Remembering Monisha!

Yesterday while scrolling through TV channels, i happened to see the movie 'Adhipan' being aired in Kiran TV. I needn't get in detail about the movie as it is not the topic of discussion here. The movie really took me back to the memories of a fine actress called Monisha Unni (Monisha). Coincidentally, its her 18th death anniversary tomorrow. 

Recently i happened to read an article by one Bala Menon which tells us about life of Sreedevi Unni(her mother) after her death and the last few moments of Monisha's life. I am sure all her fans&film lovers will get disturbed after reading this, just because many still hesitate to accept her death. I am not going to get in detail about that as i am a great fan of her too. No one will ever forget 'Gouri' of 'Nakhashathangal', which introduced her to the film world. It bagged her the National Film Award for the best actress, the youngest recipient for that and the only actress to receive this award for debut film. The very first scene which comes to my memory when i think about her is the famous song 'Manjal Prasadavum Nettiyil Charthi' written by ONV Kurup..i think everyone shares the same memory:)..She went on to act in about 20 more films which included Tamil and Kannada movies. The characters in Perumthachan and Kamaladalam really proved her acting talent. It's known to everyone that she was an exceptional dancer, had her first stage performance at an age of 9 and went on to win many awards for Bharatanatyam and all. Her dancing talent was well used in Kamaladalam directed by Sibi Malayil. How can we ever forget that movie which showcased the brilliant performances of Mohanal and Monisha? The role of 'Kunhikkavu Thamburatti' in Perumthachan was the strongest character of her career. She had a divine look in that film:)..Still everyone remembers almost every character portrayed by her. I love her song sequences in movies like Aryan and Kudumbasametham!

I always feel that the song 'Manjal Prasadavum' was written about her. Till now i haven't seen an actress with such grace in our film industry..To me she was the face of Kerala woman. A very talented actor,dancer with a lot of innocence,genuine charm and delightful smile on her face always! Her face always had the innocent expression, which always reflected in her characters too. December 5,1992 will be always remembered as a black day for the cultural society of Kerala, the day which left the film lovers in immense pain . She joined the list of artists like Jayan, Shobha etc who left us when their career was at the peak. 'Nrithyavedi', an organisation founded by Sreedevi Unni in 1979 was renmaned to 'Monisha Arts' in memory of her, which provides a good platform to many young artists. It's not essential that it has to be December 5 for us to remember her as she still lives in all our hearts. While seeing her mother acting in movies these days, we just wish that she was alive..she left us leaving a lot of great characters behind. Perhaps she would have been the best actor in India by now, that much talent she possessed. It's sheer coincidence that December 5,1992 happened to be a Saturday and i am publishing this blog on another Saturday! will live in our hearts forever!I dedicate this writeup in memory of this great actress and a mother who came back strongly to life after suffering so much from fate's cruelty. 


The Art of Creativity

What all you people notice when you see a movie?? Definitely the first priority goes to the actress, then the actor, songs and so on..and i am no different:)..It’s indeed true that our audience are really good at analyzing the technical side of the movie, especially about the visualization. In fact, India has got a bunch of exceptionally talented cinematographers and photographers. But for sometime, a new trend has been wavering across Kerala. Yes, I am talking about ‘Photography’, the new passion for our youngsters these days.

Hari Menon
It requires a lot of effort and dedication to convert this passion into a profession, especially this field being very competitive. Some of the best examples being people like Hari Menon, Jayesh Mohan, Ajay Menon etc. Infact, I was lucky enough to meet some of the eminent photographers in Kerala. Photography is a very interesting field to be in, but very competitive too. 

Jayesh Mohan
Ajay Menon
“You don't take a photograph, you make it”..a very famous quote by photographer Ansel Adams. This quote turns so meaningful when you see the photographs taken by these people. Hari Menon is a pure class when it comes to creativity. He has even produced some exceptional photographs from some situations which we never notice in life. Being a traveller, he has almost covered every part of India with his creative photography. Some of his photos leaves us spellbound for sure. In fact, I am a great fan of Hari as his photography continues to encourage more and more people into this field. Jayesh Mohan happens to be a close friend of mine. A very jovial person who came into the field of photography after studying animation(no relation between these two) and turned successful with his hardwork. He is a famous name among the Cochin photographers who specialises well in Fashion and Wildlife photography. He is a great fan of rock music and works as a vocalist in a Ernakulam based band. There is an album called ‘The Jayesh Mohan Way’ in his Facebook profile which clearly proves that all the photographs has got a typical 'Jayesh' touch:)..Ajay Menon also continues to amaze us with his photographs. He takes photography in another perspective, a bit different from the others. I love the way he photographs people, which has got unusual depth and meaning every time. The common factor among the three is that they reached these heights with their own effort and hard work. Their works are the best references for everyone who is new to this field. We can't forget the works of senior photographers like Rajan Paul Sir(truly splendid), Anil Kumar Sir etc. 

A recent snap from Jayesh Mohan..Simply outstanding!

As i said, many youngsters are now aspiring to become photographers. It will be ungrateful if i forget to mention about my friends Nidhin Radhakrishnan, Sunil Karthikeyan, Ashwin Koushan, Manu Manohar, Vishnu Raghav, Ananthu Ganesh etcwho are exceptionally talented. Not to forget people like Munz, Vishnu Prabhakar etc. Nidhin completed diploma in photography and is now moving around Kerala with his Nikon D50. His photos are very creative, some leaves us with a haunted impression, and is really blessed to have received comments from senior photographers like Rajan Paul Sir. I hope soon he will be among the top photographer's of Kerala. Manu and Ananthu are some of the budding photographers from Trivandrum, who are gaining popularity with their awesome clicks. Hope they will be soon among the top. The growth of social network has really helped everyone in promoting their works(all of them owns a fan page in Facebook). 

One of my favorites from Nidhin:)

As for me, i was too passionate about about photography from my childhood. My dad was a photographer, which really made me close to film cameras and lenses. After he quit this career my interest got lost too. But as the time came, the interest gradually came back to me. Now i am very much interested in this field as many are inspiring me to get creative. Some people thinks that owning a DSLR makes them a good photographer. As many are buying these DSLR and publishing photos as they like, the genuine essence of photography is lost at times. Please don't spoil the class of this great media.. Do creative and innovative works, and make photography as a language to communicate in the coming years! 
Palakkad..Photo by my friend Manu Manohar!

