Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay

Asia's Largest College Cultural Festival now has its own blog! Here's all that Mood Indigo 2016 wants you to know about itself.

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Co-ordinator At Mood Indigo: The Words That Make The Difference!

‘Hello. Good Evening Sir. I am the Coordinator of Mood Indigo IIT Bombay. Sir, Mood Indigo is Asia’s largest college cultu…..

Aah… Gentleman, you don’t need to explain MI to me! I am very well aware of it! Go ahead! How may I help you today?!’

You cannot expect a celebrity, corporate leader or a big vendor to hold the line for this long, taking out precious moments from his busy schedule and listen to a stranger calling up out of nowhere. Then what is it that makes the difference? What changes his attitude and stops him from cutting the line instantaneously, giving you time to speak?

Yes, you probably guessed it correct. The words may not take more than 3 seconds to speak out, but make all the difference.

‘Coordinator at Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay’

And if you think I am joking, you will probably realize that I'm not, once you make your first call in the professional world!

Mood Indigo over the years has emerged as a brand name in itself in all sectors of society, be it in the entertainment industry or among the corporate giants. With 46 years of glorious history, it carries with itself the tag of one of the most successful student run sustainable brands in the country, something which is loved and respected by one and all alike.

But what is it that makes it so special to us, the hosts? Is it the artists, the crowd, the games, the chilled out atmosphere? Along with all this, there is yet more. The thing I would always cherish about MI is its healthy work culture and the perfect balance struck between fun and learning, right from the beginning!

Chaar din ka sapna hai yeh
Jise jeene aaye ho
Baaki saari duniya ko tum
Peeche choddo…..

Enter IIT-B and these lines aren’t something you’d be unfamiliar with. Mood Indigo for the freshmen is something to give them a break from their 2-3 years of intense study life; that time of the year when they can forget everything and enjoy, without any constraints and make memories that last for a lifetime! The organizer’s Mood Indigo (for those unfamiliar with the hierarchy, there are the organizers - freshmen. Above them are the Co-ordinators - sophomore students) is one where he/she can explore each and every thing happening around him, make new friends, roam around and have loads of fun! Yes, the organizer does his bit too, but that’s not too much as the first year is meant to give him a taste of what MI is all about!

The first MI for anybody is when he is amazed to see the sheer magnitude at which things work and more so, when he feels he contributed in the making of MI by pitching in with his bit. It makes him feel a part of the family in which every single contribution counts, and even if one is taken out, the collective will collapse like a pile of dominoes!

Come the end of the second semester, all the freshmen are introduced to the post of Coordinator at Mood Indigo IIT Bombay. This is the one post that people take up purely on the basis of enthusiasm and to give something back to MI, for what they learnt and what MI gave to them in their first year.

You may be thinking how different a Coordinator’s MI can get from an organizer’s MI?! They are POLES apart, believe me. An organizer is seeing Mood Indigo for the first time, and is rightly unaware of how things work. Hence, he follows guidelines set by his co-ordinator. A co-ordinator, with one year’s MI experience under his belt, is ready to create from zero. A co-ordinator takes an idea or event from ideation to execution!

The coordinators are introduced to their work right before the summers and they have 7-8 months to make their dreams come true on those 4 days! The first part in the work of a coordinator is the ideation, which is something the organizers don’t usually get to do as they join in late. Ideation is where you can go crazy, reach the sky, take the most unusual of ideas from anywhere, and you never know, with little iterations and modifications, you may get to see your idea turn into a baby to be developed over the next 9 months! And trust me, seeing your idea materializing on paper is one of the best feelings ever!

Ideation forms one part of the learning curve MI ends up giving you; the bigger part is to execute your idea, right from scratch. And don’t worry, if it sounds tough in the first place, I’d call it the more exciting part too, with tonnes of learning experiences! Now that you have come up with a baby, you need to nurture it with the right dosage of things so as to develop it into a fully grown adult. Execution hence forms the bigger and the more exciting part of the picture!

What is execution all about?! What does it teach us? Well, obviously something on paper looks extremely good; but for it to materialize and turn into something you can see happening in front of your eyes will take a lot of hard work! And that is what the learning is all about!

The various types of skills learnt in this process is something which I start writing here, maybe you’d get tired of scrolling! :P But to mention a few, I’ll start with the most important ones and what I personally learnt during my coordinator’s tenure!

