9 O'Clock classes@DCE

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A difficult part of our college life was to reach college timely for the 9 O'Clock classes.  In the beginning I was quite punctual and would manage to do so. However, with each passing year, the punctuality kept fading. In the first year, I would reach college well before 9, in the second year by 9, in the third year by 9:15 and by the final year, even 9:30 didn't seem late! :D However, there was one thing we were punctual at - messaging our friends at 9 O'clock to ask whether the teacher had come or not. In case of an affirmative reply, the next message used to be "attendance ho gayi kya(has the teacher taken attendance or not)??". In the opposite scenario, the next message used to be "give a missed call when the teacher comes".  Strangely, our faculty members were quite punctual and would generally reach in time, only to find nearly vacant classrooms(nearly vacant because there were some punctual students as well... :D).  Upon reaching in the nearby vicinity of the classroom, we would peep through the window to check how many students had beaten our punctuality record. If someone would enter the classroom before us, we would enter exactly behind him, trying to get eclipsed by him. :D Obviously, it was necessary to avail whatever little chance we we would get to go unnoticed!! One (not so) good thing was, the first two benches were always available for the late comers. Since we would generally reach late, we would miss out the starting and usually the important part of the lecture and therefore rest of it would go over our heads! We would leave some pages in our notebooks to complete the notes of the part missed out and with each lecture, the number of blank pages would only go up! As far as attendance was concerned, there were four types of teachers. Type 1- These teachers would graciously allow students to enter the classroom, irrespective of how late they were. Type 2- Even these would allow late comers to enter but only after giving them a stern, frowning look. Type 3- These would straightaway "discard" late comers. Type 4- These would allow late comers as well but would deprive them of attendance. :D I particularly disliked Type 4. Despite attending the lecture with open eyes and without yawning, being deprived of attendance was not fair at all!! After all, attendance was the only purpose to attend those lectures  and literally we used to sleep with open eyes!! I miss all those moments.. :)

I promise...

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Today i got some text messages from some of my friends saying Happy Promise Day. It was then that i came to know today is Promise day. Well, somehow i feel making a promise cannot be as simple as saying Happy Promise Day, or even sending a text message. On the contrary, i also feel if we refrain from making great promises(that will be broken in future), making promises can be simple as well. So, here are my seven promises to my friends and well wishers that I'll always keep.... :-)

1. I promise that I'll never miss out any opportunity to poke fun at your stupidities or to pull your leg with whatever little sarcasm and sense of humour I have! :D

2. Whenever you will cry, I'll be there with a box of good quality tissue papers so that apart from wiping your tears, you could blow your nose as well! :D :P

3. If you'll need my help, I'll be there for you. I'll try my best to be of help to you, without expecting anything in return...... except some chocolates!! :D

4. Whenever you'll forget my birthday or some important event, I'll make you feel so guilty that you'll be compelled to come up with some impressive idea or gifts to please me!

5. Whenever you'll bore me with your long and useless conversations(here useless means anything that is not even distantly relevant to me), I'll definitely sulk. However, being poor at expressing anger, I'll continue to get bored patiently.

6. If you'll genuinely/intentionally forget to read my blog, I'll remind you of it so that you may not miss out the thoughtful words of an intelligent writer! :D 

7. I promise I'll never let out your secrets... till you do not let out mine!! :D :P

P.S. I think my post lacks in emotional content. So an additional one: If you'll be hesitant about telling me something, I promise that I'll understand... :-)


Dear Soldier...

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A small tribute to our soldiers....


Like my parents love me,
your parents love you too,
you don't know me,
and I don't know you,
yet you leave your parents,
so that mine live in peace,
miles away you fight,
with my enemies....

Like I feel cold,
you feel cold too,
you don't know me,
and I don't know you,
yet you give up warmth,
and let yourself freeze,
miles away you fight,
with my enemies....

Like I need sleep,
you need sleep too,
you don't know me,
and I don't know you,
yet you stay awake,
till the dark night flees,
miles away you fight,
with my enemies....

Like I wish to live,
you wish to live too,
you don't know me,
and I don't know you,
yet you risk your life,
knowing the breath may cease,
miles away you fight,
with my enemies....

Expert Critics!!

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Yesterday I met CD(Charu Di), Nikhil jiju and their little bundle of joy, Aarav(their seven months old son). It was truly delightful to see them after such a long time. And Aarav, you are so so cute!! I couldn't take my eyes off you!! It was so fascinating and blissful to watch your moves and cute expressions, to hear your musical voice, and to hold you in my arms :). May god give you all the happiness in the world.. :)

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Few days back, I watched Agneepath. The opening day figures have already said it all. It's a well made movie with some great performances. Although it has a lot of violence, being a Hrithik Roshan fan I was able to tolerate the violent scenes. So, whenever bollywood classics are remade, some people graciously enlighten others with their (not so) expert views. Two kinds of people generally give a negative feedback to such remakes. 
First:
Without even watching the remake, they predict it's going to be a disaster. They watch the remake with a preconceived notion about it being a supposedly ambitious but nowhere close to the original one.  Their comparisons never stop. "The new one is no match to the original one", "The actors in the remake are not impressive"(as if they know all about acting), "The music in the new one was pathetic", etc are some of their common dialogues. 
Second:
These people watch the remake with full enthusiasm and excitement and even like it. However, they tend to get influenced by the above mentioned category of people. They do not show much of their appreciation(despite being highly appreciative) so that they may not sound "foolish" while speaking about a well made, ambitious but "maybe" not as good as the original film. "The remake was good but the original was better", "The actors were good but the ones in the original were better", etc are some of their common dialogues.

What I feel is that when classics are remade, the purpose of the film-makers is not to make a better or superior film. Their purpose is to make a modernized version of the old film. The thoughts, lifestyle, likes and dislikes of the people now are much different from what they used to be 30-40 years back. The kind of technology that is used in film-making is much more advanced and therefore thoughts like "How would this classic look if it was made today" fascinate our film-makers. When agneepath was released, i got to hear different comments from different people. Some compared the acting skills of Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan as if they had been asked to scrutinize!! Now how can people compare two brilliant actors one of whom is incomparable!! Thankfully, i haven't seen the original agneepath and hence, i didn't have to answer the comparison related questions like which one was better etc. 

P.S. The chikni chameli song was the show stealer!! I cannot forget the hooting!! Men will remain men... ;)