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Kaleidoscope April

La Masia - Profit or Loss for

FC Barcelona

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Media - The necessary evil

Musings of a Misfit


From the President’s Desk

At SSN, we believe that education is not limited to the classroom and it is important for students to have a multifaceted learning to face the challenges of the competitive, ever-changing world. SSN aims at ensuring that its students are well rounded, discerning individuals who are capable of leaving their mark not only in the field of academics and research but also in the field of sports, social service and culturals. In our endeavor to broaden the horizons of the students at SSN, we have made sports, social service, co-curricular and cultural activates an integral part of life at SSN. The diversity of activities at SSN creates a stimulating and engaging environment, which nurtures talent, creativity and original thinking.

Kaleidoscope exemplifies the creative and innovative thoughts of the students of SSN. It showcases the vibrant and multicolored environment at SSN to all the stakeholders of the SSN community. The very first issue of Kaleidoscope contains insights into a variety of activities conducted at the SSN campus. I congratulate the entire editorial team and all the members involved for their excellent work in bringing out Kaleidoscope.

I hope that every edition of this magazine outdoes the previous one in highlighting the dynamism of the student community at SSN... - Kala Vijayakumar 1


From the Editor The privilege of writing one of the very first articles in what the rest of the Kaleidoscope team and I hope will eventually turn into a hallmark of SSNites’ penmanship, creativity and intellect is undoubtedly accompanied by a sense of obligation to both the people who have spent an enormous amount of time over the last few months to reach where we are today as well as all those who will go on to draw inspiration from some of the spectacular pieces of literature, poetry and design that have been featured here. When the idea for Kaleidoscope came together in late 2013, bringing on board a group of highly enthusiastic individuals who would go on to form the core Editorial team was hardly a challenge. Within a month, we had received dozens of articles and several exemplary works of art and photography that were just waiting for a platform to show to the world what the young adults at SSN were truly capable of. A few more weeks and several intense brainstorming sessions later, a formal structure for the magazine had been laid out. After that, getting the SSN management to back our venture was as critical as it was easy. Fast forward a few more weeks and here we are. We’ve had our fair share of challenges along the way but we’ve rose above them all, ready to face whatever else might be thrown in our direction. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Priya Ragavi, Pritham and Sankaranarayanan for their unending support right from the time of Kaleidoscope’s inception to this very moment. I’ll look forward to the future, knowing fully well that it is in good hands. I wish the editorial team the very best and I hope to see Kaleidoscope reach heights that we’ve always dreamed of. I also offer my deepest appreciation for the enormous support offered to the Kaleidoscope team by Ms.Kala Vijayakumar, Dr.Salivahanan and Dr.Sunita Nair. I have no doubt that with your continued succour , this will be the start of a wonderful journey for Kaleidoscope as SSN’s official magazine. With warm regards, Pranav Prakash


From the Editorial team Dear Reader, It gives us immense pleasure to present to you the inaugural edition of KALEIDOSCOPE, the first completely non-technical magazine managed, compiled and circulated by the students of SSN. We are incredibly excited at the prospect of this magazine and the revolution it can bring. We’re certain that this initial spark will only lead to many more issues that will introduce you to the many hidden talents of our very own friends. The Primary objective of KALEIDOSCOPE is to act as a platform for budding authors, journalists, poets, artists and photographers to showcase their flair and ability to a wider audience. With your support, we hope to garner much larger participation in the coming issues, in the hope that this objective can be impeccably fulfilled to satisfaction. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the various sections of the magazine. The articles in our inaugural edition are an eclectic collection ranging from Sports, Movies, Politics and Education. We also have separate sections for Humor and Poetry. Apart from these, we also have a Quiz section and a Puzzle section for your enjoyment. We are honored to share the work of so many committed and thoughtful people. We appreciate your support and are so happy to have you as a reader of KALEIDOSCOPE. Thank You. Editorial:

Pranav Prakash, 4th year, Mechanical (Editor)

Pritham Velamur Aravind, 3rd year Chemical

A.R Sankaranarayanan, 3rd year Chemical


Priya Ragavi, 3rd year Mechanical

Deepak Dennison, 2nd year Biomedical


Adithyan Karunakaran, 3rd year, Mechanical


FREEDOM OF Some people believe that one of the challenge racism by banning it. You ironies of living in a more inclusive, simply let the sentiments fester more diverse society appears to be underground. Censoring ugly ideas that the preservation of diversity will not make them go away. It is requires us to leave increasingly less simply a means of abrogating our room for diverse views, which is responsibility for dealing with them. definitely not true. It is only through In fact, the very freedom of opposite would expression that make more sense. we can articulate In the real world, our disagreements where societies with such people have always been challenge their plural, it is both ideas and thereby, inevitable and lead to a mutual important for understanding and people to have eventually a better different views and society. inevitably, some people will find it Having said that, objectionable and the epitome of the offensive. This is all above content for the good. For, it would be that is the objectors who moderating our take the society views based on forward. Societies someone else’s have always been opinion might not plural in the sense be the way forward that they have because everyone always embodied would have certain many conflicting views. What is objections to what other people different today is first that such have to say. All of the objections, differences are increasingly viewed when brought together, will defeat in cultural terms, and second that the whole purpose of the right to cultures have come to occupy an freedom of expression. almost sacred role in the society. Without heresies and Furthermore, the whole idea of transgressions, society may be more people wanting to curb the freedom ordered, and more polite, but it will of expression empowers the also be less progressive and less government to use the situation alive. Free speech is meaningless if to their advantage. In most of the those we despise, including racists, countries, the government uses are deterred from exercising free ‘reasonable restrictions’ to limit the speech; and in practice, you can’t freedom of expression more than it


EXPRESSION already has been. Reasonable restrictions have been exploited by political parties and communal leaders to deprive individuals of their freedom using the threat of communal riots and violence to curtail expression. For instance, Julian Assange, the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, was initially condemned for the impactful details that were revealed to the public by him. Later, he was accused of sexual harassment and was taken into custody.

