Students’ Union 2008-09 Students’ Union 2008-09

Sitting (from left to right) Hostel General Secretary Students’ Union Secretary Administrative Officer Vice Principal Principal Students’ Union Staff Advisor Students’ Union Chairperson Chief Editor Srishti P.K. Pradeep M. Chellapriyadharshini Dr. S. Shanmugam Dr. V. Selladurai Dr. R. Prabhakar Dr. N. Murugan A.S. Nirmaladevi S. Vignesh

Standing Second row (from left to right) Film Club R. Vijay Sivanesan Music Club R. Nandhakumar Karate Club M. Sivarajan NCC R. Sankaranarayanan Ilamparavai Editor N. Purushothaman Muthamil Mandram R. Sudhakar Associate Editor Srishti V. Sylvester Pious Standing Third row (from left to right) Photography Club S. Sridhar NSS R. Sathish S. Vijayakumar S.M. Dheeban Chakkaravarthy Nature Club S. Vignesh Sports Club S. Arunkumar NSS C. Deepa Sarojini Girls’ Hostel General Secretary K. Saranya Members not in the photograph Space Club YHAI T. Ragland Navamani G. Sakthivel

Standing First Row (from left to right) YRC Literary Club Quiz Club Dramatix Joint Secretary Dramatix Secretary Associate Editor Srishti Placement Secretary Arts Club S. Gowdhaman Paul A. Emmanuel G. Chocklingam R. Aravindh R. Arvindh R. Amshuman G. Aravind S. Anand

Contents

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A Taste of CIT
13 46 74 98 The best days of my life A tribute to Prof. P.R. Ramakrishnan From CIT to Townhall Into the Night

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Spinning the Yarn
26 28 86 99 God plays dice It started with a Five star The Girl inside the glass paperweight Yet another beginning

Campus Walk
34 37 48 53 60 61 69 Association Activities Placement Report Interface and Technovation 2009 Quest ’09 Brahma ’09 Writer’s Workshop Alumni Watch

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I think, therefore I am
18 22 66 80 88 94 Relics of Religion The Girl, the Dog and the Umbrella India shining Caste based society Freedom – My Perspective Just in Time

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The Golden Page
72 Why Atheism is not necessarily a solution

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Visual Treats
21 24 51 52 The Emerald Isles Frames of Mind Painting Pencil Sketching

Poet’s Corner
12 The love of my dream

20 Way beyond the world 84 Hall of Reckoning 92 Slipping Sand

Altitude of Attitude
10 16 30 58 76 32 62 78 A glimpse of Indian fashion The Economic Cycle One India Media Matters Team work Chandni Chowk to China Destiny (re)written GenNext

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Fun Time
25 64 70 90 Editorial’s choice Crushed Tarot Tarun My Birthday Nightmare

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Book Review
96 White Tiger

Spotlights
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Chandrayaan Mumbai Attack The Great Recession 2008 It’s a Black Day for America

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Face to Face
40 Interview with V.B.Chandrasekhar

MESSAGE

From the

Correspondent

Srishti ‘09 is an excellent piece of publication that demonstrates the literary, art, wit and imaginative skills of our students. Congratulations to the entire team for keeping the tradition high and raising the bar of presentation skills.

Dr. S.R.K. Prasad

MESSAGE

From the

Principal

Srishti ‘09 is a wonderful blend of knowledge, information, titbits, poems, literary work and graphics to make the issue interesting and coveted. I congratulate the staff advisor and the student editorial team of Srishti ‘09 for their brilliant and original efforts.

(Dr. R. Prabhakar)

MESSAGE

From the

Vice-Principal

Srishti 2009 is an innovative piece, which showcases the hard work put in by the editorial board. I congratulate the team and the students who have contributed articles and helped in the creation of the magazine. I wish them all success for their future endeavor.

(Dr. V. Selladurai)

MESSAGE

From the

Students’ Union Staff Advisor
I am glad to know that the Literary Club of CIT is bringing out Srishti 2009 with enhanced quality. Our students’ creative capabilities and talents will be revealed through this magazine and well recognized by all. I congratulate all members of the organising committee of Srishti for their untiring efforts to bring out a master piece in Srishti 2009. I also congratulate all students who have contributed with great care to incorporate even very minute details for improving the overall quality of Srishti.

(Dr. N. Murugan)

MESSAGE

From the

Staff Advisor
Srishti 2009 exhibits the magnificent artistic splendour of the creative minds. The innovative ideas unleashed with chosen words have made the literary articles fascinating. Each article is an exquisite literary piece which perfectly blends eloquent expressions and ideas. The aspirations, perspectives and cherished ideas expressed in an elegant language bring to limelight the vision and expertise of the students. I extol the tremendous work done by the editorial board which worked with all zest and zeal, relentlessly to bring out this outstanding literary magazine Srishti 2009.

(Mrs. P Shanthi) .

MESSAGE Message from the

Associate Editor
I cannot, in one line express the effort and pain that has gone into this magazine and thus my only request to you is that you read Srishti from start to the end and justify the efforts.

(R. Amshuman)

Message from the

Secretary

Srishti, is one of the best things that has happened to the Literary Club of CIT. This year’s edition stands out to reveal those investigative journalists, poets, creative writers and thinkers that CIT houses. The enthusiasm that we received as soon as the announcements were made regarding the submission of articles has been something that has kept us going throughout. I can vouch that working towards bringing out this magazine was a pleasure in every way. The editorial team has done a commendable job in bringing out this year’s edition. Creativity would be too ordinary a word to describe what Srishti ’09 is all about. To know more, ‘Read On!’

(Paul A. Emmanuel)

Message from the

Associate Editor
We have an abundance of information. It can be found in newspapers, magazine, on the internet and in many more places. With each person having different views and ideas, most of the information is more or less biased. It is difficult to see through all this and get to the truth. This magazine is one such collection of ideas and perspectives on different issues. I hope your own research and opinions add value to what you read in this year's Srishti. We had a great time putting together this magazine. I would like to thank all those who made it possible. Hope you too have a great time reading this magazine

(Sylvester Pious. V)

Chandni Bhagtani
II year, ECE

A glimpse of

INDIAN

fash
Fashion is a sort of communal art through which a culture examines its idea of beauty and goodness. Fashion is usually a synonym for glamour, beauty and style. Talking about India, our motherland has her own unique native costumes and traditional attire. While traditional clothes are still worn in most of rural India, urban India is changing rapidly with international fashion trends. It is much reflected by the young and the glamorous in the cosmopolitan metros of India. The Fashion industry is a booming one where glamorous models display new styles every day. The face of Indian fashion has totally changed from a weaver in olden days to today’s fashion designer who is celebrated for his or her creativity. The fusion of Indian and western styles is seen in the streets and on the ramps of fashionable cities. Indian Fashion has also made its mark in the international market after being worn by some of the fashion icons like the pop star Madonna in recent years. Indian fashion designers like Manish Malhotra, Ritu Beri, Ritu Kumar, Satya Paul, etc., have contributed greatly to the international market. Fashion in India covers a whole range of clothing from the benarasi saree

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in the north, the colorful turbans of Rajasthan and Punjab to the Kanchipuram saree of the south. In my opinion, the first true Indian designer was Mahatma Gandhi when he urged the people of India to wear khadi garments. It was not only a call to create self-reliance but a call to wear something that could prove the unity of India. Therefore, khadi became not only a symbol of revolution and resistance but part of an Indian society. The year 1947 not only marked the partition of India but also the division of cultures, traditions, dress codes and lifestyle. After the partition, the saree became the most popular dress of Indian women and the salwar kameez for Pakistan. The Salwar Kameez gained popularity i n I n d i a , changing the whole fashion

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scenario here. Today, it stands as the second most popular dress in most parts of India. Varying from the ethnic touch to the cocktail look, the salwar kameez has come to suit all occasions. The bindi is also the most enduring part of our cultural inheritance. The popularity that the bindi is currently enjoying in Indian fashion cannot be matched by any other cosmetic. A majority of the female population whether young or old, modern or traditional wears either the traditional blood red bindi or colored ones to match their outfit. Saree, the most popular attire worn by millions of Indian women is, by far, the most elegant. More than the grace and glamour, the saree symbolizes the continuity of an age old tradition of the Indian way of life. Every

rustle of this unique garment has an ancient culture. Cool baggy jeans from Pepe, a loose tshirt from Levis with the photo of a devil or a funny caption on it, a cloth belt from Armani, junk jewellery, a wrist band and a hand bag from Gucci. All these are the “identifiers” of typical Indian youth! The professional male group of India is confined to linen shirts, a 3piece suit as worn by superstar Aamir Khan in “GHAJINI”, a leather belt, trousers and formal shirts from Allen Solly, Van Heusen, Raymonds, etc. Indian cinema has a very wide influence in the changing trends of Indian fashion. The youngsters tend to copy the filmy looks of the actors and it becomes the trend of the season. From the boy next door John Abraham’s “DHOOM” looks to the Anarkali salwars of “MUGHAL E-AZAM”, each movie an star creates a new mar ever changing fashion i The Lakme India fash week, Wills lifestyle wee and Indian fashion week showcase the Indian designers’ work across India. These events have also influenced the fashion industry worldwide. The foreign desig-ners thus hav an opportunity o collaborating with th Indian designers an launching their fashion trends. Viewing the diverse Indian styles and varied trends we can surely be regarded one of the most fashionable people on the planet.

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T. Ragland Navamani
IV year EEE

The Love

of my

DREAMS
All my life, I had a dream, Which always made me beam. The thought of my hands around you, Evokes images of a flower, tender, lovely and new. The simple thought of seeing you smile, Brings one to my lips, and stays there for a long while. The joy of teaching you something new, Always makes my cheeks turn a bright red hue. The thought of kissing your tender little cheek, Makes me show between mine, every single teeth. The plain thought of just looking at you, Brings a joy that could be understood only by a select few. Oh yes, the thought of the scary pain, But does it matter, I had you to gain. Or so I thought, but God had a plan That unfolded, like the feathers of a fan. Feathers behind an arrow, that didn't give a breeze, But stung me like a swarm of flaming bees. He loved you more than I did, So I am forced, and to you, farewell I bid. So special you are, that He wanted you, my little baby, All for Himself, as His crown jewel, a priceless red ruby. And here I am, with the memory of a distant dream, It brings a tear down my cheek, but, it used to make me beam. – Mother of a stillborn child

G. Chockalingam
IV year, Civil

The Best Days of my Life
hen I sat to write, one last time for SRISHTI, I was pretty sure of what to write. I went through myriad experiences of these 3 ½ years, comprising of moments of pleasure, moments of pain, humbled-by-friendoccasions (numerous actually), gloomy days when I was hurt hard, incredibly exciting events, moments when I was jubilated etc. Finally at the end of my stay here, I realized that life has been fine at all these times. And this is what I am writing about. These pages will tell how your dear writer experienced CIT…

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It all started in the Audi during the orientation programme. From there, Palani block took care of my first year. My room in the second floor, with two

roommates in the always busy wing corridor, provided fun and fervor. GS meetings, 9.00 O'clock restrictions, Open TV room, ED charts and Chairman Tutor were the watch words in first year. Never would one forget the drill run during P.T hour (which I attended only once), where almost every boy ran straight to the hostel. The first class-bunk, gave immense joy. The best thing about First year remains in the simple fact that the section-wise split up for common subjects and department-wise for electives made everyone know guys from the other departments. A six day per week workload didn't deter our enjoyment at the hostel. Since computers were forbidden in the first year hostel, Suryan FM was a big hit. Fitting workshop & the messy mess were dreaded most. Floor cricket, puerile chats and the eagerness-to-explore-Coimbatore, were the hot happenings. Constant rumours about ragging and first semester results still flicker in some distant corner of my mind. Second year or more professionally - sophomore year, is easy to define with this word - FR-EE-EE-EE-DO-OOOO-MM. One of my friends would sound similar to Braveheart's Mel Gibson in hooting the same word. The hostels were changed and so were the sections paving way for the official entry into respective departments. Complete freedom at the Maradumalai hostel turned many into mavericks. As it is always, the senior tag aroused some to rag juniors. Meanwhile, everyone on planet CIT was given a new watchword-M3. As it is said, for some it was really MI3. Here, every sophomore had his own story to share, own flirts to pursue and every senior had a word of caution for his junior. Computers were welcomed into every floor with at least one movie a day, running NFS Underground and most importantly having excellent video-song collections. Frivolous fights went on between the main and the annexe blocks. To enjoy fresh air, many including your writer practiced sleeping on the annexe roof. The Hostel day matches were welcomed with funny & creative names. 2nd year saw most of the people joining clubs and earning member tags. Second year meant a lot personally. One was instilled with virtues like team work & responsibility in the club events. Academically, all the basics were taught but it depended upon each and every individual, whether he/she learnt it. Pre-final year… The hostels were changed for the final settlement-Tirumalai block. An activity filled year, where you were forced to show responsibility to conduct national level symposiums. Hoping for the best to come, 5th semester and 6th semester were open to any career option. Dreams of CAT, GATE and GRE ran through many eyes. Night labs of any department turned into a gaming arena where C.O.D, A.O.E, Counterstrike, Trackmania were competed in LAN until the security came and said "thambi; time aachu". In the mandatory IPT, when we observe anything that could match characteristics in the remote part of our brain, on what we learnt, a fear of future starts to haunt one indefinitely. At this point of time, many, including your writer, developed certain pre-final year characteristics." a) You are irritated when someone pretends to be an under-performer. b) You are against any senior who advices you. c) Placements appear as a pipe dream for many 7 pointers. d) Mid-Sems become a routine. Attending 50th mid-semester exam during the 5th semester would be a personal milestone for everyone. Well, the mid-sem arrival can be easily figured out by the number of vehicles at the hostel premises.

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e) You blame the education system every week. You come out of lab-viva, wondering whether the viva questions were in Arabic or Greek. "

At the end of all continuous assessments and amazing doubts like, "Machan arrear vacha mid-semester thiruppi eludhanuma?”...

Towards the end of the prefinal year one started hearing words like Mock, GD, and most importantly R.S.Agarwal on a regular basis. The vacation was spent encountering numerous rumours of TCS, CTS, IBM, Infy & Accenture being the Day 1 Company. Some even spread panic saying, "I got TCS sample paper! Haven't you!!" like everybody one wished to get an offer in the placement week itself. Come final year, placements became the buzzword. Hostel notice boards overflowed, displaying criteria and process details. Happening topics like- IPL, Inflation & Nuclear Testing were exchanged as ideas for the group discussion and questions from the previous candidate were rehearsed at the door of every interview panel. 90% of CITians opt for the placements as if they are entitled only to that. Only few start preparing for M.Tech, MS, or a bunch of competitive exams. For some, until they aren't placed, only their friends give hope and it is relished when he/she finally cracks it. Mandatory Final Year Characteristics to be exhibited: a) Mess food becomes unpalatable even once a week and KB, restaurants at Hopes, etc.. are too distant to walk. Try to get a bike from someone for these long distances. b) You visit the gym for the first time in your life. c) You give your mandatory attendance at the tennis court, after entering the college premises at 9.00 pm. d) Many develop contempt for marks, even when the C.G.P.A goes down as low as our sensex of today and you console yourself saying, "It is my lowest, I'll cheer up. At least my name figured in the success list". Snaps with friends all through CIT became mandatory. Sentiments ran high once the final days were numbered. Short trips were organized once a month in a quest to create memories to cherish forever. You might have encountered true friendship, care from all when you were weak, broken love, words that consoled, words that comforted, places where you went wrong and certainly no matter whether you are a guy/girl, living at C.I.T with your friends would have been the most joyous, memorable and sensible moments in your life. Life here at C.I.T is wonderful. It makes the gradual transition from adolescence to adulthood more meaningful. Surely, these are the best days of my life.

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Karthick
IV year EEE

The

Economic

Cycle

ust like the cycle of life with its various stages, economics also has its own cycle, which includes growth, inflation, recession, etc. Let’s start with growth. In a well governed economy, there are many factors which fuel growth. In the case of developing countries such as India and China, reform is the key factor. However, in general the major factors are demand exceeding or equaling supply, reduction in taxes and interest rates which boosts liquidity in the market, greater government spending, a good supply of large (skilled) working force, a stable gover nment, security from internal and external threats, friendly government policies, etc. Economic growth is a combination of the above mentioned factors. So how do we sense this growth? It is characterized by a boost in income and spending power, rising standards of living, increased employment generation and so on. As we can see, the results of growth themselves, become the contributors of growth. As income and spending power rise, more products are consumed starting from vegetables to consumer durables (TV’s, computers, fridges etc.). Also the taxed amount increases due to more transactions resulting in lesser tax rates and increased government spending in infrastructure and development activities, leading to rise in living standards and more security and stability resulting in further growth. Thus, growth in itself is a continuous cycle. But if this is the case, then why do we have recession at all? To answer this, first we must discuss about inflation. Inflation is the phenomenon of a general increase in prices of commonly

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traded commodities like food, fuel, steel etc. There are many reasons for its occurrence. In a well governed state, the main culprit for recession is growth. The populace indulges in more spending due to its increased disposable income which results in a demand-supply mismatch with a higher demand for goods ranging from vegetables to vehicles. In such a scenario, the seller will opt only for those who pay more and in-turn everyone is forced to pay more even if they do not have the means to do so. The buyer will adjust to this by hiking his income by increasing the price of his services or the profit margin in his goods. Thus

inflation is born. Just like growth, inflation is also a continuous cycle in itself. As income increases, the buyer spends more, hiking demand, resulting in a rise in prices and more profit for the seller, who in-turn has to pay a higher price for the goods that he is buying. So we can safely state that inflation follows growth. Inflation in itself will not affect

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growth as long as it is less than growth. So, if inflation is a natural successor of growth, what is the problem? The problem is that growth is not distributed equally among the populace while inflation affects everyone equally. As we can see from the case of India, only some sections of the populace accrue the benefits of growth while others, especially the economically weaker sections are left out. If left unchecked, this situation will result in social unrest and destabilize the country. Hence, the government steps in and takes corrective measures to ensure the equal distribution of growth to reduce the sufferings of those left out and rescue them from the clutches of inflation. This is done through various measures such as regulating, subsidizing and rationing the price of essential commodities such as rice, wheat, sugar and fuels. Another renowned method is to control and reduce inflation by tightening the liquidity in the market through increase in interest rates. But the efficacy of this method is questionable, for whether it controls inflation or not, it will surely dent growth as liquidity is a main criterion for continuing growth. Another measure is to generate more employment for the left out section through schemes like NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, India), or to dole out an unemployment salary (welfare states), etc. Coming back to the question on recession; ‘It is the phenomenon of a temporary (a year or two) economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced’. Recession is the opposite of growth and some of its causes and consequences are also the opposite of the causes and consequences of growth. The causes of recession are varied such

as instability, internal or external threat, tightening of liquidity, s u p p l y- d e m a n d m i s m a t c h , inflation, unfriendly government policies to name a few. The major cause of the current global recession is the recession in America which in turn is due to the

• In a well governed state, the main culprit for recession is growth. • Growth results in inflation and recession, and the solution to recession results in growth again and the cycle continues.
economic mismanagement of those in control of liquidity flow, namely the investment bankers and flawed, short-sighted economic policies of the government. Other factors include the mismanagement in the top echelons of the sectors such as the automotive industry and the aviation industry to cite a few. Another major cause of recession is globalization. Even though the fundamentals of growth are intact in many countries such as China, they are facing recession due to America’s recession; since the latter is their major trading partner and they are dependent on her for their growth. One more reason is the government policies. As in the case of India, the government resorts to tightening liquidity by increasing the interest rates and taking the money out of the system in order to control inflation (which is an election threat) and in the process has strangled growth. Similar to growth and inflation, recession is also a continuous

cycle. But unlike the former, recession is universally hated by the government and all sections of the society. Hence, they act quickly to solve the problem of recession and in the process reintroduce growth. This is achieved by preventing recession from spreading from one sector or region to another, by introducing economic stimulus packages, increasing the liquidity in the market, etc. Finally, we come to the case of (economic) depression. It is the phenomenon of a long and severe slump in economy and market. The worst depression in the history of the planet is that of 1929-33. It started in America and its impact was felt all over the world. It was a major cause of Hitler’s rise and eventually led to the Second World War. But depressions are rare. Actually, the most severe recession is termed as a depression. A recession becomes a depression when it spreads across all sectors and affects everyone and brings the economy to a standstill. Depression is a vicious cycle and the only solution is the combination of all the methods used to fight recession and to allow time to cure. As we can see, growth, inflation and recession follow in a cycle one after the other with depression jumping once in a while. Growth results in inflation and recession, and the solution to recession results in growth again and the cycle continues. The general case is that when people experience a long period of growth, they become complacent and overconfident resulting in decrease in efficiency and their willingness to take more risks assuming that growth will last forever, forgetting the previous recession.

