I watch Roadies just to see how Indian youth are being plundered of their talent in search for a virtual reality on TV. Truth is that the youth are wasting their energy for some quick money and some fame that they think would get by being on the TV. It is a totally prodigal attempt and I do not feel that’s the way anyone in their young age behave. What the Roadies reality show is looking for is just TRPs and making money by letting people watch their show. True, it’s a great stunt by MTV but it can be used to bring our the pluck and valiance in today’s Indian youth. The example of youth creating a lot of change in most Arab countries stands exemplary to the world that is mostly constituted by youth. A lot of revolution has been brought about in the Arab world, thanks to the dynamic young people who have mobilised millions to raise their voice against the tyranny of the Dictators. I wish Indian youth focus their skills tin the right direction and use them for a noble purpose rather than wasting their talent in the TV shows that have surfaced recently. India can see the end of corruption if the youth take an initiative and have the courage to enter politics. That’s what I’m going to do after my higher studies when I return to India. We need dynamic people who can take good care of our country and not someone who cares more about their pockets. It would be a great deal if the TV is used as a medium to inculcate sound body building skills and exercises for a fit and healthy body development of youth, sound rational thinking skills and tactics for survival as suggested by the great Leader of Modern Age Swami Vivekananda himself. If the kind of youth depicted in shows like Roadies(especially) is the role model of a country, then it’s high time we change the scenario and grow up. If the kind of passion depicted by the so called ‘Roadies’ exists in the youth for the betterment of their country and not for some fame or money, then we would surpass all the evils that are hindering India’s development. A very good example of youth using their skills for the right purpose is the Teach For India initiative, which recruits talented students as teachers for school children, the perfect source where the flowers can bloom. There are several more examples of youth creating a change, however small it may be, in India. It is time that we take it to a higher level and start using our skills to a higher cause. Please do not encourage shows that emphasise on the kind of wasteful activities. I strongly suggest Raghu, Rajiv or whoever the person incharge of Roadies is to switch to a better concept of training youth towards a better future. Now why should they listen to someone’s words? It should come from an individual’s inside to do some fruitful work for their country. Producing shows that test the talent of youth would just give them temporary fame. Working for a country is an entirely different way of leading a life. I just hope to plant this seed so that people change their mindset and start behaving responsibly. Roadies was just a small example that I have considered as it is popular with the youth but PEOPLE, please think before you even try to represent what the show stands for!
I have watched the movie titled “Ananda Bhairavi” in Telugu recently and I liked it for its simplicity and the concept picturised by the Director, Jandhyala. I liked the scene in which “Narayana Sharma” the famous dance guru and expert in the Kuchipudi dancing style asks the parents of the Lower caste child to give their child to him in order to train her in the Classical dance form. The scene truly depicts what the state of the art at that time was and how women were not allowed to learn or perform the dance form in the society. Going against the rules and regulations set forth by the Temple authorities Narayana Sharma trains the child who goes on to become a great Kuchipudi dancer. She brings laurels not only to her guru but also to the village. The love between the son of Narayana Sharma and the lower caste Kuchipudi dancer was also beautifully conceptualised. Classical dance forms take a lot of practice/Sadhana and are most respected in foreign countries too. We must be proud to learn them and perform them so that future generations do not discontinue practicing these dance forms.
The Tata Crucible Campus Quiz this time with the 2nd edition had a lot of great questions for the Manipal crowd. It was held in the MIT Library Auditorium and was well received by MITians and other nearby Management and Technical Institutes equally. Me and my friend Sean qualified for the Tie Breaker Round of the Quiz for getting a wild card entry to the finals but failed. The Quiz master was very cordial and made the teams on stage feel at ease. The quiz saw a participation of over a hundred teams, which made it difficult for the Tata Crucible Quiz team to select the entries for the finals. Nevertheless I enjoyed the quiz tremendously as it was brain-picking and refreshing. TAPMI eventually won the Regional Finals of this Quiz and the NIT Surathkal was the Runners-up. There was a stiff competition for the Runners-up between the Boys and Girls teams of NIT and the girls were the winners because of their quick wit. It was shocking as two teams from MIT tried but failed though they were so close to the winning score. It was altogether a refreshing Tata experience and the crowd took the winners well enough. The audience was also great and supportive to the teams on stage. Dr Kumkum Garg, Director of Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal gave away the prizes to the winners and said “MIT Rocks”, which I think, does. All this comes from the middle of my project I am doing at MIT, Manipal and I’m glad I am doing it here as I got to learn new stuff about the world of Business, which I always thought was not important, which I’m not, now.