Reloaded: How Things Changed Part 1

At the beginning, I was so different, Life was so different. Lets look at how my expenditure went on in 1st Semester .

Now Let see the situation in 8th semester:

*Rs 11 for the Rickshaw in the Morning. Cause i am always late to catch the bus at 7:00 and end up talking a rick to RTO.

I saved that because Dad started dropping me to the bus in 3rd year.

* Rs 10 for the Journey to college..thats becoz i take the college bus..5 rupees cheaper than the average express bus…10rupees cheaper if we bribe the conductor..[doesnt work now].

Still did that. It cost us 10 but i’ve heard its 15 now. Mornings were spent on bus 7/17 .

* Rs 7-9 on the mid morning break..all that listening to lectures makes us Hungry….

If there was a mid-morning snack then the spending was 25 but these werent regular in 8th semester. This was because either our class ended by 12-1 or we didnt go to class 😛

* Rs 10-20 forthe afternoon Meal/food….Whatever else we eat like ice creams and juices just add to the bill.

Now this portion got inflated to a lot bigger number partly thanks to the economy partly due to our lunches outside the campus serving non veg fare. 40 buck approximate??

* Rs 15 for the evenning Express bus Home…College bus cheaper but has its timings…Who’s gonna wait????

Who would have thought that this would change? Who’s gonna wait? Well we did. No going home early. 4th semester was the turning point. oh and it now costs 16 for express. Evenings were spent usually on bus 23 with the Rs. 10 ticket.

So if you forget the fact that we also dropped by at fast food joints on our way home in the evening i would spend a minimum of 75 on a day. Keep in mind my monthly allowance is 1500. How did i manage? My ‘fest’ income supplemented it. Pity, thats ended.

How Things changed.

Origins: Mad Hunter Skozaken

“Mostly the next post will be one on the english blunders of our chemistry sir RB…which were noted down by a friend of mine while me and another guy were busy with our thesis on how to win Tic Tac Toe with all the various possibilities.”

Okay i know the guy who noted down the english blunders was Ajith but who was ‘the theory dude’?

Ha. It was Raison. Found it some more posts later. Wonder if he remembers that theory 😀

This timepass during class evolved as we went through the semesters to sketching superheroes on the desks, playing sudoku on the desk, etc. We also did anagrams which let to the formation of my anagrammed name: Mad Hunter Skozaken which you now find on my blog title.

Reloaded: Thoughts about the Big Guy

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
Voltaire

And Thats we did.

During Half time of the Gremany vs Spain Semi-final match i was channel surfing. As a flicked through the seemingly boring list of late night programs i came across God Tv and normally it has those televangelists but what i saw was Physics. Am Serious. There was a lecture going on about Multidimensional Physics. So i decided to watch and learnt a lot.

Also thanks to @__djd__ to pointing me to those lovely youtube animations which explain everything in more detail.



So now my idea of God has been modified a bit. My re-think had been influenced by my Physics Proffesor and Physics clearly gave more proof to what he had said.

Therefore God has to be a 5+ dimensional entity. We cant comprehend his existence because we cant simply imagine that much. Also my views described here are still intact.

P.S. No actual sacred icons were hurt in the production of this message

Origins: Me and My Watch

@Praahas always bugs me about why i stopped wearing a watch. Mebbe this post would shed some light on this habit of mine.

Long back [September 23 2006] , We found this website while surfing at College and it was a hilarious one. It predicted our death.

So here is what had happened. Earlier Post.

Anyone Seeing the analysis would understand that it would be the most beneficial for me to keep away from my watch so as to prolong my life in this world.

All i have to do now is this year [22] not get addicted to heroine 😛
Then next Year i ll start Wearing my ‘Watch Only Sometimes’ because there’s no way i want to end up dying fighting in Spain.
finally at Age 25, i’ll start wearing Watches regularly.
Awesome Masterplan, no?

Thus the Story behind me not wearing a watch is revealed.

P.S. Alternative Version: Or you can believe that am too lazy to go and change the broken strap of my watch.

The Aisiri experience

The Aisiri Experience:

Aisiri, the 10th VTU fest in its as yet grandest avatar was held during the 15-21st of February at SBMJCE , Bangalore. Our College was one of the 93 colleges that took part. Our 46 member team was all geared up for what was to be our best VTU fest ever. We already had the feeling that this was perhaps our best chance to win a championship place and we were all ready to do our part and contribute to the team. Here’s a short summary of all the days and events that took place during that week.

Day -1: yeah we call this Day -1 because we were leaving for the fest a day early as we were required to report before 8pm the next day and we didn’t want to take any chances. Most of the 46 participants were going to stay for the whole week ahead while some others had decided to join us later. The Buses left College that Friday the 13th but there weren’t any accidents or any other mishaps perhaps due to the prayers offered by Guru before we left. The night in the bus was a party with antakshari played until slowly everyone started to sleep. However couple of other friends and I was awake when we went through the Ghats and were treated to an awesome sight of a moonlight night and the clear sky.

