Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A reflection on 2013


A year.

A part of life.

Everything changed.

This year has brought to me many things – some good and some bad. As I sit here in my room, reminiscent of the events in the year, I realize I have no regrets, no complaints - only happiness. Sheer happiness is what ignites in my heart and consumes me as the sweet memories remind me of how life has been kind enough to give me something special everyday.

At a glance, the main events would be giving my boards (finally!), switching to law, making an amazing bff and some special people in my life, and the trips to Bhubaneswar!

Well, enough about the past! Who wants so much of historical stuff anyway? Well, as the new year inches closer, with people taking new year resolutions to become slim, to study hard and stuff, I had no resolution to take. Until now. My new year resolution is to strive for a better world, a world where you can live happily, and I shall contribute in my own way to the goal. To let 'you the people' live, and be loved. Not hated. Never ever. I do not wish for obligatory respect, but for respect that comes from the heart, I wish to point at any man and be able to say, “Yes! I could make him happy!”, and that is when I shall rest in peace.

That, fellows, is the first glance at the world through the eyes of a commoner. A vision of an ordinary man.

Let's expect something new.

Happy New Year 2014.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

So, what's up with me and Vizag?

There’s been enough of study stuff here. How about something else now?

How about I tell you about my experience staying away from home, how things are here for me in Vizag, how my friend circle is, and how I’m keeping up with everything? Will that be a slight off the track post here?

Well, firstly I apologize for not being able to write more frequently. Law school gives me opportunities to do a lot of things, and I try to do them all. So, I’ve been very busy lately.

Okay, without further talk, let’s dive into the world I’ve created here. Yes, mark my words – ‘I. Have. Created.” I chose what I wanted to be. I chose what I would do. I chose who I’ll talk to. I chose who I’d give priority to. I chose what I would do with my life. Circumstances and influence have a very less role in my life. I live in a world I create and mould to my liking – no matter what the rest of the world throws at me.
Well, that might seem pretty weird to you. Well, maybe because I actually am weird; definitely not ordinary. I do what I want to do, and no one can do anything about it. No one.

Enough with the weird stuff, let’s proceed, we’re almost there at the gates. Just before you enter, let me guide you to where you’re going. This is the world of a boy who was very passionate about science and technology, who loved his family very much, who was inseparable from his family and seldom got out of the house out of the grasp of his mom and dad. And yes, the boy who was in hospital for two years facing death before him; the boy who can never have food people like to have, that is, no chocolate, no pizza, no cakes – I can only see other people eating. Haha. Sometimes I feel sad but I’m used to it. Only fat free food for me, that is, stuff without oil and butter.

Now, welcome, dear friend to my life in Visakhapatnam. You might wonder how I survive after what I’ve written above. Well, the thing is, I do get my food here in South India. What a relief for me.

Food done. Next up – the city. Well, this place is simply beautiful. Being from Kolkata, a metropolitan city and living in the heart of the metropolitan centre, I don’t really appreciate the amount of infrastructural development and maintenance here, but the natural beauty found here surpasses that of any other city I’ve been to in India. From my hostel room I can see the cloud-embraced mountains just a few kilometres away and the beach is at walking distance for me just go, sit, watch and listen to nature. The beach is a nice place to sit when you’re down or you need a break – pretty calm and quiet. Oh, and Vizag has three beaches – Tenneti, RushiKonda and RamaKrishna. I’m talking about Tenneti. RushiKonda is nice but RamaKrishna beach is dangerous. Going down on the waters there is suicide. The people here are probably the most helpful ones I’ll ever see. That is why I have so high hopes about Andhra Pradesh. Oh, and yes, there’s cow shit everywhere. Not good man, not good.

Enough about the city, now about how I live my life here. My life begins and ends with college here – friends, studies, professors are amazing and it is worth every moment spent with them. I have a very limited circle of friends. I create my world. Remember? And my friends are my world. Their pain, their happiness are inseparable from me. And the group I made here is amazing. I can pretty much say I don’t need anything more in the world. And that is pretty much one of the main reasons I did not go to HNLU after I became settled here. I loved this place. I loved my friends. I loved the professors. I loved everything here. And yes, my company might not be what you’d wish for in life, but my circle of people enjoys it – and that’s what probably keeps us together. I look forward to meeting them everyday. So yes, this whole thing is dedicated to all the people who matter out here. Who’ve been there for me every time everywhere I needed them to. I won’t mention any names here. Those who matter already know, and those who don’t will be disappointed. True but harsh fact.

So, well, staying away from home is hard. But I can say I’ve never had that homesickness ever, even being a boy who never thought of living without parents. Because when I go home, I miss the atmosphere here, and miss my friends like one misses their family. Quality over quantity anyday.

