Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cheating Death

Humans have been trying to cheat death right from their beginning. Have they succeeded. I should say "somewhat". well, we have invented organ replacement, which was unthinkable a hundred years ago. So, a person who had some kind of problem would certainly have died at that time. But, now we are able to replace the organ and are on our way in making artificial ones too. In that way, we really cheated death. At least we were able to stop death and postpone it , right? But, as always, there is an argument other way around also. By, inventing lot of medicines and all, the health rate never actually grow up, but we invented new diseases also. By, inventing new ways of transportation, war, entertainment we actually inventing new ways to death as a byproduct. But, we cannot simply discard the concept of cheating death. What we thought impossible, 1000 years ago, is possible now. Who knows?, after a 1000 years, if we survive, man kind will be able to cheat death and actually stop death. So, whatya think?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Kiddo pranks - Part Two - Encounter with snakes


I grew up in a village kind of place. So, you could imagine the place. There were a lot of trees, animals.. a calm beautiful place. Snakes used to appear quite often in our place. I grew up seeing people killing lot of snakes. I've seen lot of snakes really close that I don't fear them anymore. This post is all about my incidents with snakes.
To start with, the first one that comes to my mind is when I was 7 or 8 years old. As said in my last Sunday post, our gang were simply roaming around the place when we saw some little creature, about a feet and a half in length, under a rock. That's the first snake I've seen. It was a poisonous one. Normally, we see cobras, vipers and a number of other non-poisonous snakes. Well, this was a strange one. Obviously, we didn't know these.
One of my uncle was an expert in killing snakes. Whenever, we see a snake, we used to call him and he'll come and decide whether it is a poisonous one or not and if yes, he'll kill it 'coz of us. Otherwise, it will certainly bite us. He knows, we are too naughty and we'll go to really isolated places where even the adults fear to go. 
Well, once we call him, he'll come and kill the snake with a twig or whatever he can get his hands into. He don't tell us to go, like other adults do. He'll simply let us watch how he kills it and once it's dead he'll give us a lecture on the peculiarities of that snake, how poisonous it is and things like that. I've seen the tail of snakes still moving, even after it is dead. 
I still remember the day, when he killed one cobra and showed as the distinguishing mark of cobra on it's head. Needless to say, he won't harm 
the non-poisonous snakes. Well, don't think my uncle is a animal-hater 'coz of this. He has almost all pets in his house. He has lovebirds, rabbits, ducks, hen, turtle, fish, goat, cow, dog... Hi hi. You'll find it hard to believe but it is true. When I was young, he used to give us one of his rabbits and we used to play with it. I was the one who gave him the turtle. I got it from a fisherwoman who used to come to our home. 
My grand father used to tell stories about almost all creatures that I ask. Once I told him to tell a story about turtles and he told one beautiful story. After that, I became crazy about turtles. I asked grandfather to buy me a turtle. Now, he was in trouble 'coz I was such a trouble maker.
So, to escape from my pestering, he told me that we won't get turtles to buy. Only way is to tell the fisherwoman who brings the fish. Since she brings fishes, she might get turtles also. Well, he thought I'll drop my wish. Huh? what did he think about me? Next day, when the fisherwoman came, I went straight to her, as I normally do, to see fishes and asked "Have you seen turtles?".  She said "Oh yah, I daily see it, someones are really bigger than you". 
She wanted to show off in front of me but didn't know what was coming. I hold on to her answer and told her to bring me one next time. Since I had such a talent in pestering adults, she finally gave up and somehow brought me a little turtle about the size of a flying disk.
I put it in a big tank where there was little water. So, you could guess, what the turtle does if people comes near it, it will put it's head and legs inside the shell and won't even move. So, eventually my curiousness turned to boring. whenever, I comes near it, I will act as though it is dead. So, once I accidentally filled the tank with water and just like that the turtle started swimming when it saw so much of water. I was wondering why it is swimming now and climbed on to the tank which was taller than me, leaned in and was trying to push the turtle down, when I slipped and fell in to the tank. I was lying there with the turtle which didn't move now, 'coz of me. Some how, I climbed out; drenched in water. I could have drowned in there 'coz I didn't know how to swim and the fall was head down.
I thought no one saw. But, I understood I was wrong when, the very next day, the turtle was moved from our house to my uncle's house. They give good reasons for it so that I won't disagree. They told me that here the turtle is alone that's why it doesn't move, but there in my uncle's place, the turtle will have rabbits, fish and other things as friends. I believed that LOL. So that's the turtle story. 
Ooh!! I drifted from our topic. Sorry. So, we were talking about snakes. Well, on one day we were in uncle's house standing beside the big cage of love birds and watching it, we saw some thing in 
there. Guess what? Yah, a snake and a big one. It was actually resting there. Seeing this, we called for uncle and when he came the snake was trying desperately to escape, but it couldn't. You know what happened? It got in to the cage, ate a few lovebirds (3 to be exact) and couldn't come out of the cage, which was covered with steel net, 'coz its stomach was bigger now. 
My uncle took a long twig and started hitting it. It tried to escape through the net and then vomited the three lovebirds it had eaten and then slithered through the net outside into the tank of the turtle. There my uncle finished it and thus ended 
its heavy lunch. It was buried along with the 3 lovebirds it had eaten with all honors....:)

