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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sketch: Happy New Year + Contest!

Here's the official post wishing you a 
Happy New Year!!

PS: Like the sketch/caricature? Read on to know how to get one for you! :D

2008 was a great year, but I'm guessing you've already seen/read a lot about "10 Best blah blah of 2008". (Or what to do this holiday @ Google Blog :D) And everyone's busy sending greeting messages (& I'm in a hurry too!), so I'll keep this short. 

I wanted to do something for my blog readers, so I thought of having a small contest (Inspired by some popular Design Blogs!). But since I can't offer much, I decided to make use of the pen tablet I have for a few days and make a sketch/caricature (or whatever you like to call it :D) of   4  5 of my Blog Readers! (Like the one above!) All you have to do, is a leave a comment, about "Your 5 Goals for 2009".

The  4  5 lucky people will be decided as following:
  • The First two people who leave a comment on this post.
  • Two Three people selected at random (Yes i'll draw lots) from the rest of the people who comment.
Every person is counted only once :P and please leave a comment using your Gmail id so I can contact you for a reference pic (Or leave your email id.. though I prefer the former).

So well, the rules are simple. Leave a comment about "Your goals for 2009" before 6:00 PM, 2nd January 2009 3:00 PM, 4th January 2009 (Indian Standard Time) and you'll have a chance to get a nice (I'll try my best :D) sketch/caricature :)

And well, here are my 5 goals for 2009:
  1. Have a great time during Quark (Tech Fest) & Waves (Cultural Fest) at BITS Pilani, Goa Campus.
  2. Try and learn Designing (hopefully get the Creative Multimedia Course).
  3. Explore Silverlight (Heard it?) & C#.
  4. Sketch regularly (Once a week).
  5. Manage decent grades (Now that's a tough one!)
Tell me your 5 goals for 2009, and get a chance to have your own sketch as a New year gift! :D

Oh & don't forget to subscribe to my blog to recieve instant updates of my posts (I'll announce the results in the next post!)

PS: This is my first try at having a contest. If it goes well, I'll try and take out more time for such contests! :)

PPS: Oh & if you like the idea of the contest, let your own blog readers also know about this contest by linking to this post! ;)

Update: I'm leaving for Goa, so I decided to shift the deadline a little further (and as pointed in the comments, now I'll make 5 sketches). I felt like making the best use of the tablet till I have it :D

Sunday, December 28, 2008

6 Ways to keep up with Blog Updates using RSS

If you've been reading blogs for a while now, then you must've heard about RSS. Wiki defines RSS as "a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works - such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format." In simple words, it allows you to keep up with changes on Blogs, News sites, Photo Galleries, Video Streams etc. 

RSS is pretty popular now with nearly every Blog offering a RSS Feed. After exploring a few options, I've updated the Subscribe Box for my Blog too!

So here are 6 (Tried & Tested!) ways of using RSS to keep track of your favorite Blogs:

1. Online Feed Reader
They are in plenty, and I've already reviewed Google Reader before. These "Web Apps" allow you to easily add blogs that you read and keeps you updated with their new posts. You can even arrange blogs in folders/labels to organize your collection better (Say one for Tech Blogs, one for Music Blogs etc). 

One major advantage is that they can be accessed anywhere and work just like your email account. The disadvantage is that you need to be connected to net, and a slow net connection won't be very helpful!

Two of my favorite Online Feed Readers are Google Reader (Used earlier) & Newsgator (Popular thanks to FeedDemon). Here's the complete list.

2. Offline Feed Reader
For those who don't have 24x7 internet, or a slow internet connection (BITSians reading?), this is one of the best way to read blogs. Offline Feed Readers allow you to keep a list of blogs you like to read and fetch the posts whenever you connect to the net. The content is saved locally, so you can read/refer to the content later without the net. Some of them even let you download images in the post (Though it'll take more time).