The first thing that comes into my mind is one that distinguishes a coordinator’s work from that of an organizer’s: Ownership, of anything that you do in MI. No doubt a coordinator also works under someone but here, he or she carries the full ownership and responsibility of the work. Maybe because when it’s your baby right from scratch, you would want to take responsibility of it later on too, right? The ownership of something carries with itself everything that you’ll do to make it come true! You’ll get to pitch in ideas to people, and in doing that professionalism is something you’d eventually master. And once you’re firmly on to something, your meticulousness will determine how grand a success you eventually make your idea!

Come MI, you are ready with your idea, everything done and sorted, but is it all? Obviously not! Where’s the fun when everything happens the way you wanted! Last moment glitches, things not working out the way you would have planned, what next? This, mark my words, is the best part of the fun and learning of a coordinator’s tenure! Involving on-spot decision making and practical, logical thinking to get things back on track is the toughest and the most exciting thing you get to do, and for obvious reasons, isn’t something you can practice beforehand and come! The nuances of practicality under pressure situations have helped me not just in MI but also in the outside world, and I can guarantee will help you too!

Putting an end to the monotony of reading about the learning experiences from the co-ordinator tenure, here’s a summary: Ideation, creativity, imagination, meticulousness, organizational proficiency, professionalism, time management, leadership, on spot decision making and pressure handling are some of the qualities you’d be learning in less than a year. Trust me, nowhere else would you get to learn so much in such a short time frame, and that’s the best part of it!

But as I said earlier, is it just a checklist of skills learnt? No, it goes much beyond that. And that’s what I like about this organization a lot, the perfect balance struck between fun and learning! All of what I rambled about till now, unlike a corporate life, is accompanied by tonnes of new bonds made, random late night talks, treats, trips, outings, masti and what not!
Coordinator tenure gives you a whole new family, one that lasts not just during MI but even beyond and turns out to be one of the closest set of people in your institute life! So much learning brings along with it crazy experiences, memories and instances which later on, even as I write this, make me feel nostalgic about my coordie year.

At the end of it all, what everybody remembers is the experience of working with 600 people and pulling off a grand show on the biggest of the stages. It’s about the random outings and the new people you meet, about things accomplished by a common passion, about students across 4 different batches coming together to create a memory to cherish for a lifetime.

Ask seniors, and they’d all have tears in their eyes when they remember those yoga room days, those fun moments, those bonds made and those memories of their coordinator tenure.

For the freshmen reading this, don’t work as a coordinator because someone is forcing you to do so, don’t work because the POR will be written on your resume, don’t work because the results would make you something in future, don’t work because I have told you all this.

Work because you’ll enjoy, work because you’ll make memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime, work because this will give you the closest family in the institute, work because…...your heart says so.

Nothing more do I have to say than to wish to live my coordie tenure…again.

For, once an MI Coordie, always an MI Coordie.

This is the Coordinator of Mood Indigo IIT Bombay, thanking you for having the patience to give this man a chance to speak.

For maybe it is these 5-6 words, that made all the difference!

Seven Quirky Food Items from across the globe

The enticing garnish and the enchanting aroma tingling your senses to increase your hunger, tempting you for more; common to all and yet so different everywhere - food is what it's all about. The awesomeness of travel lies in exploring exotic dishes which one can't forget in his lifetime.
How can one talk of unique and exotic dishes without mentioning the twenty first century Willy Wonka, Heston Blumenthal? From lickable wallpapers to Melt my Heart with Aphrodite's Oyster, the three Michelin starred Heston creates an entirely mind-blowing range of dishes.
Let’s check out some of the quirkiest food items from his corner and across the globe for that foodie inside you!

1. Mock Turtle Soup

/Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 4.57.57 AM.png Ever desired of attending the “Mad Hatter Tea”? Well, minus the rude remarks and the unanswerable riddles - a plate filled with braised pork cheek, covered with truffle and lardo, a mock turtle egg, and a few bits of cooked truffle will then surely do the job for you. And further presented with your very own “golden watch”, which is in fact the mock turtle soup (beef stock), covered in gold leaf - this is definitely Mad Hatter Tea Party recreated!

2. Hot and Iced Tea /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 4.58.08 AM.png Another of the more playful courses is the Hot and Iced Tea where the cup contains two different teas, one being warm, the other cold. Often served as a Christmas treat, it is an incredible double-take moment, with one half of your tongue tasting hot tea and the other half iced. It’s unexpected, astonishing and brilliant fun. Talk about twin sensations on your tongue! And the best thing about this - you can prepare this at your home using a spatula divider, cider, and agar powder.

