Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

There are two reasons for making this post. The first one is to wish all my blog readers Merry Christmas. Have a great holiday season.

The second reason for this post is that I’ve been watching too much of South Park lately. Initial seasons of south park had Christmas-special episodes and some of them were really funny. I also discovered about the Jew festival Hanukkah through south park. I know I’m late with the wishes but still wishing all Jews a Happy Hanukkah. Coming to the point, I want to share a hilarious video from one of my favourite South Park Christmas special episodes. So for joo readers, here’s the dreidel song-

More posts to follow soon, stay tuned. Happy Holidays 🙂

Back to the future

Back to the future poster

I know it looks like one but NO, this is not a movie review. If you’re reading this post in your email inbox or in some RSS reader then I don’t need to tell you that I haven’t been blogging much recently. As I’ve said countless times before this, college life can get very busy at times leaving very little time for blogging. Now that I’m at home for my sem-break, there can’t be a better time for a comeback post. I could’ve waited another 10 days for New Years day to say this to myself, but I’ve taken a resolution to blog more frequently now starting today. Today, I’ve decided to summarise my last few months just to let you know what I’ve been up to for the last few months. I’ll take events month-wise to give a better idea.

July

My very busy and hectic 5th sem started in July. The first thing I did as soon as went to Bhopal was to learn to ride a bike. 20 days is all I waited and on 26th July I got my very own bike Nimbus, a black Bajaj Pulsar 150. Over the time I’ve made quite a few changes on it so here’s a picture of Nimbus in its current form-

Nimbus
Nimbus: My black Pulsar 150

More on Nimbus and better pictures to follow in some other post soon. Moving to other stuff, I was selected as a designer in the college’s Editorial Board which meant I signed up for lots of designing work

August

August as ever was one of my favourite months of the year, my birthday being a reason for it. I had a really nice birthday, full of surprises, right till the very end of the day courtesy my dear friends. Nimbus got registered (MP 09 NB 8955) and life was easier then ever with a bike with me. I was selected as a member of the creative team and the CS-IT team for Noesis, the annual event of Vision(the technical society) so August was a really busy month. To make it busier, I had my 1st minors in August too.

September

September was yet another busy month for me. Noesis was held on 11th-12th September after which I was hoping to get some free time. But there was more work lined up as soon as Noesis was over. Ripple, the annual event of Drishtant, a literary society was scheduled to happen soon after Noesis. It was rescheduled countless times due to some problem or the other before it got cancelled. It was almost as if it was following Murphy’s law. Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. I designed the website for Ripple in September and the effort eventually did go in vain. Ripple did manage to get me a free cappuccino at Coffee n U though when I went there for some sponsorship work.

October

October started with the 2nd Minors which meant a week of doing nothing but studying, eating, sleeping. I along with 3 friends worked on designing the website for the upcoming Technosearch’11, the annual techfest of MANIT Bhopal. This involved sleepless nights in the student’s council room, late night meals at Palash Residency’s 24×7 restaurant and sleeping in the class(which almost got me into trouble). October marked the end of lectures for the 5th sem which is also accompanied by the dreaded submissions which are a PITA.

November

I have just one word for this month- EXAMS! The majors were divided into 2 parts of 3 exams each with a 5 day gap in between for the convocation. I did a decent job in the exams as usual; result awaited but I’m expecting nothing different this sem in terms of grades. I was in Bhopal till the end of November to see the end-term answer sheets. Here’s a brief account of my 5th semester courses-

1.Digital Communication- This was just like all other electronics subjects I’ve studied so far i.e. hardly attended any classes and most of the syllabus was Greek to me till a day or two before the majors. I’ll be more than satisfied with an average grade.

2.ITPM- Information Technology Project Management was a typical Humanities subject so all it required you to do was mug up the notes and write long answers. I did just that and did a fairly decent job in the exam and got a nice score.

3.Microprocessors- When you’re made to study subjects like Digital communication and ITPM, Microprocessors seems to turn into an interesting subject. The exam was almost a disaster but to my surprise, I ended up getting good marks and good riddance to microprocessors.

4.Computer Networks- Expecting near-perfect grades in this one. The interesting nature of the subject has a very small contribution towards it. Rest of the credit goes to our professor. That guy deserves a separate post so I won’t discuss him over here.

5.OS- This was another interesting subject taught by an interesting professor. The minor 1, minor 2 and the major question papers were nothing less than GATE level questions so EVERYONE had a tough time with the exams but did manage to get a decent grade.

