I’ve loved and hated and lost and found over these five years. I’ve grown distant from people I never thought I’d lose touch with, and buried the hatchet with people I thought I would never speak to again, now some of my best friends. I’ve battled depression and gotten better. I’ve had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows within these hostel rooms I’ve occupied. I’ve learned so much, not just about Derrida and Foucault, but about friendship and love and people. Of course I don’t have it all figured out yet (I mean, with Derrida, you never really do), but I’ve grown such a great deal since I was 17 and first walked into this campus 5 years ago. Asmita Ghosh on her “love story” with the place that has given her so much and meant different things at different points in life. This is the last in the “Through the Goggles of a Graduate” series.
“Insti has indeed provided us the opportunities to harness our interests, try out new ideas. For being able to venture out and engage ourselves in activities we enjoy, without having to defend each of our actions and the stability this atmosphere contributed to is what insti will always be remembered for.” Amala Bonnie recounts how her five years of stay in insti molded her as a person and the wonderful set of people and experiences that she was gifted with from her alma mater.
The thing about insti and all that it offers is that you can sculpt yourself into a unique product. You can find yourself and define yourself as you want. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that there exists a standard template for an “Insti Stud”, and then strive to do the things expected to attain the so-called stud status. But I quite frankly think that’s a stupid thing to do.
“Insti is a mine, if you dig at the right place you will get gold. Keep digging, you could get diamonds. IIT Madras has never been a place for people who get content with what they have always been doing. It is for high achievers. It is for people who want to get their hands full with new things. Each day it teaches something new, may be a new line or a new perspective. It is for people who want to take the better out of everything they do. All you need to do is to keep your mind and eyes open, and jump in. Take risks, there will be no easier time to do that. Follow your dream, your passion, nothing can stop you. Propel your way through. ” Mahesh Kurup talks of his life in insti in the ‘Through the Goggles of a Graduate series.
From his academic performance to leading the Sponsorship department at Shaastra, from sports to an attempt at making a race car, and especially a curious commitment to the Antakshari team – Bhavik Rasyara left his mark in numerous parts of campus life. Known to stretch conversations through the night, here he attempts to share (in a much shorter format of course) some of his experiences with the hope of leaving behind a little something to think about.
Raghavi Kodati, winner of the Governor’s Prize this year was a popular figure in the campus and she puts together her memories of the four years in this brilliant article on her birthday. We wish her a very Happy Birthday and good luck for all her future endeavors. This is the third in the ‘Through the Goggles of a Graduate’ series.
A terrific Department Secretary, someone who is always running a minimum of 5 projects, the HSS Institute Blues winner- Yashaswini Rajeshwar popularly known as Yash among her friends talks about her memorable journey of 5 years in the institute. The second article in the “Through the Goggles of a Graduate” series.
A graduating dual degree student from the Department of Engineering Design, Roshan, popularly known as RSK, is an avid photographer, designer and data analyst. He has always been in great demand to cover all kinds of events in the institute. Here, he shares some of his shots and the stories behind them.
“To our classmates and a lot of the people who knew us, we were the ‘Muggu Wing’, a moniker that we weren’t particularly fond of in the beginning but soon began to cherish.” Read the chronicles of an Alak wing which graduated this year.