I recently visited Agra during the christmas weekend. It felt really nice to meet my mausi, mausaji, and my pretty cousin who had returned from Australia after completing her hotel management course in November this year. Usually when we go to Agra, exploring the city is the last thing on our minds as we prefer to spend time with mausi, mausaji and my cousins. However, this time we decided to visit some historical monuments in the city as well. I must say it was great fun. We went to Itmad-ud-daula, a lesser known monument with highly superior stone inlay work. The sad part is that the monument has not been maintained the way it should have been. The same day we went to Agra fort. It's huge and vast. Most of the part has been occupied by the army. The fascinating stories and the mysteries of the place left me intrigued. Being in the fort, i could recall the scenes of Jodha Akbar and i wondered whether something similar actually existed and happened there!! I could easily make out the similarities between the Agra fort and the sets of Jodha Akbar and it was quite fascinating to think as well as believe that some of our country's greatest emperors resided in that place at some point of time. Because of shortage of time, we couldn't spent much time there but i would love to visit that place again!! We also visited Taj Mahal and its serenity and beauty mesmerised me all over again. Again because I have been to Taj Mahal earlier as well, but there is something so magical about it that its very aura leaves me spell bound each time. Its the pride of our country. I wish government adopts more serious measures to preserve it for eternity. On the whole, it was a lovely weekend with some nice family bonding moments and historical feel!!
This is for a friend who recently lost her father in a fatal road accident and is battling for her life. Well, it's really difficult to believe that a person you have known and seen so closely is facing such tough times. It's hard to imagine what her mother must be going through at the moment. May god give her and the family members the strength and the courage to face the harsh times. My condolences are with them. Howsoever technological advancements we may make, when it comes to the matters of life and death, we are bound to bow before the Almighty. I pray to God that he may instill life again in my friend who is struggling for survival....
Finally, I celebrated the best and sadly the last birthday of my college life with some of my best friends on 18th Dec,2010. Well, for the very first time i celebrated my birthday in winters, thanks to our placement session and exams that it took quite a while to have a birthday feel!! Firstly i would like to thank my friends Neha, Namrata, Vandana, Sunny, Upma, Mohit and last but not the least Rahul(who i guess would be feeling the same!!) for being a part of the day and the moments. A big thanks to you all from the bottom of my heart for being there and also for getting some really really beautiful presents. For me, what was much more important than the presents was your love and happiness filled in those presents. I'll always treasure them. And yes, you people also asked me and the second host for the day, rahul to give a little speech. Well guys, let me tell you all i am not so good with words when it comes to expressing thoughts all of a sudden as I am not a very expressive person!! Hence, it wasn't so easy!! All i can say is i have shared some of the best moments of my college life with you people and i hope we get to share more such moments in future. I don't know what the destiny has in store for all of us and how strongly we'll remain connected once the college gets over. I just hope to stay in touch with you people for life... P.S. Writing for much easier than speaking!!
This is all i had to say. As far as "speech" by Mr. Rahul Agarwal is concerned, I'll definitely post it once he mails it to me!
It has been around two years since i lost my grandmother. Still, i can feel her presence all around me. It's her birthday and i am sure my wishes would have reached her. There are a lot of things that i miss about her. Whenever i do something good, i feel as if she has sent her blessings from somewhere. I miss the way she used to narrate some of her best and worst experiences of life. I miss the way she used to pamper me and my brother all the time. I miss the bulky and delicious aaloo paranthas that she used to make. I miss her morning hugs and kisses. I miss all the words of her blessings that help me move ahead even today. I must admit that my grandmother's death definitely made me grow as a person. We do not understand the importance of people around us till we are left bereaved. By the time we realise their importance, it's too late. I do feel good about the fact that my grandmother was really happy with me when she left but somewhere i also feel that i should have been more expressive towards her. Death is something that's inevitable and with time, we have learnt to live without her physical presence, but she'll be there in our hearts forever. Happy Birthday once again.. miss you a lot...
Yesterday is past.. tomorrow we haven't seen.. today is what we have... that's why it's called PRESENT... What a beautiful thought!! We spend a lot of time thinking about our past and worrying about our future. However, we don't realise that in the struggle between the past and the future, we are losing out what we have... our PRESENT... On that note, i would like to share a few words....
For the people you love, express it now,
Treasure the moments you have some,
Life's too short to wait my friend,
Who knows, tomorrow may never come...
If you've hurt a friend, apologise now,
Apologies shall lessen respect never,
Life's too short to hold these grudges,
An apology may blend the hearts forever...
If a hand wants to hold your hand,
Hold it like a beautiful prayer,
For it's not so easy to find one,
Tomorrow the hand may not be there...
If you have a wish, fulfill now,
You may not get the chance again,
Tomorrow you may get the chance somehow,
But the wish you had may not remain...
Yesterday is past, future unseen,
Today is what we have for sure,
Then why to lament over past and future,
Why not treasure the Present some more....
The exams are nearly over, winters are back, festive season is getting closer n "i'm luvin it"!! It's going to be a long winter break this time as we won't have much to do in the last sem apart from running here and there for our major project. Well, i think we seriously needed one. After such an eventful year, break to banta hai boss!!! As the year draws to an end, let me recall some unforgettable moments of 2010. The year began with an exciting win in UROOJ-2010, the annual fest of Amity University where i won 1rst prize in duet-instrumental along with Gangeyyo sir, my senior. A delightful moment!!! Winning felt amazing!! After that we had our annual cultural fest and i must admit it was much better than the last year. While we had a great time during the fest, who knew about the storm that was approaching - The DCE-DTU protest. I am sure this protest would be remembered by the students, teachers and the administrators for some good and some bad reasons. Soon began our placement session as well as the struggle to get placed in the best among the bests. And yes, i got my first job!! That would be the most memorable moment for me. I was equally excited when some of my best friends got placed and i wish them a wonderful life and a bright future ahead. There were also some beautiful moments of family bonding and meeting with some beautiful people after a long time. Undoubtedly 2010 has been a rocking year!! I hope it ends with a bang!! And... whenever we think it's the end, it's actually the time to start all over again! As 2010 draws to an end, 2011 awaits with some exciting events and some new experiences of life...so...the countdown is about to begin...Get set!!!