-Mubarak Abdul Kader

us to go against the above put statement.

However, just banning the media or limiting their freedom is not going to obviate the problem, a much better solution would be to spread awareness and education by organizing campaigns. Hence, the government’s responsibility is not to restrict people from expressing their opinions but to provide security to the individuals and media to practice their freedom

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to death, your right to say it”

– Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Another recent event would be the without fear. Speech no matter how arrest of the members of feminist provocative should not be restricted punk rock band ‘Pussy Riot’ over an or suppressed and under no anti Vladmir Putin stunt in Russia. circumstances should it lead to Another victim of the exploitation of imprisonment. This has already curbing power by the government been said by other people but just in would be the Mass Media. different words. For instance, an Considering the fact that, they are as eminent English novelist named essential for democracy and George Orwell once said, ““If liberty freedom of speech as healthy blood means anything at all, it means the for the body, imposing limitations right to tell people what they do not on them would be to undermine the want to hear.” whole concept of democracy. These are just some of the examples which Right to freedom of clearly prove that the government expression is an indispensable should not be given the power to right and should not be determine whether a restriction compensated at any cost for if on expression is reasonable or not. the freedom of speech is taken Certain cases where the media has away then dumb and silent we endangered the national security by may be led, like sheep to the spreading false information or slaughter. classified information do compel

6 “Keep passing the ball until their heads spin,” is one of the cheeky mottos of La Masia, the youth academy of FC Barcelona. La Masia has been up and running in producing strings of exquisite footballers for years now, but is Barcelona making full use of it? It is a question to be pondered upon, especially of late, with the transfer policy the club has adopted.

On November 25th 2012 in the 4-0 victory against Levante, after Dani Alves suffered injury in the 14th minute, he was replaced by Martin Montoya. Barcelona played the rest of the game with an all La Masia XI. It was the first time ever in Europe’s competitive level that a club fielded eleven players who had graduated from its own youth system. It sent shockwaves across the globe, to say the least. Looking at the issue from that perspective, one could evidently say La Masia has been markedly successful and Barcelona has made the full use of it. But one thing to be noted in the line-up on that day was that the three players, namely Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Jordi Alba were the odd ones out. They were players, who initially left the club, and came back after a stint elsewhere. Fabregas left the Barcelona academy in 2003, ‘citing a lack of opportunities at the big stage’. He portrayed a huge amount of potential during the time of his departure to Arsenal. And while in England, he captained the Gunners at just 21 and helped them consistently finish among the top four in the Premier League. Eventually, owing to a ‘lack of silverware’ in North London, he returned to Barcelona in 2011 in a €29m deal (€5m in add-ons). However, he has thus far been unable to cement a regular starting place in the side, with Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets ahead of him in the pecking order. Fabregas left Barcelona and went to Arsenal as a free agent. Pique and Alba left La Masia in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Pique joined Manchester United on a free and returned in 2008 for €5m. Alba left for Valencia for a meagre €6,000 and returned in 2012 in a deal worth €15m plus variables.

A bit of simple arithmetic leads to the fact that Barcelona suffered a loss of about €54m on three of their own players. Coincidentally, it happens to

be around the same amount of money with which they lured the Brazilian starlet Neymar from Santos, earlier in the transfer window. Ergo, the basic functionality of the sporting directors, performance analysers of the club come under question. The arrival of Neymar raised a few significant eyebrows including that of one of the most prolific men in the history of the club, Johan Cruyff. The former Ajax veteran was quoted as saying “I imagine he’s very good; I haven’t seen him, but the important thing is to put together a team. I wouldn’t put two captains in the same boat. We have experienced the difficulties in that.” Ronaldinho was the captain of the ship for five years, from 2003 to 2008 but was eventually eclipsed by Lionel Messi. Does this trend suggest that Neymar will cast his shadow upon Messi?

Profit or Loss for

- Eswar Subramaniam

That’s just half the story. The sub-plot hasn’t scratched the surface yet. Exiting 24-year-old Chilean Alexis Sanchez and 26-year-old Pedro Rodriguez are expected to peak in the coming season, while David Villa, 31, has already left the Camp Nou to join Atletico Madrid for a cheap €5.2m. In addition to that, injury-prone Dutch international, Ibrahim Afellay is expected to be back at the Camp Nou following a loan spell at Shalke 04. Furthermore with the likes of Cristian Tello, Isaac Cuenca and the emerging duo of Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcantara (loaned out to Everton and Celta respectively) waiting in the wings, a case of acute snafu could well pop up for the front three in the line-up next season. Cuenca showed glimpses of brilliance in the few chances he got in Pep Guardiola’s last season, after which he was loaned out to Ajax. Tello proved that he seldom wakes up on the wrong side of the bed by exuding sheer class and scoring eight goals for Barcelona in the 2012-2013 campaign; two shy of Pedro’s tally.

7 Deulofeu, who is often compared to Messi, is tipped to become one of the best players in world football. If Messi dependency was the sole qualm, then the solution is in their own backyard. The key is to be patient and try different permutations with the existing talent.

Tito Vilanova, who recently stepped down as Barca manager due to his ongoing fight with throat cancer, kept it simple and never experimented with different combinations by rotating his players; a trait that is well embedded in Guardiola and was noticeably visible during his reign. Though he has a well-established credential base, the strategies of the new Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino are yet to be seen, discussed and dissected. A pretty similar scenario prevails in the midfield as well.

