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A Summer In Thailand

Written By: NU Blog Editor - Feb• 03•16

Love seafood? Scuba diving? Temples? Adventure? Hospitable crowd? An escape from your monotonous life?

Well, this is the place you ought to visit.

Yin-Dee-Ton-Rab

Summer of 2015

An invitation for me to explore Thailand!

Our first stop was Wat Trimitr Vityaram Voravihahn (Temple of the Golden Buddha)

This 700 years old Buddha is a complete marvel. It is made with pure gold and weighs 5.5 tons. It’s value is approx. 28.5 million pounds. The Thai hold this so close to their hearts that they have gone to lengths to ensure its safety. A tourist is given only 30 minutes to park his vehicle and tour the temple. The vehicle is seized by the authority if the time limit is exceeded!

Entering the temple, you are flabbergasted at the sight of gold everywhere. Looking up, one could marvel at the intricate detailing on the gilded roof forever.

Moving onto the next part of the temple, you’ll encounter another golden Buddha, this one is just gilded but it is as mesmerizing as the previous one.

Sitting on one side of the interior of the temple you’ll find a Buddhist monk who is ever so lost in his own reverie that the perpetual chatter of the tourists entering-clicking-leaving the temple doesn’t distract him one bit.

Outside the temple, there are rows of light-weighted small bells, hanging in succession. As a gentle breeze blows, the air is filled with the soothing gentle chimes of these mystical bells. As you feel the breeze on your face, the gentle chiming of the bells brings about a peaceful sensation and a calm to your mind.

As the 30 minutes come to an end, our Thai driver brings about the car and we are off to our next stop.

Wat pho (The temple of the reclining Buddha)

This temple has the gilded statue of the reclining Buddha. Measuring up to 46 m long, it depicts the entry of Buddha into nirvana and the end of all reincarnations.

Exploring the other parts of the temple gives you an intriguing experience. You’ll find all kinds of people, children on school trip, tourists, Thai temple workers taking a nap and passionate artists sitting around the corners, busy with their sketches and paintings, oblivious to the passing time.

The auto-rickshaws in Thailand a.k.a “TUK-TUK”, are lined outside the temple as you exit. To beat the heat, ice-cream vendors are always trying to grab your attention by shouting in their own dialect in quite a comical way.

Day 2 started with the visit to the Safari World.

The first show is a hilariously staged, boxing match between two chimpanzees and, quite an impressive band performance by another group of them. This show was successful in securing all the cheers from the crowd, which included the adults as well as the children. As you explore the safari world, you’ll come across this miniature lake filled with beautiful variety of colorful fishes. One could stay here all day at the edge of this lake admiring it’s beauty.

The sea-lion show is splendid. You could see the sea-lion pulling all kinds of stunts, from balancing a chair on his nose to leaping 7 ft from the water to hit a ball.

School trips are an integral part of the 12 years of schooling. One could see young Thai kids on their school trip to the safari park, moving in a single file, with their hands on the the shoulders of the mate in-front of them. Trying to interact with them wouldn’t get you anywhere, as they are not familiar with any other dialect other than their mother-tongue. But that doesn’t stop them from their single letter questions like, “Camera !?”, “India !?”.

The Dolphin show keeps you at the edge of your seat. With the Dolphins launching themselves from the water to more than 10 ft in the air, it’s marvelous! The synchronization of their jump and the perfect execution of their stunts are breathtaking.

Moving on to the other parts of the park, exotic birds are a common view. You’ll find crocodiles and other animals also, in their respective enclosures.

Some birds are friendly enough to land on your head or your hand, if you have the bird food. Feeding the birds is quite an experience as one can place food on his hands and head and wait for the whole flock to come, cover your body with feathers.

Moving onto the car Safari, one can easily spot these majestic creatures basking in the sunlight or taking a nap in the shade. They roam around freely, without any fear. These Royal Bengal Tigers are one of the endangered species, but thanks to initiatives being taken around the world, their numbers are increasing.