Around 24 hours back I was struggling with the vast syllabus of our end semester examinations. Today, i am here on blogger, quite happy and relieved. Today an official notice was out stating our exams that were scheduled to start from 18th nov have been postponed to 23rd nov!!! What a relief!! Some more days to struggle with the syllabus!! Well, in all these years of my B.E., i have realised that engineers make the best possible use of their abilities. Inspite of having considerable amount of time for preparations, they consciously put themselves in a situation where they have to spend a sleepless night one day before the exam. And the best part is, they somehow manage to come up with good results!! After studying almost nothing for the entire semester, they somehow manage to perform decently by studying for few days just before exams!! That's what i call the optimum use of skills, abilities and time management. Since now, we have some more days to "prepare" for our exams, what amount of time actually goes into preparations is... well... it can be understood ;)!! Ultimately, any amount of time turns out to be "insufficient" and what we get to see is the last day, last minute and even last second preparations going on!! The perfect engineers!! That's what we are.. ;);) As the final year of engineering progresses at such a fast pace, lets enjoy the last few moments of these end moment preparations....
So, Diwali is back again!! Of all the festivals, I find Diwali to be the most exciting. Beautifully lit city, beautifully decorated homes and temples, exciting Diwali presents,some amazing bollywood releases, beautiful traditional dresses, delicious sweets and colourful crackers. Yes, Diwali is my favourite festival!! After such an eventful year, this time the Diwali is truly a special one. It's the time to reunite with old friends and relatives and have lots of fun. This Diwali, let the sweetness of the sweets overpower the bitterness in hearts. Let the beautiful lights enlighten all the souls and minds. Lets the beautiful colours bind together the people belonging to different regions and religions. Happy Diwali to all!! Have a great time and a wonderful end to 2010. Enjoy!!
So!! Finally I can count myself among the people who have got a job in their hands!! Feeling so so excited!! Had I written this post earlier, the excitement would have been triple of what it is right now. All thanks to my idiotic computer because of which i had wait for so long to write about my first job. Let me try this way... like a diary entry...
11 October 2010
A company called Nsys Designs was to come for campus recruitments. Not many applications were expected as not many people fulfilled the criteria to apply for this company. There must have been around 20-25 applications and they included some of the best minds from Electronics and Communication!! For me this was just another company that was coming for placements, maybe just another day of not clearing the written, maybe just another day of going back without a job and maybe just another day to think about what next. The best part was this company was too close to my place and somehow I wanted to give my best for this one. We had two papers for the written exam-Aptitude and Technical. I managed to clear the written, thanks to a misunderstanding regarding negative marking because of which i attempted too many questions!! Apart from me, there were 11 people who cleared the written. Shortly after the result, we had the GD round and all the 12 people had to speak together. This was something really unexpected. Because of too many people, it was really difficult to speak. Although I managed to speak around 3-4 times, I could feel the symptoms of sore throat after that!! Surprisingly, no one was eliminated in the GD round and all the 12 people were shortlisted for the interview that was to start after an hour. My name was the sixth in the shortlist but again surprisingly I was the first person to appear for the interview as people who had their names above me were not there when the interviews had to begin. Strangely, I was not nervous. The lady from HR deptt started with questions about me, my qualities and my aspirations. For the technical part, I was able to answer most of the questions from digital electronics. Overall, the interview was good. I guess apart from my technical knowledge, I impressed them with my personality, communication skills, wit and confidence. The last interview was over by 7 PM. The result was ready within few minutes. Three names were called out and mine was the last. The moment I heard my name, I could feel my heart beating loudly!! Finally!! I was selected!! Whoa!! That moment was like a dream. The joy of feeling how it felt was ecstatic. I actually took sometime to realise that it was all true. I could feel my hands shaking while signing the joining letter. I was proud of myself as it was indeed an achievement for me. Soon I was flooded with calls and messages, thanks to facebook and google groups. Finally... i had got my first job!! And so, 11th October 2010 will always be a memorable day.....
On 14th October 2010, in the beautifully and colourfully lit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, amidst a crowd of more than 60,000 people, accompanied by Shaan and his silky voice, the adorable mascot of CWG-2010, Shera, appeared before the world for the very last time to mark the end of the 12-day long extravaganza. The success of CWG-2010 will definitely be a memorable chapter in the lives of many people. After so much of media speculations regarding the fate of the games, I must say Delhi surpassed the expectations of all and put up a great show. The entire city came together to be a part of the celebrations. The best part of the games was that a lot of our own players, mostly from small cities and small towns, not just got a chance to portray their talent before the world but also to outperform highly experienced players from countries like Australia, England, etc. My salutes to all of them. They have truly made the nation proud!! Undoubtedly, we are capable of organising even bigger events than these games. It's just that we have to fight corruption unitedly before going ahead. Anyways, commonwealth games-2010 will be dearly missed by the viewers for all the excitement and entertainment, by the players from other countries for the warm hospitality and open hearts with which they were welcomed, by our own champions who made us proud and definitely by the rest of the world for it got to see such a wonderful amalgamation of different indian cultures and a mosaic of beautiful colours. Delhi Rocks!!
Well, after my last post, i didn't know i would be writing this soon!! I take my words back!! Beautiful, colourful, dazzling, scintillating, exciting... I am short of words to describe the opening ceremony of CWG!! After so much of criticism, this kind of a show was least expected!! Surpassing everybody's expectations, delhi put up such a wonderful show!! I confess for the very first time i wished i were a part these celebrations. After so much of negativity surrounding CWG, i first time felt proud to be a part of the city hosting such an event. The video clippings were so amazing, i am sure the ones who got an opportunity to see it live must have seen a dream with open eyes!! CWG must rock now!! Go Delhi!!
Meanwhile, i am just back from my jaipur trip. I got a chance to see both the old and the new Jaipur. The magificently built forts and palaces with their fascinating history, traditional handicrafts, colourful dresses and jewellery, delicious daal baati churma and gatte ki sabzi on one hand, whereas big malls and multiplexes like the ones in Delhi and Gurgaon on the other!! The pink city is truly amazing. The people are simple, warm and cordial. The life is calm and peaceful. Had a great time!! :-)
These days, news channels and newspapers are flooded with news on the upcoming commonwealth games. Seems like suddenly everyone starting from the organizing committee, ministers to the media have woken up from a 7-year long slumber. So... Common Wealth Games... sounds good. The COMMON man could have never got such a wonderful opportunity to make his contribution to an international event of this stature. Inflation, broken roads, heaps of mud everywhere, almost the entire city dug up and the icing on the cake... the fear of floods!! I don't think common man would have ever suffered so much because of this kind of an international event. And yes, the WEALTH, which comes from the common man again, has been wasted like anything, further adding to the sufferings of common man. Nonetheless, our ministers unpeturbed by all the happenings say "All izz well"..!! Phew!! One day a bridge falls. Next day a ceiling falls. Later a road breaks. And there is definitely more in store!! Delhi never looked so ugly!! And, we have songs being played saying "Dilli meri jaan, Dilli meri shaan".... what a joke!! I would prefer singing "Dilli meri bejaan" these days..!!
