Friday, May 24, 2013

This compulsive urge to Live the Moment...

I woke up at 10 AM. The increasing day-time temperature made it impossible to lie down on the bed. I checked my phone- WhatsApp, FB updates and Hike. I sat down and thought to myself- Unlike yesterday when I did absolutely nothing throughout the day, I am going to spend some time outside this furnace, at some air-conditioned and fun location. Today is Thursday. PVR Saket will have all shows at Rs.75. Let’s go for it. I texted a few of my friends to see if they were awake and willing to join in the movie plan. A few of them agreed. Considering the rush that the booking counter sees on Thursdays due to the cheap tickets, we left early to collect the tickets. We got them. And so, we saw the 1.30 PM show of ‘Aurangzeb’ sitting right in the front row of the biggest auditorium at Saket. Craning our neck up was a little uneasy, but the unlimited leg-space available, compromised the issue.

I updated my facebook status: “This is gonna be an unforgettable movie experience sitting right in the front seats...hahaha… Shahjahan ka beta…duplicate Taj Mahal ka creator…Aurangzeb! :D”

As the movie came to an end around 4, I got a call from my good friend Ankit so we could plan something for the birthday of another friend. We decided to meet at CP and I took the metro to reach there by 6. We were joined by more friends, acquaintances, friends of friends. Lots of awesome food, fun and party later, as we bid adieu to the birthday girl around 8.30, we thought of planning something, doing anything apart from going to our homes and sleeping. And so it was…

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Letter to all my friends at MBICEM

A few confessions as we bid adieu to our three years of togetherness...

Hello doston,

The urge to write a lot but having no words to start with- that’s the precise thing happening to me right now. It’s almost 3 AM and I am having a completely sleepless night. No, this time it has got nothing to do with any ‘work’ I am doing. I am done with all work. For three years, that’s solely what I have been doing and I think I have had enough of that. Right now, even the utterance of the word ‘work’ seems to irritate me to the core. So why this sleepless night? Well, with college life at the verge of approaching the doomsday, I think I might not be the only one facing this trouble right now.

27.08.2010: The first ever photo that I clicked at MBICEM
We had an amazing ‘Retro-themed’ farewell at college last week. On returning home as I opened my facebook account, I had an unread message from a junior:

“Antarik! I m waiting fo ur blog abt today.... hw u felt... plssss

I knew I was going to right about it. Sooner or later. Non-completion of my final project film was what got me delayed. I kept telling everyone, the very fact that college is over has not sunk in yet! When it does, you can expect an array of blog entries from me!

Friday, May 03, 2013

The wish-versus-do list when you are ill

  1. You are suffering from food poisoning, have been on bed rest for four days and are restricted to a diet of boiled rice and fruits
  2. You get the entire 24 hours of the day for things that solely you want to do
  3. You sleep for 12 of the 24 hours because that feels like the easiest thing to do
  4. You want to go out, meet your best friend who is in town, but can’t because you are too weak to even move and your kidneys wouldn’t obey you if they decide to let go of the motion
  5. You want people to call you up, may be meet you too, but you smile with the once a day WhatsApp message or text you receive from them, because you feel at least there are some people who have you in their thoughts at some times
  6. You use your smartphone for the only smart job it does in the absence of a good network connection- setting the alarm
  7. You want to see Bombay Talkies, a film you have heard so much about, attended discussions about, but can’t because you are too weak for that too
  8. You want to have all the amazing food available in the world and kill that bug in the stomach which is restricting you from doing that
  9. You have to produce a radio show, prepare a production book, make your film’s trailer and poster and submit it immediately for your final college project or be prepared for an extra year at college
  10. You want to kill your laptop because the film that you are editing (your first one as a director) wouldn’t get exported out of Adobe Premier Pro since the last 24 hours due to technical reasons that are beyond your understanding
  11. You want to show your edited film to someone who might actually have interest in it, but find no audience
  12. You have a 200-mark exam coming up in two days for which you need to re-study 23 subjects that you have studied over the three whole years of college

Probably what you can do is
  1. Switch on the TV for some entertainment, accidentally start watching the National Film Awards, switch the channel to Arnab’s Newshour Debate and ultimately let your young cousin snatch the remote from you to watch Doraemon, Ninja Hattori or some other stupid cartoon
  2. Talk on the phone with some of your friends but alas, Airtel signals do not seem to be able to penetrate the walls of your residence except that one square metre area beside the TV in the drawing room
  3. Browse through facebook and find it the most boring job to do and browse through facebook a little more
  4. Start a conversation with that random friend who you have not bothered to talk in months because you had no time
  5. Think how your last week of college is going to be and wonder if your health and work would allow you to enjoy that
  6. Pray for your fast recovery and think what could compensate the time you have lost in completion of the tasks you have and how to get rid of the pile up of work in the short time left
  7. Write a blog entry, think that it would while away some time, realize that what you are writing is sheer stupidity but still post it and expect people to read it and comment on it

Or probably, the best thing to do, when you are ill is to just let go off all work, all worries and rest as the king, come what may!

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