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ID card in public

ID card in public

Most of us think that displaying company ID card in public is quite advantageous and people pay attention towards you. But this article is all about the flip side of “Splashing ID card in public” especially in Bangalore.

Usual crowd always assumes that you work for a “Software Company”. Most industries other than IT have similar ID cards in use.

  1. While traveling by an auto-rickshaw, the curious driver will probably ask “Sir, are you a software engineer?” followed by “What is your salary saar?”. If you’re avoiding it, he’ll throw options “tell me sir, is it 25,000, 40,000, 50,000 or more. I’m not asking to give your salary”. While getting down from auto he’ll demand “Sir give some 20 rupees extra saar, you earn so much”.
  2. Whilst waiting for a bus or traveling in a bus, a middle aged person sitting next would inquire about your job. After, he would probably throw one these questions:
    • If his son/daughter in second year of Pre-University (Class 12): “Is B.E. in Computer Science good for my son/daughter?”
    • If his son/daughter in final year of B.E.: “Can you find a job for my son/daughter in your company?”
  3. Unfortunately you’re caught by traffic cops for not wearing helmet / wrong side entry / 3 people in a bike / parking vehicle at “No Parking” area / anything that’s illegal on road and you think can scot free by splashing your ID card on his face, then you’re a goner. He’ll caugh-up maximum money from you that too without a challan. Because he’s sure that you’ve enough cash in your wallet.
  4. Seldom happens, you’re late from work, probably in middle of the night and a night duty cop stops you at a junction. He’ll definitely force you to exhale breathe twice without any alcohol detecting device on hand. Even if not drunk, he’ll argue that you’re drunken driving. Makes you afraid and extracts much cash from your wallet.
  5. Accidentally you bang an auto / call center taxi / bike and he spots you with that pretty card, he’ll go wonky and starts counting money in your wallet. Even for a minor scratch, he’ll demand cash for whole car painting. He clearly knows that you can’t fight on road and much concerned about your so called self-esteem. An onlooker well say “sir, you’re a software company employee. Give him some 500 rupees he’ll go away. why are you spoiling your image infront of a driver”. At this moment what would you probably do, just shell cash and vanish.
  6. A mechanic who was servicing my vehicle once asked me “saar, what kind of work you do in software company? Will you actually do any work there? and Why they pay so much”
  7. On visiting any retail unit / showroom, you even look like a Kannadiga (Local-ite). The executive starts speaking in English / Hindi. This even happens when I enquire route, a Kannada speaking pedestrian starts speaking in English / Hindi.
  8. Walk-in to any household / clothing / footwear / accessories outlet that doesn’t have fixed price, you’ve just made his day. The stuff he sells other for Rs. 200 drastically hikes to Rs. 250 – Rs.300.
  9. It helps pickpocket to identify the right victim. They are goddamn sure there’s atleast some cash, a debit card & numerous credit cards in purse/wallet.

It’s assumed that folks work in Software Companies are “Soft” and “Harmless”. And that’s the reason people take advantage of that.

These are one of few common instances me & my gang have faced till date. If you’ve come across anything similar recently, just key-in your words in comments section below or just vote.

It was unlike any other Physical Chemistry classes we had during our 4th Semester of Engineering. That day we were going to learn about Catalysts. It is Mr. R. Ramaswamy(R.R.) who’s going to take session on the same topic during second hour. We knew almost everything about Catalysts from school day itself, but the one we’re going to learn from Ramaswamy remarked as most thrilling session we ever had. The question now is not “What did he explained?”, but “How did he explained?”. So hook yourself on and I’ll take you through the session.

Boring Definition from Book: Certain substances whose presence alters the rate of a reaction are called Catalysts, but the catalyst does not involve in any chemical change. The chemical reaction in the presence of Catalyst is known as Catalysis.

Interesting Explanation from Ramaswamy: “For an instance, we’ll take a boy and girl as two reactants. Both boy and girl has possibility to love each other but, unable to propose each other. So, you’ll take help of her friend to give a good impression about you. For example, If boy takes 2 years to propose a girl independently, then it’s too long and by that time some other boy will take her and will run away, then what you will do?. Therefore, A third person i.e. Catalyst can do them in just 2 months, great alva?(isn’t it?). It’s the quality of Catalyst to increase the rate of reaction between boy and girl. Unfortunately if your friend i.e. catalyst himself/herself proposes your boy/girl instead of helping you, then he cannot be called as Catalyst, he is called as third reactant.”