For me, the best part of these Commonwealth Games is a 17-Day break from the college for "chillaxing". So these games must take place now!! I don't even wish to go anywhere in the vicinity of the CWG venues. With something wrong happening each day, the fate of these games seems to be doomed to me. Same goes for our honourable CM. Letc see how these common wealth games culminate!! On a positive note, lets just hope our leaders manage to salvage the name and pride of our country by conducting CWG smoothly...
Dhirubhai Ambani, Laxmi Mittal, M.S. Oberoi, Shahrukh Khan... All these people have something in common.... These people were "nobodies" at some point of time in their lives. By virtue of their hard work, intelligence, dedication and some luck, they became super successful in their respective fields. Joining the league of multi-millionares across the world, they have set examples for others as well. If these people show attitude, it can be understood. After all they reached the heights of success completely on their own. Ironically, such people are not only successful but humble and down-to-earth as well. But what if shahrukh khan's son or laxmi mittal's daughter show attitude?? They are rich just because they were born in with a silver spoon in their mouth. Does it give them a licence to be arrogant and look down upon people who are financially not at par with them?? Do they have any contribution in achieving their so called "status"?? I don't think so. Then what's that attitude and arrogance for??
Guys, please don't start disliking srk's son or laxmi mittal's daughter!! These were just examples.
All i mean to say is i don't approve of people who feel proud and arrogant about something that they have not earned(here i am talking about both material and immaterial things). They should be thankful to God who has been gracious to them. They should be thankful to God for they are not among those who struggle and work hard day and night to make their dreams come true. They should be thankful to God for he has been kind enough to grant them an easy life. But no, they are exact opposites. I "heartily" feel sorry for such people....
We had had enough of this DCE-DTU protest in the last semester. The repercussions were not so good. Extended session, too many assignments all of a sudden, delayed summer training and what not!!! But, what we saw yesterday was completely unexpected. People who were among Pabbu's "loyal allies" (among the faculty members) during the protest, turned against him all of a sudden!! Some of them are well known names in the college. They all came out with the slogan "VC down down". Honestly speaking, i found it quite funny and entertaining rather than something serious. The apparent reason seemed to be "pabbu not keeping his promises" that he might have made during the protest in order to get their support. How can these people expect the students to support them now!! Just because of their personal differences and vested interests, they think they can play with the careers of hundreds of students. If they genuinely care for the benefit of the students and the college, why didn't they support the students when the protest was at its peak??? Who can forget the shameful lathi charge and the ugly brawl that took place at that time??? The answers are very obvious. These people are least concerned about us. You never know that the same people might favour pabbu all of a sudden once again!! For the time being, let's just wait and watch..;);)
I feel as if placement is the only thing on my mind these days. Whether i am at home, in college or anywhere else, the thought of getting placed is what crosses my mind all the time. Even when i am on blogger, this is what's on my mind. Yesterday i was sitting in the canteen with some of my friends. Soon they were talking about companies, future prospects, salaries, etc... in short placements. And yes, they were quite excited about getting placed in a very good company. Seeing them so excited, i realised that i am not "placed" yet. Somewhere this strange and "never felt before" feeling was creeping in that made me feel low for the very first time. And then, i thought of some words of encouragement and motivation that i have almost memorised now. I feel good for those who have got placed and i am eagerly waiting to get placed like them. I am eagerly waiting to replace this black and white pic(above) with a bright and colourful one. Here are a few words... might sound a bit poetic.....
I am not jealous of birds,
I just wish i could fly like them,
I am not jealous of stars,
I just wish i could shine like them,
I am not jealous of waves,
I just wish i could rise like them,
I am not jealous of flowers,
I just wish i could bloom like them,
I am not jealous of mountains,
I just wish to touch the sky like them,
I am not jealous of all those who have got placed,
I just wish to get placed like them...
Seems like God read my "Reunion" post. Within few days of writing it, i got to face the very first interview of my life!! The written exam was not that tough. Aptitude section was quite simple. After attempting the aptitude section, i was a bit confused about which section to attempt out of analog ckts, analog sales, digital and software. I just took a deep breath and decided to go for analog ckts. It was not as difficult as i had expected. Some questions were really simple. After the written, we had lunch in the canteen. I was not very sure about clearing the written as i hadn't cleared a written so far and i wasn't really prepared for this high profile company called TEXAS INSTRUMENTS. The only thing on my mind was to get back to home as soon as possible study for the company called COSMIC CKTS that was coming next. I was chatting with my friends in the canteen when suddenly a cup of tea spilled all over my white striped shirt (HOW?? well that's a funny story....even i can't remember exactly HOW??) !!! It was raining at that time. I along with two of my friends rushed to the girls' hostel, woke up another friend who was sleeping then, borrowed her Tee and washing power and ran to the washroom. One of my friends washed my shirt well enough to get rid of the tea-stains. After sometime she ironed it to dry it up and I was ready with my white striped shirt which was shining brightly after the wash, thanks to her..:) After that we went to check out the results. I was just waiting for my friends who had gone to check out the notice board. Suddenly one of my friends called out my name. I had cleared the written and was shortlisted for the interview!!! Whoa!!! I was so excited!!! I was about to face my first interview!!! It felt really good. During the interview, i didn't feel nervous. Strange!! The guy who was interviewing me was quite polite. At times when i got confused, he gave hints so that i could proceed further. On the whole, the interview was not that bad, although i didn't get selected. Maybe they were looking for some better skills. But i don't mind. I just felt good about going a step further. Hope i get to write about "My first job" soon. God...you are reading naa??? ;);)
Today when i got up in the morning, my cell was beeping with the Independent Day messages and quite a few of them had this line written : "Proud to be an Indian". It's the 64th year of our independence after all!! Definitely something to feel proud of!! But we forget that we were ruled by the outsiders on our own land for more than 200 years. Still, we should feel proud to be Indians. Even the people who are governing us at the moment are so able administrators. There is widespread corruption, common man is being made to bear the brunt of the so called "COMMON" wealth games, price rise and what not! Still, we should feel proud to be Indians.
