Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Another IPL Story

Last Sunday, it was the day of IPL final.As my cricket crazy junior friend had gone home and because Mass Communication department students are in 'good terms' with hostel wardens, I decided not to ask them to switch on the TV. But I heard lots of cheers from the first floor where the TV is kept. I thought it may be some local reality shows that used to draw so much of audience. Still I could not manage myself to sit in my room. I went upstairs.

Oh! it was IPL. I never imagined my hostel, Gargi Bhavanam had that many cricket fans. My MCA friend told the place was full to watch the cultural performance before the match. I went to my room, had a bath and rushed back to get a front seat.

Finally all were set to begin....Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first. Though it was a slow game, as usual while watching a cricket match, whenever any batsman hits six or four, everyone cheered. Each applause was accompanied by a shout from warden's office asking us to be silent. So we had to watch it very silently which took away the beauty of watching a final.

By sharp 9.30, attender came to switch off the TV. A few girls went and 'begged' for allowing them to watch it till eleven. Warden rejected their request as 'they don't have permission to put on the TV after 9.30 and next day is a working day'. When they announced what she told,there was an absolute silence. Slowly every one left the place quietly.

In between a girl was murmuring, "I wish I'd be a boy so that I can give a blow on her face and continue watching the match". From the next door, that is the boy's hostel, I could hear cheers, claps and applause...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Crazy Classmates of Communication

One or two people may be mad, that is ok… but think about a whole class gone crazy. It is the case when you enter into II MA Communication class room. Once you meet any one of these guys, you may think he/she represents the whole class. Sorry you are mistaken, there are many more who are worse than that... It doesn’t mean all are stupid and good for nothing kind. We are intelligent and brilliant in one area or the other.

Oh! Do you want to know more about MA Communication 2008-10 batch? It is a class of nineteen with eleven girls and eight boys. First of all, there are a few ‘qualities’ which are common in all. We are party freaks and used to have parties for anything and everything. All like to try out new styles in costumes, hair, moustache, and beard though most of it looks awkward. Whenever there is a chance to go home, we will vanish from the department. Because of this urge, we are forced to tell many lies to our Class Advisor. Again once we are at home, according to Rakesh sir’s words ‘needs to send at least ten invitations to be back in the class’.

Always it is safer to go in alphabetic order so that no one will be missed out. First is Ananth, the ‘genius’ of the class. He is regarded as the unofficial faculty of Amrita School of Communication and loves to have company with people who is elder and superior to him. Don’t imagine him as a stout guy with sharp looks and all. He is a lean fellow with shabby hair wearing spectacles and always busily running up and down. Next come Anees who is an expert in playing with words of double meaning. He brings nice unniyappams from home. He recites Malayalam poems well and may be because of his family background, he has a proficient knowledge in Malayalam literature.

There is a girl in the class whose hobby is eating words in Oxford Dictionary. Yes, Anu talks English mostly in foreign accents which even many of our faculties could not pick out. But it should be admitted that she is brilliant in making friends and giving advice when needed. Describing about Arya itself is a big task. She has a lot of ideas, but never knows which one to choose. Also she has a hundred suggestions for herself as well as for others which she may try to impose on others many times. Still she is very helpful and caring.

Then there is Denny, a guy who always holds a confused look... He has a good character and is the tallest one in the class. He had a big moustache and every now and then he searches for its remains on his face with his hand. Coming up next is a very special person, Hitha. Her main topics to talk are about her Vadakara slang, Olive Ridley and Manorama. She is very studious and many times her doubts irritate others. Laxmi is the most charming girl in the class. She forgets everything including her password and asks others to find out what it is. She is cool and fun loving.

You can’t expect a Mumbaikar girl without cosmetics. This changes when you meet Meenakshi. Her full name is bigger than her size. Cell phone is her weakness without which she can’t survive. In the beginning itself, Nimisha had asked not to mention about her rowdiness. But she cares her friends wonderfully and still talks about loneliness. She is very hard working and likes to be a leader always.

Ok buddy, here comes Nithin or Tom of the class who always fights with Jerry. He is a Gandhiji type of person who stands for peace. His trade mark is his smile and has many fans in the department.Then we have Prakash, popularly known as Pappu. Many times his doubts used to terrify our teachers. He is a good dancer and in our first semester, he had done a ‘wonderful’ performance in class.