Types of Catalysts:

Positive Catalyst:
Boring Definition from Book: A Catalyst which increases the rate of reaction is known as Positive Catalyst or Catalyst.

Eg: MnO4 is used as a Positive Catalyst to decompose KClO3 and liberate O2.

Interesting Explanation from Ramaswamy: “This is nothing but a normal Catalyst that we already discussed. Positive catalyst is a person who engages boy and girl with a good attitude towards them.”

Negative Catalysts:
Boring Definition from Book: The Catalyst which decrease the rate of a reaction are called Negative Catalysts or Inhibitors.

Eg: Heavy Water(D2O) is used as an inhibitor to slow down the uncontrollable nuclear reaction.

Interesting Explanation from Ramaswamy: “I don’t think I need to say anything about this person. He’s just opposite to Positive Catalyst. Be careful about him, he can be with you as friend and he increases the distance between you and your girl, husshaar!(be alert).”

Auto Catalyst:
Boring Definition from Book: In certain reactions, the reaction rate suddenly increased even in the absence of Catalyst. It is due to one of product formed can Catalyse that reaction and that product acts as Auto Catalyst.

Eg: When Ethyl Acetate is hydrolised into ethyl alcohol and acetic acid the product acts as an Auto Catalyst and increases the speed of reaction.

Interesting Explanation from Ramaswamy: “This boy is a very brave and self-driven. He may be kind of short tempered, he will not wait until a proper time to come. Somehow he gets lots of courage and drives himself to ask the girl. Unexpectedly by luck girl agrees to love him. Therefore auto catalyst is a brave boy. The courage in him acts as auto catalyst.”

Induced Catalyst:
Boring Definition from Book: One chemical reaction influence the speed of other chemical reaction which not possible under ordinary condition, such Catalysts are called as Induced Catalysts.

Eg: Sodium Sulfite solution is readily oxidised by air, but Sodium Arsenide solution is not oxidised by air. If air is passed through a mixture of Sodium Sulfite and Sodium Arsenide solution both are oxidised. Therefore Sodium sulfite is Induced Catalyst.

Interesting Explanation from Ramaswamy: “Here’s another boy. This man is like a master, he makes other follow him. He will propose a girl and luckily she agrees. This makes other boys jealous, they will propose other girls, sometimes they too will get successful. Therefore the boy is called as Induced Catalyst. All boys who follow Induced Catalysts are called Bakras, because they’ll not do anything of their own, they always follow others. We call this as herd-ish behaviour, they are Naalaayaks(useless).”

Boring Definition from Book: In certain Catalytic reactions some other substance is not a Catalyst, but whose presence increases the activity of Catalyst and therefore the Catalytic activity of the reaction is further increase. Such substances are called Promoters.

Eg: In the manufacture of Ammonia by Haber’s process in the presence of Fe Catalyst to the reaction mixture a small quantity of Molebdinum is added which increases the activity of Catalyst. Therefor Molebdinum is the Promoter.

Interesting Explanation from Ramaswamy: “This is a Catalyst for a Catalyst. This could be a girlfriend or boyfriend of a existing Catalyst who’s already helping a pair to engage. It is like you are helping your friend then you are a Catalyst, your girlfriend sits on your head and forces you to do this more faster, then your girfirend is a Promoter, gothaaitha?(understood?).”

Catalytic Poison:
Boring Definition from Book: Certain substances whose presence decreases the activity of Catalyst and therefore they may decrease the rate of reaction, sometimes they destroy reaction. Such substances are called as Catalytic Poison.

Eg: Even a small amount of Arsenic destroy the activity of Platinum Catalyst in the manufacture of Sulfuric Acid by Contact Process.

Interesting Explanation from Ramaswamy: “I call this person as Villain. When you are helping your friend, this person suddenly comes and starts spoiling everything. He will complain your parents and their parents and creates chaos and spoils everything. He/she can be your ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend.”

Soon after the session got over, everybody started looking each other’s face. We soon identified who are reactants, their catalysts and other types of Catalysts existing in classroom.

I have practice of naming my best supporters as Catalysts. Here they are:

  • We called our best lecturers R. Ramaswamy and H.S. Yamuna as Catalysts.
  • A boss of one of my previous company who helped me to complete my education and boosted my career prospects to next level.
  • A girl who always used to help me to win card games while going back home in company cab. And she’s the latest addition to the list of Catalysts.

Please share your Chemistry classroom experiences and Catalysts in your life with me here.