Not many years ago, I was this print crazy fanatic. Anything and everything that I came across in print would be devoured within the shortest possible time. I remember renting books at the shabby bookstores in the Godforsaken place called Kota and reading continuously, so that I could finish within a day and not pay the additional rent. At first, it was the rent, the paltry Rs. 40 a day that forced me into this habit. Later, it was the ecstasy of flipping through 500 odd pages a day, with breakneck speed and yet ensuring not a single word was missed, prodded me to carry on. Scores of Sydney Sheldons, The Lord of the Rings, many a Potters, couple of Rushdies, a recap of the God of Small Things, the three Dan Browns published till then and many more. All were consumed with that passionate voracity.
And Newspapers? And Magazines? Boy, did I love them! Every edition of India Today. Every article of TOI. The occasional glitterati-gossip of Times City. In the desolate and lifeless years of Kota, print was my one and only source of entertainment.
Fast forward four years, and Ican add a total of 6-8 books to that list! 8 books in 4 years! Sometimes I am amazed by what I have become and the ludicrousness of my actions. And if I wonder what went wrong with my cores, I am sure my lack of zeal in print can be attrubited as the primary reason. Reason or Symptom ? I am unsure about the absolute correctness of either.
But I believe, the solution is one. Going back to the Old Ways. NTU Library actually has a huge collection of decent authors. And I guess it is time to switch off the TV Shows and switch on the bed lamp. And get immered in the ficto-fantasy world of the black and white print.
|The site www.science-symposium.com will be taken down soon, and I wanted to keep this letter. Not a great piece of work, but like evrything in this blog, my own work.****
Dear Participants, Judges and Sponsors,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the A*STAR NTU IEEE ScienceSymposium (ISS) 2010 being organised by the NTU IEEE Students’ Chapter in collaboration with A*STAR.
The IEEE Science Symposium is a nation-wide science competition with participation from all tertiary institutions namely Polytechnics and Junior Colleges throughout Singapore. It serves as an encouraging platform for enthusiastic scientific minds to bring forth their ideas through science projects while competing against the best among their peers. ISS has received a tremendous response from Junior Colleges in the first four years of its inception. The event provides a one-of-its kind exposure with the highly qualified faculty of NTU and other eminent guests from the world of technology, judging the science projects. In ISS 2010, I especially welcome the first time participants from Polytechnics and look forward to seeing some amazing and ground breaking research papers from them.
At ISS, every year we strive to break the highest standards set by the contestants from the previous year and hence, have maintained an excellent quality of research papers that make it to the Grand Finals. With a tremendous increase in the number of participants this year, I look forward to some intense competition in both the Polytechnics and JC sections, and am confident that the judges at the finals will be enthralled by the inventions and research by our participants
Please use this website as a single point of reference for all information related to the competition. You are encouraged to join the forums on the group’s Facebook page and join in the discussion related to the event. You may also wish to contact any of the organizing committee members provided in the Contact Us section of the website, regarding any queries related to the event.
Looking forward to your participation.
Let’s Re-Invent Science!
Rohit Ashwini Kumar,
President, A*STAR ISS 2010.
It is december. I have two jobs, both decent, yet there is a sense of uncertainity looming over my future. Interest is clashing with priorities; Passion is clashing with rationality. At this momentous hour of my life, I remain confused, divided. Unable to steer clear of many paths that depict my Future.
Where shall I go? There is my core, which I am good at. There is finance where I want to be good at. And there is strategic intelligence and geo-politics which seduces my intellect every passing hour.
They say the more a person learns, the better it is for his development. I agree, but alas, time and age dont permit me to engage in everything.
If only the day had more than 24 hours, if only the year had more than 365 days.. if only I had more than 1 copy of myself.
Its a dark uncertain future. And I ll take the leap nevertheless. I have to. I am a man bound by time and circumstances, afterall.