Issue 23

Image Credits: Anivratha Baggunji

I know that the turn of the year might have been the strangest one yet for all of us. With college reopening to offline exams, the invigorating stress that all of us conceived was quickly and painlessly killed with the excitement of seeing all of our batchmates again. Feeling that eerie sense of re-entering the same gate after 10 long months, the tension of knowing that we are only doing it to sit for 3 hours at a stretch and stare at a sheet of paper as the veins in our hands popped, yet there was this excitement, this excitement of familiarity, to hear the people in the courtyard, cross by one another in the corridor, although with masks on and just know that you are back upon a ground, your stomping ground, which you should never have been forced to flee in the first place.

But no matter, as the people came back to college, jolting it life again, there were too many untold stories of the semester that had to be told. Therefore, in this issue of the courtyard we hope to bring to you, topics that you might have missed or are just not talked about enough. The issue by itself starts off with a very opinionated column “BREAKING it down”, an interactive platform which we hope will become a mainstay of the newsletter. A space where the queries of WCFA are answered by some of the best minds, so remember send in your questions for the next issue and we will get them answered as well. Moving onto a more personal endeavor, Rujul M Gowda recently partook in a workshop and subsequently an internship with one of WCFA’s previous faculty Ar. Varun Thautam, relive his experience in “Denkanikottai Workshop”.

Moving on we have something called as “The Notice Board” which for all intents and purposes you should not miss out on. See examples of every semesters work but this time they are not just being showcased as work but are being criticized by the very student’s of WCFA, giving in insightful and sarcastic while setting a serious yet playful mood throughout the entire section. While last but not least we have a playful graphic of the truths of what it is like to be in an architecture studio and with that we, the Courtyard Team, would like to officially wish the first years a warm and happy time at WCFA, you all are in for an absolute rollercoaster of a journey. And with that being said, here’s to hoping for only offline classes from now on and happy reading!

-Aryaman Paul

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Issue 22

Image Credits: Akhilesh Gowda

‘Another secret of the universe- sometimes, pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.’
-Benjamin Alire Saenz

We’re here – at the end of the year – a year that has brought out some of the worst in the world, leaving us bare. The year had started off with a hint of normalcy – or whatever normalcy had meant to a lot of us. A digression from that normalcy led to some of us feeling dazed and confused, all within confines of a room we might have grown up in and a world that we couldn’t seem to recognise anymore.

Wasn’t the world that we knew supposed to be a happy place? Weren’t things supposed to be predictable? Weren’t we supposed to have a say?

We’re living out history – every one of us, no matter how much we’d like to dismiss it as a bad dream. We’ve met different versions of ourselves throughout this year that have found and recognized strength, resilience and colossal amount of hope within us – a version, reminiscences of which, will live within the core of our beings. We’re living out a paradox, all of us – a period of time that’ll go down in the pages of history, that holds its resolution on unpredictability and you can find out more in the article December by Neha Changappa, talking about her experience and lessons learnt this crazy year.

Maybe this is the year chosen to yank us back into facing all that we had conveniently brushed aside. Maybe we’ll remember this year as a blur. Maybe we won’t have as hard a time promptly switching to writing 01.01.21 from 01.01.20 starting next year.

We’ve all faced loss this year, no matter what the degree. Acknowledging the pain is one thing we’ve learnt, but we’ve also learned to hope. This year is finally ending and it’s the most beautiful time of the year. Although far apart, the hope that comes with a new year unifies us all. 2020 – a blessing in disguise written by Trisha Sudeep, could perhaps give a new perspective on the same. On a different note, head over to look at the work done by students of the journalism elective.
This issue attempts to serve as an ode to one of the most unforgettable years that has passed by us – to all the unpredictability, to the loss, the pain, the revolutions this year has brought to us, but also the small joys, the bonds formed and strengthened and to the people we’ve evolved into. On behalf of the entire team, we wish everyone reading (and those that aren’t) a very happy new year, and wish you find the strength to hold on to hope through the coming year. And no matter what, Courtyard will be here through it all. Happy reading!

-Bindu Maringanti and Madhurya Kharidehal

Issue 21

Image Credits: Anusha Muthamma

We’re now in November and I’m sure all of us are starting to feel that on January 1st, 2021, the world is going to be reborn. There’s a common sense of relief and an abstract understanding that as soon as 2020 is over, we’re about to go back to how things were in January or February. But let’s look at all the good things this year has provided us. The pets have probably had the best year of their lives, college students living abroad, got the unexpected chance of living at home with their parents again, nature really thrived, and people who were dancing to the rain gods of yester years have definitely reversed their psychologies. Trump has been trumped by Biden and things are moving back into normalcy. But somethings just never change like the dark side of the Earth.

