Simple undergraduates aiming high and focused to make a great technological career, bombarded by the world to be that blue-blooded person everyone dreads to challenge, a motive, to make oneself strong enough for complexities of life to become bearable, VNIT freshers were expected to learn it all in these four years.
What goes inside the four walls of VNIT is always a mystery.
“Break the code keeping stuff a secret yet reveal some mystic truths” said Hobbes…
World class leaders have just one code. “Any fool can know. The whole point is to understand.” The education at the institutes of technology is undoubtedly more upright but again, the whole point is to understand and not know. What is it then that makes VNITians, VNITians?
The feeling is prevalent in only the hearts that have been a small part of Aarohi.
Consider this. You are 18 years of age, you feel proud on having entered an intelligence pool, you have bigger dreams now, you have all the facilities that could push you towards your dream and everyone is like minded. One fine morning you come to college and you see, a clan of people, all hustling about the campus, phones and bundles of papers in hands, short meaningful conversations, brainstorming and debating sessions in some corners and everyone 100% focused towards something very important.
The kid in you wants to run to one of the tall stout seniors and say “I am in” but you just wait.
Aarohi is all about this fun. It is an epitome of cultural festivals across the nation, but at heart, it is this rummy experience that brings out the kid, shadowed somewhere, in you. It’s a direction.
You still want to win the world that you did when you entered the college, but with Aarohi, you are just better prepared. You have experiences that real world captures, it’s a simulation of what team-work is all about how a team performs best, its time management, its exquisite planning, it is what it is out there. You just have a whole new bunch of friends too that come complimentary.
College has always been about exploring ourselves. Aarohi unleashes that kid in you, makes you go for a mad run and realize, all this while, you were not only still en-route but moving faster than the world outside the walls.
Aarohi-2013, the 25th edition of this magical experience, acknowledges the prowess, the kid lying within us holds. It’s a wonder ride. It makes you more that what people can see. It roots us to where we belong. One memory from Aarohi and it makes you as hot as a live wire.
Glad to be a part of this journey. Eager to make more of myself with Aarohi in the coming opportunities. It’s simply the music in me.
Aarohi-2013, for the kid in you…
- Akshay Dongarwar
second year – Aarohi ’13)
It was Saturday, the 9th Feb. I woke up early, had my bath and breakfast. In a hurry, I picked up my 2 wheeler and as I was about to leave for my college, my neighbour uncle asked, “Kyun beta gadi puncture hai kya?”
I said, “Nahi uncle, aaj cycle se jaa raha hu, college me cycle rally hai!”
“Ye kaunsa naya drama kar rahe ho tum log?”
“Drama nahi hai uncle ye !!!”
“To kya hai?”
“Badlav”, I said.
I really don’t know where did that come from, , but he looked stunned for a moment or two and then he gave me a forced smile and I finally left ! Today I was feeling a new zeal inside me. You always feel such an urge when you know you are going to work for a SOCIAL CAUSE!
So, I reached college around 7-30 am. As I reached “THE KATTA”, the sight was pleasing to the eye. Around 250-300 VNIT students with their heads high, smiling faces, dressed up in white and CYCLES in hand!
Oh yeah! By the way we VNIT students, the organisers of AAROHI, had organised a CYCLE RALLY ALONG WITH STREET PLAY.” Well, this is quite a tradition our AAROHI FAMILY is carrying out since a DECADE. We organisers really believe in thinking, “Yadi hamare karya se kisi anjaan vyakti ko prerit kiya jaa sake ek acha marg apnane ke liye, to yeh hamara saubhagya hoga!”
By the way, “MARG” (road) reminds me our combo of rally and street play was focused to MAKE PEOPLE AWARE ABOUT ROAD SAFETY! Coming back to the point, we left college and reached WOCKHARDT hospital, our first destination. The whole rally was promoted and supported by Wockhardt hospital.
We parked our cycles in a queue. Obviously, we never wanted road accidents to happen while we were spreading awareness about it, :D .Without waiting much, the NUKKAD started. Oh my God! Seriously, the synchronisation and team work was amazing! Acting was fantabulous! Moreover and importantly, the dialogues and the script was impactful and astounding! The mesmerizing act served an EYE OPENER with pinches of humour here and there! At the end of it, people applauded their hearts out with appreciation.
This went on everywhere we went, be it Jerryl Lawns or Ajni square. The audience’s response was enthusiastic. As we moved on, many people asked “What it is?”, “Which college?” and everybody had a satisfying smile when they heard the details from us.
