On Days like this

On days like this
when the sun meets chill
I stand back and take a breath
from a life so busy and yet so nice

On days like this
when I see them all
so young and fresh, yet only a year less
the chill of freedom and the laze of time
they have it all and I have none

On days like this
Accolades for the assignments done
are replaced by the bugs killed
its killing them which makes us live
graded still we are
though the scale has changed
from 10 to 6 but all’s the same

On days like this
I look at me seated in a seat so soft
the comforts of world all around
I look at time, a resource so scare
the world I have at my feet now
but the feet have places to move anew
Rest is not the word for us.

On days like this
I look to see
the life has changed
its just a year but the person changed
the path of life never stops
it takes me to a stages new
and then again to another place
With different worlds and people strange

On days like this
I realise its all just moving on and swimming around!

PS1:- 11th post for the month, first time in last 4 yrs that I have managed this. Have achieved 10 many times but 11 has always proven elusive ๐Ÿ™‚
PS2:-100,000 visits on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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The One with the Placements :)

The final year of B.Tech is a stark contrast to the 3rd year when it comes to college life. The same batch who was everywhere until abuot a month back is nowhere to be seen, people are generally holed in their rooms. Seen mostly with their friends, either doing BC or studying. 4th year guys are almost cut off from the rest of the college just living in their own world. This is the time when people adapt an nonchalant attitude towards college life. You start talking about anything related to college and the standard answer you will get is, “Who cares man!”. It is basically the time of being zen!

The whole period of fourth year since the end sem exams of 3rd year to the end of Batch Trip can be divided into 3 parts each of them quite different from the other. A time of changing moods and lifestyles. You tend to touch variety of emotions you havnt felt in the last 3 years. At times you have a face of character at other time you are without a fear or anxiety, you experience the state of being in dumps to being in a state of eternal bliss. It all happens just in a single year.

The first part would be the internship period, most people try to get an internship in some or the other company to
i) earn bucks,
ii) get some industry experience
And, if possible
iii) Get a PPO and make the 4th yr a joy ride, a complete waste of time ๐Ÿ˜›

For the first time in their life, people start earning in 10s of thousands, a hefty sum for any student. Earning a salary gives you a sense of growing up as nothing else can give. Huge amounts of cash in the accounts of guys is a new experience, everybody spends his or her money in their own way. Some get really rich and just spend the money in one thing or the other, some buy stuff for their home, some start paying their fees from their own money, while some others are forced to deposit their money (read me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) People who are not interning in these big wigs become the guests of their friends and groups of 10s start flocking the foosball & the TT tables in those companies ๐Ÿ˜‰

After the masti of sem break begins a program of preparation ๐Ÿ˜ Everybody is preparing for some or the other competitve exam, if one is going to MP every sunday to give the mock cat exams, then the other guy is seen rattofying his Baron’s Word List and a few have already started the preparation for Placements, while the PPO people have started to idle around with nothing to do. We have CAT, GRE, GATE and what not! the preparations all these things is packed into one sem. BUT by the end of the semester, all these competitive exam preps are given a finger and people start preparing for the real thing. The biggest show for every batch, the Placements. People would be seen hogging their computer screens for hours on end but not to watch any movie or for the 7th review of FRIENDS. Instead people are seen reading and not sites like masalababes” or “http://cricinfo.com, instead you have cracktheinterview.com, placementsindia like sites occupying the maximum no of tabs.

This is the exact time for the dulles of the batch! After being ridiculed by friends for being dulle and not being able to get out of the college after 4th year, getting nicknames like Vision 2020 coz you are working under a certain prof, (in)famous for not giving his dual degree students their degrees. This is the time for them to hit back at the B.Tech guys. This time while a B.Tech guy would be trying to learn the fundes of OOPS or trying to understand the concepts of scheduling from the OS GODs like Manish ๐Ÿ˜› (who got the PPO) , these SOBs are busy watching movies, TV shows and basically just have a gala time.

Saying that the placement period was a Tempest, could be a big understatement!! These were historic times, you could find all emotions from excitement, uneasiness, depression, fear, hate, relief, sadness , joy in this 3-4 months commercial movie. These were hard times, Global recession coming on to hit the placements in the college. People were disappointed, hurt and all but all that is a thing of past. The biggest thing which placement season has done is brought people together, preparing an ideal ground for the Legendary BC of 8th sem! If 2nd sem was the beginning of group formations in our batch and Felicity brought these groups together, then 7th sem was the time when the boundaries of groups broke and the batch became a group as whole. People were going into the rooms hitherto unexplored. New friendships were developed, long forgotten friends became buddies again. And ofcourse placement was a great help, tested you, developed your personality blah blah blah… (everybody knows that).

