Post exam: The South Campus delight

I wrote the last paper of my second semester examination yesterday and as expected the paper didn’t go so well considering the amount of studies I put into the prep. Jokes apart, with exam over and done away with, I once again will live the life of a bird for a while. Apart from the many to-do lists, updating this blog is one. This came a little late but I had to respect the need for sleeping after so many hours and days of stress and anxiety breakdown. The conventional schedule of an examination is to have gap days between papers allowing enough time for students to make a last revision. As a Literature student, the syllabus is a truckload and even though I have managed to cover almost all the primary texts during the semester, the last paper happened 48 hours after the second last and that is nowhere healthy to stressful students during exam. I thought I was screwed and what happens next is at the beginning of this post.

If you have been following my other posts, you’d be aware by now that I am very much a procrastinator. I am aware that it is not productive despite the fact that it is not uncommon to students but then what can I do to beat it. I tried to read a lot. The South Campus library…wait!

This blog is going to be about how awesome my campus is. But seriously, the main campus of Delhi University is overrated and the lesser known South Campus deserves more praise. One may think this will be biased because of my personal attachment as a resident of the latter. I pray, read on. I have no grudge against the main campus at North and I am not trying to make any false claim regarding the other. The main campus certainly has more perks and advantages as compared to the other. Heck, I even had to take the metro to North Campus twice a week because my optional Philosophy paper and the Internal Assessment lectures took place only at the main campus this semester. I had to struggle rising up an hour early than usual so that I do not missed my IA classes.

In DU, admission to a post-graduation course is done through a common entrance test. Admission through merit-based is applicable for students who graduated from the university itself. Since I did my undergraduate from University of Delhi itself, I applied both and when the admission list came out, I was assigned an option to choose either the bustling main campus or the lesser-known quiet campus near Dhaula Kuan (Apology for the cliché LOL). I chose the latter and it was a not a bad choice. The beginning of a semester is a time of enthusiasm for every student. The fact that North Campus is the hub and the first option to many, it came without surprise when few friends who go to lectures at North Campus whine over the case of over-crowded classroom in the summer of Delhi. At the other campus, there was a sense of quietness and serenity which was a safe escape from the busy city. The same lecturers alternate between the two campuses to give the same lectures, everything was average, or in other word normal, apart from the other class being less crowded and more genial, if  I may say.

For an undergrad, it is certainly the main campus at North which wins the argument for some obvious reasons. The colleges in South Delhi are scattered as opposed to the close-knitted colleges around North Campus. However, at the post-grad level, the jackpot turns. The South Campus of the University (the area) is for students pursuing Masters and above and it is this exclusivity which makes it a class apart. As a resident living on campus, I have had my share of experiences and truly, the serenity it offers is overwhelming. Delhi is a busy city and I sure am at awe with the noise and the lights from cars and the traffic at night, yet at heart I am still a boy from the country and I will always love the calm.

From the many arguments I can make, I can…[na, keep it].  There are hundreds if not thousands of generic post comparing between North Campus vs. South Campus of Delhi University and it never gets old and I am tired, [everybody is] of seeing them not actually comparing the campuses but merely comparing outside factors like Satya and GK over Kamla Nagar for food, hangouts, metro accessibility and whatnots. To undergrad, such comparisons are valid on many levels but as a post grad student and an on-campus resident, it just doesn’t make much sense to me.

Can I at least rant about the awesome canteen and the South Campus library and all those green lawn? Just a little bit, okay. A bank, an ATM, a post office, a health centre, photocopy shops, a library, a canteen that actually sells ice-cream, all within the campus and at walk-able distance, what more can one ask for. The South Campus Library which stays open till 12 midnight is a spacious three-storey building with so many good books and it definitely is a place for an amazing on-campus experiences. Unlike the Central Reference Library at North where you have to wander around for hours to find a seat to sit, there is no need to fight for a spot in the library at South Campus. Honestly, South Campus is awesome. Look!

