Monday, August 24, 2009

One for My God!!

1. Sleep is my second love.
2. Mom is the first.
3. Nothing can wake me up once I go to sleep. Some time back you might have experienced loud thunder, lightning and some more time-- you might have even experienced mild EathQuake in Pune. I missed all this cause it happened when I was asleep.
4. Mom is diabetic patient.

Yesturday was a great day after all Ganapati Bappa was going to come to our home!!

I got up early @7 [Sunday morning 7 o'clock should be considered Early morning !! ;)]After doing all the preparations, decorations in the hall me and my brother went and brought Ganesh Murthi!! One look at him and you could just start talking to him. The whole day then went in preparing Naywedya,Aarti,pooja,evening Haldi - kunku preparations... and it was already dark outside.Went to attend society Ganest Aarti, the Cultural programmes and other games were going to take some time so returned back home. At Home we performed Evening Ganesh Aarti.Then atended to all aunties who came for Haldi kunku. Mom had fast [Hartalika Fast] yesturday, She was very tired. It was a very hectic day. Though I just helped her I could feel it was tiring, She was the whole and sole performmer of the day, Getting tired in the day was not something new , it was obvious.So I told her to go to sleep early.Since next day was office even I went to sleep. I slept in the hall. Since the day was tiring[I had worked a lot] I went to sleep soon, without bothering about anything else. withing few sec I was in deep sleep.It was 1 A.M when I got up suddenly, I dont know why?? when I looked around I saw Mom was also awake and sitting on the sofa.That was not very uncommon, I was just about to go back to sleep. But something in me just pulled me and took me to Mom. She was very cold, sweating and I just could not understand what happened to her.She then told she ate 5 banannas, had a cup of cofee. MY SUGUR LEVEL has gone DOWN!! Give me a cup of coffee.After preparing coffee for her. I sat besides her.I was very frightened.While she drank the coffee, I was constantly looking at the Ganesh Murthi whose face was lightened by the light from Diya lightened.I Now Knew Why I got up. Why I got a feeling to go to my Mom. It was My Ganesha who saved my Love!!After Mom finished drinking Coffee, I took promise from her not to do Fast from now onwards. On top of this she took her normal dose of insulin because of which her SUGAR LEVEL dropped a lot. And she was not able to understand what she should do. Her brain was not cooperating. It didnt even strike her that she could call out my name, There was little hope but still that was a option to her.after some 10-15 min she was feeling better. Instructing her to call out my name if she does not feel good, I went to sleep.Hey Sukhkarta, hey DukhHarta It was you only you because of whom I have my Mom with me today!! I have always believed in you. You have been my best Friend but yesturday what I experienced was truely Divine. I just dont have words GOD, This was the most precious gift that you gave me and that to without asking for it.Ganapati Bappa Morya!!Thank You God, Thank You!!

Ganapati Bappa Morya!!

This is something really Bad, that a diabetic patient has to go through. I dont want anybody else to expirience this but in case you have a diabetic patient at home and you do face such situation, I just wanted to share what you can do:If the persons body is Cold,Sweating and feels Uneasy not able to understand whats going on around Probably their SUGAR LEVEL is DOWN.
what can you do??
-Give something that will immediately get into the blood and increase the glucose level. eg: like glucose u should always have this handy in home[You might keep this packet near their bed cause when the time come it is a matter of fraction of sec that makes all the difference], coffee with lots of sugar, Bananas.
- Gently Rub their hands and feet, this will create heat.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Me, Myself and Nishi - VII

As we entered the Wardens office...

