Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | By: Anamika


All of us come across a time in life when you are forced to answer  questions that doesnt make any sense  and you are point blank...
Academicians call it the  VIVA!
I remember my first viva. It was when i was in 10th standard, the bio practical viva. Ma'm had asked me something about the various stages of mitosis n meiosis..hmm...i was smart then.so u can guess what happened.
      Things changed when i came to 11th. Whoa!! the  physics viva, ma'm asked me,"how many terminals does a capacitor have?"
ഞാന്‍ ദീര്‍ഘമായൊന്നു നിശ്വസിച്ചു( how on earth would i know? ഇത്രയും ദിവസം അതും വെച്ച് കളിച്ചിട്ട് ആ capacitorinu എത്ര കാല്‍ ഉണ്ട് എന്ന് നോക്കാന്‍ എനിക്ക് ഓര്മ ഉണ്ടായില്ല ).
i smiled weakly at her. Anyway that viva went really WELL.
 Next series of vivas were the 12th board practical ones.
again bio viva was the best. ഞാന്‍ അവിടെ ഇരുന്നു വിറക്യാന്‍ തുടങ്ങി.
atlast sir asked me "എവിടെയാ വീട് ?"
i replied.and he went on askin about my family.(അത് viva തന്നെ ആഇരുന്നുവൊ അതോ എന്ന് സംശയമുണ്ട് ).
finaly he askd me "which is your favourite chapter?"
me: ev...evolution!!
he then asked me about how i felt about neanderthal man(neanderthaal man എന്താ shahrukh khan ഓ മറ്റോ ആണോ എനിക്ക് എന്തെങ്കിലും  തോന്നാന്‍ ??)
me : i explained him about the evolution of neanderthal guy to present day humans, his brain size(yeah we had to study that too), the era in which he lived etc.(i could make out frm his face that he was impressed).
sir: what is your opinion about GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANTS and ANIMALS???( ഓരോ ചോദ്യങ്ങളേ !!!)
me:sir,arent we disrupting nature's balance by editing the DNA of poor animals and plants??? why cant we leave the things the way they are instead of modifying them..but there arr advantages too...for eg:BT cotton....blah blah blah...
sir smiled!!(വീണു മോനെ !!!)
sir:my child,u hav a great vision about the world(whoa!!!).keep goin..one day u will excel in d field of biology(yo yo!!! Im a comp sci enng. Stdnt now by the way)all d best.u may go now.

My first comp sci viva. Viva was based on the record we submitted (in engg. jargon, Record meant open ms word cut copy paste your friend’s or available padipist’s record, using FIND n REPLACE option change the real owner name n rollnumber to urs.)
At viva,
Ma’m:what’s a macro??
(macro?? എന്താ അത് ? perplexed! damn,i had no idea about macro, nor cuold i recollect the boring lecture classes were my  comp sci ma'm ever mention that word). Sometimes silence says it all. She shot her next question, "where do you use a macro in a program?"(ഒലക്ക!! if i dont know what a macro is, how on earth would i know where macro is used??doesnt she have common sense??its like sumone asking, ഏലക്കായ എന്താ ? and  when i say i dont know, they ask you, ഏലക്കായ ബിരിയാണിയില്‍ ഉപയോഗിക്യുമോ )
next 15 minutes she went on inquiring about macro(എന്താ interest  മാക്രോയുടെ കാര്യത്തില്‍ ,macro ആണോ മാമിനെ വളര്‍ത്തി വലുതാകിയത് ആവോ )
U may feel that im such a jerk and dumb. But think about a student who spend the whole previous night to do her best at viva, and comes out without being able to answer ...sometimes it hurts..sob!!sob!!