Source: UDSC-Student Union Facebook page

The Arts Faculty Building

The Campus in Winter. Source as first

Hidden gem inside the campus.Source as first

Men’s Residence [Saramati and Aravali]

[All pictures are mine unless stated otherwise]

In my last post, I mentioned a little bit about my dorm. Not a lot has changed. But the temperature has increased a lot more. My room is on the third floor aka top floor and the inhabitants of this floor are men from planet Mercury. I am trying to stay indoor as much as possible as to go out during the day is a business I had to think twice.

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February 2017: Me, at 22

After a hiatus of nearly a year, I am writing and the fact that I am updating this blog deserves a moment of applause, of whatever worth this might be, hmm, it doesn’t really matter, I am just glad I decided to be here and type in all let’s-see-what-comes.

A lot has happened over the past many months since I last updated. I graduated from college, got admitted to university for another 2 years of study, took several trips out of the city, visited my village back in Manipur to spent the winter holidays with families and friends, made new friends, lost a few, create many cherishing memories, regrets, oh, the list goes on. Hah! On reading what I’ve just written, I realized my life is not as boring as it seem to be. It is actually kinda interesting, I say ‘kinda’.

As of February 2017, I am living on the third floor of a university dorm. My room has a window with a view of the beautiful sunsets. Wait, ‘beautiful sunsets’ in Delhi? Well, sunsets in Delhi can never be as beautiful as the sunsets back in the North East, the region where I came from.

Talk about sunsets, but here is a picture of a beautiful sunrise in Manipur

Talk about sunsets, but here is a picture of a beautiful sunrise in Manipur

I live in the city, I share a room with a student who is doing his MBA, the room has a view, the food in the mess is decent (hmm really?), I have friends, beautiful and handsome friends, more than what I asked for; yet I missed home, particularly the food, and the warm fireplace, and the clean air, the cool evening breeze, the starry, yet calm and peaceful nights.

Just the other day, I had a chat with a friend who teaches at a school in Manipur. It was around 5 pm in the evening and just had my evening snacks of samosa and tea. At that time on the other side, she just had her dinner. Our country just have one time zone in spite of its huge east-west geographical stretch (you know the map of India). There is a huge difference in daylight hours between this city and where I came from. What also struck me was the weather. During the day, while scrolling through my News Feed on Facebook, I came across a news report stating that Delhi has the hottest February in years with temperature rising up to 32C (link). February and the mercury already hitting 30+? Hmm, it sure is going to be an interesting year. In Manipur, it was raining since the last 24 hours. Oh! I missed the rain.

Last December, I wrote the first of four semester examinations and it went all out of control, the result of which is yet to be declared, but I know it is not going to be a pleasant one. I took the blame because I called for it. I missed numerous lectures, tutorials and presentations, all because I didn’t really care, or did I? After the exam, on realizing the fact that everything was all because I did not handle the way it should have been, I kinda (I say kinda) resolved that I will do better this time, and that I will have to learn to take responsibilities better. This semester, up to this time, I have been trying to make sure I attend as many lectures as I could, and I am pleased that I have attended more lectures than the whole of what I attended last semester. Woah!

I am still procrastinating. I have to read 4 plays of Shakespeare, also of Molière’s and Gogol‘s and I have a presentation on The Tempest and another one on Shelley, an internal assessment exam on PHIL216 in less than a month, several readings and bibliographies that I need to compiled. By updating this blog, am I simply making up another excuse to escape from my actual work?

Battling exam, summer and games

From what seem like an eternity, here is a post update. I wonder what triggered me to blog today. It’s not that I have a lot of time in my hand. In fact, my fourth semester examination started today. If someone were to asked me how’d it goes, I don’t have a ready answer. How the paper really goes will be known after the result is declared. (Hint: The paper was British Romantic Literature, meaning there were questions form poems of Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge and Shelley, which also means confusion between poets. BAD). I still have 3 more papers to give before I’d get myself released for two months break.

Sometime I used to think proud of myself that I have a blog and that I can write anything on it. But what do I want to write? This question keeps poking in my head and my mind goes to nothingness. I have my next paper due Monday, which means I have 2 days for revision. And boy, I need a much longer gap between papers, but again I love the feeling of doing it away, releasing them from my head to their ultimate freedom after each paper. It is a win win situation, I’d freed them and get over it, they get their freedom as well. In the future if we were given a choice of freedom when to write our exam, I will surely choose to appear everything at once. Well, let’s talk about this another fine day, for now, let us look into what I have been doing and how I am doing with my life.

