hi friends, frm today onwards i m going to start a series of personal opinions on different individuals from our batch (2008-10).
so, let's begin.
the first individual that i m going to talk about is the one whom i interacted first here at the department.
it was 16th of july 2008-the day of councelling. amidst the pattering of rain,a bunch of young faces was siiting inside a hall. with the prospect of being anointed a media student all set to become a reality, the would-be menbers of BHU mass comm family were all involved in an intense chirping. soon, a set of papers was brought on with the 'man in red'( one of the department official, guess who it could be)asking for a quick completion of all these formalities(admission in this part of the world is one of the most cumbersome activities as it involves the filling-ups of at least ten different forms and then standing at the tip of yor toes for hours while submitting fees at jampacked counters)
well, it was during this act of filling-up of admission form that i received sm word of advice from this wonderful human being (i was grappling with some of the clauses mentioned in the form when she-yes she is a girl-extended the much-needed verbal wisdom).
cut to november 2009. it's almost one year and 4 months sicee we have been here at the department.
and the girl is now an apple of everyone's eyes.
she and her scooty(which she rides with elan and of course with the blue-eyed kancha frm hilly lands of kaathmandu sitting behind) is now an integral part of departmental folklore.
a strict disciplinarian,her strong 'stands' serve as the inspiration for lesser willed mortals.
guess who is she?
by now, most of you must have figured her out.
if not, let me dispell the suspense.
the name is shilpa- shilpa rai.
shilpa comes to me as someone with well-defined grace and strong beliefs in her decisions. never have i seen her wilting under pressure of any kind-internal and external included. her pasona is akin to the revolutionary path of sun. like sun, she functiones well within her properly marked out territories of dignity and self-control.
she never appears wishy-washy. like the energy-emanating sun, she is always assured of actions she undertake, never shy of letting an individual know if he/she is going wrong. she is a point-blank talker and i must say because of this she sometimes have to face ego-tiffs with other individuals(as in today's world we are so adept at hearing everything goody-goodies that an objective comment is always taken up as an insult).
at times, she is dubbed arrogant too (here i must mention, only a person who is not familiar with various facets of her life can 'dubb' her so). but, spend some quality time with her and you come to know about her humility and down-to-earth approach to the life.
an avid fan of swish ace roger federer, she is someone with a bagful of love and affection for ground issues. talk to her and the first impression you get is that she is against glitz and glamour of all forms and is sensitive to the social and economical discriminations some certain sections of society are forced to undergo. for me, it is her this 'imperious gaze' (directed at the dazzles of modern day india) that stands out and makes her one of the most endearing characters.
3 cheers for shilpa!