Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Best PAF of a lifetime

Today(28 March) was an exceptional day in my life

It marked the start of the firsts among the "lasts" at IIT. It was the occasion of the last PAF, last Public Nite, last prize distribution inIIT as a student...

The PAF rockedddd.... BIG TIME...
It depicted a story of a IIT-ian who is having a few backlogs. It talked of the frust that exists in people at IIT, more so typically if they have a poor CPI...

The entire idea was central to everyones exitstance at IIT, either firsthand or experienced thru a friend. The start turned out to be pretty unlinked...
But they finished the first section with the suicide of a student whio fails to clear the JEE. Moreover, that year the results were khatched (circa 1998)

Second secttion onwards what we got to see was pure unadulterated senstaional work... 0, and i mean 0.00 putches.. GOD prod, with attention to detail (the dangling 'f' on the main gate sign ..)

There was a classic scene: The lead is going to commit suicide, when his friend dashes in,informing about the suicide of a common friend. The chaps emotions and dialogues on seeing a second friend ready to suicide were amazingly executed...
Really touching

This was the first time that I witnessed a PAF gettibng a standing ovation, that too after a chapter, not post the play... Afer the end of th play, people did rise in their places, and surprisingly noone stirrred for bout8-10 min
This was the first time such a scene was witnessed.

Best part was that the hostels performing this PAF had given such a miserable performance last year (they had forgotten abt the last chapter totally).

Apart from the PAF there were a lot of prizes.
Mandar, Rahul and Bhalu got Tech Citations and Ashish got the Roll of Honour, the highest a person can achieve in the tech scene in IITB.

Overall, a touching yet happy day

Saturday, March 25, 2006

PAF sucked :((

Today was the third PAF...
Its a pity it even existed... It sucked big time...
Infinite Putches....
The PAF dealt wih the story of Kanwaljit, a Delhi basede person who has made a tremendous profitin the flesh trade ... (facts say daily earnings of 12-15Lacs, property of 100Cr was confiscated from him in 2004...

Apart from infinite puthces in Choreo, lighting, music and line delivery (Miss India being the best)
The PAF lacked the fact that the theme wasnt carried over to the audience... The dialogue delivery lacked panache...

The ppl had tried to touch upon a important topic... Me no thinks they succeeded...
Bhalu ni infi maaaz kelela ki lights var coding and all kellela ahe...
its a pity he spent so mch time.. :D

H2 ke chances achche hai :D:D


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Economics and emottions at play

Information assynmetry. ocurs when someone sells something to somebody. Now somebody cant verify the true value of the something, becos he doesnt share someone's knowledge about something... Somebody has to make a guess about the value of something and the authenticity of someone's claims.... And more often than notsomebody may lose a bit in the deal...

It is also possible that someone oversells tosomebody bcos somebody knows that the tprice he is paying is afraction of the profit that he will have... This yields in opposite asymmetry..

The reason i broached his topic is that I sold off my good ol cell (Nokia 2100) and bought a Nokia 1600 in place of that. For reasons that I will answer personally, I was in the debate whether to hardsell or not... In the end, I gave in to capitalist tendecies, and hardsold.. The fact tat I got 1950 for that is astounding... The negative aspect of hardselling is mitigated only by the fact that the cell is in significantly great condition, consid the fact that it is less than 2 years old.

New cell has a lo of cool feratures, bnnotto mentioon the fact thatI am gonna trade this with Dad to get a 6610 >:) >:)
I am selfish ;)


Monday, March 20, 2006

Trying to prevent the devil

An empty mind is a devils workshop is what is said,....
Tryiing to prevent that from happening... ;)
Just took a test.. and here are the results
Acc to them I can succeed in 15 diff profesions ;) :D:D

Slightly bored

Your #1 Match: ESTJ

The Guardian

You're a natural leader and quick, logical decision maker.
Goals are important in your life, and you take many steps to acheive them.
You enjoy interacting with others, mostly through work related activities.
Your high energy level means you are great at getting things done!

You would make a great teacher, judge, or police detective.

