Monday, July 30, 2007

Those were the best days of my life.......

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!! :)

34 comments:

Melody said...

:) ahh... the bliss of nostalgia!! Nice post, nice pics.

About the song, it's weird, I was listening to Summer of '69 just the other day on the radio & I remember thinking, "I'm gonna sing 'THESE are the best days of my life' for the rest of my life". As fun as looking back may be, I love the present tense, it's exciting!!

Sam said...

Hey mel.. nice to c u!!
well... thnx for the pics.. am not sure who clicked dem... cud have been me too!! part of ourcollege collection... and to be handed down i guess batch after batch...

as for teh song... though the present tense sounds great... but den i think i wud rather have a new song for dat.. dan modify dis classic too much.... it's already been done by teh folks at manipal.. let there be no more!! :)

GuNs said...

Sikkim! Whoa!

I didn't know that at all. Very good man. I am sure you had a good time. I can only crib about MY five years in college though. They were probably the shittiest days of my life. Well, now that I see it... work has been shittier.

When did you learn table-tennis though? I am sure you learnt it in office in Pune coz I do remember teaching you a few tricks then.

:)

-PeAcE
--WiTh
---GuNs

Sam said...

ah dats right guns... gosh!! remember the times we had playing TT all day long.. and the tourney... miss it all... in fact most teh players from then are missing from action... guess am the last guard there!!

Phoenix said...

Superb post!
Nothing beats college life, really!
And the video of the song u talk of is superb too

Sam said...

I know.... searched for it on youtube.. but couldn't find it!! :(
though have my own copy back at home :)

ŋεεяѕ said...

Hey..lovely pics :) makes me miss sikkim so much! I totally loved the place...and u got to spend 4 yrs there!! lucky bug :p

oh and the song is cool as well..audio and video...could somebody plz mail it to me??

Keshi said...

wut a beautiful campus!

Keshi.

Superunknown said...

http://travelogueworthtwocents.blogspot.com/

Wow Samie, you have updated quite frequently. Now I know you d kill me for this yet another URL change, but spare me last time. I wanted to break free this closed blog thing, so changed the URL

Njoy maddi.

FireWhisky said...

lovely post... n lovely pics... im missin home... sikkim rox!!!

Cuckoo said...

When I saw the title of this post, for a moment I thought there goes another lifter from my blog. :P

Excellent!! Post or pictures, which one is better.. can't figure out. Sikkim is on my travel list since long. Don't know when it is going to realize.
Never knew about this part of you. I always thought you are a pakka Kolkatian.

The new look of the blog is quite enticing. ;) You have put some widgets as well. How do you get so much time ?
I can see that famous quote at the bottom as well or had I missed it earlier?

Sweetstickychewy said...

Lovely post and sharing. Memories close to the heart.

cheers!

Sam said...

@neers: well.. i guess am always a lucky fella!!

@keshi: i knw... love dat place!!

@super: u r right!! am gonna strangle you now!! :P ... lol!!
as for updating... well to be honest.. I am gng a bit slow.. used to be faster than this!! :)

@mann: i knw yaar!! chal waapas chalte hai waha.. things r so simple der!! ***sighs***

Sam said...

@cuckoo: was joking abt super.. but am gonna really strangle you!!
that saying has been at the bottom of my blog for ages nw... so have been the widgets!! :|
just added the header pic yesterday!! and seriously.. i had no idea abt dat post of urs.. else wud have surely nicked it... :P

but seriously thanks for that comment... and never assume me to be a proper kolkatian... am not!! no way!!!

@sweets: hey thnx.. i knew u'd like it!!

Vandita said...

helloz mez late again... but lovely pics and lovely post... i know college life is to be treasured, shayad do saal main bhi kuch aisa hi kahoon, that i found frnds for life... had fun, understood life better :deep sigh while i think abt the future:
and sikkim... i wanna go too...
nice post :)

Sam said...

hey.. thnx vands!!! :)
and trust me u r having a wonderful time = college life... enjoy it while it lasts!!

Oracle said...

Those were the days my friend , we thought they will never end.
Farewells makes me so damn nostalgic :(
All the best for your life ahead :)

Sam said...

AH thanks... and wish you teh same!! anywyz, i left those days behind 2 years back... so it's alrite nw!! :)

GuNs said...

Yeah..

Me -> UK
Amit S -> UK, now Mumbai
Arun P -> USA
Vasu G -> Moved
Nitesh -> IIM

Amit W and you are still there. Maybe you can have another tourney organised with all the newbies who are in.

Too bad you will miss all us photographers too.

-PeAcE
--WiTh
---GuNs

Madhavi said...

Oye sam...hw come bouncer de jata hai tu baar baar...:)
Pics r so gud...nw Sikkim ive to visit...n wow yaar,u bet kuch din bhul k b nahi bhul sakte..im so glad n happy 4 u buds tht u had such a wonderful time...n to b such a lucky guy..way to go yaar..n also so close to nature...:D so wonderful...m sorry 4 commentin so late...:( bt nevertheless...hehe..as u said a bliss for the lifetime..:)

Cuckoo said...

Ouch !!
Ok, I agree abt the quote at bottom. but some widgets have been added or at least beautified.
Ab maan bhi jao. :P

david mcmahon said...

Hi Sam,

Wonderful reflection. You took us all on the journey.

Cheers

David

Sam said...

@guns: I know!!

@mads: kya bouncer re?? waise sikkim to pakka se hoke aa... it's such a lovely place!!

@cuckoo: arre bola to... header pe pic add kiya dats it!! aur kuch nahi.. baki sab kuch mahino se hai!! :|

@David: And trust me it's a journey everyone loves... a personal one!! :)

Madhavi said...

hehe sam as if u dunno na...lolol:p
ya ya sikkim to aana hi padega....;)

Sam said...

seriously mads.. got no idea!!

Madhavi said...

Arey ek ek baad ek dhamaka de jata ho..hw u manage yaar..whether serious issue..koi romantic ho..koi light hearted ho..ne incidence..ya is wale ko dekh lo...Kamaal hai re..baapok each time :D..keep it up...

Łóòň Ġãĺ said...

I know exactly how you feel :)

Sam said...

@loon gal: ty loonie!! :)

Nabeel said...

happy and surprised to see that the area is surrounded by greenery.

Arnav 'Sunny' Sinha said...

Sweeeeeeet.

Manipal is the best !
I dont think this itch is going to heal itself unless and until I undertake a Sikkim trip and tell the guy at the Rangpo Midpoint Shop -

"Dajju, euta plate momo chhitto dinnus."

Raj_fireball said...

this is like the crappiest college u'll ever come across. FYI i'm in 2nd year and gettin screwed up here and all my friends have the same to say abt this clg. nothin to enjoy in this place.. never join!! :X

Sumit said...

@Raj_fireball :

While I'm not aware of the state of affairs now, I'd like to hear from you 5 years down the line regarding this post. Till then adieu!

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