Day 0: We reached Bangalore and were the first college on the campus of SBMJCE at around 7 in the morning. Breakfast was provided to us around 9 but then things were delayed. There was some delay regarding the registration and accommodation and we were stuck in a seminar hall till almost 4 in the evening. Tired and exhausted we hauled our luggages to our allotted hostel. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we were all very happy with the accommodation provided. Day 0 thus ended with us having Dinner at the huge dining hall set up opposite the HUGE main stage. The excitement was building up!

Day 1: The events started off today. First up was the Reporting and Photography, a newly introduced event which was all about covering the events of the entire fest. The harmonic Folk orchestra was one of the main events for our team that day. Creative writing and Clay modelling took place simultaneously that afternoon while Shadow play was later at around 4. We got a standing ovation for Shadow play-the evolution of man. Most of the facilities and the venues totally blew us away! They had state of the art theatres and music systems. What even surprised us was the college hangout- Munchies which was air-conditioned, had flat screen TV’s and wait for it…. the food was affordable and yummy!! Throughout the week we hogged a lot at the place. Even now if you ask any of my team mates about Munchies, they will wax eloquent. The other major catch phrase that we had was ‘Falun Dafa is good’. Falun Dafa was one of the stalls which were setup up at the technical exhibitions and you will still hear the vtu fest people speaking it in college. ISRO, TUV Rheinland and many more companies also had stalls. Layatharanga was the Fusion band which played as part of the evening entertainment for the Fest. I missed it but I heard good reviews about it.

Day 2: Rube Goldberg Contraption*, my main event for the day was to be held at 9 in the morning. After having slept late that last night preparing for it, we somehow managed to pull ourselves together. Skipping breakfast, Elias, Ashank and I made it to the venue and set up the contraption in the given time frame. After our first 2 chances to have a flawless execution failed we were all tensed. Most of the team members were present praying for the successful working during the third and final chance. And lo and behold! It worked with only 2 errors!! Everyone celebrated. It was truly glorious! Classical dance was another main event for us. Anupama took part and wowed the judges. Cartooning had the team Navrasa and Ranjeeth’s version was amazing! Raison and Karthik got through the prelims of Buccaneers- a management event easily. Shrikiran our mimic took part in the Mimicry competition and Semi classical vocal had Ramdas taking part. Debates were the other event that our college took part on that day. Stem dance and Kalaripayattu was that evening’s program which i missed again but I watched a bit of the fashion show event that took place later that night.

Day 3: Our dance troupe performed a tribal dance with the ‘jingo baba’ prop for Folk and tribal Dance, Tabla maestro Narasimha took part in Classical instrumental percussion while Varun sang for western vocal solo. Elias took to the floor with his poster paints to present a very graffiti version of rangoli. Our main grievances were that the western vocal venue had echoes and the rangoli venue was on the open air balcony. Post western vocal solo, there was also an informal jamming session by all the participants. At the same time the JAM prelims were taking place but Rajat missed making it to the semis and beyond. Synaps headlined for Pentagram that night. The team had the most fun that night. We danced and danced to rock music. Everyone was exhausted by the end of it.

Day 4: We presented our one act play at the first slot. This is the first time that we had written an original script and had worked quite hard on it. Things however went better than plan even though we had some minor glitches. The first round of Group dance was held at the colossal Colloseum, on the spot Painting was where Ranjeeth was at work while at M-adventure Naman, Pramod and Ashank presented their political campaign. Group song Indian was where our Singers were at. Our orator Nikhil took part in Elocution. That night there were last minute additions made to our Launch Pad entry but before that, that night was the night when the ‘awesome foursome’ were performing. Siva mani, Balabhaskara 😉 , Keith Peters and Giridhar Udupa enthralled the audience with their music which stuck as impromptu but just brilliant especially Balabhaskar with his violin and their finale-their version of Hotel California.

Day 5: The dance troupe had to present the second dance which was a themed dance on AIDS prevention. The Launch pad event didn’t go too well. Quiz and Programming prelims were both uneventful, Installation kept me busy during the afternoon. Ramdas took part in the Light vocal Indian solo. Elias’s Collage entry also turned out pretty well. Kishore and group’s patriotic themed skit on Bhagat Singh was a hit. The Federation of International Students Association had a dance performance highlighting the various international dances. One of the We played Dumb charades with some of our newly made friends of SBMJCE till quite late that night. Fests after all are to promote camaraderie and healthy competition between colleges.

