G1 – The Story of Life
Confused by the title (the credit for it goes to jhumki) ? Even I am. Although we hadn’t really understood the rationale, we had liked it when it was used for khakee’s birthday invite. So let the story begin.
It is what we, the members of Group 1 of Section D, call ourselves. It comprises of khakee, khetana, lizzy, moti, raju and me.
The credit for forming this group goes largely to the PGP office, which put khetana, raju, moti and me in the same group in the first term. Khakee joined us in the second term, and lizzy in the third. The process of inclusion, and the deliberations that led to these decisions, are still a secret within the group, so let me not dwell upon that further. :)
The group bonding
Among all the groups of the section, it was G1 that spent most time together. Other groups generally met, worked and then dispersed. But we seemed to spend hours doing the work which we could have finished in a much lesser time. I don’t think anybody really minded this, notwithstanding the regular resolves to cut down on the time-pass. We spent a huge amount of time together, and so the friendships strengthened. Moti took the lead in spreading our notion of bonding in the section.
It is the focus area of the group and the source of most of the friction between me and the rest of the members. Khakee, khetana and moti are all tremendously serious about academics. Even I am, but my style of studying differs significantly from the others. Raju is a quiet guy by nature, and lizzy, being a new entrant, is slightly submissive still (I can’t believe that I am saying this about hunterwaali). So most group decisions are taken by a 3-1 majority and I frequently end up on the losing side. L
But this does make sure that the group is somewhat prepared for all the classes, which results in our exceptional eagerness to make presentations in as many classes as we can.
He is everything to the group. The most hard working and trustworthy person I have ever come across. Just his presence takes away the academic tension from the rest of us. Ever smiling, it is he who does most of the work for the group. But ever since he joined the consult club, he is behaving somewhat like a consultant, giving ideas and forcing the others to work. :p
The rest of us bug him a lot … and he bears it all. But there’s a limit to everything right. He once told me, standing near the edge of the corridor in front of the classrooms, “Mera mann kar raha hai ki tujhe yahan se dhakka deke neeche phenk doo”. I must have pushed him a bit too far. Thankfully he didn’t act upon his words.
All of us trust him a lot. Most of the personal secrets of the group members are first told to him. The rest come to know much later, if at all. He probably knows most about many of us.
On the surface everything looks fine in the group, and at a group level it is. But at a personal level problems do crop up. A number of us are introvert in nature, so the problems remain out of the ambit of our group discussions, but the tensions do simmer ... until some incident forces something out and allows for a compromise.
G1 has its own version of CLT. We call it the Constant Laughter Theory. The implications are that whenever moti cracks one of his pathetic pj’s and no-one laughs, he compensates by laughing at his own joke.
The first year ends in four weeks, and with it the life of G1. Will we remain a group after that ? Unlikely I would think. The only thing that I find lacking in G1 is its lack of social life (I envy Group 5 regarding this). All our interactions are somewhat dependant on academic requirements. With the glue of academics removed, it will be difficult for us to stick together. Add to that the fact that one of us is in placecom, one will be on exchange, one is a workaholic … the story probably ends here.