The Judicial system of our country is equally good. People keep waiting for years with a hope that one day justice will be done. Some even die without getting justice. All the high profile people like politicians, actors and businessmen easily escape and again it's the common man who suffers. Still, we should feel proud to be Indians.
In an age where the world is talking about unimaginable achievements in the field of science and technology, we still haven't been able to eradicate social evils from our society. Even today, so many cases of "Honour" killings are reported. Can there be something more disgusting than this??? Still, we should feel proud to be Indians.
Although our "able" administrators have given us a lot of rights on paper and "only on paper". They talk about the right to education, but where is the infrastructure??? Where are the funds??? I guess we all know very well. They talk about the right to freedom of expression, but when a person writes a book about the life of a high profile politician (The Red Saari), it's banned. On one hand people are dying of hunger, and on the other, tonnes of grain have been left to rot in open. Still, we should feel proud to be Indians.
My aim of writing all this was that we shouldn't forget that India is facing so many problems today. But, instead of doing something about them we feel proud to be Indians!! Why??? Just because others feel so, and again for no reasons??? Not a reason good enough!! I just hope that on some Independence Day i'll actually feel proud to be an Indian...
It always feels good when you meet people after a long time. Talking about old days, nostalgia, memories, everything feels so good. And so, here i am, reuniting with my dear blog!!! It feels really good to write after so many days...
Surprisingly our placement session began well in time. So many companies are coming one after another as if the corporate world is dying to recruit engineers from DCE! I didn't know we people were that good! With the placement session, the race of getting placed in the best among the bests has started. Although it's just the beginning and i am yet to clear a written, i feel as if i am running in a blind race. I don't know where is the right direction but still i am running, like a lot of people around me. And so, "something" decided to stop me, to think, to keep mind at peace. There is a "problem" with optimistic people like me: they somehow manage to see something good in something bad. It's a problem because not many people agree with you. As i am trying to recover from my illness, from somewhere some faith has come that tells me that one day i'll definitely succeed. One day i'll be celebrating my success with my friends and family. Maybe my patience and perseverance will be put to test, but i am all set!! Also i am eagerly waiting to write about "My First Interview". Hope I get to write about it soon.. :) So, here i end..on a postive note...
Fathers are like coconuts. Sounds weird??? Maybe, but fathers are actually like coconuts... hard from outside and soft from inside. My dad often complains about how we are more caring and more concerned when it comes to mom. Maybe because mothers are so expressive, we always get to know their care and concern towards us. But even fathers are no less caring and concerned. The only problem is they are not expressive enough.
There are a lot of qualities that my dad has tried to inculcate in me and continues to try even now. The qualities like being disciplined, honest, hard-working and confident are some of them. He often tells me that i should never hesitate while speaking to anyone, whosoever the person might be. At times when i yell on seeing lizards and cockroaches, he acts like Akshay Kumar of fear factor, trying to allay my fears by deliberately pushing me closer to lizards and cockroaches!!! He knows the "art" of pampering me and keeping me grounded at the same time.
He always manages to fulfill his responsibilities so perfectly and effortlessly that we don't even realise how responsible he is. Apart from being a wonderful father, he is a loving husband as well. So much so, that at times mom has to remind him that they are getting older now!! At times, he gets so childishly involved in our pranks that mom fails to understand who are kids n who is dad!! And how can i forget to thank him for the wonderful gift of poetry that i have inherited from him. He has been a secret poet as well!! No doubt i write poetry so well...;);)
Yes, there are times when we feel that dad is not very understanding and not in sync with the current times. But still, he tries to bring out the best possible human beings in us, even if we dislike certain things. Love you dad...
Monsoon-The most awaited of all seasons, not only relieves people from the scorching heat of May-June but also brings with it the beautiful fragrance of "geeli mitti", some festivities and some nice delicacies apart from inspiring our romantic film-makers! Here are some of my experiences depicting various moods and expressions of rain....
Lazy - I absolutely love spending lazy evenings at home on a rainy day. Sitting by the window, having delicious pakodas made by mom, sipping hot coffee, having earphones in my ears with some of my favourite tracks being played and the fragrance of "geeli mitti" all around....what a feel!!! It absolutely gives the feel of being in a hill station....
Romantic - I remember one particular trip to Nainital when it was drizzling during most of our journey in the hills. The cool soft breeze was blowing along with the drizzle and some nice romantic bollywood songs were being played on the disk player. And at the same time when you get to relish the taste of sweet and sour corn...Amazing!!! The mountains, wind, drizzle, romantic songs... sound so romantic. No doubt rain inspires so many bollywood film-makers who have given us some of the best romantic rain songs....
Fun and Frolic - Around two years back there was heavy rain on a particular day in august-14th August. It was the birthday of one of my close college friends. We had plans of going for a nice birthday treat before it rained. But, we didn't let the rain spoil our plans. I remember when we got down at Metro Walk while coming back from the college, it was still raining heavily. People must have thought these girls are crazy!!! When most of the people were hurrying to get to the metro station or at least under some shed, we were heading for our birthday treat!!!
Chaotic - With the ever growing traffic and the on going(but never ending) construction for commonwealth games, a rainy day can be quite chaotic as well! I remember the very first working day of my college in 1rst semester. It was raining. When i got down at Rithala, there was no conveyance- no autos, no RTVs and heavy traffic. One RTV came after waiting for sometime but so many people had gathered by then that it was very difficult to get into it. Somehow, i managed to get in and then realised that the RTV was too short for my height(and i m not very tall!!!). I had to bend almost by 90 degrees for the ride from Rithala to DCE! It was one of my worst experiences in an RTV in all these years.
So, even if we face difficulties in commuting because of poor road maintenance, as long as the weather is good, i don't mind! Rains are beautiful. And even while writing this, i am having delicious samosas and jalebis... ;) Happy Monsoon!