Humans are constantly evolving although we fear change, a change of routine, throwing a spanner in the works is something that is seen as rescinding development whereas the biggest breakthroughs have been from the reverse. We should apply this especially to the human psychology as even though this year has been filled with staying at home, rape is still as rampant as it ever was. In the initial stages of this newsletter we look at this malpractice. Head over to Only 19 by Kashish Singh and how rape is closer than what we all think it is. After which Point A to Point B by Bhamini Mehra highlights an emotional outburst all of us have been experiencing. Cached Elucidations then provides an overview of the general publics’ opinion regarding Rape and what it constitutes.

Agree to Disagree is something that hits home more to the students this time as it addresses confusion. Students and teachers alike are shown the differing opinions of whether the workload, expectations and the screen time of the semester is justified. They all raise fair points that should be considered the next time someone decides to voice their opinion on this topic. After which we move into the recreational ideas of the newsletter, a space where people can come to for a movie recommendation while food melts in their mouths. In all, we have an issue for you this time that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, so get ready, good luck and happy reading.

-Aryaman Paul

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On The Pod- Episode 4

We are back with the fourth installation of On The Pod! This time around, we explore topics that have been playing a huge part of our quarantined life. Furthermore, tune in for an interview with our new principal, Mrs. Shrutie Shah.

This episode was recorded over Google Meet and Zoom while maintaining social distancing, we apologize for the audio quality.

So, what are you waiting for?
Happy listening!

Issue 20

Credts: WCFA Photography Club

I’ve been thinking a lot about where the last 6 months have really gone and for some reason I started relating to the Phineas and Ferb theme song so much, mainly the line “Finding a good way to spend it”. We weren’t loaded with work or passing time doing the “Normal” things in life, we were quarantined for the whole part of it and now as we enter this post quarantine state of limbo, just a few questions circulate in our heads. “Where have the last 6 months gone?” “How did I spend them?” “Was it worthwhile?” but the last two questions are easily the most important “Does this still feel like a pandemic?” and an internal question of “How would I feel if college reopened?”

As you read that last question, I’m sure a few images flashed through your mind. Your friends talking to you not through a screen but through a mask, you are sitting in your studios, drafting a BC sheet, late night talks and travels and well many more. But if you are still unsure as to how you feel about it go over to our Lucid Conversations and ease your mind as I am sure you are not the only one having these thoughts. If that is not confirmation enough to you then continue to our Agree to Disagree section where Ann Lia Matthew, Anish Bhargav and Melita Patricia break down how we all could be feeling, unknowingly knowing that college might start sooner rather than later.

After which we welcome the new teams for Courtyard and On the Pod, and wish them an exciting year ahead. Finally we have a short yet effective compilation of potential movies and series that you can still pursue before the prodigal son (Architecture) returns into our lives and makes sure that we are as busy as ever. This issue of Courtyard aims to reach out to a larger and more diverse reader base, while also doing a little bit of cheeky self-promotion, I mean they do say self-praise is the best praise. Either way, we hope you enjoy this issue, happy reading.

-Aryaman Paul

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Issue 19

Photo Credits: Rujul M Gowda

A hundred and fifty plus days since college has closed and I’m confident in saying most of us have transitioned from calling this a lockdown to summer holidays. No matter though, as the VTU’s indecisive spirit is back with a vengeance. After a month of what I’m sure were long hours of debate, we have online vivas in the middle of August. Yes, read that line again.

As the aprons are slowly are being hung up and our families are getting used to having us around, we are constantly scampering for new endeavours to busy our days with, be it playing sports with masks on, art or maybe even reliving experiences. But the one thing I’m certain everyone is thinking is, “The grass really was greener on the other side”, as they put on their VTU masks and become indecisive with their past selves.

But these large amounts of time can lead to overthinking and be a large yet silent contributor to people’s mental health during these hard times. If you want to know more, read our very dear Shivani ma’am’s A Brief Affair running down the effects of mental health issues and how to empower yourself through it. Catch Chris Veigas’s Mindspace, where he asks himself an insurmountable amount of questions that provoke his mind. Read these initial spreads which tackle different aspects of hardships, some of which are aggravated by this lock-down and some newly born.

While a lot of us want to be back in college and surrounded by our friends and faculty, it might not be possible just yet. Check out Agree to Disagree, where John George, Kavan Lobo and Anivratha Baggunji give us an insight and breakdown if, in the future employing a combination of online and offline classes might end up being more beneficial or detrimental to institutions and students.

After which we move on to lighter affairs to the reviews section of the newsletter with article such as Dear Book Club. And if the lock-down hasn’t given you the chance to go to your favourite restaurant and gobble down some luscious cake, Akhita Subramanian provides us with an easy-to-make Chocolate Mug Cake recipe, that will make you slowly drool.

