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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bollywood films releasing in 2011

So here's the List of Bollywood Films releasing in 2011. Take your pick!

Jan 7:
1. No One Killed Jessica
2. Impatient Vivek
3. Yeh Faasley

Jan 14:
4. Yamla Pagla Deewana
5. Turning 30!!!
6. Hostel

Jan 21:
7. Dhobi Ghat

Jan 28:
8. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji

Feb 4:
9. Yeh Saali Zindagi
10. Run Bhola Run

Feb 11:
11. Patiala House

Feb 18 :
12. 7 Khoon Maaf

Feb 25:
13. Tanu Weds Manu

March 18:
14. Game

April 8:
15. Thank You

April 15:
16. Haunted

April 22:
17. Dum Maro Dum

May 27:
18. Ready
19. Rockstar

20. Ra. One

21. Mausam

August 31:
22. My Love Story

Dec 23:
23. Don 2 – The Chase Continues
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Imagine a maths exam paper where you don't get maths problems; instead, you get theory questions like "what is maths?"
How would you feel when you've studied all night long... solving the most difficult, trickiest, weirdest problems so that you score the maximum in your exam??? Feel cheated??

 ....Well I've got a similar kind of feeling for today's IWT paper. For those who are not aware of what it is, IWT (Internet and Web Technologies) is a 3 credit subject for Computer Science and IT students studying under BPUT (Biju Patnaik University of Technology).
So how were the questions?
Irrelevant, illogical and some of them even out of syllabus. I can understand when some one sets questions that are irrelevant or illogical... that happens when you get a hangover. But what really irritates me is that when BPUT has got such an exhaustive syllabus (In terms of no. of pages of course material, it can be any where between 500-3000 pages depending on the books you choose to study), why is there a need to set questions outside the syllabus? What was the question on Java for? What.. is BPUT trying to test our patience? Or trying to mock at the students? Well then  people at BPUT should be happy, 'cause at least I've certainly run out of patience and I can't take it any more!!!

And on top of that, as I've said earlier, the question paper had some really irrelevant questions to harass the students. What is the need of setting a question like "On what factors does the overall cost of setting a website depend on?" Before the exams, I thought we were supposed to be having a technical paper. After seeing such questions, I am having second thoughts about it now.

You can't really say that there was any question on programming as such. Just 2 questions, which were in fact part of a long question. So, both the questions won't even add up to 10 marks. Compare it to previous years papers, last year there were programming questions of about 40 marks which is justified. Even the 2 programming questions were like asking you to tell the answer of 2+2 when you've studied complex algebra all night long. Are they kidding?

People always have problems with difficult question papers. Personally, I never really had any problem with difficult questions as long as they were relevant and within the syllabus (even if I am not able to answer them but at least they should be within the course). Preparing such questions spoils the fun of exams. This will certainly demoralize everyone. I mean why should anyone care about studying and prepare for exams when they know that ultimately they'll get questions about topics they had never heard of. I really loved this subject and enjoyed studying it. And that is why it hurts so much when you get such a question paper. I'm feeling completely cheated, dejected, totally let down by BPUT. In fact, BPUT, itself, is putting its credibility as a good University (just University, it was never good) at stake by setting such question papers. God save BPUT!!!
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Social Network [Khatti]

The Social Network [Khatti]

The latest social networking site on the block is www.khatti.co.tv
Well,”Khatti ”, in Oriya, means gossip but, actually, this site provides room for more than just gossiping.
ShareShow and Socialize is the mantra for this social networking website. The features provided on this site dwell on these three keywords.
Let’s have a look at some of its features:
  • “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” This website has a simple and user-friendly interface. Basically, user interface describes the way people interact with a site and the way users can access its functions. In fact, usability is a byproduct of a good user interface and it determines how easily a user can perform all of the functions provided by the site. Usability is a crucial part of every design, especially on websites with a large amount of functions and users. And this website provides it all.

