“It is coming back to the room and deciding to lay down for an hour and waking up to find you were transported to a world which is a four full hours ahead. It is your ears refusing to let the lectures penetrate deep enough to reach your brain. It is the long purposeless wandering of your feet on the insti roads at night, past sleeping dogs, past lone cycles, feeling your soul floating in the night sky sometimes with a moon — even a supermoon — for company. It is sitting down to study only to see your hand move against your will like Pettigrew’s towards your phone to check: what are the several cats doing on Facebook now, how many likes does Emma Watson have on her page…Wait, I think I should be studying. Woah, so many Whatsapp messages. What is the PQR Hostel group up to now? When did XYZ change their dp? She looks nice. Why am I even online? Why am I even alive? Let me Google ‘most powerful motivational sites’… I am killing it now, here goes….Hey, what’s up da?. Me, I am studying…. Shut the phone…..let’s get some tea. Ramu? I should be back as soon as possible and study. How about the library? Is it too cold? Actually too far. I will sit he- why is the room so messy! No wonder I am not studying much. Let me rearrange things. “
We asked the Speaker and the Executive Wing members three questions: to describe their job in one sentence, the best part, and the worst part of their respective jobs. Here is what they had to say.
“Curd rice, streets with long Tamil Brahmin names, the AIADMK hoardings and the evening bells from the temple gopurams along with a myriad of other things create what we call, the soul of Chennai.”
The novelty of the holidays is fading fast and the question is in everyone’s minds- what do I do? Over-bearing and pompous aunts might imperiously state that so much time is not meant to be wasted and reel off the usual list- read, write, draw, sing, paint, and so on. Kindly uncles might suggest starting a side-career as a philatelist. Fond parents might suggest the Classical arts. However, none of them seem to appeal. We know what we don’t want, but not what we want.
YouTube is a medium famed (and feared) for its ability to take the viewer on an endless ride with its surprisingly insistent suggestions. Accordingly,
The holidays catch some of us like characters in a slapstick act pushing with all their weight against a closed door just to find it unlocked. After a semester full of groaning about hectic schedules (while finding ‘n’ ways to pass time less than three hours away from a deadline), we stumble, thankful but bemused, into the summer vacation, where a vast expanse of free time awaits us like a dream fulfilled. And we are not quite sure whether we know what to do with this.
Part 1: Books
The Tamil country has its own unique identity in the world. The land where many kingdoms and cultures waxed and waned, the state
‘The Last Bencher’ was a venture to collect the best stories and writings from the batch of 2011 and bring it out in the consolidated format of a book. A wide range of people from all parts of the country, of different viewpoints and of different habits had contributed to this book, making it a truly pan-Insti publication. Opinions, articles about events and happenings inside IIT Madras, eye-ball grabbing anecdotes, all found their place in this book.
Is The Second Last Bencher just a book? No. It is a tribute to the friendships that were made in IITM. It is the frozen piece of the memories of the people who stayed here. Most importantly, it is an exclamation mark on the celebration of life in IITM.
The latest edition of The Wipro Chennai Marathon was conducted at the end of January this year. Prof. Preeti Aghalayam, the President of Chennai Runners, reminisces about how the ‘Chennai Marathon’ has matured over the years to become the second largest marathon event in the country.