Your #2 Match: ENTJ

The Executive

You are a natural leader - with confidence and strength that inspires others.
Driven to succeed, you are always looking for ways to gain, power, knowledge, and expertise.
Sometimes you aren't the most considerate person, especially to those who are a bit slow.
You are not easily intimidated - and you have a commanding, awe-inspiring presence.

You would make a great CEO, entrepreneur, or consultant.

Your #3 Match: ESTP

The Doer

You are adventurous and risk taking. You act first, think second.
You love being the center of attention. Chances are you were the class clown.
Competitive, charming, and charasmatic - you have your own code of honor.
You live a flexible life, bouncing between a series of activies that interest you.

You would make a great salesperson, marketing director, or entrepreneur.

Your #4 Match: ENTP

The Visionary

You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression.
You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything.
Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off.
You're very clever, but not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.

You would make a great entrpreneur, marketing executive, or actor.

Your #5 Match: ESFJ

The Caregiver

You are sympathetic and caring, putting friends and family first.
A creature of habit, you prefer routines and have trouble with change.
You love being in groups - whether you're helping people or working on a project.
You are good at listening, laughing, and bringing out the best in people.

You would make a great nurse, social worker, or teacher.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Incomplete Thots on betraying

Today my hsotel H2, IITB performed the first PAF of 2006. which shall be the last PAF I shall see as a student. The entire PAF went without a putch.. minor lites ones excluded.. And Ithink it mite go on to win the Trophy

It was a pretty strange tale.. and focuses on the Shahjahans journey of life....
from that of his ascension to the throne via a struggle -> his reign as a king who appreciates arts and how his Vizier is able to make him take the path of war andexpansion

This is where the story takes a twist
It was shown that he loses a battle and realises that his name may not last in the annals of time., cos there mite be ppl who are better expansionists than him....

Hence hetells his Vizier to think of a plan whereby he cna stay etched in the annals of time permenantly.....At thsi juncture his son showshim a model of the would-be taj mahal....

The scene fast forwards to the place when aurangjeb imprisons Shahjahan. The scene again goes back to flashback, to the point where shahjahan sees the model of Tajmahal.. at that juncture the says that he shall make a monument to show his love for his wife.... and then decrieds that she be Killed for him to get the chance to show his love...

Though the entire script is a shocker, there is no way for me to verifyu the authenticity of the claim...

But it does put u into thinking
How many such secrets are hidden in the entire world? where briothers have killed their kin for paltry things like riches and kingdoms... And how many of these brothers have been then crowned and then revered as gods...
Apart from the fricking Mughal rulers in whose line it was necessary to kill to succeed, I think this was a second nature to each and every family with more than 1 heir... or even in that case it cud very well be the heir's uncles daughters husbands brothers son who puts a knife and becomes the king...

One prob with the script was the fact that it did glorify the Mughals...
It is not limited to the script,, tho... Any book on history wud be glorifying the Mughals...
Isnt this not the person who invaded and raped your lands... defiled ur temples and laid waste entire towns???
True they may have brought in a stable rule, centralised currency and al that crap.. but that was for ensuring that they stay in power... not for the betterment of the people...

A quote is remembered, which says that 'the meat, bread and clothes that we get frome the butcher, the baker and the tailor are not becos of their benevolence but becos of their hunger'


Friday, March 17, 2006

Friends Forever

Dejection fills the ranks...
BTP projects have to follow Murphy's law to the letter....
My happiness of 'gud work' wrt BTP was short lived... Had a lot of discoloration on the pellets, plus apparently 'sintering changes the XRD of a specimen' >:P>:P
Neways... there is always a nxt time...

Celebrated Mandys bday today

Gifted him a 'friends forever' pic (left exhibit)
The roly-poly chap in the lower-left of the pic is Sumedh, Mandar and bond in the lower-middle pic, and me and Mandar in the central pic (taken in 2nd year)

Treted us to pizzzas... 2 Domino's Double cheese Crunches... + 2 from Pizza-Hut
:D Talk about "not marching on an empty stomach"
Sumedh missed it all due to the fact that he had left for Pune...none of us did mind tho...