This is helpful for those who read a lot of blogs (Like Tech-News Blogs/Tutorial Blogs etc). Also for those where internet is available for a short time/at a high charge (Blog Feeds don't include the template design, so they are 'lighter'). One major disadvantage is that Blog Readers tend to just read the post and not comment (Just a word about the post helps a Blogger understand what to write & how to write!)

Two of my favorite Offline Feed Readers are FeedDemon (Currently using - It's great!) & RSS Bandit (Pretty similar, but still lacks some features). Here's the complete list

PS: Google Reader also let's you read feeds offline, but you'll need to install Google Gears (Didn't work very well for me) 

3. Through Email Subscription
This one's for those who check their mail regularly and prefer everything to be available at one place. If the blog you're reading offers Email subscription (Mine does now! Yay!), just fill in the form and you're done. Otherwise you can switch to a web service (I found FeedBlitz the best) and it'll send you the updates directly to your inbox.

This works great for a few blogs (Ones with low frequency of posts), but who would like to see an Inbox filled with only Blog Updates? If that's the case, don't forget to make a Filter/Label for them (If you're using GMail, check Filters & other features I posted about!)

4. Blog Roll aka Blog Lists
Do you have a blog? Then I'm sure you have added a Blog List (You've added me haven't you?) which was launched in June'08.  You can tweak it to display sort blogs according to last post date, display the latest post title etc. A must-have for all bloggers! Here're the official post(s)!

5. 'Follow' Blogs using Blogger's Follower Feature!
This is one of the less popular feature, but it helps bring all your Blog related stuff to your Blogger Dashboard. Below the list of your blogs, there's a section in which you can add Blogs that you read. 

Try it out! Head to your Dashboard ( You may have to sign in) and scroll down. Click on Add, and enter my blog's url: And you're done! 

The main advantage of this is that once you start "following" a blog, it is visible in your Blogger Profile, thus allowing others to know what Blogs you read (You can turn this off too). Also, you can show-off your Blog's Followers by using a neat Widget. Read The Official Post(s) to know more!

6. Use Live Bookmarks in Firefox!
Surely you've noticed the RSS button that is displayed next to the address bar when you're viewing my blog (Or any website with RSS Support). Click on that and subscribe to the blog. This will make a Folder for the Blog with Links to each post. And it keeps updating the list with new posts!

I used this feature, but it was too basic (Unread Posts? Search? Save/Export Blog List?). And it doesn't support OPML format. (It's used to export the list of blogs you are reading. Leave a comment if you want to know more!)

So which method do you use the most? Have you subscribed to my blog? (If yes, then what are you using?) Not sure what to use/how to switch? Do let me know!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sketch: Goodbye seniors!

Another sem passed, and what followed was something I always hate doing - Saying Good bye. Half of the 4th year batch, said good bye to the campus, and will be now heading for PS (PS=Practise School, ie. Internship).

This batch has been the most talented one till now, responsible for starting nearly every big club/deptt (and making other things BIG!) I got a chance to work with some of the best people I've ever met, and they'll always continue to inspire me.

Anyway switching from the "senti" mood, here's a sketch of the two seniors I'll miss the most, Vandith Bhaiya & Manasa Di. (I had to settle for a digital version after ruining a pen sketch :X) Both were members of the Waves Organizing Committee, and have taught me much more than just organizing a fest.

A few other seniors who are leaving are Piyush (Waves), Abhinav Lakhotia (Waves), Upneet (Drama), Parsani aka Chief (Spons) and Aditya Rao (Spons).
A formal Farewell was given last year to the whole batch (And I wrote about a few of them in my Farewell post), and now they'll be off to different parts of India (And abroad) for their PS.

Best of luck to all of you! Will miss you!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sketch: Tired

"And so he sat down, tired,
Still lost in that thought,
Of what he won in this war,
And what all, he had lost."

