Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Drumrolls!! Maitri is back! And this time, its gonna be bigger than ever. There's all sorts of stuff going on for Maitri- dances, songs, fashion shows, a skit, and sand animation. And yes of course, MAYHEM at this point.

Be there on April 3rd, 5:30 pm at the Cullen Performance Hall. You don't want to miss it. It is going to be an awesome show followed by some delicious food from Balaji Bhavan.

Tickets are $8. Visit to get your tickets.

See you in ten days!


Dreams Come True

Please find a song that I wrote and composed a few days back for an article entry in Dautya. In the song, the "you" is a fresh incoming Indian student and the "I" is GISO. I guess you can make out the meaning of the song from that ;)

PS: I have put some random pictures of my friends and myself in the video - just to create it, 'cos Picasa would'nt let me create it otherwise. And please tolerate the vocal quality and since I am not good at mixing and mastering the track, it might not sound that professional.

Dreams Come True

By Girish Nandagudi

Far away from home
In a strange new world you are
With all the hopes you brew
To see your dreams come true

Fear not 'cos I am here
To help you fare
Fear not 'cos I am here
To help you win the race

'N to see your dreams come true
To see your dreams come true

Guide me through this gale
To the glory we shall sail
'Cos You have dreams to chase
'N I have hopes to brace

You are here
To help me survive
And you are here
To help me thrive

You are here
To make me strong
And you are here
To seek your strength

'N to see my dreams come true
To see my dreams come true

~Girish Nandagudi

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Collection of Thoughts.....

These are some random thoughts that went across my mind over a period of time. Most of them flew between the ears during graduate school classes and possibly are partially responsible for my grades. It’s amazing that the brain has power to think on such issues involuntarily. Please read them, enjoy them if you can and feel free to add more. I will keep adding more as and when they traverse the brain space.

1. What is to be an Indian (if asked to mention in 3 words)?
a. Diversity, Education and Peace

2. Traveling, crossing large water bodies or spanning the skies just for the heck of pleasure is imperative. There lies humility, respect and austerity.

3. God does not exist, belief does. Imposing a belief or an attempt to change one was and will be a violent conflict.

4. Law books of all nations taken together enlist or indicate half the number of directions in which civilized humans can think. Remaining half are left for the crooks.

5. In war let humans perish, but not their creations. For when, some see those, they would realize that indeed war is not a good solution after all.

6. History is created by the best or by the worst. Rest of them are just the text that fall under these rubrics.

7. In school I learned to believe, “I can achieve the impossible.” At work I did the impossible!

8. An education that required a student to show the will and give full dedication for a lifetime
now requires just the bill and 90 minutes of dedication!

9. White is a combination of different colors. Take one off and white exists to cease.

10. Let appreciation precede criticism. Creation is always dear to the creator.

11. To reverse a system of levers that operate in unison one has few options:
a. Be the largest lever in the system
b. Be outside the system and wielding the right tools
c. Breakdown in the process

12. “In this country let a man be judged by what he does and not by who his father was”, Col. Chamberlain.

13. “Love is not gazing at each other, but is looking in the same direction” Source Unknown

14. “An unjust law is not a law at all, and it is my right, infact duty to resist it. I have two options violence or civil disobedience. You should pray that I chose the latter.” ~ Dialogue from The Great Debaters

15. Its human to colonize, consume and leave to decay. It's just a matter of time and methods used.

16. We are more passionate about borders, than the person standing next to us. Only the brave (soldiers) can think of both passionately.

17. Credit history can be rebuilt, not credibility!

~Vikram Shete

Monday, March 9, 2009

Anubhav Cup 2009

The winners- Team Ike

Our annual, very popular tape-ball cricket tournament- Anubhav Cup was a huge success this year. 14 teams registered, compared to 9 last year, and showed an abundance of enthusiasm than any other year GISO has seen. The teams made professional use of make shift cricket fields- the very useful parking lots - with no problems at all. After all, long hours of practice in the narrow gullies in India had to be useful some day.

The matches were held in the parking lots opposite Cambridge Oaks. After the initial elimination of teams, it was time for the finals. 1913 United Won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 85 runs in 12 overs. Team IKE got the runs loosing 5 wickets in 11.3 overs to win the Anubhav Cup 2009

Congratulations to team IKE once again. Hopefully, they will retain their title next year.

1913 United