SCENE: Around 50 commuters, with varied levels of urgency, expectantly looking at the electronic train schedule display board.
What they did not realize for quite some time was that staring at that display board was not going to help. This was what it showed:
I am not sure whether the technicians at the railway station chose the rush hour for some live testing (some geeks call it UAT or QA testing…). Or did the 2012 railway budget include some provisions for test trains ??!
To compensate for the non-functional display board, there were computer monitors placed all around – there were too many of them. They were running Windows XP and the system admin did not know how to launch the schedule display software. Finally, he gave up and switched the display to this:
Looked like Lord Venkateshwara, the second richest God, had been summoned to revive the cash-strapped railways. But He could not help our angered passengers either. The saviour of the day was a lady sitting behind the ‘General Enquiry’ desk whose job of the day was to blurt out an integral number (platform number) at every train name that was thrown at her.
Just as I expected, the coach position displays on the platform were not functioning either. With much difficulty, I got into my compartment. As the train slowly chugged out of the station, I noticed the monitors on the platform showing the train schedules momentarily, only to be replaced by a tractor advertisement. How useful !!
At NITT, final years release a book, “REMINISCENCE”, which compiles the memories of four long years in college, the friends we met and the experiences we shared… The book contains a short article about every student of the batch, along with his/her interesting traits, characteristic features and contact details. We affectionately call it the “REM” book.
My friends wrote rem entries for me, and they were compiled by my friend and room-mate, Saurabh:
Karthik a.k.a Eskay is a GOLDen MAN with a tinge of SACcHarine that makes him an exponent of several disciplines and an extremely sweet and cordial person at heart. Perennially misinterpreted as a geek, Eskay is probably the best way “FUNDOO” can be defined. Someone who is glued to the Laptop “all night long” watching sitcoms but scores a 9 plus in every freaking semester. Give him the violin and you would feel the Gods around you for his hands on the violin are synonymous to MAGIC. A living proof of the saying “the pen is mightier than the sword” a touchdown of Eskay’s pen on paper has produced exquisite works of poetry and a demonstration of his love for detail and correlation. A flipside though are his PJs. A faint tingling of his PJ (mokkai) generating nerves sends gushes of laughter from this PJ-Centre. Beware, you might be found laughing on the floor after a discourse from this magnetic human being. Manufactured with a rare quality of charming people effortlessly, Eskay has a place in everyone’s heart. He is DESIGNed to be a hardworking and diligent worker, so much so that even SUNdays are LABorious with Eskay, though this frequently puts Mr. Perfectionist in some inexorable dilemma when it comes to relationships. All in all an all-rounder who is all set to strike it rich in Life!!!
Too much exaggeration, but still, I like it a lot !!
Karthik being my name, I have often wondered what is in my name? It is a name that is very common and is also the name of Lord Muruga. But were they the reasons why my parents christened me Karthik? Or was there any other significance attached to my name? I asked my dad.
SANKAR – my dad’s name.
SHANTHI – my mom’s name.
The last three letters from both names, when concatenated, gives KARTHI. And thus my name was formed - a part of both my parents’ names!!!
Nice concept, right?? Probably I must pass on the legacy too, somehow…