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Post-Q,W,A Post

Back again with another khichdi of a post.

  • Quark, Waves and Apogee. [For the uninitiated, Quark is our technical festival and Waves, our Cul-fest] I had been to BITS-Pilani, for attending their Tech-fest, Apogee.
    • One would expect Apogee to end up the best, but we were thoroughly disappointed. It came nowhere near the perfection of Quark and things seemed quite unprofessional. Hats-off to Chaitu n others in the Quark Org-Co. I’m already worried about missing Quark’09 [thanks to my PS]
    • The specials at all three events were unforgettable. Feeding the Fish, the Air Shows (Naval and Amateur planes), the Orchestral performance, Special Performance [Aasra], Sand art by Gagan and Mithali!
    • Had the opportunity, to meet/have a look at some of the guys studying at colleges in their home towns. For once, I felt being in a “reputed”, national college does matter.
    • Felt good spending some time with good ol’ friends at Pilani.
    • Always believed organizing events isn’t my forte, but, helped organize a couple of events at Quark. Feels good.
    • Effective Communication is less about how well you choose your words but more about your quantum of concern for the other person and the matter at hand!
  • Pilani Campus, Love at First sight. Never really felt like coming back.
    • The arts/non-technical clubs there are simply superb! We have a lot to learn
    • Cycling on campus. A dream come true!
    • All Night Canteen is a real hangout place!
    • Green, Greener, Greenest. Never really felt like we were in the deserts of Rajasthan.
    • …. the list can go on and on. I’ll stop here.
  • FOSS n me.
    • Attended my first FOSS event! The Install Fest @ Quark. Wasn’t as awe inspiring as I would’ve liked it to be, but still a memorable one. Simply for being my first install-fest and for the lessons we learnt.
    • FOSSKriti’08 is one event I’ll regret missing. It was absolutely amazing. I’m just hoping, people here too get to that level soon enough.
    • Free Software and Freeware ain’t the same stuff. It’s extremely painful when people address FOSS stuff as freeware. Free Software is Software that’s Free as in Free Speech n Freeware is software that if free as in free beer.
    • Eagerly awaiting v2. Can’t wait to get back home!
    • Enjoying my time on and #linux-india. The new DC hub (GNOME) for FOSS junta is cool too!
    • There’s an urgent need to start contributing to FOSS. But how?
  • Haven’t yet found myself an intern/project for summer. Wonder what’s in store, this summer.
  • Most of the gang’s On-Campus next sem. Will really miss Voodoo though. Hoping he has a rocking PS.
  • Hoping we won’t have to shift hostels next sem.
  • Appreciation is a great motivator. Expressing it promptly is important. I’m bad at it. Should work on it.
  • “The gang” is like a flock of birds in flight.
  • This semester is coming to an end already, and I don’t have anything I’d be proud of.
  • Wonder why I have absolutely no feelings about the farewell we’d be having soon.
  • Awaiting Ugadi Celebs. Seems like they are gonna rock more than ever.
  • Gone are those days, when I used to post because something I had to write about, compelled me to do so. These days, the long inactivity on my blog is turning out to be the sole reason for my posts. [A few Rare Exceptions though, and this one isn’t] I wonder if its because life’s become uneventful or because I grew lazier or because of something else.
  • I don’t like posting accounts of events from the recent/distant past, but I’m doing it just to prevent my blog’s death.

    Long Lost Letters….

    A few days back I received a letter from a friend, via post! [I know most of you can’t believe this… but ya.. its true..] I wouldn’t have believed it too… if only he didn’t tell that to me when we met online… {He spoilt the fun for me! :-(}
    So before going to dinner one day…(a couple of weeks back..).. I checked out the Hostel Assistants room for any post…. and “it” was right on top of the pile!! [Now that I speak of a pile don’t imagine that a lot of people here get personal letters… most of them were business correspondence, magazines or likewise…] Neways.. it was a great feeling to even look at it!! A white envelope… and my name on it.. in his most familiar writing on it…[no.. i don’t get letters from him often.. we have been classmates for quite some time.. so…] … the stamp [A leapard cat!]… and the two postmarks.. [of Pilani & Zuarinagar!! :-P]… Holding the letter in my hand.. it felt wonderful!! [I wanted to read it right then…. but went along for dinner…]

    After dinner… and a little time in the Children’s Park… [relaxing.. wid 9,UC,Voodoo n Ringo]… I opened it! It was absolutely thrilling… to see a couple of pages written in ink [he still uses ink pens!! ;-)]… With full enthu.. i read the letter.. and obviously once wasn’t enough to satiate my hunger.. i went through it over and over and over… [i wanted to scribble down a reply ASAP… but we had waves and quark coming up.. so i waited for them to get over (I could’ve written another one right??)…to get more matter into my letter..]

    Why is such a simple joy of getting a letter from a friend [there is email.. but… for me its nowhere close to snail mail…] become so rare these days?? [Something that was such a regular feature of the recent past.. is almost extinct now!!] Telephone and the Internet…. they are the culprits… (are they??…..) In today’s global village… is post a bit too slow for comfort? Will survival of the fittest ensure the extiction of this wonderful species in the world of communication…??

    Is a letter just a matter of communication…?… Isn’t there anything more to it… [Obviously there is… otherwise I wouldn’t be writing a blog-post on it…I would never think of writing a post on an e-mail I get!! (unless it is superhuman.. or something..)!!] Aren’t we losing out on something wonderful??

    To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.
    — Chinese Proverb

    The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
    Andrew Brown

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