Interviews- 2- The One With A Scientist

28 Feb

imagesSo, the interview is here. But, before you start reading it, a few Disclaimers:

  • it is in Hinglish… that is a mixture of English and Hindi…
  • if you are searching for any serious stuff here because the word “scientist” was used as a tag, then get out…. because… the whole conversation is weird and humorous
  • and the last one…. please sit with a coke and popcorns because you are so gonna enjoy this (who am I fooling… well the two things will help you in staying awake.)

Now a small bio of the boy who was screwed even more than whatever happened in the scholarship interview.

Arindam Saha ( naam to pehli baar suna hoga :P) studying in IISER, Kolkata…Academically he wanders around the space where Physics enters the realm of mathematics.He is currently interested in the mathematical structure of non linear dynamics and chaos.( and yes! I didn’t understood the technicalities involved 😛 and again yes… this line came from his “Hello World”)

Ab bahut bakwaas ho gayi, no the time for the real bakar…

Me: You are aspiring to become a scientist now, but had you always thought to do so?? (i had repeated this question thrice)

Arindam: …. umm…. ya…. sort of… uuu…. papa scientist the…. to… to… ( mujhe lga internship to lagwa hi denge dhang ki jagah)… so… usi direction me raha… plus… science ke alaawa zaada kuch aata nahi hai…. basically kuch bhi aata nahi hai… to jin logon ko kuch nahi aata wo to scientist bante hain…

Me: Jin logon ko kuch nahi aata wo scientist bante hain??

Arindam: Bilkul… scientist log … duniya ke sabse nikamme log scientist log hote hain… matlab science ek aisa field hai jisme bina kaam kiye paise milte hain… theek hai…( shit… profs na padh lein)

Me: Kaam to karna padta hai… you may say that even if you don’t achieve anything, you are paid… but you do have to do some work na….

Arindam: Na… nahi…. main bata rha hun na(sun to le… bolne to de) jaise theoretical scientist log jo hote hain… do type ke scientist hote hain…. experimental and theoretical…  to matlab theoretical scientist log ko kuch kaam hi nahi hai… wo subah aate hai… mail check karte hain… aaa… chai peete hain… fir waapis aate hain… fir mail check karte hain… student se kuch karwaate hain… fir khana khane ka time ho jaata hai… to effectively aap chaho to science me bina kuch kiye survive kar sakte ho… (yaar ye zaada vella na samajh le)

Me: (sigh) Well… next question… when you took up science… the most obvious option you would be having after 12th was b.tech.  so what inspired you to go for this research thing?

Arindam : aa… ummm…. okay…aaaaa…. uuu… isme inspire karne jaise to kuch hai nahi… maine to pehle hi bola ki science ke alawa kuch aur aata nahi tha… drawing arts mujhse hoti nahi… commerce ka zaada pata nahi tha us waqt… to it’s natural…

Me: But after 12th you could have also gone for b. tech. na… I mean b. tech is less padhai… more money ( naukri bhi jaldi lag jaati) … you are not so much into money?

Arindam: Umm… okay… umm…. money ka chakkar ye hai ki… money… zaada chakhi nahi zaada… (gharwalon ki kirpa abhi tak barsi nahi)… haan… so… chalta hai…. see ultimately agar aap finally ISRO me scientist bante ho to wo bhi sarkari naukri hi hai(and that’s a sweet dream too)… ultimately khane ke liye kaafi paise mil jaate hain…

Me: (Yaar jo poocha tha isne uska jawaab ab tak na diya… par 1 thing is evident… moh maaya tyagni padti hai…) Okay… next… why IISER?

Arindam: IISER… oh… kyunki… IIT me rank bahut bekar ayi thi…plus… IISER me ek aur fayda hai… paise milte hain…(IIT ne to tod diya tha)

ME: to study?

Arindam: Kitne??

