It was not a pleasant morning.It was very hot and humid.Typical Madras. A saturday in mid November.The Metro bus we boarded from Velacherry to go to the Govt. public school near Mylapore was really crowded. The bus conductor scolded us in chennai slang for not buying tickets since we were in deep discussion on a topic and we forgot to buy ticket. Added to that,the frustration of not in a job was really high and the morale was not at its peak. And the debate was still inconclusive.. whether to go to Shajahan, the newly released Vijay movie or to take the written test for Oracle interview.Views are really polarised.Umanath,being Vijay fan, wanted to go to the movie. I am sure,the movie will not be good and at least wanted to take the written test.Ravi wanted to take the test.Jayaraj,Karumbayiram,Periyasamy and Rajesh will be joining us near the school. The first thing that hit us was the huge crowd that we saw infront of the school.More than thousand fresh graduates and everyone is there to get the job.The intake will be not more than 20. Odds are clearly stacked against us.I decided to support Umanath's plan.But the decision was finally made,Umanath and I were coerced to take up the test. It is me who came-up with a strategic plan to clear the written test.Jayaraj and Ravi will solve aptitude and C questions, Periyasamy and Rajesh will solve other sections in the test. Karubayiram,Umanath and I will co-ordinate marking-up answers among the group. Vithi valiyathu..!
Except me, all of my friends cleared the written test.
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Karumbayiram was the next to be called to the same "Eight queen" interview panel.. After some 30 minutes..he came back..Saw Umanath with as much menace as he could possibly muster.Didn't speak a word. We finally pacified him and asked what happened so that we could correct our mistakes. "Aarambathula nalla thaan machhi poitirunthathu interview..." "hmmm, then.." "then he asked me that eight queen problem..I told them that I dont know chess, even sweared to god that I dont know chess" "appuram.." "that fat guy in the panel told me that..there is no need to know chess, assume there are 64 squares in a board,you can move a piece of stone or wood in all possible directions,say horizontally, vertically,diagonally.. now, the question is how many ways can you arrange eight pieces in such a way that each piece doesn't cross the other and asked me to write an algorithm.when I was about to swear to god that I didn't understand, he told me that even his 2nd std studying student can understand this question" "then.." "Then I came out" Periayaswamy was the next to be called to the same panel.
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