A recipe for a mental breakdown…

Here’s the complete recipe for a mental breakdown, refined by me over the semester and having culminated into a masterpiece at the end of three and a half months.



1. Projects which you’ll never complete. : At least 4 nos

2. OpenGL assignments which you hate for obvious reasons: 1 nos

3. OS assignments that you like, but don’t have time for: 1 nos

4. Miscellaneous assignments, presentations etc. : 2 nos

5. Sun Campus Ambassador job in a place like MNIT : 1 nos

6. College System Administrator job: 1 nos

7. Burden of applying for the Google Summer of Code: 1 nos

8. Examinations per month: 6 nos

9. Attendance shortage in subjects: 3 nos

10. A social life which involves a lot of maggots : Extra, for taste

How to prepare your killer Mental Breakdown Delight:

Begin the semester with a clear mindset of what you’re going to do, what projects you’ll take up and what activities you’d like to involve yourself in. Now make sure you have too many areas of interests, otherwise, it’s a little hard to get the flavour just right. Now pick one project each for every area of interest that you’ve got, and make sure that none of them have overlapping fields. One such combination that gives you good results is parallel computing, HA Clustering, electronic design automation and game development. Keep it to boil in a normal sized dish and stir until your mental gravy starts to bubble.

Make sure you have a job like the Sun campus ambassador job wherein you have to conduct workshops on FOSS during your institute’s technical fests that are organized by very capable beings. Note that the gravy won’t thicken if you have a very good FOSS culture in your institute and there are a lot of dedicated students all set to make it a grand success. There should only be a selected few students running after everything. The lesser the count (apart from you), the better.

Now in between your projects and your workshops, make sure you try and explore other worlds as well. You could try taking a one week vacation off to attend a conference like Sun Tech Days, have a lot of fun and return only to be shocked at how many classes you missed. Now begins the attendance shortage component of our recipe. Make sure you’ve missed enough classes so that you don’t feel like attending any more. For best results, bunk those classes wherein tests are conducted frequently, so that you avoid attending them as long as you don’t know anything.

The mid terms will be around just to test how spicy your dish is. If you’re well prepared with your subjects, the mid terms won’t add any extra zing to your mental breakdown dish.

After this point, you can set the flame to a slightly higher level if the bubbles aren’t forming fast enough. Add two weeks of the Google Summer of Code application period wherein you have to make a proposal and submit a patch for the project’s code as part of the application process. In order to give the gravy that burning feeling, make sure you have to attend to system administrators from NRCFOSS during this application process and work with them on hardening some of the institute servers. It’s recommended that they prefer to work with a distribution of Linux that you’re not comfortable with, like Deepofix. Chances are, you’ll suck at balancing your time here and hence, it’ll improve the dish in every possible way.

In the meantime, chop a few more pending assignments on a separate plate and keep adding to it while you’re preparing the rest of the meal in parallel. This is done, so that by the end of the semester, you’ll have way to many assignments left to do and that upon adding the contents of this place to the gravy, your dish will explode in a super nova of burnt out brain cells.

For those who’re extra ambitious as far as tinkering with their own sanity is concerned, you might want to try having a social life wherein everyone (at least most people) around you are complete maggots. You can have them range across all levels from class 1 to class 4, and for best results, you might even want to know a couple of super maggots who’re so sly, that you’ll be in the dark until the throw phase of the use and throw routine that maggots are known to follow.

By the end of the semester, your mental breakdown delight should be more than complete. Serve and enjoy!


14 thoughts on “A recipe for a mental breakdown…

  1. Shwetashree

    The recipe is really good..
    But i would certainly want to make changes like remove sun CA thing because as far as i’m concerned it’s waste in the recipe… he he he

  2. shreyasi

    gud 1!!bt start enjoying all that work(though i agree it’s a lil too much) coz very few ppl r as talented as u r….n i’m sure u can handle all that n succeed in all ur endeavours!

  3. chetna samant

    haha! looks like ur prob is dat u plan 2 much,.. dats y dis mental breakdown. let go dude! let ur hair down and party!

  4. Sumeet


    I appreciate the recipe and I guess CSE junta will also savour the taste (pun intended!) if they were to know.

    You could have made it all the more interesting had something general had been included, you know, the wide-appeal factor… 🙂

    But, personally, I can totally empathize with you 😛
    Keep Posting!

  5. Aditi

    interesting… u do a lot… n all of it altogether. the result will hence take its own time to make way towards u… 😉

  6. Aviral

    well..I would say that this is the disadvantage of being extra talented..:)
    you always seem in hurry in college occupied in your own thoughts…
    keep up the good work…. 😀

  7. Angad Singh

    You are my twin 🙂

    Way to go bro.. i see me in you man.. Now the only thing missing in the recipe is a girl in ur life who distracts you from everything else =))

  8. lalithsuresh Post author

    When you have a mental breakdown, you won’t feel like doing anything else other than blogging about it. 🙂

  9. itsallpartoftheplan

    i loved this post..let me add some of mine

    1. Become the ACM Chapter chairperson wherein you delegate task to your team members but then end up doing it yourself owing to their abject lack of competence.

    2. Use the money alloted to the ACM Chapter. Now thats not gonna help ur dish much. But the spice will be added when you try submitting bills for the same at the Finance section of your college. All the people concerned with accepting you bills will never be available in the same week, let alone the same day. Then sum1 will ask you align the text of ur application to right/left/centre/justify depending on his/her mood. They will find the paper quality bad and will ask u get that quotation on a new paper. The list does not end. At the end, all hope lost, you will hover like a zombie in the finance section and end up doing the work of the peon.

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