Just a couple of years back, I was a confused, fun-only guy obsessed with friends and music. I had NO clue what so ever what to do with life. Two years down the lane, I’m still all that, but am happy about every bit of me.
Let me categorise the different aspects of MAD life..(YES it IS a way of living as far as a lot of us are concerned):
I have made a profit of like mm..lets say a thousand bucks(1000/-).But I’m obliged to mention that the amount came almost exclusively from Viv’s wallet everytime he paid for my food.. :) and Riz too..(Thanks you guys…luv ya)
Last summer, at the MAD camp, I walked on a bed that had an alarming amount of RED HOT CHARCOAL. And before I managed to convinced myself to do it ( I mean .. people much bigger than me were chickening out..Ramu, I won’t betray your name, man … EVER!) . I did it anyway. And thinking back, it appears to me as if that firewalk was a summary of how MAD transformed me. I honestly didn’t think i was capable of anything that meant something to other people. Today I’m not only doing that but am having so damn much fun doing it that I hardly ever realize I’m working( i AM??)..
I got my first Arrear ( a.k.a Suppli) the last sem. The ONLY reason for that is that I thought it was below me to study Microprocessors. Also Jithin said he’s gonna get me a certificate prior to my placements that KNOCK KNOCK HELLO, I am still to get! :)
Parents and relatives: Dad n mom weren’t too keen about the whole idea because it would ‘affect my academics’ (there were other very rational justified reasons too :) ). But I did it anyway. Believe me when I say that I see them beaming lately when they talk about MAD. They ACTUALLY beam..That means a LOT to me personally. Relatives who initially thought that I was a dreamer, are now well-wishers and patrons.
I was crap at teaching initially. Then came the TTF training, were I realized exactly why I was crap..and also how to uncrap my teaching. It didn’t work any overnight miracles, but today, more than a 100 classroom hours later, I KNOW for fact, that I’m a much better teacher and that now that I have managed to control my class at Pallu for this long, I can control almost any classroom that I might encounter in my life, up to any extent.
As awesome as MAD is, it’s not a MAGICAL organization. If girls didn’t like you before you joined MAD, they’ll keep doing that whatever happens :) . You see, they would have a REASON..though Anoop P Alias would beg to differ I’m sure :) .
I learned quite a bit…
1. MAD feels good.
2. You can feel that a group of people so unlike you, who are from a myriad of backgrounds, who study and think differently ( some of who are even rumoured to have different orientations :) )…. are like family, merely because you work for a common cause.
3. It never hurts to be friends with Jithin Chacko Nedumala. He knows most people-who-matter around India he he..
(and plus , now I know where he hides his house keys. The location is up for sale.. )
MAD forever – Nikhil