If you've been seeing my sketches for a while, you must've figured the difference in the style. I made it using a Pen Tablet!! :D

Yup, I got my hands on one of my dream tools (though only for some time) - an iBall Pen Tablet that can be attached to my laptop. Thanks alot to Sai for lending it to me for a day (It's exam time, so he wasn't using it :D)

Oh and for those who are wondering why the theme is similar to one of my old sketch, well the "inspiration" is the same :|

PS: Idea taken from someone's deviantArt Gallery. Campus net won't let me open deviantArt, so well, thanks whoever you are! ;)

Comments welcome!

PPS: Check out all my sketches here!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Looking Ahead - Help me out!!

Finally, I've crossed 10,000 blog hits! So thanks a lot to each and everyone who has been visiting my blog!

Started in April'08, this blog was a playground for me to revise (& improve) my Web designing skills. But seems like that took a back seat, and the Digit Article has motivated me to start writing more tech-articles. Hence the few Product reviews & GMail Tips. I'm happy I haven't stopped sketching though, something I still enjoy doing.

You might be wondering why I'm so much into Blogging, so what's better than quoting straight from ProBlogger!

"The experience of starting a blog and watching yourself progress is something money cannot buy... So never forget, that the journey of becoming a blogger is more important than the end product!"

Have a glance at Justin Wright's (full-time blogger and internet marketer) full post on the 5 Valuable Lessons You Can Learn From Blogging! 

Anyway now that I'm less busy, I'm planning to work on my blog. And here's where your role comes!

Help me out! Tell me what you've liked/hated about this blog, things you never looked at (Like the Technorati link on the left side :P). Posts that you've not cared to read, or posts that you've checked again & again...

I already plan to implement some changes, like:

  • Improving Feeds, using Feedburner (For those lazy guys who don't won't open the blog regularly!)

  • Getting a more personalized theme (The green curved boxes don't really match with the content, right?)

  • A Navbar, easier way to navigate through the blog (So that you don't go: 'Umm now what?')

What else? Any sort of criticism is most welcome! Whether it's your first visit to this blog, or the 100th visit, I would love to hear your views/suggestions.

Go ahead! Shoot!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

11 GMail Tips you'll love!

GMail Logo
Celebrating the triumph of reaching 9000 hits on my blog, I thought I'll come up with a another collection of tips to make your GMail (& GTalk)experience even more fun!

So here's the 3rd post in my "GMail Tips" Series! If you usually don't go around tweaking GMail, first check my earlier post on 10 GMail Features you must know! 

  1. GMail Desktop Gadget
  2. For all those Google Desktop users, here's a great Gadget! Read, Send, Star mails & even log into different accounts simultaneously! Read more about it in the official announcement & on LifeHacker

  3. FoxGLove - Browser for Google Lovers!
  4. Most of the time, all you do is check mail, sign into GTalk and maybe read your Blog Feeds. Here's a Portable Firefox Package, that gives you the feel of Google Chrome and power of Firefox. Have a look on LifeHacker & DownloadSquad

  5. Let's add a smile to your mail!  
  6. We all love emoticons don't we?  So how about adding some emotions to your mail? Check out the small Smiley Icon in your Formatting toolbar, and see a huge list of emoticons! (Infact, there are 2 different styles!  Check the button below the emoticons!)I Loooove GMail!!

  7. Pimp your GMail with themes!
  8. I've talked about it before, and like everyone else I'm in love with them! Have a look at my favorite themes

  9. 3rd Party Applications: GMDesk, AlwaysIdle, Greasemonkey scripts...
  10. It's not just Google which helps us enjoy every moment we spend using GMail. There are plenty of 3rd party tools to play with (But take care, since they aren't by Google). Like: 

    GMDesk - A standalone application made in Adobe Air which gets GMail on your desktop. 

    GAlwaysIdle - To always stay Idle on GTalk. (Really helpful :D)

    Greasemonkey scripts  - Add more features to GMail (and other Google Services) using these scripts in Firefox! (Caution: Use with care!)

