Thursday, October 20, 2005

Galaxy - A mere competition

Chapter 1
For a long time I have been considering writing about Galaxy. The commonplace excuses of lack of time or inherent lazyness however do not explain why i have not yet written about it. It was the sheer enormity of the task that was daunting me. What right do i have to write about something that combines the passions of thirty years of batches? Just because i was there once, does not make mean that i know what it is all about. I would always end up misrepresenting it in some way or other, for galaxy was never separated from controversy. Is it even possible to write about galaxy without undermining it? Once i got tired of these I came up with a new set of arguements. Just as somethings get spoilt by a touch, or by a look, some things get spoiled by words. Words can never describe galaxy. The essence of galaxy prohibits it from being written about. However beneath all these arguements was the simple truth. I did not have enough faith in my ability as a write to write about it....
I still do not...
Yet i write about it today in the hope that someday, someone who understood galaxy better than me and was a better writer would read this and write about galaxy. In a way i guess it is my attempt to be assocaited with the insignificant history of an insignificant event. Galaxy as we knew it has ended and yet this is not an obituary or an eulogy.
Eight days; twenty four hours non stop; events from drama, debate, art, music and dance to cultural shows, parades to unique events as publicity events, backdrop making; over 1000 participants and in the end two hostels with years of rivalry between them fighiting it out for the coveted shield.
If you have not seen galaxy or even if you have seen it but you have not been a part of it then the above mentioned description will suffice. Maybe i can add in a few more words here and there and stretch it into a paragraph and the namybe you will end up remarking in some conversation some where that yes you heard about an event in IIT Kanpur and it is supposed to be great. That would be an easy thing to do, and i can get away with less words if i do that. However this piece might have some readers who are from IIT Kanpur, and of those some would have seen it happening, and of those some would have been part of it. And they know that the three line definition is jsut a label, it says nothing about Galaxy , and they would know that i know this too and yet i all i wrote was those three lines.
So i must go on and write more....

4 Comments:

At 9:38 PM, Blogger pango said...

Waiting for more on this....

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger Ankush Garg said...

Waiting for more...

 
At 2:05 AM, Blogger reclusive_catalyst said...

Galaxy is difficult to put into words. But it is important to make a start. Saw it for a couple of years and still feel it was the most astounding display of energy under the sun. Would wait for the second chapter.

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waiting..

Visitor from the 'Other' Hall :)

 

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