Night is always young at Kovalam..Ananthu Photography:)

"When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes.  But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls" ~ Ted Grant
(PS: This is my view on photography and the photographers of Kerala. There are many more talented photographers in Kerala and other parts of India. I wrote this with best of my knowledge. And i do remember and respect the senior photographers even though i haven't mentioned much about them. Do feel free to comment what you think of this writeup. Thanks:)) 



Recently i came across a blog called 'The dragonflies still flutter' written by director Anjali Menon(Kerala Cafe- Happy Journey). The blog was about the Padmarajan and his movie 'Deshadanakilikal Karayaarilla', but i loved one thing she clearly stated, that she was influenced by inspiring regional filmmakers than European filmmakers. She was clearly referring to Padmarajan when she said this to French audience, but the foreign audience were more familiar with Satyajit Ray, Adoor Gopalakrishnan etc. I strongly agree to this point as my interest for film direction was always inspired by Malayalam movies and directors like Padmarajan, Bharathan etc. Sadly we those these legends very soon and their successors were not apt take their place in the industry. The only directors who made their presence felt were Jayaraj, Kamal, Sathyan Anthikad, Ranjith, Blessy (his first two films) etc. Among these, Ranjith clearly deserves a special place. Recently only i went through his career in detail and realized it was too late to write about the versatile artist of our industry.

He is more familiar to us as a writer than a director/producer/actor. And the writer in him is the most impressive part, mostly of the strength and versatility of the stories he presents us. I am not going to give a detailed report or analysis about his films as it will be too boring and injustice to that writer, just want to discuss my favorites with you all. His career graph was never steady as even some of his beautiful scripts turned out to be flops. He started his career as the story writer of  'Oru Maymasa Pulariyil' which had Ashokan and Shari in the lead and the movie turned out to be an average hit. In the next 3 years he wrote script for 8 films and even tried writing dialogues in 'Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal' (directed by Kamal) which turned out to be a super hit. But all other films turned out to be flops/average, but believe me all of them were good films. I was very much impressed by 'Orkkapurathu' (Kamal movie), which had Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu and Ramya Krishnan in the lead roles. The film beautifully depicted the relation between a father and son who does many adventures to get back some of their lost possessions. Interestingly, Jayaram was the lead actor in most of his films and presented him some versatile characters. His collaboration with Kamal produced some touching films for us such as 'Pookkalam Varavayi', 'Krishnagudiyil oru Pranayakalathu', 'Shubayatra', 'Nanma Niranjavan Sreenivasan' etc. Krishnagudi still remains as one of the most touching films in everyone's heart and a movie with such a wonderful climax.

The year 1993 turned out to be the turning point of his life when the movie 'Devasuram' was released. It still remains as one of the best films in Malayalam. The protagonist 'Mangalassery Neelakandan' still remains as an inspiring character for everyone. No wonder why this movie has still got a high viewer rating, and the movie was inspired from a real life character called Mullassery Rajagopal who was so close to him. One of the most disappointing incident of his life will be the failure of 'Mayamayooram' directed by Sibi Malayil. The film was really an exceptional one, but failed to impress the audience even with a beautiful script, wonderful acting acting from Mohanlal and Revathy and Sibi's direction. I often feel that our audience fails terribly at times to understand good films. Later on he went on to script some action films which all performed poorly in the box office. His career was on a low until Krishnagudi got released. But from 1997-2000, his was at the peak of his career as all the films turned out to be super hits. Among that my favorites are Krishnagudi, Aaram Thampuran and Summer in Bethlahem. Aaram Thampuran gave one of the best characters to Mohanlal, and the character name 'Jagannathan' was used to name many babies afterwards. Summer in Bethlahem was a beautiful film which took us through funny moments, emotional attachments (especially the ending scenes) and still left us thinking which of the five girls loved Jayaram (still that's a secret). The movies Usthad, Narasimham and Valleyattan were pure commercial entertainers which turned out to be blockbusters. But i loved the way Ranjith brought in the family bond elements in all the movies, especially the brother-sister attachment in Usthad.  

The year 2001 saw his first directorial venture 'Ravanaprabhu', which was the sequel to Devasuram. As expected it was a super hit, still i love the film for it's punch dialogues. But his second film was the one which impressed everyone, of course all know the movie called 'Nandanam'. A movie which presented us a beautiful love story..depicted the closeness of a girl towards Lord Krishna..the movie was indeed divine. It marked the debut of actor Prithviraj, presented Navya the role of her career and this film will be always remembered for it's touching story and climax. This was followed by 'Mizhi Randilum' which i really liked, but didn't click much in the box office. It was a nice movie and the entire cast performed well, especially loved Indrajith's role. 'Black'  was a movie with a difference and style. The failure of 'Chandrolsavam' really hurted me a lot. Frankly saying, i loved that movie very much. The way he dealt with the story, the love, the friendship..and the dialogues in the movie were the best! By that movie i became one of his greatest fans. I regret for watching the movie 'Kaiyoppu' very late, as i found that movie was a exceptional one which really discussed the problems of people in different sectors. Sadly that was movie went unnoticed among us, it's really shame on the audience who are said to be the best in India. The same was the case with 'Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Kadha', which was the best movie i saw in some years. A movie which took back to the golden days of Malayalam Cinema, which remembered us of geniuses like Padmarajan, Bharathan etc. The screenplay by Ranjith was the key to that movie! I am not getting into the recent controversies surrounding this movie, but if anyone have done anything to strip this movie of any honors which it should have got, then they deserve no apology..they are the true villains of the industry. 'Thirakkatha' was a serious movie which was inspired from the late actress Srividya's life. That movie was a relief for him after the failures of some previous movies. Here too i was impressed by his script and had a climax which left the audience thinking about the movie for a long long time. 

'Kerala Cafe' was a brave experimentation from this man, who collaborated with ten other directors to produce a nice movie for us. The film really conveyed that even a 15 minute short film can express a story in the best way. His recent film 'Pranchiyettan and the Saint' is unarguably one of the best films of the year. I already saw it two times, doesn't mind seeing it again. It's one of the best roles of Mammooty in recent time, but here too the real hero is his script. Only he can think about a concept where a man gets to share his experiences with a saint and finally gets solutions to many issues in his life. In these years he also did movies like Prajapathi, Rock n Roll, Ammakilikoodu,Nasrani&Penpattanam (as writer), but lacked the typical Ranjith 'touch'. All his movies were scripted by him and music had importance in all his films. He even acted in movies like Gulmohar, Thirakkatha and Ezuthapurangal, which were impressive too. He is always noted for his tremendous voice, which many directors uses for their movie introduction. I think Ranjith is the only person who can do films which the people are dying to see. Wat ever is it, his scripts will be remembered throughout. My personal favorites are Orkkapurathu, Devasuram, Mayamayooram, Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu, Nandanam, Kaiyoppu, Chandrolsavam, Thirakkatha, Paleri Manikyam etc. Hope he make more and more wonders with his scripts and films!

(PS: This is my personal write up about Ranjith. I haven't mentioned about many movies he wrote or didn't mention much about some of his films. This writing is based on my favorites and many will have different opinions. Many will be finding the other movies interesting, Feel free to post your comments and views, and fans don't feel offended by my blog:))


Celebrating an Year of Joy!!!