  11. Don't just type. Speak (And act?)
  12. GMail now allows you to do Voice & Video Chat! Though it isn't really of much use for me (Net speed in my campus are pathetic), it still is a great feature! Check the official blog to know more! 

  13. Google Transliteration Bots!
  14. Surprise your friends by saying नमस्ते (Hindi) or Bonjour (French) or こんにちは (Japanese)! Or add bots in group chat just to see some crazy translations! All this instantly, using GTalk Bots! Add them in your contaact list now! (Like! 

  15. Labs: Reply Addons
  16. Long conversation, loads of replies. Getting lost in who's replying to what? Then "Quote" people!

    Going on a vacation? Let your GMail send automated replies by scheduling it before hand!

    Have a look at some of the Reply Addons in GMail Labs

  17. Labs: Canned Responses
  18. How often do you reply by saying "Nice mail" or "Thanks for mailing, will reply soon"? How about storing your frequent replies as separate templates? Check this out to know how!

  19. Labs: Label Addons
  20. Chances are you are a Label Freak like I am. And you have loads of labels, and love color coding them. Then add more colors to your Labels by using Custom Label Colors! And ofcourse, when you have a lot of them, you should use Label Keyboard shortcuts to access them faster! Read more here!

  21. Labs: Keyboard Shortcuts
  22. Though I've talked about it before, it's always good to remind right? Navigate through GMail without touching your mouse! And if the default ones aren't enough, add more Custom Keyboard Shortcuts!

Hope you're experimenting with these features (As they said!) 

That's it for the moment! Tell me which of these do you like using? Anything that I missed? Do let me know by commenting! :)

PS: See my earlier posts in the GMail Tips series:

PPS: Don't forget to Subscribe to receive updates on more such posts!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sketch: Thank you Adil Sir!

From what I've learnt this sem, Designing is an art. You can't teach anyone Designing, you can only inspire one to learn it. And this sketch is for someone who knew how to do that best!

Adil Mistry, BITS Pilani Alumni (Graduated in 1979), teaches Multimedia at Central TAFE, eCentral Campus, East Perth, Australia. That's all I knew about him when he came to BITS Pilani, Goa Campus to do his sabbatical by taking up the Creative Multimedia elective. Though I was very keen to take the course (As I've always been weak at the Designing part), I wasn't enrolled (As I posted before, stupid Campus rules - Only for 3rd/4th yearites :|). But after attending the first class, the whole I'm-not-enrolled-so-shouldn't-attend syndrome vanished. * Poof *

From learning basics of designing, to watching animation (& scary) movies, to trying cool effects in Adobe Premiere, I had fun in every class :D

Anyway, after a short farewell dinner (a day before), Adil Sir left today. So I decided to give him a small sketch just to thank him for inspiring us all! :)

Sketch for Adil Mistry Sir by Rasagy Sharma aka RaSh

Who knows, I might end up being a Designer! (Would love too :D) I'll make sure I remember whom to credit my success then!

We'll miss you Sir!

PS: Now that I look at it, I feel I should not hate a ruler so much! :P

PPS: Check out my other sketches here!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanks Google for Pimping my GMail!

It's finally here!! After a day since it was launched and the whole web was talking about it, even my GMail account now has Themes!!

For those wondering what this is, here's the news: After launching the Voice Chat a week back, Google recently launched a feature to allow users to choose different themes for their GMail account. With 3rd party tools like Gmail Redesigned skin in Better Gmail becoming more and more popular, Google finally decided to release Official Themes. And boy haven't they done a great job!!

Let me stop blabbering and come to the point. Head to Settings -> Themes in your GMail. If you can't see such an option, then you'll have to wait for sometime (I know how frustrating that is!). Once you get The Screen, just randomly pick a theme and ZiNg! Say "Hello!" to a more beautiful (and smart.. read on to know why!) GMail!!

