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Sketches that made me Graduate !

I have been fond of sketching from my childhood but never thought it will help me in completing my graduation !
At IIIT we have to complete 5 extra curricular credits during 8 semester which is mandatory to graduate. I completed 4 credits in first 4 semesters but the legendary 5th credit never got completed in the next four semesters because of one reason or other. In the end just one month before the convocation ceremony i came to know that i haven’t received the expected 5th grade. I was supposed to get the fine art credit after submitting 1 sketch 😛 but the Instructor Deepthi Ma’am rightly found it insufficient enough. Hence i was told to do something substantial in order to complete the requirement. Following sketches are made in search of that elusive 5th grade !

And yeah i got the grade just a week before convocation !! Thats what i call a true engineering student 😉

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Feels good to be graduated 😉

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A trip to Shravanbelgola !!

I always wanted to visit Shravanbelgola since i arrived here in Hyderabad in 2004 but somehow i always fell short of time or may be courage. But at the time of placements i had decided that as soon as i get placed i will be heading towards the sacred place. Well not just after the placements but about a month later i mustered up the courage and headed towards Shravanbelgola with almost zero planning 🙂

First destination was Bangalore, i took the Bus from Koti Bus Station at around 8 in the night. I was supposed to reach Bangalore by 8 am next day but could reach there only by 12:30 or so, courtesy the Bus that broke down just after 2 hours of travel and could start only after 2 hours of hard work.
    Till then i had just heard about Bangalore traffic but i could feel the agony of the locales when the bus took about 2 hours to reach Bangalore bus stand from the time we entered the city. Anyways after having some food there i took the bus from Bangalore to channarayapatna that took about 80 Rs and 2 hours to reach the destination. And from there i took a bus to Shravanbelgola that took about half an hour and 7 Rs 🙂

There were some amazing locations in between like this:

B'ful locations

On reaching the bus stand itself i got the first view of this exhilarating place:

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After taking some pics of the place and the Bus stop i moved to Dharmshala

Bus Stand Shravanbelgola
Bus Stand Shravanbelgola

Dharmshala
Dharmshala, where i stayed.

After keeping the luggage in Dharmshala i headed towards the hill for Darshan and the first view at the height was really scary as i had to complete the Trip in half an hour (as the Temple get closed by 6 PM)

Vindhyagiri Stairs

Got to know that this Hill is called Vindhyagiri and just opposite is another hill called Chandragiri and in between them is city and yeah a beautiful pond as well…

View from Vindhyagiri

And finally i reached the destination..and in front of me was the Worlds largest monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali..Wow !! how could they make it !! Fantastic..

Lord Bahubali

Well after doing the Darshan i came down the hill and headed towards the MaTha for food..After having food i visited the temples in the city..

Temple on the ground

Temple on Ground

And found one of the mot b’ful Chandra Prabhu Idol…

Chandraprabhu Bhagwaan

Surprisingly i found an internet cafe over there so I utilized the services offered 😀 and then headed to Dharmshala for rest. There i met one Mr Hansmukh Jain from Banglore (Originally from Rajasthan) and had a nice chat with him. He is a medical student.
The night at Dharmshala was terrible as the mosquitoes just didn’t spare us. They didnt leave even my eyes from biting ! and the result was the swollen eyes next day 😦
Well somehow the night got over and after getting ready in morning we decided to move to theYaatra of Chandragiri first and then Vindhyagiri…So we reached Chandragiri gate..

Chandragiri Gate

Myself (Piyush) at Chandragiri Stairs

Reached the top and did Darshan…

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Myself (Piyush) inside temple

After doing Darshan we decided not to stop and reach the peak of the hill..

Climbing Rocks

and finally reahced there 🙂

Reached the top

Took some pics of Chandragiri from there…

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Chandragiri

Vindhyagiri as seen from Chandragiri Top..

Vindhyagiri

Then we came down moved towards the Vindhyagiri Parvat..
Did Abhishek and Darshan…

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Bahubali Bhagwaan Charan- 2

and some Tapasya as well 😛

Dhyaan

After spending some time at the top we came down to have some food..

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And then we left for Bangalore via Channarayapatna… At Bangalore Bus Stand “Majestic” i met with one of my best friend Antriksh who is working there with THBS. It was really wonderful meeting him after a long gap. We went to a Jain temple in Bangalore which was pretty close to bus stand..

Antriksh & Myself(Piyush) at Majestic Banglore

And then i took a bus to Hyderabad from Bangalore at around 8:30 which eventually started at 11:00 PM !!
and reached Hyderabad next day around 12:30 PM..