October 21 will always remain as a very special day as it brought the winds of change to my life. I almost gave up writing after 12th standard, or the apt usage will be 'the engineering subjects taught me to hate writing'. But our life changes in a matter of seconds and my case was not different. When i got in for short story writing competition for Nimantra' 09, i never thought i would be able to write at least a line about the subject. But coincidentally i got the first prize for that. Still i wonder how i got that, maybe due to the blessings of the great Padmarajan Sir..I used the names of many famous characters created by this genius:)..It was really a confidence booster for me. But it really needs an encouragement to move forward, that was given by my friend/editor Lakshmi P Gopal.

Seeing one of my friends blog, i started blogging too. Started just for fun, but later it became really serious. I got great responses from my friends and many others and that encouraged me to keep on writing. The response got quite good when i started writing stories, which included the incidents from my life too. All my blogs are special to me but a few remains very close to my heart..Thoovanathumbikal, January's loss, Cloud 10 and Days in Heaven (especially the last part)! Writing was a passion for me, but now it seems like it will turn out be my profession..hope everything will work out:)..It gives a great pleasure when you find comfort and happiness in what you do, and i think engineering is not my cup of tea (this is a point that everyone should think of..please do what you heart desires and not what others say!). I love to thank many in this note like Lakshmi, Divya, Shamin, Karnnan, Sid, Monu, Deepal, Anoop, Vishnu, Megha, Shabnam, Karthika, Ganga, Aparna, Gouri etc and all my dear friends and readers for their encouragement and never ending support:)..Hope to entertain you in future with more and more blogs..Thanks to almighty!!!


Days In Heaven: The Final Curtain Call


3 years went like 3 seconds..And finally we became the super seniors! After the 3rd year disaster, somehow i wanted my college life to get over fast. But at the same time, i was enjoying my position as a final year student. I was very happy when i was selected as the executive member of arts club, as i always wished to something innovative for college. Soon as the classes started, we were asked to prepare the seminar and project topics. The seminar dates were soon published and i was asked to take on the 4th week. I didn't take much effort to search topics in net, as i got the topic and even the full report from my senior in Mar Baselios. The subjects were boring as usual, but since it was our last year we enjoyed to the core. Playing cards in class time was our time pass, 2 teams were always ready with cards and touchings:)..Almost all the teachers came to know about this, but was fed up of advising us. The seminar sessions were really hilarious. When one of our gang member was on stage, we used do all kind of pranks to distract them. I should say my topic 'IBM Bluegene' was really vast and had to do a great research on that. It was the for the first time i deeply studied a computer related topic! As the seminar day approached i got deeply teased as i was going to present something on stage after a long long time. Came to college neatly dressed, but i lost my shirt buttons and got screwed half hour before the presentation. But our dearest kanju came as my Saviour as he gave his sizzling shirt for me:)..My tension was at peak and almost felt doing what Hari did before his viva in 'Five Point Someone', but didn't want to make a mess after consuming vodka. Luckily my presentation went quite fine. My friends tried to distract me in many ways, but i just concentrated on my notes and presentation slides. I never knew i could speak English such fluently. I should really thank god for not bringing Yearoutz anywhere near my class, else my seminar would have turned to utter disaster!

The main attraction of 7th semester was the Onam strikes. Usually the week before Onam holidays are completely meant for celebrations, but last time staff decided to have series exams on that week and the last 2 days for celebrations. The final year students were completely against it and soon had a talk with principal and staff. But they hesitated to shift the exams and as usual we called for strike. It was after a long time i participated in a strike and it was really exciting. We had strike for continuous 3 days and finally staff decided to suspend the classes. But we moved forward with our celebrations. Finally we had Onam celebrations for 3 days, the first time in college history. Only problem was that many of the students started celebrating Onam holidays as soon as the college got suspended, especially the first years. Anyways the last Onam in college wasn't bad as we gained it after a hard fight. The athapookkalam's were stunning as usual. The college reopened to witness a bad day for our year. There was a clash between SFI and some final year students which really widened the split more open. It was followed by strike, small fights and ended in police lathi charge. And i got a chance to be chased by police officials, due to which i was able to see the entire college for the first time in 3 years:)..I never knew our college had this much area and labs at the backside. The issues were soon solved by the concerned police authorities as it may affect the future of everyone. This fight also  resulted in a split between S7 and S5.

The project presentations were funny as usual. Our topic wasn't even decided at the time of presentation. As a result of that our group got a good '0' for the first two presentations. The last presentation gifted us some marks to save our face. The series exams were better when compared to sixth semester, but as usual i flunked in majority of the exams. As usual i bunked majority of the classes and sat in production class or spend my time with yearoutz. By the time there was a talk like i spend most of the time with juniors (yearoutz), but i didn't care that as they were better than my class and many of the friends in my batch. Throughout this semester i stayed away from alcohol:)..I still remember an incident that happened during diwali. My friend Abilash was watching Daddy Cool in theatre and he got a call from college. Surprisingly it was our own Baby Sir. We all laughed a lot after hearing what sir requestes.."innu diwali aanennu ariyallo..dayavu cheythu pandathepole akramam onnum kanikkallu..campusinte purathu vechu enthu veno aayikko, but akathu onnum pottikkalle":)..The crackers we bought were taken over by Balachandran Sir, but we soon took it back from him without his permission. After the college was set in fire for sometime. Last diwali in college was special! Soon the S6 results came, and it was the worst result that anyone can get in their engineering life. CS and EC had the worst results that time, the mech's escaped as usual. After the results were announced, i felt very much relaxed as there was nothing worst to come. But it really motivated me to study well for S7 exams. So our second last semester soon came to end without much celebrations or complications, should say it was very average. Finally Baby Sir left our college after getting many bitter experiences and Chandramohan Sir took charge. My preparations for university exams went in vain as i had no text book or notes to study. So in between the exam day gap(just 1 between all exams), i used to get the text photocopy and notes from Kishor. So wrote all the exams with less preparation. But for the last 3 exams i almost took 8-9 extra sheets, i felt like crying after the exams. Finally after the lab examination, we got ready to enter into S8..the final 3 months in our college life..the days which are to be celebrated and will never come back!


The Final Days

After the dreadful sixth semester, somehow i wanted my college life to get over. The attitude didn't change much in the last semester too, but decided to celebrate the final days. Luckily this time majority of the teachers  were guest lecturers. I didn't attend much classes till the x'mas holidays. After the new year i started attending the classes. Among the 4 new teachers, 2 were beautiful and no wonder i soon got a crush on them, but this was the case of whole class too. Since i used to bunk most of the classes, my roll number was in their hit list. Soon i made good company with them and started leaving the class after giving my attendance. So i got sure that in this semester there won't be any problem regarding attendance and sessionals.

