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Sunday, 11 October 2015



May I have a magic wand?
To get hold of your hand.
Or to find Someone like ‘You’,
Because the wait is long due.

Will I ever fall in love again?
Head over heels, and all grief in vain.
Or may find Someone like  You,
Because, memories are fresh and new!

Will I wish for some more spark?
Or  give up , as it gets Dark?
May be I will find Someone like You,
Since happiness and misery come in a queue.

Can we remain friends forever?
May be I know, the answer is ‘Never’,
Can  I just find another  YOU?
Or Thee may send Someone like You.

Would I wish for some more moments?
So that  I would cherish and reserve them.
Or, Is there Someone better than You?
When you say so, its hard to believe You.

Shall I keep on adding sweetness?
To the string, that You wanna untie,
Or shall I sever the  string?
While Someone like You, is what you bring.

Please, lemme have a magic wand.
So that, I could make “me” understand,
That it would take a Lifetime…..
To forget  You and find Someone new,
To find Someone Like YOU!

Monday, 28 September 2015

We Live in Deeds, Not in Years

By: Sidhant Sourav

By: Arghya Patnaik (I & E 3rd Year)

And here comes a brilliant article from one of the best talents of the college,  the multidimensional, Arghya Patnaik!

“When you arise in the morning, Think of what a precious privilege It is to be alive-to breathe, to think, To enjoy, to love.”                           

Indeed, when Marcus Aurelius said this, he was correct in his assessment of the value of human life. Man is one of the precious creations of God whom He preserves in this bountiful planet. In fact, man is endowed with special faculties which distinguish him from his fellow living beings. He has got the power to think and to apply his thought for the betterment of himself and his fellow-beings. This faculty endows him with enormous potential to make a difference to human civilization in a constructive manner and to leave behind an enduring legacy. An adage goes like this, “The entire purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.” As Steve Maraboli said, “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.”                               

The cycle of birth and death is an inevitable process which man must subject himself to, because it is the universal law of nature. When a child is born, it is per-ordained that he shall die, one day or the other. Man has no control over his longevity. But, the quality of life one chooses is the discretion of the individual. One can choose to make it non-descriptive and die unsung and unheard. Or, one can choose to make a difference and stand out of the crowd. The former does not require much effort and is a beaten path for all men to follow. The latter, although fraught with difficulties, is the ideal path because a purposeful life is a well-lived and fulfilling life. Utilization of our life in the best interests of mankind and natural surroundings is the best way in which we can repay the immense debt to God for having created and preserved us, all through our life. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”These words of Ralph Waldo Emerson echo God’s directive to His children which is enshrined in the holy books of all religions of the world. That is, to serve the mankind.                                

 “The small lily flower that blooms in the lake for a day attracts countless passers-by its fragrance and exuberant colours. But the oak that lives for three hundred years is soon forgotten.” The same analogy can be drawn for human life. A long life doesn’t necessarily imply a successful life or vice-versa. In fact, if one lives for long and isn’t able to leave a lasting impression on the sands of time, then history doesn’t judge him kindly and he is soon forgotten, lost in the vast multitudes of men who have come and gone, without much ado. But, a noble life and fruitful life is described in glowing terms over generations of time. Such people occupy their rightful places in the shining firmament of the league of honourable men, the ones who have conquered destiny and triumphed in life. History provides ample examples of people who, despite their short lifespan, have left behind indelible imprints on the sands of time. Such people have even conquered death and lived on in their admirers’ hearts.
Srinivasa Ramanujan was a prodigious mathematician who is regarded as one of the greatest in his chosen field. He lived only for 32 years, but in the short life he got, he proved his dexterity with numbers. Swami Vivekananda, regarded as the greatest Hindu monk of all time, passed away when he was barely 39. He established himself as a legendary figure who continues to be a shining beacon which guides everyone in the world to follow the path of righteousness and nobility. His works and oration stand a testimony to his peerless erudition. Yet another example comes to the mind when we talk of Indians who passed away prematurely, yet are regarded as cult figures. Bhagat Singh attained martyrdom when he was 23 years old. In the short life he got, he demonstrated to one and all, the power of raw patriotism and love for one’s motherland. His devotion to India and the cause of Indians against the ruthless imperial rule stands out as one of the best examples of human sacrifice and shall continue to inspire countless Indians for all times to come. In the history of the world,Alexander, The Great comes to our mind. He was another son of mother earth who carved a niche for himself in the league of great men. By his conquests, he brought Europe closer to India and facilitated the intercourse between the Greek and civilizations of the East. The prospective ‘ruler of the world’ was just 33 years old when death came to him. But, death failed miserably in diminishing his rightful place in the history of the world. Alexander is remembered as much for his conquests as his contribution to world civilization.                                    

The great Chinese thinker Confucius said, “With only coarse rice as meal and only plain water as drink, and only my arms as pillow, I shall find joy in the midst of these conditions. Wealth and honour acquired contrary to righteousness are to me like the passing cloud.” Thus, one must avowedly follow a set of idealsand toil relentlessly in order to serve the humanity. History remembers only these noble personalities. Thus, we conclude that, “Man lives in deeds, not years; Thoughts, not breaths.”

