What will be in the past was present in the future


It has been a fresh start at IIT Campus. It is a time that passing out seniors have started to leave and most of them are obviously non-aligned towards work, and want to get some respite from everyday fussy routine of the campus. The thing which did not go beyond my notice was that everyone of them is trying hard to learn some sport, reading books, or just for sake of augmenting knowledge – sanskrit speaking workshop, philosophy lectures, car design, photography, Origami, yoga & meditation at yes+, and if you find nothing they go for wikipedia articles – according to me best way to both have fun and get something out of  that extra time. You have to just see that how perspectives change over the course of life where we at one point of time don’t want to do something just because it is done by many but at other moment it looks interesting. People really change in the span of 4 years that they stay at IIT. It is a journey from nothing to something which takes you places in life. It is never important to learn everything and not even necessary to be master at something but following your interest can sometimes make you feel aware of your consciousness, righteouness, morality and above all IDENTITY. Let me ask you a question about your afterlife – “Who will cry when you die”. Your friend shall cry for may be 7 days. Your brother/sisters/siblings shall cry for some more days. At last your Mother shall be crying for  Months. And Then What? 

Everything Comes back to Normal. There is nothing unusual going to happen now. People learn to live without you because this life has many claws of worldly longings ready to catch hold of you. Humans crave for happiness and they hope that happiness, motivation, good luck/charm, success shall arrive at some point of their life later or sooner but are these really conditions. NO !! These are certainly one’s own CHOICE !! You have to reach for them the moment they appear or even if they don’t, you have to fabricate them. A moment is enough to get motivated if you feel you have to. Placing obligations on life won’t get you anywhere except closing many doors of transient happiness. 

People have found a silver lining in darkest of the situations of life. Let me give you an interesting anecdote about a real incident which is funny yet motivating. You would not have heard of such a story ever or may be you have heard, I don’t know !!!

Nasseri was born in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company settlement located in Masjed Soleiman, Iran. His father was an Iranian physician working for the company. Nasseri stated that his mother was a nurse from Scotland working in the same place. He arrived in the United Kingdom in September 1973, to take a three-year course in Yugoslav studies at the University of Bradford. Nasseri was expelled from Iran in 1977 for protests against the Shah and after a long battle, involving applications in several countries, was awarded refugee status by the United Nations High Commission for refugees in Belgium. This permitted residence in any European country. Having claimed to have one British parent, although he has produced no evidence to support this, he decided to settle in the UK in 1986, but en route to there in 1988, his briefcase containing his papers was stolen in Paris. Despite this setback, he boarded the plane for London but was promptly returned to France when he failed to present a passport to British immigration. He was initially arrested by the French, but then released as his entry to the airport was legal and he had no country of origin to be returned to; thus began his residency at Terminal 1. During his 17-year long stay at Terminal 1 in the Charles de Gaulle Airport, Nasseri had his luggage at his side, and spent his time reading, writing in his diary, or studying economics. He received food and newspapers from employees of the airport. Contrary to what many believe, he has never been stuck in the transit area and was therefore free to move.

Nasseri was reportedly the inspiration behind the character Viktor Navorski, from the 2004 movie The Terminal; however, neither publicity materials, nor the DVD “special features” nor the film’s website mentions Nasseri’s plight as an inspiration for the film. Despite this, in September 2003, The New York Times noted that Steven Spielbergbought the rights to his life story as the basis for The Terminal. The Guardian indicates that Spielberg’s Dreamworks production company paid $250,000 to Nasseri for rights to his story and report that as of 2004 he carried a poster advertising Spielberg’s film draping his suitcase next to his bench. Nasseri was reportedly excited about The Terminal, but it was unlikely that he would ever have a chance to see it.

In 2004, the book The Terminal Man was published in several countries including the UK and Germany. The Terminal Man was a full-length autobiography co-written by Nasseri and British author, Andrew Donkin. The book was reviewed in the UK Sunday Times as being “profoundly disturbing and brilliant.”


Prateek Chandra Jha.


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