I can't never forget my last birthday in college as i was received with birthday bumps and punches. Soon i had to give treat for my gang, which made me stand in beverage queue after a long time(pappanamcode beverages). Since i wanted to get back home for my next party, i preferred to have a beer. Some members of yearoutz were given treat at Tazz and also a small treat for my classmates. The next phase of treat was for my schoolmates and college mates(my first year best friends forever). That also started by standing in Kesavadasapuram Beverage queue:)..Had a small booze party at Anwar's hostel, where i had the taste of Mansion House Brandy. After getting drunk, we went straight to Park Rajadhani where rest of the team were waiting to join us. Actually it was supposed to be a buffet dinner, but i don't know what all happened that day. Some of my friends broke the ice-cream dish, one went inside the ladies toilet to wash, one was made gay in front of some other college students(those guys believed it!), one vomited in front of the hotel and so on..Truly an unforgettable birthday of my life. For completing out project in time, we had leave on all Friday's. But i should say i haven't went for this project stuff even once. My project day were spend in my favorite 'Billiards Cafe', Kowdiar Boat Club, theatres etc. I used to got to my friend's hostel just 1 or 2 days before the presentation, and he used to teach me in a capsule form. I haven't coded a single line in our 'Paperless Office' project, which is considered to be one the simplest one. The routine continued till our final presentation! The Holi celebration was excellent as usual. This time our class celebration photo got published in The Hindu newspaper. In between many of my friends and classmates got placed and i was really happy for Abhay, Kishor, Manu, Vishnu etc.

Talking about the juniors, there were some good gals in the first year. I shortlisted 2-3 gals and wanted to propose to at least one of them (that was going to be my first proposal in college life). Somehow my batch mates came to know about this. They wanted me to propose as soon as possible, but they problem was that i haven't even talked to her till then. Another great problem was she belonged to EC, that too always sits in the front bench. So i went to meet her with my gang(almost 20-30 friends from mech and ec). The meeting went very smooth as my friends were busy with other girls. She talked very well and her charming smile made me more attracted to her. The very next day my gang wanted me to propose her. I said its not good to propose a gal whom i just met yesterday. Soon came the reply.."aliya, ninte pennu ennu paranjal nammude ennalle..innu nammal ellarum koodi avale propose cheyyum..aval yes paranjal pinne nammude pennu aayi":)..I was very much tensed when i entered the EC class. I called her to talk, but she refused to come as she was busy drawing graphics sheets. Finally with all my courage i proposed her! I was expecting a slap, but she replied with a smile.."chetta..enikku anganeyonnum ippol thonnunilla". I understood there was no use in talking with her, i left swiftly by saying a 'Thank You' (god's grace..she didn't slap me). She really got scared after seeing my friends. From the very next day my very best friends started spreading stories about me. Those who reads this, please keep two things while going to propose a girl..1. Don't ever go with your friends..2. Never love a girl from EC class!

Our college finally decided to conduct a single fest. The decision from staff came very late so that we had very limited time to work. In between there happened a lot of issues in committee between SFI and S8 regarding the posts and all. At one point we even felt like the fest was never going to happen. For this too, Vishnu was there to lead us. I was in charge of star nite and i really wanted to conduct a concert of Naresh Iyer with Stephen Devassy, but it got cancelled due to Barton Hill's concert(Naresh performed there a week before our star nite). So i left all those plans and was made charge of dance section. The fest happened due to the hardwork of S8 and many juniors who worked for us throughout(not mentioning any names as it will become a long list). The fest was named Sprdh'10 which means competition or war. We had a good amount of participation for technical events. We had to cancel many cultural events due to less participation (Paacet festival was another reason). The choreo video,step up and the star nite's were successfully conducted. I can't never forget Anand's solo performance which really thrilled the crowd. Even though Sprdh wasn't a huge success, it really set a platform for the coming years. In limited time and limited budget we were able to conduct it without any major issues. I take this chance to thank everyone for their whole hearted support and especially to Vishnu for his leadership which always inspired us!

Soon after Sprdh, the last week of our college life commenced. The week was meant for celebrations, demo, emotional scenes, proposals, love scenes and all. That week witnessed four demo's from Mech and EC classes. The theme of mechanical branch was..'aaru paranju mechil sundarimar illa ennu?'..It had a lot of vulgarity as there was French kiss in public, but everyone enjoyed the demo. It was not surprising to find sir's losing their control after seeing these demo's. All the demo's were excellent(i was with production and mechanical classes). There were party's all around during the last working day. So after a long time i entered our college after drinking and attended a music session with my class and sreemon. The sad part was as all our celebrations were going to end in a fine note, a fight happened between S8 and SFI. It really remains as a black mark in our college life. Soon the second and our last series started. I got good marks for first series as the teacher's gave the questions in advance, even then i failed for two. The last series was funny as we just wrote our name and roll number on the sheets. Our class demo was on the last day of series exams, as we all wore same design t-shirts(including girls) with our IV picture on the centre and surrounded by writings which depicts our engineering life. It was really emotional signing and writing on the t-shirts, taking photographs, our class unitedly getting out in 5 minutes for the last exam (for which we had to write the retest)!



Ragam was always a special fest for our college. Somehow i wanted to attend  last year ragam, but finaly ended as the team leader(a very proud moment of my life!). Perhaps i will be the only person who took the least number of students for participating in this. We had just some 26 members in our team(6 girls) and was escorted by Arshad ikka(as staff). The train journey to Calicut was funny because of Balan's 'saawariya' song and yearoutz's pranks. Among the 5 year gals, i had only good company with Aparna. We didn't participate in much events but got prizes in almost all events we participated. The very special one being Anand's 1st prize in solo dance as he took the whole of NIT by his sizzling moves. We can never ever forget Sreemon's sound check where he sang the title song of Jungle Book and got many fans there with his guitar magic.We had to wait till midnight 1 to watch yearoutz performing in OAT and a special mention to the duplicate performance by Karthika and Navneeta. The moments i remember the most will be my farewell party and the treat by Akshay. The day we reached NIT, i gave my farewell party to yearoutz where Romanov was the hero. Chegu(Anoop) was the real hero as he danced well after we finished the bottle and even spitted some beautiful Malayalam words on Arshad ikka:)..After that everyone wanted to have a fight with a guy who came with us, but luckily nothing bad happened. The team(excluding yearoutz) left after two days leaving us the responsibility to collect the cash and certificates. While getting ready for check out, buckets,mugs etc which they gave us were found missing, so we have to pay fine for that. But we being sctians, stole those from other rooms and produced at hospitality wing:)..Soon Faiz joined with us and that day we had a great party at Paragon Hotel. The next party happened when we boarded the train back to Trivandrum. There was enough food for us to eat till reaching here, but don't ask from where the money came from:)..Altogether it was an amazing trip..The last Ragam will remain always special, especially since it was with yearoutz!


