Thursday, February 12, 2015

February Jitters.

Hello there, readers. I have been unfaithful and this shall hopefully not repeat. 

The sporting events at Subbaiah have (almost) come to a conclusion. We had two days at Nehru Stadium where the track events, badminton, basketball, football and kho-kho were held while cricket, throwball and volleyball for boys and girls were held on the campus itself.

In the week prior to the sporting events, the campus was abuzz with activity, an unprecedented number of students were up at the crack of dawn to practise for the upcoming matches and coaching sessions continued late into the night. Badminton left me weary and tired and the additional basketball practise sessions in the stadium after freezing in the auto-ride had me completely exhausted and fatigued. But the funniest thing is despite the sudden increase in physical activity, I had trouble falling asleep and several nights were spent tossing and turning or pondering over ways to better my game. You could say it was a mild obsession to change the outcome of the match compared to last year and nobody believed it more than myself.

D-day arrived and events unfolded in an unexpected manner. Newer, better players had surfaced and I realized that there are miles to go before I get there. Yes, it's never easy to take defeat but eventually you'll have to take it in your stride. I gave it all my effort, but surely, I could do better. Because it certainly seems hard to digest the fact that I've given my best and I can't do better than that. 

PPK, Jeslin and I. Baddie Day!
Be that as it may, moving on to basketball, the first match that we played was fairly decent and both teams played in the spirit of the game. We won thanks to Pragathi managing to score in the last quarter of the game. The final match turned out to be a pathetic flop show that looked so bad that it was actually hilarious. An absolute disaster though it was, the plus side is that we contributed 1 point to the Mavericks.

On both the days, after the sports session, I indulged in a hogging session either at Cafe Chillax or at Goli with a round of Golgappas (they seem to have become a part of my staple diet. I've had golgappas 5 times in the last 10 days!!) 

The very next day after all these sporting events was Cultural Day 1. Scheduled for the day were Drawing and Sketching, Mehendi, Pick and Speak, Debate and JAM. The turn out was a lot lesser compared to the previous year all thanks to the mass exodus of students to their hometowns assuming that these are "vacations". Nevertheless, the show had to go on and we had to conduct the show for the participants who turned up. Debate was well attended and there was considerable interaction from the audience. The topics were Euthanasia and Groupism in colleges. 

Day 2 began with Rangoli at the footsteps of the college and this was followed by Hairstyling, Face Painting, Quiz Prelims, Singing and Antakshari. The latter turned out to be a crowd-puller thanks to active participation from the faculty (RK Sir was in his element).

Day 3 was the much awaited saree day. Basically an extended photo session. :)

Group Pic :)
Quiz finals was interesting and made us think. But it also was a wake up call to brush up on my fading quizzing skills. We came a close second but the best part was the pic we managed to get with Vaibhav Sir. ;)
  1. Company that manufactures the largest number of tires?
  2. What does the wave form in the Cisco logo signify?
  3. Connect: one bill of laundry, one half read novel, phone number of one girl, one important paper,the heart king from my playing cards, one ring of silver,one pocket and one denim jacket, two passes of a one day match, and brand new sunglasses.
  4. Synonymous company of Sri Kalyanram Iyengar whose product is authorised to be sold solely by Vijaya Bank
  5. The story of Aravinda Pillalamarri and Ravi Kuchimanchi, the NRI couple who returned to India and developed the pedal power generator to light remote, off-the-grid village schools inspired which movie?
  • Happiness is when two minds think alike and one voices what the other wishes. 
  • Joy is when old memories come back in the form of old friends walking back into your life.
  • Awkwardness is when one fails to wriggle out of a situation and hence remains caged in the circumstance.
  • Distance is felt when memories become a burden and you begin to forget the little things.
  • Tolerance is when you don't care enough to be rude so being nice is but natural.
Currently "determined to be depressed". Reasons are plenty but the most prominent of them might have something to do with the upcoming calendar of events. XD 

Sometimes I wonder, what is the purpose of frivolity? I don't mean one must maintain a poker face and a grim outlook towards life. What is the purpose of temporary tomfoolery?But then again, everybody has their own mantra in life. For some it is "Live in the moment" or "Live for the moment", hence consequences of one's actions do not play a prominent role. Ultimately, I wish to have a balance between the two. Life for the moment but make those moments memorable for eternity. Patience is a virtue I have had until now. Sanjana's words will remain in my mind for a long time to come; the sweetness of a laddoo is best enjoyed when one waits until it has cooled down. Being hasty only results in a scalded tongue. :)

I've often prided myself upon the fact that my face seldom betrays my emotions but it has recently come to my knowledge from several unrelated sources that my face is an obvious mirror of the thoughts wreaking havoc in my mind. Now this is a deeply disturbing fact and it must be rectified at the earliest.

So glad that Pa finally found the time to watch PK! Here's hoping that he'll begin Sherlock very soon. Happiness is when you text your family after what seems like ages and actually "chat" with them.

Books are waiting to be opened and it's about time I pick up where I'd stopped. Time waits for none and opportunities favor those give their best. My peers in other colleges are considering research opportunities overseas and here I am with no headway with regards to career. 
  • Listen to Grammy award winning "Winds of Samsara" by Ricky Kej on Youtube. A beautiful watch with melody to accompany.
  • Read the book "Life is what you make it"  by Preethi Shenoy on Atthe's recommendation. A really good read which made a lot of sense. Hope to read more of such books in future. 
  • 'Invictus' by William Ernest Henley is a beautiful and powerful poem.

Out of the night that covers me,
 Black as the Pit from pole to pole,   
 thank whatever gods may be   
  For my unconquerable soul.   
In the fell clutch of circumstance 
  I have not winced nor cried aloud.   
Under the bludgeonings of chance   
  My head is bloody, but unbowed.   
Beyond this place of wrath and tears   
  Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years   
  Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.   
It matters not how strait the gate,   
  How charged with punishments the scroll,   
I am the master of my fate:
  I am the captain of my soul.

Seeya folks! Be back sooon! :)