I have been visiting many colleges/universities for arts club inaugurations,interactions etc etc for the past some months.When I got a call from my MA college of Engg,Kothamangalam i was thrilled.I did not want to miss it at any cost.
I politely refused their offer for providing conveyance.I wanted to drive through all my old days.I called up a college friend Jomy to see if he was free to travel with me.He was equally interested.Actually I hadnt gone back to my college since I left there.Long 12 years!
It was a great drive.We mostly talked our old college days.We stopped for a break at the college junction.It was changed ofcourse,but not that much..Mayura lodge,our book stores, were all still there.Plenty of ATMs.I was thinking how we used to wait for money from home,taking loans from friends..now for todays students ATMs are just meters away.Salute to technology guys!
I reached the college and immediately liked it that they dont allow students cars/bikes inside.Showoffs are not the order of the day anymore:)
Before going for the function I requested the union guys for some time to just roam around the college.An inter collegiate festival was happening there-Sanskrithi.Roamed through the old classes,canteen,labs,auditorium..Our final year class has now become a seminar hall.
Met some of the old teachers.Most had seen my movie and liked it.Saw some short films made by students.Not bad at all I must say.
Met the current principal and dept heads.I told them how the four years in this college had helped me become independent and gain confidence.Principal presented me with a memento.I have requested for a copy of the snap,that was special.
When I was offered food,i said I would rather have it from college canteen.After our labs we used to roam around there for snacks,coffee..Met our old canteen chettan.He said 2 other old students who were in love while studying had come with their kids(big now) just before us.I could immediately imagine that nostalgic walk down the memory lane.Special!
On my way back I drove into the college hostel.Again cars and bikes are not allowed inside.Cool.A cricket match was going on in the ground.Just went through the our old rooms.The new inmates had locked them all:(
Travelled through all our old places in Kothamangalam.I was never an enterprising student,I knew few then and few knew me as well.I lived mostly in my world of dreams all those years.Dont think I enjoyed those days as I should have.But that was me:)
Still for anyone college days are special isnt it?memories and memories for anyone to pick up from every brick and pieces…
A good day!