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Life and Death December 25, 2006

Posted by Karan in Personal.
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It’s been a question which has been haunting me ever since I heard about it- On what basis does God allot time to people on the Earth? Why are so many wonderful people given such a small lifespan?

I have a friend X. Just today, in the obh mess, X was telling me, “I have a beautiful niece who is aged ten. I was among the first one’s to lift her in my arms when she was born. I was the one who had named her. She was such a wonderful kid. However, a couple of days back, she met with a life threatening accident. I don’t even feel like calling and trying to find out about her. What wrong did the kid do? She had hardly seen life.” Then, in a very sad note, he went on, “The last time I met her, I had blasted her for something she had done and sent her out of the room. Wish I could have had another opportunity to meet her… just one more chance to talk to her and give her a hug.”

 

I had spent a lot of my time in childhood with this cousin of mine, Y. She was undoubtedly, the most beautiful being on earth I had ever seen. In fact, both of us formed a notorious pair, and we were known for our antics. One fine day, Mom gets a call that she’s very serious and in the hospital. The next day, we rushed to Kolkata. That was the first time in living memory that I entered a hospital. She was in such a pitiful condition. That day, I was reduced to tears. After a couple of days, she expired. Never did I cry so much again. In fact, Y’s mom was found consoling me. What had the poor 10-year-old sweet girl done to deserve this? What trauma must have parents have gone through when their only child left at such a young age?

 

Strange are God’s ways and even stranger is the world.

 

Bollywood Countdown 2K6 December 22, 2006

Posted by Karan in General.
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10)Pyaar Karke (Pyaar ke Side effects)

9)Kitne Armaan (Phir Hera Pheri)

8)Barso Re (Guru)

7)Where’s the party tonight? (KANK)

6)Chand Sifaarish (Fanaa)

5)Kya Mujhe Pyaar hai (Who Lamhe)

4)Tere Bin (Bas ek Pal)

3)Aashiqi (36 China Town)

2)Rooba roo (Rang de Basanti)

1)Ya Ali (Gangster)

PS: This is a purely personal choice 😀

Chicken Soup For The Mind, Body And Soul! December 15, 2006

Posted by Karan in Personal.
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It’s not just hard core partying which may make we youngsters feel great. Simple things in life can lift up sagging spirits and bring a smile onto your face.

 

1)      Having a nice and emotional talk with a close friend

2)      Hundred bucks of petrol, a rusty old scooter/bike and a breeze filled evening

3)      Rain on the roof, pakoras from mom’s hands and friends joining in the ‘party’.

4)      Being immersed in the thoughts of the stunning and sweet girl you managed to look at just once. Imagining that you are holding her hands.

5)      Fifteen friends packing themselves in a 10*8 room and gossiping the night off.

6)      Watching ‘Golmaal’ and ‘Chupke Chupke’ with Mom and Dad. Even after so many years, these movies never fail to make you laugh your heart out.

7)      3 old friends (now in different cities) meeting over the messenger.

8)      Dancing your heart out in the hostel wing.

9)      A winter evening, stuff yourself in the quilt, get together with the entire family and engage in a game of antakshari.

10)  An open bus ride at 4 A.M (refer Himank)

11)  Bursting a ripper in front of the guy’s room you hate.

 

Guys and gals, life’s short and tough. While at it, enjoy every little moment you can and find pleasures at the littlest of things. You will find that life suddenly changes from a gloomy winter evening to a bright and sunny morning.

 

“Little drops of water make the mighty ocean, little grains of sand make the coast”.

X-( – part 2 December 7, 2006

Posted by Karan in IIIT centric.
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Infuriated. Bitter. These feelings seem to have been embedded into me of late. Today was no different. And there is an extremely valid reason for it. Continuing the spate of experiments being performed on UG2K5, it was announced today that it’s compulsory for us to attend the IJCAI conference, something, which apparently is held once in something-i-dont-remember-and-i-dont-care years. I cannot find a better expression that “utter callousness” on the part of the people concerned behind this decision. The problem with the decision is that the conference comes bang in the middle of our winter vacations (which we just have for fifteen days). Knowing that such a conference was going to be held in January, why were our holidays moved to Jan? Why were we informed about this decision only today, at a time when most people going home have already made their bookings. Probably they did not have enough participants and wanted to make the campus look full. Whatever it is, nothing can match the charm of going home twice-thrice a year, and by enforcing this decision on us, Dr.Sangal is robbing us of the opportunity to freshen ourselves up for the tough months after Jan (especially considering that this is THE toughest sem among all).

The bigger issue I want to raise here is why do all the experiments have to be conducted upon the UG2K5 batch?

  1. The Jeevan Vidya experiment started with us (making it compulsory)

  2. Halfway into the second year, we still haven’t got our promised single rooms.

  3. Believe it or not, there are no PCs in our labs… the precedent’s started with us.

  4. The laptop experiment

  5. and many more… including this one

With IIIT seeing innumerable changes over the past few months, I think it’s high time we start looking at the implications of a lot of them. Are the students better off and happier now? What path is IIIT moving towards? Is this what constitutes the students’ dreams about IIIT?

PS: I may have been quite harsh in the post, but that’s how it is. The decision to truncate our holidays has left me with few options.