Thursday, August 30, 2012

[Part of coursework for HS3010: Creative Writing. Standard format : Poem, one line description, about the poem and about the process of writing the poem]
There hasn't been a secret
I ever kept from you
Share all my thoughts I did
stupid, old and new

You are the most charming one
I have ever seen
You are dearer to me than
every kith and kin

I will save your life first
without a second thought
Be it the shocking tsunami or
be it a dreadful drought

You were always there for me
through merry and through gloom
I know you will never leave
be it heaven be it doom

I am obsessed with your name
it's so sweet to hear
Can't frequently use it though
goddamn social fear

Thoughts of not seeing you
shake me up with horror
What a beauty I'd have missed
if not for the mirror!
One theme of "Surprise!" is surprise.  This brief essay will explain how "Surprise!" expresses this theme, including through the use of Style, Poetic Devices, and Story Elements.

The aim of the poem is to surprise the reader and if possible, make the reader go through the whole poem again after reading the last line and elicit the reaction "oh, all these lines make much more sense now." Efforts are made to make the readers think that the narrator is addressing their love interest and make them appreciate the passion and devotion the narrator has towards the same. Hoping that by the time the reader comes to the last stanza, the narrator has secured a moral high ground in the reader's mind. And then, there comes the surprise! By revealing it's none other than the narrator at the receiving end of the poem, it is attempted to make the reader re-think about the narrator and see the poem in a whole different light, this time seeing the narrator as a selfish, narcissistic moron.

This poem is inspired by the Hindi song आने से उसके आये बहार where, in a similar way, the narrator seems to be describing his lover, only to reveal at the end that he was describing the climate!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

[Part of coursework for HS3010: Creative Writing. Standard format : Poem, one line description, explanatory essay]
How can I write a poem with wordplay
Amidst the cruel game that the worlds play

Although I take great honour in your offer
My relationship with poetry is on-her, off-her

First of all, I will have to write the poem
Finding mistakes, then, I will have to right the poem

Usage of homophones, doesn't it amaze you?
Every time I look for them, I am in a maze new

Pardon me my lord, for I lack poetic ability
All I wish for is to sing and drink with a bell, a tea

You want such a poem which vividly tells a tale
My writings end up self-looping like a dog tails a tail 
One theme of "a poem with wordplay" is self-reference.  This brief essay will explain how "a poem with wordplay" expresses this theme, including through the use of Style, Poetic Devices, and Story Elements.

In "a poem with wordplay", a poet expresses his inability to write a poem with wordplay, as requested by his king. As wordplay, the poem exclusively uses homophones and similar sounding phrases, while trying to employ an AA rhyming scheme.

As it often happens, when given a topic on which one has to write a poem, spontaneity and originality is very difficult to achieve. I had just started reading "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas Hofstadter, which gave me an idea of writing a poem which talks about the poet talking about the process of writing that very poem!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A love letter to my career

[Part of coursework for HS3010: Creative Writing. Standard format : Poem, one line description, explanatory essay]
At the heart of machines is silicon town
Transistors buried deep, deep down

Among the flip-flops, buses and caches
Next to the punch-holes, dots and dashes

Fate of the world, the chips decide
There, my love, I know you reside

Insanely charming with silicon assets
Seen you grow from punch-cards to cassettes

Leaner and sharper with every tic and toc
Nothing now matches the speed of your clock

Transcending boundaries of creed-race-nation
With you by side, it's wold domination!
One theme of "cupid and CPUID" is love towards the spirit of computation.  This brief essay will explain how "cupid and CPUID" expresses this theme, including through the use of Style, Poetic Devices, and Story Elements.

To tell the truth, there was neither a specific incident, nor a particular moment of inspiration. As a compulsory topic, I had to write "a love poem to your career". I chose the simpler route of praising my own career rather that imagining a fancy one and then try to "woo" it.

The poem employs a simple AA rhyming scheme and can serve as an example of personification. At the expense of alienating the lay reader, the poem makes generous use of computer science specific words and terms, many times to achieve some wordplay, the title being an example of the same.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

...it's 'not for you'

[Part of coursework for HS3010: Creative Writing. Standard format : Poem, one line description, explanatory essay]
I always wanted a barbie doll
sweet and cute, fair and tall
Dad said, "Baby, you must realize,
your daddy can't pay such humongous price
we are not among the fortunate few
all that's fair, it's 'not for you'"

Delicious pizza, sweet apple pie
my brother did have them, never did I
Mom said, "This is what it takes,
to be a member of the 'fairer sex'
forget tasty food and clothes brand new
all that's fair, it's 'not for you'"

Studied rigorously, night and day
I was prepared, come what may
From somewhere back, in the exam hall
a chit came flying with answers all
I got debarred for allegations untrue
all that's fair, it's 'not for you'

Fell in love madly with a complete stranger
Went ahead with it, not sensing the danger
Ego took a back-seat, I bared my heart
"I am not into such things", came the retort,
"it's not about you, please don't feel blue
all that's fair, it's 'not for you'"

Saw miracles happening, being a nurse
thousands of prayers fighting a curse
with intentions noble and feelings pure
T.B. or cancer, I helped them cure
mournings echoed when I died of flu,
"all that's fair, it wasn't for you"

Something struck me, it rang a clear bell
I asked the devil upon reaching the hell
knowing all that's fair was not for me,
kill me so young, how could he?
I screamed in agony, how could he dare
because, of all the things, life wasn't fair...
One theme of "not for you" is unfairness of life.  This brief essay will explain how "not for you" expresses this theme, including through the use of Style, Poetic Devices, and Story Elements.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Having given a crude and high-level picture of how it is like to intern at Facebook in a previous post, let me discuss work related aspects of it in more detail in this post. As I mentioned in that post, compared to many other tech companies, Facebook's procedure for offering full-time jobs to interns is quite different. There are no additional interviews, no extra tests to be written and no puzzles to solve. You are solely judged by your performance during the internship on your project. (note the emphasis, I will come back to it later)

This is the story of a boy with ego bigger than the universe and how it got severely hurt, with ambitions taller than the Everest and how they were shattered. Story of a certain Mr. Sujeet Gholap and the events and circumstances which led to eventual disappointment and disillusionment.