If you’re not positive, at least don’t be negative, be neutral – Anirban PaulJuly 27, 2017
Life is not always filled with fun and joy, to be honest its mostly just accepting what comes to us. For the few rare occasions that we do have under our control, we either screw up or just by chance, get it right. That’s what a pessimist would say, or me for that matter before I went through my four years at Amity. It was more of a psychological journey than an academic one I would say! But through it all, one constant factor remained, that kept me going with a smile on my face and the courage to face the challenges and I Thank God for making me so lucky that I can boast about this, FRIENDS!
We all have family as our backbone, but when you’re a 1st year student in a new city, living alone and so far away from home, a telephonic conversation is not enough to help you get through those sleepless nights which you hardly ever anticipated back home. And no matter how close your LG is, you will still miss home the same. The first few weeks will not be a walk in the park, I’ll be honest about that. Having said all this, I for one was blessed with a gem of a person, Gurjeet Singh, my first roommate who has now become a permanent brother to me (All thanks to Amity). With him came a few more mates Venky, Himangshu, AD Nair, Ayush, 2nd year, Eksimer, just to name a few and we are as close knit as we were 5 years ago, even after graduating! This is the one thing I treasure from my four years at Amity.
Coming from a place like Shillong, Noida was a huge change for me. I was not accustomed to the “LOUD greetings” there. Moving from a place where people work at their own pace to a place where every second counts, was astonishing for me. Leave aside the temperature difference of like a 100 degrees. It was not easy getting used to the place. Besides, my Hindi was terrible and as a fact Venky still bears the same opinion (Pr main abhi kaaafi achi hindi bol leta hoon). One funny thing everyone used to tell me in the 1st year was that I had an accent. To be honest, it felt great but everyone from St. Edmunds’s school Shillong speaks that way.
To my surprise, Noida wasn’t as rude and mean to me as I thought it would, there always are those few exceptions but let’s forget that. Within about a month, I was given that one gift every person in NCR should get atleast once, DENGUE! You can’t really say you survived NCR if you have not suffered from it! Apart from the jokes, it was terrible. I’m lucky it didn’t kill me.
Towards the end of the first semester, I became a master of most of the hindi gaalis which I still use even today, here in Shillong where most people don’t get it. It’s a sort of therapy for me now. At the same time, I joined the Music society in AIB Zehen as a guitarist. Yea I play the guitar a lil and Ayush was fascinated by it so he forced me to join. That was the first step taken by me to overcome my fear of going out there and performing something in front of a crowd. I still hesitate now but I can atleast think about going on stage unlike before. And I only have my seniors to thank for that. This was also the place where I got to meet such talented musicians and exchanged ideas.
I always had a knack towards helping out organize events and volunteer, so I joined the AIB student body as volunteer for the various departmental activities as well the AYF. With time, I became the co-ordinator of the Technical club and finally the Head co-ordinator for the same. Working with the student body was a thrilling experience all together. We had our fights and politics going on but all in all, as my seniors would say “It gave us that something else apart from the regular classes” it also meant getting a lot of OD’s. We were a sort of family, all working in their respective fields to come together and make all the events happen. As the years progressed and our responsibilities doubled, my co-cordinators, Rhythm, Sanjana , Kay Cee and I were blessed with a talented group of juniors, Jai, Ayur, Ankur, Shalika, Anaida and their juniors, Nikhil, Pankaj, Shanker, Sona and so many more. I know its not right on my part to not name them all but each and everyone made the Technical club what it is now. And I’m proud to say that Illuminati is the biggest and most active club in AIB at the moment! Cheers to you guys!
The stories never really end, but I’ll have to stop now. What I want to express through this really is nothing! It’s funny but I’m being honest. This was just an excerpt from my four years at Amity and AIB. Each one of you will have your own. And its your choice how you make it. Some of you might make it memorable sitting in Balli with chai, some in H-block. Its your life really and there can be no one who can dictate what you do with it. What is most important is that you have NO REGRETS. You have to learn to take responsibility for your actions, so even if you mess up, you should have the courage to accept it and pat yourself at the back and say “Atleast I tried!”. If you sit and keep wandering what might happen, you’ll be sitting for the rest of your life. I’m not saying you’ll be successful either. But don’t let failure stop you from moving on and trying different things. I dropped a year after my B.Tech trying different things out. Some worked, some didn’t, but I’ll still keep trying. This one line someone special told me
“ If you’re not positive, atleast don’t be negative, be neutral ”.
Btech Biotech (2012-2016)
P.S I’m really sorry if I didn’t mention a few names. I still treasure you the same.