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Friday, 19 December 2014

The Review:Chanakya's Chant

By: Team PenTastic
{editing by Jessica Mohapatra}

Written by Tarun  Kumar
 
 

 
In the times where the books from the West tend to gain applause from the new-age story seekers and readers; Ashwin Sanghi’s 'The Chanakya’s Chant' burgeons to be a Welcome change. The novel is his second writing endeavor and true to being Indian, the book preserves the tinge of Indian essence (a lacunae in the western writings). While at the same time providing an enthralling, mysterious, adventurous and intellectual storyline. The story is ingeniously plotted with overlapping anecdotes of past and present. Each page creating an aura of it's own, compelling you to turn to the next page. A creation supplemented with rigorous background research, the book prevails to be a Magnum Opus, incredibly conceived and written. The book is a testament of Ashwin’s unmatched astuteness.
The author’s description though studded with the right words preach in a passive tone. (That’s a little disappointing). Emotions are conveyed non-chalantly yet effectively. Moreover the author’s choice of words is a satiating delight for  the hungry readers

 Unlike the other thrillers, the protagonist of the book isn’t a handsome, captivating man with a sturdy built rather he is a repulsive looking Brahmin with pock-marked face, wide gapped teeth, and dark skin.

 
Born to a family that had never seen better  days, Gangasagar(yeah the name is hilarious!) soon finds out that his destiny lies not in chants and hymns but in holding the reigns of  the nation. Having mastered the art of Economy from his employer, he sets out to shape the politics of the country following in the footsteps of the legendary mastermind Chanakya.

 
He is cold and calculating, calm and sinister and the ingenious mastermind behind each perceived move. He adopts malevolent, nefarious and unholy practices to achieve his vow. Compassion is a weakness he can’t afford in his treacherous voyage to power, politics and people.  Lives are destroyed, governments are trampled, politicians are screwed. Allies are deceived, enemies are neutralized as he unfolds his Pandora’s box of action. 
 
He is the reincarnation of the scholar and master strategist Chanakya, the kingmaker.

 
The story line trails back and forth  2300 years... from the present to the past  bringing the reader into sipid and interesting time lapses unraveling the gory and immoral aspects of Chanakya backed with a higher rational reasoning. Formerly known as Vishnugupta, he christens himself on the pyre of his father as chanakya-son of chanak and vows to vanquish the king and his dynasty who had caused the gory execution of his beloved father and his exile . With unabated and unquenched thirst of vengeance, he grows into a renowned scholar respected and feared equally for his knowledge and deceit. He is an intellectual genius.

“A debt should be paid off till last panna, and an enemy destroyed till the very last trace”  being his ethereal chant, he starts an arduous expedition to unite the country against the Macedonian invasion and articulately plans and executes his deceptions leaving nothing to chance. He creates a legacy, a magnum opus legacy that would be the stepping stones to the bitter game play of politics for the future generation to come…

 
Will Gangasagar, the modern chanakya be victorious in his pursuit to shape a united India? Would he be able to play on his enemies and allies to notch his target? What is the kernel intuition behind the risk laden political play?

 

 The answer lies unravelled in the Chanakya’s Chants…….

 

 

 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sanctity Doesn't Lie on a Bed of Sin!

By: Pratikshya Satpathy

[By Pratikshya Satpathy, 4th yr, T.E.]


Bloodshed in every corner made me whine,
Over the white tiles they shone like sparkling red wine.
With guns in their hands they declared their "Win",
But sanctity doesn't lie on a bed of sin.


So cowardly they acted and created a dearth of lives,
When peacefully rested the little bees in their hives.
Those inhumans let the tragic fire engulf them all,
What a pity!, it took moments to reduce them to null.

And then they say peace must prevail,
they say it is the need of the hour!
Why speak of words that always fail,
and over time have made ties sour.

Bitter roots can never bear fairer and sweeter fruits,
when will they realise this!
In the name of Allah, everytime their gun hoots!
every time they raise a snake to kiss!

But again with a new morning, the sun will shine,
With the stains of innocent blood, our faiths will entwine.
And this time, over their heads will rest our "Win",
cause sanctity never lies on a bed of sin!




(To all the innocent lives lost..may they rest in peace with the lord...and may justice be done to their souls)







Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Picnic Time!!!

By: Team PenTastic


[By: Tanuja  Pattnaik]




          With the onset of winter, comes the most awaited time of the year: Picnic Season!!! Beaches, mountains, forests, rivers, everything just seems to be inviting us to go visit them....
          Here’s a list of some of the less known picnic spots of Odisha. These have their own beauty and charm.


1.     Tensa:

                             
This little known picnic spot of Odisha, located 110 km from Rourkela is also considered as a mini hill station. The view from the lookout point with its rolling hills and dense forests for as far as the eye can see, has fascinated all visitors, and remains a lifelong memory.