Day 6: Chaithra’s Creative Dance, Group song western and Mime had us running around to the different venues to cheer the respective teams. Nanditha’s classical vocal and Ranjeeth’s Poster making, Poetry recitation and Dumb charades all took place during the morning. The Evening’s program by Raghu Dixit project wasn’t as good as the other concerts. There were some sound system problems which kinda spoiled the mood every now and then. After dinner we left for our rooms. Somewhere around 12 at night we come to know that the first set of results has been announced and that we have won quite a few. I run all the way from our rooms and there’s a celebration at the main stage as we verify the prizes. We lead at that point of time with MSRIT next in place.

Day 7: The Only event that was scheduled for today was the Quiz finals. Sadly we had not made it through just missing it by one qualifying point. Charu Sharma hosted this event and our team won quite a few audience prizes. Raison won a Reebok t-shirt while Vigneshwar won a Reebok cap as well as a new cellular phone from Nokia. After the finals the second set of results were announced. We were still on top of the points table and everyone was cheering away! We had nothing to do for the rest of the day as the Valedictory was scheduled for the evening. There were performances by the Kathak group Abhinava and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. The valedictory was delayed and as a result of which we, the participants lost the chance of going on stage and accepting our prizes as our ‘dhol’ and ‘taase’ played on. As the leader board was named out backwards we had our hands crossed. But sadly we came third. The host college SBMJCE took the runner’s up and MSRIT were the Winners overall. This was kinda a dampener as everything looked as if we would have got a place. Nevertheless with 11 medals, this was the best standing NMAMIT had ever got till date. All this was possible only because of the incredible teamwork that everyone showed. We had not taken part in all the events and had a smaller team than most colleges, in spite of that we were able to come out 3rd. This is definitely a great achievement which may perhaps inspire us to do better next year. This year will be the Last VTU fest for our Fourth years, who were alone responsible for 2 golds, and 3 silvers. We will miss them next year and hope that we will find someone to fit into their shoes. We also hope that this and many more events taking place all throughout the year inspire more students of NMAMIT to take part in more extracurricular activities. Here’s to the Future.

The Winners:

Golds in Shadow play, Classical Dance, Rube Goldberg contraption, On the spot painting, Skit and Poster Making.

Silvers in Western vocal solo, Cartooning, Mimicry and Creative Dance.

Bronze in M-adventure.

Location missing.

Adi’s Tag:

recently i had written a blog post about how i dont remember much. so here goes.

My oldest memory:

Someone else told me about this recently. I had the part of a Policeman in one of those skits or something when i was little; with the stick and other inspector garb. My faux-paus? i salute with the wrong hand 🙂 i dont remember it but glad that people do that job for me.

Ten Years Ago:

Mom Expired. Was too young to react.

My first thought this morning:

Holiday. Are the smses charged? and after reading a sms prior to waking up: “Telugu and Tamil celebs??”

If you built a time capsule, what would it contain?

i already have a bunch of them, my blog including. There’s my cupboard of junk.

This year 14 years from now:

i have no aim so i dunno. My addictions will stay and perhaps i ll write a book 😀

Memories..

Memories stay with us usually…
i said usually because i have this thing with them. sadly i dont seem to remember much about my past. On the bus trip back the other day when Rajat and Riz were recounting their earliest memories all i could say was ” i dont know… i just remember nothing” which is the truth because i seriously dont. My first cry, My fave toy( a yellow teddy, i remember), My first day at school( i know i was put to school early), My trips with parents… for that matter even stuff that happened around primary school. am pretty blank.

Things i do remember are stuff i did..the nutty things, the things to be proud of and some events that moulded me. However even those are not too clear. Just vague memories.
I also know that i hated studies and used to run away from it courtesy grandparents. I still do.

Another thing i learnt when i was little were the roads around Mangalore. Used to go around with my Dad on his Yamaha Rx 100. We sold it for a Yamaha Fazer some 5 yrs ago.

Books were one of my first loves because i do remember getting a Tinkle everytime we went to the Central market for supplies. Usually on a Sunday. I still have the collection. That, Champak and Gokulam stayed with me till atleast 5-6th std. Those were replaced with The Disney ones uptil 7th. Phantom comics published as Indrajal comics were inherited by me from Dad and Uncle’s. Still have those. My mom’s old books are at granny’s for the time being. She wants to read. Those are way older. 1960-ish. My mom’s and my Aunt’s contributions are there in it.

I really envy people who can remember quite a lot of things that they did(For eg. Riz’s 1yr B’day party Mongini’s cake shaped as a 1 and Rajat’s Hindi class and skit anecdote.)

Some of my friends from those early days have stayed beside me and some others from those early days have become friends all over again and i found them in a Nazareth(Kindergarten school) class photo. Funny how People meet once again round the bend.
I remembered this because i bumped into a lot of them in 2 PU and also today. A mini-reunion nonetheless today. It felt good.

i scanned this more than a year ago. i probably blogged about it then too. i still know about 1/3 rd of this class 🙂