  • Signing up on Khatti is easy and it takes less than 60 seconds to sign up.

  • You can create and customize a profile with certain content such as name, location, interests, website links, and more.

  • Share your views, opinions, story, and success with the Khatti community.

  • You can upload you own personal image or any other “avatar” to represent you on Khatti .

  • Socializing is easy on Khatti . You can communicate with text-based comments. Khatti allows you to communicate with friends either by private message correspondence as well as public message board-like posts.

  • You can stay in touch with contacts, reach out to new people, and show theKhatti community what you really are!

  • You can browse and search for people with similar interests and add them as friends.

  • Khatti provides you with a secure social networking experience. You can restrict the access of your personal content through the privacy setting options. Moreover, there is no problem of infringement of security due to third part apps like that on Facebook. Recently, there have been reports of extraction of user information by third party apps on Facebook for their commercial interests.

  • Real-Time Updates delivers updates as soon as they are submitted within the application.

  • Inviting friends on Khatti is easy. Just enter your friends’ email ids and submit the invitation along with a personal note (which is, of course, optional).

  • Khatti has a good and functional search feature as well.

  • Khatti has a subtle visual separation of elements that makes the layout more scannable thereby making it more user- friendly.

  • TinyMCE™ editor allows you to edit your blog posts with ease.

  • You can also upload your own music on Khatti .

  • Facebook type chat feature is also available.

Khatti is designed to allow members to connect and communicate with one another and therefore, its features foster interaction, activity, and of course, community.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Back Again... finally

It's been a long time since I made my last post.
...My blog's been totally neglected ...yet I've managed to get a decent number of visitors visiting my blog everyday. Thanks to all my blog readers. A lot of things have changed since my last post ...my Indirank has slipped from 79 to 42 ...although my Facebook fans have gone upto 117.

Well, I'm currently into my final year of engineering and I had never expected that final year would get so hectic .....some of the extra load of work though, is just because of me... Attending classes, doing my project work and simultaneously preparing for CAT had taken a toll on me and the result was that I could not devote any time to my blog.

Being the mentor of the students' council of my college also bogged me down with an extra dose of responsibilities. During this period, we had the orientation and welcome programme for our freshers. We have also successfully organised our Techfest "NOESIS 2010" that was held from Oct 1-3.

Although my CAT exam's on 7th Nov. (Please wish me luck!!) ...I hope I'll get some time to post on my blog ...a li'l more frequently.

That's it from me now...

----Watch this space for more----
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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Paul is absolutely right... Germany win

My last post was about a psychic Octopus whose predictions have turned out to be absolutely correct so far in this world cup ( check the last post here ). And now guess what? Paul, the octopus, is right,  once again. Three time world champs Germany have shown the great Diego Maradona's men the door. They beat Argentina comprehensively. 

What a match!! What a scoreline!! 
Yes, 4-0
And Argentina were supposed to win the World Cup 

This was supposed to be a highly competitive quarter-final match ........Now I think, maybe, Argentina were a bit highly rated, especially if you look at the struggles they had to go through before they qualified for the World Cup finals.

World player of the year, Messi, looked only a shade of himself as he failed to break through Germany's defenses. It's a shame he couldn't even score a single goal in this tournament. Despite his sincere efforts, Messi failed to produce the desired results. 

And then every team is supposed to have some defenders ....Maybe, the Argentinians forgot about that. When Klose, Podolski and Schweinsteiger were moving in the Argentinian half, it looked like an open field. It literally seemed like they were strolling in the park. 

Whatever Argentina lacked, Germany had plenty of it. They German defense was rock solid and their strikers sharp. They were off to a dream start when Muller headed the ball curled in by Schweinsteiger's free kick just after 3 minutes into the game. Miroslav Klose, Germany's best striker, celebrated his 100th international appearance with 2 goals. He's now just one short of Ronaldo's record of most goals in the World Cup. Friedrich joined in the party as well, scoring his first goal in 76 international appearances. And the best part of today's game was Germany's clinical counter-attacking display. It was simply awesome. Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was also there in the stadium to cheer for her team and that certainly inspired the players as well.

