Thesis, Thesis!

I will tell you one thing! It’s not easy getting anything done in this country! Relevance you ask? Then let me tell you in detail friends! I am working on my thesis project at the archeological site of Banbhore – a site often considered to be the historic town of Deybal!

The thesis hopes to take into consideration the various aspects and charters taht put various limitations and rules and regulations about how to apprach such a site!

So for the project, I needs maps! Ton’s of them! All sorts of topographical maps! And every department which can help me in this regard is a Government Sector Department!

The result is that half the time the concerned person has just hasn’t shown up! If it is a female, then its probably a headache, and if it is a male, then rest assured his wife is giving birth the umpteenth time this month!

And for two weeks now, I have been going from one department to the other, chasing Government Officials to help in some way, in complete hopelessness!

I need help!

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Pulling an All-nighter becomes second nature when you are an Architectural Student!

Its 4:28 am and I am still up. I have been having  a love affair with my PC for the last three days, and my eyes are finally starting to pay the price for me,… count my fingers and hand in too.

We are due for a big jury on Saturday. And I have been working like crazy. I keep thinking to myself that I am almost done with this, but the truth is I am not! Some how things just don’t seem to be working out. And now my brain feels like it is going to sleep as well…

I have been told by many friends that the secret weapon to get through Architecture is black coffee, but honestly coffee and I just don’t get along. So the result is that I am caffeine and junk-food deprived. Am I making sense in any way right now? If I am not, then I am not to be blamed for it!

I have Lays, but I need chocolate.. was anyone expecting me to rant about the project I am working on? ARE YOU INSANE! DON’T YOU THINK I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THAT ALREADY THAT I WOULD WRITE ABOUT IT HERE AS WELL!

I am short of coke as well… I need Coke – as in the drink, not the drug! Will the drug help though? Hmmm worth considering!

The only thing that keeps me going is music.. and i have listened to so much music in the last two days that my ears are hurting…. because of the ear I mean headphones I am wearing!

Ugh….. ” I want something else, I am not listening when you say Good bye. TODODODOTODODOD”

That’s the song that I am listening to right now… hmm time to go back to work I guess !

I have been accepted….

A few days back.. actually to be more precise last month or so, my aunt emailed me this Call for Papers email by a group called THAAP – Trust for Art and Architecture, Pakistan.

 

Calls for Paper

 

So I was – correction – am very excited about the Conference. More than that what they are doing is something that I am very interested in and want to work in these domains later on. Even my thesis research revolved around more or less the same subjects. Although half the time I am very worried about even if I am making any sense or not.

So anyways, 10 min before the deadline, I am still checking my abstract. And I send it in, promising myself that I won’t even think about it anymore. I mean there is no way my blabber can get me through… but guess what?  On the 28th of September – the day my best friend got married – I come home, after the wedding, get into my night clothes and absent-mindedly am surfing. I open up my email, and there are two emails from the THAAP Conference, the first one I open, and I read and its all about the overwhelming response they got and how the committee is reading the abstracts, and I am like “well I am sure they threw mine away or laughed like crazy in their chairs reading mine”

So I go back to my inbox ( you already know the climax.. I know I have been blabbering forever) and I am like “Oh they sent the same mail twice”. Thank God I didn’t delete it and actually opened it. And there it was the most wonderful beautiful lines ever read

Dear Miss Varda Nisar,

Two meetings of Paper Evaluation Committee were held on September 15, 2010 and September 23, 2010, at 43-G, Gulberg-III, Lahore, Pakistan. The committee was happy to accept your paper for presentation in THAAP Conference November 2010.

I swear I read it 6 times just to make sure that I am reading the right thing and then I screamed out so loud and I actually did the Banana dance *Oh yah oh yah oh yah oh yah*

So since this was the first paper that I had ever sent and that it was actually accepted, I had no idea that you can actually change the title. I thought you were suppose to write on the topics that they had given. They had also attached a list of the received abstracts. Reading that list was no doubt a very humble experience. I cannot believe my luck. I am so so thankful to the committee. Thank you so much people at THAAP. I love you guys!

And work on the Presentation is going at full speed! So keep checking for updates!

Recession as a blessing

The recent gossip and fear for majority of the graduates was that there are absolutely no jobs in the market. And that is not entirely without basis. The recent recession has forced most of the companies to either fire people, or to altogether stop hiring the new graduates.

So all of you out there, tyake advantage of this time and go to firms and tell them that you would intern for them for free.. Belive me it is so much fun..