Category: A Student’s Life


I’m posting this for a very specific reason. I happen to be a dragon (an Earth Dragon to be specific) and a very close friend of mine found this online and messaged me claiming that this described me to the tee. After having some other good friends take a look at it, I realized that it really was true – this is me defined flawlessly… So here it is –

Click to access the website I got it from: Chinese Horoscope For Dragons

Dragon people are balls of fire! They are full of vitality and love of life. Always on the run, they drag their faithful band of admirers behind them. Dragons are egotistical, eccentric, demanding, and giving.

They are proud, direct, and loaded with high ideals which they always try to live up to. Having a zeal for life, they want to live it on a grand scale. They have the potential for accomplishing many great things as long as they don’t get too far ahead of themselves. When dragons do something, good or bad, you can be certain their deeds do not go unnoticed! Dragons are always making the news.

It is next to impossible to win an argument with Dragon people.They intimidate anyone who challenges them. Once you arouse their anger, they keep after you for a very long time. Dragons are extremely loyal to friends and family. When really needed they always come to the rescue. They are the first ones to say “I told you so”. In spite of being overly emotional, a Dragon is not sentimental or even romantic. They will just take it for granted that everyone loves them. Although they are stubborn and irrational, they are not petty or begrudging with their favors. It is hard for them to hide their feelings. They don’t even try.

Not being secretive themselves, they can’t be expected to keep a confidence for long; but Dragons speak from the heart and are always sincere. Their manners may seem brusque and too direct, but they merely want to get things moving. Being creatures of action, they motivate others, too. They often get into rushes and fail to see the flaws in a situation.Instead of diving in, Dragons need to learn to check things out better. Dragons need purpose in their lives, causes to fight for, and goals to reach. An uninvolved Dragon is a sad sight indeed.

Dragons consider themselves very strong. They will often bite off more than they can chew. When this happens, they are too proud to ask for help and exhaust themselves. Dragons can do many things well. They may be artists, politicians, doctors, or ministers. When Dragons choose the right profession, they will be successful and devoted. They just can’t help winning!

In romance, Dragons are seldom the losers and are usually the ones breaking hearts. Dragons don’t marry too young, and many are content and happier living alone. Dragons will always have more than their share of friends and admirers to keep them company. Dragons are really softies and fall apart if they lose their supporters. They dazzle as long as there is someone who believes in them.

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Life doesn’t necessarily go by plans but it is vital to have a broad idea about one’s life. So, here’s the big picture of my life’s plan if all goes well healthwise and I don’t end up in a hospital dying or get hit by a massive airplane attempting to take off on regular roads.

I think its pretty clear that I want to end up with a mating of business and technical knowledge. So, from here on out the plan is to get a job as a software developer and stick to the field till I get a good knowledge of how things work in the big, scary world. Once that’s down, I’m going back to school for a masters degree because MBA has called my name since I was a kid. It’s the basic requirement to be declared Indian if you have done your undergraduate studies in a technical field like mine.

Anyway, once that’s out of the way.. it is time for investment, business, money-making and chilling on a beach with an electric blue drink in my hand.

So, what’s missing if I have all this planned? Two things –

1. Time – Oh time, how you have cost me more than any money could make up for.

2. Details – Not enough to say I’m going back to school.. which school? which place?

Honestly, my restless soul is weeping for a new land to set foot on and the only thing keeping me from it is the unsurpassable requirement of getting a bachelor’s degree to fit the grand plan.

Of course, this is only if I’m not dead LOL.

Another birthday has gone by and the finals have taken up so much time that I haven’t had a chance to engrave the memory of the completion of my 21st year here on Earth on the wide, ever extending webspace.

It’s impossible to grasp the emotions of the day because hearing from all of my family and being with some of my closest friends is just too precious. But, to run through the events without adding the truth and tangibility of my feelings to it, here’s the run through of my day..

So, to sum my day up.. I spent a few hours with Shane, and was later joined by Hannah. Then, Helder, Ashita, Giovanni and I went to Immac and had a great afternoon picking on each other and playing around. I hadn’t laughed like that in ages and it cheered me up.

