Week 2

The week started for me at 1.30 pm on last Sunday because I woke up that late. So, on Sunday I did nothing except taking rest. As I have written in my 'week 1' article, I thought of being punctual to the college and reached there at 8.30 itself on Monday , but my bad time I din't find the attendance register where we are supposed to sign before it goes to HOD at 8.45. Since I was the only M.Tech student who had come early on that day it was my turn to get scolded on behalf of all my classmates. This is how my week started. Then it was a normal week there on till Friday. I had the regular routine and had nothing interesting or special that happened in the college. 

This week will stay in my mind because my sister left to USA with her husband on Thursday night. I spent the previous day(Wednesday) in my sister's home. On Wednesday evening Vivek(my classmate and friend) came to my sister's home to pick me up and dropped me in college. Their flight was scheduled at 1 am Friday. I went to airport at 9.30 pm where both the families and some of their friends were already waiting to wave them safe journey. We stayed there till 10.30 pm Thursday night and waved them before they left for completing the formalities to board the flight. This time they will stay there for around 2 years. She had to resign her TCS job because she had to accompany her husband. She is going to search for a new job in USA with the 1 and half years of experience she had in TCS. I hope she will find one job very soon there. Just now I had a chat with her while writing this post. She said me that they reached there safely at 11.30 am Friday(USA time). It was a mixed feeling for me when they left India. I was happy for them but still I would miss them for 2 more years. This is not the first time I miss someone. Its used to me because I am a boarding student right from LKG. I used to meet her only during vacation when I was in school and even during college life we couldn't spend more time together since I was in Bangalore. I don't know what the future has got in store for both of us and I wonder if we would get some time to spend together in life. 

I have improved a lot in playing shuttle and I am getting very much interested in it. I am not willing to miss it even for a single day. This is how my week went on. I know there is nothing interesting to write in this blog regarding my personal routine but still as I said u I write this instead of my diary. 

Week 1

First of all I would like to apologize to all my blog readers for not writing daily. Since my routine doesn't give me extra time on week days I decided to write it once a week on every Saturday. Actually I am very much interested in sharing my experiences with most of my friends because of which I started writing this personal blog. I wanted to share my experiences of getting admission in to MIT Campus, Anna University, Chennai. Hope so I would find time very soon to write about it and I am sure most of you would love it after reading it.

To tell about this week's experience it was a bit tough mentally because I had my 0th review of project and some how managed it even though still I am in literature survey. As I have written in one of my previous posts I started playing again and this time I have chosen shuttle. It was a nice feeling to be there sweating in the playgrounds instead of sitting in front of the monitor all day long. 

I couldn't attend 3 classes this week because I went to bed very late, at around 2 pm, on some of the days. This was the reason why I was absent for some of the classes before 10 am. I have decided not to cut any more classes from next week. I have made another decision too and that is to meet my project guide at least thrice a week. 

Yesterday two of my seniors (Prabhavathi & Sumitha) came to college and we, my classmates, had a nice time with them with a small photo session. These two photos in this post were taken yesterday.  Other than this there were nothing interesting that happened this week. I wish all my reader friends a happy and prosperous week ahead.

Back to Playing Games

My school mates are the ones who know me better than anyone else. Most of them would tell me where I would be at any given point of time. That was the understanding that we had between friends at Sainik School Amaravathinagar which is located in Coimbatore district of Tamilnadu. Why I mention this here is that only they know that I play a lot. Not only me, those who studied and who are studying there would be a good player of any one game. I had the chance of being the captain of the school basket ball team from the beginning till the end. I had played other games too but basket ball is the game that I played more during my school life though I used to discuss more about cricket with my friends.

After leaving school I had never played any game till last Tuesday when I started playing shuttle. Since we, 2nd year M.Tech guys, stay in the college till 10 pm or 11 pm on some days we thought of playing for sometime in the evening. One of our teaching staffs also play with us everyday. In fact he is the one who pulled us to the hanger-1 of MIT. It's nice to be playing games again which would be good for my health. At this point of time I remember one of my friends (Jayaraman) words who came to my room last week. He said that I am becoming fat and it would be better to control now itself. So I feel that this routine would keep my body weight under check. Most people in the IT industry would be fat because of their work nature which involves less physical work. So I would recommend these sort of work natured people to spend some time in the playgrounds if they are not interested in going to gym. Hope I will keep this routine going. 

