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About prkhr

Junior Undergraduate. Engineer In Making. Introvert. Passionately Curious. Avid Reader. Pilkunnussija. & Proudly Nerdy.

in the Line Of Fire – 5th in MDGC

Starting with the credits to all the Junta that put forward their best foot in executing the very beautifully written script.

Script –
Abhishek Kumar Sinha and Nazeeb Ahmad. Pranshul Agarwal for redoing it in Bundelkhandi.
The idea for the theme was Sinha Ji’s. Sinha Ji was present throughout all the practice sessions and provided with invaluable reviews and suggestions. Hostel 8 wants to express its sincere gratitude towards his altruistic efforts.

Direction –
Abhishek Kumar Sinha and Abhishwet Dhete.

Actors – (In order of apperance)
Nilesh Jagnik as Lakhan Dev
Prakhar Singh as Colleague
Pranshul Agarwal as Budhva
Anuja Belulkar as Amma
Shikhar Gahalot as Birju
Jayesh Warjurkar as Sonam
Vivek Tripathi as Sonam’s friend
Naveen Meena as Villager
Abhishwet Dhete as Police Officer

Poster Design –
Arun Lodhi.

Production Work –
Yash Agarwal, Vaibhav Kumawat, Jayesh Warjurkar, Shikhar Gahalot, Tanmay Malik, Prakash Chandra, Shubham Meena, Rajan Gupta, Harish Sahu.

Stills of the play can be found at – http://on.fb.me/17lxn1f
Link to the play – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naSJ9um88rk

The story was based in a village that falls in the shooting range of Army and has to evacuate frequently during Army firing practices. The language of the play was vernacular Bundelkhandi. Budhva, with his wife and younger son Birju, lives in the village. Lakhan, his elder son, is based in Bhopal and works in a government office. The rest of the story revolves around Lakhan’s attempt to persuade his family in village to migrate to city with him, while Birju turns a rebel against government.

Awards:
– 5th in Main Dramatics General Championship. +40 points in GC Tally.
– Best Actor Special Mention to Shikhar Gahalot.
– Best Script Special Mention.

Thanks to all who proved a support at any time during the GC, those who gave their critical reviews as audience, those who came to cheer hostel during the play. H8 H8! \m/

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Career Choices

Should I go into Governance
And tell people how to live?
Or should I get into Charity,
And tell millionaires to ‘give’?
Should I work for the Military
And design a state-of-the-art tank?
Should I put my feet up and watch TV?
Or no, maybe I should go sit in a Bank…
Should I sit around and wait for Veterans
To come and ask me what they’re doing wrong?
Should I spend my life in a 4×4 Cubicle?
Or should I just make a career out of a Song?
Should I spend two years in a Laboratory
Working around the whims of a Prof?
Or should I become an Art Critic
And learn to affectedly cough?
Well, if today the gusts of Time were to brush away
The Future’s wild Locks from my eyes,
It would be no fun indeed, when one day
Fate would sneak up and shout, ‘SURPRISE!’

Pritish Chakravarty

Pritish Chakravarty

Hostel Culture and the lack of it

[The article was originally written for JungleTales, the previous semester]

Each hostel in this institute has a unique culture. This culture transpires to promote the hostel to various successes- be it GCs, PAF or insti elections. We all know that freshie hostels generally have a great culture because of the presence of freshies. Among the non-freshie hostels too, some hostels have more enthu than other hostels.

I personally believe that hostel culture is imbibed in the hostel inmates by:
a- The hostel seniors
b- The hostel council

Now, this presents an interesting scenario. What if, the lack of enthu in a hostel is the cause of hostel council posts going unopposed and/or even uncontested entirely in some cases? This may result in inferior candidates getting elected and an incompetent and uninspired council being constituted. Now, because the council itself is uninspired, the transfer of enthu from the council to the hostel mates is non-existent.

Isn’t this something that we’ve witnessed in H8 in recent years? Now, I’m not saying that the council is doing a bad job, far from it; in fact I feel that most members of the current council are doing the best that they can. My grouse lies with the fact that posts are going vacant. 2 years ago, in my sophie year, there was not a single post among all the secy posts, that was contested. The joke doing the rounds was that each post has lesser than equal to number of people applying as are the no. of positions in that post. Last year, the problem moved up one rung of the ladder. We did not have any people applying for the Cult. and Sports Councillors. Eventually Ronak became Cult co. but the position of sports co. went vacant. The problem was exacerbated and eventually a council of 4 people had to be formed to carry out the duties of the sports co. Now, this year, for quite some time confusion abounded as to whether anyone was going to contest for post of hostel General Secretary at all. Competition for the post of cos. looks bleak this year as well. Compare this to a scenario in H9 where 4 people are going for hostel G. Sec. My simple question is- have hostel council posts lost all relevance and importance in H8? Any individual can learn an insane amount of skills through the experiences that any hostel post will bring- right from a secy to a G.Sec. Or is it just down to the fact that we have a smaller population than other hostels? Personally, I believe it is the former. People feel that they have nothing to gain from taking up a hostel council post, that the job is repetitive and mundane. I personally feel that any responsibility that any individual takes up, however small or however lowly it may seem from afar, if approached with enthu and sincerity, can do wonders to improve the skill set of that individual. I may be wrong, and it may just be a phase that H8 is going through- a lean period before a glut. But the lack of appetite to do something for the hostel is quite apparent. This article is not written to point fingers at anyone, rather it is written with the sincere hope that sophies and freshies coming to H8 read this, and realise all that they have to gain by contributing to their hostel’s development and do something about it.

