Monday, March 30, 2009

To choose or not to choose!!!

Now that the group was set, the six of us weer like peas and cakes all the time. We had to choose subjects of our interest for the first semester and for that we had to sit in all lectures and see whether there are any compatibility issue with the topic or the professor :D. So, for the first two weeks in IIT, it was nothing but confusion. It became a million dollar question - "To Choose or not to choose"!!! Let's see the experience we got in attending initial lectures of a few subjects.

Data Mining : Me and kaustubh set somewhere in the second last row, talking about all the stuffs in the univers except Data mining. Where we were able to figure out that this subject is all about English and Greek alphabets; Vinay, kedar and sachin seemed to somehow decode that it was a mining language which prof. was talking using these alphabets. Not only this, It later came to my realization that they even understood the meaning. :D :D :D. Sandeep...I think he bunked the very first lecture. ;) Anyways, that was the only Data Mining lecture I dared to attend.

SFML : "Statistical Foundations of Machine Learning" - Again me and kaustubh landed up reaching late in the class, sitting in the last row. As soon as the lecture started, me and kaustubh found a big compatibility issue with the professor and fell asleep. That's why I have no further memories of this subject. :)

FSVP : "Formal Specification and Verification of Programs" - Looking at the above two experiences, me and kaustubh decided to stick together in the lectures. So again we were sitting together somewhere at the back trying hard to concentrate in the middle of the noon on what was going on in the surroundings of that classroom. Subject looked fascinating (I prefered the word Fascinating over Interesting because we didn't understand for a single moment what the hell was written on the board, but it looked SCIENTIFIC!!! :D ) .

ITDBMS : "Implementation Techniques of DataBase Managment System" - Somehow, we all felt this subject to be from the same planet as compared to the alien subjects discussed above. It was in continution to the DBMS theory we all learnt in our Bachelor's. So, there was an instant relation established with the river of words coming out of prof's mouth. So, we all decided - "Let's finalize atleast this one". And so, our first subject was finalized.

Network Security : The subject was all cryptic and hidden. There were lots of attacks and spyings, encrypted messages and hackings, phishings and eavesdroppings - Some people felt we were talking about some World war II scenario. I found this subject really interesting as I had a good background of this subject. But, all others seemed to find this "Security" thing somehow less secure. So, they all backed out. But, still I managed to finalize my second subject.

Algorithms : Ahh!!! So, we all finally made peace with the subject hunt and the million dollar question was finally answered. This subject was unanimously elected king of all subjects. Fundoo Prof., Fundoo topics and Fundoo problems to solve. In short, the subject was "Lay Bhari!!!". And, so our trivia of subjects came to an end and after a hunt for 2 weeks and 20 + lectures, we all were able to finalize our subjects.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Meeting Vinay and Sandeep

As we had now had a group to be with, that day we all did hang around together in the hostel all the time. It was all fun. The next day, 24th of July - still one more day of timepass before commencment of classes and to sit ideal and enjoy the Mumbai rains. That day, when we all went together to mess for lunch, I met Sandeep.

Sandeep - I would call him a man with a systematically disorganized mind :-) - He was also from Pune but his hometown was Sangali. Tall, well built, sporty personality, fair color, and carrying a smile of 3 year old kid on his face. He was a really interesting person to talk to - sometimes he used to sit and talk nothing like a shy person and suddenly the next moment he would realize "oh yes!!! I can talk!!!" and he would just start talking on and on. His talks revealed that he would easily get confused or forget things - and believe me, his "forgetting things" was a Guiness World Record in itself - simply unmatchable. He was a sports loving personality, always ready to play, kept keen interest in footer and got bored of cricket. He had very "unique doubts" about cricket which Sachin might be able to relate well. At the first meeting, I never knew this person would become the unanimously voted king of our group - SAHEB.

So, the five of us passed the day in usual activities - sleeping, setting room, surfing net, meeting at dinner, talking and sharing. And finally, that night we slept peacefully for the last time in IIT - The next day, LECTURES OFFICIALLY COMMENCED. We had to choose subjects of our interest so as to sit in only those classes and to find out where our interest lies, we had no choice but to attend all classes. Funny, Ain't it!!! :) I remember, the first class was scheduled at 8:30 AM in the morning and I found it very very hard to wake up for that. Somehow, I managed to land up with kedar, kaustubh and sachin sitting in the first lecture at IIT - that was where I met Vinay.

Vinay - Vinay = Khadadi - this was the only relation I could formulate sitting in that class looking at him. It was easy, his body said it all. :) Tall, well built but exceeded limits at some body portions especially stomach. His tummy was a nice punching bag to practice. After the lecture, we all met vinay. I apparantely came to know that vinay was also from Pune and Vinay, kedar and kaustubh shared the same UG College there. Surprisingly, Kaustubh turned out to be there Senior :D. While I was talking to vinay, I realized I am talking to a container of CNI (Compressed Natural Intelligence). His academic record showed that he must be a book worm, but his behaviour was much like a last bencher dare devil. He was all about sheer intelligence and ofcourse Food. He shared a similar interest in cricket as Sachin. They talked a lot about cricket at their first meeting. Vinay was not easy to analyze in one meeting. Rest of vinay unfolds gradually.

The Curtain is up, the Plot is set, the characters introduced - Allow me to present to you the Journey of my life at IIT - H7@IITB.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Meeting Kedar and Sachin

In the initial meetings, Kaustubh mentioned that there are some more friends of our batch who have been alloted rooms in Hostel 7. I was happy, I could see the near future where I was in a gang of friends chilling out in the nights.
The next morning, me and kaustubh went to breakfast together and he introduced me to Kedar and Sachin, two more interesting characters of our storyline. I felt like - "Hey, the formation of the gang has begun!!!". Let's have an insight of these two characters.

