What happened since 26 May,2010

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It’s strange that I had almost forgotten the significance of this day i.e. 26 May unless I saw a few status updates from my batch-mates that today is our first graduation anniversary. A year back, this is the day I got my Bachelor’s degree from Prof. Gautam Barua, director of IIT Guwahati. It’s hard to believe that only an year has gone by since that day.

Several events seems to have taken place in last 12 months and that’s why it’s probably hard to believe that all that has happened just in a year’s time. There were quite a few changes in the environment and lifestyle. Let me see if I could summarize what changed in last year.

Firstly, the most apparent change was from college environment to work environment. Then we used to go to lectures and pretended to listen, now we go to the office and hope we can pretend to work but there’s a manager in the office who is there to ensure that we work so that he can pretend to work. Jokes apart, the change of environment has meant inculcating a routine in life which sometimes starts to make life a bit monotonous.

Secondly, the change was in how we lived outside the work environment i.e. the living environment. The changes could be seen in how we became regular visitors to groceries store, how we had to think of managing expenses, think about managing your monthly budget and think about saving taxes by making investments.

Thirdly, the change in relationships. The ‘relation’ of friendship was replaced by the ‘graph’ of networking. In some cases, partly due to circumstances and mostly due to people involved, the college friends became more like acquaintances and some mere acquaintances become your confiders. Well, actually I am not surprised about such cases, maybe because of the changes I had gone through.

I feel these are the major changes I have experienced since last year. Apart from these there have been a change of viewpoint on the significance of weekends and the significance of team outings. In terms of events, an emphasis on making the weekends significant resulted in bike trips, trekking trips, vacation trips, movie shows, lavish dinners, coffee breaks, booze parties etc. Indeed, hard to believe only an year has gone by.

congrats on your graduation

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Tum: Hey, you look a bit disappointed.
Hum: Yeah, i am feeling a bit down.
Tum: Why?
Hum: Even though i too had graduated, i didn’t get any comments on facebook saying congrats, unlike you.
Tum: Yeah, I know that’s so sad. That’s so gender based complimentation. sab theek ho jayega.
Hum: Eureka! I got it.
Tum: What?
Hum: I think i have got the reason behind this facebook trend.
Tum: What?
Hum: I believe we congratulate you because in the first place we don’t rate you smart enough to graduate and when you do so, we frankly admit that you are not as bad as we thought and hence the compliment.
Tum: What the hell!
Hum: Yeah, I know that’s so sad. That’s so gender based complimentation. sab theek ho jayega.
Hum: By the way, congrats!
Tum: Why?
Hum: Because you have graduated.
Tum: What the hell! I wanna go home.
Hum: It was nice having this conversation. You changed my mood. Bye.

(PS: Even though the views presented here are meant to be taken lightly, the author anticipates some animated congrats comments on this post from ‘Tum’ side.)

parting thoughts

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The longer i stay here, the longer i want to stay here. But as they say, the ‘good times’ don’t last forever, because if they did, we would stop calling them as ‘good times’. So, it’s time to move on with my life and get out of my comforting and calming world and face the challenges in ‘real world’ as elders would say. Although, we all had in the past experienced similar feelings when we had to part with our high school friends or hostel-mates, we are still feeling nostalgic about it again. It appears that with increasing age, we also experience increasing reluctance to change in our lifestyles. Perhaps this is the reason why elder persons are skeptical in using current technological innovations and then, we blame them for not being adaptive.

The more i think about it, the harder it becomes to say goodbye. But as the journey had to stop somewhere, someday and that day has arrived, so its time to say goodbye to my college life. I don’t know if they shall be the best 4 years of my life, but i definitely know that i did have 4 years of my life which i shall recall with fondness, in which i had my fair share of memorable moments with my weird but unique friends.

Ah! I shall miss this rain.