Next incident that I wanted to tell you is the closest that I've gotten to a snake. I was having my lunch when I saw something moving briskly through the shrubs. I was excited to see a snake and ran behind it. when I got there it vanished. I knew it was somewhere there but couldn't see it 'coz there were a lot of plants, dried leaves and shrubs. Though I knew about the danger, as always, I was careless and decided to take risk and started searching, just out of curiosity. 
well, curiosity soon turned to panic when the next step I took was right on the snake. Yah, you heard it right, I actually stepped on a live snake. My instincts told me that I was standing on something which was like rubber and a bit slippery. 
Well, this all happened within thousands of a second. Just after stepping on the snake, I knew I had made a mistake and jumped right in the air screaming. Luckily the snake, was desperate to escape and it ran away. It took several minutes to bring my heartbeats to normal. 

The next incident let me see the biggest snake I've seen in my place. Although the above incident scared me at the time, it soon turned to bravery. I thought I was brave to step on a snake and then escape unharmed, thought I didn't tell this to anyone. After a few years, when we were playing cricket we saw something climbing the fence and coming in to our compound. It had a light yellow color and the only one with that color I had seen and what else huge... Yah, it was about 8 or 9 feet long . we, as usual, ran behind the snake throwing stones, scaring it. Every one ran behind it, I was a bit late in joining, so to see it more closely, I took a turn and came to the other side, in front of the snake and started throwing stones.
I thought it will turn away, but that didn't happen. I was too quick for the snake and it ran right in to me. I never even dreamt that a snake could move that fast 'coz before I could even move a muscle everything has happened. First of all, it's zig-zag motion confused me and I didn't know which way it will come and it was too fast that I just stood rooted to the spot. It just moved past me with in inches from my leg and I was so shocked that couldn't even move for a few minutes. Just imagine a huge snake coming lighting fast towards you and just goes its way almost bushing you. 
when the other kids of my gang came, though I boasted this incident, only I knew what actually happened inside me. I , literally, died and born again!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Life's elixir!!

