Thursday, April 27, 2006

I feel summer creeping in and I'm tired of this town again

Homeward bound

Too many songs as post titles? Latest muse it is. Appropriate though. Exams are over and in about 5 hours from now I'll be on my way on a jam packed train for a 34 hour journey back home. That too on unconfirmed tickets as of now. This when most of my illustrious friends would be booking flights to different parts of the globe for summer internships. Me? I never bothered to even make my resume. Home it shall be, although it's not what it used to be earlier. Remember this exchange from Garden State?

Andrew Largeman
: You know that point in your life when you realize that the house that you grew up in isn't really your home anymore? All of the sudden even though you have some place where you can put your stuff that idea of home is gone.

Sam: I still feel at home in my house.

Andrew Largeman: You'll see when you move out it just sort of happens one day one day and it's just gone. And you can never get it back. It's like you get homesick for a place that doesn't exist. I mean it's like this rite of passage, you know. You won't have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself, you know, for you kids, for the family you start, it's like a cycle or something. I miss the idea of it. Maybe that's all family really is. A group of people who miss the same imaginary place.

I had mentioned this earlier on my blog too, and this feeling grows stronger.

This and that

There are a million things to write now, but I don't think I can fit them all in one monster of a post. I'll have to do with the highlights

* The insane amount of time I spent on youtube during my endsems greedily moving one form one music video to another, one Monty Python sketch to the next one and the heady nostalgic stuff I managed to uncover. The opening track of Silver Spoons and other forgotten sitcoms, videos of Ring of Fire, No Rain, Gloria and a list of other favourite videos, favourite movies scenes like the ones from Cinema Paradiso, The Good The Bad and The Ugly and so on. Priceless I'd say.

* The end sems themselves. But Giddu has done an amazingly honest review here. So I don't need to do that.

* The epic football matches. Spurs almost beating Arsenal but for the phenomenal Henry goal. Villareal doing everything but score a goal against Arsenal. Liverpool beating Chelsea with a superb Garcia goal. AC Milan losing out to Barcelona with some Ronaldnho magic, but only just.

* My own footballing adventures and the matches we play until 9pm with the super arrangement with the lights and an inviting footer field. And the minor recognition that comes with playing decent football. Nicer feeling than anything else. Of course I still have to do justice to that on the bigger occasions and I'm trying.

* The summer ration of books I'm taking to pass time back home. Finally got hold of The Golden Gate. Will try my first Joyce with Potrait of an Artist as a Young Man and a random Greene novel. Then there's Calcutta Chromosome and of course a mandatory re-reading of Catch22 I do every 2-3 months. Hope that'll be enough.

* My arrangement with friends going all over the world to bring back sports memorabilia. If things go according to plan I would have Australian Rugby Union tee, a rugby ball and also an All Back tee or a Shane Bond jersey, Swiss national football tee, Korean 2002 world cup jersey, Spurs jersey with Keane on the back, German national jersey with Schweinsteiger on the back and few more arrangements. Friends, what are they for afterall.

* The sem round up, proudest moment being part of the Bronze winning footabll team. Second proudest winning the Main GC trivia quiz. And then being given a cult colour along with my quizing mate Audi and also a sports special mention for football. Though honestly I didn't do justice to my place in the team. Hopefully there will be a next time.

* Movies I loved lately and am taking back home. The Manchurian Candidate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf being two of the better ones.

* The back to back trips to Maddu Mess at 5am in the morning. Watching the sunrise on Sameer hilltop on one of those days with the two lakes and an ocean as the backdrop. The utter disappointment on the new face of the Sammer hills which look more like a high security fortifies area than a favourite getaway spot. They are ruining everything.

The Sleep Dilemma

Joshi had this problem last night when we were coming back to hostel after watching the football match. There is this fish tank place in the MB and as we were passing by, he wondered if the fishes ever slept.

Joshi: How do these fish sleep, or do they ever sleep?
Me: They have to move continuosly as they exhale Carbon di-oxide and that place becomes insufficient in dissolved Oxygen. Wonder how they manage to move while sleeping.
Someone else: Like we breathe during our sleep?
Joshi:But we have a bed underneath, we don't stay afloat in air. Fishes have to stay afloat in water. ..(then he gives this arbit funda)..maybe they go to a place where the density of water equals that of fish bdy and hence stay afloat.
Kareena: Maybe there is some air filling mechanism that keeps them afloat while sleeping.
Joshi: Seriously how do they sleep, without support like we have beds?
Me: Ever wondered why 'ocean beds' and and 'river beds' are called so?

Nobody argues after that killer logic of course. Seriously how the heck do fishes sleep?

I have time enough to watch Discovery and Animal Planet to find out the answers. Hopefully I will and let you know. Till then Sayonara!

