Friday, June 22, 2007

Our Summer of 69!

Have you ever experienced what it feels to be in a "out of the frying pan, into a fire" situation? When everyone besides yourself seems to look like an alien landed from Jupiter or Pluto? Have you ever experienced a feeling of being thrown amidst a bull fight ornamented in red? Lol...No?

Ohk, lets try this... have you ever had nightmares of formatting word documents or making Power point presentations? like the bullets and fonts and so many other liliputian midget like... a#%H^$@* chasing you and you got nowhere to hide? No? mean to say i m the only jerk breathing on the surface of this planet full of intelligent souls?

ok, i cut the crap. I wanted to be a journalist all my life but ended up being in Content. Donno how...Visited Delhi and in 7 days time landed up in NIIT Limited. A residential training for a month sounded all exciting, especially to someone who has already spent a gala 2 years in a hostel. On top of that, training was a word which always sounded like "no work, only pay" types to me, of course realizing how wrong i was, the very first day.

We were called 'Bootcampers'. 11 of us...and don't miss out the 10 girls and 1 poor soul, who must be still wondering whether he was more unlucky than lucky to have been thrown amidst a comedy album. he he he he....

Seed was an amazing place to stay in.;) I m in no mood for a poetic prose otherwise would definetely attempt a description of the place. All i can say is, it was pretty not so hot and happening for a residential training campus. 10 of us were alloted 3 rooms, Rohan of course being out of the lot. ;)

"The great question . . . which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is `What does a woman want?" Wasnt that Sigmund Freud? i m sure all of us realized how true this was in that one month of staying together. I never knew i could crib so much myself...Gosh!

We were assigned two mentors...and Freud's words applied to them more than it did to us. We still dont understand what they wanted out of

I v studied English all my life, being fairly good at it and could well spell the words 'Computer' and 'Technology' before NIIT happened. Never knew that they needed everything out of me except the spelling...:(

One fabulous routine that prison had prepared for us, which of course we never followed....We were supposed to begin our day with a morning walk...f%^*(lol..). infact we never got to sleep at all...Delhi summers and the air conditioners were turned off in the wee hours of the morning, which sounded more like a nonverbal challenge "sleep if you can!" And, I actually won. lol! Classes began at 9, prior to which was Breakfast TIME! Don't remember a day when i enjoyed my breakfast, not coz the food sucked but i didn't know how to get rid of the innumerable butterflies flying in my stomach on account of the battle, which followed...CLASSES!

"Make an ILT on Robohelp..."was the first assignment showered on us, signed, With Love! Helllllow...what on earth is that now? "has it got to do something with robotics?"... was my first apprehension and unfortunately it turned out to be far more distant and alien to me than a robot. Time seemed less and soon we were loaded with assignments, one after the other...all about a requirements document, a design document, a prototype and a storyboard...GOSH! Robphelp and then all of this for a person who was trying to cope up with what a microsoft word manual had to say was a little too much, honestly, and considering that the person was ME made it all the more difficult. Very soon i got famous in life! :D...CRIB, CRIB, CRIB...CRY CRY CRY!
:( Day in and out, i victimised one or the other, my mom topping the chart, of course. lol! there used to be an hour in the course of the day, everyday in fact, when i thought, i won't be able to make it. " i m going back to cal..." My stapled dialogue that was, and they would all laugh!

Didnt quite know how i would survive my one month! but i guess now i know how i did. Courtesy to all the specimens around me...
Shruti was the first person i happened to meet and know. Tiny, extremely talkative and a typical delhi ite at the first look. We chose to be roomates in SEED. Diametrically opposite, thats what we were. she, outspoken, me an introvert...she talks hell lot, i preffered keeping it shut, she, absolutely neat and tidy with the cupboard, me, proudly messy...:P LOL!
Hold on for that one similarity, we both loved cribbing....she, about the AC and the tap and the water and the window...heheheheheh....and me about my all time foe, TECHNOLOGY !

Got to know Pooja when she was a team member of my disastrous robohelp assignment. Quite at peace with herself. Her only 'not so peaceful' distraction was probably " me the highness" :P Patient to the core, who jhelofied (tolerated) every bit of my "not so needed" ...."yeh kyun hota hain? woh kyun hota hain?" (P.S. yeh and woh stands for stupid things like Cntrl C and Cntrl V and S and donno wht else....)

My day began with peeking into her system trying to wonder why she is doing what she is doing interpolated with sulking face and dialogues like: "oye... meine kya daba diya ke sab gayab ho gaya"...:(

She never had a choice but to smile and still put up with me.

Samira was more startled with me than with anything else...kyun Samy? ;) "yaar, yeh ladki itna kyun roti hain?" was her daily reaction..and why not? bindaaaas would be the word for her. I dare not use words like epitome of strength and blah blah even if she deserves it...cant mitti mein milao my blog with cliches for sure.;) have you ever come across a person with a complete sense of speaking nonsense sophisticatedly? lol...She joined the bootcamp to get free net access so that she could 'job search'...:D...breathing in all day, thats all i remember of her of those days...

hordusso,,, ki haal hain? Kainu faru? hehe...let that be incomplete...

Hope i dont sound like i m posting a biography...but story without characters isn't too happening nah? :) So, you got to know the people who still makes me feel like " those were the best days of my life."

SO, do I go about with the next lot? Just few more to go...