Time is the most precious thing one can have. Time is a part of our life. If we are spending time with someone/something that means we are giving them/it a part of our life. Well, my question is can we have something with out leaving out something?. One of the decision we need to make before spending our precious time is to think "Is it worth?". Suppose you want to score good marks, you have to study, right? So, you have to drop your interest in doing other things for studying. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy and have fun, you need to drop your study for that. Can we have both? I guess, it is not possible. The most successful person, I guess, is one who can choose the right amount of time for these kind of different things. what happens in the normal scenario is one may give more time to something so that that becomes the priority in his/her life. The result is that one become extraordinarily success with his/her career, but a flop in personal life. Similarly, one may succeed in his/her personal life, but will be a failure in his/her career. Life's elixir is all about mixing in the right proportions at the right time, so that you can enjoy your life with all its sweetness and flavours. So, whatya think?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Kiddo pranks - Part One

I have been posting about my campus life experiences. But, just for a change, I would like to share my childhood experiences with you. After all those are some of the best moments in my life till now. Hope you'll enjoy. It's also a series :). So, let's start with part one today.
When I thought about my life years back. Some of the events stay as clear as though they have happened just yesterday. Well, let's start with some of it. 
This one happened when I was really young. I don't remember the age, may be 6 or 7. My cousins, brother and I were a gang of four. We did almost all the mischiefs together. 'N we had this creativity in innovating new mischiefs. Our compound have a concrete fence around it and in front of it is the main road. A lady used to go by the road every evening. She had a unique specs, which was really big and thick and we, kids, soon got interested in seeing her with the special specs and decided to make fun of it. 
So, on one day, when we saw her coming, we hid behind the fence and yelled "bhoota kannadi Hoy Hoy" which mean "ghost specs Hoy Hoy". we shouted this as a slogan a few times till she was out of earshot. We repeated this a few days. I don't know how it got stopped. I don't remember. So, I asked my mother about this and even she remembered it. She told me the lady had complained to her about this and from that day onwards my mother didn't let us go near the fence on evening.
So, that's the first thing that came to my mind about my childhood. Here is one more, this might hurt some animal lovers, so read on. My grand parents, uncle and I stay really close together. In fact, our grand parents and uncle are our neighbours. We used to go to the family house to play. And our grand parents had a lot of pets. They had 4 cows and a calf. 'N they used to 
cultivate a lot of things including green chilly. Those who know it's a type of chilly just one inch in length, but will burn your mouth if you take one bite. It's the most pungent thing that I've ever tasted.  
Once I tasted it and then, for hours, I kept washing my mouth and took air in and out of mouth. I told this to our gang and we decided to test this on animals. Hi Hi. Cows like banana leaf as we like ice cream. We took a banana leaf and filled it with green chill, tied it with coconut leaf and gave it to the cows. Seeing the banana leaf, the poor things started eating excitedly. Soon after they chewed a few times, things changed as we expected. I saw something which I have never seen before or after this. The cows kept their head high, kept their mouth open and kept their long tongue out as though gasping for air. They stood like this for a few minutes when my 
grand parents noticed this strange behavior and when they came and we ran away laughing.

Well, to be honest, I didn't feel any guilt at that time. But, when I look back now, I do regret it. 
More on these kind of pranks on next Sunday. Have a great week ahead...

PS:- Don't tell these to Menaka Gandhi, she may sue me... :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Another Tag

Here is an interesting tag that I've seen in Tara's blog. Thought that I need to do this.
It's pretty long, sorry :)

I've put a 'v' inside brackets to whichever is applicable.

OKay, so here we go...

