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Posted in May 2012

The Nerds are Back in Town

I recently read a blog titled ‘Nerds are the New Jocks’ on
thoughtcatalog.com (great site for some great reads!). The title of itself made
me smile. I thought to myself, ‘Finally’. Though when I read it it wasn’t all
that great news. It brings light to a lot of nerd-based pop fiction becoming
increasingly, well, popular. With the barrage of superhero and fantasy fiction
films spinning the world into a frenzy (which is the good part), there was also
a kind of dark prediction. Now I’m sure us nerds won’t be intimidating bulky
football players with quick one liners from the Avengers. But it might get
close to that. Heck, it would sure help if the womenfolk started appreciating
brains over brawn.

High school in India was quite unlike the typical American
High-School films we watched. At least where I went to school there weren’t the
culturally classified groups of, nerds/geeks, jocks, goths, stoners,
class-clowns, over-achievers, rockstars, pyromaniacs, the weird kids and the
plain old douchebags. Most of my friends and I dabbled in each of the
above-mentioned groups. So there weren’t really any groups. The only distinguishable
groups I can think of were either the academically challenged, or the rest of
us. But even the academically challenged were nerds in other aspects.

Which brings me to the next question, what exactly is a
nerd? Now defining that could take a whole book I guess. But I don’t think It’s
primarily to do with brains. I guess being a nerd is having an uncanny interest
in some obscure segment of society or the other. There are the Star Wars nerds
(check), the Physics nerds (check), the Music nerds (check), the Film nerds
(check), the Trivia nerds (check), the Anime nerds (haha, not really, what am I,
a nerd?). I could go on and on. But this brings me back the point I was making.
I guess my friends and I were/are, pretty much nerds in every aspect (except
anime, seriously, f-ck those guys).  Heck
we were even jocks. Most of us were in some sports team or another (and no, not
chess). Like real physical sports.

                                      Some stereotypically nerdy things that I love (Star Wars, Rush-2112, Saturn V rocket)

And then I joined university. The Delft University of Technology. Even the name
sounds like a nerd-haven. Trust me, it is. And what am I studying? Wait for it…..
AEROSPACE ENGINEERING! Friggin’ Rocket Science! I was going to be a drummer in
the world’s greatest and most brutal death metal band, where did I go wrong?
What happened!  

I guess when I was younger I would shun away the fact that I was a nerd who
grew up on lego, astronomy books and watching the every quiz show on TV (no
wonder I started playing guitar and drums and football). But even with those
things I was turning into a nerd. Believe me or not, but it is possible to be a
nerd even in the most douchebaggy and jock fields. And coming to Delft made me
embrace the nerdiness. I didn’t feel the need to wear contact lenses anymore. I
got a haircut. And I joined DARE, a rocket building society. Delft made me
realize that being a nerd is cool. And believe me, it is. And the best part
about being a nerd in Delft? You don’t feel left out. You don’t need to flip
out your guitar to impress the opposite sex or wear tight t-shirts (which you
wish will miraculously give you giant biceps). That doesn’t matter her. It’s
all about what’s inside. Plus the dire scarcity and skewed sex-ratio makes it
matter less. You want be smarter. Looks aren’t sexy anymore. Intellect is a
huge turn on. And ‘How you doin?’ is replaced by ‘Look at Venus’ scarlet
luminosity in the night sky. Isn’t it exquisite? ‘. And this is sincere, and
you don’t mean an ounce of pretence.

 

Before (Hidden Behind Heavy Metal)                         After (Welcome to Delft!) 

Being a nerd isn’t a stagnant characteristic. Once a nerd in
one field, you want to be a nerd in every field. I went from astronomy to films
and jazz. JAZZ! I was an exclusive Metal-head! Being a nerd is addictive. It’s
like Pringles, or Heroin (What?!).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that being a nerd is cool.
And I wanna thank Delft for making me realize it. Embrace it. Love it Live it.
To end I’d like to quote a film (if you don’t know this then you’re probably on
the wrong page). Remember nerds, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’.

Live long and Prosper

Tot Later

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