Ragav is the class representative. However when he is doing some presentation, if you are in front of his eye-sight, you may feel he is taking class only for you. He has a beautiful smile and is very good at narrating the stories of movies. Rajkumar, our big boss is an encyclopedia of movies. He is the only Coimbatorean and so he knows nook and corner of the city which is a great help for us during reporting. He sleeps well in the class and whenever he is awake, he will raise some questions which others may take up and debate on that while he’ll be busy back sleeping.

Some times you may find that guy wearing contact lens with shabby hair and beard, else with a neat ‘school boy’ look. He is Renjith, a man of great wisdom. He is good at philosophies which many times he himself find it hard to absorb. Then is Roopa, a girl whose area of interest varied from Orkut, Buzz, chatting till blogs at present. But her all time hobby is irritating others with her stupid forward messages.

Shahistha, our cute Jerry who is also awarded the name ‘Malappuram Rowdy’ by our Class Advisor. In cartoon, Jerry is scared of Tom; here it is just the reverse. Her main weakness is ‘samoosa’. Next is the controversial queen Sreelakshmi. She loves subjects of controversy. She is very careless and because her friends know this and help her out, she still has a laptop and an N70 mobile.

While asked about what to write about Varsha, one of the classmates said just to put a question mark. It’s almost true; our Barbie is always in her world of thoughts. She is a voracious reader and cleans her room the day before she leaves home. Finally it is Vidya, who is considered almost normal. She is the class topper and the class representative. She sings Malayalam film songs ‘well’.

That’s from this world… But it is sure that there won’t be another batch in ASCOM like us who can be as crazy and creative…

(This was written for the STOP PRESS magazine which couldn't come out because of technical factors and all the credits for this article goes to Aparna Ma'm who insisted me to do it)

Monday, April 12, 2010

An Autograph

When there is only one more month to go to step down from college life,I think of my school days where we used to be busy writing autographs and slam books.Every one had their turn to write something for their friend to remember them for a life time.
Slam book is much professional in which we are asked to write our details including hobbies, favourites and very personal information.There is a last line at the end of the page devoted to write an autograph or 'message for your friend'.

Autographs are much cuter.We can write anything and everything in that.Many of my school friends had wrote wonderfully in my autograph though most popular lines seen all over were "I won't forget you even if I die","Remember me always" and "Friendship forever"...

Now autographs have disappeared with social networking sites and mobiles coming into the scene.Within five or ten years, school and college students won't even know what an autograph or slam book mean...

Now I can contact all my friends through orkut or g-talk,but I really miss those books which talked without artificiality and formality.It had a warmth,a tone of love and affection that never fades...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dada-The Leader

Leaderships are of two types-some acquire while others get it in born. Sourav Ganguly, the legendary cricket from West Bengal belongs to the second category."I wanted to bid adieu to the cricket world with my head held high. I did so and that was a perfect swansong for me."
-these words of Sourav itself say his urge to stand up the order always.Dada as he is called likes to be a leader always... His body language, his words and even his smile speaks that of a captain.
Born in the royal family of Bengal,he has a huge crowd to admire in Kolkata. For them,he is 'the prince of Kolkata' and also 'the Bengal Tiger'. And so when he had any issues, the fans of Dada were ready to give their blood and soul for their hero. Authorities feared to take actions against him because of his fan support.
Sourav is well accepted as the most successful captain of India. He had brought up the team like a phoenix that was weak at all levels into a well set team that could beat any best team in the globe. He has brought many young players into the team like Dhoni, Sehwag, Yuvaraj and Harbajan who are performing well now. He has also handled very well a team containing so many icons like Sachin, Dravid and Kumble.
When Indian Premiere League was introduced and Sharukh Khan bought Kolkata Knight Riders, he has nothing else to think, but make Ganguly the leader. He knew if he keeps Dada as an ordinary middle order batsman, he cannot drive his game with Eden Gardens as the team's home ground. For the second season of IPL, due to the pressure from new coach,SRK had to pull out Sourav and made Maccullum as the new head. The team did not face much opposition from his fans because IPL2 was in South Africa. As usual,KKR failed miserably in that season like the first one in India. All these time Ganguly was silent like a lion that waited for his chance to come. This year Sharukh made all round changes in his team and brought back Ganguly as the captain.
May be every one has many things to blame Dada like he does not care what others have to say and always hold his stand firm,statistics and records has its word to say...