A Visit to Trichy

I recently visited Trichy to attend a workshop on network simulators. To be honest I din't know that there is going to be a workshop on this area. Since my guide asked me to attend it without fail I applied for it. My journey to Trichy from Chennai started at 10 pm from Coyambedu market. I had reserved a seat in a private travels and there was no problem of boarding the bus on time. I reached Trichy bus-stand by 5.30 on Saturday morning. After a search of 30 minutes for a lodge finally I found one near the railway station. I freshed up and left to Anna University Trichy at 7.15 am and when I reached there I found none in the campus except few securities. At 8 I had my  breakfast in the college canteen. After a wait of one hour, at 9, people started flowing into the campus. At 10 registration got over and everyone was ready for first session. Most of the people were teaching staff who were doing research in different areas that required the use of network simulators. Only around 10 post graduate students were there out of 60 who came to attend the workshop. First two sessions were power point presentations on simulator tools. After each session we had a break. At 1 we had lunch and gathered for demo session on QualNet and Exata. The final session of the day was hands-on session on both the tools where most of us couldn't get practice because of limited number of systems. 

The routine followed on the second day too but the simulator was different. It was the workshop sponsor's (RSOFT) day but they failed to impress us. It was first day's Kiran's afternoon session that impressed most of us a lot. At 4 o' clock on the second day the workshop came to an end with certificate distribution by the Registrar of Anna University Trichy. After getting the certificate I returned to Trichy and went for a movie (Singam) which was running in a theater near the bus-stand. I had to go for the movie because my bus was scheduled at 11.55 pm. After the movie I had dinner in a hotel near by. When the time was 10.30 I had nothing to do till 12 except to roam near the bus-stand and that was the time I saw many people taking shelter under trees by the side of the roads. Some felt it comfortable on the grassed medians between the roads. The government spends a lot of money on organizing functions to celebrate the classical status of the native language but forgets to provide basic amenities to the poor and needy. The incident that touched my heart to a greater extent was that of the little children begging for money near the bus-stand who at their age should be found only in schools. I don't know when the governments will wake up to these problems and provide education, food, shelter and  the basic amenities to these kind of children and poor people throughout the state. 

Finally I reached the boarding point of Parveen travels and waited for the bus. The bus din't come on scheduled time and that agitated me a lot. This made me scold the travels' people before boarding the bus at 12.30 am. On the way to Chennai, the bus collided with a three wheeler (goods auto) which woke up the passengers who were asleep. To my surprise there were no damage to humans and there were no quarrels between the drivers. The auto was upside down and the driver struggled to come out of it and succeeded without anyone's help. After coming out of auto he said " Please put my auto on wheels so that I can go". Then people there helped him get away from there with his damaged auto. Most of the people din't sleep properly after this accident till they got down from the bus.The bus reached Chromepet at 5.30 am on Monday where I got down. This journey for sure will stay in my memory for a long time because of the good and bad that happened in those two days.

My Recent Visit to Mahabalipuram

Last wednesday (13th July) I and my class boys set out to Mahabalipuram that afternoon. Since we (boys) are only 6 in our class there was not much problem in coordinating this trip. We had decided a day before itself but even then one guy (Sri Ganesh) refused to accompany us due to some reason that we still don't know. I think the probable reason could be nativity. Since he is from Andhra Pradesh and we are the natives, he doesn't mingle with us a lot, but still we make him feel comfortable at home to our best. We started from our college at 12.30 pm and since we were 5, we decided to go by bus. At approximately 3 o' clock we reached the Mahabalipuram bus-stand. Since none of us had lunch, we stopped at hotel Sagar to have a small meal.

After that, we headed to the beach after buying some snacks and a coke bottle(2 ltrs). All of us had a nice time in the beach swimming and playing. While 4 of us were playing in water, one guy (Vivek) refused to enter water. Because of his weight we couldn't pull him into water initially, but after some time we pulled him in to water. Till 6 o' clock we din't come out of water and it was good to stay in it because of Chennai's hot climate. Then we got dressed and started towards the temple, but to our surprise it was closed which we never expected. We just saw the temple from outside and came to bus-stand to catch bus to Tambaram. At 7 o' clock we got the bus to Tambaram and  reached there by 9. On the whole it was a nice trip to remember except for the salty sea water.