Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas
Dean (Students’ Welfare)
Dr. N. Kumaresan
Dr. S. Mekala
Dr. K. N. Sheeba
Editor, Head of Initiatives
Writers: Nikilesh, Srividya, Souvik, B Kalyaan,
Varshni, Sailesh, Jacob, Ambika, Ajitha Prasad,
Sivaraj, Bavesh, Nithila, Abishek Arjun, Arjitha,
Illustrators: Nandhini, Navilan, Rohit
Designers: Rohit Chari, Manasa, Nivedha, Shreya,
Sivaraj, Souvik, Vaibhav
Rishab Senthil Kumar
Editor, Online Presence
Editor, Head of Initiatives
D.R Harish Raj
When we first discussed conducting an event
exclusively for freshers (current sophomores), we
settled on allowing them to write for and design
an entire issue. We decided to call this initiative
‘Make-a-zine,’ since it is faintly homophonic to
‘magazine’ and suggests that the issue will be
made from scratch by freshers. The idea was to
take them through the whole process of putting
together a Feeds issue, beginning from the
ideation phase to designing/illustrating articles.
We received an overwhelming response and did
our best to include as many articles as we could. It
should be noted that some of the designers of this
issue were absolute beginners to graphic design
and yet managed to submit stellar renditions.
The article, ‘A world much like ours,’ satirises the
impossible beauty standards in the contemporary
world with a twist. Another hard-hitting piece is, ‘A
Jew in a Chamber’, which imagines the trauma of
a Jew in Nazi Germany. ‘Alle-gory?’ is yet another
intriguing piece that takes us through some
dark intricacies in seemingly innocent nursery
rhymes. Besides, we have a couple of NIT-Tcentric
articles like, ‘What if College opened
tomorrow?’ and ‘Fake news: NIT-T opens Gaming
cafe.’ Overall, the issue is well-balanced, covering
a wide range of genres like psychology, dark
humour, sports, activism as well as literature.
This issue is the first of its kind, and we are
extremely proud of the quality of work showcased
by the writers and designers. We hope they had as
much fun working with us as we did putting this
Karthik Selva and Deepak
Valagam (ICE 2012)
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No No Sleep
With the clock ticking agonisingly towards full-time on
May 13, 2012, the red half of Manchester was eagerly
anticipating a 20th League Title celebration at the Stadium
But Manchester City and QPR were still playing at the
Etihad. A stoppage-time equaliser by Dzeko put City to
level, and United fans got twitchy- but they were still
two points clear.
Then, in the dying embers of injury-time, Aguero collected
the ball from Mario Balotelli on the edge of the
box before rounding Nedum Onuoha and slamming it
past Paddy Kenny to give City their first title in 44 years
and spark pandemonium at the Etihad.
Almost as memorable as the goal itself was Martin Tyler’s
iconic commentary on Sky Sports.
“Aguerooooo!” he screamed as the striker fired in the
winner. “I swear you’ll never see anything like this ever
again. So watch it, drink it in!”
For the first time in 44 years, City claimed the title in
what would prove to be the start of a new era for the
Manchester club and the premier league itself.
Now, what makes the Premier League special? Is it the
intensity with which the game is played? Is it the number
of goals scored? Is it because of the commentary?
(It’s not, you should see how crappy Bundesliga’s commentary
is) or is it because of the famous players and
managers working in the Premier League? Now, any
Premier League fan can answer all these questions and
make their point. Let’s dig deeper and break it down
to the subtle details to see what makes the Premier
League the most-watched football league world.
HOW GOOD IS THE GAME PLAYED? OR
Many football leagues associate themselves with one
style of playing. If you take the Italian Serie A, the players
defend deep and wait for counter-attacking chances.
The Spanish La Liga is more of a possession-based
football, making short passes to score goals. The Bundesliga
focuses on powerful attacking by making intelligent
passes by finding space with no regard to their
defense whatsoever. The Premier League is a mix of all
these styles because the managers who come to the
Premier League are pioneers in their respective types
of football; be it Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, or Jurgen
Klopp. Even lesser recognised teams like Sheffi eld
United have their own type of football.
“I realised how difficult it is. Definitely, we are not safe
until the referee says ‘Okay, go home’.”
- Pep Guardiola describes the
HOW COMPETITIVE? HOW PREDICTABLE?
