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Good Job, Apex Body July 30, 2007

Posted by Karan in IIIT centric.

At the start of the year, the Apex Body had an arduous task on hands. The Supreme Court’s ruling on ragging, the incidents last year etc had put it in the spotlight. They had to make sure that neither did we have any ugly incidents on campus, nor should the interaction between the freshers and the seniors cease to exist. They had to welcome the juniors to the campus smoothly. I must say, that they have been able to accomplish all tasks that they set out for quite well. Interactions have been kept at a healthy level; problems, if any, have been sorted out at the mentor level itself and the freshers are starting to find their feet, fitting into the IIIT family quite well. For this, I’ll say hats off to the Apex body-> Chand, Pranav sir, Samba, Chhaya and Anthwal. The fact that some of them had good relations with the entire students’ community and the faculty really helped matters. People respected them, and listened to what he they to say. But more importantly, they ensured that the interactions did not stop-> rather they were done in the right manner, which was acceptable to everyone. Things like the informals really helped. The only thing, that probably we can raise the interaction levels next time around. I wish that what has been done is built upon in the future!

Hope we have a wonderful Freshers’ evening.

Deathly Hallows : A Review July 21, 2007

Posted by Karan in Fiction.

It was a day I had been waiting for six years now. To finally finish the Deathly Hallows, was overwhelming, to say the least.

It is a fitting farewell novel which Rowling gave her fans. Her writing style, the suspense all glues you together to the final T, except for a brief aberration in the middle stages of the thriller. That portion could probably do with some editing. The book, it seemed was a continuation of the sixth. Without wasting any time, Rowling gets to the point from the first word. The two books, Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows are like Matrix 2 and 3. The book is as dark as it could get, and after it you wonder if it could still be called a ‘children’s book’. Harry continues to evolve through his adolescence, having wild mood swing while the trio is on their quest for the Horcruxes. Voldemort, of course, is more powerful than ever before and at times, the battle between the two sides created a lump in my stomach. The book also reveals amazing secrets, secrets which neither me as a reader, nor Harry had ever imagined. And this confirms Rowling’s creativity and prowess. It is these portions, which are undoubtedly, the most intriguing. Just when you start relaxing with the novel, she comes up with something. And yeah, at least half a dozen characters die along the way. Don’t be surprised if you are teary eyed while reading Harry’s adventures.

All in all, an amazing and breezy read. Little surprise at the fan base Rowling holds. I’ll place this, along with the third and sixth installments as the best of the lot. Take a bow, J.K.R!

Qudos July 18, 2007

Posted by Karan in IIIT centric.

Five students from our batch got a ten in the fourth semester! Must be a record. Our batch has proved to be the best in acads (just like other fields) once again! We must have had more than 30 nine pointers. All this in spite of the strict implementation of the grading rules by the new dean. I don’t know why he’s done that… as a result most of our HSSM grades got screwed in the third semester.
BY the way, how can I not mention Manish. This brilliant kid from Hissar was one of the tenners of the last semester, and he’s now at the top of the class with a CG of 9.63. Congrats dude.. gg! And yeah, our party 😛

Wah Taj July 4, 2007

Posted by Karan in General.

A couple of days back, I was having a stroll on the beach road with my parents. In Vizag, this is one of the things that’s a very good stress buster. A walk on the moon lit beach road, listening to the wonderful waves always lifts up your sagging spirits. However, even by Vizag’s standards, the beach was unusually crowded on the day. It was then that I noticed that a stage had been put up on the sand and loudspeakers were honking to the beats of the latest Telugu hits. As I went closer, I was grabbed by the magnitude of it all, the banner said, “Vote for Taj”. It was then that I wondered, who had the right to select the seven wonders of the world? The UN? The USA.. in fact this time around, its none of them.. its some organization called NOWC. Who gave them the right to choose the seven wonders? Apparently, they are conducting polls for the same through the internet, to which a very miniscule population of the Third world has access to. In fact, the UN has confirmed that the new seven wonders list is not something being promoted by them. They have nothing to do with it. In such a scenario, the authenticity of the organization and its ‘list’ is highly unauthentic.
However, the good thing to be seen is that the entire nation is backing the Taj. Across the length and breath of the country, support is being gathered for the same. Celebrities are being seen ‘endorsing’ the Taj. Commercial organizations are having a field day in the name of promoting the ‘Taj’.
But does the Taj need all this? Contrary to popular perception, the Taj was never a part of any ‘seven wonders’ list. It may not make it to the new list, and it probably doesn’t need it. It is by itself the greatest symbol of love, and the new campaign has shown that Indians are solidly behind it.

PS: Chand, please stop spamming our mailboxes asking us to vote for the Taj Mahal 😛