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The Trendy T@ttoo

Should I get that cool, sexy tattoo on my body? How many times have we mulled over this single question but are stopped midway with thoughts like, “our parents would get a mild heart attack” or “it would pain a lot”. Tattoos are the “in” thing these days and are thought of as being cool and trendy. People have their own reasons for getting a tattoo, some do it to express their individuality, some do it for paying tribute to people while some get them for the sake of a wonderful memory which they want to keep close to their heart. Tattoo is a very personal decision, it would literally stay with you “forever” so “think well before you ink”. The first things that you need to know are the risks involved in getting a permanent tattoo.

The Risks 

  • Infection – Dirty needles can pass infections, like hepatitis and HIV, from one person to another.
  • Allergies – Allergies to various ink pigments in both permanent and temporary tattoos have been reported and can cause problems.
  • Scarring – Unwanted scar tissue may form when getting or removing a tattoo.
  • Granulomas – These small knots or bumps may form around material that the body perceives as foreign, such as particles of tattoo pigment.
  • MRI complications – People may have swelling or burning in the tattoo when they have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This happens rarely and does not last long.

Next, you need to find a good place about which you are sure about so that the above risks are minimized.

The most important decision is the quest for the perfect tattoo. Don’t just go for random designs that might look good, go for something that is meaningful and has a connection with you. Express something from your tattoo like a “live and let live” type of quote can be used to express your motto of life; a sketch of a Scorpio can be used to represent your zodiac sign etc.

There is a growing demand of tattoo quotes these days. They are better because they are more expressive and people can create their own quote. Choose a phrase which makes a statement not something as senseless as,” word sound power”  You can even consider using a foreign language or foreign letters for your tattoo, this can make it even more interesting.  Some Latin phrases are here for your help.

Latin phrase

English meaning

  • Non ducor duco
I am not led, I lead
  • Audax at fidelis
bold but faithful
  • Luctor et emergo
I struggle and emerge
  • Temet nosce
Know thyself
  • Veni, vidi, vici
I came, I saw, I conquered
  • Verba volant, scripta manent
Words fly away, writings remain
  • Veritas lux mea
Truth is my light
  • Vincit qui se vincit


He conquers who conquers himself.

If you are aware about the risks involved, the pain you would have to endure, the pocket money you would have to loose and your parent’s wrath and you still want that tattoo then you should go for it. Just take your decision wisely.

