Once again I started my journey to Ettimadai, Amrita. Wanted to collect the TC and other certificates. I was planning to go on 9th. As it was a holiday there I postponed my trip to Friday 10th. Usually when I am thinking about Ettimadai, I will be caught by some sort of tensions. But this time, after passing out from there, I was experiencing a different feeling. May be cos I know I am not going to be there for more than a day :-)
By 11 PM my bus started to roll from
By morning 7.30 or so I reached
Its really so hot there from the morning itself. I could see the dry mountains through my window.
My mind was running faster than wheels. We spend almost 3 years there. Each and every frame that I saw through the window reminds of different stories. I am sure all my friends will be experiencing the same thing.
Atlast I reached Amrita. I thought still it’s the same old Ettimadai, and our Amrita. I took an auto from Ettimadai. I gave him 25 Rs, as usual. He told, it got changed, now its 30/-. In 10 months much things changed here.
I crossed the railway track. Reached the Entrance Gate. There was no change. The same old story there. Some Autos were parking outside waiting for the gate pass.
When I was there for the first time, I was amazed seeing a check post for a college. But our warden gave me a good answer. The inmates are only allowed to leave the campus to home only once in a month.
We found it irritating. But time has changed everything. We also started to love the ambience there (Not to study, but to sleep :-) ).
Walked towards the Main Entrance. I thought I will get the TC from office, then will go to department.
I got the TC in few minutes from Deans office. I wanted to see the main building. I don’t know how many times we were in Deans and Admin office, for permissions and Complaints. J Went to CCR (Center for Corporate Relations) office. It reminded me about the placement times. The same old notice board is having some new figures of the latest placements.
I started walking towards the IT block, where we lived our 3 years. I searched my bag for a book, so that I can place the TC. So went to our Departmental Store to get the Book. The Gym, College Ground and the store, three favorite spots in Amrita gave lots of memories. Now I really felt bad without my friends. I realized the power of friendship. We used to have our lunch from PG mess. So we had to walk from IT block to PG mess, through these roads. Now the road is empty. But I could visualize the group of students from MCA, walking towards the PG Mess.
I didnt have my breakfast from Outside. So I thought I will have it in MBA Canteen. The route to MBA canteen can be called as Lovers path. We used to sit in these places after coming out of MBA canteen to watch the loving Couples and their private moments in the campus (A sort of “Mouthlooking” :-)) through these paths.
I could find some new faces in MBA Canteen, may be some 1st Year MBA Students. I was searching for the Menu Notice Board. The same old “Set Dosa”. The “chetans” there recognized me. After having breakfast, started to IT block.
There are lots of changes. The building has got a new face. I was trying to get into the usual steps. But that was blocked and new steps are constructed. In the mean time I found “Satish Anna”, our department Clerk. We went to the department. In Chairman’s cabin Kumar Sir was sitting and browsing. Don’t know whether he got appointed as Chairman.
Some words echoed from the office “Be Innovative, try to find out something new”, the words of our Ramanathan Sir. One day we went to get permission for the Farewell Party to our Seniors. Then he was telling, try to conduct some good programs too. He showed us some “Chinese Torch” which is having muti functionalities. He started explaining about the Chinese Innovation and all.
I was in search of LP Mam, Jayakumar Sir and all. Spoke to them, I was so happy. Sir was telling, he still remember about our first semesters. I was so shy to talk to others. May be I was the odd one. But time has changed everything during rest of our semesters. Jayakumar Sir was our Tutor for 4 semesters.
After that I planned to see our Juniors. So asked them to come to IT Canteen. I was surprised that all of the guys bunked the class and came to canteen. I had a very good time with them. We used to gather for small Bday celebrations in the canteen. We never had a Senior – Junior Relationship. We used to call ourselves, MCA Family.
I went in search of our Warden. One new hostel has been built there.
Ours was Gautama Bhavanam. We were the first occupants in that newly constructed hostel. Moreover we spend most of our time there in the hostels. We used to play in the hostel grounds with 1st year Btech students, who are having hostel nearby ours.
Some more new floors have constructed. Had lots of Memories related to our Hostel life. I don’t think I can write everything. Its really lot.
I started back to the main gate through the Ashram entry.
We used to call this as “Small Kerala”, as the ambience is similar to our place. Full of greenery, and the corridor is so beautiful. It leads to Store, Guest House, Deans residence and the main entrance.
Then came the Guest House. It is related to our placement memories. All the interviews happened there.
We used to stay in the lawns of the guest house waiting for them who are attending the interviews. Placement season was the one which we realized the “Oneness among ourselves”. Though we are in different places now, I am sure Amrita guys won’t forget at least this one.
I reached the main entrance. The security Chetans are unforgettable. The railway gate is opened. Felt like the foyer to the world is now open for ever.
I know I will never ever come back to Amrita as a student. My student life has ended L Still the memories and our friendship will be there last longing.
After a point of time we all will leave our past like that and fly with the sweet memories. Once we are back there we could see someone new have taken our place where we lived. This is LIFE. We have to move on…