Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nirmaan

For someone with little interest in the way transistors worked, festivals were one of the best things to happen. It all started in the first year of college. Curios to know what actually happened in these college fest, me and a certain bespectacled Thanekar decided to volunteer for the college festival. Robotics had this big 'it' thing attached with it. So dreaming of building Robos we decided to volunteer for the same event. We happened to pick up thousand bricks from the erstwhile SPCE gymkhana area to the QUAD, do all the laborious work, built a track,bunked classes, had food at shetty's..did almost everything except for building that Robo. But eventually we couldnt help falling in love with this festival..we were in love with Nirmaan..


Infact college was more about festivals and organising events. It gave us a high. It bonded us. It made us happy.Be it anything, picking up bricks to raking in the moolah. To sell almost everything and anything under the sky. to come up with numbers (Badri, remember the LIC pitch?). to wander around juhu beach and convince some gola wala to put up the stall (and to go back months later to juhu and find out the gola wala recognising you and refusing to accept any money). to fool around people only to realise it always came back to bite you in the back. to fight with the system. to come up with weirdo promotional events. to go visit companies and occassionally try and hit on the receptionists, with little success of course ( u see we are engineers). to go live on a radio and goof up big time.to have a night out a day before in college and chill. to spend the night on the college roof and just talk. to sleep in the quad. to have vadapav at the station at 4 in the morning. to go for night publicity, whatever that meant.to leave everything to the last minute. to like never have sufficient money for anything. to constantly seek reimbursement. to see the festival take shape. to live those two days. to thrive in chaos. to see the security junta fight for t shirts. to see harry potter quiz being a supre hit in a technical festival. to see people backing out at the last minute. at the very same time find a new bunch joining in to help out. to understand people. and more than anything else to understand yourself better...and the list goes endless..

I terribly miss college. U actaully realise when u are no longer there. I attended Nirmaan this time. was surprised to find most of the college junta missing. the whole point of me comming out of the slumber and writing this post is to let people know what they are missing. Guys dont, trust me u are missing something big in life. be a part of it.There will be differences. there always will be. its ok. They just add to the clour. But dont let it keep you away. And the lazy -do din chutti mila types- GPL. The loss is urs.trust me, it is. So the next time some of us oldies come to college, i expect a packed quad. And then, we shall together shout Ae Ae Ae Ae hagga...

p.s- nice to know people actually visit this blog. would appreciate if you dropped ina comment. will motivate this lazy ass to pen down his chaotic thoughts occassionaly ..

14 comments:

kirti said...

Nirmaan and SPACE will always be close to most of us. Yes, it will invariably 'hugo' but we will still find immense pleasure in enjoying it for the entire two days and at the end of it, go home abusing the system for cutting short the DJ night in a tech fest. But yes, our festivals maketh our good times in SP. The atmosphere is unexplainable. It sets everyone into this amazing momentum and yes, you have explained all the typical things that go into the making of these fests, beautifully. And there is an unparalleled awesomeness in the way all the chaos perfectly falls into place most of the time. For every time else, there is 'quad side jugaad'.
well, yes, this nirmaan saw a lil less turnout if you consider the usual colg junta. I had to make myself realize that our times are almost over. FE was volunteering time. SE- the back bone-organizing time. TE- the powerful coordinating and committee time. BE- time to sit back and enjoy. But yes, by the time u reach the last year, you realize the colg 'junta' has changed. Torches have changed hands and now we can only let the bachalog do what they have to. In this process, we lose out on our people and feel that the turnout wasnt satisfactory. Maybe the TEs and SEs would have a different story to tell. The unfortunate underlying truth- times change and it will soon be time to move on. We can only hope, these fests will ring with " ae ae ae hugaa" and " IT sucks" for many many years to come..:)

Sanket said...

I miss college too! People sure are reading your blog. Nirmaan, Space and Techno will have great memories in our minds. I thought you would mention our 'Contraptions' in this one. Nevermind, Good one!

pratap said...

vary good vary good

Rohit said...

All my friends who are still in Mumbai have that chance to come to college for the fests. One thing that really sucks about America I guess.

balaji said...

gyara sau paththar!!!!

balaji said...

"Each one of u pick up one stone and come..."....."I want to 'brief'.."

taha said...

Will never forget the days...do u remember that chutia paani puri wala...

anand said...

@ kirti: quiet an emotional comment. Thanks for the visit

@GODbole.. oh yeah forgot to mention dominoes...awesome fun..btw how are u doing these days?/

@Pratap:
Thank you saar..

@Rohit: yes, some of us here make a point to visit college at every other occassion we can.. Advantage indeed.

anand said...

@bala: gyarah sau pathar..fuck that was crazy..and add to that 'the briefing'..aah those were the days

@taha: yeah, we can never forget those days.. yeah i remember the gola wala, panipuri wala and the dosa guy..the interesting part is had been to have a dosa the other day and the fellow recognized me man ...

omkar said...

well done...
for the post...
for visitin college now n den wen sum of us who really want 2 cannot..
for tellin d existin college 'junta' wat they r missin..
well done...

anand said...

@ sathe..

Thanks:)

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Swapnil Khetan said...

Hi Mr. Blogger. I would like it if you could post your cutting chai blog on Nirmaan on its Page on FB. Nirmaan2011

Peole should get a chance to read it. :)

anand said...

dddd