The rally saw its end at our very own Bajaj Nagar gate of VNIT. With the last show of our play, one bypassing lady came to us and said, “Hello children, I saw your play and I am very happy that you people are carrying out such activities in college. A few years ago my own son died in a road accident at this very place. I went through a huge loss but I want you people to be safe. I don’t want what happened with my son should happen with you! I see my son’s face in you.” Her eyes were filled with beads of tears. We all were silent, our hearts were beating slowly. Nobody said, but everyone made a silent promise to themselves, their parents and to all those who care that they will follow all rules, and take care on road. After you finish this, I hope even you will make such a promise to yourself
second year – Aarohi ’13)
One year since last Aarohi and many things have changed. As you move on in life, one year changes many, many things unlike in school life, where you are just promoted to a new class! So this is the 25th year of Aarohi and the festival this time is a celebration, a celebration of what Aarohi has given to VNIT culture, a celebration to what Aarohi means to us as organizers.
What’s so special about Aarohi? One of my friend often questions me – ‘Abe ye kya Aarohi, Aarohi karte rehte tum log, aisa kya tod karte tum?’ Aarohi is about a spirit, a spirit which binds every batch year after year to continue with same zeal and enthusiasm. It is about friends, some unforgettable memories, the fights, the jugaads and some more stories! What has Aarohi given to me in last one year? Of course, friends, friends and friends and then some more friends! The dreadful seniors are now kind of buddies (of course, until you don’t cross some invisible lines), many new contacts, loads of memories to cherish and now one year later we all 2nd years are on the other side of the line! We ask our first years to do what we did one year ago. As I said, one year changes many things!
What Aarohi imbibes in you is a sense of responsibility. It is about the fact that 10 years later when you sit in some room, in some corner all those memories flash through, you get nostalgic and you miss those college days and you miss Aarohi. The legend of ‘Aarohi’ has now reached its 25th year and yes it is still told to the first years. The legend and its many legendary characters and the various stories associated with it. I never understood what is so special about Aarohi even in the first year unless I witnessed what happened on the last day. I realized what it means, I realized what it gives, I realized why it counts and I realized I have to carry the spirit forward. A couple of years later maybe, it’ll be our turn to give our best for the last chance we have got. Since the 25 years it has been the same, people come, witness, live, cry and move on. This is Aarohi and that is why it is so special. These four years, the four ‘Aarohi’s , I am sure are very close to every heart.
Now, it turns 25 and we plan to make it big. This is a celebration, this is a tribute of what Aarohi has given to its Aarohians. We are really lucky to witness this phenomenon which started way back in 1988 and we will carry it forward.
“Padada to fir bhi wahi hai, bas log badle hain, nazare badle hai.”
The VNIT will again witness the event it has always witnessed since 1988, and this time I am sure it’ll be like never before. Aarohi is here, the 25th Aarohi is here.
- A fan of the legend
Shantanu S. Gharpure
second year – Aarohi ’13)
It is difficult to accurately and comprehensively translate in words what you exactly feel about some things that are so close to your heart that you yourself don’t know how fine a line exists between what you will do and won’t do, for that thing.
Aarohi, for non-Aarohians, is just another cultural festival, an excuse for some to go home, an event for others to hang out and enjoy, or to visit V.N.I.T. If only it had been just that. But it is not… And that’s where the difficulty lies. See, the thing in life is that, we all know we are going to die. But we don’t focus on the dying part, because, well, let’s face it. It’s gruesome, fearful and literally scary to imagine not waking up from a never ending sleep. It’s not easy to face the fact that one day, we will have as much consciousness as we did before we were born. ‘Existence’ is something we take very much for granted. Enough with the metaphysics part.
The thing with being an Aarohian is that you’re born an Aarohian as a first year, and you know that you’re no longer going to be actively connected to the core branch any more after passing out as a final year. So barely three years after you realize your existence, your expiration date (or to put it mildly, your ‘moving on’ date) is automatically fixed. Still, we ignore the inevitable end in the first year, postpone the dreadful thoughts in the second year, and somewhere in the middle of third and final year, we realize – This Is It. The faces you see around you are not going to last forever. The friends you see around you are not going to be 24×7 together with you forever.