After IPL, FIFA has become a rage among the masses. Surprisingly, I have started liking and enjoying football too much...much more than cricket!!! Excitement, vigour, aggression, shockers, drama, emotions, it has it all. People are dancing to the tunes of shakira's waka waka. It's indeed a crazy game!!!
Few days was back, i was watching the pre-quarter final match between Japan and Paraguay. So far, it has been the only match that went on till penalty shoot out. Both the teams were neck to neck till a player from Japan missed a goal...the goal that cost his team the match. When the match was over, there were completely opposite pictures on two sides. On one hand, there was ecstatic joy and on the other was sheer disappointment. There were tears on both sides but on one side they signified extreme happiness and on the other, extreme dejection. That's life! You win some and you lose some. The grief of losing intensifies when you lose just by a whisker.
There have been quite a few matches with completely unexpected results as well. At times people excel beyond the expectations of others and those who are expected to do well...disappoint. Teams like Italy, Brazil, England and even Argentina(in its last match) were quite disappointing. Imagine what happened to the people who bet on these teams. Phew! Moreover, at times people find it difficult to accept their defeat which leads to frustration and war of words. I remember the match in which Italy was knocked out of the tournament. Seeing that they were losing they showed aggression on the field but in a bad taste.
The moment of scoring a goal is so exciting! The entire team over the player who scores the goal! Crazy! And at times a tactfully scored goal is overruled because of off-side. Disheartening! With beers, champagnes, music, dancing, painted faces and waving flags the atmosphere seems so lively and ecstatic!
Isn't Fifa so real??? So much like the real life. So much so that the "gentlemanly" game of cricket doesn't seem so exciting anymore! Fifa truly rocks!!!
At times we don't like certain things about the people who are close to us. But instead of sorting out things, we bury them somewhere inside us. The truth is that they never get buried and create further misunderstandings....
Some time back, even i experienced something like this. There was a time when i disliked certain things about one of my close friends. I would get hurt by so many things so often. I never said anything and decided to forget everything. But nothing was forgotten. Slowly and gradually when i realised that my disliking was growing more and more, i decided to say everything little thing i had in my heart. And then, i realised that all such misunderstandings were circumstantial and she actually never ever intended to hurt me. By saying things i had inside me, not only our misunderstandings got cleared, we even became closer friends. Had i said everything earlier, i wouldn't have held so many grudges against her because of so many misunderstandings.
Likewise, i see people around me who do not sort out misunderstandings between them and their close friends or even family members. They do not realise that such things always prick somewhere deep inside their hearts. When a number of such incidents take place, they start disliking each other and slowly and gradually start distancing themselves from each other. And i feel that why don't they just say everything. When they know that staying quiet is definitely not going to help, why don't they try saying! I truly believe that for strong relation its important to appreciate each other but its even more important to criticise each other and sort out things, especially when you see the other person as a life long companion....
As the title suggests, this post is inspired by the latest bollywood release "Raajneeti". I saw the movie few days back. It very cannily unveiled the dirty face of the Indian politics. Not just politics, but the families as well.
So, we are well aware of the stories of Mahabharata. At the time when the dramas based on this epic were quite popular, i hardly took any interest in what it was all about. But now i feel that the person who wrote mahabharata was so right about what all he wrote. In politics, its the "kursi" that holds the prime importance. Even the people having the blood relations don't think before back stabbing each other when it comes to kursi. Politicians go to every possible extent to expand their vote banks by canvassing on the public sentiments. Rather than highlighting their own achievements they believe in highlighting the failures of their opponents because no one really has much achievements to boast about. A lot of times i feel when the opposition people negate the policies of the ruling government, what is their actual motive??? Do they actually care about the public welfare??? Definitely not! These are just dirty tactics to weaken the ruling govt to get the kursi again! Even if it requires a few murders, it hardly matters for these people. What's the big deal about spending a few lakhs to completely wipe out a person who can be "harmful" to your reputation!! What a cut throat competition!! Even in families we see brothers fighting over family property. Everyone wants more than the others. No one feels satisfied with what he gets. When some politician dies a tragic death, in no time others give statements about how good a leader he was. But at the back of their minds, they start thinking about filling the void left by him!! Another good aspect of the movie was that inspite of all the mishappenings, the life goes on. Whether its politics or something else, it doesn't stop or wait for anybody. Ultimately, new people fill the voids left by others. That's Raajneeti....
So, i am writing after quite sometime. Examination time! I have already screwed two papers so far. Two more are left. God knows what'll be their fate. Since its exam time these days, let me express my hatred for these exams. I hate exams!!! Not because i hate studies or i am scared of hard work. But because i feel that mugging up so many formulae, derivations and theory which i'll definitely forget after coming out of the examination hall, cannot make me a good engineer.
Anyways, lets get back to the topic. Well, i study in the topmost branch of one of the best engineering colleges of our country. I remember the day i cleared my entrance exam. My parents and friends were so excited about it, and so was i. That was the last time i felt like having achieved something big(in academics off course). In three years of my college life, i can't think of a single moment of feeling proud of calling myself an engineer. I hate labs, lectures, assignments, files and what not!!! Although i have managed a decent percentage, i have never ever felt passionate about engineering. Being in this field, I have never experienced the kind of happiness i get when people praise me for my music n at times writing skills. I have never experienced the kind of happiness i get when i perform before a big audience amidst cheers and claps. And so, at times i wonder why am i here??? And then i realise that the answers cannot be explained. Similarly one of my batchmates takes a lot of interest in photography. He reminds me of R. Madhavan's character from 3 Idiots. Whenever i see the pics clicked by him i always feel he shouldn't be in an engineering college man!!! And then, the same story applies to him as well. Likewise i see a lot of people around me who are passionate about a lot of things like singing, dancing, sports, instrumental, etc but not engineering. But still they are here. Giving up their passions for something they don't even like. Maybe its a kind of rat race. A race where a person who scores well in school has to opt for science, has to clear entrances, has to become a doctor or an engineer. Other subjects are not for academically bright students. And the irony is we ourselves have chosen to be a part of this rat race....
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Mothers' Day...A day to celebrate motherhood...A day to make your mother feel special...A day to tell her how much you love her...
But according to me, everyday day should be a Mothers' Day. We shouldn't wait for a single day to make our mothers feel special. We shouldn't keep our love in our hearts to be expressed on a single day. Because mothers are indeed so special...