FC BARCELONA With Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets in the team, it’s quite admissible that it would be a herculean task to replace one among them unless issues of injuries or suspensions arise.

This brings one to the curious case of Thiago Alcantara, the extremely gifted La Masia product who was tipped to fill in the boots of Xavi, who in turn is reaching the twilight of his career at 33. But with the arrival of Barcelona’s prodigal son, Fabregas, Thiago’s hopes of filling a position in midfield seemed diminished for at least the next five years. Seeing the lack of opportunities to play, he decided to leave for greener pastures. The youngster is expected to kick start his career under his mentor and former Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. Thiago, who scored a hat-trick in the finals of the European U-21 Championships, will hope to get enough playing time so as to increase his prospects of making Vicente Del Bosque’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The transfer amount rumoured to be €25m is a real steal for the Bavarians. But Barca

will need someone to fill the void and a B team player should be considered. 21-year-old Sergi Roberto, who rose through the grades of La Masia, has shown real promise and looks the best bet to take Thiago’s place. In the middle of all this melodrama in midfield, what added fuel to the fire was the needless signing of Alex Song from Arsenal last season. With a top centre-back’s arrival anticipated, Javier Mascherano, who has spent most of his Barcelona career playing in defence, is expected to start competing for his primary position in defensive midfield.

That means eight players, namely Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Fabregas, Song, Roberto, Jonathan Dos Santos and Mascherano will all be vying for three spots in central midfield next season. This erroneous transfer policy has already done the damage. Neymar’s presence has put a question mark over the futures of Deulofeu, Rafa Alcantara, Cuenca and Tello. And the presence of Song and Mascherano has already had its impact on Thiago and will definitely hinder the growth of Dos Santos and Roberto.

To at least mend this problem partially, some of these young talents must be loaned out so as to assess their quality, adaptability and versatility without losing them. Barcelona has done a good job with Deulofeu’s loan to Everton as he will get playing time while Rafinha Alcantara is expected to spend a year in Celta de Vigo, on loan. If next season is going to be a repeat of the current one for some of these potential stars, Barcelona should be worried as the talented youngsters like Oriol Romeu, Mauro Icardi and Gai Assulin have all left in search of playing time. Therefore, Barcelona must look to emend their transfer policy to ensure that they hold on to the likes of Joseph Ondoa, Macky Frank Bagnack, Carles Planas, Deulofeu, Javi Espinosa, Sergi Samper, Sergi Roberto, Rafa Alcantara, Kiko Femenia and Jean Marie Dongou. With the proper usage of the youth club, success would be assured for years to come. All they need to do is take advantage of La Masia and thus cut out on superfluous expenditure.


The Amazing A 1.

ID X and Y. [ Picture A ]


“When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’ “ “Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.” “Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.” “I am a genre lover - everything from spaghetti western to samurai movie. “I steal from every movie ever made.” Wise quotes told by whom?


Better known as? [ Picture B ]


2005- The Longest Yard; 2007-The Condemned; 2010- The Expendables, Hunt to Kill; 2011-Knockout, Recoil; 2013- Grown Ups 2 Filmography of which actor?


George Clooney ; Arnold Schwarzenegger ; Jim Carrey ; Christian Bale ; Tom Hardy All these stars were part of an epic series of films. Which series?


X’s Y


This film, directed by John Henry Timmis IV, is a film which on its release in 1987 was according to Guinness World Records the longest running. At 5,220 minutes long (87 hours, or 3 days and 15 hours) in length, the film has no plot, instead consisting of artist L. D. Groban reading his 4,080-page poem over the course of three and a half days, spliced with occasional clips from heavy metal and pornographic videos. Name this film.


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Akshay Kumar’s role in Patiala House is inspired by which cricketer ? [ Picture C ]

8. Which of these men have not played James Bond? - Pierce Brosnan - Sean Connery - Timothy Dalton - Roger Moore



The film “San Ge Sha Gua” has been one of the big hits in China in 2011, especially with young audience and seems to have struck a natural chord with them. The movie box-officed tremendous collections and proved to be motivational to a section of audience as well. This film was remade from a box office Hindi Film. What film is this?

ID the movie. A Polaroid 690 is shown prominently throughout the movie as well as in its posters. Aaron Eckhart, Brad Pitt and Alec Baldwin were all considered for the role of the protagonist before Guy Pearce got it. This movie was remade in both Hindi and Tamil.

Answers: 1. X is Alfred Hitchcock and Y is Psycho.Hitchcock laid stringent rules in all theatres that people who come late to the theatre will not be permitted to watch Psycho. He believed that the essence of Psycho is in the thrills within the closed doors of the hall. 2. None other than Quentin Tarantino. 3. The Rocky Steps. 4. Stone Cold Steve Austin. 5. Batman. 6. The Cure for Insomnia. 7. Monty Panesar. 8. All of them have played James Bond. Trick question! 9. 3 Idiots. 10. Memento

10 Mane-like hair, arrogance and a fearless attitude. When he came on to the scene, people said “He is a fluke”. Some called him “a mindless slogger”, and the armchair critics said ‘He doesn’t play the short ball well.’ Nine years after his debut, he is referred to as the second God(behind the obvious one), ‘ The man with the Midas Touch’ and ‘Captain Marvelous’. Statistics say he is the most successful captain in Indian history. No wonder, even Saurav Ganguly (who is god to some) said Dhoni is a much better captain than he ever was. He doesn’t have great technique like Sachin, nor does he possess the talent of V.V.S.Laxman. But, he is Dhoni. The richest cricketer in the world, also the most humble. That’s why everyone loves Dhoni.


