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College Memoirs Part III – ICE BVCOE & The Batch 2K10

As always, its been a while since I last wrote here, or rather, typed.

This post is specially dedicated to the ‘Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering’ at Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, and the ‘Exclusive’ Batch of 2010.

Talking about the department, we’re proud of the exclusivity we have of being one of the only two colleges that are privileged enough to have provided this stream of engineering to its students. Yes, ICE exists only in Amity & BVCOE in IPU! A fact we’re reminded of when talking about performance – “Being on top in a batch of 120 in the university is no big deal!”, and a fact we’re asked to forget when talking about poor performance – “It shouldnt matter if the branch is only in two colleges; you ought to have been better!”

I C E – Three alphabets, which when combined together, lead to utter chaos in the BVCOE campus.

ICE? Useless!

ICE? Unmanageable!

ICE? Rude, irresponsible!

ICE? Dumb engineering students!

ICE? Troublesome!

Ah!

Such are the lavish praises bestowed upon us year-after-year, semester-after-semester, until we get used to them.

I C E – The only department to have one huge multi-purpose laboratory, and four staff-rooms!

I C E – The only department to have survived without an HOD for more than two years!

I C E – The only department to have declared the MAJOR PROJECT GUIDES 4 days before the External Viva!

I C E – The only department to call students on March 30, 2010 through a notice put up on April 10, 2010!

I C E – The only department to cast doubts on its students’ proven calibre!

I C E – The only department to have organized ‘GENESIS’!

I C E – The only department to have an ORIGINAL song dedicated to it!

I C E – The only department to have… well… forget it!

In a nutshell, Instrumentation & Control Engineering is fabulous…. ICE @ BVCOE, unfortunately, is not so much great 😐

No, I dont regret being a part of it; I just wish things could have been better.

Question – If ICE pissed me off so much, why am I still sort of patient and happy, after 4 years of continuous harassment?

Answer – Undoubtedly, ICE Batch 2K10!

I’ve been one of the few lucky ones to have had such an amazing class in college, and when I say ‘Class’, I mean the ‘Entire Class’, including even those with whom I haven’t had a chance to interact properly.

Since the day it has come into existence, ICE 2K10 has been looked upto by the  students of other departments, and looked down upon by their respective teachers; and its not just because of the presence of 20 females in the class. The jealous looks or stern scoldings, we’ve had it all; and yet, cared naught.

Be it Sourabh ‘Daddy’ Bajaj’s initiatives or Soumya’s tension filled way of working, DK’s infamous mood-swings or Karina’s dance moves, Rachna’s laughter or Garima’s arguments, Trevor’s pneumatics or Jayant’s robotics, Hash & Sid’s logics or Rana’s patient wait for the results, Bhatia’s absence or Varun’s gyan, Moksha’s marks or Seema’s attitude, Megha’s silence or Manisha’s glib talk, Govil’s MICA or Manish’s GATE, Rishika’s slow nature or Neha’s bindass attitude, Chayanika-Pramit’s li’l quarrels or Parul-Ritambhara-Jiby’s behenchara, Shalabh-Vavita’s dhoop-chhanv or Garg’s original projects, and many others with whom I might not have interacted much, but who’ve equally been instrumental in making our class as cool as it seems to be 🙂

And how can I forget the Prac Batch P1! Pramit’s devastating experiments, Sid’s scribbling on paper, Karina’s up-to-date files, Varun’s understanding of the experiment, Shalabh’s figuring out the working, random gossip, or simply my practically performing every experiment in every lab all 4 years 😛

And the vivas we’ve given together… NO Thank You to Shalabh for screwing them up for me half the time 😐

Another thing, this post will be incomplete without any mention of THE big event we all organized together.. Yup! You got it right! Its G-E-N-E-S-I-S, or Gen-Uh-Sis, as I like to call it 😛

Well now, THAT was something that made us roll up our sleeves and work as a team. Just to bring it to existence, we had to fight; and to retain the process, we had to fight; and to ‘organize’ it, we had to fight; and to talk and act sense, we had to fight; and fighting all the way, we did manage to pull it off, and decently too 🙂 I think in all the 8 semesters, it is this very festival that really brought us together as a class, as a team. No ego hassles, no hierarchy issues, everyone helping everyone, just so that we could make it happen together. And, needless to say, it was an altogether different experience in its own!

