Cancelling the Apocalypse, the TISS way

 ‘Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them.Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!’

                                                                                 – Marshal Stacker Pentecost

Inspiring lines from the movie, Pacific Rim, delivered with absolute calmness, fortitude and brilliance by one of my favourite actors of these days (especially after Luther), Idris Alba, but more on that ahead. At TISS, we have a phrase, ‘building the context’, so lets do that, hall we?

There’s always been curious story between exams and me. I’m not very nerdy, and I get most of my studying done before exams. However,my creativity scales new heights in exams, with ideas, storylines, opinions coming into my head at an alarming rate. And before I know it, the book by Levin and Rubin is shoved aside, and here I am, typing away furiously towards the next blog post.

So what’s this about? Exams? TISS? Pacific Rim? A bit of all three actually.

This semester’s drawing to a close, and before we know it, the exams are upon us. However, there’s a difference in the exams of a masters’ course. No frantic running around for guidance, no fierce competition to be the class topper (yet). Actually, it a little more relaxed than the last few weeks when all assignment submissions were due, people were going crazy balancing events, classes and field work. Now that all of it has somewhat come to a close, we’re slowly spending time, prioritizing which subjects get us marks, and which don’t. In the words of my dear friend Damahe, we’re figuring out which subjects are, ‘Give Up‘.

I’m known to be a romantic in my beliefs, but I’m not going to call TISS life changing yet. Having said that, being at TISS is a decision I am very happy about. I have  totally new perspective about a lot of things, whether it be the various socio-economic problems plaguing our country, or how Human Capital is India’s largest asset.  Exams are known to be apocalypse for students all across the country, multiple times in a year, but we, like Marshal Stacker Pentecost are going to cancel it.

Del Toro's Kaijus

Del Toro’s Kaijus & Jaegers

That brings me to Pacific Rim. A brilliantly laid out monsters vs robots movie, with the entire world as Guillermo Del Toro’s canvas, this movie runs across the breadth of the world with Kaijus destroying coastal towns, from Sydney, to Hong Kong. Our saviors, the Jaegers fight them across the skyscrapers in cities and depths of the Pacific Ocean. Science fiction, thrown in with amazing action and larger than life visuals, what more could a boy want before his exams?

Del Toro with the Jaeger Pilots!

Del Toro with the Jaeger Pilots!

The brilliance of a neural bridge where Pilots use the left and right brain to control the respective sides of the Jaegers, adds a bit of emotions to what is characteristically a ‘boys’ movie. With an amazing background score written by Ramin Djawadi of Game of Thrones fame, I guess there’s not one moment in the movie where you’d like to take your eyes off the screen.

I’m having another show of the movie tonight, with a few of my closest friends. If you like Chicken, Coffee and Monsters, you’re more than welcome to join us. Who cares about exams anyway?

In the words of Marshal Stacker Pentecost,

‘Haven’t you heard Mr. Beckett? The world is coming to an end. So where would you rather die? Here? or in a Jaeger!

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