And the happy journey was over 😀

Dashlakshan Dharm – Uttam Kshama & Uttam Maardav

For Meaning of all the days please click here
For Uttam Kshama SMS’s please click here


Dashlakshan Parv is a ten day festival. It is the biggest Jain festival. All these ten days people keep fast and involve as much as possible in religious activities like Abhishek, Pooja, Swadhyay, Dhyaan etc. During these ten days the complete atmosphere of the temple changes, it seems as if we are still in that time when everyone used to care for others and the whole society was a like one big family. The temple during these days is full of activities, it also gets decorated with Rangoli and other stuff.
Now lets see how this festival got its name “Dashlakshan Parv” and why is it of ten days duration. Dashlakshan dharm means a Dharm which has ten characteristics/qualities. Celebrating these qualities and wishing and trying to adopt them completely is the objective of this festival. Each day celebrates one of the quality of the Dashlakshan Dharm and hence the duration is ten days.
Lets see what the first two days of this Parv celebrates. And for other days i will write one post daily from now onwards denoting there importance.

Day 1 : Uttam Kshama

This day celebrates Uttam Kshama meaning Supreme Forgiveness.

Shloka :

पीडैं दुष्ट अनेक, बांध मार बहु विधी करै ।
धरिये छिमा विवेक, कोप ना कीजिये पीतमा ॥
उत्तम छिमा गहो रे भाई, इह भव जस पर भव सुखदाई ।
गाली सुनि मन खेद ना आनो, गुन को औगुन कहे अयानो ॥
कहि है अयानो वस्तु छीने, बांध मार बहु विधि करै ।
घरतैं निकारे तन विदारै, बैर जो ना तहा धरै ॥
जे करम पूरब किये खोटे, सहै क्यों नहिं जीयरा ।
अति क्रोध अगनि बुझाय प्रानी, साम्य-जल ले सीयरा ॥

Meaning:

Even if a lot of evil people hurt you and cause you several injuries, you should forgive them all and should not get angry on them. This supreme forgiveness should be achieved by everyone as it is beneficial ( Happiness giving) in this birth and future births as well. Even if some one abuses us or call our good qualities bad we shouldn’t feel sad for the above specified reason. Even if others steal our belongings or hurt us, we should not keep any enmity with them. Because we have got to bear the result of the ill deeds (Paap)/ Sin that we committed in our past. If we again get angry on such occasions then we will continue to wander in this world accumulating more karm. We should extinguish the fire of anger with the water of equanimity and control.


Day 2 : Uttam Maardav

This day celebrates Uttam Maardav meaning Supreme Tenderness/Humility.

Shloka :

मान महा विष रूप, करहि नीचगति जगत में ।
कोमल सुधा अनूप, सुख पावै प्रानी सदा ॥
उत्तम मार्दव गुन मन माना, मान करन को कौन ठिकाना ।
बस्यो निगोद माहिं तैं आया, दमरी रूंकन भाग बिकाया ॥
रूंकन बिकाया भाग वशतै, देव इक इन्द्री भया ।
उत्तम मुआ चान्डाल हूवा, भूप कीडों में गया ॥
जीतव्य जोवन धन गुमान, कहा करै जल-बुदबुदा ।
करि विनय बहु-गुन बडे जन की, ग्यान का पावै उदा ॥

Meaning:

Proud is like venom that causes us to fall. And the nectar of humility/tenderness is incomparable. A person with this quality always gain happiness. We should try to achieve Supreme tenderness because a person who is proud has no future. And what is he proud of ? Of going to the worst place in this world (Hell)? Or of getting sold in dimes (cheap price) when it was a plant ? Or of going to the “One sense state” from the Heaven. We should always be modest as even a king with proud becomes aं small insect. All this money, property, youth etc are like a bubble of water, which are temporary and can burst anytime. If we respect our elders and the people who are knowledgeable, we will also be able to gain the true knowledge.

For Meaning of all the days please click here
For Uttam Kshama SMS’s please click here

Regards,
Piyush Jain

क्या सच में हम स्वाधीन हैं ?

भाषा सीखें हम गोरों की,
सेवा करें हम औरों की ।
भ्रष्टाचार में हम प्रवीन हैं,
क्या सच में हम स्वाधीन हैं ?

जीवन में मूल्य नहीं शेष,
बढ रहा आज है द्वेष क्लेश ।
निज सेवा में ही लीन हैं.
क्या सच में हम स्वाधीन हैं ?

पश्चिम को है सब्की दौड,
नीचे गिरने की मची होड ।
शाषक स्वयं पराधीन है,
क्या सच में हम स्वाधीन हैं ?

लगता अच्छा अब पिज़्ज़ा कोक,
माना नहीं कोई रोक टोक ।
पर हुए राष्ट्र श्रमिक श्रमहीन हैं,
क्या सच में हम स्वाधीन हैं ?

