Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hats Off, Vivek!!


Some complained a lot about reservations being unfair, so did I. Next time I must give a deep thought- the reason being Vivek. It was neither some intimidating lecture from him nor a realization of my prejudices to change my perception, but just his deeds.
Now here at IIT, people have a strange habit. People with a high CGPA are abused for giving themselves to marks, rather than learning. Meanwhile, they are reverd as well. Usually with me, I skip the latter part. But Vivek forced me to skip the former part and stick with the latter. That is, his acts demanded reverence escaping criticism alongside.
As people entered the new year with higher resolutions, and the depressed 6-pointers club, willing to break out of the club (me too), Vivek’s efforts seemed most sound when it came to implementing. For though, initially all attended the classes for a week, by the end of the first month from our hostel it was only me, Vivek and the traditional Nandecha. By the end of 3 months, even I dropped out from this list.
I remember the day, when I an Vivek saw the rain lashing the streets outside our hostel just before the EEL class, and were deciding whether to attend the class. One thing I would like to mention here is: how his love for EEL surpassed a bound for marks within him. (Subconsciously maybe) He had listened to the online lectures in advance, and tried out with the MIT equivalents as well. So this day I was mentioning, though the rain was heavy and Vivek had already studied the lecture, I remained in the hostel while Vivek set out in his cycle getting drenched in the rain.
Looking now at the mature Vivek, who so wonderfully strategized each of his steps with a far-sighted vision, I remember that day past first year results when the two immature lads- I and he, frustrated by the system, complained of the lapses in it. He too faced the same resentment within him, inflicted by the peer competition. Who would have imagined, that this same guy would capitalize on the things he complained about a few months later? I remember diagnosing then, his habit of speaking less, but sense; and wanting him as room-mate in those last days. I still remember his choice of Gautam, and rightly so. For all he missed, was the joy of a solitary room, away from peer pressure.
Some more mature decisions, he took alone while entering the semester were dropping Kundu sir’s course alone bravely to pick up Probability, picking up 25.5 credits after detailed calculations of the credit system suggested this was a lone chance to increase CGPA drastically. Now his effort was reflected in his performance as well, even within the classroom and laboratories. For he was way ahead of people like us, answering Shouri sir’s questions while others refused to give a thought. The results of Minor 1 were a wake-up call for others to take notice- Vivek was here. By the second minor, he sailed in the front boat.
Seeing him, I couldn’t help drawing comparison with my past roommate- Nandecha, whose cramming habits and knowledge I was well aware of. For these two now studied at par, but Vivek’s concepts seemed clearer when asked a doubt. Though Nandecha answered doubts more generously than Vivek, (calling Vivek helping would be a clich├ęd lie) he lacked what Vivek had acquired within two months- understanding and an ability to pass the knowledge. Now, he was raring to be the first to do the unthinkable- score a perfect 10, that too from a minute 5. something. By doing the unthinkable, he would have even forced Nandecha to reconsider his ways, which is why I so much wanted it to happen. And I so much wanted that.
Vivek had demonstrated unremitting determination throughout, which he proved by not leaving home in the Diwali holidays just after Minor 2 while all others desperately fled. He verified a bone to keep away from peer-pressure, while standing up to 35 people with me alone on his side, to prevent the postponement of MAL180 Minor papers into the classes (to chill out a little more). Yes, he never did anything extra-curricular. But it counts above those, with neither extra-curriculars nor acads, but just movies in their bag. Counts way more.
The major results failed him, and rightly so (I attribute it to what he did in the MAL180 Majors) but yet he stood above the rest of us at 8.6. He never could justify the 8 given to him in EEP by Shouri sir, but if I were in Shouri sir’s place, I would have just attributed the reason as a wake-up call for Vivek to avoid chasing grades, when he was so much capable with the concepts. But any of this didn’t dilute the respect he had earned for himself in the course of these 4 months, and now as I sit to make plans for the upcoming semester, I am confronted by things requiring a tough bone and strong resolution. All I can do is remember Vivek, and his ways and ask myself to move on.

9 comments:

Vivek said...

thanks siddharth .........
i figured out the only way to stay away from the frustapa of iit is to study hard :P .
though majors failed me miserably i think i would have still taken a 8.6 if i were asked at the starting of the semester. so no problems :)

Piyush said...

Stud Billi

Anonymous said...

koi Gautam ko toh dhanayawaad dedo????:P

JAITHLIYA said...

koi gautam ko toh dhanyawaad dedo????:P

Gauti said...

thank you gautam bhai.....

Siddharth Bhattacharya said...

For Billi's satisfaction:

Gautam scored less than you. You can compare your roomie's SG with yours in the CV.

pgm said...

Hmmm, you told others this particular article on the group, dint you? Wonder why there're just this few of us commenting...

btw, nice way to put "the frustapa of iit" billi!

Siddharth Bhattacharya said...

@ pgm:
1. I didnt put it as my status.
2. It is somehow better to increase the number of replies in group, than in this blog..Looks like..
3. Many read, but don't necessarily comment. Like senti, he just buzzed me in gmail to comment.
4. 8 comments arent less. Its the maximum the blog has seen in the past 4 months.

Vivek said...

make that 9 comments yipee......
and btw thnks yaar gautam it was all bcoz of u :)

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