OutFoxed

now that was sad.. so heart breaking-ly sad 😦 we were so close to the fox in the first round at the 4 coded message. there were 20 messages in all of which we got 18 which was pretty good because we decided that the fox was in quite another direction after the 4th message and were quite lost. Vigneshwar meanwhile had gone for starwars prelims and after that he had quite a job to search us foxes. so it was me, raison and kk searching, running and exploring every bit of nitk campus. my knowledge of shortcuts helped. well some good arose from going there for the past 3 years. 4 teams from Nitte qualified out of about 15 for the finals. in the end our college won the 2nd and the 3rd plac; both by third years. while the finals took place me and vigneshwar were annoyed that we didnt take part in starwars more whole heartedly as we saw the most sad finals ever taking place in a discreet part of the campus with the 4 of us being the only audience. 2 of our college teams were in the finals and that was the only reason we watched the finals.  😀

Overall i Nitte is doing pretty good this year. maybe they have been suitably inspired by us seniors or maybe by the huge amount of stuff thats been won by the students so far in 2009. well, what to say. its been a good year. and hope i continues to be.

we left for home at around 5. on the way we decided to use the Pizza hut coupons that vigneshwar had won in some side events. we ordered a paneer el rancho and a chicken supreme back at Bharat mall and we met Narendra there with his sis. we ate and were off home.

at home guess what? there ‘s biryani thats been prepared. 😦 now i wont be able to gorge down as much! so am delaying as i finally update my blog after ages ;P

 

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.

and it was Yumm!!

Thats us with the Quiz trophy. .. a bit big for one lousy quiz but we aren’t complaining 😀 i truly love my team…never a dull moment. There were way too many jokes of prize money and trophy photo sessions. Sadly Varad couldn’t be contacted and hence didnt attend the function. This was on Saturday Night (delayed from 14th due to the bandh), after which we ended up at nearby Sharavu refreshments for a late snack. Zaheer, a friend of Rajat’s and the guy behind the project idea(that was another competition) had to have something because he was fasting since morning.

The trophy spent one day in 3 of our house so that our parents know that we are doing something productive in college 🙂

Here’s to More Victories!! Cheers.

Team: Varad(not in pic), Rajat , Pramod and ME!!

Anandhotsav’08 Day 2 & 3

3 and 4th were the 2 days when the fest actually took place. it was a TEQUIP sponsored one.

day 2 started out with JAM and Mad ads. i skipped fancy dress practice to watch JAM. losing my part was worth it 🙂 JAM was awesome. Rajat took part in it for the first time and won 3rd. we were part of the cheering section. me and Mario were paying attention to how the competition goes as we might take part in it next time. had a good free lunch and then hung around with nothing to do. i tried to convince the rest of the people to take part in pencil sketching with me. but no! they didnt want to. their loss. because when they saw that the topic was college campus they felt like kicking themselves 🙂 college won all 3 places. we skipped debate due to lack to preparation. college won the 3rd place. that same day morning there was an express bus strike so we had to go via moodbidri to get home . didnt stay for the flute concert by Praveen Godkhindi.

day 3 started out with quiz prelims and fancy dress. thankfully i wasnt in fancy dress cause i cant be in 2 places at once 🙂 the prelims turned out to be a technical paper. somewhat like a VTU Q paper itself -we joked. part 1 was electronics, part 2 was mechanical, part 3 was Bio-tech and part 4 was an abstract collection of books, music,etc… well hard to believe but our team(1c21-Me,Rajat and Sohan) qualified first 😛 Raison and Karthik(4c21) qualified next! they took Varad into their team since they needed a trio to take part. The Finals were in the main AC auditorium Sambhram. it was more informative to the audience and even we learned a few things. well we were only scared of the 4c21. they gave us quite a fight in the beginning. later we ended with 300. they with 250 🙂 he he he… the group dance and anthakshari finals took place also before the valedictory. we stayed back today cause nitte had won overall easily with more than 360 points in their bag. theyre was a mild wild dance, the final whoops, the jigs on stage and the trophy pics. all this and more was covered by Praahas on his Sony cam. i will try to upload it if i can. Pics may come up on Facebook soon. Rajat took the champion trophy home. while i took the Quiz winner trophy. you know they should give 3 of those da. i got 1k cash too 🙂 the bus ride home was nice with DC, karaoke and other madness.

thus the Phirkee and KRS(or SRK, for the glamour) teams have been born 🙂

Incident’08

the post is finally here.. here i recount arguably some of the best 4 days of my life!!!! This was my First time going to a inter-collegiate Fest as a participant and it certainly wont be my last 🙂 Had loads of Fun!!! If any of you are still in College do try to make it to one of these college fests and you will understand what im blabbering about!! this is going to be a long post and hopefully am going to put in whatever i can remember!!!!

