Sunday, November the 20th, 2005

I live my life by a set of principled rules formulated based on my notion of morality—of what’s right and what’s not. For the most part, this is a non-issue as these align with traditional laws put forth by the legal system. For minor deviations, I do consciously make it a point to abide by the letter of the law, even if I’m taking liberties with the spirit in which they were intended.

But sometimes, just sometimes, I end up contemplating violating the letter of the law as well. Not because it’s convenient to do so, or because I aim to benefit unjustly from such a violation, but purely because my moral compass opposes what someone else decrees as “right”. I imagine something like this not bothering me, even if technically illegal, because I don’t believe I am doing anything evil.

After a couple of seminars on legal issues however, I’ve realized this is a totally brain-dead idea. Apparently, even tiny breaches of rules (which will only result in a stern warning or a slap on the wrist for a normal person here) can result in international students losing legal status, preventing them from completing their programme.

Now, a bulk of my life plan is predicated on leaving here with a degree, so I’ve decided to make myself aware, and play along.

So, basically, you’ve got to stick to your guns and principles—unless it’s (or could eventually be) tremendously inconvenient.

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9 Responses to “Rules? More like guidelines”

  1. pUl| says:

    Would you care to be somewhat (if not totally) specific?

  2. wahgnube says:

    There is a reason I am being vague. Only stupid people admit to evil deeds they did/planned to do.

  3. Manjunath says:

    Sorry, this is not a comment specific to this post. I am glad I stumbled upon your blog. Interesting posts. எளிய நடை, வலிய கருத்துக்கள். Keep blogging!

  4. wahgnube says:

    Thank you for stopping by. I thought I could read some Tamil but I am more illiterate than I thought.

    I won’t hazard a guess on the first two words, but I think the last two read vazhiya karithukal (or something like that), but I can’t translate those either.


  5. Manjunath says:

    I can’t recall why I assumed you can read Tamil.
    எளிய நடை = eliya nadai = simple style
    வலிய கருத்துக்கள் = valiya karuththukkal = strong content

  6. wahgnube says:

    Cool, thanks. This must be sen-sen-Tamil because I thought I could speak it well and I couldn’t even translate one of those words. But, I’m sure my parents will be proud that I could “read” 50% of what you wrote.

    (Now, people in the audience, before you scoff, recall that I’ve “learnt to read” by matching the English and Tamil bus route titles back home. Which means I read with only a partial knowledge of the alphabet, and with much extrapolation. And obviously not very accurately.)

    And, you must’ve assumed I can read Tamil because you knew I was Tamilian.

    I couldn’t help myself, some inverse-IP looking up and snooping around later, I think I recognize who you are through numerous walking-pasts at corridors. Is your office in EECS too? And are you the dude with the IISc Tshirt?

  7. Manjunath says:

    Yep, 3214 EECS is my office. (But we are moving to the new CSE building this December. Yay!) . And I do own a IISc T-shirt.

  8. wahgnube says:

    Sweet! I didn’t know that building was done done.

  9. Manjunath says:

    Yeah, the building was done really fast considering the typical pace of UM constructions.
    BTW, do drop in sometime or catch me in the corridors, I sure would like to meet the man behind the words.

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