familiar things and faces started coming in front of my eyes
There I saw Nishi, Sonali, shirin, rupali and some more girls surrounded with 3-4 Rectors and Warden Kulkarni. The atmosphere seemed tensed. The rectors and Warden were shouting at girls and all of them were listening heads down. It was a complete mess there no one might be knowing what is going on. It was as if after a long time "ooth pahad ke niche aaya" everyone wanted to grab the opportunity and scold them. I could hear only shouts -- you don't follow the hostel rules. Don't you know B'day celebration is banned in hostel after midnight?
Whose b'day was it, come forward. Shirin with a meek face came forward. Everyone had lost hope. One look at them and you know they haven't had food since last night. Who is Nishigandha? Called out the warden? What is this? Don't you have any manners? Why didn't you write the names when the rector asked for? Huh??
Nishi tried to gather all her courage to answer that question.
"Maam, We were not making noise. I agree we celebrated Shirin's b'day but we just cut cake and wished her. We didn't disturb anyone. Even our neighbors' didn't come to know that we were celebrating b'day. They were shock to hear we were caught for celebrations. We took all care not to make noise and disturb others. I felt we were not the culprit, the rector came checking for someone else who were making noise but landed coincidently in our room and to even her surprise we were celebrating! She asked me to write names of all who were making noise , but we were not making noise so I didn't give any name in writting"
No Madam, there were all decorations in the room when I entered and I feel it was all a planned celebration. They plan and break the rules. They should get a good punishment so that other girls learn to behave in a disciplined manner. They were making noise because of which I had to go to second floor and check what the matter was. Complained the rector.
Maam it's our last year so we wanted to make it memorable, we won't be together again like this. Hence we celebrated, we are sorry we broke the rule. But out intentions were not bad.. pleaded Sonali. If you complain about this to our parents they will punish us more severely. We are from good family background Maam. You can check our record maam we have been sincere and always followed rules. Our parents have high hope from us maam.
Maam it is our first time, we won't do this again. Please let us go this time. Please don't expel us, it will spoil our career. Our parents will be disheartened! Please Maam everybody said in chorus. The air was so dramatic people started crying.
Even Wardens have heart, Kulkarni Maam was touched by the scene, She said I forgive you this time, but I don't want any more complaints. Suddenly the air was filled with joy. Maam wished Shirin Happy Bday, Then said We don't have problem in you celebrating, only celebrate in the day time. Even I will join you. Ok. Everyone nodded and started moving out of the room. To my surprise my uncle and aunt also started moving out. Ohh is the admission done? I thought to MYSELF, great... So which room are you allocated? 402 in "Fourth hostel "said my cousin. We now headed to her room to check if everything was ok though I knew everything will be fine (For my uncle and aunts sake) and also cause I got to see the new hostel.
As we entered the Wardens office… familiar things and faces started coming in front of my eyes
There I saw Nishi, Sonali, shirin, rupali and some more girls surrounded with 3-4 Rectors and Warden Kulkarni. The atmosphere seemed tensed. The rectors and Warden were shouting at girls and all of them were listening heads down. It was a complete mess there no one might be knowing what is going on. It was as if after a long time "ooth pahad ke niche aaya" everyone wanted to grab the opportunity and scold them. I could hear only shouts -- you don't follow the hostel rules. Don't you know B'day celebration is banned in hostel after midnight?
Whose b'day was it, come forward. Shirin with a meek face came forward. Everyone had lost hope. One look at them and you know they haven't had food since last night. Who is Nishigandha? Called out the warden? What is this? Don't you have any manners? Why didn't you write the names when the rector asked for? Huh??
Nishi tried to gather all her courage to answer that question.
"Maam, We were not making noise. I agree we celebrated Shirin's b'day but we just cut cake and wished her. We didn't disturb anyone. Even our neighbors' didn't come to know that we were celebrating b'day. They were shock to hear we were caught for celebrations. We took all care not to make noise and disturb others. I felt we were not the culprit, the rector came checking for someone else who were making noise but landed coincidently in our room and to even her surprise we were celebrating! She asked me to write names of all who were making noise , but we were not making noise so I didn't give any name in writting"
No Madam, there were all decorations in the room when I entered and I feel it was all a planned celebration. They plan and break the rules. They should get a good punishment so that other girls learn to behave in a disciplined manner. They were making noise because of which I had to go to second floor and check what the matter was. Complained the rector.
Maam it's our last year so we wanted to make it memorable, we won't be together again like this. Hence we celebrated, we are sorry we broke the rule. But out intentions were not bad.. pleaded Sonali. If you complain about this to our parents they will punish us more severely. We are from good family background Maam. You can check our record maam we have been sincere and always followed rules. Our parents have high hope from us maam.
Maam it is our first time, we won't do this again. Please let us go this time. Please don't expel us, it will spoil our career. Our parents will be disheartened! Please Maam everybody said in chorus. The air was so dramatic people started crying.
Even Wardens have heart, Kulkarni Maam was touched by the scene, She said I forgive you this time, but I don't want any more complaints. Suddenly the air was filled with joy. Maam wished Shirin Happy Bday, Then said We don't have problem in you celebrating, only celebrate in the day time. Even I will join you. Ok. Everyone nodded and started moving out of the room. To my surprise my uncle and aunt also started moving out. Ohh is the admission done? I thought to MYSELF, great... So which room are you allocated? 402 in "Fourth hostel "said my cousin. We now headed to her room to check if everything was ok though I knew everything will be fine (For my uncle and aunts sake) and also cause I got to see the new hostel.After settling all her belongings in her room. We started from the hostel. Me thinking to Myself will I ever get a chance to live those moments again which I just witnessed? I want to live one day as Nishi. I want to be with Sonali and Shirin, For one day I want to go to college with them.Will I get that chance?? Will life give me that chance? Will you like to be with me for one more day??
"Yes We will!!" whispered Sonali and shirin from both my sides in my ears. leaving my heart happy.
"Tumhe bhulne ki koshish karna phizul hai

Tumhari yaad bhi tumhari tarah ziddi hai

Isliye humne tumhari yadoo se ishq kar liya hai"

-This Was for my college, friends and everyone who was a part of my college life for making my college days so memorable.
I left the hostel campus with lost of questions which needed to be answered by MYSELF.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Me, Myself and Nishi - VI

