I'm baaack ….

A la Arnie in T2 … I’ll be bacc … and I am …

Have been wanting to write for quite sometime now … but those blasted exams …

I haven’t finished with them yet ( or shall I say, they haven’t finished with me yet ) … but we have a week almost … before the next practical … and so I thought … I’d write again …

Past couple of weeks have been hectic … as in, been very busy with exam prep … and facing the first orals … all for 50 marks !!!

These external examiners are a very peculiar lot … and so here are a few thoughts on these species …

Our orals was for the subject – CASP … or Computer Algorithms in Signal Processing … whatever that means …

If you flip the text book and look on the reverse … you will find pointers to get you to like CASP and try and study it …

The pointers read as follows :
Seven good reasons for learning CASP

  • Its the future
  • CASP can snatch success from the jaws of failure.
  • Excellent graphics ! Over 300 figures …
  • Step by Step approach in explaining concepts
  • Simple Computer Programs
  • Digital Filters : Simple to implement, incredible performance
  • Your competition knows CASP

If this already doesn’t have you in splits … you should maybe read the last one again …

Your competition knows CASP …

Now of course they do … they being as unfortunate as me and getting stuck up with this crappy syllabus …

You know whats the best reason that they missed out ??

It comes for 100 marks in the exam you dumbass !!! Do you have any choice ?

Not to mention the 50 marks orals that we gave a couple of days ago …

So, anyways … we have our orals in CASP … our first ever … yay ! ( all the previous stuff which we did for kicks were pracs … orals is the new ‘in-thing’ )

Anyways … so I spent 5 days in their entirety studying for this subject … and I realised … that it is not that bad … only I should have paid a lit-tle more attention with whats happening in class … and maybe should get treatment for ‘brain disorder’.

It always happens with me … I get things only in the end … throughout the semester, it was greek and latin …

On the bright side … better late than never … but I feel like such a dud !

So I went for the orals … having learnt all about Fourier series, Z Transformations, Digital Filters, Signals, DSPs and all the good stuff …

I reached the college a one hour before schedule and begin the all so important last minute GD with other fellow mates destined to the same fate as me …

I got all confused and tensed and entered the classroom … where the two … our teacher and the external were sitting behind the desk.

He looks at me with those “I don’t give a damn about you look” and asks me …

External : Have you studied difference equations ?

Me : Yes Sir ! ( Some chest thumping in order … I did it today morning only ! )

External : Good. Tell me some properties of difference equations.

Me : Huh ???

External : Properties of difference equations.

( Now to the best of my knowledge, difference equations is just a measly one line equation …

IT HAS NO PROPERTIES !!! )

Me : Sir, do you want me to write out the equation ?

External : No … tell me the properties only …

( I stare out into oblivion … and even fake scratching my head … trying hard to ‘think’ what to say … )

Me : Sir … which properties ?

External : Any properties … your choice …

( Deathly silence …

He then turns to my compatriot sitting besides me … who has enough presence of mind to rattle off the uses of Differential Equations …

The external on the other hand … shows no emotion or reaction whatsoever … )

He asks me another question which I answer properly …

And then a sum, which I flub big time …

The good thing for me was that he didn’t bother to see the answer ( hoping that he didn’t see me botch it while solving )

Anyways, to my rescue, my teacher asks me a couple of questions … which I CAN answer and which will hopefully save my ass …

So much for studying for 5 days …

Well, atleast I have sorta understood the subject … never mind WHY and WHERE it is used … but atleast I KNOW …

Next stop, a PhD at Massachusetts :)

3 Comments

  1. Been down that path myself, but with a variation. My college being a dominant one in our part of the country, the externals were a bit cowed by our own faculty members.

    Our profs used to rip us apart in orals, and yes the externals used to ask simpler questions in contrast :) to balance out things.

    Many a days have I left the exams cursing my HOD, who was the bigges bully of them all.

    oh… all the best for ur PhD [hope u did not mean Passed with High Difficulty]

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  2. Hey…Dont worry…such questions only tell u that the external is rather ignorant about HIS OWN subject,,,now maybe he should take a look at the back cover of katre!!!or just relize that CASP is his means of LIVELIHOOD!!!!

    now atleast we know WE wont land up there na???!!!

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  3. Hey!
    Why is this Post appering as the most recent one on your blog…?
    I visited because u said u’d written about a book that u’r reading…?
    And this now (post name = i am back) is appearing as ur latest.

    *mirage*

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