Aug 25

1. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a well lit place in front of your laptop.

2. Log onto MSN/Yahoo/Gtalk (be sure to go on away!). Check your email.

3. Read over the assignment carefully, to make certain you understand it.

4. Walk down to NCC to pick some fags, to help u concentrate

5. Check your email.

6. Call up a friend and ask if he/she wants to go to grab a coffee. Just to get settled down and ready to work.

7. When you get back, sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well lit place.

8. Read over the assignment again to make absolutely certain you understand it.

9. Check your email.

10. You know, you haven’t written to that chick you met at the school fest since fourth grade. You’d better write that letter now and get it out of the way so you can concentrate.

11. Look at your teeth in the bathroom mirror.

12. Grab some mp3z off of katz/ares/torrentz.

13. Check your email. ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR YET?!

14. Gtalk with one of your friends about the future. (ie summer plans).

15. Check your email.

16. Listen to your new mp3z and download some more.

17. Phone your friend on the other floor and ask if she’s started writing yet. Exchange derogatory remarks about your prof, the course, the college, the world at large.

18. Check your email.

19. Check the scores on cricinfo.com

20. Play some solitare (or age of legends! or some good ‘ol CS)

21. Check out orkut.com/facebook.com

22. Look through your friends’ photo albums. Ask who everyone is.

23. Call up a friend to see how much they have done, probably haven’t started either.

24. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the future.

25. Check for any new scraps.

26. Check your email and listen to your new mp3z.

27. You should be rebooting by now, assuming that windows is crashing on schedule.

28. Read over the assignment one more time, just for heck of it.

29. Scoot your chair across the room to the window and watch the cuties line up outside NCC

30. Lie face down on the floor and moan.

31. Punch the wall and break something.

32. Check your email.

33. Mumble obscenities.

34. 1 hr to deadline: start hacking on the paper without stopping. 6am -paper is finished.

35. Complain to everyone that you didn’t get any sleep because you had to write that stupid paper.

36. Go to class, hand in paper, and leave right away so you can take a nap.

37. If executed properly, then you should manage an A, or a B- if its prof. Mysore. As for the Apte, never try this!

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Aug 23

We just had a small discussion today and it got me all nostalgic about the wonderful time we had in college. We had started a magazine in college, called it CRAP!. Yeah, you read it right. That’s what it was called. Even now i wonder how we got away with such a corny name. Will never forget how we got it through with the Principal and KNR.

8:41 PM me: hey dickhead

Abhishek: hey whats up

i was thinking of pinging u

8:42 PM me: i am good man

whats new?

Abhishek: was reading CRAP the other day

Abhishek: got nostalgic

me: the new one?

i want to read it man

they came with the new issue

Abhishek: kaam is all there is filhaal to

no new one

me: ok..

Abhishek: the first one

me: yeah man

i miss those days

remember the night outs?

Abhishek: remembering the nights we spent compiling the damn thing

me: yeah man

Abhishek: same here man

me: the photoshop

8:43 PM thing was screwing

Abhishek: didn’t crap go belly up just after we left coll

me: then the slept the whole day in class

i will never forget that

sometimes i wonder, why we were so crazy

Abhishek: i know man…..

i guess its coz we had nothing better to do ;)

me: ha ha

we had something to do.. CRAP

An enlightening conversation between two CRAPians. Damn! I long for those days. It all started with this one comment by a senior. He was editor for ‘Collegiate‘, the college newspaper. Used to come once in a year and had only news. I mean what’s the point of reading news after one year? He once casually asked me, “So what did u like about Collegiate?”.I said there was nothing in it for me to read. Jokingly, he remarked, “So you plan to start one of your own huh? Take a hike man!”. That really left me thinking. Could I kick them in the shins? Could we actually come up with something more often and nothing to do with news. Something everyone can read. Something one can read in class when bored, something you can carry in the toilet and hopefully not use as toilet paper.

I remember the first ever meeting we had. The guys I had chosen - Venkat, Pritish, Prashant, Abhishek and other members of Raag. Pritish was recruiting the females. I remember one of the lines I gave him. “Yaar, ladkiyaan arrange karde!”. I will never forget that line, those girls still take my trip on that line. Spare me people!