"We just had a bad game. If you make mistakes like that, you go home" Carlos Tevez said at the end of the game. Maybe, they made the mistakes a bit too many. Maybe, it was because Maradona was so mesmerized with his star player, Messi, that he forgot about the rest. What was the most irritating thing about Maradona over the past couple of weeks was that in all the interviews and press conferences he only spoke of Messi. Messi, alone, can do only a little. Other players had to chip in as well. Now, they have 4 more years to ponder over their mistakes but I, certainly, do feel that this was a great opportunity wasted as far as Argentina are concerned. 

Well as far as Germany is concerned, now, they have only one way to go ----- forward. Paul, the octopus, got his predictions right this time as well. Let's see what's his prediction for the semi-finals. Watch this space ....I'm just waiting for Paul's prediction and then I'll blog about it. So, stay tuned...

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wanna know the winner? ....just ask the Octopus!!

You don't have to wait till Saturday to know who's gonna win in the clash between the Germans and Argentinians. Yes, the verdict is out, thanks to Paul, an Engilsh-born German octopus. So far, Paul has correctly predicting all four of Germany's games in this year's tournament. And now, Paul has predicted that Germany will beat Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals, in what could be the country's toughest match yet. 

It's not the first time that Paul is making such claims. In fact, during the 2008 European Championship, Paul had predicted 80% of the match results accurately. Now, all of Argentina will be wishing that Paul gets it wrong this time.

So how does Paul pick the winner???

Simple. Paul is given the choice of picking food (a mussel) from two different water glasses lowered into his tank, one marked with the German flag and the other with the opponent's flag. 

Well,  to predict the winner in the Germany vs. Argentina clash, Paul took a long time. Initially Paul, approached the water glass marked with the German flag but waited a long time to grab the mussel from it. In fact, he had completely ignored the Argentinian water glass and took about an hour to predict the winner. 

Well we have to wait till Saturday to find out if Paul gets it correct this time as well.
In the meantime, you just enjoy this pic and video of Paul's!!

Picture courtsey : Reuters

And here is Paul predicting Germany's victory over England ...enjoy!! :)

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Football : The Beautiful Game

Soccer, or football as it is known throughout the world, is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world. Though not as popular as cricket, football still has a huge fan base in India. States like West Bengal, Goa , Kerala, Punjab, and Manipur have traditional soccer fan base. Maybe Football is so popular because of the excitement it generates and the way its is presented.

On a personal front, being attracted towards football was quite natural. Coming from a Bengali family and having a father who is an avid fan of Mohun Bagan, I was naturally inclined towards football. 

The world's biggest sporting event, the FIFA World Cup is here and it will certainly bring out the best in world football. Yes, the World Cup is the buzz word this season. So let's check out why this game is so popular. 

There are many reasons for this. In football you mainly use your feet, chest and head thus making the ball always open and so the game is fast paced and demands a vast array of techniques. It is because of this fast nature of this game that makes it worth watching. It has all the elements of a Bollywood potboiler. Probably, that's why it is so appealing to the Indian masses. Running after the ball, dribbling it, kicks through the air, ball bouncing off the goal post, on field fouls, yellow cards, free kicks, slight mistakes by the defender, misses by the goal keeper and GOAL ...these are the sights that draw the oohs and aahs from the audience and also bring out moments of eternal joy. People just love it. Anything can happen within the wink of an eye. A goal in the last minute can entirely change the outcome of the game. It is this unpredictability of this game that makes it beautiful.

The popularity of this game is also due to the relative simplicity of the game. All that is needed is a ball and two teams. This game has also diminished the difference between rich and poor. This is everyone's game. This is the people's game. And guess what?? Some of the best players in world football have come from the poorest of families.

