I take the opportunity to welcome you to a brand new year at GCC. Previous year has been plethora of events for ithe world. Looking back, one just cannot miss the political turmoil; at one corner of the globe the “Democracy” finally achieved its true stature, with United States selecting Barack Obama as the 44th President. Thousands miles away Sheikh Hasina won a landslide victory in Bangladesh general elections. In India as well, Karnataka finally got its stable government with Yeddyurappa coming in power.
Achievements were everywhere. This year around India performed exceptionally well at the Beijing Olympics compared to previous ones, and on the same platform China set a model of strength for a developing country. Abhinav Bindra, made history with coming back home with a gold medal. This has to be a year which will forever be remembered. But alas there were events which shook us, and left deep scars from which we are yet to recover. For one it’s not often that you start off the “New Year” with an economic slowdown, but unfortunately that happens
to be the case with 2009. And the current one seems to be here for a long haul. The IT industry also had its worst times, with Satyam becoming India’s Enron. The scale of the fraud and manipulation in the financial statements of Satyam was mindboggling, and one cannot, but be amazed by the CEO’s skills in lying through his teeth till now. This episode surely gave jitters to all the Indian companies listed at
But perhaps the saddest part of all the unfortunates had to be human brutality, which India took the brunt. Yes it had to be terrorism, once again to show its ugly face. But it was for the fact the novel ways the terrorists devised to slaughter innocent people that made the Mumbai terror attack the most sought after event of 2008. It might have change the attitude of government towards security lapses, but for sure 26/11 will long go down in the history books for all the bad reasons. It’s really essential for us to commit to memory this year; in many ways it will shape the world in coming years.
Coming back to the campus, Gardenia is just round the corner. With the entire tussle to get her back better than the previous year, translates into another epoch of increased level of excitement in the campus for one the biggest college fests of Bangalore. It’s that time of the year when the colourful cultural bouquet of GCC is in its full bloom. Bidding adieu to 2008, there is a lot we can learn from it. This issue will take a gaze at the preceding year with a retrospective; from bollywood flicks to the events at campus. On a different note, did you know who invented Orkut? Flip through the pages to know more about the ever popular Orkut with our monthly bout of reviews and cooking recipes. For lots of my mates in their last semesters, this may be their last year in the college. I wish them all, a year they would cherish for years to come. I wish you all a very prosperous new year.