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To be or not to be!

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It was that time of the year again, when only human minds are more cluttered than study tables, when “ghissu” becomes a compliment than a “gaali”, when spotting a soul on the corridors is more difficult than spotting a member of the female species, when people fight for the local ghissu’s tut copy, when serious looks greet you in the mess rather than the customary smiles, when bakar consists of only Electrodynamics and multiple integrals, and ofcourse, the time of the year when IITR faces power cuts. Welcome to the yet another dreaded TS (Test-Series) in the life of an IIT’ian. It was during this time of the year, that yours truly fed up with the terrible math portions and having reached his saturation decided to use his FREE message scheme to bug the local “Illusioned Mathematician”. and what ensued follows.

Note: MA-102, being such a terrible course, does not really have any proper text book that students follow. And hence all sorts of books from Berman to Iyengar to Kreyzig are being used. The book under discussion is one of its kind. It is most definitely not a book to learn mathematics, yet it seems to have a cult status which defies any logic, maybe because of the fact that it has a decent problem collection. Yours truly decided to investigate it one fine night to find out what it was really made of. For the sake of clarity, we shall be referring to it as a book by a Random Indian Author (RIA). Read on!

ME: Man, RIA is terribly bugging. It has questions which are conceptually simple, but integrating them is a pain in the neck. God save our souls.

The Illusioned Mathematician (TIM): I dont see such books unless someone comes with a doubt in those books. I maintain my standard irrespective of what standard the course coordinator sets.

ME: My dear chap, A rose grows in a ditch. Similarly these Indian authors have taken great pains to search various foregin books and rip-off only the best of sums. As an indian, i feel that i should atleast honour the service done by our fellow countrymen. After all searching n^n foreign books to extract only the best of questions, is not really an easy task!

TIM: Oh, i just despise these books.. there are some superb indian author books no doubt but not RIA. Math first, and then comes india.
Opinions differ. 😛

ME: How sad.. Ask not what the country has done to you but what you have done for the country. I feel that RIA has the same probs as any other socalled top class foreign/indian book… so for mathematical laymen like yours truly, its all the same.

TIM: Really depends on your purpose. you wanna forget integration after Ma102, so RIA rocks… i wanna die the moment, i forget my first bit of maths so bermans my book. Close this topic. wont get us anywhere.

ME: When did i ever mention that RIA rocks??

No reply! 😀

Hmmm…In my humble opinion, its all in the mind. And what you do defines what/who you are. Its most definitely not how you do it. Yeah, I was playing for the gallery (quite obviously), but was I the only one?

P.S: Airtel is such a smart-ass, they’ve upped the SMS rates just for today.

P.P.S: No V-Day wishes from me. Check this out, for more details.

P.P.S: Some lame reply did come after an hour, but I fail to remember it.

Written by Chronoz

February 14, 2009 at 11:03 am