So many memories to cherish and so little words…

All I can say is that I’m much more than glad to be a part of such a wonderful group of people who have made my graduation memorable 🙂

Thank you ICE 2K10!

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An Insight into Computerised Process Control

August 18, 2009, Tuesday, 09:15 AM, B – 103

What experiment are we going to perform in the lab today? When will we get to see the freshers? When can I boast of completing the entire Barron’s GRE word list? Will I score enough in my GRE? How will I fare in the final year?

These are some of the questions I have deliberately forced my mind to seek answers for, to prevent drowsiness from seeping in.

Welcome to the lecture of “Computerised Process Control”!

The Respected H O D, I C E, BVCOE, was very keen on teaching the ICE 2K10 batch before the session started. He is still keen on imparting all the knowledge he has ever gained, and it does not bother him at all that he teaches the basics of Analog Electronics, and, Linear Integrated Circuits, in the name of an ICE core subject. Apparently, he loves to drone on and on; and he loves OP-AMPs; and he loves to combine the two to deliver a highly insightful lecture.

It is definitely not the best way to start the day, I must say. The first lecture in the morning ought to energize us; and this is as ironic as it can get. Its hard enough to keep the eyes open and head upright, God forbid if I have to keep a tab on the lecture’s contents too. I might learn something about the basic circuitry of the “multi-used” Operatonal amplifiers, if I paid attention, and if his voice doesnt irritate me to death.

By the way, today we’re doing signal conditioning – filtration, using OP-AMPs ofcourse! I wonder if the end-sem CPC paper is going to ask us the schematics and configurations of the lovely Operational amplifiers.

I have serious doubts regarding our Hon’Ble HOD sir. Is he aware of the fact that he is the ICE HOD, and not an ECE Prof.? <– This is the topmost on my list, second being his deliberate consideration of misusing his authority to fail us in whatever aspect he can. Looks like he was brainwashed in his formative years against anything that was not electronics, or, irritating, or “of high standardization” as he says.

And now all of a sudden, he is smiling. Sorry. No clue about the reason whatsoever, nor does it bother anyone now. Its a regular practice for him to crack (murmur) a joke nobody notices, and smile at it for purely his own self-entertainment purposes.

And he’s also asking us to design a notch filter that could exactly block 50Hz (Uh.. Err.. looks like I have started to pay attention to him). Well anyways, he wants us to design the thing, and go about it really smug, displaying the supposedly original diagrams and circuits and logics to anyone within a radius of 0.1m. He has actually asked us to consider it as our minor project. No jumping at the easiness of the situation. He’ll just turn around and babble about something insignificant if we’re going to ask his permission for the same.

Thankfully, he has now skipped Sample & Hold Circuits; but.. uhh.. oh.. he’s now showing an interest in ADCs. Come on! Its already 09:55. dont you realize its time?

Ok.. Now that he has had a look at his watch (due to Vicky’s entrance for the next lecture.. we owe him that one), he’s planning to retreat. And, thankfully, because of my register, pen, brains and the ability to think and coordinate it with my hands to write, I’ve been able to successfully skip the major part of the torture, and utilise my intellectual energies elsewhere.

Designing to Dancing – One on One with Tina Kuwajerwala

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Tina Darira Kuwajerwala, the pretty and talented wife of well-known television anchor-cum-actor Husein Kuwajerwala, came into the limelight with the famous dance reality show – Nach Baliye 2, in 2006. The couple eventually was crowned winner. And till date, Husein credits his lovely wife for their victory. Find out why…

NG: Nach Baliye was the platform which gave you instant fame and recognition. You managed to win the prestigious show despite being an outsider to the show-business, and Husein still credits you for the victory.

TDK: Nach Baliye is a huge platform to debut on, and it was really scary. Husein may credit me for the victory, but I have four people to credit. First being Husein obviously, because of whom I got the opportunity to perform on such a huge platform; also because he showed so much faith in me by accepting the offer, in spite of knowing that I was the only one who had never faced the camera before.

I still remember his words when he was convincing me to accept the challenge; he said “I know it’s tough and I wouldn’t do it if I was in your place but I don’t mind even if we get out in the first round.. I trust you to do full justice”.