The game of football definitely needs some good skills and foot-eye coordination. Millions of dollars are spent in securing players with perfect skills by various clubs and this simply builds media coverage and adds to the popularity of this game.

Football is watched and played more than any other sport globally mainly due to the excitement of hoping to see a goal and the importance each goal scored has on the flow of the match. Each year football becomes more popular than the year before, no other sport has ever been able to achieve this over such a long period of time. 

This game has inspired the today's youth. It has given them hope. It has taught them that if they  are dedicated, if they put in their best efforts, if they are determined, have faith in themselves and if they strive to achieve their dreams, then nothing is impossible. These noble thoughts are taught by the game of soccer, and is one of the many reasons why this beautiful game is so appealing to the masses.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Greek's Obsession with the letter 'S'

Greece is one of those teams you would never expect to win the World Cup. However, in football, as they say, no team is a weak team. Well back in the Euro Cup of 2004, they stunned everyone, in fact I was shocked, when they won the Cup defeating Portugal 1-0. But their charm hasn't worked as of yet in this World Cup. The first match of the Greek team against South Korea was held on 12 June in the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, and they lost 0-2. As a result of this loss Greece now holds the record for the "Most matches played without scoring a goal" in the World Cup.

What caught my attention was not their soccer skills, but their unique names. Most of the players have names that end with the letter 'S', both their first names and last names. Of the 23 players in the national team, 20 players have the letter 'S' both in their first and last names, 2 have it only in their first name, and the remaining 1 has it in his last name only. Here is a list of the Greek players.

1.   Kostas Chalkias
2.   Alexandros Tzorvas
3.   Michalis Sifakis
4.   Giourkas Seitaridis
5.   Nikos Spiropoulos
6.   Vangelis Moras
7.   Vasilis Torosidis
8.   Sotirios Kyrgiakos
9.   Sokratis Papastathopoulos
10. Stelios Malezas
11. Alexandros Tziolis
12. Giorgos Karagounis [Captain]
13. Sotiris Ninis
14. Kostas Katsouranis
15. Sakis Prittas
16. Georgios Samaras
17. Angelos Charisteas
18. Dimitris Salpigidis
19. Theofanis Gekas
20. Pantelis Kapetanos
21. Avraam Papadopoulos
22. Loukas Vyntra
23. Christos Patsatzoglou

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Sound Of Football : Vuvuzela

The FIFA world cup has finally begun in Africa ...South Africa. But guess what's making the loudest noise???
Did you say Messi's form?
The Spanish Team?? Brazil??
Christiano Ronaldo???

NO .....actually it's the Vuvuzela  [pun intended]

It's actually a metre long plastic trumpet used by South African football fans. Although cricket fans in India are among the most noisiest ones but nothing can compared with the Vuvuzela loving South African football fans.

Last night, while watching the match between South Africa and Mexico on TV, I had to keep the volume pretty low 'cause the sound of the noisy Vuvuzelas of the South African fans was so loud that it was almost impossible to listen to the commentary. After tolerating the noise for sometime, I had to give up, finally and lower down the volume.

Personally, I found the sound to be really irritating  ....as irritating as the humming of bees close to your ears but the volume magnified a thousand times. The sound of vuvuzela is actually deafening.

The Bafana bafana are quite used to this sound (or noise, as you put it). They seemed to be quite comfortable with the noise in the stadium. However, the Mexicans, surely, would have found it difficult to concentrate on their game and communicating with fellow team mates. I find no other reason for such a high ranked team to be held to a 1-1 draw by a low ranked team. The vuvuzelas did their trick!!

