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By Kshitij Choudhary
“Music is all around us. All we have to do is listen.” -August Rush
Yes, indeed. And the truth of this quote, is not lost in a premier academic institution like IIT Delhi. The primary objective of education here, has always been producing stellar engineers and technical personnel, but 4 (or 5) years of continuous study and no play (recreation) would definitely make Jack a dull, stellar engineer. Keeping this in mind, let us take a look at one of the most exciting extra-curricular clubs of IITD, the Music Club.
Regular activity and amazing events are two outstanding features of the Musical community here. And this is made possible by the three music societies, that work under the umbrella of the Music Club. These are – Mridang, the Eastern Music Society; Cadence, the Western Music Society; and Infusion, the fusion artists. These societies conduct regular sessions, throughout the year, with the goals being learning, recreation and preparation for intra, or inter college events. Rendezvous is the biggest challenge, and festival, for the Music janta; as there are a lot of competitions and some big stars of the Music industry perform here.
After describing what the Music Club has to offer, now I’ll get to what I gained, in my 2 year long association with it. It’s been a great journey, with lots still to come. I was a member of the Eastern Music Society, which came into being last year only. Then it was called Udghosh, Initially, It was just a group of people, who did not know each other that well, coming together to learn and jam. But slowly, that group turned into a family, held strong by the bonds of friendship and music. As the year progressed, the interaction between the societies increased; and the addition of new members to the Club; spread the culture, spirit and peculiarities of the Music family to even more people, all over the campus.
The – happy, proud, funny, and sometimes indescribably hilarious – memories associated with the club, are priceless. And so are the friendships forged along the way. And my way is only half done anyway.
It’s a new day, a new entry batch. And we, at the Music Club – and at IIT Delhi for that matter – welcome them to this new world, full of life, and lessons.
By Udiyaman Shukla
As I passed through the IITD Main Gate for the first time, the oversized letters on the left that said ‘Indian Institute of Technology Delhi’ looked eerily familiar.
Having resided in New Delhi for several years, I had found myself staring at those letters on many occasions in the past, and the fact that I had finally gained admission in my ‘Dream College’ was difficult to fathom.
I soon got to know that the proximity of my home to college was taken as a sufficient excuse to not allot me a hostel room. So there I was, a Day-scholar or ‘attachee‘ as we are popularly known.
Yes, we are those studious Delhiites who always turn up for classes on time and at the end of the day, slip away quietly to the (AC) comfort of our homes. While the rest of the IIT janta has to deal with mess(y) food, we relish our ‘Ghar ka khaana‘. Many of us (initially) cannot even name all 13 hostels on campus!
It may seem that day scholars get the best of both worlds, I mean who wouldn’t want to be one…
OR DO THEY?
Why is it that as we snuggle into our cozy blankets, we think about what it would be like to share a hostel room with roommates? Why is it that we notice a sense of fraternity amongst hostellers that we feel we will never be able to experience? And why do we see IIT as an institution and not as ‘home’ like everyone else does?
Is there something special about living on campus that compensates for the not-so-great food and level of comfort? Perhaps it’s the opportunity to have friends as neighbors. Or maybe the various campus activities that keep one busy late into the night. Or perhaps the privilege of relaxing with a cup of coffee at Nescafe after a session of group study at the library.
So for all you brand new attachees out there, relish your on campus life, spend time at Nescafe or the library! The clubs at IITD are as much for day scholars as they are for hostellers so don’t hesitate to explore them. Stay overnight at a friend’s room if you have to and learn about your hostel’s culture. There is so much happening on campus all time and all you need is the desire to get involved.
So just go ahead and explore!
By Sahil Loomba
What you’ve achieved, is no mean feat. In a few days, you’ll be arriving at IIT Delhi, wide-eyed and awestruck by the beauty of the campus. By the imposing architecture. The grand lecture halls. Accomplished professors. Like-minded people who’ll become lifelong friends in no time. Excitement bursting at its seams, as you set out on a journey lasting a quarter of your life yet.
Sooner than later though, you might find this excitement waning. Interest fizzling out when a lecture bores you. Fights breaking up when your roommate won’t cooperate. Frustration when the hostel mess dal appears too watery, while the hostel toilet stays parched of water. You feel too sleepy to go to class. And there’s lots more that could happen next, to every one of you. In the hope that your ride is not unguided, here are five points you can fall back on, when you find yourself confused and in need for some counsel.
- Remain humble
You’ve cleared a very prestigious examination to reach where you are. You are, clearly, a very intelligent individual. And you come with your own set of experiences, expectations and excitement as you enter IIT. Proud, yet humbled to be amidst a culture of excellence. Retain this humility through your life at IIT. Be receptive and open-minded, to people and to new experiences. And as you move along, with the years passing, do not forget the innocence of tall aspirations you started out with. The curious zeal for learning and finding yourself, both professionally and personally. Because when the destination seems far too hazy, as it often will, your starting point becomes your only anchor.