It was later that evening that Matt, Eric, Ben, Bernardo, Helder, Giovanni and I went to Punjabi Dhaba for the first time to eat dinner. This of course entailed good conversation, as always and a happiness that only comes when some of your closest friends are with you sharing a special moment.If only Ashita and Falguni didn’t have to go shopping rather urgently and could join us too… 🙂

Then, we headed to Jenny’s place where Danny, Frosean, Forrest and Seth were waiting for us. I found it so sweet of Jenny to bake me a cake and invite all of my friends over to make my day special. I don’t know how to really express my gratitude, because sometimes people you don’t expect anything out of just take you by surprise and make you realize how good they really are! I don’t even know how time passed by and the clock struck 11:20pm… just the perfect time to actually hit the bars and experience being old enough to be allowed inside. So, here we were at Speakeasy, where Erik  joined us while we already had some people waiting for us to join them there. A big, happy group of tipsy people is enough to give us a taste of that lol. Well, Speakeasy, then CJ… and then time runs way too fast again leading me to last call where my head was basically on the bar because I was so out of it. I won’t go into the specific tales lol.

This is when we head back to Jenny’s… have some more fun that I don’t really remember lol.. and then rolls around 5:30 and I’m in bed…

The best part about this birthday was that I was around almost all the people who I care about and who care about me. I wish my friends from Wisconsin could be there and that the day had more than 24 hours so I could meet some people I didn’t get to meet even though they were in Columbia… but, I thought about all of them.

A day that is spent with friends, without books, and on the phone with all of your family.. is a day hard to forget. I didn’t really type much about this.. but everytime my phone rang and numbers of my family members popped up, my heart leaped and a smile crossed my face… I just wish everyone knew how much they really mean to me.

Paulo Coelho, has managed to get my attention once again. One of his most famous and most inspirational works is The Alchemist, and although it was not the first book by him that I read, a quote from it guided my life for quite some time.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

This line has kept me going at times when I believed failure was awaiting me and it has helped me make some big decisions in life. Although it guided my life for a while, I lost it somewhere while running this crazy rat race. In fact, this quote and “signs” helped me be certain of my decision to study in USA…

I had entirely forgotten about this quote and my thoughts were leading my life in a strange direction. But, something that happened today brought it all back on track and helped my mind reconcile in that quote’s truth.

It is my twenty-first birthday tomorrow and I was supposed to write a Physics exam tomorrow. I was sitting here dreading the exam and solving some problems for practice. I’ve been hoping and wishing that this exam was canceled and it was just a stupid desire of a child who hasn’t grown up. The child in me still wanted to celebrate a birthday without having to deal with real life. Well, guess what? My wish came true and I don’t have to face real life because a classmate messaged me on Facebook to ask if I saw Dr. Dave’s last email. Somehow, I had managed to overlook it and would have kept studying if he hadn’t mentioned it.

The universe, which includes circumstances, turned to my side and the e-mail stated that the exam tomorrow is now optional. Considering my average for the first three tests is 98%, there is absolutely no need for me to take this exam. Afterall, the universe did help me achieve what I wanted… 😀

I know it’s a very minor incident according to most of us, but it is special to me because it brought that quote back to me and returned to me the hope that I lived with… the hope that helped me believe and succeed. It is the little things in life that are miraculous and while one waits for the big ones to happen, one loses the most precious ones….

To end it in Paulo Coelho’s words:

“It is the possibility of having dreams come true that makes life interesting”

… and it has just made mine a little more brighter

Memorable Times

There are moments in life that are very precious and magical. This evening ended up being one of those moments and its simplicity is what makes it beautiful.

Ian, Matt and Eric were in the apartments and so, after I finished my physics homework, they decided to step outside and smoke some cigars. Of course, understanding my position with being around smoke we just sat outside with drinks in our hands while they smoked their cigars guiding the smoke away from me based on the direction of the breeze.

