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How to foil a UFO abduction …

Just couldn’t stop laughing after I read this ! Found it somewhere on the MIT website… , in a section titled , rather appropriately , ” Worst-Case Scenarios “…

Now you know why I want to get in there ! ** where else can u learn something like this ??! **

1. Control your thoughts. Do not think of anything violent or upsetting – the extraterrestrial biological entity (EBE) may have the ability to read your mind.

2. Resist verbally.
Firmly tell the EBE to leave you alone.

3. Resist mentally.
Picture yourself enveloped in a protective shield of white light, or in a safe place. Telepathic EBEs may get the message.

4. As a last resort, go for the EBE’s eyes – you will not know what its other more sensitive areas are.

October 29, 2006 at 8:17 am 3 comments

How to foil a UFO abduction …

Just couldn’t stop laughing after I read this ! Found it somewhere on the MIT website… , in a section titled , rather appropriately , ” Worst-Case Scenarios “…

Now you know why I want to get in there ! ** where else can u learn something like this ??! **

1. Control your thoughts. Do not think of anything violent or upsetting – the extraterrestrial biological entity (EBE) may have the ability to read your mind.

2. Resist verbally.
Firmly tell the EBE to leave you alone.

3. Resist mentally.
Picture yourself enveloped in a protective shield of white light, or in a safe place. Telepathic EBEs may get the message.

4. As a last resort, go for the EBE’s eyes – you will not know what its other more sensitive areas are.

October 29, 2006 at 3:08 am 3 comments

eee-No-Vaa ???

Certain people in this world
Are one of a kind
One of them shines above all
For his one of a kind mind
He…sorry…E is the man with a dress code
No normal person would think
That it is fashionable
For most of the time it is pink
He is very creative with his phrases
“Do you know” “you have to write a program”
Becomes “E NO VA” n “E OW TO WRITE A PROGRAaaM”

In short
E is E xtraordinary (in his own peculiar way)
E is E maginative (“what sir…getting 1 mark 2 mark)
E is E nique (his shirt colors can blind u)
E is Sekar …E’s Time is now…

Thank you , Triad Master , for inventing this !

October 26, 2006 at 9:01 pm 3 comments

eee-No-Vaa ???

Certain people in this world
Are one of a kind
One of them shines above all
For his one of a kind mind
He…sorry…E is the man with a dress code
No normal person would think
That it is fashionable
For most of the time it is pink
He is very creative with his phrases
“Do you know” “you have to write a program”
Becomes “E NO VA” n “E OW TO WRITE A PROGRAaaM”

In short
E is E xtraordinary (in his own peculiar way)
E is E maginative (“what sir…getting 1 mark 2 mark)
E is E nique (his shirt colors can blind u)
E is Sekar …E’s Time is now…

Thank you , Triad Master , for inventing this !

October 26, 2006 at 3:52 pm 3 comments

Life In Chinmaya Vidyalaya – Part II – The great years …


Hmm.. 4th and 5th grade went off pretty smoothly.. Not too much to remember.. atleast nothing that stands out particularly… except , perhaps for our late math teacher Mrs. Padma , who had promised to “squuuuuuuze you likee an oraaaaaange” ! Not to forget Lalitha Ma’am , a temporary science teacher we had , who used to give us tests left , right and centre !

6th grade was our official entry into ‘high school’ , which basically meant more homework , and , the worst part , school on saturdays ! on the upside , we were now sitting on the 3rd ( and highest ) floor of the school building , which meant large airy classrooms ! We had been shuffled when we came to the 6th , but Pritish n me were still in the same class !

7th grade , hmm , yeah , something ‘interesting’ happened then ! Me , candy ( aka Ashwin ) and LD were this ‘gang’.. Abhishek Singhal was a part of it too.. n there was this whole ‘gang war’ thing going on , between us and the rest of the class ! pretty interesting period.. but nothing more to say about it… OH ! I almost forgot ! The four of us had started a new company , named A.D.A.P.T ( Ashwin Daryanani Atul Propeller Technologies ).. “we adapt to your needs”.. that was our tagline , and we had invented this whole line up of gadgets , and priced them as well ( too bad no one bought them ! ) AND , the best part of 7th grade , bird-brain’s classes ! ( I’m sure you know who I’m talking about ! ). Man , me n LD had SO much fun ragging her ! Everyone was party to it though.. Remember the time when she walked out of class , sat in the corridor and ‘corrected’ our notebooks ??!?!? And ofcourse , April Fool’s Day , when LD fed her bubble gum spiced with chilli powder !! That was a winner of a year !
( ** we were into spying… more later** )

8th grade , probably the best year of my school life ( after 10th ofcourse !! )… we were in this secluded segment of the 3rd floor , with our own ‘private-balcony’ , so to speak… Since ‘propeller-man- Abhishek’ had left school , ADAPT folded up , but we came back , with SpyKidz ( well , we were learning HTML , so we thought we could make this website about spying , with tests , n all that ! )… We used to spend ALL our time together , ‘designing’ this website in one of LD’s notebooks , it was SO much fun !! Me n candy had also come up with this line , which we used to say to LD , whenever he showed off too much. It was from one of the English poems… “All you gaudy moths and millers are only dressed up caterpillars”…

9th grade… perahaps , one of the MOST un-eventful years of school… Except that Vidi Ma’am was our class teacher.. ( more on this later ) I remember ABSOLUTELY nothing from this year… so , over and out !