There are bars everywhere in Thailand. But some are quite exotic with their special cuisines be it an Italian bar with its pizzas and pastas or an Irish bar with its signature beer. A perfect place to relax at the end of the day recounting the day’s experience.

The next day we leave for Pattaya, a 150 km road-trip.

A lush green stretch of beautiful landscape welcomes you as you enter the city of Pattaya. As you enter the main city, tall buildings come into view, projecting a mesmerizing view, with the coastline visible just a few kilometers ahead. We leave for Koh-Larn, a beautiful coral island, on a speed boat.

On the way to Koh-larn, you can get off the boat onto a, 30 sq. meters, floating platform for parasailing. Tied to the end of the boat and sailing with the wind, 100 meters over the water, one of the most exhilarating experience ever. It gives you the top-of-the-world feeling, with the view of exquisite Pattaya. It’s a must have experience on one’s bucket-list.

As you get off the boat, you are welcomed by the sight of clear waters and an amazing view of the, 500 meters long, stretch of beach. With all kinds of water sports happening on the island, there is no chance of boredom creeping into your schedule.

A perfect place to sit under the sun with a beer in your hand and tingle your taste-buds with Thai street food or more like Thai beach food. With every passing second that you spend in this country, you fall in love with it all over again.

Coming back to the mainland, one can roam endlessly, traversing the through the streets of the city. The city itself is full of life. You can see people and tourists bustling from one place to another going about their work. You can see small shops and stalls almost every 20 meters selling mouth watering Thai food or really tempting clothes.

Airport Cafe

And the Journey ends right where it began, the Suvarnabhumi Airport.

-Shashank Kumar Pawar

Eyes

Written By: NU Blog Editor - Feb• 03•16

In her eyes, I see a beautiful flower.

Its tantalizing beauty and power.

In her eyes, I see the glowing sun.

The scintillating shadows where the meadows run.

In her eyes, I see the universe above.

But mostly in her eyes I see love.

 

Poem by Nikhil Nair

B.Tech II Year

Being Alone

Written By: NU Blog Editor - Feb• 03•16

I am alone,

but not by choice.

I am sad,

despite all the joys.

No one to tell about my day

before I sleep.

No one to share with,

the darkest secrets I keep.

I feel like a vulture,

looking to satisfy its hunger,

but even after I try all I get is,

other people’s (love) leftovers.

I hope tomorrow will be better,

than the day before,

and someone helps me escape this lonely room

by opening the door.

I am alone,

but not by choice.

I am sad,

despite all the joys.

 

Poem by Nikhil Nair

B.Tech II Year

A VOYAGE TO CHINA

Written By: NU - Jun• 06•12

China!    Upon listening this word the mental picture which comes in most of peoples’ minds is a vibrant traditional colony with red houses, people practicing kung fu on the streets and dragon cut-outs scattered all over the place. Personally, I even imagined a sight of troops marching in the cities as China is a communist country. But this whole perception got changed when I got a chance to visit China. The trip was organized by NIIT University as a part of their flagship NU-MBA program. The NU-MBA batch 2011-13 was taken to four prominent cities of China: Beijing, Nanjing, Wuxi and Shanghai. Beijing is the capital and the cultural centre of China. We got a lot of learning on the Chinese culture, food, art and entertainment in the Beijing leg of the trip. We also met Dr. Jaishankar, the Indian ambassador to China in Beijing who briefed us about the Indo-China relations. In Nanjing, we attended a four-day seminar on “Market Environment and Development of Enterprises in China” at Nanjing University of Finance & Economics (NUFE). The talks were delivered by various professors of NUFE in this seminar. This seminar was a pleasurable learning experience for our batch. Wuxi is an industrial city. In Wuxi, we visited the plant of Infineon Technologies, a German semiconductor manufacturing company. We got to know about all the manufacturing procedures and quality control practices that are employed in the plant. The next phase of the trip was a four-day stint in Shanghai. This was the best phase of the trip for me. In Shanghai, we got a chance to hear the big guns of the industry. Talks were organized by NIIT China at their Shanghai centre where eminent corporates shared their insights with us. The industry stalwarts who delivered the talks were: Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das(Consul General of India), Grant Li(Partner, Grandall Law Firm), Rodney Cao(MD, Ignite Communications), Prakash Menon(President, NIIT China), Kunal Sinha (Regional Cultural Insights Director, Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific), Darren Burns( MD, Weber Shandwick), Rajesh Rao(Delivery Head, Infosys Shanghai) and Eddie Wang(Founder, Henderson China). 

