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IGSA Editorial IGSA Editorial - A soundboard for the Indian Graduate Students Association. Howdy! Old Aggie? New Aggie? You are in the right place! The IGSA Editorial is for current Aggies, for nostalgic alumni and enthusiastic students who wish to learn more about Aggieland!
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The Editorial has an assortment of content to help, amuse and inspire Aggies. We dish out articles on the events that take place all over campus, give out cool "things to do lists", hold competitions and give away prizes. Watch this space for a fun and interesting semester! Disclaimer: The content uploaded by this page is for general information purposes only. The views expressed on this page by the authors and those commenting do not necessarily reflect the views of the Indian Graduate Student Association or the Texas A&M University. We make use of third party social networking sites such as, but not limited to, Dubsmash, LinkedIn, Twitter, Vine and Youtube to communicate and interact with the audience. Of the images and other media shared on this page, the owners retain the copyright to their works. Of the links, photographs and other articles shared on this page by anyone other than the authors of the IGSA editorial, that remains the responsibility of the person who shares to respect copyright laws and the IGSA Editorial is in no way responsible to uphold those laws on their behalf. The IGSA Editorial has the right to moderate the content, delete any inappropriate content and content that violates Facebook’s terms of use, code of conduct, or other policies.

Howdy! Team Editorial is back with another post. This time it's Ronak Mohanty, who talks about his undergrad days, love ...
02/29/2020

Howdy! Team Editorial is back with another post. This time it's Ronak Mohanty, who talks about his undergrad days, love for Kung Fu Tea and road trips!

S02 E03:
Despite being from Mumbai, I did my bachelor’s in Odisha to learn to live independently and prepare myself for the oncoming challenges in life, and also to connect with my roots as well. My close ones know that I am the type of person for whom friends hold a very special place. While people may believe that I have a lot of friends, but in reality, I only have a few very close friends whom I can trust deeply. During my undergrad, I used to stay in a hostel, where I learned some invaluable life lessons. It was all ‘Dabangg’ during the 1st year (because initially I had a large group of friends), but by the 4th year, it became like ‘Haider’ (only a couple of friends with whom I could talk freely). My most cherished memories are with my undergraduate friends where we all would gather at our ‘adda’ at a nearby tea store at 4 in the morning, having chai and Maggi while talking our hearts out. Even when I came to A&M, I had this close-knit group of friends and our ‘adda’ here in College Station was ‘Kung Fu Tea.’ You know, they award belts (like Karate) based on how many times you visit them and I am only a few points away from becoming a black belt! That’s how much I like Kung-Fu tea. I have always loved spending time with my friends and enjoy going on various trips. My most fun-filled and crazy trip was to Las Vegas, during my second spring break. We had planned the trip on a whim, after seeing cheap flight tickets. Right from landing in Vegas, we were getting this fun “Vibe of Vegas”, and just kept playing “Can’t tell me nothing”, by Kanye West as used in ‘The Hangover’ film. After arriving, we went gambling at the casinos, where my friends and I started getting a little drunk. Of course, because it is Vegas! The next thing I remember, I had passed out for a couple of hours and woke up in a Thai restaurant with a terrible headache. But it was a hassle that was worth those memories. Overall, it was like a childhood desire come true and living something that we have experienced only through movies.In sum, I always try to enjoy my life in the present, because you never know what’s coming to you and what you’re experiencing may never happen again.

Howdy and Namaste!IGSA's Editorial team is back with Tales at TAMU, and this time we have Rohit Kongari ('18) sharing hi...
12/07/2019

Howdy and Namaste!

IGSA's Editorial team is back with Tales at TAMU, and this time we have Rohit Kongari ('18) sharing his fond memories of Aggieland with us.

