Monday, October 15, 2007

The Blackout

Well i am back online nearly after a week . The reason ... the main transformer of the campus got burnt ... so BITS had a blackout. The institute had a back up .... without a/c . Now here is the thing about our institute ..... it is centrally air conditioned . So there are no fans .... and each class has only 2 windows ... which have hardly been opened . So now when there was a crunch ... the mighty authorities decided to go on with the classes ( "In Pilani... there are classes in 50degrees" ...... damid they have fans and winds ... this is hot and humid goa .. with classes like furnace ") .

Anyways the first day we did not have electricity and the central lawn was filled with people . Everybody was out . there were long discussions, weird games played , rumours and gossip was everywhere , disturbing people in salsa workshops, getting hold of nearly anybody and giving him bumps. The night was live .... it was fun ... people were interacting with each other face to face ... rater than through gtalk.

The next day due to humidity nobody in my hostel went for classes . Gully cricket was the order of the day . New rules , new style .... the only thing common with cricket in its current form was that it had a bat and a ball.
One full week , we passed our days like that..... playing cricket in the corridors during the day , attending some off meeting in evening and sitting on the b-dome lawn at night till 11.
Everybody always had some story to tell , some matter to discuss , some game to play ...... it was probably one of those few times when i thought ... people actually existed in this place .

And now power has been restored ( temp ... hostels have light but classes still w/o a/c) .... ad now everybody has gone back to their rooms .. to their comps , dc,movies , gtalk ..... nobody is out in he corridors plaing cricket , nobody in the lawn discussing something .........

I am happy that power has come ... but the last week did teach me one thing . With all the technology to make world a smaller place ... it has made it actually more cold and unconcerned ... people sitting next to each other .... use a gtalk server kept in us to interact with each other ... take pleasure in cs, wow , dota ... and what not ......

Half the status messages in my gtalk say ..... life is back to normal ... the bitsian way ..... but i miss those moments of the past week .
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