- Be patient
Not everything that happens to you would be great. You might realise, only after a few days, that you are no longer the topper of the batch. Feelings of underachievement might overwhelm you. You might find a professor faring below the standards that you expected at IIT. It’s natural to behave short-sightedly and feel bad about these situations. But, be patient. Because patience buys you time. And with time, you’ll realise that being the smartest is not really that important. With time, you’ll come across a professor whose lectures would be so interesting that you wouldn’t miss their 8 AM lecture. With time, you’ll find your hidden talent. With time, you’ll find your future spouse. (This one might be stretching our hopes too far, but still.)
- Don’t be lazy
The hard work of JEE is tiring. You must be worn out. Feel free to take it easy, steadily. But don’t fall prey to the lure of laziness. There’s no denying the immense comfort of doing nothing. Of sitting inside your hostel room, in the company of your laptop, a book, a friend, or just sleep. Relish that. But don’t forget to look outside the window of your room. Where the campus would be buzzing with activity and opportunity. Start off with looking, watching, exploring, finding your groove. And with patience (refer to point 2), you’ll find yourself unearthing reasons, and more importantly a drive, for attending lectures, doing dance practices, speaking at debates, volunteering for social work, writing for the student magazine… All this, only if you don’t be lazy.
- Follow others, but lead yourself
One of the most common words in the IIT Delhi lingo, which will soon be rolling off your tongues, is “fundae”. Fundae for DepC, for PORs, for ForEx, for Hukke, for Intern, for PPO, for Placements. When seniors share their wealth of wisdom. And they’ll always be helpful to you. Seek advice, be open to opinions and suggestions. On which courses to take, which professors to not engage in an argument with, and which positions of responsibility to apply for. Take in the advice, but don’t just take it. Digest it. Pepper it with your own interests, preferences, sources of meaning and happiness. Let your inner voice be what eventually leads you in directions that you draw out. Because your years at IIT are (hopefully) numbered and defining. What you do here, every day, over months, will shape who you are when you leave this place. IIT Delhi will be the house that builds you. And we don’t wish to be living in identical houses, do we?
- Be appreciative and critical, afraid and fearless
These are not paradoxical parables. One of the important things you will master at IIT Delhi is maintaining a fine balance. Between academics and co-curricular activities. Between sleeping and bakaiti. Between friends and more-than-friends. And so, you will also find your balance between being appreciative and being critical. Admiring and encouraging not only your friends, but professors, and yourself. Being critical of them should the need be. And also, between being afraid and fearless. You’ll be charting new territories, there will be open challenges which you might be too scared to accept, simply because they are daunting. Don’t be scared to accept them. But be afraid of not accepting anything. Which shall then be accompanied by a fearlessness to put your heart into it.
There is one more point, and I’d like to call it point Zero. (I was a CS undergrad at IIT Delhi, so counting begins at 0 anyway.) Your journey at IIT Delhi is, on the face of it, four years towards a degree in engineering. But never forget, that these four years are from your own life, which spans beyond just that degree. Right now, you enter IIT Delhi while being in love with the idea of it. What they show in the news. Through photos, stories and interviews. Once you’re inside, you’ll be on a roller-coaster which goes through many climbs, loops, valleys and falls. Somewhere in the middle, you might feel lost, a bit unhappy. Be sure to call back home in the middle of a well. Be sure to make and have friends alongside in this trip. Make your time at IIT memorable. So by the time you leave this place, you are no longer in love with the idea of it. Rather, you’re in love with the people and places it contains.
All the best!
By Akash Kumar
One of the world’s most competitive exams IIT-JEE just concluded and a new batch of students are set to march to the IIT kingdom. Thanks to the social media and blogs, everyone has a fair share of information about this magical land. All JEE enthusiasts, wonder and discuss about the IIT, their dream institutes. However, like a game of Chinese whispers, a lot of information is twisted and turned. We all keep believing these myths floating around in our society before someone comes up and debunks them. So here is a small list:
1. INR 1+ crore Jobs
We all know the story of that Sharma Ji’s Son (#no offence), who landed with a job with 1+crore p.a. The true fact, media blows up everything. The salaries in crores are highly misleading because they are foreign offers with salaries converted from dollars to rupees. Not going into technical details, these offers are limited to handful of students, and the median salary of iitians range from 8-9 lakhs CTC.
2. Socially inept geeks.
Some are, but most of them aren’t. In fact we are one of the most socially active people(online even at 4 a.m. :-p ). There are many events going on in campus which are conceptualized, managed and organised by us. And, there is no second thought to the range of talent which one can find here. You name what you’re good at, and you will find someone better than you in the campus!
