Many a times in the recent past, we ave had discussions regarding the falling standards in IIIT in almost all the fields where it comes to talent. IIIT is becoming more of a work hub than being a place where different types of people with their talents flourish. Having spent two and half years in IIIT now, i think i can write something about IIIT… Hope my observations are correct.
A stark reminder of the fact is when guys of our batch win comprehensively in competitions like quiz and all… I would say the people who win are good infact very good when you compare them with other people but if you compare them with our seniors like Satvik, Ruchir and all, the whole group of them, they were just extra odrinary. I still remember my first year where in an Inter House DumbC.. If i rmr correctly then Satvik, Ruchir n Su used to guess things (meant to be done in 2 mins) in a petty matter of 30 secs or so.. Their chemistry and knowledge was just awesome.. back then we used to think that these guys have been living together for 3 years.. so they know each other quite well thats why they can do so.. but now that we are in our 3rd year, we cant find any such ppl in our batch.
Can the magic of 1-12 wing be ever revived again?? Dont think any of the ppl in 2nd,3rd or 4th year will be able to stand to those guys.. For us UG2K5 ppl… the 1-12 wing consisting of Gaurav Jain, Lohia, Bhago and company was something out of this world… Even last year we had ppl like Grawl Mr.Felicity and a bcbaaz sitting with whom you just cant stop laughing, Alankar, have heard about his escapades the day before his CAT exam and still scoring a 99.6% percentile, making him something like an epitome of sharpness to me but somehow now 1-12 is just another wing… No offence to the guys living in the wing now but i dont think nobody will be able to live up to the charisma now…
Come to geekiness.. whoever has seen or met smr will always regard him as legendary and also Nirnimesh, these two were like the epitome of geekiness to us in our first year when they were the sys admins,they were like the Gods of Linux and Programming… Agreed we have people in our batch who are knowledgable and sharp but they were a combo of both.. I would say they were like a combo of Kulbir and Somani of our batch… About SMR’s memory i have an interesting story.. Then have heard stories about Shiben that he developed some games while only in his first year… I dunno what games he developed but he sure is a geek who can also sketch, write awesome imaginary stories, do an awful lot of bc on DF… then there were Manikandan and Ramachandra, our C tutors in first year who have left quite a mark on us.
Coming to multi faceted personalities, here again someboedy by the name Arun stands out orator, basket ball player, GK i have written earlier… Cracked the CAT n GRE.. what more can be said about him…
Then there is somebody by the name Pati,about whom somebody told me that he is so witty ki “vo akele baithe baithe poori basket ball team ki mar leta hai”, a very good basket ball player a geek by choice who used to look so cool in my 1st year that never in my dreams could i have ever thought ki he would be a g33k… who was one of the very few people who being in 4th year would himslef say a hi to me when i was in my 1st year during the interaction period..
Ofcourse if we talk about personalities from 2k2 batch,we cant miss out on Pranav Vashishta, the guy who can talk for hours on every topic, dunno from where he acquired so much knowledge… but he sure turns head… and ofcourse who can forget Satvik, the guy who scored cent percent in enlish in CAT.. terming that as an achievement would be belittling it…Then there were guys frm 2k2 like Rao, Joon, Ruchir and all with whom i have had no interaction but have heard stories about them…
Even though I havent had any interaction with ppl from 2k1 but they also seem to be quite a bunch of cool guys from the blogs of them that i have read, my only means of knowing them there are quite a few of them I would like to meet given a chance, guys like Utkarsh,Kunal,Jayaram,Rakesh and ofcourse our dailyrium Sreejith.. these guys find time to blog regularly being in job and ppl in IIIT being vella all day cant blog and all… Am just taking an example of blogging but this is sort of a reflection.
We had our own college band but all the members have left and we dont have anybody to fill the void left by them… DO we have enough rock enthusiasts to carry on the legacy of Arun, Freaky, Bhago and all.. The answer is Zilch… We have a single guy aditya in our batch who can be termed as a rock enthusiast but none else and have no idea about the junior batch..
Then there was IV from 2k3 whose popularity throughout the batches made it impossible to have any event without constant chattering of iv,iv,iv, who being a topper and all was quite active and seemed quite diff from the usual geeks, though as i dont know him on a personal front so cant say much but one thing i rmr is that he usd to be quite cool in OS assign evaluations… … and Sriram whose innovative hooting in the Felicity 2k7 will b remembered for long…
Instead what has happened in IIIT now is… people come to college and start slogging, I remember that in our frst year nobosy used to go to reading room and very rarely were people seen in libraries but from the 2k6 batch , this number has been very high and the current first year is also not a step behind them. The current lot of first years seems to be very low on the enthusiasm front… Hardly any people turned out for the recenty held carnival. Our seniors will say that we were the same, i still remember Dash coming to rooms of each and evry prithvi guy to wake us from our slumber but that was work and it was morning but when it came to things like teacher’s day and all many people used to be present….
Even the regular strollers in the campus are also on the decline, when we used to roam around in 1st year.. there used to be many people we would encounter but these days you see hardly any people doing the rounds.. Wonder why??? :O
Song of the Day:- Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon & Garfunkel
These are all my views… a perception of what i’ve felt in my 2.5 yr stay in IIIT…
PS1:- If you are a IIITian and from any batch b4 2k3(including) then read it carefully.. you might find your name in here..
PS2:- Just wondering if ppl from other batches also felt the same when they were in our place.
PS3:- Fucking wasted almost 1-1.5 hours for this post and have exams from monday.
PS4:- Wish all the papers are so hard that nobody is able to attempt anything
PS5:- But i know it wont happen.
PS6:- The post has turned out to be quite long… but it demanded such length..