Thursday, January 28, 2010

In my seventh semester, I

1)  Saw Nazar finally come out on print. Brilliant moment.

2) Scored 0 off 11 balls in a 4 over taped tennis ball tournament as our team lost in the finals. I should have got the man of the match award, really.

3) Was the third wicket in a first over hat-trick in another tennis ball tournament. Clearly, not the most eventful semester with the bat for me.

4) Had class from 930am to 6pm on Tuesdays without a break. Hence, perfected the art of eating while walking, writing and talking.

5) Watched my first Fardeen Khan movie – Life Partner. I had to apologize to my eyes after the movie. Oh, and interesting fact, Fardeen Khan once got his hair cut while I was getting my hair cut in the neighboring chair. He was such a drama queen.

6) Was the sorting hat for Halloween. It was easy, that’s why.

7) Went to ACL for the first time and saw Thievery Corp, John Legend and Kings of Leon perform live! Also spent an hour and a half in a line to get into the bus back to campus after the show. Still, worth it.

8) Finally drew up the courage to finish my science sequence by taking physics 2. It kicked my ass, as expected.

9) Continued my photo walk tradition. This time I took photos of grass and leaves. It was more interesting that it sounds. Really.

10) Realized that studying in my apartment was impossible and so made JP’s Java my makeshift home for finals week. There’s nothing like buying one coffee and then occupying a chair in the cafe for 5 hours.

11) Took the best class I’ve ever taken in college - World Literature taught by Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza. I was forced to read some of the greatest works ever written – Faust, Medea, Hamlet, Les Fleurs du mal, Inferno and many others. It was too cool.

12) Went with a friend to clarify a couple of doubts with a professor before our exam. Had to sit for 45 minutes listening to the professor ramble on about his years in the industry. After a while I gave up the act of listening and pretending to laugh at his ‘jokes’, and started playing with my pen. Blade took on a new meaning that day.

Other awesome reads:
In my sixth semester, I
In my fifth semester, I
In my fourth semester, I
Things I did in my third semester
Things I did in my second semester
Things I did in my first semester

One semester to go!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Good bye Chennai, see ya in May

My month long winter break in Chennai unfortunately comes to an end tonight. It sucks to head back to college, it’s been my best winter break till date.

I got to celebrate, for the first time, New Year’s eve with my two best friends, drinking pepsi  on a terrace watching fireworks and listening to Vijay fans from another terrace playing Vettaikaran songs. There was also some trouble getting off the terrace, but, then compared to listening to Vijay songs, that wasn’t all that bad.

I got to watch the Chennai Open semis and finals. The last time I saw tennis here, it was called the GoldFlake Open and Carlos Moya could still win a game or two. My message for Charu Sharma, ‘Charu, where are you?’, however, did not make it to the big screen TV. Quite unfortunate.

But most importantly, I got to spend time with the parents and sister after what’s been a very long and tiring year.

And I got tickets (and badass 3d glasses) to watch Avatar!

So good bye Chennai, I shall see ya in May. I shall come back a graduate, a young man who can no longer use college as the reason for why he can’t cook anything edible.