Saturday, January 23, 2010

Graphic Design Cordship

Design status @ Saarang on Twitpic

Newsletter day1, Saarang 2010 says -

"I forgot that you guys existed" - One member of the core group to a SHELL-shocked design core as she handed him some work.

FR cord looking at a design cord`s badge and said "you guys have no work.. peace da"

"Why do you need extra coupons da?" A catering vol to a design cord.

& many more....

Can you name the cords whose work starts 5 months before Saarang and continues even after Saarang?
It is the DESIGN team.

How do you feel if someone wakes you up at 3 A.M. and says a poster needs to be done asap ?
How do you feel when someone calls you at 8 and says "Macha, you need to design a poster in 2 hours.. otherwise the printing shop gets closed and we are screwed... I shall provide you the contents soon" & that "soon" extends to one and half hour?

After putting infinite fight for making the teaser for Saarang 2010, some high-positioned(culsec/proshows core/... I dont know.. I dont care) guy calls up and says, "SkidRow is coming.. please include that & remake the teaser"
How the hell should we synchronize the music with the video ?
Still, we did make it happen.
Now, skidrow packed. :|

"Peace putting cordship" an EP cord to a design cord.
What the hell is meant by putting peace?? What the fuck do you show to Shankar Ehsaan Loy or Hammerfall if we did not design a brochure for professional shows? What the fuck will you publicize about Saarang if we did not make any poster?

A catering vol comes and proudly says, "I stamped on 200 coupons today and I got extra coupons for that" as if he built a Taj Mahal and he was earning for that.
Should a design guy say "I worked from 5 months and I did not get any extra coupons" ?

Pack the coupons. Eat yourself. We dont care.
But, please dont make comments like this. It hurts from inside.

Every core does work. Every coordinator does work. Every volunteer does work. Otherwise, Saarang/Shaastra or whatever can not happen. Please dont unnecessarily blame or comment anyone.

We love design.

- A frustrated graphic design coordinator, iitm.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I am not responsible !

Proshows cords : T. Raumschmiere, Germany’s most exhilarating Electro-Rocker. Renowned for his hyper-energetic solo live shows, T. Raumschmiere has formed a three piece live unit. The unique blend of Rock and Electro music they have developed in the night clubs of Berlin, will now be at playing Saarang 2010.

22nd January, 2010.
Saarang day 1.
SAC, iit madras.
5.05 P.M.

After giving a fire start to the so-called electro-rock show, T. Raumschmiere may thought of pulling more people into the bowl to get their heads banged. He may even thought of removing his pant and throw it into the head-bangers with \m/ symbols ( he already did that with his shirt by that time ), if there was some increase in the number of rock-interested people. I bet this would be the smallest crowd for any rock show they might have performed till now.
This band came all the way from Germany to India, iit madras and performing a rock-electric show for free !! Yea, the entry ticket was free ; & this was named as mini proshow. WTF.

So, already it was a cup. A big cup.
Now what happened was a grade much lower than a cup. I dont know what to call it.
The rock show started off well with all those lights, amplifiers and stuff.
Suddenly, at 5.05 P.M. , it happened.
The lights went off.
The amplifiers stopped working.
It appeared as if SAC was out of electricity for the electro-rock show !!

Reactions of various people:

Non-iitm audience : IIT - Institute of Indian Technology ! (Was that supposed to be a private joke, right? How did it leak ?)

Frustrated junta : PACKKKK

Noble audience : It`s all about fate.

Rock lovers : Go drummer !!!!
( The drummer did not stop his action at all even after the power cut. He continued drumming, non-stop for 20 minutes without lights and amplifiers !! JAHAPANA TUSSI GR8 HO.......TOHAFA KABUL KARO......

IITM audience : FR cups

FR cords : Equip guys could not provide the right equipment.

Equip cords : QMS cords did not check properly.

QMS cords : Checking is secondary. The primary motive is not to cup.
(Well, then what is the duty of QMS ? :| )

Newsletter cords will obviously make fun of the event.
Every cord blames every other cord for cupping. But is that better compared to "pre-planned organisation" ? Now, what about that band ? Was there any kind of justice done to them ?

It is all just a BLAME GAME.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mechies reactions after watching 3 idiots

After watching the great movie "3 idiots" in Devi Multiplex, the mechies of Ganga hostel reacted as follows.

GRT: I am the Madhavan of the film. Replace photography with design. In future, I will find myself before my dad, with a letter from Rockstar games, saying, "I dont like engineering dad. I want to be a designer"

Pratheesh: One fine day, I will jump from Deans Office and go to an interview in a wheel chair. I will get a job.

Kasa: Bullshit movie da. Lets go to the insti asap. I want a window seat in bus.

"Who are you?" We asked Karthik.
"OOOBB Aamirkhan." was the reply but Junta assigned him the role of Chetur.

