Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Back to the Memory Lane...

More than 43 years after graduating from TIET (Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala - now Thapar University),  I have enough fresh memories to write volumes together.  Serious classroom studies would have been very dull if the frontbenchers like me did not occasionally choose to occupy the last rows – to slip out from the class through backdoor to have a quick game of TT and sneak back quietly! Tea used to be our favorite drink right from the beautiful Cafeteria opposite the main college building to Vinod's Engineering Students Canteen opposite our hostels. Yes, if we were studying overtime (as members of the Owl Club), walking to PRTC workshop in Model Town to have a late night / early morning cup of tea was a routine adventure.  It is just not possible to forget the taste of nectar-like water of the hand pump just outside the main gate of the college campus, spending some gossiping time at the Lily Pool or having a stroll from the college to hostel through the Gulmohar Avenue with Bhoot Bungalow on the way.  They used to call it Hostel E (Bachelor professors’ abode). 

Occasional film shows organized by the Audio Visual Society had Asha Parekh as the permanent heroine, as she was the favorite of the society President, who was also the warden of Hostel B.  And we also had our learned professor of Industrial Engineering, who did never face any questions in the class.  The secret I would share with you.  If you have any query and dare to raise it, fifty percent of the times, you would face the counter question, “Where were you last time when I explained it in the class?”  And if you are lucky enough not to receive this ball, here is the bouncer reserved for the other fifty percent, “Why are you trying to fly that fast.  I will cover all that when I come to that stage.” 

Sorry folks, though I have not grown old enough to forget all those names, may be some other time.
Still, there is so much to share.....

2 comments:

Dharam Paul Sabharwal said...

trying to figure out

Dharam Paul Sabharwal said...

This Industrial Engineering professor was also head of College Dramatics Society. That perhaps was the reason why he was so theatrical in the class. Everyday, he would walk into the class with 5-6 thick books on the subject. Each book used to have a paper poster. After making himself comfortable in the chair, he would open each book in turn where the paper mark used to be, and then read out the relevant paragraphs on the topic chosen for the day. When asked any question, his answer used to be: we covered it yesterday or we shall cover it tomorrow. Believe me, 'TODAY' was lost forever in between yesterdays and tomorrows!