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Mathematics [21.03.2009]

So, the final exam was here! This would end my Boards Exams, and I was most worried about this one. For a change, I had done all the questions in the book before the exam and my confidence grew. I knew I had to get this exam straight or else I’d be doomed!

So, I decided to attempt the question paper from the last question, ending up at the first. Everytime, I would do it the other way and then miss out on the 6 mark questions as time would run out. So, I started with the 6 markers first. There are 7 of them. I did 6 of the correct and did half of the 7th. Should do fine though, it was more than what I expected in the 6 marks’ section. Then came the 4 markers! Arrgh! I always screw these up! There are twelve 4 markers in the maths exam, and I did around 8 of them correctly. The rest of them , I solved as much as I could and left the rest. So I would be losing around 10 marks there! Crap!

Then came the short answers, the 1 mark questions. I did all of them correctly. That was important, as they are the most scoring and at school I never got more than 5 of them correct. So, when I made a final assesment, I guess I should be getting 80-85 in this one. So, the final exam was bad. But considering it was Maths, I can say that this was a great improvement over the 36 marks out of 100 I managed in my pre-boards exams! Haha!

So, the boards are now finally over, and its time for a little fun. But then I have my engineering entrance exams lined up in April, starting from the 9th. I have to prepare for them too. For around a week, I’ll spend the time watching movies, hanging out with friends, listening to songs and all. After that, I’ve got to get back to studying.

So, for now thats it. I’m enjoying my (temporary) freedom. Catch you people later. Cheers!

March 23, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | Leave a comment

Economics [17.03.2009]

So after English, I had my Economics paper on the 17th. This was one subject I was confident about.  I had done all the preparations early and revised it thoroughly before the exam.

I reached the hall early again and talked to my friends. Everyone was relaxed about this one, Eco was supposed to be easy. And so it was. The question paper had mostly basic questions, a few required Higher Order Thinking Skills (or HOTS, as they call it), but it was easy. Eco has two parts, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, each carrying a weightage of 50 marks.

I did the Micro-eco part flawlessly. Every answer was textbook like. I don’t think I should lose marks there. In the Macro part, all was going fine till the last questions. Messed up a bit in the 6 marks’ question, though I would only lose a couple of marks there. Then there was a 2 marks’ question related to debentures. Now, as a non-medical student with economics as optional, I didn’t know what a debenture even meant. Later I found out, that the Commerce students have a lot of topics on debentures in their subject, Business Studies. To cut a long story short, I got that answer wrong too. I’d lose a couple of more marks here and there but the rest was good.

A few friends of mine said that in Economics, the the teacher who marks the answer sheets never gives full marks for most of the answers. So, if that’s the case, I fear I might end up at around 80-85. But some other friends said that it isn’t so, and if it is so, I am expecting 90+.

So, the next exam was Maths on the 21st and got down to studying it almost as soon as I got home from Eco, as this was one subject that bugs me a lot! So, read my next post for details about the Maths exam!

March 23, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | Leave a comment

English [13.03.2009]

What a day for an examination! Friday the 13th! I never realized that until I was filling out the ‘day and date’ section on my answer sheet, haha! Anyways, it was English today, so I hadn’t prepared much for it. I had a week long holiday for it after Physics, so I utilized that time to sharpen (rather, start) my Maths and Economics. I sat down to prepare for English on the 11th, but decided it was too much of an effort to ‘study’ it. So I left it for 12th evening. I gave the chapters and poems a reading and went through the writing-skills portion, rummaging through the formats and samples given in the reference book. I was all done in about 3 or 4 hours.

Now what pissed me off a lot was the fact that almost everyone I knew kept calling me, relaying their fears and worries for the English paper! English paper?! I mean, c’mon, its okay if you got a few doubts or something. But a few people call me and they’re like, ‘Yaar Varun, I read the format for the official letter from just 3 books. And can you imagine, I’ve mugged up all the literature questions just twice! And not to speak of the fact that I just gave 4 days for English! Sheesh, I’m certainly gonna flunk!’. I mean, were they all preparing for an entrance for the post of HOD at Nucleo-Molecular Sciences at NASA?

