Welcome to Mayukh's Diary

Follow the adventure of a (not so) typical Indian student.

My name is Mayukh Gosavi. I am currently studying in Mumbai but I actually hail from Pune. I am an architecture student currently going through my undergraduate studies from the Academy of Architecture (or Rachana Sansad as it more commonly known).

I have a variety of interests. Actually, it is very rare to find something that doesn't interest me. I tend to read a lot. I generally gobble up whatever I can find but fantasy and science fiction are my favorite. I watch a lot of movies and TV series as well. And I am a huge fan of director and producer J. J. Abrams. He almost always makes the viewer challenge his own beliefs and question everything. His recent TV series called Fringe is by far the best I have seen.

I tend to challenge the norm. Exploration and experimentation are the pillars of my belief. As a result I tend to get into a little trouble with "the (complacent) system". It is my dream to be able to combine many branches of science and arts to develop technologies that are as of yet out of our reach. I have a special interest in Bio-tech. I believe some major breakthroughs in that field will change who we are.

I have almost always been able to put down whatever I felt or wanted to express in the form of words and drawings. Most people who know me say I can sketch well. But in reality all of it is an exercise/study in visualization. I believe the clearer you learn to visualize, the better your ability to represent what you want becomes. I don't know if it’s a cause for this very exercise or the result of it, but I love to analyze. Things, machines, people, situations, places. You name it, and I've tried to see how it works.

I consider myself a nomad. I love to travel. Actually, I can't stay in one place very long. I have been to many famous and some very remote places all over India and it just makes me want to travel more. "The more you learn, the more you realize how less you know".

If there is one thing I can't really go without for long, its coffee! On any given day you might find me in the coffee shop near my college working on something. I guess it’s the aroma. Speaking of which, I also love to cook. And I love to eat just as much. Continental would be my favorite.

I think gaming is the only guilty pleasure I indulge in. Computer and consoles have always fascinated me. In addition, I also love to play basketball and handball. The kind of quick reflexes and game play analysis that needs to be done is very exhilarating!

I guess that should sum up some part of who I am. As for who I really am, I believe I'm still searching...

  • Posted on: Jul 23, 2013

    The first assignment that we had was to go to a part of the city that our faculty had chosen and take pictures. There were no other instructions. Just take the pictures and put them up the next time we come to class.

  • Posted on: Jul 10, 2013

    From the moment we start interacting with people and thinking for ourselves, we start categorizing things. Things that are necessary. Things that are not allowed. Things that just don't matter.

  • Posted on: Jun 25, 2013

    After the spider, everyone began to realize what we had gotten ourselves into by choosing to become architects. Many started having second thoughts as our abilities started being pushed to the limit.

  • Posted on: May 7, 2013

    I love biology, insects, reptiles and everything that was related to this project. I even love making working models. It was like the perfect stage to display my abilities.

  • Posted on: May 6, 2013

    In this post, I wanted to talk a little about our first major design subject, called Basic Design. As it turned out, it wasn't at all as basic as the name suggested. There were some extremely complex themes and ideas that were talked about.

  • Posted on: Mar 27, 2013

    At these destinations, we are shown many things and told about many more. They can range from architectural design, to humanities, to where the contractor made a mistake while making something. It just goes to show the humongous scope of architecture!

  • Posted on: Mar 27, 2013

    The reason a jury is life-altering is because most of us never really present our work in front of our friends, let alone external jurors, internal faculty and the entire class. It takes a lot of getting used to, but I can say that everyone eventually loses any inhibitions about public speaking.

  • Posted on: Mar 27, 2013

    The shifting of priorities is something I've mentioned in many of my posts. It was one of the most important lessons that I have learnt after moving out of my home.

  • Posted on: Mar 26, 2013

    7 a.m. - The alarm beeps. There's no way I can hear it for the first five minutes.

  • Posted on: Mar 26, 2013

    Until that time, I had always excelled at drawing. But this was a whole different ball game. I could barely manage to keep my head above the water here.

  • Posted on: Mar 25, 2013

    The day before we leave for the convention is probably the most important and exhilarating day than any other day before or after it. First of all, there is the massive rush to put all the finishing touches on the sheets.

  • Posted on: Mar 25, 2013

    You would think that we would finally get a break after coming back from the site. But that's not even on the agenda.