Chicken Pox reminded me of only one thing and that was my DE practical exam. I had already missed 2 full weeks of college including lab sessions and viva was nearby I had very few days to complete all my submissions and then do the extra lab sessions get the knowledge of the subjects and all this I had to do alone.
But it all went so well thanks to Sonali and Shirin. I use to write all the writeups and they both use to draw circuit diagrams, graphs, flow charts everything that did not need a handwritting was done by them. Because of all this I could do my submissions well in time it took me 8 days to cope with the loss, with help of Sonali and Shirin.
Since I missed all my lectures too I didnt have slighest clue of what needs to be done, to be frank I went in a depression everything seemed top be tough. Sonali and Shirin were in Instrumentation Engineering but by Gods grace They also had a similar subject like Digital Electronics. Sonali use to teach me all the different methods in it and it was all so much of stuff in one go. Sonlai was a typical teacher after she taught me, she use to take my test. There were some simple addition substraction problems given to me 1st. I thought that will be easy. But in one I had to do 0-1 that in binary system, I got stuck I had not read this rule.What should be done? Then Shirin tried prompting me, no use dumbo me could not get what she is trying to explain. Result I had to bear Sonali's wrath. Then there were some compilicated methods , Ring counter, JK counter and toggeleswitch and what not I had to learn them all and that too in one go and then solve some problem given by Sonali. I had already had a lot of scoldings from Sonali, She was scolding me that Im not paying attention, She is wasting her time on me.... $%&*^ @#!@#!@! #$%@@!@#@!!#$I So I wanted to prove her this time, its not a waste.
But you will not believe me its all so confusing though now I feel It was dumb of me but when it was first tiime.believe me it was tough, I did the sum with all concentration and did my best to get the RHS = LHS. But I did some mistake and I was not able to get the ans write. I played with teh problem for a lot of time. I was about to cry, I felt so miserable like its delivery in 1 hour and the code is not ready to run, u are tired banging your head. Shirin was sitting next to me when she tried to help me Sonali started shouting at her so she also kept quite.
I was so worried but then came rupali in our room to ask some doubt to Sonali. Sonali was explaining it to he, Sonali was a Bond u see eveyone came with their difficulties to her. She got busy in resolving her query, in the mean time Shirin could not take one more look at my miserable face about to cry. She quickly pointed out my mistake and pretended as if she was studying her stuff. I was very happy to get the mistake. Finally I could save myself for atleast one time.
Simillarly days passed and it was the day of my DE practicals it was like a test for all three of us. I hardly slept for 3 hrs. I was working whole night. In the morning I had a headache. With great tention I went to the lab.There I came to know they are going to keep some surprise experiments, My heart was about to come out on hearing this. With great difficulty I prepared the known experiments(full ratta I tell you), how will I do unknown one ?? poor me, My slight headache started increasing... I took the one of the chit My hands were shaking, No I dont want to open this chit. I opened the chit "Ring Counter" was written on it. I was happy I knew it.. I was confident I will do it. Sonali and Shirin were standing at the gate looking curiously at me. I signalled them ring, tehy got it seeing my happy looks they knew I know about it. They waited outside the lab for me to finish the practicle.
I was So happy that day I had never had a better practical than this. All answers were perfect the external examiner was impressed. WE three were happy. And now I was Happy.
I took my thoughts to a back seat when our waiting time came to an end and we were asked to go inside the metron office.

When I entered I saw a familiar office. This was the same office where Nishi and her friends were standing and decision to expel them was being taken.
Keep watching thsi space for all your answere why? what next? who ? ??
...To Be Continued...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Me Myself Nishi - V

We entered Hostel 1 where the metron office was on the way I saw sonali and shirin out of their beds standing near a wall waiting impatiently. I was a bit puzzled what are they doing so early what are they waiting? ohh I think they are waiting for somones call.desparately wanting the phone to ring. And here goes the annoucement for sonali and shirin to attend the phone... Tringgg ... Tringgg... They are both confused who will go first but as the rule said Sonali first, So Sonali answered the call ... on the 1st ring. It was Nishi on other side.





Sonali - How are u Nishi?


Nishi - Im doing good it svery cold out here. how are you both?


Sonali- We are doing good. We remember you a lot. It is a bit cold here, managable. how are u feeling now? are u feeling better now? How is your chicken pox.Don't rome a lot around you will get infection . Your chicken pox will get worse.


Nishi - yes, I know Its much better now. Im feeling good now.That is why I came out of home after 2 weeks today. Its nice to be in fresh air. I missed my college for 2 weeks, I hope I will cover the part I missed a lot would have happened na? I miss you both a lot. I have nothing to do here. I dont go anywhere in fear that I would spread the infection. I stay in that only one room. But now I think I will be able to join college from next Mon.


Sonali - We will be waiting for you dear. come soon. And dont take tension of studies. you will manage it. ( to shirin who is growing desperate to talk to nishi Wait shirin,let me finish.. but shirin takes the receiver from sonali )


Shirin - Hello Nishi how are you? I miss you a lot. Im talking after so many days to you. Its after 2 weeks. I was not here when u went. Im feeling like ages, I havent seen you. And how are you now? What did the doctor say? when can u join college? When are you comming? Bring "Khasta" with you.


