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The story behind the Geek Gods…!!!

5 Oct

“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinion of the sheep!” -GOT

IITians appear to be enthusiastic, ambitious and an epitome of confidence to the outside world. The truth is hidden behind their name tags.

The commoners like to know what their batch IIT breed is upto and then blindly follow it as a new trend. For instance, the crazy tech fests, co-curricular clubs, placement companies, craze for package, start-up culture and even the guitar mania. All of it has risen from the IITs at one point or the other and the engineering “Janta” throughtout the country has copy pasted it in their college lives. For people in remote cities with no access to the IIT Geek Gods, telecasts on channels like MTV showcasing “Campus Life in IIT are enough to create a trend.

Amidst all this hullabaloo the IITians learn to enjoy the “Demigod Status” offered to them consistently. But does this affect them? Well, who wouldn’t enjoy having a fan following. So, they begin by pretending to not be affected by the world outside, only concerned with taking interest in the “Important talks”.

Despite living this God life, just like us they also learn to bury the hatchet while silently burning the midnight oil to ensure they can actually make a successful career for themselves after graduating. Their local celebrity status (within their coaching/apartment/society/colony/school) simply boosts their ego but that is not enough to score even average CGPA in the esteemed university of toppers.

Even Arvind Kejriwal seems to have benefited while rising into politics due to his IIT Kgp education. Do we not have educated ministers in other parties? Yes, we do. Did we give them the welcome and status that was offered to Mr. Kejriwal? No, because they were’nt IITians.

We are an easy to understand nation with only two dreams – IIT/IIM for education & US for Job. IIMs may be more accessible to a majority of the crowd who werent even eligible for JEE because of their arts/commerce background, the class of respect for IITians is still unmatched. Even international recognition for IIT is miles ahead of IIMs.

In a nation where being a minority status is all anyone desires, unintelligent commoners like us can never forget their days of self-loathing after not clearing the JEE, when we choose to rejoice 10 years later simply by thinking that we are not alone and somehow still ended up living a happy life!

The Lazy One

8 Sep

If they sleep they are hardworking, if they don’t they are lazy! Yes, I mean it…this is not written vice versa.

The only thing common with each and every IITian is “Intelligence” and not “Lazy” contrary to the general perception. IITians are brainy, hardworking & perfectionist kinda intellectuals who are wired since their high school days to perform or perish. Since, they have struggled for that one seat which they earned in an IIT, not giving up comes naturally to them. Being a nerd is the real charm apart from the big fat packages these guys come bundled with. To be honest most common people don’t realise that, the real test does not end after securing a seat in the IITs, it begins there! Those 4 years of engineering can make or break a person (also one of the reasons behind so many suicides).

A lot of people claim that IITians tend to be lazy, well I have my own version to this theory. I feel that being lazy is proportional to the number of hours of sleep a person gets! Don’t you think these best of brains need a recharge when even our smartest of phones get dead in some hours?

It is scientifically proven, that for a brain to function efficiently our body needs sufficient rest. The body needs this nap time to recharge itself after all the activities of the day and the pace at which this happens is not the same for everybody. So, for someone a power nap twice a day could be sufficient, but on the contrary there could be others who need 7 hrs of sleep every night. I have known some of my IIT friends to be up for 2–3 days at a stretch but then also they can spend same amount of time sleeping.

So, are they lazy or not? Breaking the generalized myth about these lazy geeks, it actually can’t be generalized but most of them simply pretend to be lazy. Isn’t it easy if you can just pretend you are lazy and someone else will take care of your chores. But, not for long. When the time demands (actually lets make it – “when the wife demands”) 😉 😀 these “Lazy IITians” can really show their true mettle even in household chores. Otherwise they will simply keep trying to dodge the bullet while they can. Why they do that?

Well, it takes a real Nerd to walk on the fine line…It is not everyone’s cup of tea! When they can slog around professionally, is it wrong to be lazy at home?

The IIT Obsession

27 Aug

Its not them, its us!!

I’ve seen Indians irrespective of their age obsessing over IIT. It is not wrong though, these were the first universities formed in the newly independent India and the government itself calls them – institutes of national importance (List of Institutes of National Importance).

Adults in the Indian society at first, try to force their children to get admission into it…when that doesn’t work out they succumb to finding their children an IITian life partner. Even if their child is a non-IITian, their first preference becomes an IITian spouse by default.

After years of waiting and seeing this “fad” continue year after year, the lowest of all lows in my opinion is this- How to snag an IIT-IIM husband: The definitive guide for the ambitious Indian girl – Firstpost

Yet, among all this hullabaloo we Indians, are quick to point a finger at an IITian claiming they are trying to gain advantage of that degree, they leverage it to get the best girls, they are desperate due to the near extinction, endangered female species in the IITs, they are contributing to brain drain, they are wasting the tax payers money by not giving back to the society…blah blah blah… These points lead to discussions which are endless & pointless.

We have in the mean time forgotten that life of an IITian is what makes them stand apart. Let me sum it up for you ->

The best of minds pulled into a single classroom, put through excruciating engineering degrees (often taken up despite being not of their choice but because it helps them secure a seat in the coveted IIT), passing in all those shitty subjects (whose syllabus & teaching methodologies haven’t been revised ever since the institution was conceptualized), living in hostels that are more like animal shelters (prisons shown in movies are far better) and getting placed for a big fat package (thereafter leaving it to start-up and connect with some VC).

With so much on their platter I doubt if they enjoy the unwarranted talks over them, and this obsession if anything only adds more pressure on them.

So, I feel we should all let it go! Yes, our IITians need appreciating, but I am sure you will agree that there’s a fine line to cross before you start obsessing. Let’s try and drive away from it while we can!

Cheers!

Voice Tap…

13 Apr

On sunday was the IIT-JEE. With the tabloids showing pictures of herds of students eager to give the exam, waiting outside the exam centers or even spending their night at railway stations, the IIT always gets all the spotlight. In a nation where every child’s parents have just one dream..”there child gets into the IIT no matter what it takes”.  Here’s one guy…correction one IIT fellow of mine, who keeps blowing my mind off with one or the other of his works. So,as it seems this fella is out there to inspire even more students to join the race for IIT , experience the life & on top of it all “Make a DIFFERENCE”…!

 

Coming back to the point, Mr. V @ VoiceTap…one of my stupid friends…ahemm…has joined hands with a very talented bunch of people & launched a webportal…  http://www.voicetap.in

This portal is one of a kind..it  allows people access to intangible knowledge that is not so easily available on the internet or in their zone of influence, by connecting them with relevant knowledge experts in a moderated and structured environment..From students to entrepreneurs they have something in store for everybody..!! Sounds strange to you?? Well see & experience for yourself. 

For all of you out there, who are confused, don’t know what to do or worst…are actually sitting & thinking how to do…this is definitely for you…Voicetap is a platform where you get to speak and interact directly with experts: people who have ‘made it’ in the field that is relevant to you. The service is delivered over the phone – and the calls are scheduled based on the interest levels shown for that particular call..

here’s a slide share presentation of the same, do check it out… 🙂

 

 

P.S. – This one’s not just for a friend, i wrote this post as at the end of the day even i am impressed with the idea… 🙂