Adios SYBCom A :)

We were meant to be different, weren’t we?

What with almost all our friends (YES! 900 of them!!) opting for Advertisement, we were only 90 of us – courageous enough to have opted for Computer Programming! ๐Ÿ˜›

We were meant to meet, weren’t we?

REWIND>>>>JULY!!

–> Yes! College reopened! A little more than a month to go for the dreaded IPCC results, class attendance was at its peak and most of us did not even know each other!
–> All I remember of this time is Gnanesh and I sharing our trekking experiences, Samannaaz volunteering to set up the projector in all ALL the FC lectures and Nishit happily announcing to all the professors that he was off to Harvard Summer School ๐Ÿ˜›
–> Wait! We also played our first fish pond with Deepa Ma’am and had Prajit sing in class! This was an ice-breaker, for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

COME…OK, DON’T COME AUGUST!

–> August came and so did the IPCC results and so did my jaundice *Sigh*

–> This was supposed to be one of the most happening months in college. The farewell programme for Mrs. Kher, Umang ’11 and loads of fun! I sure seem to have missed a lot of fun and activity! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
–> Oh yeah! Thanks Bhavik, for creating that fab group SYBcom A group on FB ๐Ÿ˜‰

YO SEPTEMBER!

–> Jaundice over, I finally resumed college! ๐Ÿ˜€
–> A couple of weeks to exams, and there was absolute chaos in college for important markings, notes, etc etc (as usual :P)
–> I guess, most of us knew each other fairly well by now and Radhika ma’am finally managed to Gnanesh’s name right!
–> The FC project topics were announced leading to some much required excitement in an otherwise drab and exam infested month!
–> In other news, this was when we managed to extract out first free lecture from Chitra ma’am (FINALLY!! \m/), there was a mad scramble for Deepa ma’am’s famous “charts” :P, exams came. Wait. Wasn’t this was also when we started planning our super ambitious class picnic? Essel World? Remember? Oh you do? OK thanks bye! ๐Ÿ˜›

WE’RE BACK IN NOVEMBER ๐Ÿ˜€

–> After almost a month and a half of ‘funning and frolicking’ we got back to college!
–> The FC skit practice was a major ice breaker, I must say.
–> We got Melanie ma’am as our new Commerce professor!
–> What I remember most is mutual grievance over the non happening of the class picnic, discussing interesting issues with Radhika ma’am in every FC lecture and hopelessly hoping to have free lectures every day! ๐Ÿ˜›
–>And remember, guys? We tricked Chitra ma’am into wasting one whole Economics lecture over the Students’ Forum discussion?! ONE WHOLE ECO LECTURE!!!! *wipes a tear* ๐Ÿ˜›
–> Boy! Hadn’t we started loving college, already? ๐Ÿ˜€

DE..DE..DECEMBER!!!

–> This was when the final installment of ice-breaking happened! College days, class picnic, FC skits et al! ๐Ÿ˜€
–> College days :
This was the best!! Carnival day, Chocolate day, Gang day, Sports day! And I absolutely love how we bonded during Traditional day! maximum attendance, but no attendance sheet :P. Antakshari, and all the singing, class photographs, endless photo sessions and rose dedications! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Also, sports day was fab! (PS: Sam & I won the throwball competition! #justsaying :P)
–> FC skits :
Thank God it got pushed to Jan! Phew! Although we did practice for it, that one extra month of practice worked wonders for most us ๐Ÿ˜€
–> CLASS PICNIC!! :
Thanks to Parv and Karishma, we finally did manage to have our first class picnic! *emotional*
Don 2, a fab lunch at RK, and some binging at Temptations got us to bond like never before! Those who missed the picnic, missed a hell lot of bonding, madness and some shameless couple stalking, too ๐Ÿ˜›

HAPPY NEW YEAR – JANUARY! :

–> With the new year came a renewed spirit of friendship!
–> I simply love how Radhika maa’am coaxed us into going for Sherlock Holmes! The confrontation with Chitra ma’am, the mass bunk, almost 40 of us at Cinemax and….POPAT!!!! *ROFLOL*
This flopshow *has* to be the highlight of the month ๐Ÿ˜‰


–> The first surprise birthday celebration and cake cutting happened – Karishma.
–> In other news, the FC skits were fab! We sang, we danced, we clapped, we laughed! Thank you, Radhika ma’am for coming up with the brilliant idea of having us enact a skit! Presentations would’ve been drab and boring!

