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Friday, 19 September 2014

Dark and lovely

By: Team PenTastic
By Ritika Barik
Would you like to have a slice????
Black forest cake….now this is what first comes to my mind when I hear dark and lovely. Isnt it deliciously lovely? We have all been brought up with this perception of dark things not being lovely ,dark things bringing negativity. But dark things have a certain magnetic allure in them. It draws us towards them. Dark corresponding to bad is not always the case.
Ma's idol from dark clay

Imagine sipping a dark cup of tea after a tiring day’s work which dissolves your tiredness and makes you refreshed,imagine a cup of cappuccino being witness to  a number of first dates and love stories, chocolate snatched from our siblings and friends and the dark look on their face when we eat it, the dark clay which brings out mesmerizing idols of Maa Durga during Durga puja,rain drops on dark woods..how beautiful the canopy looks,the smell of soil after the first rain,the royal mane of a black or brown horse,antique rosewood furniture,the idols of lord jagannath made from the dark and bitter wood of neem tree,the dark vermillion on a lady’s forehead which makes her look even prettier…..
A refreshing cup of tea ....anyone!!!
The moment you look around you see dark everywhere…      I see black.The colour of the ocean at midnight,of sunburnt skin in summer,the colur of the dress she wore on her first date. I see black. The colour of his eyes when they first met hers,of his silhouette when he first walked with her,the colour of the Harley he drove away on,the colour of the leather jacket she’d hoped he would come back for…

   As I look at the stars gleaming in the blanket of the sky at night….it dawns on me that it is because of the darkness that they are gleaming…that their shine reaches us.It is because of darkness only that the moon glows so radiantly.It makes us realize the beauty of things.After the night the day comes.Darkness preceeds light so if you are having  a tough time,don’t worry it means something exceptionally good is waiting to happen.Right now you just have to bask in the glory of dark.It is not when you run away from dark that you will find a way but when you surrender to it that it will show you the way.                                 
The night sky......beautiful....aint it???

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


By: Tejass Vittaa


Red FM, a popular radio station, is scouting for young talents in different fields such as singing, dancing and acting as part of its talent hunt among college students titled Red FM par college ke tashanbaaz. It visited engineering colleges in Bhubaneswar for auditions and selected two participants from each college for the finals which were held on September 13 at ICBS AUDITORIUM.

93.5 RED FM’s ‘College Ke Tashanbaaz’ reached out to youth across Bhubaneswar and Cuttack inviting them to come forth and show their talent to engage and connect with listeners. It provided collegians with the platform to perform – be it dancing, singing or just pure wit! And our college students definitely proved their mettle. 
93.5 Red FM in this context visited CET, BHUBANESWAR on 10 Sept, 2014, to conduct the preliminary round of the activity and select two candidates for the Final Round. There is surplus talent in the youth of our country, who are looking for opportunities to showcase it. Initiatives like ‘College Ke Tashanbaaz’ in reality provided the right platform for the youngsters in smaller cities to showcase their talent and make it big. The activity has been very well received in our college and we witnessed a a huge turnout in the initial auditions  on 5th and 6th Sept (nearly 50!)
A Tashanbaaz is a student who is an all-rounder, who is dynamic and is able to stand out on various platforms  and CET certainly didn't fall short of it.

The activity started with some soothing and popular bollywood tracks by Subha Priyadarshini, Bhabana Sahoo, Kiran Bharti and many more. Tanmay and Shreyansh performed a mindblowing jugalbandhi of the the tanpura and tabla. A.Pratik put Pandits to shame with his extraordinary recitation of ragas. Sarthak Mohapatra sang a breathless number and wowed the crowd with the power of his lungs :D Next up, the dance performances didn't fail to enrapture us and the crowd swayed and whirled along with them. Dances of various kinds were performed. Rakshya Subhangini and Rajesh Mohanty performed tearjerking numbers which touched our hearts! Sheetal and Ipseeta presented an exhilarating dance duet of semi-classical numbers. Arpita Priyadarshini and Subhashree Sahoo performed classical songs and had the audience oohing and aahing on their grace and style. Raman Kumar enacted a Mono-Act on the emotions of a wrongfully accused convict which was one of the most outstanding performances of the day.  Dhoklebaaz executed a witty and hilarious one act play of a mock court trial which had the audience rolling in laughter! Ajoy Dash put on the cap of a stand-up Comedian and successfully imitated Shakti Kapoor, Nana Patekar and even exchanged some witty banter with RJ Karan. Finally, the last performance of the day was by our college band who crooned soo beautifully that we were spellbound!

