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Graph of our life...

Exams are coming up this monday.... So, its the right time to post something related to academics...This post is based on a photo that we took during one of the hours we bunked our class[this time, the labs..he hee]. This semester, we bunked more hours than we sat in the class[well, history repeats itself every sem]. But we never bunked labs. And this day, in the morning, we went to CAD lab as usual. But, our sir asked those without the text book to get out of the lab. He told us to buy a text book or get one from library and come back. The lazy guys that we are, we din't even care to check the library. Buying a new book was out of the question. So, we, the perennial bunkers, decided to go to our classroom for once. This was one of those rarest moments when, as we entered the classroom, we were as happy as sneaking out of the it. Ha.. The site of the empty benches and desks is one to behold. Even more beuutiful was the
empty platform and the lonely lecture stand. Seems like the lecture stand was happy that at atleast for once it was not standing near a jughead. Its better to stand alone than standing with an 'unbearable talkative nonsensical' person. And the front benches and desks had a smile on their face as now they need not bear the arrows of saliva that comes shooting from our faculty's mouth.

So into that abode of peace, we entered. We selected the smoothest benches to take a nap. Then we switched on the walkman and it started playing Metallica's ''Wherever I May Roam''.....''Anywhere I roam, Where I lay my head is home''...So now, the classroom is my home, if metallica is to be believed. As we lay there, we decided to take some snaps so that some years down the line, we can show to our kids how their dads 'studied' in college. After some snaps, we decided to take some weird pics. So 1st selection was my leg. I kept my leg on the 1st bench and sat on the adjacent bench. My friend Raja took the cam from me and focussed it on my feet. When we checked the pic after that ,we were really surprised to some strange coincidence in it. What amazed us was the graph in the background. As it turned out, the graph was a perfect replica of the curvature of my feet. Even the slope was same. It was our own classroom, but as always, this graph was unfamiliar to us. Maybe our sir[or teacher] had drawn it during the last period, the previous day, which we bunked. But, even then the similarity with my feet din't miss our eyes. Was the graph representing our falling attendance percentage? I felt that the Y axis read attendance percentage and the X axis the different semesters, the one close to the origin being the 1st semester. But it maybe ironical that my feet were responsible for this falling graph....Those pair of feet has travelled more distance than others, during classtime. As it always happens with any graph, in the end , i was left confused. Were the graph and my foot similar or were they a perfect contrast? God Only Knows....

O God, just came to know that i've to study this dirty graph for monday's exam[or was it tuesday's?]...Ok, now lemme learn my time table first....
bye for now

My frndz Raja and aneesh ... ''Education''

with love,
your crusader Praveen


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Vande Mataram..... Posted by Picasa


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Vande Mataram...1 day 'late' Mataram.....

vande maataram, vande maataram
sujalam suphalam malayaja sheetalam
shasyashyamalam maataram, vande mataram

shubhra jyotsna pulakitayaaminim
phulla kusumita drumadalashobhinim
suhaasinim sumadhurabhaashhinim
sukhadaam varadaam maataram

sapta koti kantha kalakalaninaada
karalenisapta koti bhujaidhruta
karakarvaleabalakeno maa eto bale
bahubaladhaarinim namaami tarinim
ripudalavarinim maataram, vande maataram
tvam hi durga dashapraharanadhaarini kamala kamaladala vihaarini
vaani vidyaadaayini, namaami tvam namaami kamalam amalam atulam
sujalam suphalam maataram
shyamalam saralam susmitam bhooshhitam
dharinim bharanim maataram, vande maataram

I posted this not because some of our politicians forced us to sing the song yesterday. I posted this because some fundamentalists asked some of our indian brothers and sisters not to sing this song. But y did i do this one day late? Because I wanted to defy the orders of the Hindu fundamentalists who were hell bent on forcing us to sing this song. I pity those poor unlearned souls, who think that this song is against the laws of a particular religion. How can the national song of a secular country be like that? Our great leaders, foreseeing communal problems in the future, left out the lines referring to goddess durga , when they made this our national song. And we were left with 8 lines of pure magic and melody, praising our beloved motherland. And the fundamentalists, whose minds are narrower than the narrowest drainages in our country, finds a problem with that too. They object to the word 'vande', which means to bow or salute. But they think that this means to worship. According to their bloody laws from stoneage, they can't worship anyone other than their god, not even their own motherland. Shame on them.

Religion is a thing which is stamped on you by the soceity u live in. But U were first born as an Indian, then only u were classified into a religion. Do these guys know that the devotional songs sung by Yesudas are played at temples all over? Have these guys ever heard of the umpteen hindu devotional songs that the great Mohammed Rafi sang? Or what about music maestro A.R.Rahman? He poured his soul into a full musical album dedicated to our national song. Are these blessed souls any less religious than these so called leaders of the community? As far as i know, these personalities are pious and god fearing to the core. But they got a mind clear enough to think that singing a particular song would never mean disrespect to their own religion. Will God ever frame such outdated laws for his believers? Will a true God become angry with his believers for respecting their country? For Him, believers and non believers are alike. For Him, we are all just human beings, whether we believe in Rama, Allah, Budha or Jesus, because these are all just various forms of the one and only God. So by singing a hymn of lord krishna, you are also praising Jesus. By singing 'nuur-e- mohammad sallallah, haq laa ilaahaa illallaah'(Light of Mohammad, may peace be upon him, There is no other god except Allaah), you are also praying to Lord Shiva. Its when one forgets this oneness of God that one turns a religious fanatic.
And to the guys from the other side, the political fundamentalists, who were playing to the gallery by forcing everybody to sing the song, shame on you too. Anything forced on someone will never produce the desired result. Its the same with patriotism. It has to come from within your heart. Its another matter that these politicians never truly intended to instill some patriotism in all Indians. They just played petty vote bank politics as usual. They wanted to amass all the hindu votes by showing how non patriotic certain sections of the muslims are. These two extremes of people, the politicians and the religious leaders, could have led our country to some very serious communal riots. But thankfully their designs failed miserably, as most of the proud Indians, irrespective of religion sang this song, without being forced. Thus they proved that the country is above any religion or caste or language. Afterall, we r all INDIANS.... proud 2 be an INDIAN

