IIM-C Carpe-Diem 2006

Carpe Diem Prelude

Over the last two years, I had systematically forgotten the gifts that were a part of the guitaring package. The last sweet memory was that of the event ZONASA '03, which boasted of a brigade of architectural delegations. The sweet rhythm or even the sight of the guitar ensured an ensemble of females, who poured attention and love (?) for at most half an hour before they went on to the next attraction. It was a brief 'high', like with tequila. My brain would always know that it was ephemeral, that the females weren't REALLY interested. But I lived those moments consummately. Somehow, I never had an opportunity to do the same for a long time.

Today, after more than two years, I am rediscovering at IIM-C Carpe-diem fest the gifts guitaring provides...

"awwww...you play the guitar ?"
"FIFTH year ???? you look like a second year..."

and the annoyance too...

Carpe Diem - Favourite Moment

-- "Is it possible that you have a crush on her ?"
--"NOOO...No. I don't think so. No....Ya...Maybe..."

Carpe Diem - Favourite Show

The Play CUT performed by the IT-BHU team

I was quite happy to learn that this play had been performed in KGP quite a few times. I was even more thrilled with the fact that I had missed every single performance. The ambience of the IIM-C auditorium, the magnanimity of the space, the lights streaming from 'up there', can't be captured or experienced through words. Add to that a great theatrical act, and life immediately sweetens up. The carpe-diem experience was briefly soured by an esoteric play titled 'Sir...Sir..Sarla'. I confess. I didn't get it. There was something about the two hour melodrama involving just three characters that didn't quite interest me. The row of sniggering IITians lulled my fear of stupidity. They all don't get it!

So that's the jist. First Play Bad. Second Play Good.

Carpe Diem - Favourite Spot

They say that the campus has over (or exactly) seven lakes. I have neither counted, nor visited all of them. Just a couple of them are enough to seduce a visitor. A night spent chatting at the steps of the auditorium, a stroll along the lake, a breath garnished with pure mist can turn any nature cynic into a romantic. I did it the in 2004. I repeated it in 2005. This year, I rushed from KGP in the evening and I hopped on to the 12 C/A1 Howrah bus at 9pm so that I could absorb that atmosphere in 2006....totally worth it.

Carpe Diem - Canteens

I found a novel concept at this campus - a TT table juxtaposed with a canteen/mess. There is a slight danger of the ball landing up in gravey, or the irksome task of recovering an astray ball from under the dining tables. But the combination is killing. A sports goof like me ended up playing eight matches back to back (Yes. I lost all of them. But that's not the point). There is something about charging oneself up with chai and draining it all in singles or doubles. Loved it.

Carpe Diem - Worst Moment

I have a video in my possession that clearly proves that I have the potential to go besuraa. It broke my heart to see myself struggling with Aerosmith, and failing to reach that note. My unshakeable confidence in music has buckled this week. It'll take a lot more practice to tell a female I go crazy, crazy, crazy for you baby....

Carpe Diem - Goodbye

Awwww....This is the last IIM-C fest I'll attend as an under-graduate. Being a UG student gives me the right to act goofy, immature, smile a lot and be confused about the future. I can't imagine having the same kind of fun while doing a PG course.
"amm yes. The stock market is bullish. And I feel that...Yeeee...Pentagram shuru ho gaya..."

Thank you IIM-C for spicing up my life for 3 years.


  1. hi,
    I'm Rajesh Rana from Army instutute of management thanx for help... well you can send those pictures and videos at rajeshkumarrana@yahoo.com i'll forward it to them...

    i think you are from IIT kharagpur...

    SaCreD MaTriX

  2. awww...you play the guitar??!

  3. Hehehhe...I wouldnt be sure, the spice of IIMc would leave YOU in just 3 days, I am sure it will last till today, when the spring fest will add its next spice..:).. I can imagine, who can resist crowding around Iyyer when he is with the guitar??..:)..Do I not qualify to be doing PG??? "act goofy, immature, smile a lot and be confused about the future(read unemployed)" Well, I dont think being PG would do anyting to any of that,.. look at me..:)..

  4. hi
    i am from the IT-BHU team that happened to perform CUT at carpe-dium.
    thanks for the appreciation

  5. felt good , this blog .. :) plus the fact that i identify with a lot of what's written ... maybe some other year , some other place ! see you there !


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