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Thursday, September 23, 2004

A Night To Remember

When I joined Computer Science And Engineering Department, Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur (tired of writing CSE, KGP) I realized pretty soon that this is not going to be easy and the tragedy is that I was right but it never seizes to amaze me with the newfangled subjects that it puts infront of me and one of such subjects is Selected Topics In Algorithms (we call it STA). 24 students had to go through the ordeal of giving an examination and I am quite sure that no one understood a single question in the paper. I am not going to get technical about it or tell you about how the exam was. The attractive part was the night before the exam.

Five of the so called intellectuals, Dengu(Robin Dangwal), Pappu(Sumit Thakkar), Tikli(Anirudh Bhatt), Rakesh and Handa sat down to study for the paper around 11 hours before the exam was supposed to begin(0900 hrs) but within the next 48 minutes they realized that there is no way out. It was an open-book exam which makes it a bit tougher. We narrowed down the course to the so called easy portions and thought that if we do get some easy questions in the paper atleast we won’t flunk. It’s around 0230 hrs and Tikli spots something which keeps us occupied for nearly half an hour. Take your guess about what it could be:

No, it wasn’t a supernova or any other kind of interstellar phenomenon.
No, it wasn’t a pornographic movie.
No, it wasn’t a F.R.I.E.N.D.S episode.
No, it wasn’t a female who had wandered inside the boys hostel by mistake.
No, it wasn’t a ghost (ISI seems to be facing that problem these days)

But it was a grasshopper caught in a spider’s web. It’s hard to believe but all of us sat down, talked about it, discussed about it for more than half an hour and that also at a time where every minute counts. I am not going to talk about what happened in the examination hall but I am quite sure that all of us will pass the subject. The grasshoppers fighting spirit was more than good enough to cheer us up.

Special thanks to the special someone who talked to me during the study breaks which were quite frequent throughout the night. She also called me at around 4 – 4:30 (on Tikli’s phone when he was out _____ing. You people are free to assume whatever you want) and I am quite sure that it was one of the reasons why I was all charged up for the exam. I am one of those people who believe in saying Thank You and Sorry. So, THANK YOU

Edited after Suhail's comment: The spidey won.


Blogger Pallavi said...

all the best for your exams and yes one does come across some things when one least expects it... and everything is magnified... when one is preparing for exams...

4:19 AM  
Blogger Me said...

The exams are over madam... :)

6:24 AM  
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