“I hate clutter! I hate dirty streets! I hate open defecation! Do you agree, then how can you help to remove this from our country?”
Every morning, I travel to school through the streets of Delhi; streets which I can only observe through the lens of my school-bus window; streets which are still getting ready to face the bustle of the day; streets from which evidence of the previous day’s activity is only beginning to be swept away. One such street lies just before the entrance to my school. Housing a massive slum on its sides, the street plays host to the sad sight of little children, defecating on footpaths.
Each time I witness it, I think of the raging disparity between my situation and that of those little children; I think of why it is so and what I could do to change it. Each time, I draw a blank.
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah, no. This post isn’t going to talk about how to survive grade XI Half yearlies. Because it’s going to talk about how to ace them. Especially if you are taking the exams in 5 days time and you haven’t attended any classes and there’s 5 days left and you still don’t know what you’re doing. Statutory Warning : Only valid for science + CS students studying in Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. English :
Or third best, or fourth.. or not being in the picture at all. This is something I admit I wasn’t really very good at when I was little – a character trait that was probably fueled by my competence in a variety of fields. (My pompousness is still very much intact, evidently.)
Why I’m writing this is unknown to even me; but I know I dedicate this piece of writing to all those times we (or at least I) have felt inferior or inadequate, when we’ve seen others do great at things we thought we were brilliant at. The primary cause of concern in these situations is the doubt that presents itself in the form of those hurtful, self- deprecating questions we pose to ourselves.
In this past week, I’ve been interviewed twice – which is more than the number of times I’ve been interviewed in the last couple of years. One of them went really badly – (yes, intentionally) and the other, important one, went pretty badly. (Unintentionally). Following these two major and minor debacles, this guide just had to be born – documenting the errors I made. So, for the times when you reallywant to screw your interview up or when you really don’t, here’s ‘How to screw interviews up’ :
I finally returned a couple of days back to find that over 9000 people have been fortunate enough to have come across this weblog, a celebratory dance ensued.
Back to normal now.
So basically, I’ve been approached by a lot of clueless ninth graders asking me what exactly the JSTSE is, and so I’ve decided that it needs it’s own little post. There are previous year (including last year’s) question papers at the end, so if you’re here for only that, feel free to scroll down.
The Junior Science Talent Search Examination, although held on a *state level, is an extremely prestigious examination as it basically proves that you were among the top 150 students in your batch in the entire state of Delhi. Also, it’s pretty good preparation for NTSE, which will only be round the corner in a few months. Continuing.
This is probably a bit late, but I really wanted to do this and well, I am now. Apologies, for blogging months later, but I don’t want to repeat what I’ve said here, so go ahead and read the first two lines of that if you haven’t already.
Another thing before I begin, this post will contain a number of instances of the phrase ‘coming to the point’, which is my tribute to a particular Physics teacher that has just left our school – one of the best Physics teachers that you might find out there.
So, coming to the point, when I came across the Facebook invite to ‘/lisa’ , I followed the normal sequence of events I normally do when dealing with annoying Facebook event invites – if the name or description of the event contains any of the following, decline immediately :
WrITiNG LyK DiS
Irritating symbols or emoticons
However, since none of the above were present, I decided to investigate further. Turns out Mozilla and iheartco.de were hosting a first of its kind ‘Hack Fest’ in Delhi – at the Indian Institute of Technology. The prospect seemed exciting enough – build something, so I was all for going, and convinced some friends to come along.
The Delhi Metro and the rain, however were about to play spoilsport – the Metro had their Mock Drill on the 28th, the day of the event and the rains, well, were falling, for the lack of a better word. However, since we really wanted to attend, my father dropped me and a friend there with the condition that we’ll come back by ourselves. We reached considerably early, and ventured into IIT’s mega campus looking for the venue of the event. On asking some people and looking out for signs, we finally came across this :