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Siddarthan
II year Chemical

Relics of

Religion

rom the macrocosms of the civilizations like Egyptian, Greek , Aztec , Mayan universe, the galaxies, the stars , Norse , Indus valley all had Gods in the name of and the planets to the miniscule of nature and natural phenomena with Pagan the atoms, the bacteria and the virus, being the oldest and the purest form of nature everything we know is governed by a supreme worship. power, a power which can only be felt rather As the sands of time passed, religion turned over than be seen, a power whose existence can be a new leaf. A human factor entered the citadel of seen in the changes in our backyard but is nature worship. This marked the beginning of beyond our wildest imaginations. What is this humanoid forms as Gods or even prominent power that governs us? What is it that is humans as Gods. Religion evolved to meet the responsible for all the changes happening changes in society but this around us? What is this evolution stopped all of a The true reason, however, for supreme power? sudden, a millennium ago, such religious practices, lies When man first thought when people failed to beneath the surface of these and when he understand the true realized he could not get meaning of religion and certain things under his “I love religion but I hate started following religion belt he started to respect blindly as a faith, a belief, religionists”. these powers. This rather than as a means of respect marked the guidance or an external beginning of worship, the origin of the word conscience. RELIGION and hence the term GOD. The trend has carried on till now. Several things Religionists of the ancient world worshipped that are done have no real meaning, and when every aspect of nature as God. This was the people are asked the reason behind such reason that a majority of the ancient practices, the immediate and the most common answer we get is that the religious practice is a tradition which we have to follow, failing which we would incur the wrath of God. The true reason, however, for such religious practices, lies beneath the surface. It is in the nature of humans to do what others ask them not to. So in order to make people follow certain regulations for the betterment of the society, philanthropists took advantage of God as a fear factor. They made these rules compulsory

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religious practices so that people dare not disobey them. When we dig deep into such practices we will find that all of them have a moral background, a proper reason behind every practice. In Hinduism people are expected to light a lamp at six in the evening. The reason behind this practice is that this was introduced when there was no electricity and it would become dark by six in the evening. So, to light up the house people used to light lamps. But today every house is lit up by more than a dozen lights but still people have the practice of lighting an oil lamp.

believed even the smallest of creatures like an ant should be cared for. But today people use coloured sand instead of flour which does not serve the real purpose of this practice. Yet it is being followed in the name of tradition. In Islam the most commonly misunderstood word is ‘Jihad’. It means war against anti-social elements that tend to destroy innocent people and the roots of Islam. But in the name of Jihad, terrorists around the world kill thousands of innocent civilians, which completely contradicts the real meaning of jihad. Moreover it is against the rules of Islam which respects even the smallest creature on earth. These practices give a clear view of religion being misinterpreted by the masses, where faith has blinded the inner eye of people, restricting the power of common sense which distinguishes them from the rest of the living world. “COMMON SENSE IS THE ONLY THING IN THE WORLD WHICH IS NOT SO COMMON” Gandhiji once said, “I love Christianity but I hate Christians” But I believe in a broader view “I love religion but I hate religionists”. People of the world should start finding out the real roots of every religious practice, eliminate those which are irrelevant to the modern society and follow only those which have certain uses, faithfully. Moreover people should open their inner eye and start thinking freely and make religion an accelerator for the betterment of the human society rather than having it as a speed breaker.

Similarly, people buy new clothes during festivals. Until two hundred years ago, people bought new clothes only once or twice a year and to make them special, they used to buy them on festival days. But today, though people buy new clothes everyday, they still have the practice of buying new clothes on festival days with tradition as a lame reason. People, especially those in south India, have the practice of drawing beautiful designs, using rice flour in front of their houses every morning, called the ‘Kolam’. This practice was derived from Buddhism and Jainism where people

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S. Vignesh
IV year Chem

Way beyond the

W rld
Dwindling raindrops never touch the soil for no greens grew Nowhere seen are the towering trees piercing the blanketing blue Vanishing down the ravines are sinuous rambling rivers without a clue The scorching sun squeezing out the chest, till the bitter end Short of lush fields, high and dry are the countryside Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness are nowhere beside Remain standstill the dark clouds, for no rain drops reside Cracks and fissures embellishing earth is the foregone conclusion Gone are the days when humane in human flourished No signs of harmony and peace that could be nourished Only the damn outlook seems cute with noble thoughts cherished Hard as a boulder the soul is poisoned with flowing blue blood. Every single pebble falls to rack and ruin except the futile law Innocent Flesh and blood, the victims here, true hearts thaw Still breathing are the heartless beasts, falling upon the rest tooth and claw Benevolence and munificence vanishing into thin air In every phase blunders are done, yet no steps to rectify But still open is the arena, before the weeds could nullify See not through the eyes, but through the heart for relationships to fortify Life is beyond worldly stuff, realize, and the day is yours.

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I year Chemical

The summer of 2004 will remain forever as one of the most beautiful paintings in my memory canvas, etched with the exotic, wonderful & colorful hues of the emerald islands - Andaman, nature's gift, pride of the Bay of Bengal, a traveler's haven.

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The first glimpse of these enchanting islands, with gently swaying palm trees on white sandy beaches, teeming with an infinite variety of flora & fauna, is indeed majestic. It showcases nature in all her glory.

As I hovered some 30,000ft above the sea, I saw nature spreading her luscious green wings across the blue tranquil waters beckoning me to come and play on her lap. Stepping down on this seakissed land, I was drawn to the unspoiled beaches offering a panoramic view of the seaside. Nature tussled with me, frightening me with her mighty waves, which towered over me in Havelock Island. There can be no better way to begin a day than a refreshing bath in nature's own spa, slapped by waves and tickled by the soft white sand at the Rangat Beach. For a day which had so beautifully begun, the conclusion could be nothing short of a perfect sunset. As the sun receded from the skyline in Chidiyatappu, nature changed coats and the sky turned into a gorgeous shade of orange-yellow. A trip to Andaman is incomplete without exploring her greatest treasure- the coral reefs of Jolly buoy. The breath-taking view of the bewitching corals through the glass bottomed boats would make one marvel at the Almighty's artistry. Nature with its crafty fingers seemed to be painting a live, colorful & strikingly beautiful masterpiece. Mounds & mounds of multi hued, different sized corals, sparkle under the rays of the sun which pierce through the crystal clear blue blanket; warming the gorgeous fishes swimming through the coral cliffs, the openmouthed sponges & the tentacle dangling anemones hitched into the crevices in the underwater glitterati, were indeed a marvel to behold. The long ride, under an arch of entwined mangrove branches, over cool and calm waters en route to the limestone caves of Middle Andaman is a unique experience. Long rides in boats are part and parcel of Andaman's tour itinerary. But these long rides are neither boring nor eventless, because you are kept company by shoals of fishes, jumping just over the waterline. (Catch a glimpse of a group of dolphins, merrily playing in the cool waters of the Redskin Isles). When nature dances in all her beauty in these emerald isles, man does not fail to miss the treat for the eyes. As the day draws to a close, the Port Blair harbour is a glorious sight to behold. As the boat draws near the shoreline, the harbour looms ahead; spreading her luminous arms & shines like a million candles set against a deep blue starry sheet. For an island of such spellbinding beauty, it has a sad and gruesome tale, flavored with patriotic fervor, to tell. The walls and beams of the notorious Cellular jail scream out the painful and heart rending story of the men who won our nation's freedom. Man's ingenuity interlaced with the Master's handwork is boldly splashed with history, culture & adventure in this island's sea kissed soil. Andaman makes you fall in love with the green earth. Nature melts you with her subdued sunlight that shines with innocence and mystery through the clear blue waters. Lose yourself in nature, in these emerald islands and find peace and tranquility, which is so rare a commodity in the concrete jungles we live in.

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Srivatsan.V
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The

Girl, the Dog and the Umbrella
I had just matured out of my Enid Blytons (I love them even today, though. Who doesn’t?), and was into my Jeffrey Archers and Sidney Sheldons when the Wodehouse thing happened. For a novice to the habit of reading, a Wodehouse book can be quite a ..*yawn*. You get the point. The first time I laid my hands on a Wodehouse novel (on a friend’s recommendation), I slept halfway through the first page, and it took me a week to reach the second. The book, in one word, was boring. It was filled with sentences so long that by the time I reached the next full stop, I forgot when I had seen the previous one. My brain was not able to process the initially intolerable and complex paragraphs that seemed to have words which I couldn’t dream of pronouncing. Project Wodehouse came very close to being abandoned after that first disaster. And it would have been had I not had the sense to try another Wodehouse. To be truthful, I skipped a lot of those longwinded paragraphs in between, because they were too boring; the language was way higher than anything I had ever read before. For example, am quoting Wodehouse: “I was sauntering on the river bank with a girl named something that has slipped my mind, when there was a sound of barking and a large hefty dog came galloping up, full of beans and buck and obviously intent on mayhem. And I

“Every author really wants to have letters printed in the paper. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes novels.” -P.G.Wodehouse Life is said to contain, among other things, a certain number of ‘ups’ (semester holidays, IVs, passing lab tests) and ‘downs’ (days before exams, failing lab tests, IVs getting cancelled). While the actual number of ups and downs in a person’s life changes with the subject under question, the numbers are more or less equal to each other. I find that very disturbing. For, like any normal person, I wish to have ‘ups’ all the time. But the ‘downs’, especially the nasty ones, have this annoying nature of being inevitable. So how does one deal with ‘downs’? Everyone has his or her own method. Some take a break and go watch a comedy, some talk to their friends and find comfort, some sleep it over and I settle down with a Wodehouse, the man who put words together in the funniest ways possible. Now to the story of my own association with the man and the books he wrote:

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like laws, taxes and even Things that mattered death did not matter as much in Wodehouse’s world, are big in a normal regarded at the most as person’s world, like annoying nuisances or given education, career, extremely comic love, marriage, i n t e r p re t a t i o n s i n t h e divorce and things wodehouse world. The like laws, taxes and things that mattered big in Wodehouse’s world were even death did not (non-Wodehouse readers matter as much in might find this strange) pigs, Wodehouse’s world... newts, and silver cowcreamers and yes, chef Anatole’s cooking. And his description of these drew us into his world This translates to, in plain English: where we laughed when the people in his world laughed; we laughed even more when they “I was walking along a river bank with a girl cried (the few times they did), for that was whose name I’d forgotten. There was this dog funny too! that suddenly came running towards me to bite my leg. The girl had the presence of mind In spite of the times in which Wodehouse wrote to use the umbrella she was carrying to scare (there was an economic depression the dog away”. sandwiched in between two world-wars and the invention of weapons of mass destruction), Get my point? what deeply bothered Lord Emsworth (a But after a couple of more books, the fact recurring character in Wodehouse novels) was dawned on me that while the plot and the the lack of proper nutrition for his porcine pet (a characters were no doubt funny by pig, in simpler terms). And who can blame themselves, the real laughs were hidden Wodehouse for being detached from reality, inside those seemingly long drawn-andwhen people read his books to escape the incredibly-boring paragraphs, that I didn’t tedium and darkness of the real world? have the patience to go through earlier. The man preferred to touch people’s hearts It took a lot of time and persistence before I with humour and innocence rather than reality and depression. Wodehouse brought hope and was able to truly appreciate the magic of happiness to my world, and to that of countless Wodehouse, which lay in his ability to others. Who knows, the light at the end of the perceive the world very differently from other dark tunnel might be the place where someone “normal” people. Things that mattered big in tells you the story of a girl who used her a normal person’s world, like education, umbrella to save a man from a dog’s bite. career, love, marriage, divorce and things was just commending my soul to God and feeling that this was where the old flannel trousers got about thirty bobs worth of value bitten out of them, when the girl, waiting till she saw the whites of its eyes, with extraordinary presence of mind opened a coloured Japanese umbrella in the animal’s face. Upon which it did three back somersaults and retired into private life”.

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Schindler's List - An all time awesome movie, which brought alive the horrors of holocaust. A biopic of Oscar Schindler and how he protected the 'Schindler Jews' makes this movie a classic. The girl in the red sweater, red being the only colour we see in this black and white movie, stands out distinctly, showcasing the pathos of the characters. Jodhaa Akbar - This Ashutosh Gowarikar's portrayal, of a romance between a Rajput Princess Jodhaa and the mighty Akbar, kicked up a lot of controversies. Aishwarya Rai Bachan shining with cool and royal poise and Hrithik Roshan with steel cold eyes and ramrod straight back royalty bring the Mughal times alive. If you want to melt along with characters on screen, do watch this movie. Batman, The Dark Knight - Needless to say, this was one of the best hits 2008.Heath Ledger's brilliant portrayal as ‘The Joker’ won him an Oscar for the best supporting actor in 2008. It was a tragedy, that Ledger was not alive to receive it. Also to be mentioned is the excellent adaptation of the comic book series by Christopher Nolan. Shawshank Redemption - This movie based on a Stephen King's novel is a story of a single man's determination to fight against all odds. It is a must watch movie for people who love to see the power of human will in action and all those who watch it will probably draw a parallel with their own lives. Juno - A movie with very crisp, sarcastic dialogues make the audience sit up and cheer for the undying spirit of the adventurous Juno. The movie starts with hip hop, rhyming music that underlines the spirit of the movie. Watch it if you want to remember the movie next day, with a faint grin tugging at your lips. Anbe Sivam - A movie that brings out the concept of finding God in Man is the best from

Kamal Haasan ever. Two contrasting characters with the common quest of finding happiness, come together and take us along in a journey filled with amazing incidents and characters who tell us what their interpretation of God is. At the end of the movie one realises, that a person's very existence is to make the life of another person meaningful. Thus folks, Love is God. Mumbai Meri Jaan - The lives of five common citizens of Mumbai change forever after the suburban bomb blasts. Their beliefs are shaken and they undergo an emotional turmoil, ultimately realising that whatever happens one should never give up his/her spirit. Kung-Fu-Panda - Laugh till you cry, at the adorable and affable Panda whole resilience transforms it from a soup chef to a legendary dragon warrior. Our editorial board's unanimous choice makes this movie, a must watch animation flick. Khuda ke Liye - This Pakistani film by Shoaib Mansoor, is a 'once in a life time' effort that rises above the mediocrity of Lollywood. It gives you a new vision about life in Pakistan where people are not very different from us or from any others, anywhere else. Islam as such is portrayed in an entirely new manner giving glimpses of its power, beauty and mystique. It is about social reform & protest with music at its core. Vedam Pudhidu - A gripping perspective on caste and class discrimination is brilliantly portrayed in this revolutionary Tamil movie by a then 'in experienced' director, Bharathiraja with a skeleton cast. Sathyaraj his career best role with panache. The movie won several accolades and is still looked upon by new directors as a benchmark that each strives to achieve. This would be part of any must watch list.

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Vinoth Balaji

God Plays Dice
10th September 2008, Geneva

III year, Chem

The master brains of CERN had finally built it - the Large Hadron Collider - the invention of the eon. After triggering a few protons into this giant ring of a particle accelerator, they are going to break the silent secrets of the universe which have been untouched for ages. Nature's secrets are hard to explore, since nature is fabricated in such a complicated way. But challenging nature and God-who has woven the threads of the universe, the humans have got the key to God's treasury and in a couple of months they'll ransack everything. Same date, Heaven God was silently watching these experiments, but he could not tolerate the invention of LHC. It was the biggest ever invention that had happened during the 3 billion years of human civilization. If they do switch on the LHC and get the results of their mega project, then for certain the humans would get to know about the spark which made the Big Bang during the formation of the universe. It meant that they could go on to find Him. 3 billion years ago, same place During the creation of the universe God had passed a bill in the Council of Lesser Gods and Fairies that, if the humans tend to invent something big, that could solve the puzzle of the universe, they had to be stopped. God had done this many times when the situation arose. When the technocratic people of the Indus valley had invented a communication system to connect to God, he feared that they might find him and so he made the whole valley disappear. He made the great mathematics prodigy Ramanujan die young, since the mathematical theorems he obtained were far more advanced and helped solve the complex mechanisms of the universe. Also He was the one, who terminated the Columbia expedition. But His counterpart Prometheus, a Greek God and a Titan always wanted to help humankind. He was the one who stole fire from the Lesser Gods and gave it to mankind; God punished him by chaining him to a rock where an eagle gnawed at his liver until Hercules rescued him. On seeing the stupendous inborn talent of Thomas Alva Edison, God had made him deaf to prevent him from getting school education. But it was Prometheus who helped him by paving a smooth way to invent some thousand devices. God's hand worked on Stephen Hawking also. He had cursed him with a muscle-wasting motor neuron disease. But Prometheus was there to make him the master brain behind the LHC. God has now started to think what should be done to fend off humans from seeing the results of the LHC experiment. He has now decided to stop this kind of rise of humans to the next level; to stop this forever. He felt a pang in his heart since he was going to put an end to earth. He made up his mind to use the most powerful weapon to destroy the whole world so that there would not be any nuisance from the humans

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anymore. Lots and lots of weapons bloomed in his mind; ideas like collision of giant meteors, a strong sun storm, tossing the globe out of the orbit etc. But one weapon was simple in operation and more effective and that was switching the Gravity control panel off. Even though he had not used it yet, he knew the catastrophic effects it would render. Even if gravity was switched off for a microsecond, the effect would be so disastrous, that the entire world would die. As the earth rotates at a speed of over a thousand miles per hour at the equator alone, when the gravity goes off, every free body would accelerate by a thousand miles per hour from east to west. Inside the buildings, people would bump and crash into the ceiling. The earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere would also float off into space for the same reason. But only a few things like trees and buildings would stand rooted to the earth. The earth itself would most likely break into chunks and float off into space, since it is also held together by gravity! This should not happen. But the Creator decided that it should. He even fixed the date for the catastrophe: 2nd January 2009, few days before the result analysis. He indeed had a soft corner, for he wanted the humans to enjoy the new year day; their last day.

“He gave his most powerful 'Veecharuval'the holy, long blade, more powerful than even Thor's Hammer. It could destroy anything with a single stroke”.

31st December, 2008 Just two more days to go. Somehow Prometheus got to know about this and he desperately wanted to deter God’s plan. He knew how to do it. He just had to enter the disaster control room of God and damage the Gravity control panel. Once it was done the people would be saved, since the rule prohibits God from revising the plan a second time.

But he knew it was as difficult as cleaning the Aegian stables since the control room was protected by the lock engineered by God himself during the creation of the universe. Prometheus loved the humans so much that he wanted to do this. Light came in the form of Aiyannar, one of the Gods in the Lesser Gods council. He owed so much to the people of his hamlet, since they offered him every year, a feast, without fail. Even though his territory was restricted to a few villages, he wanted to save the entire world. He gave his most powerful 'Veecharuval'-the holy, long blade, more powerful than even Thor's Hammer. It could destroy anything with a single stroke. Prometheus broke the lock with the Veecharuval. He was dumbstruck on seeing the control room. There were umpteen number of gadgets and devices showing the present happenings of the world - The hurricanometer displayed a typhoon over the mid-Atlantic, a quakogram showing a tremor in Turkey and a flood-o-meter detailed on the floods in Chile. He found the Gravity gauge in the left corner of the room. With all his power, reminding himself about God making him a prey to the eagles, he slid the blade into the gauge. It exploded like a bomb. Same date, Earth The whole world is celebrating the New Year as usual- sweets, beer, temple, friends, movies, orphanage visits, etc. the world is getting ready for another bright and cheerful day - 2nd January.

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Joan Mary. D
III year CSE

It started with a

Five–star

I was just nine years old when my parents took me to my first circus. It was luckily before circuses were forced to stop using animals for performances. While I do appreciate the concerns of animal lovers, I still have cherished memories of my first circus. Seated next to me was a gentleman in his early forties, wearing the traditional silk dhoti and shirt. His family sat next to him engrossed in the performance. He seemed to be more interested in my restless antics than the antics of the clown. My parents had long ago given up on my endless curiosity; so they remained stoically silent even when I asked them why the clowns had to have paint on their faces. "Because they want to make little kids like you laugh", the gentleman sitting next to me said good humouredly. "It makes them look scary", I shrugged, "They could do the things they are doing without the paint and still make us laugh." My mother glared at me, but the gentleman laughed saying, "Ma'am, you have a little bundle of energy here!" "A big bundle of explosive energy", my mother muttered. "Now, would you like a Five Star?" he took one from his wife's handbag. "I cannot take chocolates from strangers", I scowled at my mother, "But if you tell me your name, you won't be a stranger. Then I can take the Five Star." "An excellent point", he smiled looking at my mother who sighed, "My name is Shashi Tharoor." "What do you do?" I asked him even as I nibbled on the Five Star. "I am a…", he seemed to be trying to find the right word, "A writer and a traveller." "I will become a writer and a traveller too when I get bigger", I promised even as my mother handed me a handkerchief for my messy fingers. H H H H H I was walking home from school in the rain clutching my umbrella. Though it was only four in the evening, the skies were dark and the roads deserted. I shivered as the cold wind blew, literally rattling my bones. I had to get home as soon as possible. A cycle veered past me, splashing muddy water from the roadside onto my white school uniform. I cursed loudly in Malayalam. If there was something that my mother hated more than muddy feet in her house, it was muddy clothes. Removing the mud stains was a tough affair. The cyclist stopped and waited up for me, probably thinking that I had been hurt. "YOU SPLASHED MUD ONTO MY SHIRT!" I ended my very vocal sentence with another curse which if my father had heard, would have earned me a long lecture. "I'm sorry", the tall cyclist stooped down a bit and peeped under my umbrella, to face a very angry twelve year old girl. "It's you, Five Star", he chuckled lightly as he pulled his raincap away, "I should have suspected that the little bundle of energy would have grown into a perky girl by now!" I smiled helplessly as a slightly older Shashi Tharoor ruffled my hair. "Why are you cycling?" I asked interestedly as we walked together along the narrow road. "I am visiting my ancestral home in Palakkad. Whenever I come here, I cycle or walk through the fields. It's something I like doing", he smiled, "And what are you upto, Five Star? Still wondering why clowns have painted faces?" "No", I scowled, "I am bigger now. When I become older, I am going to become a writer. “I told you then!" after a few moments, I asked again, "You are still a writer, right?" "Sort of", he grinned, "But I will stop writing when you start, promise! And I will ask you for a special story." H H H H H It was Republic Day. I impatiently waited with my fellow members of the school parliament, for the chief guest. I hated coming to school on holidays. But since the principal had threatened to roast anyone who absented themselves for the occasion, I had managed to drag myself out of a pleasant sleep and come to school.

