My First Article get Published today BUT HOW???
I have got a text today from my good friend Mohinder:
"Magazines are finally in college now. congrats"
& this message cause me to remember the day when it all started with 'The CHRYSALIS Thing'
Memories were creating a scene in my mind.
BACK IN FIRST YEAR:I was nothing but just a first year student.
It was a quiet afternoon & i was taking a nap in my room like always.
Mohi came into my room and said-"yaar, i m incharge for hindi section and need some articles."
I never tried writing before but the idea of writing an article for collz magz(CHRYSALIS) excited me and i assured him-"theek hai bhai, i will give it a try."
Well mohinder was Ed-board club member and at that time he was well known for his ragging Intro which he gave in complete hindi & without making a single mistake. On the other hand, the reason he approached me at first place was that he knew i have done my schooling from Hindi Medium School.
Mohi left the room, I took pen and started writing my first article.
The first thing which came into my mind was my life in hostel.
So i started writing about hostel life.I completed the article in an hour & rushed to Mohi's room.
I said-"Ye le bhai, i completed the article. Tu dekh le if it could make upto college magz."
Mohi replied-"Arrey yar, vaise hi we are short of articles.. toh tera wala bi chalega.. :P, just give me a fair copy of this writing."
I said-"Okay, wait for 5 mins, i ll be back in 10 mins."
I handed him over my first article which was going to publish in CHRYSALIS soon. I was happy.
This scene vanished there.
New scene was there in my mind
BACK IN MY 6TH SEM:Two years passed,Change is the law of nature & we are no different.
I am in third year now. Things around me changed, i changed.
But all this time one thing remain same & that was my urge to see my first article in magz because the magz never reached to the printing press.
I enquired about it time to time.I asked desperately-"mohi yar, ye magz kab aa rahi hai?"
but the answer is same as always,He said-"within a few weeks."
Weeks become months & finally years but still there is no sign of magz.
Everyone from Ed-board tried hard & gave up on printing of the magz.
But no matter what i never lost my hope to see my first article.
From the starting of my sixth sem, when everyone fed up of trying i took the responsibility of 'The CHRYSALIS Thing' just for the sake of my (unpublished) first article. I wasn't even the member of Ed-board club.
I started working on it from january & various problem came into the scene.
Every one seems to has some problem with Chrysalis like- Designing Problem. Problem with the contents of Magz. Problem that Chrysalis '07 is not worth printing in year '09.
& i always thought WTF???? seriously they are finding these problems two years after the compilation of magz.
& somehow I, Designing Team(Sivia n Suniti), Editing Team(Mohinder) convinced them- "Ki sir jaisi bi hai, vaise hi print karwa do ise."
After two years no body was intrested to make any change to the magz.
There was this file named Ed-board club, CHRYSALIS which contained all the issues, permission letters regarding to the magz & i was the carrier of this file throughout my sixth sem.
The loop in which i keep moving was Ashish Sir-> Nipun Sir-> PSC Bhalla sir(Diploma Wing)-> AFC Parashar Sir-> Principal Sir-> Govt Printng Press Kohli Sir-> Ashish Sir.
Everyone has some issues & surprisingly i was the only one who cares to clear all the issues. Mohinder, Sivia, Suniti & Kartik helped me a lot though.
There were times when i too wanted to give up on Magz, i cursed college management, i cursed my self to get involved with the whole Chrysalis-Printing Job.
But then again i look back on to the trail of my efforts i put up so far for the sake of MY FIRST ARTICLE, i took one more step ahead.
Finally in April, i have got the permission letter from college for the printing of magz.
& i remember i cleared the last issue for printing during my semesters.
Printing press assured us that our magz will be ready by the end of May.
15th May, I came back home after my semesters.
10th June 2009, Today:I m in final year now.(Unofficially)
I have got a sms-
"Magazines are finally in college now. congrats" By Mohinder Ghanghas.
So with this message My (Unpublished) First Article got Published today & now i owe 100 bucks to the God as i prayed- "if the magz got published toh mei 100 Rs ka prashad chadaunga."
Pehle this amount was 50 bucks but being a CCET'ian i have to add 50 bucks more to get this job done... :)
Hope you enjoy CHRYSALIS '07 in year 2009...