Talked with Muki abt whether there is any sense in 'trying to change the system'. I found myself taking a pessimistic view.....
A slightly over-generalisation is that most such efforts tend to end up as just an "addition to statistics"... to put it very harshly.....
Tho he cudnt refute it, what he said was that u need to do all that u can w/o anyones help... But is it possible?? In a place where people wreck other people's lives/loves just to satisfy their own egos, where people are killed to avenge a slight excess in festivities...

Is it possible to act out on ur own???
I accept that there exst miracle stories where a single person made a difference...
BUT THEN, we ignore the fact tha they may have had help silent and vocal, from sources....

Thus the ques does come.. whether wall our actions just add to the staistics.. or do the even make a difference....



Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Holi hai!!

Day 3 of blogging :D

My first blog initiated a reaction from Gadya (Fresh as rain on a Summer's day). feels gud that I made atleast one person contemplate, something... Now i think he has become too senti.. (Nice guys finish last, and other random thoughts) >:)
It feels so nice to wreak someones gud mood :D
Hey Gads, chill man... there are worse things in life.. (like me mite come to pune sometim next weekend :P:P )

Now that he has been consoled...
Spent 5 hours inthe lab today.. pelletised and placed the powders for sintering. Well atleast now the entire thing has been set in motion... Had got a reprimand from the Doctorate student a couple days back.. Frankly neither of us is happy with the way the entire proj is progressing.
Wish, cud have done a better job. Wud have helped if the topic wasnt a major retardant.. so wish, had chosen a better topic.. :((

But neways.. as is said... "No regrets!" followed by "Carpe diem!" :D
its time to work as much a possib... (mood ~ sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab humare dil mein hain)

The blog wud be incmplete if i dont mention the state of the hostel after holi today morning... the ground floor is nice and brown... The entire pool was filled with coloured water which then turned to a brownish slurry-liquid... sheesh.. glad i skipped it...
Not being prudish (lack of a proper word...:( ) but dint have the enthu to get in...

Happy Holi

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

the 'goshta' continues

Today I attended the robotics lecture after about 2 weeks.....Tis nice when the prof doesnt take attendance :D:D. Bhalu ended up giving an introductory lecture on 8051. And hail NKK that I neednt have to pay attention to him...

In the next lecture was discussing whether thereis an meaing in the term "social norm" with P3.. we cudnt reach any conclusion.. but heck.. was a nice debate..... tho it lasted for only 10 min :-(

Had a swimming-club treat inthe evening at Saffron Spice, treat couretesy Abhishek Maheshwari who got a scholarship to Univ of Mass., Boston... 3 cheers to him.... (makes me wonder about when I get to treat people...)

Tonite is Mandy's bday.. but the nut has gone home for holi.. so no cake . boo-hoo :( :((

So here wishin Mandy a very happy bday :D


Monday, March 13, 2006

The start of a journey

Had been contemplating whether to start a blog for quite some time...
Had created this accoun months back, but apart from the usual laziness, there was a lack of incentive that prevented a initiation to this entity.

Two things have jolted me out of inaction
1: A book called "Zanek!" by William Stevenson. This book showcases the Israeli Air Force and the life of its pilots during the 1967-72 period.... It talks about the life of the pilots, the hardships they faced, etc(more on this tomm.) In it the author has talked about a IAF pilot called Jakob, who has this habit of denoting the days of his life by the alphabets whenever they turned out to be life-altering.. (eg, th day he was sent to the concentration camps, his release, his graduation etc)

2: The second was something as ordinary as a glass of Cold-coffee..the best though, mind you.
There is this place a stone's throw from my house in Pune, called Durga. U get amazing Cold coffee for 8 bucks. Had "ek cold" before boarding the bus to bbay... That 'cold' made me realise the fleeting nature of the moments in our life.... since (hopefully) in a few months it wud be geographically impossible for me to have a cold @ Durga.

These two things imparted just the right amount of impetus to get me rolling wrt the blog part.... May look like pretty insignificant things.... but considering the fact that I had beeen restless for the last couple of weeks, it was a simple 1+ 1 = 2

Will sign off with a quote that I composed 2 days back in a fit of inspiration and 'delta' frustraion about the current motionless state of life.....

"There are only two things in the world that are yours the instant you claim them to be:
  1. Ur Limitations &
  2. Ur Freedom"

Signin off...