Sunday, May 28, 2006

Nostalgia ad nauseum

A post of a pal's made me really nostalgic..
http://funkypen.blogspot.com/2006/05/terms-at-imt-to-all-my-classmates-with.html
This is one is from S who knowing my low understanding for poetry decide to actually write prose..
Now, while I do like her musings, my memories also include some other stuff
1st Semester - everyone agrees that the PDP sessons tend to overpower all other reminscences of this term.. My God, when I think of the time and energy spent dancing, singing, arguing, yeling and generally proving our bhasad-ness to our seniors.. where did we get all the stamina from?? Heck, I even remember us hiding in our room, running home to Delhi, cowering behind locked doors and faking assorted illnesses to avoid the baddy court.. Also, this was the term we met Prof Biswas.. How we hated him and bemoaned our ill-luck.. little did we know that by the next term , we would be wishing for him to replace our Jhamy existence..
2nd semester is dedicated to the force of nature called Jham.. for she called to mind the quotation - 'Death is a better, a milder fate than tyranny' (No I'm not that erudite, I went to http://quotationspage.com) No words are enough to explain her effect on us and the memories we shall forever carry of that despot called Vimi aka Babli a la Bunty n Babli..
3rd semester is a bit of a blur.. One will find it easier to count the number of hours of sleep we got than try to remember with any clarity what exactly happened this term.. I mean S talks about LAOB and exams and tests and presentation, I can barely remember the months that encompassed this term! Passions was something that brings too many bitter-sweet thoughts to mind and I discovered the usefulness of the phrase 'No Comment'!
4th Semester is marked by the chuckles when every single person tried to bring their ST into the classroom.. Whether its was Sales, Branding (a moment's silence for AV), CB and yes, even Product.. we all knew our answers w.r.t. our own company!
5th semester was placements and nuthing much else... the Library (used for the first time since built), the CompLab, heated arguments over PlaceCom and companies and astonishing number of hits on websites such as ET, BE, FE et al! The actual Placement Process deserves a whole post to itself - V? S? Wanna help me out here?
6th semester was how to waste time while being broke and dreaming of the lucrative job that awaited.. Trips were planned right, left and centre, Movies and songs were traded like amphetamine in a rock concert and Convo dresses planned even down to matching jewelery and shoes!!
Phew what a ride! Congrats to IMT batch of 2004-06 (incidentally the 25th batch!) for surviving... we deserve a medal.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Scenic Shillong




I had promised pictures so finally dug out some.. This is Umiam lake and is the best part after a long drive from Guwahati to Shillong. Its gorgous to look at and you know you've almost reached Shillong.. This is the time to nudge awake passengers and keep a eye out for lovely scenes of the lake.. Then one can see the outskirts of Shillong and enjoy the bustling markets as you approach the town... The waterfalls on the right are one of my favourite in Shillong. It is called appropriately Elephant Falls and is rather grand especially after a heavy downpour in Shillong. You also need to hike down some steep steps to get a good look which isn't my favourite part but is fun too..

Well, the last two pcitures are from our house in Shillong.. they aren't the flowers in bloom right now but you get the idea.. I just love the colors.. one of the advatages of being next door to the wettest places in the world is the sheer abundance of flowers all year round.. Unlike Delhi, where one has to wait till winter to grow anything colorful, Shillong has flowers everywhere.. Every house has some plants and phool-patti. Take a walk and you'll see rose-bushes, and even weed-type colorful blossoms in every shade imaginable..
Credits-Pictures stolen from Dad's stash

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Yes, Minister..

Was watching the old favourite on DVD today.. Suddenly got to thinking.. My god, the British are crazy..
Some of Humprey's gems

Well briefly, Sir, I am the Permanent Under Secretary of State, known as the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private Secretary, I too have a Principal Private Secretary and he is the Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, 87 Under Secretaries and 219 Assistant Secretaries. Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretary are plain Private Secretaries, and the Prime Minister will be appointing two Parliamentary Under Secretaries and you will be appointing your own Parliamentary Private Secretary
MY GOD and then one wonders at the inefficiency of the bureaucracy!

Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last 500 years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now when it's worked so well?
My history teacher could never have put it so succintly and so aptly!

Sometimes one is forced to consider the possibility that affairs are being conducted in a manner which, all things being considered and making all possible allowances is, not to put too fine a point on it, perhaps not entirely straightforward
Which basically means - You're lying!

And my absolute favourite
Minister, the traditional allocation of executive responsibilities has always been so determined as to liberate the ministerial incumbent from the administrative minutiae by devolving the managerial functions to those whose experience and qualifications have better formed them for the performance of such humble offices, thereby releasing their political overlords for the more onerous duties and profound deliberations which are the inevitable concomitant of their exalted position.
Which by the way means - Need to know basis, you don't need to know..

The real scary part - after my MBA, I actually understand Humphy's dialogues quite easily..

