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My last day at NIT Rourkela

Almost 14 months since my last day at NIT Rourkela. The last time I walked across the corridors of SD as a hostelite.
It was Wednesday, the 15th of May, 2019. The day I was going to leave the most amazing journey of my life behind.

Emotions were high, but the daily rituals had to be done.

Waking up at the same late hour as usual and getting ready to face one of the toughest days ahead. Bags were almost packed, and the room looked a bit more spacious.

The gloomy white walls seemed more bright as I walked down the stairs with by buddies to have lunch. Yeah, I used to wake up that late!

Image: Satish Dhawan (SD) Hall of Residence

The disgusting taste of the lunch tasted a bit more nostalgic. Although I must admit, that it was the only thing that was happy about leaving behind. That was the last lunch with my friends in that hostel. We came back up, had a bit of chit chat as usual and went back to our rooms.

I went back packing my things, there were so many of those. Then all of a sudden I remembered something. I had to do it!

Took the scissors from the drawer, got up on the chair, and wrote my name on the wooden frame of the door, “Tirthankar Roy was here”. I always wanted to do that after I saw The Shawshank Redemption. The last task of the bucket list was complete.

I went back to bed, to have the final afternoon nap. I just wanted to spend the day just like every other day in the hostel. But it was hard to sleep, as the thoughts of leaving the hostel in a few hours kept creeping up in my mind. But I somehow managed a little sleep.

I woke up and finished my final packing. Went to the corridor to have a chat with my friends. Perhaps for one last time on that open balcony, with the wind gushing through our hairs.

I must admit, I had never experienced such soothing wind, ever. Alteast not in my hometown. It just felt so blissful.
The chit chat went on, till we were ready for an early dinner, as the train was bound at 9:30 PM.

We went for the dinner and finally had “The Last Supper” and bade goodbye to the SD mess. A mess that had given us more than plenty of reasons to curse it to hell. But at that time, that night, it all felt insignificant. Just the place and the people were all that mattered.

I came back up and got dressed. I came out out to the corridor to see all my friends waiting for me. I had around 30 minutes for the final goodbye.

Image: A glimpse of that corridor

Till then, there were no tears. But the moment I started hugging my friends, I just could not control them anymore. I know it’s not very common to see guys crying in front of each other, but that moment was no common moment. We were leaving behind such huge bundles of memories that I can’t even explain in words. Those are only meant to be felt, not explained.

We stood there, crying softly, looking at each other, with blank eyes, knowing that those wonderful days were never going to come back. The student life was going to be over in a matter of minutes.
More people gathered, there were hugs all around. And the clock struck 8:30. It was time to leave. When I came down the stairs, and we all gathered around for a final selfie, that’s when I realised how much I had gained from those 2 years.

When I came to NITR, I was alone. But when I left, I had a huge family. There were so many people behind me to take the selfie. That moment will always be crystal clear in my mind. I had gained the most important stuff in life, I had gained FRIENDS.

Putting all the baggage in the autorickshaw, I got up, and the driver started driving. That moment was so hard for me to bear. Never had I ever thought that at the begining of 2017, that I would be leaving a campus of Odisha with so many people and such huge amount of feelings around me.

That was the final moment. The end of an era.

B-323, you will always be remembered!


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There are things that you do in life that you think you can let go, but you CAN’T. And sometimes it haunts you every now and then and you desperately try to find a way to forget it or get it out of your system. But again, you CAN’T do that either.

It’s so hard to live with regret and guilt because it eats you up from the inside and you just can’t bear it. A time comes when you just can’t hold on any longer. And that’s when something disastrous happens.

But the truth is, it’s not about forgetting the past. It’s about understanding what was done earlier and not repeating the mistakes that were committed.

Try to forgive yourself for the mistakes you have done. Because no one else other than your own image of yourself matters the most. So try to forgive yourself and you will see the world changing around you.

The past will never leave you. So better be friends with it. Use it to your advantage and rule the world.