Another important piece of South African football is the makarapa (a decorated miner's helmet).  In addition to this, fans were spotted with large sunglasses and signs with phrases dedicated to their team. Many fans had even got their faces painted with South African flags.
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

India's Top 50 Universities

Here is the list of India's Top 50 Universities - 2010 (Ranking according to INDIA TODAY - Nielsen Survey) :

  1. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  3. University Of Delhi, New Delhi
  4. University Of Calcutta, Kolkata
  5. University Of Madras, Chennai
  6. University Of Mumbai, Mumbai
  7. University Of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  8. Indian Institute Of Science, Bangalaore
  9. Jadavpur University, Jadavpur 
  10. Osmania University, Hyderabad
  11. Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam
  12. Punjab University, Chandigarh
  13. Bangalore University, Bangalore
  14. S.N.D.T Women's University, Mumbai
  15. Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  16. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  17. University Of Mysore, Mysore
  18. Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
  19. M.S. University Of Baroda, Vadodara
  20. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  21. Birla Institute Of Technology & Science-Pilani, Pilani
  22. Pondicherry University, Pondicherry
  23. University Of Allahabad, Allahabad
  24. University Of Lucknow, Lucknow
  25. North Eastern Hill University, Shillong
  26. Gauhati University, Gauhati
  27. University Of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
  28. Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune
  29. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
  30. Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi
  31. Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla 
  32. Karnatak University, Dharwad
  33. Anna University, Chennai
  34. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
  35. Goa University, Goa
  36. Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujar
  37. Awadesh Pratap University, Rewa
  38. Kakatiya University, Warangal
  39. Cochin University Of Science and Technology, Ernakulam
  40. Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata
  41. Bharhtidasan University, Tiruchirapalli
  42. Rashtransant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur
  43. University Of Rajasthan, Jaipur 
  44. Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
  45. Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur
  46. Patna University, Patna
  47. Amravati University, Amravati
  48. Assam University, Silchar
  49. Jiwaji University, Gwalior
  50. Nagarjuna University, Guntur 
Source : http://bit.ly/bcNvYP 

Are YOU satisfied with these rankings? 
Is your University in the Top 50?

Post your comments and share your views here....
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

IIT JEE Results 2010

The anxious wait is finally over for thousands of IIT aspirants. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have announced the result of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2010 conducted on April 11, 2010 for admission in 15 IITs (Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Mandi (H.P.), Patna, Punjab, Rajasthan and Roorkee, IT-BHU Varanasi and ISMU Dhanbad.)

You can check your result on various IIT JEE websites here :

  1. IIT Bombay – http://www.jee.iitb.ac.in
  2. IIT Delhi – http://jee.iitd.ac.in
  3. IIT Guwahati – http://www.iitg.ac.in/jee
  4. IIT Kanpur – http://www.iitk.ac.in/jee
  5. IIT Kharagpur – http://www.iitkgp.ernet.in/jee
  6. IIT Madras – http://jee.iitm.ac.in
  7. IIT Roorkee – http://www.iitr.ac.in/jee
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Kites : What We Learn?

Here's a list of the things we learn from the movie 'Kites' :

  • This is a Spanish movie ( I'll kill those morons who told me it's a Hindi movie ........only the subtitles are in Hindi ....everything else is in Spanish or English )
  • This film is inspired by "Rapidex : Learn Spanish in 2 hours"  ........If you're learning Spanish or you've taken up a course in Spanish, watch the movie as many times as you want. I bet you'll get an A+ after watching this movie.
  • Hrithik is a salsa trainer who Bboys in dance competitions.
  • Ethics and morality comes into play when you are about to rob a bank, not when you marry 11 girls for the sake of some money!
  • In this movie, Hrithik and Barbara travel so much that I feel had they traveled in a straight path they would have gone around the Earth twice.
  • They travel, so they get dirty, and hence, they take a bath and when they are in minimal clothes, there are the intimate scenes ......there's no other justification for having so many intimate scenes.
  • This movie is so repetitive that you'll find the  repeat telecasts of daily sops more interesting.
  • Cops are dumb and truck drivers deaf ........Can't you hear cars exploding if you've headphones plugged into your ears? Well the truck driver couldn't ....maybe he was using the latest Bose noise cancellation headphones ....if he was, he must have been too rich to be a truck driver then.
  • You can't get shot in the crossfire if you're the hero of the movie. You can evade death as long as the director of the movie wants it.
  • The movie has a sad ending  ....but at least it has one 'cause for a moment (read 1 hour) I thought it wasn't going anywhere.
  • And finally, I wanna know why is the movie called 'Kites' ???   .......The title and the story don't go together. It's like the answers given by engineering students in University exams .....the questions demands something and the answer is something else!!!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Badmaash Company : What we learn?