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Panic Attack

I am as vocal as any Indian Citizen worried about reservations and their impact on me, my future propects and my future kids' prospects but am a little worried about what we are doing..
I am not talking about the students taking to the streets and protesting and verbalizing what we all think of the reservations..
I'm talking about the armchair-activists across the country.. who through emails, SMSes and online petitions are adding their two-penny bit to the protest..
I got
  • 8 SMSes about how 94 doctors collapsed while on a 96-hour hunger strike without any media coverage a la Emergency
  • 5 messages asking me to sign/forward some petition to the President/Prime Minister/Arjun Singh/Sonia Gandhi protesting the quota idea - whihc btw, I did but who is sending this petiton where and how?
  • 6 offliners about how some doctor in AIIMS has died again minus media coverage

Hold on a sec! NDTV just ran a segment last night on how all of the above are hoaxes? Did anyone catch it? Is it even true?

Conspiracy theory ki jai

Pl let's confirm where this news is coming from before we spread it like wildfire among friends - yes, even if we do have free sms plans ;) I got an SMS from a journalist friend but I still didn't forward it 'cos frankly I don't see why media is not being allowed to cover it.. Hell, I don't know how or who is stopping them.. In today's age of masal news, this is just the kind of news, NDTV/Aajtak/Zee/CNBC is looking for to boost ratings and rake in advertising money..

I know many of us feel frustrated that we cannot do out bit in this reservation uproar (job/location/willpower) but that doesn't make us any less responsible for it..

Why can't we check facts before forwarding this kind of news which when its proven false just hurts our case and casts doubts in peoples' (read elders) minds about what our generation is trying to prove.. In fact, am pretty sure the doctors on strike feel frustrated that we guys can't do anything more than pass on unverifiable news.. Let's not forget that news sent through SMSes and email and orkut is considered more credible 'cos it came from the guy/girl you partied in college with.

Guess what? I'm forwarding this link to everyone I know..

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I now declare you..

It was inevitable perhaps that the minute I declare in a post that I would be blogging more frequently now that I'm in Shillong without much to do.. I would then have a dry spell and not post for 5 days.. Nope, with family around, blogging comes low down on the prority list (the overall priorty list not my priority list) and thus, this is the first I've come near a computer in 5 days..
I had the opportunity to witness a Christian wedding first-hand last week.. Now unlike the stuff shown on TV, this was not a 5 minute afair and there was no commercial break.. The ceremony lasted an hour with a service in church in which vows took place.. Barring, Malayalee weddings (whihc last about 15 minutes), this was the shortest wedding I had ever witnessed. Which brought to my mind the fact that every Hindu wedding is long - supremely long in fact.. Nikaahs are short and apparently so are Christian weddings.. Why is it Hindu weddings which seem to have to be so ponderous and slow? And I'm not even including the assorted ceremonies before and after the weddings or the games that the bride and groom play..
Anyway, the wedding was also a unique mixture of pagan tribal rituals and Catholic ceremonies but very sweet.. The Readings which referred to the almost saintly virtues the wife must have and which will benefit the husband raised my hackles a bit but that's par for the course I assume..
And no, there was no throwing of the bridal bouquet..

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Greetings from Shillong!

Am now in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya, one of the wettest places in the world and my very own summer retreat.. Yes, quite like the Mughal emperors of yore, during the hot summer months of Delhi, I shift camp to Shillong.. Shillong of 19 degrees, light rain, cold nights with furry quilt and a house with lots anf lots of be-you-ti-fool flowers.. must try and upload some snaps 'cos they are really lovely.. roses (red and white and pink), snapdragons (pink, purple, maroon, magenta..), gladioli in royal purple and a whole hots of other flowers all blooming riotously..
Meanwhile, my father (who rocks btw) has equipped me well.. I have a local phone so I don't subject my delicate Airtel to roaming bills, there's broadband so I can mail/chat/post/orkut to my heart's content, there's also STD so I can call via that as well... So with TV thrown in for good measure and the fact that I get to bed quite soon, this is as close to bliss as possible.
Its weird though, why I can't use Airtel on roaming beyond receiving smses.. Airtel has breached the final bastion - the North-East.. It opened shop here about a year back and there are signs all over the city... I found the same problem in Srinagar as well.. despite Airtel being in operation, roaming wasn't permitted. I wonder if its a security concern for both palces.. After all, for years only 1 operator (Reliance) was allowed to open up this circle to mobile services.. Then, BSNL joined in and now Airtel plus Aircel.. odd.
Anyway, this is just the beginning of posts from here.. have a lot more fre time here and with my dad around, I tend to wake up early and be ready earlier than in Delhi.. So blogging will be more frequent and esoteric in content

Friday, May 12, 2006

Entry for May 12, 2006

It's amazing what life teaches you - in the silliest of ways.. I had planned to spend a lot of time fixing up my blog here.. adding funny links with witty comments and making it cozy and comfy before posting.. You know.. how youy want to set up your dream house in the best furniture, gorgeous curtains and perfectly-chosen artifacts and only then do a griha-pravesam and enter it.. Well, then you realise, you can't afford any furniture beyond a bed and the one table you already have doesn't fit and since you gave in notice in your old place, you need to move in before you become homeless...
Same here, I have officially moved into blogspot/blogger (are these the same - can anyone enlighten me?) and abandoned my Yahoo 360 blog forthwith (or is it henceforth or herewith).. despite my template being slightly cock-eyed and my links list isn't ready yet.. yada yada yada.. But I'm here now and will start posting regularly on this blog.. and will try to learn html and fix it up as I go along..
For those who didn't get the moral of the story - forget it..

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Welcome..

Trying out a new place and new stuff.. patience while I make this blog just right.. then I'll post
Cheers!