Back to school … oh sorry i meant university.

WE ARE BAACKK!!
It’s already the second week of classes *If you count the Eid holidays that is* of the NEW academic year in TIP and needless to say, everyone’s either absolutely thrilled *haha* about it. Or at least they are acting like it. *ab tau rona aata hy*
The second years are trying to enjoy being a senior, the third years are wishing and hoping it gets better, the fourth years are doing whatever it is that fourth years do before thesis starts and lastly the FIRST years, the becharay freshies are probably lost somewhere between, excited, terrified and a serious case of ‘what have I done to myself’ We all know because, been there done that yo!

Anyways there have been some really big changes around here. A lot of new faculty members have joined our ship, some very old and very renowned people *design walay* have left, then three’s the new batch which according to a lot of people from faculty is one of the BETTER batches we’ve had In past some years *ham main kaantay lagay thay kya? :'( *, so we’ll just wait and see how true that is, we are also waiting to see what the recently elected TISF has in store for us, will it have some success to ‘make TIP great again’ or will it end up being a disappointment, and this year also has in store for us what seems to be TIPs favorite thing as of late, RESTRICTIONS AND RULES! AND EVEN MORE RESTRICTIONS AND RULES!! YAYY!

From the impending social media ban rumors, the countless messages and huge ‘ragging is banned’ posters *not so new but more on that later*, the good old Hostel stay/ ‘night events’ ban *qaumi khel ban gaya hy ye tau TIP ka* and some other ‘bans’ that were supposed to be but haven’t been initiated … YET, so this year is looking to be a tough one but hopefully things will get better down the road.

Also I’d like to give the freshies a very warm welcome and let them know that this is a platform open to everyone so they can say and talk about ANYTHING TIP related at all, so whether you’re having trouble adjusting in TIP or there’s something else bugging you, Just write about it and send it to me and voila! you’ll feel instantly better … jk you won’t, you’ll probably still go through that ‘adjusting period’ but hey at least you’ll be putting it out there and that really counts for something so yeah jokes aside I really hope and wish your stay here is as awesome as you expected. Cheers.

Types of people you will find in TIP, during Elections.

#TISFElections2k16 #TheHypeIsReal

So, Elections eh? That’s probably all you’ve been hearing for DAYS , every other person is talking about elections and they’re being discussed on every table. And I, as usual have been doing some observing the way people act during elections. I have very carefully classified them into different groups. Before going any further I have to say, although I won’t be taking any names this one is probably going to offend some people soo yeah, take it all with a grain of salt.

The chauray

These are a very commonly found species in TIP, every other person here, is basically a chaura.. It’s like we have a never ending Olympiad of being chaura going on where every other person, little or big, black or white, junior or senior, students or even some of the management and faculty *please don’t get offended* will be giving epic displays of the said chaurapan. but when it comes to election,you can identify them easily as they will be will be laughing, making fun of the opposition panel/candidate, passing sarcastic remarks and acting like they’ve won the elections already.

The Diplomats

These are the ones who will reassure literally every other panel how ‘pakka‘ their vote is, but will vote for someone else when the time comes.

The Zabardasti ke siyasat Dan.

These are the overly efficient supposed ‘visionaries’ who will somehow link literally EVERY other thing with some kind of a political move. Two people are randomly found talking to each other? *iss may zarur koi siyasat hy* you’re meeting with the opposite panel in a friendly manner *iss may bi siyasat hy* you’re trying to drink water? *siyasat hy* Cafe ke khanay main namak kam hy? *siyasat hy* you’re constipated? *siyasat* your uncle’s 2nd cousins daughter is getting married? *still siyasat*, so yeah.

The ones who love gossip

These are the people observing everything from the sidelines, never pledging allegiance to anyone. These people just want to know WHAT is going on and where so that they can discuss it. These are also a bit dangerous considering the fact that they somehow almost always know pretty much everything.

The ‘phuppos’

Just like chauray, Phuppos are also found in abundance here at TIP, basically all phuppos do is, hear stuff and create rumours and make friends and groups fight amongst themselves. Phuppos are BAD.. don’t be a phuppo.

