First week as an Intern

Well my first week and first assignment as an intern went pretty well. My assignment was to find out NGOs which deal with scholarships . The criteria was that they needed to be i. grassroot organisations , ii. deal only with scholarships , iii. within tamil nadu. Well the within Tamil Nadu part was not difficult. But the other two were , woah!! , they drove me out of my mind in 4 days!!! :O :O The problem was that there were not many organisations which dealt with scholarships and even if they were , they also dealt with other fields such as health , awareness , livelihood etc… Secondly , most of them were NOT grassroot NGOs.

I spent 4 days looking through 10 different sites only to end up with a site which actually gave the list of 4213 organisations :O :O 😐 😐 . I died at one point when i reached the 840th NGO. It was then i realized this was the list of NGO s in INDIA. I gave up then and there ….. 😦 😦 😦 After a lot of hard work , a little bit of inner research i found a few NGO s which atleast 2 of the criteria and some others which dont but would be great to work with.

So wrapping that up , i sent a mail to my project manner giving my suggestions and opinions [ wonder if im allowed that 😐 ] and  was done with the assignment… 🙂 I’m happy at the way it went. But let’s see what my boss thinks. *fingers crossed*

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Project Research Intern

WALLAH! My role as an intern has been revealed!!! I’m a projects research intern now. My job is to find out grass root NGO s which need help with funding and executing projects and bringing a change to the world.WIth 1 and 1/2 months of learning experience and developing professionalism , im sure im going to find a path to my career. Having started my internship this work , im finding it really hard but very interesting and intriguing. Let’s see how the whole internship goes 🙂 

Being an Intern…

I’ve always wanted to work. Be an intern. Not the way other people are , working for money and good status. My kind of internship was just to learn professionalism and more importantly social service. I’ve always had a flair and passion for social service. Now my wish has come true. I’ve got an internship in SOCIAL INVESTMENT FOUNDATION OF INDIA , a very recent NGO , which will help me meet new people , seek out new ways to help people, reach out a lot more than ever before. Let’s see how good an intern i make….

Why are people still so stereotyped!!!???

Today i viewed a sociological aspect at the Chennai Airport. Well being a sociology student , to me now nothing is like ” OMG!!!! This actually happened!!?? :O ” . Now i simply feel ” I guess this is sociology ” .

Well my family and i were at the Chennai Airport , talking to my sister outside as we were well before schedule. As we were talking , a transgender passed us and was talking to the security. He , [ and I’m saying that as the face and shoulder build was male ]  did not have his ticket as his colleague [ i assume ] . The security lady was asking him a lot of questions , i guess after seeing his passport. It surprised me how , transgenders alone need to face all that and not us!!! I mean literally 5 mins of questions n answers. Then his colleague finally came and gave the ticket and he was allowed in.

I went a little closer to the door to search for my dad when i heard the lady talk about him. She just randomly commented saying , ” in the passport everything that says about his male , but he acts like a female “. She mimicked him and started laughingly. I was amused and irritated at the same time.  To a normal person , they would also laugh along , but to a sociology student , it’s a whole different perspective. I looked at this from a complete sociological perspective. I thought , i can’t believe people were still so stereotyped.

That transgender was quiet educated , i guess was flying on work , decent and well dressed. He was quiet poised and did not behave in the usual way we see most of the transgenders. I mean what different does it make of who they are. Is it not a FACT that they are still HUMAN BEINGS!!!!??? Why the freaking DISCRIMINATION!!!?? Yes of course may times they may come across to be an irritation , but even so , they are NOT a BAD OMEN!!! Then why do we treat them so??? Why can’t we give them a chance to be who they are?? Treat them as our equals?? The difference between them and us is ONLY the way they are OUTSIDE!! But given  a chance and if we observe , they most certainly can do EVERYTHING we can and CAN be our EQUALS!!! If only they were given a chance!!!!!

