Thursday, October 04, 2007








T-Lawns - damaging ppl.. hehe!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (esp posting for public damage!! :P )

Sreevidya edhukku sac pora? The shikanji proposal ! Thathu and Gandhi statue – virichu combo! Ap lappings! Bipolar disorder! Kaushik “self-thuppals”, seeeeeeram ! seeeeevidhya! Seeee ! sriram escape ! Mummeeee, noooooo , I knowww (u do know !) yen yaaa – palli puyal point to point ( vsp )vetti sruthi potti a.k.a velu… displaced intertwining jadai … campus interview – yevan ya exam ezhutha ponan veetukku saman sekka ponen : OTMP! 4 lac job 4 rupees treat , myum-yum , rajini vs kamal – the fight continues … you hav got too good a cg for a job – u can go ! overqualified and unemployed , cow-shit , so how r u ? vanisar : sarivan : varisan : vansari : ******* ; holidays kottai day and nite out@kalpakkam alias kalappasu-paakam ; kaushik gaja gult fan – gory pants ; im very bored … so let me bore others too – radha swayamvaram ( hey choose me ! ) om om om om om ( vishaka hari ) ; jaggubai , job for 10k @ navy ; Vedanta ; sycho –‘ evan adicha … avan than thamizh , naan than’ porikki sorry pokiri fan , aan, Uh-Oh, Apee mock cat AIR- 21, ellarum sari la vantha it wud be fine J , adicchu , sriram to Ap : the Dey factor, sourie’s chellam, ‘luv u da’, cloud nine !, Nr escapism, RFC vetti enthu, qmech god ( ob ) , bits lernthu porathukkulla araloosu aayiduven, sriram vs thathu ,idly-ragging, teaching sessions, hols la swimming, shooolinii, sorrnakka, joint sec – ohh I see !, summing kalappas, tests topper, ommala crack, today summing guss, tulip J, book daughter, hardik – virichi kalappas, I am the PJ God, backdrop enthu, vamsi-kottai, shivakameshwari, cycle dubs , radha I smell something burn ;), vsp and vamsi gult combos, prateek hindi me boliye jee, keyboard comedies, mallari enthu, Deepak – silent kedi, thiruttu muzhi, I shall do, inikki test avlo nanna pannala – will get only 55!, aditya- give me the posters I shall put them, unanswerable qns, aakash-singapore settle, mia malhar, aastha- doll! Smile, gujju enthu, namratha – shravan tutor, VM better dan Ps : so what , runthru vs soru, AB scholar, 25 rupees/month scholarship! , madhu : god , fresher and senti semite ! , kumbakonam tales, Ranjani – Ganesh, gita perfection, folk music. Soumi.:Yo 2004, my own bodyguards shravan and hardhik, thathukutti - GRE CAT and JOB, other's vayitherichal, kaushik's water entry sequence janani janani janani...., 'ava mugathula oru tejas' ;) 'achuchoooo!! yezha podu', thadhar rocks anyday, 'I don't find the need to talk to girls', souppe semiconductors. Manojh: to sing, to learn, to have fun, to bond, Raag - the place to be, twice at BITS in twenty days - my second psenti sem, navarathri krithis - one of the best concerts and the preceding guys vs gals spat thala and thathule - best buddies, my 3-1 - Raag's transformation,CDCs ah electives ah - who cared.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

NrithyaRanjani '07- yet another milestone!

A purple skyline, the sound of falling rain and good music to soothe the nerves - the perfect October evening. We simply couldn't have had a better day to host NrithyaRanjani. The show went really well, but to cut it short here would be a gross injustice to the efforts that people put in and as we all know, beauty lies in savouring each and every moment, reliving the memories and revelling in the glorious time that we had.

The day started of with an air of frenzied activity. There were groups getting the dharis from Saini shop, groups buying rangoli and salt (instead of kolamav :P) from nuthan, some arranging cots and setting the stage, some working on brochures and acknowledgements and some being moral supporters. All this within a short span of 5 hours. One could find us in all places: back IC, front Audi, c'not, nuthan, Backstage, S9 and even Ganga stores. :D

6.00 pm, and along with it came the sparks of a tensed mind. Lots of things still had to be done - compering rehearsals, mike testing, setting the correct shruti for mridagam, dressing up and not to forget the lights people adding to the already burgeoning chaos on stage. Time flew in leaps and bounces. By the time, i could get my eyes on the watch again, it was 7 30. Another 15 minutes and our faces would be scorched by flood lights from all corners.