सन्स्कार गर रख सके विशेष,
हो राष्ट्र प्रगति बस एक उद्देश्य ।
हो अपनी भाषा और अपना भेष,
ना कोई अवगुण यदि रहे शेष,
बस भक्ती प्रेम में तल्लीन हों,
तब सच में हम स्वाधीन हों ।

तब सच में हम स्वाधीन हों ।

नमस्ते,
पियूष जैन

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उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

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थकने का अभी समय नहीं, अभी काम बहुत करना है ।
उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

रुकने को अभी शरण नहीं, तुझे जीवन पर्वत चढना है ।
उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

बुझने का अभी विकल्प नहीं, बन ग्यान ज्योती जलना है ।
उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

सोने को अभी जगह नहीं, तुझे जागृत विश्व करना है ।
उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

मरने का अभी प्रश्न नहीं, जीवन यह सफ़ल करना है ।
उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

कष्टों की परवाह नहीं, कर्तव्य पथ पर चलना है ।
उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

सुगम ये तेरी राह नहीं, कान्टों पर से चलना है ।
उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

क्षणिक सुख की चाह नहीं, तुझे प्राप्त मोक्ष करना है ।
उठ, आगे बढ, तुझे बहुत अभी चलना है !

नमस्ते,
पियूष

In English:

Thakne ka abhi samay nahin, abhi kaam bahut karna hai.
Uth, aage badh, tujhe bahut abhi chalna hai.

Rukne ko abhi sharaN nahin, tujhe jeevan parvat chaDna hai.
Uth, aage badh, tujhe bahut abhi chalna hai.

Bujhne ka abhi vikalp nahin, ban gyaan jyoti jalna hai.
Uth, aage badh, tujhe bahut abhi chalna hai.

Sone ko abhi jagah nahin, tujhe jaagrut vishwa karna hai.
Uth, aage badh, tujhe bahut abhi chalna hai.

Marne ka abhi prashn nahin, jeevan yah safal karna hai.
Uth, aage badh, tujhe bahut abhi chalna hai.

Kashton ki parvaah nahin, kartavya path par chalna hai.
Uth, aage badh, tujhe bahut abhi chalna hai.

Sugam ye teri raah nahin, kaanton par se chalna hai,
Uth, aage badh, tujhe bahut abhi chalna hai.

Kshanik sukh ki chaah nahin, tujhe praapt moksha karna hai.
Uth, aage badh, tujhe bahut abhi chalna hai.

Adios ,
Piyush

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Passport & Bribe

Now even i am a passport holder. Of course this is not why i am writing this post. I want to talk about the bribe that is involved in getting our passports made. I am talking about bribing the Officer that has become kind of mandatory, as if we don’t make him happy our passport is not going to be made.

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On the one hand we talk about eradicating corruption & having a corruption free new India & on the other hand we ourselves promote it. Why do we fear so much ? as if that investigating officer is the topmost authority to make passport! as if only he has got all the rights & we have no option but to bow to him.
If all IIITians decide not to give even a single penny to the passport officer, he cant dare to do anything unlawful. If suppose even if he tries, i hope we IIITians are good enough to do a sting operation or two 😉 Well you might be taking it as a joke but really i had decided that if i am not going to get my passport made i will do anything to get justice. After all our parents are not giving us their hard earned money to bribe people.
By the way, did i tell you i did not give a single penny to the passport officer & ya got my passport made in the same duration as my friend’s who applied with me. Believe it or not some of my friend were so feared that they gave him money without him asking for it. One went on to the extent of calling him back and asking if he needs anything, after he had left his room. Crap !!

I request all of my fellow IIITians to not promote this unlawful activity anymore. We are not doing any crime! & if you give urgency as your reason to bribe, please do it early. Don’t wait till the end e.g. All B.Tech students should get it made in 3rd Year itself.

Hope to see a positive change !

Adios,
Piyush

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Movie that made me cry..

After a long time, i came across a movie that made me cry !! I think, earlier i would have never thought that i would be in tears watching a “Telugu” movie!
This movie is recent talk of “Triple IT”.
I am talking about Bommarillu, it is simply awesome!
Both Siddartha & Genelia acted beautifully, to say the least. Till first half it was a feel good movie but in the second half it was just awesome. Music of movie is gr8.
Thanks to all the friends who suggested & of course who downloaded this movie.
This family thing always brings tears in my eyes be it K3G or Baghbaan, and now its Bommarillu.
Btw he made a mistake by selecting ha ha hasini to marry..since till 24 years his father didnt let him talk and now ha ha hasini wont 😀

I always delete movie after watching once (who has the time to watch twice 😉 ), but this one….no way !!

Go watch bommarillu, if u havent yet !

Adios,
Piyush

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