Nishi - areee... wait wait wait.. so many ques I forgot half of them, to answer the other half Im doing good now. Will join from next Monday,I wanted to join immediately but I didnt get tickets. To have to wait till monday. Mom Dad also said u will get rest so its better join on Mon. My bus is at 8.00pm sunday from here will reach in Pune by 6.00 Am so stay awake when I come.


Shirin- hehhe yes yes we will get up be ready by the time u come.


Nishi - Ok then chalo I will call you again if I go out.Tell bye to Sonali Byeeee


Shirin - Bye.. Take care.


Beep--Beep-Beep went the phone.


Both were excited. They said to each other Monday 3 more days to go... and did high-five to each other. They both warned each other to get up early before Nishi's bus reaches in Pune and to be ready to welcome her! Happy with their plan, They started moving to their room and then suddenly started running, may be they just remembered they have to attend college too before Monday comes. In their rush they didnt even notice they were about to dash into me.. which brought me back to the reality, And I with my cousin started in the direction of Metron's office.






...To Be Continued...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Me, Myself and Nishi - IV

I was lost in my thought, I came to senses by the screeching noise created by sudden application of brakes. To save the immature driver of a scooty. I realized we had reached the hostel which was 2 min drive from college, I would have preferred a walk though, which would have refreshed my innumerous such walks!
As we entered the gates, Nishi with Sonali [Sonali is a typical Maharashtrian girl. Mom and Dad’s girl, she will never go against her parents wish, typically a girl next door but when it comes to putting her point she is adamant she will convince you that she is right even if she was Wrong! That’s how strong her convincing skills are.. ]and Shirin[Dad’s Girl, She thinks she is the only capable female who can play heroine role in every movie paired opposite any actor! U watch a film with her and u see her next day dreaming herself to be in place of the heroine holding hands in hand with the hero singing in the woods.. that’s how dreamy she is. And she believes these crap movies to be a real worl.. Nishi and Sonali are tired telling her Grow Up] also entered. They were whispers, giggling and laughter in air. There was a security room at the gate. All three of them tried escaping the guard, but he noticed them and shouted at them, You are late you need to add late mark in the register! The trio tried convincing.. “Bhaiyya traffic itna tha 1 ghanta pehle nikle the hum par late ho hi gaya… pehli baar late huye hai plzz bhaiya jane do.. “ Right then their warden comes and stands behind them Bhaiyya had no choice and even the trio marked their late attendance saying sorry to the warden they moved ahead. I could hear them saying how many late marks are left? Still a half month to go.. Next time if we get late surely our parents will get the letter for non–compliance of rules said Nishi in a tensed voice.”Don’t worry we will go to a nearby hotel next Sunday” said shirin in a whisper and all started giggling again. Nishi hit Shirn on her head and ran away signaling her catch me if you can Shirin also started running trying to chase her. Sonali kept walking in a slow space may be because she was tired. I kept watching their movements till they disappeared from my vision.
I also started moving ahead trying to chase them, but the security guard shouted again but this time it was for me! Madam where are you going inside? You cannot go inside like this? Please sign in the Guest Register. I was amused to see the guard he showed signs of old age now, 2 min before he was so young shouting at Nishi and her friends. He was head of security now. I asked him, bhiayya pehchana? He nodded happily I told him meri behan ke admission ke liye aaye hai, Madam hai kya? He was more than happy to see me and help us. He called the matron and told us to go inside. Things have changed so much just some time back I needed no one’s permission to enter My hostel but today I need permission! We now moved inside the hostel campus the 4th hostel was completely built up. It was under construction. I showed each change that I noticed to my cousin in great excitement. The steps, ya .. I thought to myself. These were the steps where we would sit after our dinner and get our self relaxed from the college, lectures, submissions all tensions. All time chit chat, all nonsense bakwas… which was so meaning full that time. The time I spent here is incomparable to the comfort I give myself in the Ac cabin. The chit chat is no where there, and friends? There are no friends left now only colleagues. Every time I have to keep warning myself that I may hurt someone. I was walking and someone came and dashed against me, I looked around it was Nishi, Shirin had caught her and was trying to hurt her, but Nishi was quick enough to get hold of her hands! Now Shirin was helpless. She kept saying leave my hands, once I will show you how hard I can hit you! To this Nishi responded Show me your strength, Get yourself out of my hold if you can.. and after a lot of struggle though Shirin could not set herself free.. She was about to cry now trying to control (maybe she realized Nishi was tough to crack..) By then Sonali also came there, Nishi and Sonali signaled each other realizing Shirin’s situation, Nishi set her free and ran away sure enough that Shirin will run behind again trying to catch her. I saw their rooms light going on and came to know they reached their room. I went upstairs, I was standing in front of Room No 201. There were loud voices coming out I guess they were still fighting. Then Shirin came out of the room. She ran downstairs. Now Sonali groaned at Nishi. Why did you do that? You know she is not strong enough to face you said Sonali. Then she must just agree that, I didn’t ask anything else. I only wanted her to accept that but she was not ready. Don’t worry I will take care of this, said Nishi and went down stairs to console Shirin. After a thousand sorry Shirin agreed to come to the room. On the stairs Nishi said to her but you know what Shirin I’m stronger than you.. Ya I know said Shirin. Both started laughing and went inside the room. After telling how hard it was to convince Shirin to Sonali and how in the end Nishi proved her point. Sonali looked at Shirin and Shirin could not escape that smile. The air in the room was again filled with laughter.
I had a look at the room on a wall opposite to the window there were three beautiful houses, written on the wall was “Facta Non Verba” which means speak less and work more. Which I didn’t felt was being followed. Lined in one corner were three cupboards. The room was clean. Other than bed there were three study tables and three book shelves, one of which was converted into a small temple where all Gods were kept it had a essences stick burning which filled with aroma, apart from their laughter. Happy with their Sunday They all went to sleep.