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A time for choosing.

By: Team PenTastic
Written by:- Bijay Naik, 3rd Year, I.T                                                               

                The dead body of the 3 year old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi on the Turkish beach has raised plethora of questions to the consciousness of the humanity. It has turned the world’s attention towards the ongoing Syrian civil war and aftermath refugee crisis that the Europe is facing right now; it has also gained sympathy for the refugee from a common European in general and made the gates open for the refugees with a gesture of welcome.

Getting into the Syrian crisis:
                It all started with the revolt against the Syrian Shia regime of the Bashar-Al-Assad in 2011.In fact the critics have complaints on the intention and nature of the insurgency against the Assad regime and have suspicions on the likely funding of the uprising by the western alliance. The current Syrian regime is closer to the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) camp. It was not in the western interest which attempted for a regime change through the instrument of popular uprising which has dispatched the entire region into a state of anarchy. In fact the nature of the uprising against the Assad regime (as a battle ground between NATO and SCO) did provide a ground ready for the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the extremist terror organization like IS(Islamic State).

                Further it would be no wrong to comment that the root of today’s European refugee crisis lies in the evils did by it in the past. In fact there is a great contribution of the Bush administration in the rise of the radical organization like IS in Iraq, which have added the scale of anarchy in the region.
                After watching the aftermath of the Syrian crisis there is a time for choosing for the world community between peace and anarchy, between love and hatred, between peaceful coexistence and mutual rivalries. The so called global superpowers are needed to renounce from their mutual rivalries and must come to a negotiating table for the peaceful and permanent solution of the crisis. It’s the million dollar question which has to be dealt with a measure of priority upon which the fate of millions rests.

Friday, 18 September 2015

The Idea Of India.

By: Team PenTastic
 Written by:- Bijay Naik, I.T, 3rd Year
            For several time, as I sit alone, astonished by thinking of modern India, which has been existing as an independent sovereign nation for more than about six and a half decade. What is so special about India? What about the contemporary states? Why it has existed for such a long period despite several pessimistic arguments by various historical giants? These are only the tiny fraction of questions which arises in my mind several time. Well we will discuss all these aspects extensively one by one.

            It is for Winston Churchill; of course he is one of my heroes due to his spectacular leadership during the World War 2, who has once in 1930 categorically defied accepting India as a sovereign nation. Well India doesn’t fit into the definition of a nation defined by the so called sociologist who makes common language, race and religion as the integral criteria in constituting a nation. Well does our beloved India fit into any of these criteria specified? In fact it comprises of several religions, sects & regions. Further both culture and language in India changes in every 15 KM. Above all the constitution of India has itself provided for 22 languages as the schedule language with eighth schedule of the constitution, which can be used for official purposes, which makes India unique in her in terms of linguistic diversity. Had Winston Churchill ever dreamt of a single European nation, well there is a successfully running Indian story as a showpiece, which can be adopted round the globe as well.
A land of vast diversity:
            India as a nation today stand with her 1.25 billion citizens second largest in the globe is as diverse as a whole continent of Europe. Diversity can be traced in every sphere of the Indian life. 
            The Indian concept of diversity is multi-dimensional, covering the realm of economic, social and political fronts. It can be observed from the lines of language, sub -language, culture, religion, consumer behavior, dressing styles and on many other fronts. Despite having such spectrum of diversities we are a single nation.                  
           India did exist as a single entity during Gupta & Mughal period and in many other occasions.  So what is so special about India this time? Well this time the existence of India has been much more organized than on any other time in her entire history which has confluence by a well written constitution.
            Well we will discuss different aspect in making of the modern India.
Linguistic safeguards:
            1956 was a watershed year for the Indians struggling for linguistic independence. For the first time after independence states were reorganized on the linguistic lines. We evidenced the creation of Andhra Pradesh as the state of Telugu speaking people. It was not unnatural as the ruling political party of Congress was organized in linguistic lines before independence and creation of states on linguistic line was on the core of the agendas of the congress. But the unfortunate partition of the Indian nation had doused the aspiration of the Congress and instead filled it up with several apprehensions. 
            1956 is also special in a sense that a completely complementary model has been experimented in our neighbor Sri Lanka. What the Lankan Government did was, it scrapped Tamil language from the official purposes and introduced Sinhala as the sole official language of the state. This adventurous experiment of the Sri Lankan state did pull it into a state of civil war which lasted of about two and a half decade.
Secular fabric of the constitution:
             It was the 42nd constitutional amendment of 1976 which categorically added the word “Secular” along with “Socialist” in the preamble of the constitution. But the provision of the Indian constitution has been such that secularism has become the intact element of the Indian polity from the beginning. In fact the articles 25, 26,27,28,29 & 30 give a taste of secular fabric of the very Indian constitution. Further the non-imposable Directive Principle of State Policy has provided for the implementation of Uniform Civil Code for the entire country, which is again the sign of secularity of our constitution. 