The brainwashers Beware of these. They will be sweet they will smile at you, they will charm their way through stuff, they’ll say exactly what you want to hear and they will make the other panel sound like a bunch of villains so yeah. Don’t be brainwashed.

The ones who know nothing.

These people don’t care who wins and who loses because they don’t care about TISF which ultimately means they don’t give a damn about TIP. Be a chaura or a phuppo or anything just don’t be one of these lifeless bunch and DO NOT waste your vote,that is literally the worst thing you can possibly do right now.

Ghazal night.

Finally, something awesome.

BANG!!  what an event last weekend, almost everyone there loved it and it was met with a hugely positive response from everyone from students bringing their families and friends to faculty too.  It was all kinds of awesome, also it gives you something of a special feel when ALMOST every person *except a few* has put in some effort to look good and they actually succeed at doing so, and don’t end up making a joke of themselves *ouch this sounds rude*.

 

The venue was good, the performers outdid themselves the food *the biryani and feerni* was better than expected and almost everything else about that event was an A.

 

The night which started with a beautiful hamd ‘wohi khuda hy’ and ended with a good ol’ dama dam mast qalandar dhamaal, had so much happen,in between,including that random weird guy who decided to go Michael Jackson+the infamous badnam munni all over the arena and quite literally made people wonder what exactly the kind of stuff exactly has he been smoking and more importantly WHAT THE HELL IS THIS CREATURE AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM. I would’ve taken notes of every song and every ghazal sang by the performers but I was busy enjoying everything around me so I couldn’t. If anyone remembers the songs and ghazals please mention in the comments for those who missed it.

This event was organised in the city and the venue was at a very easy-to-get-to location thus the fact that many people that you wouldn’t usually find at events were there too, although it kept reminding me of the absolutely magnificent amphitheater we have at our campus that is used for God-knows-what *you do know what I mean* purposes and I in my two years here, have yet to witness it in its glory but considering the fact that our ‘awam’ tends to be lazy when events are held at the campus you really have no one to blame but the ‘awam’ itself.  Here is to hoping that we get a musical event such as this one at OUR campus.. SOON.

The best thing about this event was the overwhelming response by the faculty, the president and Dean sahab too.  So much that the latter was even seen encouraging and almost literally dragging students for dhamaal and I think that’s the kind of spirit we need from them for every event.

Coming soon: The games.

The games are about to begin.  *suspenseful music in the background*

 

You have probably been noticing some weird things lately in TIP and we all know what it is.

No, I’m absolutely not talking about the OH-SO-AMAZING batch of juniors we’ve had this time, frankly I think it’s VERY rude that you actually thought I was talking about them, I’m not talking about the infamous hostel ghost stories,  neither am I talking about some of the ‘GROWN UPS’ we have at our Institute who are getting weirder looking by day, anyways back to the point, yes! The weird thing.

I’m talking about the fact that everyone is being so nice to each other these days, people who don’t normally talk to each other will be found sitting together, and doing..  things together. people who might have even been rude to you at some point are now probably not being so rude. So what is it, you must have have wondered and most probably already know the answer, but just for the sake of drama let’s do it MY way. 

 

So what is up with everyone?  Has humanity finally decided to have some humanity?  Has the government made new laws against being rude?  Is everyone smoking some really good stuff and getting high alot these days, thus the niceness? Or Is it a world created by your imagination and nothing is real?

 

The answer is, NONE OF THE ABOVE, its just that the TISF ELECTIONS 2K16, the Game of thrones, the TIPs version of demolition derby, where many go in, but only the strongest come out alive, is about to start.

 

The most exciting time of the year when everyone gets to feel important, is here and Boy oh boy is it going to be sweet. Fresh Rumours are coming in every day and these elections might just shaping up to be one of the best, most competitive ones we’ve had in recent memory, panels are going to be complicated this time, on one hand there is a strong chance that we might get to see more than two candidates for certain posts and some may even be thinking about rolling the dice once AGAIN, and on the other there are some dark horses in the race, some candidates that upon hearing your immediate response will be “that guy?  Seriously who is gonna vote for him??” , and some horses who are telling everyone they’re not interested in the race but anyone with a functioning brain can see, they WILL be a part of it.