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Happiness doesn't lie in winning, Five-Star", he smiled softly, "It lies in the will to appreciate the world...
With the usual band, thaalapoli (flower ceremony) and red carpet, the guests were welcomed. I was practically replaying one of the old movies in my mind all through the long, boring speeches regarding patriotism and sacrifice. As if any of them would fight in Kargil with the enthusiasm they showed on stage! Finally, the chief guest began to speak. As soon as I heard his voice, I looked up. It was my old Five Star cyclist, Dr.Shashi Tharoor, who worked in the United Nations Secretariat as a diplomat. And he did not mention patriotism. He talked of great people, of their lives, of their sorrows and failures. It was inspiring. As the chief guest came to meet the members of the parliament, he spotted me and smiled. I was very nervous. If he joked about our cycling episode to the principal, I was sure that I would get the long overdue T.C. "Five Star", he shook my hand cheerfully, "We meet at the most interesting times. So, you are now in your tenth standard? And the Editor of the school magazine?" "Yes, sir", I smiled nervously. "Where is that famous scowl of yours?" he teased me, "Or did you suddenly turn into a Buddhist in three years?" "Your speech was good. I liked it", I said quietly, "Especially as you didn't ask us to do anything you wouldn't have done yourself." "Frank as ever", he laughed, his eyes darkened as he continued, "I did read your story in the magazine." "Did you like it?" I asked hopefully, eyes wide and anxious. "Mmm…", he frowned as if in thought, "Ask me when we meet next, Five Star." I scowled. He laughed and went to join the principal and the other dignitaries. H H H H H I joined another school in a different state after my tenth. It was a time of uncertainties. New language, new customs, new faces…..I virtually forgot about Shashi Tharoor and my childhood dreams as I plunged into the new routine. I heard of his failed attempt in the United Nations Presidential race and I grieved for his lost opportunity. I have always believed him to be a capable man. The Onam after I joined college, I was at Palakkad. Though, by rule, I am a late riser, the day after Onam, I rose early and went out to the fields. It was a beautiful day, with the fields freshly reaped and the lands awash with rains. I made my way to the large pond behind the fields and settled down for the day. My family rarely stirred out of the house on days after celebrations and I was sure that I would be disturbing them if I stayed in the house. Around five in the evening, I heard a tuneless humming. A few seconds later, Shashi Tharoor strode through the surrounding trees, towards the pond, clad in traditional Kerala style. He looked older and wearier. "Hello!" he smiled as he saw me, "I always seem to be running into you, Five Star! Though it has been a long time since we last met and you look older." "I am older", I pointed out testily even as I smiled and got up to shake his hand enthusiastically, "I wish you had won." He smiled, but there was a slightly bitter quality to his smile now. He said quietly, "I am sure that the better man won! Now, since you say you are older, what about the story you promised to write for me?" "I will write it", I promised eagerly, "What should it have? Politics?" "No", he rolled his eyes, "A bit of everything", he paused, "Tragedy, Romance, War, Jealousy, Politics, Death, all in a new way", he smiled wryly, "I ask for too much, Five Star." "I am not a good writer", I said sincerely, "But I will try for your sake, Someday I will write a story with all that you want”. "Good", he smiled as we watched the sun sinking down under the trees, "I have always found sunsets to be the most beautiful wonder of nature." I smiled, "You are right, sir. But I wish you had won." "Happiness doesn't lie in winning, Five Star", he smiled softly, "It lies in the will to appreciate the world and those who live in it. I can say that I am happy with what I am." “Maybe one day", I murmured, "I will be able to say the same words; that I am happy with what I am." H H H H H

R. Sankara Narayanan
IV year, Mechanical

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Mother India is a truly magnificent nation on the face of this ravaged earth. A nation, home to incredible excellence in all fields known to man, be it nuclear or space or any other technology. The exquisite words used by the poets fail to convey the greatness that is India. A country may be an economic super power, a wealthy one or a militarily strong nation, a nation with a lot of achievements to its name. All this does not match the prosperity of a culturally strong nation. Our nation is a stronghold which will stand even while all others fall. It's easy to draw a picture with no color. Painting the picture is what takes real skill. The modern era is the age of the nuclear family. We live in times when unity is not seen even in families. Joint families are fast becoming things of the past. At such a time, the Indian army managed to bring together the entire nation in a small village at Pataudi, Haryana. It was at the National Integration Camp (NIC) that Cadets from all the states of India came together to carry the spirit of the Nation. Cadets eagerly awaited the sun rise which would bring them together in the parade ground and then it would be India that shone. Smiling is a simple action, everyone can do it. But bringing a smile to another's face is something difficult. Unforgettable and memorable were the moments when we basked in the glory of smiles of the cadets from Maharashtra to Bengal and Kerala to Haryana. Game periods simulated the war field, but it didn't matter who scored the points, India triumphed. For any target, competition is necessary. Integrating a nation must not shackle the effort to attain the pinnacle. Bharath Matha's various children displayed their strength in different disciplines such as tent pitching, traditional dance and singing competitions with vigour and a will to win. The tent pitching competition brought a view of "Nation building", where tents were pitched side by side by the

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competing states and Uttar Pradesh conveyed that they construct strong buildings for India by clinching the title. We as Indians should be proud of our seven north Eastern States. Their unique talents, rare as uncut diamonds, were showcased. Gujarati Dandia dance , Bhangda of Punjabi , Kerala's Kalari fight , Delhi's fashion, Buddhism in Bihar, Silambam from Tamil Nadu etc are a few examples which added essence to the camp. This goes on to show the diversity of tradition, the richness of culture and the wealth of talents in our great nation. We were then shown around Delhi. The capital of India simply astonished us with its planning, magnificence and its bustling traffic. We were also taken in by India's most powerful addresses (10 Janpath, Sonia Gandhi's residence, Akbar Marg….). The Delhi metro showed us how an immensely populated city commutes so easily and efficiently. The silent preparations for the Common Wealth Games made us truly proud. India gate silently exulted as a mother would, at a visit by her children. Saluting the Amar Jawan Jyothi marked the zenith of our trip to Delhi. It is a sight that no Indian must miss. The National Integration Camp was an experience that showed each cadet a glimpse of what we stand to gain if we stand united. It also showed us that differences in culture, language or tradition are never barriers in friendship.

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Syed Shahid Imdadulla
IV year EEE

Chandni Chowk to China
“Survival of the fittest" is nature's law. Fighting is more ancient than man himself. This struggle to subdue one another in combat, unarmed or armed is possibly a legacy handed down to us from our ancestors. This desire for domination sowed the seeds for martial arts. Anyone who has ever seen a Bruce Lee, Jet Li or Jackie Chan movie would have been amazed by the jaw dropping action sequences. The last ten years has seen a tremendous rise of interest among Indians, for the East Asian martial art forms especially Kung fu and Karate, as a means of self defence and maintaining fitness. But not many people know that India has had something to contribute to most forms of martial arts practised around the world. India has probably the most number of martial art forms practised in a single country. Almost every state has a history of its own. The importance of martial arts in Indian culture is visible in many ancient Hindu temples which have statues of deities and warriors in various combat postures. In fact, the Vishnu Purana describes Dhanurveda (from dhanus and veda in Sanskrit meaning bow and knowledge respectively) as one of the traditional eighteen branches of knowledge. One of the widely known martial art form, which is also gaining popularity in the West nowadays, is Kalaripayattu. Kalaripayattu literally means "the way of the battlefield." This martial art originated in the kingdom of Cheras, in present day Kerala. However, Kalari was just one of many martial arts that evolved from the ancient martial art of Vajramukti, or "Thunder Fist." Kshatriya Vajramukti is mentioned in the great Ramayan. Indrajit, the son of Ravana, was mentioned to be highly proficient in its use. Vajramukti branched out into various Indian martial arts Simhanta, Kalaripayattu, and Nata being the most famous. Kalaripayattu continued to evolve through many years. The Sushruta Samhita (dating back to 4th century) identifies 107 vital points on the human body of which 64 were classified as being lethal if properly struck with a fist or stick. Sushruta's work formed the basis of the medical discipline ayurveda which was taught alongside various Indian martial arts, especially those that had an emphasis on vital points such as Varma Kalai (which was made famous by Kamal Hassan in the movie, Indian). We would have not seen Shaolin Kung fu had it not been for the Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma. It is believed that Bodhidharma was born a prince of the Pallava dynasty in their capital of Kanchipuram, and was an exponent of kalari. Wong Kiew Kit, 4th generation successor of the Southern Shaolin Monastery in a television interview to The Discovery Channel said "The Venerable Bodhidharma came from India to China to spread Buddhism. In 527 AD, he settled down in the Shaolin monastery in Henan province, and inspired the development of Shaolin Kung fu. This marked a watershed in the history of Kung fu, because it led to a change of course, as Kung fu became institutionalized. Before this, martial arts were known only in general sense." The Chinese school of martial arts agrees with the South Indian School on the principle of 107 pressure points. Even today, wall paintings and murals at the Honan Shaolin Temple in North East China show ethnic Indian Monks sparring and training in boxing skills with Chinese Monks. Elements from Indian mythology, like the Naga, Rakshasa, and the fierce Yaksha were modified and converted into the protectors of Dharma; these mythical figures from the Dharmic religions family figure prominently in Shaolin boxing, Chang boxing and Stave fighting. A teacher of Kung fu traditionally commands deep respect of students and a lesson always starts with a bow from the students to the teacher. The teacher here is not looked upon only as a coach as in western martial arts like boxing and fencing. He is looked upon as a mentor and guide who helps to pave a path for the student's life. This relationship between a teacher and student could have its roots in the Guru Shishya tradition of India. Around the 3rd century BC, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali taught students how to meditate single mindedly on points located inside one's body, which was later used in martial arts, while various mudra finger movements were taught in Yogacara Buddhism. Various Kung fu forms contain positions identical to these mudras. The theories behind yoga, ayurveda and tantra, such as kundalini (coiled energy), prana (life energy), nadi (meridians), chakra (energy points) and marmam (pressure points), are present in Indian fighting systems, which form the basis of another chinese art form "Tai Chi". The state of Tamil Nadu is considered to be the cradle of modern and scientific staff fencing, popularly known in Tamil as Silambam. The Pandya kings of Tamil Nadu promoted Silambam, as did their Chola and Chera counterparts. Silapathikaram, a Tamil literary work dating back to 2nd century A.D., refers to the sale of silamabam staves, swords, pearls and armour to foreign traders. The ancient trading centre at Madurai city, renowned globally, was said to be thronged by Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians among others who had regular sea trade with the ancient Dravidian kings. The Silambam staff was one of the weapons that was in

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great demand with the visitors. The Akananuru and 16th century. The Mughals, Persians of Mongol descent, Purananuru describe the martial arts of ancient Tamil practiced martial techniques such as wrestling and Nadu including forms of one to one combat, and the mounted archery. By combining indigenous malla use of spears, swords, shields, bows and Silambam. yuddha with Turkic and Mongolian wrestling, they Some records trace the origin of this art to a divine created the grappling style pehlwani which has source Lord Muruga, and within the Tamil remained popular until today, particularly in the states of mythological framework, sage Agasthya is also Haryana and Punjab in North India. The Indian credited with the genesis of Silambam. The ancient wrestling form of pehlwani became prominent in Tamil kingdoms were instrumental in spreading western catch wrestling tournaments and Karl Istaz Silambam throughout Southeast Asia. During the applied the training methods of Indian pehlwans to 18th and the 19th centuries Silambam was much shoot wrestling. The wresting form used in modern more prevalent in Southeast Asia than in India, where Olympic games is Roman Wrestling, which shares many it was banned by the British of its moves and tactics with its Indian government. It is still practiced by the form. In addition, modern styles such as South Indian communities of - Kalari was just one of many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu credit India as a Malaysia, where it is now a popular martial arts that evolved from the founding influence on their fighting recreational sport and also a means ancient martial art of Vajramukti. principles. of self defence. The practice of the Indian club swinging - The oriental martial arts of today was first introduced to England by British Thang Ta (The art of the sword and have their roots in India. soldiers who had studied the discipline the spear) is a popular term for the while stationed in India during the 19th ancient Manipuri Martial Art known century. The Indian clubs were used by military cadets as Huyen Lallong. The art was developed from the and appeared as a gymnastic event in the 1904 war environment of the tiny state of Manipur in North Olympics. Russian officials travelled to India, under the east India. It played an important role in the employ of NKVD physical training centre, "Dinamo", to geopolitical environment of medieval times between observe its native martial arts. V.A.Spiridinov was India and China with many independent states at war assigned to Mongolia, China and India to research the with each other. Constant life and death struggles Mongol Vedic martial arts. The collection of techniques between clans, tribes and states resulted in the from martial arts of various countries including India devising of ways and means of safeguarding the lives formed the basis of the Russian martial art Sambo. of the citizens and at the same time developing an India has also influenced various other Asian martial inner attitude to problems of life, death and afterlife. arts, particularly in Southeast Asia. Examples include Thang Ta thus became an expressive art form which Indo Malay Silat, Burmese Naban and Bando, Filipino however retained its fighting character at the secret Escrima and Kali, Thai Krabi Krabong and Cambodian home schools of individual teachers or Gurus, after Bokator. Indian martial arts also influenced the various being prohibited during the period of the colonial raj forms of Indochinese kickboxing, namely Muay Thai (1891 1947). It survived during the period of the from Thailand, Tomoi from Malaysia, Muay Lao from state's integration with the Indian Union in 1949, Laos, Pradal Serey from Cambodia and Lethwei from since when the art has been shown in festivals. Myanmar. Contrary to its name, Muay Thai actually Tibet has the most striking evidence that the oriental originated not in Thailand, but in Khmer. For much of its martial arts of today have their roots in India. For in history, Khmer was Hindu, and it was the Nayar, the Tibet, survives the ancient Indian martial art of Khmer Kshatriyas (warrior caste) that developed it. Simhanta (Lion's Roar!) in its relatively unchanged Indian influence is predominant in Khmer. Frescos on form. Simhanta is one of the most ancient Indian the Angkor Wat depict scenes from the Hindu epics martial arts, one of the first styles to evolve from Mahabharata and Ramayana, showing Kshatriyas Vajramukti. Tibetan Simhanta, sometimes called engaged in martial arts. Most likely it was the Indian Tibetan Kung fu, is Indian in every aspect. From the influence through Sri Lanka that led to the development Sanskrit names, to the Hindu mantras, to the of Khmer martial arts. techniques, which are drawn from Vajramukti and This is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Though a Kalari. The major mantra of Tibetan Simhanta, which handful of martial arts are still practised in our country, all practitioners recite, is "Om Ah Hum Vajra the internal system of meditative practices and its Simhanada Sangha Hum," which praises essentially spiritual character has been lost through lack Narasimha, and is in the Sanskrit language. The of knowledge and commitment by the further other major symbolic animal in Simhanta is the ape. generations. There are many Indian martial art forms A further point of note concerning a pre Tibetan 'Ape' which became extinct with the foreign invasion, but as Totem animal in the original Hindu Simhanada continue to live in the wall painting and statues in ancient Vajramushti, is the importance of the God Hanuman. temples. The study of Indian martial arts is a vast territory After a series of victories, the Muslim conquerer Babur which is yet to be explored completely. established Mughal rule in North India during the

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The Departmental Associations in our college act as the liaison between the IIPC (Industrial Institute Partnership Cell) and the students. This helps the students acquire the much needed information about the state of art industrial facilities and in turn add value to their employability and entrepreneurship skills. It also acts a platform to hone the organisational skills of the students through various inter and intra-collegiate events conducted in partnership with industries.

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In today's modern digital age, software based systems are becoming the core infrastructure of effective and efficient activities of everyday life. During the historical development of industry, human society has experienced many industrial revolutions. Currently, the world is undergoing a hi-tech industrial revolution with information technologies, with digitization, computer network, and artificial intelligence as its main features. Digitization is a natural stage in the evolutionary process of modern engineering design. The role and future of the digital factory in various engineering fields is full of potential and bright possibilities when it is used with quality software. THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL FACTORY (ICDF) 2008 was jointly organized by BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH CENTRE (BIRC), Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA and supported by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, European University of Lefke, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The valuable support received from all categories of sponsors were gratefully acknowledged. The conference started with the inaugural address delivered by Dr. M.P. Chandrasekharan, Dean -Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. Dr. Angappa Gunasekaran felicitated the conference. The conference closed on 13th August 2008 with a valedictory given by Cdr. A. Thakur, Deputy Director, Naval Research Board, New Delhi. T H E I N T E R N AT I O N A L S E M I N A R O N SENSORS, SECURITY, AND INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS (ISSSIS) 2009 was jointly organized by the Coimbatore Institute of Technology and the Oklahoma State University, Oklahama,USA. Our correspondent Dr.S.R.K.Prasad delivered the Presidential Address. Dr.Karl N. Reid, Dean, Oklahoma State University inaugurated the conference. Prof M.Devaraju, Head of the Department ,Computer Technology, CIT, with the help of the students and staff members organized all the events with great dedication and zeal.

The primary functioning of the association happens in weekly hours allocated as a part of the curricular time-table. Apart from these regular meetings, Associations also conduct seminars, workshops and other co-curricular activities. It also hosts mock placements and other placement related training activities. The staff advisor and the final year office bearers organise these events for the juniors with help from the final year students. Given below is a brief description of the various international conferences and activities conducted by the Associations of each department. A National Level Technical Workshop on C O L L A B O R AT I V E P R O D U C T D ATA MANAGEMENT (CPDM) was organized in association with EMPOWER CONSULTANCY PRIVATE LIMITED, Chennai, on 12th September, 2008. The Chief Guest was Mr.Balaji Dagupati, the Managing Director of Empower Consultancy Private Limited. He spoke on the need of database management system and its role in product design and development. Ms.Riddhi Vijay, the Manager, Academic Initiatives from Siemens India Limited, spoke on the possibility of establishing a Centre of Excellence in the CIT campus for the benefit of undergraduate and postgraduate students enabling them to take up projects in collaboration with SIEMENS INDIA Ltd. About 40 delegates from industries, 20 delegates from academic institutions and research institutions and 15 students, research scholars and practicing engineers participated in the wor kshop. The programme was well appreciated by all the participants.

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Activity Summary
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION Staff Advisor Secretary Seminars/Workshops Dr. M. Thirumarimurugan Mr. K. Sudarshan Personality Development Programme by Mr. Madhu Namboothri, Director, Time. A Lecture On Process Equipment Design and Drawing By Mr. A. Pitchiah, Industrial Consultant, Krishna Industrial Corporation. Intra Department Event Magazines Technofest, Quintessence Synergy

CIVIL ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION Staff Advisor Secretary Seminars/Workshops Mr. M.P. Muthuraj Mr. S. Ananda Uvanesh Guest Lecture on Environmental Facts by Mr. Elongavan. A Seminar on Software Packages by Arris Cadd and Cadd Centre Magazines Edifice

ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION Staff Advisor Secretary Seminars/Workshops Mrs. P. Chitra Mr. S.K. Raja A Seminar on PLC by Mr. Kumar from Arris Cadd, Coimbatore A Seminar on 'Current Status of it Industries' by Mr. Sathish from CTS, Chennai A Seminar on "Embedded Software" from Arris Cadd, Coimbatore A Seminar on 'Cadd Stimulation Software' by Mr. R. Santhosh Kumar From Cadd Centre Training Service Intra Department Event Magazines Emissions Resonance

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ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION Staff Advisor Secretary Seminars/Workshops Mr. S.J. Sugumar Mr. S. Manivannan Guest Lecture on Carrier Options by Mr. Mathu Namboothri. A Seminar on PLC by Arris Cadd A Seminar on 'Expectations from Today's Individuals' by Mr. Muralikrishnan Intra Department Event Magazines Electro Grid Networks MECHANICAL ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION Staff Advisor Secretary Seminars/Workshops Dr. V. Senthil Mr. R. Rajesh Cad/Cam Seminar by 1. Arris Institute Coimbatore, 2.Rhizome Institute Coimbatore, 3. PSG Institute Coimbatore A Seminar on "Stress Corrosion Analysis on Aerospace" by Dr. Bobby Kannan (Australia) A Seminar on 'Graduate Marine Training' by GE Institute Pune Intra Department Event Magazines Glimpses and Spark Momentum Brain Drive

ASSOCIATION OF CSE AND IT Staff Advisor Secretary Seminars/Workshops Mrs. R. Renuga Mr. A. Raghav - CSE, Mr. P. Manikandan - IT T.I.M.E Workshop on "Career Options" ACM Seminar on "Software Testing" TCS Workshop on "Challenges in Applications Development" Intra Department Event Magazines Syllogism Online

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PLACEMENT REPORT
The year 2008 has been a very forgettable year for students as well as professionals across the globe. Plagued with a global recession similar to the dot com crash back in 2001, most colleges in the state have struggled to place their students in reputable firms. CIT's standing as a favourite among recruiters, has helped the majority of our students find lucrative employment. Around 500 students getting placed in a total of 67 companies that visited our campus this year, stands proof for the students' rich domain knowledge combined in right proportions with worldly know-how. Star recruiters include global players like Volvo, SP Constructions, Oracle, Areva, Verizon, Motorola etc. Even in this current economic scenario where companies are looking at downsizing, we manage to provide opportunities for deserving students to get recruited in more than one company. The placement Cell under the guidance of our Placement Officer Dr.K.Subramanian and Additional Placement Officer Dr.V.Selladurai has done an exceedingly good job in not only getting the students placed, but also creating awareness among them about entrepreneurship and higher education. The office bearers of the placement team include 27 students from UG and 16 students from PG courses. Two placement secretaries are chosen, one each from the circuit side and non-circuit side to lead the team. Three placement co-ordinators are chosen from each branch of study to assist them. The Placement Cell, which is entirely run by the students, stands proof of the managerial skills of CITians. Right from inviting the companies to our campus, driving the students to prepare for the placements and making the HR’s feel at home, the members of the Placement Cell have exhibited their prowess. We, CITians feel proud to say that we have achieved yet another pinnacle, where CIT is currently ranked 25th among top engineering colleges in India by the "Outlook" magazine. CIT is also ranked among the top five engineering colleges (excluding IIT) in TamilNadu by a Tamil daily. Thanks to our management, alumni, recruiters and above all the students for helping us achieve these and for making sure that we are well positioned for further glory.

