27 May 2009
As somebody rightly said, the 8 things that a normal student does during study hols are:
7) Dreaming of touching books
8) Asking others if they have started studying!
Well, that’s exactly what happened in my case too. I had made a really good timetable for studying with ample time for fun also. But I was never good at keeping a timetable and as usual, within 2 days the whole schedule went topsy- turvy (Except for the fun part).
My daily routine for the month was something like this.
9.00am - Wake up time.
9.30am - Breakfast.
10.00am -Back to bed.
11.30am -Wakes up.
11.30-12.00pm -Opens book and flips pages.
12.00-1.00pm -Fights with sis and hangs around mom.
1.00-3.00pm -Matinee (If the movie is bad, there is always Disney channel to count on with superb shows like Art Attack, Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana etc.)
3.00-4.00pm -opens book and sleeps.
4.00-5.00pm - TV time and time to make tea (The one thing that I’m good at making!)
5.00-6.00pm - Tea time
6.00-7.30pm - TV again.
7.30-9.00pm - Opens book.
9.00-9.30pm - Dinner.
9.30-11.00pm- Reads newspaper and then off to bed.
Significant change in the events occurred only twice, during combined studies. Those where the only days when I really sat down and studied. Studying with friends is the best way for lazy bones like me but I was too late in realizing its potential! When you study along with friends, learning becomes interesting and fun. I regret for not planning more of combined studies this time. But next time around, I’m going to utilize my study hols in a better way for sure! (that is if we get study hols next time!)
21 May 2009
The Kerala politics also saw some remarkable results. At least by now I’m sure some of our leaders would have got the cue that people can’t be taken too lightly, neither can they be fooled. I’m really happy that the wrong decisions of the CPM have been punished in the right manner with the election results. The Pinarayi-Achudanandan clash and Karat’s and parties support to Pinarayi had wounded the emotions of Keralites. The one CPM leader on whom the people had a lot of faith and hopes is Achudanandan. His bold decisions and unruffled nature has got him many admirers including me. It was a real shock to see the party supporting a man like Pinarayi included in Lavlin case and not the truthful Achudanandan. The worst thing was that there seemed to be no one in the party to support him. Pinarayi who used to claim that he is ready to face any enquiry regarding Lavlin was seen moving lawsuits to prevent CBI enquiry! The CPM, which had always stood by communist and social ideas, was seen shaking hands with PDP and its communal leader Ma-Adani (said to have terrorist link ups.) Even in Bengal, CPM’s policies supporting the industrialists against the poor peasants and the Singoor case, has lead to its downfall. CPM as a whole is deviating from its age-old principles and Achudanandan seems to be the only one protesting. The election result is a strong warning to the Left that people are very much against their decisions and moreover as a mark of support to one of the best leaders in India, V.S. Achudanandan.
13 May 2009
People usually consider advertisements as a nuisance. But I love watching them. To make an advertisement you need a lot of creativity. A bit of imagination, a lot of hard work and animation make superb and catchy advertisements.
The recently broadcasted advertisement of Vodafone is one that really fascinated me.
It has a lot of small white figures named Zoozoo, running around and doing stuff. There is this really cute one where one of them plays around with a crocodile. Another one where, one of them reads the newspaper and faints. Then one where a lot of them huddle near a radio. There are a lot of these short and catchy ads in the series. The movements and actions of Zoozoo is lovely and the background score, superb! It’s a pleasure simply watching them.
But the most amazing fact is that they are not animated figures. Its actually people wearing costumes and enacting the parts. Now no one would have imagined that! The advertisement took more than a month to be shot since the artists couldn’t see a thing through the costumes and so had to practice and perfect the moves. The end product is nothing less than perfect. After the famous ‘Happy to help’ series of ads featuring the pug, Vodafone has come up with an equally good one. The talent of these ad makers needs to be appreciated. Why don’t we have any awards for ‘Best ads’? I think its high time we had one.
9 May 2009
Finally my model exams are over and my college has closed for study holidays! Its bye to two weeks of hectic schedules, sleepless nights and alarms!
Being a last minute learner there are a few things that I’ve noticed
1)Your brain works really well during the exam time. The rate of learning increases manifold. The portions, which might take weeks to understand suddenly become clear with a glance the day before exam.
2)The love of sleep seems to vanish all of a sudden. You start counting the number of waking hours left before the exam and devise ways to maximize it.
3)It’s the last minute learners who really realize the value of time. Every minute counts before the day of the exam. Even while eating, I keep my books near me so that even those few precious minutes don’t go waste. (Well I even go to bed with books hoping some fairies would transfer the contents into my head while asleep!!
4)This is the best part. After the hard work, we are the ones who enjoy the breaks after the exams to the maximum. After weeks of dreaming about it finally we catch up on all those sleep and missed TV programs.
Proud to be a last minute learner!!
[P.S: I wont disagree to the fact that it has lot of side effects too. Stress, tension, disrupted daily routines etc. But without these life would loose its charm. I believe that it’s these small difficulties that make life worth living.