Second, our choreographers – Harshall and Vitthal – who also showed immense faith in me and put in that extra hard work that was required for someone who was a complete non dancer. They rehearsed with me for 6-8 hours daily and then again 3-4 hours with Husein and never once did I hear them say ‘pack up, we are tired’. They took care of me like a new born baby.

Third are the sweetest fans who,  time and again, have given us so much love and supported us in all that we attempt. The number of votes, the messages, the mails, and the forums created – it is all so humbling; that at times Husein and I wonder what we have done to deserve so much love. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them.

Fourth, I would credit the entire team of Nach Baliye – Star, production house Sol and all employees of Star and Sol, the judges, the Director – Mr. Deepak Gattani, our co-contestants  –  who gave me so much confidence that I could be amongst them. The light men, camera men, spot boys – because they all took care of me like I was their child. I still remember the light men, spot boys clapping when we had done our first technical rehearsal for the blind fold act; everyone was so supportive. I don’t think I could’ve done anything or come out victorious without all this love and support.

NG: According to you, how important is hard-work; and how far do other factors like luck and destiny influence the outcome?

TDK: I am a complete believer of hard work. Yes, other factors like luck, fate, and destiny do influence the outcome, but none of these factors work without the one main factor, and that is hard work. Like the saying goes – ‘God helps those who help themselves’. It’s like saying ‘I’ll pass without studying’. No amount of luck or destiny can make anyone pass without putting in the effort to study. So according to me, hard work is 100 percent important. Once that is achieved, you can about 10 percent depend on other secondary factors like luck, fate, destiny etc.

NG: You and Husein were the only couple who managed to stay away from all the controversies on the show. What do you attribute this to?

TDK: From the very beginning, Husein and I had decided that, come what may, we are going to enter the contest for having fun; and that is exactly what we did. We went through a lot of hardships (which is a part and parcel of anything in life), but it was our decision to never let anyone know of it. Both Husein and I had a positive approach to the entire contest and so I guess the results were positive.

For the first 2 rounds, I was burning with fever, during the blindfold act, Husein had carried me and injured my ribs; and a lot of other things happened, but we never let the judges or the audiences get to know all this. We wanted to always be satisfied that the scores given by the judges and the votes by the audience are purely on our performance and not out of sympathy. We were there to enjoy ourselves. We never saw anyone as a threat, never underestimated anyone. Everyone was a friend. We clapped when they performed well, we cried when they cried and we were upset when anyone was eliminated. I think when you have nothing to complain about, controversies can’t creep up.

NG: Today you are largely known as the winner of NB2. Not many people know that you have been a successful entrepreneur before your foray into television. Would you like to tell us about that aspect of your life?

TDK: Yes, throughout the competition, and even now, most people think that I am a housewife. Well, I have always been interested in fashion. I, after doing my fashion course, with the help of my parents opened an export firm called Seventh Avenue Fashions. We export ladies western garments to the U.S. under the brand name ‘Casual Studio’.

In the beginning, I handled the firm all alone, I had just one master for cutting and three tailors for sample making and one artist to make sketches. I used to look after everything else – designing, stock, accounts, fabrics, answering phone calls etc. Sometimes I used to even sweep, swab and dust the office. Slowly and steadily I increased my staff, and now have a full set up of very efficient people who manage without me, thus giving me time to work and design for Husein, get into the local market and high end designing. According to me no work is degrading and I believe ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’.

NG: The trend is usually for female designers to retail in the local market. What made you opt to take the business route instead and export your designed garments to the West?

TDK: I think business opportunities made me choose export instead of local market. Just when I finished my fashion study, an uncle who is settled in the U.S. offered me to work for his clients and I readily agreed and opened my export firm. Also, export teaches you a lot about finishing, color trends, perfection etc. In India, we don’t wear colors according to seasons, but there, they have color forecasts for seasons and even a small thread hanging could end in cancellation of the entire order. So overall, the experience teaches you to do all work perfectly, and that is something I apply even now when I design for Husein or the local market.

NG: Participant in NB2, Host of NB3, innumerous shows across the country and worldwide, and also an established garment business – how did you manage to do it then and continue to do so even now?

