Lessons in the book of life

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Deepshikha De,GWDD, 2ND SEM,ARENA ANIMATION,PARK STREET

 Hello everyone, I am Deepshikha,I am a second semester student of GWDD at Arena Animation, Park Street and this is my second blog.

“We can’t change where we came from but we can choose where we go from here.”- This is a motto that I have implemented into my life after spending a few months at Pinocchio Lab .

Although words are not enough,I have tried my best to put my experience into words. Not only  have I learned technical skills, I have also some of the most important lessons in life.

It took us some time to get acquainted with our class mates, but now our bonds of friendship have become much stronger. To be honest, earlier on I would hesitate before asking a fellow  class mate for help,but I realized once I put my ego aside,I could reap the benefits. Somnath Sir encourages us to ask questions, we question everything, it is better than blindly believing in things . It is true that we work much harder now, but I can’t explain the euphoria I feel after cracking a code that I had been struggling with for hours. Although we work hard, we also have fun,laughing at some joke someone cracked and not taking life too seriously.

Being in the lab always betters my mood. We have a sense of unity, for example when it’s someone’s birthday in our batch,we do our best to make the day special for him or her. We take pleasure in the simple joys of life.Sir always reminds us that the time we spend together will pass by in a flash, and we should make the most out of our time together.

I have learned to be patient, to carefully analyse a problem rather than simply giving up on it. Sir dislikes empty promises, he tells us to say things, which we can actually do instead of just making empty promises. We have been taught to see the good in people, we have been made to believe, that everyone has potential, we just have to take the courage to find out what we are good at. We have heard stories of students who didn’t have money in their pockets for a decent meal, but through hard work and perseverance they have achieved success in their life. These stories are very inspiring, as I feel we take basic amenities in life for granted. We have always had security, a good meal, a roof above our heads, clothes to wear,we never really sit and think about the fact that not everyone is lucky as us. I can say with conviction, we have all become better versions of ourselves in the few months we have spent together in Pinocchio Lab. Some of my classmates have gone through a drastic change, they were shy and scared at fast, they have become more confident and now smile often.

We even have our own nicknames, and have reached that comfortable stage where we can crack inside jokes which only we understand.

Sometimes seniors come to visit Sir, we learn about their experiences and how the industry is shark infested, and there is no room for sentimentality or emotion. The seniors are a living proof  of what we will achieve if we keep working hard . Sometimes, we just sit and listen to Sir’s stories, he is a treasure box of experiences, we have so much to learn from him.

Time slips through our fingers,it is hard to imagine that I have only a few months left at Pinocchio Lab.I do not know where life will take me or  which company I will end up working for but I know the memories that I have made here are memories of a life time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, I wish the readers a life full of beautiful memories too.

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Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna..

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Sumaiya Rahman, GWDD-Plus, 2nd Semester, Arena Animation, Park Street

After a long time, typing to share own experiences is a different feeling altogether. This is not the last blog I am going to write, but definitely one of the most important and longest one till date.

No one can take what Arena Animation ,Park Street has given me. I am not that proud of my college life or never built any special moment there to cherish later. After third year I gave up on the thought of making good, fun memories in educational life or even later. Somehow, I was struggling to build my career and the rest seemed secondary. If I say that my first semester was boring I would be wrong. I did make many new friends and participated in events. But that became common when I came to 2nd Semester of my course. It took me time to adjust to the new ambiance, discipline, routine and lots more. Slowly and gradually I got used to it. And now, at present, thinking of leaving everything I am living here is a nightmare.

The first and foremost thing that Pinocchio lab (classroom of 2nd Sem) has given me is a family of six, not by blood but by relation. And I hope to carry forward that as long as possible. I agree that we fight, we get mad at each other, we stop talking, show our craziness, and sometimes unintentionally hurt. But we stick together and make it till the end.

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Family By Relation, Not By Blood (Scroll Down To Know About Sixth Member)

Here, let me talk about one of the most interesting character of the family. He is renowned as Singham (Sir Somnath Chakraborty) and for a reason. He is that alchemist who brewed the elixir out of us. For me he is that “Silent Guardian” who protected us and made us who we are.

Yes, he gave us home tasks which took us sleepless nights to finish, assignments for which we had to work continuously for 5 to 6 hours without a break. That gave me an opportunity to start with a job in a company as Web Designer after I got selected in the machine test and personal Interview round. But it is here, in the same lab that we learned to upgrade ourselves everyday to become better than yesterday. And so, I upgraded to Digital Marketing to become a complete package before stepping out.

So now I know I am standing where I should be.

This reminds me of my first day in APS. I was sent to Rhythm Lab (our first classroom) and I noticed a wall painting, big enough to be looked at by all the people present in the room. It had a saying, “I may not have landed up where I wanted to be… but I have landed up where I needed to be”. First few days I took time to understand what it really meant. Being from Math background somewhere I still found ways to go back there. But today, while typing these lines I know and can say it proudly that I have landed up where I needed to be.

In my previous blogs I have already spoke about the monthly seminars and activities that we conduct, the lessons they taught, and benefits I received. Co-ordinating the activities and seminars not only taught me to organize the team but also myself which had an impact on my personal life too. In the movie “Spiderman” I still remember a dialogue,

“With great power comes great responsibilities..”

But in my case, my responsibilities helped me to discover the inner power I never realized I had.

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Whenever the albums of those events got posted and the alumni commented, I could never understand what they missed when looking at those pictures. But today, when it is time for me to pass on the activity box to the next generation of Pinocchio Lab, hand over the “Satta” I can feel how painful and nostalgic it must be for them. And now it is like I want to collect as many sea-shells of memories as possible before leaving the lab forever.

Four walls make a classroom. The bonding between the students and the teachers of that class make it lively and a second home for each one.

After I leave, everything will be the same, the chairs, the monitors, the CPU’s, the floor, the walls. New people will take over my responsibilities, curriculum will proceed as they should. A new chapter will begin with new stories. And just like me, the lab will again start making new fighters. But my life will change for good, and with everything I got from here I’ll set out for another journey to another destination.

Life moves on, time goes by. After all, no one in this world is indispensable.

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