4. Dhoni’s Introduction : 148(123 balls) vs Pakistan (2004). This was truly the birth of a legend.

He was just seen as a replacement keeper. Few knew who he was. But this was a match watched by almost all cricket fans. It was India vs Pakistan. Heartbeats rise, emotions soar. Dhoni didn’t feel any of it. He hit the ball with the utmost disrespect. The match was over by then. It wasn’t just another hundred. It was merciless. Critics said it was just luck. They didn’t know what they were in for.

3. T-20 World Cup 2007 : After the debacle in the 50 over world cup in 2007, Indian fans stopped watching cricket. How could India lose to Bangladesh? The Minnows! Unacceptable! Drastic measures were taken. Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid all dropped from the squad. It was a team of youngsters, full of talent. But someone had to lead them. The selectors listened to Sachin and picked Dhoni. It was a tournament where we saw some extra-ordinary performances. Who could forget the Yuvraj hitting 6 sixes and the super Over against Pakistan? Dhoni didn’t contribute significantly with the bat, but he made up for it with his brilliant captaincy. India vs. Pakistan was a dream final. 13 runs to win from the last over. Whom should he give the ball to? Many would have gone for Harbhajan Singh. But this was Dhoni. He took the biggest gamble of the year and gave the ball to Joginder Sharma; Misbah miscues. the ball goes high, Sreesanth catches. Champions! These players were now heroes. Dhoni, after Kapil Dev, had won the World Cup for India. He had taken a place in the hearts of millions of fans. 2. Commonwealth Bank Series : Having tasted T20 success, the selectors went with Dhoni as captain of the ODI team. The four time champions, Australia in their own backyard. It was supposed to be like a game in amateur mode, where you always know the winner. Dhoni and his team had different plans. India came to the finals as expected. It was a best of three. The master blaster took India home with epic performances in both matches. India had beaten the World Champions in their own backyard. Quite an achievement it was. Joy could be seen on the faces of Indians. Also on the faces of former players, who would have probably dreamt about beating Australia. Yet another feather added to Dhoni’s cap. His stature as a captain was growing. 1. World Cup 2011 : Board exam time. Who cares? It was the World Cup. And what more? It was

in India and we were tagged the favourites. India had to win, anything less than a world cup victory would be a disaster. Pressure of a billion people on the shoulders of Dhoni. Could he achieve it? Could he live the dream? Group Stage. A 175 from Viru saw India through the banana peel against Bangladesh. India breezed through Netherlands and Ireland. Against South Africa, well, lets not talk about it. Ashish Nehra was the joker of the match and part of most jokes in the following week. India lost against South Africa and tied against England. Critics blasted Dhoni for having supported Piyush Chawla. All the news channels were talking about his poor form and how it affected his captaincy. He didn’t bother. That’s how he played cricket.

So, India progressed to the quarters. It was Australia, nowhere compared to the previous Aussie teams, but still it was Australia. They knew how to win. They knew how to sledge. It was termed as a

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11 virtual final. Australia had reached 260. India were 168-4. Dhoni needed to play a captain’s innings but failed. Humans fail. He looked up into the night sky. Wished he had another chance. Raina and Yuvraj rescued India to Dhoni’s relief. He had another chance. Now, up against arch rivals Pakistan, again. A match made in heaven. Needless to say, India had struggled to a respectable score after the initial burst from Sehwag. The Pakistan batting yet again proved to be a failure. Superb field settings from Dhoni and his shrewd captaincy and proper bowling changes assured India the win. April 2, 2011.The most important date for every cricket fan. India vs Sri Lanka - WORLD CUP FINAL. The Wankhede flocked with Indian supporters. Sreesanth’s in the playing eleven? Big mistake! Sri Lanka batted first. Started off slow but ended up reaching 274.It was all up to the openers. But a swinging ball from Malinga, got Sachin out. Hopes lost. World Cup lost. In came Kohli, a vital contribution from him helped gain the momentum. Dilshan took a blinder. Now only Yuvi can save India. But wait. Why is Dhoni coming? Is he nuts? Yuvi is the player in form. He should have come. Big mistake number 2! But Dhoni had thought otherwise. He smashed Muralidharan and Randiv like they were net bowlers. Ran like a hare between wickets. He was getting tired, sweat poured all over his face. Gambhir got out for a gritty 97, a huge contribution. But the match was not over yet. India had to win. 27 to win from four overs. In came Kulasekara. Yuvi smashed him for a four. Death over specialist, Malinga bowling to Dhoni. Four. Four. Bang. Bang. Crowd erupted. Match was nearly over. Everyone knew the result.4 to win from 11 balls. Kulasekara running in to Dhoni. SMASHED! SIX OVER LONG ON! INDIA WIN!

Tears came pouring down my eyes as I saw Dhoni hit that shot. Everyone cried for joy. India had won the trophy after 28 years. India had won the World Cup. What would have happened if he hadn’t come at number 4? What made him come instead of Yuvraj? Instincts? Dhoni had won it all now, including everybody’s respect. A true legend was made.


- The rising

He’s come a long way since then. Adding countless series wins and a Champions Trophy to his cabinet. Before Dhoni, winning away was just a dream. Dhoni taught us how to win abroad, taking after Ganguly. He taught us never to lose hope. He taught us to keep faith in the team no matter what. A true sportsman, a humble person and a gentleman. Dhoni’s life is truly a story of legend. I love Sachin Tendulkar. But I love Dhoni even more. I am proud to say that. 7/7/1981 - The day the legend was born. The One who changed Indian Cricket forever.

