Saturday, April 7, 2007

An undercalculation

I was correct alright... but the degree to which I expected the week on the previous blog to be exciting was an undercalculation. It was actually three weeks of excitement and anxiety.

The first week or rather the weekend had Geohorizon and the SAE workshop. Geohorizon was small but neat. As they say great things come in small packages. Good small scale organization... But what was annoying was the fact that with just ten participants (or delegates as they are called) conducting a two-day event is very boring to the audience. You see the same faces with the same expressions (blank!). But otherwise it was splendidly organized. Day 2 of geohorizon saw me deserting Map Game for Aeromodelling Workshop. Alas! I dont know why I participated. Building a simple 7 gram glider is not easy - take my word. I, with Sajin and Arun Balu spent an hour designing it and another 4 - yes! You read it right... four hours building it, and during the flying session my glider never flew! I now understand that aeromodelling is a very time-consuming and costly affair. I am not disinterested but only unwilling to spend considerable time on it. Here are some photos of my glider...

Then during that week and the next we had assessments... Nothing much about them just as usual. During the second week I had a moderate viral infection for 3 or 4 days.

In the third week on Tuesday I went to Tirunelveli on short notice. Tirunelveli is a nice place, but very hot. The people are friendly, unlike here in Madras. I was to return on Saturday but the plan was cancelled, all thanks to our politicians. I had to sit back doing nothing for 24 hrs. When such things happen it is sad... The SC Judge has himself stated that in no other country do people compete to be the most backward. At this rate no development can take place in this country.