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List of IT Companies
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Accenture Adaptec Aditi Aricent AIG Carevoyant Cordys Commvault CSC D.E.Shaw Fidelity HCL 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Informatica Infosys I Gates I Flex Manhattan Associates Misys Motorola Mu Sigma National Instruments Nokia-Siemens Network Nortel Oracle 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. Sutherland Target TataElsxi TCS Tesco Thoughtworks Toshiba Verisign Verizon Wipro Yahoo

List of Non-IT Companies
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. IOCL SUNDARAM CLAYTON GAMMON INDIA DELPHI - TVS SANMAR GODREJ AREVA ESSAR GROUPS ADITYA BIRLA(TANFAC) ASHOK LEYLAND SUNDARAM FASTENERS 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. PRICOL HCC STERLITE ABB TVS TYRES L&T SP CONSTRUCTIONS CCCL BRAKES INDIA TVS TYRES GODREJ & BOYCE 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. ITC LTD VA TECH WABAG SYNERGY EMAS MAYTAS TATA CHEMICALS HCC JOHNSON TILES FLSMDITH TCE

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PLACEMENT POLLS

LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVES
'Economic slowdown', 'recession', 'fiscal crises- these seem to be some of the buzzwords that are making the rounds throughout the world. The subprime crisis that originated in the U.S. of A, the previous year has taken its toll on companies irrespective of their domain and this in turn has led to a lull in campus placements. People are eagerly anticipating the re-emergence of the market which according to financial experts may not be experienced until May 2009 or even after. Under such trying circumstances, when a large majority of companies would only look at cutting costs and labor, maintaining a successful placement record would only seem a distant dream to universities. The need of the hour, hence, is to sincerely look out for other alternatives that enable us to counter the turbulent market conditions. 'The Placement and Entrepreneurship Cell' (PEC) of CIT is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the successful coordination and management of placement and entrepreneurship activities every academic year and it has been doing it successfully all these years without compromising on the quality of placements and the all important 'student to job ratio'. But to be frank, there has been a dearth in promoting entrepreneurship and other related activities by the PEC over the past two-three years and thereby the response of the students towards such initiatives has been lukewarm. It was an area of imminent concern, according to us the placement coordinators, to address these issues, given the sorry state of the market at present. To ensure that the current placement year (2008 - 2009) ends on a positive note without having to face the dejection of many students, we decided to channelize our efforts in educating them about higher education opportunities in India and abroad. We are therefore currently involved in preparing a list of prospective institutes that offer good educational and placement opportunities in countries like the UK, the USA, Australia, Germany etc. Information is also being gathered on the possible scholarship and endowment prizes that students could avail, since pursuing higher education in a foreign country does take a heavy toll on one's pocket. Also, a lot of initiatives are being taken to conduct seminars and workshops that focus on entrepreneurship and on the importance of higher education. We are putting in our best efforts to ensure that placements, entrepreneurship and initiatives to promote higher education go hand in hand, without compromising each other on any aspect. With the blessings of the Almighty and the constant support of our staff and well wishers, we are confident of ending the current academic year on a happy and positive note. From The Placement Team, CIT

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Here is a brief introduction to this "Chennai Super King". Mr.V.B.Chandrashekar (Known popularly as VB)director of "Chennai Superkings" (Indian Premier League), is a distinguished alumnus of CIT. His father was a famous lawyer. VB is the youngest among his brothers and sisters. Since his elder brother and sister were software engineers, under pressure from the family he had to opt for engineering. He did mechanical engineering in CIT after he had completed his B.Sc in mathematics. As with any educationally forward middle-class family, there was a pressure on him to do well academically. But subsequently, the results he showed in cricket, earned him the support and confidence of his parents and well-wishers to continue in that path. After completing his engineering he decided to concentrate more on cricket and played in the Ranji Trophy for Karnataka and then got the opportunity to play One Day Internationals (ODIs) for our country. Even after leaving the field he continues to associate himself with cricket and he is currently the chief selector of the "Chennai super kings". Since Chennai super kings were the runners-up in the IPL, his job has become even more crucial to choose the right players within the given price limit, not to show the same result this time but to better it and clinch the IPL trophy. It was a great opportunity for me (Vignesh) and Ramaseshan (Ram) - our cricket team Captain to meet him in person and interview him. We fixed an appointment with him at 5 p.m. in Jenney's Club for his interview. Here is engraved that fantastic 30 minute faceto-face interaction. Vignesh : How was your stay at CIT? VB : I always cherish the memories of my college life. Before I joined CIT I already had a bachelor's degree in mathematics. And may be, I guess that V.Ramaseshan Captain, could be the CIT Cricket Team reason why I associated myself more with the guys of my age rather than being with my classmates. But this was until the first year and later vanished as we all mingled

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together. In fact cricket was the unifying factor and I had a number of fans even at that time. Ram : How did you manage both your academic studies and cricket? VB : Who said I managed both? I managed only cricket and my friends were there to help me out with my academics. In fact most of my record works and laboratory works were done by my friends and they really motivated me to concentrate more on cricket. At the same time I was a no nonsense guy in my academics and managed to score average marks and obtained my degree without the slightest of hiccups. Vignesh : Sir, can you tell us about your cricketing experience in CIT? VB : (smiling) Wah! It was a great experience and I have a lot to tell you. I was very enthusiastic about cricket at college. I spent almost all my time in the cricket field during my stay here. I devoted a lot of time to practice. I didn't mind paying the markers that extra bit to make them work on holidays. Our cricket team had a healthy rivalry at that time with the PSG arts college team. Whenever we both met head to head, it was almost like an India-Pakistan match. Ram : Which do you think is the most unforgettable experience in your life? VB : There was one instance when the captain picked me in the playing 11 without my knowledge, and the semester examinations were going on. It was a match between CIT and PSG (local India-Pakistan). The very same day I was writing my Engineering Chemistry exam. Since I was in the main eleven I was updated with the score and was called several times to bat as the team was in a very bad position. The score board read 80/8. I received paper slips notifying the required runs and wickets left, at least 10 times in the exam hall some way or the other. The last of which read "need 120 runs, 2 wickets left, enough of your chemistry paper, come out". This time I realized that I should no longer wait and came out halfway through my exam. As I was coming, I was watching my friend getting out and returning to the pavilion. I didn't even have time to pad myself. I went in at 82 for 8, scored a century and remained unbeaten. We won the match for CIT against PSG arts. (Chuckling) The funniest part of it was

that I passed my chemistry exam by a narrow margin. Then I was elected the captain of CIT cricket team for the next three years. Also I got the opportunity to captain Bharathiar University for 3 consecutive years. And not once during my stay did I have an attendance% that permitted me to write my exams. Every time I had to meet the professors to seek permission to write my semester exams. Vignesh : How do you see yourself as the chief selector now? VB : (with a deep sigh) Well…. It's a job constantly under pressure. It's a task of selecting the right players for the team, the sort who can win you matches . It's twenty-twenty and the players have to be good hitters of the ball making the opponents go for a leather hunt. Ram : How did you manage to select Manpreet Goni to the side? VB : (thought running across his mind) Goni played well in the Ranji, and I thought he would be a better player to be on the side. It is actually a big story the way Goni entered the squad. He was punctual and made sure of his presence whenever we called him. Also he has exceptional talents and is strongly improving as well. Vignesh : We are really elated to spend time with you. Finally, what's the message you would like to leave for us? VB : CITians have all the potentials. It's up to you students to bring out your hidden talents. If you feel that you could shine well in the area of your interest, then just go ahead, no matter what others say. Get the suggestions from people around you but arrive at a decision that is not influenced by peer pressure. Be confident and make sure that you are up to it. Building castles in the air does not help. My best wishes to you all. That was VB exclusively for you .....

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ovember 14, 2008, 8:06pm- The instructions from ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), separated the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) from the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. The spin up-rockets were fired after achieving a safe distance of separation from Chandrayaan-1. The final 25 minutes count down started… The history of Indian rocketry dates back to 1750, when this science was perfected by the then Sultans of Mysore, Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, for military purposes. The Jourks (rocket men) of Tipu’s army won many wars against the British colonial armies with these weapons. Finally the British forces won the Battle of Seringapatam and captured Tipu’s war rockets. Then followed a period of 150 years during which rocket science in India remained dormant. November 14, 2008- MIP’s onboard video imaging system, the radar altimeter and the mass spectrometer got activated. Chandrayaan-1 started receiving information from these instruments as the MIP continued its descent. The mass spectrometer began examining the extremely thin lunar atmosphere. Indian rocketry was reborn, after independence, thanks to the technological vision of Prime Minster Jawahar Lal Nehru. Prof Vikram Sarabhai took the challenge of realizing this dream. That was a time when there was acute food shortage in India, and these men took the bold decision of making rockets and satellites. Very few took the space program seriously. But Sarabhai was determined to make his vision come true. He

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People questioned the viability of the Indian space program. Sarabhai and his band of young scientists proved them wrong but it was a painstaking process, beginning with simple sounding Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota. Chandrayaan-1 rockets, which could go only up to a height of aims to further expand our knowledge about 100 km and were used to study Earth’s only natural satellite – the a phenomenon called the People questioned the moon. It would also perform equatorial jet. They had a large viability of the Indian remote sensing of our nearest number of failures during the space program. Sarabhai celestial neighbor using its 11 development stage. But these and his band of young onboard scientific instruments. It were the stepping stones for the was Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam who scientists proved them ultimate dream of developing a gave the idea of incorporating a Satellite Launch Vehicle wrong but it was a device which could land on the painstaking process... (SLV). moon, which later turned out to be the Moon Impact Probe (MIP). Then the Augmented Satellite We have given the moon The mission was planned to land Launch Vehicle (ASLV) came to India”, announced it near a spot called the into existence which had ISRO Chairman Shackleton crater close to the higher load carrying capacity G. Madhavan Nair. lunar South Pole. followed by the development November 14, 2008, 8:31 of the Geostationary Satellite pm- It was children’s day. The video of the Launch Vehicle (GSLV) which gave India descent went blank. MIP successfully hit the the capability to park satellites in the lunar surface. geostationary orbit at an altitude of 36000km. The next big feat was the development of a “The moon was favorable to us. We have Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). travelled all the way to the moon. We have Space missions that travel beyond a distance given the moon to India”, announced ISRO of 100,000 km from the earth are usually chairman G Madhavan Nair after the successful termed deep space missions. With all these landing. achievements India entered an elite group of nations which had the capability to send Unlike other space agencies, ISRO never satellites into deep space. enjoyed big budgets for R&D and space programs. But thanks to the dedication and skill ISRO’s next big dream- India’s first deep of several scientists, the space program is one of space mission, sprung up. They called it the outstanding successes of the country. All mission- Chandrayaan. On October 22, 2008, thanks to the great minds who had the vision of ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, linking space technology with the development PSLV-C11, successfully launched the 1380 of a backward nation. We shall forever be kg Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft into the indebted to them. transfer orbit from Sathish Dhawan Space

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e have been through a very eventful year. 2008 was the year when India joined the Nuclear Elite after the 123 Nuclear Agreement was okayed by both the US and Indian legislatures. It was also the year when India won its first individual gold in the Olympics. India clinched the Border – Gavaskar trophy from Australia in cricket. When the whole world thought that all was well, the economic recession set in. Towards the end of the year, the rupee started weakening. There was political turmoil in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. But we Indians will never forget 2008 and not just for the above reasons. This was the year when India faced its worst terror attack ever. The incidents of terror that took place between 26th and 29th shook the entire nation. The country had never witnessed a terrorist attack of such magnitude in the past. It proved to the nation that even the establishments frequented by the rich and the famous were open to terror attacks, and it was more than just a pointer to the extent of sophistication involved in training terrorists and planning such dastardly acts. Prior to the Mumbai attacks, there were bomb blasts in major Indian cities namely Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Bangalore and Delhi. These attacks were a

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continuation of the series of attacks that started in 2007. But sadly, we never did learn from the past and most state governments chose to ignore the specific intelligence inputs that were given to them. The Mumbai attacks eventually made the government act. However, the opinion that had we been more vigilant, one or more of these attacks could have been prevented will prevail for sometime to come. The Mumbai attacks are certainly India’s 9/11 in more than one way. Firstly, people from all walks of life suffered losses. Till the 26/11 attacks, mostly the poor

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This is not surprising, for the organization is headed by a man who lost 36 members of his family during Partition and is strongly anti-India. Unfortunately for India, there are a number of people who subscribe to this ideology in Pakistan. To compound our problems, much of Pakistan’s poor populace sends its children to madrassas for education, where students are taught religious subjects in addition to science and mathematics. But the madrassa education system in Pakistan has remained unregulated leading to accusations that these institutes preach religious fundamentalism. Western powers like America firmly believe that madrassas serve as training grounds for terror organizations. India has been persuading Pakistan to act against terror groups which operate from its soil. Pakistan on the other hand has been reluctant to act against them and has often been dismissive of allegations of terrorism against it. The democratic government in that country is very young and a wrong step against popular opinion may see the government being toppled by the real power centers namely the Army and the ISI (Inter Service Intelligence). The ISI is a covert organization that has allegedly been funding, training and encouraging terrorist groups operating from the country to orchestrate terror attacks in different parts of India. So, if the government were to act against the two organizations mentioned above, it could well spell doom for democracy in Pakistan. The Indian government cannot squarely blame Pakistan based outfits for all the attacks which have taken place in 2008. The name “Indian Mujahideen” has repeatedly surfaced during investigations. This group, investigative agencies suspect, is the handiwork of the Lashkar. The LeT has long attempted to establish a pan India jihadi organization for close to a decade. The Indian Mujahideen could well be a manifestation of the LeT’s ideas. To add to India’s woes, most Indian Mujahideen members who have been killed or arrested seem to be educated young men who have been successfully indoctrinated by their mentors in Pakistan. The terror attacks have in some ways taught Indians to live with terror. People in

Even if there is a terror attack, people continue to work and shops make it a point not to down shutters so as to send a message to the perpetrators of the attacks.

India are learning quickly to put up with terror attacks. Even if there is a terror attack, people continue to work and shops make it a point not to down shutters so as to send a message to the perpetrators of the attacks. This is to be expected as India features on the list of five countries on which the impact of terrorism has been most damaging. T h e h o l e s i n I n d i a ’s s e c u r i t y establishments stood exposed at the end of every terror attack. India’s police force is so badly armed and trained; in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, it was shown that our Police constables use rifles which were used during the Second World War. Our Coastguard was not even aware that a bunch of terrorists were able to take control of a fishing vessel and reach Mumbai without any hassles. Monitoring every minor action taking place along a 7000 km long coastline is as good as an impossible task but it is imperative that we maintain stricter vigil on our western coast and also the southern coast where we face a threat from the LTTE. In the wake of the Mumbai attack, the Central Government has passed a new anti terror law and a bill for establishing a new National Investigating Agency (NIA). It will be interesting to see how successful the NIA is, in India’s fight against terror. In addition to these measures, many of the state governments are contemplating to have an NSG like commando force in their reserve Police force. This again is a very good step in the right direction. At the end of it, it is clearly seen that India’s action against terrorism has been reactive and not active. It is time that this attitude changed. Not very often does one get to read articles in successive editions of Srishti on the same issue. Let us sincerely support our Government in its fight against terror so that we do not have to read an article on terrorism in Srishti’10 also!

and the downtrodden suffered because of terrorist attacks. The urban educated elite, who thought that they were insulated from being attacked, were rudely awakened. The educated youth of the country who have so far been hesitant to be a part of the political set up, started protesting against the people in power. The slogan “Enough is enough” acquired a lot of significance in the aftermath of the attacks. There were protest marches throughout the country which made the government sit up and take notice. Much of the action that the government has taken today can be attributed to these protests. Fingers were pointed at Pakistan based terror organization Lashkar–e–Taiba (LeT) after the Mumbai attacks. This organization’s main ideology is to wage jihad (holy war) against India and to make it a part of Islamic Pakistan. Obviously, this ideology is dangerous and extremist.

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e was a man with a vision. A vision which has helped us all realise our dreams. He was a man who crossed boundaries in his quest for quality education. Nothing stopped him, not even the Second World War. Reformer, leader and entrepreneur are all synonymous with his person. Popularly known as PRR, Prof.P.R.Ramakrishnan was born on February 12th, 1916 as the second son of Thiru. V.Rangaswamy Naidu and Tmt. Chinnammal. He did his schooling in Sarvajana High School, Peelamedu, Coimbatore followed by a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics in Presidency College, Chennai. He then went to United Kingdom to pursue his higher studies. When the Second World War broke out, he left the UK and traveled to the USA and joined the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering. He served in the General Electric Company, USA, for a period of seven years. He then married Madam Rajeswari, daughter of an eminent industrialist and former bureaucrat Sri.V.Ramakrishna, I.C.S. It is a fact that, Madam Rajeswari Ramakrishnan is one of the earliest lady entrepreneurs in our country. Currently she is the Managing Director of the

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Jeypore Sugar Company Limited. Prof.P.R.Ramakrishnan, obtained an M.B.A. degree in the year 1952 from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and had the distinction of being the first Indian Sloan Fellow. He was blessed with three sons. The eldest son is Thiru.R.Prabhu, Ex-minister of fertilizers in the Rajiv Gandhi Government and currently Member of Parliament in the Congress party. The youngest son, Dr.S.R.K.Prasad, is currently the Managing Director of Krishna Industrial Corporation and Correspodent, Coimbatore Institute of Technology. Prof.P.R.Ramakrishnan realized that the only way this nation could have an all round development was by imparting high quality technical education to students. His vision was to provide education and training for all with freedom of thought. Prof. P.R. Ramakrishnan felt Universities are not built by mortars and bricks alone but are built by a man's hard work and intellect. With this motto in mind, way back in 1950, he conceptualized the idea of Coimbatore Institute of Technology. Prof. P.R. Ramakrishnan after his return to India had a vision to start an Engineering College on the lines of MIT. Along with his father Sri.V.Rangaswamy Naidu and brother Sri.R.Venkataswam y Naidu, Pr of.P.R. Ramakrishnan started Coimbatore Institute of Technology in 1956.

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Prof.P.R.Ramakrishnan realized that the only way this nation could have an all round development was by impatring high quality technical education to students. The college had grown from strength to strength and attained the status as one of the Premier Engineering Colleges in India under his guidance.

Prof.P.R.Ramakrishnan managed the affairs of the college as Principal for 25 years till he stepped down from office in 1981. The college had grown from strength to strength and attained the status as one of the Premier Engineering Colleges in India under his guidance. He was also a promoter of many industries in Coimbatore. Among all his activities the closest to his heart was the running of this educational institution. Prof.P.R.Ramakrishnan started a Tamil Daily "Nava India" and served as its Managing Editor. He was elected as Member of Parliament for two terms, representing Pollachi Constituency from 1957 to 1962 and Coimbatore Constituency from 1962 to 1967. He had served as the Treasurer of Tamilnadu Congress Committee in the Indira Gandhi Govt. He was the Managing Director of Ramakrishna Industrial Corporation Limited, involved in the manufacture of Textile Ring Frames, with Japanese collaboration. He served as the Managing Director of Madras Aluminium Company Limited. He had served as Coimbatore District Rotary Governor. He was also the President of Operational Research Society of India. Before he left us he was the Chairman of the Jeypore Sugar Company Limited, Chennai, Krishna Industrial Corporation, Chennai, Managing Trustee of V.Rangaswamy Naidu Educational Trust and the Correspondent of Coimbatore Institute of Technology. Though he is not with us anymore, he still occupies an eminent part in the hearts of CITians. His mission and vision will be our motivation, thereby invigorating our desire to succeed and to serve the society and the country at large.