- Deepak .M 9 3 5


Musings of

I wondered whether the riot of colours on my report card would make it more pleasing to the eye. It certainly promised to be more appealing than the drooping red ellipsoid on my Math answer sheet. Enclosed within were a few numerals which proclaimed that I had failed. “Meet me!” screamed the wriggles next to it. I was fascinated by the quirky exclamation mark. But my Physics and Chemistry teachers felt that a “Meet me“, would suffice. With less than 3 months left for the all-important XII boards, I had flunked Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Any student who had opted for science after tenth grade would know that failing to appease the Holy Trinity of Maths, Physics and Chemistry was an unspeakable sin which would defile the karma not just of one’s own soul but those of one’s offspring for generations to come, an act of brazen blasphemy punishable by stoning to death. Luckily for me, my school was far away from the jurisdiction of both Saudi Arabia and the great Khap Panchayats of Harayana. So death by stoning was not an option, so were honour killing, flogging and castration. Instead I was handed the usual regimen of bringing my parents, meeting the principal and the occasional caning. Probably that was when I started seriously considering Engineering as a career option. Then of course, there were those “counseling sessions” which were a euphemism for events where enthusiastic speakers, with the zeal of colonial European missionaries, would imbibe in us the virtues of getting nothing less than the maximum marks possible. In essence the crux of these sessions could be summarized as follows: If you were to get that elusive centum or better still gain admission into a CEG or an NIT, you were just one step away from being officially knighted. Or if rambling with Royals was not your thing you might as well win a Nobel Prize. By stroke of divine intervention, if you were to enter into an IIT, rest assured that you would join the burgeoning pantheon of Gods that our countrymen worship. In this day and age, it was apparently the closest one could get to attaining moksha. It went without saying that at the end of four years, you would be bought for an astronomical amount in an IPL –style auction with Microsoft, Google, NASA and Rajnikanth vying with each other to avail of your services. Besides there was this perception that a degree from one of these hallowed corridors of knowledge would serve the ultimate purpose of every Indian – to fetch a good price at the Great Indian Marriage Bazaar. The last point – a promise of near magical transformation from being hardy estrogen repellants to desirable men clinched the deal for most people including yours truly.


a Misfit

-Siddharth Nellayil

On the other hand if you were to get a sub-80% or Heaven forbid, sub-70% total, you were doomed to spend your life in penury, eking out a sub-human existence on the fringes of society. If you were lucky, you could be featured in a BBC documentary on the abject poverty of India’s hinterland. Apparently such “feral youth” were the favorite recruiting grounds for jihadis , naxalites or home-grown drug-lords depending on the geographical location of one’s existence. That the great Osama Bin Laden was supposedly a successful civil engineer somehow did not figure in these intellectually stimulating discussions. For some equally compelling rationale, if you didn’t make the cut for being the next Great Indian Outlaw, cow-herding would most likely be your future profession .I knew a thing or two about cows from trips to my village. I had always felt a much deeper connection to cows than most humans I knew of and naturally I felt deeply offended by this observation. I once pointed out to a speaker that cow-herding actually was a complex job – one had to know what type of grass to feed, where the pastures lay, the temperament of each cow and so on and so forth. I added that I would love to be a wandering cow-herd who wrote ballads in my free time. Suffice to say that what followed ensured that I never again spoke up at a “counseling session”. It never occurred to our battered brains that there were people on the planet who were not engineers or doctors and yet led a satisfied life. Since I had not taken Biology, it appeared that it all boiled down to a simple choice between engineering and cow-herding. I felt that a dual life of a cow-herd and wandering poet would be far more worthwhile but peer pressure snuffed that thought out of my head. So I decided to dive headlong into the murky waters of Engineering, quite unsure of what lay beneath. However on that damp January evening, as I stood wondering about the hidden meaning of the mysterious exclamation mark, my chances of getting into a “reputed” engineering college were about as bright as Liverpool’s chances of winning a Treble (for those unfortunate souls who do not follow football, this basically meant that I was screwed). So I did what any confused student would have done– enrolled myself in tuition classes. The aura and the mythology surrounding these tuition teachers elevated them to the status of demi-gods. With claims of transforming lead to gold, supposed supernatural powers and a seething temperament, they were the modern-day maharishis. On the very first day of my Chemistry tuition, I told my teacher how good (or bad) I was at the subject. He looked at me in the eye and for the next half an hour pointed out innumerable loopholes in the Question Paper pattern that I could with the sharpness of an experienced lawyer. He then showed me the secret behind patching