After the usual delays, the show started at 8 pm. This NR was a first to many things. One of them was a CCTV presentation. The fact that we did the whole movie work on our own makes it all the more exciting. Then came the backdrop opening. Solely sketched and painted by just three people (of course, art n dee had its share too), and that too two weeks ahead of the show is something of a feat. This NR was also the longest one, stretching for a whopping 2 hours from 8 to 10pm . Surely a test of endurance for the dancers, considering the fact that it was the first time on stage for 2 of them. Kudos to them!

The whole structure was divided into 2 parts with an instrumental ensemble filling the gap. We had pieces that bore the traditional Bharatnatyam style and ones that were exclusively Mohini Aatam styled. We also had a fusion piece that sought to bring these 2 dance forms into one.

The first piece was a traditional mallari, tuned in Gambheeranattai and set to Adi talam. With the guyz on the vocals, and all 4 dancers on stage, it set in the right mood for the upcoming pieces. Following this came Shivakameshwari in Ragam Kalyani set to Adi talam. Again done by the guyz group, this piece elucidated the splendour and magnificence of Shivakameshwari, the consort of Lord Shiva. Perfect coordination amongst the dancers. Pics would be uploaded soon.Then came the varnam, Taraka Brahmame, in Kapi ragam. This was essentially a sequential portrayal of significant events from the Ramayana - the Sita swayamvaram, redemption of Ahalya who was cursed to turn to a stone by her spouse Gautama, abduction of Sita and finally concluding with the battle between Rama and Ravana. Bp as Ravana did a wonderful job at that and Namratha perfectly suited the calm, composed role of Rama. Lights guys did a splendid job (substantial part of the credit goes to Hardik for the cues) and that had its effects on the audience too.

Next was something that we've never done before. It was time for the Geetha piece. Verses were taken from the geetha and each one set to a different raga in the style of a virutham ( you guyz need to hear them, it would be an insult to try to put into words the beauty of each composition). However, there was a lot of stage work before this could start. 4 guyz had to pull the cots apart on both the sides, one of us had to close the half screen (Gita happened only in the first half of the stage). The second half was being readied for the next piece, the instrumental ensemble. This done, the stage opened with bp (Lord krishna) and pd (Arjuna) riding into the battlefield. Vsp and Radha were the voices of Lord Krishna and Arjuna respectively accompanied by Ganesh on the violin.Suited the situation to a tee. Intially it portrayed the confused state of mind Arjuna was in ( With some great work on the mridangam, the dancers enacted the splitting of Arjuna;s mind into two - one that urges him to fight against his rivals and the other that refrains him because of the personal bondage). Throughout the piece, Krishna explains to Arjuna about the 4 yogas that leads to the attainment of salvation.This was depicted with the help of various stories from mythology - the story of AdiShankaracharya answering questions to Goddess Saraswati (Again some good work by the Lights guyz where they had to flicker the neons to depict the swapping of souls by shankaracharya in the story) , the story of Prahalada, etc. This piece concludes with Arjuna requesting Krishna to reveal his viswaroopam, which was again orchestrated by cleverly concieved shadow work. ( The stage lights from below were slowly titled at a constant rate so that bp's shadow grew to a huge size, signifying the grandiose and magnificence that the viswaroopam essentially is).

There concluded the first half of the concert and 1 hr was already gone. Then came the instrumental with fast paced phrases in brindavani, moving on to behag and then concluding with Kanada. The tabla and Mridangam only added glitter to the peppy number. However, the first few minutes of this was screwed by the sounds guyz with unfortunately feeble volume for the violin. Brilliant composition by Ganesh, and rendered equally well by nandy and ganesh himself.

