GLOBAL ALUMNI MEET – NSS College of Engineering – 2016

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It was Victor Hugo who said – “No power on earth can stop an idea whose time has come”

Some time back a few thoughts were seeded at Akathethara, a remote village where an Engineering Educational Institution sprung up in 1960. That’s over half a century ago, and students from first batch (1963-64) onwards graduated. Once again let me quote Victor Hugo, and he was right.

A Global Alumni Meet is being organized for the first time at Palakkad, on the 30th and 31st July. Alumnus aged beyond 75 years and those from the classrooms of the Institution are expected to congregate under the banyan tree. Old stories will open gates for new horizons of relationships through the alma mater.

Theme for the meet “SHARE ↔ GROW” is symbolic of the purpose. After all, for most of alumni, “the beginning towards their end” was seeded there, where the withering and tempering melted in a crucible where human chemistry bonded into newer DNA. The same is the theme of the LOGO, an engineering geometrical shape that houses alma mater and the alumni in different locations, ages and profiles support the square from within. The soothing color is tempting, affairs of love and imagination under the banyan tree, raising a fire in the minds of all. Alumni en-vision these ideas.

The two day event should God willing; will be a mix of fun, festivity, rich content, sharing and interaction with promises towards contribution collectively and individually in an old bottle called “nostalgia”. This should propel the “althara” (the banyan tree bed) in to the orbit of a Global Community, whose roots are embedded at Akathethara.

“Globalization creates an illusion of intimacy… when in fact mental distances have changed little” – Martin Jacques. With the changes that happened from then till now, alumni have gone beyond the borders to expand the boundaries of knowledge and habitat. We need to evaluate if distances reduced in gaps on 31st July.

Expectations of “Global Alumni Meet – NSS CE – 2016” are that old relationships will find new colors; new relationships will engage in a weave-less fabric of time; will develop and evolve feelings that migrate and transcend rhetoric scope definitions.

On the 1st of August, 2016, Akathethara will definitely have foot-prints that cannot be wiped away by waves – of teachers, engineers, friends, celebrities; seekers of knowledge; comrades, musicians and artists bringing forth “raga, thala & layam” that synergizes and synthesize old and new; creating something through re-creation and innovation.

  • Amaranth Pallath

(Alumni – NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad, Kerala, India – 1968 Batch – Mechanical Branch)

 

 

Soliloquy (Ugly is beautiful – if handled well)

Beyond the might of Alps, its beauty and elegance, what still strikes me when in thoughts is what my wife and I watched with awe. A lady holding her pet dog allowed it to litter on snow. After that she took out a plastic bag, picked up the discharge, wrapped and rolled it into her hand bag. Just a few days ago, while stepping into lift in our flat I stepped on to urine left behind by a pet dog and not minded by the owner. Both are lessons, about attitudes.

Observing nature is a source of abundance to learn lessons. Like reading a book, listening to TED lectures, discussing with people and thinking aloud, questioning with a reason.

Stories nurture our minds if we observe and listen like a child.

I learnt a lesson from this story. A farmer who grew award-winning corn was interviewed. The reporter discovered that she shared her corn seed with her neighbours.

Reporter asked the farmer “How can you afford to share your best corn seed with your neighbors when they are in competition with yours?”

he answered: The wind picks up pollen from ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn.”

Her attitude is a lesson. Those who choose to live in peace must help others to be happy. Happiness is infectious. Those who choose to be happy help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is linked up with welfare of all.

It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Reading this story, I went into a state of soliloquy. In general we take things for granted and remain ignorant how nature is at work in the background for us.

As we move on our journey it is interesting to take interludes and watch mojo moments that catapult our moods.

I wonder how a flower named “Star of Bethlehem” blossoms once in a year and another one named “Neelakurinji” in Munnar, Kerala blossoms once in 14 years. Another variety named “Puya berteroniana” flowers once in a century. Remember the Deciduous plants that shed leaves in winter? Have you heard of a bird named Pied Crested Cuckoo” that only drinks water when it rains and not any other way? All these are examples that enrich our understanding in making choices, being silent and at times using the tactics of “Deaf-Ear” in relationships.

On my Face book account I add a quote and a picture daily, and the largest number of “like” came for the quote – “Some of the best moments in life are the ones you can’t tell anyone about”.

That brings us to the concept of “deaf-ear and blind-eye” syndrome in relationships. That’s acting “as-if” you did not hear when communications that you do not want to respond. By choosing to have temporary “blind eyes”, we tend to move on a path that least disturb the equilibrium in relationships.

Disposing off dogs excreta, shedding of leaves when matured, bird waiting for rains for drinking water, flower that blossom in a century – help us to understand that in a large cosmic alignment we can make choices that makes others happier.

To a large extent it’s about empathy, like the corn grower, that we manage the outcome to best advantage that result in exciting moments, and reap maximum benefits.

We need to build a relationship with nature, so that the tendency we create in ourselves “deaf-ear” & “blind-eye”, wipe away the clouds we recreate so that we listen to birds chirps and feel the wind that brush past our cheeks.