After coming back, i had to write 6 retests! Luckily all the texts were with me, so had no difficulty in passing those exams. The same happened with lab exams too as we had theory and objective exams, me and Kishor opened the texts and copied everything. So this time sessionals were safe. And let me take this opportunity to introduce my best friend, as she really deserves to be mentioned in my blog. It took me 4 years to find my best friend Megha, and finally when i found out, my college life was over:(..But no regrets as she will be my best friend forever. The very next week we had our project presentation. Ours was the first presentation and it went quite fine as the teacher's were not evaluating it seriously. So the major headache got over. In two weeks time final year exams started. Those idiots still prepared some difficult question papers for us and many got fucked up. When the university exams got over, next tension was about project&course viva(it was heard that if we fail in that, we have to write all the core papers from S3!). But that also went quite fine. Our external was the HOD of LBS college, and the first question she asked me was "supply undo?"!!! The viva went on for some 10-15 minutes and we had a hilarious time as the external clearly found out i haven't did any part in my project and nor did i have any knowledge about my seminar and subjects:)..So the official business with college got over by usual supply season continued!

I do love to mention some people who means a lot to me, whom i loved and respected and  made my life beautiful in SCT. Namely Anitha Miss, Sabitha Miss, Vineetha Miss, Kavita Miss, Sivakumar Sir, Vishnu Chettan(jacky), Vivek(dinky), Sooraj Chettan, Lutta, Arshad Ikka, Sreeku, Salimkutty, Naseel Ikka, Vivek, Zam, Karnnan, Abhay, Raymond, Arun SL, Vijayanand, Harikuttan, Kishor, Kanju, Manu, Aswin(CS&Auto), Ebin, Vishnu, Vineeth, Production team, Yearoutz Team(Anoop, Akshay, Arun, Nandu, Abi, Archit, Anand, Aswin, Ashwin, Sid, Vysakh, Gautham, Deepu, Hari, Unni, Sab, Vishnu, Harrik ), Purple Blood Team, Megha, Bhagii, Neema, Karthika, Ganga and thanks a lot to all my friends there (sorry if i missed any name). And this blog won't be complete without mentioning about my friend and editor Lakshmi(LPG), without whom i won't have started writing again..Never have seen such an inspiring soul in my life!

Epilogue: I will be known as a CS student who studied in Mechanical Production, as a guy who never entered the class and hanged out with mechanical teams, unfriendly to own class or as a student who spend most of the time with juniors and seniors and ignored batch mates..I don't care those who say about me as above all i loved my college like anything..I loved my friends..SCT taught me to drink, smoke, gave me supply's, gave different experiences in my life..But gifted me with a lot of true and loving friends, which i treasure the most in my life! As once Sreeku said to me.."oru varsham koodi kittiyirunnel"..I wish i could get just one more day there..i miss those strikes, playing cards in class, those coffee shop chats, practice sessions, comment and vayanottam sessions with my friends..Many of my friends are now doing higher studies in different parts of India, many started working and many are about to join and some may be simply sitting at home(like me) or engaged in other activities..all those will have one thing in common..I am sure they all will be missing our college like anything..If not, there is no use in saying that you are an sctian..SCT, i really miss you..Will be a proud sctian forever!!!


Love to quote a line from a famous song by Bryan Adams.."Those were the best days of my life"!

Days In Heaven: Twists and Turns

Industrial Visit(IV) was the main reason for our excitement in 5th semester. We didn't have much holidays after our 4th semester exams and when classes started supplementary exams also began. Before getting into detail about 5th semester, i love to say about the 4th semester labs exams. The first lab happened to be Data Structures, for which we went without studying a single program or for viva. Our twelve member batch was named as the 'notorious' exam batch by our teachers.We belonged to the second batch and fortunately we got the question five minutes prior to the exam. So before entering the lab, we all wrote the program in a paper and even stored in mobiles. And guess what, our notorious batch got full output. The funniest thing was our batch didn't even answer the basic questions for viva, but got full output:)..Luckily, the external examinerdidn't catch us. The next lab was Logic System Design(LSD) lab. Vineetha Miss was our internal examiner. She was very much upset with us, and so only 3-4 guys from our batch passed for that. But we had an interesting viva from our dearest kanju(Nirmal). After seeing some experiments were not verified by teachers external examiner asked "why these are not signed"?..Kanju's reply was "ivide inganeyokke thanneya..itrayum sign kaanan kazhiyunnathu thanne bhaagyma"! He was surprised by kanju's reply, but continued with his viva.."where's the processor of computer located"? Kanju said "it will be inside CPU". Next question was "processor engane irikkum"? For this kanju gave the best answer.."athangane parayan pattilla..chilappol kidakkukayayirikkum..allel chilappol thookki ittekkum"! Kanju didn't even tell the names of s5 subjects properly. Luckily, that examiner is still alive! Labs were always like watching a comedy film.

The fifth semester started with the planning of mini project. Everyone decided their team even before the classes started, and i stood proudly without a team and topic:)..The subjects were easier when compared to the previous semesters. Luckily we had two maths papers that time, and was sure of passing in at least two subjects. From the very first day of class we all started planning for IV, the main emphasis being on alcohol brands! As usual, the labs were very funny and we used to have chat sessions with Turbo C++ open(#include was the only thing displayed in every computer). Finally my mini project team got finalized..Me and Kishor! The worst team that any teacher can dream of and the only team with two members. The two interesting things  happened before IV were the Onam celebration and strike by SFI. Before mentioning about Onam, I would like to apologize for not mentioning it in the second part. My second year Onam was the best one i had in college, being the first one we enjoyed like anything. The Onam celebrations will be inaugurated exactly one week before the actual date and the final years will start putting 'Athapookalam' . On the celebration day we can expect a big design in front of our library, which turns out to be the best! The celebration will be accompanied by the 'Pancharimelam' , to which the entire college will dance without any distinctions. Onasadya and onakali will be soon followed. From my experience, just our college celebrates Onam in full swing. If you miss the celebration, do take it as one of the biggest loss in your life. For 3rd year Onam, we even had an elephant to play with:)..But it wasn't that exciting like our second year, but there was no compromise in our celebration.

In fifth semester many of us left the party. It was a difficult decision, but we had no choice. We had continuous strikes when a third semester student was fined for some reason. And the best part was that the seniors verbally abused our HOD and a sir, and even threatened to murder them:).. Everybody was busy running behind mini project,IV and all..But me and Kishor never bothered about that. We never cared to submit the project title,abstract or attend the evaluations. The classes were really boring and Soniya Miss's class was like watching an Adoor Gopalakrishnan film:(..Soon our first series came. Our batch managed to pass in a few subjects, but scored some record one-digit marks for Soniya Miss's subject. Days went like seconds and our much awaited IV was closing in. One batch was busy regrading the beverage stocks, another busy planning about shopping, and the 'buji' batch was dreaming about the beauty of Infosys! We and the production batch were leaving on the same train, same day.