How to add Themes to GMail by Rasagy aka RaSh

Once you are back on your seat and your eyes are back to blinking the same old way, notice that GMail asked you for your Location before applying some themes. No it is not for some analysis or something. Some themes actually change according to your location (ie according to the current time at your place). Remember iGoogle themes? Now they're here on GMail!!

Before you start experimenting with your themes, or see what others are saying, have a look at some of My Favorite Themes:

Calm & soft

  • Beach: The best theme to suit my location (Goa!) It's pretty dark right now (What else do you expect at 4 in the morning?), so I'm guessing this one will change with time. Coooool!!!
    Preview of the Beach theme by Rasagy Sharma aka RaSh
  • Summer Ocean: Another beautiful theme. I loved the way the blue header slowly fades on the left side. Try it out!
    Preview of the Summer Ocean theme by Rasagy Sharma aka RaSh
  • Tree: No heavy graphics. Just a serene theme with a nice silver interface. So it's either this or Beach!

A little bit flashy, eh?

  • Graffiti: A "must-check-out" theme for all those Graffiti fans (like me!). The translucent interface makes it even better!!
    Preview of the Graffiti theme by Rasagy Sharma aka RaSh
  • Phantasea: Phashinating name, phashinating theme! Doesn't it sound like it's asking you to see it? :P
    Preview of the Phantasea theme by Rasagy Sharma aka RaSh
  • Planets: We all want to be a star. But for now, settle with a planet. A red shiny planet (It isn't Jupitor is it?). Good for a start! :D

Not a fan of heavy themes??

  • Shiny: For those who just like a sweet color scheme, a nice gradient header and shiny interface, look no further. This is the theme for you! (Or is it Silver Lining? You decide!)
  • Contrast Black: For those dark, monochrome freaks, here's a nice dark (I mean really dark. Dark Black!) theme. But what is yellow doing there??

Special Mention!

  • Terminal: They just had to do it didn't they? This is what you get when two Google Engineers bet. A dark theme with lime text. And everything (literally EVERYTHING. Even the GMail logo), using only ASCII characters. I wonder who's gonna keep this one! :D
    Preview of the Terminal theme by Rasagy Sharma aka RaSh

Well my pick for the time being is Beach (as it changes with time :P) Did you check out the themes?? Which one did you like the most? Do leave a comment!!

PS: Love Gmail? Don't forget to read about 10 GMail features you must know!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Caricature: Barack Obama!

Note: Yoy! My blog just crossed 8,000 hits!! Thanks to everyone who's been checking it regularly!

On Saturday (15th November), I organized a Caricature Workshop in our campus (On behalf of Kala, the Fine-arts club of our campus). Caricatures are different from sketches as they tend to exaggerate some particular part of the sketch/figure. Mr. Naguesh Sardesai, popular Cartoonist & Caricature artist, helped us understand the basics of Caricature & Cartoons.

Here's a caricature I made for the notice (My first Caricature :D). The concept was (shamelessly :|) taken from Jit's amazing blog. So if you like this caricature, I'm sure you'll love his work!!

Caricature of Barack Obama made by Rasagy Sharma aka RaSh
So here's Barack Obama for you!

Liked the sketch? Any comments? Would love to hear from you!

PS: Check out my other sketches here!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

So you want to be Microsoft Student Partner??

First of all: Good news! I've been selected as a Microsoft Student Partner!! and I just received the official letter (Ofcourse the results were out in the start of this month!). To know about how my MSP exam was, check my eariler blog post!

For those wondering what this Microsoft Student Partner is all about, read on!

Microsoft Student Partners Logo Created by Rasagy Sharma aka RaSh

[Logo modified by me :) ]

Microsoft Student Partners is a Global program that aims to find college students passionate about technology and willing to learn and share their knowledge.

MSPs get a chance to interact with other MSPs all over the world, as well as Microsoft Professionals. Apart from this, they get to attend Exclusive MSP Boot-Camps by Microsoft and much more!