TDK: Oh, I think I have just been blessed with very efficient and understanding people; also, technology like the Internet helps a lot. I could never manage all this alone. When I was participating or hosting Nach Baliye or when we travel for shows, my staff is constantly in touch with me over the phone and they execute like pros. Even my local market partner, Satyam, who designs with me for Husein,  just co-ordinates on the phone or mail and we exchange everything from notes to scanning fabrics and deciding what the look will be. Like I said earlier ‘Where there is a will there is a way’.

NG: What according to you is most difficult – designing clothes, managing business, dancing or facing the camera?

TDK: Oh this is a tough question! I think all of the above are difficult. In fact, I believe nothing comes without hardships; everything in life is difficult. But with a focused mind and hard work, anything can be achieved. If I have to choose from the above four, I would say designing clothes is the most difficult, because one needs to keep a lot of factors in mind – like, the structure of a person, likes and dislikes, personal style of the person, etc; and also, different people have different tastes; plus fashion changes every day, so one is constantly working and experimenting with new looks and styles.

NG: What is your personal style mantra?

TDK: My personal style mantra is very clichéd. Wear what suits you and what you are comfortable in. Don’t just try to copy or be someone else.

NG: What tips would you like to give to those youngsters who want to get into the field of fashion designing?

TDK: For all the people who want to pursue fashion designing as their profession, I think the first most important thing is to study from a reputed school. Because designing is not only about having fashion sense or making designs on paper, there are lots of other important factors that make a good fashion designer. Be focused and be ready to work 24×7.

NG: What do you think about the youth of today and what message would you like to give them?

TDK: I think the youth of today is blessed with a lot of opportunities. They should grab these opportunities with both hands and make a success; not only of themselves, but also a success of a beautiful country like India. I also feel that too much negativity prevails in society, especially amongst the youngsters with competition and other such factors. Having the competitive spirit is extremely good, but it has to be healthy. The idea is to think positive and be positive at all times. Lastly let us not ape the West. Drinking, driving fast, smoking and doing drugs is not part of our culture. Let’s save our culture.

Well, this proves that the charming lady is not just a fashion designer-cum-entrepreneur, who also found a standing in the small screen; she is hardworking and positive, and also a responsible and sensible citizen, proud of her roots and her country, and inspires the youth to respect and save their culture!

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This interview is an ORIGINAL interview, taken by me; and is not copied from anywhere else.

This interview has been submitted to theviewspaper.net as a part of the writer’s internship.

Special Thanks to Eks aka Ekta for helping me throughout in all the assignments, and especially this one *hugssss*

And Yes, how can I not thank the very person without whom it had been impossible.. Tina herself! Loads and loads of hugssss and manyy manyy thank you for bearing with me for so long 😛

Theory of ‘Relativ(e)’ity

An Indian wedding provides a purrrrfect opportunity to study the Theory of ‘Relativ(e)’ity. One gets to meet all sorts of relatives duringthe course of events – mama, mami, chacha, chachi, taya, tai, bua, foofa(generally pronounced by an average Indian as “phoopha“), long lost badi and chhoti dadis and nanis, and the list goes on ; and the best part of it is, that every relative of yours finds you much more grown up than expected, coz the last time they saw you, “uss waqt toh tum bahut chhote the”.. Hello !! What did they expect? That they’ll get wrinkles all over their face and we wont grow an inch !! Actually they expected to see the same old li’l kid trodding on the back of his/her toy horse and singing “chal mere ghode tik-tik-tik”… Aah ! Only wanna say that I’m NOT sorry for not meeting your expectations 😀

Recently, I was honored to be a part of The Great Indian Wedding *sigh* It was a cousin.. err.. no-no.. a cousin’s wife’s brother.. YES ! It was my cousin’s wife’s brother who got married to a girl of his parents’ choice.. Lucky Chap :D.. (and yayy… got the relation to that guy correct, FINALLY :D)

As was expected, I came across a lot of kinsmen and kinswomen there. Some i was acquainted with, some I came to know there and then, that they too existed. With all of them around, I was bound to have many “uss waqt toh tum bahut chhoti thi” encounters. Here’s one of them where the other person was set to walk over my dreams.. have a look..

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Day1, Function # 1, Sai Sandhya

There was a lady, my mom’s 179345th cousin i guess. My mom called her ‘Rani Didi’.

R : Excuse me beta, aap unki (pointing towards my mom) beti ho?

