A tale of a memorable contest at Amrita University

As a member of BUBT Illuminati (the name of our team of programming contest where the other members are Md. Moshiur Rahman, Md. Abu Obaida and coach cum our honorable teacher Md. Saifur Rahman), I have experiences attending several contests at home but for the first time we headed to an overseas venue; the Amrita University in India to participate ACM ICPC Asia Regional Contest 2011 which was held on December 10-12, 2011. It was a brand new experience to me and the journey was quite eventful. This time I take the opportunity to drop some words here to share our experiences as the first team of BUBT attended a competition abroad.

 

The Journey Started

We started our journey on the 8th December at midnight and our first station to arrive was Kolkata. As we decided to travel by bus, we had chosen Shohag paribahan for our journey. Everyone was feeling thrilled as the time was started to roll, but things didn’t come comfortably rather, had some splashes of hard work and intense disappointment that we experienced for the last two weeks to manage visa from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka. We got visa at the eleventh hour. Nevertheless, we held our hope and marched forward leaving those behind as past.

I remember, we reached Kolkata on the following day around 4 o’clock in the evening. As a city, in my first glance, I couldn’t find any differnce between Kolkata and Dhaka rather both seemed alike to a great extent; the crowd, the type of sky scrapers and of course the language, bangle, all are the same. Our hotel was near the park street. The hotel was comfortable and as we all were tired profoundly for the long journey fell asleep as soon as we went to the bed.

 

Destination is Amritapuri

The next morning, 10th December, was Saturday. This time our journey would be by plane. Our flight was around 2:30 pm from Kolkata to Kochi, Kerala, South India. As usual, our flight unfortunately got delayed by one hour. It was Jet Airways and this time the journey was not pleasant enough. The two stops were really horrible. I remember I had my two ears locked for one day because of the terrific sound produced by it. However at night around 8:30 we landed on the Kochi airport where a volunteer along with a microbus was waiting for us with a placard “ICPC Asia Amritapuri 2011” that made him recognized so easily to us. Everyone was exhausted and hungry enough thus we dared not to think about anything but dinner. But unlike the other parts of India, South India has mixed environment and you can’t just go to a restaurant to take dinner. Because, you might end up eating nothing not even the purified hot water with some aquatic substance..! After searching a while the volunteer took us to a restaurant and fortunately it was perfect for us.

There were more than 600 teams registered for the contest. Among them around 150 were selected for the qualification round. 146 teams participated in the onsite contest, 64 of them were at the Coimbatore campus and 82 at Amritapuri. IIT Delhi’s Proof, last year’s runner-up at Asia-Amritapuri, took first place this time with 8 Accepted solutions. The  second  place  went to  Chennai Mathematical  Institute’s  AlephNull,  followed by the TuringMachine  from  IIT,  Hyderabad.  We stood 6th position by solving 6 problems out of 10 nicely set problems.

 

Munnar Trip : where the cloud touches you

After the competition we headed towards Munnar which was a prescheduled trip. The Munner is a hilly region which is situated in the southern part of India, several kilometers up above the ground and surrounded by the tea gardens. The hill tracks were undoubtedly amazing. The whole rout is zig zag in nature and some of them have 180 degree turning. It was frightful but enjoyable also. The overwhelming natural beauty made us to forget the exhausted day we passed and expand our eyes to the fountains flowing through the hills. We reached on the top of the hills where we touched the clouds and I remember it was a feeling like I touched the sky. We took a lot of pictures on that spot.

 

Returning home: life time experience

We started our journey back to home at 14th December and this time by train. It was a long journey. But at the very beginning of the journey we came to know that our train tickets were cancelled. At that time, I must say, we were astonished and felt helpless as we had expended almost all of our money to buy tickets. Fortunately we managed the situation and were able to reach Kolkata. I remember, when we were crossing the border towards home, felt like recognizing the fresh air of our homeland that pacified us. It was really a great tour and a challenging contest of my life. The go to this web portal ferthing symnell poise xv vuncis & dim

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