Placement time was a tumultous time, each one of us knew what and how it was ๐Ÿ˜ and the less we talk about it the best it would be for everybody involved, it was just a phase we went through, a thing which we had to! Although liking it was beyond us, but it sure was an experience which you should have in your life atleast once, to know what pain, suffering , disappointment is! and to see how friendship acts as a beacon of hope, when the light is at its lowest.

And yet once the placement is over, begins the BEST phase of college life, the phase of enjoyment, BC, BC n more BC!! About which I will talk about in the next post of the series, my Final of the series!

The one with The Contrasting Sems

Each year has its own significance in IIIT! Each year brings with it a different kind of flavour, it teaches different things and gives you different roles. In this respect I would consider 2nd year of B.Tech as the most important. This is the time when its decided who would you be for the remaining years, it defines your interests, your place in the college. After the gay abandon of first year, this is the time when you seriously come into the college, start knowing things, become seniors and basically be somebody in the college.

Second year for our batch started with a bang! The whole ragging fiasco was too much for people to digest, there were a few suspensions. Few ppl of our batch getting letters forbidding them to sit for placements, huge drama unfolded, emotions ran high, people cried, people shouted and in the end, for the first time, the batch stood up as a unit. Since coming to the college about 1 year ago as complete strangers, this was the first time when people stood up for each other. This was the time when the community <strong>UG2K5 stands united</strong> was made. This was the first time when this batch gave a peek at what it will grow put to be, A bunch of close friends ๐Ÿ™‚

2nd year is the time when people decide the course of their life in remaining days in IIIT. A whole lot of free time in 3rd sem coz of wonderfully low number of classes helps people a lot in this deciding this. By the end of 3rd sem, the geeks of college have turned into one, the bande who are gonna be working for cult and all stuff are already into the mould, and the people who are gonna do nothing but wasting time are already nowhere to be seen. Its basically decided by what you do in your whole lotta free time.

Geek or not, studios or not, 4th sem is all about studies, you study, go to classes, listen to profs and basically work your ass off, even people like me were listening to classes. The reasons were quite obvious, the subjects taught in this sem are easily the most interesting and important subjects of your B.Tech and even the professors you get in this sem are the best ones. So for once, if you are fine with studies then dont freak out, this is not some disease just the 4th sem fever :). This was the sem when CGs of many people inflated coz of their wonderful showing in this sem. There were 7 or 8 ten-pointers in this sem in our batch ๐Ÿ™‚ (PS: Even I became a 9.something for the first and only time ๐Ÿ™‚ )

After toiling for about 4-5 months in 4th sem, you get the much needed summer breaks, which for most people is the first time when they wouldnt be going home in a 3 month vacation period and instead going to stay in college and do limitless vellapanti under the name of doing a project under some lab or the other. Some lucky asses even manage to get internships and start earning. (And ofcourse get completely sloshed in company parties ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Ofcourse no mention of the 2nd year of our batch would be complete without a mention of the infamous scuffle ๐Ÿ˜› Starting from the whole ragging issue, the relation between our and the junior(i.e 2k6) bacth were quite strained. These issues again heightened up during the inter batch and inter house events, leading to aย  rivalry of sorts between people from these two batches. All this culminated in the Inter Batch cricket final match, this was a day which few people will never foget, the day when there was actual fighting between people, must be the only instance of IIIT history when there was a sort of gand war, around 50 people on each side! ๐Ÿ˜› Punches were hurled, people kicked and even stitches recieved, all this on the ground floor of NBH ๐Ÿ˜› . Surely a memorable if not a glorious moment in our lives.

The One where it all begun

People say trying to describe life is one of the most arduous task you can try and undertake. Thats why I thought of describing life, the journey that we undertake. Trying to cut a snippet of 4 years from the movie called life and try to post in my own words on this blog of mine. And infact I am not gonna describe my life, its gonna be the life of this bigger unit of which I am a proud part. Its gonna be a honest try to tell the story of our batch, UG2K5 of IIIT, bas meri zubani. Its been one thing I have wanted to do since we had our farewell, finally got time and dedication to do this, just wishing I can do justice to these task I have undertook!

Starting from where it all began, the time when we entered this institution, for many of us, the city of hyderabad was a completely different experience. Living all their lives in small places, hyd seem huge to them and in this city came 170 odd youngsters. All eager and excited to start a new phase of their lives and yet a bit scared, a bit anxious at taking their first steps in this unknown world, away from the shelter of the ones who loved them . Into the company of rank strangers ๐Ÿ˜ who would be their only partners for next 4 fucking years. Knowing not whom to trust, whom to befriend and who to treat with care, these people started their journey into; light or darkness only God knows ๐Ÿ™‚ !