(v) smoked a cigarette... Yah, first time when I was a little kid. Then, a few times :), but, I don't smoke.
( ) done some form of dope
( ) crashed a friend's car... No, didn't get the chance to do that
( ) stolen a car... Maybe I'll do it in the future
( ) been in love... Love? What is it? LOL. I'm still looking
( ) been dumped... Nah, Never
(v) shoplifted... Oh, yah, when I was a kid, did this too.. Hi Hi
( ) been fired...Not yet
(v) been in a fist fight... Not seriously, but when I was a kid I've been in fight with friends and my brother.
(v) sneaked out of your parent's house... OOhah!! only a thousand times.
( ) had feelings for someone who didn't have them back...I feel feelings for everyone
( ) gone on a blind date...I am not blind
(v) lied to a friend... Yah, who doesn't?
(v) skipped school ... A few times and that 'few' might not be few for someone else.
(v) seen someone die ... I haven't seen any human beings die, but yah, I've seen snakes die, cockroaches die, mosquitoes die...the list is endless.
( ) had a crush on one of your Internet friends...Nah, But I still got time. So, beware.
( ) been to Singapore...For what?
( ) been to Mexico...For what?
( ) been on a plane...No, not till now.
( ) eaten sushi...what is it?
(v) been skiing-snow or water... No snow skiing but water skiing..yeah
( ) met someone from the Internet... Nope, I don't chat that frequently compared to other chat addicts.
( ) been at a concert...Nope
( ) taken painkillers...Nope, I enjoy taking pain..Hi Hi
(v) love someone or miss someone right now... I miss all my friends
(v) laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by... Oh yeah. I loved it. Countless times.
( ) made a snow angel...Huh? Never been to any place were snow rains..
(v) had a tea party... Yah we had sometimes
(v) flown a kite... Yah, as a kid, I tried a lot to fly my own kite, built by me, it never flew more than 10 feet. Tried a lot, but there was a lot of coconut trees around the place which made it impossible.
(v) built a sand castle... Oh Yah.. many times
(v) gone puddle jumping... Oh Yah.. many times
(v) played dress up... Oh Yah..many times
(v) jumped into a pile of leaves... Oh Yah..many times
( ) gone sledding...Nope
(v) cheated while playing a game... Oh Yah.. many times
(v) been lonely... Yah, many times. it's then I learned day dreaming and I love it.
(v) fallen asleep at work/school... Oh Yah.. I don't normally fall asleep, but a few times, yes.
(v) used a fake ID... Oh Yah.. For movie sites and all.
(v) watched the sun set... Oh Yah..many times
(v) watched someone sleep... Mmmm lot of people, watched my parents, bro, friends, strangers, beautiful girls, kids sleeping....
( ) felt an earthquake...Ooh! Not yet, waiting for it.
(v) slept beneath the stars... Oh Yah..many times
(v) been tickled... Oh Yah..many times
( ) been robbed...Nah, not yet
(v) been misunderstood... Oh Yah..many times
( ) pet a reindeer/goat/kangaroo... I don't have any. Had a dog,turtle and rabbit when I was a kid.
(v) won a contest...I was gaming crazy and won a medal for playing FIFA at an IT fest 2 years back.
( ) run a red light/stop sign... Oh Yah..many times
( ) been suspended from school...Nah, I was an average kid, not studious, but not bad too.
( ) been in a car crash...Nope, I hate accidents, hope never happens
( ) had braces
(v) felt like an outcast/third person... Oh Yah..
( ) eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night
(v) had deja vu... Oh Yah..
(v) danced in the moonlight... Oh Yah..
(v) liked the way you looked...Cannot say, I liked, but didn't dislike.
(v) witnessed a crime... Huh? I myself had done a thousand crimes.
(v) questioned your heart... Oh Yah..always
( ) been obsessed with post-it notes
(v) squished mud through your bare feet... Oh Yah..kiddo time
