Sunday, 27 December 2009
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Thats the deadline for the submission of the official first review! But the review is on 23rd dec & 24th dec.
In this study stage we have to submit:
1. Data collection
2. Literature case study
3. Live case study
4. Site study
Asusual, we work only in the last minute (yep thats us!) . But since we have presentation in A3 sheets, we started 3 days back.
Plz note: This is the latest and our fellow classmates have started atleast 1 week back!
Dec 19 10:17pm
ME: hw much ovr
R: dei... tom im goingto take prints da..... 2 o clock :)
have to finish only 2 sheets
ME: pirichu viduriyae da
"K" student nu prove panra
R: dei... enna sollita..... ithukku nan hang pannikalam..
nammalam yennaiku mudichirukom... still in 12th sheet....
ME: ada dakalti chuma soniya
R: aama.... nethu ethumey pannalanu sonna naan... inaikulla ellathayum mudichiten nu sonna.... nan sooooooper women ah than irukkanum :D
ME: ada thu
In the beginning stages, seriousness had not gotten into us. But slowly it creeps in..
R: dei.... mudichiralama?
me: me fin nly 3 sheets
me:1 sheet ku romba time edukuthu
R: romba analyse panra pola ;)
epdiyaachum oru 15 sheets aachum thethiru
illa..... nammala deptla madhikkave maataanga
minimum of 15 sheets was our target. But eppadiyo 30 sheets thethitom ;) After staring at the screen for more than 63 hours, i started to hate PS CS2 screen :(
3 continous night outs.. not possible without friends who are also "virtually" awake near us in GTALK :D
Time: 4:16am DEC 20
me: dont wry we can do it B-)
evalavo panitom itha pana matoma
R: ippudiye ethanai kaalam than yemaatruvar indha naatile!!!! indha naatile!!!!
me: odum varaiyil vetri namaku oduthal niruthathaee
R: odikittey irunda eppudi???? engayaachum ninnu thaana aaganum...
me: yes monday 2 mani ku than namma nikanum
me: ena ohoo.. lets continue our work
apurm namaku ooooooooooooo
Even at 4am in the morning, somebody will be online to give us an energy boost. Ana sila peru irukanga, 21 sheets mudichutenu anavathula aduvanga (none other than "V" )
They will irritate others by putting songs like:
"Kalakuven kalakuven kattam katti kalakuven.. thittam theeti kalakuven.. paru..
hey kalak kalak.. hey kalak kalak.. "
In this point of time i would like to give my special thanks to Mr. Vijay Antony for giving us a wonderful music album of VETTAIKARAN.
patta kathi pala palaka
patti thotti kala kalakka
paranthu varan vettaikaran vaamararin kootukaran
nikkama odu odu odu odu odu odu
odu odu odu odu odu odu odu odu
varan paaru vettaikaran
If one hears this song while working, a new kind of vibration will enter the body and rejuvenate the body cells, providing full energy to keep us awake.
Time : 2:30pm(skipping our afternoon nap)
me: standards ku evlo sheet podanum ma
VP: enn da.. 2 podu
me: ore definition a iruku
pakavae mokkaiya irukae
VP: chumma podu da! yaru padika pora
After all this outtadi and "sincere hardwork" we took print at 2pm on dec 21st and submitted exactly at 4pm.. Punctuality is very important you see :D
DEC 23 2009 - REVIEW DAY
This time lots were taken by the guides and not by students.
Ivlo kashtapattu sheets potu pona, buggers they dint even take a look at our sheets for five mins. x-( They just skipped through it and started firing us with questions.
The "REVIEW COMMITTEE" consisted of:
-Visiting faculty(Son of Gun)
During the review also, there were some interesting moments
Me: According to the IS code of 1978 the standards for low income housing are...
Reviewer: Wait.. 1978? they havent revised till now? do they follow such old standards?
(Mindvoice : unaku ithu thevaiya? entha varushathula eluthinanga nu ketangala.. :x)
Me: umm .. sir ..they also follow NBC2005
R1: i see, are they same or different?
Me: (ethuku vambu) Ofcourse its different!
Common sense and timing are two important aspects one need to have during a review.
Else you will be struck!
"why do u have a pink colour format!?"