The 2 semesters of the first year are 2 quite different experiences. While the first sem is all about knowing the people, the places, the system, the things. 2nd sem is all about enjoying, finally you are comfortable in the place and the city and can let your hair down and enjoy in such a child like spirit as is left in you from school time.

First sem of our batch was dominated by just one guy, Prof. C.V.Jawahar ๐Ÿ™‚ he was the man responsible for all the anxiety, all the hurry, all the work in our batch. His C Programing assignments were the only talk of the city. Every Sunday night you will see that the work space and even the labs 204 & 210 are filled with anxious people, biting their fingernails in anticipation that the code they have working on for the last 3 days finally doesnt show a bloody seg fault this time and they could be free and finally have their dinner (skipped doing this assignment) before the canteen closes at 12 am :|The first sem was Hectic, people were busy almost all the time doing assignments. Also with the new new PT jane ka josh, people tried to sleep early those days. ๐Ÿ˜›

And ofcourse these plans of sleeping early were generally laid to rest by the usual evening sessions of healthy interaction with the ever so friendly seniors ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of us learned the pleasure of abusing after doing this in OBH. Wont talk much about this part before things start getting a bit unruly ๐Ÿ˜› As said earlier, this was the sem of knowing people, people came to know about their batchmates, the people who they would be living with, for the next 4 years ๐Ÿ™‚ the seniors who would be their guides and mentors for their stay in IIIT ๐Ÿ™‚

2nd sem was the time of fostering friendships which would last for their remaining life in IIIT. It was a time when grouping in the batch started, when ppl started finding out the right type of people. people who they would be comfortable with, the people who would be their family now on. This was the sem of fun & frolic, every weekend we used to go to see any damn bollywood movie which released that week. People have seen movies from the 10rs wala stand and even those tickets were bought in black for 40 bucks.

First year basically was a time of having fun, enjoying and doing all that which we had been restrained from doing for last few years when most of us were busy preparing for competitive exams and didnt have much time for the type of BC which can eb expected from the vellah people in college! This is the timwe when most people get their first introduction to stuff like smoking, drinking and others ๐Ÿ˜› ;). The high point of first year is getting to know the people and places and getting the hang of the place and the best part of your zindagi called College Life!!

The Last Post

And this is itโ€ฆ The day has come, the curtain has fallen, the show is to end, and final page has been turned, here we do embark upon a new journey, a journey into the future, to plunge into depths unknown, soar into heights unthinkable.

So I am here, taking the opportunity to bid a final goodbye to the college on the behalf of this batch.. UG2k5, the batch that has been, the batch of different, the batch of ordinaries, the batch of brilliants, the batch of geniuses and the batch of hardwork. This is the batch of people who started NGOs, the people who are doing PhD in psychology, the people who lost their friends for Felicity, the people who are rejecting Rediff for MS in IIIT, the people who were from village and yet formed a Rock Band, batch of people who started tutorials in telugu for Computers, the people who went to Kerala to book advance tickets between their exams and who travelled 20 hours in general class for their friends, the people who kept the song “Yaaron” close to their hearts, the people who cared about the blogging culture in the college, the people who are united, the people who are all friends, the people who leofy each and everybody.

Me & Aniket were discussing about the different phases of our batch in IIIT and here’s what we have come up with ๐Ÿ™‚

1st Sem โ€“ Innocent Young Kids
2nd Sem โ€“ Exploring the city, roaming around
3rd Sem โ€“ The time of laptops
4th Sem โ€“ Studies
3rd Year โ€“ FELICITY
7th Sem โ€“ MBA, CAT, GRE
Vacations after that โ€“ Placements
8th Sem โ€“ BC!! BC!! BC & BC.

And here I leave you some senti status messages of few people

a) Last exam in CR1 … ending things where it all started … ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
b) And now I realise I have less than 36hrs left in this college ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
c) Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
probably.. one of the finest n happiest gathering of our batch… on the signature day ๐Ÿ™‚
d) life it seems to fade away… drifting further everyday
e) A priceless shirt I have !!
f) Memories, memories and more memories… You gotta read this postโ€ฆ http://simplyani.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/memorabilia/
g)BTech comes to an end ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ….. lots n lots of memories to hold on to ๐Ÿ˜›
h) And this is what Saurabh Sharma, had to say ๐Ÿ™‚
“If they ever tell my story, Let them say that i walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, But these names will never die. The IIIT-H class of 2009 will forever live in the history as one of the best ever.”
i) Even Banga comes up with own subtle status, โ€œTouching timesโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚

j) Or As Chad says in Bold and Capitals this is -THE END-

I finally end this with the following lines of Aniket which he wanted to published on the last post from our batch,
โ€œLying on innocent hardness, a caressing breeze touching me softly, I feel around me, the vibes of the sarpest mind, and the warmth of the biggest heart. And looking up, gazing at the boundless sky, I so so wish it could last forever. If onlyโ€ฆโ€