3. Profs are God
This will be the major difference between your +2 life and here. Gone are the days, when you will be spoon fed, and you will happily take down notes of what is scribbled on the blackboard. Classes will be a mundane task. But, professors are not to be blamed. Maybe some professors have different style of teaching but mostly students are to be blamed for their not-so-caring attitude towards academics.
“Beta ek baar IIT mein chale jao, Jannat hai, Jannat!!!!!!”
10:1 sex ratio, Enough said.
5. Have to study day and night
Not all of us. Most of the students study just days ahead of exam and still gets above average marks. Most of the time is spent in different co-curricular activities in different clubs. And, then there is always luxury of LAN gaming and TV Series.
6. 5 star hostels
The condition of your rooms would be well below par. But, a year stay at your hostel you would realize this won’t even matter. You are going to love the hostel and its denizens, despite all the shortcomings.
7. Your greatest achievement is JEE Rank
Congratulations on being admitted to the most prestigious college ,but don’t be in a delusion. IIT is not a goal but a stepping stone to achieve it. For most of you the biggest achievement till date is cracking the JEE. But your stay at IIT will change your perception forever!
By Saumya Goyal
Getting admission to IIT Delhi is nothing short of a frenzy. When you’re preparing to leave home – your safe haven, for the very first time, there are a million things to do and hardly any time to sit around and scrutinize your feelings. There are always more clothes to be packed, more of those homemade snacks to keep, more things to buy and emergency trips to the chemist to get the medicines that you forgot. As the day of departure approaches, many different emotions emerge: anxiety and excitement of the college life that awaits, apprehensiveness about the people you will meet, nervousness, loneliness and homesickness.
However, one thought which constantly replays in every girl’s mind who is entering IIT is the skewed gender ratio. The thought of being crowded in a campus with testosterone fueled boys who are 10 times in number, is surely a scary one. There are so many apprehensions in the mind of a girl right from getting subjected to a constant stare game, the nonstop friend requests on facebook, what to do if a guy approaches her, what would be decent to wear, will guys pass comments about her to how will she mingle with guys and become friends with the right guys.
It is not an ideal world and the skewed ratio does have an impact on our everyday life more than we would like to admit. But it is only after spending sometime in IIT that you will realize that most of the boys do not act in this crazy, devoid of female contact kind of way. Many times they will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable in this environment. As you break out of your shell and explore the multitude of avenues that an IIT environment offers, you will make numerous friends (many of whom will be guys), who will be your friends for life.
IIT provides us with a lot of freedom which our society in general does not allow for girls, for instance girls hostels don’t have a curfew or restrictions on what one has to wear or what time one needs to be back by. So its upto you to decide and use this sort of freedom. Being alert and aware is good and advisable but being scared isn’t. You eventually learn how to be friends/colleagues with boys and work with them on projects and assignments. You also come to realize that as much as you need your girl friends, guys make for awesome friends too. They are usually honest, less dramatic and don’t over think things. Being part of the minority isn’t all that bad. You receive a lot of attention. You learn to break communication barriers and step out of your comfort zone. It might be easier for some girls and might take longer for some others but eventually you ease into the system. Not every boy who tries to talk to you is a creep or wants to date you. There will be boys who are like minded and make wonderful friends and some who aren’t and that’s something you start figuring out on your own as you start living there and meeting people from all walks of life. The experience of being around guys and competing with them at every step of the way will make you quite fearless. All said and done, it is a great learning lesson. Always remember that experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted!
By Harsh Parikh
It took me immense courage and energy to walk into this building and accepting it as my home for next four years. But since that moment, it has always been my place to rest, my place to live, my place to eat and my place to cheer. It brings tears to my eyes when I foresee the day when I will have to leave this beautiful House of Bricks.
Yes! I am talking about the Hostel at IIT Delhi.
Ever witness the India’s world-cup final match. Ever experienced that feeling when you cheered for it. Ever felt the spring of nationhood at that moment. So is the hostel-hood at IIT. Love, Affection, Attachment and Emotions make a hostel. A spirit of “Do anything for the Best” defines the hostel life in IIT Delhi.
The dreams of being ragged and the dreams of me eating inedible mess food always haunted me post my selection to IIT Delhi. I started losing my sleep because of this issue. But finally, it was inevitable, and I had to walk across the wall which I feared and eat the food that I was presuming to be inedible. But that was the moment of truth, and it was then I really felt the peace amidst those walls.
The hostels of IITD are not merely buildings of non-living bricks but are rather thriving families of bonding, love and care.
IITD hostel life is more like a humongous family, Where you share your table with your mates for lunch and dinner, Where you share the moments of joy, sadness, anxiety, love, care and affection, Where you dream about fortunes with your kin and kith.
~The First Sight~
Like your nationhood is prealloted when you are born, so are the hostels prealloted when you hop into IITD. Like you don’t have choice on who will be your brothers and sisters, you too don’t have choice on who will be your room-mates in first year.