Here's a list of what we learn from this movie :

  • People from Sikkim, Nagaland, the entire North-East and even Thailand are all Chinese
  • 'Smugglers' and Hindi films are inseparable.
  • Auto-rickshaws in Bangkok have more space.
  • When in Bangkok, beware of girls ....they may actually be gays!! 
  • "Ye batein nahin kartein" (Watch the movie to know about it)
  • Street vendors not only sell cigarettes and ghutkas ...but you can also buy condoms from them!
  • To get a 5 year modeling contract, you've to just spend 5 minutes with your boss in a hotel room .
  • Tiger is the father of a cat.
  • Michael Jackson is still alive.
  • MJ may be a pop star but he likes Jazz ....at least he likes Jazz mamu's brand of shirts.
  • MJ's group dancer has more say than his stylist.
  • If some people in India are dumb, people in the US are dumber.
  • To get a green card, marry an American. However, while doing so, your girlfriend might give you a red card.
  • When you are rich, your wife/girlfriend gets everything she wants but when you get poor she gets pregnant.
  • Fakira is not a censored word ....even if it may sound like one.
  • Bakwaas Company will be an apt title for this movie instead of Badmaash Company.
  • Why are the actors in this movie richer than those in C Kompany??                                ......'Cause they earn in dollars.
  • "They did all the bad things ...the right way" ....I just wish they'd written the script and made the movie the right way
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Neglected by college, Raped by media

25th April 2010  |  Post by Abid.   

Well friends, I'm a student of Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar. This blog is regarding the incidents that have troubled the students of our college over the past few days. Silicon Institute of  Tech., popularly known as Silicon, is one of the premier engineering institutes of Eastern India. In fact, Silicon was adjudged as the Best Private Engineering College* under Biju Pattnaik University Of  Technology and overall as the 2nd Best Engineering College*. This college has produced some of the best of technocrats and brilliant minds. As a matter of fact, this year's All India Gate Topper, Arindam Bhattacharya, is from our college. Siliconites have been known for their discipline, dedication, intelligence and hard work. But today, Silicon, for the first time, is reeling under a huge crisis.

All of this began with the death of Shamsuddin Shah (popularly known as Shyam), a 3rd year student of Electronics and Telecommunications, on 22nd April, 2010. Although I did not know him personally, but we had some common friends and it is from them that I came to know about him. He was a lateral entry student. He joined our college in 2008. He did his diploma from IGIT, Sarang. He was a very good student. In fact, he was the batch topper at IGIT. He was very humble, disciplined, polite and soft-spoken. When it comes to discipline, teachers used to set him as an example. He was very helpful and whenever his friends needed him he was with them. He had an expertise over his branch subjects. On 23rd April,  a condolence meeting was organised at our  college and I was really moved to see how much the students of ET liked Shyam  .....I regret not having contact with him and now it's too late to have. May his soul rest in peace. God bless him.

The controversy was regarding the manner of his death. The internal exams for the 3rd year students had started from 19th April and it was supposed to end on 23rd April. On 19th April, it is believed that the curd given during lunch in the canteen was stale. Many students fell sick the same day allegedly because of the food given during lunch. (Even I had lunch on that day but nothing happened to me). According to the hostel students, about 72 students in the hostel fell sick. Many of them complained of constipation and loose motions. Shamsuddin, also, had his lunch in the canteen that day and even he fell sick. But I suppose that wasn't too serious 'cause he continued to appear for the internal exams. On 22nd April too, Shamsuddin appeared for the exams and after the exams he had his lunch in the canteen. After sometime he felt uneasy and he returned home. He was NOT a hostelite. He went home, took his medicines and then he went to sleep. After that he did not wake up again.

