Friday, 26 September 2014 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

My Classmates!

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           It has been more than 2 years since I am studying. When you stay for a long time, you usually build an unsaid relationship among the people spending time under the same roof for more than 8 hours a day. Even if you do not talk with them, you feel that you possess all of them as they belong to the same space that you proudly deserve. My classmates are quite wonderful in sense that there has been very less differences between me and them. I have always found myself in between different groups at different points of discussion. Few of them do consider me their friend even though we do not spend any time together. This is because an institution makes you love each other by bringing all under the same roof. 

           Going out of this college in few weeks and finding everyone in their unique journey of self-development, I will miss them for few weeks until I do not get new set of friends at my job. Criticizing the system has been done together. Practicals are been executed together. Submissions are done with the help of each other at the end of every semester. Before exams, those final revisions are done with the same friends. Currently, the fight to get employed for an Internship is again been done together. And the way everyone contributes in each others happiness and sorrow is what defines the relationship that you make in the course of time. It's not about getting selfies together, staying for night-outs together, going for hang-outs together. It is only and only about the struggle that you fight with the same people for a long period of time. They automatically become one of the favorite people of your life. 

           Unfortunately, a friend committed suicide this week and we lost one among ourselves. We found it hard to imagine him dead but then the truth prevails and all of us have moved on. Because there's no full stop to struggle. You realize that though we have lost one fighter but still the individual fights are on. There is still time to go before the whole process of holding degree ends. I never knew in the start that this journey of doing MCA will be full of struggles and pain. But the never-ending process of getting grilled in submissions, assignments, unit tests, semesters and revaluation results, you find yourself a stronger person than before. Last week, all of us came in our professional attire as a company was visiting for placement. We got our photo session done. After that, when I look at the picture, I feel that I am going to miss this class no matter how detached and self-oriented I am. Few more weeks and all shall be history. Less time to make this journey more memorable and yes, I have brought my work to a hold to give time to my friends. Amen!



Light Denied by Mangala (Book Review-3.25*/5)!!!

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        Mangala Nagarajan is one authoress whom I adored since the release of her debut book "Amidst The Tides Lies a Beautiful Island". I was so impressed with the book that I had to rate it 4.25*. She has again got herself self-published but this time with Gargi Publishers. The curiosity to read her 2nd venture "Light Denied" has been on high since its announcement and finally, I can breath sigh of relief. Mangala has a very simple and sober way of conveying her story to readers which reflects innocence in each and every word scribbled. Right from the 1st page to last, you understand the intention of the author and the message she wants to deliver.   

            Light Denied is a trial of Mangala to make the common people understand the plight of people with disabilities. Here, she discusses about a girl "Mukhi" who's blind and can't see since her birth. Her parents offend her every now and then and treats her as a servant. It is her grandparents who understand that Mukhi needs love and she is capable of doing many things but depression has made her under-confident. Her friends help her to grow and show her real talent to the world. To know what Mukhi does in the end and in the process, get the book. :-)

            I liked one thing about the author that she didn't over-exaggerate anything to uselessly generate emotions. She didn't mention a single scene where someone had teased the girl for being blind or disabled(except parents). She has focused just on how a blind girl too has the same emotions as us and how love and support can give a better life to such people. The role of grandma is perfect and that's a memorable character that shall stay with me for a long time. 

            Summarizing, author's narration is very friendly. Book is just 186-pages and hence you can complete it in one sitting. The message that author wanted to deliver has been told well. There are few editing mistakes. But that's always an issue with new and small-scale publishers. Also, I still find author's first book far better than this. It had some really mind-boggling sub-plots whereas this book is very simple in comparison to that. Light Denied is also predictable at most of the times. Cover page of the book is very beautiful and it's something you would like to keep above all your books in the desk. I give this attempt 3.25*/5.


Sunday, 21 September 2014 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Ganapati Bappa Morya! Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya!!!

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             The roars, sounds, celebrations, prayers, get-together, cultural functions, DJ, dancing, singing, bhajans, keertans, worship- all has come to an end today. Ganesh Chaturthi ends with a high and the festival is going to be missed for next 365 days. Living in Maharashtra since childhood, this festival has become a part of my soul. Though I try to remain away from the celebrations as I do not oblige with the way devotees celebrate a Godly event. The birth of Lord Ganesha is celebrated for 10 days. He is considered to be the most auspicious God in Hindu Literature and therefore worshiped before any God in any festival, function or event. That's his charisma which attracts devotee towards this particular festival. 

          This Ganesh Chaturthi has been very special for me. I am kind of person who loves the four-walls of his bedroom. If anyone tries to excite me by exaggerating a plan of trip, camp, day-out, I am still the least interested person and never ever my nerves ask me to step out and reach destinations that might change my life or its approach. A family friend called us for 2-days celebration of Ganeshotsav at their home. I was skeptic but then I thought, let's do it for a change. And these 2 days have really changed my approach and now I feel I have come more closer to this Festival and whole feeling of getting closer to God and heaven. 

          After that when I returned back home, my mother forced me to visit more paandals in my town. The day was amazing seeing various beautiful and admiring idols of Lord Ganesha. I would like to share few pics of my moments this Ganesh Chaturthi. I am sure that if you aren't Maharashtrian, you will get your tickets booked for 10 days next year. :-)

        I am sure all the Maharashtrians must have got nostalgic and rest would have started thinking of experiencing the festival in the state once. :-) 

P.S.: This was written on the day of Visarjan but unfortunately couldn't publish it because of snags.