MEN and MEN-tality

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Before starting, i would like to congratulate my dear friend Suhani Gupta for her newly released book "My Golden Wings". It's a collection of 109 poems written by her. I haven't read it so far, but will do that soon. I am sure it'll be a great read. If you appreciate poetry and happen to come across this book, then kindly read it. You'll definitely love it!! My best wishes for her.........

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Yesterday i had to go to my uncle's place(my dad's first cousin) for lunch. His house is in Dilshaad Garden and we were going there after a long time. When we were about to reach there, my grandfather suggested a path different from the one dad was taking. Dad agreed to what he said and took that path. We had just covered a small distance when they both realized that it was the wrong path. My grandfather said that even if continue with that route, we would reach the destination by taking an extra turn. Dad knew that there was no surety, yet he decided to move on. My brother insisted on going back and taking the path that we knew. Ultimately, we moved on, reached a dead end, turned around and took the path that we already knew. Meanwhile, my dad, brother and grandfather played the blame game whereas me and mom were the mute spectators.

At home, we often discuss about what should be my next step after engineering. Among my relatives, there are some people who keep suggesting different things every time i meet them and fill my brain with endless confusions. MBA, Mtech, MS, Phd, IAS.... they say everything apart from what i have thought for myself. One thing that i have noticed is, it's always men who do so. Women in my family tell me to do whatever i feel like.

Two of my college friends, male again, also fit in the picture. Whenever we go out for a meal, it's usually the two of them who select or reject the place. When we go to a particular eating joint, in no time they present their expert views about the food and interestingly they are always different. Me and another friend of mine(girl) never really mind which place we go to and what food we eat.

Well, each and every man thinks of himself as the most intelligent person on this earth(Does anyone disagree????). I have often observed that men convert a casual discussion into a heated argument when others disagree with them. Since every man is the "most intelligent" person on this earth, others' disagreements do not go very well with them. The problem with men is that they do not believe in keeping their intelligence to themselves but very generously sharing and passing it on to others. Surprisingly, women seem to be ok with most of the things. No confusions, no disagreements, no arguments. But MEN..................


A fruitful end.....

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This post is dedicated to my dear friend Shruti Aggarwal for making it to STM, one of the best companies for the ECE people. She is one of the most hard working people of my batch. Since the beginning of our placement session, she had been trying to prove her technical acumen to a lot of big and small companies that had come for campus recruitments. The whole year went by without any results. But now, she has finally done it, and i feel so excited!!! Finally her hard work paid off. I just wish it had happened a bit earlier so that she wouldn't have missed out the fun in the last days of college. Nonetheless, all's well that ends well!! All my best wishes for her new beginning!!

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Few days back i had this small conversation with one of my friends about our new lives that's going to start in a few days. It's going to be a new beginning without old friends. It feels really nostalgic when we meet or speak to our college friends and remember the good old times. Every time we think of spending some more time together. However, sooner or later we have to get separated to lead separate lives. No amount of togetherness can change this fact. In my new life i'll definitely miss my old friends, but as it is said, life must go on. This new life will bring some new people who'll become our companions in our new lives. We can just hope and make our efforts to keep in touch with those who have become an integral part of our lives. Sometimes changes are for the better, distances bring more closeness and goodbyes become promises to meet again.....

All set for a new beginning!!

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First of all i would like to congratulate my very dear Charu Di or CD as i call her for it's going to be a new beginning for her as well.... the beginning of "Motherhood".... My best wishes to her.... I feel so happy for you CD... :) :)

Some wise person has said that "whenever we think it's the end, it's actually the time to start all over again". College is over, and a new life awaits. I can feel the nervousness and excitement, both at the same time. Nervousness because it's going to be a new place, new people, new atmosphere, something like what happened four years back, when i became a DCEite. Excitement because i'll be stepping into the corporate world which has its own ups and downs. Some of my friends have already done that with sweet and sour experiences while some are still waiting like me. Within another one month or two, all of us will be in different places, leading different lives and it seems like it's all happening at full tilt. One month back we were all studying for our end semester exams, and one month later things will be much different from now. It's going to be a new beginning for all of us, as one of my friends once rightly said, "college khatam hua hai par zindagi ab shuru honi hai"......

Last days at DCE....

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Continuing further.....

29th May, 2011
It was our official farewell, i.e. the farewell organised by the faculty members of our department and that too the first ever!! It was truly a proud moment for all the ECEites as such a farewell was organised for us only by our department. That day, i don't know how and why, but all the faculty members(some of them i had never even liked) seemed to be out of this world. I somehow felt proud of being their student. There was this unknown attachment that made the process of detachment difficult. I missed the lectures that i had attended, some with open eyes and mind while some with just open eyes. Some of our teachers gave nice and encouraging speeches and they didn't even seem to be long and boring. There was a group photoshoot followed by snacks and drinks. Another memorable day added to our memories....

