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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

MI Diary - Part 1

If you didn’t already know, last week, I went along with Vikram to IIT-Bombay to participate in their annual culfest ‘Mood Indigo 2004’. Here is a report:

Day 0 - December 20

The running time of the Chennai-Dadar Express is supposedly 24 hrs, but it's usually late by several years. So, on the morning of the 20th, when the train pulled into Dadar Station at the scheduled time, everybody was stunned. Rudely awoken from our peaceful slumber, we got out of the train to find an extremely cold city. My feet numb and teeth chattering, we made our way outside to find two bedraggled boys from IIT-B awaiting our arrival.

They were very nice and all. They escorted us to an Institute bus that was waiting outside and told us to make ourselves comfortable. We were told that the bus would wait for a few other trains and then leave with the students from all the other cities. It sounded reasonable enough. However, that moment came around two hours later. And we finally made our way into the beautiful campus at Powai at around 10:00 a.m. It took another hour and a half before we were allotted our rooms. Now IIT campuses all over the country are known for their large size. But we were extremely lucky. It turned out that the hostel we would be staying in - Hostel 8 was only a couple of hours away from the competition venues.

We dragged our bags slowly to our rooms. It was there that we realised how lucky we actually were. The room we were to stay in closely resembled a regular 165-litre refrigerator in size and volume. Now that's usually enough for one guy, and his books. In this case, however, we were informed that five of us would be sharing one such room. But we didn't mind. We knew that it was merely God’s way of preparing us for the difficulties that lay ahead in our lives. He knew that I would have to live someday in a match-box and he was just making sure that I was fully prepared.

I had to go visit my maternal grand-parents and so I quickly made my way to Goregaon. Took a nice bath and had a nice lunch. Then took a quick nap. After that, I was off to see my two little cousins Karthik (4) and Krishna (1/2). Then, it was back to IIT. That night, there was a dance performance by Hema Malini and her daughter Ahana followed by a Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt concert. News of my CAT scores came via sms during the show and quite understandably, I was in high spirits after that.

Quote of the day:

Me: What's your name?
Karthik: Spiderman.
Me: Great, and what's yours?
Krishna: Boooo Hoooo…

(to be continued)


Blogger None said...


holy angels, our ladies nursery! :) hi, junior!
btw, did you know the guy who know struts round as actor surya was once a chubby-rolly-polly kid at Our Ladies Nursery!? :)

9:46 PM  
Blogger None said...


holy angels, our ladies nursery! :) hi, junior!
btw, did you know the guy who know struts round as actor surya was once a chubby-rolly-polly kid at Our Ladies Nursery!? :)

9:46 PM  
Blogger Shamnath said...

Pah, IITB is kid stuff... You ought to check out IITM's Saarang accommodation...

Base camp is my hostel TV room, which is like 4 single rooms... You end up having something like 50 roommates... People admit to have been absolutely 'floored' by the 'hospitality'(oh, yup, it's actually called that).

This year, the Indian army is sending its soldiers to Saarang to help acclimatise its soldiers to PoW camps. The Pakistani army is also sending a contingent to learn to 'improve' their PoW camps which are star hotels compared to IITM.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Vinod said...

Lol, Shamanth.... Maybe I'll try Saarang Hospitality this time around..

6:05 AM  
Blogger Vinod said...

Hey senior Ramya,

I didn't know that! But whatever it is, it's still slightly embarassing to say I went to 'Our Ladies' Nursery'. :-) but yeah, it was a great place...

6:07 AM  
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