Happenings at Srishti: Part 1
Bangalore has been a new lease of life. I am mesmerized with the evening drizzles, the pleasant weather, a peaceful location, an affectionate PG Aunt and getting introduced to new people.
I had also been looking forward to shift to a new rented accommodation, but it seems to be delayed indefinitely. These are the stuff that happens when you are in a hurry and everything is hoch-poch.
Srishti on the other hand seems to have synchronized most of the stuff.
Coming to introspect my first week here. Things have been pretty mixed. So I am picking up new stuff, dealing with issues which at times seem to have gone beyond my hand and yet trying to keep that enthusiastic face.
For e.g. the house that I am planning to shift to is still a mess. I guess where money there is money involved, it’s always good to be patient and desperation is possibly the worst way to approach anything. Something I didn’t do. Then the adjustments in a PG are the other thing that I am experiencing. With over-flooded sinks, crammed up space and lack of privacy, it’s all turning into experiences that can never be replicated.
The next story unfolds in Srishti. With a huge selection of courses and projects, I was literally swept off my feet, till I heard that our scheduled has already been predefined. My smiley face turned into a sad one. Later after discussions and rounds of negotiations, I settled for a project called ‘Mine the City’. To briefly explain it, it’s an open ended discussion dealing with the various aspects of the city. I am pretty excited to see how it will unfold. So I have my fingers crossed for now. The point being I need to keep myself aware with all the happenings in my department and try to implement all those stuff in the project I am attached as it belongs to a different department. That said, I actually had discussion with the dean to allow me the flexibility that I need. So I dealt with my Prof and then the Dean to create the space that I need to work.
Coming to the point of negotiation, I think I have come to a point where the awareness of oneself and the need to lead is imminent. Realizing how much I am putting into my studies currently, mentally, emotionally, physically, financially etc., I feel it’s a good idea to have a certain idea on what I plan to do. But the challenge remains in letting ourselves open up to new things as well. The process of filtration is possibly the toughest thing to do. It broadly revolves around introspection, dedication and rectification on a regular basis. And all these require the courage to face up to all the mistakes one makes in the process. It sounds theoretical. It’s akin to walking on a thin thread of rope and trying to keep your calm throughout.
Anyways getting back to Srishti, I need to streamline my thought process, be proactive and aware of the environment. There are also the obvious doubts. But then to look at it the other way it’s time we learn to face our own demons and experiment without letting the fear in. After all life is all about learning.
And before I finish the post, let me introduce two new people I met this week. One is Nandeep and the other is Afsana. The first is an engineer and the latter is a media student. Its nice to have friends when you are in a new place.
Pretty excited to see how life infolds in the next two years. What with making new friends, doing stuff as I want to and learning to challenge myself and achieving small and significant goals. As I go doze off, I hope to have my faith intact and face the challenges and be calm.