Monday, November 24, 2003

Lousy morning. After reading all the newspaper reports today, it was kind of irritating to know what all has been going on the CATscam front.

First of all, why cancel the exam? 125000 people wrote CAT on November 2003. What possibly can be the number of people who took advantage of the leaked papers? 10? 100? 1000? 10,000? Surely, not even a 1000. But even 1000 doesn't account for even 1% of the entire CAT junta.

Which brings me to the question: Why sacrifice the hardwork of those thousands of students (more than 124000 of those) by canceling the entire exam, just because a handful of people happened to have the papers?

These handful of people are not gonna do well in the exam anyway. Not even by memorizing the answerkeys. Is it easy to remember the answers to 150 multiple-choice questions? And even if they do, you can always cross them out for the want of ability, once the second stage of selection begins.

It is believed that the HRD ministry had a clue about the scam on the eve of CAT itself. They could have cancelled the exam even before it had begun in all those centers around India. But only the Delhi crowd was unlucky enough to get it cancelled on the morning. I, for one, was luckily at Ahmedabad where the exam was conducted smoothly.

Rumours are doing the rounds. Nobody's quite sure if there would be a retest. Surely, there is no need to have one.

The IIMs have gone into a huddle. The HRD ministry is trying to butt its head in. The conclusion would be arrived at, on Wednesday. Which is when all of us would be tuned on to news channels and the net.

A retest, for many, would be a new lease of hope. For me, it might be a chance to improve on my pathetic maths scores. But then, would I have the same good run in English and DI, as I did on November 23? Let's wait and see.

Till then, a pat on the back for CBI for getting hold of the bastards involved in the racket. And an "up yours" for Murli Manohar Joshi and his HRD Govt for its foolish actions.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Whoohoo! It's a mirrrrracle!! The 'Neurotica' banner works! Thanks to Varun for uploading it on his Purdue server!

It's 8.01 now. Big day today! I have visualised this day ever since I completed 12th in June 2001. It's been almost 2 1/2 years since. It's the 2nd last sunday of November and I am about to join 115,000 other Indians to take an exam called CAT.

All the blood, sweat and tears, the frustrations, the joys, the load of booger you scrape of your nose while solving the mockcats - all those things boil down to 2 measly hours at the exam hall. 2 and a half years of hope, anxiety and an amalgamation of various emotions and feelings: all account for only 2 hours. It's ironical but true.

The feeling right now would be the same as the one I might have had before my 10th or 12th boards. A little more magnified because in both those cases, I was lucky to have English as the opening paper. And that helped to relieve the initial stress. But here, it's do or die. Get your act together for 2 hours, or a lot of hardwork accounts to nothing.

The exam starts at 10.30 so I gotta leave home at 9.30.

Let's see what happens. It's a long and winding road up ahead.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Welcome to my blog!

Wow! Finally... my own blog.

A place to express myself.

A place to relieve myself of the angst.

A chance to write.

A way to add to the already huge pile of bullshit in cyberspace and pray like hell that people read it!! :-D

Can't wait to get started!!! :-D

Please read my next post, which I would publish on Feb 28, 2027.

Thankyou for reading!