3. Liquid Nitrogen scrambled Ice cream /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 4.58.16 AM.png Read that on the menu? I bet you can't restrain yourself from ordering it. For those who love bacon, just any dish which contains bacon is enough, but when this dish consists of a toasted brioche loaf covered with frozen bacon and liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream made from reindeer milk, the experience is simply out of the world! For the tastebuds in your eyes, add caramelized brioche, which looks like toast, a tomato and red pepper paste that looks like jam, and to wash it down, jellied tea and you’re done for the day.

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Imagine a small Mandarin orange, one bite into it and you would realize your taste buds deceiving your expectations as your little orange turns out to be nothing but the famous Meat fruit! It consists of a tangy layer of Mandarin orange jelly encasing a delicate silken Chicken liver and foie gras parfait. The dish has gained a lot of attention in Europe, and is popularly chosen as the favorite starter by a lot of people - make sure you taste this one whenever you spot it on the menu!
Now let’s move on to some, ah, rather unconventional dishes relished by people in various parts of the world.

5. Wasp Crackers /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 4.58.55 AM.png

Skinny and mean, the hardworking wasps are a role model to many, especially the East Asians. Creating quite a buzz around the global food market recently, the Japanese food item of wasp crackers is exactly what it sounds like. The wasps are boiled, dried and then simply mixed into a dough or batter of crackers. Imagine chocolate chip cookies but instead of replace the chocolate chips with wasps!

6. Black Ivory Coffee /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 4.59.09 AM.png One of the rarest delicacies, this coffee will give you a memorable and adventurous experience. Its unparalleled taste is an outcome of an incessant passion of Thai people, and literally - of elephant poop! It is prepared from Thai Arabica beans selected from altitudes as high as 1500 meters, which are consumed and then deposited by elephants. The enzymes of elephant helps reduce the bitterness of coffee beans a making it the most exotic and expensive coffee of the world.

7.Mexican Chocolate /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 4.59.34 AM.png “Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate.” Quetzalcoatl’s gift of cacao beans has been exploited, refined and experimented with by mankind to sate their cravings - and all for the better, as everyone would agree. If hot chocolate is on offer at a traditional Mexican eatery, or in a local's home. accept it with pleasure and be prepared for a unique and soul-warming experience. Although many people associate chocolate with sweetness today, the original Mexican chocolate was actually rather sour and intense! It is prepared with an assortment of spices for a very distinctive and rich flavor and tends to be rather granular in texture, with a creamy finish from the cocoa butter, that leaves you wanting for more.

/Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 4.59.41 AM.png Good food has brought people from all walks of life together and has been the ingredient for some ravishing memories. A relishable meal is a gateway to the heart of a foodie and a getaway from the monotonous life. And talking about getaways, a trip around the globe for mind-blowing food items can never be complete without a stop-over in India, and in particular, in the City of Dreams, Mumbai :)
Sweat-inducing Konkani food, Maharashtrian meals to tickle all your taste-buds and a wild melange of snacks and street-food - Vada Pav, Misal Pav and an assortment of different chaats - Mumbai food fills the heart of the foodie inside you! On the same lines - this year, we at Mood Indigo welcome you to savour all the Mumbaiya delicacies and other famous cuisines from the world in “Bombay Chowpatty” and the “Bombay Bazaar”!

The College Students’ Personal Guide to Nirvana!

History has borne witness to the hard work people have had to put in to attain nirvana. Buddha had to concentrate and meditate for long years to attain nirvana. Many smoked funny stuff, and consequently did or said stuff that was even funnier.
Things have changed, however, and drastically so; people now experience nirvana (or at least nirvana like moments :p) by the experiences that usually await us just round the corner. The average college-goers’ life is brimming with such experiences that provide just as much joy as attainment of Nirvana!

In this article, let’s explore a few things that ravish every college going student, and provide that instantaneous, modern-day heavenly experiences! Read on!

Breakfast after an all-nighter

/Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 7.14.48 PM.png “Cometh the weekends, cometh the all-nighters!” - we have all done them and regretted them the day after. Be it coursework (yeah right, hmpfh), a project (no seriously!) or maybe just the innocuous plan of ‘a few games’ of Counter Strike which develops into a full-blown competitive session stretching through the night - whatever be the cause, whatever be the outcome, there is nothing that gives you more euphoric feels than having breakfast after an all-nighter and then finally being able to go to sleep peacefully, blissfully unaware of what lies in store for you the following Monday.