So we had our share of pretty women. Rachita, Polomi, Mishi. This first meeting was more of a concept on what we planned to do. There were a whole of ideas. We went berserk. Totally. It was outside the library, in the lawns and everyone was looking. It was a gang of over 20 people.

We called it CRAP!. If the magazine was good, we’ll be like what the hell, we are good. If people did not like it - aaah! Chuck it, its CRAP anyway! But to get it through to the authorities we had to take a different name. So what could it be?

CRAP: Consortium of RVans Associate Press! Voila! We had it! The perfect formula. So CRAP it is. The permission came in a jiffy and we were through.

The next two months we put in all we had and got the sponsorships and the material. Our trusty old printer, Vasudeva did a good job of it. We had it rolling in the press. And like always, he delayed it for want of employees. So Pritish, Venkat and I actually sat at the printer’s and worked the machines to cut the paper, print and bind them. Damn, we were an enthusiastic lot.

We got the 3000 issues (yeah, you read it right!) on a bright Monday morning and painted the college red. It was a HIT. Super hit! People loved it and they were reading it in classrooms, bunking lectures and it was chaos! We had arrived!

We went for a nice party that night, I don’t remember where though. The girls had gone back to hostel. My hunch is we went to a sidey Bar and had our fill. It was a battle worth having won! And what started as vendetta soon became a phenomenon.

When we left college in 2006, it was already in its 6th issue. I feel the last one was perhaps the best. There were some things I still ponder upon when I think of CRAP.

What glued us together?
Why were so crazy?
Why did we do all this?
Why were we so jobless?
Why did people like it?
Was it worth it?
YOU BET IT WAS!

PS: The magazine carried my name in all issues as ‘Founder and Mentor’. Can never describe the kicks I got out of it!

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Aug 22

For some strange I feel Ozzy is going soft. I don’t know if its me only. But when you listen to the song ‘Here for you’, its just a old rocker singing a love ballad. He’s always had a gift for writing memorable ballads like “Mama I’m Coming Home,” and “Here For You” is a great song that would have been a monster hit back in the day.

“i don’t wanna live in yesterday
cross my heart until i die

don’t wanna know just what tomorrow may bring

because today has just begun
no matter whatever else i’ve done
i’m here for you
i’m here for you”

But then he breaks into ‘Not going away’, totally nothing like a love ballad.

“Don’t tell me I’m wrong
Don’t tell me that you knew all along

I won’t roll over dead
Only I know what goes on in my head

I’ve got nothing to hide
I’m not guilty inside

I won’t give up
After all I’m still crazy”

I remember watching the video of ‘I Don’t wanna stop’ at WWE smack down. Boy! Was it the mother of all comebacks. It’s been six years since Ozzy’s last studio album Down To Earth. He also released a covers record a couple years that received lukewarm response (although I thought it was pretty good). Black Rain is the first album Ozzy has ever recorded sober (yeah! The first one!), and it is an excellent piece. The Prince Of Darkness is nearly 60 years old, but he proves he still has some gas left in the tank. Perhaps a lot of it.

Black Rain does a lot of justice as the title track. Ozzy also shows some anger and edge with lyrics that are politically charged, especially the title track that espouses his views on the Iraq war and ‘The almighty dollar’ on America’s foreign policies.

“burn into the air and atmosphere
watching the rain come down
turn your head away ignore the fear
watching the ice crash down
our father’s justice gets closer
how could you fuck us all over
rape, steal and murder
god bless the almighty dollar
death, doom and disaster
the point of no return
no earthly life ever after
is it too late to learn?”

The songs on Black Rain are very catchy and melodic with the usual outstanding guitar work by longtime band member Zakk Wylde.

The songs on Black Rain are very catchy and melodic with the usual outstanding guitar work by longtime band member Zakk Wylde.

Songs to watch out for:

Here for you
Black Rain
I don’t wanna stop
Lay your world on mine
The almighty dollar

What am I doing? Just buy the album, its worth it. An ozzy collection would be incomplete without it. Go go go!

My rating of the album would be 4.5/5. Must buy!

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