This post comes pretty late. Was in the hospital. So sorry about it.

News Update: The exchange students have left for their particular destinations. The Bremen students:Pavithra,Shweta,Sonali and Snehashish have already reached Bremen and are already uploading pics of their visit. I was going through Snehashish’s orkut album yest and man was I jealous. The place looks beautiful. But as rightly written by him, it’s easier to eat than cook. These people are cooking their own food over there. So it’s not a bed of roses for them.

The Australia prograame people have left. Just half of them though. Vineeth and Ram would be boarding the flight to Australia from Chennai tonight. So they should be reaching Australia tomorrow. They should be uploading their pics soon I suppose.

Rahul Babu Kodali is the new president for Yell. Congrats Rahul.

Madhura from BA first year participated in Revels in the classical singing category and won the first prize.

Amrita from MS second year participated in NIT-K’s Incident in the eastern dance category and won the third place.

In an extremely sad incident, though painfully common, a first year BA student was robbed of her entire bag yesterday at around 9 a.m. on the Udayvani Road. Megha (name changed) was walking and just as she crossed Samudra, a bike with two men on it came and got hold of her bag. She refused to leave it and as a result, she was dragged along the road. She bruised her right hand completely. And what worsened the matter was that the authorities asked her about her attire (which was a pure Salwar Kameez) to check if she had ‘invited’ trouble. Students are not that happy with it and are going to lodge an official complaint with MU and MIC. Itr may be recalled that it was not the first time that this is happening on this road.  Several incidents of similar nature have happened on that road. The problem is that there is a an ego clash between MU and the municipality. The Municipality is not letting MU touch that road as it is their road. Hope more girls are not ‘targetted’ in this lack of diplomacy. Hope things change fast.

Elvin Jacob

A courteous culture indeed…

February 22, 2009

“Many people ask, what is Indian culture? To me Indian culture is just all about – ‘courtesy!’ ”

So said a very distinguished member (u know who) of the MIC cast, close to the end of a 1 and a half hour session of justifying the mangalore attacks… Yes, u read it right – JUSTIFYING the MANGALORE ATTACKS! And not that any one of my classmates said anything in front of him denouncing the attacks… One fine day he just woke up and decided to make us realise that those hideous attacks happened because the poor people from the ‘rural culture’ were affected because of the sudden industrialisation of the ‘urban culture’ and hence had no other choice but to retaliate in the manner that they did. Plus he also had to give us gyan about how pubs and night clubs in choice places in Europe (London and Paris) and US (WASHINGTON… anyone remembers any Indian UN correspondents based there?) had no girls at all when he went there! Well so much 4 believing that…

Indian culture is all about courtesy. Yes indeed! Mangalore prooves that. The Valentine’s Day incidents especially the ones in Ujjain and Jind, also proove this. For indeed, dragging people (and especially girls) around by their hair seems to be the current courtesy of the ‘changing Indian culture’. If, thanks to such illustrious faculty members, we are to learn that acts like Mangalore are what is right and what India is about then you can hardly blame the youth of today for not giving a damn to what their elders tell. They at least have that much of common-sense. I salute u my friends!

Another thing we at MIC have been learning recently is that a discussion means having such a rigid point of view that whatever the other group says you do not even consider changing your opinion. Phrases like but u are not getting my point child and ‘that is a very good point u make but…’ and so on have become as common place as hello and good morning. While in school and so on it used to be the students who wouldn’t change their minds and views, now it is the turn of the facukty to do the same. The students are much more open minded and willing to reconsider than our faculty (which happens to be the BEST in the country I heard recently!). And to think that we are to learn from them.

One final parting word…

MIC IS THE BEST

BiBinhio

Freedom, Your Right.