The sky was dark, and the lights from the streets were casting shadows all around us as we stood there and talked about insignificant things. A gentle but slightly chilly breeze seemed rather inviting as I sat there looking at three very special friends standing on the stairs. I may not remember all the things we talked of, but this simple, beautiful moment will never be forgotten and their friendship will always remain with me. If I could keep this moment alive, I would do it in a heartbeat.

When years have gone by and things have changed, this moment will still be etched in my mind as a striking memory of these good times. But for now, I’m sitting here in our living room and in the background, I can hear their voices… the voices of people I have come to trust, love and care about.

Realization- Amaan Ali Khan

So, I was on pandora right now listening to the “Nusrat Fateh Ali” station because I love his works and suddenly a familiar song popped up. It is “Realization” by Amaan Ali Khan. The sounds of this piece just bring with it the memories of India and its ambience. The music absolutely rocks and helps transcend discontent and anxiety.

I went through the advisement process for classes I will be taking in Fall 2009 and sadly, due to the budget cuts, one of the classes I wanted to take for my CS application area is not being provided. So, instead of web application programming, I am going to be studying Artificial Intelligence and Security. Of course, these classes are going to entail very cool stuff, but I am still slightly disappointed. It is a consolation to know that I could learn the web programming stuff on my own without much problem and so I guess I am satisfied with how things seem to be turning out.

My flights to India are booked and I will be going home on May 20th, just not for the entire summer. I’m very excited and cannot wait to see my family and friends again. The more I stay away, the more I realize their importance and value in my life. For now, I’m heading to a friend’s place so I can enjoy the time I have with people I know here. I’ve been lucky to live, know and have a broader scope of the world in such a short time. I guess I might just have a full life even if I don’t make it to be super old like others.

Oh, these hours and these days. What an irony that the dread that comes with them brings moments that I would love to live over and over. Midnight study sessions, tanking up on sugar and fighting the nightly dreams while the stress of another exam dawns and keeps the mind in motion couldn’t be more fun at any other time.

The excitement of the end of semester and going home, combined with the hope that the next few days don’t take forever to end just brings an undefinable emotion up… A feeling of joy for the freedom to come gently poured into the moments of painful realization that exams are still to be dealt with.

Life is just so beautiful and innately unpredictable that these moments amuse me. If only we could save these moments in sand of time and hope to feel them over and over… I wouldn’t fear mortality if I could feel again these strange sentiments and thoughts that flow through my mind.

It was Diwali today – October 28th, 2008. One of the major Indian holidays and a widely celebrated festival among various religions such as hinduism, sikhism, buddhism and jainism. Although many legends are associated with this festival, the use of various kinds of lights, “diya” -earthen, oil-fed lamps signify the victory of good over evil within every human being.

Anyway, now that the basic explanation of this occasion is done – I MISS HOME! I miss the amazing food and the fire crackers, the diyas and the rangoli (an art form that is used to decorate floors). We also made “gharonda” or house of God and I miss the sweet sounds of arti/prayers before dinner. It reminds me of my grandmother when I think of the way “prasad” is kept in earthen, painted pots and the way everything in the house is  I miss seeing all our family and friends, a day without grudges and a day of pure joy. Oh the memories of this festival are just so special to me. 

I won’t even type more about it because it’s hard on me…It’s on days like this that you miss home the most…

Yay! Weekend :D

I’m so glad I can sleep in tomorrow! This past week has been very hectic and dramatic, and the weekend seems like a miracle.

Erik called earlier this morning and wants to take me to the Greek festival.. so tomorrow afternoon is going to be fun and exciting. He knows just how to help me unwind.

The highlight of the week is that I got to talk to Michelle (from Scotland) after a long time and I heard from Rachel tonight – which of course, just made me smile! I really miss them both and it cheers me up to hear from them.

I spent the whole day at this guy’s birthday cook-out today with Helder, Giovanni and Bernardo. Surprisingly, I knew a bunch of people who were there… anyway, it was a pretty chilled out and relaxing day. Laying out by the pool was just what I needed to take my mind off things. Also, I think being warm in the sun and getting all the fresh air made my day – considering I was feeling all suffocated and congested since day before yesterday night.

Anyway, I think that’s enough for an update. It feels good to blog again 🙂