Me : jee aunty..

R : Hey bhagwaan.. toh tum ho Noni (yeah thats my nickname *blush*)..

Me : jee aunty..

R : kitni badhi ho gayi hai.. pichhli baar jab maine tujhe dekha tha toh tu bahut chhoti si thi..

Me : err.. aapne pichhli baar mujhe kab dekha tha aunty?

R : ermm… tab tu shayad 1 saal ki thi..

Me (to myself): No wonder.. main toh sach mein tab bahut chhoti thi..

I just smiled and the conversation was taken forward.

R : ab tum kitne saal ki ho?

Me : bas 20 complete hone waale hain..

R : kyaa 20 ????

Me(to myself, wondering) : where’s the shock element in this statement?

R : itni badi ho gayi hai aur ab tak mummy-papa ne shaadi ke baare mein bhi nahi socha ??

Me(to myself, cursing) : CRAP !!

Me(to Rani aunty) : err aunty abhi toh main bahut chhoti hoon.. aur vaise bhi ahi main padh rahi hoon.. achha main abhi aayi.. papa bula rahe hain..

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Apart from your age, another thing which interests your relatives the most is your area of study, whether or not they are aware of it, they are bound to ask you about it and give their own comments. here’s my encounter # 2 regarding the same.

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Day 2, Function # 2, Mehendi Ki Raat

The person I interacted with, on this day, on the above-mentioned topic, was not known to me. My cousin introduced us both. She was my cousin’s wife’s… errr… i dont remember and i’m not interested either 😛 All i know is that her name was, is and always will be, Amrita.Here’s the conversation that took place between us.

A : Hii.. how are you?

Me : I’m fine.. what about you?

A : I’m also fine.. so.. what are you doing?

Me : err.. (jokingly) I guess I’m attending the party…

A (laughing heartily over this PJ) : HAHAHAHA… I mean what are you doing these days? Whi course are you pursuing?

Me : Ohh that ways.. well I’m pursuing Engineering..

A (looked a bit shocked) : ohh.. woww.. not many girls take up engineering.. I mean 95% of the girls are scared of this field..

Me : I know.. but I belong to the rest 5%..

A : What all do you do in an engineering college?

Me (pondering over the question) : Well… jhelofy Mr.Vohra, Mr. Markand and the likes.. try to perform experiments in the labs without any instrumets provided.. devise whole new ways of pursuing our hobbies while sitting in the class, and still managing to look attentive and interested in the lecture.. bunk a whole lot of lectures and tutorials, and yet achieving that 50% attendance mark..

A (interrupting in between my thoughts) : err.. Is it interesting? Or is it tough?

Me : huh??… ohh.. I think Engineering is interestingly tough 😀

A : ok.. so do you enjoy your college?

Me : yes.. very much.. err i need to go.. my cell’s ringing.. excuse me..

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Day 3 , Function # 3, The Big Day itself – The Wedding Day (not mine)

A lot of interesting conversations took place that day also, majority of which I dont remember (thanks to the short-term memory developed while studying in the “Engineering College“), and the rest of them, I’m not willing to write. This means that I’m signing off now.

Till my next serene blog, go and enjoy the Great Indian Wedding and have a go at this Theory Of Relativ(e)ity !!

Nidhi

The Lecture on Communication Systems by Mr. Markand

A spacious B-303, approximately 45 students, a working projector, around 20-25 OHP slides, a Mr. Markand (covered with soot), his ‘larger than life’ booming voice (a pain in the brain.. yes.. THE BRAIN) and complete uttentiveness of the students –  that almost sums up the lecture on Communication Systems (Com. Sys. in short) delivered to the ICE 3rd year students of BVCOE.

One of the usual scenarios for ICE batch 2K10, this one hour provides them with the much needed break of the day. One can read novels/newspapers/magazines/etc. , develop his/her communication skills by talking to other fellows , solve MBA questions , do something interesting and creative (like i did) , create Mr. Markand’s sketches (not at all recommended for weak hearted persons) , or , if god forbid, he/she can try and listen to the honourable lecturer.

