Sunday, November 28, 2021

1008. The night before the exams

The contents of this blog post is true to the best of the knowledge and wisdom of the author of this blog. All the incidents mentioned in this post has happened in the life of the author. The incidents happened during his MBA college days (2004 - 2006)

How do Boys prepare for semester exams?

1) Outings 
On the evening before the exams, boys would have the itch to go window shopping. On all the other days we would simply be in hostel. But on the day before the exam, we would have to go on an outing.

2) Eat outs
On all the other days, we would eat in the hostel canteen even if we curse and make jokes about the college food. But on the night before the exam, we have to go out and eat dinner. That is a cardinal rule.

3) Sleep
The afternoon before the D day should be spent on sleeping.

4) Check the time table
This is a mandatory step that all boys do the day before the exams. Many boys have to look at the time table to have an idea about the name of the subject.

5) Have a debate with friends to know which lecturer took that subject
For some guys, even the name of the subject would not give them a clue on what the subject is all about. If the subject is handled by a lady professor, the class discussions will easily come to their mind

6) Search the entire hostel in search of notes taken by any boy for that subject.
This is a step that the boys adopt after their evening outing is over. If they find the notes, they will then step out for their night dinner.

7) Go to Library and search for books.
Go to the college library to see if any text books are available there, only to realize that we do not even have our library cards with us because the girls have already taken the books using our cards.

8) Go to girls hostel
We go to the girls hostel for good reasons on the night before the exams. We go there to take the notes and photostat the notes from one girl who parts with her notes for 15 minutes

9) Come back to hostel and distribute the copies to the other boys.

  • Write chits in case it comes handy during exams.
  • Micro Photostat
  • Strategy for copying is drafted.
  • Watch a movie with a bottle of beer.
  • Play cards, Cigarette smoking is a must while playing cards.
  • Taking a long ride just to ward off the exam blues.

How do Girls prepare?

  1. Mug up
  2. Mug up again
  3. Study well
  4. Read through their notes they took in class.
  5. Read through the notes taken by other girls.
  6. Read the books they took using their library cards from the library
  7. Read and mug up the books they took from the library using the library cards of some boys.
  8. Mug up all that is already mugged up
  9. Understand and study what is already mugged up

This post is written based on my experience with exams in the early 2000s. Now things might have changed.


Saturday, November 06, 2021

1007. My work table at home

A good work desk will play a big part in #workproductivity. In the last two years, I was shifting between three places at regular intervals and I did not have a proper permanent workspace. But recently I was able to set my work table in my house. A lot of effort did go in putting this workspace together. Here is a list of what makes my perfect work setup.

1) Transteel Study desk. I always like the 4x2 feet tables. It gives me enough space for my hand to rest while I work []

2) The Macbook Pro, Magic keyboard and Magic mouse ( Zoho's work companions)

3) Tukzer long mousepad []

4) JBL Go2 speakers - I always use an external bluetooth speaker for better performance. []

5) Lenovo 300 FHD external webcam with wide view - Try an external webcam for your meetings and feel the difference. I use it even for Whatsapp video calls. This webcam is a great partner for meetings that are conducted through Zoho Cliq []

6) BenQ external monitors - I am a big fan of external monitors. There are many other better monitors too. But as i do not design much and spend a lot of time in typing content, this monitor perfectly fits my need []

7) Succulents in mud pots - coloured by me and helped by my 10 year old daughter and my 2 year old son. One of these pots has Zoho's logo painted on it. I will write a post about the story behind these three pots

8) Six toy cars from my son's toy box. Already my son has taken 4 of them. Soon they will disappear from the table. I will have to replace it with a Rubik's cube.

Share your workspace in the comments section and if you have any work enhancement items on your desk, do share them too