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INTERFACE & TECHNOVATION 2009
Interface 2009 was held on February 13 & 14 of 2009 and Technovation on 14th & 15th of the same month. The student organisers did a marvellous job during those three days. Financial backing by corporate and non-corporate sponsors continued to be as generous as ever despite the economic recession. The organizers were able to conduct the events despite the one-week government holiday that came out of the blue, barely six days before the scheduled days for the symposiums. All this speaks volumes about the expertise and confidence of the students to manage such a large-scale endeavour in a remarkably short time. The participants came from all over Tamil Nadu in droves! This year's Interface and Technovation certainly held up the 'Brand CIT' with pride. The setting of the pitch Events in CIT belong to a class of their own because of the long-held policy of letting the students organise them with guidance from the management. Interface and Technovation 2009 were no different in this regard. The office-bearers were chosen from the various departments and the quest for sponsors was launched. Students simultaneously worked on the event websites namely, http://www.interface09.com and http://www.technovation 2009.com. The websites helped the organisers to take advertising to an entirely new level. No stones were left unturned; invitations were sent to nearly 300 colleges in the country. Students had fun choosing the slogans for the symposiums. They came up with intriguing, yet, simple lines. It was 'Where Brains Count More', for Interface and 'Inclination towards Infinity' for Technovation. IOCL, SBI, Clariant, Black Thunder were a few among the many sponsors enjoyed by Interface and Technovation this time. The generosity of the sponsors helped the organisers to take the exciting events to an entirely new level of perfection. CITians should be proud that, even in such tough times, the corporate world continues to have 100% belief in the efforts of the students to organize such a symposium. This truly highlights the enviable position of CIT on the corporate world rankings. And The Games Began! There was a thrill of suppressed excitement that hung in the air on the morning of February 13th 2009. The Chief Guest, Dr.Manmohan Thampi, lit the kuthuvilakku to signal the launch of Interface 2009. The Chief Guest for Technovation was Mr.C.Murugesan, SM Aqua-Sub Engg Works. And things were off to a flying start. With more than 75 events held over the three days, the participants had a wide range to choose from. The exciting events scheduled were all the more attractive with the substantial prize money adding sheen to them. The technical symposiums underlined the adventurous and hard-working spirits of the student community at CIT. But, the crowning factor was that the events highlighted the deep unity of the students and the administrative staff once again. All in all, the three days enlivened up the college with the perfect concoction- hardworking and brilliant organizers, enthusiastic participants, willing sponsors and the generous administrative support.

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Recession
he financial crisis which broke out in the year 2008 is one of the worst in modern history. There are several reasons for the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the financial crisis which followed it, the main reasons being excessive debt, global trade imbalances, weakness in the manufacturing sector of American economy, high oil price and high inflation. The Americans relied heavily on debt to finance their high style of living, Americans with little or no income borrowed from American banks. These loans were high risk, asset backed loans. Millions of loans were dispatched to poor people who clearly didn’t have the capacity to repay those loans from their income. By giving easy credit, investment banks gave the people an opportunity to purchase houses beyond their capability. The demand for new housing increased and so did the price. Housing prices rose rapidly. As housing prices increased people began to borrow more from the banks (i.e.) their mortgage value increased. Many of them made money from increasing housing prices. In 2007 inflation and oil price all over the world surged to historic levels. Rise in asset prices and increased liquidity (money supply) resulted in a massive rise in demand. Real estate and asset values increased in many countries mainly due to easy availability of credit. Demand for all goods and commodities increased. Developing countries grew at a tremendous pace as they were sources of cheap goods and services to the developed world. The increase in demand resulted in a massive increase in prices, especially oil. Several industries were affected, especially the manufacturing and the airline industry.

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Inflation was taking its “Inflation was toll on the lives of the taking its toll on common man. In an the lives of the attempt to tame inflation and squeeze common man.” the availability of credit, central banks “Money was all over the world created out of increased interest nothing and that rates and took several money is now other measures to disappearing.” squeeze the money supply. This eventually led to a slow down in the later part of 2007. Due to these measures, housing prices in the US didn’t rise as expected and there was a small drop in prices. This had a catastrophic effect. The increased interest rates and lowered housing prices meant that people couldn’t repay their loans. Mortgage loan became greater than the market value of assets. These assets are known as toxic assets. Nearly 6% of the housing loans failed (people could not repay those loans) in the early part of 2008. Massive number of houses and assets were put up for sale and

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banks refused to lend any more sub-prime loans. The housing demand fell and prices fell by nearly 40% in the first half of 2008. Suddenly, assets were valued lower and people felt they were not so rich. Many had debts greater than their asset values and they were not capable of repaying their debt. As prices in other sectors reduced, more assets became toxic and defaults (failure to make payment) and foreclosures increased. This was the subprime mortgage crisis. Gradually even good assets turned toxic and banks were taking heavy losses. Unable to meet their obligations to their depositors Lehman Brothers (One of Americas biggest investment banks) declared bankruptcy. A long list of banks turned to the government for help. The government now stepped in to prevent a collapse of the American financial system. They purchased massive amounts of toxic assets to stem the fall in prices and protect the banks. The government also gave some money to banks and financial institutions so that they could resume lending to good business and industries. This plan caused the government trillions of dollars. The financial crisis hit the economy hard and led to a sharp recession (negative economic growth). By the end of 2008, most of the major economies entered into a recession. Banks refused to lend thereby leading to a credit crisis. Most industries depend on credit to carry out their usual activities. The lack of credit meant that industries could not function properly and even good companies were in trouble. The steps taken earlier to reduce inflation had a negative impact on the global economy. The shortage of credit affected the entire chain of businesses all over the world. Fall in demand, credit crisis and job losses threaten the entire global economy.

From 1997 onwards, many countries (emerging economies like China, Brazil, Russia, South Korea etc) became highly export oriented. They exported cheap goods and services to the American people. Now America’s and Western Europe’s home grown industries were unable to compete with the emerging economies owing to their low cost. Gradually American and European companies shifted to China, India and other emerging economies where land, labor and other costs were cheaper. As a result, the US manufacturing industry weakened even during the boom. The weak manufacturing sector has suffered losses and unemployment. Some of the big stalwarts of the American economy like GM, Ford and Motorola are in big trouble. Job losses in US are leading to a steep fall in consumer demand, investor confidence and asset prices. India’s banks and finance institutions are safe but its economy is exposed. India runs a trade deficit of approximately 4% of GDP (it went up to 7% in 2008) and relies on foreign investments to finance these deficits. Pull-out by foreign investors and capital is India’s major problem. Fall in IT and other exports would have a bad impact on the Indian economy. However the nation has good domestic consumer demand. A good economic stimulus package and low interest rates could quickly put Indian economy back on high growth rate. India’s strong financial institutions are a great advantage when compared to the rest of the world. The American government has now resorted to the last ditch effort of printing money and spending. What we are witnessing now is an unwinding of the events that took place for a quarter century. Money was created out of nothing and that money is now disappearing. The governments are trying to make up for this. Only when asset prices stabilize, finance institutions become stronger and resume lending, can the economy recover. When the economy recovers, trillions of dollars given in bail-outs will begin to surface, causing massive inflation. Taxes will reach historic levels and recovery will be slow and painful. We must endure this so that corrections can be made and financial markets are well regulated.

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Indeed! and America has changed. Change. Writing on such a huge personality was daunting, I kept falling into a quick sand, a quagmire of failed expectations and standards until I reminded myself of this journey of change. A journey of change, that had brought a onetime self confessed drug abuser, a confused youth all the way from Hawaii to Washington D.C. , to the highest office in his country and arguably the world.

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They would have been proud today. In heaping praise and • 44th President accolades onto Barack we perhaps forget that • Electoral margin this journey did not start 365 to 173 at Hawaii nor did it start • 52.9% - Popular vote in the recent past, a mere • The first African 50 years past. This is a American president of story of more than 200 the Harvard Law years, of the journey another Review president made, of a war he fought , of the right he defended and of another man, a man of immense stature, one who set his claims and refused to budge until he got them. Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King would have been proud today. But by what one knows of them, they would have believed that this is but the beginning in a sea of change. I want you to know the real Obama. We imagine that the great men we adore were always the men they are now. We never see them as the awkward kid, the confused youth, the angry son raised by a single mother or a boring executive in an accounts company. I wanted to know this Obama, warts and all. What made him tick? Why is he the man he is? And I want you to know. A lifetime of change. Barack Hossein Obama was from Kenya. With a scholarship he came to Hawaii and there met his wife. To them was born his namesake Obama Jr. (but always known without the Jr.). He was raised by his single white mother when his father left them for Harvard and then back to Kenya. The father had left but had left behind an image that his son would look up to for the next 25 years. Barry (as he was

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known) then followed a confused path to the Occidental University and then to the Columbia State University, New York. Throughout he was plagued by self doubt and confusion about the hate between the white and the black. His search for answers took him to Chicago, Illinois where he joined the Developing Communities Project (DCP), an NGO of sorts. There he found himself. This was probably the most formative period of his life. The answers to my questions of 'what make him tick?' probably lie here. His time with the DCP saw some major successes and some dismal failures. He was involved in cleaning up a very depressing black community and installing a school program for the kids there. He went there as a confused young man not knowing what he wanted from life, confused about the whole white-black issue. Though he had been teased and tortured quite a few times over his color, he could not forget the love of his white mother or his grandparents. But he found that black people were still treated like scum and that a lot of them, themselves did not feel that they deserved any better. Thus he found himself in organizing, organizing the public against the Govt., for the public. He then went onto Harvard to study law because he felt that it would help him help people better. The rest of the story, as they say is history. He became a senator, first of the state of Illinois and then representing Illinois at the U.S. Congress. And today, he is at the oval office. Is he related to Osama? When I first heard about Obama, it was way back when he announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party

primary, in the fight to be the democratic candidate for President. My only thoughts about him, as of others, were about his relationship with Osama. I never believed then that he could win the Democratic primary let alone the White House, not with a name like that. Seems a long time back.. But I did hear his name a lot more from then on, each time spoken with a higher tone until it was almost deafening. Now I know that a firm foundation had been laid in service in Chicago and that he was the most likely winner at any point, in hindsight. IN HINDSIGHT. But then all I thought was, what the hell? But his campaign of change caught on and his speeches became immortal and were even aired on TV… and all through those three words were a recurring theme. YES WE CAN!! "Yes, We Can!" "Yes, We Can!" When the crowd began to chant I wanted to join in. Tears came unbidden to thousands of eyes irrespective of color, age or nationality. The change had occurred and irrespective of what followed America had achieved. That such a man won, was not the miracle, that he won in spite of his background was. Not since Lincoln, had a President come from a more ordinary background and not since Kennedy had a President come in with such a massive popularity vote. The change was here and what a change. He had given hope where only dirt resided before. He replaced corruption, incompetence and plain stupidity with his own inspiring image. The President of the United States of America What stands out throughout this journey, this journey of change, this journey of hope, is that basic honesty, the exuding warmth of that smile that seems to include everybody and his constant need to help. Another change that occurred was the huge number of students and youngsters involved in Obama's campaign. Perhaps they could feel the hope pulling them there, the hope of real change happening. But he is still a black man in a white man's world, some say. While others claim that the blacks should not claim him for their own as he is half white. But the truth is, that Obama is on the pedestal of scrutiny and he is definitely more black than white. For he will fall, he is only human and when he falls he will be a black man falling. But maybe we should stop this nonsense and as he himself would say- accept the fact that he is not the President of the Black states of America or the White states of America but of the United States of America.

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Media Matters
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he media must have complete freedom to speak, but, its voice should be neutral, clear, and pertain to make people aware of the situation; not be wary of it. But, in the present era of communication advancement, 'sensational news' seems to be the buzzword attributed to all information. We are engulfed by a media which claims that each bit of news is worth a fortune and of immense value to everybody's day-to-day activity. Each news item broadcasted, is associated with either a higher amount of fear and chaos, or a glossier amount of luxury and societal status. The news is made to be associated with some cause and people are made to adhere to, or even appreciate the cause. Nowadays, there seems to be an unwritten law that news has to be provided incessantly and as soon as possible. A deliberate rush to be ahead of the competing channel develops an attitude of blowing up even commonplace incidents, creating hype about them and with use of sensational coverage, the public is made to react emotionally rather than be provided the exact knowledge of the situation. In any given situation, the media tends to react with an impulse which it calls as swiftness and quickness in passing on information to the general public. Incidents are captured on camera and broadcasted at a break-neck speed. If one channel or, a media arrives at the place of the incident, then there is a tendency to dominate the situation and disseminate the information in its own individual fashion, which, more often than not, is biased or incomplete. There is also a degree of insensitivity and imperviousness among the journalists to any situation they report. Though it is claimed that these are maintained for unbiased coverage, it is often used as a The public craves for details tool for exploiting the grief by giving a comparison and statistics. The media takes between the journalist-who is unaffected by the incident advantage of this instinct and and the victim, who is portrayed as completely shattered by providing facts and figures making people think that they by it. have a guiding hand which For example, consider the Tsunami, when each channel shall help them cross the path had sent a journalist to the spot where he/she was of danger. standing poised with a microphone in hand and asking a victim about how her husband was killed, or how her child was lost. Moreover, the victim would be given close-up shots in the T.V. frame while he/she was crying and the public would be made to feel insecure. And this could be seen as the same pattern of reporting any other tragedy.

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During the recent terror attacks in Mumbai, people in the rest of the nation were made to believe that the media was giving them information-like the number of policemen surrounding the Taj, or, the possible entrance/exit routes in there-which they were supposed to listen, and give their opinion on, to show their care for the country. And this was done despite the National Security Guards' persistent warnings about the terrorists gaining crucial information from this news. For another example, consider the pub attacks in Mangalore. The media did a good job of opposing the so-called moral police. But, most of it was done by showcasing upon ridiculous demonstrations and protests such as "Pub Bharo", and asking every woman to join; as a mark of solidarity. Also, the protesters such as "Sri Ram Sene" and "Maharashtra Navanirman Sene" have gained such notorious fame all across the country just because the media chose to interview hooligans and offered them a chance to make their propaganda via national television rather than snubbing them by giving them no spotlight. And also to be noted is the mute participation of the camera men and the crew during such atrocities. For example, a small girl in Haryana was found guilty of theft of a paltry sum and was reported accused by her employers. The police constable who was in-charge beat the girl mercilessly despite her cries. A news channel was onsite and reported it live, but, the crew took no steps to stop the cruelty. Same was the case of the Mangalore pub incident. The media claims to be the guardian of justice and yet, does not take the necessary steps to justify its claim. On another note, the media also exploits people and diverts them towards glitz and glamour, even during grief. Like in the case of asking celebrities, their opinions on the terrorist attacksMr. Ram Gopal Verma-for his association to films on underworld mafia or, it could be Mr. Prahlad Kakkar-"for his association with Deepika Padukone, et al"(That's how he is known in MTv!). At the same time, the farmers' suicide bear no place in the media and no coverage is given to the information that the government has announced loan waivers and subsidies for them. The farmers are not the centre of attraction and they are left to suffer, because the media is busy telecasting a condolence meet conducted inside an air-conditioned hall, attended by cinestars wearing Armani suits/gowns with Versace glasses. During panic, people tend to lack clarity of thought and align themselves to the most quickly possible external line of thinking which comes in a structured manner. The public craves for details and statistics. It waits for analysis and comparisons, or a parallel being drawn between any other known situation. The media takes advantage of this instinct and by providing facts and figures-even though it is of the costs of the Armani suits-makes people think that they have a guiding hand which shall help them cross the path of danger. This trend needs to be corrected and that can be emphasised only by us-the viewers, by making the choice of listening to information only when it is valuable and authentic. Or else, we stand affected by the media and let our minds be governed by it.

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he third edition of CIT's annual quiz, 'Brahma' was held on the 24th of August 2008. This year's edition was an Open Quiz, which attracted participants from all over the city. There were also participants from cities like Chennai, Cochin, Bangalore and Calicut. Brahma is fast becoming one of the better-known quizzes in the region not just for the quality of quizzing but also the prize money. Brahma has special significance because it is the only quiz in the state, which is conducted in the odd semester. The quiz,

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CIT Trophies
The second edition of the CIT basketball trophy took place on the 15th & the 16th of March, 2009. It was an inter-engineering state level tournament with 14 teams competing for glory at CIT. The finals was between the host (CIT) and Kumaraguru College of Technology, (KCT) in which KCT won by a slender margin after a hard tussle with our college. Captains: CIT- Arunkumar.S ; KCT - Shyam At about the same time a similar contest was taking place nearby. The CIT cricketing trophy’s inaugural edition happened between the 15th and the 19th of March 2009. The arena was set and on the 19th the two gladiators, the host(CIT) and Banariamman Institute of Technology (BIT) fought it out blow for blow to establish supremacy but luck favoured BIT or maybe we were just being good hosts as they won by as small a margin as one wicket. Captains : CIT - V. Ramaseshan ; BIT - R. Gowtham Batsman of the series: R. Gowtham (BIT) Bowler of the series: A. Karthik (CIT)

Writers’ Workshop
A bunch of pens, quires of paper and the brains of 40 heads were all in action with the expertise of the top notches in the field of journalism to create yet another Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Frost in the back breaking effort of the Literary Club. The workshop, the first of its kind in CIT took place from 5th – 7th September ‘08. Creativity took centre stage at the Writers’ Workshop 2008, marking the inauguration of the Literary Club on the 5th of September. The workshop started with “free writing” by Mr. M.Santhosh Kumar (UESI), stressing on the writer’s block. Dr. Babu Verghese (MAI) followed, narrating the life of a journalist, giving students an insight to the world of mass media and pointing out the power of the pen over the gun. The second day kicked off with an inspirational speech by Mrs.Seline Augustine, Associate Editor, The Hindu, quoting on ‘the art of editing’. The workshop continued peeping into short stories with Mr. Timothy Peace, encouraging and instilling skills into young minds. ”Put all your thoughts on paper and ride them like a horse until you have poetry”- Robert Frost, was brought into practise by Mr.Santhosh Kumar, generating poems from thin air. The final day had many interesting sessions in store for the participants. Mr. John Tilak from Thomson Reuters briefed on the basics of writing – ‘what to write and what not to write’. Other sessions included “How to interview a VIP” and “Reporting an incident”. Though the three day workshop came to an end bidding adieu to the guest speakers, it was the beginning of a new chapter for many budding writers who attended the workshop.

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Destiny (re)written !!!
Inquisitiveness is intrinsic in human beings. One who is really skeptical about facts and seeks to supplement what ever he hears with reasoning, stands to attain true knowledge. And the ones who make it to the pinnacle of glory are always connoisseurs of the art of reasoning. In this multifarious world of hustle and bustle, people hardly find time to be themselves, leave alone to reason out things. Thus in course of time, they tend to slowly lose the innate power of reasoning, and start to take things as they are. On the contrary, the fittest are those who survive by making the correct use of the opportunities that knock on their doors. They try to reason out every single thing they come across. This doesn't mean they are always correct. They still do err, but the decisions they make are whole hearted ones. As Albert Einstein rightly said, "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new". By mastering the art of reasoning, they have become seasoned in the art of decision-making. They never regret the road they have chosen. They walk the path to success, as they welcome the right sort of change by rolling out the red carpet, no matter what risk it necessitates. It's these sorts of risks that are accepted by those who succeed, reluctantly accepted by those who fear to succeed and totally avoided by some for fear of a big fiasco. Take for example, the instance that lead to the birth of the electronic watches. The story goes back to Japan's greatest economic meltdown. A scientist from Japan, during one of his research experiments, came up with a miraculous result the methodology required for making electronic watches. Being steadfast and patriotic, he informed all the major Japanese firms that, he was ready to offer the copyright of his invention for reasonable compensation. Rather than accepting his offer, one of the Japanese firms did a great mistake by not only failing to recognize the significance of his invention, but also satirically ridiculing him and his invention in the media. This incident gave birth to the aweinspiring digital Swiss watches, after a Swiss major, realising the great potential the invention had, acquired the copyright for lump sum. The Swiss major then grew by leaps and bounds. Do you now realise the importance of making a shift at the right time?

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Another success story comes from the banking sector. Two decades ago, a hugely popular bank in America, appointed a technical committee to look into the posibility of modernising the bank. Within a fortnight or two, this committee came up with a report on various developments, feasible in the forthcoming fiscal quarters. One among those was to automate the bank with computers and banking devices like ATMs, thereby connecting every nook and corner of the world through networking- the idea behind core banking solutions. The then CEO of the bank adjudged that, though the introduction of the new scenario would bulge their profit bag, it would show the door for many employees. Out of sympathy for his employees, he asked for a survey to be conducted among them on the issue. As expected, the employees voted "Nay" without raising too many quibbles about the proposition of the committee. The deal went futile in a slapdash fashion. The CEO, who was encumbered with the power of deciding, again, failed to read the business paradigm that states "One man's loss is another's gain". His successor, though, took the risk and paved the way for core banking - the first step towards 'Globalisation'.

The phantoms of fear are more fearsome than reality. If any Indian entrepreneur can claim to have understood this fact, it would be none other than Mr.Narayanamoorthy, the founder of the leading India-based software firm, Infosys. His resolve and voracious appetite to succeed made him mortgage his wife's jewels for US$250, though he and his family were in a state of penury. He wrestled the fear of risk and failure, overcame it, and now, stands successful till date. Had he not had the courage to make the shift, he would have renounced his business unborn and stood without fulfilling his dream. A change, for the purpose of changing, or an ostentatious change, or a tentative change decided by a capricious person often backfires. But to savour the taste of success, a premeditated change or a shift in paradigm, decided at the right time, by a right person, that might yield fruitful consequences, is a welcome one. Once you overcome your fear of risks and failure, you succeed. Does some kind of fear haunt your mind still? Then, you shall never realise your dreams. The very purpose of life is to live a life of purpose. So, Think! Act! Succeed! Better late than never!