…To be continued…

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Story writting competition in Infy.

There was a Story writting competition organised in Infy, The following story by me got third place. But prize was only for 1st place. Hope you like it.

"Kuhu"

Today the day started with new enthusiasm, we were excited about this day from so many days! We all got ready and started for school.It felt like it was my first day to school. My 3 year “Princess” was also excited. As it was the first day all parents were there with their children, we all were taken to a open space, All of us were given a sampling for plantation. The students were told that this is a new friend they will have for life time! With this they were also told to think of a name for their new friend, Princess thought for a long time and at the end she came up with "Kuhu”. The name took me back on the untraveled dusty road of my memories, when I was 3-4 years of age.It was EARTH DAY! Our society had decided to plant a tree per child in the society and children will be sole responsible to take care of the plants. Each child was given a sampling; mine was a Mango sampling, when I came to know that it will produce mangoes I got more excited. We planted them around the society. Each Day we use to make sure we water the plants. All children were very possessive about their plants and unknowingly a competition started. Each one wanted his plant to be the best! To protect our plants from animals we created a covering of bricks around it. It became my daily routine to visit “Kuhu” yes I called him Kuhu, when I returned from school, Empty my water bottle , tell all my school stories to Kuhu. As I grew, Kuhu also started growing. Soon Kuhu was taller than me. It didn’t take much time for Kuhu to take my Best Friends position. We use to spend hours together. I found studying with him more exciting. I use to learn and then teach him! There were times when I cried due to fights in school. But spending some time with Kuhu would make me forget all my pain. I use to always be hanging on his branches. We played around Kuhu in the evening. In my 10th class there was no solace place to be other than Kuhu, looking towards my interest my father build a tree house for me. I took all my books and started staying with Kuhu; those were the most beautiful days of my life. I passed my exams with good marks. With Kuhu everything was interesting, further I cleared UPSC – IFS (Indian Forest service). My parents had encouraged me a lot. That was the happiest day in my parents’ life. My career was getting settled now. What else would someone want?But my saddest day arrived when I came to know I have to join in a different city. It was a nightmare; I could not imagine parting my parents and more than that Kuhu. I could at least take my parents with me. I didn’t want to join, but my parents handled the situation. After many explanations and consideration I decided to move on with life and I could always visit my home and Kuhu when I wished to! The Day came when I had to part from Kuhu, I could feel the sadness in atmosphere. I promised Kuhu to visit him very frequently.My first day to office was good, not fantastic as I could not come out of the fact that from now onwards I would not be able to see Kuhu, hug him for every joy, share secrets and rely on him for keeping it a secret! I took few days to adjust with the new environment, people. I was overjoyed when I got my first salary and decided to visit home. I had so many things to share with Kuhu. I had taken a week off and without informing my parents I visited them. They were shocked to see me right in front of them! After a long time I was going to visit Kuhu, I decided to spend one day with Kuhu in my tree house! Days passed by and I had to painfully return. I made sure I visit home once in a month but as work load increased the frequency decreased. One day I got a phone call from my Mom she sounded down, I got worried; after trying for a long time I got to know that our society had decided to cut down Kuhu and construct a health center there. I was dumbstruck, I was restless. I reached home by the latest possible means, I talked to the society chairman but they seemed to be adamant. It looked like no one other than me had problem. Everyone was looking forward for a health club there. After a lot of protest I had to give up, I cried a lot and I just could not bear the thought, I went to Kuhu, hugged him and cried a lot. My throat was about to choke up when a small thing hit me on head. I looked down and to my surprise it was an unripe Mango. My joy knew no bounds, but suddenly I was gripped with sadness. I decided to leave without letting anyone know. I haven’t visited that place again which I called HOME. After retirement my parents shifted to my place.I came back to senses when Princess asked me to be first person to water “HER Kuhu” and at the same time my tear fell on the plant. I decided to visit the place I once called Home. There was a drastic change there was a cement road and a health club. The view raised only one question in my mind was it necessary to take My Kuhu’s life for this? Why do we human being harm nature for our interests? What you sow, you reap. Because of such human actions we are getting reactions like global warming! Save Earth, Save Trees!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Me, Myself and Nishi -III

