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Last night, I got my hands on Cactus Flower 2007, the BITS Pilani mag. Great expectations for it had grown as a result of reading the previous issues of cactus flower especially this one. Sad to say, it is not even distantly close to being good.
This is not just my view. Among others I have discussed it with, a 100% think, quite frankly, its pathetic. I see, that Rachit also echoes this view. To start off, a really sad looking cover. Come on guys, its our annual magazine. Don’t you think it deserves better; atleast a BITS logo on it?
Then articles like Twinkle twinkle, Hina 2006 and OrBITskut make me wanna hide my face in shame. Then the now infamous use of the f-word in the comic. How bloody desperate can u get man? Crux of it all are the cartoons on recruitment. This is a college magazine. Its supposed to be a reflection of our institutions greatness to the world. It is not meant to be a canvas for the editor and his team to write whatever they like. I remember this quote from the movie Spiderman:
With great power, comes great responsibility.
It must be mentioned though that, the article, A Perforated Soul and the verses Master and The Last Grain are brilliant. The sketches The Doors and The swan song are also good. to quote my friend Rachit, “Shows we have flashes of brilliance even in mediocrity.”