Nostalgia -Freshie @ IIT

*considering that many of our readers might be joining college as freshmen in the coming few days , here is my take on what it felt like to be a” freshie”
Sitting in a taxi, on a hot and sultry day, moving like a snail in Mumbai traffic was the situation I least wanted to be in. But the place I was heading towards, and the joy that was brimming in my heart by the mere thought of studying there for the next five years, made me wrap up my bundle of complaints and throw it mercilessly in the manhole the taxi just passed by. Ouch! It must have said. Not that I cared. :-p
IIT Bombay – it was a dream come true. “OMG! “ –my friends had said and “OMG!” it was! The hallowed portals of IIT-B were open for me now and I couldn’t have asked for more.
Imagine the happiness of Einstein if he had developed his unified theory, or how mind blown NASA would have been if it had discovered life on Mars, or for that matter, the satiation of Coyote if he had captured the Roadrunner .Tenfold it-you get scenario 1. Okay,now imagine the terror in your mind if you had been on the verge of a zombie apocalypse. Multiply it a hundred times-Scenario 2 .
Scenario 1 + Scenario 2 -> Kaboom – You have now got the exact feelings that were playing trampoline in my poor heart. I am pretty much in control of emotions,aren’t I ? ;)
My chain of thoughts was interrupted by the sudden halt of the taxi. We had reached our destination.”Admission ke liye aye hain? Offer letter dikhaiye”was what the gatekeeper said. I fumbled through my file and handed it over to him. Then we headed towards the hostel 10-which is a place symbolic of the femme fatale of IITB, or so the website said.
The place was no Utopia,but it was a lot greener, cooler and I apparently felt as if I was breathing more easy .After a ride through the definitely “not” hyped Mumbai traffic, that definitely was a relief. Checklist -Reach hostel-check , registration formalities-done, meet mentor –check, cry over the size of the room-been there , done that !
So after all the hectic events of the day, all that was left was –apprehension. I mean, I was at altogether different place, so far from home. How was I going to handle everything? The academics,the extra curriculars, the new people? What if I am ragged? What if I am not strong enough to survive here alone? What if I am not able to make friends? The tension was killing me, along with the heat, and the mosquitoes. The rain didn’t make me feel any better .The night was seemed longer than it was. Glad I was not the only one who was going crazy.There were 800 odd students going through the same mental state, perhaps.
Monday mornings are bad generally, but are exacerbated if it’s the first day of classes.My classes were supposed to be in the afternoon , so me and my department mates decided to go over and check the venues of our classes . Economics and mathematics.Interesting . I must admit that walking around so much before classes, that too before the ones which you had to attend in an AC hall, with very comfortable seats, after lunch ,wasn’t one of my most brilliant ideas. I found myself struggling to keep my eyelids from dropping throughout the economics class. I managed. Next was mathematics-calculus. My favourite! Its gonna be easy! The first class did give me that impression .I couldn’t have been more wrong .Days passed, I adjusted to the afternoon schedule.I managed to stay awake during most classes and also got myself to scribble a few notes.As we progressed with the course- I found myself cursing epsilon and delta for being so disastrous to students. Chemistry wasn’t much better.Schrodinger-why art thou not easy ? Along with Schrodinger’s cat, “lukkha”, “sorry rahega”, “chamka”, “maggu”and other words of the esteemed IITB lingo found their path towards my words of daily use. Not that I regret it albeit.
C++ was course I loved, though I did struggle in the initial days when I found the lab assignments tough , not because they were difficult but because they made me panic. Point noted-work on that ASAP.The chemistry lab was a piece of cake, and so would have the workshop been , if it hadn’t been for N number of accidents that I had which led to a lot of earning of the canteen guy for bandages and oh yes , an injection for tetanus too.But I wasn’t the only one who was being the “bad luck Brian”, my departmen mate got badly hurt too and ended up swooning at the sight of his own blood jetting out like a fountain from his hand. Felt sorry for him, though I myself was not in a state which would qualify as much better.
Contrary to all the doubts I had, I did make a lot of friends and had that share of fun which JEE preparation had so deprived us of ! The starting few days , we all were hardly aware of studies, with all the Mood Indigo,Techfest,E-Cell and various club orientations stealing our time. Free internet-how can one not be overwhelmed by that?There is hardly something that a freshie can resist(mess food not counted, that is despised by the animals too ). Adage goes-“All happy days end “and mine ended with the onset of the quiz1. Horrible results after the horrendous exams. 8/20 was my score in maths and I could hardly hold back my tears. This was unacceptable,this was not how it was supposed to be. I have failed myself. All the depressing thoughts in the world found their way to me,as if I was some grief magnet or something.
In dire need of a pep talk, I went to my mentor. I remember what she said-“ Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength”. This place has the best talent the country has got. It’s a great leveler- you will always find somebody better than you, but that shouldn’t make one sad, it should just make one strive to work harder. IIT is the place of rediscovering oneself and one’s talents. Your only competition should be you yourself. I have never felt so rejuvenated before, I felt as if I were a phoenix who will rise from its own ashes . I was up and about and didn’t look back. We all had our fun and times of study were interspersed but I never regret making those mistakes in the starting days. I learnt and isn’t that the reason why we all were here? Life went on, quizzes came and went, assignments didn’t panic me, but the workshop sure did. But nothing made me forget the metamorphosis from a “nabdu freshie” to someone more confident! I completed my first semester with the most optimistic perspective about life that I have ever had. Eternally etched in my memory are those days. : One Stop for all Your Home Rental Problems

