Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Farewell London

London, Heart of the erstwhile British empire and the place where I spent my last two weeks. It all came together suddenly within a week and I was sent to London to be with dad who is here on a migrant visa.
The trip has been a wonderful one to say the least. Visiting the famous places of London like Madam Tussauds, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, London Eye etc and places of interest for me like 221 B Baker Street (Address of Sherlock Holmes), Stamford Bridge (Football Stadium of Chelsea FC) and Wimbledon has been a unique experience to say the least. Especially in the Stamford Bridge where the guide took us through the players' tunnel to the ground with stimulated crowd noise behind us.
Apart from sightseeing, experiencing the British lifestyle was in itself worth the trip. In my dad's words "There was some reason behind English ruling the world for over 100 yrs". I suppose the reason was the discipline and emphasis on education. Let me clear this up
1. Library access is free for everyone.
2. You get a 60 page paper for free although you have to walk to your nearest underground station to get it.
3. Free education for children upto 16
Free library is a boon for a book lover like me. I was able to complete the Artemis series which I started in B'lore last year and also read a number of other good books.
All and all, this trip has been a blast. Now time to go back and get ready for the next phase in my life as a professional.
PS: The photo is me at the entrance to Wimbledon Museum. The poem is If by Kipling

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sayonara Roorkee

This post was supposed to be my last from Roorkee. But packing, saying goodbyes and other stuff took more time than expected. The delay after that can be blamed onto the dial-up at home or my habit of procrastination.
Neways, time to get out of college life and get a little serious. I shall be joining Manhattan Associates, B'lore from 3rd July. A different life, that of a professional awaits after all the fun at Roorkee.
However, Roorkee will always hold a special place in my heart as the place where I spent the best four years of my life. I know a lot of my friends wont agree with me saying but for me, a place is made by the ppl there. If I hadn't been to Roorkee, I wouldn't have met all the wonderful ppl - Bong, Joshi, Bond, Gabs, Bhandari, Bansa, Laskar, Bela, Sid, Lancy, Gala the list can go on & on.
I learnt a lot from these ppl and thru organizing various activities. I'll never be able to forget Corpostrat 04, Chaos 05, EDC, Chaos 06 and Metamorphosis. I'll quote something that I have already quoted once "Experiences can be bitter but memories are always sweet"
Sayonara IITR, Will miss ya

PS: While coming back from London, saw Mr Azim Premji on Mumbai airport. The gr8 man was alone carrying a small suitcase with him. Ran after him but he entered security before I reached him. Bad Luck or I would have had proof for this story