Courtyard is back to provide you guys with a roundup of everything that is going on in this pandemic but how could we end a newsletter without providing a warm and hearty welcome to our new principal while also saying goodbye to our first and favourite seniors? Check out the graphic on page 12 that bids them farewell. Although we are apart, Courtyard is here to bring us back together, so sit back, grab a glass of cocoa and happy reading to you all.

-Aryaman Paul

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On The Pod- Episode 3

Say hello to Episode 3 of On the Pod The quarantined voices of WCFA strike again with another instalment to your favourite podcast series. Look forward to some engaging segments which we enjoyed producing! This episode was recorded over zoom while maintaining social distance, we apologize for the audio quality. Hope you have a good time listening to the podcast!

We are releasing two parts to this podcast:

1) All the segments included

2) Complete version of the conversation about mental health

Issue 18

Image Credits: Anivratha Baggunji

As some of us unlock our doors and shake off the moss, our friends in other parts of the world are going back into hiding. Some others are replacing their kitchen aprons with cardboard placards and marching the streets. I’m sure our parents wish we were protesting outside too, at least it would get us out of their hair. Closer to home, the first unlock phase hasn’t even ended yet and masks are dropping and confirmed cases are rising.

As we uncomfortably settle into this ‘new normal’, a semester has gone by at WCFA, and there’s no doubt that we all want to get back on campus faster that you can say COVID-19. If you’ve been a bit out of the loop with the happenings in studios across the semester- not to worry. Catch a glimpse of what went on in design studios in our design spread.

In remembrance of the good ol’days when getting an education was about pass or fail and you didn’t have to take your boria bistar onto the terrace for better connectivity, Shreyas Baindur and Sayema Syed write about backlogs and the dilemmas attached, in their pieces, The Burden of Backlogs and Below 50%.

While for some, this lockdown may have been productive, there are many of us who are struggling with mental health issues and find it hard to cope. Take a look at Blue Feelings, where Aliptha Govindu Reddy illustrates what it means to ‘get the blues’ and how to deal with one’s feelings.

Learning on zoom is strange, isn’t it? But does learning only have to happen in a class? Samyukta Nagaraj explores the different facets of learning and how it forms communities in ‘Learning as a window to connectedness’. If you haven’t gotten screen fatigue yet, head to our reviews section to see what’s the latest in movies.

We also asked you what you thought about this ‘zoom semester’. Was it good? Bad? Forget-and-bury-it-in-a-black-hole ugly? Check out all the responses on our polls page. Courtyard is here to connect us, especially in this time of disconnection; to give us our voices and our space. We may not be able to sit together in our courtyard on campus, but this Courtyard is here. It listens, it retains and it transmits- just like it’s physical counterpart.

-Lamiya Huda

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Issue 17

Image Credits: Niranjan Prakash

Its day #whoevenknows in lockdown where it feels like time is moving at the speed of light and standing still at the same time, so why bother defining it with a number? The talk of the town still remains to be the C-word as its victims increase day by day. The country is operating on colour codes which determine the extent of our freedom to exist as a human society. People you never knew existed in your neighbourhood are now visible on terraces, balconies and openings of any sort in buildings- heck, even the ghosts in haunted houses are out. We stare at screens day in and day out for survival and sanity, while others are attempting to do the same by standing in long queues outside liquor shops. We all know who’s really going to survive here.

In times like this people are advised to pick up a hobby, think of the things that ail your being, don’t just while away your precious time, and always keep yourself occupied. Does thinking of how to keep one-self occupied count as being occupied? Maybe you ended up finding something to do; maybe you didn’t, but if inspiration is what you’re looking for maybe you can find some here.

You know that feeling when you really want to do something that you’re not supposed to be doing but you do it anyway? Check out Sahana Doravari’s account of stepping into the outside world in ‘A new normal’.

Who doesn’t hate zoom classes? The teachers, you thought? Wrong! Here’s what the ones screaming at you to unmute yourself actually think, in ‘An internal monologue’ where KP tells us her trials and tribulations of being a teacher on zoom.

Honestly, who even has the time to think of the world’s problems as institutions still push you to the finish line that they’ve step up for “normal” circumstances? That’s the debate in this month’s Agree to Disagree where Gourav Mahesh, Kavana Kumar and Rujul Gowda debate about whether the decision to push the academic year through this lockdown is the right one.

In the midst of all this madness, who knows what scheduling even means? So, why not make up one of your own? Here’s what we’ve gathered of all your crazy schedules you told us about on Instagram in ‘Lockdown Loiter’.

At the end of the day, wherever you are and whatever you decide to do or think during this time, know that what really matters is your sanity and that’s what you come out with at the end of this lockdown, a sane, sensible and healthy human being, hopefully.

-Adithi Srinivas

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