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30 Days Blogging Challenge – Day 10: My memorable trip

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

Travel… the word enthuses me for sure, but I haven’t had the opportunity for a trip often, reasons being many. My friends say I have an eidetic memory, so penning down my thoughts on a memorable trip wouldn’t be quite difficult.

The earliest memory of a trip is that of Kurseong…. I was barely 3-4 years old. I remember (and my relatives still remind me of it) creating a ruckus for “feeding bottle” (for my staple diet at that time- milk).

The trip to South India in 1991 was also a very special memory. My birthday was celebrated at Auroville (Pondicherry). The sheer beauty of the place where Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet the Indian Ocean, that ferry ride to Vivekananda Rock, the plush Hills of Nilgiri at Ooty…. I still search for that album whenever I go home.

In the mid-1990s, we visited Gangtok. Driving through snow, clicking photos on the frozen Changu lake or the joy of seeing a live yak were too good to forget. And if I start counting the numerous short trips around places in Dooars, it would take me ages to complete this post….

My first trip without family was the Excursion in the third year of graduation at Presidency. After heated deliberations, my suggestion of North Bengal trip prevailed. Those 9 days with Physiopals were pure bliss – the elephant ride with Bham, Madhu, Ritu, the wrong knock at Jaldapara, social physiology surveys and awkward situations faced when you ask about birth control, the Lataguri food, canopy walk at Loleygaon, midnight mayhem, Chadan’s fainting at Lava, PM Sir and his antics, Ritu using AKS sir’s armpit as headrest, hypoxia, dim petni, Rheshyap, bonfire…. Those were unforgettable memories…..

This trip was followed by another one – to the sea this time. Bham, Sayan, Sugata, Sandipto, Sabir and I went for a 3-day trip to Chandipur near Bengal-Odisha border. The tranquility of the sea, the ferocity of the rain, that adventurous walk in the rain through knee-deep water, the jeep ride and masti…. Those were the days.

Even my recent trip to Digha was a memorable one. The first trip in ages with my parents… A trip to Digha after a gap of 25 years… The much-needed vacation… The fast-paced development in Digha, thanks to the new regime in Bengal… The mini-vacation was worthwhile.

Life is all about moving on. I am sure in the days to come, I would get more opportunities to explore the world. The book of life has a lot left to explore!

Kolkata & Me

14 July 2005.That was my first day as a student in Kolkata.After completing my schooling in North Bengal,i wanted to move out of the boundaries of that small place.Although i would have loved to move out of Bengal altogether,i chose to study in Kolkata.That too in an elite institution Presidency College 🙂

Living away from home for the first time,that too in a big city like Kolkata,i was thrilled,excited and yes nervous.Although i stayed in Siliguri for two years during 11-12th schooling,it does not count as away from home coz home was just 45 minutes away.
So an 18 year old.All alone in a new city.Anticipating a new life.New environment.
Thankfully i had cancelled my admission to department of Physics in St Xavier’s College or else i would have never met the 13 wonderful people who made me feel quite at home in this city.I must tell you that the three years in Presidency College were my best years in life and never have i enjoyed so much.14 of us,thinking alike,always together,united….I have never heard of any other group who were like us.We had differences amongst ourselves but put them aside for the sake of our group.Thats why we Physiopals still continue to be together inspite of being in different departments!
Among all of them obviously Bhamuu has been my best mate till date.He is more than just a best friend for me.Had he been not in our department i don’t think our group would have been as strong as it is!Every get together,Party,Treat,Physiopal Award that had been organised over the last five years had been due to his unrelenting efforts(with a little help from me and Linz).He immortalised our stay in Presidency with his great videos,his sense of videography is unmatched,I have seen many videos made by many students but no one can match the standards Bham takes his short movies to!!! The video of our excusrion is a testimony to this fact.Or even the numerous other videos of our get togethers.
Golpark-Gariahat is my favourite place for hanging out in Kolkata.It was my meeting spot with Bham during 1st and 2nd year of BSc 🙂 we were both members of the RamKrishna Mission Library and used to love chatting by passing chits inside the reading room 🙂 Plus Bham is my co accomplice in out eat outs,I don’t think there is any restaurant in and around Gariahat where we haven’t been to 🙂 Eating at new places and rating them is our hobby 😛
Other than him my motley of friends consist of Ritu,Linz,Sumitash(Janu),Madhu,Neela,Sayan,Uttam,Sugs,Sakshi,PriyOnka(;P),Krish.All of them have some way influenced my life during the past 5 years.Be it PCGC in class or the discussions and debates or dance sessions in labs during practical classes,practical tuitions at Atulda’s place…i miss them all!!!
I must talk of British Council Library visits with Ritu.Oh…what fun those used to be.We used to love disturbing old people with our constant chatter patter inside the library 😀 Plus the biriyani at Saima or short visits to 25 Camac Street.Man i miss those 😦
Since i stay alone here in Kolkata i always love visiting people at their home 🙂 Linz’s Mom keeps on saying “abar esho” whenever we leave her house inspite of the fact that we visited her just yesterday 🙂 Not just Linz…Sayan and Neelanjan’s house also get a frequent visitor in me and Bham 🙂
In short we just need an excuse to meet up.Sometimes we don’t even need excuses 😛 I feel the most comfortable in the presence of these people and can never let go of them.
Having said so much about Presi days i must admit that yes in MSc too i met really good people,although i don’t even know everyone in our class of 57,they must be good in their own sweet way 🙂 Two among them who shaped my last two years were Abhishek & Aneesha…who are really very sweet and truly good friends.Abhishek particularly is my bestest friend ever.And i love him a lot.
Well thats all i think.My stay in Kolkata for the last 5 years gave me such wonderful friends and i hope i will be lucky in life to have more like them 🙂
3 cheers to this City of Joy….inspite of its several shortcomings i love this city 🙂
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