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Tsunami times . . .

Its been long since my last post; it was before the last examination. After examinations I got very busy in the placement process that started immediately - am still busy, but consciously decided to take a break today and do some studies (will get back to them in a while ;P) . Also a day after exams I went to Pune for a kinda Batch reunion of college-mates in Pune-Mumbai. The trip was fun - we went to a farmhouse in Marunji village near Pune. Since then in the campus we have had atleast 20 company visits for pre-placement talks and some pre-processes as well. Placements seem to be going well this year (touch wood!).
But while we have been busy with all this, the nation has been hit by one of the most disruptive natural disasters of my lifetime. The whole of East coast has been destroyed they say. I haven't dared to read any media reports in detail for the fear of aggravating tension in the already tensed mind of mine - but I can gauge this to be more than the Gujarat-Latur earthquakes combined.
Signing off here, my NITIE life is fast coming to an end - have achieved a lot in NITIE I believe - MastishK and now the Ethics commitee. What I have learnt in NITIE is that one should take initiative and not wait for the world - one should start; everything else will follow. I remember a Bengali poem by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore - "Yadi tor dak shune keu na ase tabe ekla chalo re". Having had many Bengali friends around me all my life, I have been privy to this poem since childhood. Here's the translation of it in English. Its Adieu till I find a break again . .

If they answer not to thy call walk alone,
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou of evil luck,
open thy mind and speak out alone.

If they turn away,
and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou of evil luck,
trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.

If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou of evil luck,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart and let it burn alone.


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