2.    Sonepur beach:

             

About 200 km from Bhubaneswar, this beach is located on the Odisha Andhra border along the river Bahuda. It is famous for its colourful water and lonliness.

 
3.    Talasari beach:

                      

Talasari beach is a beach in the Balasore district. The name is derived from two words: “tala” (meaning palm) and “sari” (meaning row). The palm trees surrounding the place give this name to it. The word “tala” also means rhythm, which is reflected in the sea waves lapping against the shore.


4.    Chudanga gada:

                

Chudanga gada, earlier known as Sarangagarh is located about 14 km north of Bhubaneswar in the village of Baranga. Built in the 12th century A.D., the site has ruins and vestiges extending over an area of more than 1000 acres of land within a fortification made of laterite blocks. The landmarks around the site are the Nandankanan zoological park and the Prachi river.


5.    Raibania fort:

                        

Raibania fort is a group of ancient forts in Balasore district. Designed by Langula Narasinha Deba, these redstone forts were devastated after the invasion of Kalapahada. Post invasion remnants of the forts except Raibania have been utilised for construction by the local zamindars and villagers of the locality.


6.    Devkund:

                     

Devkund or Deokund, meaning “the bathtub of Gods”, is located at a distance of 60 km from Baripada. Perched on a hill, Maa Ambika is a highly revered deity in this region. This place is an ideal picnic spot, owning to its alluring waterfalls and natural beauty.



So, where are you going this year??

Sunday, 14 December 2014

This z my story

By: Team PenTastic
 
{editing by Jessica Mohapatra}

This is a very beautiful and heart wrenching piece ,written by Ekta Mohanty , 4th year, I&E




 


Yeah,

thank you...thank you so much for whatever happened.....

thank you so much for whatever pain I endured......

thank you so much for all the mistakes I made,

thanks for everything that went wrong.



Thanks for every bad thing that happened to me, every single moment of pain, anger and frustration and every drop shed from my eyes.

Your not wanting me was the beginning of my wanting myself more and more,

Your rejection was the advent of me being embraced by myself.

Thanks to you, I explored the 'me' I never knew had existed.

Your not putting faith in me was the beginning of me believing in 'me'.


Now I am complete.....
I know my strengths,

I know my flaws

I know what I enjoy and what I dislike.

I am no more afraid of my scars and do not hide them anymore.

I am audacious, courageous and outrageous..

I know what I am.

I know how to say no and how to let go...

I know what it all takes to invest in relationships.




Thanks for the experience you gave me...
What else could be more blissful for me than knowing me and investing more in myself?

What could be more hilarious for me than freeing my soul from all the worries and imposed restrictions?

What could be more adventurous for me than to have overcome my fear and to have explored new heights of courage?




Thanks for making me a free bird......
.

Friday, 12 December 2014

The living legend....

By: Jessica Mohapatra
When Rajnikant logs on to facebook.com, facebook updates its status message!
 
Micheal Jordan to Rajni:" I can spin a ball on my finger for over two hours. Can you? "
Rajni: "Rascala!!! how do you think the earth spins!?"

 
Rajnikanth calls  Indian Airlines: "How  long will it take for a flight from Chennai to Kolkata"
Airlines official: "Sir 1 hour"
Rajnikanth:"Issey acha ki main paidal hi chala jau..."


I agree that these are all Rajnikanth PJs ,but how often have we all laughed our heads off it...The Reason why CET Rising has decided to write about Rajnikanth today is that today is 12th December, the living legend's birthday so we have decided to tell our Readers about the Hero , the Superstar, the inspiration........

Rajnikanth was born on 12th December ,1950. He had struggled a lot before achieving success.He rotated jobs of Coolie and Carpenter and then a bus conductor for Bangalore transport services. Just like every dark cloud has a silver lining ,Rajnikanth's life took a new turning when he started his acting career. He has now got National awards and the revered Padma Bhusan awards in his kitty. After such poverty he rose to great heights showing the world that with dedication , sheer- hardwork and will-power one can reach the Zenith. He is now the Highest Paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan(China).In 2014 he was conferred as "Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year" in the International Film Festival of India.
He is reffered as Thalaiva and Kochadaiiyaan in India.In South India he is revered as a God, a protector(There is a Rajnikanth temple in South India).He is truly a living legend.

Rajnikanth with some of our Bolly Divas
Aishwarya Rai in ROBOT
                 





The Animated Movie...
Deepika in the same...





New Movie Linga with Sonakshi.
Rajnikanth is truly inspirational ,the nation prayed when he was unwell....it is only by dint of his merit that he is respected not only in India ....but also in  the world.He is very popular in cyberspace just because he can do the impossible and people love and respect that people have for him
Some more Jokes viral are......
{#None of the jokes are made by us, they are taken from the net (some of our favourites.....)we have no intention of hurting anyone living or dead}