We did a lot of sightseeing too in China. The sight of multiple facades of skyscrapers in Shanghai just sweeped me off my feet. I cannot forget the huge malls of Beijing. The markets of Nanjing were stupendous. I found the city of Wuxi to be very well planned and the weather was pleasant there. So basically this trip covered the four aspects: cultural aspect in Beijing, academic aspect in Nanjing, industrial aspect in Wuxi and finally the corporate aspect in Shanghai. The essence of the whole trip according to me is that a future management professional must have knowledge about this burgeoning economy as somewhere down the line, China is going to figure in his/her list of important considerations in whichever firm they work in. According to me, this whole trip was a treasure trove of invaluable knowledge about China: its economy and culture.

Pic album of the trip available at   http://www.facebook.com/NIITUniv 


-Ribhu Vashishtha

NU-MBA 2nd Year

Book review: Safe Haven By Nicholas Sparks

Written By: NU - May• 18•12

When my best friend gifted me this book on my birthday last year, like most of my peers, I was under the impression that it would be another one of Nicholas Sparks’ sappy romance novels. This was my first Sparks novel, so I was not in the mood for some mushy love story when I picked it up but guess what? It wasn’t.
First published in September 2010 by Grand Central Publishing in USA and by Sphere in Great Britain, Safe Haven is an epic love story with elements of suspense, mystery, thrill and drama, from #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks. Several of his books like The Notebook, A Walk To Remember, The Last Song, Dear John, Message In A Bottle, Nights In Rodanthe have been adapted into major films; The Lucky One is set to release on 20th April this year – which I’m definitely going to watch – and the movie Safe Haven is due to release in February 2013; I’m looking forward to both!

Sparks wrote this whopping 365-page novel in a little over 6 months and needless to say, he has done it wonderfully. After a really long time, I have come across such a beautiful page-turner. This novel has everything – love, drama, mystery, suspense, pain, suffering, an element of danger – simply an entertaining and enjoyable read.

The story begins with a new girl ‘Katie’ who shows up suddenly in the small town of Southport in North Carolina with no money for food or shelter hoping to start over. She takes up a waitressing job at Ivan’s and rents a small rundown cottage working hard on her off-days to make it habitable. She does her job well but pretty much keeps to herself until a very chatty neighbour ‘Jo’ moves in next door and she starts loosening up a little though she is still wary of sharing much about her past. Katie finds herself getting attached to the town and its quiet life as she unknowingly starts falling in love with ‘Alex’, the owner of the store Fisher’s, and his two lovely kids but there is a dark secret that prevents her from getting too comfortable in this close-knit homey community. As Alex and Katie spend time together falling just a little more in love each day, danger is creeping up slowly and steadily to wreak havoc in their lives.

Here’s an excerpt from this amazing novel:
Jo thought about Katie’s answer before leaning closer. “So you’re telling me that – assuming you had food, shelter and clothing and anything else you needed to simply survive – you’d rather be stranded on a desert island in the middle of nowhere, all alone, forever, for the rest of your life? Be honest.”
Katie blinked, trying to keep Jo in focus. “Why would you think I wouldn’t be honest?”
“Because everybody lies. It’s part of living in society. Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s necessary. The last thing anyone wants is to live in a society where total honesty prevails. Can you imagine the conversations? You’re short and fat, one person might say, and the other might answer, I know. But you smell bad. It just wouldn’t work. So people lie by omission all the time. People will tell you most of the story…and I’ve learned that the part they neglect to tell you is often the most important part. People hide the truth because they’re afraid.”
With Jo’s words, Katie felt a finger touch her heart. All at once, it seemed hard to breathe.
“Are you talking about me?” she finally croaked.
“I don’t know. Am I?”