And that is when instead of just a festival, Aarohi transforms from “just an event” to something much, much more. Because you’re not working with colleagues, you’re enjoying with friends. Friends, if chosen rightly enough, become your second family. If you’re not a VNITian, it’s probably only partially your fault that you can’t be an Aarohian. If you’re a VNITian, it’s probably actually your fault that you are still not an Aarohian.
The thing that this year’s Aarohi taught me is that if you can’t handle something when it is at its worst, then you definitely don’t deserve it when it is at its best; that if you want to test a man’s character, give him power; that random things happen, but if you wait for it long enough, then everything happens for a reason and all the things fall into place at the last moment, which makes you wonder why you were so worried about it a few days earlier! Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors. So when I come back home from a tiring day, and the only thing I want to do is to just put my head down on a pillow, and cover myself with blanket, innumerable images come to mind of countless people working day in, day out for Aarohi. And then, sleep automatically vanishes, health automatically becomes second priority. Either you’re “All In” or you’re not. And if you’re not going to go all the way, why go at all?
And after these 10 action-packed days come to an end, there will be the dreaded question mark staring at my batch, we who have stuck together through so many storms, and battled through them all – the days we could afford to ignore the reality are over. The moment of truth is here. You only got one last chance to do Aarohi.
The whole point of these random thoughts is that Aarohi has a rich legacy of 25 years. Aarohi is not just an event. It is so much more. Words fail here.
- Shreyas Joshi
third year – Aarohi ’13)
I was born in 1988 to a group of students who wished to make a difference.
I was raised by the college they were in, like their own child.
Although I had different parents each year, their love for me ASCENDED!
I don’t know when, but my parents separated from me.
I never wanted that to happen.
But the fathers that came along the years loved me and raised me to be one of the most reputed children in Nagpur.
My 21st birthday was celebrated with great zest and…
I came out of the closed surroundings for once!
The next 4 years my fathers tried to bring me out, but couldn’t.
I never really understood my college and its education to bring up parents and then separate them.
The next 4 years my fathers fought hard to keep me up always.
I fear that I might have to move out soon.
But, today I realize it that my parents, even though separated, won’t let go off me.
This makes me feel good, Because I know only ASCEND.
I am AAROHI and I turn 25 today.
- Jayesh Dhodapkar
final year – Aarohi ’13)
Dim sunlight, mounted energy, extravagant enthusiasm and a crowd that couldn’t fit a panorama click. That was the first and lasting memories I have of the first Aarohi I ever witnessed, Aarohi 2009. The best I could do was just try to be mentally-present when the glory was constantly pulling my senses towards them from each and every direction. Very little did I know then that He had already written and signed an “MOU” (as i recall) with this 220 acre land piece…
Time flew as it always does, taking me closer to this very day. Seconds became minutes, then hours, then days and months and years and I was brought in person with VNIT, a college that has the flair for never letting anyone go away once entered. They say man invented language so that he could communicate his feelings. I say, man did a poor job. The “Aarohi 2012″ experience has been so beautiful so far that there are no words which exist. Still almost a decennium of days to go for the grand opening and it is already fulfilling.
Doctors said “7.5 hours sleep is must to perform our best”. I say, doctors did a poor job too. 6 am to 10 pm are defined working hours. Then there is a lot of homework and a hoard of infinite more things that demand 100% attention and energy. The Aarohi team at VNIT can work for 20 hours a day easily and still act as fresh as anyone and that is what I think best defines Aarohi. It’s an intoxication, you can’t get rid of it once you know what it all means, how much it matters. Don’t believe me? I usually wake up at 8 in morning and ever since Aarohi work has started, I wake up at 5.30, before the alarm rings, return home at 10 and sleep at around 11.30 and I could do this for the rest of my life EVERYDAY.
Meeting new people, interacting with the seniors (I envy each and every one of them so so so much), learning to not be afraid to get hands dirty and to maintain a poise when it matters is just the crust of what I have experienced. It’s impossible to get to the core, because as I said, English isn’t the tool I could use. The countdown is set, the throttle has been tensioned and the gala is round the corner. So proud to make the decision to be a part of this family, Aarohi family. Hoping to stay in this family for a lifetime…
- Akshay Dongarwar
Aarohi… Well,what can I say… Being a first year, my journey has just begun. As they say, ‘A journey of thousand miles starts with a single step.’ The first time I came into this huge campus was for some competition in Axis way back in 2008. Since then it has been a kind-of association with VNIT, Axis and Aarohi! Life has come a full circle for me. If you seriously and truly hope for something, the universe will conspire to do that for you! To all the non-marathi people ‘drushtikon’ is perspective! A few seniors will understand why the word was specifically used!