Archit Kejriwal

First GBM of the session

General Body Meeting

For the enlightenment of the extremely-busy-cant-attend-GBM or i-dont-give-a-fuck-wont-attend-GBM people, the GBM for this semester happened yesterday with a turnout of about 50 inmates.

As usual, the GBM started late with council members Nilesh Jagnik (Cult Co) and Praneeth Naidu (Comp Secy) being fined for showing up late. Amongst those who were present were – G.Sec, Ward Nom, all Co’s and Secy’s (but Chaitanya Potti), PG Rep, a diplomat from Hostel Affairs Council (who claimed to solve every problem) and agitated inmates. There was equal participation from PG community too.

GBM started with Mess Council – people going through the manifesto points of the secy thoroughly. Topics ranging from problem with food, service and mess manager were raised. The Mess council must have got more suggestions in 65 minutes than they have got in suggestion register in last two months. After mess, it was maint. C1R, Water Coolers, Tube LIght, TV, Ventilator, Bathroom, Ceiling, Plaster, Garden, HD Channel – anything and everything was discussed. Mess Co was the only Co defending his team and kudos to him for this (ek secy ke dil ki awaaz).

tough times

Sports council was asked about dire status of WooFLe, GCs and intras. Cult council has its own inner differences, sorting them out took half the time and the other half was taken in reading out loud the manifestos of secy because almost none of their manifesto point was implemented. Towards the end of GBM, the manifestos were kept aside and respective secy’s were asked only to tell the job they have done till now. Alumni Secy was inquired about the status of cutting ropes from wings and tech secy’s were asked to get the tech room cleaned.

P.S. Just in case, if you are wondering what these army Chinkies have to do with GBM : they are two army Generals hugging each other => their bodies are touching each other => bodies are meeting => General Body Meeting. Now you have my permission to bang your head against wall. 😛

The w (secy work) v/s t (time) curve

by Priyank Parikh

THE truth!

This post could not have come at any better time than this. GBM is near and every secretary is running around completing the initiatives he promised, in any manner what-so-ever. Supposedly, that’s what I am doing!

Signing off, only one hour left to GBM. Juntaa, do attend.

P.S : The post is from last year’s JungleTales and the creative (or say experienced :P) mind behind it being Priyank Parikh.

Remembering Akshay Dhoke

Born on 27th July 1990 Akshay; a sharp-minded, curious, hardworking individual, possessed a sporting attitude with tremendous fighting spirit. The district-topper from Nagpur in class 10th and 12th and ranking in top 200 in JEE, he is an inspiration for many students in his community, in Nagpur and for us at IIT. He is an epitome of success, dedication, and hard work.

He represented Nagpur in State Level Cricket. A dedicated fan of Rahul Dravid, his name used to be on his lips in most of the discussions. Even his laptop password was Rahul Dravid. He represented the Hostel in cricket matches. He was also an excellent Carom player securing Bronze at the Inter-Hostel GC level.

A down to earth modest person, he never turned away from anyone who came to him with a problem and helped them out in whatever way he could. His unparalleled dedication to academics is hard to describe in a few words. A reference can be drawn to his way of attacking every problem and every assignment. Once a mundane assignment required plotting a huge pile of 30 datasets and analyzing it for information. All the other students in the course were avoiding the work, waiting for someone to do the hard work. It did not deter Dhoke and he went on to finish the job which took two full days and nights. He is the role model for dedication among all his batchmates.

Around 10 months back he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a very aggressive form of Blood Cancer. It couldn’t be detected for about 2 months and he infact gave his endsems with a running fever. He underwent two chemotherapy treatments and a Bone Marrow Transplant from his sister. However his cancer relapsed in a few months. Even in the face of adversity his firm will helped him battle the pernicious disease and come out of many serious complications. The IIT community generously helped him and his family in all possible ways. The deadly disease however relentlessly caused his condition to deteriorate and Akshay passed away on 14th September after undergoing serious complications in the last few days. He fought the extremely aggressive cancer bravely and head on.

The void created by this loss cannot be filled by anything, but he will always remain in our heart and memory.