The show was compered by RJ KARAN who entertained all the students with his occasional jokes. Our very own Biswajit Sir and Srimant Sir judged the performances. Recognizing the extraordinary talents of CET,B students, the team shortlisted not two, but three finalists from our college for the final round - Ajoy Dash(final year), Sarthak Mohapatra(2nd year), Ipseeta and Sheetal(2nd year). At the end of the competition, RJ Karan felicitated the judges and conferred gifts to all the participants. A lottery was held in which 2 very lucky students of our college won Hero Honda bikes. Free test rides were also provided to students by the sponsors. The overall event was refreshing and novel and all the students actively participated with great enthusiasm. Special thanks to the club-The AMUZA which hosted and co-ordinated the entire event!

This event saw enormous crowds of enthusiastic youth bearing the heat and cheering their friends.

Radio station 93.5 Red FM seems to have given us just the right opportunity to put on our talent caps on and seize their chance to be the “one” with the ‘College Ke Tashanbaaz’. :D

Knowing your alumni: Ms. Essa Mahapatra

By: shiny choudhury
[Interview taken by Miss. Aayushi Jajodia]

Aayushi : Hi Essa! Good Evening!
Essa: Hi.

Aayushi : How are you today? ; You having a good day so far?
Essa: yeah. Absolutely  :)

Aayushi : Great to hear that, so should we start with the interview?
Essa: yeah, absolutely

Aayushi: Starting with, the whole of Cet is so proud to have you as a part of its constitution! Firstly, all of us would like to know, what did you study in C.E.T.?
Essa: I did my B.Tech in I&E from CET. I had joined IT though...but I changed my branch to I&E in the 2nd year. 

Aayushi : Oh! Instrumentation and electronics! That is one great branch! So, how was life in CET back then?
Essa: It was great; A mixture of experiences. There were good times, and there were bad times, but when I think about it today, my life in CET was great; A great learning experience.

Aayushi: From your past record, it seems that you were amongst the studious bunch of people in campus. Is that so?
Essa: NO NO. Not at all! :p I had a decent cgpa, but I was not among the toppers. :p Infact I was also not that much sure of getting into M.Tech

Aayushi: Haha okay! So when did that decision come about? And when did you start preparing yourself for it?
Essa: It came around the campus season. That year the campus scenario for our branch was really bad. I had decided to study really, crack gate and get into a good PSU (IOCL/NTPC). I screwed up my NTPC application, couldn’t register for it because of some stupid reason...I still remember it was 26th of Jan and our gate exam was on 2nd Sunday of Feb, 2012. Our semester exams had just ended (thanks to bput strikes) and we were left with hardly 15 days for our final revision for GATE. Those 15 days I had desperately tried hard for GATE.

Aayushi: Ohkay! And then IISc happened?
Essa: Yeah. I was expecting an AIR below 50 for sure. But my rank was 17. It was a dream come true :)

Aayushi: That is Superb! If I may say so, you should have really worked hard, and you got what you deserved! 
Essa:  Hmmm. Thanks. I do accept; those 15 days before GATE-2012, I had spent sleepless nights for the 1st time in my life. :P

Aayushi: So, tell me Essa, you completed your masters from IISc B’lore.. How was that experience? What is your take on the quality of Mtech degree of an IIT as compared to that of an IISc?
Essa: Comparison of an M.Tech degree from IIsc and IIT is tough if a student is interested for a job afterwards. I had a same dilemma, to choose between IISc and IIT-B. But I went for IISc after talking to many seniors and professors. I still remember my conversation with 1 of my CET seniors in IIT-B. She told me IISc is the best and the toughest place to be in. That single line made me take my decision. I always wanted to be in the best place...no matter how tough it would be.  So I went for IISc.

Aayushi: I can very well see that, and this brings me to my next question, that is, What are the trends of Jobs after pursuing an M-tech degree from a premier institution such as the one you studied in?
Essa: It depends on your branch, for CS/Electronics people the job opportunities are many the same is not that good for electrical/mechanical or instrumentation students. There are many companies who would also say IIScians are over-qualified for company jobs, and that’s the reason they don’t want to recruit Masters/phds from IISc. Instrumentation in IISc is a research-oriented branch; So companies hardly come for them.

Aayushi : That's scary. And so, your advice, as a mentor, for future MTech aspirants from the college would be?
Essa: My advice, M.Tech in a good college like IISc, IITs is like a 2nd chance given by God to experience what really research is(trust me, it’s exciting) at least it was for me. Once you get a really good rank...you'll always be distracted by PSUs. I have seen it and experienced it myself. But M.Tech life is different. So don’t let it go. Jobs, you can get easily, not the 2 wonderful years in MTech and about cracking GATE, just focus on your basics.

