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Friday, September 23, 2005

Where were u, when it was dark? er.. Raining

Rain rain go away
come again another day..
little johnny wants to play
Rain rain.. go to spain...

Don't show your face again..


A small rhyme v, as kids, used 2 sing whenever it rained.. Then, it was just a
way of frenzy, without actually meaning it.. It was euphoric, and in a sense of
excitement, v all cousins sang in a chorus..

Y m i speaking about childhood all of a sudden.. nostalgic? not exactly.. Last
few days my place has been receiving pretty genorous doses of rain, and i
observed some kids, in my apartment, with the same excitement.. Then did i
realize the meaning.. How rain can throw our life into an havoc!! A case study
here... er... my experience.



Right from Sunday morning, it has been drizzling in Vizag and v were confined
indoors for most of the time.. Evening i had planned 2 go 2 a movie wid my
parents( after a real long time), and was very keen on it.. but lo! the rain was
determined 2 play spoilsport... Nevertheless, i convinced my mom of the
credentials of the movie( APARICHITUDU), and v did go.. Albeit completely
drenched in the super cooled theatre. The theatre probably had a tie-up wid the
doctors( what else could explain the low temperature set on the
air-conditioner?). Anyways, v had a great time in the chilled theatre and the
raging movie, and on our return got 2 bath , in the purest form of natural
water, once again.. this time amidst the different processions of the
pot-bellied "Lord Ganesha"..



Monday morning, woke up lazily, as usual, only 2 find a heavy rain outside.. Mom
asked not 2 go to the coll.. I refuted. Srinivas baba sir is to take 2
classes and i can't afford 2 miss them( I actually like his classes!!).. The
rain was real heavy, and some friends called 2 check if i had any info about the
coll.. At around 8:30, Varun broke the news - It has been declared a holiday,
and then started my woes??.. I was confined 2 my house, fortunately dad also
decided 2 wait 4 the rain 2 wean away, and v had a long chat till 11AM.. Dad
left 4 his work, and i fell into the grips of boredom.. Tried 2 read something(
as power had already run away, fearing the rains..), but how long could one do
that??.. Cursed myself 4 being stingy last evening by not buying a copy of
Business today.. i read( or rather studied) the entire newspaper.. It was just
12:30.. the clock hands seem 2 have stuck 2 their positions.. wonder how ppl
used 2 pass time, when electricity wasn't there??.. I slept all the afternoon(
Even Ravana is put to humiliation..), and evening woke up at the cool air by the
fan, which i had left 'on'... The power had come, but the cable connection was
still afraid of the rain, or maybe the rain has managed to kill it.. Any ways,
at least the comp is there at rescue.. I started my movie fare - Aashiq
banaya Aapne
and BLADE...


Tuesday morning, Upendra managed 2 wake me up by his call informing me of the
rain.. Damn! one more day of boredom!! No i am goin 2 get away, at least 2
someone's place and hang out there... Got a spate of calls, from my classmates,
soliciting my suggestion - I asked them all 2 come 2 the coll, and they abided..
I traited!! Got a last minute call from my bro( studying in the hostel at Sri
Chaitanya), that he is not well.. so went there 2 pick him up.. and by the time
i reached back home, Vamsi called and informed my mom the "good news" that it
was a holiday even today.. called him back, and gave a good dose, along with
some piece of mind.. He promised 2 compensate by giving me company( actually he
himself was bored, and had a car at his disposal),... V played on the comp( Yes!
the power has braved up against the rain, or maybe just got used 2 it..
whatever.  Thank u - APTRANSCO).. At 2:30, after vamsi left, I continued my
movie fare - Virudh.. ( bah!! it was borin'.. want to squeeze the neck of
my cousin, who referred it to me.. ).. To overcome the virtual house arrest, I
headed off to the CAT class, in spite of a drizzle.. Thus, the day passed on
well ( at least better than yesterday), but the deluge still continues...



Now, I really wish the rains go away 2 Spain, or 2 the farmers who need them
dearly...


Request 2 RainGod :   please pour at regular intervals, instead of
blessing us " Chappad phaad ke"... It has happened in Mumbai, New Orleans
and now Andhra... all at very close intervals?? - Hope it is not a scheme, to
reduce the population!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

MIDS : Engineering's curse on students..

Ahh!! I can already hear those grunts," Finally, he has posted".. Anyways, My sincere apologies 4 being late.. had my mid xams last week, so was 'kinda' busy..

About the mids??.. 4get it.. This is the only time that v study in Engg. ( other than the Sem xams, ofcourse).. On my first day in engg. i was told 2 b punctual, dediicated, study everyday, and blah! blah!.. and i did follow them 4 a week or two, until seniors took over.. and i got elected the CR of the class... Then started the procrastination - do everythin, except study.. Any ways, why dwell on the past??..

Lemme tell u s'thin abt the prep last week.. Sunday afternoon, everyone was havin a gr8 time, planning the evenin, and my evenin' was already decided, albeit by mom.. get in love with the study desk.. No! I can't, It is just 3 in the afternoon and my eyes were begging me take them off the Latin and greek paper.. No i decided, V hav MP 2morrow, and the sides may change during the xam.. Headed off to Tarun's house 4 combined study..