Not to forget, they also get Internship & Recruitment opportunities at Microsoft & partners.

You can register (Last chance for this year!) latest by 16th November, ’08

Time's Up!! Anyway go check for more info!

Imagine Cup 2009 Logo by Rasagy Sharma aka RaShWhen you'll apply for MSP, you have to also take part in Imagine Cup. Open to students around the world, Imagine Cup involves using Technology to make a difference to the world. It aims at finding solutions to real world issues and has come a long way in the past 6 years.

From Short Film Making to Game Development, Photography to Software Designing, Imagine Cup has something for everyone!

To Register, Head on to: 

PS: While registering, please give the Referral Code as “Rasagy” J

PPS: You can apply for Imagine Cup 2009 (In Egypt this time) without applying for MSP too! Check it out!

All the best!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Looking back at Oasis '08

Oasis '08, the cultural fest of BITS Pilani, was held from to 20th to 24th Oct. One of the biggest cultural fest in India, Oasis had events ranging from the conventional Fashion Parade & Solo Singing to new events like Street Dance & Hindi Jam! But the main USP of Oasis is the fact that it is 96 hours of absolute fun. And 96 hours MEANS 96 hours. Yes they had DJs playing till 7 in the morning!

Before I bore you with more text, here's the main part: I came 1st in Bull's Eye 2nd in Black & White. Here's the sketch we made:

Sketch made by RaSh for Oasis - Theme - Emotions

The theme was "Emotions", and we depicted different emotions (Punjabi - Happy, Soldier - Suspicious, Muslim - Angry, African - Enslaved) that are there inside each of us.

Oh & BITS Pilani, Goa Campus came overall first, beating Hansraj College (DU) by a huge margin! \m/

The reason I didn't post before was mainly due to my Tests, and also because I wasn't sure what to post. Oasis was a great learning experience for me. Be it dramatics, art or just organizing the fest, I learnt a lot of things, but I wasn't sure how to actually jot them down. Anyway here's a short post on my experiences, and what all I learnt :)

The Campus:

In the middle of a village, there's the huge BITS campus. Before you enter the campus area, everything around is just like another village (I could recall my visit to Punjab some 7 years back). First, you just DON'T make a campus wherever you want. The 6 hour journey from Delhi to Pilani was a pain. And think about the students.. they've got nothing to do outside the campus :(

But then, the huge campus has everything. From loads of restaurants to a telephone exchange, the campus is more like a old town than a college campus. You'll find students and workers roaming around on cycles, roadside vendors selling "Shikanji" (aka Nimbu pani aka Lime Juice) and the old buildings about to crumble down. The campus gives you the vintage feeling (Remember Connaught Place in Delhi? They've their own "C'Not" with a couple of restaurants  and other daily use shops)!

Lesson: If your campus is in the middle of nowhere, make sure it atleast has huge space, 1 temple, 5 restaurants, random statues on each turn, weird names for each hostel (and lane), some place to eat every 100 metres... And ofcourse, have cycles and Auto-Rikshaws (You can't walk all day right?)

The Climate:

The climate forces you to think how people actually survive there. I mean in the afternoon, it's scorching hot and at midnight you can't sleep without a kambal. The worst part is that if you sleep at 3 in the morning, you'll be shivering when you fall asleep, and sweating when you wake up at 9 in the morning. It's annoying. Very annoying. But I guess BITSians adjust to it soon (Yeah ask us about adjusting!)

Lesson: Just because every other girl around you is wearing shorts doesn't mean it's warm. Especially when it's 2 in the morning.


This year's theme was "Unio Mystica" (Please Google it. I'm too lazy). It's funny how people choose themes (I guess they ran out of conventional themes after a few years). The downside of such a theme is that no one (Including the participants AND the organizers) have a clue about what the theme means, so you hardly find anything related to the theme during the whole fest.