Aayushi: And, if we are really ambitious of getting into a good college for m tech, from when do we need to start preparing for it?
Essa: Take your 3rd year and 4th year courses really seriously because that is what is going to be there even after joining an M.Tech. Start from 3rd year.  You don’t have to prepare rigorously...but just be clear in the 3rd year courses. A good proportion of GATE syllabus is from 5th and 6th semester courses. For electronics students, AEC, DEC and EEM also matters a lot. Instead of trying to finish the entire syllabus of GATE make an intelligent decision and choose the subjects which you can finish and revise thoroughly.

Aayushi : Okay, thank you so much for this valuable advice. Our readers including me would be thoroughly in need of it! 
Essa: And I must say here, you people are really doing a great job. The concept of CET rising is really nice. Building this bridge between alumni and the current students was really necessary.

Aayushi:  Thank you Essa!.. That means a lot coming from you. Speaking of which, The College Alumni association getting into picture is a big plus for us to know our glorious Alumni placed at different firms and organizations. Do you think the establishment of College-Alumni association would benefit the current batches?
Essa: Of course, in fact we had a meeting in Bangalore for it and it was decided to build a really strong alumni association for CET.

Aayushi: Yup, the bangalore meet was a successful one. Are you optimistic and enthusiastic about the Global Alum meet that is expected to be organized this Winter here at the college campus?
Essa: Yup. We need more publicity for it I suppose. Maybe having another round of meets in every city before the big one will help a lot. If you can share the database of people in a city then we can arrange a meet and involve others too. If we are doing it this winter, lets do it big.

Aayushi: Yup, we are working on it right now, and it is really a blessing for us to have such cooperating alumni such as you. We will keep you posted on the happenings. :)
 Looking Back, how much do you think has C.E.T. played a role in helping you achieve whatever you have achieved till now?
Essa: A lot. As I have already said, CET was a learning experience for me both professionally and personally.

Aayushi: Have you been to this college in the recent past? What changes have you observed i the college? Which area do you think has scope for improvement?
Essa: Yes, I visited college last June. I had seen and heard a lot about the efforts our students, student clubs are giving for the college and that is really commendable. But I was shocked by the infrastructure. Except for the new buildings, the old buildings were in a mess. I talked to few professors who said the govt has increased the seats without taking care of proper infrastructure. A proper infrastructure and lab facilities are very much required I think the college and government should focus more on quality than quantity.

AayushiYup Di, I agree with you in this context. This is one area we still need to work on.  And, tell us something about your hobbies.., were you passionate about anything in particular. Such as dancing? Or painting?
Essa: I never had a particular hobby. I always felt n still feel that hobbies restrict us to doing one thing. And, so whenever I get time I get involved in whatever comes to my mind 1st. I could be reading a novel, singing on my own, dancing, exploring a new place or could even be reading a journal paper.

Aayushi : (gasps) you never fail to amaze us.
Essa: (laughs) LOL :p

Aayushi : :D lastly, It has always been a privilege to listen to the success stories of our seniors who went through the similar processes while in college. Is it possible for you to come down to the college for an inspirational talk anytime when you are in town?
Essasure...anytime, I don’t know about inspirational talk tough as I am a very bad public speaker. But I would certainly interact with the students; would love to. It would be an honour for me.

Aayushi: Okay!.. That would be much more of an honour for us.. With this, we conclude our interview!..
Essa: Thanks Aayushi!

Aayushi: Thank you Essa!. It was wonderful talking with you. Hope that we keep in touch.
Essa: Sure we will!

And with this we conclude the AWESOME interview!


Monday, 15 September 2014

CANTEEN : ‘MESS’ hall of CET-B

By: Vinnata

[ With the help of Ritika Barik Compiled by Sradha Suman Mahapatra ]

Bon app├ętit, a French term associated with good meal. I study in Odisha’s one of the top engineering colleges, i.e. College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar and I take quite a pride in flaunting that. But as we know, all that glitters isn't gold. Similarly CET has its own goods and not-so-goods.

The title says 'MESS' hall. Yes! Today, It's about our college canteen. Let’s start with the facts first. When I initially joined this college, to my dismay the look of the cafeteria didn’t impress me much. But in a place like Ghatikia, the area doesn't offer many options to satisfy your guts with any food joints or affordable restaurants. Hence, the college canteen is all you have got. Take it or Leave it.