(v) been lost...A few times. I have difficultly in dealing with various routes. If I'm in a place where I've went only a few times, I'll certainly lose my way.
( ) been on the opposite side of the country...Nope
(v) swam in the ocean...Oh yah.. only a few times, But swam in canals a lot.
(v) felt like dying...Oh yah, many times.
(v) cried yourself to sleep...Oh yah, a few times.
(v) played cops and robbers...Ah! My favourite game. My friend and I was the toughest robber in my class.
( ) recently colored with crayons
(v) sang karaoke... Oh yah, many times
(v) paid for a meal with only coins... Hi Hi, our college pranks
(v) done something you told yourself you wouldn't... Yah, only a thousand times
(v) made prank phone calls...Oh yah, but rarely
(v) laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose... Hi Hi, yes
( ) caught a snowflake on your tongue
(v) danced in the rain...Mmmmm yah
( ) a letter to Santa Claus
( ) been kissed under the mistletoe
(v) watched the sun rise with someone you care about... I think I've watched it with my parents
(v) blown bubbles... Yah, when I was a kid
( ) made a bonfire on the beach
( ) crashed a party
( ) gone roller skating
(v) had a wish come true... Yeah, a number of times
(v) jumped off a bridge... Oh, yah, I was good in jumping, climbing, running, falling etc.
( ) ate dog/cat food
( ) told a complete stranger you loved them
( ) kissed a mirror
(v) sang in the shower...Yah, I do it daily
(v) had a dream that you married someone...Oh yah, I have countless first nights with almost all movie actresses.
(v) glued your hand to something... Yes
(v) kissed a photo...Yes
( ) climbed a water tower
(v) screamed at the top of your lungs...Only a thousand times
(v) done a one-handed cartwheel...Yah, kiddo pranks
( ) talked on the phone for more than 5 hours...
(v) picked and ate an apple right off the tree...Not exactly, picked and ate mangoes, coconuts and jack fruits right off trees.
(v) climbed a tree...Only a ten thousand times
(v) had a tree house... Oh yah, I had even a tree vehicle, hi hi
(v) been too scared to watch a scary movie alone...Yes, when I was a kid, but I loved to hear horror stories, but won't sleep alone or go outside alone after that.
(v) believe in ghosts...I cannot say I don't believe, but I can't say I believe. If god exists, then ghosts too exists.
( ) have more than 30 pairs of shoes... Huh? Just one
( ) worn a really ugly outfit to school
( ) gone streaking
(v) gone doorbell ditching...A few times, one of my little kiddo pranks
(v) been pushed into a pool/hot tub with all your clothes on...Yah, a few times, but I've done the same too :)
( ) told you're hot by a complete stranger
( ) broken a bone
(v) been easily amused...Yah, sometimes.
(V) caught a fish then ate it... Caught a fish, but didn't eat it.
(V) caught a butterfly...Oh yah
(v) laughed so hard you cried...Yes
(v) cried so hard you laughed...Yeah, that too :)
(v) cheated on a test...Oh yah, tried a few cheating right at school, just to prove my courage to my friends :)
(v) forgotten some one's name... Yah, I have this problem, I forget names easily
( ) French braided some one's hair
( ) gone skinny dipping in a pool/hot tub/river
(v) been threatened to be kicked out of your house or been kicked out of your house...Hi hi got threatened a lot :)
(v) loved someone so much you would gladly die for THEM...Yah, I loved my relatives, parents and certain friends
(v) cheated on someone... Yeah, for the sake of revenge.
(v) talk to yourself when no one's around... Yah, sometimes
(v) hate someone you once loved... Yes, a number of people
(v) love someone you once hated...Yes, that too
( ) kissed the phone for the person on the other side
( ) kissed the person on the other side of the phone

