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.

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ऐसे सपने कभी-कभी दिखाती है
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ऐसी मुस्कराहट कभी-कभी दे जाती है
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ऐसे मीठे सपनों को अक्सर वो अहिस्ते से तोड़ जाती है
ऐसे लम्हों में हमें अपने पीछे दिखती है मुर्खता की रेखा
ऐसे पलों में तो मुस्कराहट भी दर्द दे जाती है
ना जाने ऐसे लम्हों में हमने ऐसा कितनी बार यह सोचा
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हाँ जिंदगी, तेरे सपने दिखने और तोड़ने के खेल से पहले,
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