IV(International Vellamadi/Industrial Visit)

October 25,2008..we and production team boarded the train to Hyderabad. It was fun watching the parents advising their son/daughter about how to protect themselves during this tour. Subu Sir,his wife and Preeja Miss were our accompanying staffs. As soon as the train took off, he divided us into batches, and even instructed about the berths we should use during IV as if we are LKG students. He strictly banned the usage of alcohol and cigarettes, if anyone violates the condition the staff members will catch the next train back to Trivandrum. That was a good opening for us:)..Even before reaching Quilon, our alcohol party started. It was nice to play cards along with the company of 'Shark Tooth' vodka. Soon my friends joined production team, where they were welcomed by a variety of brands. The most exciting thing happened during this journey was meeting a girl called Anu. She was travelling from Trivandrum to Palakkad with her mother. That didn't stop us from talking to her. Soon my all my friends were near her seat. Luckily her mom didn't inform the police or slapped us. I should say she was beautiful, in Malayalam 'aishwaryam ulla penkutty'. Still i don't know from where i got the courage to talk to her, but i really did enjoy the one hour i spend with her. At times i even talked to her mom so that i will have a damage free cheek. I was really in cloud 9, when she gave me her number before leaving and asked me to sms her:)..After she left, the journey became so boring. The journey was so tiring, it took 1 and a half days to reach Hyderabad. We were really scared of the hijada attack in train. Luckily we all escaped, but one of my batch mates got a good show:)..The city was so crowded due to diwali celebrations, the only diwali i missed in college. As soon as we reached, we got into a spat with our sir. The first place we visited was I-Max. There was nothing much to see there, except some Allu Arjun posters and busty girls. After that we all were taken to Lumbini Park(where the blasts occurred some years back) to watch the laser show. Our team bunked from there and went near the Hussain Sagar lake to have a smoking session, and also managed to trace the beverage shop. Late night we started our celebration with two full bottles of McDowell's  whisky. It was really like a bachelor's party where we had some debut drinkers, cigarettes, pan, manu's sentimental scenes, vomiting sessions(some even slept over that!), some good fights etc. The party lasted till some 3'o clock. Next day we all had a visit to Ramoji Film City. The film sets were nice to see, but we were bored to death there. Our team wasn't impressed with film city, other than the photo sessions and some sexy girls we met there. Many understand the importance of language when we come across such situations. Charminar and Mecca Masjid were just locations for our photo shoot. The only thing i loved there was the Snow World. One full hour in ice and that too in some special kind of dress, it was awesome to play with girls from other colleges. I hated the people and traffic of Hyderabad, but biriyani wasn't that bad. Production team were having a wonderful time there. They even got into a diwali celebration with Punjabi people, but ran with their life as soon as they saw a knife in one man's hand. Their booze parties were almost like that of Vijay Mallya's. I got so happy and excited when we boarded the train to Bangalore. As soon as the railway police saw Kishor in train, they warned us against using alcohol:)..In Bangalore city, our batch had complete freedom, but under the condition that everyone should be back to hotel before 10 pm. The very first day half of my class went to Wonderla, and some decided to stay back in hotel. As soon as everyone left the Bacardi bottle was opened. My first plan was to visit the brand factory, two of my friends also accompanied me. One was well drunk and created all sorts of troubles for us in Forum mall. Whenever the girls came near him, he kept his hand in such a way that it touched their buttocks. Since it was Bangalore, we are still alive.The only thing i hated was that majority of the girls there were malayalees, so that we couldn't openly comment. The visit to brand factory was little disappointing as we didn't find anything like we heard, it was almost like a ordinary dress shop.

KFC, McDonald's, Brigade Street etc were our main hang-out places. The visit to Infosys was very funny. We reached there almost two hours late due to a boring visit it Iskcon temple. 'A temple for just commercial purpose', thats what i like to mention about Iskcon. In infy, we had a small lecture by our seniors. The beauty of infy really amazed me. Many of my friends soon started thinking about a job there. Our main aim was photo shoot, which we did well with a good amount of noise. As usual our staff got angry and even the senior chettan. It was always my dream to drink in public, and it got fulfilled the very same day. Me and Kishor bought a Kingfisher beer can from Forum and drunk it just in front of the mall entrance where the entire security and people were watching us and even had the taste of cigarette for the first time. The last day in garden city was completely dedicated o shopping at Commercial Street, Brigade Street and all. One thing I missed was Pub:(..The 3 days in Bangalore were the best days of my IV. So was a little disappointed while leaving to Goa, but the tax free liquors really lighted the 100 watt bulb on my face:)..We were planning to recreate a 'Dil Chahta Hai', but our plans were ruined by time shortage. As soon as we checked in our hotel, we jumped into the swimming pool. We stayed near the Colvo beach. After 6 we all went down to the beach.  Our eyes and neck really got strained due to the girl collection over there. We even had a football match where our batch girls joined too. At night our rooms were like liquor shops. Almost 25 in our batch got drunk that day(including the buji's):)..I still remember me and Faiz bought a lot of Bacardi Breezers, when the beverage shop was about to close. Even Faiz locked Preeja Miss in her room. Everyone had a hell of hangover the next day, but unwillingly got up to pack up for our return. In one day we had to visit the remaining six beaches in Goa. The last day was not at all good, even the river cruise didn't pull up much excitement. When we checked out of hotel, i still had a Smirnoff Vanilla with me. Since it was very risky to keep with me, i drunk it just before entering the very famous Bom Jesus Basilica. It was funny to walk around the church after getting drunk and almost felt like getting inside St Xavier's casket. At night we boarded the train to Trivandrum. The last day was fully dedicated to music sessions by Kishor, Manu, Prarthana and all.

It was really boring to attend the lectures after two weeks of total celebration. Soon i got into a verbal spat with one of my close friends as he mistook one of my comments during IV. Some tried to solve it, but he wasn't ready to hear. I still believe that some idiots really played a shrewd game in between. I didn't try to solve it as my part was clean and from there onwards i kept a good distance from my classmates. But my friends in mechanical branches(especially Production) gave me good support. From then i was famous as 'a cs student who studies in mechanical'. The rest of the 5th semester days were spend in theatres. Soon the project evaluation day came, and we got our project ready on the previous day only(that too incomplete):)..During our evaluation the teacher found that we haven't coded a single line of the program and said me and Kishor are never going to be good boys in life(luckily she didn't make us under sessional). For second series i got a good '0' for Soniya Miss's subject. Soon our 4th semester results came, and it was very much better than the previous one's. The 5th semester exams soon started and it was kinda bad. I still remember writing a fucking Microprocessor exam on my 21st Birthday, which i haven't passed till now:(..Soon after the exams our dearest friend Prasanth discontinued his course. He was the best in our batch, but never got any support from our college in anyway. But because of that he now runs a successful web designing company in Bangalore. We were sure that the sixth semester was going to be the worst of all, but we weren't ready to have a change.