Today’s class was extra special, because today the inmates of the room (barring Markand Sir himself) were asked to solve some numerical problems, about which nobody had any idea.  Mr. Markand just kept on changing slides on the projector and tried to explain each slide as it came; only if he could know that his efforts are being completely wasted on such a brilliant class as ours, we would have been spared of his booming talks *sigh*

Virtual World – Virtual Friendship

Going by the topic, one might think that i’m talking about Fake or artificial friendships.. but no, i’m talking about friendship in the virtual world of internet.. This virtual world is very fascinating.. You get competely addicted to it in a short span of time and that too unknowingly..

I became a part of it some 3 years back when i was just completing my 12th.. Though i used to surf net even before that, but my final schooling year was the time when i got completely addicted to it.. During my 12th, internet was my source for my projects and assignments (as it is for everyone.. lolz) that is when i stumbled on to a forum, during my search for my favourite celebrities’ pictures (for those who do not know i’m a crazy celeb fanatic); and that is where i found a lot many people interacting with each other on various topics. It was my first ever encounter with a public internet portal for discussion and i was quite excited to see stuff there. I met a few people, whose celeb craziness was way beyond mine and i was quite surprised to see such kind of fans. I dont really know when i became a part of that very gang and became a celeb fanatic myself (though not as crazy as my friends).

These crazy celeb fans are the people i’m going to talk about now. Initially i knew them as active members of the forum who help everyone and love their favourites to death.. Then slowly and gradually i got to know them.. then we became friends.. and today we all do crazy stuff together.. cant stay away from each other for more than 2 days i guess.. it’s not because of our addiction to our forum and the internet or messenger, its because of our addiction to each other.. We’ve become such good friends.. we share almost everything with each other.. we laugh and cry together.. i never expected to find such close buddies here on the internet.. but as luck would have it, i have found some real close friends..

Anku, Eks, Verni, Shabu, Reshu, Henna, Shilpa, Ashwini, Saraa/Donny, Nitya, Rachandeep, Faryal and Amrit being the initial gang.. I still remember the owling we used to do.. omgg.. that was hilarious.. i miss it very much.. and i miss those crazy onferences we used to have.. and the special crazy topics we made in the forum.. Those ROFL sessions and the crazy Left-Right-Left marchings in the Fan clubs.. All of the above mentioned people werent a part of the Owl Club.. The ones who used to do owling were Me, Anku, Eks, Henna, Donny and Shabu..

Anku, or kanku monku as i fondly call her, is a complete nutter.. crazy, mad, stupid and sweet – all in one at the same time.. We are the same age, and pursuing similiar career paths, so the bonding between us is very strong.. We chat a lot, and whenever we talk on phone, time just flies.. we always have loads of things to discuss, the most important being our respective colleges.. We both just love to bash them.. It becomes a kind of competition as to whose college is bad.. I know this sounds idiotic, but thats the way we are..

Eks and me have a big age difference, but it has never ever been a hinderance in our friendship.. When she was here in India sometime back, I (on Anku’s special orders) joined hands with anku in troubling her.. She has promised us she’ll make us regret that (lolz.. eks baby u will never be ble to do this, thanks to ur almighty pc).. Eks is a sweetheart.. always listens to you with a heart and mind ful of patience.. She is the best person to talk to when you have a problem or you are depressed and feel low.. She’ll make you feel as your problem is not as big as it seems and will cheer you up.. She’s a great friend.. I had given her a special name “Sexy Eksowl” on her birthday.. I wrote an essay on her too.. That was great fun.. and whats better is that she still hasnt read that essay..

Henna is my murgi.. and i’m her murgi chor.. She’s a great person to be with.. you’ll always keep on smiling when you are chatting to her.. She’s full of infectious liveliness and her witty brain will never let you down.. Reading her comments in the forum, you’ll never be able to guess that she’s a Doctor in the making.. and that’s because she is sooo full of life, unlike the usual medical students..

Verni is sabka bachha.. bachha being her all-time favourite word.. She is a great writer and an amazing person.. Although she hates Delhi, but i still love her for being my friend.. Its been a month since she came here, but we still havent met yet.. we just talk on phone every week once or twice.. She’s very sensitive and gets affected by little-little things.. so much that she remained disturbed for 2 days after reading Gone with the wind.. She is actually a bachha, but a very sweet one..

