Sunday, April 23, 2006


GIGO, as any soul enlightened to the inner works of the machine called computer will tell you, stands for Garbage In Garbage Out. What it means is that if you feed trash into a system, what you’ll get out of it is also trash.

There was a story in today’s Hindustan Times about a paradoxical situation – a growing demand for engineers in the industry, and the growing number of unemployed technical degree holders. (I can’t bring myself to call them engineers!!!!) I read a comment that “only about 30% of the technically trained are worthy of getting a job!” Is that right, I wondered and went back to my classroom where half of our professor’s rant zoomed past our heads at super sonic speed, where we became expert copiers from books, guides and fellow classmates assignments. Were we thinking like engineers? Absolutely not!

I whole-heartedly agree that not all technical degree holders are worthy of engineering jobs. Reason? They don’t think and act like engineers. Or to put it simply, they lack the necessary quality one must have for every job – Aptitude. For entrance into most engineering colleges, aptitude is never a criteria for consideration. And it is the lack of this very aptitude, that makes students miserable in engineering colleges (yeah, in spite of the exuberance of college life.) There is no escaping the feeling once they land a job that they don’t enjoy.

So what has this to do with the GIGO phenomenon, you ask? Simply that we feed in inapt students to the engineering colleges and inapt engineers come out of them. GIGO you see, Garbage In, Garbage Out. These students, who turn into inefficient (and sometimes unemployed engineers) are the worst hit. They are expected to take life-defining decisions at the age of fifteen, with little or no help provided to them. How in the Heaven’s name can a tenth class student decide to be an electronics engineer when he hasn’t so much as heard of a diode? How will a girl of fourteen know she can make a good neuro-surgeon when she has never laid hands on a scalpel? Is it really the fault of these young students to opt for engineering or MBA following the lure of overseas positions and MNC jobs paying high salaries? Their parents, their teachers all talk about future prospects in a particular field, who talks to them about aptitude? Who tells them that for every one person who has excelled in the field of engineering and medicine, there are ten others who have not, who are unhappy and dissatisfied? Who tells these bright ambitious middle class students that there are so many career options available?

When I was a teenager about to choose a field, other career options like teaching, architecture, interior designing were ‘soft options’ or for those who could not get into professional courses. There was a social stigma attached to these careers. That, combined with the lack of aptitude evaluation led to basically two choices – medicine or engineering. Why do we take such blind risk with our lives? Why can’t our school courses include aptitude evaluation?

Wouldn’t it be great if we were tested for our natural ability to do things as well as ability to learn? And then shown the direction our life could take. So that when we walk into a college, it will be towards a career, not a meaningless degree. So that every professionally qualified individual became an asset to our country, not a liability joining the throngs of the unemployed. So that all of us loved our jobs, leading contented lives. So that all of us found our happiness within ourselves.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The results...

Kayde se to this should have been up yesterday, but thew little time I had yesterday was devoted to fixing the screwed up template.... what you see is a temporary one.... have two three templates lined up and will decide soon which one to dress my blog with. But thi post, all you would have guessed is not about templates, its about results.
The first one is the result of the contest that had been running on my blog. For those who came in late, it was called My favourite story by DJ contest and from March 6, I've put up contest rules, the five nominations, behind the scenes tidbits on all nominations and finally the voting began on 3rd of April. Before I announce the result, let me thank all those who participated in the contest and voted! And now, the answer to the question I've been seeking. The Fav Story by DJ is.....

*thunder, clap, drum roll*
The Independence Day
*thunder, clap, drum roll*

To read more about the story, click here. To read the story itself, click here.
For those of you who have been reading this post carefully, I said in the first para that this post was about results (yeah, results in plural, not singular!) So that means that there should be atleast two results in this post. Right? The second result is not of a poll or exam or anything, it is the result of inspection (or introspection) of my blog. I realised some days back that my blog has stories, poems, reviews, taggies but not my feelings. Perhaps it was a subconcious decision to not bare my soul onto my blog. Not that i'm planning to do that now, but I wan to post a little more about my thoughts an opinions on everyday things.... things other than books and movies that I've talked about till now... Just to try and broaden my horizons as a writer! So there are going to be a lot more ramblings on Anks' Ramblings...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Voting continues...

Hey ppl, all good things must come to an end... but some good things can be extended! Just like this contest... :)

Owing to my work piling on and on, the last voting date has been extended by a week! Yeah, last date of voting is now 18th April.......!

So all those who haven't already done it, do it

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Voting Begins...

All right, so all the nominations are out and your job is about to begin!

But before we do that, a quick recap of the nominations are rules. The five stories DJ picked as nominations are:

Independence Day: The blockbuster thriller, Dan Brown meets Deepak Jeswal
Indraprakash- The Sparkle Of Rain: The short story that shook us all
The Morning After: The feminist's delight
Naman Geeta: The only Rom-Com DJ has written
Where The Heaven Meets The Earth: A Saga of emotions, set against the backdrop of partition

You can read all of them at the contest blog

And once you've done that, it will be time to cast your vote (or rather votes!) Click here for the voting rules. Or, if you are lazy like me, here they are again...

You may have noticed that there was no provision for comments on the contest blog... But, now that the nominations are declared, can you start commenting. You need to vote for the story by commenting in the comment section after each story. Your vote should say, "This is My Fav Story by DJ". Simple? Yeah, but do remember that:

1) You can comment only once on each story. If there are two comments on one story by the same person, the vote gets nullified.
2) Since the competition is tough and the selection is difficult, each person can vote for two stories. But that's it. If you try to vote for more than two, then all your votes will be nullified.

3)In case the story is posted in two parts, do make sure to vote on the second part.
4) Voting on till 10th april 11:59 pm!

So what are you waiting for? Get set, and go! :)