Pallavi and Nidhi can be safely clubbed together wen memories race 2 yrs back. Sharing the same room, always late for breakfast... seeing their faces you would never imagine that they can be so hilarious when they open their mouth...extremely funny would be the word. People utilise a 5 minutes break to eat, drink, fag...Nidhi would use it for sleeping. Baat baat pe sone chali jaati thi...he he...haan bhai, karte kya they, tum dono raat ko? ;)

Puchkarte raho toh khush...Amandeep or well known as respected Tweety ji. :D God has gifted her with a height that surely makes you feel...she s grown up. Otherwise, forget it! She and her soft toy...that yellow stupid looking nonliving creature...:P s

saintly and mahaan(you have to believe me). and she knows why i write this. lol... ;) and readers who don't understand the heck of it, chill, not a mandate.:)

I'd even pair up Manika and Priyanka when I rewind the wheels. :) The serious lot..both of them. Confession time: seeing them always made me scared and tensed about my worth out there. They were really good and their ever composed self made it look even better. Gosh, i don't believe i'v actually got into serious words while writing about them. :D But...they deserve it. Only people in the entire bootcamp who probably turned through the pages of the books that were given to us(and looked more like telephone directories to me..:P) and knew what they contained. I still don't know. :P

That reminds me, Josephina was also among the sweeter lot... so softspoken that I doubted many a times "eeeeesh, I am going deaf and that too so early in life"..:( Missed you Josie...for that 'one' year, which you didn't get to be with us but more for the three months we got lucky to spend with you.

Smirti was the miracle machine...loafing here and there, everywhere,...and still the first to finish up with tasks. I'm guessing she had a gini...:) lol...hey, you donno what a gini is? that alladin's lovable bhoot...who did everything he asked him to do? The fascinating love story we got to see on campus...Reena's love for Smirti and vice versa...:P One bit, which i'll never forget about her is her waking up in the wee hours of the morning and sitting all ready and decked at the corner of her bed...when we had barely rubbed our eyes to realize....oh F%& its morning...:D

Coming to the apple of our eye...hehehehehe.....Rohan Gupta. One weirdo...i m just hoping he never reads my blog...

very helpful can i disagree, if not for him I would have never learnt "daalna"...bullets don't you dare start smirking again. :P Ekta Kapoor would have definetely casted this guy for her disastrous movie "Gayab" instead of her turn off bro...if only she knew how well Rohan justified this title....

GAYAB...he was eternally so...lost in his own world, own thoughts, own donno what else...I wonder at times why a genius like him ever did the mistake of joining NIIT. :D None other than Bill uncle (Mr.Gates) could appreciate his inventions...not our respected Moonlight for sure.:D

Last but not the least, you already know the calamitous, cataclysmic, catastrophic, dreadful, and tragic ME...:)

I' m not at my sentimental best and I truly avoid being anywhere near to it these days...but of all the things I'll never forget in life, is my association with the characters appended above. Guess we truly complimented each other, being good or bad, being weird or superweird...:D everything fell into its place...and still does. :) We bet it does, our shit luck.;)

Be it hogging onMaggi like we v been released from the parched and starved Somalia, or didn't know that something which looked like "dhaga" and was called noodles could be eaten as it staying awake till past midnight and yakking more important stuffs than functioning on moronic Power point it crying over ex boyfriends or planning over new it creating accounts on or some other to agree that life was fun. adil, reena, moon, canteen wala bhaiya, reena's takla driver and her unforgettable "ting ti ting ting" ringtone....all had their own importance.

No professional competition, we were like kids lounging on the way to a tougher life. WHat we did not know is that the best days of life are only called BEST when they are bygone...:)

I would not want to conclude this...coz i d never want to see an end. Already sprewed here and there... yet the bond remains. Thanks to Seed...would never realize otherwise that there are things far more precious in life than a sum drawn per annum.:)


Amandeep said...

Saintly and mahaan!! Lol...
And what does "that yellow stupid looking nonliving creature..." mean??!! Have some respect for my tweety, please!!!

With this post you brought back all the memories of those days. Yes it definitely was the best time of our lives!! But my darling, to refresh ur memory, we were 12, not 11!!

And ur "daalna" (bulets, of course) still has me rolling wih laughter the moment this thought enters my head...

Oh mann!! i miss you guys so mush!! Hope our paths cross in the future, and we make SEED happen all over again...

Now someone close sam's and priya's eyes, coz i'm gonna say this again... Guys!! I love u loads and loads!!! :-)

Musing Mermaid said...

In one word "Fab" wud be apt for this post...awww!!! i so very wana b there and re-live all that again. I miss mimicking reena's salwar pose and her crazy ting ting ting ting ring tone!!!!

GUYS!! can v all b ever again in life again? practically not like this for sure!

we used to do "helluva" work, jab tak "PITCH DARK" nahi ho jata tha aur moonlit aati thi (PHLS imagine me spkng that with all my curves on face to act like that highly sensitive, touch me not, sophistication doll..aaahhhh our chanda)

Love u and Miss u all
mmuuaah ..paro for this amazing amazing write up! where we actualy reazlize that we knitted a bonding, dats never to b broken :)

Priya said...

Lovely writing paro...u caught us nostalgic. No one could have decribed this much better than you have done...simple yet unique. Love you for this.

One more thing, those who thought of me as a serious person then...would really really want to change their views now. What say...Amana and Sam???

Josephina said...

Hey! This is a pot pourri of sweet and spicy events. It sometimes made us laugh and sometimes cry our hearts out. I will never forget that first day I entered SEED and I saw you on the first row. You seemed so homesick that I wish I could have flown away home instead. Those 3 months defintely had some bright moments thanks to all of us. Your poems, your voice, your songs,....YOU played a great role in a way to make it to the finish!!!

Moral of the story: The WORST is not bad after all if you have the BEST of friends with you. :-)

Cheers to you all!

~ ॐ ~ said...

I must say it took me sometime to read the entire page...

Phew !!!

and I managed to !!!

looks like you've been having a great time... enjoy !!!