“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us” – Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)

You may wonder why I quote this. Sit down (if you aren’t already), and let me tell you a tale like none you have ever heard before.

Know first, that the day of which I speak is Friday the 13th, 2012 AD. No…I’m not trying to frighten you in the least. I mentioned this date because at the stroke of the seventeenth hour on this very day, students of RVCE (CSE) completed their Semester End Exams (or SEE, as it is so lovingly called). “A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when an age ends, and when the soul of a student, long suppressed, finds utterance.”

Till today, I could safely say that I didn’t suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia, but now, I’m not so sure, for, you see, something happened. Or maybe I should rephrase that – The non-occurrence of an event led me to change my belief.

Since 2010 AD, the end of any SEE was reason enough for us to “suit up” and head to Gopalan Arcade, and treat ourselves with a meal at MacDonald’s and a movie at BIG Cinemas, which we thought we deserved, after a semester of torture. On May 26, 2010 AD, we watched Kites; on January 11, 2011 AD, we watched No One Killed Jessica; on May 27, 2011 AD, we watched Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides.

But, for the first time in the history of Jinkchak, on Friday, 13th January, 2012 AD, the winds of change blew away this unspoken custom (albeit, not entirely). Sure…We did “suit up”, head to Gopalan Arcade and satisfy our famished selves with a meal at MacDonald’s, but that was all we did. As a result, on January 13, 2012 AD, we…yup, you guessed it…watched No Movie.

We did have a wonderful and memorable time eating and laughing at MacDonald’s, so I guess things didn’t turn out that bad. After all, we do have something to remember this occasion by, and the fact that we didn’t watch any movie is a memory in its own right, if you know what I mean…

I will, however, continue with Jinkchak’s tradition of recalling memorable events from the semester just gone by.

A peek at the RVCE Facebook Profile Market reveals some newbies – Bond James…yes! You read that right! The name’s James…Bond James! Joining the list, all the way from The Lion King’s fantasy world, was “Hakuna Matata” – Nowadays, profile names need not be restricted to only nouns; speaking of which, “Unknown Noun” entered the ranks too. Not to be outdone by “Rvce Cse II”, the Electronics department came out with its very own “unique” version: Rvce Ece II. Inspired by the work of the now “non-operational” “Rvce Leaks”, TheFake RvceStudent joined the list of newbies.

But the real icing on the cake was “Faking News @rvce”, which wasn’t a profile, per se, but rather a page. With its tagline, “Just enjoy the sarcasm in a healthy way”, this “page” brought loads of laughter to RVCE Students as they worked their way through this semester. Kudos to whoever’s in charge of “Faking News @rvce” (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faking-News-rvce/249096718459823)

Coming to the non-fake stuff, RVCE Updates (– The unofficial NEWS service of RVCE), created by “a few young lads of RVCE intent on sharing everything happening around in campus”, was released @ http://www.rvceupdates.com/.

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In RVCE, Proverbs are perhaps the only things that help us preserve our sanity while sitting in class, listening to a lecture that has the potential to bore us to death; while completing Data Sheets and Practical Records; while studying for the never-ending stream of tests and quizzes; while one’s mind is idle and by default, a suitable choice for the devil’s workshop.

And so, it is with utmost amusement that I present to you the section you’ve all been waiting for: This Semester’s Proverbs, compiled by yours truly, with assistance from the FIELD.

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It’s KiloByte…It’s GigaByte…It’s JGD. Yes, folks! Say Hello to the person fondly known as JGD, for the simple reason that he begins most of his classes by writing “JGD” on the top-left corner of the black board. What set this teacher apart from the rest was his dedication – you could see that he practically loved his work. Till now, I’ve never met any other teacher like him in RVCE CSE. Thanks to the way he taught, “Microprocessors” is a subject I dread no more! He was terrific. Unfortunately, he had a bad habit of forgetting to take attendance most of the time…not that it mattered much…

In RVCE CSE, you’ll never find a teacher who teaches well and shares a lot of Proverbs at the same time, but JGD was an exception to the rule. The following proverbs prove my point:

  • “If you go to the mocket (market) and ask for a clack (clock), they’ll laugh at you!” – This extremely unusual piece of advice was shared when he was teaching us about the CLK pin on the 8086.
  • “Imagine that you have an 8086 chip in front of you. Now, which colour do you want? Blue? Red? Ok….Take it!” – Said in order to stimulate our colourful imaginations.
  • “Through interfacing, you can convert your PC into a PC-based Praaduct (product) and you can sell it in the Mocket (market) – Usually said while discussing the RV All-In-One Interfacing Card. His hands will be positioned in the following manner (just about), wherein the hands signify an imaginary praaduct.
  • “Now Listen to this. This is a beauuuuuutiful (beautiful) concept. You can use it for a nummmmmmmber (number) of applications” – Said before introducing any beautiful concept.

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Say hello to the subject of Data Communications and Networks, taught to us by a person rather fondly known as “Steve Jobs”. Now, the history of this peculiar nomenclature deserves mention. It all began one September morning – Mr. You…yeah YOU was bored of listening to this teacher, and was whiling away his time doodling, inspired in part by Google’s Doodles. It so happened that he drew a caricature of a teacher, who happened to be none other than the DCN teacher. This caricature bore such a striking resemblance to Steve Jobs that this teacher came to be known as the latter ever since.

“Steve Jobs” followed two philosophies – Explain everything with PPTs and use a broken Radio Antenna to point at the slides. Whether this philosophy was suitable or not is a question I doubt I shall ever be able to answer.

Anyway, as I was saying…wait a minute…what was I saying? Oh yes! I was going to tell you about the words of wisdom he bestowed upon us:

  1. The following words of wisdom were said to the class when the decibel levels reached unacceptable levels, which was…uhmmm…most of the time:
  • “If you listen to what I do in the class, you can go home and watch YouTube videos.” –For some reason, YouTube was the only website that popped into his mind every time he repeated this phrase. Do students spend their time only on YouTube?
  • “Stay Within, Stay Quiet…Stay Outside, Stay Noisy” – Definitely inspired by the original Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc)
  • “I don’t want to use words like I’ll throw you out of the class.” – Said at least once a week.
  • “If you do not empathize, life is not worth living.” – This highly philosophical statement was shared only once.
  • “Sorry is something often used with no purpose.” – I quite agree. Don’t you?
  • “Curl on your bed for 7 hours. Go to bed at 10:00 PM” – Used to illustrate the advantages of listening in class.
  • “It hurts” – Said if a certain group of students is heard murmuring continuously.
  • “Time Out” – Said at least once in each class (after the lecture on Sessions), to indicate that no one is currently listening.
  • “Bermuda Triangle” – A certain triangular (approximately) section of the class from which all noise originates. According to Steve, all students sitting inside this area are the reason for all the noise in the class, and those sitting outside this area are the quiet ones. As of 2011 AD, this region lay on the West wing of our classroom.
  • “Robustness comes in the face of adversities” – For some reason, I haven’t the faintest idea in what context this Proverb was shared.

2. The following words were used in his lectures regularly:

  • “rvce.edu.in” – Not google.com! Not facebook.com! If there’s one URL he loves, then it is this one. Used in all examples (wherever applicable).
  • “BSNL” – Not AirTel! Not Tata DoCoMo! Not Vodafone! If there’s one ISP he swears by, it is Namma BSNL. Used in all examples (wherever applicable).
  • “3rd Floor” – Not Ground Floor. Not 1st Floor. Not 2nd Floor. If there’s one floor he absolutely adores, it is the 3rd Floor.
  • “IBM” – Not Cisco. Not Google. Not Microsoft. He is definitely an IBMer.
  • “rediffmail.com” – Not Gmail! Not Hotmail! Not Yahoo!! If there’s one E-Mail service he never forgets, it is rediffmail.com.
  • “RJ45” – Not FC. Not FDDI. Not RJ11. If there’s one connector he respects, it is RJ45
  • “Telecom Department” – Not the CSE Department! Not the ECE Department! If there’s one department he absolutely adores, it is the Telecom Department.