*coming up … grade 10 !*

October 22, 2006 at 3:10 am 6 comments

Life In Chinmaya Vidyalaya – Part II – The great years …


Hmm.. 4th and 5th grade went off pretty smoothly.. Not too much to remember.. atleast nothing that stands out particularly… except , perhaps for our late math teacher Mrs. Padma , who had promised to “squuuuuuuze you likee an oraaaaaange” ! Not to forget Lalitha Ma’am , a temporary science teacher we had , who used to give us tests left , right and centre !

6th grade was our official entry into ‘high school’ , which basically meant more homework , and , the worst part , school on saturdays ! on the upside , we were now sitting on the 3rd ( and highest ) floor of the school building , which meant large airy classrooms ! We had been shuffled when we came to the 6th , but Pritish n me were still in the same class !

7th grade , hmm , yeah , something ‘interesting’ happened then ! Me , candy ( aka Ashwin ) and LD were this ‘gang’.. Abhishek Singhal was a part of it too.. n there was this whole ‘gang war’ thing going on , between us and the rest of the class ! pretty interesting period.. but nothing more to say about it… OH ! I almost forgot ! The four of us had started a new company , named A.D.A.P.T ( Ashwin Daryanani Atul Propeller Technologies ).. “we adapt to your needs”.. that was our tagline , and we had invented this whole line up of gadgets , and priced them as well ( too bad no one bought them ! ) AND , the best part of 7th grade , bird-brain’s classes ! ( I’m sure you know who I’m talking about ! ). Man , me n LD had SO much fun ragging her ! Everyone was party to it though.. Remember the time when she walked out of class , sat in the corridor and ‘corrected’ our notebooks ??!?!? And ofcourse , April Fool’s Day , when LD fed her bubble gum spiced with chilli powder !! That was a winner of a year !
( ** we were into spying… more later** )

8th grade , probably the best year of my school life ( after 10th ofcourse !! )… we were in this secluded segment of the 3rd floor , with our own ‘private-balcony’ , so to speak… Since ‘propeller-man- Abhishek’ had left school , ADAPT folded up , but we came back , with SpyKidz ( well , we were learning HTML , so we thought we could make this website about spying , with tests , n all that ! )… We used to spend ALL our time together , ‘designing’ this website in one of LD’s notebooks , it was SO much fun !! Me n candy had also come up with this line , which we used to say to LD , whenever he showed off too much. It was from one of the English poems… “All you gaudy moths and millers are only dressed up caterpillars”…

9th grade… perahaps , one of the MOST un-eventful years of school… Except that Vidi Ma’am was our class teacher.. ( more on this later ) I remember ABSOLUTELY nothing from this year… so , over and out !

*coming up … grade 10 !*

October 21, 2006 at 10:01 pm 6 comments

Life In Chinmaya Vidyalaya – Part I – The very beginning …


I’ve decided to put down all the memories of my school life , before they fade away ( no chance of that happening any time soon though .. ) , so , before I start , let me remind you that this is my blog , and so , I get to tell the story my way !

It all started on a summer day in 1998. I was getting ready to go to school , in Delhi , when my dad announced that we were moving back to Chennai. Back , because , well , I had done my
pre-kg years here , in Chettinad Vidyashram. So , anyway , with that announcement started a series of entrance exams… whose outcomes decided that I was destined to join Chinmaya Vidyalaya on Taylor’s Road… I had written exams in CV Anna Nagar and Chettinad too… and looking back , THANK GOD I didn’t go to any of those ! Judging by the fact that the entrance exams were the first exams that I had EVER written in my life , they went off pretty well !

Anyway , so my first day of school dawned… ( That is , after a tiny mix-up with my driver , coz I didn’t remember the name of the school , so we did some ‘navigation-by-visual-landmarks’.. ). The first sight that greeted me , among a sea of brown-and-white , was the assembly , conducted in a language I didn’t even know existed ( my mom told me later that it was sanskrit.. GOD ! and to think all other schools did it in english ! ).

I guess Tariq would identify with that ! so after standing through 45 minutes of sanskrit , the new teachers were introduced ( our beloved GGI also joined school this year ) and then Mr. Principal announced ” acdjually the newcomers please staaay baack , i have to acdjually allot the classes to the you”… Stunned , I waited patiently , until my name was called out ” Athuul Guptaaa… Go to class 4 YAAAA..”

Walking into class , I was greeted by 40 unknown faces , and just one empty chair to sit on… that happened to be next to a guy named Pritish Sai ( don’t we know him? lol ! )..
and little did I know that this was the beginning of a better than wonderful friendship ! I was in Raji Suresh Ma’am ‘s class… she was my first Sanskrit teacher , and thanks to her , I figured what a fun language it was !

The rest of the year breezed through , though there are some memories that stand out :

  • scoring 100 in the first ever math exam in my life ! ( wooooohoooo !!! )
  • the whole concept of ‘competing-for-marks’ with Priya , Hrushita and Priyanka ( wonder why only the girls were “studious”… )
  • dance periods ( man ! they were SUCH a farce ! )
  • the concept of c.c.a s – i played the tabla during the first cca of the year
  • the 2nd language – 3rd language thing…
  • shraddha dancing during one of the ccas ( LOL ! )
  • the big excitement towards the end of the year , when we were allowed to write with ink pens ( ” no Hero pens please ! ” )
  • sushant’s ‘helpful’ hint – ” this is a vegetarian school… no non-veg food allowed !”
  • the concept of my lunch being delivered to school…
  • and the best one – bhagvad gita recitation competiton ( and i used to think only poetry recitation competitions existed … ! )

All said and done , it was a pretty exciting year , during which I made loads of new friends… wrote loads of exams , and basically had a good time ! Little did I know that there were more such years to come !

October 20, 2006 at 9:17 am 16 comments

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