Tarun's house at 4: 7 young boys( my classmates), all cramped in a small room - sufficient 4 2, and crowded 4 three!!.. and me being the 8th person.. boy!! were v supposed 2 study there.. what with the sleek computer on with internet plugged in, the air conditioner at its minimum temp. - v were freezed, and a friend's IPOD lying unused?? I immediately plugged in the IPOD, and went into oblivion with Aashik banaya aapne.. ( Apple really needs a commendation)...

This was goin till 5, with my occasional inputs 4 the online chat goin, when v got a call that its a friends b'day treat.. Off, v headed, leavin everythin as it is... After all the b'day bumps, the water champagnes, and overflous treat of sweets in Raju's( the b'day boy) room.. V realised tat its not a hol 2morrow..
After a heated debate, v decided 2 forgo the roadside noodles, and returned 2 Tarun's.... I just learnt "how 2 spend 3 hrs doing nothin', and unable 2 withstand it any more( combined studies don't wrk 4 me), left 4 my place.. It was 7 in the evenin.. and the beach was overcrowded - how my heart longed to b there, just doing nothin..but, no! v hav the mid xams 4m 2morrow

Fortunately, the mids went on well, and i am waitin in wide anticipation - 4 the marks??.. who cares, until the nxt mid!!

Anyways,Be good, take care, and, as is "en vogue" right now, Salaam Namaste...

Regards,
BJ

Friday, September 02, 2005

Sidney Sheldon's "Banti aur Babli"

Surprised!! what the heck am i writin?? Bunty aur babli, the hindi masala movie, and Sidney Sheldon, the bestselling author, How are they connected? Well, so was i, when i recently read Sidney sheldon's If Tommorow comes.. Gawd it looked so much like Bunty aur babli.. inpsiration huh!..
My foot!! It was a neat adaption, by the producers of the movie, 2 cater 2 the tastes of the indian public.. Wow! and it went largely unnoticed.. and the end result - the film is a block buster, raking in a huge moolah, to the already superflous producers..

In the book v hav tracy whitney, the protoganist, gettin into the arena of consters succumbing 2 the circumstances, ala rani(or babli) in the film.. V have Tracy assisted by Jeff Stevens, for the more manly jobs, ala Abhishek(or Bunty).. Initially they con people 2 fend themselves, and in due course get addicted 2 it.. They no more do it for the money.. Its pure fun.. and u can't help laughing at the gullible nature of most of the ppl..

The execution of the swwindles look more realistic in the book.. In the movie selling of TAJMAHAL 2 a foreigner looks too silly 4 the audience 2 digest( pitfalls in the name of adaption).. One more similarity 2 the movie:- there is a tough cop behind the consters, who always manages 2 b outsmarted by them, ala BIGB..

Of course, bunty aur babli being a indian movie, needs a decent happy ending, with a win-win situation 4 all.. So BIBG manages 2 change the consters and reform them, in the end, using their intelligence 4 constructive purposes.. While in the book the "con" continues...

Thus, v c a classic case of piracy infringement.. unfortunately without any acknoledgement 2 the rightful owner.. Sorry Mr. Sheldon.. but it happens only in INDIA!!


And finally i would like 2 thank u all 4 baring with my musings..

Chao,
BJ

Thursday, September 01, 2005

100 and growin'

Wondering what on earth does the title mean?..
Well its abt the counter, which has crossed 100 hits, aand is growin'...

Anyways, this milestone( is it really one??) was acheived in about a month.. It was a chance encounter wid the sitecounter and i felt the importance 2 keep a track if anybody is actually readin the blog( The visitors r unfortunately, lazy, or time pressed, 2 leave a comment)... and lo' it worked..

Now s'thin abt my blog:
Early june,this year, I was njoin my hols, wid aimless browsing, when i seriously gave a tought 2 blogging, many of my friends had told me abt it, but i never felt the urge.. and thus started the blog of the year, I think my name is good enough 2 b the title, and what better than COLLEGIAN, 2 define the blog in brief?..

What is intended 2 b on the blog:
My thoughts!!! Well that is what a blog is meant 2 b.. And i take this oppurtunity 2 announce that i would b updating more regularly , and please the views expressed may vary 4m post 2 post - evolution, or s'thing... nay! its just what runs in my mind, at the time of writin(or typin), is out on the blog.. so simple!!

Future plans:
I have this bad habit of always scheduling all my activities, and unfortunately not sticking 2 any.. Anyways, even in this arena, my idea is 2 include boook an movie reviews,study plans, and blah! blah!( sound nerdy.. just kiddin!!).. Its goin to contain more malice, more of me and the thing called LIFE revolving around me!!

So be waitin in anticipation..


Dream:
Finally, a small dream that i would like 2 share wid u - Hope the counter increases exponentially, here on.. and the blog bcomes the blog of the year
.. 4get it man! i was just kiddin'.. who cares about the stat counter, I blog as long as i feel like doin it.. and nothin can deter me 4m doin this..On this note, bye bye.. take care..

Luv and Luc,
BJ