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It’s hard sometimes

It’s hard when you live your life thinking about the happiness and sorrow of other people because you keep theirs ahead of yours. You want everything to be best for them even though you have to pass through a horrible experience.

Life becomes so difficult at times because your close one’s happiness is more important to you. And their sorrow makes you more sad.

You are not able to control their lives, but anything that happens in theirs, effects you.

The thing is, sometimes we need to think of ourselves as well. What we want, what we need, what makes us happy.

But life again puts you back in that cycle and you just can’t get out of it.

It’s hard sometimes.

Really hard!

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The ultimate goal!

In our lives, whatever we do, has only one ultimate goal. And this goal doesn’t vary depending on the kind of the deed we are doing.

Be it earning a lot of money, or wanting to be the best doctor, or even the desire to be the best parent; the ultimate goal is to be HAPPY!

We all have many wishes in your lives, desires that we would love to turn into reality. I have a desire to buy a Lamborghini Gallardo. But what will buying a Lamborghini ultimately give me? It’s happiness. Thus, happiness is the key to our desires.

We never desire of doing anything that will make us sad or angry or anxious. We always choose to do the things that make us happy.

So, instead of keeping our lives biggest goals as earning a lot of money, or being the greatest player or any other field you might be interested in, I think it’s important to keep the ULTIMATE GOAL of our life to be Happy. Because once being happy is our goal, we will always choose to do things that will ultimately lead us to success.

Suppose you love playing guitar. And this gives you the greatest joy. So, spend most of your time playing the guitar. The result will be that you will be an awesome guitarist and consequently a successful one.

Thus, we can achieve success by following what doing what gives us happiness.

Be happy!

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Being happy

It is a choice. Nothing else!

If you want it to be, it will be. If you don’t, it won’t!

Life is afterall a compilation of the choices that we make. And being happy is the most important one.

We may be surrounded by atrocities and hardships, but there is always a silver lining among the dark clouds. We need to see through those dark clouds at the shining sun which is ultimately going to shine bright. Clouds are temporary, but sunshine is permanent.

He who can see through the dark clouds into the shining sun, is the recipient of the world’s greatest happiness.

– The Verbal Explainer

Sometimes it seems impossible for us to be happy. But as I said, it’s a choice. You can be sad and listen to more sad songs and be even more sad. Or you can turn your mind’s attention to the happiest moments of your lives and listen to something beautiful or some comedy and be happy.

It all depends on you, how you want it to be.

The brain that we possess is extremely powerful and we have no idea about its extent. So why not explore it in different ways? Why not be happy at all times?

Let’s make the right choice and be happy.


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Today’s Goodness #15

Life is full of good and bad stuff. We cannot avoid the presence of either of the two. So it’s really important that we enjoy both.

Life is not about suffering. It’s about having the ultimate pleasure one can have. So let’s start enjoying the hard times because that’s how we can convert even those worst moments into enjoyable parts of our lives.

Let’s be happy!


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How to fight through tough circumstances?

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you are completely out of your comfort zone and no one around you is supportive of what you are doing? Yes, we all have been there. This is the time we mostly quit and set ourselves back to our comfortable lifestyle.

But this is not the right thing to do. And we all know it. So how to fight through that? How to be motivated during those situations?

Well one of my friends once told me a quote, which I have posted in my Instagram account, which says, “Never say Why Me? Always say Try Me!” And this is such a motivation booster that we don’t realise until we actually utter this from our mouth.

Just try this – Whenever you are in tough circumstances, just look around yourself, smile and tell the Universe “Try Me!!” And things will drastically change. You will feel more confident and even thrilled to be in a situation like this because now you can show your true power to the Universe.

So why does this happen?

Whenever we say stuff like this, we become more aware of our strengths and forget our weaknesses. And that is what makes us perform better and be more productive. There is this famous saying that always focus on your strengths and not weaknesses. And this is the ultimate deal. If you want to win, concentrate on what you can do best and execute it.

That’s how winning is done!!

P.S. – A special thanks to my friend Samyak Aditya for providing me with the theme of this post.