PS: I was pretty busy this week, next week too it's a busy schedule I guess. Happy weekend to all. Keep smiling, have fun and 'Njoy....

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Train Journey

I mentioned in one of my earlier posts about my train journey to college. This is about one of the incidents that had happened during the journey. Before going to college, I had travelled by train only a few times, that too when I was very young. At that time, my parents took care of the entire things. Well, When I started going by myself, I was ignorant about a lot of things. It's not like bus journey, where there is only one class, you buy a ticket and can travel by that bus. In a single train, there are different classes, right. Well, I knew all that, but since I was a daily scholar, I took what is called a season ticket, which is, for six months and since we take it for six months 
continuously, we have concession in the fare also. But, the problem is you cannot travel using season ticket in most of the classes and I didn't know that. I was alone on my way to college and my knowledge was that, except the AC and reserved compartments, I can travel in any of the others.
And the other main thing I was unaware was that, in not all train can we travel using this ticket. I normally went by a train which starts at 6:20 A.M. One day I was pretty early at the station and I saw a special train there, with all posh seats, cushions and all. I thought, why should I go in that crap train, I may try, for a change, this one. By the looks, I knew it was not meant for me, but the excitement, as always, got me into the train LOL. But, I was cautious enough to ask my fellow passengers about what I knew. I asked, whether it is a first class compartment or a reservation and he said it was general.
So, I was excited for a new experience, when the train started moving, but it soon turned into panic, when I saw the TTE(Train Ticket Examiner) came checking for tickets. I don't know why, but I had this wrong feeling inside me, that some thing was wrong. 
And so it happened. The TTE came to me and asked for ticket, I gave him my ticket and he was surprised when he saw it. He frowned and looked again, then asked for me to pay a huge amount. Guess what? I didn't even had a fraction of the money he asked. I said I don't have any money and he caught me by my collar and was decent enough to bring me to another compartment where there 
were no passengers and started threatening.
He said "give the money or I'll take you to the railway police". I said I have no money and he got more angry. He thought that I was a cheater who travel by train with out taking tickets. To be honest, I definitely thought I was going to the police station and I wasn't a bit afraid of that. I had no choice. I thought, they are not going to eat me alive, then so be it. I just stood there, calm, saying nothing, doing nothing as though nothing has happened, which made him only angrier. He caught my bag and threw it on the floor and asked "what is in it?". I said, my books. Since, I didn't do it on purpose, I didn't feel ashamed and kept a cool face.
He seemed lost, since what ever threats he made, didn't have any effect on me. He was simply yelling like "This train is not for beggars, I'll take you to police, Take off your shirt". Believe me, he actually said those which I still remember. How can I forget those? LOL
Well, I finally said, I didn't do it on purpose, I didn't know I couldn't travel by this train and he replied "Yah, you can tell that to the police that you didn't know and you are studying in KG". So, he had to do his job, right, so he finally said, go and get the fine from someone you know and give it to me when I'm back. I said I didn't know anyone, he pretended not to hear and went. Huh? Guess what I did, I went back to the compartment where I was seated and sat there as though I went to the toilet :). Well, the people seated next to me knew what had happened and asked me about it and I said I had to get these much money and they told me to give what ever I had, to him and that'll do. But, my pride didn't allow me to do that 'coz I had nothing with me except the bus fare.
After sometime, he came back and saw me seated there and took me with him. He waited near the door and was writing something. As you may know, here the doors of the trains will be open all the time except the one's in AC compartment and he was there standing near the door. Trust me, I actually thought about kicking the guy out of the door. No one was there in the compartment. But, something deep inside me prevented me from doing that. Otherwise, I wouldn't be here to tell the story.
After that he sat and asked me to sit beside him [Huh? sympathy?]. You know what he asked? "so, you really didn't know about this?". I lost my control and said "What the fuck was I telling you about all these time?". That was it. He didn't say a word. He asked about my address and took my ID card and told me to write down the address. 'N he said "Tomorrow morning at 6 you should give me the money or else I would report it to police". Well, I said yes and that was the end. After half an hour I reached the college and the day went as usual, with lots of fun.
Tell you what? Neither did I pay him the next day nor did I see him after that, but after a few weeks, I got a notice or warrant or whatever you call it, from the railway court demanding me to pay the fine or ....you may fill it up. So, I went to the railway court and paid the fine [had to answer for a lot of questions there]. Thus ended the story. That was a nice experience for me, when ever I get into a train after that, I remember him. I haven't met him after that. But, I would like to thank him for not disgracing me in front of the whole people or I would have actually kicked him out of the door. :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Younger or Elder