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***this article was written in 2011, after reading about the 7 suicides@IITs the year had seen.I was deeply touched by the fact the bright minds resort to such a thing as denying the beautiful gift of God-life !. Listening to my batchmates at IIT talking about it, I felt the need to pen my thoughts down. Hope you find it encouraging.
“Take care of yourself beta, we are always there for you”,the words echoed down the empty corridor. What I saw was,well, a bitter sweet scene-an anxious and caring mum was counselling her daughter.I knew that girl and was also aware of the fact that she had fared badly in her exams.I moved on , relieved by the fact the she was being counselled to take failure in her stride.Why did I feel relieved? ? What was bugging me ? why was I calmed by the fact that her parents were supporting her and advising her not to give up,not to loose heart???Why did the comforting words of her mum pacify me down, even though we hardly knew each other ??? The reason was that my heart was trembling with fear,my mind occupied with a grievous news that my friend broke to me in the morning ….
thus read the front page news. A computer science student at IIT Patna had committed suicide .
I was taken aback.7 SUICIDES? IIT? “nothing new, it happens every year”,my wing-mate said and moved towards her room . But for me,it was as if time went still. The news had shaken my entire being.My heart pained to think of the plight of the deceased’s parents, and to think of the years she spent , the hardwork she would have done to get into one of the most reputed institutes of the country , only to die disheartened and tired of life.
Yes , I am aware of the fact that suicides in IITs are not unheard of . I have heard of many young bright minds succumbing to the pressure and resorting to such an extreme step.Brilliant brains,bright minds have been lost.
why?what led them to such a decision that left their families grieving and mourning for them?? A single reason can not be assigned as the root cause of such a step. Human mind is complex.More than one factor is usually involved in a decision as huge and as scary as killing oneself.
Speaking of reasons, some of the most debated reasons of student suicide in IITs are –stress, loneliness, severe competition, stringent curriculum, strictness and apathy on the part of instructors , high hopes and aspirations of parents, high expectations from oneself and the pressure to perform well. Highly stressful ,isn’t it ? well, the life of an IITian is like that.
Back home they are hailed as if they have come down from planet Krypton. They are looked upon as really intellectual beings who are bound to perform well wherever they go. Parents, peers and relatives expect them to keep outperforming, just as they did in school or the IITJEE. They were brilliant performers at school and were always popular. They could score high marks without much trouble and without breaking a sweat . But what everybody forgets is that in IIT everybody was once a topper. So the competition here is really of an altogether different level as compared to school or JEE days.
The increasing number of students resorting to suicide in these premier institutes of the country has left the IIT fraternity quite disturbed. Govardhan Mehta –a leading researcher and former IIT faculty member-attributes such instances to the change in the mindset of the new generation. He feels that the current lot is very ambitious and is intolerant to failure.They are used to see themselves at the top of the success ladder always , but IITs are different, here everybody is equally competent.This is what makes them feel dejected.
They are not seen as pseudo –Einsteins anymore. It has also been discussed that students here feel an identity crisis. If one can boast of an Olympiad victory,being a computer-genius,topper of school, a great JEE rank ,he will always find others who can boast of the same credentials too. So he feels that he doesn’t have something unique to boast of or be proud of ,some achievement that identifies him …
Some people take this situation with a positive outlook and work harder to prove themselves. Others, who are usually in majority take this as a failure on their part and become stressed. And if one goes into the abyss of despair once, life looks more and more entangled and the poor soul soul searches for escape and relief from his life.
Thus stress the root cause of more malaises than what was previously thought. YES, STRESS KILLS!!!!!!
Most IIT administrations have by far largely blamed internet and computer usage as the root cause of the problems of the students. All night long hacking competitions, gaming, music downloading, file sharing, chatting et al – all conspire to ruin a student’s academics. Due to all this ,half the junta doesn’t go to the morning lectures and those who go usually sleep off in the class, and those who don’t look asleep are those who are present in the class physically but are mentally are off somewhere to their own world, not resulting in any attention to the professor’s words. Due to these considerations IIT-B has introduced a LAN –BAN from 12 at night to 7 in the morning.Data caps exist in other IITs.An appreciable step indeed.
Human nature is such that high self-expectation creates within us an ego-centric attitude,which in a state of depression fills our minds with negative thoughts and provokes a cowardly act like suicide.
What these people forget is that “COMING TO IIT IS ONLY WINNING HALF THE BATTLE”. The societal and peer pressure surmounts in the campus life and it is not easy for one and all to realize the dreams they once cherished . And parents , they play a pivotal role in lowering the stress threshold limit of their child due to high expectations. Many students kill themselves because of the fear that their parents will not accept failure …
Well there are many ways by which you can put back the “ SUPPOSEDLY BROKEN PIECES OF YOUR LIFE”. You can take help of stress management professionals, psychologists and try to calm oneself down. A pep-talk with a friend can make you feel all light and energized.Due to this the concept of room-sharing has been introduced.NO PROBLEM IS TOO BIG TO REMAIN UNSOLVED. As far as the educational system is concerned, can’t possibly overhaul it overnight. It needs highly organized thinking and time. A small step at a time is wise idea just like the student mentorship program is an innovative and powerful step towards directing students towards the right approach of life at IITs.Some instructors can be unfair,just like some students will be rule breakers.Life’s like that . We should not try to mend something that is not broken.
I seriously feel disgusted at the act of committing suicide.
You might have problems in academics –agreed,you might be a five point someone or four point someone for that matter , you might have not landed with a plum job ,you might be having adjustment problems . COME ON , this is life !! It is not supposed to be fair,you have to wind you life up by yourself by maintaining a positive outlook and trying to rediscover yourself !!!! IT IS MORE IMPORTANT IN LIFE TO UNDERSTAND AND REALIZE THE BIGGER PICTURE AND IT IS FUNNY HOW THINGS THAT WE ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT NOW DON’T REALLY MATTER MUCH IN THE END .It is really frustrating to see young lives perish. It is painful to hear about their demise because they could not fight with life ..They should be taught stronger and bigger aspects of life.Remember-”When we look back when we were in trouble ,those troubles look quite modest in the hindsight. that should teach us how to deal with problems and solve them successfully.” WHENEVER ONE GETS DEPRESSING THOUGHTS ABOUT ONE’S WORTHLESSNESS, ONE SHOULD REMEMBER THE LOVE OF OUR PARENTS AND MAKING THEM PROUD BY FIGHTING HARD AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT PUSHES ONE BACK AND EMERGE VICTORIOUS IN THIS STRIFE OF LIFE AND SAY ” I FOUGHT AND WON ” A LIFE IS TOO PRECIOUS TO BE WASTED … PLEASE GIVE YOUR LIFE A SECOND CHANCE, BELIEVE ME ..IT’S WORTH IT ….