It feels like a Robot!

A light hearted attempt at poetry!

IT FEELS LIKE A ROBOT

I am a robot, I can do anything,

You buy me,charge me ,use me , I don’t feel anything.

 

I went up the hill, crossing the old Man`s Mill,

He was running with his bill and dropped his little pill,

I flew down the  hill and gave him his pill..

(Oh! Boy I destroyed him Mill..)

 

I climbed up the Everest and never  did i rest,

I flew down the moon and made a blue lagoon..

 

I think like a robot, I can do anything,

You buy me,charge me ,use me , I don’t feel anything.

 

I can do all the math and let you face the wrath,

I can jump past the ocean and stop any motion.

 

I fly over city and help you find your kitty,

I pick up heavy weight and ain`t coming late.

 

I run on the sun, we can have a little fun,

I don’t  eat the bread, there`s nothing i cant shread.

 

I think like a robot, I can do anything,

You buy me,charge me ,use me , I don’t feel anything.

 

I don’t have any emotion,

My every part does motion.

I can see through the walls,

And never stop at Malls.

 

I can play any game,

You can give me any name.

I will work all the day,

And never ask the pay.

 

No human like me,

Who can help for free.

They are selfish meaty suits,

Always craving for the fruits.

 

It feels like a robot, I can do anything,

You buy me,charge me ,use me , I don’t feel anything.

 

 

 

 

 

WSC Story- Chapter 2: Con-course

So now we have a car, we are “officially” registered for WSC 2011 some of us have their Visa`s and Tickets but i didn’t took us long to acknowledge that the car we built ,its too late to ship to Australia.

Box 1

So the whole team sat to work upon the options available ..The only one that was-Getting the Car Airlifted to Australia. It was too costly ..I mean it was almost like taking an Indian Apple to the Australia in an air plane “taxes included”. But we had to..Thankfully our University helped us a lot in this regard and we were able to get a local agent who “happens to be the expert in CARNET” up and running to get our car Airlifted. He sent his men to take the dimensions of the car and said that he would call to spill the details…

Packed In The box

I has been a day we were waiting in our workshop ..i and Jaspreet were drinking..COKE and Bharat was having Jalebies ( a sweet Indian Delicacy thats served Hot with icy cool custard) and our Team Manager Bilal Sir Called up..”Come on Boys ! lets get started we need to cut the car into 3 pieces as its too big for the container” and we were all like Holy Crap! ( Ironically Cut the Crap) So we spent the next 2 days cutting the car into components so that we can stick em up in Darwin in a weeks time..The third day we packed the car into boxes and said good bye and i even left a small sticker on it saying “See u in Australia!”

So the car was gone..But the batteries were getting annoyingly difficult to ship them out of India. No one was ready to ship them even the parent carrier who brought it to India from China said a Big NO! Meanwhile the team packed the bags and left for Australia and as usual I was late even this time as my Visa didn’t came and i had to get me Ticket rescheduled on the next probable date..Even probability fails here..huh..

Those Jalebies we were talking about earlier..They gave Bharat –Jaundice so i will take him a week to get alright and hence we both booked our tickets together..His with a Visa mine without it. So it was me , Bharat and Anshul Sir left in India to sent the batteries to the pals in Australia…

The day they left the visa office called up and said my visa was ready..So now i can go, Bharat can go, Anshul sir can go..But Batteries?? The couriers agencies doubt it..

Here are some comic responses from couriers Agencies about their views about cylindrical LifePO4 batteries:

Batteries!

X: “ Of my god..they look like bombs to me..”

Y: “Are they soda Cans??Well then what are the wires for?”

Z:” You must be jocking..They areee baaateries??”

This clearly suggests  how unfamiliar the LifePO4 batteries are In India.(Companies you need to work on that). So in the time of distress we got a number from JustDial.com of a courier agency who was willing to do it . We were not sure..so we asked him the entire details and all other stuff ..he seemed pretty confident and all the team members who had reached Australia were pressing me on this saying- ASAP..ASAP..ASAP….

So we gave him the batteries on the day we were all leaving for Australia and prayed to god for their safe delivery.

It was 4 am in the chilly morning .. I was going to go to Australia..I didn’t have a single flight rather a connected ones ..From Delhi to Singapore and Singapore to Perth and Perth to Adelaide ..That a long journey..especially for me as- i have never been on an airplane before, i was travelling Virtually alone ( Bharat is a good pal..No offence), i had to change flights twice and i was flying abroad so no familiar faces..Similar was the case with Bharat.

So at 8:30am, we boarded the Jet Airways flight from Delhi to Singapore..I really liked the ambience the plane had..especially the feeling when it took off it was like the feeling we used to get at the circular endpoints on the Columbus rides in childhood except for the fact that the ticket was 1000 times costlier…

Delhi Airport

We sat on the plane i saw how small the Delhi Airport looked from the sky and it all went smaller and smaller..i the next moment i was seeing just clouds..i clicked 74 pics only of cloud formations that amused me and it was great..As my side(of the plane)  faced the sun i had to close the coverings of the window to avoid the glare..