Girls like to marry boys who are older than them while boys like to marry girls who are younger than them. Well, is this correct? What do you think? I have asked my friends, both girls and boys, and all the girls answered that they will never marry guys who are younger than them while almost all [not all] boys said they will only marry girls who are younger to them. I told them not to consider the social factor or anything that exists in the community, but to decide for themselves. So, their answers were completely personal opinions. So, what do you think. Do you belong to these majority or do you not? Justify your answer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Aneesh needs

I have been tagged by my sweet friend PJ.
The rule is Type your " needs" in google and post the answers you get.
Well I tried Aneesh+needs 'N lot of unrelated answers came up, so I tried "Aneesh needs" to filter the results. 'N guess what? A few results came up and that too surprisingly correct.
Here are the answers:

1. Aneesh needs to hurry up and post "Twine"

WOW! see that? I need to post twine? Guru Google must've known that I am now frequenting blogger and I've a technical blog. So, google suggested me to to post "Twine". Well, so I again searched help in posting twine in google and got these results

***Amazon.co.uk: Cat Scratching Post Twine - Boxed: Garden & Outdoors [not what I'm looking for]
***Using Twine, you can add content via wiki functionality [that's close]
***I loved your post and I think I’m also migrating to Twine. [That's exactly what I was looking for]

2. I reckon Aneesh needs FAT32 partition for "experimental" purposes or what eh?

Huh? FAT32? I am done with that, I am experimenting with NTFS and ext2.

3. Aneesh Needs Your Help!

Well, Yah, Help is something that I love always, why not, I am ready to help anyone, then why can't I accept it, eh?

4. Aneesh needs to meet a woman!

WOW! Precisely.. I need to meet a woman. I am looking for it. Well I am daily meeting women, you know, not that kind of meeting, but that type of special MEETING. Just, waiting for my girl... LOL.

Well, as usual, I am not tagging anyone :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Campus! Part Eight - Strike!!