Sixth Semester

I would really term the sixth semester as the 'worst semester' of my engineering life. But in some aspects, it turned out to be excellent for me. The subjects were really tough one's, the toughest among all the semesters. During the mini project university exam, our external examiner commented that our project is too small and it can't be even named as a mini project. I think i haven't attended even 60% of classes during this semester. Except a few like Kishor, Kanju, Melvin, Aswin etc, i kept a good distance from others. So it was very boring to sit in the classes. So i used to cut all the classes and sit near the coffee shop. Most of the time mechanical batches will be there and then i became close with Vineeth,Riaz,Aravind(Maala) etc. Many still think that i am a production pass-out. Very quickly i formed a good company with our seniors and made a gang consisting of Atul(Lutta), Sreeku(Sreejith), Zamrad, Salimkutty, Vivek, Naseel, Karnan etc. And our gang expanded as our juniors joined us, Year Outz and Purple Blood.

In this semester i became really close to Year Outz. I used to attend all their practice sessions, and i should say it was the funniest moments in my college life. Soon i was associated with our college arts club and the dance team. I didn't attend much college fests this semester. Truly saying, i wasn't interested in going for any of the fests as my classmates will be there(those i didn't like to talk with). All the interesting moments of this semester were produced by our coffee shop gang. The main shocking news for all of us was the marriage of a junior girl to a renowned singer. After that we changed our focus to other girls too. The main talk of our college was about the 'mech rani'. Some days we have stared at her like anything, but still she didn't bother to change and 100% entertainment was always guaranteed for us:)

Coming to Year Outz, their first performance of the year was at Crossroads'09. The team consisted of Anand, Anoop, Sabarish, Archit, Aswin, Unni and Babu(Purple Blood guitarist). Since they had a mask on their face, everyone escaped without getting much of injuries. Soon Babu left the team as he was busy with his concerts, and it left us with a new job to find another dancer. Luckily we got a guy from 1st year, who later became one of the integral part of the team..Sidharth..our own sidhu. At first he talked to us with a junior's respect and in two days we were like best friends. That year the team holi was focussed on Sidhu. After the disastrous performance in Crossroads, we decided to practice well and perform in the best way. As usual practice sessions became talking sessions. We even got into a spat with some first year team who used our classroom for practice without any prior request. Aswin(Sundan) turned into his psycho nature and called some exceptional Malayalam words  which no girl can tolerate. At last Gautham from first year came to apolgise for them, and soon he joined in our company. Eventually we won second prize for Aufait and third for Yagna'09. The performance in LBS remains unforgettable as the team played with high spirit and coordination after seeing the girls around there and a huge support from our college. It was almost like performing in SCT college. It turned out to be a great year for the team. Anoop(Chegu), Anand(Machan)and Arun AS were my best friends in team. Saying about Anoop, he can be termed as a 'stylish' or a cute dancer and a guy with one of the best humor sense. By the end of that semester i formed a good friendship with Nandu(NGB), Akshay and Ashwin(Thalli). At the same time, Purple Blood was gaining a good reputation among all the Kerala bands and proved they are among the top bands by winning first for Western Orchestra at NIT Ragam'09. Our college dance team secured the first place in all fests conducted across Kerala, Dhoom Pro being the most prestigious one. I really felt ashamed of our students cold response to Dhoom victory, when they celebrate like anything for silly cricket and football match victory.

The academic activities in this semester turned out to be a total disaster. I don't think i passed for any subjects for series exams. I was totally out of touch with books and my classmates. From this semester i started bunking lab classes like anything. If my mechanical batch mates,seniors, Year Outz, Purple Blood etc weren't there, my life would have been an utter disaster. In between i won first for short story writing for Nimantra, a fest conducted in our college by Biotechnology department. That really bought me back to writing field, it really gave me a confidence that i can still write. I should also thank my friend Lakshmi, who always inspired and encouraged me to write. It was Arun who introduced her to me, and soon we became best friends. The 5th semester results were soon announced and the result wasn't good this time too. I failed in some subjects which i thought i will pass easily, that really disappointed me. I don't want to mention much about the 6th semester exams as it still remains as a nightmare for me. The labs were even more difficult. We were able to copy the program for Software Lab, but left the Microprocessor Lab in 30 minutes:)..The most sad thing was that Lutta&batch got passed out. They were simply the best best seniors i ever had. Even though it was a terrible semester, i tried to enjoy in my own ways. Leaving all those bad days behind, i got ready for our final year..To be a super senior..To rock the final days of my college!

                                                                                                                             To be continued..

Days In Heaven: New phase of life!

After two weeks of holidays, our second year classes started on August 1,2007. Still I can't explain the type of emotion i had in my mind. I was kinda tensed or worried and was really excited too. Except one or two, all others in my gang belonged to other branches, especially mechanical. I should admit that i was little scared about the computer science department after getting horrible descriptions from our seniors. During holidays i even planned to give a request to principal for branch exchange. But it didn't happen and i was forced to join my new class. 

It was almost like a first year class. Almost 60% of the faces were new to me. As usual, i sat at the back bench. Slowly we all started to introduce each other and first day went like that. The classes were really boring and staff advisor Vineetha miss warned us in the class itself that she wants absolute discipline from us. Soon i was able to find a gang in back bench and i got more involved in party activities. Even though classes were boring, we made the maximum noise and distracted everyone. Soon we were termed as the 'worst batch' of computer science:)..Our back bench gang consisted of Anooj, Melvin, Aswin, Nirmal, Anoop, JP, Manu, Subin, Ibu and many. We loved to sit in Sivakumar Sir's class. Even though sir gives us full mark for attendance and assignments we never used to bunk his classes. Mostly we wanted to hear the excellent Malayalam words that flowed from his mouth, and there is no single student who hasn't heard those. Sir liked me a lot and whenever he came to our class he called me 'mone'.. in front of that there will be some super words that Malayalam dictionary has ever defined:)..I hated Sathi Devi's maths class like anything. She thinks she is so intelligent,funny,the best teacher and all..But truly saying, she is a fat lady with a very poor humor sense and great stupidity. We had maximum fun in every class and labs. Still one incident makes me laugh a lot. Manu and Ibu were considered as one of the best couples in our class(377 wasn't legal then). Once during Discrete structure class, teacher made Manu sit in the front bench. As we were confused with her action she gave this explanation.."it's better you sit in the front bench. else you will feel like kissing the guys sitting next to you"! Once our staff advisor even cried due to the never ending complaints about us, but that never made us good students:)..One of the most exciting thing happened in our 3rd semester was the arrival of new batch. Our party welcomed the freshers with a super and spirited campaigning. But unfortunately for me, we got into a verbal spat with Sathi Devi and she reported to my staff advisor that I was the main person behind that. Soon she had a feeling that i was behind all the violent activities taking place in college and asked me to stop it immediately. But i wasn't ready to leave the party. Soon my mom,Anitha Miss and all came to know about my party activities and i had to put a control over that. Anitha Miss happened to be my Maths tuition teacher till S5 and still remains very close to my mom. In almost every class she used make fun of me in the name of party, but was very caring and loving towards everyone. I can proudly say that she is the only teacher i still respect in college.

