Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Central Library


In the first place comparing 2 big Universities is really difficult but I think there are striking differences as well as similarities in the way life moves. Both VIT and MAHE have attained the University status. MAHE is a group of educational institutions which iincludes engineering, medical, management, hotel management, jewellery designing, communication etc all spread around a huge area. MAHE is quite old. VIT is mainly an engineering college which includes others courses related to management and Life Science.

It is very difficult to compare educational institutions but I am going to start the comparison with the most important place, The Library.

The library is huge and spread in a large area. There are volumes and volumes of books, journals, magazines in both the libraries. If one considers the infrastructure, it is almost the same.

The only thing that would matter to any student is freedom. There are no restirctions in the timings. In VIT there is specific time for girls that is only till 10pm and for boys it extends till 12am but here in MAHE central library, the timings are the same for boys and girls that is till 11:30pm.


The rules regarding the entry and exist is the same but there is one major difference.

Wanna know what????

In VIT we are constantly told, " Utilize the library, it has so much to give you."
But, how many actually utilize the facilities in the library.

In Manipal the no one needs to tell us to go to the library. In fact no one does. The pressure they give is so much that automatically the crowd ends up in the library studying. The library is the best socialising place in Manipal and I think after coming here library has become my second home but to add on I would surely mention I miss being in VIT library, the place which made me love to read in silence and the place where I actually learnt to utilize books.



Cat nuisance!!

The title might suggest that I am not fond of cats. Yes, those little creatures do freak me out. Not that I have been pounced upon by them but yes, they certainly freak me out. Why am I talking about cats, suddenly?? Want to know why??? Manipal is the only place so far I have seen where there are more cats than any other creatures. Dogs and cows are in majority. They can be seen anywhere and everywhere in India especially when it comes to public places but here, in Manipal cats dominate!

I see them everyday in and around the campus, near houses, hostels, in bins, any moment a cat may come mewing around you. These cats are in different sizes. Some are just kittens, some appear like normal cats, some huge ones and their musculature and posture is just like a mini leopard. It might sound funny seeing the way I have described but sooner or later I will add pictures to prove my point. At many occasions cats have actually followed me and also tried to play with me when I intend no harm to them and neither am I capable of petting them or even being near their vicinity. I am neither an animal lover nor an animal hater.

My policy is, “I respect your freedom, and you respect mine. So don’t come near me!”

A cat was following me one evening; I turned around and said, “Why are you troubling me? Stay there! You go your way and I will go my way.”

I was laughing within for having talked like that. The cat stopped and turned back and took few steps on the opposite side. I heaved a sigh of relief but then as soon I turned to go back, it followed me again. Few days ago there was a cat in my house!!! God knows how it entered my house but I know that the next moment I was up on my bed waiting for it to go out on its own. Such things have never happened with me even at home. In VIT it used to be dogs!! Be it cats or dogs my sympathetic nervous system gives its results.

If it was dogs in VIT , there are cats in Manipal but both these creatures seem to freak me out !!

My next posts will carry forward the differences!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Return from exile!!

It's been months that I have actually got the time to pen down some of my thoughts. Life has changed! That too, only after staying here only for 3 months. Manipal has the capability to change people.

Well, the change I am talking about is mostly the lifestyle. I have started living life in a way which I have never lived so far. There used to be days previously when I complained about not having time, but now I do not have even the time to complain. I am flowing with what's happening and not even getting an idea how to retrospect on it. That's life!! After coming from VIT, yet another protective atmosphere after school and home. Yes, I think VIT had pampered me a lot that's why I was facing a tough time initally but now that I have adjusted to the new life now.

My last post was written on 8th September and after longing for 2 months I am giving time to my blog. I felt as if I was not my own self. So in the event of rediscovering myself I am trying to differentiate how different was life 3 years back and how is it at present.

My next posts describes some of the striking difference and certain similarities that I found in Manipal and VIT.