‘LOVE’LY FEBRUARY :

–> The last month of college! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
–> Birthday celebrations again! – Saili, Gnanesh, Krishma. The surprises we planned for each of them were super fun! Thankfully Saili came to college, Gnanesh didn’t figure the surprise party we planned for him, Krishma didn’t turn up and left the cake for all of us ๐Ÿ˜›
–> Exam time tables, scramble for notes, free lectures and the same old story!
–> We watched Kahaani after the last exam, took a looonngg break from articleship, bade adieu and finally found some free time to cherish all the memories of the year that had just passed by! ๐Ÿ™‚

MISCELLANEOUS:

–> The secret entrance on the 4th floor was a major life saver ๐Ÿ˜‰
–> Gnanesh’s secret crush on Shephali ma’am isn’t that secret after all ๐Ÿ˜› (OMG! I hope he doesn’t kill me for this!!)
–> Priya, we will give you a surprise party on your birthday, too ๐Ÿ˜›
–> KPK, I guess you’ll need a little more publicity! ๐Ÿ˜› and Yash, you are free to change your name to Sachin! ๐Ÿ˜‰
–> Hardik, thanks for always being such a good sport! Drumil, you need to get us the Essel World tickets now ;). Kaushal, don’t worry, you’ll pass Computers :P. Vidhi, you’ll regain your lost weight just like me. Anu, the next time, we will ensure that your gift wrapping skills are utilised to the optimum level!
–> Raj = Cute terrorist (At least Radhika ma’am says :P). Kartik, I still haven’t figured who kept putting your proxies :P. Jinal, you raised way too many queries in Don 2! Harshil, Minal, Pooja, Priya, Ankita, Meet, Riddhi, Vibhuti, Shilpi, Monal, Devanshi, Tarjani, Niyati, Ragnyi, Mitali, Shilpan, Siddharth, Nishith, Karan, Nikhil, Shruti, Isha – it was awesome to have you as friends! ๐Ÿ™‚
–> Jay Shah will always be Jay Shah. :P. Shwet, thanks for Kher ma’am’s farewell pics!
I have tried to include everyone in this list! (At least the ones who attended :P) Please pardon me if I have missed your name. It is unintentional. Arnav, I am not mentioning you here because of your lack of attendance :P.

This was way too much nostalgia and reminiscence for me!

I’m so glad to have made awesome friends like you! Thank you for being a part of my life and making this year such a memorable one! ๐Ÿ™‚

Years will come and years will go…but it is these memories that will remain etched in our hearts forever! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

PS: I might have missed out on a lot of other ‘College happenings’! Please feel free to add to my list of memories ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Queen’s Necklace

On an early day off from work, I decided to walk back to Churchgate station from Nariman Point. Not surprising, because there is something about the Queen’s Necklace that gets people to come back there. Again and again.

The cool wind was brushing across my face, and joyfully messing up my hair.
The waves danced all the way and happily hit the rocks with loving care.
I looked around and observed that there were so many people walking there.
It felt like the city, after all its hustle & bustle, finally had a few moments to spare.

The sunset could easily make for the most beautiful site.
Yes, this was supposed to be a city that never sleeps, not even at night.
It wasn’t the setting sun alone that shone, there was some other shining light.
Every passerby had a fierce dream in his eyes, gleaming with all its might.

The little girl must have come here for her study break
Wondering what she must of her future make
Was she thinking of how much more effort she’d have to take
Before she could chase her dreams, for her parents’ sake.ย 

There was a group of middle aged women that was walking by
Gazing at the sky and, maybe, waiting for a chance to try
Maybe it was time to let the apprehensions die
Maybe it was time to break the traditions and fly very high.

The old man must have come for an evening walk
With nothing much, but only memories of the past to stalk
It felt like he dreamed of having with him his grandchildren ย play
It looked like he just wanted the happy moment to stay.

The man sitting on the carved stone held his gaze
Maybe he was wondering why his life was such a maze
He could have been dreaming of how, some day, he’d make it big
And waiting for the day when he’d be the undisputed king.

Maybe theย love struckย couples, too, were there for a reason, after all
Waiting to take that one last call
They might have been dreaming of a bright future that lay ahead
Why were they then, still so scared?

The tiny tots running up and down also caught my eye
The happiness on their faces, not a million dollars could buy
How they lived each moment at a time was soย inspiring
The innocent smile on their face, I was silently admiring.

The walk to Churchgate station wasn’t a bad idea, after all. Theย beautifulย Queen’s necklace had managed to leave me enchanted once again.

Sometimes, I just cannot help wonder – Why is Mumbai called the city of dreams?

We’re all strangers, but then how can we still each other’s minds read?

Photo courtesy : A beautiful image by Pranav Negandhi – http://www.pranavnegandhi.com

Unanswered Questions

Years, following years, steal something every day.
At last they steal us from ourselves away.
~Horace

I’ve always wondered if life after death is peaceful. What does it feel like to die? Is it painful? Is there a life after death? Is it a happy or a sad experience? If it indeed is a happy experience for the one who is dying, then why do we cry in case of death?