Life seem to be doing fine, but hectic. Let us say this exam has been keeping me busy lately. I have been reading a lot which is a thing normal during exam season. Though the reading is limited to my course books, it is legit to call it reading anyway.

Every morning – oh wait, I am usually out of my bed only at noon, so – every noon when I open my eyes to the not-so-exciting day that lies ahead, the heat of Delhi’s summer waits for me. I have written two, maybe three posts about my grudge against Delhi’s summer. The PG where I stay does not provide AC, so we have to battle the heat with fan (and water cooler). It gets worst when we had to go out in the open during the day. The scorching heat of the sun burn us to the bones. Today, my phone weather reports the maximum at 42°C, and it is likely that this is not the top it will go. God save me!

It is interesting how we get addicted to some games in our phone. I remember when I first own a smartphone, I downloaded Flappy Bird. The graphic sucks, but many got addicted and the developer had to shut down the game (the news says)! There are many other addictive games and sad to say, I am a victim to some. Angry Birds, Temple Run, Candy Crush and the latest one being Clash of Clans aka COC. I am so into the game that I made a custom Tee.

Check:

Naga by default

Oh, the wifi? Got nothing to put it on the back, so thought it looks cool that way. The caption reads “follow me for free wifi”

Here is me wearing the tee:

naga by default

Post-Christmas: A not-so-good start of a new year

A month ago, I was packing my baggage for the Christmas holidays. Even though I had to travel for around 48 hours by train to reach my home back in the North East, the excitement that carries with the feeling of meeting old friends, the simple thought of Christmas, and the feeling of being home exceeds all. After a prolong wait for the semester exam to get over, I  wished my friends an early “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”, bade goodbyes and zoom away.

However, by the time I reach the train station, I got to know that my train was delayed for 5 hours and 15 minutes. The train was supposed to depart at midnight. I chose to stay the night at the train-station. I wandered around the station for a place to sit/stay. There were other people too, but they seem to take comfort in sleeping their night away. I was not familiar spending the night that way and I couldn’t sleep. The cold added to my sleeplessness. The chilly winter cold of Delhi can be daunting, it bites you to the bone. It was a long night. The ordeal ended the next morning.

A month later, I am back to my hostel in Delhi. The cold still bites and I waited for that time of the year where the cold is left with no courage to bite you any longer. It is not summer. I do not mean Delhi’s summer, mind you. I love winter, and hate it at the same time, so is summer. Every season has its two sides, probably this is what nature is meant to be.

My fourth semester started a week ago and yet I have not attended a single class so far. I rarely go out of my hostel the whole week and instead my days revolved between watching movies, eating and sleeping. I do not know how to say it, or I if there is a medical term to call it, but lately mt body got very weak. Heck, I could not even stand on one leg. I have difficulty stepping to my bed from the floor, I could not rise up from bed without my hand as support. And so yesterday morning, I decided to go to college. I was a little late and I do not want to miss any classes on my first day, so I tried to run just when I neared the metro station at GTB Nagar. I had forgotten about the weakness. I lifted my right leg, and I realized then that I couldn’t lift my left leg like I used to. I stumbled and as I do not have the strength to support myself, fall flatly on the ground. I do not feel any pain at first, maybe partly because of embarrassment or there was no injury or so I thought. However, few minutes later, I started to feel the pain on my left toe. I removed my shoes to check if there was blood or anything as such on my socks. Everything look fine and so I moved on and went inside the metro. Few stations later, the pain become more painful and soon it was unbearable and I started to feel nauseous and dizzy. I knew then something was very wrong. I stepped out of the metro at the next station, rest for a while to regain myself, removed my socks, and behold the nail on my big toe was all dark, ohh, what a sight. I had stumbled on something hard. I took first aid, bought enough meds and pills and slowly went back to my hostel.

I have had a couple of rough nights. 4 days on, I am feeling a little better today. I do not know how long it will take before I am out of this ordeal. What a bad way to start off my semester. And by the way, my strength seem to have come back to me. I can stand on one leg, and do all the things that I wasn’t able to do few days ago.