S1S2–We were in M3 along with the mechanical guys. There were a whole lot of people in our class and it was real fun. everything except the classes However we managed to survive the most boring lectures on this side of the planet. When I think about S1S2 what first comes to my mind is playing Basketball. I had fallen in love with Basketball when I was in 12th but i Hardly got time to play Basketball in school. 10 mins in the lunch break was nothing..you just about manage to start a game and the bell goes.But once in college we had loads and loads of time to play. we played whenever we felt like playing. Everyone came to play Santosh, Hari, Chanchel, TC, Sreeju,Cheeni and Anand all joined in and it was great. We even used to carry the keys of the Indoor Stadium along with us and we could play any time of the day. and when all the balls in the phy. education dept got busted we went and bought a ball and I used to carry it around the place.Even took the Basketball to the mechanical workshop to ensure its in safe-custody.
but all good things must come to an end When we were in S4 the indoor stadium became a creche..yeah a CRECHE for the teachers kids…no there were nt a whole lot of them..3 may be 4 and ‘cos of that we werent allowed to play and there ended our basketball careers…BTW i managed to play about 5 mins for the College ‘B’ Team later in our 12-48 loss to TKM..The rest of them dint play after that.
S1S2 was my last good year in Quiz, more on that later
Now, S1S2 went just like that and we were in S3 and it was industrial engg only and as we were only 30 in number we were “dumped” into the smallest of smallest classrooms. For me the first few weeks in S3 were real bad mainly because if was really tensed about the results of the first year exams.
The exam time was a horror 3 weeks for me, relentless the exams were and exams on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for three consecutive weeks. It may not seem that big a burden but once you do every exam worse than the one before it, man it becomes tough.After the exams i really thought I’d fail in atleast 5 of them and the worse thing about the Kerala University results is that people get to know of their results before they are officially published…and when people started knowing their results all sorts of rumours spread around. One fine morning it was Oct 3 2002 I came to know of the results and I have an “all-pass”. Phew!!! It felt like someone had lifted a Boeing 747 off my shoulders.
S3 classes were not definitely as boring as the S1S2 ones but still quite boring especially those building drawing classes of the SalimKumar(malayalam cine-artiste) look-alike Mr. W.
The most memorable part of S3 was the trip to Kodai and Madurai.It was a well organised trip Even though it was unofficial most of the guys came and it was a great experience.Playing Cards with Santosh,Tc and Jibu on the Kodai hotel room Balcony was great fun and also the Campfire where Hari had one of his last mimicry performances.
One of his last…yeah and the last one came just a few weeks after that..There was this Hotch-Potch Inter-collegiate fest where Mimicry was a competition event and we pushed Hari on to the stage and that was an experience for him that neither he nor us will forget. Partly because of the fact that the mimicry was scheduled ahead of the Much awaited Choreo_Video and mostly because what he performed there was utter Crap the audience began to boo him..and boo they did. Only 3 persons in that didnt boo him that day..me,nandu and yeah Hari himself. Hari retired from Mimicry and he never mimicked another person even before friends. But to his Credit he got himself an article he wrote based on this incident published in the Youth Express.
And the class’s sporting interest shifted to table-tennis during this semester.
Now in S4 it too had its share of the highlights. S4 we were still in that small classroom and classes were really boring especially the electrical technology classes that drew out all your charge. The teacher also had the pleasure of kicking me outta class a couple of times.
The Electrical Lab was messy our batch throughout the course was the worst of the lot. My batch had roll nos. 1-10 having the likes of Hari, Chanchel,Jk,Ajmal,Imran and me. In this particular lab most often we ‘d get tangled up with the wires or blowing a coupla fuses.
Now the sporting interest turned to soccer for the batch and we used to play during the lunch break and one such day Sreeju, oh i havent introduced him.
Sreeju is a 6’ 1″ guy almost 100 kgs and the strongest guy in class. He is also one of the most intelligent persons I have ever met. This guy has an amazing IQ level of 165 and he is one of my best pals.
He was not a soccer player and played just because he could push down a couple of people and One fine day while we were playing this guy had a slight fall and voila! his ankle was at a right angle. A dislocated ankle brought an end to his footballing dreams.
Another fun incident was when Santosh chased me down the Drawing Hall when we were supposed to be drawing. He made so much noise that the teacher who was half asleep woke up and politely asked us to go out. As usual i was innocent
to quote Forrest Gump
“That’s all I have to say about That”
Part Two coming up later