Here is the English translation of VANDE MATARAM......
Mother, I bow to thee!
Rich with thy hurrying streams,
bright with orchard gleams,
Cool with thy winds of delight,
Dark fields waving
Mother of might,Mother free.
Glory of moonlight dreams,
Over thy branches and lordly streams,
Clad in thy blossoming trees,
Mother, giver of ease
Laughing low and sweet!
Mother I kiss thy feet,
Speaker sweet and low!
Mother, to thee I bow.
Who hath said thou art weak in thy lands
When the sword flesh out in the seventy million hands
And seventy million voices roar
Thy dreadful name from shore to shore?
With many strengths who art mighty and stored,
To thee I call Mother and Lord!
Though who savest, arise and save!
To her I cry who ever her foeman drove
Back from plain and Sea
And shook herself free.

Thou art wisdom, thou art law,
Thou art heart, our soul, our breath
Though art love divine, the awe
In our hearts that conquers death.
Thine the strength that nervs the arm,
Thine the beauty, thine the charm.
Every image made divine
In our temples is but thine.

Thou art Durga, Lady and Queen,
With her hands that strike and herswords of sheen,
Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned,
And the Muse a hundred-toned,
Pure and perfect without peer,
Mother lend thine ear,
Rich with thy hurrying streams,
Bright with thy orchard gleems,
Dark of hue O candid-fair

In thy soul, with jewelled hair
And thy glorious smile divine,
Lovilest of all earthly lands,
Showering wealth from well-stored hands!
Mother, mother mine!
Mother sweet, I bow to thee,
Mother great and free!
Because i got a very poor voice, I played vande mataram on my guitar... that is my way of paying tribute to our
VANDE MATARAMMM....Maa tuhe salaam....

with love,your crusader Praveen


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A snap from our college during one of the political fights. U can see the policeman inside the red circle...a common sight in our college... Posted by Picasa


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Campus Politics... the root cause of evil in all colleges around the country. The thing that makes close buddies go for each other's blood. The cause for unwanted strikes in the name of unheard of reasons. The unseen thing which supplies non existent power to unworthy students so that they can do whatever they want, including beating up their own guru. And mind you, according to the politicians[both budding and fading],politics in campus is necessary to address the issues concerning the students. Yes, the student politicians do address the burning issues. To elaborate, they would find the address of the guy they want to beat up and do what all they can to spoil his life.
The most recent example of how bad really is politics in campus is the killing of Professor Sabharwal at a college in Ujjain by some ABVP activists. For these budding political leaders, politics is a tool to make others act according to their whims and fancies.. its a tool of extortion for them.. its a tool to assert their supremacy in the campus... but alas, they don't realise that they themselves are tools in the hands of our older uneducated leaders, who are happy to see these kids spill their own friend's blood in the name of politics.

When a new academic year starts, the new batch would have a perfect mix of students, a handful of nerds, a handful of spoilt guys and another set who are out there to enjoy life. The spoilt guys are on the look out to gain a foothold in college and be famous[or infamous]. The easiest route is to join one or the other political party and involve in some fights. And in a few weeks, u'll get the whole college to look at u as u walk through the corridors. Then some of the guys who are there to enjoy would get attracted to this politics life. They get brainwashed by the so called leaders and atlast they too take the plunge. Sudddenly, the guy who sat next to you and shared his meal with you becomes your enemy because he's a member of the rival party. You would exchange angry stares when you come eye to eye. When the next big fight between the parties arises, you beat him up as if he's your enemy no.1. You don't see who he is because your eyes are clouded by the political dust. For the so called intellectual party leader, these
fights are just some ideological conflicts. The bonds of friendship give way to chains of fight.

In my own college too, petty politics has taken its toll on many warm relationships. Parties in our college have always struck discordant notes disrupting the perfect harmony among students. Many happy occasions have ended in big fights, the latest being yesterday's onam celebrations. The faculty members had decided to conduct the onam celebrations and constituted a committee of neutral students. Now some party guys din't like that and they decided to disrupt the celebrations. Their attittude was like ''If we cannot do it, we won't allow others too''. And so the last 2 days saw some great fights in college which atlast culminated in a grand finale on the D Day, the celebration day. The police entered the campus, trampled over the athappookalam[floral patterns] and drew everyone away from the college. The best way to celebrate a festival of unity and prosperity. This was a case of ''a handful of guys spoiling the happiness of the entire college''. And we do expect such amazing co-operation from the leaders in the future events too.

Its time we wiped out this evil from our country's campuses. Lets say goodbye to swords and country bombs[these are the things recovered from the party room of a prominent college here]. What we need is a common union of all students without any political allegiance. The issues concerning students can be handled by this union. There won't be any fights as in the case of a 2 party or 3 party system. As a step towards this, we are planning a signature campaign in our college to know how many of them are against campus sure tht wud be majority... hope something good comes out of this ...
chkout the new community in orkut and join in the fight against campus politics
with love,
your crusader Praveen