Reshu.. what do i say about this girl.. She has no other work, apart from fighting with me on every small issue.. but i guess thats where the strength of our friendship lies.. in those small idiotic quarrels.. She calls from different no.s from her uni (she’s a big miser i tell you, doesnt like to spend her cellphone balance on a good friend like me).. and when i dont recognise her at once, she shouts at me…. We dont talk very often, and neither are we able to chat regularly.. but we keep in touch and that’s whats important..

Shilpa is also a Doctor in the making.. and she loves her college more than she loves her own self.. She never wants to miss even a single lecture and curses the fate when she falls ill and has to take a leave.. She is an introvert.. though how did she open up on net to unknown people in the virtual world, is yet a mystery to be unfolded.. She’s a sweetheart and always gets scolded from Anku for not taking care of herself.. I never shout at her or scold her.. What i do is inform Anku about her negligence and the work is done.. I might seem like a vamp here, but what i do is for her good only because she doesnt listen to me..

I’m very very fond of everyone else also, but i’m not finding enough words to describe them..

Then came net friendship phase 2.. In this phase, i found sweet people like anku sweetu and shagun, and there were many others too, who became good friends in a short span of time viz Smriti, Sarika, Roku, Rahi, Sheena and the list goes on..

What do i say about all these guys.. i have never met any of them.. but the equation i share with them is the same as would share with any of my close friends in the college or at school.. the bond we have developed over time is very deep and very special.. Some friends are more special than others and they know that.. I just want to thank all you people for entering my life and making it all the more special.. i love you from the bottom of my heart.. you people will always have a special place in my life and i’l never ever forget you..i’ll always try that our friendship remains intact forever..

Thanks for being my friend.. Thanks for always being there..

Love

Nidhi

Friendship..

As Friendship’s Day has just passed, this was the most appropriate topic to write something on. First of all, let me wish all my friends, all around the globe, a Very Happy Friendship’s Day.

Friendship is one of the most beautiful relationships in the world. It is said that you get your family by chance, but you make friends by choice. I agree with this statement, but only to an extent. Yes you make friends by choice, but here also chance plays an important role.

I have a lot of friends, categorised into different categories. On this special occassion, I want to thank all of them for entering my life and making it beautiful.

My school friends – There are a lot of fond memories associated with my school friends. We used to be a bunch of intelligently mad people. I belonged to a group of about 10 people till 8th standard. Me, Diksha, Namita, Neha, Pallavi, Sonal, Chinu, both the Swati’s and Kuljeet. It was the elite group of the class. We were class toppers. Every year, we would be amongst the top 11 rankers in the class. And we were NOT nerds. Infact, we used to do so much masti and mazaa. I remember we were in 7th when the trend of daily soaps started; we used to play serial-serial during our break. Oh my godd.. it used to be sooo hilarious.. Kyunki Sas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi was the show we generally enacted upon. Diksha and me used to play the lead, Mihir and Tulsi, and Neha became our little son Gautam because of her short-height. These memories bring a hugeee smile on my face whenever i remember those days. Swati and Neha got separated from us when we entered 9th, because they took up Sanskrit, and we were all studying Hindi. Though they used to come regularly to our room during lunch breaks and also played with us in the P.H.E periods, but that charm went missing which our friendship used to enjoy. In 9th only, Khushboo entered. We weren’t very keen on accepting her in our group because we were already so many, and plus she was completely new to us all, but as i said in the beginning, chance plays a very important role too. As luck would have it, Khushboo was one of us. We always used to think name for our group, and all that we could come up was “The A Group”, A for All Rounders. We were actually all-rounders, with each one of us possessing one or the other extra talent apart from academics. Namita, me n Pallavi were good at writing and speaking on the stage, Neha, Diksha during practical stuff, Swati’s in sports, Chinu used to write so fast, Sonal was very soft-spoken, but her thoughts were always great and Kuljeet and Khushboo were amazing in Dance. During 9th and 10th, we did a lot of fun. We were always talking and laughing in the class, which initially brought upon a bad name on us. But later on, when the teachers saw our results and participation in the class, they were very much impressed. They were my best years in school. When 11th came, our group broke because we got segregated into Science, Commerce and Humanities. But then also, we tried to maintain our friendship, but it wasnt the same, everyone had found new friends in their respective fields. Me, Namita, Diksha and Khushboo were left together. We always used to hang out together. We are still very much in touch, and that is what i feel bonds us together, though Khushboo is out of the scene for a while because she is *supposedly* busy in her college, but she too wished me yesterday, and that pacified me, felt really nice to see that she still remembers me. Me, Namita and Diksha talk to each other regularly. Though we havent met after our final board exams, that makes it more than 2 and a half years, but we are in constant touch, and all 3 of us know what the other 2 are doing and feeling. From 11 to 3, this has been the journey with my school friends so far, and i hope that we 3 can sustain it forever. I want to take one more name, and that is Sonal. We havent been in touch for many months and we dont usually talk regularly. But there are 2 days in the year, when both us, despite of all the work we have, make it a point to talk to each other, and those 2 days are our birthdays. We talk for hours on those days, telling each other the happenings of the whole year, and i just love her for this, because this way we keep our friendship intact. Love you guys *hugs* Thank you for always being there. I hope we will always remain as we are, wherever we go.

