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Qualified Opinion

Its been eons since the last post! The thought was that I’d take a temporary slowdown for the exams. The slowdown, which started in Jan 2010, got shifted to a break in February. The only problem was, the break never ended!

Exams came and went, but the break went on. There have been many times I felt like updating the blog, but I’d just sit in front of the screen, staring at the ‘New Post’ page. The sudden surge of guilt of having ignored my blog, which would result when I read something good on the internet, would quickly melt away when I sit to write. Absolute lack of creativity was the norm.

I have sat down many times, taken lots of vows to put finger to keyboard and update my blog, within this span of time. There are lots of stupid draft posts lying half-baked and unpublished. Well, its not like I was exceptionally creative earlier, but  there always used to be something to write about, whereas the last year was full of studies, exams and other tension. But, it was a life-changing year. One that totally altered my life. In many ways, many meanings.

2011 – I got transformed from a ‘student’ to a ‘professional’. From a ‘classmate’ to a ‘colleague’. From an ‘internee’ to an ’employee’. Ok, enough for now. More on that at a later stage, at a different place.

Yes, at a different place. This blog has been decided to be closed down. Not that it wasn’t already, considering the long period of inactivity, but yes, this is officially closed from today. This blog has given me a belief that I can write, and hopefully, someday, I would again start a new one, and hopefully I’d enjoy writing there as much as I did with this blog. God bless all!

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Exams and Results

It’s official. Yours truly is now a degree holder. B.Com First Class, to be precise. The only regret being not attending a college, whereby missing out on class-bunking, movie-watching, boozing, drooling, partying, ah, you know the rest! In short, skipped out years of jolly time wastage by deciding to become the person who is awake among those who sleep.

(By the way, a google search on the above quote results not in the ICAI motto, but on sleep disorders. Well, No surprises there eh?)

I wish there was a way to look into how my university people value the answer sheets and set the marks. My mark list shows that I got 40 marks in Costing I and a 90 in Costing II. Which is like getting a 40 in CBSE Class X English exam and a 90 (equivalent) in TOEFL. Okay, thats exaggerating. But you get the point. So, according to them, I know just about enough to manage to pass in the basics part, while I’m an expert at the advanced topics. Kewl! Wonder what they were smoking. Anyway, the rest of the marks are equally bewildering.

Hmm. On another side, all kinds of rumours are spreading on a change in the ICAI exam pattern following their press release about students expected to have advanced knowledge right from the PCC level. An increase in the minimum marks or cut off level seems to be the most common one. Why do all the rumours that we hear tend to be bad ones?!

To the November exam guys: All the best, ppl! Rock the show!

And to everyone: Happy Deepavali 🙂

Final Destination – I

Me: “What? CA Final results are out? Very low pass percentage? Shit.”

Friend: “Yea, super bad. Why cant the institute be more liberal?! So many deserving students have not cleared.”

Me: “Hmm. Isn’t that what makes the whole course so scary? Oh wait. I forgot articleship.”

Friend: “Hehe. Yeah. Anyway how’s your studies going?”

Me: “Well, coming to think of it, its been seven months of studi-able time (PCC results were out in Jan) wasted away successfully by me so far. And considering my laziness, it doesn’t certainly look like it will end with seven months of wastage.”

Friend: “What, you tryin’ta say you haven’t started studying yet? Come on nerd. Stop kidding.”

Me: “……………………………………………”

Friend: “Ok ok. So why haven’t you started yet? You know final is not like PCC. There’s just way too much portion to be covered, you see.”

Me: “Wait. Are you my dad?”

Friend: “Hehe. I was just telling.”

Me: “Hmm. Damn. Truth hurts. Anyway, I guess I’ll start with something today.” 🙂

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God, so many books.  This is too bad. Looks like I’ll take a month to by-heart the names of the subjects even. And which group each subject belongs to, thats even harder to by-heart. Well, let me pick out one book at random and start. (One advantage of not knowing a dime at all – all subjects look the same 🙂 )

Now whats this. Information Systems Control and Audit? Hmm. ISCA. Cute. Where on earth do they come up with such weird book cover designs! Anyway lets see.

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Syllabus: Level of knowledge – Advanced knowledge.

B.E.A.utiful. Just two words. Advanced knowledge. Easy to say. Kadavuley..!

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Chapter 1: Information Systems Concepts.

<Yawn ^ 200>

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Oh! <Brainwave:)> I forgot to check out the Preface. Lets see what it says.

  • The basic knowledge about Information Technology gained at PCC level is sought to be built up further through this paper.

Oh devil! Isn’t that paper over yet? God. No wonder Computer Engineers are paid so much.

  • Since the level of knowledge required is ‘Advanced knowledge’, you are advised to make an early start of the study material and give repeated and intensive readings over a period of time.

