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Saturday, August 28, 2004

The best of times, the worst of times...

Finally back after a long hiatus, a period which lead exactly one loyal reader to raise doubts about my existence. I am so moved that I'm speechless. But then, that doesn't make a difference because I don't have to say anything.

Back to the subject at hand, the reason for my blogging absence this entire week.

Every year, this time of the year always brings me plenty of cheer (Whoa, I'm a poet!). The wonderful season of inter-college symposia has begun here in Chennai. Long bus journeys, boring speeches, lousy lunches....I really feel sorry for all of you who don't get to experience the little joys that these events bring with them. So for all of you, here's a guide to any Inter-college Technical Symposium here in Chennai at least.

Before we start on your tour, just one thing you need to know. The word 'technical' is of a highly flexible nature and need not mean what it sounds like it does. There, you're ready to go now...


The starting point of any symposium, the registration desk is just a corny trick to hold everything together and serves no actual purpose. The best looking girls in the college wear exquisite sarees (I'm a sucker for sarees) and stand behind a desk saying 'Registration'. You can stand and look at them - they won't mind, except for an occassional giggle. That's what they're there for. However, don't ever make the mistake of asking one of these girls about any of the planned events. There's no point in doing that.

The Inauguration Ceremony


The Paper Presentation

The main event. The backbone of any technical symposium, this event is a forum where budding technical minds come up with innovative ideas and efficient ways to implement them. Yeah right!

In the real world, this event is a forum where budding technical minds come up with innovative ideas to copy and paste stuff from the internet and really inefficient ways to present them. Yup, if you can't string a sentence together in English but are highly skilled at copy-paste, this is the event for you. It's also where all the good cash is. So, get copying!


Mostly Tasteless and more importantly, Mostly Harmless as well. Thank god for small mercies. And before I forget, most importantly, it's FREE!

Other events

Every symposium worth the name has a quiz, or something to that effect. This is the highlight for me. No preparation required. Decent cash prizes. Basically easy money. Most teams that turn up do so by mistake and so, winning is not a problem. Consider this example from a symposium I went to yesterday.

The question was "Who designed the evening gown for Miss New Jersey in this year's Miss America pageant? Her sibling owns a clothing line called Aneres." The answer was Venus Williams and the sibling in question was Serena Williams (Aneres is Serena backwards)

One team, slightly unsure, says "Williams". The quizmaster says "Which one?" and the team says, "Serena". Wrong, the question passes. You'd expect the next team to gobble it up but no, they have other ideas. "Ritu Beri", they feel and are passed too. The next team go with an slightly lesser known fashion designer called "Huh? What? Us? Pass!". And so, the question arrived neatly packaged and deliverd to our laps and we just completed the formalities. You get the point, don't you?

Other events could include a crossword or some kind of designing. Same story.

Valedictory Ceremony

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Get up, collect prizes, pocket cash, leave.

There you have it folks. Your complete guide to inter-college symposia.

By the way, in case you're wondering. My activities this week - Four days of such events, 8 prizes, a total of around 4200 bucks in cash. Not to mention lunch/dinner vouchers at a popular restaurant. If any of you girls are interested, call me and we'll go!


Blogger Sharad said...

Congrats Sir , heard you won the Venky quiz... Any more ? I heard good prize money at the Stella thing as well, what happenend there?

10:49 PM  
Blogger Vinod said...

Ya da, Stella was good fun! Totally BS quiz but we finished second and got two grand each for our efforts.
How's your preparation for the U.K going?

5:56 AM  
Blogger Abhimanyu said...

dai....stella gave 4 thousand bucks for second place???...shit man...i wish i were in college now...and who was ur teammate?...shrikanth??

5:45 PM  
Blogger Vinod said...

Dai Abhi relax,
Stella was only the venue. The quiz was organised by the British Council. And it was six grand for second place, split by myself, Vivek and Shrikant!

6:27 PM  

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