Katie felt herself pale slightly…

Safe Haven is an intriguing and expertly plotted novel from one of the world’s most beloved storytellers of all time and very different from his previous novels. The preview of the novel reads ‘Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.’ With this, I urge all you book-lovers out there to pick up this superb novel at your nearest store as this one’s definitely a keeper – you won’t be disappointed

by Tanvi Rastogi, BTech, 2nd Year


Remembrance and Retrieval

Written By: NU - May• 14•12

And in the remembrance of the fallen time,
the virtues of a new world,
As we begin to pen down
the segments of lost memories endless.
I fade away in my own darkest thoughts.
As i drift above the wind,
A nightingale of time,
A summery tide,
A watchful gliding trail.
As desires stay awake,
And wishes never rest,
I walk with a broken zest.
My moods have bled enough,
Pricked and provoked by the thorny tell-tale
that life has eventually become.
And shall i rise again,
I pledge not to shed another drop in pain,
And shall i rise again,
I shall only hope to rise up
So high that i never fall again.

Tarang Sharma
B Tech 1st Year

Community Connect

Written By: NU - May• 05•12

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle.
And the life of that candle would not be shortened.

It’s been months now since my first Community Connect visit to one of the two small village schools of Majara Kath and Pratap Singh Pura adopted by NU; but the deplorable conditions of the school and the dispirited education provided to the students there, still disconcerts me.

What came as a respite after seeing such reprehensible learning conditions provided to those few who did actually manage to come to school, was their never-failing, ever-increasing belief in the idea of gaining the most they could. Their sheer zeal to learn took me by surprise, impelling me to give them the best I could.

In the weekly visits to these schools, we had almost an hour long sessions with our mentees. Before my first session of Community Connect, I was deep in thought, wondering how best to utilise that one hour so that my mentee actually benefits from the session. After making sure my mentee was quite comfortable, I helped him with his maths, which he was relatively good at. Learning to communicate in English, which almost no student there is well versed with, is what Tejaram aimed at.

Tejaram, my first mentee, spoke to me of his hardships; him being the only male in the family and having to collect wood in the morning and collect water, being responsible for the marriage of his two sisters which required him to look for a job. He also expressed his major concern ofunavailability of electricity at night because of which he could not study after completion of the daily chores. But still, trying!

Some sessions were planned for the kids to come and visit the campus; look around the place and choose a sport each which they wish to learn. It helped them get a lot of exposure and probably a motivation for many to study hard and be able to join a similar establishment once they grow up.

Through my various interactions with my mentee’s, I realised that not only are the students there very bright minded and hard working, but they realise the importance of educating themselves and are working on it. Even if little, these sessions with the mentors have made a difference. It is certainly a good way to help and educate those in whose hands lies the future of our country.

P.S. There’s hope and we can make a difference.
Ishita Jindal, BTech 1st year

Music and Something

Written By: NU - Apr• 28•12

Every time I look in your eyes,
A strange feeling I always get,
Something definite in my head,
That I couldn’t figure out yet.

There’s something sweet in it,
Something that I’m shaken with,
And in my head it plays like music,
But that’s just the half of it.

But at least I know about one half,
Or I must say I have a clue,
But the latter half of what you are,
Is the interesting part of you.

Mystery word defines it well,
‘Cause what it is I still don’t know,
It never goes the way it should,
The more I learn the lesser I know.

But I guess that was the catch, isn’t it?
Now I’m lost in this feeling of doubt,
But when being lost feels so good,
Who wishes to find the way out?