I’ll stop this here because I know you’ve been straining your eyes a lot to read this and I won’t add to your uncomfortableness. So, well, that’s my life here without parents and the care of home. But I can say from my heart I’m happy. Really happy. :)

-Debadatta Bose,
Semester I, DSNLU

Saturday, 7 September 2013

The Real Incognito

Well, I have something to say again. And this time it’s something about the way we are taught. And no, this will not be a praise session of our college. This is about something I think should be done in every law school there is in the country. And, well, yeah, probably many do it too.

We had a 10 day holiday when Andhra was boiling against the Telangana Bill, 2013. So, after three unsuccessful attempts to take the classes on three consecutive days, we were given a holiday. And we went home. Simple. First part of the post ends here.

So, going home was a very happy time to meet my family and friends. And apart from all that, there was work too. Yes, work. You must be thinking, “Work?! During a holiday in the first semester when very few classes have been done?! This guy is mad.”

Well, no. I’m not mad. Nah, let me correct it. I’m ‘hopefully’ not mad. My duty was to go to the court and see, analyse and learn things. I took in all I could, attended many hearing sessions just by sitting there and watching the lawyers argue, judges listen, parties tensed. The sight of the courtroom was not a very pleasing one. I’d rather say it was a very VERY unpleasant one. Shabby rooms and piles of paperwork just lying there didn’t make it any better. But I sat and saw the atmosphere in the courtroom nevertheless. Second part of the post complete. I’ll just take a few more minutes of your valuable time.

Next up would be the district consumer court. This was not at all aesthetically unpleasing as the one I mentioned above. And yes, I saw young lawyers practicing here! Yay! I sat and observed session here too. Learnt how adjournments are taken, how things are presented in a consumer court and all that I could see. Oh, and yes, who took me to all these places? Dad. Yes, I owe him a lot. Third part of the story complete. But what’s worth reading in my post if you don’t have something to think about?

Well, see, the thing is, frankly, you cannot learn law unless you go to court, unless you see how law is interpreted and implemented actually in the real world. The scenario is quite different from what we see in class, things are not as ‘holy’ and ‘just’ as it seems. So, attending court is a very necessary thing for all law students irrespective of their ultimate goal being corporate or litigation or joining the judicial services or something else. Law is pretty much like other science subjects. You just cannot get the essence of it unless you have had practical classes of it. And no, moot courts aren’t the same as attending hearings. Not at all. So why should the engineering guys have practical sessions every day and we sit here delving into books without ever visiting a courtroom? Not fair.

And why am I saying this today? Because we had the honour of hearing a speech from the Hon’ble Chief justice of Andhra Pradesh Mr. Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta himself today. And his opinion was the same. But he had a point which I didn’t still start doing – the art of drafting. Yes, it’s an art. Finely choosing the right words to express something in the legal language is really a fine art. And you need to learn that too, again irrespective of where you ultimately join. Completing the legal education requires this to be fulfilled I believe. And unfortunately, we never have classes on improving our drafting skills, which should have been there from the first year itself. The ones who can do it by themselves- well and good, and what about the ones who don’t improve their drafting skills?

So, I think every university should mandatorily have these practical sessions and drafting classes included from the first semester itself in the ‘legal methods’/’legal principles’ course.

And yes, an advance happy Ganesh Chaturthi to everyone. :)

-Debadatta Bose
Student, Semester I, DSNLU

Thursday, 15 August 2013

L.A.W. - Life is About Winning

So you read my last post? Uhuh. Uhuh. Very good. And what are you doing about it? Nothing? Just appreciating it? Well, if that didn't motivate you, here's a small quote to shake things up a bit.

Nobody ever set their sights on the 2nd place.
Who aspires to be almost remembered?
There's a reason there are no giant three fingers that say, 'We're number three'.
No one wants to tell an average joke, make an underwhelming entrance, or go out with a whimper.
No one ever stood in front of the mirror with a hairbrush pretending to be the tambourine player.
And, there are definitely more kids dressed as Batman than Robin.
We all aspire”

Life is about winning. About achieving something. And irrespective of where you are, what you're doing, if you try, You. Are. Going. To. Win.

-Debadatta Bose
Student, Semester I, DSNLU

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Some thoughts about DSNLU

So, you’ve studied for CLAT. Cracked CLAT. Got into one of the NLUs they have on their site. Great.

Did you know there are two more NLUs worthy of this status, and most people don’t know about them? Well, I’m talking to DSNLU and TNNLS (Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University and Tamil Nadu National Law School respectively).

Look the thing is, I’ve been hearing a lot that the lower tier NLUs aren’t even worth going to study to. So, the main objective of this post to clear some stuff out.

