This post is just a spillover of a whole set of conversations that arose over the past two-three years out of sheer joblessness whose only aim was to keep words flowing with the speed of thought, whose only result was to leave the meek and the small-picture thinkers irritated enough to want to hit me and a friend of mine.
Well, this friend of mine and I have half-serious conversations about social emancipation, and changing the face of the world and everything on the path to that ultimate aim. We’re a couple of procrastinators, which is why the world is in the state it currently is.
Anyway, that’s the introduction to the bunch of ideas we have, which we really want to implement, but just don’t know how, or are too lazy to find out. Call it ArmchairAmartyaSen-ism, or ArmchairAbdulKalam-ism, but these are ideas borne not only of our wasting time together, but also from a genuine desire to “give it those ones”, and make the world a better place.
- Well, this one came up when I was frustrated with the pseudo-South Indian food in the mess [Rocksolid Idlis are too much to take, and that too on the Coast, so close to Udupi, wouldn’t you agree?]. We want to start a chain of restaurants exclusively for NITs, IITs, and maybe the IIMs (I’ve heard the food in IIMs is as unlike the general image of Mess Food as can be). It is no big challenge having a low-cost darshini next to a college in Bangalore – you’ll have a huge crowd all the time, no lull season at all. But in an outpost in the middle of nowhere, like say Suratkal, yes, you would get your crowd, but the real pleasure lies in seeing the happiness in the faces of your customers at having good food, especially when they are so far away from home, and they’re sick to dying of mess food. We’ve even come up with a name – Food Chain, simple and logical as that. Oh, and maybe we can get into one of the IIMs, and give up high-paying jobs with investment banks to start this venture, and most importantly, let ToI and The Hindu know of this, and give a press release about how we’re going back to heed the needs of our Alma Mater. It’d be worth two years at IIMx to publicize this project this way, what say?
- This one is where we are inspired from the one In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones. We want to keep hens in our rooms so as to sell the eggs to starved, anaemic, malnourished inmates of Girls Block [who’s first on the list, no need to guess]. Quite easy an idea, only problem is to keep the hens in place, make sure the cats and dogs don’t get them, and ensure that our hostelmates don’t make a meal of them [That’s what Shahrukh Khan does in Annie…].
- I read Wings of Fire a long while ago, and thought His Ex-Excellency must really be a humble and positive man to write so much about the Government without once mentioning how fazed he was by the redtapism. But after I discovered the actual writing was done by someone else, the only thing that struck me was that the style was, to say the least, SAD, and that I could have done much better. Hence, I want to write a biography of His Excellency. What’ll it be called? Well, I use a phrase commonly to say something isn’t as tough as it seems, and that it can be cracked without too much effort, and I want to emphasize on the simplicity of the man, and how he can be emulated, so the book is gonna be called “Being Kalam – It’s NOT Rocket Science!”
- This friend and me, along with Tuna, like watching cartoons more than any other TV shows on the LAN or outside (well, maybe where I’m concerned Blackadder might be an exception). We’re also die-hard fans of Mel Blanc, and Looney Tunes. So we wanted to found the Cartoons Club at NITK, where like-minded souls could gather to decide on which cartoons to show on Saturday/Sunday mornings at one of the Seminar Halls. But thanks to Nippon, all people watch here is Manga, and just maybe a bit of Talespin and Duck Tales.
- And, oh, yes, we’ve also researched on the best place to sit in class. The complete paper is here. We agree it is by no means complete, and we might be wrong in the detailed aspects of our calculations, but it works.
- After reading Life of Pi, I’ve grown to think deeply on the topic of Solar Stills. I think a deeper thought into the matter of water shortage at NITK with solar stills in mind might solve the problem atleast partly, if not fully.
- If we get into the education department of anywhere, one of the first things we’d want to do is change “There Is No Such Thing As Ghosts” to “Well… there may be things such as ghosts, but there’s no concrete proof, however I’d urge you not to completely rule out the possibility”. And people who close their eyes to the existence of the occult sciences [yes, sciences] are the same as those who refused to believe the earth revolved around the Sun, and those who believed the earth was flat, and those who believed that no machine could exist that would calculate.
But.. oh, well… we’re just going to turn out into an ad-film maker and a software engineer, or a software engineer and a software engineer, or maybe Ruler Of The World and Publicity Agent In Charge Of Total Brainwash.. I don’t know. I fear and fear accurately that these wonderful ideas will die a natural death as we get on with real life, the life outside of our respective heads, that I feel the need to preserve the supposed nonsense somewhere other than my unreliable memory. Maybe one day sometime in the distant future, I might chance upon this page and gain inspiration to solve one of my biggest problems from the idea of a girl who feared not to dream and plot without constraints, and did not worry that the world thought her ideas were downright crazy and laughable, that though she did this for dinner-time entertainment, somewhere deep down she knew they’d work, they only needed fine-tuning and financing… that the earth revolved around the Sun was a crazy, blasphemous idea once upon a time…