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Atrium newsletter 7444112

ISSUE – 1 | 2016

FROM THE

FACULTY’S DESK

"Literature is where I go to explore the highest and

lowest places in human society and in the human spirit,

where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the

tale, of the imagination and of the heart".

–Salman Rushdie

The power to weave a tale,

compose a poetic flow of verses,

ponder

on

issues,

expose and enthrall the mind

through a play of words is but

some of the talents possessed by

REC Atrium. The club is a live

wire forum bubbling with the

effervescence of today’s youth.

As the faculty in charge of this

club, I would not be exaggerating

if I state that the magazine of this

club is a work of art. It is a

sparkling stream of well written

thoughts, emotions and feelings

that can wake any spirit.

The Editorial board has worked

hard to create this work of art in

a

manner

institutional

ambience.

page is a revelation that kindles

a

desire

towards

Imaginatively

compiled

thoughtfully

arranged

keeps the reader fascinated.

Kudos to the Editorial board and

the Atrium team!

Best Regards,

Dr. Vijaya. S.

[ Assistant Professor

MBA Department ]

Atrium Faculty-in-charge

explore,

befitting

the

Each

more.

and

prose


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Meetings – An Overview

MEET - 1

MOVIES & SERIES

We all know that all it takes for a

TV show to be a super hit is its

pilot episode, rated by how well it

reaches the masses, by how

entertaining and mindboggling it

is. And I, staying after 3pm in

college for the first time, can say

that the first meet conducted by

our college’s Atrium club was a

stupendous success, with more

than 65 students arriving at the

venue for a really fun evening.

The members of the core had

done a fine job by reaching out to

the students and making this

evening

wonderful

and

entertaining.

hints were given to help us

figure them out. It was a nice and

fun opening event. The second

event

was

dialogues.

A

dialogues pertaining to the theme

were given to identify. We were

also asked to complete a few of

them. It was intense and we had

loads of fun. The third event was

spin the yarn. Words were given

and stories were made out of

them. Lots of funny moments

arose and it was a fitting end to

the meet.

The evening would be one to

remember for all eternity and with

a pilot this engaging who would

not want to come for more?

The meet started with no delay

and it was right on point from the

introduction of the members of

the core, to the three events that

were planned for the evening.

Being Atrium’s first meet for the

year it had chosen its theme to be

something that was universally

loved-TV shows and movies and

that was all that it was required to

keep the evening going. There

was exuberant participation from

all fronts and the battle to be the

best team was on. The first event

was

Anagrams.

celebrities were jumbled and

complete

few

the

famous

Names

of

MEET - 2

HUMOUR

Atrium, as a club, is a wonderful

culmination

of

excitement,

sarcasm

unadulterated joy.

This was exactly what the

second meet of the semester can

be summed down to. We had

many first years who came to

participate this time and as usual

the seniors lent a knowing and

helpful hand to them in all

aspects. The final years were

given their seats of honour, the

remaining participants arranged

themselves in groups and the

meet began.

The first activity we did was Just

for Pun. We were supposed to

identify the pun behind a series

of pictures that were displayed to

us for points on the scoreboard.

Most of them were pretty

straightforward but some were

quite tricky. We had a variety of

pictures that stemmed to the

depths of pop culture to

those that merely scrounged

above the surface, proving the

level of thought that went into

organizing the event. Overall, it

was evident that every member

of

the

audience

themselves with the puns and

one of the main reasons was the

Punmaster Extraordinaire, Ram

Arvind S, the PRO, who did a

brilliant job of hosting the event.

The second activity was Dumb

Charades. People from each

team were given a random word

to enact, within a time limit, to the

other team members and the

team got a point if they guessed

the word correctly. The words

given to the team members were

so random, it had the audience

and

the

team

hilariously befuddled. Despite

that, a few pioneer teams were

successful in conveying their

word to the rest of the team and

won their team much needed

points on the board. The event

was a good breather in between

the pop culture saturated first

and third rounds.

The third and final activity was

Catch the Chord. An audio clip

was played and the teams were

required to guess who said the

sentence or phrase and which

movie or tv show it was from.

