Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The gathering storm

[This post is what happens when you become a dormant blogger]

These days, these times I constantly feel like a grain of sand trapped in an hour glass. The tiny grain that has rested for a while, then accelerated and caught speed, finally to fall through the interconnecting passage and then rest again. Rest and watch layers of sand stack upon it. Right now I'm free falling; through the passage separating the dependent life and the independent life. Things are happening in a blur. Only this idyllic Diwali vacation gives me some time to chronicle what has been going on. After all as W. H Davies has aptly put, "A poor life this if, full of care/We have no time to stand and stare."

Viva La Liga!

Intra football couldn't have been more fun. This time we decided to experiment, albeit on a format that had already been in place in H-4, and it's been a huge success. All the players who registered for the La Liga as we call it were rated on a scale of 10. People who wanted to be managers had a total of 45 points to choose 8 rated players, pretty much how fantasy football works. Currently there are 10 registered teams, which amounts to 80 willing players. Unprecedented in a hostel sporting event. The matches are pretty charged up affairs, with the overall league winners taking the jersey of the team name they play with. It is unbelievable fun playing under lights for 45 minutes, with hostelmates lining up on the sides cheering (actually there is much more of jeering) for you. Our team Liverpool, managed by Giddu (Abrahamovic minus the money and the babe, lucky with star players), is on top right now after 2 rounds, beating Mohun Bagan 7-0 (the team names suggest the disparity) and Barcelona 1-0. The 2nd match being a bitter, bitter encounter where I was virtually mauled and manhandled before managing to score the winning goal. And I am in contention for the golden boot, leading the scroing chart with 3 goals, but that depends on who scores how many goals against Bagan :)

Trivial Matters and the Unibrows

It was very, very satisfying to complete all the 30 levels of Trivius, a highly addictive cryptic trivia game hosted as a part of SJMSOM's fest. Vaibhav and I wasted just about 5 days, discounting another 5 where we gave up on level 21, brainstorming and scavenging the internet. Of course we were helped on some levels, most thankfully on 21 by Vaibhav's cousin, and on one by Surdy. There, you had the acknowledgements, we'll take the prizes ( Honestly we owe you a treat, just keep reminding us.)

The Rock Trivia was kept as a part of the Music GC. The first time I saw the posters, I knew this was the only time I could be a part of a position winning team in a music event. After being psyched by KP for showing up late for the elims, where I was conveniently substituted (temporarily much to my relief), we made it through to the finals with relative ease. The finals weren't easy. Rock trivia can be as obscure as you choose to make it, as teams except H8 an H13 found out. We were trailing by over 25 points coming into the final round, but an amazing display of quizzing reflex action by Vaibhav and a few chip ins by KP and yours truly won us the quiz by 10 points to spare. So I, of all people, have now a music GC first place to my name.

Potpourri, which includes dumb charades, tinto, manhunt etc. is always fun to practice and take part in. Ever since our mesmerising performance in my 2nd year, it has been a thing I look forward to every year. Last year was a disaster, Mood I was a heartbreak (waiting lists always are), so we decided to step up on practice. Sujay took charge of acting since Kela passed out and Krishna came into the team. He coined the name Unibrows for our team, a name reflecting the fact that all three of us coincidentally share the freaky attribute of having joint eyebrows. It is always great fun practising for events like dumb c, specially when you have slightly slow guessers like me and slightly impatient actors like Krishna (the pogo stick jump to represent a horse was a classic.) The main event would have been a cakewalk for us, had we not got Mattle Toys as a brand name. It took an eternity to be guessed by us, not helped by the fact that I hadn't heard of this company and that Krishna, who acted, is an amateur scrabble champion (which made it a frustratingly obvious guess for him.) Nevertheless we managed a respectable 3rd, within 10 seconds of the eventual winners. Mood I will be the swan song for me and Sujay, hopefully the song will earn us some money too.

What else?

Another Diwali minus the firecrackers, but thankfully had a taste of long forgotten home food at LG's place. And also the remembrance of old days and the friendly banter once I got together with cousin sisters, almost a decade since that happened last and god knows how much more since that happens again.

I did not go home citing academic commitments. Thankfully no one asks for a proof. The results, well, they cannot get worse from what they have been past 4 years. Even if they improve, it's way too late already.

I could stretch the grain sand analogy here, but it would hurt more than I can handle once I read this blog a few months, or even a few weeks from now. Already it has become difficult for me to sit on the chair and type, thinking about the content of this post. I'm not changing it anyway :)

Oh and do read my arti on blogging (for InsIghT) if you can spare the time (2nd last page, We-blog.)


Gee said...

And yet again I look at myself and wonder how it feels to get a whiff of what could have been.
Tch me.
That's all I can gather.

Nikhil said...

the essence of retrospection :)

Gee said...

Nah, not retrospection...it isn't quite as complicated as that:P
No time for retrospection, I'd say, or anything else, for that matter.
As I did say before: Tch me.

sujay said...

inshallah we will win! for totally arbit reasons i've missed lit rounds in the past 2 moodi's, but not this time :)