No one expected such kind of questions really..! Guides play an important role here by supporting their students when they are trapped by the external reviewers. Unfortunately some guides dont!
Thats it..! So end of stage 3.. Lets await the results :)
Getting a good guide gives a huge psychological boost to the students, and they have a huge relief after discussing with their guides venting out their confusions and fears.
(PS:good guide here means motivating, supporting and friendly and NOT GOOD LOOKING :P)
SELECTION OF GUIDE usually happens after finalization of the topic. And depending on their area of interest & specialization teaching staff from our department will chose their respective topics. And, each guide will have maximum of 3 to 4 students.
BUT, for our batch they said there was a new rule. :O
students should give 3 options for their "guides to be" and will be finalized by the
The meek, humble, "ok for anything" , mostly female staff were given preference during this process.
Students felt that by doing so they will relieve the extra pressure from the guide side.
Unfortunately,(or fortunately for few) after the final list of guides were displayed, we realized it was just an eye-wash and the usual process of guide allocation was followed! :(
Athuku apuram ore alambals than!
"hey i have to meet my guide ya"
"my guide told me to come by 10:30 ya"
"its just my 3rd guide meet ya"
sshhabbaaa... ivvaru ovavaru varukum oru "appavi" guide allot saiya pattadhu!!
Click here for stage 3
Friday, 13 November 2009
- semester exams
- new movie releases(peraanmai, adhavan, kanden kadhalai)
- sweets to eat
- orkut profiles to update
- facebook quizzes
- mafia wars
- SMS, blogging, etc
WOW! Thats a lot of committments isn't it? :-O
So finally 3 days before the deadline you can find the entire class online in gtalk and facebook (actually in search of their own thesis topics) :D
The following status messages in their profiles are usually common:
- "THESIS fever started"
- "THESIS torture"
- "yarathu oru topic iruntha kudungalaen" :-O
The 1st option of topic is what we are most interested in, so usually students decide that first and then spend considerably lesser amount of time for choosing the second topic and little or no time :P for choosing the 3rd option.
The night before the submission date..
R: hi, ethathu kedachutha?
ME: No, still searching.. feeling sleepy
R: time is only 1:30, we still have time dont worry
ME: yeah.. unaku ethathu kedachutha?
R: No.. same condition
ME: k cont..
R: ok u too..
Yeah.. have u heard of burning the midnight oil? its an age old saying.. but it suits perfectly even today.. probably we should rephrase it as "burning the CPU" or something like that..
TIME: 2:30 am
ME: any progress?
R: yea.. but athuku site details ae ila.. wht 2 do?
ME: proposal irukula? chumma google earth la site eduthukalam.. dont wry..
R: apdi panalama??
ME: athellam pathukulam.. vanthu check panava poranga :P
R: okie done! i will start typing then..
ME: okie im goin to sleep will get up by 6 and start typing
R: Gudnite.. bye
Choosing a project with a live proposal is important. For Eg, if u are choosing an UNDERWATER MUSEUM, there may be proposals in places like mumbai or chennai and we'll have to choose that particular site.
But under extreme conditions :D , you can allocate your own site.. (company secret, thanks to Google)
Its the day. 10am - submission 9 nov 09
If you think you are happy after choosing your 3 options, well wait till you meet everyone from class.. you are in for a surprise! ;)
After reaching college you will realise someone else has chosen your topic as well :( thats a miserable feeling, that too when your first option is the first option of someone else too.. :(
namma than ethaiyum thangum ithayam achae.. so enathan nadakum nadakattumae nu .. we wait with hope n faith..
THE TRADITIONAL PROCEDURE OF TAKING LOTS...
After taking the lots, u will hear atleast one of your friends (or yourself) screaming
"aiyaiyoooooooo.. nan than firstuuuuuuuu" :D :D
In many cases its an honour to be No.1.. but here its a curse.. ;)
The person allotted lot num one goes for the jury first..
THE JURY PANEL
Its a deadly room .. closed on all sides artificially lighted & airconditioned.
In the centre, there is a huge long table.. occupied by the jury members (6 in number) in a semi-circular shape.
In the centre of the semi circle is a small chair and student sits there very cautiously like a child who is about to get its first injection :D
Outside the crit room, all students wait anxiously for the 1st student to come out to know the "mood" of the jury members.
