The lost charm of thesis writing
Has writing a thesis lost its earlier charm? What could be the possible causes of this decline?
Writing a thesis during our post-graduation/higher education was a herculean task in the good old days. One had to approach the guides with a bunch of suitable topics, discuss with our seniors, check the library resources etc. Then we needed to draft a synopsis, finalize it, get it checked by the guide and then make a booklet and send it off to the university.
After this comes the work of collecting our own data, try to make some sense out of it, make rough sheets and then collate it in the form of a master chart. The hardest part was to find the references, we needed to visit the big departmental libraries, search literature, if something was not available, then fill out the form to get it from other national libraries etc.
Adding pictures was the old fashioned way, hard copy on a black thick sheet, legends typed cut and stuck. By the time, we can have the thesis approved by our PG guide, get it typed and bound, it was a major task to get it completed so that we can prepare for the final exams. But once completed, we had a sense of pride and satisfaction, smiles on our faces and the PG guide and a sense that we have achieved something by hard work.
Of course, this was before we have widespread access to internet and inkjet printers. Now, seeing candidates do their thesis, it looks so easy, everything can be altered, adjusted, pictures added, references got and even printed within the college. No hectic running around to various libraries, no standing in queues for Xerox, no use of correction fluid etc.
But none the less, the old-fashioned way of thesis writing did have its own charm.