PDP – Playing Dangerous Pranks – Part I

Posted: March 8, 2011 by Jinkchak in RVCE, RVCE CSE

“PDP Deleted Permanently!!!”

You may wonder who I am, and why I say this. Sit down, and I will tell you a tale like none you have ever heard. Know first, that PDP Deleted Permanently is a recursive acronym.

Date: 6/3/2011

Time: 0900 hours

Location: Bangalore

I opened my…yeah MY Gmail Account and in my inbox, I found the following mail:

Dear students,

“Scale Academy ” one of the reputed Companies in Placement Training, are training 4th semister students on 7th ,8th, and 9th March in the CSE Department . Attendance is Compulsory.  This is an essential component for Autonomous students ( regarding credits and all). As a placement staff co-ordinator of CSE department, I request you to attend the same positively without fail.

Vinay Hegde,
Asst. Professor and

Staff Placement Co-ordinator,

“Darn!” I thought to myself. “Another PDP, after a gap of only a few months. Sheesh! Well, it’s only for three days.”

I’m optimistic most of the time. So, I said to myself, “Well! Look on the bright side. At least I don’t have to complete my Record for tomorrow.”

With this thought, I closed the e-mail and continued with my other activities. The thought of PDP didn’t cross my mind until I was getting ready for bed that night, but I was too exhausted to continue thinking about it.


Date: 7/3/2011

Time: 0900 hours

Location: RVCE CSE

We were all in RVCE CSE, waiting for the PDP to commence. After a delay of half an hour, we entered the RVCE CSE Seminar hall, and were divided into two groups, based on Alphabetical order.

After these preliminaries, we got up and went to our respective classrooms, where we got to know the agenda for the PDP, which was (according to Super Mario):

  • Activities
  • Activites
  • More Activities
  • Fun

After this introductory session, we began a group discussion (which was more of a debate, considering that the ‘ONE’ was in our midst). The topic for the day was “Is the reason for success, hard work or luck”. After one helluva discussion which included various topics like probability, sample spaces, the existence of God, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Gregor Mendel(eev), Fortune 500, etc., we finally came to the conclusion that Success is 99%  Hard Work and 1% luck.

All was well and good till now. It was only after the short break that the craziness began.


Time: 1145 hours

Place: RVCE CSE ROOM No. _________

Our next task was called “All tied up”. The class was divided into 4 teams of 7 students each. It’s true. I admit it. There were only around 28 students present in our batch. Somehow, people had vanished into thin air during the short break. Amazing, if you ask me!

In each team, the members were tied to each other, but not before being arranged in extremely awkward positions, with twisted arms and hands. Now, you must be wondering what material was used for tying up people’s hands. I’ll give you 30 seconds to guess…. don’t peep at the answer.



… No, it wasn’t a rope.


…..  Handkerchiefs? You’re half correct.




…….. Give up?

Well, brace yourself for the answer. We were tied up with our Dog tags (Oops! I meant ID card tags). And you know what the best part of this exercise was? There were not enough tags for the 4th team.

This was why the 4th team was given another set of objectives to complete, apart from the common objectives of the other teams, which included, among other things, taking photos (of bald people, hands with and without nail-polish), making a snack with biscuits and chips, creating a greeting card for Ma’am (I think I’ll be fined 10 bucks for the usage of this word, if you know what I mean. ;-)), passing a cup of water all around the group (with the last person destined to quench his/her thirst with this water), etc.

And what a sight it was! The tied-up groups walked in all directions (literally). Moving forwards, backwards and sideways was the order of the day. Bystanders gazed in bewilderment at the teams (except the 4th team, of course). Even the canteen guy was dumbfounded as he “handed” them biscuits and chips. The shopkeeper of the RVCE stationery shop couldn’t have had a weirder day. With so many hands pestering him through that small cage, he rose up in a fit and shouted, “STAND IN LINE”. Only when he stood up did he realize what confronted him. What followed after that is left to your colourful imagination!

One group managed to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat, ending with a Jingle based on the Scooby Doo theme song. For this achievement, they received attendance for all future classes (this could have been a rumour, though).

Meanwhile, the 4th team had to gather 3 tangible objects for each of the letters of the English alphabet. The team was so caught up with this daring task that they continued searching even after their time was up. They were informed of their failure by the teacher as she strolled away to the Lunch zone. All that hard work for naught! “Luck” was surely not on our side that day.

If you thought this was crazy, read on….

After a heavy lunch, we entered the class only to be informed that we would be playing “Crocodile! Crocodile! May we cross the river?” in the field. For those not familiar with this game, visit http://kiddley.com/2006/08/16/crocodile-an-outdoors-game-of-tag/

I can safely say that we all had a lot of fun running, hooting and processing colours in our minds. Besides that, I must admit that my legs are still aching with all that running. I learnt an important lesson from all this – I really need to start exercising.

On returning to class half an hour later, we discovered that the main aim of this game was to get us to learn about the behavioural traits of aggressive, passive, assertive and aggressive-cum-passive people. Besides being educational, this activity was also lots of fun. But it was still crazy!


That’s not all, Folks! There’s miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep, but for the time being, let’s just say that “PDP – Playing Dangerous Pranks – Part II” is on its way.

Stay tuned!


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