Very often people tell me that i have a sweet smile and a soft voice, both of which i have inherited from my mom. At home, my dad often finds it irritating when i take my mom's side during an argument. Its not because i am partial towards her but because i completely identify with her. Because i am so much like her. Because usually i feel if i were in her place then even i would do the same. Because i feel mom understands me so well. Some of my friends often tell me how they tell their moms about all the happenings everyday. Because my mom is a doctor, i don't really get too much time to spend with her. That's why i eagerly wait for my mom to get back from her workplace. I love to lie down with my head in her lap and feel her hand moving over my head. I love the way she surprises us by making nice delicacies when we casually ask her to make something special. I love the way she teasingly tells my brother that she loves me slightly more than him because she experienced motherhood for the first time because of me! I love the fact that i look like her, i speak like her. Mothers always see the best in their kids. We can't even imagine how much our mothers love us and as we grow up, this relation strengthens more and beautifully culminates into friendship. I heartily wish all the mothers a very Happy Mothers' Day!!!
Few days back, i got to see the first glimpse of the corporate world. A core electronics company had come to the college for an internship program but i was more excited about dressing up in formals and seeing my friends dressed up in formals as well! We were supposed to have a written exam followed by an interview for those clearing the exam. As expected, very few people managed to clear the exam. Among those who couldn't clear it, some didn't really bother much whereas some started thinking what could have gone wrong with their answers. Moreover, some people whose friends got selected but they didn't felt quite low. A lot was going on in my mind at that time. Actually i wasn't really serious about getting selected that day so i didn't really feel bad about not clearing the exam or my friends clearing it. But in few months when we'll start with our placement session, we'll often find ourselves in such a situation. At times our friends will clear the exams and interviews while we might not be able to. I would always want to be a part of their success and joys but i don't know why i feel i might not be able to. I would always want to be a part of their celebrations but i don't know why i feel i might not be able to. I don't know what is the real cause of getting disheartened at such times: your own failure or your friend's success??? Or does your friend's success accentuate your failure??? I simply don't know and I can't understand what I should do when I find myself in such a situation....
Before starting, let me admit one thing. I may not be able to do justice to this article because of a very simple reason - i am not aware of both sides of the coin. Both the sides, i.e. love and friendship. Because i have always been on the friendship's side. Therefore, my views are bound to favour friendship.....
"Friendship can survive without love but love cannot survive without friendship"
This is just one of the many love vs friendship quotes which generally signify the supremacy of friendship over love. But truth is something else. In real life, if one has to chose between love and friendship, former is the choice generally. Let me express my thoughts with the help of a story. There were three friends - Rohan, Neha and Ekta. Their friendship meant the world to them. They would spend a lot of time together, chat a lot, roam around and most importantly they would share each and every moment of their lives together. One day they came across Arjun, a cool and exuberant guy. Ekta instantly fell for Arjun. Later on she came to know that for some reasons she and Arjun would never be together. But still, her liking for him never faded, her feelings for him never faded. When Rohan and Neha did not approve of Arjun, she started finding faults in them. When Rohan and Neha did not approve of Ekta's growing liking towards a person who would never be with her, she started finding faults in them. And when Arjun didn't approve of Rohan and Neha's disliking towards him, she again starting finding faults in them. Slowly and gradually Ekta started distancing herself from Rohan and Neha. Ultimately Rohan and Neha decided to give up and let the things be the way they were....
What i inferred from this story is when a person is madly in love with someone, his thoughts get so intricately entwined with the other person that he completely loses the ability to think rationally. He doesn't see any flaws in his love. He thinks the way his love thinks. He unknowingly starts distancing himself from rest of the world. And in the whole story, friendship takes a backseat. When your love doesn't approve of your friends, it is seen as concern and when your friend doesn't approve of your love, it is seen as "lack of understanding". Many people might not agree with this but this is what i have observed in three years of my college life. Its very easy to say that friends are and should be more important than love. But then, who follows it....
When i was in class XII, our teachers would often tell us that we were about to enter the "real" world which is full of bad and selfish people. At that time i used to think that after all we are the ones who make the "real" world and if we are not bad then how can the real world be?? But when i came to college, it didn't take me long to realise the bitter truth in their words. I was in the "real" world. The world which is full of egocentric, selfish and fake people. The world where people are always ready to take advantage of others for getting their work done. Where people don't think before approaching you for help and when you go to them for some help, they think too hard about how to come up with an excuse so as to avoid helping you. People who claim to be your friends speak all kinds of nonsense about you when you are not around. Your one mistake overshadows your ten achievements and people enjoy highlighting your mistakes. Work determines the duration of friendship. As long as there is work, there is friendship. Work over means friendship over. At times i feel what's the use being good if your goodness is not to be acknowledged. But then "expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting the lion not to attack you because you are a vegetarian"(this is a famous quote). Your good deeds are soon forgotten and your mistakes are remembered forever. That's the real world! The world which is too bad for the people who are too good. The world where people believe in widening the gaps rather than bridging them. Its really disheartening to see how nice students passed out from school are compelled to imbibe the "ideals" of the real world in them for their survival.....
These days, i often come across a very funny situation at home. In lunch or dinner, my dad finds a dish to be more salty and my grandpa finds the same dish to be less salty. And they can't have it until and unless the salt is according to their taste and preference. They always wonder how i manage my meal without complaining about the salt(actually my taste buds are slightly defective when it comes to salt!!!) and i always wonder why they can't have their meal without complaining even if the salt is a little less or little more. Similarly in our day-to-day lives, we often come across two kinds of people with conflicting ideologies and at times we agree with neither of them. Generally speaking, its very difficult to convince people regarding views that are opposing to them. Ultimately we decide to give up and let the things be the way they are. Like its absolutely futile to try and convince my dad or my grandpa that the salt is fine. It really becomes very problematic for my mom who always seems to be confused about how much salt to add!!! Even some of my college friends refuse to have something if they find the quantity of salt to be inappropriate. At such times i feel if there was no salt on earth, half of the problems regarding cooking would be solved!!! But then, the food would be tasteless without it. Likewise even the life would become tasteless if every person starts thinking alike. There can be no fun in expressing our views without the people having views opposing ours. That means salt and the people with conflicting views are important ingredients of food and life respectively. Life would be tasteless without either of them.....
