Friday, March 20, 2009

Students are conditioned to work at the last moment

Today our Dean came to class and showed all kinds of concern about our late submissions of assignment. Actually we are not bad in doing assignments. And when its something practical to do like coming up with a tabloid (which we have recently done), making posters, radio or video programs, we all take lots of interest and generally come up with pretty good stuff. Though we all do everything at the last moment, mostly on the night before the submission day, we try not to compromise with the quality of our work.

Working whole night with your friends, taking small breaks to chat, have tea or to go for a walk along with lots of tension have something special in itself. And then submitting just one minute before the deadline with an amazing feeling of relief are experiences of life-time. In that sense I am a true lover of last-minute submission!
But why we students (most of us) always submit our assignment at the last moment?
….because we are conditioned to do that. As kids we saw our siblings running all around in home before exams or submissions of assignments and our parents helping them to complete their work. Then in school and colleges we saw our seniors doing the same. So we grew up thinking that it’s normal to be late in doing assignments.

Apart from this, for some us its a representation of our rebellious nature. Some of us see doing things on time as succumbing to authorities, which is definitely wrong but one of the obvious reasons. If you have noticed many do this to be cool.

It looks like a tradition which every generation is following. Most of our lectures, parents and elders must have done the same thing when they were students. And this is the exciting part of students’ life. But this also requires lots of skill. You have to be ready to work whole night continuously and above all have to have the confidence of completing it exactly on time!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Do you loiter?

Loitering is a kind of performance in which most of us have indulged at some point of our life. It’s an act subjective to a particular class, caste and religious section of the society. It has different implication on different people. Our perception of this act is also influenced by our position in the society.

To be true, I never thought that such a simple, apparently negligible action can have such a deeper meaning. I don’t know whether its my lack of intellect or exposure that I can’t see things in such an angle. Or may be I have both thats why I am not able to complicate simple things like roaming around!

But sometimes its fun. Its really amazing to see how people can come up with strong and heavy stuff on some trivial actions. Interestingly later they even convince us to believe their weird, out-of-nowhere thesis. Its highly eccentric and original. And I like it.

Lets take loitering as an example. When you first hear this word, what comes to your mind? I see it as a simple act of time-pass. I am sure you must have thought in the same way. But some people can’t understand this simple act. Instead, they will come up with unnecessary- lengthy- complicated definition of this.

Have you ever thought that roaming around can depict your economic, social and cultural background. How? If you are a low class, unemployed or poorly paid employee (read it men) or a low- moral women or a very high class, educated, independent women and then if you are roaming around, you are loitering.

Rubbish...Isn’t it? Even I felt the same way when I first heard it. However, at the same time I was also amazed with such a concept describing one of the most trivial things.

Hmm….but if you look carefully, all this is true. Have you ever noticed that most of the men standing and roaming around a public place belong to economic weaker section (except we students, who belong to no particular class!). This has two reasons. One due to unemployment and small jobs, they have ample amount of time to spend. Due to lack of money to go to restaurants and pubs they prefer to spent their time hanging around which is absolutely free. Other reason is the psyche of employed, highly paid men who consider loitering as time-wastage. Moreover, they don’t even have time to sleep properly so loitering is out of question.

Coming to women, why only low or high class women loiter? Thats because a middle class (working) woman has to manage both home and office. So even if they want, they don’t have time for it. On the other hand for a poor woman, who is supposedly ‘morally weak’ has to roam around to find their work. For them loitering is not time-pass but a way of earning their livelihood. And about high class women- they loiter because they don’t have any better work to do. But mind you its only fancy shopping malls and posh places.
So now if you see someone loitering around, think about it.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Break Speed Breakers

I hate speed breakers. Ya true I want to break all of them.
They alone are enough to break the enjoyment of a ride. The moments you start enjoying your ride, speed breaker appears and spoils the whole pleasure.
Why I am so against them???
I am not anti-speed breaker or anti- traffic rule. But the number of speed breakers our university has come up with is really upsetting me. Inside my hostel the great workers (I exactly don’t know who to blame!) have made two speed breakers. The moment I come out of my hostel there is a speed breaker waiting to give me a huge jolt even before the starting of my day. And after crossing it, when you relaxes hoping that at least now you can go without any additional slowing down you are stopped by another speed breaker!
Just outside the hostel gate they have made another speed breaker! And to add to the pleasantness of the whole scenario, it is just before the slope. So when you are cycling uphill, this speed breaker makes your job all the more difficult.
Sometimes I really wonder whose idea it can be. Every time I cross them my brain automatically starts praising the person whose amazing invention has resulted in this great creation of all time.
So you can understand why I hate sped breakers. After all too much of any thing is bad.