(there was some problem with  telephone)

Me: No… no.. I am not asking kitne… I am asking … do you get money to study( I mean if that be the case, I will sue my university)

Arindam: Ha…. I mean IISER me ghusne ke liye admission base hai… scholarship chahiye the mujhe… wo clear kiya tha… to… so… IISER plus… plus… IIT me nahi hua tha…

Me: (Oh… scholarship …. not my cup of tea) Next… Can you tell more about the scholarship?? So that the young people reading it would know more about it… (mere chote bhai beheno ka jeevan sawar jaega)

Arindam: oh… ye to serious waala question ho gya( ye to peeche hi pad gayi) ye scholarship ka naam Kishore Viagyanik Protsahan Yojana… isme ek written exam hota hai … wo pass kiya tha ( pta nahi kaise) aur …fir interview hota hai… interview me bahut buri maari jaari hai( meri bhi maari gayi thi) aaa…. aur… aur… haan… almost 250 people are selected at a time… plus agar aap 1 ladki ho to aapko bahut bada advantage hai ki agar aapne written pass kar liya to aap interview bhi clear kar lete ho… ye… ye… ye… verified fact hai…

Me: Acha… ye serious hai ya mazaak hai?

Arindam: Nahi… its serious… serious (laughs)… officially nahi bolte hain lekin.. data kaafi acche se match karta hai… aur… aur.. bus.. scholarship hone se accha rehta hai… matlab aapko scholarship milti rahegi… 1 pointer maintain karna hota hai… wo to ho hi jaata hai… aur … aur haan… book wagerh ke paise mil jaate hai…travelling ke liye paise mil jaate hai..to pursue internship…

ME: (matlab he is the most eligible personto have a girlfriend… kharche to hain nahi iske) … travelling plus books… that’s good…

Arindam: Main bola than na tujhe… ye… uu… uu… 28000 milte hain… and uske saath aap jo chahe kar sakte ho( finally maine bta hi diya bandi ko apna scholarship amount… shayad ab impress ho jae)

Me: Okay… what was your family’s reaction about you taking up science??

Arindam : Bahut jhamele hue the… There was a time jab … papa roz sham ko 7:30 baje ghar aate the aur main unse roz dedicatedly 1 ghanta jhagda karta tha ki science lena hai ya engineering…

Me: So… the first reaction was not very welcomed by you??”

Arindam : Nahi… matlab wahi hai… science hai… research hai… kar paoge ya nahi… yahan par sab log engineering  kar rahe hain… aaa…. umm… so IIT se nahi hua to kya hua… NIIT wagerh bhi hai…(now i realise… papa sach kehte the)

Me: What are your plans for future?

Arindam: kaun sa kya?? (had hai… ye ye kya hota hai…accha wo jiske liye papaji kehte hain ki mera hai nahi) okay… chalo… oh…. mere plans for future… chalo… Phd… then post doc… fir kahin par naukri…

Me: okay( jitni der me isne bola itni der me to kar ke bhi aa jaata) … so matlab kahan pe naukri karne ka vichaar hai… matlab 1 dream to hota hai na ki yahan pe mil jae…

Arindam: Okay…okay… dream nahi hai…. 1 hi dream ha… India me naukri karunga… haa.. bahut saare reason hain India me naukri karne ke…

Me: No to NASA??

Arindam: Na…SA???(America… na yaar… wahaan badi thand padti hai…)  Oh… NASA … NASA ….NASA me na… ISRO accha hai… desh tarakki karna chahiye yaar… NASA me kya rakha hai….(aur sabse badi baat ISRO waalon ki kirpa ho jae wohi bahut hai)

Me: Who was your first inspiration to take up R and D as a career??

Arindam: Aa… father…

Me: He is also a scientist…??I mean in the same field like the physics field??

Arindam : No… no… no… papa jo kaam karte hain wo bahut bakwaas kaam karte hain… mujhe bilkul pasand nahi hai… chemistry ka koi sir pair nahi hai… aur chemistry ko main science ka part nahi manta… so… so… wahi hai… according to me papa not a scientist….

Me: (ab pta chala kyun jhamele hue the) Chemistry is not a part of science… why??

Arindam: Chemistry is not a part of science because it is illogical … bahut ratna padta hai… aaa… aaaa… aaaa… so basically it’s not science…

Me: Why is it illogical??

Arindam: (ye to chadhe hi ja rahi hai) Basically kyunki saari chemistry physics se aati hai aur chemistry ko physics ati nahi hai…. So ye mera personal vicahaar hai… iske upar bahut logon se debate kar chukka hun… (jute bhi padne waale hain) aur… aur is conclusion pe pahucha gya hai ki chemistry ka na sir hai na pair hai… aur agar aapko science karni hai to physics to karni padegi…

Me: (hadd hai…iska kuch nahi ho sakta) What do you like and dislike about your institute??