One of the good Shots

I read the Evac Guide and things to do etc.etc and watched a 40 min documentary of Da Vinci..Backed up my camera in my Laptop..and got a nap..

And it was the time we had to land in Singapore`s Changi International Airport..The feeling that comes when a plane lands is almost the same as landing on foot from a jump..I mean the impact is pretty same..

We landed ..we were escorted to the Airport..Our next flight was 2 hrs later so we thought we could stroll and explore the airport and quantitatively analyze why this airport is said to be the best..We analyzed and were pretty convinced..We updated our location to Singapore on our Facebook page so that family and friends could know of our whereabouts …2hrs for Changi? That was injustice ..its huge..So we did what we could and 2 hrs passed we were ready to board our next Quantas flight to Perth..Perth is a city we all imagined to be a cricketing hub..because the only time we heard of it was during Test Matches in our Cricket Loving Country…

We boarded the flight and i was time for dinner! And mine one came with a label- “ Special Meal For Mr.Rohit Gupta ( Pure Vegetarian)”..That special feeling was good thanks Quantas.

Changi

It was dark outside and we were flying over the sea..nothing i could see except the GPS on the In-Flight Entertainment System. Watched Green Lantern and Transformers 3 and slept.

When i  was woken i was about 10 mins from landing in Perth International Airport. We landed got our passport stamped again and were in the long Quarantine Queue to get our baggage checked..I took us 1 hr to get out of the  system and were finally out of the Perth International Airport.I called Team Manager to know “ What next?”. He asked me to wait for the next 5 hrs on the airport and then take a morning bus to the Domestic Airport. That was classified As “Risky” in my fuzzy logic.

So Bharat did what he is famous at… “Asking” ..he asked the cop nearby for the free transfer service from the airport ..and she called the driver who was here in no time..She later clarified that at this time in the night 1am EST the service of the bus is every hour..Anyways, we boarded the bus and the bus waited for like 40 mins and meanwhile the driver was checking his Facebook updates. In about 10 Mins we were at The Perth Domestic Airport for transit to Darwin. We had a nap there and in the morning we boarded the flight to Darwin and the news came that the car has reached Darwin. I said to myself..”so you are already winning races with us..”

The next moment we were in Darwin..Against the expectations and promises no one came to pick us up..We took the cab to our Bag-packer YouthShack-The most happening Bagpacker in Darwin…

The next few days that were gonna come..will decide the fate of our car..It was not what we expected… … …..

The WSC Story Chapter 1: BuildUp

This is a story about how a group of  undergrads from Delhi Technological University ventured into Solar Car Racing and competed among the best in world. It is not a story of praise or publicity but a rightful depiction of how courage and passion can overshadow Money and resource-less-ness.

For those who dont know about WSC –World Solar Challenge

BuildUp:

A few yrs back some nerdy seniors in my College i.e DCE( NOW dtu) founded a team..or a group of like minded individuals working towards a collective good as you might say it( Its ironical) to make India`s first solar powered vehicle .

I made it in a lecture..Sorry Sir!

It was in 2006..I was in the Eight class and my cousin was giving her entrance exams.One day i happen to be at her place and then suddenly it was on the local hindi channel AAJ Tak that a group of students have developed a car that runs on Sun..I sat on the sofa and wondered “Sun” ..and it clicked to me that it might be related to the calculator solar panel. That night i broke my calculator to extract that small brown panel..and attached it to the tiniest motor in my collection and it didn’t run..I was sad and thought someone somewhere is wrong. Soon my cousin cleared the exam and got into DCE and i kept on pestering here for the first few months on the solar car issue and she never happened to reply convincingly. Then i lost hope and started preparing for my boards and Exams and stuff..Finally i got into the college ( yeah! DCE) and  the solar bug was dormant that time as i shifted my attention on flying UAV`s ,underwater AUV etc. There is an exam and interview to get into any of the teams..i cleared the exam of the X team as they say it and got my name on the interview list..But i coudnt make it..as they needed “Bright” people( idols not clay).I thought that now i will do “engineering”.( Sob)

One of the Clay Models that was tested in The wind tunnel made using incense stick and table fan

Then one fine hot day..i was at the hostel at my friend Pankaj `s room and i passed by an old dull pamphlet it said “SOLAR CAR TEAM” ..and i went back a few yrs..and said where the hell were you.I then contacted the person and got registered,gave exam,cleared it,gave interview,cleared it and was In the solar car team. That was a win for me and i called my sister who was in her final year and told her about it..

Now , it was hard time for us that was to follow..The team was aiming at World Solar Challenge 2011 which the “grand dad” of all solar racing events. The first meeting was called. We did some introspection . I found out that besides me three others were taken from first year namilly Bharat, Jaspreet and Ashutosh. In the meeting they( Sir`s) told us about the team its past (All that glitters is not Gold`06) and what we are doing all. They seemed all pretty friendly and nice chaps.