            In fact secularism is the distinct feature of the Indian society. It can be traced back from early days of the Mauryan dynasty to the present day democratic set up. Ashoka , being a  minority Buddhist , had made no stone unturned in protecting the secularity. It can also be observed from the early Mughal ruler of Akbar. In both the cases of the Akbar and the Ashoka the majority subjects has been ruled by a minority ruler which has proved both the religious tolerance and the secularity of our nation.

Federal Structure:
            The federal fabric of the Indian polity mostly envisaged by the Indian constitution has a great deal in shaping India the way how it is today. Indian constitution is said to be federal in character and unitary in spirit. In fact the provisions of the constitution have made such to build a strong centre. This model of governance of having a federal government with strong centre and also the distribution of powers between central and the state governments along with placing residuary powers with central Government has been adopted from the Canadian model.
            In fact the financial provisions of the constitution have given the unequal weightage to the centre in the matter of tax collection. The majority share of the collected taxes goes into the pocket of the centre and which has in fact makes the states to look at the centre for financial aid several times. It has in fact contributed a lot in creating a harmonious relationship between the centre and the states.

            Moreover here we have discussed only a tiny fraction of the ideas which have comprised of India. We will discuss others as well and also try to find out the factors which have made a great deal in uniting our nation in the upcoming sets of blogs.

Amuza goes Live!!!

By: Nimisha Acharya
Aao Aao...Natak Dekho!!
A new wave has been emerging all over India, which is none other than "pseudo-feminism". There are feminists who truly want equal political, social and economic rights for women and believe in equal opportunities for both men and women. And then we have the pseudo-feminists who believe in male bashing and do whatever they want because it's their "choice". Rather than women empowerment, these people are bringing shame to women and degrading their name. There are many real life incidents, reports and statistics of women who misuse the various laws of the Indian Penal Code and actually get away it. The hype and hoopla over the recent Jasleen Kaur case and the "My Choice" video led to the consensus that the whole meaning of feminism and women empowerment is getting distorted by certain sections of the society. To make this issue known to the people, the dramatics club of CET, Amuza organized a Nukkad Natak in Pal Heights on the 16th of September.

Our very talented drummer Raman!!
Amuza, which had been dormant for almost a year, came back with full strength with their much acclaimed Nukkad Natak "Adhuri Azaadi" on Independence Day. After this huge success, the final year members thought that this brilliant team should showcase their mettle outside the college too and came up with the idea of performing in one of the popular places of the city. After much discussion, Pal Heights was finalized as the venue. In total, there were 16 members performing, with all of them putting their best foot forward and playing their part with utmost perfection.

Amitabh doing a humorous take on Facebook with Sreekhetra, Souren and Pritish
There were four major scenes in total. The first scene showed how under section 498(A) of IPC, a woman can put her husband and in-laws behind bars for dowry harassment and domestic violence, even if the charges are false. This law is made for women who actually suffer at the hands of their in-laws but more often than not, it is widely misused.
Vijaylaxmi, the scheming wife and Pritish, the soft-spoken husband
The second scene was a take on the Jasleen Kaur case and how social media can act as a tool to misguide people. It was about a girl who frames an innocent man in a false case of harassment just because he protested against her wrong-doings.
Shweta and Ankit fight it out while the onlookers are shocked!!
The third scene was about adultery, the law regards men having an extra-marital affair as criminals but the women doing the same are not considered as criminals under any section of the IPC. It was a light and humorous scene that portrayed a married couple, both having affairs outside marriage. When they get to know about each other's affairs they both consult a lawyer who clearly says that in this case, the husband is wrong and the wife is right!
Sriram and Rashree making plans to hangout in KFC!!
Whereas Sriram's wife Jayshree has other plans with her boyfriend, Souren!!
But it is not always that women exploit the loopholes in the archaic laws. To show the other side of the story, the fourth scene dealt with the extremely sensitive issue of marital rape. It showed a drunken husband torturing his wife and the embarrassment she has to suffer at the hands of the police.
Suraj, giving a power packed performance with your very own PenTastic, me!!
The conclusion was that in order to progress in society, men and women should be considered as equals in all fields. And the whole act was aptly summarized by this beautiful sentence, "We should not compete with one another but complete each other."

Kudos to the wonderful team who gave an outstanding performance inspite of the various challenges they had to face throughout. Each and everyone had an important part to play and contributed equally to the success. And of course, the whole thing came together due to the amazing skills of our in-house drummer, Raman Kumar!! A huge thanks to all the final year seniors who motivated and inspired the team through the entire journey. It would not have possible without the tireless efforts of Abhijeet Tripathy, the constant encouragement from Debasis Das, the endless support from Swaraj Dash, Clinton Senapati, Anish Tripathy, Manisha Balabantaray and all the other seniors who turned up in huge numbers!! A special mention to Ronit Mohanty who captured the wonderful moments so well!!
The Team!!!
This is just the beginning of the journey that will make the Amuza reach the pinnacle of success and glory. The Amuzians will be back in a bigger and better way!! Stay tuned for further updates!!