My New year’s resolution is to write a post every single week. Usually by Saturday I would’ve thought of something to write. I would’ve found some inspiration (usually a book). But somehow, I couldn’t find one this week. And hence the title. Since I already forewarned that there is a lot of crap coming your way. I, in a way, have saved myself from embarrassment. And It’s Sunday evening already. So, I am going with an easy post – random updates.
(Desperately need a refill of creative juice.)
Had a great pongal celebration. Cooked rice in pot for the first time. It was great! 🙂
Slept for 14 hours a day. [4+10]
Trying to read 3 books at a time. [I seem to have lost some speed in my reading]
Finally downloaded all the essential health apps. (How I miss my iphone!!)
Watched one movie – Imitation Game (amazing) & couple of documentaries.
Planned and planned again. [Of course nothing usually works out]
Got my metrics organized.
Started listening to Pema Chodran again.
Broke “Meditation Everyday” resolution more than a few times.
Had a cup of good coffee at 9 in the night and didn’t sleep all night.
Weight every single day. [Nah no frigging weight loss! Despite saying no to Paneer! :/]
Zeroed in on my interest. 🙂
Excited. (Ausopen, Rafa)
Wrote a blog post and stopped myself from breaking a resolution.
p.s hoping something inspires me this week. 🙂 Something usually shows up!
p.s.s: This is the last time I am boring you with such things! 🙂
I have been meaning to write this post for a long time. But situation wasn’t right. Seems to me, I couldn’t get a better time than today to post it :). [Yeah grades coming up this week ]
Being a student gives a very different perspective of things! Especially about numbers.
Numbers come in many forms in our lives – accounting, money, shares,(weight), statistics but the scariest of them all is “Grade point” and it usually has a prequel – “marks”.
Being someone who is interested in understanding patterns, I decided to figure out this grade point. Literally figure it out. And the conclusion I got it.. Drumroll please.. It’s purely random & often based on luck.
Some of my thought experiments looked like this (Some I did it during some of the exams, so it’s very much real)
– Questions you get is completely random – so there is always this one student (need not be the same person every time) who ends up getting a fairly easy set of question. As so there will be one more person who gets a hard question. But 90% of the students end up getting a mixture of both.
– Defining easy and hard – Easy -80% of the students no matter they have studied or not could guess the answer with 80% accuracy. Hard – only 20% of the students who have prepared can find the answer out with 80% accuracy.
– More than 70% of the people know the exact answer just after coming out. If you are telling me this hasn’t happened to you, you should check for amnesia. So, what do you call this phenomenon – definitely not hard work? Luck may be?
– You read till the last minute hoping that it will show up in the exam but only 35% of the time it does. So, you take a call on where to read last minute or not.
– More than 60% of the time most obvious answer is the answer. But we, as students, always expect a twist in the question and mark the less obvious one. [Oh, are you smiling? So am I.]
– The vastu doesn’t help 100% of the time. Many have this notion of picking the same spot for every exam, thinking that it brings luck. It doesn’t. I have measured. 🙂
– Cracking an exam is a combination of your preparedness and your presence of mind. And tilted 70 degrees towards the later.
And the last and the most important thing – Mark is an inaccurate measure of your understanding of the subject, but accurate measure of relativity of understanding. In other words, we are the children of industrial revolution which banks on grades to measure competencies – just because it is easier that way. And one’s mark doesn’t reflect one’s understanding, but the understanding +/- a lot of other factors (which is hard to measure).
An obvious question may come up, some people always get the highest marks, and some always the lowest marks, does it mean former has understood the subject better than later? Yes and No. Yes, because of the relativity I talked about, no because the questions are random. But, notice here that it’s relative. That is, It doesn’t measure “How much” you have understood, only that you have understood more or less than the “expected value”. The expected value is the marks allotted to each question.
p.s: bonus for those inquisitive guys out there, time is relative too. That’s what got me here and now. “Now” can’t be measure, but before “now” and after “now” can be :).
p.s.s: was trying out a different style of writing. Let me know if you liked it or not!
Have a great week ahead!
Thanks for helping me keep with with the new year resolution!!
This Post was supposed to be written on Dec 31,2014. As the deadline approached, my need for celebrating the “moment” took over the need to look back at some of the great things that happened to me! So, I thought I will write it on Jan 1st. But, as you might have guessed already, I was too tired of the “madness” on the 31st to even think about writing a blog post. And I chose to write it yesterday despite having too many deadlines today!
The reason I just blurted out so very much is that, I have finally come in terms with my priorities (for now) and blogging is not the last! 🙂 Without any delay.. here are some of the best things that happened to me in 2014:
1. Cycle (Duh!)
2. Books – I wouldn’t have thought I would read 56 books in a year. Though it is not a magnificent number, I am proud to have become the person who picks up books every single week. In fact, just in first couple of months I started allocating time to read books! My love for non-fiction esp. business books just increased by this much (this is where you visualize me stretching my arms right out trying to hug the two poles).
3. Business School – Joining one has been great experience so far. Though I am yet to transform in to a butterfly, but I can crawl. That is, I am making a progress – moving forward. For that I am grateful!
4. Death – Still the best reminder of life. A couple of my friends lost their dear ones. Just a blink of an eye, the one who was once yours to love is no more. I could never come in terms with death. But, it just reminds me that every single moment I breath, I must do something to make a difference – a small smile, a thank you, a please..! It’s that small things that change the (your) world!
5. It’s Ok – Just means, It’s ok. For me, a lesson larger than life!
There are so many new people who came in to my life and influenced the way I think, the way I behave (in a good way). I would like to take a moment to thank every one for being there!
Said that, Past is not always about good things, but what you learn from the not-so-good things
1. Quality > Quantity – Reading one book per week wasn’t tough. Tough thing was remembering them. I read so many good books, but thanks to my visual memory, I barely remember a few lines or sentences about them. This year, I am planning to focus on quality. So, reduced my goals to just 40 and a wider variety – not just fiction and business books but travel books and poetry as well.
2. Systems – Building systems not just goals. Like exercising every day (or 3 days a week) to have better health. Fast once in 15 days. etc etc. Which I have slowly incorporated last year itself. 🙂 But looking forward to more and better ones this year.
3. Focus on energy (breath)
2015…. My only resolution.. 🙂
To publish a post every week (that means, a lot of crap coming your way)!
Have a wonnnnnderfullll New Year! 😀
Leaving you with a dialogue from my favorite book and movie – The Hobbit.