This

event

comprehensively

tested the pop culture knowledge

of each of the teams and only the

truly knowledgeable remained. A

token of appreciation to the core

of Atrium who kept a room of

more than seventy people quiet

while each audio clip played.

Incredible feats must be duly

appreciated.

In conclusion, Atrium were able

to pull off a set of three amazing

events and infinite memories for

those in the audience. The

friendship and love that the room

witnessed that day will resonate

in the hearts of all those people

in that room, strangers and

friends alike.

humour,

and

enjoyed

members


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MEET - 3

QUIZ

The third atrium meet had a

literary

quiz

with

participants in 7 teams. The quiz

had many compelling questions

based on literary work and its

authors,

the

grammar, movies and poetry. It

was a battle of the intellectual

minds and it set apart the literary

ATRIUM

IN A PHRASE

lightweights from the big hitters.

Many new enthusiastic first year

students took part in the quiz.

Some questions were pragmatic,

some funny and others were

intriguing and connected. It was

a very interactive and fun meet

with

ardent

indomitable team spirit. The quiz

was

hosted

by

manager, Akshra and the PRO,

Ram.

The

questions

displayed using a projector and it

comprised of over 6 buzzer

rounds. Two hours of intense

quizzing ended with a tie breaker

question, declaring the winning

team.

quizzers

of

over

50

the

event

were

nuances

of

“Atrium is a powerhouse of ideas and

creativity which brings out the best in

“Atrium is an amalgam of many

wonderful things, the most important of

which being the emphasis on creativity.”

students.”

–Vijay Rajkumar

–Kaushik Murali

“Family.”

–Sinduja Ramanan

“Atrium eradicates the concept of ‘ennui’

in life.”

–Sidharth Krishnan

“Atrium gave me the freedom to do

something I love but never thought I’d be

“Atrium to me is my own Baker Street

where I could imbibe and cherish all

forms of literature.” :)

good at!”

–Pooja Madhavan

–Reshmi Sankar

“The only people for me are the mad ones,

the ones mad to live, to talk, to laugh.

Atrium is where unbridled creativity is

celebrated with inexorable joy, where the

fire you seek/lost is ignited spark by spark.”

–Abinayaa Dhanagopal


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Deleted Scenes

Can you guess the pun?

Answers? They’re here. You just have to look for them.


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Book Review

that becomes clear once you’ve

completed it. I found myself

smiling

and

felt

connection with the author which

is the highest compliment any

author can get. The reason why

people love books like Harry

Potter is because of its ability to

form a direct connection with the

readers. This masterpiece forms

a connection to the modern

woman even though it was

written at a time when women

couldn’t vote yet. The main

protagonists

are

Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Elizabeth Bennet is described to

be a confident, young woman,

darling daughter to her father and

a constant source of worry to her

mother. Mr. Darcy is described to

be a reserved man with little care

for the emotions of others except

for those who mean the world to

him. He exhibits the urge to

protect the people he cares

about and that is visible in his

actions throughout the novel.

The

way

that

characters exhibit “Pride” and

“Prejudice” alternatingly form the

crux of the plot accompanied by

the stories of other satirical

characters. Each and every one

of the characters plays either a

direct or an indirect role in

bringing Elizabeth and Darcy

together and this is why I believe

that “Pride and Prejudice” has

one of the best characterisations

ever.

three

strengthen the bond between

Elizabeth and Darcy is one of the

many reasons why the plot is so

robust. They start off with a

strong dislike for one another

jointly fueled by “Pride” and

“Prejudice”, which then blooms

into the sort of love that makes

hopeless romantics swoon, when

these

qualities

disintegrate. In other words,

Elizabeth and Darcy realise their

love for one another when she

drops her “Prejudice” and when

he, his “Pride”. Elizabeth initially

rejects him because of rumours

and Darcy wins her over by doing

things that displayed his affection

for her.

marriages

helped

a

strong

slowly

Elizabeth

Book Cover of Pride and

Prejudice

Elizabeth’s sister, Jane and

Darcy’s best friend, Mr. Bingley is

the second alliance highlighted in

the novel. Jane, whose beauty is

highlighted often throughout the

course of the novel and Bingley,

who

immediately

attraction for her at a ball, fall

head over heels in love with each

other. As a firm believer that love

does not happen at first sight, I

was amused by the fact that

Bingley knew almost instantly

that Jane was “The One”. It was

a

very

well-written

nonetheless, and I cannot deny

the fact that their story helped the

protagonists.

