Monthly Archives: October 2006

From Prof. Marathe’s pen… only for me!

To be honest, I consider myself a not-so-bad writer. I’ve been writing ever since i learnt to write(well,almost), have had a few things in print, and over time, have received a number of interesting comments,too.
But these remarks by Prof. Marathe, given to me on an english story writing assignment, for his Literature Course were a bit different. I’m not down and looking for sympathy, just that they make an interesting read.

This could’ve been an interesting story, had there not been so many problems with it.
First of all, you’ve taken very little trouble to format it. It was a big nuisance reading it. Talk to me about fromatting a text.Poor formatting puts enormous strain on the reader, and gets little returns for the writer.
Inappropriate use of words at various places, excessecive use of slangs, characters and incidences casually introduced without any justification or consequence and wrong and casual usage of punctuation marks are there, alongwith a number of other mistakes which I have indicated in the margins. Take proper care not to repeat them.
your writings reflect the depth of your reading, which i perceive has been good, but not taking proper care while writing nullifies all youe effort and skills.
Want to rewrite the ‘story’?”

Well, this was what he wrote at the end of the text, and besides, he has pointed out so many errors in the text, that the whole three pages are now more in ‘red’ ink than in ‘black’. All that, when that story was mine had been a pretty well appreciated one!

Tell you what, if there is a professor in IIIT, who is dedicated to his job, to his students, and makes all out efforts to improve the skills and thinking level of his pupils, it’s Prof. Marathe. He’s GOD. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to study a course under him, or when you did, couldn’t appreciate him, do take a course under him. He may not give any good grades, but listening to him, and spending time in his classes is a treat. And of course, you get to learn a lot of things, which i’m sure only a handful of people in this whole world may be able to teach, and I’m serious when I say this.

Hats off to Prof. Marathe!

PS: Notice the single quotes around ‘story’ in Prof. Marathe’s remarks on my story 🙂

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Date: 6th of October, 2006

Time: 5:15 in the evening

Venue: The Football Ground, IIIT-H

Event: Inter-house league match between Agni and Aakash

Atmosphere: Extremely charged. Literally buzzing with cations and anions.

Description: Kabeer Singh Bedi, of Aakash house, in possession of the ball, advancing from the right flank, towards the Agni goalpost. Inder Rishi Singh Kochar, one of the best booters around, advancing rapidly from center to give him company.(Hell, they’re at their 1-2-1-2 again). The Agni defenders, Supreet, Aniket and Tipo have been left behind.(Tipo is at the far corner anyways). Only Manish Jain, the ever so reliable Agni goalkeeper is in the way of the two charging sardars, but even he looks edgy.Supreet is running, Aniket is running harder and panting, let’s see if they can catch up with the Aakash forwards…
…Kochar passes the ball to Kabeer, and at the same time, Aniket catches up with Kabeer from behind. Kabeer contemplates a pass to Kochar, and Aniket tackles him at the same time, but unsuccessfully. The ball stays with Kabeer. He’s now about 20 yards from the post now, in possession of the ball, and charging, but with Aniket in company now, who’s trying his level best to outdo the wit and agility of one of the best forwards in IIIT.

They’re now about 15 yards from the post, and Aniket tackles Kabeer with a deft shoulder push, which only unbalances Kabeer sightly, but for enough time for Aniket to have a boot at the ball, and Aniket pushes it in direction of Manish, the goal keeper, and the ball’s been chipped!

The ball’s been chipped, and it’s sailing, and Manish is standing under it, and the ball’s sailing…sailed above Manish’s head, and INTO THE GOALPOST! IT’S A GOAL! Aniket scores, but scores for AAKASH! it’s a goal! It’s a bloody SELF-GOAL! And Aniket is down, he’s on the ground, I repeat, Aniket is ON THE GROUND! He can’t believe it. The match against Aakash house last year, in which he had tackled kabeer so beautifully, had consolidated his postion in the team, and now he’s a villain! He’s down, and manish has rushed to console him, but he’s inconsolable…Aniket is INCONSOLABLE…

So ppl, this is a piece of commentary of the Agni Aakash match, in which probably the only self goal in the sporting history of IIIT was scored. And i have the dubious distinction of scoring it. Alankar, Kochar, Kabeer, Khatri etc. thanked me after the match, and offered to buy me a packet of Marlboros. Shukla was shaking his head in his customary ‘Kya Be…Saalle’, Rahul was grinning at me…

Only the Agni team behaved beautifully. Well, they’re the champions.

Manish tried his level best to convince me that the goal was all his fault, and not mine. Raja, Aditya etc. all congratulated me on having an otherwise excellent game.(Come to think of it, barring the self-goal, it WAS the best match I’d played for agni). They didn’t substitute me, even after the self goal…Their support encouraged me, and I played the next match against Prithvi, brimming with confidence, even after having a bad cold, and tackled the likes of Arjun and Dash well, and we drew that match. As for now, we’re in the finals, which will hopefully be against Aakash. And this time, I’ve promised myself, there won’t be any self goals…

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