February 22, 2009

Imagine a medical college, where students ( read future docs) are taught to treat patients but who have never seen a patient or the illness in real in their lifetimes. Now imagine an automotive engineering college where students (read future engineers) are taught to assemble and dismantle a car but who have never seen or travelled in one before. You must be thinking that institutions like these do not exist. And even if they exist, they are run by thieves and politicians (ooops!!!) But just wait before you make any such comments. We had a similar college in Manipal. We used to. Sadly it vanished in the year 2006. No one talked about it when it “shut down”.

Freedom, Your Right. Nice tagline. But as the saying goes “some of the best melodies in the world are still unheard”, some of the best things in the world are still undone. Article 19 was the first communication fest of the country which created ripples in the still stagnant field of communication that was still advertised as an “offbeat” career in career guidance books. There were a few who dared to take up this field but doing a mass communication course then was as rebellious as sending your kid for a three year DJ’ing course in Australia. But some dared to come up with a communication fest. I do not know what the fest contained but I certainly know they knowingly or unknowingly gave birth to a movement that would in years gain a cult status (by saying cult I mean that there were both positive and negative meanings to it over the years). Several people started swearing by it’s name too.

Now there is this times Article 19, the subject of this blog.  Remember about the “imagine this” and “imagine thats” that was there at the starting of this post. Well the college that I am talking about was none other than MIC. The pre-2006 MIC was one where students were taught about newspapers, radio, tv, internet, films, advertising, marketing, event managment, etc but where no one really had anything but theoritical knowledge about it. Article 19 was one fest that incorporated every single thing of our curriculum and that we could gain practical knowledge of if we were a part of it. So the condition was that we had all the theoritical knowledge in the world but no practical knowledge. So we were as useful as doctors who had never seen a patient in our lives and engineers who had never used or even seen a mechanical object before.

After the first Article 19 in 1998, it did not happen. Somehow the fire died out. But as a phoenix rises from the ashes, Article 19 kicked back in 2006. We had three days of a fest. It had all the qualities of a pioneering event. After all, when the first Article 19 happened most of us were in school still asking our teachers,”May I go to the bathroom Misssss”! Still people were able to pull it off in style. Article 19 ’07 was a two day event that got down some greats like TJS George who are renowned in the journalism world.It went international with an entry from Dubai.

This Article 19 is very different. It is truly the biggest ever Article 19 that has ever happened. With over 100 entries from US, Britain, UAE, Scotland, Phillipines, Egypt and India it is truly international in nature. We also have greats like Rahul Bose and Prahlad Kakkar coming down exclusively for Article 19. Rahul Bose is supporting us for PowerOff , an effort by us to create awareness among the people for saving electricity. Prahlad Kakkar is coming for an advertising workshop. Sandhya Ravishankar is going to talk about  broadcast journalism while Sankalp Meshram will tell us about Magic of Syntax. A workshop on alternative media would be conducted by Third Thought Entertainment, an alternatie media group from Mumbai. MMSC has Kiruba Shankar, Nishindra Verma, Krishna Mariyanka and Girish Ranade who will talk about varied topics related to Media Managment. For more details on Article 19 (or to cross check the info!!) log onto http://www.article-19.com.

There is one more reason why this years Article 19 is very different from others. For the first time we have used all the medias possible . We have used press releases, radio scratches, news package (for visual medium) and online publicity. Hence, this years Article 19 has been the most comprehensive and the biggest that has ever happened. But lets not jinx it by already calling it a success. Or rather, I should not jinx it. So lets wait and watch how the event goes.

Disclaimer: The author is writing this post as an individual and not in any of the roles that he plays either inside or outside the institution. All his views expressed are his personal views purely.

By: Elvin Jacob

Fashion Show

February 19, 2009

Today were the Fashion Show auditions for Utsav 09. Man it was just mind blowing. I did not know that we had so much of talent in our college. I still remember, in my second year BAJC, my cultural rep (none other than Sudeep Shukla) made me walk the ramp just cos there weren’t enough participants. The cultural committe wanted the judges to atleast have choice. Otherwise it would be like some other categories wherein 5 people would be there for auditions and the team size would be 8. It has happened in the past before. And I dreaded that it would happen again. But lo, for a change, history refuses to repeat itself.

