March 13

The debate on Prostitution

Prostitution is one of the oldest of the professions. Even when there were no Bankers, Engineers, Lawyers, there were prostitutes. Though they were not called so at that time, and in a certain sense it wasn’t a derogatory profession. They were respected and even considered an incarnation of certain goddesses.

In current times, however, with our country growing fast and furious, we don’t have time to think of these issues. Also our current culture and tradition presents Sex Work as a very disgusting thing. And for me personally, I never really thought it existed. Though growing up has made me more aware of things around me, still prostitution appeared something that was non-existent. It was a sort of a myth at least in places I had lived. There were always some places with famous names, but still unknown to me.

Fortunately for me, I came to read a book recently Aids Sutra. It’s been sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and has an anthology of stories related to AIDS. When we talk about AIDS, definitely Sex Work comes into the picture. And I was surprised, bordering to being shocked, by the magnitude of the whole problem in India.
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March 5

Journey to Tawang : part 2

And I felt fresh the next morning (1st march ). At 7am when I woke up, it was bright sunshine. At 8am, it had started raining. We next went to the Tawang monastery, which does not really appear so big. There is a cultural school. Further inside is the main monastery, with a beautiful Buddha statue. This place was very peaceful, and I felt like just sitting here forever. There was a small museum, housing relics mostly of the 6th Dalai Lama ( who was born in this monastery ). The surrounding settlement was huge, and the views in certain areas of the valley around were awesome. It was raining constantly.


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March 5

Journey To Tawang: part 1

It’s like a hidden jewel, nestled deep amongst mountains. Tawang. Home to the 2nd largest monastery. For anyone here at IITG, a trip to Tawang is a must in the 4 years he/she spends here. It’s like a pilgrimage. And recently I happened to be one of the pilgrims :P. A short trip to Tawang usually takes about 5 days. And a longer one, even more.

Getting there by road takes about 2 days from Guwahati. By Air, there is a helicopter service. But this depends on the weather, which is not so clear all the time. I set out with friends ( 13 of us in total ) on 27th Feb 2010 from IITG. We had 2 cars a Scorpio ( for the guys ) and a Tavera ( for the girls ). The journey initially to Tezpur was mainly about wide straight roads, surrounded by green fields and occasional towns. We made a stop for stocking up cash near Tezpur, which is advisable mostly.
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March 5

CAT 2009: The Pain continues…

Well its been a really amazing few days. I was out for a trip, and the CAT results, after being delayed for 2 months or so finally came up. I really was unsure of what to expect. I was scared of results being unfair. And everything about CAT that has scared me, comes true. This has truly been the Indian Institute of Mis-Management’s (IIMs) biggest blunder ever, supported fully by Prometric.

Right from buying the CAT voucher by going to a bank. ( This should have been online rather ). Then the totally crazy website to fill up your data, designed by people who have previously never designed a single HTML page i guess. The whole madness of buying new vouchers, filling up data, messing it up, new voucher and so on. Then the form filling got extended to cover up the madness. This was the starting signs of what is to come. Then the exam days turned disastrous. Papers canceling, Technical Glitches, Cheating, Computer shutdowns and hangs. Everything that could go wrong with CAT did.
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