Well , i feel this is a matter that greatly needs to be looked upon. If only we start looking at the things differently , stereotypes will become non- existent.

 

Salsa the Master B’s way!!! ;)

Well after 3 weeks of HIP HOP which ended quiet DISASTROUSLY!!! 😦 I moved on now to SALSA!!! 😀 😀 finally , what i’ve been waiting for. I did try salsa twice before and it was kinda easy. But when my master did it… the only thing I did was let my jaw drop! 😦 My master , Balaji anna. I was all excited when he started off. But i have no clue why i found even the basic step tough to catch on. I don’t know if i just didn’t get it or i was too cautious of how i was dancing this particular dance???!!!But when my master started his moves….. i was like OMFG!!!!! His grace , that flair , the way he did the steps , everything…. EVERYTHING,was sooooooooooooo PERFECT!!!. It was wonderful to see. All i could do was just stare. From his hands to his hips and to the leg everything was just AWESOME!!! 😀 I immediately got a complete complex of ” I CAN NEVER DANCE LIKE HIM!!!” and became very cautious in my every move which made only things worse!!! 😦 The only thing that was running in my mind was ” How can anna dance like this?? so flawless and effortlessly??” He was a natural!!! I could only feel myself shrinking next to him instead of pucking up the courage to be bold and dance as well as he does. But yes!!! I have decided… if im gonna be PERFECT in SALSA , it’s going to be the MASTER B’s WAY!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 

My passion – A HEAVEN!!!??

Well i was kinda of mood off the whole day yesterday and it was time for my dance class. With the kind of MESS i was having in my mind , i prayed that i focus and dance well today as it was time for PERFECTION to take it’s place. I stood by the window , thinking random things. I did not notice my sir come in or tap his feet in order to get my attention. I only realised moment’s later that he was present in the room. I apologised sheepishly and the class began. He sensed something wrong in me but did not ask me until the end. My mind was not focused even when started off with the stretches. I was starting to worry that i would probably be screamed at any moment. But thankfully the moment we started to DANCE , things changed. My mind went clear, i was more happy and focused. It was strange but it happened. I wondered at THAT moment if it was the DANCE STUDIO that caused this change or DANCE ITSELF!!?? Whatever was the cause , being there was sure like being in HEAVEN!!! I was starting to wish the classes would be an hour longer!!! That’s how my dance and the studio make me feel.. ATTACHED , HAPPY AND HEAVEN!!!

A Dream to Remember…

I had a dream this morning [ and morning dreams are supposed to come true.. right? But this one is far from it!! ]. It was something so similar to the climax of the book ” PROPHECY : THE RISE OF THE SWORD “ written by ” PRIYA K “ [ a senior in my college ]

My dream started off with me in a place on the beach. I guess it was a guest house and all of us [ students , some who i knew and some who i didn’t ]were chilling out since it was summer hols. I have no clue where this scene suddenly came from. I was in A/V Room and i found the ” GODS “ , and strangely just they didn’t  have names 😦 , sitting around the room , their eyes fixed sternly on me. In my dream the ‘ MAIN GOD” was not seen. I only saw the 3 brothers of that God. Strangely , i seemed to be [ already ] quiet close to one of them [ he was cute too 😛 ] [ I’ll just call him ‘ My friend‘ ] Well the news came to me that , I was somehow the ” AVENGED ONE “  😦 :O [ for reasons unknown ]. I had apparently done something to offend the gods. They challenged me to a fight. Me , who doesn’t take SHIT from anyone not even THE GODS agreed for it. The challenge was : I needed to save the people. From what : Cyclone.

Well the day passed by like that .. with fireworks between me and THE GODS!!