“Pride and Prejudice” is a

historical romantic comedy, if it’s

stripped down to its essence.

Jane Austen wrote this iconic

piece of literature sometime in

the 19th century. The fact that its

contents are still applicable to

this day and age proves how this

book is, wonderfully, ahead of its

time. In countries like India where

sayings like “A girl has reached

the pinnacle of her life after

marriage” is common, most

Indian readers will see fragments

of Mrs. Bennet in their own

mothers. The fact that every

single character in this book,

male

and

female,

relatable and that we have and

will continue to meet such

characters in the walks of our

own lives, proves its extreme

relevance to the modern world.

takes

an

these

two

subplot,

is

very

The

Elizabeth’s

Wickham is the third couple of

the novel. Lydia Bennet, a

flirtatious and frivolous girl, is,

weirdly, the first of the Bennet

sisters to get married. Though

the circumstances under which

Lydia and Wickham get married

are dire, I cannot help but crack

a smile when I read Lydia’s

youngest

Bennet,

ex-flame,

and

Mr.

This

marriages that are poles apart

from each other. Jane Austen did

a remarkable job of tying such

diverse stories together which

ultimately strengthened the love

between the protagonists. This is

one thing that made the plot so

much better. The fact that the

story

highlights

four

The fact that it is relatable is

undeniable but this book also

offers an inside joke that you

share with Jane Austen herself. It

is hidden in the title of the book

you’ve

1. Labracadabrador


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want materialistically. Elizabeth

realises that a marriage without

love isn’t something that she

wants and ultimately makes her

understand her complex set of

feelings for Darcy.

Lady Lucas and Mr. Collins is

what we call a marriage of

convenience.

benefitted the both of them and

this was questioned by Elizabeth,

who was concerned about their

marriage. Mr. Collins knew and

respected Darcy’s aunt, Lady

Catherine.

This

Elizabeth and Darcy crossed

paths

yet

Catherine’s

disapproval

Elizabeth is what made Darcy

finally get rid of his “Pride”. One

of the things that I liked about this

subplot is how Lady Lucas helps

Elizabeth realise that a marriage

of convenience is not her cup of

tea. There’s no denying that Mr.

Collins is wealthy and can offer

her all the things that she could

thoughts on her elopement. In

my opinion, the Lydia-Wickham

situation is the thing that made

Elizabeth walk right into Darcy’s

arms. I loved the fact that Darcy

put the interests of Elizabeth and

her family’s reputation before his

own. This selfless act made me

root for them more, if that’s even

possible.

It

mutually

In

Prejudice’

combination of satire, irony,

romance and comedy that will

leave you feeling warm and

gooey inside. It reinforces the

fact that true love conquers all

obstacles and gives a chance for

the reader to hope that they have

such a love story in their lives.

– Sunanda Kannapadi

conclusion,

‘Pride

a

and

is

balanced

was

how

again.

Lady

of

The last and final marriage is that

of Lady Lucas, Elizabeth’s best

friend, and Mr. Collins. Mr.

Collins called upon the Bennet

family to find himself a suitable

wife. Finding that Jane was

preoccupied with Bingley, he

tried his hand with Elizabeth,

failing which he turned to Lady

Lucas. The marriage between

2nd Year

FILM STILL

BENNET SISTERS

3. Tom Cruise


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Project A Thousand Words

The word count for this essay is

around 800 words. It took less for

Gary McKinnon to hack into

NASA and threaten the national

security of his country. Hell, by

the time I finish this essay some

dude might have caused the

collapse of the world economy

from his parents' basement,

which is what this picture

perfectly shows. The greatest

powers are not being wielded by

men in suits who shout crass

orders but by someone in their

underwear drinking coffee at

midnight typing in code and

being a spacebar closer to

demolishing

civilization. But the only thing that

our half-naked assailant has to

worry about is the fact that his

weapon might be out of charge.