N yet even after organizing everything and conquering the world, I would remember my batch as one who organized Diwali celebrations in their first year just on their own and were united in making it a success.
Wishing The Best of Luck to all my batchmates!

I, Himank sign off as a student of IIIT. ๐Ÿ™‚ A bitter sweet symphony is playing all around me ๐Ÿ™‚

Bidding IIIT Goodbye On Behalf of the Blogging batch of IIIT.

BC at its peak :)

A pic to remember.."Yaaron"
A pic to remember.."Yaaron"

My neck and back are hurting with all the head banging, throat is sore and paining a bit with all the shouting, legs are paining and am so tired that going to the water cooler to fill my water bottle seems an ordeal out of my bounds, am quite ready to spend the night thirsty ๐Ÿ˜‰ and yet couldnt stop myself from blogging about it.. Time seems to running like sand from our hands and we can do nothing except see the time flying past and do BC, BC and more BC and BC we did on our last Cultural Night. The last time we attended any special night in IIIT, ofcourse farewell would be the last but that’sย  an altogether different game ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’tย  think words would do justice to what happened tonight but it was the BEST cult night in 4 years of IIIT. I don’t remember any performances by the participants. It was madness all around, no thought or attention being given to any participant or their acts on stage. It was just a round of leofying which just kept going on and on and on. Khatri and Gupta being the stars of the night, but nobody was spared. People were lifted from their chairs on the shoulders of others, people were lifted along with their chairs, most memorable one was lifting our dear Pati sir ๐Ÿ˜› and taking him to the front of the crowd ๐Ÿ˜›

People were dancing like crazy, dancing on ground, dancing on chair, everywhere you could see UG4 guys “machaofying” as much as their stamina allowed them. One look at the madmen at the ground and the cries of G for ***** and G**** Un*** seemed more like war cry, than the usual banter which it actually was. There were plans being drawn since morning as to what to do on this special occasion, though nothing special could be done but people were in a mood to do something extra-ordinary and unprecedented. Things started with the Inter-House antakshari which fortunately for the audience had quite some participants from the 4th year ๐Ÿ˜› (Me being one of the victims here), a mail was duly sent to UG4 so that people could come and leofy their batchmates present on stage :P. If anybody could have witnessed the situation in mess, just after the event and before the dance programs, they would have definitely got the idea of what was going to happen, people were shouting out loud without any reasons, almost 50 voices rising in unison at the same time, 100 hands were banging the table. All this activity even worried the mess people who came out expecting some fight, just to find some people laughing away to glory.

The recognition to the activities of the evening came during some not so good performance when we guys started pretending to wipe our tears which was given a standing ovation by a group of some 20-25 people. Have never seen such a big crowd applauding such insane acts. It felt just awesome.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not intending to write too much, will finish off with the DJ night, which seemed to be a heaven sent oppurtinity for us guys, who had the last taste of DJ night in IIIT today. DJ was as always fun, and the greatest part was, the song “Yaaron” being played towards the end. If there is a song which could make you feel more nostalgic about friends then I am yet to listen to it. It is the GOD song when it comes to friendship.

This might not be a very politically correct statement to make, but looking at our batch these days, I feel that no batch (the ones I have seen closely) have had so much unity. It feels so great to be a part of such a nice group ๐Ÿ™‚ (Again no intentions to hurt anybody from any batch, pls pardon me if you feel hurt or angry at me :), mujhko yaaron maaf karna main (dosti ke)nashe mein hun )

Song of the Day:- Yaaron by KK (Could it have been any other song :P)

PS1:- Dont think this would be interesting to any of the readers but just wanted to keep a track of this night before the memories start fading ๐Ÿ™‚
PS2:- A big round of thanks to Dhwaj from 2nd year for clikcing our photos and taking our video when all of us were enjoying Yaaron ๐Ÿ™‚
PS3:- Its all coming to an end ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Mesa not like it ๐Ÿ˜
PS4:- The levels of BC these days are unheard of, its just too awesome ๐Ÿ˜€
PS5:- Testimonial season in full swing, got loads of them to write, need to get down to writing ๐Ÿ˜