The next day. We had dance practice [ don’t ask for what , i have no idea ]. Well i came to remove my slippers in the A/V Room. ” MY FRIEND “ was next to me. It was then that he told me what the ” MAIN GOD “ had planned to start up a cyclone. I got totally pissed and started yelling saying ” this is completely stupid and that I’m really fed up of the MAIN GOD , etc.. etc.. ”  My Friend was like ” Stop it! His brother is staring at you” [ another HOT guy 😉 😛 ] I turned to see that guy glare at me and smile. I rolled my eyes and huffed out of the room in fury. Within seconds i looked up to see on all 4 sides , the sky was turning black. The girls in the guest house and around me panicked. I ran at the speed of light.

The cyclone was moving in fast and somehow i sensed some dark magic around it. I ran from side to side and up the guest house and screamed at the top of my voice ” RUN OUT!! MOVE!!!” The girls stampeded down the stairs and out of the building. I only remember seeing myself almost alone in the A/V Room. The GODS simply casually and coolly staring at me with those evil eyes.

I really don’t know if i managed to save the people and myself . Before it ended, I was shaken awake.

The difference between my dream and Priya’s book was :

1} The place : My dream – The beach house & Priya’s Book – Lemuria

2) Source of the prob : My dream – Cyclone & Priya’s Book – Thragone’s soldier’s 

3) Characters Name : Me – Harshika & Priya’s Book – Neha

4) Neha knew all the gods and was close to NONE while I didn’t know ANY of the GODS and was close to ONE!!!

SO this was my DREAM!!! 😀 One which i never want to forget ever!!! 😉

An ADVENTURE trip!!! :D :D :D

Woooooooooohooooo!!! Had a super time today canvasing for my college ROTRACT WALKATHON… yes walkathon. What is a walkathon??? For that you need to wait 2 more dates. Ill explain it to you in DETAIL on Sunday , Jan 9th once the walkathon is a success 😉 Coming back to my adventure trip 😛

Well.. we need to go to certain colleges and appeal to the deans and request them to make their students participate in the walkathon. My friend and i were given 3 colleges. All were far off from my college about 1 hour travel 😦 We needed to go to MCC – Tambara , SDNB Vaishnav college – Chrompet and MIT – Chrompet.

Having no clue as to how to get about Chennai; since this last year only,  from May 2010, my parents have started letting me go out alone ; I blinked at which way to go once i cam e out of my college. Then my friend and i turned back to the security and asked them how do we get to Tambaram by train . Eeeeeeeeep!! 😦 he told us one LOOOOOOOOONG route. Without choice we got going. So we waited for the 27D bus outside our college for like 20 mins before it showed up *sigh* .  Then we went to egmore and *sweat drop* went into the railway station and searched for the platform for 10 mins before we found it. We had to ask 3 people 😦 It was an embarrassment for me 😐 being in Chennai and not even knowing the platforms but yes it was only the second or third time i was travelling by local train 🙂

SO we bought the ticket and waited for the train. After few minutes the train came and we got on into the Ladies section.  I stared in awe at all the small , village type places we crossed at each station we stopped. I mean when i compare my hight style city life to this.. i was dumb – struck. People were struggling yet content. i was fascinated by all the small markets and the calves running about on the road 😛

Well we finally reached Tambaram. After finishing MCC college (not going into the appealing details for any of the college as u all know what appealing is) we took the train back to Chrompet. That place is altogether another story * whistles*. Chrompet as far as i saw was just a place which had 10 lanes all parallel to each other.  My friend and i got out of the station , walked around Chrompet to both SDNB and MIT college. Both were the opposite directions. Once we had finished both ; Our legs dead and so were were ; It was 1 :30. We had left college at 9:30 , so u can imagine out plight :O . Except for reaching our destination areas we walked everywhere (station- college – station) 😦

We took the train back to Nungambakkam. I was so tired and needed energy that i bough 4 baby samosa’s and ate giving one to my friend as she refused to take more. The funny thing i regained energy all over my body except my legs 😦 *sobs* My legs were the important organ today. 😛 Anyway from Nungambakkam we took and auto and came back to my college. From there we took more posters as we were asked to do publicizing in the Adyar area.

