Saturday, July 26, 2008

Engineerhood !!!

Sitting with eyes wide open at 2:36 A.M. That's so natural of an Engineering student, everyone will argue. Right, I say. That's so right of an Engineer. But am I one? And if I weren't one What am I? And why am I following the rules of an engineer?

This college has taught me a lot of things. It has made me more pragmatic, more matured, more directionable and oriented but it has simply failed to make me an engineer. Why, oh Why did you leave this one thing? 9 months from now I will pass out from this college as a 'Better Zahid' but not a 'B-Tech Zahid'.

Surely the close to 40 lakh population that will pass out the next year from the various engineering colleges across india are not Engineers. No country can produce so many engineers year by year. We hear in news channels and media that so many of the so called engineers are left unemployed. Issues are made out of it. Mountains out of mole-hills. But my arguement is different. The troup we hear in the media are not engineers. No engineer is left jobless. Talent finds its way somehow somewhere. And the poor graduates who are termed engineers are just koels in the crows nest.

But I wont bicker about this number and find reasons to blame the government. I hold that this elite title given to any soul would not only improve his qualification but prevent a serious famine of engineers. Imagine such a situation. With so few engineers. As in the just safe side of a famine of doctors we are presently in. Ask yourself. How many doctors are there in your locality? In your city? How many doctors per thousand people? We are managing because a part of our population cant afford a doctor and another satisfied by the chemist's diagnosis and yet another hates paying a visit to them.

Coming back to Engineers, its not as difficult to turn an engineer. They say that A talk with a wise man is much worthier than the same time spent on referring books. This adage holds true here. Speak to an Engineer and you will know he is one. And odds in favour of his inspiring you are worth betting upon. And while others are busy making mountains out of molehills you should start making machines out of the same raw material. And practising things that havent yet been preached will help too.

And yes, it would be a bad idea to cease staying late into the night. Remember, engineers stay late in the night. Maybe one such night you will strike a pot of Engineerhood !!! What say?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

'A' or 'a' ? Which is better?

They say One man's meat is another's poison !!! They also say Give thy neighbour as much as you give yourself. Confusing ain't it? Some idioms are antithetical to themselves.

For example look at this - they say Rome was not built in a day. They also say slow and steady wins the race. so long fine. But they also say 'The later you doeth, the bitter it gets'

Somethings just contradict. And some people - of course yes - after all they are human. And when they contradict it is the ultimatum. I am not sure but i think the whole world including me fall in the category of people i am going to discuss now.

Someone finds something not so impressive probably because the first impression failed to make a mark. And then you find that person going to all ends to castigate it. Why, why dont we give a small consideration for that thing and think again.

Orthodox people usually of the age of grandfathers trust certain people and stick to them for may be fixing the fan or cleaning the garden or servicing the scooter. And they are increasingly skeptical about others in the absence of these so called trustworthy skilled men. All other men are just money sucking creatures.

Our society is built that way. Our society is built on trust. A belief. The ink of faithfulness. The ink of care. A parent cares for his/her son/daughter. he wants his son to have this and that and dwells deeper in quest for wealth. The child learns only this. The opulent remain opulent this way as generations of wealth is passed on. Our politicians askance for wealth is in coherence with this theory who look to garner infinite wealth while on the chair.

And this is in contrast with other societies - parts of The West, where we are not built on so much of trust and where you can find crime at will. We have people who leave their children to make their own lives rather than mollycuddling until one quarter of life. Spoil or rotten, everyone has to make a life of his own. Here we have politicians who would kill for a noble peace prize, who would kill for the power !!! The power of chair !!

I dont know which one should win the war- The presence of rich culture and heritage with respect to traditions or a society of self made nefarious people.

Life gives you antithetical statements. Living with them will not remove confusion but will make it a habit beyond notice !!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jaane tu ya jaane na.... !!!

"what song will you sing for your loved one?", she asked me.

Skeptical about my singing skills and doubtful she will actually love the song I began :

"Kabhi Kabhi aditi Zindagi, Mein yuhi koi apna lagta hai

Kabhi Kabhi aditi woh bichad jaye to Ek sapna lagta hai"

Yes, this means that this song is at the tip of my tongue now-a-days and that i am waiting for someone to send me the ringtone. And this meand that i liked the movie very much.

I had always been fond of abbas tyrewala from the time he started writing dialogues for comic films and now that he has turned director he has excelled the same.

What i heard of the movie was that it was an youthful entertainer but when i actually saw it, it turned out to be an out and out 'nostalgia begetting one' though i am yet to complete my graduation. Genelia, the actress from the south couldnt have fared better. Though i refrain from praising imran khan who wasnt adequately upto the mark. There is nothing new in the movie's storyline but there is delight on how it is unfolded.

Practicality reflects everywhere in the movie, without any heavy dialogues, and thats one part that makes the movie succesful. naseruddin shah and paresh rawal like ever excellent. And it came at such a time when industry was starving form hits. Needless to mention a.r.rahman's role in the Music. Only thing thats not healthy is the predictability. Very easily can one guess that the creature that died at the beginning was a cat or a dog.

I am all praise for genelia's brother(amit), inspite of his introvertistical attitude. dont know what his name is. And more praise for Sughanda garg(shalini), the lone one who remains single even after the end of story.

One thing thats important i feel in a gang is that atleast one should know how to play a guitar or a violin. otherwise gaana kaise gayenge? And more important is the presence of freedom throwing parents.

I recommend everybody to watch it..... Not as soon as possible but at one's own peril in free time. So long -

Tu Kush Hai to lage ki jahan mein chai hai kushi
Suraj nikle badlon se aur baate zindagi
Sunto zara madhosh hawa tujhse kehne lagi

Ki Aditi woh ko bichadte hain ek na ek din phir mil jate hain
Aditi jane tu ya jaane na phool phir khil jate hain