 

This will be all for now, but this is just one of the many posts to come regarding the elections , so yeah buckle up! because this is going to be a VERY fun ride.

 

Continue reading “Coming soon: The games.”

Internet? nah i live in the hostel,never heard of it.

An article about hostelites, that hostelites will  most probably not get to read.

 

I recently had a chance to stay at the hostel for a night and came across some major complains from the hostelites so I thought, what the hell ! let’s write about it.

Among a dozen of daily life problems, The Internet is probably the biggest one they have right now. Our campus has WiFi ‘Internet’ everywhere *or so they say*, but the situation is way more difficult for hostilities than you may think.

Apparently the Internet goes down quite often for some reason, it happens after almost every day or two, And surprise surprise! they don’t have anyone taking care of that so the ‘inmates’ are left to run the WiFi of the ‘asylum’, Mohammad Awais of Amm2 knows a little about the Internet stuff,therefore whenever it goes down everyone at the hostel turn to him for help, he walks all the way from hostel to the main gate of TIP to get a guard who’d then open the door of academic block for him, he then goes upstairs to fix the Internet and then finally goes back to hostel, the whole process takes an hour or two atleast, it’s not even his job but he has to do it because obviously, there isn’t another way. Anyways the other day he went to the main gate and the guards said they can’t open the campus area for him since they get scolded by the admin manager for opening it without permission, extremely upset over this situation he stated, and I quote;

‘Mera kaam bi nai hy tab bi karta hoon, yahan pagal nai baithe hain ham, khud to banda hire nai kia hua koi, ham Apni madad aap karain to usmay bi maslay, ye sab khud yahan ruk ke dekhain do Din in ko Pata chalay ga ham kaise reh rahe hain ‘

I stayed there for a day and either the Internet didn’t work at all and even if it did work I assure you my grandmother could probably run faster than our Internet and I am not even being funny here. Now on to the most obvious replies you will get from some of the people responsible for this, the evergreen justification of ‘excessive downloading’ and too much devices being used *because apparently the 20th century still hasn’t ended here *, which always worked but it won’t anymore since the daily data for all devices is monitored and if it exceeds the limit the device gets blocked. Now it may sound like I’m talking about a military Academy Here but I really am not. It’s TIPs awesome hostel ladies and gentlemen.

SpringFest16

A look at the most recent,and the first day time event by TISF.

Have you ever been to that one movie, with all your friends after a very long time and you know that the movie isn’t anything special but you’re still really excited about it because at least you get to have fun?  That’s basically what the case was with the most recent event by TISF that we got in the form of “SpringFest16″.

After a series of semi successful to successful night events such as BBQ ,Halloween and sports nights ,this event was the first day time event and12891159_1294897107193479_8077334210674785750_o

for that reason everyone was expecting a lot from it, perhaps a bit too much considering the limited budget *as we are told* our organizers get to work with. The guys and girls were all putting in an extra effort in getting ready because of ‘the event’ which was gonna end with ‘rang’ anyway so if you ask me, that wasn’t such a great idea because when those layers of ‘good looks’ get removed by the rang water, an epic display of weird looking colored scary monsters is what we get to witness and that is exactly what happened and IT.WAS. SWEET. Kind of tragic in a way, maybe a tad bit wrong morality wise..But yeah sweet.

Now coming back to the event itself, there were a lot of things to do there, The jumping castle (was fun), the other jumping castle kind of thing (no idea what it’s supposed to be), the huge ball thingy (my personal favorite) *I don’t know what it’s called so ill just call it the huge ball thingy* and sumo wrestling too.

The jumping castle, as it is generally called but if you ask me, the word castle would be a little bit exaggerating? I guess. But eh, it was fun .. Think about any famous wrestling move you might be familiar with from watching WWE, whether it’s the Spear, the Rock bottom, the Powerbomb or an F5, all of them were used by guys on each other and it was crazy fun. Then there was the huge ball thingy, sure you had to wait a little for your turn but once inside it turned the world upside down ..quite literally.