The title race and the race for the top 4 (to qualify for the
Champions League) in the Premier League is as thrilling
as a Christopher Nolan movie. Leicester City’s 2015/16
Premier League title win was one of the greatest sporting
stories of all time. In other leagues, it’ll be like Meryl
Streep getting nominated for another Academy award;
the same club wins the title again and again. Whereas in
the Premier League, the title winners have changed five
times in the last ten years.
What does the league mean to the fans? To the country?
To the world?
For every football fan, one of their dreams will be to visit
their favourite football stadium. Every Liverpool fan
wants to stand on the kop and sing “You’ll never walk
alone” when the players come out of the dugout. Every
Manchester City fan (if there are any) wants to see Aguero’s
goal in their own eyes. Every Arsenal and Spurs fan
dreams of winning a trophy again so that they won’t
get bullied wherever they go. The fans are everything
in football. When Diego Maradonna won the scudetto
in Italy with Napoli, the crime rate in Naples reduced
drastically because all the people stayed in their homes
to watch their beloved player dance with the ball and
score incredible goals.
The Premier League is not just a sports league, but
it’s also a very powerful organisation. The League and
its clubs are committed to equality and diversity and
constantly work to combat all forms of discrimination.
The League also works with Stonewall and its Rainbow
Laces campaign, supporting the LGBTQ+ community in
football and beyond.
Football is the most important of the least important
things. Why is it the most-watched sport in the world?
That’s still an enigma, but football is here to stay, it is
here to entertain, it is here to make us go crazy, and it
is here for us to debate between Messi and Ronaldo all
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Let’s Talk About
Komal Swedha, Sivaraj Vaishnavi, KGP 21
22 Feeds Sangeetha
28 Vaibhav Hanan
De Jure Adversary
Redefining damsel in distress
I was born in a world constructed of cruelty and heresy.
Decades later, it haunts me to understand that we
are in no better place. I felt it was crucial for this generation
of leaders to understand their purpose through
righteousness. I hoped that this would mark the epoch
of women empowering each other to build a state of
compassion and benevolence. I wished that this would
be a time when no more girl children would have to be
protected from the world, but given wings to conquer
Why is it still normal to say that being just is seldom
I was born into a forward-thinking family at the time,
and I wasn’t denied anything my brothers enjoyed. My
parents had nurtured me and inspired me to be the
person I became. My mother taught me she wasn’t
known just as a widow, but as a social worker and freedom
fighter. I had the space to question society rather
than accepting the status quo. My rebellion started as a
child against the deeply demeaning institution of caste.
I pursued my education at one of the renowned institutions
yet and grew myself out of the box and moved to
Destiny fell upon me. A five-hour meeting changed the
course of my life. I am of course talking about the biggest
patriot I had seen, not just towards the country but
also towards humanity. Subhas Chandra Bose! I would
aver that he was, is, and will be the military icon of the
nation. He taught me freedom can be won. At the strike
of the fifth hour, I was ready to give my blood for our
freedom. We had a passion, we had a reason, and most
of all, we had integrity.
I was offered captaincy of Rani of Jhansi Regiment of
the Indian National Army. The all-women regiment
fought its course in Burma valiantly. I was captured,
yes, but the courage in me never died; if anything, it
intensified, like an ember does into a blazing wildfire. All
those eyes, they are flaring down upon the world that
was built on their sacrifice.
It is an exuberant feeling to be writing to the first fulltime
woman Defence Minister of India. It gives me great
pride to witness you heading the behemoth of a battle
that is ensuring the security and sovereignty of the republic.
At the same time, I am dispirited to know that
a woman cannot be on the frontline in combat. We
both come from the land that cradled and raised combatants
like Velu Nachiyar, and her army commander,
Kuyili, who burnt the British armoury and dictated the
significance of women in combat. It is disheartening to
learn that we have put women on spaceships, traversing
the cosmos, but are still somehow reluctant to train
them to lead combat sails. To defend the nation we so
The physical differences might make a woman vulnerable,
you say, but why stop her when she can embrace it
wholeheartedly to victory? It is important that we don’t
just have equality on paper. Drown out the noises of
social stigma clogging your ears. I think it is time the
National Defence Academy and Sainik schools inducted
girls and unfettered them from stereotypes. A woman
does not stand the description of gentle anymore,
you must know that very well yourself. I hope you help
create administrative and social infrastructure for the
women after you.
I hope you will take forward the legacy I have left behind.
I hope India vindicates itself from my accusations.
Raise arms for peace and sisterhood only. Create a reality
that is unprejudiced and just. Create an amiable
nation. Create a world built on the bedrock of amity.
Glad to ignite and revolutionize,
For a better world,
30 Nivedha Nithila