We started towards the parking lot after I came out I turned back to the college building and saw the golden words of my life I read them aloud to myself : “Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha’s Cummins College of Engineering for Women” and the whole background changed, The environment around me changed I was standing on COEP ground, where number of parents were lined up in queue for getting admission with their children in engineering. There I saw Nishi’s mom sitting with her brother, but I could not see Nishi and her Dad may be they had gone inside the building to take admissions. Right then I saw Nishi coming out of the building. She was full with tears. Her eyes were red, seemed she was not happy, everyone gathered round her, Nishi was just crying. Then after some time she said she has got a seat in Cummins College in ENTC. She wanted to get admission in COEP which was a bit tough. But Nishi hardly knew at that time that this college is going to give her the best memorable years in her life.

As I moved ahead towards the parking lot I saw the open space in front of the architecture college where I saw Nishi performing her civil lab practical on the Field adjusting the tripod to measure height of the landscape. She was being guided as to how to operate the instrument be her lab guide and was surrounded by a whole batch of girls curious to know what is going on!! After the experiment Nishi was proudly explaining everyone how clumsy the instrument is and it is hard to adjust it to perfect setting. In short she was busy boasting about Her first Field Experience.

Going ahead I came across a mini factory like structure there was carpentry, blacksmithy, Big machines like late and all were kept and workers working on shaping metals, wood, plastic yes it was “The workshop”. There was Nishi smelling her newly received apron, and then impatiently trying it on herself. In a blink I saw them at a different location now Nishi and Vaishnavi were there. They wanted a box to be designed for their third year project. They had asked the workmen there to make a box for them but he said they need to give them dimensions of the box, Nishi opened her hands and signed to him this much! But he said he need it in drawing, already they were late for the lecture hurriedly Vaishnavi took out pen and paper and started drawing a cube. With some mumbling, they both were cursing him what’s his problem? Can’t he just prepare and give us a box? And so on.. but as they started designing they came to know the box should be able to fit their circuit PCB, so they took measurement of their PCB and then accordingly decided the dimensions of the box, then they realized the box should have a opening for power, a switch and a display that will display the time, some open space for all the wires … and most important the box should have one side which could be opened and closed.. for repairs and modifications in their circuit hushhh… they said finally when it was done. More than satisfied about their work, they believed they have designed a master piece. The satisfaction that I saw on their face I don’t see it anywhere within MYSELF.When they went with their proud design to the workmen he said it needs to approved from the lecturer, for the box to be prepared at workshop.. Ohhhh nooo now they both rushed to Prof. Palan to get his approval. After getting the approval they were back in the workshop, happy now that finally they will have a nice cute box for their project which will be colored in red, no black no.. grey will look better..they kept on arguing and finally reached on common conclusion “Navy Blue”. I started laughing hearing their arguments, my cousin asked me what happened? Umm haa @@@ #$$% hmm what #$@? Before I realized she said lets go to the canteen I’m hungry and tired after doing all that tedious process. We all went to the canteen and had a Vadapav, it still had the same taste that it had before 4 years. After getting bombarded from the lecturers a vadapav with hot cup of chai was more delicious than a Pizza Party that MYSELF have today. There my cousin met some other would be class mates of hers!! Now our next mission was to look for hostel for my cousin. Obviously our first preference was the college hostel. So we all started from parking lot to hostel…

…To be continued.
Keep watching this space to know what fun Nishi did in her hostel life…

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Me, Myself and Nishi - II

After winning prize more expectations were set now.. the next day to be celebrated was SerialDay Everyone had to dress as a serial character that was going to be fun. Vaishnavi had dressed as Tulsi from Kyuki saas.. since Nishi was not interested in wearing a sari no one forced her this time and she was happy for that. But fate had something else stored for her at the time of stage performance the class came up with a theme where they needed a hero and there were only heroines there! So again they turned to Nishi and she could not deny their request again Nishi dressed in a jeans and a long kurta to become Mihir!

The show started with Vaishnavi opening the door and introducing each one of the characters’..Nishi didn’t knew anything about these serials so how could she act like them but she was told she only needs to follow the instructions rest will be taken care. So for Mihir’s role she only needed to stroll on the stage talking on a mobile and to look damn busy, that was simple.. Nishi performed it well but the next part was to play hero from Kasuti zindagi ki where the hero and heroine pose for a “Titanic Pose” and a red chunari falls and covers them.. and some more 2-3 serial hero acting she had to do. She was the only hero and every time the heroines would change as the serial changed. They didn’t get a prize for this but it was fun! I came back to my senses by a irritating, strange but familiar sound..

As my cousins admission was done the printer started printing receipt.. the sound created by it was very familiar to me, it reminded me how we use to be in queue for taking the printouts for our computer lab assignments. Every time there would be some or the other problem with the printer when Nishi’s turn came, sometime the paper would get jam sometime the ink would get over some time the paper and sometime the printer would just deny to start. After such varied experiences with printers she could have easily got job in printer repairs? My cousin took the receipt in her hand and was overjoyed. Now we had to book hostel for her. As we started towards the exit I could not resist to notice the bench kept their, It was the most memorable day of Nishi’s college life and this bench had been her only support at that difficult moment, It was the BE 1st sem result day!