Day 0: nothing special, we stayed away… only Bandish-Eastern Musicals in which our college took part… but didnt win anything in…

Day 1: ok from here on the things heat up!!!! First up that day was Dumb Charades or DC.. first of all my main aim this time round was that this is going to be a reconnaisance mission and if we are lucky we might even qualify for something????!!! ok ok.. now back to DC.. morning we registered and realized that we were pretty much bankrupt thanks to Naman forgetting to tell us that the College hasnt paid us yet !!! thankfully Karthik who was coming along later was our Bank for the day 🙂 we were introd to a couple of Rajat’s friends from MSRIT!!! and a supposedly look-alike of me (rajat’s main aim during that fest was to id the 7 ppl in the world who look like me.. we got as far as 5) Now DC was never anything like what we saw that day.. totally blew us away!!! here we were with our splitting words, codes for prepositions , and a few other things… but what we saw was beyond everything!! these people were Brilliant!!!! to qualify we had to get thru as many books, movies, songs and personalities u humanly can in 2 minutes.. we did almost 3. then we watched the brains….!!!!!! people who left me astounded were Bitch, Baba and Dey(MSRIT) and the NIT-Trichy Girls. ( both who topped the finals.. while the girls won the tie-breaker)… Naman and Nikhil took part in Hindi Events

After that was India Quiz..this was told to us to be the easiest quiz over there.. but it barely seemed to be… Rajat, Me and Karthik cud barely manage 13 out of the 30 prelim Q’s …

Wordgames followed this and me and Naman dragged the rest of the jobless guys to also take part in it… now this was a well prepared one but clearly we werent used to such stuff..Naman was good at those anagrams, thankfully… and we put up a decent fight in te prelims!!! Close to it was Scrabble.. met Sohail and Freya-the Aloysius team-now the best thing i answered that first day was Scrabble!!! and i even dared to hope that we would qualify for the finals!!!

after the first day debacle.. we were quite jobless and finally ended up acting a bit crazy!!! and i reached home somewhere at around 9:30.

Day 2: Started out with Pot Pourri and Art Expedition .. and me even giving an interview for the Mr.Incident contest.. we were improving, that was clear. it was one heck of a thing running between 3 simultaneous competitions at once but well it was good. For Art Expedition we turned up a nice model making use of the Pun – Join the Beet , for Join the Beat 🙂 The KK concert was in the evening and people were busy trying to rustle up some passes preferably free ones 🙂 i got a ” family” one somehow… but Praahas had already booked from somewhere else..sad. Since i was at Art expeditions and the rest of the college bunch who had turned up were watching Mad-ads , Rajat and Sohan ended up being late for the Sports-Ent Quiz. they even tried the Lone wolf quiz. the Q paper was seen by me while having Lunch. and it barely looked digestible 😛 all Arbitrary stuff from some corner of some book, movie or fact!!! Sindhu Turned up later on.. and 6 of us decided to go to the beach-the NIT-K beach where simultaneously beach events were going on… after a long walk we reached the ‘private’ beach.. Had loads of fun and clicked some good pics there… lots of people seemed to be enjoying the beach.. i guess for them the beach is a coastal luxury 🙂 at around 7 we headed back.. partly because the beach was closing and also the ‘scheduled’ time for the concert was 7:30. Met some more friends while we waited for the concert to start and ended up losing Praahas somewhere in the crowd. he ended up with the girls and some other classmates. KK arrived at 9. i used only 3 of my 5 pass quota. anyway after he came it was awesome!!!! My first Concert(official) of any Sort!!!!! it was good!!! his band was good!!! and was well worth the yelling that i was expecting at home 🙂 my cell battery went down and around 11:30 i was at the Hostel picking up my bag from one of the rooms. a quick snack i had, before rejoining the rest of the people back at the concert. Karthik left for Manipal in a cramped santro. when i reached the SAC , it was almost over. met the guys and proceeded to the food court coz everyone except me were hungry 🙂 met praahas( our ride back home ) and came to know that he and Kishore had somehow managed to sneak backstage and click some pics with KK !!! Finally it was leaving time, 11 of us somehow managed to fit in the Tavera including Prahaas ‘s driver. i reached home at 12:30 something. thankfully i had the Keys 🙂 slept at 1:30.

Day 3: we had already decided that we would start off late that morning .. i was the first to wake up after a 5 hour sleep. but ended up the last at the 11 o’clock rendezvous 🙂 we took part in the Biz-tech Quiz. did a bit better. i was happy with the answers of mine which turned out to be surprisingly right!!! but we didnt qualify!!! the rest of the day was not that great as the previous day. i got the pend drive of mine with the season 1 of ‘ How i met your Mother’ from the Nitk lan. watched Wishbone perform for Western prelims(my friend Claude was the Drummer, and i also knew the Vocalist,Canute) Sindhu was with me and we decide to check out the War of the Dj’s at the beach before we left for home . after a very long and tiring walk we reached there and found that it was almost over. exhausted we got a ride back to the main campus on the college bus. rested a bit and with Rajat caught the bus home. Naman and some more guys too joined us!! rumour also was that our results were out. Happily untrue. i dont quite remember when i fell asleep.

day 4: ok now this was getting a bit tiring and only me and rajat were ready the next morning , we had General Quiz hosted by Arul Mani of the karnataka quiz association. Sohail of Aloysius joined us to make it a team of 3. the prelims went on as normal..but something surprising happened… wait for it…we QUALIFIED!!! finally on the last day, we somehow managed to qualify and step up on d SJA stage!! it was another matter that after taking the lead in the first round( aptly titled bad word curry) we crashed out of contention 😦 but it was an experience that inspired us and might have been a bit different if i had answered Karl Marx and John Travolta. or if we had got Google Doodle right. but no regrets we had qualified. after this we watched the Pot Pourri prelims after a quick snack at the Amul store. i left for Mangalore at 4:30 to bring an end to the 4 day carnival.

Our college won in Kannada Quiz( 2nd), Solo and Duet Dance, and Suguma Sangeetha. definitely we enjoyed the experience and we are going to surely better ourselves next time round 🙂 Thanks to all my friends (Nitk and others) who made this a memorable event!!!

hope u enjoyed reading this 🙂 now to get back to studies.. internals in 10 days.