Technology has made us both

closer and further away at the

same time. But first, why closer?

Well,

I

can

grandmother right now who is

currently around 1000 kilometers

away from me, but the High

megapixel webcam might reveal

the scar on my face which would

ensue a 3 hour lecture on how to

be safe. I’d make a status about

this problem on Facebook and

maybe even tweet about it for all

my friends (and the world) to see.

A minute later I’d most probably

be seeing a snap chat story

about the war crimes being

committed in Syria and at the

same time laugh at a dramatic

hamster because I have the

intellect of 3 year old child. All this

before I even have my breakfast.

The world has definitely made us

closer.

the

western

Skype

my

This picture talks about another

aspect- the inherent loneliness of

being on a social network.

Humans have always been a

social

species;

evolutionary mechanism that has

kept us together and alive for

centuries. We measure our self-

worth based on ‘likes’ and

it’s

an

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no longer a singular incident.

Multiple

cases

struggling with depression and

anxiety is at all time high with

anonymous

users

around racist remarks and slurs.

Armies like Anonymous threaten

the safety of many countries,

their hunger for change might

seem beneficial at first but may

continue to be detrimental in the

long run.The reason they’re so

powerful is because of the lack of

accountability.

with each comment of dissent

one step closer to bringing down

an

oppressive

When an internet cartoonist was

beaten to death for criticizing

Hosni Mubarak, we see that the

man was held accountable for

voicing out his opinion. The

internet

in

its

uncontrollable

allowed people like him to cry

without shame, to complain

without fear, a right that would’ve

otherwise not been available to

him. We see that the kickstarter

campaign of a man wanting to

host a potato salad party gets

$55,000. These are all powerful

(and also very weird) examples

of people celebrating who they

are.

worth based on ‘likes’ and

‘retweets’ failing to find time and

comfort in going to social

excursions.

The

become a smaller place not

because of how easy it is to

communicate

another and access information

but because we fail to explore

new horizons. Our advancement

is being measured linearly along

the lines of digital development.

We’re being made to believe that

our area of interest lies in the

screen in front of us, that we

cannot possibly find happiness in

the ‘real’ world. We are ‘spending

the whole day waiting for the

world to come home’.

of

children

government.

world

has

throwing

amongst

one

vast

expansion

and

So, this picture shows us a man

that holds the world’s greatest

weapon and that he could be any

of us. He voices out his opinions

but fails to tell us who he is. He’s

an introvert and yet he talks to

hundreds of people every day.

He has hacked into the server of

a school while he listens to

Ariana Grande, doing charitable

things in illegitimate ways. He is

all of this and none of it. He is

anything he wants to be and all

we can do is watch.

– Rameez Mohammed

This picture also provides us with

another contrast, idiosyncrasy

and anonymity. The man's red

hoodie contrasts with his bland

surroundings.

surroundings being the social

standards that have been around

for centuries and the red jacket

the ideas that so strongly oppose

it. Which is what the internet has

provided us with, a platform to

express our views and have

serious

discussions.

acted as catalysts for the

Egyptian and Libyan revolution,

FIN.

The picture shows us a man

who’s wearing a red hoodie with

black pants, has red in-ear

headphones, probably has an

HP laptop and yet we can’t to

seem to look at his face. The

internet has the capability of

taking one of the basic attributes

of

an

individual,

accountability. With cyber crimes

on the rise anonymity is a must.

Teenagers now have to deal with

cyber-bullying. Amanda Todd is

The

bland

his

Forums

2nd Year

Thank you all for reading our first issue! Get to know more about the people that made

it happen!

EdBoard:

Atrium core:

 Editor-in-Chief – Akshra Ramky

 Editors – Aishwarya Radhakrishnan,

Kamaakshi,

Sabarish Elango

 Monitor – Sruthi Sreenivas

Designer – Srihari C.S.

President – Maanasa Krishnan

Vice President – Lakshna Sridhar

Secretary – Preethi Muralidharan

PROs – Ram Arvind, Jayesh Jose

Event Manager – Akshra Ramky

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