Sigh. Trust isn’t exactly my forte.) My bro then patiently explained how they messed up with my email address and wrote “adaeshnet” instead of “adarshnet”. 

Oh. Adaesh. Interesting. Btw, it’s Hindi for “Command”.



March 11

            I finally had a chance to read through the letter that I was sent.
It read -
Dear Mr. Adarsh Rao Samudhrala(another typo :/),   

Congratulations on getting through to the final stage of selection for the UWC National Committee for India. Well done. This is a tremendous achievement. You are cordially invited to attend a 24 hour selection camp, which will be held at the Mahindra United World College of India, Pune. It will be informative, challenging and fun.”
A grin broke through my mind as I read that and it didn't subside for a long time.

 If you have the patience, let me take you all back to where it all started.

December 28th, 2011.
            I was idly sitting in my room doing the usual while all my friends were on a train travelling to Delhi for an excursion. It was ‘my’ decision not to go but I was kinda ‘regretting’ it then. However, to take my mind off it, I decided to write a blog post. A review of 2011 to be precise.
(You might want to read that post.)

December 29th
            I had a conversation with someone I knew from the British Council Summer Camp I had attended in 2011. It started off as just another chat but soon, the conversation pointed itself towards what I was going to do after 10th. I was soon “redirected” to http://www.uwcmahindracollege.org/ and told that I might want to check that out. I just ‘smirked’. I did check the website out though(I had also done so earlier but everytime’s a first time.)
            I must admit, I was in an asamanjas (hindi for ‘confusion’). UWCMC(or, MUWCI as they call it) was a cool college, no doubt about that. But… I just didn’t see myself going there, ever.
            I pondered and pondered and pondered.
Jan 1st, 2012          
        I still wasn’t sure if I really wanted to go there. Half of me told me, “Come on, give it a try”. The other half said, “Oh. Come on! Are you kidding me?
What sold it was the thought that – (I wrote it in my iPod as a note) – "Really, I just want to have a shot at it. Twenty years later, I don’t want to think “What if?”"
I finally told mom that there was this college in Pune and she said something along the lines of “Fine. Let’s check it out.” I was surprised. Why? I still don’t know.

Jan 2nd
            Dad sends a DD to their office in Worli, Mumbai for their application form. So quickly? You ask. I say “I might have had the benefit of doubt due to rushing things up.” :P

Jan 10th
            Got the MUWCI form that day. Was “intimidated” by it.

Feb 7th
            Finally sat through the whole day with it and finished it.
As I hold the Xeroxed copy of the finished application in my hand right now, I feel a sense of accomplishment. Filling out the form was in itself a really, dare I say, exhausting task. The questions made me question myself. I was made to think really hard about myself.
Reading through my replies doesn’t take much time as most of them are under 150 words. However, only I know how much time I had to spend to get them to their current form.
Also, reading them makes me wonder if I really was the one who wrote them. :P
All that culminated in me getting an email telling me that I have an interview on the 8th of April, 2012. Btw, coming to think of it, I could have easily written “One thing led to another and finally I got the email.” instead of 900+ words.

The Interview
            I guess I’m going to their campus for the interview on April 8th. From what I hear, the interview will be ‘fun’ as it will not only include a ‘formal interview’ but also various kinds of other social/informal activities. I’ve met(on CC) some others who have also been selected for the interview but all of their interviews are on the days preceeding mine.

That’s about it for now.

Until next time,
Adarsh.

PS : Happy Pi Day!  And, MIT will announce RD results in about 6 hours. Good luck to everyone I know!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Reasons...And stuff




Last month, this blog received “1019” views. That’s funny considering the fact that I just wrote 2 posts in the entire month.

Anyway, did I mention that I have a new blog? Check it out here -> http://aeonsaway.blogspot.in/

This blog(as in the blog that you’re reading right now) evolved over time. Posting about ‘math’, ‘science’ and stuff just didn’t feel right. Also, I couldn’t bring myself to post a 10-line blog even though I really wanted to because I felt like I was insulting the post count.

So for these reasons, I created that other blog. It has indeed lived up to “my” expectations of it. I don’t get that ‘feeling’ of “guilt” when posting there.
When I created it, I promised myself that I’d keep posting here as well but as you can see, I never really got down to fulfilling it. Why?

            I currently have holidays for preparing for the board exams. (You didn’t know? Oops.) 

            As I said, I didn’t feel right about posting stuff about “Science and Math” here. Now that I have holidays, my entire day revolves around those two subjects. Every single thing I do(almost everything) deals with either studies or just regular geek-dom. Nothing that I felt is ‘appropriate’ for this blog.

            Many posts that I’ve made here deal with my interactions with other people. However, now that I have preparation holidays, my interaction with others has reduced by a big-big percentage. 

            Previously, I had school. So, atleast I used to be in the company of other homo-sapiens. Now that I have no school and everyone is busy preparing for the exams, I basically have zero conversations with others. That in turn leads to no “incidents” which in turn leads to the reason for no posts.

            In 15 out of the past 16 days, the only people I ‘actually’ talked to were – Mom, Dad, Grandma and a Shopkeeper. 

            So, basically, ‘all’ the interesting things that happen deal with stuff that I don’t think is for this blog.
 =>  No blogs.

Hence Proved.

Anyway,

Until next time(whenever that is),

Adarsh.