Arindam:  Dislike ye hai ki  sabse pehle… science me ladkiyan itni acchi nahi aati… ye sahi baat hai… accha… dusri baat ye hai… serious note…. politics hai… har jagah hota hai… aur liking ki baat ye hai ki science me innovation hai… aur 1 aur liking ki baat ye hai ki kya kehte hain… kaam nahi karna padta… science is a lazy person’s job… dislike ye bhi hai ki… zaadatar science institutes gaon me base hain… to… to… to… dislike bhi hai… like bhi hai….

Me: What is the research topic you have worked on or aspire to research on?

Arindam: (Ye to gandi waali le rahi hai… itne technical sawaal to aaj tak sirji ne bhi na pooche)…  accha research topic… haan… wo… wo… basically… aa… ye duniya ka sabse kathin sawaal hai… kisi bhi scientist keliye …. tu itna samajh le ki….aa…aa.. (aag ka dariya hai aur doob ke jaana hai) … computer programming karta hun…aaa.. physics karta hun thoda… jaise… example… maine nerve cells jo hote hain na… me kaise…. electrical impulses jaate hain… uspe study kiya tha… to main jo hai… basically… physics, bio, maths and programming ye chaaron ke intersection pe kaam karta hun…

Me: Do you think that government is doing it’s job properly to encourage research and development..?

Arindam: Aaaa… nahi… umm… but situation is improving… aaa… jaise ki pehle ke parallel koi system nahi tha… IIST, Bangalore ke alawa… ab IISERs bane hain… inka long term aim hai IIT ke tarz par ye utne capable institutes banenge… to abhi it’s increasing… now it is increasing…

Me: No… do you think that adequate encouragement is provided from the side of Government…I mean a sense of security is not there…

Arindam: aa…schools tak to fir bhi theek rehta hai… problem hai ki science me bahut zaada din tak padhna padta hai… to abhi economically acche background se hun… to science kar pa raha hun.. soch koi gareeb ka beta hoga to… 10 saal tak kaam nahi hoga to ghar kaise chalega…. so that incentive should increase, the bharosa that you are doing science and R and D so you are secure… that sense of security…and obviously the money should increase…

Me: Scientist are considered to be geek and nerds… what do you think about this…

Arindam: (ye to lagta hai sab scientists ko Sheldon samajhti hai… ise kya pta main Leonard hun) aaa… okay…. scientists are not geek, not nerds…. matlab this answer cannot be objectively answered… kyun… main bta rha hun…

Me: ( maine to pucha hi nahi…)

Arindam: see… a nerd in a nerd environment will not be cosidered a nerd… so…actually chakkar kya hai(ki chakkar chala lo)… ki logon ko science samajh nahi aati… jo cheez samakj nahi aati wo difficult lagne lagti hai…lekin aisa nahi hai… haan… aur dusra baat ye hai ki… image bana hua hai ki scientist log bahut todu phodu kaam karte hain… kuch nahi karte … normal insaan hote hain…

Me: Laughs and laughs and laughs on the last statement

Arindam: haan to bahut bhaav de diya jaata hai… aur koi baat nahi hai…(ye kab bhaav degi)

Me: Ohkay… so… now I am out questions… the interview was very cool… thank you very much for your time…

Arindam: (Out of questions…finally)

So… the torture is over… if the popcorns and coke didn’t served the purpose… I know, not their fault… 😛

Byei for now… will come back with this series soon… with an interview of who knows… you.. 🙂

Thank You for reading 🙂

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7 Responses to “Interviews- 2- The One With A Scientist”

  1. piyushpujara February 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    I like this one
    ” Arindam Saha ( naam to pehli baar suna hoga) ”

    Me aapki post puri nahi padth saka lekin jitni padthi usme bahot maja aa gaya.. 🙂

  2. Laxman Prajapati March 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Really, very nice post…
    I like this and keep the post…. 🙂

  3. Danger_DX™ March 2, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    umm…aaa…ummm…oooo….ummm… 😛
    This was one hell of an interview… pure entertainment. Loved it!
    And haan… b.tech ki padhai easy… jaldi naukari… no way!

    P.S – Ab mein bhi scientist banna chahta hoon 🙂

    • Arindam Saha March 3, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      🙂 B.tech may tot be easy but naukri to jaldi milti hi hai… coompared to science…

      Aap bhi scientist banna chaahte hain? Ban jaayen… 😉 🙂

      • Danger_DX™ March 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

        Haha… it’s a myth… but interview padhke laga ki scientist banna chaiye tha 🙂

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