K: enaku site area vae theriyathae? ena solluvanga bayama iruku..
V: pichu puduven.. ava ava site ae ilama iruka.. unaku area ilanu feel panriya..
K: seri cool cool..
The first person comes out after finishing the jury.
Sweet box la irunthu oru sweet a velia edutha udanae.. suthi "E" moicha epdi irukum? Same way the person who has come out is surrounded by all others in a fraction of a second.
"hey ena sonanga?"
"site details kekurangala?"
"1st option mattum pathangala ila ellamae va? "
"synopsis fulla read pani pathangala?"
"yaru read panra?"
"pona udanae ena sonanga?"
Befor the student could even breathe a sigh of relief , she is targetted by an array of questions (jury panel ae better pola iruku)
Condition of the student before entring the jury
R: bayama iruku.. ok solliruvangala?
ME: Dont worry kandippa ok solluvanga.. un topic super topic ( enemo nan than review panra madri)
R: en kai a paru jillunu aiduchu..
ME: en heart kuda fast a adikuthu..
But i have to mention something here, friend are the only ones who will truly understand ur situation in this stage :) without them u will be lost in such a situation, im sure of it!
YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED IN THE JURY
I compare our jury process with the famous show in vijay tv "AIRTEL SUPER SINGER". Your topic can either be "spot-selected", "wait-listed" or "rejected" :D
after the review is over, few will be very happy to get the topic that they wanted.. some will be ok with whatever they get, for some all the 3 options will be rejected and called for a re-review, for some extra details would be asked, u can find fighting, crying, laughter, tension, all kinds of mixed emotions before and after the jury (intha gaplayum sila peru kadala poduvanga)
FINALLY AFTER ALL THIS EMOTIONAL DRAMA.. a topic is allotted to each student..
- End of stage 1...
Click here for stage 2
Thursday, 12 November 2009
So its THESIS time.. for those of you who are unaware of this term and quite confused about what im talking about.. dont worry.. perusa onnum ila.. its our final year project ;) (for architecture students)
Its 'THE' thing in an architecture student's five yr of college life.. let me first brief on the various stages of the thesis proces:
1. Selection of topic
2. Allocation of guide
3. Study stage
4. Single line - presenting schematic designs
5. double line - almost freezing your schematic designs
6. final presentation stage
7. external viva voce
each of the above stages will have a review by experienced panel of jury members and our work shall be evaluated by them.. in my following blogs i shall update my personal experience in each of these stages ;)Click here for stage 1
ty for readin..
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
His palms were cold. He started sweating vigorously. But he strongly dismissed the idea of giving up. That too after coming this far!
He accelerated his bike and went faster, knowing that his target was within reachable distance. He could almost see his bright yellow shirt waving in the wind.
He imagined his target smiling, the deadly smile sent across a message to him: “ You loser! “
He couldn’t bear that. Frustration started building up. He desperately wanted to get hold of him and that too fast!
The yellow shirt appeared closer now. Here I come you bastard! Let me show you who I am now.
He went faster, pushing his bike to its maximum speed limit. Just few metres away. I need to get him.
The guy in the yellow shirt turned behind and gave a sarcastic smile. He gets provoked and losing his control and balance, he falls off his bike, skidding sideways, finally hitting a tree.
There he was, lying under a tree, badly hurt. No. This is not happening. I did not want this to end this way. I will never find him again. Why does this happen to me always? FAILURE, was becoming his close companion.
He was reminded of his poor performance in the final football match, his elimination from the singing contest, the number of “sorry to inform” replies after interviews, the final good-bye from his girl-friend…
HIM!! I should find him. He will never get away with this.
He slowly got up from the ground and searched for his bike. He limped towards his bike and the sat on it with a determined look in his face.
Incoming call …
“ Mr. Arjun, with regard to your personal interview conducted last Wednesday, we are pleased to inform you that you have been selected for the post of “Senior architect”. Please check your E-mail for further details. Thank you.”
He was in shock. He ended the call and stared at his mobile display screen and it showed:
Press 5 to resume race
Press 0 to quit
He pressed 5 with a smile. It’s time to catch the guy in yellow shirt!