S02E02:
When I came to A&M in 2010, things were very different - people booked tickets mostly through travel agents, roommate searches happened on Orkut, we had to buy India calling-cards because Whatsapp calling wasn’t around, and if people missed their Groundshuttle, they’d prefer staying overnight at the airport. Even the campus looked very different - Zachary was just a big rectangular block where Indian engg students would hang out all the time, the A&M vs UT game was still an iconic Thanksgiving tradition, and the current renovated MSC wasn’t ready then.
IGSA itself was formed in the year I joined, with the intention of getting Indian grad students to meet new people and network in a fun setting. During my IGSA presidentship in 2013-14, we ran the organization with a “kar toh sakte hain” mindset when approaching new ideas. Since then, we collaborated with several orgs like Corps of Cadet, HSBV, HSA, ISA, ISMA, organized events like Ganesh Pooja, Diwali, Melting Pot and Republic Day, and started getting involved on Game Day as concession stand vendors. We also advocated for safety of Indian students on College Main road, conducted career events for Indian students, and changed the whole new student mentoring scenario, thanks to Facebook.
Apart from IGSA, I was very active with Biochemistry Grad Association, ISMA and GPSC too during my time here. Aggieland is an experience - a lot of my friends have graduated from other unis, but no one goes as crazy as we do with A&M. There are so many opportunities to explore here, with 1000+ student orgs! Did you know you can even take archery and golf classes through the Kinesology dept. I do miss the Texan hospitality a lot up north - everyone greeting you on the streets with a “Howdy!”, random strangers giving rides and helping out and a lot more. Also nowhere else, can you find as good Mexican food, as amazing BBQ, and as beautiful sunsets you do in Texas. As someone who got his PhD in Biochemistry from A&M, I always say this: “if you come to A&M and get out with just a degree, then it’s a failure. Make use of your time as an Aggie and have fun in Aggieland, because you’ll miss this place at the end of your journey."

Howdy and Namaste!IGSA's Editorial team is back with Tales at TAMU, and this time we have Steven White talking to us abo...
11/01/2019

Howdy and Namaste!

IGSA's Editorial team is back with Tales at TAMU, and this time we have Steven White talking to us about stepping outside his comfort zone and integrating into a foreign culture.

S02E01:
My family and I lived a pretty comfortable and familiar life at a recreational camp and retreat center for 13 years. I worked as the Program Director and we had many students come work with us during the summer from various countries including Kenya, South Korea, Thailand, and many others. I also had the opportunity of visiting some of these countries. All of this sparked my curiosity about living and working in a foreign country and experiencing something new and different.

After each trip I made to visit a different country, I would always ask my wife what she thought of our family moving to and living in a different country. Usually the one I had just visited. Then in 2006, during a trip to Thailand, my longing to move and live abroad was confirmed. However, I still needed to talk my whole family, find an opportunity, leave our ideal comfortable home, and make the move! Easy, right? We looked into many options, in many countries, talked to many people, reviewed as a family, and considered many of those options as to the best fit for our family. However, after a visit to India (during the same trip to Thailand), I wasn’t sure if that would be the best option for my wife and 3 young girls. Then we found out about a school in Bangalore looking for teachers for a new school. My wife, Autumn, was determined that this was the best option for us. While I wasn’t as confident, we proceeded to evaluate and decided to make the move to India. One of the things that convinced our youngest daughter, Noel, was that she would get to see monkeys in India! So after accepting the teaching job in India, leaving our home for 13 years, selling all our possessions, and packing our bags... we left for a new adventure living and working in India!

I’m not going to sugarcoat the whole story. We definitely experienced the normal culture shock when we landed in India! Amidst the hawks of coolies and taxiwalas, getting over the jetlag, arriving in a strange place with different sights and sounds, and not having any known, friendly faces around… it was definitely a challenge. We felt thrust out of our comfort zone.

However, my wife and I were determined to learn, experience, adapt to, and even embrace this new location, culture, and people! We started making conscious choices to acclimatize and getting to know our neighbors and the people around us. Soon, our girls adjusted and even made new friends. We connected with our neighbors and even a group of IT professionals we met in Bangalore. Living in India became our new norm and our new home. We still made sure to stay in touch with some other American families living in our city by gathering and celebrating American holidays, like Thanksgiving and Easter. But we didn’t want to stay in an American bubble. We learned about new festivals and customs… observed Indian festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated Diwali, learned and practiced speaking the local language, participated in several Indian weddings, and enjoyed some wonderful food! We enjoyed Indian food served on banana leaves, many cups of “chai”, visited many new places, connected with so many people, and made treasured friendships!. We even had opportunities to exchange both American and Indian customs and festivals.