Birthdays in the wing! /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 7.18.05 PM.png On an average day you are happy. On the eve of your birthday, you are happier, even though you know that the bashing you are about to receive within a few hours is going to surpass the previous long standing record, a record that was perhaps created on the very same date the previous year. This fact is still, by mysterious reasons, overshadowed by the fact that it’s your birthday.
All that aside, you are actually way happier when it’s your friend’s birthday and not yours. Not only do you get to kick some ass and vent some frustration, but are also assured of free cake. Pretty satisfying a deal, in our opinion; considering that you are also assured of free food sometime in the near future. Therefore, a birthday (yours or otherwise) surely opens up a wide range of amusing prospects.

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The three basic necessities: roti, kapda, and makaan. The hostels cover the makaan part, though it’s worth contemplating that they don’t do so very effectively. What about the first two? Well, you can always borrow a shirt from your roommate. If you’re too close-fisted to buy yourself some new clothes, show up on the orientations of random clubs of your college and you are sorted for the semester. But now comes the most crucial part: FOOD, which is covered up, more often than not by the beloved seniors. There exists an unspoken code which gives the juniors a right to demand ‘treats’ from their seniors. Reasons don’t really matter here and even if someone tries to get in the nitty-gritty of reasoning with the juniors the treats can take innumerable forms like - mentor treat, convo treat, intern treat, job treat, bandi treat, something random craxx treat, wing treat etc. Free food sorts you for life as then you’ve covered all three pillars of the basic requirements of a college student.

Last-minute cancellation of lecture /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 7.18.31 PM.png When you show up to a class and find an all-apologetic teaching assistant in place of your professor “I am sorry but the prof has an urgent conference” - as if anyone gives two hoots about the conference! Those are the moments you would love to relish to the fullest!
What follows are random impromptu plans of a hang out - from watching the latest Bollywood flick at a nearby cinema, or a day-long outing with your gang to the nearest city haunts. Rightly said, unplanned adventures are the most fun to experience!

Hot and fresh paranthas /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 7.18.39 PM.png Food is, in our opinion, the quickest path to Nirvana a college student can have - a ‘Stairway to Heaven’, so to speak. And when you smell hot paranthas with dollops of butter melting on top, you can’t help but sit down and chomp like a pig with reverse eating disorder. One of those moments of communing with Divinity, if we may say so :p

Extended long weekend - when either Monday or Friday (or both!) is a holiday /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 7.18.47 PM.png Extended weekends? Oh yes - there is a reason the term TGIF exists. That is how much we look forward to a Friday. Fridays are generally a relief during college when you are constantly mugging away and still getting your butt kicked for not working hard enough. And when those Fridays end up being holidays as well, you can’t quite fathom your own happiness. And what better way to beat them Monday blues by not having to go to classes at all! These days form the perfect backdrop of going home or embarking upon a memorable vacation trip :). An extended weekend is therefore your one stop solution to all the problems in life.

Round-Table Discussions in the room wherein one is being ganged up on /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 7.18.53 PM.png Weekends are a period of utter joblessness. And, well, empty minds are Satan’s hovels :p So what usually transpires over the weekend is, the pent up frustration of the entire wing over the week being graciously upended upon a sorry sod whose only crime in life has been a perennial vocal diarrhoea. He has already been having a bad day in the form of puns with no comebacks at all, and you go on and make it worse, because, well, Relative Misery offers the savagest form of pleasure available out there. Innumerable stories and timeless memories have been weaved around such incidents throughout our college life!

College festivals! /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 7.19.01 PM.png Waddled continuously into dire straits with six professors for four months straight, have a GPA that would look good had it been out of 5 and not out of 10 or have nothing but bad memories to show for this semester? Fret not, because this is the time for the much-awaited college festivals. Whether they be technical or cultural (no, only cultural please :D) college fests cheer you up and help you erase the nightmares of the sem that just passed. These are the days when the entire campus transcends into a completely different realm altogether. With a diverse set of people participating in a host of different activities, college festivals are definitely a must-attend and a treat!

This was the version of the average college students’ guide to attaining personal Nirvana. Make sure you try all these out, if you haven’t already. Know more of such experiences? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheers!