The second half started with a solo Mohiniaatam piece by pd. Omanathingal set to Nilambari was a lullaby that brings out the unconditional love of a mother to her child. Pd's expressions were the main highlight. Then came the fusion dance piece that depicted the story of the demon basmasuran. This was also purely instrumental. It starts off with the demon asking a boon from Lord shiva that sought to turn anyone to ashes once he places his hand on their head. Shiva turns to lord Vishnu when the asura attempts to kill him. Then Vishnu incarnates as Mohini who entices the asura to place his hand on his own head. This was done by the clever interplay of the violin (folk music in bilahari for Mohini,) and the mridangam for the asura.

The finaly piece was an effervescent thillana in Madhuvanti and by the time it got over, the time was already 10 pm. Whoa! 2 hours of uninterrupted performance. You could see a thousand smiles on everyone's faces. Then the couple snaps, "yo '0x" snaps, funds like ps senior, B5 snaps, and what not. Of course, the V fast grub that followed. Then the temple lawns lacha until 1. A perfect ending to a perfect day.

The realization of a dream - a dream that we, on campus ppl, dreamt together- A testimony to the planning, the screw up sessions, the practices, the hard work, the expectation, the worry, the tension, the confidence - and more than everything, the learning. The gussed tests, sacrificed movies, missed c'not sessions- everything seemed insignificant. After all, it was but for this one day!

Marching ahead with the head held high, with the enormity of our success yet to sink in. Retiring into bed, with dreams sweet. NrithyaRanjani 2007 would be etched in our minds forever!

To the music, without which we would be dried souls.
To the enthu, without which there wud be no fun.
To Raag, for what it has given us!


Monday, October 01, 2007

To everything thats gone by

NR - 07. The backdrop. Kudos to all who worked on it. this is absolutely brilliant stuff. Guess we d still have those few ppl who would have preferred to not have the orange n yellow n black - but then; these colours do have their charm ! :D !

It feels terrible to be miles away knowing that all the activity is happening out there. The phone call yesterday - the one to guys on campus, followed by calls to soumi, n sessions online were jus too hard to take. Miss you guys.

am just posting some random pics here. These are definitely some of those things that i really really miss. Love you guys. Take care. Crack show.

dancers!!! - who is doing your eye make up??? :-S!!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

That was Raag today! - Auditions :)

2nd yearites - Sexy notice!

No. on roll : 15 and 4 more expected to re-audition
No. in : 7 IN :) as of now!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Come on guys

As suggested by Roh, lets make the blog more discussion oriented (about music) than confining ourselves to reading only periodic posts. This is the first unconventional post on this blog. Well, I just came across the following page

in which the author describes a number of carnatic ragas and tamil film songs based on each of them. Do check it out. It's actually a nice compilation though I find certain facts erroneous. Never the less, its just a good beginning to spark an interesting discussion. I know its compree time for you on-campus guys, but you too can join during your free hours and later on during the hols. People away from campus, you can very well contribute :)

Hope this spawns an interesting and informative discussion.

Friday, April 27, 2007

To my all....