Anyways, I reached the center early again and was greeted with a crowd resembling the ones at Sadar Bazar at peak trade hours, as every student from the three schools had English, irrespective of their streams. So, I got the question paper, which had three sections. The first was reading skills, the second writing skills and the third was the literature section. The weightage of each section was 20, 35 and 45 respectively. I did the paper in about two-and-a-half hours and didn’t make any mistake as far as the literature and reading sections are concerned. The writing skills was awesome too, poured in good content for the article and newspaper report. I shot-off the word limit for a few questions, but never by more than a margin of 10-20 words. So I guess that should be fine. But in the end, everything comes down to the person who finally checks the answers sheet. Everything depends on him. If a sensible teacher checks it, I’m sure I should easily get over 90. Easily. But there are high chances that I’ll end up around 85 or maybe even lesser if the teacher had a heated argument with his wife the previous day, or if his breakfast didn’t taste as good as he hoped it would or maybe even if he had to shout at a couple of people for causing his car to slow down. Anyways, I’ve done my best and rest should hopefully be fine.

So, my next is on the 17th, Economics. A really important subject that. Need to study hard for it. I’m done with it once, though that is never enough. So, lets again hope that the next one would be fine. See you people later, then. Chao!

March 13, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | Leave a comment

Physics [06.03.2009]

So, here I am! Another exam passes by and this time it was Physics. This was the subject I was most confident about out of my main subjects of Physics, Chem and Maths. I had prepared best for this subject, especially after getting the shock of my life in the Pre-Boards where I managed a gargantuan score of 25 on 70! Haha!

So, I was done with the preparations early with this one and it was revision time mostly in the 3 days we got before the Physics paper. I got up this morning to a real strange feeling, I felt damn sure that I wasn’t gonna manage more than 40. Nothing could shake that belief. I tried recounting all those derivations and portions of theory but couldn’t remember most. Scary moments, those. But thankfully, I didn’t get panicky and the feeling passed. I completed my last minute revisions on the way to the center. Once there, my morale was buoyed when many of my friends didn’t seem to know most of the important topics when I started discussing them, haha (I know, I’m a sadist at times).

So, unlike the last exam, I got to the center real early, with more than half an hour to spare. Spent the time scaring people around! A few of them looked like they were gonna pee in their pants when I told them about stuff that was surely gonna come as 5 markers, which of course they hadn’t prepared! Haha! Was real fun, if you ask me!

Anyways, the layout of the Physics exam was a lot similar to that of the Chemistry exam. It again had 8 one markers, 10 two markers, 9 three markers and 3 five markers. I did most of the one markers correct. Messed up a couple of them. The two markers and three markers were awesome! Filled sheet upon sheet with their answers. Nothing much went wrong there, will most probably lose a maximum of 3-4 marks in the whole section, but you never know until you check your results! But then again messed up a bit in the 5 markers. Will get around 10 marks out of the possible 15 there.

The paper was a bit lengthy, and most of the students complained of that. I had left a few questions in between, whose solution wasn’t striking me earlier. I had planned on coming back to them after I attempted the rest of the paper. But I was left with only 10 minutes to complete those questions, which carried a total weightage of about 8 marks. Thankfully, I did them correctly. But in the hurry, I could not derive an expression properly in the final question!

So, I’m expecting a total of around 55-60 out of 70 in this one. I surely cannot complain about that, though I still feel that disappointment at having missed 90 (possibly)! So my next is on the 13th (Friday), English. I’m planning on preparing Economics and Maths in the coming few days and then I’ll  sit down to study English, just for a couple of days or so.

So, once again, lets hope the next one will be fine! See you people later. Chao!

March 6, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | Leave a comment

Chemistry [02.03.2009]

So, as I promised in my previous post, I’m here with my review of the Chem exam on Monday. Yeah, I know I’m a bit late, but hey at least I posted it before the next exam! So, Chem got over and I’m feeling sort of relieved. The worst subject I’ve had to study in the recent times, all cramming up and no room for logic. So, I did what I was adviced, mugged everything up (at least as much as I could) and vomited everything onto the answer sheet! If you ask me one question from Organic Chemistry at this moment, I’ll give you that blank look you expect from the dumb (or for that matter, the deaf).

To start with, I reached the examination centre a li’l late than I hoped. Most of my friends had already occupied their rooms in their classes and I could not talk to most of them, you know, the pep-up talk before the exam! The exam started on time and we got enough time to read it and plan how to answer things before we were allowed to write. The question paper had 30 questions in total. 8 one-markers, 9 two-markers, 10 three-markers and 3 grand five-markers. The second half (the 3 and 5 markers) went perfectly well for me. Don’t see much wrong that I did in those. But the 1 and 2 markers were a bit bad. Messed up a few of them. The general reaction from the people was that the exam was easier than they expected (and I wanted to shoot them for that). So, in all it was a not-good-not-bad exam. Hope to get around 50 out of 70. I know that is not enough, but I’m keeping the Best-of-Four system in mind. I had devoted much less time to Chem, compared to Physics. Thanks to that, I’m already almost done with Physics, which is on the 6th. It feels great when you know that you could do well even if the exam was the next day! So, I got two more days to prepare Physics. Am realistically aiming for more than 55 (minimum) in that.

