The month of March was slow. Plenty of hours spent in the hot humid hostel room, eating, sleeping and reading. With the nervousness levels notching up as the dates of the exam got closer, I realized that it has been quite a while since I wrote a major exam.
It had been so long so much so that undertaking a period of constant writing for nearly 3 hours seemed like a task the fingers felt they shouldn’t be doing anymore. As evidenced by the end of the last paper, when my fingers were about to divorce me if I put them through any more torture.
Despite the slowly building stress to the exams that usually is seen, I began questioning the purpose of this exam that comes after three years of specialty training. No longer having standard textbooks to refer to, the volume of content to be prepared to appear an exam of this stature is just unbelievably magnanimous. The vastness of the subject compiled on top of a degenerating memory bank further atrophied by over reliance on electronic data banks other than our brain, just makes the challenge twice harder!
I fought my brain throughout that month to try to compete like the previous years, but I knew that as we keep getting older, things start to become harder. After battling sleepless nights, and a pensive 1st week of the month, I finally breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the theory exams.
A break was desperately needed but I have postponed it to break officially for New Year and to catch up with my cousins.
I have been away from any gadget frenzy for a while now, but there was one that I had kept on my wishlist for a long time. And that was a digital SLR camera. I was closely monitoring online retail prices and window shopping different companies and models. When the time was right, and when I eventually found the right deal, I decided to go for my first dSLR camera – the Nikon D3200. Apart from the kit lens 18-55mm, I also acquired the 35mm f 1.8G prime lens.
Both were ordered from Flipkart and unlike my first bad experience with them, they have been fantastic in all my other shopping extravaganzas. In 48 hours, I received both lens and my cam kit. The tripod, cleaning kit and the memory card are on their way. Here is my first shot. I am really excited about this and looking forward to getting creative with quality hardware. Watch out this space for more captures!