To auditions,to Parithaana-Bilahari,to Ambils and her alaap,to minks who gave me the result,to intro session, to Apu and his long hair,to the Original maestro Thadari,to Fresher's practice sesison,to Deepa and the thillana,to the pathetic first performance in ET, to an uneventful 1-1, to unknown seniors,to boredom,to the coming of the legends in 1-2,to Apu Loki Nimmy for the exuberence,to Jaggu and PTM,to TAP 'Practice', to Nimmy-the best teacher Raag has ever seen, to Nimmy and her boisterous voice,to Viswa's Sangamam,to the biggest dancer troupe Raag had, to Kalinganardhanam, to 32 times, to Thadar(junior) and NPK,to publicity rounds, to brainstorming, to Aala and her mind-blowing dance and the command,To O kuruvi Chittu Kuruvi,To Gomi and Ilayaraja Songs,to endless painting on charts,to ignorance,To Apu and jaundice,to Aala and her family,to Sangamam '04,to Midways,to Nimmy and Jaggu and the mime for 'chaaya chaaya' on the Bus, to nile nile ambar, to Apu and gen strumming on the Gat,to BITS Library Inaug,To Divs and KD,to the wonderful compositon, to Bharathi and the strings,to Katanakutoohalam,to enthu session in audi, to Loki and vellai pookaL,to Sankar and naatu sarakku,to Rajiv and Porna,to the first farewell,to Viswa and moon walk,to tears,to Rajiv and perfection,to Porna and meticulous mails,to Nivy Thadar and Manojh and the first-ever NR backddrop,to boring guys of my batch,to the collage,to Kutty for all the warmth,to discovering the dancer in Nivy, to nivy and alaipayuthey, to the coming of '04 batch,to Ramya and Ad Cal,to VSP and her innocence, to Kaushik and the silent-hitting,to Nithya and the flawless voice,to the farewell again,to the coming of Apu, Co-ord Sangamam '05,to chaos, to DW auditions, to Vaidehi's cake, to Enthu and Bujju, to occasional pop corns,to enthu session,to innovative backdrop, to thermocole instruments,to Ramana and dance poses,to Nivy painted Sitar,to Apu and KD and the instantaneous folk music, to Apu and rain effect,to Loki and his job at I think DSL, to sheer joy, to running down FD2, to Apu man-handling Loki, to Clutters and Clatters and Loki's wing,to Loki and desperate kadalai,Apu Nivy and F.R.I.E.N.D.S,to Chak and her bizarre ideas,to YB and the crazy enthu!,to Sangamam '05, to the marriage again, to Kaladhara- multilingual concert,to the farewell, to many tears, to many emotions, to the separation, to the wonderful batch of 2000, to the legends, to the names that cannot be forgotten, to two people Raag is indebted to,to Apu and Loki,to teh Psenti concert, to Naadaloludai,to Org Comm '06, to Manojh as joint-sec,to session at Jupup's house,to evolution of Ranjani,to auditions and disappointment, to worry and wrinles on the forehead,to BITSAT batch, to the very few freshers, to the kid AP,to the genius Ganesh, to the silent Swarna, to little known Barath,to a worried me and manojh,to the wonderful '04 batch, to their passion,to Rajiv for the support,the diary and endless maintenance of accounts,to the screw sessions,to Nivy and her strength,to Nrithya Ranjani,to !.!, to the instrumental composition,to Maathey, to Jaggu and the tongue-twsiters,to VSP and Orygamy,to Kutty and DW,to endless chats over gtalk about Raag,to birthday baked cakes, to gifts, to 'feeling wanted', to genuine love,to Kari and two jobs and unwanted scene,to Jaisalmer and camel rides,to sand dunes and tents,to Arjun and boring ghost stories, to Doss and spirit,to Rajiv and itenary mail,to Chak and her phone calls,to farewell,to more tears,to more seperation, to more praise for 2000 batch,to collage photo frame,to Psenti concert,to Rajiv and request-chits,to the coming of Sangamam '06, to meticulous planning by Org Comm '06, to TAP again,to Sahana ;),to a brillaint Inaug idea, to tiring composition sesison, to Sriram Ganesh VSP Ramya Ro, to Nivy and her brainwaves, to Ganesh- an absolute genius, to Chakravaaham,to Kaushik and the hunter-sequence,to all the pressure, to screwed up acads,to long nights,to Sangamam '06, to the awakening to this wonderful dream,to Ranjani - a beautiful dream,to Nandy and 'LONDON',to Radha and Sankarabharanam,to Roh and her wonderful voice, to 3 day TAP,to the 'Final Ranjani', to tears,to the end of '03 batch's togetherness, to the Psenti concert,to Manojh and Sankar,to Dehradoon and river rafting,to Sankar taking over Kari with the humor,to Org Comm'07,to Sankar and Nivy,to the farewell, more tears,to the ending of the year, to the easened shoulders,to feeling light, to feeling proud, to feeling satisfied, to Sriram and VSP,to the hols, to spons hunt, to meeting at Nivy's house, to Sankar and artiste booking,to Nivy and unbelievable planning,to Samisana and the eventful summer ;),to t shirts and kamal ji, to coming of 4-1,to Sriram and punctuality, to VSP and endurance, to Auditions, to more gloom, to sullen faces, to Hindustani music! , to Shravan Hardik Prateek Vamsi and Roopa!, to wonderful juniors,to brillaint t shirt sales,to NrithyaRanjani, to Tharangam,to Manojh and psentisem,to Khetri,to archana and trekking enthu,to psenti concert, to Shyamala and singing,to farewell, to sullen faces, to coming of 4-2, to the hope of Sangamam '07, to the fear, to the tension, to TAP, to G and TAP sessions, to brilliant turnout for TAP,to BP and Nivy for choreo, to Radha and Aaye Giridhar,to Sankar and the vritham,to Arjun and CG: 10,to Jupup and Juptronics, to Subha and erumai,to Sangamam '07,to Manojh and his mere presence,to Nive and the tickets, to Ramana and unmaterialised VT, yo Shyamu and phone calls ,to all the planning and chartwork, to colorful printed posters, to huge turn out,to see the dream come true,to gratitude, to happiness, to sentiments,to 'brown' saree,to enthu sessions, to Samisana and kozha adi,to Simla, to Rishi and pattikaadu, to endless hogging,to mega shopping,to Shravan and Sangeetha, to Hardik and the bike,to Manojh and the enthusiasm, to Sankar and his craziness, to Arjun and 'kalapaasu',to VSP and assignment,to all the humor fun wit love affection care sarcasm temper fights ,to SAC cafe meet ups,to temple lawns lachcha,to farwell, to not wnating to be there,to good food,to brilliant gifts, to bitching sessions,to orygamy and flowers,to beautiful juniors, to raag-the family,to AP and Swarna, to psenti speeches, to hardly any psenti,to the end of it all,to Manojh and the support, to Shyamu and the love, to Nive and the child in her, to Ramana and her sanity,to Doss and the silence, to Rao and the talent,to Subha and her innocence, to Samisena and her audacity,to Arjun and the humor, to thadar and the insanity,to to be kicked out with a farwell,to the feeling yet to sink in, to Raag that has seen me all, to Raag that has seen my fallacies, to Raag where I lived every moment, to all the love and affection,to Raag- the happy family,to Raag for Nivy and Jupup.