Aarohi was one of the reason why I came to VNIT. Just wanted to experience it, what is it, be a part of it. Aarohi is a legend which has been told to every coming first year since last 23 years! It’s a legend and it is growing, bigger and better! The journey till now has been enriching though short. Aarohi is about celebrating friendship, celebrating life.
“What does it mean to die when you can live until the end of the world?”
Alive and rocking! Yeah, that’s the theme of Aarohi 2012, and Team Aarohi is proud to announce the 24th edition of the cultural fiesta to be held from 22nd to 26th February in V.N.I.T., Nagpur. This time, with an awesome website thanks to the Creative Team Aarohi ©, and all the super cool posters and rocking T shirt design, the enthusiasm for Aarohi keeps growing.
It’s not just a cultural fest, it is THE cultural fest for Central India as it sets the standards for others in the region to follow. This is an open invitation to all of you interested to be a part of this magnanimous event.
Come February, all roads in Nagpur will lead to V.N.I.T. and our gates will be open for all the participants. Check out the website www.aarohiworld.com for more details. Choose your events according to your areas of interest. There’s plenty of stuff for everyone.
There isn’t a single dull moment for the Singers (Swarmanzar), Dancers (A La Danse), Actors (Dramatics), College studs (Cynosure – The Personality Contest), Filmmakers (Film Festival), Artists (Iridescence – For the gifted and multi-faceted personalities), Rockstars (Purple Haze – The Band Contest), and for those who just want to let their hair down and enjoy, we have Antakshari, Informals, Pentathlon, Movie-theatre and lots and lots of fun…
Even the speakers have a chance to assert their opinions in The Big Fight (Debate), Creative Writing competitions. Charity begins at home, and so we also have our Cultural Nite, the proceeds of which go to Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, a registered non-profit organization. Vinod Rathod (of ‘Baazigar’ and ‘Munna Bhai’ fame) is going to lead his team and make 22nd February, Wednesday night, a night to remember. The Pro Show is also going to be an evening filled with head banging music and the details are going to be out soon.
As I said in my previous article for Aarohi 2011, personally, my batch has now reached the “le” and the “gen”… And the journey has been amazing. The sense of satisfaction of a job well done, is evident in the seniors. The First Years are just now embarking on a journey following the trail of many able people who have left bread crumbs for us in the path. Enough said about Aarohi, it’s not something you can read about and understand, it’s something which you have to experience firsthand…
All I can say about Aarohi is, (again!), “It’s going to be LEGEN…. Wait for it!”
- Shreyas Joshi
Well, people at VNIT, as well as from other colleges in an around just proved to one and all that having a good time at Aarohi does not require any kind of special talent. People enjoyed themselves at the informals zone perhaps even more than they enjoyed themselves in the main events during the day. Human fuusball continued to be a major attraction, but even more people were attracted to the new events, viz. 60 seconds and Wahi pe Nigahen Wahi pe Nishana. It was really surprising to a lot of people as to how knocking down a bunch of glasses with a tennis ball can bring so much fun to people (But then we remembered that we were offering really cool gift vouchers and that the glasses belonged to Tanmay Tapase). Things became a lot more exciting with the introduction of Zorbing. People really enjoyed getting stuffed inside big, white balls and banging headlong into each other. As we progressed towards dust, the crowd increased beyond proportion, and even the paintball arena saw a lot of activity and commotion.
The organizers of the events had as much fun as the players themselves. There was a particular stretch in the afternoon where all the people seemed to be tired and leaving the zone, the loudmouths on the microphone suddenly changed the mood of things with impromptu ‘tongue twister’ and ‘worst singer’ contests. Even in the evening, they were busy pulling each other’s legs, and some even turned babysitters. Overall, people at Aarohi never had so much fun.
Highlights of the day:
1. Wahi Pe Nigahen Wahi pe Nishana- A hit beyond all expectations
2. A team of 8-year olds who called themselves the dragons and beat almost every collegiate team they played fuusball against, mocking one and all even on the microphone.
3. The worst singer event. Kudos to people for inventing such cruel ways of singing.
4. A couple of 3-year old girls who were just led to the microphone and kept singing Sheila Ki Jawani after every 2 minutes for maore than an hour.
5. A(a)rohi babysitting services.