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 😛

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 😦 ) 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 😉

After the masti of sem break begins a program of preparation 😐 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 😛 (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 😐 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!

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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 😉 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’s  an altogether different game 🙂

I don’t  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 😛 and taking him to the front of the crowd 😛

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 😛 (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.. 🙂

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 🙂 (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 🙂
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 🙂
PS3:- Its all coming to an end 😦 Mesa not like it 😐
PS4:- The levels of BC these days are unheard of, its just too awesome 😀
PS5:- Testimonial season in full swing, got loads of them to write, need to get down to writing 😐

Congratulations IIIT

Finally IIIT celebrated its first Bloggers’ Day and all I have to say in Congratulations IIIT for the awesome amount of blogging seen in IIIT on the day.

Taking a look at the stats, we had atleast 25 posts on 29th and 30th of August on the occasion of Bloggers’ Day. I also saw Gtalk status of many people telling about their latest posts (in some cases their first posts) which would take the count to atleast 30 posts for the Bloggers’ Day and this can’t be termed as any mean achievement. We also had 4 posts coming today which can also be counted as Bloggers’ Day posts thus taking the count to 35. 😀

Lets us all raise a toast to all the bloggers for making this day a memorable one. The biggest plus coming on this day was some of the UG3 bloggers coming to party. We were quite disappointed with UG3 but finally they too proved their mettle.  Cheers to u guys J

Though I would have loved to see some blogging from UG2 & UG1, may be next time we can hope to see some activity from these guys.

One post which celebrated the spirit of Bloggers’ day in real sense was this; where Vishnu Fafat rates the best posts of Bloggers’ day. Must read, I’ll say.

Due to the pathetic condition of net in hostels wasn’t able to publish this post till now. So now publishing it from MS.

Bloggers’ Day is here!!

Ya, finally the day is here, the day for which I have sent so many mails. The day of celebration of Blogging in IIIT.

I have been preparing for this day since the last few days, haven’t written any posts even though I had my ideas clinging to my mind but I wanted to do a BLOGATHOM today and I am all set to go.

Well let’s hope I can do this BLOGATHOM today.

For the first time, I am not writing posts for comments or hits, it is for a purpose, atleast I have to do something for the initiative I have taken. I know it would have meant more hits and comments (which has historically been one of my prima focus) had I written these posts over a period of time but sometimes the importance of things change.

Update: Written 3 posts as of yet, lets see how many more I can write.

Update2: Net in unbelievably bad in my room, havnt been able to see the Create New Post since yesterday night 😦 Of all days this had to happen today… Why God?? Why??

FInally net is working, I will start posting now.. 🙂

IIIT Bloggers’ Meet

Finally we had the Bloggers’ Meet on 25th August, that is Yesterday. After all those repeated mails and so many reminders, we were expecting quite a decent crowd in the meeting. I had expected that we would have atleast 10-15 people from every UG batch coming to the meet, atleast wondering about what the buzz is all about. But, to the chagrin of all of us organizers, the response was not enthusiastic enough.

Wise people have always said, Be satisfied with what you get, that’s what we are doing. I wouldn’t say that the no was good but I would say it was ok, considering the blogging situation in IIIT. There were about 5-6 UG2 guys and a similar number of UG1 ad 3 M. Tech people, so all in all 15 new people.  Not to my surprise, there was a dismal attendance from UG3, 2 people who stayed through the meet while 2-3 people had come for some technical meet, they also attended the meet for some time. Though I am not much disappointed by this, even we are more interested in UG2 and UG1 people taking up blogging, coz guys in 3rd and 4th year have been here long enough to be inspired or made to start something new. Again, as expected the maximum attendance was from our batch. There was only one alumnus, Devansh Sir. Btw Abbulu, this is bad!!!

So coming to the meet, it was a nice affair in all. I don’t know about others but I sure enjoyed it. The meeting started about 30-45 minutes according to Indian timing. We started the meeting with me blabbering something about Blogging in IIIT, telling guys about Blogroll (Thanks a lot SMR!! You are a God send for us Bloggers), easily the best thing ever to happen to IIIT Bloggers,IIITBuzz, the next best thing, which is succeeded by the controversial IIIT Post. Also telling people about some of the successful bloggers of IIIT and showing them a list of all the bloggers from diff batch.

It was followed by Maroo, talking about things like Why Blog?? Qualities of a good blog!! And also spoke about Blogging Etiquettes. Got to agree, it was quite good and people were listening with rapt attention to all the points he had prepared.

Then we had Kulbir talking about his Blog and all the financial benefits he had as a result of writing the blog. Never knew he was this rich. Come on Kulbir you owe us a party for earning sooooo much.

After this we had Sashidhar, speaking about his blog, reasons for him taking up blogging. His speech had all the people reeling in laughter. Best part was when he forgot a point and took out a paper in which he had written all this, and after reading it, once he started speaking, Again forgot what he was speaking.

Then we had the “60 Seconds TO Fame”, ala Indi Bloggers meet Hyderabad chapter.

After all this we had the best part of the meet, when we opened each others blogs and started marofying each other’s. It was quite fun and again in this part Sashidhar took the cake, with his awesome poetry, and Jimmi’s comment on the post was added to the fun, you could feel his frustration in his comment. 😛 This post of him was also liked a lot, specially the first and third pics 😛

After having this fun for some time, finally it started raining and we had to leave 😦

Finally, I don’t know about others, but I sure enjoyed a lot in the meet. We have also taken the email ids of interested people and we will be holding the Bloggers’ Club meeting some time sure, just waiting for some blogging activity to start in IIIT.

Desperately waiting for 30th August, I hope the “Seniors” ( !Alumni) don’t betray us on that day, sun rahe hain na Pati Sir??? 😉

Song of The Day: – The 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon & Garfunkel

PS1:- Simon & Garfunkel are totally awesome.
PS2:- Got a new External HDD, 360 GB. Now “delete” button will be a thing of past.
PS3:- Why is it so hot these days??
PS4:- India’s most successful Olympics come to an end with China pwning rest of the world.
PS5:- Waiting for this weekend, Wanna see Rock On!! Has rock culture finally arrived in India?? Let’s see
PS6:- Btw what the hell happened to Blogroll :((