Signing Off
Soumithra Ramesh
My id no is 2003B3A6649
I play the Veena in the Club
I've been learning from blah blah ... :D

The Pink and white flower

A flower of beauty it was
uncalled(for), t'was for your 'dieu;
beauty bestowed by its god
on'e who we call vespers
the nectar was in it too;
a cocktail of love of the pink
the spirits of Rag's treasures
so much so, for much essence
call it a new breed of rose not untrue.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Raag's Treasure!

The PsentiSemites!

The cutest flowers ever!


Sec - Jt Sec!


Monday, April 23, 2007

Thank You!

This blog goes out on behalf of all of us psenti semites who've had the BEST times of our bitsian lives by literally livng in the club 24 * 7. I know all of us have been thru this sentence many million times today in a span of five hours neverthe less, I still feel like mentioning it one last time, amidst a larger group.... more so a group thats been thru this in the previous years around the same time of the semester.

Raag's been the place where we've grown into what we are today, and many of the lessons that we've learnt from the people we met and interacted with at raag, n raag itself thru its activities and discussions have been lessons that we will cheerish the most and will carry with us as distinct memories for many years to come.

As a batch, we feel proud, at this moment for 2 things.

One to have seen the transition from what it was in our first year to what it is now. Needless to say that the 2000 batch , 2001 batches got special mention like every other farewell this time too. Likewise, we know deep down inside that in many farewells to come there will be the open secret of 'soumi-manojh sec jt sec ship' in all representing 2003 batch that initiated a change.

Second, to leave behind raag with the best members the club has ever had. deserving n dedicated. Yo 2004! :)

It was an absolutely wonderful farewell. The write ups had a personal connection. All of em. We were smiling, rejoicing, and enjoying every happy moment. The fact that there was Hardly any psenti today was perhaps cos the farewell was to early in the season. But we bet, this has been the best we've seen in our four years here. The cutest of gifts. The happiest of memories. The latter in itself makes farewell a happy occasion :)

Thank you all so much.
We love you.
3 cheers to another great year of sec jt sec ship!
3 cheers to 2000, 2001 batches
3 cheers to "yo 2004"
3 cheers to the invite makers
3 cheers to my dear batchmates
3 cheers to AP n Swarna, n loads of luck too.
3 cheers to ORG COMM 08. we ll make sure we are off campus co ordinators ourselves!