My biggest takeaway from our experience is that Indian culture is very hospitable! We were always treated very warmly, as if we were family. Now as I think back, I believe that our deliberate decision to integrate with the people and the culture is what made our experience so special. Rather than just survive, we thrived and rather than just thrive, we fell in love! While it is important to enjoy what is still familiar to you, it is equally important to experience what is not. “Desi Aggies” formed with the natural desire to connect with the people and culture we greatly missed. As well as providing international students at Texas A&M a home away from home and a warm welcome similar to what we received when we lived in India.

After our return to Aggieland, my love for chai was enhanced by the many students who would invite me into their apartments and make me a cup of chai. Then the love for the taste of chai became something much greater! Here is the thing about Chai: it’s not just the beverage, it’s the meaning and significance behind the Chai. Irrespective of who you are, you step away from work, take a break, have a cup of Chai, and just connect. For that brief moment, people move away from the busy-ness of life and focus on relationships. Many times, I envision myself as a simple chai wallah. Sometimes even wearing a tank top with a lungi (lol). A chai wallah makes people happy by providing a cup of chai and essentially bringing people together. This is the spirit I’ve tried to embody in our “Time4Chai” initiative. We hope that international students here at A&M will resonate with our story - the decision to move to a new country, adapting to its culture, connecting with people, and making fond memories in the process. We hope that each of you here in Aggieland can take some of these values with you wherever you go and whatever you do in the future! Pass on the baton!

Howdy Aggies!With less than a month to go for classes to start, and with a new batch of fresh, incoming students, Fall 2...
08/11/2019
IGSA Welcome Booklet 2019.pdf

Howdy Aggies!

With less than a month to go for classes to start, and with a new batch of fresh, incoming students, Fall 2019 is just around the corner!

IGSA is proud to present the "Welcome Booklet 2019". It is our hope that this booklet will serve as a guide to every new student, and will be your companion as you start your new phase here at Texas.

When in Texas,
Gig 'em!

Link to IGSA Welcome Booklet 2019:
https://tinyurl.com/y4uq626f

And the results are in!Now presenting the winning memes of IGSA Editorial's Meme Contest 2019!With 66 likes, the 2nd pla...
04/28/2019

And the results are in!
Now presenting the winning memes of IGSA Editorial's Meme Contest 2019!

With 66 likes, the 2nd place winners are co-contributors of the Veoride meme: Harsh*t Gupta and Rutika Nanivadekar

And with a smashing 101 likes, the first prize (a 30$ Amazon gift card) goes to Dwarakanath Prabhu!

Thank you to everyone that submitted memes for this contest. IGSA Editorial is proud and honoured to be a platform for the creativity and boundless imagination of Aggies. We wish you a happy summer!

-Team IGSA Editorial

Wait for it...The last entry for Meme Contest 2019 from Prabhasa Kalkur.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decide...
04/19/2019

Wait for it...
The last entry for Meme Contest 2019 from Prabhasa Kalkur.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

The wait for I20 is long, and full of terrors!Next entry from Nimish Ojale.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be dec...
04/18/2019

The wait for I20 is long, and full of terrors!
Next entry from Nimish Ojale.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Another anonymous entry for Meme Contest 2019.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "...
04/18/2019

Another anonymous entry for Meme Contest 2019.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Our next entry is from Prabhasa Kalkur!NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" ...
04/17/2019

Our next entry is from Prabhasa Kalkur!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Can you relate? Here's the next anonymous entry for Meme Contest 2019.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided ...
04/17/2019

Can you relate? Here's the next anonymous entry for Meme Contest 2019.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Such is Grad Life!Our next entry is from Prabhasa Kalkur.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the ...
04/17/2019

Such is Grad Life!
Our next entry is from Prabhasa Kalkur.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Our next entry from Nimish Ojale depicts post Ring Day feels!NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on ...
04/17/2019

Our next entry from Nimish Ojale depicts post Ring Day feels!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Our next entry is from Arjun Parameswaran. Have you gotten tickets for Avengers: Endgame yet?NOTE: Winners of the meme c...
04/16/2019

Our next entry is from Arjun Parameswaran. Have you gotten tickets for Avengers: Endgame yet?

