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50+ Photos: JNUSU September 2012 election wall posters and images

Posted in JNU by Vik on September 17, 2012

Images from the JNUSU elections (warm-up and election day 14 Sep 2012, counting etc.) of parties like the SFI-JNU-AISF (rebels), SFI (official), AISA, ABVP, NSUI, YFE-JNU, AIBSF (singing songs in the morning of the debate night at Badminton Court), Independent candidates like Abhay Kumar, Khalid Khan; also find party workers sleeping in SL on second day of counting, vote count venue, Election Committee (EC) notices etc.  Displayed randomly and with no explanation thanks to lack of time. Click on images for bigger size; all clicks with my phone. All pics copyrighted to this site but free for non-commercial use. Click on ‘more’ for the full post  if you don’t see all the images. Search the site for other related images. Lenin won as President, rest went to AISA which got a much deserved dressing down after its thumping March 2012 victory in JNUSU.

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Some August 2012 pamphlets and posters from campus

Posted in JNU by Vik on August 22, 2012

Letter by Ashok Mitra to SFI, JNU encouraging the latter and asking to remain it on the chosen path without rancour. Click on images to embiggen.

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Photo of Play: Jee Humen Natak Karna Hai

Posted in JNU by Vik on August 22, 2012

Photo of the play, 21 August, SSS Audi, 9.15 pm onwards. It was good: comedy with message, almost 50:50.

JNU natak play

Photos: New jnu Staff Quarters in Paschimabad

Posted in JNU by Vik on August 2, 2012

New faculty quarters being constructed in Paschimabad in jnu campus (by the Ambience mall, Vasant Kunj): the look and feel very un-jnu but okay. Pics dated 28 July 2012, shot from my phone cam. Click on the image to embiggen.  Some call it the towers (Paschimbad towers?).

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Anurag Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra, Swanand Kirkire, Sanjay Chauhan in JNU Campus: Photos and Info

Posted in JNU by Vik on June 24, 2012

23 June, 2012, about 10: 20 pm, venue : Sabarmati Hostel mess.

Update: See this TOI news with details of the discussion.

Mishra too jumped into this vaad-vivaad. While talking about the behind-the-scenes story of his movie “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” (2003) he said, “The movie was getting delayed month by month, and it was released after a wait of one and half years. Aur usmein bhi aap log kahan bhadbhada ke dekhne gaye thay? Sab log bolte hain “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” jaisi picture kyun nahi banti. Aur jab koi banata hai, toh aap log dekhne kyun nahi jaate?”


Update: 26 June- See this Hindi post by someone who was there all the time; critical observation.

Anurag Kashyap came to the campus with Sudhir Mishra, Swanand Kirkire and few others (including journalists). The crowd was below par (thanks to no poster-publicity by organizers) and thanks to the bad management (lack of mic meant that voices were barely audible even when coolers and fans were switched off!), more than half of those who had come left within the first few minutes! I myself left after the first ten minutes. This was unusual for JNU: you can expect a decent crowd when such hatke filmmakers visit the campus.

The talk started (after a quick intro)with a Q and A and thanks to lack of ‘warm-up’, there was no enthusiastic response. Then somebody suggested reversing the alignment of crowd and guests (for acoustics) as a result of which the guests sat in a semi circle surrounded by students. Most people had left in the first 15 minutes only and barely 60 people remained in the hall (same capacity at 11.30 pm when I passed by again). Somebody took out TOI Crest and flashed a story ‘Pangs of Wasseypur’ and initiated the discussion. I left the place at this point.

Anurag was wearing a white Tshirt with the characters Thomson and Thomson (detectives in Tintin) and looked boyish. He looks younger than how we find him in images in the media. He wore a light brown Khakhi type trouser and white-grey sports shoes (Adidas?). He was not wearing the thick frame he is found in (which made him looks more positive in my opinion) though he had it with him. He was smoking a cigarette as he entered the venue with the retinue.

I have seen Gangs of Wasseypur (first day, first show in PVR Priya 1335 hours: liked it and recommend it but it is also fuzzy) and wanted to stay but I had a tight schedule and had to leave.

See the 13 photographs ( I am lazy and make no special efforts to get good photos, so pics are poor ; pics taken  with my Samsung  phone)—

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Shanghai film team in JNU Campus—Kalki Koechlin, Abhay Deol, Dibakar Banerjee: Photos and firsthand Report

Posted in JNU by Vik on June 4, 2012

It was in papers that Shanghai film team will be in the JNU Campus in the night of 3 June 2012. No posters were put up in the campus: it spread through word of mouth.

This is a quick report with pics of the event: it is my own analysis and photos. I returned from there at 11.20 pm while it was still on. Ignore grammatical errors, if any (as I have no time to write much or reread/edit it).

ARRIVAL: A good crowed had gathered at the Teflas (venue) despite the summer holidays. The actor and director arrived by 10 pm. Emraan was conspicuous by absence. People were very excited as they tore through the crowd (with their security men); loud music welcomed their arrival.  Cheers all around, as they are on the stage (no raised stadium, just simple chairs, dim light which is common in JNU). Their security staff (moderately muscled men) look worried, the team shake hands enthusiastically in the crowd. Support staff has a woman (aged 30-34? ,slim and fair) who has a tattoo on her left chest (which looked awkward!). A Delhi University PhD Cinema scholar started the discussion (and people almost booed him because he was boring). Fortunately, he didn’t get the mic again as long as I was there.

LOOKS: Dibakar wore shorts (the longer ones, kind of bermuda shorts) and tshirt; Kalki cream colour trouser and  and a top; Abhay Deol in Jeans (fading front) and brown jacket. Kalki looked energetic,young, fresh, super slim, stylish. Abhay looked the usual: as in his films (a bit tired though). Dibakar looked as someone who did not bother about looks or health (no wonder he looks like a man ageing faster for his age).