Nishi was sitting on this bench very tensed about what will happen in the next 1 hour. Everyone was in classroom 1 to get their results but Nishi could not gather courage to get in the class, she felt that was a unlucky classroom.. her last 2 results were bad which she received in that classroom.. when u are tensed all these superstitions start playing their role. She also carried her favorite Ganesh idol with her for her moral support. Each moment brought more and more tension, what number is going on in the class room. Since this was BE 1st sem result she did not want it to be bad though she knew her papers could have been better if she would have concentrated more on studies rather than her BE project. For the 150 marks of project she had sacrificed 600 marks of other subjects. The project was very interesting they were making a ”Robot “and this was not a simple robot, He was going to have a brain to remember his path, off course Nishi and her friends were going to provide him the brain! DRDO had sponsored this project and even they didn’t have idea how their requirement will fertilize. Excited about doing something innovative, the EEPROM IC the microcontrollers the remote control…all these fascinated her and she missed her lectures to give more time in making her project a success. She could not study, As remaining time went in completing her journals. Only time she gave for studies was in PL. She was sitting there looking at the syllabus for the first time, not knowing from where to start. Nishi started crying harder now, she was praying to GOD :”plz give me a chance to change this one sem of my life I will change my priorities, I promise I will study hard..” thought of her parents reaction started coming how will they handle this it’s my final year result and again she started crying.

Vaishnavi came there with her result she started consoling her, asked her not to take tension she had a first class. That made Nishi more nervous as Vaishnavi could clear all subjects and even managed to get a first class. It will be all treated as her fault now, Vaishnavi had also given same amount of time as Nishi for the project, she had also missed all her lectures. She was worried what all she has go through now, how many ATKTs ohh GOD help her!

By the time now the results came out from the classroom to the office. All her friends asked nishi to take the result now from the office. Nishi was scared she was not able to stand, and walk up to the office to collect her result. With her friends support she went to office, Vaishnavi was with her she took the result without looking at the result she handed it to Vaishnavi and signed the received copy in register. After that she just enquired to Vaishnavi All clear? How many ATKT’s? Vaishnavi just nodded. What did that mean she was in a shock; she told Nishi she had all clear with Distinction. Nishi only heard All clear. She was so happy she thanked GOD. Then took her mark sheet from Vaishnavi, she again told Nishi u have distinction, Nishi again got puzzled she looked at the name on mark sheet it was hers she checked the total, calculated her % yes she had a distinction. Her joy knew no bound may be GOD listened to her prayer. Everyone was happy now as everyone had a all clear!

…To be continued.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Me, Myself and Nishi - I