KEDAR - another Puneri - I would describe his body in his own favorite phrase - "He jara Jastach Hotay" :D... He was a Heavy 12-Tyre Fully Loaded truck. Tall, Heavy built and tough looks. To be honest, at first sight, I was scared of this DON-type monument. But, only till we had a talk. While talking to him I came to know - "Is Bade Hathi ke daat khane ke aur, dikhane ke aur" - I mean he was not the kind of guy which his looks propose. He was calm and composed, affectionate towards marathi literature, a fan of typical Golden era old songs, and of course how can I forget it - an "Extremely Brother Crazy" human being - a rare characteristic in human species (You will gradually know its meaning). In short, I realized it would be fun hanging around with him. That's it about him, rest unfolds later. Let's move on to the next character.

SACHIN - an aamchi Mumbai "Fast" Local - As Kedar and Sachin were sitting together in front of me, I could compare them easily as "a 12-tyre Fully loaded truck standing on the road with a bicycle besides it" :D. Ya, Sachin was the other extreme in physical sense. Thin and taller (apparently making him look more thinner), typical family-loving, sensible, calm and carrying introvert expressions on face, spectacles to enhance the looks - in short a Sabhya, Sushil Mulga. He reveals quite a lot about his personality when he speaks. Intelligence, strongly backed up reasoning, encyclopediatic memory and extremist opinions. He was the living definition of CRAZY ABOUT CRICKET. He was an ideal candidate to have healthy information exchange with. He had some sort of inherent hidden infinite physical inertia inside him which made his body unstable in any situation - he would always be in a hurry. And of course, he was so homesick by nature that it can actually be called as a serious disease :D :D :D.

And thus, it eventually became - "1 se bhale 2, 2 se bhale 4" and we 4 were already involved in a bond with each other. Hey you all, keep the enthu alive.... two more profiles are yet to come... will be back with them very soon.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Meeting Kaustubh

Roaming around in the corridor, I landed up talking with a guy and came to know that he is actually one of my kind - MTech I, CSE. Oh! what a relief!!! I am not alone here. :) And guess what, He was a Maharashtrian too. What better could I expect. So, we started sharing.

His name was Kaustubh Nimkar - A not so tall, average built, smiling face hero from Pune. From the initial talk, I could estimate he was a balanced person, not too wild and not too dormant, had interest in Blogging :), loved sports like football, crazy about F-1 racing, and a "moderately" active personality (you will get to know why its specially mentioned MODERATELY ;-) ). He also had a good taste of music - a big fan of Pink Floyd and Indian Ocean. We shared quite similar interests.

We had a great time together that day, talking about all general stuffs, sipping coffee, sharing lives. And I felt finally I am not alone anymore.

First Meetings

okay....So its been like about 2 days now that I am living in IIT's hostel. It was 22nd of July, 2006. I was sitting in my room, experiencing doubled joy of FREE INTERNET and HEAVY RAINFALLS for the first time and I was wondering where are all my IITian friends because I couldn't spot a single person of MTech I, CSE in that hostel till then. Classes were scheduled to start from 25th, I still had 3 more days to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (Rare chance in IIT :D)....I was feeling lonely, very lonely. I was wondering around in the corridors of my hostel when I met the first soul of MY KIND - MTech I, CSE. Allow me to introduce the characters which now have become my lifelong friends... Let's begin the FIRST MEETINGS.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Lady of the Lake

My first day in IIT - "Abhijeet Padhye, MTech, CSE IIT Bombay"... Wow!!! a dream come true. I was so excited entering this new realms of where fortunes favor everyone. I came to know from the Hostel coordination unit that I have been allocated a room in Hostel 7. H7 - The Lady of the Lake - That's what my hostel was renowned as. An exotic natural place surrounded by waters of Powai Lake from 3 sides and having a life long access to the cool breeze from the lake. At the entrance was Hall Manager's office...I had to finish some paper processing there(as if checking in in a hotel). As I moved forward, a short "7" shaped corridor glazing in a filtered sunlight passing through the green plastic covers over it, warmly welcomed me. As I walked through the corridor, I saw the serene beauty of the lake just touching the turning edge of the corridor and I thought - "Wah!!! Yaha rahne me maza aayega".

As I turned through the edge, I saw the same corridor go endlessly with so called "Wings" of the hostel splitting from it like branches of a tree. I was wondering which branch of this beautiful tree am I going to be a part of. And with these thoughts, I continued walking past the corridor weaving thoughts about how my "own" room would be. Its a great feeling thinking you would be the owner of a room. You can keep it the way you want, decorate it, arrange it, do whatever you want, live the way you like - its like owning your first Property. :) Anyways, I was allocated Room No. 69... which in fact turned out to be the very first room as one walks through that corridor into the wings. As I opened the room, I felt like opening the door of a completely different world inside that small space confined by 4 walls, containing a bed, a chair and a table and full of emptiness. I brought all my luggage inside my room, laid down on bed looking through the window at the reflection of the sun shining in the wavey water of the lake thinking how my next 3 years would be at IIT and what kind of friends would I meet here - and I closed my eyes and slipped away into the dreamy world of sleep..... WELCOME TO H7- THE LADY OF THE LAKE.


Hi all,

This blog is a very very special blog dedicated to my friends at IIT Bombay. The posts in this blog will tour you through the events of 6 most interesting friends' lives@iitb. Its a story full of emotions, nostalgia, laughter, and loads of enjoyable moments. The story and characters are not at all fictitious and bear intentional resemblance with some living person. Hehe. Allow me to take you through this journey of my F.R.I.E.N.D.S. at IIT.