There were a total of four teams (oh yes!!) with ten models each I suppose (correct me if I am wrong).  There was one team from my class too. While some people wore some real funky dresses, some chose to stay ethnic/Indian. We were having it in our newly built auditorium (yes people, we have one now). I would rather call it an over-sized classroom with high roofs. Models started walking. I found some of them extremely impressive. I would not like to take names, simply cos I know that I am the last person to judge someone walking on a ramp. The UG’s did an amazing job. Some of the models were so good. It seemed that they have been practising for it for months altogether. The music was perfect. The audience was waiting. And the ramp was set. Whoooooooaaaa!!! was the common expression noted among the people when the show started.

One of the teams did an amazing show by choreographing their show around the Mangalore Pub Attacks theme. The expressions of the models were really impressive. “Beauty meets Brains” is what I could call that show to be. But among all the teams, the best model that I zeroed in (I gotta take this name as I feel that this person was the show stopper) was Bhopanna from MS First Year. He was dressed up in red? tracks and a pink t-shirt. Balls of Steel man! The way he walked. Wow. He was just too good. He pulled off a stereotypical gay walk so well that everyone around started clapping. Simply awesome. Then came the last team that incidently happened to be from my class. They were good. Really nice. Constructive brains that we were. For many, this would be the last time that they would walk the ramp cos college is coming to an end with just 93 days to go!

I would not like to praise any team/model as such as I all of them were good. When my class was practising yesterday some thoughts were running at the back of my mind. I remembered the old days. All of us back then had a different concept of a college life. I still cling on to it. Yesterday I saw that concept change. Somehow this extravagant rooms and so many students did not match my perception of MIC. But I felt good that atlast, people would not require to sweat it out during their thesis or fight for cameras as they were insufficient. None of us are going to go hungry on a sunday due to the lack of a canteen.

I am just hoping that like last year, we do a brilliant fashion show and win the first prize. Its not the prize or the points or anything that matters. Instead, its the pride that no one can beat us at creativity. And as my BA batchmates Ashish Rao once said, “MIC should not be known as Manipal Institute of Communication but as Masters in Creativity”. God Bless MIC!!!

Will be there!

February 19, 2009

I thought I would never blog here again; mainly because I had ran out of topics to blog about. (Mallus call it “blogger’s blogg” while everyone else on earth calls it “Blogger’s block” ehm…) Not that I ran out of memories about Manipal, but every attempted-post sounded like the previous one. Just a rant which may mean nothing for anyone else.

So I handed over the house keys to others who were still bunking classes and having tea at press cart. Well nice to see this blog being active again and kudos to elvingiri for the same.

So what is it that got me back to this site? It’s not just the one post a day promise which Elvin made, but also the fact that I will be going to Manipal in a few days, for article-19! Awesome no? Okay may be you hate me and  must be wondering about what’s so awesome about me coming.. Well nothing, it’s just great for me. I have been longing to come to Manipal again after convocation. The wait has ben long, but I am sure it will be worth it. 🙂

I will be speaking at MMSC as well on how newspapers have ben hit by recession and changes NPs are undergoing to survive in the chamnging times. Now, that’s something I am nervous about. I always sucked at presentations. Also, I remember all the ‘looks’ I got from Kinnary mam for mumbling while on stage (presentation skills class). She kept saying excuse-me, in an attempt to get something legible out of me. Thank god, the phrase #FAIL wasn’t so popular then, because I totally failed at communicating! I caught a cold yesterday and that’s not going a big help either.

Anyway see you folks soon (those who will be at MIC that is), Elvin has promised me free accomodation and is anyone staying at 9/10 MIT block? I really really want to have breakfast at annapoorna mess! plssss.. pretty plssss?