Sunday, March 20, 2011

The ‘Holi’-Day that was in 2010

When I woke up this morning, I was browsing through the messages in my phone and I had a message from a friend of mine from my school hostel. On seeing that holi wish, I wondered how he and his friends were playing holi in the hostel this time. A streak of smile crossed my face when I remembered how I and my batch-mates had celebrated the ‘Holi’ Day last year.

It was the 1st of March, 2010. We were just 8 people in the hostel: Siddharth, Venky, Amrit, Love, Mangu, Maddy, Atul and I. Just two-three days back we had been prohibited to play Holi by our warden who had cited some reasonable restrictions (not under Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India). But we were adamant and we did get the colours and under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, we expressed our freedom by playing holi in the corridor of the second floor of the Boys’ Hostel. One packet gulaal and a bottle of foam had our excitements touching the horizon and our noise-level increased and increased and increased until the time we were frozen to standstill by the sudden entry of our warden!

You can predict what happened next. The eight of us stood in a queue and listened to the we-don’t-know-how-long lecture that was delivered to us. Well, we were even made to realize that the house-keeping staff was on a leave that day and so as a punishment, we had to clean the whole floor there and then. We didn’t think it was a joke. My batch of just 6 people had already done enough drama in the past months and had seen situations much more badly than this.

Our house-keeping duties started with our warden instructing us exactly how to do what! We might have been termed ‘besharam’ if someone had seen us at that moment, but frankly speaking, we enjoyed the hour long cleaning drive to the full. We got some wonderful compliments (and instructions) from our warden: “Zindagi mein kabhi sweeper banne ka sapna mat dekhna”, “Jhaadu ko aise nahi, aise pakadte hain” and more like that.

Now we needed a bath. The amount of water that had been ‘wasted’ by us (amateurs) in ‘cleaning’ the ‘difficultly-stained’ floor had been too much. Well, now we faced a water shortage problem. The eight of us lined up in the six bathrooms (out of which some had the problem of electric shocks due to the geyser that kept us away from them) and waited for enough water to come by so that we could have a proper bath.

This was the situation just two days before our Physics Board Exam. So we didn’t call it a day yet. After all this drama, none of us was in a good mood to study and so we spent some more time in discussing the days events and abusing people due to the injustices that we were facing due to them.

When we recall that time, and discuss what had happened, a big grin crosses our faces even now after more than a year of all that happening.

The ‘Holi’-Day that was in 2010 is all just a distant memory now!

Monday, March 14, 2011

KAL, AAJ aur KAL (Part 2)

History doesn't always repeats itself....
The year is 2010. Month is September- I have joined college some weeks back. Not many ‘good’ friends to be with. But yes, many friends to talk to. I am getting to know many diverse kind of people- It’s all a nice experience. I have my first visits to Select Citywalk. My blog writing and other activities get recognition for the first time. I win the Best Blogger Award at my college. I deliver Chatur’s ‘Chamatkaar’ Speech on Teachers’ Day at college. I am enjoying what I am being taught. My teachers know me well even before I learn their names. I have a good time with the people I stay with. Telephonic conversations on a high. I am enjoying every bit of college life- attending classes and having Dilli Darshans. Nobody knows much about me due to my intentional introvert attitude. But being back with friends after 5 months feels good.
...but most of the time it does... 
The year is 2011. Month is March- I have joined college 7 months back. Still not many ‘good’ friends to be with. Not many friends to talk to. I am getting to know many diverse kind of people- it has not always been a nice experience. I am bored of visiting Select Citywalk. My blog writing and other activities are already gaining much recognition. I deliver an extempore which should actually have been a well prepared speech, and I think I do it well. All my teachers know me and have high expectations from me. I have appeared for my semester exams two months back and am anxiously waiting for the results now.
...only if we allow it to...
I am not having a good time- not attending classes regularly and my introvert attitude is not helping me. I am not having interest in studying what I am being taught. I don’t appear for my internals with any kind of preparation. I have messed up many things. This changed me is being accepted by no one- parents, teachers, friends- and on top of all, by me. But I am surprised that even now I have so many people who actually know me, love me, care for me and want the ever smiling, fun-loving, hardworking ‘real me’ back. And I am sure I shall stand up to these expectations.
...and I won’t!!

P.S.: The inspiration for this entry comes to me from another entry by a similar name that I made back in August 2010 (Then and Now- The Contrast) and thus this one has the suffix ‘Part 2’ attached to it!
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