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C. Sakthi Swaroop IV year ECE

aving a crush is like walking through life wearing rose-tinted glasses. Everything around seems so simple, so uncomplicated. As many may already know, there is a very distinct difference between having a crush and falling in love. In the case of the latter, it is understood that when you make efforts to build a relationship, you expect the same in return. But when you have a crush, the most beautiful part is that it doesn’t matter if your crush does not have crush on you too. You still end up having fun all the way through. You practically live on cloud nine everyday. Now I don’t know much about falling in love, because fortunately or unfortunately, It never did happen. But for a crush, I think I have enough ‘work’ experience to bring out this article. Many of you may have your own experiences. Since I had the opportunity, I just thought I’d put out my perspective. Personally, I feel that the experience of having a crush can be divided into three phases. The first phase is Impressions, the second phase is Bliss, and the third stage is Failure (or maybe not). Now I believe that the first stage is the best and most fulfilling. This is when you realize you actually have a crush on someone. That person, who seemed so normal until then, suddenly starts looking extraordinarily beautiful. You don’t know how it happened or when it happened. But at that moment, all else will matter little or nothing to you. From the very next day, you start going about every day of your otherwise ordinary life with your crush in mind. You start listening to tacky love songs all of a sudden. You choose your clothes with the intention of impressing her(/him). You walk past her classes, even though they’re a mile away from yours, just to

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catch a glimpse of her. And when you do see her outside class, you can feel your heart jump all the way to your head giving you such a high that everything around blacks out - Except her. Looking at your crush is like looking at the sun. You look at her for a second, and then you look away. But in that time, you would’ve seen enough to keep you going for the rest of the day. You involuntarily become another person, and start looking for ways to impress her, or in some cases, atleast let her know you exist. Some of the sure-shot ways of finding out if your friend has a crush on someone are if: 1) They talk really loud in English (which they’d never do otherwise) when that person around. 2) They dress up really well, girls behaving excessively girly and guys a little too macho when that special someone is around. 3) The guy will deliberately try to bring up that girl’s name in the conversation (or vice versa), just to see if he can learn something new about her. 4) He just blurts it out unintentionally. Trust me, I did it once. Regardless of how many efforts you put in, or how much time it takes, when she finally looks at you for the first time, you feel this simple sense of satisfaction, something you’d never feel even if you unintentionally aced your mid semester. Once this task has somehow been accomplished, you’ll want more. Maybe a smile, a wave, or just a simple ‘Hi’. Any of these, and you are set for phase two. Now there are a few people who just aren’t that greedy (or maybe they just don’t have the guts) to work for that sign. They are just happy the first phase worked out and aren’t bothered where phase two is heading. In six years of ‘work’ experience, I too found myself being content a couple of times. And due to various personal reasons, reasons my fellow students may understand, my relationship somersaulted to phase three. But when you do make it phase two, it’s pure bliss.

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What you do in phase two is of little or no consequence in phase three. You talk about the most trivial issues as if they’re matters of national importance. She tells you the dumbest of jokes and you find yourself laughing like a retard, and loving it at the same time. You try cracking the same joke amongst your peers, and still feel like a retard. Only this time, you realize that maybe you are one. All those unending phone calls through the night, hundreds of messages in the inbox, pointless conversations in the lunch hour, and stupid arguments make this phase both silly and divine at the same time. Somewhere through phase two, you find that there is something missing in the relationship. It is not going the way you wanted it to. Maybe you are not doing the right things, maybe the right things don’t matter, or maybe it was just not meant to be. Whatever the reason, you gradually realize that the spark that once fueled the crush was slowly fading away. This is when you slowly slip into, or sometimes crash into phase three.

To this day, every time I pray, I thank god for not letting that happen to me, and I thank my few crushes, wherever you are, for not putting me in that situation. There are others who may find themselves being mercilessly jilted, wherein their crush will confess his/her love for some other jerk. And a few of these poor souls will be forced into the torture of listening to their crush yapping about her love for this ‘other’ guy (@#!*).

Though you can be really angry for your former crush for all or any of the above reasons, I still say the last phase is “ Looking at your sweet in its own way. Why? At the end, none of this matters! That’s exactly crush is like what I said in the first place. Even looking at the sun. though you’ve hit rock bottom, you You look at her for can still climb all the way up, dust a second, and then yourself off, and get ready for the next ride. In the case of a crush, there is you look away. ” always light at the end of the tunnel. Always. So people, I just want to say that having a crush is one of the best things that can happen in your teen or early adult life. You’ll feel like it’s everything you’ve ever wanted and it’s all that you need to keep you going. Whether you take it to the next level or not is up to you. If you do, I wish you all the best. And if you don’t, better luck next time! And remember, for a crush, there is always a next time. Just like an extremely clichéd, yet ever-famous movie tagline goes: “Someone Somewhere is waiting for You” ;-)

This phase, in my opinion, is the most confusing and bittersweet of all the three. It is also the most memorable. This is when the guy or girl learns lessons (often the hard way) about heartbreak. It is bitter for a various reasons. Sometimes, at the end of phase two, some may find themselves unintentionally, yet gleefully sitting in the ‘Friends’ zone, or even worse, the ‘Brother’ zone. Both the former and latter may come as such a rude shock that before they realize what hit them, they’re already knocked out cold. Rakshabandhan is absolute doomsday for these hapless creatures. They literally suffer a heart attack when they see their crush walking toward them with a rakhi in her hand. Even though a million voices in their head are urging them to turn around and bolt, they just stand there, nailed to the ground, wondering how this could be happening to them. And before they complete that thought, they are forced to come to terms with the fact that it is the end of yet another crush. Believe me, If it was me, I’d run like my life depended on it.

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Information Act (RTI) - a real boon for the citizens provided it’s made use of properly, Chandrayaan I – India’s first mission to the moon, the burgeoning rate at which Urban areas are developing, the IT boom, a reasonable decline in poverty levels, our emergence as one of the fastest growing economies in the world etc to name a few. While these help in depicting India as an up-and-coming prosperous Nation, I do basically feel that they represent only one side of the coin. Let us be fair, though. Most of the India Shining claims are true only for ten percent of the population. The other side of the coin deserves to be mentioned. The poor seem to be as poor as before. Prices are rising rapidly. The middle class has risen, and the wealthy have become more visible than ever before. Weekly news magazines like India Today, The Week, send out glossy supplements filled with very expensive gadgets, and I wonder how many of its readers can afford them. Anyway, all this grandeurs doesn’t seem conducive to a peaceful mind.

ndia Shining was a political slogan that was popularised by the then-ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the 2004 Indian General Elections. Though it didn’t win the election for them, it did its part in promoting India internationally. And since then, for quite a while, we have been associating these terms to any successful endeavour of which India is a part. Hence it’s no surprise that we find these words repeated time and again.

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LOOKING AT BOTH FACES OF THE COIN: We are now entering into our 62nd year of Indian Independence. India has developed a peculiar attitude - one in which tradition refuses to bid adieu and modernity fiercely pushes its way forward. There are numerous fronts on which we have emerged triumphant after all these years of hard toil. The media as a whole seems to be trumpeting the rise of India as a world superpower. While it would be foolhardy to list out all these here, as the list is innumerable, a few definitely deserve mention. These include the Right to

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migrations. That in turn, has seen more children drop out of schools and even colleges in large numbers. Dalit and Adivasi students are the worst-affected. Studies from crisis districts clearly show that. For too many, there is no work to be found. And quality employment is unavailable for a major portion of our populance. Other Issues under the scanner: In the villages, the collapse of communities has destroyed social bonds and broken up families. The debt owed to moneylenders has mounted as farmers are denied credit by banks. (It is simpler today to get low-interest loans to buy a Mercedes Benz than it is to raise one for agricultural purposes.) As what little remains of the public health system deteriorates, people are at the mercy of private providers. Health expenditure is now the second fastest growing component of rural family debt.

Last May saw problems in water supply in the slums of Mumbai. Thousands of women queued up for water in the slums each morning for hours. In and around the The Sensex might have taken a tumble now, but it same Mumbai, others had no such problems. There was on a dream run earlier with the markets were 24 amusement and water parks using 50 billion booming and the investors thrilled. But it is litres of water a day for the entertainment of worth recalling that this happens in a the rich. In Rajasthan, plagued by water It can be country where 65% of households do not scarcity for five years, we plan more water reckoned that have a bank account. And where tens of parks and golf courses. A single golf course millions of farmers live and die-in debt. It the fastest takes 1.8 to 2.3 million litres of water a day can be reckoned that the fastest growing growing sector through the season. On that amount of water, sector in India is not IT or software, textiles in India is not one lakh villagers in that State could have all or automobiles, but inequality. This has their water needs met right through summer. IT or software, grown faster than one could have This unfolds in a country that wants to spend textiles or anticipated over the past decade. what equals roughly a fourth of its GDP on automobiles, linking tens of rivers. but inequality. India’s horrendous ranking: In the mindset inequality has bred amongst us, It is also in these past few years, that India one aspect that stands out as perhaps the slipped from rank 124 to 127 in the Human saddest, is the absence of outrage over the farmers’ Development Index of the United Nations suicides across the country. Too many academics, Development Programme. That is an index researchers and journalists have looked away. And measuring average achievement in terms of “a long nowhere in media was exclusive coverage given to this and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard of issue. living.” And it shows that you are better off being poor in Botswana, El Salvador, Guatemala or the Occupied Territories of the Palestine - than in India. Ours is a country which accounts for the largest number of malnourished children in the world, which is still home to about half the planet’s hungry people, where nearly nine out of 10 pregnant women aged between 15 and 49 years suffer from malnutrition and anemia, and where about half of all children under five suffer moderate or severe malnourishment or stunting, with most of them being girls. To complicate matters further, in at least three states, no mid-day meal scheme was in place till 2003. That is, a year after the Supreme Court made it mandatory for them to have one. The planned destruction of agriculture in the name of development has pushed millions into mass Globalisation – or re-colonisation perhaps? Globalisation has contributed to ever widening circles of prosperity and we in India have benefited from it. But its benefits have not been equitably distributed. Ensuring inclusive growth within nations, and inclusive globalisation across nations, is a central challenge that faces us. The development gains that many countries have made are today threatened by a possible food crisis, a global energy crisis and most recently, unprecedented upheavals in international financial markets. The net impact of these problems is that both the industrialised economies and the developing economies face inflation and a slowdown in growth after several years of robust expansion. Industrialised countries can afford periods of slow growth.

How do they bear it, the vast majority who can’t even dream of possessing any of it? Maybe, the press was too busy gawking at what celebrities wear, what they do, how Team India is currently performing; I reckon these issues took a back seat.

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Developing countries certainly cannot. The explosion of financial innovation, unaccompanied by credible systemic regulation, has made the financial system vulnerable. The resulting crisis of confidence threatens global prosperity in the increasingly interdependent world, in which we live. The world food crisis is the cumulative consequence of the neglect of agriculture in the developing world, aided by agricultural subsidies in the developed world. Possible corrective measures – How about ‘Indianisation’! While there are several issues to be addressed, there are a few things that we as Indians can definitely do right now. We need new technologies, new institutional responses and above all a global compact to ensure food and livelihood security. Also we could resort to using Indian Products, while not completely isolating foreign goods. (Hi! I am not being insane, it definitely makes sense). There are quite a few Indian brands that one can be proud of and these include Bajaj, Rexona, Hindustan Lever, Tata Motors, Wipro etc. with products catering to all necessities that one can ask for. There are multiple surveys that point out how much of a fad India has for foreign goods (do I have to mention Coke or Pepsi). As a result of this, quite a lot of money has been siphoned out of the country (Rs. 4000 crore during the financial year 20062007) while the same could have been utilised not just for the betterments of Indian brands but for the people as well in numerous ways. Another suggestion that I would like to put forth may not go down well with most people but still worth giving a thought. The Government is spending whopping amounts of money on our education and to make it more affordable to the masses (Would you really believe if I bring to your notice that the average amount spent by the government on a student during an academic year is around 15000-20000 an year and this figures are definitely bound to rise over the years). With all such efforts from their end, does it really make sense when some of the brightest minds invest their valuable time and efforts in developed countries like the US, Australia etc. While this would bring in a lot of foreign

revenue to the country, one thing that has to be sacrificed is their valuable services to our motherland. In that sense, one may find that Bollywood actors may hold India more beloved than any other (and you know why). No harm intended and regrets if readers find this comment rude. How about participating? There are many NGO and Government Initiatives out there that have been setup for the betterment of the Nation and it is only required that we actively participate with emancipation of the various ills of society plaguing the rural and urban areas alike, not equally though, like poverty, illiteracy being the sole aim. Also it can be assuredly said that such things will not just be of immense benefit to us, but also one that will be able to provide such immense satisfaction and everlasting happiness without draining our physical and monetary resources. IS ’REAL’ INDIA SHINING? We can say that India is a country where ‘The old think old, and the new think new’. An India where feminism and women power are being shouted from the rooftops, while in some remote corner, a helpless female dies in the name of dowry. India is an India of fashion shows and models. But India is also an India of beggars and the underprivileged. And this is a reality we cannot ignore. Is India, then, shining? To those born with silver spoons in their mouth, life is a merry circusa kaleidoscope of color and mirth. They don’t fear a fall; there are velvet cushions to hold them up. Monetary concerns don’t haunt them-money flows in without their turning a hair. Power, wealth, influence, they have it all. India for them is the grandeur of its `modernity’ - the shopping malls, the gadgets that make their lives simpler, the new cars that roll out every year, and the expensive parties that they attend. Life for them is an easy journey, to nowhere in particular. To them, India shines-and will always do so. Is this the real India? And is India shining? WITH RURAL INDIA SHINING, INDIA WILL SHINE!

Srishti A REPORT ON THE CIT 1983 BATCH SILVER JUBILEE REUNION
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ALUMNI DAY
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The day was indeed a special occasion for the old students of CIT as they got together with their family in the campus. The groundwork for this Silver Jubilee Reunion was started well before January 2007, since it involved the hectic work of collecting the contacts of 195 people. The job was made easier by launching a website for the 1983 batch. Meanwhile meetings were arranged in Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode and Neyveli to know the updates and to boost the momentum of the process. Thanks to the organizing committee, untiring efforts had paid-off. Everybody came with their family and rejoiced their good old days walking around the refurbished campus. Taking their sons and daughters to their hostels, they remembered their gleeful hostel life and they could not resist visiting their rooms where they had once stayed. As arranged earlier they had a splendid dinner at the Jenny club with an entertaining magic show. As the second day was allotted for snaps, there were a lot of 'clicks' around the campus, with their family and their peers. The melodious musical performance made the pleasant December morning even more special. The blissful reunion ended with everyone yearning for another get-together as they became emotional and sentimental. The day had ended but the nostalgic feeling of the reunion will be ever-green.

ARCHANA Asokan SNEHAL Jain HARINI Ragothaman II year, IT

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Tarot Tarun In the line of Om Kapoor, Zeishar, Himes Bhai comes Kilijoshi Kanan in his new avatar Tarot Tarun. The reincarnated KK now TT has lost none of his lollu or the wisdom with which he predicts your fortunes. We have dealt you the cards. Let’s see what you end up with. Rajasthan Royals You might be the underdogs, but who knows every mistake may turn out to be a hair in a bald pate. Fear not of shame, for you have Shane. Your fairy godmother is a close friend of Sarah Palin and she can exert her influence. Chennai Super Kings You might be ferocious lions at the start but you will be reduced to pathetic meows by the end. But all is not lost. On the coming full moon, what you lost l now will reach you in unexpected wrong turns. Yeah, you are right, you share the same fate as Dhoni, our new Ad Film sensation. Kings XI Punjab Your Kismat cross connection will lead you to be slapped around by all your so called bhais. Don’t fret because you will be offered promising roles in all mega serials for your skill in shedding tons of tears at short notice.

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Delhi Daredevils You are always content to sit high and dry. Nobody is going to be fooled by your name. Your field of action no longer suits you. Join the Lalu Prasad Yadav School of Business. TT with his infinite wisdom has found out that students should give four cows and two goats as donation. Pig donors earn extra points. Mumbai Indians Your lucky stars are all missing. Your only way to avoid misfortune is to go on a long medical leave and seek them. Make sure you come back only after all the drama is over. This way no one can blame you if any misfortune befalls in your absence. Worried about attendance lag-Run to Sachin for advice. Deccan Chargers You are totally out of charge this season. A tea from the college mess will charge you up. The greater the size of the organism found floating in your tea, the greater the charge. By the way your bottle of V.V.S coconut oil has already expired. Time to replace it. Kolkata Knight Riders You will impress everyone with your clothes and style but that is about all that you can do. Your gang’s poster boy can do nothing but flaunt his six pack abs. Yet the sun will shine on you. You will not have any financial problem. Generous contribution to the TT trust will solve all your problems. Royal Challengers You will be ravaged by internal conflicts. Even TT who commands unbelievable power and influence can do nothing to save you from your never-ending list of problems. Your only consolation is that there will be no dearth of Royal Challenge to revive you when you are depressed. If you guys are not the supporters of any of the above teams, you will be happy to know that you share your fate with those of the cheer girls. No matter what you do or don’t do, what you do(n’t) wear, you will find yourself to be the center of attraction.

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Some of the recent events that have taken place in the name of religion and God are certainly very disturbing and undermine the very aim of faith. These events lend credit to the claim that the path of religion leads to destruction of self, as well as society. This raises a big question. Is atheism the only solution? Will atheism show us the way to end this madness? Perhaps not! Instead of trying to prove why religion is the best, I'll demonstrate why atheism is not exactly the best solution.

“ There's probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your Life. ” If you have been reading the papers recently or if you have been to London of-late, you would have probably noticed this, This is the newest avatar of the atheist campaign that is gaining popularity globally. The fact that the campaign was able to raise £140,000, £135,000 more than what its founders originally intended, while human welfare organizations are struggling for funds speaks for itself.

Religion has been the founding stone of civilization. It sets the basis on which man could congregate and build empires that would not vanish at the touch of the hat. In fact, religion was initially no more than a set of beliefs and rules strung together. It kept communities from disintegrating and provided a platform to settle internal disputes and to maintain order in the community. Ancient Egypt or Rome could be cited as good illustrations to the role that religion played in shaping them as powerful civilizations. Religion has been the cornerstone of civilization and it still is. We might have come a long way from hunting in the wild, but Man's instincts have largely remained the same and it takes little time for him to return to his ancient unsavory ways. As the world embraces atheism more, it has also been taking a step back in terms of morals. Of course, it might be purely co-incidental. But then again, it might not. The main reason that we have been able to come so far through all the hard times is religion. Think of a

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Atheists might say that 'atheism' is simply the non-belief in the existence of God but for all practical considerations, when there is no form of higher authority to answer, the individual will be lax in following. There is a good chance that thoughts like, "I'm not responsible to anyone, so why should I care?" will crop up. When combined with the thought, "I'll circumvent my The Babri Masjid problem, despite its religious rule this one time. After all it is a rule I set for roots, did not flare up just because of religion. It myself",it forms a deadly duo was more of an attentionThe laws of today's political that is likely to pull the person seeking effort by politicians. Now, the next question would administration have been down. be about the necessity of such adopted from religious Religion also provides the a practice which perpetrates codes. However, the reach necessary incentive for the violence. But, religion is just o f r e l i g i o n i s m o r e individual to be considerate one of the tools used by pronounced than the law. and helpful, without any politicians. All major religions in reason. It may just be the fear the world are built on ethics, that drives it, but the end result is desirable. But which enumerate ways for the betterment of of-course, the person need not be religious to the self and the society as a whole. All religions be ‘good' to others. openly condemn acts of mal-intent to fellow human beings. Moreover, without a consensus on the rules to be followed, atheism falls short in bringing a The laws of today's political administration peaceful and progressive society. As an added have been adopted from religious codes. bonus, man can fall back to the bastion of However, the reach of religion is more religion when he feels isolated. It is one of the pronounced than the law. 'Crime cannot be most soothing forms of escapism that helps an controlled unless the criminal decides to forgo', individual to get back on his feet. is another popular saying. This shows that the change must be effected from within the Let me come back to the first line of this article, person. No matter how it is framed, law has the quote on the London's buses. A society been and will always be seen by the public as being devoid of rules develops chaos and an external agent meant to govern them and it unrest, which atheism seems to point to. is a common mentality to feel rebellious Simply put, atheism does not have the faculty towards any external force that directs us. to manage the complications arising out of the While the law reaches out to the analytical clash of individual agendas in a society without mind, religion has the power to reach the a unified code of conduct. Religion is nowhere person's emotional core. close to being the foolproof method of preserving order in a society, whereas, What would happen if the world shuns Atheism is just as good at being a solution as it religion? There are people who do not need the is to being the source of troubles.

world, where religion as a concept, did not exist. In that world, mankind would have destroyed itself a hundred times over by now chaos would have reigned supreme. Proponents of atheism argue that religion has been and still is the root cause of many a bloody conflict. They quote from the Crusades to the recent terrorist attacks. However, religion in itself is rarely the cause for violence. The politics behind it is the culprit. People in power abuse their ability to reach out to the masses, use religion as a tool and bend the public to do their bidding, all for selfish gains.

guiding hand or religion to choose the right path, but the majority, without an external stimulus might choose the wrong path, a path of corruption, lies and deceit. Of course, I might be wrong, but then there is a bright chance that this might happen.

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CIT to Townhall
To travel from CIT to Townhall at five pm in a town bus is the best way to learn management skills. Once you reach Townhall you would get to know how the mortal body, except for the soul gets kicked, squashed, squeezed, pulped and in that vein, add a couple of adjectives that would suit a banana inside a mixer.