1rst June, 2011
It was our winter training viva but most importantly it was our last official day in the college. Nostalgia was all around. We were supposed to submit the no dues form and surrender all our cards(college id card, library card, OMV card). After completing all the formalities, we were ex-DCEites. We clicked pictures and hugged each other before final goodbyes, an emotional moment. I had felt something similar when the school had ended....

The journey of being an engineer and a DCEite has been the most memorable experience of my life. I would like to thank some of my bestest friends from DCE, Upma Meena, Vandana Sapra, Shruti Aggarwal, Mohit Kharbanda, Rahul Agarwal, Neha Chaturvedi, Namrata Patil , Anchal Jain, Aanchal Goyal and Sunny Aggarwal for making this journey so beautiful. Few years down the line when i'll flip through the pages of my life, DCE will be one of the best and the most memorable chapters. Right now, i might not be a very good engineer, but i am definitely a much better person. I might not have many achievements to boast about, but i have made some life long friends which is indeed an achievement for me. I might not be a part of DCE anymore, but DCE will always be a part of me. At this moment, i can recall a few lines from a beautiful song by Westlife,
We had joy we had fun,
We had seasons in the sun,
But the wine and the song,
Like the seasons have all gone....
I'll always miss my college life, my friends and my DCE.....
P.S. A short message for my college friends:
Yaar plzz kabhi kabhi comments bhi post kar diya karo jisse mujhe pata chale ki tum log mera blog padhte ho!!! :D :)

Last days at DCE....

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Continuing further.........

1rst May, 2011
I don't know about other colleges, but in our college, every year a separate farewell "only for girls" is organised by the junior girls and the hostel staff and conducted in the girls' hostel. Honestly speaking, it was the night of a lifetime. I actually regretted not being a hosteler. In the first phase of the hostel nite, all of us dressed up in sarees for the ramp walk. There were nice dance performances by juniors. Hostelers were given appropriate tags and farewell gifts. In the second phase, we were supposed to dress up according to the theme "Honeymoon". Well, i won't reveal much about the outfits that we wore, but it was so much fun!!! There was every element of fun and entertainment(some can't even be disclosed!!). Seriously, girls can have such a blast together!! We danced throughout the night. It ended with lots of fun, music, dance, laughter, hugs and tears.....

4th May, 2011
The day to scribble memories... Dress code: White shirt/Tshirt/kurta
We were ready to get all kinds of sensible and non-sense stuff written on our shirts/Tshirts. Another fun-filled day I would say. Someone even secretly wrote "first crush" on my Tshirt without mentioning the name!! On the whole, it was all so exciting. Later on we also went out in a group of 13 to enjoy and celebrate our last days together....

To be Continued......

Last days at DCE....

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The last one month has been quite eventful, or quite sweet and sour i would say. There was farewell, hostel nite, scribble day, a nice get together with some of my batchmates, major project hassles, final year practicals, exams, farewell by Deptt and finally the last formalities that finally detached us from our DCE. And yes, how can i forget to mention the very unique and interesting "moustache and bindi day" that marked the beginning of all the excitement!! This is how it all began.....

18th April, 2011
We(only the ECE students) were supposed to celebrate "Moustache and Bindi Day", a very different and interesting idea by one of my classmates. All the boys were supposed to grow a moustache while the girls were supposed to wear bindis. For the girls, it wasn't much of a problem. We could easily carry the bindis in our bags and wear/remove them at appropriate times. However, for boys, it was a different case. They couldn't wear/remove their moustache(until and unless it was a fake one) but had to kind of live with it for the day. I was quite doubtful about seeing the guys' participation as apart from 3-4 people, none of them had ever grown a proper moustache. Surprisingly, most of them turned up with it!! Offcourse they looked quite funny. However, it was really nice to see how everybody came together to successfully implement a funny idea, girls with bindis and boys with moustache!! Cheers to ECE students!!

30th April, 2011
It was the combined farewell day. Dresscode: Saree for girls and indian/western formals for boys. It was an evening event and i was pretty excited about it. Seriously, the girls looked elegant and beautiful. Most of them carried their sarees with swagger. The boys weren't far behind. They looked smart and dapper in their formal suits. Once again all of my classmates and batchmates came together to make the event a memorable one. There were camera flashes all around as if no one wanted to leave a single moment uncaptured. Hostelers were given appropriate tags like "bandit queen", "copy cat", "meethi churi", etc. Dinner was organised by the juniors and the college authorities. The celebrations continued throughout the night....

To be Continued.....