The news of his death soon reached the students. Since our college hostels are within the campus, by evening, everyone in the college was aware of Shyam's death.  There was a sense of tension and grief in the campus. Then like wildfires, rumors started spreading that Shamsuddin died of food poisoning. Students were really agitated to hear this. The deteriorating quality of food in the canteen was already a issue and coupled with it the rumors about Shyam's death and the growing number of sick students in the hostel acted as fuel for fire. Grief gave its way to anger.At dinner time, the students did not enter the canteen. Instead, they gathered and decided to protest in front of the canteen at T-square. The canteen staff and the faculty-in-charge of the canteen arrived and had a talk with the angry students but that did not satisfy the students. Later on Sanjeev Nayak, Director (Administartion) and Ramananda Mishra, Director (Finance) arrived and had a discussion with the student representatives. This continued for sometime. Meanwhile, the media came to know about the incidents within the college campus and late in the night media-persons from various local TV channels arrived. However, they could not enter into the college. The college security guards prevented them from entering inside the campus. During this time, a girl from the Silicon Girl's Hostel fell seriously ill. She was taken in the college ambulance but the college main gate was closed and seeing the media persons outside the main gate, it was decided to take the ambulance from gate no. 3 but suddenly the ambulance stopped near the gate no. 3. Seeing this, the other students rushed to the ambulance. They realised that the media persons had reached gate no. 3 as well and hence the gate was locked. After several requests to open the gate was denied   by the security guards, the students decided to break the lock and finally they succeeded in doing so. But with this, the media persons also entered inside the campus. The guards asked them to not enter the college but they did not respond and entered inside the campus. Then began the unfortunate and ugly battle. Some of the Silicon staff while trying to prevent the media persons from entering the campus resorted to violence. What followed next was a bitter clash between the Silicon staff and media persons. Several media persons were hurt, cameras and microphones were damaged as well. The media called in the police and three Silicon staff were arrested. ....What a horrible night it was!! I tried to sleep but constant phone calls and messages did not let me.

If you thought the night was bad, then hold on .....the worse was yet to come. This news was everywhere ....from the front pages of almost every neswaper to the top story of every local TV channel. Wondering why  I said worse?? Cause there was total misrepresentation of facts . None of the TV channels, nor the newspapers  published the correct news. As the say in Hindi - jitne muh utni baatein. Each of the channels and newspapers had a different version of their own. And what was like adding insult to injury is, none of them said anything properly about Shamsuddin. None of the channels made an effort to at least get Shamsuddin's photograph. What was even more sad is that most of them did not even mention his name ....just said that 'a boy' from Silicon had died. They had completely deviated from the real issue and made the attack on them as an issue of EGO. In the 30 minutes news bulletin, 25 minutes was spent only on showing how the journalists were attacked .... at least they could have reported 2 minutes on Shamsuddin ...but it wasn't. Had the journalists not been attacked, I bet this news item would not have lasted even 30 seconds. They'd made a mockery of our plight. One of the local newspapers reported that Silicon staff agreed to give them information and asked them to come inside the campus and then they took them to a dark remote corner of the campus and then attacked them from behind. Another reported that goons were hired for attacking the journalists. Come on man if they publish such crap on the front pages of newspapers, then I must say they deserve to get beaten up. And about the attacks .....the media persons were no angels. Yes, I agree they were attacked but they counter attacked as well. Agreed that Silicon staff abused them but even they abused the staff in return. Well, I hope they know that two wrongs do not make a right. And on what moral grounds are they reporting such bullshit if they themselves resort to such things. Well I must admit when I first saw the news on TV in the morning, only 3 words came out of my mouth - WHAT THE F**K!!! ( Forgive me for the language being used, but any other word could not have justified my reaction). We're the students. We were there the whole night. We know the real story. How can the media say such nonsense stuff. Here's another instance. A journalist named Balram (I don't remember his surname) in an interview said that last night the ambulance carried the dead body but as I have said earlier it was a girl who was severely ill was being taken to the hospital. Even worse were several other newspapers who claimed Shamsuddin was a hostelite and he died in the hostel. Another paper claimed he was taken to KIMS hospital where he had blood vomiting before his death. I just can't believe how can journalists be so irresponsible. ( I dont know the procedure to sue. If I did know it, I bet I would have earned so much money as compensation from so many of these news channels and newspapers that  next year I could have bought Mumbai Indians from Mukesh Ambani. Any lawyer reading this blog, please mail me the procedures to sue). Almost all the media houses have reported he has died of food poisoning. How can they be so sure when we the students ...even the closest of his friends or even his roommate isn't so sure of. Do they have the post-mortem report?? Atleast they could have used the word "allegedly" or "supposedly" but no  ....no one in the college is sure about his death but the media is!! Long live media!! Maybe they can smell things and know about it. Certain sections of the media have also reported that Siliconites have ransacked the college building and other public properties. The fact is we have never resolved to violence even at times of despair and the case of ransacking our institute is absolutely false this time too. The media has literally assassinated the character of our college ....raped our souls ....made a mockery of our plight as if the death of one of our friends wasn't enough.