Hope things go better in that one. So, I’m off for now! Got to get back to studying. Physics is one rare subject that I have an interest in! I really like studying it when I’m in the mood! Haha! Anyways, catch you people later. Cheers!

March 3, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | 2 Comments

Mission Board Exams!

Now the CBSE Board Exams are just around the corner and I’m much tensed about them. Anyways, I just got this idea. I’ll keep everyone updated on how I’m faring in each exam. The report will have an in depth analysis of how I flunked in each paper, what all I did to pass my time inside the examination hall and the innovative designs I drew on the answer sheets. Haha! Well, on a serious note, I’ll keep you posted on the difficulty level of the paper, my expectations from it and where all I did well. It’ll also carry the general reaction from the students on the exam. You can check my detailed examination schedule here.

So, watch this space for more on the Boards ’09 and till then, let me study!!

February 25, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | 1 Comment

School Days Are Over!

With Friends on The Last Day At School!

With Friends on The Last Day At School!

Ahh! So yesterday was the last day at school for our class 12th batch at Summer Fields School. Well one can’t help but but feel a little bad about leaving it so suddenly, but well, at least the last day was great!

Officially, it was The Ashirwad Ceremony, where we were supposed to take our teachers’ blessings and get inspired to do great in life. But sadly, the Ceremony itself was pathetic. Until last year, it was conducted with grandeur and most of the students carried it as a memory while moving out of the school life. But ours’ was a simple speech by a chief guest we had never heard of. Some talks about the crashing economy (don’t know how that’s related to us students!) and hey presto, the ceremony was over in 15 minutes! It would otherwise be a 2 hour-odd event with each student lighting up a diya and placing it near the holy lamp, with shlokas being recited by juniours on the stage followed by an informal speech by the Principal that would, for a change, really inspire most of the students!

After the ceremony, we all moved on to our classrooms and scribbled each others’ shirts with remarks and best wishes! Most of us were clicking pics to remember the day by. Many (like me) got their faces painted with permanent markers and total chaos ruled until a few teachers’ complained of too much noise that was disturbing the juniours who had an exam that day. Then followed the distribution of a few mementos and gifts for the students and we also got our CBSE Boards’ Admit Card. To end the school day, we met up with many teachers and sought their blessings. Check out the whole gallery of pics here.

The students broke up after that and eight of us went for a movie (Dev D) in a nearby mall. After watching the movie and having a few things to eat, we made our way back home and got back to studies!

In all, it was an exciting day, though the fact that school’s over still stings! For now, its study time as the Boards are just around the corner. Cheers!

February 19, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | 2 Comments

Review: Dev D

Dev D Theatrical Poster

Directed By: Anurag Kashyap

Written by: Anurag Kashyap, Vikram Motwane

Starring: Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Mahi Gill, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Release Date: 6 February, 2009

Times have changed and so have the interpretations of the classic Bengali novel Devdas. This movie is the 9th movie based mostly on the novel and though I haven’t seen any other, I can say that this one surely would be one of the best. Devdas, the immortal lover, was so long depicted in the classic form but Anurag Kashyap (Black Friday, Hanuman Returns) took him to be a more modernized person, caught in the twists and tangles of love.

Abhay Deol plays the role of Dev, the son of a rich Punjabi businessman while Mahi Gill plays Paro, Dev’s childhood sweetheart. As a teen, Dev goes to London for his studies and upon returning, re-unites with Paro. Thier love story comes to a halting crash when Dev rudely ditches Paro after he is fed misinformation about her by an ill-wisher. Paro is then married off to another guy and Dev finds himself at emotionally torn apart when he realizes his wrong doings. The movie also tracks the story of Chanda (after the character of Chandramukhi), a girl who takes up prostitution after losing her place in society when she is caught in a nasty MMS Scandal with her boyfriend. It is as a prostitute that she meets Dev and the two fall in love. But the troubled lives of both continue to tear them apart and the resulting drama forms the rest of the story. And believe me, all three characters have put in a stupendous performance, especially Abhay.

Now, Anurag Kashyap does a great amount of justice to the character of Chanda, who is inspired by a Delhi schoolgirl infamously caught in an MMS Scandal a few years ago. He portrays her as the girl shunted by every single person who once cared for her due to just one mistake of hers. Even though she grows wiser and vows not to repeat her mistakes, she fails to find a place in anyone’s heart. She understands that those who watched her clip were as much at fault as she herself, as she says in the movie, half the nation got off on that video, and they turned around and called her the slut.

