Lawn Bowls Interview

 

Apurv Ashutosh Sharma, 3rd Year, CE, and Anant Ashutosh Sharma, 2nd Year, COE were selected in the Indian National Lawn Bowls Team.

Anant represented India in the International Open Triples, 2016, held at Royal Bangkok Sports Club, Bangkok, Thailand from 29th August to 5th September, 2016.

Apurv represented India in the Mahsuri Cup, 2016 held at Langkawi Islands, Malaysia from 18th to 23rd October, 2016.

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DTU Times interviewed these dynamic brothers; the rising Lawn Bowls Stars from DTU.

Q1. When and how were you introduced to Lawn Bowls?

We had started playing Lawn Bowls from DPS RK Puram in the year 2010. We met our school Lawn Bowl coach Ms. Pinki, during our P.E. Period. She is a national gold medalist and has represented India in Commonwealth Games twice and encouraged us to start playing lawn bowl.

Q2. What is unique about Lawn Bowls?

A unique thing about lawn bowls is how it amalgamates billiards, carom, and bowling. The structure of the lawn bowling bowls is another unique aspect of this game. The Bowls are designed to travel a curved path because of a weight bias on one side of the bowl. The game might seem very simple to a newbie person, but it involves a lot of strategy building.

Q3. What motivated you to pursue Lawn Bowls?

Our Coach was encouraging and played a pivotal role in transforming our game from a School Level Leisure activity to an International scale.

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Q4. How do you balance Sports and Engineering?

Well, it is definitely not easy – Being day scholars, attending morning practices, coming to college, snailing through Delhi’s traffic and surviving assignment deadlines and examinations demands a lot of energy and time management.


Q5. How does it feel to represent India at an International level?

The feeling of wearing the INDIAN National Team’s Jersey is definitely special and memorable.

Q6. What was your best memory during the tournaments?

Anant : My best memory from the tournament is our match with one of the best teams of the Tournament – Philippines and having given them a tough competition. Although we lost the match by a single point, we received high commendation and praise from everyone for giving them a tough fight and having played equally well

 

We wish the Lawn Bowls Stars the very best in their future endeavors. May they bring glory to our University, and to our Nation!

 

The Last Seen Romantic

About The Novel
The Last Seen Romantic is a story of a romance facilitated by social media services, which illustrates how in a world that is perpetually connected, it is still possible to feel lonelier than ever before. The novel tells the tale of Aryan, a 25 year old professional who grapples with the complexities of impassioned first-time love as his love interest, Tanvi, departs for a foreign land soon after the two meet. The Last Seen Romantic explores how devices and services, which enable Aryan to remain in touch with Tanvi, end up accentuating his anxiety, insecurity and sense of alienation, and how his virtual world impacts his real life.


Description

“A chance meeting in the office elevator, a chance encounter on a hiking trip and a third chance encounter in the office parking lot are enough to make 25 year old Aryan fall head over heels in love with the beautiful, popular, intriguing Tanvi Kapoor. Thwarted by Raghav and Kunal, the two men who never seem to leave her side, Aryan is unable to confess his feelings for Tanvi before she and her colleagues head to the UK for a year long project. A lovestruck Aryan connects with Tanvi through social media, and discovers that the object of his affection is constantly at the centre of male attention. To make matters worse, Aryan strongly suspects that Raghav is Tanvi’s boyfriend, a notion shared by Nath, Aryan’s best friend and con dante. With the odds stacked against him and despite strong discouragement from Nath, Aryan is convinced that he must try to win Tanvi over. With social media and instant messaging services the only way for Aryan to keep in touch with Tanvi, The Last Seen Romantic explores how Aryan’s virtual world and real world merge into one and the impact of this on his real life. But more importantly, does Aryan finally get Tanvi?”
Facebook page of the novel

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About The Author
Arjun Dutt works at a start-up company which straddles the worlds of finance and technology. An alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi, the writer is also a keen traveller and a sports enthusiast.

Where can you get your copy?

The novel is available on Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Paytm. The
ebook versions of the novel are available worldwide on Amazon Kindle
and Google Play. Here is the link to the Amazon India page.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/Last-Seen-Romantic-Arjun-Dutt/dp/9352015835/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458882960&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+seen+romantic

Say – Waaahhh Sehwag!

-Ankit Kumar, 4th Year, SE

When a 21 year old lad walks into the Indian Cricket Team, a lot of things are said about him. People question his talent, temperament and skill. Add to that the pressure of playing and sharing the dressing room with some of the biggest names of Indian Cricket. And that’s exactly what happened.

April 1999. Debut against Pakistan.

Runs scored – 1. Bowling Stats – 3 overs. 35 runs. No wickets.

