Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Up The Memory Lane

My friend's enthusiasm for his convocation was infectious. It left me wistfully wishing that my college had a convocation too. It is not that I particularly have a fetish for donning the black robe , or hold the rolled parchment or throw my graduation cap in the air.

It is because a convocation would give me an excuse to go back to college in the ever-so-familiar train. The train which has seen me and my friends play and sing loudly till we get admonished as public nuisances, fight over something as silly as window seats and hide under our pillows when a tunnel approaches.

It is because a convocation would give me another chance to enter the hallowed entrance and have a glimpse at the board which would make my heart skip with joy and yet, wrench with nostalgia.

I can almost visualise me and my friends point out the favourite landmarks - the ubiquitous redi, which is the cornucopia of interesting food and the breeder of philosophers, thinkers and sometimes, engineers. The passive onlooker will call it the tea stall. We would point at the computer lab, which is more used as a meeting place for lunch outings than as what its name claims.

We would sit, with our elbows propped on the grass lawns and look at the sky and relive the conversations that place had encapsulated a couple of years back. Conversations ranging from the origin of the universe to the next day mess breakfast.

We would look around our hostel, and laugh at how the once all female bastion has now become a shared domain.We would take snaps in front of our respective rooms along with the graffiti scribbled on the doors. We would look at the colors spilled on the walls during holi and try to frame the culprit...
We would look at the stage in the auditorium and relive the days of dancing all night to melodies heard and unheard.The auditorium, where they had watched my moments of pride, embarassment and happiness on stage and cheered equivocally.

I am finding it difficult to come out of this reverie.This is definitely not turning into reality, atleast not in the near future. But the reality of the memories remain. The memories which bring a tear to the eye and a smile to the lips.

22 comments:

Aishu said...

oh god hems....that was so beautiful........have never missed anything as much as I miss BITS...how I wish we could go back to that afternoon before CAS class when we slimed off to SKY.....how I wish I could even write EEE tuts again, if it will give me a chance to go back....how I wish.....

Hemamalini said...

wish we could play a game of literature?..wish we could keep 'munch' bets?.. wish to count in the temple?..scream in the audi?...

Aishu said...

heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemmmmmmmmmmmmssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wantto go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hemamalini said...

@aishu..you have company in me:)lets just pack our bags and go.

If only life were as simple as that.

Aishu said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!:-D

Am thrilled for you!!!

When is my treat????

Srini said...

Now I know that Yahoo Messenger is blocked in Trident. Or is it the other way round - on Aishu's side?

I was so fed up with working offshore and never being able to go to BITS, I did the same - picked up a bag, got into the Jaipur Express from Dadar and did a "Lets go" to Pilani.Went to stay for 2 days and ended up staying almost a week :D

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

hey hems....makes me feel like packin muh bags too n leavin for pilani (as soon as im done with the meetin i have now ;p :p)...missin the place liike hell !!!

n yeah a penny for the sentence which says that 'redi breeds philosophers'....

ur post almost made me cry lady !!!

Hemamalini said...

@srini.. bang on target. Yes, YM is banned here..;)
that is definitely something I can picture myself doing in the future!so those pics were taken by you when you went?!thats awesome!

Hemamalini said...

@aishu.. when I set my eyes on you next!:)
glad to see you grinning:)

Hemamalini said...

@neelam.. a pound for your thoughts too:)... somehow neelam.., I think we should have broken the rule and actually climbed the clock tower on the last day!!.. and I was in a pretty similar mood too , when penning this post:)

Prahalathan said...

College years the most unforgettable in most people's lives I guess. I had a ball too! Welcome to Blogger!

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

yeah..i think so too !!but then hems..think abt it...we still have some motivating factor to make us go back to pilani on our 25th reunion....wowie..a pair of 40-somethings goin up the clock tower...!!! :)) ;) i can already hear the 'creak's...

Hemamalini said...

@prahalathan...yes, carefree and riotous!!.. and thanks:)

@neelam..I can hear the 'shrieks'of everybody too ma'am;) Very good idea. Im warming to it:D

kray said...

:)) Okay, if u guys are so enthu about it why not go sumtime soon only!! Not like you don't have time Hemma (:P courtesy Ian).

Srini said...

Yea, those fotos are from my trip in April this year.

What :O you have not climbed the clock tower yet? In 4 years !? Best time to climb is around midnight (ok,before 11 for MBites) on a full moon day.
The huge water tanks and wooden steps inside the clock tower, the humming pigeons and occasional bats whirring past your head, the eerie silence, the sweating - and at last liberation at the top of the clock tower - It is almost like life in BITS :)

abhilasha said...

hey hems,amazing da..i was almost visualising the whole thing...u know sthing..y-day i watched the no-no song on tv and at the end of it i had tears in my eyes..how many times we would have heard that song and practised..those were great times..talk abt redi and my mouth starts watering..game of literature brings back nostalgic memories..i can go on and on....plz aishu and hems,i shall also join u guys in packing my bags..

Kaushik Narayanan said...

well well, blogs on 'up/down memory lane' can be quite dangerous.. esp if uve really been missin the company like back on campus.. i sat thru the entire meetin tday lost in thought.. u knw abt wat!

Aishu said...

hey...where is the nest post???

Anonymous said...

Hey cool blog here..and did u really hide under pillows when tunnels came?
viv

Hemamalini said...

@kray..yes, Chris(courtesy -Ian again;)i do have the time!

@srini.. actually i have gone half way, till the bats part:) then the clock tower showed that it was dangerously close to 11..and then it never happened again!liberation - well, well, i can imagine.. comparing it to the feeling at the end of 4 yrs?

@abhi..u know what, till date i think i havent actually watched that song on tv!..man, that was one hell of a practice. and more than redi, i should say chimpu's was your fav spot?;)

@kaushik..yes, the farther you are, the more stronger the campus attracts i guess:)so i guess the post has a stat warning: reading this is injurious to your office meetings!;)

@aishu..arriving soon lady!

@vivek..thanks:) and yes, that was to scare a certain someone!;)

shailesh said...

isn't it too unrealistic...will you relly feel the same when you go back...won't you be reminded of the failures you met over there or a lot of troubles you went thru right from day one!!!

Hemamalini said...

@shailesh..i know exactly wats on your mind when you were typing this!..but no..,I miss everything there-both the bitter and sweet experiences and would give anything to relive them both in equal measure!