The news that I'm getting at the moment is that the media is planning to continue their agitation. They're reportedly trying to cancel the affiliation of our college. How can the media put the future of  2500 students at stake just for the acts of 4-5 people ....and I thought media was sensible, responsible ....all bullshit!!

The future of Siliconites is uncertain ....our college and hostels have been shut down sine die. I just don't know what's in store for us next. But I know one thing that Siliconites are the best in Orissa ....Siliconites  are strong ....Siliconites will bounce back once again and we'll reach the sky for sure!!!
As far as the media is concerned, I would request them to let us live alone. Do not interfere in the college's internal matters. And please stop the malicious and ill-motivated hate propaganda carried on against Silicon.
There is some good news as of now. The Orissa Private Engineering Colleges Association (OPECA) has come out in support of Silicon. So there is still hope. There's definitely light at the end of the tunnel.

Well, at least, Shamsuddin would have never liked to have such a thing going on after his demise. Let's pray that Shamsuddin's soul rest in peace. May God give strength to his family at this moment of crisis. Shamsuddin has united all of the Siliconites. Let's carry this unity forward and fight against all odds existing within the college as well as the odds posed the media.

I would request all Siliconites, all the engineering students and the general public to pass on this message to everyone and fight for the cause of the students of Silicon.

Lastly I would like to say, on behalf of all Siliconites,

Give us some sunshine,
Give us some rain,
Give us another chance,
We wanna grow up once again.

* Ranking by the website : www.bputstudents.com
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Joy of Giving

The idea of making a difference in this world has been on my mind for quite some time now. I am excited to finally be doing so - however small it may be.

Do not hesitate to donate through
this Website ( http://www.giveindia.org/give/pledgepage/helpindianow )- it is simple, totally secure and the most efficient way to help me reach my goal. The NGO I have chosen will receive your money quickly and effortlessly. You will receive tax benefits for your deduction in India.

GiveIndia will process every donation and provide you with a receipt for the same. Please visit my iGive page and support my cause.

Name of NGO *: Child Aid Foundation

Vision : To provide comprehensive aid and care to poor and needy children so that they may pursue and complete their educations to as high a level as they desire and are capable of achieving.

How can you make a difference??

Find your passion...
Cherish... the JOY in GIVING...

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." - Lao Tzu

"Never think you need to apologize for asking someone to give to a worthy cause, any more than as though you were giving him or her an opportunity to participate in a high-grade investment. The duty of giving is as much his or hers as is the duty of asking yours." - John D. Rockefeller Jr.

"To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also. A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money." - John Ruskin

"The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."
- James, William

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