Made in Insti: Pizza Mutiny

Pizza Mutiny is a brand that many insti students are familiar with, by virtue of their notebooks that are, apart from being very reasonably priced, also popular for the sets of free coupons and the ‘bunk meters’ that come along with them. “It felt great every time a student thanked us because he just got an extra Papa Johns Pizza because of our coupons,” AP says. The ‘bunk meter’ and timetable, although simple additions, seemed to be “things everyone actually found useful”.

Beyond the Gates: The December Season

Come December and Chennai gears up for its much-awaited festival – the Madras Music Season or December Season. This cultural extravaganza rates higher on the excitement scale than any conventional festival celebrated here. Hotel and taxi bookings peak to the zenith and crowds from Chennai and outside hop from one sabha to another to witness their favourite artistes perform.

Ranjani tells us about Chennai’s December season.

T5E Debates: A Case for a Better Education

“While it is convenient to make a multitude of claims about how the fee hike is part of an elaborate plot to privatise higher education, and how this hike will prevent bright, but less affluent, students from joining an IIT, it’s critical to see if this story fits the facts … a much more important and pressing issue for India today is the abysmal quality of its primary and secondary school education. This is a disproportionately larger bottleneck in ensuring that everyone gets a fair shot at getting an IIT education (or more broadly, a good higher education). It would be prudent for us, the so-called cream of Indian youth, to spend more time addressing this fundamental issue, instead of arguing over the relative trivialities of a fee-hike for an already heavily subsidised world-class education.”
Vinay ‘Slicer’ Sridhar writes an argument in support of the ongoing fee increase in the IITs.

T5E Debates: Let Them Eat Cake

“The recent fee hike, especially the near-100% hike in the B.Tech tuition fee, is a misguided decision which has negative implications and raises ethical questions. The present fee hikes and the direction of higher education policy have a definite slant towards the ideology that education is a commercial venture.”
A.M. Ayyappadas writes an argument against the ongoing fee hike in the IITs.

Response to ‘A Different Take on Saarang’

The following is an open letter that was sent to T5E in response to A Different Take on Saarang. It was written by Ravi Musti (MnM), who was Cul-Sec (Arts), 2012-2013, with inputs from the Core team, Saarang 2013. It has been published as received by T5E, and has not been edited in any way. “This article is an attempt to discuss the practicality of certain suggestions (?) made. It is also an attempt at informing the student community on what goes on the inside so that they can form their own opinions on what the festival has become today and where it is going in future.”

A Different Take On Saarang

In this opinion piece, the author opines, “Saarang, over the past few years (perhaps since Opeth arrived in our Golden Jubilee year and changed things forever), has begun to overrate its proshows. It’s perhaps time to ruminate over what the exact purpose of some of these proshows are, especially the Rock Show, which makes a loss every year … More ideologically, the overselling of proshows is undermining what really is the heart and soul of Saarang: events.”