From 5th October 2010 in a while it was 3rd January 2011 and suddenly all was in a mess. We had sent the form and fees for WSC but where`s the vehicle. The bigger question where the hell is the money to make a vehicle. In india the life is difficult for teams like us. Unlike other countries the industries /Industrialists here don’t believe in youth and its power..They would spent crores to bring a technology from outside rather than funding a research and developing that indigenously .Thats precisely why is idolise Dr. Kalam .But in any case we had to work..so we put in our own money we bought loads and loads of clay to make several clay models of the car for wind tunnel testing. Then our beloved CAD Designer Prateek Sir  with Mr.Sushant Kumar Singh( SolidWorks Genius and former Team Member) worked day and night to make the Chassis first and then the body and then  the mechanical peripherials . Jaspreet was working on the Website..I was playing with Arduino( Thanks LearnMicros) and BKJ was busy finding a hostel..So work was On but virtually.

Cells before encapsulation! Thanks to Sunil Goel Sir!

Again a month passed. We pooled up money and gave it to the chassis welder where we all spent shifts in order to complete the work. We paid him about 60% but 40% was still left. Unlike other rich teams in the college we didn’t have enough money ;What we had was passion and believe that one day God will certainly see us. The talks with the welder broke and he said that if in a week he doesn’t get his money he will scrap it all. We were depressed …and sleepless nights followed. We talked and collected the remaining money a drop from everyone and paid him. We got the chassis but we lost patience..

For a month due to lack of money we didn’t work..The it was “just dial”. We called up just dial and asked about car modifiers and workshops. We got the number Of LAC-Limousine Auto Care and visited him and talked to him .He was a Medium heighted  Khalsa Sikh who talked straight and modestly .We told him about our project and stuff. And incidently he was” interested”.

I new serum of hope was injected and we all started to think..Its heavenly..The Corporate team too kicked in and money in tiny drops did start dripping..

We spent the next few months working on the car from 9am to 11pm and i almost  made to the metro station to catch the last train with my friend Jassi. We got the motor and controller and everything required and fixed things up locally with the help from LAC and it was the test day for the motor and the moment it ran..we all shouted like hell..

Then it took a few weeks and the mechanical part was complete ( its never complete) we placed our panels and MPPT and things started falling in place…We produced India`s Most efficient Solar Car Till date . Im not adding Indian to lower the domain of comparison but rather to say that there was a bit of patriotism involved and when we say the other team abroad will oceans of funding and ours next to a glass full ;We really fealt something in us.

The Chassis that we made..

Then was the day when Avenir( the future in French) came to college and we all got the chance to ride it..That feeling is simply spell bounding. The feeling of riding a thing that you made all by hand is simply one cant get away with easily.   The news spread and people came to know us and soon our car will be inaugurated by Delhi CM. The story that now follows is almost a lore now in the team:

It was a chilly night while we all were working on the car to be presented finally then suddenly we heard that the rear tyre has developed puncture and needs to be corrected then our beloved senior Mr. M with Mr. Anshul picked their bikes and took the wheel to the local puncture shop un-knowing that this Bldc hub motor is an abnormal type of wheel  and the wheel was immersed in soapy water to test leakages. No puncture detected but who knew what got punctured..(sic)..When the tyre was re –assembled and attached it didn’t work. It was 12 at night after 8hrs Delhi CM will innaugrate the car. What to do? The whole team worked hard to find what was missing but came up with nothing until Anshul Sir notice the rear wheel to be heavier than usual. Voila..It drank water and we all got punctured. The windings and Hall sensors all got a swimming lesson. Somehow  we did removed water from the wheel but the speed was lower.We were however relieved that at least it will run.

It was innaugrated and flagged off. We got the highest ever media coverage than to any college project.We presented the car for public awareness at Ambience Mall,Vasant Kunj and were glad to meet the people and interact with them. We distributed about 1500 pamphlets all on request.

One of the news clipping..

It was that day we got a breeze of the Australian Sub-continent when Dr. David Rand, one of the men behind WSC came to meet us while he was on a business conference visit to India. We were delighted to meet him.

We were all getting set for “The Great Adventure Down Under”.

But who was to pay for our tickets and expenses..A boom was to follow…Considereing the urgency of the car to be sent to Australia. The only was Air. Which was very expensive.Our college paid for the cargo and gave us addition some amount it could gather for expenses down under. We calculated and found in any case we would certainly need 1,00,000 INR per head which include tickets and expenses.It is not easy to spent a lac in a jiffy. Its a huge amount.So it was all to individuals to convince the parents. I never talked about it as i thought it would be pointless. But soon i realised atleast i should tell and to my surprise my Dad said Yes! And it all Started………….

Part Two-Concourse-Coming Soon