Oops. Why didn’t I read this earlier. Hmm, this dialog should seriously be given more coverage. Maybe a Bold effect with a 48-size Arial font. No, seriously.

  • Try to develop in yourself some interest in this subject and study it for the purpose of learning.

Note the usages of ‘Try to develop’, ‘Some interest’. So they know the reality. Apram ennathuku intha torture!/Pinne enthinaa ee torture! 😦

  • We would welcome suggestions to make this study material more useful to the students. In case of any doubt, students are welcome to write to the Director of Studies.

Eh? What about the address to send suggestions that they welcome? Ah. Sleek..

Hmm. Such a long preface. Enough for today. Yawn. <Snore>

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P.S: When I find a greyish looking dusty book 3 months later during the yearly cleaning up and excavation of my room, please remind me it was this book. 🙂

It’s all a blur!

<The dialogs in Italic are mine>

Week 1. My office.

“Hey! New phone? Cool. Which model is it?”

“It’s 5800. Nokia’s new one. Got it the other day.”

“Oh Wow! Fine, but where’s the keypad?”

“Hah hah. There’s no keypad boss.. Its touch-screen, like the I-Phone.”

“My God! Its awesome. Lucky you!”

“Oh please, it’s nothing great.” <blush|proud|blush>

Week 2. My Office.

“Hey dude, give me your phone. Just need to make a call.”

“Fine.. Here take it”

” … “

“What on earth are you doing, digging the screen?!”

“Oops. Sorry dude. I usually don’t use these antique models. Just got used to  touch-screen, you see..!”

” You $#%^&#*@&(!%# ”

Week 3. Nokia Care Center.

“Hello Sir. How can I help you?”

“There’s some problem with the display of my phone. The screen gets blurred at times, when I unlock the phone.”

“Oh, ok. This is a screen defect. I guess the display panel has to be changed.”

“Yea? Whatever. I got warranty. Just do it.”

“The problem is, we are out of display panel stock right now.”

“Oh, so when is it expected?”

“We’ll have them next week. And I’m sure we’ll be able to fix the screen by next weekend.”

“Fine.. One week without my sweetheart. Its gonna be hard!”

Week 4. Nokia Care Center.

“My 5800! My baby! Its all healthy now, I believe?”

“Sir, actually, we havent received the stock yet. We will be able to solve the problem as soon as we get hold of it.”

“Yea? So I’ll take my mob with me and bring it back when you guys get the stock?”

“Okay, thats fine. Please call us up next week, I’m sure we would have it by then.”

Week 5. Home.

“Hello, is this the Nokia Care Center?”

“Yes sir, how can I help you?”

“Has the stock of 5800 display panel come yet?”

“One moment sir, let me check.. Oops, not yet. Please call us next week. We expect the next lot of deliveries next week”

Sigh!

Week 6. My flat.

“Hey, whats this on your mobile?! I can’t see a thing!”

“Nothing dude, that’s just a new screensaver. Yes, really.”

“Oh. I see. And how to disable this screensaver?”

“Er..Ahem.. Excuse me.. Slight headache..”

Week 7. Home.

“Hello. Nokia Care Center. How can I help you?”

“Hello, has the stock of Nokia 5800 disp..”

“Oh No sir, it hasn’t come yet. Please check up next week.”

“What the ..”

Beep.. Beep.. Beep..

Week 8. Nokia Care Center.

“Sir, how can I help you?”

“My phone. My display. Its totally blurred now. I just can’t use it. Just been a month since I bought it and look at it now! Pleeeaaasssee! Help meee! Do somethinggg”

“Oh, I’m sorry sir, the display panel has to be changed.”

“Yea? And I guess you are out of stock right now? And this will be solved within a week?”

“Yes sir. Thats right. We’ll have it done by next weekend.”

“Damn you bunch of &#(&#)@*$&())@&U$ “

Week 9. Office.

“Hey. Just gime your phone dude. Need to make a call”

“Hey, I thought you used only touch-screen ones. By the way, what happ to it?”

“There’s some problem dude. The display has crashed. And the service center sucks. Now let this be between us. Please”

Week 10.

Office: “Hey, my phone might be an antique, but its display works! Hah Hah.”

Flat: “Got any new screensavers, dude? Hah hah.”

Nokia Care Center: “Next week, sir. Next week, surely”

  • And the problem still persists. My darling phone. Such a new thing, and all messed up already! 😦
  • If any Nokia supporters are reading this by any chance, for Gods sake, please send the Nokia Care Creeps in my city some display panel stock, and save my phone’s life!!! Thank You!

Update:
Miracles do happen! The Care Center guys finally got some stock, and my phone display is back! Yipee! Now where are those people who made fun of my darling phone?! 😡