Friday, December 22, 2006
Following is a passage we got for our English exams. May cause insanity.
As you know, a great many peoples in India cannot read or write. They are illiterate. This is not their fault. They have never had the chance to learn to read. But we know, too that our country cannot progress as it should do if the majority of the people are ignorant and uneducated. If we are to be the best kind of citizen we must be educated. We must atleast be able to read books and news papers. Now for those of us, who have had the chance to go to school and to be educated, have been given something of which many of our neighbours have been deprived. They therefore, need our help. In this matter, we are in a position to help them. If we are willing to do so. We should show our neighbourliness if we found our next door neighbour lying at the side of the road unable to move because he had broken his Leg. similarly, too, we
should show our neighbourliness when we find him unable to make progress because he cannot read.
And one of the question was:
What is neighbourliness?
Frankly speaking, I was baffled. Not only was it just plain stupid to put forth Grade 4 paragraphs for Engineering students. Pretty much like asking Michael Schumacher to drive a Maruti 800 or a Ford Pinto. But the sheer lameness of the question, the broken grammar and the childish construction of the sentences, makes me laugh. To make matters worse, the paper was filled with 'opposites', 'Synonyms', 'Fill In The Blanks With Prepositions', 'Homophones' (I aways misread it as Homophobes) and other such shit. The paper duration was for 3 hours, and I finished it in an hour and a half. I must say, getting up halfway through the paper, announcing that you're done, and strutting down the aisle, knocking a few desks in the process, and grandly leaving the class room, never to return for a week, gives me some kind of vindictive pleasure.
Came back from Pune. We had initially planned to spend at least two nights there, but the unexpected noise, pollution, crowd and vehicles had us packing our bags the second day itself. Also, it didn't help that the hotel we planned to stay in (read, the only hotel that had a spare room) was devoid of clean mattresses, blankets, and hot water. The only thing we enjoyed during the trip was the 120 kmpm drive on the express way.