World Tourism Day

Cradled in nature’s lap, with an extravaganza of its bounty all around, along with cool winds and peace - this is the vista that comes to mind when one envisions famous tourist destinations around the world. Well, Mumbai is the complete antithesis of that vision - no greenery, no mountains at all and definitely no peace! Then why do tourists flock to Mumbai every year, every season? What charm does Mumbai exude to attract tourists in such huge droves?

Today, on World Tourism Day, we celebrate the spirit of all the backpackers, hitchhikers and explorers. Read on to find out what makes Mumbai such a popular tourist destination!

1. The Bombay Climate: /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 8.02.45 PM.png To begin with, we have the Mumbai climate. Without leaning towards the abominable extremes of weather conditions, Mumbai’s climate ensures that tourists don’t need to look up the perfect time or the perfect season to visit! Their tour won’t be marred with frigid winds or sweltering sunshine, whenever they choose to come. Unlike the constraints some tourist destinations seem to place upon the visitor - like Rajasthan being out of question during summer and Mahabaleshwar at its best in Monsoon - you have a perfectly reasonable and enjoyable tourist destination throughout the year in the welcoming Mumbai.
Not to mention the buzz of life, 24x7x52. So if you want to follow an electric lifestyle in your holidays, Mumbai would be one of the top places to visit. Whenever you venture out into the city, the liveliness at all times of the day and night will strike you anew!

2. The Bombay Cuisine: /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 8.02.52 PM.png The way to tourists’ heart is through their stomach, and Mumbai certainly does not disappoint in that respect. The streets are covered by a variety of food stalls; Mumbai has proved itself to not shy away from putting a sumptuous-looking mélange of cuisines up on offer!
For those with a taste of fast food and chaat, Mumbai boasts of some delectable stuff, like Samosa-pav, Vada-pav, Pav Bhaji etc. Hangout spots like Girgaum Chowpatty snack shops, Amar Juice Centre and Juhu Chowpatty have gained legendary fan following among the backpackers!
On the other hand, one need go only as far as Mohammad Ali road if one wishes for succulent meats of all kinds cooked up into curries and delicious kababs.
This is not all; Pure Konkani meals to make you sweat because of the fiery spice, pure Maharashtrian meals that will tickle all your taste buds, and many other cuisines are amongst the ones Mumbai has adopted, and puts up proudly on show.
Simply speaking, the cuisine of Mumbai is an assault on the senses ;)

3. The Nerves of the City..

/Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 8.03.12 PM.png The biggest problem in a city of Mumbai’s proportions is the transport facilities, and how much time it takes to go from Point A to Point B. Traffic is a headache, and transport is a bit of a headache. No qualms, however, for the local trains - the nerves of the city, so to speak - run through the day to whisk you from one place to another! Granted, there’s some trepidation in boarding a local the first time. However, once you get used to it, there’s no mean of transport more convenient.
Besides, you have rickshaws, buses and taxis for short-distance transport. The unique modes of transport make Mumbai an absolute haven for those birds of passage!

4. Places to visit : /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 8.03.21 PM.png Finally we come to what there is to actually see in Mumbai - as mentioned before, there aren’t many places that one could liken to heavenly peace or greenery. What, then, is up on offer for seeing? Various infrastructural marvels scattered throughout the city, like the Worli Sea Link. It is a great example which show the extent of progress in infrastructure.
One of the most spectacular views is presented by the sea. Mumbai has a vast coastline and a number of beaches to kick your shoes off and enjoy. Lying back on the sand looking at the vast expanse of water, building sandcastles and munching on ‘chanas’ will make all your stress vanish in a jiffy.
Apart from these, you have marine drive, the most beloved night-time hang out spot for college-students, Gateway of India which is the termination and break-down point of all night-outs, the grand and beautiful Haji Ali Mosque and much beyond.
An art buff can find sanctuary in places like the renowned National Centre for Performing Arts and Prithvi Theatre, while the historian in you may find solace in haunts like Victoria & Albert Museum, Bombay Natural History Society and Prince of Wales Museum. The city can proudly proclaim to have something for everyone! ;)