After a minute or so of waiting in the CIT bus stop, you would see people get all tensed up, as if awaiting a rhinoceros from Kaziranga. At a distance one would catch a glimpse of a misshapen object with seemingly extra attachments slowly waddling towards the bus stop. And, of course, by now you would know that the frame is nothing but a bus, stuffed with the extra-ordinary, ever resourceful citizens of Coimbatore. The bus, if it is private, screeches to a stop and the conductor is the real player here. Of all the optimists we could ever meet, this guy is the best for imagining his bus to be of the size of a football ground where everyone has a place."Keep moving M.A. Uttara in, move, move", is all he III year, ECE says repeatedly as he calls for more of the junta to come in. They fit themselves even in the nooks and corners of the bus before one realizes that the bus is standing lopsidedly, in fact shaking ominously near the edges of the amazingly small bridge near hopes. Here one has visions of Vishnu and Shiva alarmingly near, but the valiant hero of the day stomps his hoof over the accelerator and the bus whizzes forward.

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independent for more than 60 years. It would start with the old dame asking the conductor for the whereabouts of the stop (though it's obvious that she has been taking the same route from the time she was born). Admitting her frailty, she starts the torture of elbowing the person in front of her fifteen minutes before her stop arrives (in a journey, not lasting more than eighteen minutes) Your nose would find a whiff of something new and start edging her way towards the source of every second. From the horrible stench of sweat light. The wackiest part is that they ALWAYS, (the from the college boy standing behind you to the caps indicate, that it is indeed ALWAYS) get fragrance of the Johnson and Johnson baby soap of the baby screaming beside you. You stuck just at their stop and usually get entangled would see palms searching for the conductor with a college student's or school child's bag. who would be traveling on the foot board. The The kid screams and the lady develops a morbid palms, some soft, some very rough, some fear that the bus would move off without dumping clutching a flowery dainty her and she tries, with the heart “hanky” and some alarmingly of an Olympic swimmer (who yellow (later struck me that it finds that a guy has just inched If you don't have the exact should be turmeric, for I had past him when he is just half a change, you are doomed. thought that it might be an foot from the finish line), to wade You might not be able to extreme case of jaundice) all her way through. The kid open your mouth, let carry change. You gasp for screams more as the bag alone your purse in the breath and manouevre your somehow gets entangled around extremely crowded area. bulk towards any source of his neck. And the lady calls out light. This time you try the names of a thousand Indian shutting your nose, for there deities to help her, who in the form of a tough is a stench from the girl in jeans who must have emptied three or four bottles of perfume, enough looking lady come in to the hullabaloo. Expertly, to knock you out for a couple of days. she untangles the duo. While the kid is gasping for breath, the old lady tumults out of the bus and The twist in the tale comes when a co-passenger just remembers that she had forgotten to tell her behind you finally decides to get off the bus. The son that she is out. question is HOW? It would be more tangible to If you don't have the exact change, you are doomed. You might not be able to open your mouth, let alone your purse in the extremely crowded area. Then you would find yourself in the seemingly middle of the bus, and have no clue how you came over there (Partly by the jostling and partly by the quaking of the bus). walk on the scaffolding across a fifty storey building. You tend to think that your destination is far, far away, but before you know it, it's already there and you punch yourself through a mass of tightly intertwined human bodies. Sometimes, unfortunately, women with long hair get it stuck in the zip of a hand bag of a bob-haired girl and they scream "my stop, my hair, my stop". Then the girl would scream, "hey, leave my bag"...Conductor screams "quick quick". Ultimately, the three of them shriek, and the passengers up front smile knowingly, as they have been through this all their life. It's the ladies above 60 who finally get to realize their insecurity in this country that has been "Chinraaaaasu...." she screams from outside (uncannily like Manorama in "chinnagounder"). When she gets no response from the other side, she is all panicked now. Before we can witness the next scene of mother-son hugging or an estranged mother's melancholy, the bus catapults away. The one sole non participant observing to this kind of high level mega serial drama is the speaker of the FM radio, broadcasting a "Kittu mama, Susie mami" show. If you could really manage all these and still, safely land at your destination, it's fantastic; you have beaten a B-school student. Is there a better way to learn management skills?

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Mukunda Shankar
III year Mech

Team Work
ome third year, the urge to set ourselves apart was really killing us. We had had enough of being just another brick in the wall. We really wanted to do something that would set us apart and Shaastra 2008 provided us with an opportunity to do that. Being mechanical engineers, there were a lot of events in store for us, but the event that stole away the limelight was "FIRE n' ICE": an event based on Internal Combustion Engines This event was about building a mini monster-truck (yes, a real monster truck), powered by an IC Engine. Sounds ultra cool? Oh yeah, you bet it was! The gelling of the team There was no doubt in my mind when it came to choosing my teammates. Bino-my classmate, Karthik (from EEE), Shreyas and Nikith (both from other colleges) were my obvious choices due to the fact that they were both talented and dedicated. And more importantly, all of us end up having a fun time together. The arrival of the truck We had our first meeting at Barista. Being absolute amateurs in RC racing we decided to buy and study an existing RC monster truck. There was a 2-fold benefit in this, first, we would get the required complex parts, and second, it would give us an insight into all the minute details to be kept in mind while designing another truck. After having selected our "expensive toy", our first hurdle was to transport it to India from the USA. Shipping was not an option. I tried asking my friends around, if they knew anyone returning from the US. I knew this was a futile effort, but miraculously my classmate's brother was returning to India in 2 days. I was jumping for joy! I sent a mail immediately, and

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really hoped for a quick reply. He said that he would be really happy to help us in whatever way possible. I couldn't believe my ears. Bino, my supercharged pal was ready to go to Bangalore to pick up the truck on Sunday (just after the midsem) and by making this one-day visit, he saved a lot of time for our team. On his way back, kids were crowding near him to look at the box of the truck, and some people even assumed him to be a salesman and started asking him the price of his product!! Bino arrived with the truck at my place. This was where the fun started. Bring me to Life- Song of the truck The truck was simply a masterpiece. We admired it, from every angle, but work had to start. At the right time, we got expert advice from Murarie, an RC enthusiast. When we showed him our designs for the truck, he advised us to stick to the original design as much as possible. It sounded sensible, but, we knew that there was a lot of work to be done. We got our act together immediately. Bino and I worked on the CAD models. We started with the main platform, housing the engine and the gearbox. We knew that the meshing of the gears required precision, so we borrowed a digital vernier from the Civil department. We are really grateful to the department for their timely help. In a week's time we completed modeling all the required parts. For the platform alone, we decided to go in for EDM wire-cut, a precision manufacturing process. All other parts were machined conventionally. Our expenses had gone way over the roof, and we still had a part to manufacture - The Chassis frame. We were in a fix. And suddenly, it dawned on me to make use of our Central Workshop. We took the materials to the workshop and started to work immediately. With the assistant's initial help, we completed most of the profile manually using hack-saw blades and filers - I felt like I was in the first year again! It seemed a near impossible task . But Bino was undeterred. In short, I would say that he is an embodiment of dedication. He worked with the hacksaw and filer and brought the profile to shape after 5 hours of continuous manual labor! And to top it all, we had our mid semesters the very next day!! But then, that's Bino, who worked hard despite the pressure….kudos to him!

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Simultaneously, we were assembling our truck, and all of us were working rigorously. Whenever we encountered a hurdle, Shreyas came up with brilliant instant-fix ideas! He was really the idea-factory of our team. Nikith also came up with simple solutions to complex problems! Karthik played a vital role too. With his portable driller, he worked his magic, rectifying all the errors in the manufactured parts. The list of the parts we manufactured were the platform on which the engine sat, the suspension system, the steering, the chassis and the bulkheads between which the differential is housed and of course the wheel hubs, the most complex part of the assembly, that no other team had manufactured. The thing that set our truck apart was the body cover that really made it look like a monster! We had a major problem with the steering and I had given up hope, so had Karthik. But then it was Bino, who motivated me and made me realize my folly. Shreyas worked meticulously and came up with a quick fix idea even to this problem. Our morale was soaring. Bino was the grease monkey, meshing the clutch and the gear box but then, I guess I had an important role in the team too! "VRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM MMM", the truck finally sprung to life!!! It looked like a caged monster waiting for its prey! Force Coimbatore looked to be heading in the right direction! The competition We reached IIT-M and wasted no time in fine-tuning our truck. Come 3rd October, we were geared for the prelims. The first round comprised of a drag race and weight pulling event. While practicing, the truck spun out of control and banged against a concrete wall! CRITICAL DAMAGE. I was filled with guilt being the controller. Everything was over. Even in that depression, Bino was undeterred. He motivated us and we fixed the truck to make it run. But the damage had been done. We did the weight pulling first, but my hopes weren't high. But then, divine grace poured on us yet again, and to our surprise, we stood first in that round! Next we tried the drag race, and our timing wasn't bad and we stood fifth. After the drag race, we noticed that we had been dethroned from first place in the weight pulling event. So, we gave another try and pushed our truck a little too hard, and it caused further damage. We thought that this was not something severe, but it turned out to be one of our worst nightmares. The results were out the next day. We stood fourth overall and were through to the finals!!! We started mending the truck by evening…but it turned out to be too late. We

* The thing that set our truck apart was the body cover that really made it look like a monster! * The fact that, we were the only ones to conform to most of the rules, gave us a sense of satisfaction. figured out the problem, and it hit us like a shockwave. Apparently, by pushing our truck too hard, we had destroyed the spring of the clutch, a highly crucial part. There is no way to fix a broken spring, so we had to get a new one. But this was not the kind of spring one can get in a hardware shop; it was a specialized spring. Some help from the the non-finalist Coimbatore teams, we thought would be great. It was 11 pm and astoundingly enough, a Coimbatore team agreed to help us out. We went to Saidapet and got the part we were looking for. We came back by 12:30 am and then the moment of truth. We replaced the broken clutch, and like magic, we were back in the game! In a matter of 8 hours, it was time for the finals! While practicing, the truck developed a snag. We realized that it was the same clutch problem. This time, it was for me to take the lead. My teammates who were cynical initially, acquiesced to fix the truck. We had just 5 minutes before our turn. But we worked like an F1 pit-stop crew, and everything was fixed just in time! (this time there was no damage to the spring, it had just unhooked). We did two runs, it wasn't really impressive and we stood only 5th. But there was no sorrow in our hearts. We felt a great sense of achievement! We felt the spirit of engineering!!! We felt we were engineers!! The fact that, we were the only ones to conform to most of the rules, gave us a sense of satisfaction. Getting a consolation prize out of 50 participating teams from all over India was an added perk. The crux of the entire journey was that, we had learnt what it meant to work as a team. There were a lot of ups and downs but all this was overshadowed by what we had achieved. It was our undeterred spirit and mutual support that kept us going. Yes, there's a lot more room for improvement but we're just kids in the arena of the big boys, and with experience I'm sure one day, we'll win the first prize. Team work is divine!

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GenNext
Karthik: Hi Dude .Wassup? Ram Kumar: Hey Man!! Karthik: So,How's life ?? Ramkumar: Life's Good. I'm just a little concerned though… Karthik: Concerned? Ram Kumar: Yeah! I'm worried about the changing attitude and lifestyle of generation next. K: Gen Nex? You mean people in their twenties?? R: Mostly…Well! What do you think? K: I think we need more freedom, space &exposure to carve out a niche for ourselves. R: Freedom? But its mostly misused. "Wider is the gate, Broader is the temptation". K: Not Exactly. Present scenario is that, "we aren't acting but acted upon". Till we are 25, our parents influence us in absolutely everything; All the way from the choosing the color of our jeans to the color of our future genes. For the next ten years, we become pliable to our wife's wishes & for the next 25, our life becomes children-centric. Then, one day our time is up. How many of us can say that, "I am what I am because of the choices I have made in my life?" R: But don't you feel that the wisdom of our parents is necessary to guide us through this adulterated world? Do you think we are omniscient? K: No, we may not be omniscient but neither are they. Empathetic Communication is certainly lacking. It is said that, "No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside". Now, the sad part is that, our life is rife with these persuasions. R: If their guidance is beneficial, why shouldn't we accept it? K: All that guidance just makes us conservative. On the other hand, Steve Jobs (Apple), Bill Gates(Microsoft), Michael Dell (Dell), Page and Brin(Google), Mark Zuckerburg (Face Book), were all entrepreneurs, and managed to make colossal fortunes in their early twenties. These guys had the Carte Blanche to follow their heart and take tough decisions without being influenced. If our present attitude prolongs, we would never have such people who change the world in the near future. R: Hey! What about the lamentable condition of our culture? In the name of globalization, our culture is continuously degraded. In this so called "Connected world", we don't even know who our neighbor is. Everyone is moving towards a nuclear family and is deprived of love and affection as in a joint family. No moral stories from Grand Parents, no advice from siblings, nothing. K: In this fast world, change seems to be inevitable. Culture needs to evolve and adapt with time. Why not "change for the good" as said by the first Afro American President Barack Obama in his historical acceptance speech, even though I am against the mushrooming nuclear family vogue. R: It doesn't stop there. Video Games, films, books and even cartoons contain a lot of violence which instigates the younger lot to indulge in immoral activities. Juvenile delinquencies have flared up. To substantiate this, hear this piece of news, an altercation between two school students culminated in the killing of one guy by the other.

Ramkumar & Karthik
IV year, ECE

GenNext

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K: Of Course it is a matter of concern, but I don't feel it's an epidemic rather it is strictly confined to the individual's moral values and conscience. Every system has pros and cons. But at the end of the day, the important thing is which weighs significantly more. Perhaps, it is like sacrificing a candy for a cricket match. R: I would definitely go for a candy. K: It may sound clichéd, but it’s worth mentioning: Our Current educational system is really sick. It doesn't give room for innovation and creativeness. Even our country's vainglorious IT industry has a serious limitation. Its Products are mostly non-transformational and non-revolutionizing. Projects requiring high skills and research are mostly dealt by IBM, Accenture and other MNCs based in the US. The so called IT revolution may even turn out to be a fleeting one. This is the reason why we fear the Chinese influence in the software gamut in the near future. Mo stly.. R: I even have to mention the complacency of youth lagging in .Wel ou Y l! W ? x do y drive and motivation. We also ought to know our h at Ne ple in ou t n hink ? Ge n peo ties ? responsibility and the value of time and money. ? mea r twen i K: Freedom and responsibility is certainly a false dichotomy. the Focus again shifts to granting liberty which entails drive and motivation. For knowing the value of money, parents must make their children a part of the decision making process in the family affairs. But what is the reality? R: Whatever! ….But I feel that change is good but not at the cost of existing good values. Blind westernization is unacceptable. We came to this world because of our parents. All of our interests can be pursued, at the same time our parents' feelings have to be considered. K: India is getting bigger in the world map not because of the corrupt politicians, derelict bureaucrats, ever weakening resources nor the flawed education system. But because of the fact that nearly 70% of our population is very young and raring to go. We are waiting to be untethered, unbridled and to debouch. May be we need the guidance, but not the guarding; we can be provided with choices but not with choices made for us; the path can be shown but we shouldn't be pushed into the path. R: Hey hang loose da. Let’s have a cup of tea. K: Hoops! Its time...Need to be in KG complex in another half an hour...Bye! R: I guess u were right in your argument, we need more freedom . Ha ha… Ok bye da!

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Sylvester Pious.V
IV year, ECE

Caste Based Society
- The One Thing You Dont Speak About
“India lives in several centuries at the same time. Somehow we manage to progress and regress simultaneously. As a nation we age by pushing outward from the middle - adding a few centuries on to either end of our extraordinary C.V"
- Arundhati Roy. I was silently nodding my head in acceptance when I first read that quote by Ms.Roy. We live in a country caught between modernisation, which threatens to tear apart ancient institutions and a large society which tries to hold on to those values. The Mumbai terror attacks on November 2008, masked the passing away of V.P.Singh. He can arguably, be called the father of coalition politics. He was also a very controversial figure in our nation's political history. So controversial that after a short reign of one year, as the prime minister of India, he resigned from active politics and took to art and poetry. He stirred up a controversy that has had repercussions till date. From being considered a reformist leader, he sunk into infamy for trying to implement the Mandal Commission recommendations that advised reservation of 49.5% for backward classes (up from an existing 27 % for SC's and ST's). The 'not so old' struggle by students of central institutions, the court cases, and the implementation of quotas for OBC's are fallouts of the decision made by him. My aim here is not to debate on his actions. Primarily because of the gray areas between what is right and wrong, the gray areas in which most of the world's dynamics lie. What I intend to do is to try and shed some light on this controversial topic. For caste based reservation is not something that is pointless nor is it the panacea. For some of us 'caste based reservation' is something that prevented our entry into top engineering colleges, For some of us it is something that made it possible to get into the same top colleges. For some of us caste is something that is a part of our traditional cultural entity, for some of us it is a relic of the past, and to some of us it is immaterial as long as it does not stand in our way. But whatever be the case, we the student community in colleges have come in contact with caste and have either benefited or suffered due to it. An interesting thing that I would like to note here is that caste is not uniquely Indian. The Vedas define the structure of a Hindu community to consist of the Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishnavas, and Sudras. This classification is similar to what was followed in Europe along with the guild system. They had the nobles, priests, soldiers and serfs. Serfs were the labourers and servants who worked for the other classes. But that was back in the 10th century. So what has made their societies move

Caste based society

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So the next logical question is that if Caste system is a by product of the Hindu Vedas, why do people of other religions too have caste identities? This question can be answered by the observation made by analysing the reports by various commissions like the Kalelkar commission of 1955 and the Mandal Commission of 1980. Kalelkar notes that "He found that the special concessions and privileges accorded to the Hindu castes acted as a bait and a bribe inciting Muslim and Christian society to revert to caste and caste prejudices and the healthy social reforms effected by Islam and Christianity were being thus rendered null and void. Muslims came on? The founding of America, the French forward to prove that except for the four upper Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and castes, all the other Muslim castes were Renaissance have all played their role inferior and backward. The Indian in the development of the European Christians also were prepared to fall in society. • Caste based the trap…" (page vi, para 20). But why is that when someone reservation is not We can see that caste as seen by mentions caste, it has become to something that is mean the castes in India. So why the Indian government is there just pointless nor is it did not the caste system in India the panacea. to identify the backward 'almost disappear' like it did in communities. Mandal commission • Our Indian the western world? The main reports do make good reading for Society has never reason is that Hinduism, more those who have time for it. For been a perfect than being a religion, is a way of those who still believe that the term one right from life for the people. The caste OC that they saw when they its beginning. Any system has been written into the appeared for counselling meant reform done to Hindu religion by the scriptures "Other Castes", this might as well the system has to so strongly that it is not possible be an enlightening experience. come from us, to change the system without Our Indian Society has never been a perfect one right from its beginning. Any reform done to the system has to come from us, Indians. The British had no need to enforce reforms and it would have been

Indians. religious reform. Any religion's main goal is to provide a code of morality for its followers to believe in and follow. Religion helps create responsible individuals who will be easy to govern. The fear of god strikes terror in those who think of committing crimes and faith in god acts as a source of hope to those in need.

In Hinduism, the moral code is called 'Dharma'. In this life, if you live by the rules laid out in the Vedas and also do the work that your caste decides for you, you will get a chance to be reborn in an upper caste (being). The concept of caste when mingled with that of reincarnation and the core values of the religion makes reform difficult. The system is (was) so rigid that it provides(ed) no social mobility during a person's lifetime.

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Equality

catastrophic to them even if they had tried. Caste was just another card in their pack of divide and rule. It took great leaders like Periyar, Mahatma Gandhi, and Ambedkar to address the imme-diate evils of untouchability in the society. These practices continue to this date in the rural regions of India, best portrayed by films like ‘Swades’.

Right Against Exploitation
you see." I didn't see, but I knew why my dad had laid down those rules when I was a kid. Caste based reservations instead of their stated objective of ensuring social equality have been quite counterproductive with people from backward castes trying to ascertain their caste identity. Even commissions appointed to review these reservations have come to the same conclusion. Kalelkar himself says that, "Two years of experience have convinced us of the dangers of the spread of casteism and… have also led us… to the conclusion that it would have been better if we could determine the criteria of backwardness on principles other than caste" (page xiv, para 60). But these reservations still continue because of the unavailability of any other metric to gauge social inequality and backwardness. In a country where communal strife is already the order of the day and parties flaunt their secularism or Hindutva ideology to create vote banks, caste based politics is also on the rise. People are becoming more caste conscious in a very unhealthy way. Unless a powerful social reform movement takes place, this trend is going to continue. Kalelkar notes in his report, "All communal and denominational organisations and groupings of lesser and narrower units have to be watched carefully so that they do not jeopardise the national solidarity and do not weaken the efforts of the nation to serve all the various elements in the body politic with equity" (page iv, para 14).

Caste based society

Right to

Just because the urban population does not face the full brunt of the evils of caste system and sees the all rosy side of tradition and culture in the continuance of caste, does not mean that casteism is not similar to racial discrimination.

It took great reformists like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the founder of Arya Samaj, to bring customs practised in Indian society like sati and polygamy to an end. These issues have more or less disappeared from mainstream society. But after that there have been very few reform movements.