TALKS: Dibakar starts, gives background of how the idea for Shanghai originated as he observed the life around his ‘Dosti Flamingo building’ in Mumbai (public is a bit bored as he digs deep). He makes it clear that it is a no PR event as he wanted to talk to people in campuses like JNU.

Kalki said she would speak in answers and wants audience to ask her questions. Nobody volunteers to ask as it had just started and people were not ready (and she looks visibly disappointed but handles it maturely) and asks audience to think about it more while she is there. Abhay gets the mic and gets a big cheer from the crowd (Kalki is jealous, even remarked that Abhay has a lot of male fans to which Abhay went on to show and point out female fans in the crowd!). Abhay is asked more than once why he is not into unearthing ‘chapakal’ (an obvious reference to cousin Sunny Deol) or into Dabangg type films. Abhay says he does not want to insult ‘audience intelligence’ and likes doing what he does. Kalki was filled with pride when it was mentioned that her ancestor (Maurice Koechlin) designed the Eiffel tower.

As long as I was there (until 11.18 pm), Dibakar was the one who was asked most of the questions and had the mic for the longest time. He was also put some silly/discomforting questions by members of audience which he handled well (such as explaining that praise of local parties like Shiv Sena or MaNSe for local immediate help like finding autos in emergency does not amount to their wholesale approval or that showing Indian reality in films does not mean he is not proud of India). Some really silly/irritating questions were asked by some but thankfully it never went out of control: the overall mood was positive and cheerful. Abhay Deol said that it was the best crowed of his career (meaning most managed and decent). Dibakar surprised everyone when he said that he did not believe that films really change the society!

Kalki’s Hindi generated a lot of laughter; she also spoke a bit of Tamil and French. She was visibly excited, looked innocent, wanted audience to ask questions and handled questions confidently. In my opinion, she was the child in the Shanghai team that visited the JNU campus, Abhay was the teenager/adolescent while Dibakar was the adult (judging from their responses). Dibakar liked handling arguments and took pain to explain his view point very cogently (Taking pride in country is good but please do not forget that in the same country non-commercial filmmakers/writers, unlike him, who portray the real bleeding India have their films/books banned, he said). Some members of audience asked simply silly questions (JNU is also a lot of hype) and it would have been better without them.

Dibakar ate most of the time: paranthas/rajma chawal from Mamu Dhaba (an overrated; Mamu dhaba also makes a fool of us on many occasions, me and my friends will tell you).

Abhay loved it when someone from the audience shouted ‘Oyyyyyye Luckyyyyyy’ which was followed by common laughter.

I would say Dibakar was here to talk and debate (and eat); Abhay was here to know and see (he confessed he didn’t know much of politics and keeps learning) while innocent Kalki was here without any agenda (and looked like she was enjoying the moment)! That is my estimation. Overall, I liked it. They were people with genuine intention who had come to talk and did it without pretence or affectation.

Earlier Manoj Vajpayee, Irrfan (Khan), Nandita Das and other hatke actors have come to campus.

Here are some poor photos of the event from my Samsung Galaxy Y.

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Kitten Photos: Feeding kitten with syringe

Posted in JNU, Kids by Vik on April 28, 2012

The surviving kitten on the floor being fed milk with syringe

See videos on YouTube at—

Feeding with syringe

After taking food

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GSCASH elections: wall posters 2012

Posted in JNU by Vik on April 15, 2012

Election campaign posters for GSCASH (Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment) elections on 12 April 2012. Winners were two girl candidates: Ruchira  Sen and Shweta Raj (other candidates were Neetisha Khalkho, Baishali, Gourav Rishi, Shriya; see full list in poster as you scroll down) . These posters/slogans/cartoons will also be useful for someone looking for material on women’s empowerment, women’s issues in India, patriarchy, gender justice, crimes against women, gender just society.

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Whitewater Rafting Schedule

Posted in JNU by Vik on April 3, 2012

Copied from mail circulated by jnumc on web and fb:

Team Work with Team Spirit
Sports Office
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi – 110067
Ph: 26704764
02 April 2012
Ride the rapids with us! See the River Ganges as never before! Enjoy the wuthering heights and enchanting plains….
The JNU Mountaineering Club is organising a two-day Rafting programme.
VENUE : Rishikesh, Uttaranchal
SCHEDULE: Departure 6th April 2012, Friday (Evening)
Arrival 9th April 2012, Monday (Morning)
CHARGES : JNUites Rs. 2500/- (Non-refundable)
Guests Rs. 2900/- (Non-refundable)
(Charges exclusive of travel expenses)
Centralised registration and briefing, with FULL AMOUNT at
5.30p.m, 4th April 2012, Wednesday at the Basketball court, behind 24×7 food court
For further details contact:
Ratnesh Kumar 153 Kaveri (9958411473) Yash Chandra 205Mandavi(9958843704)
Sushant Saini 202 CB (9873522910) Rituraj 145 Jhelum Prem Chandra 231 Narmada Shashank Dixit 101 Jhelum Sandeep Yadav 104 Mahi Suman Beniwal 111 Chandrabhaga
Facebook page:
Please bring your Identity cards for registration. Registration will be on the basis of first-come-first served.
All charges are exclusive of travel expenses. These will have to be borne by the students themselves.
The programme is subject to availability of a minimum number of interested students.
Club members will be given preference.
Smoking and consuming Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Ratnesh Kumar
Convenor, JNUMC

A Beautiful Godavari Nite poster

Posted in JNU by Vik on April 2, 2012

This poster is of Godavari hostel nite

godavari hostel nite 2012

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