Let the summers begin.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I wanna be sedated

Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated

Nothing to do nowhere to go I wanna be sedated

Just get me to the airport station and put me in a plane train
Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane I can’t control my fingers
I can’t control my brain oh no oh ho

~The Ramones (with suitable edits)

Just one more exam to go. Then I'll sing this other song.

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks

School's out for summer
School's out forever

Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all

~Alice Cooper

A nothing post really. But it's one of the things I do before my last exam.

You know it ain't easy
How hard it can be
The way things are going
They gonna crucify me

~4 blokes famous than Jesus (or so they claimed, but Jesus never came around to clarify. So..)

Enough already. I wanna be sedated.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Speling misstakes

Q. requiem or requeim? receive or recieve?

A. i before e excpet after c'
-- the best thing we learnt in our Chemistry-101 course

Point out a few spelling mistakes and you're considered snooty. Laugh and make fun and you run the risk of being ostracized and then guillitoned perhaps. I'm no trail blazer when it comes to spelling; heck I never even made the team for the inter class spelling contests which asked you to spell 'psychology' or 'xenophobia' at best.

I've seen people pointing out mistakes in notices and banners outside shops, placards and what nots. Just the other day I saw someone sniggering at our laundry room notice which said 'loundry'. Immediately I thought that it's not right to expect some washer dude to be a lexicographer. Then I recalled that it was me who had burst out laughing at a Durga Puja mela merry-go-round banner which said 'Ticket Kawnter'. Dammit, I'm still sniggering -- bloody hypocrite that I am. One thing I wondered is that if they can come up with such innovative alternative for 'Counter' then why not get it right. Well.

A month back it was me who pointed out that the Techfest-06 table calendars had 'Calender' written on the first page. It's a word, but I'm not sure that's what they meant. That's unforgivable though. Just 3 days ago on our work visit to Ispat steel plant someone pointed out that the huge hoarding in fornt of their main gate spelt 'Mision' or some other blunder like that. Again that's a sin. But a semi town curio shop 'wellcoming' you or the overcrowded bus labelling seats as 'ledies' or 'ladise' is forgivable and ignorable I guess. Smile and forget.

I like my mistakes being pointed out, that's how I've learnt half of my spellings and going by history that's how I'll learn many more. I spelt my department name as 'Metallurgicall' in some certificate and that was embarrassing (not 'embarassing' as I've seen many, many good people spell it!) I termed my performances as 'absymal' which was rather abysmal and the best one was my spelling of pilgrimage which went something like 'piligrimmage'. Unholy.

All this takes me back to my 4th std. where the English teacher asked us to spell career and everybody was raising their hands and saying things like 'carrier', 'carier' and stuff. I wondered why the teacher hadn't noticed my vigourously waving hand. Finally she looked at me and said, 'I know you know the right answer Nikhil, I'll just write it down for everybody now'. Boy, such confidence! Of course I was going to spell it incorrectly. Which shows another fact that I'm not even half as good as people think I am, but things like this stop that from coming out.

So, I don't laugh when people 'loose' their things or think they are 'privilaged' to be here as they are 'geniouses'. No. I just politely point out and take two steps back. Then probably walk away.

But, if they say 'Thatz ma style.....Gotta liv wid it dood......Dat's me frndz bcos I luv 2b kewl!!' Well then I don't walk away, I run. All the while wishing I had wings.

Added later: This just gets better. I just recalled that we had lost some city school quiz final to then reigning BQC champs Sacred Heart Convent because I spelt assassination as 'assasination' ; a huge upset win it would have been. Now what kind of quiz asks spellings, well I did mention BQC in the same line didn't I?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Where were you when the sun went down?

If pro is the opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress?

There is this huge hysteria everywhere I go. Dinner tables, breakfast tables, lunch tables, blogs and of course those million TV channels who have stationed themselves outside these hallowed gates to get a perspective from us the ill fated bunch of people. A very noble cause, I agree. But why now, why not earlier I ask from so many people.

Why not when this thing was passed in the parliament some months ago, which left only a formal announcement to have it enforced? What about the reservations in excess of 50% that are already in place in most states (Jharkhand and Rajasthan I know for sure)? What about UPSC? What happened to 'meritocracy' then? Double standards or dig-a-well-when-ass-is-on-fire I'm not so sure.

The optimists say it's never too late to try. Go ahead, try. Got some message which said 'Hasn't RDB taught us anything? Let's all bunk 17th April, even though we have end sems.' Dude!

Once again I am listening to The Who and once again am quoting them-

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow at the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and I pray
Won't get fooled again!

Ah, the recurring joys of being born a Brahmin. We only have the scriptures to let us know how glorious that is. Praying, that's our hereditary job, and that's what I'll get back to doing now.