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Here’s to you guys

There are certain things that can be defined, but certain things needn’t be”. Well, don’t even try to extrapolate to find out as to what could be the possible ‘relevance’ to the post that follows. It’s just a flash of thought. :)

Read on…

I’ve always believed in the power of the pen coz it kinda brings out what exactly is running on my head. Well, I’ve had a quite a long, inevitably ‘sunny’ Sunday. A concert in the morning ( ‘Swaralaya’ – Raag’s ode to ‘varnams’), some ‘blah’ presentation that kept getting rescheduled and goddd finally its DONE.!!! Here I am sitting on my bed, penning down my thoughts…pretty obviously the ‘best’ part of the day. :)

I’m not quite going to delve into vivid technical details about the concert. A very typical ‘Raag’ show – studded with not many audiences (lets jus call them the ‘lucky few’! – includes the diro – Dr.LKM tho’), our ‘usual’ hiccups with ppl forgetting to get the Sruthi box, our ‘usual’ high points in the show with the choice of Raagams, the ‘usual’ bloopers too, the ‘usual’ SEC-talk, the ‘usual’ snap sessions and the ‘usual’ lunching a Cnot after that. Indeed, I might as well describe the concert quickly. We had a rich blend of all kinds of varnams – Adi thaalam, Ada thaaalam, Pada Varnams n all that – favorite would be ‘ Reethigowlai’ though (yeah yeah yeah…am ‘group-obsessed’ – pretty obviously my ‘group’ sang that song!). Yeah, let me add more to the list – Charukesi, Valachi and Sahana too. :) The concluding piece of the concert was a Hindustani Song sung by a ‘first-yearite’ (Prateek) in the club. To sum it up, ‘twas the only ‘good’ part of my day. :)

All said and done then there is this sudden realization that dawned on me and trust me it almost shook me. Ah! All those ‘usual’ things that I just wrote about aint going to be all the ‘usual’ and ‘same’ anymore. These are probably certain times when you desperately ‘wish’ for ‘change to NOT be the constant thing in life’!It suddenly occurred to me that ‘twas indeed the ‘last’ concert of this eventful semester. Such ‘final’ /’last’ things make me retrospect, analyze and think about the past and carries a lot of meaning to me. It brings with it memories of the past and promises of the years to come.

First things first, I’d like to raise a ‘toast’ (virtually-ob!) to the ‘SEC’ and ‘JOINT SEC’. This is not some ‘feel-good’ gesture, but I really mean it. Well, we’ve had our own share of ‘lean phases’ this year, but then the very fact that we’ve come out of it flourishing only goes to show their potential, dedication, sincerity and passion.

Sriram- he’s just been there be it what!! That would just about sum up everything. His wise-cracks, musical brilliance, impatience, temper, joy, anguish- we’ve just seen it all in ‘Rag’. The man has jus put in his ‘200%’ for the club. Rock on ‘SEC’!!!

ViSPP – Godd, she’s been quite a ‘pendulum’ with ‘n-degrees of freedom’, swindling between a million things to do. This ‘adorable’ being has been what she’s always been in the club – an embodiment of sincerity, amazingly level-headed and perfectly keeping up with the SEC. Nothing quite happens without an approving nod from her. :)

We love you guys (yeah, we MEAN IT!)!!

Here’s to you guys.

Secondly, the fact that the ’03 batch’ falls into the genre of ‘senti-semites’ aint any encouraging. Common, we’ve been pampered, nurtured and motivated by them. Atleast, the previous sem, we always had this sem to look up to a lot more of known faces who were getting back to campus. Damn!! All this makes me feel so bloody OLD!! We’ve always adored you guys, we still learn a lot of things from your batch. ROCK ON!!!

Here’s to your batch!!!

All said and done, it also strikes me that, almost half my batch isn’t going to be ON next sem and that’s what I’d call ‘unfair’!! We’re so used to being and doing things in the club having each other around that it is just about ‘hard’ to imagine things the next sem. I can’t claim to ‘know’ every one of them, but then, most certainly we’ve only had great times making music together.

Here’s to everyone in my batch!

Well, I do realize, I’ve been emotional, sentimental and retrospective, things that I’m usually not at least in an open forum, in this post, but then what the heck! But then again, we’ve got to pull our feet and keep moving and wait for the road to see people walking together, making music and rejoicing it. Yet, things wouldn’t be the same and that would have to be the hard truth!

Here’s to all you guys!