The general feedback to it was mixed. Some thought it wasn’t worth the hype ,Most were just disappointed ,Some decided not to be a part of it and sat in the café saying ‘Garmi hy’ *the worst kind of people*, while some actually enjoyed the hell out of it.

A lot of people complained about the lack of stalls but you can’t put all the blame on TISF, the lack of stalls was the fault of students, they’re the ones responsible for them it just goes to show that we HAVE gotten lazy and all most of us do is complain. Then there were the problems with the way it was all organized , the event started a bit late than it was promised ,there weren’t enough rides and also the tents/shamianas/tamboos *call them what you want* were not properly installed, some of them fell down and the others were quite LITERALLY dancing to the beats of music , it looked like all of them might fall on our heads any second and admit it or not, a lot of you wished that it DOES fall I mean, just imagine the chaos. It would’ve been the best thing to come out of the night.

Anyways that’s basically all there was to it, all the jokes and sarcasm aside, the best thing about it was the fact that there was something HAPPENING and we got to see that excitement on the faces of everyone that is so rare here at TIP, things have become so stale here that it is frustrating, we rarely ever have something to look forward to so here it is to hoping, that we get better days like this one more often.12916807_1294883050528218_1902896509097662132_o 12885821_1294885343861322_3084911144024888881_o

Security first. Are we really safe?!

Why isn’t anyone aware and talking about this ?! 

Two days ago, while in my free slot I was sitting somewhere in TIP scrolling randomly through Internet trying to kill some time,when I stumbled upon something, something terrifying, something that actually made me scared of being there. and for the first time in my life ,I felt scared of being in TIP.

 

Here is what the headlines of Aaj news said :
“KARACHI: Around 12 terrorists including Al-Qaeda Sub-Continent leader have been killed on Monday in police encounter in Karachi”
The headline off course sounds like something normal for us, the karachiites as these things have become norm for us but then I read the details and it got me thinking and worried as it said:

“The police encounter took place in Pipri and Gadap area of the city. Eight terrorists were killed in Pipri and four others in Gadap. The other terrorists included members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and other banned outfits as well, A large number of weapons were recovered from their possession”

I didn’t want to believe this, so I did my own research and as it turned out several other news agencies such as Dunya News, The express Tribune, News one and several others, seemed to be reporting the same thing.

I have linked all the news sources for you all to read and decide for yourself whether this article is a hoax/just an over exaggeration of the situation or is it actually something we all should seriously be worried about.

 

 

Just in case you didn’t know , the Pipri area is the one opposite to steel town i.e.it falls Inside 8 Kilometers radius of TIP, Considering the recent security threats to Schools, colleges and universities all over Pakistan , the fact that so many terrorists with such weaponry were found is extremely unsettling to me, In fact I actually salute the hostilities and who are actually able to eat,sleep and function normally in this situation.
We are all aware of the fact that the security of TIP is anything BUT ‘tight’.
We don’t even have fences/Barbed wires on our walls and our security guards are not armed, though when this semester started there was an official notification that said that these things are being installed guards are also currently being armed along with the security cameras being put up for surveillance but after three weeks there hasn’t been a noticeable change.

 

It also came to my knowledge that the very next day after all this happened, a very senior official, who doesn’t usually visit the hostel, went there in the morning and advised the students to lock their doors properly at nights and recite ‘charon qul’ before sleeping, THAT ladies and gentlemen, is the best security measure we have to offer, though i do understand the helplessness,as providing immediate security to a 50 Acre land with the ‘financial constraints’ we have, is not an easy task, something has to be done as soon as humanly possible.

 

 

One more thing I would like to add is,I have known about this for past two days and I went back and forth with it, I wanted to tell people about it or write about it but a part of me felt it was wrong to do so,it felt like I would be the one creating panic among students, I asked the hostilities and it turned out they all knew about this since it happened,So it was only fair that others knew about it too, I chose to write this because I believe that we all have the right to know, every student deserves to know the risks and it is an individual’s choice if they are willing to take the risk or not.