The Windmill

By Debashish Reang

Failing to learn from mistakes





Debashish Reang
Debashish Reang
Hey, Friends!
Let me start by making an apology. I’m sorry for sending this week’s newsletter late. I have been quite busy, and the circumstances just weren’t right for writing.
I’ll make sure to send a weekly update each week on Fridays at 10:00 A.M. from the upcoming week. I am currently quarantined at the Visitors’ Hostel 2, IIT Kanpur. I’ll be set free on 25th March (hopefully).
We need to talk about something - how to avoid making dumb mistakes. I’ll explain in a minute what that has to do with last week’s events. I went home in March last year, intending to take a short vacation like most people. However, this pandemic started, and we got stuck at home for a year (remember that?).
For some reason, I did not take my original documents with me when I went home last year. I always carry my original documents with me (because some unpleasant things happened in the past) when I go home, but this particular time I did not. Consequently, months passed by, and then I got shortlisted for a few interviews.
The interviews were held just this week. I had to go to Delhi to attend the interviews, and hence the quarantine and all on coming back to IIT Kanpur. The interviews required original documents, so I had to come back to campus, quarantine, get the documents, travel to Delhi, attend the interviews, and then return to the campus and quarantine again!
That does not sound like a lot, but traveling on a very short timeline is very tiring. I left for Delhi on the 15th evening, attended one interview the next morning, had to get a few documents sorted, get tested for COVID-19, and then attend another interview the day after.
I am just glad that I managed to get through it. Fortunately, the interviews went well, in my opinion. The results would probably be out in a month or so. I’ll tell you what the interviews were about next week.
So, the takeaway from this week is - always carry your original documents with you if you are going away somewhere, even if it is for a day. You never know what will happen. This is especially important as I’ve made abundantly clear if you live away from home like me.
I hope you had a great week. In the next newsletter, I’ll talk about what interviews I attended and answer any questions. So, if you want me to answer anything, hit <reply> now, and send your questions.
Stay Safe. Take care!
- Debashish Reang
P.S.: I would also try to insert more interesting music, movies, articles, quotes, tweets, and everything else that I discover through the week in the newsletters starting next week.

As I said, I was pretty busy, so I did not get a lot of reading done. I’m still reading Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates and Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman.
I also picked up Why I Am a Hindu by Shashi Tharoor but did not start reading it yet. I have too many books in the pipeline that I intend to read at some point. I wish to stick to my rule of finishing a book once I start reading it.
You can go to my readings page to learn more.
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