Our college saw the best Diwali celebration during our 3rd semester. An excellent celebration which gifted us a mass suspension and notice against 23 students for almost setting the college in fire9out of which 4 were from my class):)..Just before the lunch, principal issued not to use any crackers inside the campus. This really inspired us to use the crackers inside our class. Still i remember a terrific rocket launch which narrowly missed  Baby Sir's head:).. At last police had to enter our campus for bringing the situation under control. Unluckily my name was included in this too and mom had to meet the teachers. But HOD said i wasn't involved in any of these, but my gang happened to be notorious. Another great event was Holi. Unlike first year, the celebration was limited to senior block only. SFI strictly told that no seniors should enter the first year block because of the unholy attack by our seniors on 1st year girls. Soon came pooja holidays. As i didn't keep my pooja that year, i decided to celebrate it at MC hostel(just above Pappanamcode Beverages). So we all kept beer for our pooja:)..I was drinking it after 2 long years. Within one week we had our tour. It still remains as one of the unforgettable days of my life, due to pleasant and unpleasant incidents. The unpleasant incident was the fight with mechanical branches. Many idiots made a lot of misunderstandings between us and it ended in a fight. The fight began at Hogenakkal and ended the day we reached back. It remains as one the darkest days in my college life. But we really had an excellent tour. The first day of tour gifted me the taste of Smirnoff. Second day i got promoted to 8pm whisky and third day back to Romanov Vodka. My graph was on a high..From beer to whisky in one week, i was on the way to become a professional drinker:)..I still remember how Faiz scared Neema with his 'Jabe se tere naina' act(believe me, he was in a white towel):)..We had all the fun in bus by singing,dancing,proposals:)..It was too boring to get back to classes. The issues with mechanical branches were soon solved. For that everyone has to thank a guy called Vishnu(Soap). One of my best friend ever, and unarguably the best student of 2006-2010 batch. He was truly an inspiring figure for all of us and was always in front to lead us. We became friends while working for party. And he was a passionate party worker, can say a true communist:)..The last days of 3rd semester ended in theatres. There was a huge clash between Om Shanti Om and Saawariya, but finally SRK fans emerged victorious. I still regret watching Saawariya the first day, first show:(..Soon our 1st year results came. It was only the beginning, i lost almost a good number of papers. To add to this disaster, our 3rd semester exams were conducted before the actual date. I was almost sure of a wash out after attending that. Before the exams ended, my supplementary exams started. Still i don't know why i wrote those, because still i am writing that:)..And the labs turned out to be another nightmare.Forgetting all those horrible days, we all entered into a new semester.

Semester 4

Even semesters were always exciting. The reason was simple..Less working days and more college fests. As usual classes started and we started bunking. Very soon valentine's day came, eventually it was Kishor's birthday. Later, Kishor turned out to be my best friend in college. So we gathered at a hostel and started our usual procedures. For the 1st time i had brandy in my life, and i almost decided to give up drinking. After coming back one of my friend wanted to enter 1st year block. Somehow we stopped him form that, but soon demanded another thing. We had a CPP teacher who was one of the sexiest in our college. But unluckily she was a guest lecturer and soon left. We got the chance to attend some of her classes and believe me, the class attendance was full that time. My friend wanted to propose her, or at least touch her. Somehow we took him to class and the 4th hour started. It was Preeja Miss's hour. It was so difficult to sit in class after getting drunk, but since teacher came we couldn't escape. when alcohol goes in everyone will start exhibiting their original nature. Soon teacher asked me,Kishor and others to come in front bench, and we were left with no choice. It was disgusting to sit there with mouth closed and responding to teacher in sign language:(..After that i didn't drink for more than one year:)..We had the habit of hearing songs in our mobile during class times. Me and Faiz always used to hear 'kabhi kabhi mere dil mein'. Once while we were enjoying this song, suddenly our CPP teacher came in. Incidentally the song portion she heard was "suhaag raat hain ghoongat utha raha hon main":)..Nothing interesting really happened in class during this semester, other than the usual bunking,party activities,rebellion against teachers etc.

The main time pass of that semester was definitely the college fests. That year Nirvaan turned out to be the best. They had a wonderful choreo-nite and a star nite by Motherjane. Nirvaan also witnessed the debut of Anand Kumar(Machan), who later turned out to be one of the best dancers our college has ever seen. That year too Aufait kept its standard. I still remember two best things happened that year. One was the 'Kallorisaale' dance performance by our college team. Prince really set the stage on fire with his unforgettable performance. The second was the debut performance of Year Outz! Lead by Anand, they impressed  the complete audience with their 'Ponmagal' performance. The team members were Anoop(my very best friend and a stylish dancer), Sabarish, Aswin, Unnikrishnan, Archit etc. I loved their performance like anything, and Anand being my junior from school, i joined with the team. I was termed as the 'manager' of yearoutz, or rather i chose that position. But we were like best friends from the beginning and still i am with the team. Those guys are my best friends forever. Another great team which emerged that year was Purple Blood. Soon our college team left to Calicut for participating in NIT Ragam. We had a team of almost 150 members. It was one of the best days of my life. On the 2nd day of the event, me and my batch mates went to toddy shop. After having a nice amount of toddy and food, we entered for Karthik's concert. Believe me, concerts are the best when we have alcohol inside:)..Our college finished 2nd for the event. I stayed back with my classmates even after the college team left. We had a terrific outing at Calicut, and got drowned in special biriyani's. When we got back, our classes were about to end. Me and my friends wanted to have a taste of condonation that time. So we completely bunked the last week classes. We used to come to college at 9, enter the Information Centre(IC) and play cards all the time. We even had chess,caroms,football etc inside IC. The leader of this club was our dearest 'Sekharan'. And by the end we got back in good terms with mechanical branches, actually most of my friends were there. Soon attendance list was published and unfortunately for all of us. we had no condonation that semester. Surprisingly i got 80% attendance:(

Soon our 3rd semester results were out. Luckily i didn't get a wash out. But i lost a good amount of paper this time too. We were expecting our next exams soon, but finally we had to wait 3-4 months for writing it. University has a procedure of giving semester breaks for 4th and 6th semester(for 1 month), but due to some issues there we got a summer vacation:)..In between supplementary exams were held. In between that our batch got shocked by the death of our dear friend Joji(Mechanical Production). It was really unbelievable for us. He was a friendly,lovable guy. Joji, as i write this, i like to tell you that our batch really missed you..whenever i visited your class, i always saw your face first..still you are in our thoughts..May your soul rest in peace! Our exams were conducted after 3 months. The exams were far far better than the last two. We just got 4-5 days of holiday after the exams. We were getting ready for our Industrial Visit, projects..To become the real seniors!!!
                                                                                                                               To be continued..