Though the canteen doesn't have much variety in the menu it offers, but to a starving stomach and a not-so-full wallet, I think it’s the best you can get. From healthy South-Indian breakfast to the street side delights like momos, rolls, noodles, etc. it serves everything in a maximum time of 10-15 minutes. The canteen area doesn't just limit itself to mess halls, it also has a Xerox shop, a variety store, SAC (Student activity center) and a bank [ which now also has an ATM ]. So it’s a one-stop place for students for all their non-academic works (All sorts, Yes!! Pun intended).

With time, as in 3 years that I have spent here I've seen the canteen grow and develop with me. More number of halls, stores, renewed and increased items on the menu; the canteen we have now, one can say saves the college’s grace. But, you must be wondering, ain't I diverting from the very point I started this piece with ? MESS? Yes. Looks can be deceptive. I agree the canteen has it all. And by all, I mean All!
Err..We better have a look of it, I bet they will be suggestive enough, after all a picture is worth a thousand words.

Hygiene and food go hand in hand. But our canteen area depicts the contradictory. The college management forgets the basic necessity and environmental conditions that the students (the entire human race in fact) should be subjected to. And all of this happens only in CET, a technical institution that at some point of time teaches us a subject called Environmental Engineering Studies. Sigh! 

Despite all the loopholes our canteen will remain the HEART of the entire college; Afteral, it has seen so many friendship made, love stories formed; candid gossip and much more...After having a chat with our very own, Ranjan bhai, we came to know about a story that he remembers. "It was around 3-4 years back", he says looking at an empty corner of his store, thoughfully, "...when a guy had ordered 300 roses of 3 different colours- Red, yellow and white". 100 of each colour! And he asked Ranjan Bhai to hide them in his store. The next day, the guy brought his friend with him to the store and proposed her with these roses. "The girl said 'Yes'!", smiles Ranjan Bhai. So, in short our canteen will remain the treasurer of a box of memories and nostalgia for us, always. Like they say, "tedha hai lekin mera hai"


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Movie Review: finding fanny!

By: Tejass Vittaa

              FINDING FANNY(Romance/Satire/Drama)

[ Written by ANSHUMAN RAY ]

CAST: Deepika Padukone, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor
DIRECTION: Homi Adajania
DURATION: 1 hour 39 minutes

A bunch of five misfits embark on a journey to find a certain Stefanie “Fanny” Fernandes where they unlearn and relearn the various harsh truths of life through the veneer of humour.

"Finding Fanny" is not just a purpose. Its the pretext. An alibi for five contrasting characters to come out of their mundane lives. Ferdy (Naseeruddin Shah) is devastated when he comes to know that the letter expressing his love was never posted and that he has been living a lie for 46 years. Come Angie (Deepika Padukone) who convinces Ferdy to go and find his love as ”No one deserves an incomplete love story”. Angie takes help from old friend Savio (Arjun Kapoor) who agrees to drive them provided if she is able to convince Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapoor), owner of the car. Don Pedro readily gives his consent as his quest to find the muse is over with Rosy(Dimple kapadia), Angie’s mother in law.

Set in backwaters of Goan village Pokoli, Finding Fanny is pretty well crafted. The characterization is exceptional with all the leads playing their part totally engrossed in the mould. The acting is first-rate, courtesy the consummate ensemble cast. Deepika Padukone is elegant and disarming in every scene(if this is de-glam, i wonder what 'glamourous' would be). Arjun kapoor breathes life into the loser-in-denial savio with his sporadic emotional outbursts. But the trio of Naseeruddin Shah-Dimple kapadia-Pankaj kapoor make the movie a heartening watch. Dimple Kapadia with the Quirky-self-anointed-bossy-know-it-all act is truly effervescent. One of the major laugh out loud scenes is Rosy’s saucy remark on the effect of too much liquor on her legs. Pankaj Kapoor playing the creep-in-charge articulate pervert painter who pours his lust on the canvas is a treat to watch. The most well directed scene is the one where Don Pedro finally captures Rosy in ghastly beautiful portrait and the Rosy is flabbergasted with incredulity. Naseeruddin Shah is remarkable with the weak kneed timid demeanour and is incredibly comical.

Homi adajania captures the dysfunctional catholic people sensibly. The sound track sets the mood of a Goan backdrop. The screenplay is fine and the dialogs are laced with sarcasm. Though a well made flick it is meant for a select group of audience. The Indian movie-goers still have to grow to watch something like this.

Finding Fanny is  one of those movies you would love to watch in a lazy sunday afternoon. The notions of love are not new, though the depictions are. At the end the movie may not leave you overwhelmed but its way better than the bollywood comedies that we watch today.

Go for it if you are out-of-the-box and don't like cliched bollywood flicks.

P.S. Dont miss the “Shake your Bootiya”  song post credits. Hilarious !!!