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Convocation 2009 – A beautiful end to the best 4 years of my lyf!!

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Hey guys, finally I am back from my bout of fever, cough, cold and what not. Before you thinking abilities wander, I would like to say thankfully I am free from the dreaded H1N1 flu which has swept across Pune especially.

Anyways till 30th June, my condition was horrible to say the least. I was lucky (u must be wondering how come I am like “lucky to be sick”) to fall sick in that week. I meant lucky because I didnt have to miss classes though missed my finance specialisation test and did horribly bad in the Marketing test (though in the end since I got it I feel “All well that ends well”). People were advising me to rest and not go and take care and blah blah. Iwas like “There is no way I am gonna miss this for anything”. My biggest motivation of going was to meet old friends as well as get a chance to see the old environs of Vellore and VIT again (dont know whether Ill get a chance again ever!). On 30th June at the advise of a senior whose also an MBBS, I had the medicine “Sinarest”. The health center doc had given me that medicine but till then I hadnt bothered about having it thinking it to be one of the money stupid things the doc would prescribe. Guys, believe me this medicine worked and I was in a condition to even jump in about two hours.

Finally the D-Day (31st July) arrived. I took the 6 30pm bus and got down at University Circle and went to E-Square. After having a nice meal,(didnt have time to watch a movie 🙁 ) left for the airport. Now I was going to the Lohegaon airport for the first time. I had heard that its a defence airport and all that. But when I reached there, I was seriously shocked to see how kutti (small!!) it was. There are just 4 departure gates (first I thought there were only two:P), one arrival gate and two conveyor belts in the airport. The best part is that people have to walk to the planes with their luggage. The most interesting incident that day was the fact that people by mistake starting moving to the wrong Spice Jet airplane and had to be directed to the right one. So there was mass confusion on the runway. Finally after a delay of 45 minutes, our Spice Jet flight departed for Chennai. We reached after about 1.5 hours in a flight marked by pretty bad turbulence.

It was amazing to be back in South India. The humid air of Chennai, the characteristic smell as well as the auto and taxi “anna’s” saying “going-aa, coming-aa” etc all awakened me to the spirit of Chennai. After an hour long wait, I was on the way to Vellore. I reached VIT by 6 not before being exposed to one of the most crappy Vijay movies. After resting and getting ready in Mohsin’s room in the guest house both of us were on our way. The most important job was to meet friends. But before that there was the BIG JOB of getting the certis. So for that when I finally forced my way into the Student Service Center I was told that I wouldnt be given the certis because of Rs 400 breakage. Finally after the convocation I got it.

The best thing about the convocation was the fact that we were the first batch who had the chance to break away from the 23 year tradition of yellow robes as we got the black robes with a hat. After the procession to the audi, the customary speeches and the hat throwing ceremony the time to meet friends finally came. It was amazing to meet everyone. Mohsin, Padhee, Arun, Giri, Sam and the list goes on and on… One of the KODAK moments as they say was when I saw Sruthi, Ranju and Anish walking together from the canteen side to the main building side. Seeing them my eyes almost got moist (Yes!!). That day I really felt how much I missed these people and how much they mean to me.

The rest of the day was filled with talking, meeting, chatting, running around with friends, juniors and everyone else and finally seeing them off. Ranju had to leave very fast probably as fast as she came like an express train (but ya thats the problem of being with parents). After seeing off Sruthi, had a nice chat with Arun, Moh, Giri and Anish at SUTTA shop where Arun also distributed his “masterpiece” SHIMMERING REFLECTIONS.

After a decent dinner at “BIG CHICK”(now ppl sometimes call it big chicks im confused:P) and a nice sleep in the guest house, I left for Chennai the next day though not before attending my first and only mass in Vellore at the special invitation of Sam (who led it beautifully) and Giri. The time spent at Riya’s house was amazing. It was great to talk and meet her. And yeah the dosa’s were amazing…:)

In the end though I didnt wanna leave, I knew for a fact that I couldnt have imagined such a beautiful end to such an amazing 4 years.


VIT – the beginning


The deadly H1N1 effect


  1. mini

    i m really glad u had a nice experience and a great time at th convocation :-)…yeah it does feel really great to get back to coll coll , meet ur old frnds and all…tat feeling of happiness one just cant describe and yeah th sadness wen u have to leave ,it makes u feel tat good times dont last for long , only at this time we all realise how special our frnds are to us

  2. mini

    And yeah south india always rocks he he :-)…put th pics soon 🙂

  3. Girish


  4. Apoorva Baluapuri

    Hey !! Been following your Blogs for quite a while now….And after reading all your Life and Times at VIT back to back in a single sitting, I feel you do need to reach out to a bigger audience. I am fervently hoping that there is an “inception” of an idea of writing a full novel in your head. I Dont think you remember me, I was your junior (06BBT032) at VIT and one of Mohsin’s friends…Had chatted with you at his room(D-342, I Guess!!) a few times…Now I can say I knew a celebrity before he became famous 😉

    • aseemrastogi2

      Thanks for the encouragement Apoorva. Yeah I do remember you especially that you and Mohsin were working for some events I think together :). To tell you the truth, I did start writing a novel and reached around 25% completion as well. But in the end I wasn’t happy with the quality and so put it on the backburner and started writing short stories. In a way my short story and article for the book “Down the Road” (A multi – story anthology) was an idea born from this only. Today I feel short stories are one of the best things a writer can write to improve his writing. But the kind of short stories which I love, people at least writing competitions may not like to see some of them like thrillers, suspense etc. Obviously have written a few love stories as well but well that’s not really my genre.

      By the way thanks for calling me a celebrity ;). Guess its all because you readers have liked my 190 posts here in some way or the other. Obviously yeah at one level I wanna move from my personal blog, writing for professional blogs for years, book reviews blah blah to the next level where I am famous and all. But I don’t really want to generate loads of crap which is sadly there in the market.

      Let’s see. Never say never. Who knows what may turn out ahead.

      • Apoorva Baluapuri

        great to hear soon we shall be having some book from you. meanwhile, which 5 books are your choice ? I mean, in fiction, particularly in last few years ?

        • aseemrastogi2

          Actually Apoorva, I don’t read that much of foreign writers to give you a great opinion on the same. Personally I go more with Indian / subcontinent writers but yeah my choice of topics would be different than many –

          1. The military terrorism series by Mukul Deva (4 books – Lashkar, Salim Must Die, Blowback, Tanzeem) is mind boggling

          2. If God was a Banker was a pretty good one by Ravi Subramanian was a pretty good one about corporate politics, banking and stuff 🙂

          3. Imperial Life in the Emerald City – Life in the Green Zone which is a true account of US invasion in Iraq by Rajiv Chandrashekharan was too good as well.

          4. A Cause Untrue by David Blacker (A former Sri Lankan army soldier) – Superb fictionalized account on how LTTE spreads their terrorist attacks across the planet.

          5. The Patriot – A fantastic marine terrorism thriller by Jims Andrews

          6. Decent ones like Love, Life and all that Jazz & Another Chance by Ahmed Faiyaz, Of Dreams by Aditi Talwar Sodhi

          My latest books to be read include – The Newsroom Mafia by Oswald Pereira, Suicide Banker by Puneet Gupta, Messiah of the Scarlet Silence by Atul Chaturvedi

          So yeah as you must have seen my choice is pretty different than the usual stuff :).

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