break fast!

To all those who were partying at my disappearance, sorry guys, I'm back. Again. I'm not really so busy that I have no time to write - as a matter of fact there's so much that I want to write, I don't know what to write first.

We'll start with the TechFest. As I had written in my last post, I had planned to be a silent spectator to the event. But I guess fate had other plans. So they made me sit in the KReSIT auditorium, where the IT Quiz was announced as an open, no-registration-required event. Then they made me sit right next to a Hrishikesh from COEP, Pune; who thus became my partnere de-facto. The prelims were a dissapointment; there was so much that I had forgotten / knew wrong. Nevertheless, the two of us managed to score the highest marks, and went ahead to the finals.

It was a nailbiting finale. Nailbiting for me, that is. First, Hrishikesh, my partner who I had met barely an hour ago decided to disappear. After 10 minutes of screaming "Somebody please find my partner", the organizers got me a partner. Wait a second, this isn't Hrishikesh from COEP! This was Abhijit from MESCO's, Pune, a waitlisted finialist who had also misplaced his compadre.

After being stood up by a person who I met barely an hour ago, I was extremely cynical this new dude would be any help. Also, the IT Quiz finals, quizmastered by the head honchos of TCS, turned out to be almost entirely a non-IT gig, and I was asphyxiating like a fish out of water. But like I said, fate had other plans. My teammate happened to know just as much about World War II planes as the quizmaster. That, and my guesses to the IT questions allowed us to quickly build up an early lead.

Like all good things, my now completely bitten nails finally came to an end. And so did our lead. Team 2 had caught up with some really good literature question answers. 6 qustions and 2 tie breakers later, Team 2 won, and we were left with second prize. I guess Team 2 deserved it anyway. They looked cooler than us.

Anyway, considering this was a completely unplanned thing and that I was lucky enough to find 2 capable people to team up with out of a band of a thousand potentially ignorant folks, I'm happy that fate had other things in mind.

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Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. You can read more about him here.

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