Friday, July 27, 2007

Law school, inter alia.

And I am in law school. Have been, for seventeen days now. And I am neither yet emotionally broken or missing a leg...this place certainly has some bad press. I was told by a friend, for example, that law school is one long instance of 'Here comes the pain'. The academic load is horrible and the professors are poorly disguised cannibals. If that is true, I just haven't seen much of either yet, I guess.
But since when has the 'law-school experience' been exclusively about academics? Seniors, professors, homesickness..pick one and screw up the equation, right? Well lets not go there right now; seniors are, apart from being rather avid blogwatchers, like chocolate; you cannot generalise. (Not that I've ever needed any excuse to make sweeping generalisations, but I still like my life too much to do so on this forum.)And the professors have been fairly toothless so far (hairless also, if you consider one in question, and mannerless, if another, and English-less, if a third; but they all deserve a separate post someday, so I'll keep them off this one.).

Law school, inter alia, I'd said. That, however, was just a lame attempt to make believe that I have a life outside this place...but considering that this place is ten kilometres out of Jodhpur, Jodhpur itself being not quite the epitome of hepness (camels, hot sun, turban-uncles, hot sun, ghoonghat-aunties, hot sun, National Handloom, hot sun, Sheesha, hot sun, 15AD, hot sun, finish. Hot sun. And did I mention, hot sun?), I don't really have too much opportunity to paint the town red. I'd die of heatstroke quarter way through.

Ah, who am I fooling....NLU could be Tokyo and I'd still not have a life. (*Silence while the selfpity builds up*)

The campus here is pretty, though...ah...fairly treeless, and the buildings are goodlooking. What is really nice, though, is the profusion of puddle-hopping mynahs and luridly green, insolent parakeets, and darling little velvet-button-like ladybugs and scores of loud jungle-babblers, and the occasional hummingbird, and the profusion of geckos and chameleons. Oh, and lest I forget, Cutlet, Dopey and Coffee, the much-loved and very spoilt campus strays.One thing I hate is that the pigeon population is as huge as it is...I hate pigeons, they're so flamboyantly dumb! This apart from having no point in life but to make nasty constipated sounds, shit a lot and have lots of babies. Yes, Prateek, I have noted that they are possibly the only birds that can do a graceful job of shitting upside-down on the ceiling. So why am I not in madly in love with pigeons yet? Garn.
Anyway. Even in the midst of nice food, nice friends and nice immediate seniors (no sarcasm, dead serious.), this place can be scary sometimes. Especially if you've been in southern CBSE schools so long that you've forgotten what non-science oriented intelligence looks like. Law school is full of smart people, some extraordinarily smart, and the rest so articulate and disarming that you don't much care even if you know they don't even pretend to be even vaguely gifted up there. Ah, I'm beginning to get a complex that I can feel even through the extraordinarily, almost grossly fat buffer zone that my ego is...

All this, and the moots haven't even begun.

Like Shasthri says: Divya, Divya; what have you done, Divya?!


Sneha said...

damn cool :D i have spent one whole month in law school and it feels like a year already.. and at times it feels like 5 days :D it's crazy weird! i sooooo agree with you on the whole woah-they're-such-studs-i-am-such-an-idiot thing. happens all the time.
dear lord. good gracious. holy mother of god. how can you not like pigeons? and HOW on earth can you call them dumb?! they're rather intelligent, i must say. hmph. observe them. hmph. i take offence when pigeons are called 'dumb'! :D :P

indiegurl said...

One of my friends here made this classically accurate comment on pigeons, so:

"Pigeons? They have such a WTF expression, no?"

'Nuff said. :D

jasp said...

I'm not much (not at all actually) into blogs, but wanted to read this one because it's written by an outstandingly intelligent, well read and articulate young lady. No, I'm not hitting on her; that's something we oldies are supposed to do only to dumb pretty young things who are half our age. At a third my age, and not at all dumb, she unfortunately doesn't qualify ... :)

Also, Jodhpur is a place that I love. Indiegurl has just landed there - she writes about various birds and the stray dogs, but has not yet spotted the partridges, wild cock, neelgai, cheetal, chinkara or black buck. They're all there - more around than in Jodhpur, and she will surely get to them! But please, no shikar. It's illegal. And the Bishnoi community love their wild animals.

We had some very friendly squirrels too when we were in Jodhpur. They became good friends, recognised and responded to the names we'd given some of them, and would come and eat out of our hands.

Do find time from all the professors, seniors, projects and academic work ... and visit the places around. You're in for a real treat. You'll love the place and the people and, yes, even the hot sun! :D

Will tell you a story about the ghungats, but another time ;)

Mudra said...

OMG... you hate pigeons too?? They look weird, act weird, sound weird and are SUPER-DUMB!! Pigeon-haters unite!!

Apart from that, good to see activity on your blog. :)

indiegurl said...

@jaspal: wow...was THAT a comment! :D

@mudra: so why on earth isnt there activity on yours?!

Mudra said...

@divya: In the middle of trying to send mag to press... leaving home at 9 a.m. and returning at 2 a.m... QED :p

jasp said...

@ indiegurl

Inebriated with the exuberance of my own verbosity ... :)

tinuviel said...

why thank you :)

i'm can see. pretty messy, but getting along.

and you, how're you doing?

The mocking spirit said...

Buzzz... Buzzz