As the title suggests, this post is about an eventful strike. Well, this is not a strike conducted by us, but by a political party. Since the strike came out of the blue than the usual announced way, no one was aware of it. Well, this happened some 5 years back when I was doing my graduation.
I don't remember the exact reason for students strike, they don't need any particular reasons to have a strike. Our exams were going on at the time and after the exam, we came out of the campus to see a policeman running like an Olympic sprinter. We thought what the hell? 'N soon knew the reason when stones started showering  and missed him by a feet or two. It is then that we realized that a strike had started.
Seeing that it may get worse and we had to study for the exam for the next day, we slit up. Except for one of my friends and I, the rest had gone their way. Well, normally, I was not a kind of student who studies daily and had to do only a revision before the exam. On the contrary, my study time was during the study leave that I get just before the exams. So, I cannot afford missing even an hour on the day of an exam. There, I stood in a dilemma. How often do we get a chance to watch a dangerous strike happening right in front of us?
So, my friend and I decided to wait for some time to see some dramatic moments. No sooner, came a bus than the students started hurling stones at it. This bus stopped right in front of us, just 8 foot away, on the other side of the road where we were standing. The passengers started screaming and got out of the bus. The driver too ran for his life. Well, the glasses of the bus got shattered by stones. They stopped throwing stones and came near the bus to throw what they called the petrol bomb.
They threw this into the bus, it exploded with fire all over the bus. This happened a few times until the bus caught fire. We both were watching all this with very great interest. I knew 
things will get worse, once the police come to the scene. So, I urged my friend to leave. But he was too much interested in watching all this that he refused. Although, its the main road, no vehicle came that way after this. Things were getting pretty tense that after insisting a lot, he decided to come with me. To 
catch the bus home, we had to walk a few kilometers 'coz of the strike and all the roads had been barricaded by the police sniffing for the students responsible. The strike had went out of control and lathi charge had happened some place a bit far from our campus. So, the police were looking for the students who merged into the crowd after the violence.
Here, I need to mention about my friend a bit. He was a nice guy, friendly, soft blah blah.. Only problem? his looks. Yeah, though he was in his early twenties, 
he looked some thirty plus. Of course, he was senior to me by 2 or 3 years. But, he had this look of the villain in the Tamil movies with big moustache, bloodshot eyes and a heavy built physique. Well, he came to our college, after completing some course. When I first met him, I was a bit careful in talking to him 'coz he looked like a criminal and his voice had this unusual bass LOL. But, he became friendly with everyone, just like that. His looks never matched his character. So, what was I talking about? Yeah, our journey back home. Well, we both walked as though nothing has happened and we never dared to look at the cops' face fearing that they might suspect us. 
While I was walking, one guy in his forties, suddenly came up to me and caught my right hand and turned  my palm. I was thinking, WTF? Is this guy, some kind of homo?. What will you do, if someone catches your hand in the middle of a crowd for no reason? Well, I jerked my hand away and asked "what?". He just stood there and glared at me for a few moments and then walked away. 
I was standing there wondering what the hell had just happened, when my friend started yelling at me. "you idiot, what did you just do? You think you are brave to behave like that, under these circumstances, to a cop? You are lucky that you got away. You might've brought me in trouble too".
It is then that I realised that the guy was not "just any man" but a cop in civil dress. I think I got away 'coz of my looks too :) It is the opposite about what I said about my friend. Though I was 20, I looked 17 and this looks had helped me a hundred times in various situation. I, sometimes, 'coz of ignorance, behave rudely and get away 'coz they considered me as a kid. I am not kidding, Seriously, it happened not once or twice, but several times. But it had its drawback also.
Okay, back to the story. After his yelling stopped, I told him it is his fault that we had to face these situations. Well, he looked scared where as I looked happy and confident and I wanted to tease him more and more. Well, I have this unusual habit of scary problem. I never get scared when there is a situation in which everyone else is scared and I get scared when there is no reason to get scared. I am not saying I am brave or anything, but sometimes I don't know myself or how my mind works:) We walked a few minutes and came face to face with a group of cops, who came there just after a lathi charge and was happy to see some of us and started checking each and every one.
Guess what happens, if a criminal and a kid get in front of them? Of course the criminal gets caught. That's exactly what had happened. They surrounded both of us. What happened next was really interesting and incredible. The cops' behaved as though I didn't exist there. Can you believe?
Though I too was with him, the cops never even looked at me. They started yelling at my friend asking "Will you *&^%$@@#* burn government properties? You will burn bus, eh? You *&^%$@@#*". They were talking in their usual prison language. The whole scene was filled with tension and danger of getting arrested or tortured by police. My friend was so scared that he started saying "Sir, I don't know, I didn't do. Here is my hall ticket, I had an exam blah blah blah...".
This went on for about 10 minutes and they let us go 'coz another group of real culprits were coming after us and they went after them. Well, my friend looked shattered and what life had left in him was gone when I teased him to death. After all, he was the one who made me wait there. 'N he had teased me about my cowardice. Huh! Finally, who was the real coward?
Well, the one thing I still wonder about is "why did the cops behave as though I didn't exist?".

Friday, October 3, 2008

Medical Students and Exams!!

I recently came across a news on medical students doing malpractice in their exams and it's impact on the society. Well, what do you think about this? My opinion is, medical profession is entirely different from others, so passing exams, without knowing what they should know, will have a predominant effect on others than themselves. If you take any other field, you can learn from mistakes and even the mistakes that you make is not that critical; where as in medical profession, you are playing with the life of people. People who trust you with their life. 'N I am sure that those who have some humanity left in them, can never forget what has happened to someone 'coz of them and that memory will haunt them forever.
Afterall, how do you feel, when you go to a doctor, get diagnosed and start taking medicines only to know later that he was a fake or his status is really bad? Do you ever feel like trusting a doctor again?

People respect doctors 'coz of what they are, and if the new generation do something to get that status in the easiest way, well the rest is predictable.