Here’s to music!

Friday, April 13, 2007


People, in the first place, sorry for a very late update. Here it goes:

14 of us, highly enthued about the trip to Shimla and Kulu-manali; out of which 8 of them formed the orgcom07! That was indeed nice to have manojh too :) We had too sumos - 7+7!

23rd night: Phew! It flew over with people cracking jokes throughout the entire journey and of course few "enthued" people shuttling between the 2 cars to keep everyone alive.

The 24th: We reached shimla around 10 in the morning and after refreshing ourselves, we went down the hill to reach the northern railways canteen and had a sumptuous breakfast. Once done, we got back to our cars and drove to this place called Kufri - Famous for mule rides to reach the snow. But yeah, as majority of us were slihgtly psyched by the maintanance, we had climb up the hill. Went into the Shimla National Park and had awsome fun. Few of us went to down a narrow streaky pathway and compassed the snowy places - where in this video called "pudhu vellai mazhai" from roja was shot, with screening artists Soumi and Sankar (Pattikadu and Rishi). And we found out this new technique of singing specific ragas to specific animals and hence bring them out of their cages, courtesy Sankar. The park fun got over with a small chat lunch in the nearby redi. We got back to our rooms and quickly left to "THE MALL ROAD". As the name says it is famous for shopping. It is on the top of a hill and we had to reach it with the help of elevators. Had funky "saravana bavan" oriented southindian food in "Nalini" restaurant ;) Did few shopping here and there and started walking (again) to the hotel as the elevators were closed half past 10. After taking a while's rest we ran million miles (an exaggeration thouhg) to reach manali the next morning.

The 25th: Booked rooms in the hotel and yay! yay! the snowy day! On our way to Solang valley we haulted to wear on our jackets, gloves and shoes. And now - THE snow! Traced the path to find that sexy place. We spent almost the entire day there. Almost enervated, we reached our cars by mules! Then yeah, the dinner time - Madras cafe :D after which ppl did shopping and everyone well settled in one room to play "customs"!!!

The 26th: After breakfast we left to this temple called "Hadimba". A cute temple; looked like it was submerged in snow. After some gaala time here and there, we went to a Budhist Monastry. Meanwhile, few of us went boating too.By then, the time was well set for lunch. Of course! Madras cafe again :D All packed up our bags and bid a big adieu to manali. One car had to leave Manojh and hence went to delhi. The other one, with atmost difficulty, numerous punctures, somehow reached pilani safe the next day. There ends this short sweet trip.

Memories will stay green forever.

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Well, a long time absence. N now incredibly vetti – so am back to what I used to do all the time in my third year.

SANGAMAM ’07 has come n gone now – but it defnly has been the most happening sangamam of all ages. Well to top the list – we had the change in prof incharge like 4 days before sangamam. Following that was a loan procedure that had the org comm waiting endlessly in front of prof cubes and getting blasted by all.

But in anycase, things were largely smooth. Sangamam inaug was the most perfect presentation in all that I ve seen thus far. Pracs sessions were terribly smooth. Tickets and t shirts sales rocked like last yeara and semester respectively.

N all the three concerts were super awesome!

TVS, Despite all the money issues with him – the concert was awesome.

Ravi Kiran n Pravin Godkhindi – were brilliant. It was the first time that we had seen such an interactive n appreciative audience staying till the end of the concert n thoroughly enjoying it. This was the biggest hit of the 3 concerts.

The ballet – had mixed reviews from the audience side – cos it was not a very conventional bharathanatyam ballet. This was typical of the anita ratnam types – with more of style n modern thought. But was brilliant – and 5 dancers on stage looked bful. N more than anything – this LARGE gumball – were the easiest to tackle. They were all real sweet – n had actually gotten RAAG sweets from Hyderabad!

Well, most imp mention – to manojh. Such a sey surprise it was. Friday moning – n some of us were jus recollecting happy images from a previous sangamam about surprise visits and entering audi – n we found manojh. Sexy surprise it was – and absolutely completed the festive feeling! A million thanks da!

Aprom enna, after sangamam got done with – we had one more day together. From morning till night. There was cleaning session, dhaba, proj presentations, mela and cnot and surprise at SAC and a bye bye.

It was Brilliant.