5. Markets, bazaars and much more /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 8.03.30 PM.png Those looking for bargain buys, fabulous photo opportunities or interesting souvenirs to take back home won’t be disappointed! Home to some of the most chic places and the cheapest street marts alike, Mumbai presents a cornucopia of options to those looking at either side of the coin. The latest threads which are creating a sensation, to the handicrafts prepared by workers in their houses - the city offers alluring options for anyone with a few bucks - or a few hours, for that matter - to spend.
Colaba causeway will feel like one of the most natural places for a tourist to step into and start shopping. Offering just about everything from jewellery and crystals to incense and handicrafts, this place lives up to the old Indian adage, “sab kuch milega” i.e you’ll get anything you want. Dodge persistent balloon sellers, get your name written on rice grains and feast yourself on the plethora of goods available at Colaba Causeway!
Chor Bazaar is another of the favorite haunts for shoppers. A place famous by reference in movies, the cheap thrills up on sale are a delight, and you can get yourself great bargains for antiques and vintage items.
A rant about the shopping scene in Mumbai won’t seem to have an end, though. So rushing quickly through the rest, Kala Ghoda pavement gallery will satiate the artsy types with some brilliant renditions of paintings ranging from portraits to religious paintings. Linking Road is the place to go for clothes and accessories, while Fashion Street will suffice for the fashion cravings of the teenagers and college students!
Lively markets are something you can definitely be assured of seeing in Mumbai!

6. That Bollywood Connection.. /Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 8.03.40 PM.png Ah, yes, much has been made of the eternal love affair between Mumbai and Bollywood. The City of Dreams offers not just cuisine, places to shop and splurge, but also offers glamour in an equal measure. After all, one of the leading cine-industries in the world is at Mumbai! It has been at the heart of all that’s been grand, memorable and regal about Bollywood over the years.
Visit the Film City and take a look at the places where the shooting actually takes place. Walk past the gates of ‘Mannat’ and ‘Jalsa’, and also make sure you visit the Maratha Mandir, which still premiers movies like DDLJ! Nostalgia overload, this one ;)
It isn’t only about the places; The biggest part of what Mumbai has to offer in terms of Bollywood connection has to do with the personalities. It’s people like Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan that truly confer upon Mumbai the title, The City of Dreams.
Mumbai is a shrine to the monumental impact Bollywood has had on our lives, and that’s another thing that you won’t find any place else!

/Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 8.10.34 PM.png Travelling first renders you speechless. Then it turns you into a storyteller. We hope you’ve enjoyed this short walkthrough of the magical city that Mumbai is. But remember what they say, better see something once than hear about it a thousand times! So do visit here once, for the city is rich in experiences to offer and as already mentioned, has something for everyone :)

Keep that hitchhiking spirit alive, folks! Travel, gather experiences, explore the world and revel in it, for memories are infinitely more precious than bits of paper ;)

Happy World Tourism Day!

Living the dream : The 4 days of Mood Indigo For The Organizers!

Mood Indigo is akin to Him Of Many Faces of the Game Of Thrones series, in several ways. It reveals different facets of its existence to different people, and not all of them to one person. For the visitor, Mood Indigo is the precise poster-boy of how a college festival should be - brimming with life and energy, and dazzling in its creativity. For the ones working on it, the Core Group Members for example, it is an infinitely huge web of entangled logistical problems. We all have our own perspective of looking at this festival, which has definitely been shaped in some way by our first encounter with it.
So what about the newcomers? As the calender flips, and less than 100 days remain for Mood Indigo 2016 to come along, we write this blog especially for the ones who are to newly inducted soon! In this article, we have taken the liberty to go on and describe the rough (read: pretentious) daily schedule of an organizer of Mood Indigo!
Read on!

1) Wakey wakey..

Dawn breaks. You don’t really care that the sun is up, that the birds are singing or about whatever you were told to revere about early mornings, because there’s a LOT to keep you in bed - tiredness from days gone by, a lack of compulsion to be anywhere at that particular point of time, and of course, the merry cluelessness that the sweet lull of impending sleep brings. It’s only when your roommate farts that you actually get up, with the smell becoming unbearable in the stuffy room.
Wait.. stuffy? Yes, stuffy. You look around, and suddenly recall that you’re sharing the room with eight - yes, eight - people. Eight people stuffed into a room that is meant for two, and which fails to cater to that basic, primitive need as well. The remaining seven are sprawled across the mattresses, poking each other in the ribs, sleeping on someone’s arm, a few of them looking really awkward as they, quite literally, spoon into each other.
At that moment, your reaction will be:

/Users/ydhoble/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-09-20 at 7.19.01 PM.png Utterly dismayed and depressed by the sight, you get back under your covers - only then realizing how the hand of one of your friends was so uncomfortably and perversely resting on your buttocks through the night - and try and go back to sleep.