No doubt he was dropped and didn’t get a chance to play until December 2000. A middle order batsman at that time, he scored half a century and grabbed 3 wickets to defeat Zimbabwe. But that was it. It was only when he was promoted to open the innings did he let the world know of his destructive capabilities. He replaced his idol, Sachin Tendulkar (whose batting style he tried to imitate in every way possible), who was injured. A 69 ball century was enough for him to mark his authority and announce to the world that he is here to stay! Then started a flurry of boundaries, sixes, quick starts and he redefined the concept of aggressive batting. His partners kept changing, but he was the constant. Starting the innings with a boundary became a regular affair. No one hits 3 sixes in the first over itself unless he is Virender Sehwag. No one scores triple centuries as fluently as him. As someone once said,”He played Tests like ODI’s, ODI’s like T-20’s and T-20’s like Cricket 2007 EA Sports!”

As a cricket lover and a player myself, I have to admit that growing up whilst watching a legend like Virender Sehwag play Cricket, was one of the high points of my childhood. I still remember how we always switched off our TV sets when he got out. His six to reach the 300 mark at Multan still gives me goosebumps. His innocent smile as he grabbed a catch each time without fail, is still etched in our memories. And the way he ripped apart bowling attacks is something we Indians definitely used to take pride in. After all, no other player would have the privilege of being the recipient of the saying,”Sachin gaya to kya hua. Viru abhi bhi hai!”

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As I write this, I go down the memory lane to a time when he endorsed Britannia and had a bat with it’s sticker on it. I kept bugging my dad to get me that “Britannia wala bat”. And with his retirement, my friends, my childhood is officially over now. Thank you Viru paaji.

#TRENDING

Namya Bajaj, 3rd Year, ENE

The pound sign, popularly known as ‘hashtag’ is a symbol that needs no introduction, right? Gone are the days when ‘#’ was just a bottom right button on our phone keypads used to check our mobile balance or keep passwords safe. But lately, it has gone much beyond this.

Quite rightly said, hashtags are the new URLs these days. Whether you love them or hate them, they are all around you. From various microblogging sites to marketing campaigns and of course, personal posts. Seen Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon’s “#Hashtag” video? It’s #hilarious. It describes how hashtags have made their way into our vocabulary. Also, the use of hashtags is not waning anytime soon as it is the best thing since sliced bread, agree? (#mixedfeelings)

Hashtag clearly owes its popularity to twitter. Chris Messina is credited for introducing hashtag to twitter with the hashtag #barcamp which was a kind of technical conference. It was devised to categorize tweets by topic and also to group people of common interest. By searching #anyrandomtopic, trending tweets of that topic are displayed making it more convenient for the users. They can be placed anywhere in the post. They are an effectual method to find content related to the tagged topics. #bleedblue, #WontGiveItBack, #AurDikhao, #maukamauka and many others were a rage on twitter and elsewhere. The popularity attained by these hashtags explains how powerful a tool it is.

Having said that, it is a double edged sword. People have started over using it, making it annoying at times. Using a lot of  hashtags in a single post might not work in a desirable way. Hashtags should be simple, relevant and definitely not #boring. Sometimes, they make me wonder how useless prepositions, conjunctions and SPACES are. Yes, hashtags are #catchy and #crisp. What really grinds my gears is the #unnecessary #use #of #so #many #hashtags (#annoying). Wrong usage of hashtag can invite a quick death to your caption.

But hashtags are here to stay. Let’s embrace them and master the art. Because hashtags are for FREE.  Jump on the bandwagon, guys!

MEN ARE FROM MARS AND WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS

ARE THEY REALLY?

-Srishti Dahiya (Civil Engineering, II year)

In came a flush of questionable, unsettled opinions from the two sexes just as John Gray’s bestseller “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus” created a bustle. Here’s another attempt at answering the ever pending question, “Are they really?”

The story starts with, men residing in Mars and women in Venus. Monotony is broken, as it all started the day Martians discovered the existence of Venusians. A feeling unknown to them was awakened.

Love?

Maybe.

They thus invented space travel and both flew to the Earth. The dawn of it is all beautiful and perfect until one day, they wake up with a strange amnesia. Selective amnesia! Both forget they are from different planets. Ever since, they have been in a conflict!

Someone said “God created Adam before Eve because he didn’t want advice on how to make Adam”. *After a laugh, pondering* Well, maybe with her advice, men would be designed exactly to what women want to see in them, there would never be a conflict and this question would never be raised!

It has been proven, that men and women think differently. As Lise Eliot called it the ‘blue brain and the pink brain’, men and women are dissimilar in spheres other than biological sciences. Is it so? Or is it because we are made to believe in a certain perception and brought up with it such that we don’t think the otherwise?

