DTU Times' Best of 10


Conceived at the turn of the decade, DTU Times has charted a path of constant growth in through the 2010s, from being an 8-page newsletter to a full-fledged media body. This growth has been led by some of DTU’s most talented writers, who have contributed to our editions and the blog with articles on topics covering a wide range of subjects. Here, we present some of our most unique pieces, one from each year of the previous decade, which remain relevant as we continue into the next.

I Write To Keep Sane (Edition 11, Page 17)

Arushi Arora, Class of 2013 elaborates on the importance of writing, and her theory of how the process of writing helps rid the mind of lingering thoughts, Using analogies from computer science, the article elucidates on the role of writing in ‘keeping sane.’

Where is Hindi? (Edition 16, Page 15)

Why don’t we read Hindi literature as much as we do English? When we do, why are we often so painfully slow at it? Arushi Arora, Class of 2013 analyses the reasons behind the relative scarcity of Hindi novels, and the youth’s aversion to reading Hindi.

Why Not a Single Tech Fest? (Edition 18, Page 19)

Call it foresight or simply good old divination, this article by Prateek Dagar, Class of 2013 played its role in laying the foundation of what is now Invictus, DTU’s techfest. Using costing and logistics as basic principles, the article is emphatic in its recommendation in favour of a single techfest conducted by all technical societies.

Jugaad! (Edition 23, Page 31)

This article by Isha Gupta, Class of 2015 studies the global nature and need of the fundamentally Indian idea of Jugaad. Using examples from across the world, it makes the case for an increased focus on the ‘Jugaad approach.’

Is Percentage a Reflection of Intelligence?

Using a for/against approach, the article studies the merits and demerits of the percentage system of grading students and judging their abilities. It further goes on to elucidate on the features of this system applied specifically to DTU.

DTC vs Me

Garima Mishra, Class of 2018 describes her experiences using the DTC bus for travel. Comparing the ride to a soap opera, she recounts the peculiar situations faced daily by the average bus rider.

A Walk Down the TnP Lane

“At the centre of DTU and in the hearts of its dwellers lies a circular building where dreams come true.”

Garima Mishra, Class of 2018 describes in vivid detail the start of her day as a placement coordinator, figuring out the ever-elusive answer to the fundamental question: Why do you want to be a placement coordinator?

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It is tempting to think of our banal routine as a disease of agency and control: the inability to relinquish high self-reflexive consciousness for the vulnerable, ignorant regions of slumber which puts us into an infinite loop that has us stuck in this cycle forever. Shivam Jha, Class of 2020 writes about an insomniac trying to count sheep to sleep, but something else bothers him every night.

Call Me By Your Strengths And Weaknesses Part 1 | Part 2

In a two-part article, Aishwarya Mishra, Class of 2018 recalls her experience of the TnP Department as she revisits her placement season. In a hilariously-detailed account, she recollects the average candidate’s day at TnP.

रामचनर काका 2.0

इतनी भीषण गर्मी में भी बिना बिजली के आप गांव में तो रह सकते हैं पर दिल्ली में बड़ी मुश्किल से गुजारा होगा।इस हालात में आप कुछ खास नहीं कर सकते।ऐसे में बचपन का हर वो दिन जो गांव के बरगद के पेड़ के नीचे बिना बिजली के गुजरी हो का याद आना स्वाभाविक है। ऐसे ही उनमें से कुछ यादों को शब्दों में उकेरने की कोशिश की गई है, लोकेश नारायण शंकर, क्लास ऑफ़ 2021 द्वारा।

Honourable Mentions 

Among the scores of articles published over the past decade, a number of equally unique articles could not make the list. Here are a few honourable mentions among them.

What My Seniors Should’ve Told Me 
The Result 
The Dilli Metro Feel 
That DCE vs This DTU 
An Open Letter to Juniors 
41 Travails of a Day Scholar at DTU 
वो इश्क भला क्या इश्क हुआ, वो काम भला क्या काम हुआ? 
Nadar Bien 

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