Power cuts are a big problem these days. But many years back when we didn't have inverters, power cuts actually called for a get together for the people of our neighbourhood. All the people would come out of their homes and pass time chatting with each other for nothing less than an hour. The children would enjoy playing hide and seek in the dark and at times even the elders would get childishly involved with them. But now, with inverters in almost every house, people prefer to stay inside their homes during power cuts. In those days, it was a nice opportunity for the people to meet each other, to share a few laughs and to discuss their lives. These days, people are already so busy in their lives and with the inverters, the very excuse of bringing people together has got lost. No one has the time or interest in spending time with people living just next to them.
People often attend various family functions. But truly speaking, most of them do so because its an obligation or a kind of formality. Generally its "if we won't go then they won't come" kind of an attitude that compels people to attend such functions. The relations have become so hollow. The feeling of love and concern even for the family members is fading. When it comes to giving presents to the people on some special occasions, people do not give presents out of love or respect but according to what was given to them on their special occasions.
When we were kids, we would often attend the birthday parties of our friends in the neighbourhood. We would eat a lot, dance a lot, play games like pass the ball and musical chairs. It was so much fun. But now, all of us are so busy in our lives that we hardly get to see each other and speak to each other. On the birthdays, just wishing others or being wished by others gives satisfaction.
The idea of this post is that there was a time when people actually cared for each other, loved each other, and were always ready to be a part of each others' joys and sorrows. But with changing times people have started falling for material things. Feelings of love, respect and concern have taken a backseat. Relations have become so hollow. When a person visits your place, you are "supposed" to welcome him. And when the person leaves, you are "supposed" to ask him to visit again. That's a different thing that the person was never welcomed at all.....
31rst March 2010-An unforgettable day. Because there was so much that happened that day. We were supposed to reach All India Congress Committee(AICC) near India Gate by 5:30 PM for the Mega Protest regarding conversion of DCE to DTU. It took us a lot of time to reach there from central secretariat metro station as we had to take a longer route because the shorter route to AICC was blocked. After walking for several kilometres, we managed to reach there by 6:45 PM. A lot of students were already sitting in front of the Congress office and were shouting slogans against our v.c. and the delhi government. So we joined the crowd and shouted slogans to call the Congress people sitting inside the office to come outside. But no one did. There were Police Barricades in the front and there was heavy security in that area. We were asked to leave the place immediately by 7:30 PM but our leaders decided not to leave without meeting someone from Congress. At 7:30 came a water canon in the front to stop the agitation. Everybody stood up and shouted slogans even louder. Suddenly the crowd started running backwards. There was lathi charge on the students in the front. I was quite scared at that very moment as i couldn't have afforded to fall while running because it was a stampede kind of a situation and the consequences of falling could have been really bad. Moreover a lot of policemen were running behind us with lathis in there hands, ready to hit any student in their reach. At one point of time i felt as if i won't be able to run any more and i decided to halt for a while. Few seconds later, again there was lathi charge and we had no other option but to run for our lives. Soon the crowd reached the main road and decided to block the road in retaliation to the lathi charge. I decided to stay away from the crowd with two of my friends. Soon there was a traffic jam in that area and we could see more police jeeps approaching the sight to handle the situation. The students asked the policemen to apologise for their actions. And the result was a lathi charge again. We saw the crowd coming towards us and we had to run again. It was only when we reached India Gate, that the crowd dispersed a bit. We could see the distant vendors from there. We were already quite thirsty by then and went there to relieve our dry throats. After few minutes some of my classmates also came there escaping the lathi charge. The shouts of slogans, the sight of a water canon before us, the lathi charge and running hard to escape the lathi charge, all seemed quite scary at some point of time. But now, i actually feel proud that i was there when it all happened. How many people get a chance to do something like this for their college??? I feel proud that i did get a chance and i didn't step back. No one knows what will be the outcome of this protest and whether our efforts will bring some fruitful results or will go in vain. But as some intelligent person has said:
Toofano mein yun hi kashti paar nahi hoti,
Koshish karne waalon ki haar nahi hoti...
Few days back, i had a big fight with my brother over some misunderstanding and the fight ended on a very funny note. In the morning, i was going through the newspaper when his phone beeped. It was lying by my side so i picked it up to read the message. The moment i picked up his phone, he pulled me forcefully and tried to snatch his phone so that i may not read the message. And the first thing that came to my mind was he definitely had something to hide from me. I felt extremely bad as for my brother, my life is an open book. Hence it was really disappointing for me to see his apprehension about my reading a message in his phone. So we didn't speak to each other for the next 7-8 hours. In the evening when i was sleeping, he came to me and tried to make up. But i didn't respond well leaving him angry. Then when i got up, i went to him to make up and then he didn't respond. Again he tried and asked me if i would like to have a pizza and again i was too angry to say yes. And after that began a session of full on verbal fight. He said something, i said something. His side of the story was that he was anticipating a vulgar kind of a message from some of his close friends and that's why he didn't want me to read it. He further promised me that he had nothing to hide from me. I was already in tears by then and when i realised that our fight was nearly(and not completely) over, i(still tearful) said to him "pizza mangwa le". The very moment we both burst out laughing!!! The serious and sad air suddenly became so funny. I don't know whether my words have been able to describe well the hilariousness of the situation or not, but it definitely was quite hilarious. A pizza to make up for a silly fight!!!
Recently one of my friends sent me an SMS that carried a beautiful meaning. It actually compelled me to think. Whenever we come across a bad phase, we always blame others and at times even God for all the mishappenings in our lives. But we forget that there are many people across the world who have much bigger problems in their lives but are still facing them bravely. At this very moment........
Somewhere a father has lost his son,
Somewhere a kid has become an orphan,
Somewhere a person has lost his eyes,
Somewhere a poor hungry child cries,
Somewhere a man has betrayed his wife,
Somewhere someone has taken his life,
Somewhere a worker has lost his bread,
Somewhere tears of despair shed,
Somewhere a lifeless child is born,
Somewhere forever the hopes have gone,
Its only God's kindness and grace,
That we are not in their place,
But we tend to look at the thorns of gloom,
Overlooking the beautiful flowers that bloom.....