Isn’t death a part of life? Isn’t it supposed to be an extension of our journey of life? Is it true that death is a sacred event through which our soul departs from the body meets the almighty..the higher power? Isn’t it a liberating experience? Then why do we fear death? Why is it dreaded by everyone?

If the soul departs our body when we die, then why do people still cry while cremating the body?ย Are we selfish because we don’t want our near and dear ones to die? Or are we plain attached? Do we remember our life after death? Will we remember our close ones after death..our parents, children, family and friends?

Do heaven and hell exist? Are people happier after death or does it feel better to live? Will our souls really turn into stars after we die? Do we die when we want to, or does God just take us away? If life is so beautiful, then why must we die?

Most importantly, we cry when our near ones die..but we seldom appreciate their presence when they are around. We ask for forgiveness after someone dies, but why not when they’re alive? We reminisce when we realize that someone will never come back to us again. But why not cherish every moment when they are right there with us?

Death is a mystery, isn’t it? An intriguing one, at that!
We all have so many unanswered questions about death. We will all experience it one day.

But maybe, it will have gotten too late then…


Morn after morn dispels the dark,
Bearing our lives away;
Absorbed in cares we fail to mark
How swift our years decay;
ย Some maddening drought had drugged our souls,
In love with vital breath,
Which still the same sad chart unrolls,
ย Birth, eld, disease, and death.

ย ~ BHARTRHARI, “Against the Desire of Worldly Things”.

(The above piece is dedicated to my dearest grandfather who passed away today morning. I know he’s in a happier place, so I won’t cry. I’m sure his soul will rest in peace.)

Back to where I belong

Yo people!

So I’m back to the blogger world..finally!

After a month of hardwork, studying and writer’s block, I am back!
Its quite surprising how new ideas for blog posts and write ups randomly trickle into my head at the weirdest time (Read: a couple of hours before an exam) and how this writer’s block manages to vanish oh-so-suddenly and just when I’m least expecting it to!

So just to update the ten of you (who’re even bothering to read on a lazy Sunday evening) on the random happenings in my life, the meter box in my building caught fire today morning! It was kinda shocking as I was suddenly awoken from a deep slumber by mom and asked to rush out of the house straight away! Whoa ..so much for excitement in life! The half an hour that followed, was filled with calls for help, calling the fire brigade (which eventually didn’t turn up) and pouring buckets of mud on the burning meter box!
Luckily for us, the fire was not all that big and even though the slightest delay on our end would’ve caused it to spread, help came in no time from neighbours residing in the adjoining buildings.

The problem has been solved for now, but it really made me ponder on the magnitude of the situation and what would have happened had we not been vigilant and quick in action. This could have happened to any of us..in any other building..at any other place..but are we, as residents of our society and citizens of Mumbai, aware of what ought to be done in situations like this? Do we know how to use the fire extinguisher or how to douse a fire? Are we aware that the slightest delay in decision making can cause such tremendous loss?

I think there is an urgent need for all societies, big or small, to conduct fire drills and awareness programs in order to educate citizens on how to react to such calamities. Education is the best solution to this problem. Maybe, I would’ve never given a thought to these things had my building not caught fire today. But now that I have gone through it (and by God’s grace there was no damage done), I cannot stress enough on the need for people to be alert and behave rightly in such circumstances.

On a lighter note, I had planned to watch a couple of movies in the afternoon and do some random internet browsing.But thanks to the burned meter box, there was no electricity supply and hence, no movie. Other repercussions include bathing in a dark bathroom with ice cold water and having to survive with a dis-charged phone.:-\

On the positive side, other than the fact that we’re alive and the fire wasn’t a big one and there was no damage done (excluding the massive bill that we have to pay to the electrician), the power-less period proved to be quite helpful, too!

1) I cleaned my cupboards and drawers. This is something that was long overdue, and I would’ve kept procrastinating forever had I sat to watch the movies instead. *sigh*

2) I started working on a new blog post (which, incidentally, was also long overdue :P) and have finished almost half of it! So new blog post coming up soon!! ๐Ÿ˜€

3) Started reading ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ by Ashwin Sanghi..again something that I kept pushing to a later date..thanks to a hectic work schedule and EXAMS.

Overall, the day was a right balance of how I’d usually want Sundays to be (Of course, excluding the fire AND the no-movies)!
So getting back to practicing the programs, which was the original purpose of my online visit,ย  I promise to post the new write up soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Till then,

keep smiling and time-passing..also, wish me luck for my Computer Practicals!!

PS: I watched Kahaani yesterday! Fab movie!! Go watch it. Quick! Before i reveal the suspense and ruin the movie for you!!