Another remarkable thing about Oasis'08 was the number of events. There are too many events! And apparently, they don't have any body to regulate which event to be kept and which not to be kept, so eventually you have 3-4 similar events (For ex, there were some 4 events related to advertising, and other events also had the same "Ad making" rounds. Why keep same events with different names?). Secondly, too many events means most of the smaller events are ignored. More on that later.

Lesson: When keeping obfuscated themes, make sure the organizers know what it means. Or keep it so abstract that no one cares.


The inauguration was on the first day in the Auditorium. Now the Audi is pretty small (compared to ours), and has a seating capacity of some thousand students (max) I guess. Now the funny thing the organizers did was to reserve nearly ALL SEATS for different BITSian clubs & deptt. This meant that the out-station participants were expected to either sit in the last row, or stand, or sit on the floor, or just leave. The "Firewallz" wasn't cooperative at all, and Pilani students didn't really care about the out-station students sitting on the floor. Eventually, most of my friends left and I stood for some 3 hours to watch the Inaug. But after some initial "formalities", the culturals were great. Worth the effort!

Lesson: Ever heard of the saying "Atithi devo bhav"?? Remember that when organizing a fest. :|

The Crowd:

This is one thing that covers up for anything and everything that might go wrong at Oasis. They get a huge crowd from Delhi (Most of the Delhi University students are there), and these people don't give a damn about the organizing. Give them a DJ, couple of good food stalls, and a chance to roam around all night. They'll be more than happy. And a happy crowd == successful popular fest.

Lesson: The dumber the crowd, the less they'll care about the events. All they need is the "festive mood", and voila! Your fest is a big hit!


Being a part of the Core committee of Controls of Waves (Cultural Fest, BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus), I thought I would be able to learn how to organize a fest, from shortlisting events to scheduling them. Turns out I learnt more about how not to organize a fest, with the controls doing a bad job throughout the fest. Or maybe I was expecting too much from the "established" cultural fest. Ofcourse Waves wasn't perfect, and I agree that no fest can go perfectly smooth. But..

  • You don't keep loads of events just to make a huge total. It's crazy going through the Rulebook again & again for every event.

  • If you do, you make sure every event has a good organizing team. Or atleast someone who knows what the event is.

  • The Rulebook is meant to explain the event, from the general description to basic rules. You just DON'T make an error in it (One of the event had timings as 1.5 hours Writing + 0.5 hours judging. Turns out it's an art event!)

  • Rulebook isn't just for the participants. Maybe the organizers should have a look at it too. That way, you don't make a fool out of yourself when participants quote the Rulebook.

  • You don't keep events "Subject to participation". If you are unsure about the turnout, don't have it. Atleast don't call judges, ask people to participate and then cancel the event as there were too less participants.

  • Eliminations for an event should be a bit related to the event. For ex, you don't eliminate people on the basis of how humorous they are (How do you judge that anyway?) for a Hindi JAM. You don't need to be humorous to win a JAM. (JAM == Just a Minute)

  • If there's an event, you should try and get some audience for it too right? Ever heard of something called Publicity? Why have an event in an LT with only 10 people (= Organizers + Participants)?? The JAM (aka BLAB) was held in the Audi, with only 20 people watching it. :(

  • Change in timings is unavoidable. But you atleast make sure it is conveyed to maximum people. What's the point of "preponing" Street Dance and eventually doing it with hardly any audience?

  • The basic rule of scheduling is to avoid events from clashing. If it's not possible, atleast don't clash two events of the same category! Our Quiz team went to Finals of one event, but had to leave it as another Quiz started just then (They finally won the latter though!)

That's all that I can think of for the moment. Must say it was a great learning experience! :)

PS: I've been pretty harsh while writing this post. Mainly because it's not meant to praise the fest but to find out the shortcomings so that they can be avoided in future. More like "Notes to self". So don't flame me explaining how great Oasis was, coz even I agree that it was a great fest!