Sunday, November 30, 2008

Antaragni

I know this is about a month too late. But I just had to write this, and better late than never. This year's Antaragni was just plain awesome. And I mean it was awesome for me. I don't know about anybody else.

I was very excited from the start as I had a very good friend coming over for four days. I knew it was gonna be great fun. And on top of that, I had 36 hours of live music on my hands - courtesy Synchronicity.

Synchro started in the evening with 5 bands performing in the first round. It was great fun, having so many good bands to perform right on front of you. I've been a rock lover for a few years now. But the summer of 2008 will always be my 'Summer of Love', the time I will always look back at and remember as the time when rock music really became a part of my life.

So Synchronicity was going to be the highlight of Antaragni for me. We just had the time of our lives, headbanging to the music, watching the bands' antics, and enjoying every moment of it.

After the first evening, it just kept getting better. My friend from arrived from Delhi late at night. It was 4 in the morning. I was one of the very few people still awake in my hostel, when he and a couple of his friends joined me. We had a chat for a couple of hours. It was beautiful. Pure beautiful.

When I first came to IIT Kanpur, the thing I missed the most was not my parents, my home, or my school. It was my old friends and my city that I yearned for the most in those painful first few weeks here. That night in my room, at 4 o'clock in the morning was the first time IIT Kanpur truly became my home. It was the presence of 3 Delhiites, who talked like me, joked like me, laughed like me, had the same issues with life, and had the same dreams, on the landscape of IITK which transformed it. When they left to sleep, and I was alone again, I noticed that I looked at the place in a different light now. The fact that a couple of hours' worth conversation could have such an impact was remarkable, if not astonishing.

I spent a lot of time with them during the next couple of days. We talked like we were old friends. I guess only people who come from the same place can do this. They liked IITK and this made me even happier as I now I have a piece of my heart bonded to this place. I have come to love it just like my old home.

The guys from Delhi left a day before the end of Antaragni. On the last day, I took part in a very exciting quiz, and soon after it was time for the grand finale - Glyder (an Irish rock band) opened by the winners of Synchronicity. I loved all the bands that performed, in particular 'Rosemary'.

Antaragni ended with some seniors ragging us (imagine that; I am a second-year now). It was pure fun. We were a bunch of ten guys being ragged by ten seniors. They made us do all kinds of weird things, which ranged from proposing to the girls sitting around to asking muscular guys for a puff of their cigarettes.

All in all, I will remember it as one of the best four days of my lifetime. During my first few days here, a senior told me that the four Antaragnis are the best 16 days of an IIT Kanpur student's life. I never believed it. Then, Antaragni '08 happened.

Hoping to better it next year.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Talking Post-Sem Blues

The end-sems ended today. I feel like I've lost something big. I haven't felt lower than this in a lifetime. Somebody please say something to brighten me up.

Watched Khuda Kay Liye. Awesome movie.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Blowin' In The Wind

I've been wanting to do this for some while. Start a music blog. No, I'm not giving online guitar lessons. I'm still taking them.

It's going to be about the music I listen to. No, the music I live on.

www.simplytuneful.wordpress.com

This is gonna be exciting.