People are finding a 'Phunsukh Wangdoo' in BTM.

"What about you?" We asked Nithin in unison.

"Engineering is my passion"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Legendary Secret Society of Ganga

Its good time for Ganga blogging now. The bloggers were united for a cause - to show the world the power of their secret society. For any society to form, something so huge, something so nervous, something which cannot be removed from a human mind, something which makes your adrenaline rush to the tiniest and laziest part of your body, something which will leave an impact on your life that you will never forget till your death has to happen.

It happened.

The last two days of Ganga`s 2nd wing had witnessed an unusual chain of events in the case of Nithin`s missing laptop. Finally, it was found.... ( For details on the case, click here.)

Last night, at #113, when everyone united for a cause, a resolution has been passed by Kasa and GRT.
"Lets form a secret soceity"

We put our hands together and thus our secret soceity was born.

12.05 A.M.
#113, Ganga.

Name and Logo coming soon.

For details on Nithin`s case, check out Kasa`s blog and this blog frequently.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Robert Langdon found his love in Barcelona state. So, he packed and hence the author of the State division series also packed.

Friday, January 1, 2010

AVATAR - the review.

AVATAR - the movie that made me believe that "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE". To begin with, this is the visual masterpiece that everyone in this world have been waiting and it succeeds in everything it tries to do visually. So, this proved as an exception to the general movie custom - "The more the hype before the release, the lesser the response it gets after the release."

The overall look of the movie is amazing. The special effects are unbelievable. Cameron made me shed a tear and stick to my seat in the theater for roughly 3 hours.
Let me give you a brief review of AVATAR, the new pandora world.

The people:

Director/Writer: James Cameron
Executive Producer: Colin Wilson
Actors: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle
Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel Moore
Cinematographers: Mauro Fiore and Vince Pace
Music Composer: James Horner

The Plot:

Jake Sully, Paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet called "Pandora" in place of his brother with the promise of getting his legs back if he helps the Government on a mission, a mission of destroying the alien planet. Pandora is inhabited by a primitive race called the Na’vi and Jake is sent in to learn their ways so that he can help relocate them and the humans can take over. But as the story progresses, Jake Sully falls in love with the Na'vi culture and guess what , he turns against the human race !

The heights:

Avatar=special effects. The SFX are impeccable. They come off effortlessly and the entire story is on the planet pandora which is shown as a colorful and beautiful planet, a complete amazing visual treat to your eyes. And people, how do you take this? - A significant part of James Cameron's mega epic Avatar, with a budget of over $230 million (nearly Rs 1,100 crore) - the most expensive Hollywood movie ever made - has been brought to life by an Indian visual effects company - Prime Focus!

Normally in a film like this, you can see a few mistakes here and there, but I didn’t catch any. From Sam Worthington’s tiny legs to the computers within the scenes – every detail was thought out and used as a part of the environment. Cameron truly created a world of his own, which makes you feel as if you’ve been transported into a new world while watching the film. Even some minute details such as the 'cry' of the aliens are also taken care of. I think it is a 'dream come true' for Cameron.

The performance by everyone in the movie came out well. It’s kind of fascinating to notice the actors emotions through their Avatar characters. Zoe Saldana gave an especially emotional and strong performance, and you never even saw her real face!

It sounds ridiculous, but the avatar character`s hair is yet another detail that really stood out.

Although the story was well told, clean and flawless, it lacked originality. For people who are science fiction freaks, the story of AVATAR appears to be cliche. Avatar runs on the lines of "Aliens are more nobler than humans" which is the hot topic among many SF stories. This, I can say as I have completed SF-An appreciation course in my third semester and moreover, I put an A grade in it :). But with all the time and money Cameron put into AVATAR, I would expect him to tell an old story well. I can see that he took a lot of risks, so maybe asking for an original story was taking things too far…

A white man comes in, learns the ways of a more primitive people, then fucks them over, has a change in heart, and comes back and uses their own ignorance and belief system to make himself a hero. It’s like Thanksgiving all over again! Although this is an old story that we’ve seen many times before and I can’t blame Cameron for coming up with it, thanks to the way of his story treatment.

The first 45 minutes of the film is all about being in awe of the environment. It’s about reacting to everything around you. How to fly the alien bird, how to bond with the creatures out there, How to fall in love with an alien?

Coming to the music, it was cliched and sounded similar to Titanic. People love the combo of Cameron-Horner, but the music could have been better in Avatar.


This is a visual masterpiece and is meant to be seen in IMAX 3-D theaters. If you are a visual graphics lover like me, this movie drives you crazy. Just rush to the theater, make sure to turn your brain off and let your senses lead you into the whole new world of PANDORA!

My Rating: 9.5/10

Official website:

Looking forward for AVATAR 2 !