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Now, moving on, I would like you to say hello to “Black Mamba”. The reason for this unusual nomenclature can be attributed to the expression on her face while teaching System Software, caused by the almost-constant twitching of her nose, which resembles a black mamba poised for an attack. It is with great sadness that I have to admit I have no Proverbs of “Black Mamba” to share. You see, I was so spellbound by her facial expressions that I failed to listen to all that she said. I apologize.

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Now, the next person I would like you to meet is a person for whom no nickname was created. All I can say is, her first name begins with the same alphabet as the one which “Ullman” begins with. I must admit that she taught the second chapter on Syntax Analysis of Compiler Design quite well, and only that. She didn’t have time to teach us anything else, however, and we were left to fend for ourselves, after her parting words at the end of December, 2011 AD: “I’m sorry. I can’t teach you anymore”, after which she conveniently disappeared. If there’s one thing I’ve carried away, it is that I should never attempt to make a Compiler. She and Ullman have gone to great lengths to convince me of that.

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Last but not least, say hello to “Holy Square”/”Holy Cube”, whose proverbs I couldn’t recollect for reasons best left unknown – Come to think of it, there weren’t any. The only philosophy of hers that I distinctly remember is the one which says, “If a word begins with the alphabet ‘s’, then add the alphabet ‘e’ as a prefix to it.”

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With lots of entrance exams for internships; lots of assignments allotted at the last minute; combined tests and quizzes; lots of department and inter-college fests, the 5th Semester at RVCE CSE had its share of ups and downs.

And with that thought still lingering in the air, I bid thee farewell with the following words of wisdom:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us” – (A Tale of One Semester)

Disclaimer:  All Proverbs and Words of Wisdom are the properties of their respective owners. All disputes subject to RVCE Jurisdiction only.

*It was brought to my attention that I had forgotten to mention the blog, “Prism of Life”. So, I am mentioning it here. 🙂

Comments
  1. cut out all the stereotypes man! write something new n fresh! bring in a change!

    • Jinkchak says:

      Can’t please everyone, can we? New and Fresh? – A highly subjective phrase, don’t you think? If and when I feel a change is warranted, I’ll do whatever it takes to bring about that change.

      Thank you for your feedback, avventurabloggr. Have a nice day!

  2. kushal30 says:

    first of all i like your posts.. but i wanted to you to notice a small thing. this post will not reach out to ppl outside your class.. it may reach ur dept at the max. bcuz the things u have mentioned are extreamly confined to ur class.. plz write to diverse readers bcuz even we would like to enjoy ur writing . and by the way i have a complaint: u mentioned the things like RV Ece II and some noun thing in ur esteemed blog but neglected prism of life.. sad :)lol

    • Jinkchak says:

      I’m really sorry for the late reply! Rvce Cse really knows how to keep people busy….

      Thank you for your suggestions. I will try to write articles that students from other departments of RVCE will enjoy. It would be of great help if you shared some of the crazy stuff that happens in your department, with Me…yeah ME! I would love to include them in my next Semester End Article.

      And I’m sorry for inadvertently neglecting your blog. I’ve made the necessary changes to this post. I hope you’ll forgive me…yeah ME! 🙂

      • kushal30 says:

        probably u would have got more visits to ur “The Jinkchak Survival Guide to Paying Examination Fees in RVCE” .. it was a massive hit all over rv.. RVites read it in classes from cell phone.. it was viral. simply superb.

        will try and get u trivia from all over rv.. i kno u can give ur touch to it and make it jinkchak:)

      • Jinkchak says:

        You’re right….That article has received the highest number of views in this blog, and for the life of me, I never ever imagined this would happen!! 🙂

        Thanks for your support! I look forward to hearing from you in the not too distant future. 🙂

  3. ardaaritr says:

    i definitely love ur style of writing,,but yess it would be great if u cd write abt othr thgs goin on in collg apart from -cse dept…only,…

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