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Next entry by Dwarakanath Prabhu.The Internet is dark and full of spoilers!NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be dec...
04/16/2019

Next entry by Dwarakanath Prabhu.
The Internet is dark and full of spoilers!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

No jack needed!Next entry for the meme contest is by Nimish Ojale.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided base...
04/16/2019

No jack needed!
Next entry for the meme contest is by Nimish Ojale.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

In this next entry by Prabhasa Kalkur, we have an eerily accurate impression of Bran Stark in S08E01!NOTE: Winners of th...
04/15/2019

In this next entry by Prabhasa Kalkur, we have an eerily accurate impression of Bran Stark in S08E01!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

A hilarious spin on the Brexit resolution by Kashyap Narasimha!NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based o...
04/15/2019

A hilarious spin on the Brexit resolution by Kashyap Narasimha!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Our next anonymous entry for the meme contest!NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "...
04/14/2019

Our next anonymous entry for the meme contest!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Our next entry for the meme contest is from Ronak Mohanty.  NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on t...
04/14/2019

Our next entry for the meme contest is from Ronak Mohanty.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

The next entry for the meme competition is from Ronak Mohanty.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on...
04/13/2019

The next entry for the meme competition is from Ronak Mohanty.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

"Whatever it takes"Another meme-content entry from Nimish Ojale.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based ...
04/13/2019

"Whatever it takes"
Another meme-content entry from Nimish Ojale.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

"Cute finger hearts are so cute"The next meme-content entry is from Nimish Ojale.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will ...
04/12/2019

"Cute finger hearts are so cute"
The next meme-content entry is from Nimish Ojale.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Another entry for Meme Contest 2019 by Arjun ParameswaranNOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the ...
04/12/2019

Another entry for Meme Contest 2019 by Arjun Parameswaran

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Our next meme-contest entry is from yet another anonymous entrant.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided base...
04/11/2019

Our next meme-contest entry is from yet another anonymous entrant.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

This next entry for the meme contest is so apt for this time of the semester!NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be d...
04/11/2019

This next entry for the meme contest is so apt for this time of the semester!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

The next entry for the meme content is from Arjun Parameswaran.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based o...
04/10/2019

The next entry for the meme content is from Arjun Parameswaran.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

04/10/2019

Ride the Aggie Spirit in style and know the history behind the name given to each on-campus service shuttle.

Feat. #4 GIG 'EM

The next anonymous entry for the meme competition is from an AR fan.NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided ba...
04/10/2019

The next anonymous entry for the meme competition is from an AR fan.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Howdy, Ags!You can send your entries for the meme competition till 9 PM on the 14th of April.Hurry up, send in your artw...
04/09/2019

Howdy, Ags!
You can send your entries for the meme competition till 9 PM on the 14th of April.
Hurry up, send in your artwork and then peacefully watch your favourite Game of Thrones character die! 🙊

When you tell a classmate that summers in India can be brutal with 40 degrees and they look at you like...Another anonym...
04/07/2019

When you tell a classmate that summers in India can be brutal with 40 degrees and they look at you like...
Another anonymous entry for Meme Contest 2019!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

Another entry for Meme Contest 2019 by Cherry 120 - Dwarakanath, Keyur, Anurag and Ajinkya!NOTE: Winners of the meme con...
04/05/2019

Another entry for Meme Contest 2019 by Cherry 120 - Dwarakanath, Keyur, Anurag and Ajinkya!

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

When the only way your Valentine date changed was from 14/2 to 2/14. First entry by Prabhasa Kalkur.NOTE: Winners of the...
04/04/2019

When the only way your Valentine date changed was from 14/2 to 2/14. First entry by Prabhasa Kalkur.

NOTE: Winners of the meme contest will be decided based on the number of "likes" and reactions. Hit the "like" button to make your favorite meme win! :D

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