Whats good about the movie is that it breaks quite a few taboos in the Indian Film Industry. Drug use and sexual content have been portrayed in the movie, though not extensively, but more than any Hindi movie I can remember ever has. And these portrayals are part of the character building of the characters, and aren’t wasted as might have been by most directors.

The music is in the movie is awesome! Boasting of 18 tracks, each one is quite different from the other! So many genres have been mixed together in this movie. And the song ‘Emosanal Attyachar’ sounds even better when watching the movie!

The movie is at times a bit boring. The story either proceeds too slow at those moments or the emotional quotient is too high for the situation. Anyways, all in all its a very good movie. Don’t miss it.

I’d give it 8/10.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , | 5 Comments

Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Directed by: David Fincher

Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy

Starring: Brad PittCate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton

Release Dates: 25 December, 2008 (USA); 5 February, 2009 (UK)

Inspired by the 1921 short story of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Now this was one of my most anticipated movies of 2008, though I could only get a chance to watch it a month into this year. This review comes after another two weeks. After getting more than a dozen nominations for the 2009 Oscars, I really wanted to watch this movie and after doing so, I surely believe it deserves quite a few of those accolades!

What a beautiful movie! The story speaks of the life of Benjamin Button, a normal guy, except for the fact that he ages backward. Born as a child with the biological body of an 86 year old, the movie shows how Benjamin gropes with the realities of life and love with a brain that ages forward but with a body that’s ‘headed in the other direction’. Abandoned by his father on the day he was born, Benjamin is raised by a couple from a nursing home. He meets the love of his life in Daisy (Cate Blanchett) as a kid (but biologically much older), travels across the ends of the world as a sailor, survives an attack in the World War II among the numerous other such exciting happenings in his eventful life!

Now there are almost a dozen supporting actors and actresses with separate lives in the movie with a good amount of screen time and each one of them puts in a tremendous performance. At the end of the movie, you can’t help but recollect each and every one of them and think of the how different people can be! So many lives being portrayed is also the main reason why the movie is so long, with a runtime of about 2 hours and 45 minutes. That’s probably the only drawback, it sometimes feels too long.

The movie is one of the best takes (ever) on the eternal mysteries of life and death. It is a poetic interpretation of those concepts, and a near perfect one at that. The movie flows on like a melody and never revs into top gear, which is what was so nice about it. Interestingly, it portrays America over a period of almost 8 decades, with some awesome costume designs and historically accurate sets. Yes, there are a few similarities to the plot of Forrest Gump, but they are never too pronounced. And yes, what an absolute brilliant performance by Brad Pitt! He sure is one the best actors around! This movie truly tests his capabilites, as he has to play every age group with the same persona and charisma, and he does it too well! I won’t be surprised at all if he scoops the Academy Award for the Best Actor, for which he has been nominated. When you see him at the start of the movie, you are convinced that he’s a 90-odd year old, and when you see him towards the end, you feel he’s the typical teen! Whoa!

Though this movie doesn’t quite make my Best Ever list, I can completely understand why it tops that list for many! Watch it for the sake of good cinema!

My rating would be a 9/10.

February 12, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , | 2 Comments

CBSE Board Date Sheet Out!

This post is about 2 weeks delayed, but here it goes. My CBSE board exam date sheet for class 12th was recently published and I find my exams stretching from 2nd-21st March. I currently have the following as my study subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Maths, English and Economics (optional). The date sheet for my subjects goes as:

March 2, 2009 (Monday): Chemistry

March 6, 2009 (Friday): Physics

March 13, 2009 (Friday): English

March 17, 2009 (Tuesday): Economics

March 21, 2009 (Saturday): Maths

To view the complete date-sheet for all subjects, click here.

Now I find the date sheet extremely unfair compared to the date sheet for students with a different subject combination. Physics, one of the most dreaded subjects, has just a 3 day gap after Chemistry. On the other hand, we get one whole week for English, a subject that virtually requires no preparation at all! The major problem occurs with Economics, which is my optional subject. So precisely placed that it reduces the leaves before Maths to 3 and itself has a 3 day gap after English. For students with other optional subjects like Biotechnology, there is a whole week before their Maths exam and they have lesser holidays for English, which is apt. One little surprise is for the Medical students, for many of whom the Boards get over on the 16th of March itself!

Hope that the not-so-good date sheet does not do any harm. Lets just wait and see. For now, its heavy study time!!

January 15, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | 2 Comments