Aankhon mein hazaro sapne, dil mein liye the armaan...
Aasmaan ko chhuna hai, honge hum kal ki duniya...
Yaad hai woh saath har pal, Manipal ke woh meethe pal...
Sharaarat ke woh din, masti aur yaari ke din...
Woh the suhane din apne!!
(Eyes full of a thousand dreams, and a heart full of desires,
A will to touch the sky, and to be the new world,
We remember all those moments together, And the sweet days of Manipal,
Days full of mischief, and filled with friends and fun,
Those were the best days of our lives...)
Such goes the song release by the Medical College, MAHE, Manipal to grace the 50th anniversary of MAHE - Manipal Academy of Higher Group. This song, set to teh tunes of the Summer of '69, originally sung by Bryan Adams, set about to rock the campus world.... it still rocks... and became nothing short of a mantra for all Manipal students. Be it the ones from MAHE, SMU, Manipal, Pokhra.... It bonded all the Manipal students.
Now, in case you are wondering why I am going gaga over this song... then I guess I have take you on a trip into the world of Manipal amidst the Himalayas, in the serene and beautiful state of Sikkim. Yup... you have guessed it right. I graduated from Sikkim Manipal University and spent 4 years of my life nestled in the calm and quiet surroundings of Sikkim, roaming about and exploring corners, sitting on the banks of the river Teesta.
22nd August, 2001: A stubborn, spectacled 17 year old, walks into the campus of SMIT (Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology). Situated 4 kms ahead of Rangpo on the way to Gangtok, the college was situated on the banks of the River Teesta in the quaint little village of Majitar. Having started in 1997, I happened to be the 5th batch to have joined. I took up Electronics and Communication Engineering. And thus started my technical education.
13th July, 2005: The same guy, now 21 years old, walked out of those gates having gone through his final examination - final seminar as a student. 4 years have gone by, 4 years of undiluted fun... a life which taught me how stand up for myself and for that which is right, how to tackle and diffuse tensions, deal with problems, identify people for what they are, taught me how to strum the guitar, badminton, snooker..... I picked it all up at college. I also faced soem of my biggest and most seriosu personal crisis during colege days... I learnt to survive despite all odds... and come out guns blazing!! Learnt that honour and trust probably matter more than money... You can never be what you never are.. pretension can never take the whole distance!!
So many lessons enclosed within the boundaries of a single campus!! Amazing, is it not?? And it is then I realised I have changed... for better or for worse, I dunno.
It is true for everyone am sure!! Nothing out of the ordinary here...... but just remembering.... how even the tough guys broke down when saying good byes perhaps for a long time to come. How an entire batch got together to celebrate their graduation.... Sheer bliss!!
Those were the best days of my life......... At least till date!! :)