microsoft talks.

bhOndOO read notices of two talks by Microsoft Research Lab’s people: Search: The New Turing Test by a General Manager and Computing: 10 years in the future by the Research Head. bhOndOO, despite a long list of oppositions, admired Microsoft very much, for, he believed it made an end-user’s life easy.

The problem was to remember about the talks. bhOndOO had once managed to forget about a regular lecture while chatting with one of his schoolmates (mentioning gender would be redundant here). He remembered a concept from Networks – Piggybacking, smiled, and thought of probable victims who would attend the talks starting at 15:00.

He thought of Gullu, “Very probable, but he will make sure that he does not remind me!”.

He thought of Shami, “But she may forget it herself!”.

“Chandu hates Microsoft.”.

“Barry… will be sleeping in the afternoon.”.

“BenJi… sounds a good victim.”. bhOndOO talked to BenJi and BenJi agreed to remind him.

On the day of the talks, bhOndOO woke up and the first thing he remembered was (of course) the talks. He quickly noted it on the back of a piece of paper (which was actually Algorithms mid-term paper with Prof Joshi’s cartoon on it — drawn during the exam) and dropped it inside his shirt’s pocket. For going for breakfast, he locked the door and noticed that there was a reminder note (written on the back side of a page of bhOndOO’s rejected paper) on the door. He thought of BenJi’s promptness, smiled and went to the mess. 9 out of 14 students he met there reminded him of the talk! He felt it a bit surprising. He came back to the room and checked the back of his shirt and trouser — there was no post-it. As a security measure, he changed both.

He got ready and went for Algorithms lecture. About half of the students in the class reminded him of the talks as he entered. The remaining half also reminded him later when they came to know about it. bhOndOO felt embarrassed, and kept quiet. Because of this, he could not concentrate on the lecture… that day also. At the end of the lecture, Prof Joshi declared, “This is a reminder for all those who wish to go for the talk by Microsoft people.”. Though the declaration was to the whole class, bhOndOO was annoyingly disappointed, since Prof Joshi kept looking at him while declaring.

More embarrassed, bhOndOO left the classroom and went to the Computing Lab. He opened his gmail account and found 127 new mails!

After reading 2 of the emails, bhOndOO, not knowing what was going on, left the department and went straight to his room. He closed the door, lay down on the bed, started thinking about the incidents since morning, and did not come to know when he slept.

As he woke up, he felt as if he was sleeping for many days! He looked at the watch and found 1:30. For a moment, he was not sure whether it was afternoon or night. “Did I miss the talk?”. He saw sunlight outside the room-window and felt better.

He quickly went for lunch and quickly came out of the mess. This time, almost half of the students in the mess had reminded him of the talks.

At 14:30, he started for the department. On his way, he saw many students looking at him, some smiling at him, some girls giggling at him, while some saying, “All The Best!”.

“What the hell is going on?”.

He finally reached the department, reminded BenJi of the talk, went to the seminar hall, attended the talk cum advertisement of Microsoft products, came back to lab and opened emails. He went through all the 125 remaining and 76 newer emails and deleted those. He then looked for any new messages on Architecture course newsgroup, and then for iisc.general newsgroup. He found a post from himself titled “Please help me!” — which he never wrote:

Hi all!

It has been a long standing dream of my father that I join Microsoft Research Labs. It is for this company that I came to Karnataka from Maharashtra. I have been working on a project which is towards its completion and can produce a very high value to Microsoft. I tried to contact some Microsoft people to show them a demo, but nobody replied. Tomorrow, at 15:00, a General Manager and the Research Head are coming to CSA department for their talks. I dont want to miss it — especially for a simple reason that I may forget. I want to grab this opportunity to get in touch with them to show them a demo of the wonderful program, I invented. That will help me make my father’s dream come true.

Therefore, if you care, please remind me of the talks tomorrow, if you see me. I look like this: <hyperlink to my photo>.

Thanks a ton!

bhOndOO.

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  7. Palash Aggrawal Says:

    oh no! poor bhondoo

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