Back to the future

December 21, 2010 | By Naman Bagga | Filed in: Education, General, MANIT Bhopal.

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.


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: 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 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 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 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.


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 😀


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.

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