The quintessential retrospection of the first term break.

And just like that, my first term at MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad) has come to an end. As I write this from my laptop at home, enjoying my term break, I cannot help but wonder at the enormous speed with which the last two and a half months have passed me by. The first day in a new city, as my parents helped me set up my hostel room, as my younger brother yelped with excitement over the good food at campus and as the sweat on my forehead lulled me to sleep – everything is so clear, like it happened yesterday.

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(Photo courtesy – Pratap Kaul, PGP-18, MICA)

Yet, I must acknowledge, sixty days and more have passed between that day and this, and they have been quite something.

MICA has taught me a lot, a lot in the days gone by.. in this post I will try and summarize everything in the shortest manner possible, because these memories and learnings have to find an outlet.

MICA has taught me – 

  • No one said life is fair. So stop wallowing in self-pity and value your background and achievements.
  • Change something if you can’t live with it. No one else will do it for you.
  • A confrontational attitude may not always work. Use your spidey sense.
  • Time is not golden, its platinum. One term down before you can even register things. Gee up!
  • Always write your name on your umbrella handle, and never keep it out of sight for long.
  • Its alright to cut it fine (for your first lecture) but a good breakfast is really important
  • Cold coffee is the ultimate drug
  • Don’t be too happy about your cool slogan t-shirt. Three more people in MICA probably have the same.
  • People with the same taste in music are a blessing.
  • Having time to spare does not mean you’re managing it well.
  • The mess serving karela on Sundays is just another way to make you appreciate the food on the other days.
  • Rajneesh Krishna Sir is awesome.
  • There will be more competitions than mosquitoes in your room and you’ll not be able to participate.
  • People have so many layers to them, the social penetration theory really works.
  • Don’t give up hope. You will find Havaban Harde lovers everywhere.
  • The best friends are found in the most unexpected places. So keep your mind open to possibilities.
  • Unlearn before you learn. It really helps.
  • FDI in retail is good, for me.
  • Hostel bathrooms are a classic example of Tragedy of the Commons
  • There’s no bigger accomplishment than a clean and tidy study table.
  • Everyone’s crazily talented over here , so don’t think too much of yourself.
  • You have a right to be irrationally exuberant.
  • Reading newspapers is a luxury.
  • Finance is not as difficult as it looks.
  • There’s no better feeling than to know you belong to the crazy.
  • This time’s never coming back, so make the most of it.

Here’s to the crazy ones! 

To My Teachers.

It’s teachers’ day today and my first teachers’ day at a place where I’ve always wanted to learn.. At Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad.. My teachers have undoubtedly been the biggest influences on me. Starting from my parents and going on to those who taught me at my school to those who ended up teaching me the important things in life, the soul stuff, the stuff you need for life.. Today, I pay an ode to all of them.

From my teacher in kindergarten who taught me the importance of sharing to my postgraduate level teacher who has taught me the importance of continuously
challenging myself, pushing my limits, my life has been an enriched one and I thank God for all my teachers.
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At the end of the post, I wish teachers get the respect they deserve. They are the makers of our nation.. Makers of doctors, engineers and artists. Teachers are one of the most overworked people. I hope teachers get their due and students value them as they should be. Because the good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

Happy Teachers’ Day.