By Ujjwal Syal BTech 1st Year

The Lie You can Defy

Written By: NU - Apr• 28•12

Love is the hatred wrapped in a lie

Life is the death which you cant defy

Love is the faith you cant believe

Life is the soul gone for a leave

Love is the innocence that gets bled

Life is the redolence of the flowers dead

Love is the fall that you cant control

Life is the bargain you do for your soul

By Yash Singh

Importance of MBA

Written By: NU - Apr• 26•12

It would not be an exaggeration to say that crux of life’s learning can be effectively summed-up and implemented while someone is running a business. Hence to be able to successfully run a business would automatically entail having a good grasp of broad concepts like Finance, Marketing, Operations and Human Resource. Expertise in the fields of Arts and Science would only give a competitive edge to it. Hence, doing a Masters in Business Administration, in a true sense, is all about having an understanding on the key aspects that makes life a success.

This was what, I thought, should be the noble reason to pursue an MBA and when I just started my journey down the MBA path, I was thrilled when I learned to play with balance sheets, evaluate business models and understand intriguing marketing concepts. I knew that soon I would be abreast of the latest and the most advanced applied concepts in the field of Business. And that journals, research papers and business magazines would be more meaningful and useful to me. But three months since enrolling myself into it, my horizon of thinking broadened and I got delightfully surprised that these factors would make-up for just the ‘Business’ part of an M.B.A.

I came to a realization that it is the ‘Management’ part of an M.B.A. that would become the ultimate test in having imbibed the “crux of life’s learning”. As soon as the session began, I became part of numerous groups that were formed for the numerous projects, assignments and case studies that were required to be submitted throughout the term. And I believe that moment marked the actual beginning of my MBA. From here on started the struggle to be at the forefront of mastering the concepts and at the same time to be able to convince your teammates to follow a certain approach while working for a project submission deadline.

Sanest projects to work for are the ones having multiple submissions with deadline timings of something like 12 midnight whereas one of the craziest papers have only single submission per term and deadlines like 7 or 8 in the morning. The former ensures that the group sleeps by 1 am and in the latter ones, having a lot at stake, ensures that the group agrees to disagree on everything till 4 am. It is when the sheer exhaustion sets in, that the group comes to a forced consensus and manages to wrap it up just before the breakfast is served in the mess. Of course, the diversity of the batch too plays its part here. One may have to consider the issue from the perspective of someone coming from tourism sector to armed forces, from construction industry to pharma R&D sector, from financial sector to IT sector. Out of this joyous feeling of achievement, of having contemplated on the plethora of concepts just learned and having made a successful deliverable, teammates discuss the possibility of asking their lecturers to include more such submissions from next time on. This realization, of the worth of case discussions and having learned group dynamics, sets in immediately. It is much later that they realize the full impact of this exercise.

Initially when nobody knows each other and the groups are formed randomly, one’s focus is towards maximization of their learning and contribution and finally working for a best possible submission. Over a period of time, some groups and some of its key members are recognized as outperformers. They garner short run benefits when, people vie to get them in their group in the next round of group formation. In the long run, they wield a disproportionate influence over the entire batch as alumni and also have strong ties with senior and junior batches as well. In the world of professional and social networking and instant connectivity, this is a major factor in determining the latitude of one’s career. To sum up, while doing MBA, ‘Management’ skills like leadership, planning and time management, interpersonal communication, writing and presentation skills gets automatically sharpened while we learn for ‘Business’ skills (like marketing, finance, operations, human resource etc.). It is due to this unique blend of learning (both the method and content) which makes MBA different from the league of other courses. Industry and Business world over know this and a major chunk of any organization’s management brass are MBAs. An MBA degree involves a lot of rigor (has 700+ contact hrs on an average and each hour requires 3 hrs of solid groundwork) and through various tools (projects, case studies, research, assignments, presentations etc) aims to build on the foundations of work experience (though fresh graduates are also fairly common) and culminating in imparting one with the necessary abilities to make a mark in real-lifebusiness scenarios.

Prateek Khosla, MBA Finance & Banking