Thursday, April 28, 2011

Living in the hills

I am at my college, in Thandavpur, 18 kms from Mysore, Karnataka. Forget about the social activities like cinemas, theaters, malls, parks, fountains or shopping centers, there is no power supply for at least 6 hours per day, every day. But then yeah, its green, I get to eat healthy food and I have peace of mind. And, right now I am glued to a state of the art computer with an unlimited wi-fi connection (Courtesy to my college's growing infrastructure) writing this post (You must think I’m jobless. I actually am!). As it is said, everything has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Now for those who don't know, I am a lecturer in this college. Have been teaching Computer Science for B.Sc horticulture students since the beginning of the year and I love my job.

To tell you something about my students, there's no cool group or a in-crowd. They are a bunch of 30 students, trying to blend themselves in the small crowd. I have students from across the country, Bihar, Chandigarh, Kerala, Bangalore, Dharwad, to name a few. They form a mixture of suburb and rural lives surviving in a village unknown to them. I can understand how difficult it must be for my students to adapt to a totally new environment. I consider myself blessed not to have endured a life away from family over a long period.

Teaching Computer Science to them was almost fun. Almost because not many of them have had knowledge about computers before, this made my job difficult to certain extent. For them, it was an object they were, if I could say, afraid of. They perceived computers as something vulnerable and breakable. It did take some time for them to come out of the shell. At one point I had to unplug the computer just to show them computers do not bite! It was hilarious actually. Now as I am almost done with the semester, they are much better at computers and masters at Facebook!!

I still have no idea how good a teacher I am. I guess it is too early to decide on that but what I do know for certain is I love teaching and this is one profession I consider not to be monotonous (Considering, having tried 3 other professions). But, never know, I might start looking at horizons to spread my wings. But for now, it is teaching and I AM LOVING IT!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Christening my blog

I did it. At some point it seemed impossible, at many times it felt needless but at the end it felt completely necessary. Finally, I decided to have my blog.

Now that you've decided read my first post, I want to tell you how hard it was for me to get here. The first and the foremost thing on my mind when I decided to write a blog was a blog name. Little did I know that it would not be easy as it sounds. I wanted my blog name to be funny, catchy, lively, superb, dynamic, mind blowing, witty and all other adjectives that I'm not able to recall now but what I can certainly recall is spending hours at night on internet to find a name for my blog. I had read somewhere that 99.9% blogs that have the word "blog" in their blog name generates maximum traffic and therefore readers. So I decided that my blog must have the word "blog".

Finding the remaining string of words did not prove to be an easy task. At one point I considered naming it "I am blogging", "My blog", "Blogger blogging", "Just blogging", "Blog blog blog" ( I know, I know, I hear you. They are lame) but I had not many choice as I wanted the word "blog" and wanted it to sound funny as well (None of the above mentioned names are funny though). This is my first post and I'm sure you are humble enough to see past my mistakes. Well, coming back to the blog name. After during a thorough research on the internet for about 3 hours, I decided to name my blog "No brains blogging". No brains because this blog is created for no ulterior purpose or motive. "No brains blogging" will be about anything and everything, no definite theme, no genre, no labels, no stigma attached to it. I hope you appreciate it.

Thanks for the read. Cheers!!