14 together a coalition of 13 chapters out of the required 22 that would sail me towards a centum .I was convinced that I was safe in the hands of this academic Chanakya. My teacher then handed me a booklet containing frequently asked exam questions. For the next three months, that book was to be my Bhagavad-Gita, Bible and Koran all rolled into one. My Physics and Math tuitions were marginally more “broad-minded” in the sense that they made me memorize the entire text book instead of a few selected answers. In their heyday the Fascists in Italy lived by the maxim” Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”. The noble souls who set our board exam question papers seemed to have imbibed a rather perverse version of the fascist dictum which went something like “Everything within the textbook, nothing outside the textbook, nothing against the textbook”. With such a hospitable examination board and a torrent of model exams which convinced me that if I ever had a patronus it would be a miming parakeet, I aced my board exams. Very soon, I was engulfed by a torrent of advice on which course and college I ought to join. If I got a Rupee for every time I heard the word “scope” bandied about in these conversations, I would have collected enough money to fund my college education. Every other person I came across seemed to have some opinion on how the Recession would impact business cycles across the globe and its myriad effects on the employment scenario ten years down the line. The good Samaritans even gave valuable inputs on which course to select to ensure that my career remained recession-proof. While one convinced me that the 21st century would be the Golden Age of Civil Engineering, another argued that Electronics and Communication was the safest bet as if 4 years of education were one big gamble (Or is it?). In a process of elimination, I finally decided upon Computer Science and Engineering because one wise lady assured me that it involved the least amount of Math. I have not had the good fortune of meeting her since and hope for her sake that I never will. Once I entered SSN, I realized that getting great marks in the boards were about as relevant to Engineering as Anoushka was to the plot of Singam 2. There I was, among students in my class who seemed to weep with joy on seeing beautiful strips of code. I suspected that some amongst them even attained a type of pseudo-nirvana when they came up with their own brilliant programs. As for me, it was Déjà vu all over again. The only comforting feeling was that I would continue to remain a misfit in college as well. At the moment, into my fourth semester, I am starting to grasp the ropes of computer science, with plenty of help of course from a great bunch of friends and some really helpful professors. And to my own amazement, I have even started appreciating the underlying beauty and charm of what initially looked like intimidating collections of gibberish. Looking back at my last year at school, I realize that I was quite literally running blind and in hindsight what I did was plain stupid. But as of now, considering the circumstances, I must say that I have no regrets for doing the same.


GUESS IT RIGHT ! To solve this puzzle you need to think outside the box to arrive at common phrases and sentences we use in everyday life, for instance‌

The above box depicts STAY OVERNIGHT










Answers: 1. Top secret. 2. A cut above the rest. 3. Moral support. 4. Robin hood. 5. For once in my life. 6. What goes up must come down. 7. Travel overseas. 8. Hijacking. 9. Shop till you drop.


I Love Circuits, How many of us to-be-engineering graduates really enjoy what we are doing? Sometimes we are forced to think if we are learning engineering at all? It is sad that we even consider it as the biggest mistake of our lives. So, Blame the Indian Education system, the university and everything? I had a great time interacting with Dhinesh Ramasamy (‘Dan ji’ as he is referred to by his friends) pursuing his 3rd year in Electronics and Communication Engineering who says BLAME YOURSELF.

Blame oneself? Why? Students should find out what they are really interested in and pursue their career in that instead of wasting time doing courses they are not interested in.

What about people like me who are still yet to discover where their interest lies? Try exploring more and create the Interest, as simple as that.

From where did this Love for circuits come from? I had this love for circuits since I was in class one. That’s why I chose ECE. And I may have inherited this madness for circuits from my grandfather who spent most of his time working on circuits.

So, it’s in your blood my friend. Yes, it is B+ve infused with technical atoms. But there is nothing like that as such. It’s just sheer passion and interest. I don’t have an ambition. I keep doing things until I get bored of them.

What have you so far tried in your field? I haven’t done anything great so far. But every day I spend at least some time with my circuits, trying something different. Most of the time I fail and even get bored but I never stop trying again.

Have you succeeded in your trials and found something appreciable? I have done a few experiments which had given me positive results. I made a very simple Air Cooler during my 9th standard which fetched me the first prize in my school’s science fair. In my 12th vacation, I attempted to create a Smart Switch using a mobile phone.


I play with them To turn ON and turn OFF a household’s electrical devices like, Fan, Light, Television, etc by just making a call from our Mobile phone. And yeah, I succeeded in doing that. But I am trying to make a lot of modifications, making it more reliable and cheaper.

How do you implement your ideas? Where do you learn from? I’m not a big fan of books; I’m allergic in fact. And things they teach in class are advanced, irrelevant or unnecessary. I just get the basic knowledge from classroom teaching and for the rest, INTERNET is my tutor. I read technical articles.

Tell us what’s your principle in life? According to me, hard work is futile! I believe in SMART WORK instead. The interest and patience to try out different things whether you get a positive result or not is the Key. If I have an idea, I test it, assemble the circuit, play with it for a while, smile, dismantle it, and then start thinking of my next idea.

That’s amazing, what are your other hobbies? I don’t get free time to do other stuff. I always keep myself busy on my workbench. But when I get bored with my circuits, especially when I sit with it for some 5 or 6 hours,I prefer watching movies and Facebooking.

Heard you are brilliant in editing, designing and all those stuff too. Tell me about that. To be frank I never knew anything about computers in my school days. Editing, programming, designing and all, I learnt after getting into this college. Thanks to SSN. That is something we should all learn-‘Spending time usefully’.

What are your future plans, Dan? Nothing big, I am planning to become a multi-billionaire, have a tall Stark tower, be the Iron Man! On a serious note, I just want to be Unique in whatever I do. And I am sure that I will do something that I am completely interested in and enjoy doing.

With this much passion and focus, You sure will. Wishing you all the best from our team.

- Interviewed by Devi Baghya

18 Let me take you back to 16 May 2008... A young girl called Aarushi Talwar breathed her last. At a tender age of 14. Her throat was slit. It took the media an incredibly long period of 2 hours to launch a full on ‘campaign’ called ‘justice for Aarushi’. All the media houses jumped on the bandwagon with full scale trial-by-media taking place, first claiming that the servant had committed the heinous crime. Once the servant was found dead, it was time to accuse the parents. The public were outraged, or so the news channels told us, with candle light vigils taking place throughout the week. The impact it had on me was profound because it was the first time I witnessed such a horrific crime and I felt proud of my country’s media and its fight for justice... ...but for only 2 months, since I realised that by then, this case was no longer being played on the same news channels despite still remaining unresolved.

I realised that this was just one of hundreds of cases that the media dish out to the public, create a huge ruckus out of it and shelf it once it has lost its appeal.


