International Women’s day @Amritapuri

March 08, the International Women’s day, and since the rest 364 days of the year, never were the Men day, we decided to celebrate it out. In this days of discrimination aninternational_womens_day_vectord abuse, when girls are getting assaulted irrespective of age, our spiritual head and Chancellor, Mata Amritanandamayi requested, we form a Human-Chain from Karunagappally to Vavvakkavu, about 6 Kms. in length. The sky was hot outside and many of us, didn’t felt like moving out, yet we went, considering it as a little service from our part to show the protest to the recent happenings to women abroad.

We left from our college, about 10:00 in the morning, and this time, it was the girls sitting and the guys standing, you know, ‘Its womens day, right ?’ The bus trip was awesome, like its always is, when a bunch of college youth gets into :). We re65538_625907117435282_2133510029_nached our spot by about 10:30, the Karunagappally town, got down and spread our hands forming the long chain. Lucky for me and some of my classmates, we found our shelter under one tree and it actually saved us from the intense heat of the sun. We stood there for about an hour enjoying for ourselves, with our classmates, and also keeping ourselves in the venture. Later by about 11:30, we returned in another bus, again we sang and howled a lot and the day became again a memorable one.

Today, the question is again, “Are our women safe ? “. I know I am not any huge writer with wit or wisdom, yet having a sister of age 21,  I know the risks. My view is different and I like to think that things happen wrong to us due to our own wrong doings to a certain extent. Seriously, I am not  a sadist, yet that’s my opinion. Small children getting raped, teenager molested and killed in the bus, all are of-course not at all due to their own fault, and I am at the point that the culprits should be punished severely and not hanged, you know hanging will make things too simple.

Sorry for the diversion in the topic again, like my each and every post, this too ends with an apology :D. Once again a Happy Women’s Day and I would support for more womens day in an year :D. How would that look like ?

FOSS MEET@NITC

NIT-Calicut was always my dream college, and this time, when our mentor told us about the the ‘ FOSS meet’ , we had little hope that things would turn out well, and above all that we would be going.To elaborate, we left from Amritapuri on 22/02/13 morning by the 7:00 a.m bus and it was nice too see all the long and tiresome meetings and speculations regarding the trip coming to an end .Yes, we were going at last !. Our team comprised of 21 members with about 9 boys and the rest of them girls, with our P.hd scholar- Giri and our sister Sowmya. Somehow, we managed to catch the Parasuram Express (or was it ? :\), the ladies made it into their compartment, and since there was no gents coach, we made it on our legs for a few hours. #giri was trending in the compartment and we never felt bored. Later, we arrived at Calicut at about 4:00 pm in the evening.  Little refreshments, and we set out to the prestigious NIT-C canteen and the college 😀 ;yes, we were damn hungry. The canteen was cool, yes.!

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No to RAGGING :\

Today, one of my friends rang me from Pune, NDA. He had been to there for barely a month after clearing all the SSB and things which involved even a minor surgery, you know determination matters. The first thing he told to me was ” Tony, if you ever have a child, don’t send him to NDA”. I was deeply moved by this (not the child thing though 🙂 ) as I knew his mind.He told he was asked to run for about 12 miles in the sun and each day the push-ups he needs to take for the seniors was difficult to count. Little sadistic, but my favorite was standing on two hands, legs high, and asking to count back from 120 :o.  He said how first years were to treat seniors as God, not look unto the eye, share the same pathway like the unaccountability age and so on. The authorities are pleased to call it, ‘Hardening the Firsties’ and look blindly at things. I couldn’t believe how these could ever happen in the prestigious institutions of INDIA, and how they would be able to bring out better personals.

This is not obsolete  wianti_ragging1th the NDA. Things are much worse throughout. Money and fun is the usual provokers, often led by crude sadists who just need to enjoy the chaos. The laws are strict on the other side, yet as always implementation is the trouble. Examples of ragging are all over the news and I don’t want to bore you with it. The thing to be asked is what can be done ?

Why are our seniors provoked to rag the juniors? The answer is simple, they too got ragged badly when they were Juniors :). So, if this chain continues, things will never get down. This is not a right act to be passed through generations. If we decide to NOT DO IT on our juniors, they wont be intimidated to do the same to their siblings. Exceptional cases are there, which can only be dealt with Laws and Decisions.

Fortunately for me, Amrita didn’t do any such ragging to me and the last time I was caught and asked to sing in front of them seniors, I opened my mouth, reached for two lines, and they were forced to stay STOP :P. you know, quality matters. Share your experiences below. Take the pledge, NO TO RAGGING!.

Cheers!