I’ve got into DSNLU this time. My CLAT rank was 1919. And I have a nice batch of people with me. One of the most talented lots I’ve been with. Now, I hear them saying they’ll leave and join some other NLU (like CNLU, NLUO, HNLU etc) because this isn’t worth it. Why? Some say it’s not there in the CLAT committee. Some say the placements will not be good. And yes, I have a different opinion. I have something to say.

A brief history: I’ve been suffering from pancreatitis since the last two and a half years. I was in hospital and ICU all the time. Mostly on ventilation. So I’m glad I’m alive. And yes, I’ve had a stent placement right just a week before CLAT. And well, I started studying just a week days before that stent placement (I studied for engineering). So, basically I got no time to study for such a tough exam. But yeah, I could have done better to make my parents happier. I just guess, things are seldom as you expect.

First up, the story of me and CLAT. I’m basically a computer guy, not a law guy. I spend more time doing things with C++ and circuits than I study law books. So, why law you would ask, I guess. Well, frankly, I don’t know clearly. I’d get into NITs but I didn’t think that was my field to pursue a career in. Engineering is so limited in its field that engineers know nothing else than their particular stream. The software guys don’t know the process of silicon casting with caustic soda (My experience with an IIT Grad), and the electronics guys can’t do any mechanical stuff, and so on. So law gives me the chance to study everything as a whole. And trust me, I’m loving my course.

Secondly, there’s something called interest. Yes, I know I was interested in computers, but that was until I was exposed to the legal stuff. I cannot spend my day happily if I know I couldn’t be of use to someone today. What is the point of living for your own selfish needs if you don’t care about anyone else, if someone’s life in the world is not better because of you? Most people study higher education to earn. Not to learn. That’s the sad part. Engineering can give you money, surely. But so can everything else. Even studying fine arts will fetch you money. Which is where the third point comes in.

The third thing is, you’re on your own baby. Yes, no matter which college you study from, it all depends upon you. What the college can do at most for you is provide a chance to grow, to learn, to research, to encourage you to study. Sure there’s something called a brand name, but if you’re not that kind of guy who’s passionate about the stream you chose, you’re not going far (exceptions are always there). So, yes, most people in India study engineering/law/medical for the ultimate goal of earning money. Which is wrong. VERY wrong. Yes, so referring to my second point, interest, that’s what you need to have in what you’re studying. If you don’t, then may God bless you. Studying law makes you the guardians of justice. Please make sure you understand what responsibilities that comes with. If India is a backward country, their people are too blame too. Because, I repeat, they want to earn, and not learn.

Coming to talk about DSNLU, I’ve done two weeks of classes here. I know I can’t judge much. But I’ve had a lot of interaction with all the people here. I can proudly say I have the best seniors ever and the best teachers ever. Yes, they should take all the credit for my love for this college.

First up, the seniors. Would it be enough to make your mind have an idea of how good they are if I said they provide me with their numbers on Facebook® days before the counselling took place so as to speak to our parents and clear our doubts about everything? Yes, that’s what they did. My dad spoke to a second year guy, Aditya Shrivastava, for almost an hour to be sure he was putting his son in the right hands. After the call, his reply to the family was, “Done. He’s going to DSNLU”. Yes, that’s how impressive they are. They’re one of the best. Nah, THE best. Both academically and as a human being. They always have a helping hand ready whenever we need something. They insisted on not calling them sir, because they’re not worthy of it. Yes, they said that. I take this moment to give a salute to them from my heart for being the best seniors ever on the face of Earth.

Next comes the teachers, well, in our Legal Methods class we’ve basically had every teacher in the college teaching us their field of specialization. I guess that’s not done in most places. All I can say is that they’re the teachers I wished for. They insisting on understanding things instead of merely copying stuff and mugging them up. And our VC, well, here’s an example: One day our history teacher was teaching us History and he comes into the class, fixes some spellings on the PowerPoint slide there. Sits. Listens to his lecture. Asks us, “Why should we study history? What is it’s relation with law?” and such stuff. He took the class to explain to us why we should keep our own thinking, our individuality and learn from each other. He still admits he has a lot to learn and he can learn from us. Now THAT is how teachers should be. And as human beings, well, they can’t be better. And now I take this moment to salute them too for being the best teachers I’ve ever had.

So, that’s what our university can give us. We couldn’t ask for more. But there are some things a student must do too. Instead of sitting and complaining “We won’t get placements!” why don’t YOU change the face of DSNLU? Why don’t YOU prove yourself wrong? Well, academic excellence brings with it its own benefits, and I can surely say, our seniors showed us that. Their internships and CVs show so. So, good or bad, let us stop complaining about things and be the change ourselves and strive for excellence because we are definitely the heroes of the future in the making.

-Debadatta Bose,
Student, Semester I, DSNLU

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