6.Software Engineering- I’d refer the textbook to an insomniac looking for ways to get some sleep. The subject just sounds interesting but its actually completely theoretical. To my surprise, I did pretty well in SE too.

I also shifted my residence to Kalkaji around 1st November. I like my new house and the locality and the fact that Nehru Place is just 10 minutes away now 😀

December

On 2nd December, I came back to Delhi for my semester break. I even brought Nimbus here along with myself. I’ll be in Delhi for the rest of this month. I’ve been doing nothing much other than eating, sleeping, roaming on Nimbus and watching south park over the last 20 days. Now that I’ve covered everything I’ve been up to for the past 5 months when I wasn’t blogging, it brings me to back to today when I’m sitting in my room, typing this post which I’m about to publish in a few minutes after which I’ll call it a day and get some sleep. So that’s all folks; more posts to follow soon.

Getting my driving license

Note:This post was completed over a span of 4 months. I started with it on 19th July 2010 and got busy and this post remained an unpublished draft. One bright not-so-sunny day i.e. today, 7th November 2010, I decided to come out of hibernation and hence this post was completed.

Recently, I got my driving license made. It was simple but it would be much simpler if you’re prepared for what you’ll have to face at the Transport Office. I was fortunate enough to have a Zonal Transport Office (Raja Garden) really close to my house. Getting a driving license basically involves 2 steps. You first needs to get a learner license made and then the next step is getting a permanent license.

Learner License
I went to the transport office a day before I got my learner license made to get the form and the guide to road signs and traffic rules they give along with the form. The Zonal Transport office opens at 8:30 am and unlike other Government offices, it isn’t too crowded and you don’t have to wait for too long for anything. I applied for a license to drive a LMV(Light Motor Vehicle) and a Motorcycle with gear so the fees for a learner license was Rs60. I deposited my fees after getting my documents verified. The documents required were an address proof and an age proof. I used my passport as both. After paying the fees, I was sent to a counter where a guy was making entries for learner license applicants in a register. After that, I was sent in a room for a learner license test. A test for colorblindness was conducted before the test on traffic signs and rules. The question bank for the computerized learner license test can be found on the Delhi Govt. Transport Department website. The test was pretty simple apart from a question which said-

What is the minimum age required to get a transport license?

Now, why is person who is getting a license to drive non-commercial vehicles supposed to know that! ? I pretty much got all answers correct, passed the test and was asked to collect my learner license later that day.

Permanent License
Once you get your learner license, you can apply for a permanent license between 1 to 6 months of the issue of the learners license. I utilised the 1 month gap the way it is supposed to be used and improved my driving skills in that period. As soon as the 1 month was over, i went to the Zonal Transport Office again to apply for a permanent license. The documents required include form 4(available from the transport office), id proof, photograph, learner’s license. Also carry along the receipt of the payment you made for the learner’s license and photocopies of PUCs and RCs of the vehicles you intend to drive; more on that later.

The process is pretty simple, first you need to get your documents checked and pay the fees for the permanent license i.e. Rs 300. Then I was sent to another counter where a guy was noting down the details of all the applicants. After that i was sent to the transport officer for the driving test. He asked me to park my car in front of the gate and wait for him. After waiting for about 20 minutes or so, he came and simply asked me to take a round and come back. The funny part is, he didn’t even sit in the car during the test so basically, the test is just a formality. What really matters is the documents. The documents can be a big PITA. I was asked to submit the photocopies of the PUCs of a LMV and a motorcycle as I was applying for a license to drive the same. Now what if someone doesn’t own a vehicle? The same was the case with me. I somehow managed to arrange for the photocopy of a PUC certificate of a motorcycle through a tout outside the transport office. After the test was done and the form was submitted, I was asked to go home and i got the license in 2-3 days.

Back to college and busy

I’m back in Bhopal and my 5th semester is well on course. I’ve been here for the past 15 days and these days have been really busy. Settling in my hostel room took quite some time as expected. Also, I’ve been learning to ride bikes these days. I’ve managed to learn to ride thanks to all my friends. I even happen to have video evidence for it-

I’ll be getting my own bike very soon now, more on it later. I’ve been very busy lately because being a member of 3 college societies, I need to work for each of them. The day since I’ve entered 3rd year, there seems to be some reason to be busy everyday. Today, I was busy with design work for ED-search, the test to get into the college’s Editorial Board. I’ll be conducting a short workshop on Linux tomorrow evening after college. I’m down with a bit of a cold too so need to get some sleep now. More posts and updates to follow soon.