So 26th of October was my birthday. In a completely new country, I wasn’t really expecting much of a birthday celebration this year, but I was pleasantly surprised!
I started getting wall posts and text messages from my friends at 5pm Eastern time since it was midnight in Doha! Until now I’ve got 106 happy birthday wall posts (facebook counts them now, i didn’t go counting all of them! Point being, I was touched by every single one of them. I want to reply to every wall post, and I will try my best to do that!
The best thing ever, though, was Varun’s video. Varun, I was expecting a video since we did one for shivani (oh and creepy is the new cool btw) but you blew me away man! I’ve put it up here as well. I love you bro!
Apart from that a few people in doha actually celebrated my birthday with a cake and all. They had a picture of me and made it look like I was cutting the cake and blowing the candle and everything…they had me on a videocall watching and they sang for me and everything
My point is, you guys all made me feel really lucky today, and seriously made me realize how much I miss all of you. I wish you all the very best, and I really can’t wait to come back and meet all of you again. I’m counting down the days!
Coincidentally, 26th October was also the first day of the NBA season! I met up with a bunch of guys from UPitt at Koubaa’s house and we watched Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat… I was like the only one cheering for the Heats! It was a close match, but Celtics deserved the win, their teamwork was amazing. We had a barbeque with it, and pizza and everything, it was great!
Best 22nd birthday ever!
Just to make this clear from the beginning, I am NOT spending too much time in the Singapore clubs. Even if I were, it wouldn’t be the topic of a post of the blog being read by my academic advisors back in Qatar . I have been into spending sometime into real dance, like legit sh**. A month and a half ago, I signed up with the Bollywood dance club at SMU, titled Nach Le. Its been addictive since then.
When you see a bunch of simple and cute girls standing on a stall promoting their student organization for Bollywood dance, you would mostly expect them to take you through self-made and/or readily adopted classic Bollywood dance movie steps. But that was not how it was turning out to be! From Hip-pop to Salsa, the group essentially shakes their booty to every style of dance on Bollywood music. And just if you thought it wasn’t high-quality enough – a pro dance instructor comes to the dance studio at the university every week to teach us the simplest steps he can offer. Mind you, these are really hard for us! And some stretching and socializing, joking and laughing gets us to be able to do this:
This is the group’s performance at SMU Challenge, one of the annual events at the university. Hope you enjoy it (Oh yeh, you will also figure out a number of reasons why I love the dance club )
(Note: This was meant to be up last weekend but ‘something came up’… sorry! )
So the past week has been really busy for me.. I went home for Eid break and so was dumped with a bunch of projects and assignments when I was back.
To add to that, they had massive companies like Apple, Google and Adobe (and many many others) come over for job fairs (3 days long for business and technical majors). So that means I was suited up for three days straight! My feet were begging for mercy because of the amount of walking I did in my new formal shoes!
The second thing that happened was the Buggy Rolls. Now for those of you who don’t know, CMU-Pitt has this crazy yearly tradition of doing buggy races – check out this link to see what a race looks like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkh9gI26bVU&feature=fvst
Yes, the ‘drivers’ are people that are actually inside the buggies! It’s pretty intense stuff if you ask me.
So I joined in as a mechanic, the people who actually design and build the buggies from scratch. I learned a lot of cool stuff, but buggy is a very secretive business. So secretive, in fact, that there are things that were covered in the workshop that we’re not allowed to see until the older guys feel like it! And the pushers and drivers aren’t allowed in the workshop or ask about how we do stuff either.
Mechanics meet up every Saturday and Sunday for ‘Rolls’, where their buggies are test-driven on the track every weekend up to Spring Carnival when they have the actual race. They have to come in 3 hours before rolls to set up a tent, bring the buggies in, and do all the super-secret things before rolls start! We come in every weekend from 4am and stay until 10am, it’s crazy! I would talk about all the stuff that happens in rolls but it might get a bit lengthy. I’ll post up a slideshow from my rolls sometime this week as well. Until then, stay safe everyone!