When you first come to IITD, technically, you are alloted either a twin sitter or triple sitter room, but believe me you never ever practically live in a twin or triple sitter room. You live in an ‘n’ sitter room where ‘n’ is a large number. At the end of the day, all of you just hop in a room and do all kind of random things, and you will just enjoy doing all random arbitrary moments that you share in that ‘n’ sitter room. Movies, Games, “Bakaiti”, etc.
Hostels in IIT are equipped with basic amenities, for sports, cultural activities and chronicle life. Hostels do have a phenomenal mess which becomes mundane as the time passes but no worries it is still edible.
Coming to the most important part of the Hostel culture which is like the beginning knot which ties you to life of the hostel. It is referred by different names in different hostels, somewhere it is mess meeting, somewhere it is common room meeting while others call it freshers’ meeting. It might sound daunting on first hand but there is no need to be afraid of it, infact it is the point when you will meet the seniors esp. the ones who are representatives or secretary of some or the other clubs. They make you know each other and familiarize with the culture of the hostel. It is like how parents, relatives and elders make you and your being, so are the seniors to you, building you up, teaching you how to tackle the first wave of the IIT life. Some might be rude, like a grumpy aunt while others might be calm and polite like caring parents, but all they wish is your good. The very first moment, you learn the hostel moto and cheer in the loudest of your volumes. That moment marks the beginning of the bond that you will share for ages
~I want to live for the House~
Remember that moment of The Taj attack, Bombay. Most us felt that I want to live for the Nation. The zealous moment, the gust that gave you goosebumps.
You are going to feel exactly same feeling, during each competition, during each event and during it moment of your IIT life. Well, unlike the Taj incident when you felt anger on Pakistan Government, the feeling would be quite positive and healthy. The best part of Hostel life that I feel is the unity that you feel and the motivation of doing better than the best. It helps you to push the limits far beyond your parochial imagination. But at the same time you have phenomenally good friends across the hostels, across the departments which makes the life in IIT even stronger.
~The Exam Moment~
If there is no one left in the world who can save you from the wrath of the the examination, you surely have hostel-mates to empathize with you. Every hostel, no exception has the exam chronicles: where one of your mates teaches you all you have skipped in the class because of last night lack of sleep, where you have Night-out because it is exam but you study absolutely nothing, where you have the best food of your life at night mess and where you learn the philosophy of life. Had you been studying in your home, IITD majors and minors would be another series of school exams but believe me IITD hostel makes all the difference, when you feel the moment of disaster is so near that you can do nothing but fight! You never studied this way nor will you ever study this way ever in life except in IIT.
Hostel is your home, your house, your throne, your castle and your blanket shielding you from all the seasons of IIT life and providing you the sword to fight and win the life!
You are more than just a student of IITD. You are resident of a hostel, a dept mate, a room mate, performance partner, lab partner, a think tank, the future of the Nation.
Hostel life is the most wonderful part of the IIT life which you will miss throughout your life !!!
Like in a Nation you have no choice but follow rules, no choice but bear the evilness of the system and of the condition, no choice but keep fighting.
But the only choice that you get is:
A) You enjoy every bit of IIT life
B) Sit and complain about pathetic life
And I am pretty certain that through your time in IIT Delhi, you will all choose option A.
Wish you a great IIT Life! Meet you all soon!
– Arpit Singh
So I talked to the caretaker. He said yes one person can be accommodated, but not without the Dean’s permission. So I wrote an application to the Dean. Sure my house was 13 km away, but commuting daily takes time.
For me the problem was that there was direct metro or bus route. And you could never rely on the bus timings, especially in the evenings. Plus, I found the dhakka mukki as a passenger very tiring. And if ever there was a late night event here, either it was miss the event or reach home around 12 or later.
I got the room three weeks after the classes started. If you really have issues in not having a room, you eventually should get a room. It may take time depending on circumstances. Just be perseverant. And if you really live close by, well, there is a genuine space crunch and it’s only fair that those who can’t manage without a room get it first.
– Arneish Prateek
– Co-authored by Soham Roy
Apart from Rendezvous, IITD students organise other literary, technical and sports fests like Literati, Tryst, Speranza, and Sportech during the year. Every fest has something new and different to offer. The common feature is that they all witness some tough contests – from RoboWars during Tryst to Book-contests during Literati to inter-college games during Sportech.
The literary and youth fests, Literati and Speranza respectively are held simultaneously in campus. There are events like word games, literature quizzes and photography workshops during Literati. Celebrated authors deliver lectures and interact with students. Speranza (‘Hope’ in Italian) is a fest by the youth, for the youth and of the youth. It comprises events like film festival, talk-shows, interactive sessions on youth issues and cultural activities like plays. This fest fills up every student with a lot of spirit, passion and zeal – three words embossed in the motto of Speranza. .