October 18, 2008

At the mid-point of a grueling semester. 8 weeks and a few more days to go before the semester comes to a close. In between a much needed Thanks-giving break beckons.

Phew! To say things have been hectic would be an understatement. Last month, the IGSA had the annual Indian festival, called Aghaaz and a lot of my time went into rehearsals for the dance. Thankfully, that concluded without much ado.

My friend from Engineering days became a father yesterday. I actually dont know how to react. I wonder what my parents will have to say when I inform them this weekend. They were pretty surprised when Bunty announced his wedding!!!

How things have changed in the last three years. Yesterday afternoon, I was walking towards class and as I waited to cross the road, a small child in a pram was looking at the IST (Information Sciences and Technology) building which stood impressively on the other side of the road, and was trying to pronounce ‘Technology’.

“Tekno” … “logee”

“Technology”, his mother helped him out.

“Mom, what’s Teknologee?”

“Computers and stuff”, his mother patiently replied as she wheeled the pram across the road.

As I crossed the road along with them, I couldn’t but help smiling to myself. Inspite of two years of IT experience under my belt, I probably would not have been able to hazard a better reply than that lady.

For, most of my time in Hyderabad was spent either trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, or travelling between Hyderabad and Pune. In the midst of all this, I did a little work, made some new friends and spent a lot of money.

A reckless event however, forced me to think a bit seriously about my future and that’s what prompted me to apply to Penn State and come here. Fourteen months down the line, I dont think I have made a bad decision. Things happen for a reason, they say.

I came across this beautiful speech by Harsha Bhogale a few months ago. It truely inspired me when I saw it.

More later…


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