Saturday, October 20, 2007

Magnificent Geneva!

The autumn leaves,

A classy piece,

A tempting plate,

A sporty gait,

A flood of colours,

A tryst of lovers,

A chiselled bloke,

A gulp of smoke,

A portrayal of pain,

A musical lane,

Some thoughts for food,

Some food for thought,

Geneva, a City that Mesmerizes


This was my second visit to Geneva. In addition to attending the WTO workshop, I did a lot more to make the most of my visit this time around. Here are some highlights:

Jean- Jacques Rousseau, a political philoshopher I read about in the first year at law school was born and brought up in Geneva. It was an unparallel experience to visit his house in the old part of the city. His most famous statement is "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are." His ideas were the driving force behind the French Revolution.

This three legged chair in front of the UN building is an artist's portrayal of the horrors of land mines.

The visit to the United Nations was awe-inspiring. It is imperative to point out here that though the Headquarters of UN is in New York, a lot of its work is done in Geneva.

I was lucky that my visit to Geneva coincided with an exhibition of classic cars.

A Classic Renault

The BMW 507 (1959)

The Ferrari F430 Spider (2007) of the few recent models that were on display. Trust me, the visit to the exhibition kept me breathless for quite some time.

The hallmark of this visit was my befriending Gaudy, a trade specialist from Costa Rica. We went all around Geneva together. It was her wonderful company that made this visit 'sublime' in the real sense of the word.

My roommate Javier, a marine engineer, hailed from Southern Spain and was in Switzerland on a vacation. Since this was the first time that I had travelled abroad alone, I was a bit anxious when I first landed in Geneva. However, as the day of return drew closer, I realized that I was really lucky to have come across a host of wonderful people right through the trip. And Javier was certainly one of them.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Another Pilgrimage!

People...if yesterday was a bit jittery, today was undoubtedly one of the best days of my life!

Yes, I regard WTO law as a religion...and today's visit was in no uncertain terms a pilgrimage.

For today, I heard and met people I had only heard of before...the priests of this religion, if you allow me to use this phrase!

Here are some I saw and heard today...

Pascal Lamy...the Drector General of WTO

Georgio Sacerdoti...the Chairman of the WTO Appelate Body (the highest tribunal of the WTO)

Prof. Joel Trachtman from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy...a place I would love do my Master's from...and a man, I cited in the memorials for the Commonwealth Moot in July this year!

And the pilgrim of course!

The day culminated with a sumptuous French me, I have no clue as to what all plants and animals I ended up eating today!

So, madame et monsieur (ladies and gentlemen), untill we meet again, au revoir!

P.S.- You guessed it right, I got my baggage back!More stories soon!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

People...My airline lost my suitcase...thankfully, it only had my clothes.


Had to purchase clothes...

And since the suit case had my camera charger, i don't think I'll be able to click pictures.

The WTO Forum starts tomorrow...

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Geneva Again!

People...another windfall has taken place...I shall be off to Geneva in the early hours of October 3rd to participate in the WTO Public Forum 2007 to be held at the WTO Headquarters on the 4th and 5th of October.

Do keep an eye here!

God willing, I shall post soon!

Saturday, August 25, 2007


"Every photograph makes a promise. But the promise is never kept. And that’s what makes the photo great."- Some photographer

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Not this September...

You guessed it right. We didn't make it!

Yet, we were not all that bad too...finished third and also got the 'Best Written Submissions' award.

All in all, it was a good outing. The fact that we were competing till the very end (read semi-finals), ensured that we couldn't see much of Patiala.

So, back to the law school now....getting geared up for other battles.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Another Moment of Truth!

We dispatched the memorials for the Moot Court Competition yesterday. The Competition is scheduled to take place in Patiala over the next weekend. We'll be jostling all the major law schools of the Country for an opportunity to represent India at the World Finals to be held at Nairobi, Kenya.

Irrespective of the outcome, I promise to bring you all stories related to what would be my first visit to the Punjabi heartland.

God willing, we'll go to Africa in September!

Take care people, and may God bless!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Transcendence at last!

I had decided to abstain from posting anything until I finished writing the memorials for the moot court competition I’m working on.

But people, this just had to be done!

I had read somewhere that inflicting oneself with excruciating punishment is one of the ways of purging oneself of all the sins. It’s an experience that purifies one’s soul, cleaning away all the dirt accumulated over the years.

Although, I do not know much about the origins of this theory, I came to realize about its veracity yesterday.

Yes people, I did it. I subjected myself to extremes of agony, anguish, distress, grief, sadness, shock, and suffering.

As bizarre as this may sound to you, yesterday’s experience has changed me for good. I feel like being born again. It’s a feeling that cannot be described in words.

Thanks HR!

Yes, you guessed it right. I sat through Himesh Reshamiya’s Aapka Suroor!

Watch it people! It’s a short cut to transcendence.

And do preserve the ticket as medal for your gallantry!

P.S.- Internship's over. Heading back today!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Kingdom of Colours...

A rosy haze,

A puzzling maze,

An airy sight,

A distant flight,

A golden latch,

A vibrant match,

A glittering night,

A soggy bite,

A sparkling frame,

A swirling dame,

A perfect smile,

A glance so vile,

A brownish hue,

A royal view,

A tilt so slight,

A breeze so light,

Under a shade of Grey,

I had a sublime day,

Dear Rachit, Kundan, Rajveer
Gaurav, Tau and others,
In trying to screw a few,
I'd put everyone on the skew,
While blood still curls for some pests,
I swear I'll make amends for the rest.

Yours truly,


P.S.- People, I've taken up another moot court competition that should keep me occupied for July. Bad habits, die hard!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Shootout at Jaipur!

All I can tell you now is that a dangerous shootout took place at the Jaigarh Fort yesterday. Details Coming Soon!