Sensationalism and over-kill: If I had to pick out one quality that the Indian media can do without, it would most certainly be the sensationalism that comes along with each story. Whether it is about how an MNS cadre slapped an elderly public servant, or a tale of how a child fell through an uncovered man hole, each and every story is ripe with sensationalism. So, what exactly is sensationalism?

I would define it as a kind of bias by the media towards certain stories that seem ‘appealing’ to the viewing public, and are consequently over-hyped, so as to increase viewership. The reports aren’t just reports but almost seem like lines from a melodramatic play whose sole purpose is to break the viewer’s heart and appeal to their sentiments. What is worse is that the news anchors portray themselves as all knowing and channelize the debate to suit their stand on the issue.


Gone are the days of a free and fair debate. It is time for a slugfest, which is what catches eye balls around the country. These televised debates seem more like pugilistic ordeals, with the viewers wishing to see the ‘bad guys’ run down and trampled upon by the anchor.

19 The fact that the same ‘esteemed panelists ’ appear in each debate voicing the same views with different words leads to the problem of over-kill of the issue, resulting in the audience losing interest in the issue. So in essence, the media nowadays functions based on 2 principles: 1) Controversy sells 2) Every controversy has its shelf life

The media may try to defend its functioning by saying that it caters to the needs of its audience and that it is only sensationalism that has lead to protests around the country, and they wouldn’t be wrong. How else can you explain a movement against corruption started in the national capital having its ripples felt across the country? Or more recently, the thousands who gathered near Jantar Mantar for the Amanat protests? But such a defence would be a gross under estimation of the people of this country.

###EVIL What we should see vs. what we are seeing:

It is the general perception that Indians are the emotional type, that the stories need to have a negative tone for them to feel sorry and be glued on, that a family weeping for having lost a loved one in an accident needs to be shown on loop because that makes the viewers sympathise, that a prostitute captured during a raid needs to have her photo plastered all over the newspaper for that makes the readers angry at the cultural degradation their country is suffering from... But I would say, and I know that I am not alone, that this is not the type of news we would want to wake up to. The media should give us facts as facts. Not stories, just facts. They should let the readers or viewers decide how they want the news to be perceived. For example, I understand that the day ‘Amanat’ died was a very sad day for all of India. That opinion needn’t be forced upon me by calling it a ‘Black Saturday’ and naming her India’s daughter, especially when you know for a fact that there are another 500+ rape victims in the same year, none of whom got this attention.


20 Essentially, my opinions are my own. I sympathise on my own. I protest on my own. I don’t need anyone to tell me what I need to do and when I need to do it. Media coverage should be free and fair, uncompromised by any factor. The solution:

While we criticize the media, It would be reckless to say that the media is completely responsible for all the negative perception of events in our country.

It is true that the media has the tendency to pass its verdict on certain issues which are subjudice, but it is also true that most high profile cases won’t be where they are without the intervention of the media. One school of thought may also say that we need to be thankful to the media for highlighting at least one out of many cases, rather than criticise them for picking and choosing the cases.

But the most problematic issue would be that of the media enforcing its opinion on us under the pretence of catering to the general public. There exists a sizeable number of youth who do relate better to over the top reporting and sensationalism. The solution?

It is up to us to change our perspective about the type of news we want to experience and the manner in which we want to experience it in. Choose debates over gossip. Choose un-hyped reports over exaggerated ones. Make the real news considered ‘plain and pale’ more ‘sellable’, indirectly pressurising media houses to retain the news as it is. This is the only way to defeat sensationalism and restore journalistic credibility. If the watchmen watch the tower, who guards the guards?

Another issue we face is the amount of trust we have in our media. Given that some media houses do have corporate backing and political affiliations, this distrust may not be hard to fathom. When the media plays jury, finding the accused guilty at the drop of the hat, how do we determine their credibility? The solution is to set up Independent bodies to review every story that has been broadcast by the different media outlets, validate the authenticity and have strict codes that eliminate sensationalistic elements from the story.

We are in such an age where a democracy no longer has just 3 pillars. The 4th pillar, along with the judiciary, legislature and bureaucracy, is the media. The media is an efficient instrument that serves as a watchdog over the other 3 bodies. It is in the hands of the media to ensure that they remain respectable entities and play a role in moulding our country’s future and turn from being a necessary evil to an indispensible boon.

- Srinath Narayanan


Take-knowledge-ease - Vandana Guru I have my textbook open right under my nose, my cell phone has been vibrating ever since I opened my book and I am writing this article on my laptop, with my left hand flipping channels on my brand new LED TV simultaneously. This, I would any time define as multitasking. I imagine hearing a Tamil phrase coming from the kitchen, “book is in the hands but buddhi is on the streets.” I hear something else instead.

This is from a roadside vendor who was using his buddhi. “Old zari saris, old 9-yard saris, old kanchi-silk sari, tissue, anga-vastra, old pattupaavada, give it to us. We‘ll sell it at good and correct rates. Don’t ever think we won’t buy your old torn saris. We are dealers directly from kanchipuram…” shouted a taped voice repeatedly. I am amazed seeing his unconventional entrepreneurial skills. I then receive my newspaper from a 12-year old boy who is utterly excited at the prospect of i-phone5 launch. When I open this newspaper I am even more surprised. “Study using our latest technology- the tablet (should have named it i-pill ), to get a seat at the Indian Institute of Technology” screamed a coaching institute. Phew! I believe that racism was born with the advent of advertisements. The line that caught my eye, audaciously says “Black is out, white is in” and another blatantly lies “I lost 25 kilos in just 15 days! (Why don’t they just say I exercised the ingenious techniques of morphing instead?!) The way technology is explored and exploited…too fictitious to believe! While the whole world is racing against each other in the field of science and technology, my dear old paati advises my brother to paint carefully in the computer without making paint stains on the table! I see my digital clock reading 12:03 P.M- another product of technology, ringing in another proverb. And I am still in the same page in my textbook. On one hand I am totally fascinated living in a world full of gadgets & their technology but on the other, the science behind these is making me literally “set fire to my brain!” At least, this obeys laws of physics unlike Adele’s.