It is often said that the people who are very successful are also the ones who are very humble. Yesterday i went to see delhi vs chennai IPL match in ferozshah kotla stadium. The stadium is divided into seven sections and ours was the 3rd section. It was delhi's batting first. As the people were trying to catch a glimpse of the players on field, Justine Kemp, a south african player from the chennai team stood at the boundary, just a few metres from us. People from our section got quite excited and started calling out him name KEMP! KEMP! He looked at our section for a few seconds and then without responding, turned his face. Obviously we were disappointed. After sometime, Matthew Hayden(there is no need of introducing him) stood at the same position, again a few metres from us. Again we all got quite quite excited and called out his name Hayden! Hayden! He looked at our section, gave a vibrant smile and waved his hand. All the people cheered and applauded for him. It is very well known that Matthew Hayden is a big name in the world of cricket, and definitely a much bigger name than Justine Kemp. After seeing Kemp's rection I wasn't really expecting Hayden to respond to the crowd. But he did and acknowledged the people who were cheering for him. That's called humility. I was so impressed with his gesture that ignoring the fact that he was from the opponent team, i cheered for him throughout the rest of the match! This even drew criticism from my brother and my cousin who were sitting just next to me. For them it was quite amusing as well as annoying to see my sudden liking for Matthew Hayden. There were also some other exciting moments as well. Like waving the delhi daredevils' bandana when the camera would go past our section, sehwag's amazing shots, cheer leaders dancing to the tunes of bollywood music, seeing legends like murlidharan and hayden, etc. Another thing that was going on in my mind was the DCE-DTU protest that was going on in CP at the same time. Honestly speaking yes, i did feel guilty for not being there for the good cause. It was like an ethical dilemma to chose between IPL and the protest. I won't say that IPL was the ethically right choice to make but then it was an exciting opportunity as well....
Yesterday was the biggest test of our unity and the biggest impact of the on going protest. And we passed with flying colours!!! With 98% students boycotting the mid-semester exams, it was like a tight slap on the face of the V.C. and his supporters who tried every possible means to break our unity. It was pleasantly surprising as the students gathered in Japanese Park to boycott mid-sems. It was being anticipated that students might go to the college to check out the situation there and might be persuaded by the authorities to sit for the exam as well. But that didn't happen. God knows what was going on in the "non-functioning" mind of our v.c. when he gave the statement that 3000 students will be appearing for the exam!!! Just 65 students out of 2900 turned up!!! It shows that we really love our college. Even we can go to any extent to salvage its name and pride. Its the time to celebrate with slogans like: "Gali gali mein shor hai, P.B. sharma chor hai", "Pabbu ne paise khaaye hain khaaye hain khaaye hain", "Ek do ek do Pabbu ko uthaake fake do" and the best one "Do chavanni thali mein, P.B. Sharma naali mein"!!! Kudos to our seniors from 4th year who sparked this agitation!!! And three cheers for all of us as we all stand united!!!
This post is about the on going protest in DCE. The sparks appeared on 4th March 2010. I remember we were supposed to have a class test that day and just before the class a senior asked all of us to go to the main gate to join the other students who had sparked the protest. We all got very excited for two reasons. Firstly we got a chance to see a live protest and also be a part of it. Secondly none of us really wanted to give the class test(engineers are never really "prepared" for a test...any amount of time turns out to be insufficient!!!). But soon we realised that it was not for fun at all. The cause of the protest was much more serious. We were being denied the right to call ourselves DCEites. The name of our prestigious college was being taken away without our consent(Here "our" implies the students and the faculty members). Our college was being converted into a state university and a lot of disadvantages came along with it. But one person who had his pockets filled was our "respected" vice chancellor. It was a protest against him and all such corrupt people. Some incidents that took place afterward really showed that bureaucrats and corrupt people can stoop down to such levels for suppressing the voices raised against them. Some students were expelled and some teachers were suspended. All because they dared to raise their voice. There was lathi charge on students. When we decided to boycott the mid-semester exams, our "respected" V.C. threatened the students that they would be expelled if they won't turn up. But no one did(except some very very few anti-social elements that are always there)!!! Because we all stand united. And we know that its the students and the faculty members who make an institution and such important decisions cannot be taken without taking into consideration their views. We know that this fight is against very strong people but we hope that it will yield something good one day.....
I recently read an article titled "Bangladesh not a different country" in a magazine. While reading the article I recalled an incident. Around eight years back, I had got a chance of visiting Indo-Bangladesh border. My uncle was DIG in BSF and was posted in Siliguri, West Bengal at that time. Thanks to him that we got this lifetime opportunity. That day we had our lunch in an army base and we travelled in an army bus. I was quite excited about seeing a border for the first time. When we reached there, I saw the huge gate that separated India and Bangladesh. There was a Bangladeshi soldier on the other side of the gate with a big gun in his hand. Among children, there were four people: me, my brother and two of our cousins. As we saw the Bangladeshi soldier, we all got a bit scared of the big gun that he was holding. He looked at us and smiled. Its so true that human emotions transcend national boundaries. Our uncle asked us to go and shake hands with him. So we crossed the gate and entered Bangladesh. I can't really explain how it felt as we walked a few steps to find ourselves in a different country!!! We shook hands with him. It was a firm shakehand or an "armyman shakehand" as i call it. He also allowed us to pluck some grass from there as a souvenir of our visit(children can be so ridiculously stupid at times)!!! Now when i think of it, i feel that had it not been his uniform and the big gun in his hand, we would probably have thought of him as one of us. When we had crossed the gate, the land was no different, the air was no different, and the man was no different. Still, it was not India but Bangladesh....
In college life, I frequently got to see a lot of link-ups and break-ups. Some were mere rumours while some were true as well. Some of my close friends also went through heart-breaks and the pain after that. One thing that i have noticed is that two people in love suddenly become strangers once they break-up. They find it difficult to confront each other. They refuse to see face to face when they bump into each other accidently. Isn't it strange that two people closest to each other become strangers all of a sudden??? As a put my thoughts into words...One day two strangers meet,
Pleasantly with a pleasant greet,
In each other they find a friend,
Slowly slowly their hearts blend,
As unknowingly they fall in love,
The God of Love smiles above,
Amidst the stars and under the skies,
They sit lost in each other's eyes,
Together the moments of joy they embrace,
And the world seems to be a beautiful place,
Then one day for all the wrong reasons,
Forgetting the beautiful times and seasons,
They decide to go separate ways,
Oblivious to the fact that the feeling stays,
They avoid seeing face to face,
LOVE - Hatred and Pain replace,
And to do away with the feeling that stays,
They decide to remain strangers always....