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Arbitrary: A list

It was late one night and I was trying to sleep for quite some time, but to no avail. I then got bored of trying and decided to do something to kill time till I felt sleepy. Well, what I did was nothing constructive. I just made a list of a few things I like and dislike on campus. Here they are:  

What I don’t like:

  • The fact that some people watch those stupid regressive soap operas and those highly melodramatic reality shows that run on our Indian cable channels. It is the last kind of entertainment that I would personally have. I’d prefer anything to these, even sitting idle (though that rarely happens).
  • The fact that people (not all) on campus know whether or not Deepika Padukone is back dating Ranbir Kapoor, but not for eg. that 76 CRPF jawans were brutally massacred by Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Basically, the fact that many people on campus follow only page 3 news, but hardly know what is going on in and around the world. They are living in a small world of their own, oblivious to everything around them.
  • The fact that very few girls actively participate in sports of any kind. Had it been otherwise, I would have got to watch sports on TV and would have been spared the hassle of having to find live streaming links and wait while it buffered.
  • The fact that people are interested in others’ personal lives sometimes to the point of annoyance. Gossip is the most popular form of entertainment on campus.
  • The stink on the stretch of road behind the Organic Chemistry dept. leading to the tea board due to the overflowing drain.
  • The cigarette smoke that fills the air right outside the tea board next to the stairs leading to the subway.

What I like:

  • Love the greenery in the campus. It is one of the best places to have long walks.
  • The space outside the main building is my favorite spot to sit and chat with my friends. Some of my non-IISc friends have actually started complaining that the main building is the only part of the campus that I take them to and I am yet to show them the rest of the campus even though they have visited IISc several times. :-P
  • The 20% discount on books in Tata Book House throughout the year. I’ve bought so many books already that I think my room will become a mini library by the time I finish my PhD.
  • The Gymkhana. Love this place.
  • The fact that time spent in the lab is interspersed with visits to Prakruthi/Tea Board. :-P
  • The independent life that I lead here and the fun I have with my friends.
  • The Rhythmica shows and the Voices newsletter. 

Well, the likes outweigh the dislikes any day. Simply love IISc!! :))


P.S. This was in the drafts section for many months. Wasn't sure if I should post this. Well, posting it on an impulse now.


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