SO we got down at Adyar depot (where all the buses stand) took an auto from there and went to AMM school is Koturpuram 🙂 After finishing there we came back the depot *breathes out* *all tired* and started publicizing there. We had about 15 posters with us. So we just walked the length of the road and publicized there. Took us about 2 hours. All exhausted , we wanted to have ICE CREAM! 😀 😛 SO we had ice cream and left home. It was 6 :30pm by the time i got home 😐

But man was this some trip. I got to see Chennai and outside Chennai. I got to do stuff independently and gained confidence on how to openly talk to officials and learned how to goto different places by different means of transport. This is seriously one day ill NEVER FORGET!! 😀

 

BEST PART : The WHOLE Rotract BOARD Congratulated us for our WORK!! 😀

 

Well.. see you at the next post 🙂

 

Night guys!!! 😉

 

Vicks vapo rub and Tea

Once we had boarded the train to come back to Chennai. My sis and i had to get down at trichy @ 12 midnight. The moment we set foot on the trichy station, the insane cold hit us. Blocking our noses and making it hard to breath , out of sheer exhaustion we some manage to sleep though with a bit of struggle.

The next morning before we left for our i ordered for tea. My throat by then had become dry and was paining making it hard to swallow anything. Once the tea had arrived immediately made my own tea waiting for no one. It became a bit of a disaster as i had poured too much milk and had forgotten to pour the hot water 😦 But the tea tasted good and i was forever grateful to that person who invented tea as my throat felt better 🙂

That night , i completely gave up on trying to sleep as my cold had become worse. After a fight with my nose i asked dad if he had some VICKS. Thankfully he did , i applied the vicks on my nose , throat and chest. I closed my eyes one more time and immediately fell asleep. I woke up fresh next morning. I told my sis , ” I’ve never been more grateful to that blessed VICKS VAPO RUB”. 😀 This was followed by a super cup of hot tea , made by my dad this time 😛 Boy was it good for my throat.

As i drank my tea i just thought to myself… * Man has invented the 2 best things in the world. 1) Tea and 2) Vicks Vapo rub * I voiced this to my parents and i found them grinning to each other 😉

Well.. to me these two are the most heavenly gifts from man!! 😀 That’s it for now ppl!! Cya!

The Tiruchendur Temple

This is about my trip to Tirunelveli. My family and I went to Tiruchendur to visit the Murugan temple. It is a very beautiful temple situated by the sea shore with lots of shops to look at. I guess after 2 or 3 years i was going to TAiruchendur and the place was looking fabulous.

This not how the temple looks right now. Sorry i could not get the picture of the temple since cam’s were not allowed.

 

All neat , no wet floors, AC in the darshan room , pillars painted with sloka’s on them etc… I must say i was impressed. I walked down the slope staring at the pillars trying to read the sloka written in tamil. While were waiting for our guide , one of the priest people to come, i stared at the crowd in front of us in aghast. It was as if a Kumbh mela was happening. But with god’s grace we somehow managed to get thro’ without losing each other well ahead of the others who were in the front.

I got an awesome full darshan with god and prayed a lot for what i wanted throughout my life. After 2 mins we got up and moved out leaving way for others. By the time we saw all the gods , prayed and were out of the temple i was starving to the core with the soles of my feet aching.

Badly wanting something to eat i asked my aunty to get my some Prasadam . So we bought 2 packets of Adirsam ( a roasted round sweet made from jaggery) and some packets of Puliyodarai and one packet of chakara pongal (sweet pongal) for me. After eating ; what with the driver disappeared and all ; we got some strength back. By that time the driver had come and we were ready to go home!!! 😀

Here is the photos of the Prasadams :

The chakara pongal

The adirsam

The Puliyidarai rice

 

All of you must visit this temple. It is a religious that must be visited often. Your darshan with god will give you so much satisfaction! 😀

Hope you liked the post. Bye bye now!!