  • Posted on: Jan 30, 2013

    The first barrier that we seemed to encounter was that of language. Neither Ritinha nor I could speak Gujarati. And yet the important information we needed was from the older people. And most of them didn't even know Hindi let alone English. It was actually a hard task just to communicate and most of our time went into searching for people who could translate for us.

  • Posted on: Jan 29, 2013

    The site was about two kilometers away from where we were staying. Payal told us that we would be walking all the way there. Along the way, she showed us structures and explained briefly about the town.

  • Posted on: Jan 29, 2013

    We had to travel around the town and try to a create virtual timeline for the town as well as the site. This was no easy feat. We had to look for hard proof and talk to people to figure out just how this town came into being. It was like a reverse treasure hunt with absolutely no idea about the clues or anyway of distinguishing fact from fiction.

  • Posted on: Jan 28, 2013

    It was the 28th of December, 2008. We had just finished the last paper of our first year terminal examination. Everyone in class was talking about their plans for the short break. It was the first proper break we had gotten after a very long time. So, naturally, everyone was looking forward to it. There were a few of us, however, that were actually not quite so relieved. As it happened, we were going to leave for our very first LIK site visit that evening.

  • Posted on: Jan 25, 2013

    The whole idea of the competition was to search for sites all over India and evaluate them based on a brief. The aim here was to bring out the 'hidden heritage' of India. There were places in India that were of cultural, social and national importance that were not always known to people. Of course, we were taught history, civics and geography in school, but that is no more than a formality.

  • Posted on: Jan 22, 2013

    There is work. Then there is backbreaking work that makes you regret being alive. Then there's architecture. When I first asked my dad how it would be, he said that there would be a lot of work. At that time I thought I'd have to do a lot of work anywhere I went. So what's different?

  • Posted on: Jan 9, 2013

    When I started my architectural education, there were times when I doubted that the work that people in my class did was really their own. It was just too good. The NASA practice that we used to do was just as frustrating. No matter how hard I tried, other people simply managed to work faster and more efficiently! This experience was like a rude awakening for me.

  • Posted on: Dec 14, 2012

    The first thing I realized during my first week in college was that I was not as good as I had thought. Due to some issues between the board of studies and the Council of Architects, our college had started two months later than other colleges. Most of the people in my class had already been to some other college before shifting to this one.

  • Posted on: Dec 5, 2012

    On the September 16, 2008, I was exposed to the one thing that would change the way I looked at life. The one thing that would in many ways define me and make me the person that people know me to be today. The one thing that showed me who I was and what I wanted to become.

  • Posted on: Dec 5, 2012

    I never really imagined my life would be even close to normal once I moved away from Pune. There were days when I wondered if I would be able to keep up with the increased pace of life here in Mumbai. Whether I would be able to blend in with the crowd here and give my one hundred percent to my work. Whether I would be able to make new friends. Whether I'd be able to cope with the work

  • Posted on: Nov 30, 2012

    I was very much looking forward to the start of my very first academic year! It was going to be the start of my new life. The one where I would be the one calling the shots. The one where I lived alone! (Given that I was still living at my Uncle's at the time…) And most importantly, the one where I would make new friends.

  • Posted on: Nov 29, 2012

    When I came to Mumbai with my dad to have a look at all the prospective colleges and institutes, we had a certain image in mind. My father had been to most of the colleges many years ago and I had never been to any. It did give us a bit of a critical edge. We were a little less judgmental than we would have generally been.

  • Posted on: Nov 28, 2012

    Even though I wanted to move out of town to study, the search for a good college began at home. (In this case, in Pune.) We (My mom especially) wanted to see exactly what I was getting into. Since my dad was already in the field, he called up a few of his friends and got to know if there were any people he knew (or had known) that were currently teaching.

  • Posted on: Nov 28, 2012

    According to the Government's notice, all the colleges in the state were supposed to start on the 22nd of September 2008. This should have given me enough time to go to the college to take admission and stay in Mumbai for the week to search for accommodation, food and other necessities. After all, I was there on the 7th of the month.

  • Posted on: Nov 19, 2012

    It took me considerably less time to decide where I wanted to study than what to study. For one thing, I knew that I wanted to move out. I wanted to test my theories in the "real world". There were things I wanted to find out about myself that I knew would only be possible to find out only if I was out of my comfort zone.

  • Posted on: Nov 14, 2012

    It was the June of 2008 when I finally decided to pursue Architecture. Up until that moment, I really had no idea what to do after my +2. I had lived in Pune, in the same house for 18 years. I went to Gurukul, a day boarding school, for the entirety of my schooling.

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