Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Off To Bangalore

I'm off to do an internship at HP Labs, India for four months. Catch you there!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

IITM Lingo

I was going to write a long rant on the lingo used here, in IITM. But looks like someone has already beaten me to it. Guess what! A whole Thesis (!)(Just read the last few pages) has been written on this topic. This lingo- a mash-up of words from a handful of languages and some, makes up in style for what it loses in grammar (the lack thereof, to be precise).

Though, how a thesis on the lingo in IITM will alleviate human suffering, and bring down the price of rice in Choolaimedu, I cannot fathom (quote flicked from the famous Govi).

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Regular Blogging...

Finally! Having run out of reasons to not-blog, I've gotten down to it.

Success stories of the year, so far.

--- I'm officially a B.Tech. My undergrad college, SRM, finally came around to giving me my degree.
--- I've also (hopefully) finished all coursework at IIT. I think thats enough coursework for one lifetime!
---Aaand.... I've finally brought my laptop to IIT. People who know me would have guessed what I'm going to be doing for quite sometime..

Start guessing.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Hardly Thinking...

I'm trying hard to come up with a good explanation for why I've not blogged for three months.. If you can think of some ideas, do help me out....

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

5-6-7-8 for PT

There is a KV school inside the IIT campus. Just now, I was coming back to my lab via this place, and heard the song "5-6-7-8" blaring loud. Turns out the kids at KV-IIT were having Physical Ed. class and that's where the song was coming from.

Cool right? It's great that they get to have a good audio system for use during PT... Impressive..

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Prakriti

Speaking about the co-existence of humans and wildlife in IIT, Prakriti is a group that's out to study and preserve the wildlife that is in and around IIT Madras. Though I have not come around to joining the group, I'm given to understand that their activities mainly involve stuff like Nature walks, arranging educational trips for school kids, and in general, creating awareness among people and trying to make them eco-friendly. Seems like a good deal if they are active. They've got a nice site that delivers the idea pretty well, though its slightly outdated. Hopefully its only the site that is inactive. :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ready...Camera...Action

And finally, the IIT journey has begun. After loads of paperwork, I was declared admitted into IIT. As my prof. says, "Death, Taxes and paperwork are three things you can never avoid." I'm sure there are still more forms to fill in, one for each of the hundred and one facilities that IIT provides.

About the Campus :

Having visited the campus a lot of times over the last few years, I knew the campus was big, but even I did not realise it was this big till I started going around in my trusty old (literally-its almost as old as I am) cycle. On the positive side, it seems to be highly self-sufficient, with its own seventeen hostels, hospital, banks,temples-it even has a skating ground, which is great for me, since I was one of those who learnt to skate without even knowing how a skating rink.

Ok ok, less ranting.....

To me, the IIT hostels seem what you would call a minimum-necessary style place. My room is located in one of the older hostels. So it is pretty well-ventilated and well-designed,with tiled floor, and frankly, I was pretty impressed by my hostel room at first sight.But I gather not everyone is as lucky. Not all other hostels are as airy, and some other hostel rooms are not well-maintained. On the down side, the hostels lack some of the basic facilities. For example- no water heaters, and during the one weekend I've stayed here, I found that the water supply to the baths is very inconsistent.

But as expected, the other parts of IIT are impressive. Deer everywhere, very well-maintained roads. Also, the water drainage system is so good that in spite of there being rains almost once in two days, there is no water-logging. I guess that is also because of the forest presence.

Overall, I'm impressed with the co-existence of humanity and the wild in this place.
(Some pics coming up soon ;))
 
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