Right to Freedom

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I remember this small incident that happened during a train journey to Chennai with 3 of my friends. My dad had always advised me against talking about politics in the public. I was discussing with my friends about options available to us after college. The talk dragged on from placements to higher studies. Then the issue of implementation of reservation in IIMs came up. I was arguing in favour of reservations being there to make sure that backward communities got due representation. I was of the opinion that once social equality is established, reservations would be unnecessary and that the practice will cease to exist. This was when one of the passengers who had been a silent observer so far, made a remark. "Reservations in India will not be gone as long as India remains a democracy. There is not enough political will to do something like doing away with reservations. Look at them, already trying to implement more and more reservation" he said. I tried to point out to him that the IIMs were implementing reservations in a phased manner, and that they were increasing intake to make sure that the general candidates are not being affected. To this, he said, "Well I don't know those things, I am FC

cccc dddd ccc ddd ccc ddd Our constitutional goal is to establish a casteless and classless society. And any belief that reservation based on caste is helping us achieve that is an illusion. A society that our constitutional charter desires can only be achieved through a conscious demand for change by the public. The reform has to start with oneself first. We will not achieve a caste free society, a reservation free society tomorrow. But if we are ready to make a sincere attempt at creating one, it is surely possible to do so.

chemical

B.Tech. Chemical Engineering

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Srishti

‘09
Archana Asokan
II year, IT

Hall of Reckoning
Great bards are born in exam halls, And great ballads from ink pens, For it is here, time awaits, Till the huge bells beckon. There are a few with mighty hearts, Whose eyes rest on white angels. For it is here, love stretches its arms, Only to flood or ebb when arrears fall. Then there are those Hunted, Living under the shadow of Fear, To be excused from the Great Hall, When the Hunters make their call. Yet there are others in numbers less, Who sharpen their swords ere the dawn, But blunt them long before the call, Only to see their name high on the wall.

civil

B.E. Civil Engineering

86

Srishti

‘09
Uttara M.A.
III year, ECE

The

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irl inside the lass Paperweight

Ananya was beautiful. When I say beautiful, I mean it. Ananya was beautiful, for you could stop for a second and then one more second and finally think, "Wow.... maybe if I have a little girl someday…" She lived her life so happily, for it was as beautiful as she was. This was probably because she was only ten years old and because she had the time to stop, stand, stare and smile at every pretty niche of her life. Anything she saw filled those inquisitive eyes with wonder. The earthworm that slowly crawled in her garden; the yellow flowers that dropped from the trees to form a wide carpet beneath the trees; the ink blue darkness and the stars... She wouldn't allow anyone to pluck her roses. She loved looking at the sky at night...She loved the constellations. Sometimes she felt that she had sprouted wings when her dad pushed her in the swing. And she would shout "wheeeee...this is fun… will fly will fly". The universe dazzled her. Sometimes she would stop beneath a tree and look at the sunlight streaming through the green branches. People called her a lovely girl. And she called everything lovely. As I was saying Ananya loved space. She took her little telescope to the terrace on most of the days and pretended to peep in to Andromeda. And would come back shouting to her mother that she had seen an alien space ship which would actually be an airplane. She would say that one day she would go to space, and would see her garden from the window of her space ship. If her mother had let her stick posters in her room, she would have gotten life size stills of Sunita Williams and Kalpana Chawla. But her mother, like any other, felt that the telescope and the pocket book of astronomy was enough for a girl of ten years. If she was not looking through her telescope, she would be playing her game: "Anananya, Chawla and the wicked three pronged man from Jupiter". Her parents were proud of her. They were proud that their daughter was one who loved everything around her. Ananya bounced around so much, that sometimes it was a bit too hard for her parents to curb her enthusiasm. Her parents usually forgot their deadlines, dues, bills, premiums, irritating bosses, crappy office food, etc… when they took Ananya for a walk, for she could notice things that they couldn't and could explain to them what she thought of them. It was fun listening to her. One day she was at her door waiting for her dad. For, it was her usual ritual to fling herself at him as soon as he entered. Today, when she heard the slow whirr of the Zen estilo, she started bouncing from the tips of her toes and when her dad walked in with a huge brown package with a tiny satin ribbon, she forgot her fling and instead went to inspect the suspicious looking package. "Hmm", though she didn't think well of the brown and pink combination, she attributed it to her dad's character, messy but sweet. She screamed, for in this package was a 'Dell inspiron notebook'. Her dad watched his baby smiling with joy as she quickly started tinkering with her new toy. But good sense prevailed and he managed to get the notebook off her hands before she could do something dangerous to it. It was Ananya's mother who taught her how to use it. You know, plugging in the right part, playing games, using paint brush and the rest. It thrilled Ananya to play road rash. And slowly, days went by for her parents. Slowly because, there weren't any more of the screams at the shooting star that whizzed past , or the "oooooohhh" at the sight of the view from space , or "how can you do this to my garden", or "oooh, mumma, THAT place looks beautiful" for Ananya no longer walked with them. Ananya was busy delving deep inside her laptop. The telescope lay forgotten. If it weren't for her mother all her flowers would have withered without water. There were no more Chawla and Martian games, because she was busy with Pacman, Prince of Persia (I and II) and Mario. Her world was no more filled with crayons but with 'pick colour and customize colour' in paint brush. And when yesterday, Ananya's mother found her astronomy book at the bottom of her shelf, with a layer of dust, she also found her daughter slumped on her chair, closely peering at the game where there was an animation swimming in a valley....with "you have only two more lives" blinking next to it with a half blurred heart...along with a sack of glittering gold coins and diamonds on screen Ananya's mother looked at the glass paper weight next to her daughter; A beautiful glass girl, bobbing up and down and swirling inside the glass globe. It reminded her of a girl who used to stand watching how rain drops pattered on her window pane, rhythmically….

computer science
B.E. Computer Science and Engineering

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Srishti

‘09
Anubhav Srivastava
III year, Chemical

Freedom :: My Perspective Freedom My Perspective
One simple question posed: If we are truly free, why do we have to adhere to whatever our corrupt politicians so dramatically proclaim? So, we all read in school about how our country is democratic, right? And we mention it on every Independence Day, Republic Day and all other conceivable occasions. And we all hold our right to freedom of speech and expression dear and we all stand up for the national anthem before the movie starts. But why am I asking all these uninteresting questions? I am sure that is the thought racing through your minds right now. Well, my point is not a simple one, and I don't expect too many people to understand. But here goes…. Our forefathers created this nation with the very noble ideas of Liberty and Equality. But these people also framed a law stating that any disrespect True, people who shown to the national flag or anthem and other such symbols of a pseudo have a common democracy is a punishable offence! culture can have the Now I ask, is this not a contradiction? If all men are created equal and if all have the right to speak out, why can't a citizen disagree with the ideals of the nation he lives in? I raise a simple issue that if I live as a free man in a free country, why am I being forced to stand up to a song that I feel is intrinsically wrong? This is just hypocrisy. And ours is not the only nation that's suffering!

freedom to stay together if they want to, but why have rigid borders and differences on the basis of race and nationality?

As strange as it may seem, I really don't identify with nationalism, because I believe all men are the same. Why differentiate between men? Why have borders? True, people who have a common culture can have the freedom to stay together if they want to, but why have rigid borders and differences on the basis of race and nationality? The truth, I believe, is that the priests, politicians and religious leaders want to crush your individuality! They impose upon you all these borders and rules, to stop you from thinking independently and from living as you wish. Of course, they do all this under the garb of culture, political revolution and religion, and yes, through education. Consider this, if we are truly free, why do we end up doing what we did not want to, in the first place. And we end up leaving our dreams and forging them with someone else's, because they think as they are older they are therefore wiser. This is the sole reason why many budding sportspersons, musicians or fashion enthusiasts give up their hopes of becoming big in the fields of their particular interest. They don't have the freedom to oppose. They tend to be a part of the crowd. The point is that we have unconsciously surrendered our lives to these unforgiving people who try to impose their authority upon us without being able to justify themselves. The goal of society is merely to create a herd, because a herd has no individuality. Animals move in herds! And all this is being done to curb your freedom. Just look at all that your politicians are saying and your priests as well. Look into it deeply and you will find that they are all out to crush your individuality. This is my call to revolution against those very forces that have been oppressing us! (Disclaimer : The opinions expressed in this article are that of the author himself and in no way represent the opinions of the editorial board)

electronics & comm.

B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering

90

Srishti

‘09
Mahesh
III year, Mech.

My Birthday
It was February 22nd. Everyone seemed to be pretty busy doing nothing as usual. But my fear was mounting as midnight approached. I locked myself in my room. It was 12 A.M and the ‘Elite Panel’ started lashing at the door, shouting and threatening to break the door down if I refused to open it. I was petrified. Why? It was my Birthday. Last year, same day, same time, my group of friends (the Elite Panel) knocked the door gently. With a big smile I opened the door. “Bang!” I got one on my face. A ruthless mob barged in. One of them said, “Machan arambikalamaa??…” That was it. Tap..!! Tip..!! Dap..!! Dup..!! Chap..!! . My back turned into a bongo drum. All those smacks left solid imprints. Two of my friends suddenly lifted me. It was party time and everyone’s legs were at work, kicking me harder than a football. This new concept called “Air Podhumathu”, was invented with my poor back being its first victim.

Nightmare
My eyes were red and watering. The room started to spin around me. Suddenly my friend held up two fingers and asked, “Ithu Evalo?” Everything appeared to be blurred. I replied, “Athu veral da.” There was a stunning silence for a moment but later on I realized that I had invited the death race again. Dozens of hands once again engraved their finger prints on my back. It was
“ This new concept called “Air Podhumathu”, was invented with my poor back being its first victim”.

their playground that night, and they were trying every new trick on me. I was like a stray dog getting beaten up with whatever objects people had. Or maybe I was looking even worse than one!! After the entire bullying session got over, my birthday cake appeared, with a bright candle lit on it. I wondered how this could alone go by tradition. Before I

could complete that thought, “Boom!!” the creamy cake was all over me and I stood licking all the cream around my mouth. It was not over yet. They then poured a stinking solution, smelling worse than a rotten egg, containing all the possible items from paste, ink to a fresh egg. This session went on for another half an hour before they finally let me free. At the break of dawn I realized that my appearance had changed completely with a slightly swelled back, reddened eyes, rigid muscles, and an overwhelming stench. Then I heard those magical words for which I had to undergo these tests of strength, “Happy Birthday da..!!” This is what celebrating a birthday in boys’ hostel means. So tell me now, Should I open the door? If you say no, thinking of saving me, then you are wrong. The penalties for delayed opening will be punitive. Let’s see what happens this time..!!

electrical & electronics

B.E. Electrical and Electronics Engineeirng

92

Srishti

‘09

The sand has slipped out of my hand, But has carved a mark that will remain forever , As I turn back and see, I behold green pastures with very few barren patches, The intricate melodies of my past still resound in my ears, the laughter and the giggles still play tunes, While the tears still melt in my heart . The very thought of having had such a beauti ul existence gives me profound happiness, f What I see ahead is nothing but pitch darkness with not a lamp to guide me, No piece of music to clasp my hand and say that I am there with you, but I know that i I walk on f I’ll reach a junction, where all paths would meet and maybe at this place I’ll rediscover a few particles, Of the sand which once slipped out of my hand!

Slipping Sand

Soorya
III year IT

information technology

B.Tech. Information Technology

94

Srishti

‘09
Paul Abraham Emmanuel
IV year, Mech.

Just

in Time
One tends to focus more on 'delivery in time' rather than the required 'best possible delivery'. The secret is to be resourceful and maximise our efficiency.

‘ Do not attempt today that which can be done tomorrow ' !
This is the statement, not of the lazy or the tardy but that of the most capable sect. However, tardiness, which is to be blamed, is not what I am trying to advocate over here. Rather, I would like to focus on the other end of the spectrum which houses the 'early birds', those ultra-prompt pigeons who zoom home 'in time'. Here, by 'in time' I mean 'well ahead of the stipulated time'. In the extreme 'on demand/on request' environment that we live in, anything done before time is considered an inventory, which in the end might turn out to be less useful or in some cases, even a waste. Remember the state of General Motors! If 'change' is one's anthem, then a project completed 'in time' does not leave much opportunity for change itself, even if there's additional time at disposal.

I personally visualize a few negatives in an 'in time' delivery: The chances of overlooking a potential opportunity increases when one tends to become overly concerned of delivering 'in time'. One tends to focus more on 'delivery in time' rather than the required 'best possible delivery'. Being a part of the editorial team of Srishti '09, I realised that a lot of articles that we received well ahead of the due date, (including the very first article that we received following the announcement) just didn't make it! On the contrary, a lot of articles that were submitted 'on time' or rather 'just in time' made it! And of course, the pressure and the anxiety to deliver 'in time', more often than not, actually ends up destroying the concept of 'fun at work'. Proficient is definitely not the right word to be used while referring to all in-timers. A proficient person, in reality uses every day and every opportunity until the given time (due date) is up. The insecure nature of the in-timers is something to be considered. They are so obsessed with the laurels that follow 'in time submission' since they are insecure of their ability to deliver the best. They mostly come up with set patterns for a solution and hence flexibility and openness to alternatives is something they never take into account. 'Change of plans' is something they constantly fear and if such a situation ever arises they end up caught totally off guard. Creativity, which is built up with the rush of adrenaline, actually gets pumped up to optimum levels during the last few days prior submission. And this in turn brings the best out of a person's potential. A gold medallist (be it athletics, swimming or boxing) might never have topped the charts in the heats or the qualifying rounds. The secret is to be resourceful and maximise our efficiency. To sum up, I believe that 'Fools Rush In'. Having in one way crucified the disciplined and the hardworking, let's not jump to conclusions. Remember, that it's the time conscious and quality wise irresponsible lot that I was talking about. It sure does help to be prepared, but to be open to 'change' even till the last moment makes a world of a difference. Therefore, the honors belong not to the early or the late, but to those that finish 'just in time'!

mechanical

B.E. Mechanical Engineering

96

Srishti

‘09

Editorial

Book Review – White Tiger

BOOK REVIEW

Aravind Adiga was an unknown person before his "White Tiger" hit the stands with a bang. With a booker behind its name for this debut novel, it kicked up a lot of controversies. If you are a kind of person who hated Slumdog Millionaire because you felt it was a bit too unfair on India, then you are bound to hate this book. But for folks who are not in a state of denial, this book would make them sit up and grip it. The story revolves around Balram Halwai, who narrates his tale to the Chinese Premier visiting India. He tells the premier all the horrors prevailing in Indian villages. He also tells him that the only way a person can reach the upper echelons of the society in India is by deceitful methods.

Balram earns his name "The White Tiger" because of his excellence at his school. But he is forced to drop out. He goes to the city and gets his break when he is hired as a chauffeur of a rich man. As he drives his master to rich malls, he becomes increasingly aware of the opportunity and wealth around him. He realizes he would never get what he wants, unless he makes the obvious choice. There are places where the protagonist gets in to a moral dilemma and convinces himself that his master deserves the disloyalty his servant would mete out to him. The way Balram delves in to himself to find his darker side would make a chill run down our spine.

The author's sarcasm at the efficiency of Indian Executive and Judiciary systems provides some of the lighter moments of the book.

The language is very simple, as the protagonist is a person who drops out of high school. No verbosity, no grandeur, white tiger struck it rich just by its simple narration of harsh reality. This article is perhaps more edited than the book itself. One should give the credit to Adiga, for pointing out the very obvious flaws in the democratic system that we refuse to see. Balram Halwai is perhaps, one of those common men who hate mediocrity. The quest to quench his desires takes us along with him to the not-so- beautiful nooks and crannies of the modern India.

One of the members in the editorial board who read The White Tiger quips "There are no swirls of saree, Nor lies, or grains of rice, Start reading this book, You will be gripped in a trice.

The end is chiseled in such a way that one would not be indignant at all. For a few days after the read you would actually love the book. Then one day, when you sit back and think, you would probably feel "White tiger does not deserve all the hype".

computer technology

B.Sc. Computer Technology ‘A’

B.Sc. Computer Technology ‘B’

98

Srishti

‘09

M. Eswari
II year, Chemical

Into the Night
It was one of the memorable times when The night sky came close for us !!! From time immemorial the human race has always had a dying thirst for new discoveries and so did it progress revealing the tiniest inch of space in and around, not even sparing the sky so high. Till date, the search into the expanding universe has been so profound that the discovery of extraterrestrial bodies has outnumbered the species on earth! Now it was our turn to plunge into the mysteries of the dark. Time to pack and kick off on a space tour. TIME: 6 pm EVENT: sunset So did the voyage start at dusk, when the crowd gathered on the terrace to witness the crescent of the moon, thin and light just bellow was the brightest star, Venus. The expedition started with a pair of binoculars viewing the surrounding adjusting to highest precision. Next was the higher magnification of the telescope to clearly view the moons surface with its craters which was too real to believe followed by the shining Venus. It was a live show, the real feel of actually getting closer to the moon itself, as though we were in space for a minute and peeping into the Venus from there. TIME: 7 pm EVENT: stargazing The thrill of the night's expedition began here, with the twinkling stars approaching us, time to gaze with the naked eye, with the aid of a high power laser clearly pointing out each constellation. First spotted was the belt of Orion, then the winter triangle with the three bright stars Betelguese-Procyon- Sirius-the second brightest star. The Hunter and his dog were followed by the Gemini brothers, Leo, Virgo and the Phoenix. The whole sky was showing itself, each pattern clearly seen through the telescope, with even hidden stars showing up brightly including the cluster above the Orion belt. One of them was actually moving, which happened to be a satellite orbiting the earth. It was awesome to see a satellite in orbit. TIME: 8 pm EVENT: Saturn's show All is well that ends well, so did our voyage into the night sky with the special focusing of the Saturn with its beautiful rings stealing our hearts. So clear and undisturbed in the east which was the master piece of the night. It was a wonderful experience to remember for ever. But our journey into the space wouldn't stop here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (This star gazing workshop was a part of Quest ‘09)

S. Anush
III year, CSE

Srishti

‘09

99

Yet Another Beginning
I was not sure if what I was doing was right or wrong. But the story just intrigued me. I boldly started and within a few minutes I cracked the password for the laptop and was through. There was a text file in it and as I opened it, the first few lines read… “”YOU ARE TRESPASSING IN SOMEONE’s LIFE … IF YOU WANT TO LIVE; LEAVE THESE LETTERS … ELSE THEY WILL MAKE YOU MAD …” I was surprised by this caution and wondered what to do. But no matter what it was, I decided to finish the work I had started and continued reading the file. ***** For 3 years, I had been working in a top secret project for national security. I am one of the best hackers in the country. So I got this job and literally 24*7 I was engrossed in my work. I am a bachelor and stayed in the quarters that was allotted to me. I had never felt that I needed a companion. well. I live very near you. I see you daily. I don’t know where to begin and how to tell it. I have been trying for months to talk to you. But I am too shy and have always withdrawn not to show even my face. Now I have mustered all my courage and have written this letter. I can’t express in words how I have kept you deep inside my heart and how much you have disturbed me. You torture me every night in my dreams and I want to see you in person. “ I saw somebody in violet approaching I don’t know how you would feel by me. She was an reading this letter. But, I love you so angel coming to take much and want to talk with you. If you me to heaven. I would like to meet me, then come to the suddenly went weak bus stand tomorrow by 5.30 pm. I will be in my knees. I waited in a violet dress with a rose in my hair. for her to reach me.” With love... I was on cloud nine. I never thought this would happen in my life. I didn’t go to work the next day. I read the letter again and again to check if it was really true or just a prank. Later, I dressed up and reached the bus stand at 5pm, with her letter. in my hand. As 5.30pm drew near, my heart began to pound. It was difficult to breathe. I glanced at everyone in that bus stand. Suddenly I saw a

When I opened the door I was surprised to see a letter lying in front of my room. That was the first letter posted to me in years. I was even more surprised to see that it carried no address or stamp since it was hand delivered. The letter read, Dear…You don’t know me. But I know you very

100

Srishti

‘09

Yet another beginning
slowly took out a laptop from her bag and asked me “Do you know hacking?” “Bingo !!!” I exclaimed. “You are the best hacker I have heard of. That’s why I was following you”, she said. I could sense her intentions and realized that I was capable of helping her. I happened to see what she said was true. Truly it was a job for me. “I have an elder brother. In the past few days he has been acting very weird. Yesterday he left home for good. He asked us not to trace him. The answer to the questions where he went and what happened to him are inside this laptop. I don’t know its password”, She said. “He also said that he would come back once I understood what was inside that laptop”. “I will try my best”, I assured. She gave me her contact number, asked me to contact her if I got anything, kissed my cheek and left the place with a worried look on her face. I was not sure if what I was doing was right or wrong.......

person approaching me who was clothed in violet. My heart skipped a beat. But I immediately realized that she was 40+ and didn’t wear a rose. I controlled myself. Half an hour passed. It occurred to me that this could be a prank and no one was going to turn up. When I had made up my mind to leave the place, I saw somebody in violet approaching me. She was an angel coming to take me to heaven. I suddenly went weak in my knees. I waited for her to reach me. Suddenly a bike halted beside her. She sat behind a young man and before I could move a muscle, my angel was gone. I had not even taken a proper look at her face. I tore the letter in the same place and went back home. Throughout the night, every single word of that letter was torturing me and I never slept. Come morning, I saw a letter at my doorstep. I opened it with half hatred and half expectation. “Dear… I am really very sorry for what happened yesterday. I can understand how you would have felt watching me go away like that. But trust me, I love you. That was my brother who took me and I never expected him to be there. I didn’t have the courage to meet you with him there. So I was forced to leave you alone. I am really sorry for what I did and I will make up for it. There are two cinema tickets in the envelope. I want to spend some time with you. You take the tickets and expect me in the theatre. Waiting for you darling…With lots of love…” I was half hearted that day but was determined to give it a try. I went inside the theatre exactly two minutes before t h e s h o w started. No one was sitting in those seats. And the half empty theatre didn’t surprise me. After a few minutes, a young elegant woman approached me. She sat beside me and immediately took my hands into hers. A silent hour passed. I have never had such a wonderful evening. Suddenly, she turned towards me and asked in a sweet voice “Shall we go out somewhere?.” I found myself nodding in assent. We went to a café nearby and ordered two coffees and sat beside each other. She smiled at me which sent shivers down my spine. Then she

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