July 20, 2013 by Sunit Nandi
Time flies swifter then you can imagine. The Techno FAQ website and the forums are finally ready as expected.
Then came the second semester exams at college, with two months of gruelling theory and practical exams. And as luck would have it, IIT-JEE advanced exams also came in between.
The college exams went fair. But I fared poorly in JEE advanced. So no IIT for me this year too. Funnily enough, I got NIT Silchar again this year in JEE mains (formerly AIEEE). My parents are in two minds, whether to send me to study there or whether to continue studying in AEC. I personally don’t feel like going, as I am not really interested about wasting another year for nothing.
Only time will tell what my parents finally decide.
Coming back to the topic, after exams, there was a one-and-a-half month long vacation. We all went to our hometown in West Bengal to spend time with family and get refreshed. My upcoming post will be about our trip in full detail.
Today, I renovated my blog with a new theme called Liquorice. Its beautiful. I rearranged the pages and posts of the blog to make it look like a personal diary. From now on, I will be writing on serious topics and life stories and try my best to be a better writer.
On the techie side: I changed my Linux distro on my tablet PC to Manjaro. I wrote about it too at Techno FAQ blog. The computer is running faster than ever, and management is easier from what I have noticed so far. Soon I’ll be getting my new camcorder and a workstation so that I am able to edit videos properly. The workstation will also be no doubt handy for experiments. I’ve also sent my old laptop (bought in 2001) for dust cleaning, and have plans of reviving it with Crunchbang Linux.
Life has been like this so far. I’ll be writing my next post very soon.
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August 8, 2010 by Sunit Nandi
So finally, my school is going to re-open tomorrow, as our month-long summer holiday is over. Just a matter of few hours, and we all will be able to see our friends again after a long pause. But I am quite worried, because I will be again busy in studies and may not get enough time to spend online. But again I think it doesn’t matter as most of the websites have been properly designed and served.
Right now I have done quite a lot of Mathematics and Physics lessons during these holidays, thanks to the gruelling competition in Brilliant Tutorials. I might drop dead soon when school starts, hehe!
And a good news. BSNL 3G has been launched in our area. Before this launch, we were unable to access 3G even if we had a 3G plan. We only got access in the city area. Now that 3G is in the home as well, I decided to test it. The results were quite unexpected and shocking. Despite good speed and bandwidth, the latency is horrible and the packet rate is very bursty and lossy. Pingtest.net gave it a poor rating, i.e, D. Also it passes through a lot of firewalls and accelerators, slowing the system even further. BSNL must realise that the days of GPRS are over and 3G guys do not need accelerators at all. Well, for now I can only say that it is good only for uploading and downloading data, but totally inefficient for real-time applications like TV and video-calling. I just hope that they improve this service and drop prices when private operators join the bandwagon. I am now still sticking to the IIT’s home network.
Well, so something good happened at the end of the day. All’s well, that ends well. And holiday homeworks? I completed that on Monday. So don’t bug me….!
Anyway, see you guys soon.
Have a nice day and enjoy the rest half of the year. Hope you had a nice holiday. 😉
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January 13, 2009 by Sunit Nandi
My Unit Tests are now over and we have got a week long holiday. This is because of our Bohag Bihu holidays. Bihu is a traditional festival of the Assamese who celebrate it as three different festivals at different times of the year. It is often accompanied by songs and dances. Anyway, it is already 11 o’ clock night now, I have no time to spare, so I give you this link to read more about bihu.
Happy Bihu to everyone!
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October 13, 2008 by Sunit Nandi
I am now back from my holiday in West Bengal. The Durga Puja was really nice and there was an air of festivity. It gave a very nice scene. Also we had picnics at three beach spots: Digha and Mandarmoni. The Puja photos are available on the Photo Gallery on the Album “Durga Puja in West Bengal”. It is available on this link. This year’s photos have a prefix “2008”.
Here is the full story:
Vacations are very necessary for a change in the monotony of our daily lives. They refresh us and revitalize our senses. However, I could not enjoy my summer vacations at all and I was feeling even more tired within myself. But a few months later, there was our half-yearly exam. After it was over, there was ample time to go for a vacation. It was our autumn break.
