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Whiteout!

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Even after being in Pilani for three and a half years, pursuing what many call academics, I have realised one thing. That Pilani still can, and does surprise you at the smallest of opportunities it gets.

 It is uncanny and I've been noticing it right since my first semester here, back in 2009.

Why this sudden outburst of realisation, you ask? Not sudden; I just said it; it's been happening for quite sometime now, and well, the latest of these incidents has made me throw my lethargy to the cold outside and muster all courage to key in this post.

So this tale begins on a cold, very cold evening outside New Delhi railway station. Needless to say, Delhi had been experiencing its coldest weather in over 40 years, and my gang of friends and I had just reached Delhi in the Sealdah Rajdhani Express at around 8 PM. The scheduled time of the arrival had been 10 in the morning, but following the strict decrees laid down by the standards of the great Indian Stretchable Time, we had reac…

New year's blah.

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New year resolutions are inconsequential, don't you think?

Well, okay. Not completely so, because there is this initial feel-good about having made a brand new resolution; but sooner or later, when we've gone through the first couple of weeks of the year and the sheer monotony of life sinks in yet again, we turn a blind eye to all the hopes that we had harboured and all the intentions that we had had.
Nothing sums this up better than the following piece written by the great American humourist Mark Twain, in a letter to Viriginia City Territorial Enterprise, in January 1863 :  "New Year's Day - Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good  resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings c…