My College Friends – I was very apprehensive on the very first day of college. The whole environment was new and i didnt know if i’d make good friends or not. When i entered the classroom on the first day, i found a familiar face. There was a schoolmate sitting in there. I heaved a sigh of relief and went and sat with her. But as soon as the registration process got over and the teacher left the room, my mate was nowhere in sight; guess the seniors had taken her for ragging, meanwhile i was also being asked to sing a song. That is when a girl came up to me, (she had just entered the class, and was, therefore, late) and asked me, “Am i late?” I said yes and we asked each other’s names. She was Garima, my first ever friend in BVCOE. The whole day we were together, and we had become so frank that we even shared our lunch the very first day; and that is when another girl came up to us and asked, “Do you people know each other pehle se?” She was Moksha, who became my 2nd friend in college. The next day we were sitting in the computer lab, and i was asked to share the computer with another girl. She had long hair, and a little bit of accent. She was Aditi, my 3rd friend. In the class, we used to sit around 2 more people, Seema and Megha. They werent quite in our group during the beginning, because Megha was extremely shy and Seema, extremely extrovert, which didnt suit her image as she was dressed up as a behenji on the first day, which was to prevent her from ragging, as we came to know later. Thus we 6 people, Me, Moksha, Garima, Seema, Megha and Aditi, became a group and were always spotted together, even during our 1st year. My equation with Aditi is slightly different as compared to others’, but i think its for my good only. People form different opinions about her, even my views on her keep on changing, but the fact is, she is a friend, and i hope, will remain so. Garima is blessed with a very dangerous combination. She doesnt know many things, but will never accept this fact, and secondly, she has been pampered so much by her family that she expects such behaviour only from everyone else. Her these traits get her into huge troubles sometimes, where, we (read Moksha many-a-times and Me sometimes) also have to bear the brunt along with her. Sometimes i really feel irritated when things go out of hand, but when i talk to her on phone or in college, she always manages to calm me down and we talk like nothing happened. Well i guess this is how its meant to be. Moksha and my brains work in a similiar manner; and when we talk on phone, we tell each other even the smallest of details, dont know why, but we do, and most of the times, she talks about her omeone special or Garima. In both the cases, i usually keep laughing and smiling. Seema is a complete tomboy, amazing athlete, and narad muni, because she knows how to keep put of Garima- Moksha’s fights (Garima and Moksha are best of friends, and often fight with each other on different issues). She never talks much on phone, but always calls up on days like Hug Day, Friendship Day, Chocolate Day etc. ; and that’s mainly because her balance is over. She’s great fun to be with, and she too likes Husein. Coming to Megha, she used to be soo soo quiet initially. Thank God her best friend is Seema, who has made her open up. Now she’s quite frank with us, and yes she talks better than Seema on phone. Megha is very hard-working, but is a pessimist, though we have tried a lot to turn her into an optimist and have succeeded a bit too. This gang of mine is also the elite group of class, and most of us feel that many people are jealous of us, because we are just best in everything we do. On this special occassion, i want to thank the 5 of you for being my friends. Love ya all *hugs*

That was all regarding my school and college friends and friendships. But i am not done yet, because i have many more friends, that belong to this virtual world, and are very very close to me. I want to thank them all too, but not now, because its already too long. So i’ll dedicate a special post to them all.

Happy Belated Friendship’s day Everyone

Love

Nidhi

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