I was already too tired to do anything after the exams. I gloomily retraced my steps back home. But I was beside myself with joy when I came to know that my parebts had planned a vacation in West Bengal for the Durga Puja. So we went shopping for essential items. We came back and packed our items to get ready for the trip.
The next day (5th October), we took a Jet Airways flight for Kolkata. However, we did not stop there. We did not want to face the crowds and noise of Kolkata. Instead, we wished to enjoy ourselves in a peaceful rural setting. As a result, we took a long distance bus to my mom’s hometown, Digha, which is about 182 kms away from Kolkata. We reached our destination in 5 hours.
At Digha, we were given a warm welcome by my grandparents, uncles and aunts. It seemed that the entire joint family was almost complete. The three of us were tired and very hungry. A sumptuous meal was prepared. We ate as much as we could. After that, we went to bed.
The day after (6th October) was Saptami. We bathed and dressed ourselves in new clothes. Then we all set out to see the local pandals. Digha is a tourist town which is known for its beaches. Digha also has other attractions such as Science Centre which showcases various science exhibitions and applications. Also, the Amravati Lake is a favourite for those fond of boating. The park next to this lake is liked by children who find it a nice place for playing and having a ride on the toy train. So tourists come to visit here in large numbers. However, the locals spend an idyllic country life. But then it showed a different picture altogether. Everyone seemed to be in a festive mood. Some were hopping from pandal to pandal paying their devotions to Goddess Durga. Some were gossiping while others were strolling around. We saw four pandals. Then we spent the rest of the day enjoying on the seashore.
On Ashtami (7th October), we hired a car and set out to visit a new beach resort at Mandarmoni. My cousins also joined us on the way. We reached in two hours. Then, for the first time in my life, I saw such a clean beach resort. Unlike Digha, Mandarmoni was just a year old. So, very less number of tourists come here. The beaches were virgin and practically very little man-made garbage. The sea extended up to the horizon and the whole view was simply wonderful. Later that day, we went to Contai, hopping from pandal to pandal along the way. Contai is the sub-divisional town of the area which consists of Contai, Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmoni and many other villages. We finally reached Contai. We saw many pandals in the town but the one which striked me most was the pandal whose interior and the idols were made entirely of sand and glue. Soon it was time to move. We went to Sankarpur. Sankarpur is a fishing spot on the Bay of Bengal. Many boats fish in the sea and tons are caught, such as pomfret, hilsa, bhetki, shrimp, etc. These fish are exported to all over India. We saw the fishing boats in the jetty after they had a tiring day out in the sea. We had our dinner at a nearby restaurant and then made our way back to Digha.
On Maha Navami, I and my dad went out for a long walk while my mom and my relatives went out for shopping. We both walked to Digha and sat on the seashore. After a while, we met the others. We then entered into one of the pandals to watch the fireworks.
On Vijaya Dashami, we went to meet our distant relatives and friends both in Digha and Contai. We also watched the immersion ceremony of the idols of Goddess Durga.
The day after (10th October), the three of us set out for my dad’s hometown in Egra. We reached there in an hour. Though Durga Puja was over, the idols in the pandals were not immersed yet. This was because they were not granted permission for the immersion. So we had time to see many pandals there. After half-an-hour, we left for my dad’s ancestral home. We stayed there for a day and enjoyed a lot with my uncles, aunts and cousins. We returned back to Digha the day after.
That day we assembled together for the last time. We chatted, played and watched movies together. My mother, grandmother and my aunt prepared a delicious feast. We all ate to our fill.
The next morning was the time to bid goodbye to most of my relatives. After staying with them for a long time, I felt very sad to part. Only my uncle and aunt followed me and my parents to Kolkata airport. Hours later, we had to say goodbye to them too. We went to the airport with heavy hearts. We reached Guwahati back on a Kingfisher flight. We reached home felling a little disappointed but still full of energy and freshness. I was feeling energized and full of zest and looked forward to attending school.
“All’s well that ends well!”
Hope you like the new pics. Also comment as much as you like!
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October 4, 2008 by Sunit Nandi
Finally, after a long time, my half yearly exams are over. I will be leaving tomorrow for my hometown in West Bengal to watch Durga Puja and have a good holiday. Happy Puja to all of you!
By the way, it is 11 o’ clock night and have to go to sleep.
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