Thursday, March 30, 2006

i'll remember

Its 9:30 pm sunday evening and I am hurrying towards the chaotic ksrtc bus stand looking for my bus to mangalore. I still remember when I sat inside the bus, I could see tears falling down my mom's eyes. For the first time, I could sense myself receding away from home. However, i remained very stoic, just trying to suppress my feelings. I was all set to explore the new and tougher ways of life. I had a mixed feeling of missing my family and friends on one hand, and on the other, excitement and fervour that I would be pursuing my course at krec, surathkal.

Initially, none of us had a clue as to what was happening.We didnt know where our hostels were, when our classes would start or who our roomies would be. I could see all my classmates running around finishing up the formalities.The good thing was, during this phase, some of us already started making friends. We didnt have a choice to pick our roomies, though I never wanted to have that privilege. I knew it was hardly a matter of time for me to gel with anyone. Basically, I was known for being sloppy and unkempt. I just hoped my roomie would not be quite opposite to me. But, I discovered that Arvind beat me by a huge margin when it came to being messy!! Phew, I felt a lot relieved

Needless to say, the first thing to mention about is the hostels . Our room always reminded me of an aftermath of an earthquake, both of us lost in the debris searching for our wallets and watches. To add to our misery, the room we stayed had a leaking roof. No wonder, we used to see no one coming to our room to relax. But one thing that kept us going was perpetual music from my comp. Coming to bathrooms, our hostels were blessed with water for about like 2 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening and our classes used to start at 8 in the morning. One could hear constant banging of doors and slogans which were yelled under extreme conditions of suppression and endurance. It was a treat to watch only if you were not one of them. Then, we had to rush to the mess which had hundreds of satirical articles to its credit . On the positive note, all of us eventually became kind of ambidextrous trying to tear the so called chappathis, which was as tough as probably tearing a hundred page notebook. Thats one place where none of us wanted to visit, but all of us had to ;-)

I generally used to enjoy combined studies during our class sessionals and the main exams.I remember, me and my roomie used to complement eachother very well. Both of us used to read just half the syllabus and explain whatever we have read. After the exams, the kinda fun we used to have together was awesome. One room would be picked by a panel of movie buffs and a show on the latest hindi or english flick would be screened at 8:00 pm after dinner. Whether the host was there or not, there would be 10-15 of them gathered with some light refreshments too. After the movie, some ppl get to stay back for a special screening on a different genre of movies which apparently has only 2-3 characters . Trust me, i was never a part of the second screening, an honest proclamation though ;-) . Apart from this, on a saturday evening, everyone's eyes were cast on the hostel notice board. All were curious to know the movie which would be sreened that evening in the open air theatre. Watching a movie there seasoned with shady comments from all over is a experience in itself

One thing that i cant miss out is the reverberance of the sea which always gave me a feeling that one day i would be washed away during sleep. Students and faculty used to flock together at the beach in the evenings. The highlight here is the Ganesha temple, at the backside of which we can relish the picturesque sight of the sun sinking into the horizon. I remember during holi celebrations, there were atleast 600-800 students who had come there to cleanse themselves after being splashed allover with colour. Apart from this, the latenight walks around the serene campus which always used to be the best way to unwind after a hectic day. This used to be followed by hot maggie at the night canteen..... very nostalgic indeed.

It was not only inside the campus where we had the best time of our lives. I remember the trips to bekal fort, sringeri, hornadu, kudremukh, sita falls, udupi, manipal, kollur, madikeri etc,etc.. all of them are still fresh in my mind. it is not just the place, we all enjoyed the spirit of being together. We used to frequently go to mangalore only for one reason, the yummy gadbad at ideal icecreams and well maybe one more reason, catch a glimpse of the pretty girls there... very pretty i must admit. In simple words, having fun was just a thought away. Truly, those were the best days of my life !!!

14 comments:

surya said...

Dude!!!! this is it..... ur writing skills r moving northwards with the speed of light..... wat a grt write-up man... one of the finest,like sachin's century... i cud c ur room,canteen, friends n the beach in front of my eyes..... "reveberance of the sea makes me feel i wud be washed away in sleep" .... wat a beauty.... hats of dude...

keep going....

Sree said...

I jus loved it prash! as surya says, i cud c it, feel it...took me back to my chennai days too...may b i will write something 'inspired' by this:D
the mixed feelings while leaving home...the anxiety about the new world, frenz, hostel, unkempt roomes, the sea, the movies, combined studies...a shared life
as u say....lovely!
"In simple words, having fun was just a thought away." whew! what a thought! sakhathaagi bardideeya
p.s., that pic z pathetic!:P

Gowtham said...

nice one maga - brought back similar nostalgic memories of good olden days. Swalpa low-level english use maaDidre chennaagi odabahudu. btw, that picture looks like you were jammed between two trucks - please change it asap.

talking about laziness (or lazyness), i too got lazy today -

http://www.sgowtham.net/friends/

If you happened to change the URL of your blog, please do let me know...

waiting to read more of your thoughts,
gowtham

Warrior poet said...

En maga idu !!! Im dumbfounded, flabbergasted....sucked into your story like a helpless moth..and

Yes i agree with the rest of them, the picture makes u look like a jaundice ridden tramp who's just arrived from the interiors of dharavi intermixed with the kalasipalya looks.

Hems said...

Haa! ... ello horatu hodhe ... Prashaanthaaaa!..( supposed to be read as "Maaadeshaa"...of JOGI style ...

Super Write -upp"U...Naan oblu baaki iddhe...hostel life 'ella enu antha gotthilla...

B/w photo change maadtheeya illa ... hanumanthan baaladh thara belediro comments 'ge naanu swalpa add maadla...

to be precise....it looked like as if you have been kidnapped & the kidnapper has not fed you since last three days( may be the kidnapper wanted to send this photograph to your parents for a ransom).

Uhaahahaha !!!!

Prashanth said...
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Sree said...

oye! hEman maneli chamakkaagi cell hiDkonD pose koTTid foto ittalla - adann haaku!;) drug peddlar anta innU yaarU hELillva?! strange!;D

Prashanth said...

ok... finally i could manage to change my snap... eega model thara iddina???

Gowtham said...

dude,

this photo is definitely orders of magnitude better than the previous one :) how about bettering it by few more notches ??

just a thought
-gowtham

Sree said...

he he! id yaav thara ide antha naan hELalla illi - hELdre aTTskonDband hoDeetya annsutte:P but ya, better than drug peddlar:)) neen EnE hELu, aa cell hiDkonD illdErO scope hoDeetirO foto idakkinta saavrapaal vaasi;))

Sree said...

noor hiTTaaytO - naanE century clickkisiddu!:D

Prashanth said...

my counter doesnot increase on every refresh !!! it is only for unique hits...btw, congrats on crossing 1k. as rags said may it touch a billion hearts soon :-)

Sree said...

lei1 gottO! naan bandaagle 100 aagiddu! jaasti kochchkObEDa nange poor tech brain anta! :D

Arvind said...

hey manda...that really took me to our wonderful college days man...thanks dude...strech ur thots to lil more lines n u can make a best-seller...Im sure..u r workin on it...