2) Hello, sunshine..

When you finally gather enough energy to really get up and out of bed, you head straight for the bathrooms. Bathrooms and washrooms are precious commodities even during regular times. Their importance only rises when 8 times the regular number of people inhabit the wing!

The agenda behind queueing up for the bathrooms is, of course, to spruce up.
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As a student of IIT Bombay, you are going to strut around your festival like a peacock, judging, classifying and occasionally helping the other mere mortals who have ventured into your territory. And peacocks never go about in ragged shorts, bathroom slippers and old, done for, washed out IIT Bombay tees, do they? ;)

3) Turn Up For Anything & Everything On Show..

As IITB students, believe me when I say that you’ll be more aware of the schedule and all the best events of the day than those from outside :P
So roam all over the insti to get that distinctive taste of what all Mood Indigo has to offer - from Acapella artists to full-blown bands, from choreo nights to street dances and from suave, sophisticated and polished distinguished literati to utterly wacky, hilarious and witty comedians. At such times, the ones handling the event will go:
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Attend as many events as you can, for we pride ourselves on providing variety with every event that takes place behind the insti walls during these 4 days of awesomeness ;)

4) The Call of Duty..

Strut around all you like - the Call of Duty shall arrive soon to shatter your reverie :p
And when the blessed call does eventually come, you’ll go:
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A co-ordinator crooning senti over the phone, a fellow orgie requesting a favour, or maybe just an innocent bystander hopelessly looking for directions to some obscure corner of the insti - The Call can come in any form, at any place and any time. And once it comes, there’s no running away from it :p
The Call of Duty is an integral part of the entire fest experience. Doing work together will ensure that you bond even tighter with your friends, that there’s something to laugh about when you look back upon these days, and that there’s someone always - always - to pester for a treat, as a reward for answering that Call!

5) A Little Party Never Hurt Anybody..

Done with the day? Usher in the nights. The Pro-nights. Unless you have Satan himself on the rung right above you on the hierarchical ladder, probably everyone will push you towards the pro-shows as evenings roll in, which are, undoubtedly, the star-attractions of Mood Indigo! To everyone around, you’ll go:
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A lakh hearts, all beating in unison. Two lakh feet simultaneously pounding the ground to the groove of artists. Bodies swaying together, moving as one. That is all about the Pronites that can be expressed in words.
Party hard with the crowd - both from inside and outside the insti. The jovial nature of the people around you will actually disarm your own inhibitions, and get you friends for your lifetime!

6) There’s More To Life Than Parties. There Are Also After-Parties..

Yes, well, as if the hectic schedule through the day wasn’t enough, you’ll be spoiled for choices when it comes to selecting the after-parties.
Stroll through the nightly flea-market, attend some more awesome events in the Convocation Hall, sit by the camp-fire with people from different walks of life, or just stroll through the campus burgeoning with thematic beauty and bursting with nature’s bounty - you’ve got your pick of activities to choose from.
Late nights are the time when the campus will be at its loveliest - the festivity in the air, the greenery acting as a beautiful, beautiful backdrop to the decorations, and the students drinking in the glory of it all.
Only those who have been brainwashed with The Doctrine Of Piety (Thou Shalt Wake Up Before 6 A.M :P) will miss this part of the fest!
By the time all of it gets over, and you’re actually done with all events of the day, what’ll happen is:
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7) Sleep Off Again? Well, We Don’t Think So..

A warm, cozy and languorous 8-hour sleep seems the only thing keeping this entire day from being counted as one spent in paradise, eh? Things don’t work that way, folks. The shared room is going to stink like a fish market at the end of the day, everyone will be jostling for a bit of sleeping space and - most importantly - everyone will have something to boast, regarding their exploits of the day. There’s only one winner in the battle between sleep and fun. In fact, it’s fair to say that you might go:
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Once everyone’s fit in like a big, snug jigsaw puzzle with barely any space in between, every bit of gossip has run its course and your nose is accustomed to the smell, you will finally fall asleep, already dreaming about the adventures the next day is going to bring.
And then.. Another day kicks off with another random fart! :P

This is just a fraction of what all Mood Indigo will have in store for you. Join the huge Mood Indigo family as we begin the final phase of the journey into 4 days of awesomeness and utter euphoria! Come one, come all!

Cheers!