Lo! I hear that imaginary phrase as predicted. I am now too interested to know who designed the cover for my ELECTRONIC DRIVES AND CONTROL book. “Take knowledge-ease.. Let’s start from the scratch” says my temperamental mind. “From the house of technical publications - The author Uday A. Bakshi is a former lecturer..”

22 Aaranya Kandam (2010)

This movie was a path breaking film in Tamil cinema. It is a very simple mob story involving conflicts between a gangster and his senior henchman over a dealing of cocaine and several other parallel issues and disagreements. Brilliant acting from yester years’ hero Jackie Shroff and Sampath Raj gives us one of the best Tamil movies ever made. It can be boldly said that this was the movie that put Tamil cinema back on the global scale and is definitely a watch for both the fans and haters of Tamil movies.

Kancheevaram (2008)

Another rare thought provoking Tamil film which went by unnoticed. This film deals with the difficulties faced by the silk weavers of Kancheevaram during the advent of communism in India. Prakash Raj plays the protagonist fantastically and the audience is bound to experience his joy, empathise with his anger, and criticise his faults. The film is incredibly pleasing and becomes saddening towards the end, but director Priyadarshan is clearly very enthusiastic about this subject and keeps it engaging throughout.

Requiem for a dream (2000)

This one is definitely not for the faint of heart. Requiem follows the lives of four people whose lives are consumed by hallucinations and paranoia caused by severe drug abuse. Brilliant acting and amazing score make this movie extremely graphic to the point of being disturbing. Words can’t explain how this movie will change your outlook of the world. Director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Pi) knows exactly how to leave the audience questioning themselves of their own basic ethics through his movies. All of this is justified with an IMDb score of 8.4. This movie deserves a second warning; It is not for the faint of heart.

7 MUST WATCH you probably haven’t

12 Angry Men (1957)

The only classic movie in this list, which surprisingly, most people haven’t even heard of. One of the most epic jury movies involving one man convincing eleven others of the defendants innocence. A brilliant script accompanied with stellar acting is what makes this one a classic. Definitely a debating treat.

23 The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Big Lebowski, in my opinion, is the funniest movie of all time. It can be considered the ‘Hangover’ of the 90s. Jeff Bridges (TRON: Legacy, True Grit) stars as ‘The Dude’ who is sucked into a world of crime and oddity after a series of hilariously unfortunate events. The statements uttered by The Dude in this movie later evolved to form a religious cult known as Dudeism and had a great influence on comedy in that period of time. Do yourself a big favour and watch it right now.

Whatever Works (2009)

This film follows the story of a genius physicist who attempts suicide and fails, twice. In his hurry to die, he implores to the world all his ideologies on science, education, religion, relationships, world peace, and the randomness of life. The opening monologue, brilliantly handled by Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) sets the tone for an intellectually probing movie with its fair share of quirky and dark humour. Some of the one-liners in this movie will leave you reeling. Definitely a must-watch for fans of smart, subtle and dark comedy.

MOVIES even heard of... - Pritham Velamur Aravind Sin Nombre (2009)

Let’s be clear about this movie, it isn’t one you watch to unwind after a long day. In fact, it is a dark, blunt and violent movie. Sin Nombre translates to Nameless. This movie follows the story of a Honduran girl who tries to realize her American dream with money earned from drug trafficking. Amidst all the doom and gloom of the movie, there are moments of beauty, humanity and hope, truly a special movie to watch.





- Prithvi Shankar 7 Orbitce 8 Reliance 9 Srishti

5 Eight 6 Powerstar


ANSWERS: 1 Galaxy 2 Ashwin 3 Paradigm 4(A) Converita 4(D) Chemiczna



10 Shivnadar 11 Qfactorial 12 Ambattur 13 Instincts 14 Lakshya

15 Eupraxia 16(A) Chennai 16(D) Crankx 17 Proxy 18 Somca

25 The senses seek her attention

And my heart’s been serving detention

Captured by her memories wide

How cute is she?logics kept aside

A Simpleton’s Love

- sakthi vigneshwar

My soul lingered astray

And the thread of thoughts gone fray Pestered by her relentless craving Ready to dilute my daily saving

I tried to divert myself from her

And mind my own business,but couldn’t

Then i realised though i am not there Idea of leaving her persist shouldn’t Now i exist just as a chalice

Tell Me Your Dreams

- s sriram

“In the darkest hallow of the night,

With lots of bleakness and malice

I promise i ll be more divine than a dove If she feels me and fills me with love..

The insensitivity of it all is too true to bear

I’d rather have what is meant to be fair

Oh dear Jesus!free me from my braces..

a small shadow of light casted itself on me.

My tired eyes peered through tiny spacing in the window,

In the distant starry night she appeared herself full and bright, My heart stopped its whining for the moment. A peek of smile in my face,

A thought of someone, you.”

And reach her truly..

destined for me duly...

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Kaleidoscope April 2014  

The only Non-Technical magazine by and for the students of SSN College of Engineering

Kaleidoscope April 2014  

The only Non-Technical magazine by and for the students of SSN College of Engineering


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