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For instance, Rebecca Bloomwood, the protagonist in the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic said, “When I shop, the world gets better. The world is better. And then it’s not anymore. And I need to do it again”. Rumour says it, men do it better. Straight, to exactly what they want and out. But women go around the entire market place and yet come out with bags full of everything they didn’t intend to buy. Well then, what’s next? We need to make another trip to get what we actually wanted! This just increases our shopping pleasure, not to say that men don’t enjoy it. Whoever said only women craze about a new addition to the closet? Indeed they do it differently.

We are two genders, not two planets. We do the same things but divergently. Feel the same, express distinctively. Want the same, demand differently. We’re similar just not identical. It’s really upon how we look at it individually and not what the mass notion is. This is what I think. And you?

AbracaDabra!

ALFRED THOMAS, 2nd Year, MCE

There’s no way he’s gonna do it.

Chained, bounded, and sealed in a huge steel chest. All eyes were on him. Waiting cynically. And barely a minute later, he emerges unhurt at the back of the hall.

There’s no way he could have done it.

The memories of that magician stayed with me forever. The escape from the steel box. The dove shooting forth from his hands. The handkerchiefs he cut and yet magically rejoined. I didn’t have any doves or steel boxes. So I decided to practice with my limited resources.

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Dad wasn’t particularly pleased to find all his hankies slashed up, the very next day.

Hey, don’t judge me! I was barely 5. Proud of the fact that I could count to 100. Okay, 50. I probably didn’t say those magic mantras accurately. But I was determined to become a magician, no matter what it takes. Sadly, the next episode of Pokémon reignited in me the desire to capture a Pikachu somehow. And my dreams of being a magician died with that.

But somehow, magic has never left me. The amazement you feel; the willingness to be fooled. The unexpected stunning you. My fascination could never really be quenched. Because magic is something that you live for, not just something that makes you live.

My life took a whole new turn when I discovered the true source of that magic. Life. I now am not just enjoying endless videos of Penn and Teller on YouTube. Magic is everywhere you look for. In the lives of your parents, the magical love they shower on you daily. The stories of famous people, who did the unexpected, the incredible. The stories of not so famous people, who still managed to do something minutely magical.

Yet there’s something else magic has taught me. It’s fun to observe magic yet nearly impossible to create it. Hours, days and even years of hard-work goes behind that 2 second trick you just saw. The incredible things people achieve are preceded by endless, sleepless nights. Blood, sweat and tears get transformed into the glittering stardust that’s simply too majestic to behold.

So do you have it in you to amaze us all? To conjure the impossible? Begin today, begin now. And see the magic unfold!

THE GENETICS OF AN IDEA

Jorawar Singh, 1styr

“Born too late to explore the earth. Born too early to explore space. Born right on time to explore memes.”

With the advent of the digital age and the rapid increase in interconnectivity, several oddities of communication have developed. One such oddity is the internet meme. First coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1974 book, “The Selfish Gene”, it serves as a cultural analogue to the biological gene: a self replicating unit of information. In this case the information to be passed is contained in the form of ideas.

This communion of the biological concept of genetics and information technology though astonishing to some, has been theorized in the scientific community for quite some time.Jacques Monod, the Parisian biologist who shared a Nobel Prize in 1965 for working out the role of messenger RNA in the transfer of genetic information, proposed an analogy: just as the biosphere stands above the world of non-living matter, so an “abstract kingdom” rises above the biosphere. The denizens of this kingdom? Ideas.
Evolution itself embodies an ongoing exchange of information between organism and the environment. Nothing defines our use of the internet environment as clearly as the concept of the meme. Like genes, ideas can fuse, recombine and segregate themselves; indeed they too can evolve.

Their evolution are on the basis of three properties:

INTERTEXUALITY: the ability of memes to reference other memes, cultures and ideas.

INDEXICALITY: the concept portrayed in a meme can be used to refer to multiple situations. The awkward seal meme is a great example of this

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TEMPLATABILTY: memes have a recognizable structures with space for new content.

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Like genes, ideas over the internet are also subject to a natural selection of sorts. Same as how only valuable traits are inherited the concept of originality and relevance in memes means that only some stay for the long run. The popular ones are used again and again and even new ones in many cases refer to the old ones.

Genes rely on their hosts for transmission and ideas over the internet are no exceptions to this. These memes use the internet as their medium to leap from one host to another. Ideas cause and help evolve new ideas. They interact with each other. Mental forces in the same brain, in the neighboring brain and thanks to the internet, distant foreign brains. The internet is highly conducive to this due to the factors of replicability, easy access or searchability and the persistence by which these memes can be stored in infinite locations.

This parallel universe of ideas and information or the infosphere has remained invisible to us for a very long time. But not anymore! We humans now live in two worlds- the living biosphere and the digital infosphere. Now we are exposed to fresh new ideas and large amounts of information on a daily basis .whatever may be the case, the digital infosphere is here to stay and we are both the creators and slavesto the ideas that live within it.