Saturday, July 22, 2006

PDP resumes...

Blocking Blogspot was one of the worst decisions taken by the Government in recent times. It has hit the millions of Indian Bloggers (Me being one of them). The simple thing that the Indian Governments do not understand is that those bloggers who want to access Blogspot, need not always access the site directly. There is always hook or crook method, that can counter these measures by the government. I don’t know why these foolish government decision makers don’t know that!! And, Why should the Dot start instructing the ISPs to block a whole domain?? Should they not identify the suspicious blogs and block those ones?? It was very rightly specified somewhere… It is like stopping the water-supply in town, simply because there are terrorists who drink water in town!! Now even I have been facing a lot of inconvenience because of this sudden illogical decision by those moronic office bearers. I was in the middle of changing the template of my blog. So after having a small chat with Karan I was given the options of pkblogs.com or Tor. pkblogs.com is a slightly slow. Tor is better and is really a good option to fool the servers. NovaPortal was another option. Although Karan likes its speed, I did not find it to be good. It does not display my blog correctly. Thankfully now Blogspot is unblocked.

Ok, now, coming back to my life. I returned Chandigarh on the 19th. Obviously I am now in second year, it is about time to be at the other side of ‘The Phantom Returns’. Yes, ragging is on. But at this point of time the ragging has not reached its peak. The problem is that only the first counseling has taken place till now. And only the first week of college has passed. So the number of fucche are too few. On 19th after taking the possession of my newly allotted room, and after setting it up I went to Hostel No 7, with a few of my friends at about quarter past ten.. Hostel 7 till last year was the most feared hostel as all the second year guys were living there. But now a new block has been constructed in Hostel 7 and all the freshers have been allotted rooms in that hostel. The first thing I noticed when I reached that hostel were a few groups of students standing randomly in hostel parking enjoying their interaction with fellow juniors. We all walked into the hostel and went upstairs to the first floor. Second year students were buzzing all along the corridors trying to catch hold of the limited number of first year students. I wished my mates over there; obviously we were meeting after a long summer break. The first room I entered I found a guy sitting on top of the loft. I was told that he is visiting ‘Shimla’. Well and good, what else can you expect when there is only one fresher trying to meet the entertainment-requirements of about a dozen seniors?? I just walked out of the room as I found the situation real dull over there. I was informed that there are four juniors in one of the rooms. I went in there and joined the other second year students (There were about 10 of them there already!! But only four 1st year guys.). Some of my friends followed. The problem was that in that room ragging was being conducted in Punjabi. Although I have picked up quite a few usual Punjabi terms, some of it was difficult to understand. I just sat back and watched the juniors act according to the given situation. I must say, whatever little I understood, it was really hilarious. I was simply a spectator with no inputs simply because it was almost entirely a Punjabi based ragging. At about midnight I returned back to room. Hopefully next time more freshers would be available. They are expected from the next week onwards.

Meanwhile classes have restarted and the Information Technology branch is really enjoying the course. Semiconductors, Peripheral Devices, Data Structures, Programming Methodology, Fundamentals Of IT and lastly Human Computer Interface are the only subjects. So everything is IT specific. And when college restarts, movies have to restart. Yesterday night I went to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. First Day last show. This movie unlike the last one was really complicated. Real complicated logic and really open ended. None of us were satisfied as we really felt ‘incomplete’ at the end of the movie. But I must say that the movie was really funny at times. Johnny Depp played an excellent role, but Keira Knightley’s role was not impressive….im sure u know why!!

7 comments:

Skaran said...

I have always hated all this ragging business, and honestly speaking, it is one of the major factors because of which I did not want to go to an Indian college. The mentality behind it is what I find disturbing. It might be character-building but there are better ways to do that. Also, inevitably this happens that when you were ragged in your first year, now you take sadistic, vindictive pleasure (or, I don't know if you simply like this kind of entertainment) in seeing other people ragged, standing back, relieved that you are not them, and having a laugh at their expense.

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Anonymous said...

hi there, im a first year at uiet too and having faced a week of intensive ragging(or pdp),i can say that most of it is enjoyable
but sometimes they can make you do things that are simply embarrasing

Souvik said...

Well, firstly i will like to make one correction. It was NovaProxy and not NovaPortal.

Now Karan, You are extremely right in saying that when you are ragged in the first year, you feel like watching others being ragged. But Karan, the interaction that you have with the seniors during the ragging period becomes a very strong bond. That is what I have realised. At this point of time I can recall what all we went through, and it makes us laugh even now. You are definitely going to enjoy your ragging experience as long as it does not turn vulgar or embarrasing. But my close friends and I have entirely changed the form of ragging. I know that the first night I did go upto hostel 7, to check out the atmosphere, but since then My approach has changed. We called one of the freshers yesterday night and simply chatted with him, and we put no restriction at him. No bad things like filling up bottle or doing any errands. just made him sit down and just interact. We all laughed and didnot put any restriction at him. Infact we told him that he was free to go anytime, but the problem, is that if he went back, he most probably will land up in a room, when a severe ragging is taking place. It is really disturbing to know that ragging has taken up forms like helping out seniors shift their room, and some other embarrasing things that i wouldnot like to mention. That should be a strict no no!!

And to you Mr Anonymous, I am sure you will enjoy your ragging experience, but i would suggest you to refuse anything you find embarrasing. Just dont do it. The seniors will not lay a hand at you, dont be afraid. Just enjoy your ragging and then you will realise later that these seniors will help you out in the future. After a few months you are going to find your ragging experience really humorous.

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Skaran said...

Souvik, the gist of what I'm saying is that all the people (non-freshers in college) I've talked to about ragging claim that it is a good bond-creating activity and that is why it is good, but I have only two things to say: a) I think there can be equally good bond-creating without this embarrassment and power politics and b) ragging gets out of hand many times in many colleges and freshers are forced to do things that range from extremely humiliating to just plain dangerous.

Also, do you think freshers don't make friends with their seniors outside India or that their friendships are somewhat weaker than the ones in India that have been strengthened by ragging? If you think so, then I believe you might be mistaken. Why can't two people can become good friends while treating each other at the same level of decency?

Souvik said...

I don't know about other places karan, but here I can frankly claim, that I only know those seniors with whom I have interacted during elections, ragging or direct association because of me being a member of the technical committee... and I totally agree... ragging should be decent...