I got up early in the morning and got ready as fast as I could it was a day with enthusiasm and spirit, I felt same things happening inside me when it was my 1st day to college. After 4 long years I was going to visit my college. The air was fresh, the sun was bright everything seemed to be so much fun! Like children feel when they are back to school after their summer vacations!
My cousin got her engineering seat in my college, so my uncle and aunt wanted me to be there with them throughout the admission process. When I reached the college gates I felt the soft breeze welcoming me, trees smiling at me, as though they were waiting for me. The lush green campus and the infrastructure were such that anyone could fall in love with them.
We entered in the building and as there was some time for her number to come I took them to show around, and then something weird happened… As I was standing in the corridor alone familiar voices started raising in my ears, I could not distinguish it clearly. My surrounding transformed, the corridor was now all filled by people to double its capacity, leaving no space to move and the crowd was shouting E.N.T.C , Some were shouting I.T some C.O.M.P and some Instru. The air was in high spirit full with colors and day had now turned into night, it took me few sec to realize that it was the ‘Gandhar’ night that was being celebrated. Right there in the middle of the quadrangle I saw Nishi sitting with her friends and shouting at pitch of her voice E.N.T.C! Then suddenly the voices came down as “Koi Kahe kahta rahe…” started being played and suddenly the quadrangle turned into a dance floor everyone started moving their bodies. After long time when they were tired Nishi and her friends sat on steps to relax for some time. It was very late and all were hungry so they decided to have dinner, there was long queue for dinner. They were about to die but somehow they got their food! As they had their food I moved along and I reached a room sunrays were peeping in through one side of the wall, there were n number of boards kept yes it was my Graphics lab. I went besides Nishi, she was struggling adjusting her drafter to the board thinking finally when that’s done she could draw parallel lines. Half of the class had finished 2 problem statements and Nishi was still busy adjusting her drafter not satisfied the nth time she removed it and called the professor, The professor was kind enough.. he adjusted her drafter showing each step to her and finally when Nishi agreed to understand each one of them and said she got the whole procedure He unclamped it from the board, leaving Nishi puzzled he said u know how to do it now come on do it. With some difficulty she could fix it and he joy knew no bound, when she looked around half of the class had finished the days assignment. She had to wait extra time and finish her assignments. But it looked she loved her 1st graphics class!
Next to the graphics lab was ‘Applied Science’ lab, where nothing more than mixing of fluids would happen and some physics experiments which gave us a practical angle to what we learnt in our theory classes. Nishi was there with her lab partner who seemed familiar to me but over the period of time I had forgotten her name. This time Nishi finished her experiment before the batch and in the lab time she could even complete her journal writing, saving time for her! After finishing her write up in her beautiful handwriting she went to Kulkarni Mam to get it checked and to her surprise she received a remark Very Good. A smile of accomplishment came on her face, it felt like a school kid getting a Star (*) on doing a good job or after getting 10/10.Leaving Nishi to enjoy her happiness, I moved ahead, I reached the Principals cabin I saw Khambatte Mam sitting there, She has seen a lot of growth from a Robotics professor to HOD to Principal. Nishi liked her, she had her unique way of teaching she created interest in her lectures, after all Robotics is an interesting subject. I felt like reaching to her and talking to her, but a fear gripped me will she recognize me? Somewhere I felt she will as I was topper in her subject but then I surpassed my urge to talk to her and I moved ahead. There in the corridor Vaishnavi and Nishi were sitting, I went to have a close look they were working on some ED(Electronic Design) design. They were arguing on what heat sink will be best for their design. They differed in their views it seems, right them Deoyani came running towards them she had some sheets of paper with her, she came and started telling them all the story how hard it was to convince the librarian to allow her to take the data sheet with her for Xerox on deposit of her I card, How she had to fight with him and finally she could get those Xerox, though there was a long queue at Xerox. Now they started looking at the datasheet for heat sinks which looked like aliens to them. Trying hard to figure out what this bulk of information meant J. After some references and some calculations they came to a conclusion to use ISG 300[imaginary number].Which neither Vaishnavi nor Nishi had thought of and Deoyani had no clue of what was going on. Still all three agreed on the same and finally their ED design was complete on the last day in last few minutes.. in short ..in time . They hurriedly went to professor Kulkarni to submit their design… and I sat on the ‘katta’ where all the ED design came to existence spending time till late evenings just to complete the designs on time. As I was deep in my thoughts my cousin called me out, we were asked to sit in a classroom where all other ambitious students and their parents were sitting. This was the same classroom where all my BE lectures took place. I wanted to sit on the first bench and refresh my experience sitting in the class but my uncle and aunt would have felt odd so I avoided. As we waited the classroom which filled with parents turned into a classroom filled with students and I searched for her yes she was sitting right on the first bench with Vaishnavi making a note of every single word uttered by the professor. When the lecture got over Vaishnavi told Nishi that they will be coming like twins next day for the ‘Twins Day’ celebration. Nishi didn’t like the idea basically because Nishi had a boy cut and Vaishnavi had long, beautiful hair one would die for … so naturally she refused it. But Vaishnavi had other plan she said we will only dress in similar colors u be the boy and me the girl and we will be twins just like Aish and Srk in Josh, It seems Nishi liked the idea and she said ok let’s see. Since the next lecture professor had come they had to postpone the discussion. Now this was a boring lecture, even the professor won’t understand what he was saying and may be the discussion was still due which made the lecture more dull. Vaishnavi started scribbling in her notebook, Nishi got worried is it only she who is not understanding the lecture? Everyone in the class looked busy, back benchers she knew are completing the write-ups but what was Vaishnavi doing, just then Vaishnavi gave her book to Nishi to read and to her surprise she had written the list of items to be decided for next days program like which color dress they had in common, common shoes and all. She read it, gave her book back wrote her reply on her book and gave it to her to read. Since they were on the first bench they could hardly be noticed doing this by the professor and even if he did he might think they are sharing notesJ.In this way they discovered a new way to communicate in the lectures without getting noticed!! J Their whole plan for next day was decided, how and what will they perform on the stage, what things they need to search for.. only thing left was color of the dress.. it was difficult to decide as they both had different set of colors in their wardrobe! Finally they come up with “Brown” Both were going to wear Brown next day.
Next day as decided Vaishnavi came to Nishi’s hostel room she was so excited but when she saw Nishi dressed different than decided she got angry.. she started shouting.. Is this “Brown” #$%^ $^$&^ !@#! ?? She was not ready to listen. Finally when she got calm off course with help from Nishi’s roommates, Nishi got a small chance to speak, she said Her Brown jeans was put for drying and was still wet. Now she got the problem. But then now what to do?? All plans in vain?? LNishi was wearing Green..One of Nishi’s roommates had a green dress and probably that fit Vaishnavi, so Nishi was spared from Vaishnavi wrath, They happily went to college and on stage they even performed as bro-sis where Vaishnavi tied “Rakhi” on Nishi’s hand with “Bhaiyya mere rakhi ke bandhan ko nibhana.. ” playing in background.. And with this innovative idea of TwinDay celebration their class even bagged the 1st prize.

...To Be Continued.