“It was 7 in the evening with the night sky almost whitish and clouds all over… “Thunder wow!!” Spoke one of the many who religiously worships the basketball court. No wonder, after-all sports and rain have an ethereal connection. In fact not only with rain, in this campus you just need to utter “let’s Play” and there you go a bay of line either smashing the TT ball, roaring their adrenaline at the foosball table or just jumping high for the sky and basking in the glory of a slam dunk… such is the crazy we love to call ourselves”
But this blog is not just about those sports crazy Spartans. It’s about us, the all of us; it’s about the energy … the verve… the enthusiasm… the everything that I have seen here in every walking mortal.
Not long back I walked into a hot Chennai afternoon and stood watching the tower of reflection and I wondered what is it that I have come here for? I’m sure even though we would have churned the last cells of our brain before stepping into this institution, someday or the other, we all might have asked ourselves this question … yet another time… What is it that I have come here for?
Be it those swooshing cyclists ready to take the streets of Manamai with the first ray of dawn or those emphatic photographers who needless to say can observe the drops while it rains. Be it those who break the barriers of language and can delve all of us into the melody of music or be it that silent onlooker who would sit shyly at the corner bistro table and read peoples mind.
We all have a method in which we feel things and that’s what probably makes us a little different than those outside the walls of this institution. We all might not be virtuosos in statistical analysis neither in the nitty-gritty’s of marketing but we all have something unique which has brought us together, right in the middle of this surreal world to share, build and strive to make not just ourselves but all of us the best. This very difference, our uniqueness is what’s common in us, what binds us together. Otherwise I for one am very sure that no force, no authority and no society can teach you Salsa, Jive, Jazz, photography, music, economics, foosball, Tamil, Chinese and so much more in 30 days.
Just like the company of two who would sit through the night in the stairs of amphitheater watching the stars go by. I am sure sometimes we all looked through the empty college campus in the middle of the night and asked ourselves… what is it that I am here for?
Is it that half hearted job, that social pressure of being better than the others that had us push through to be here? Or is that last chance to build what we desired, do what we couldn’t and be what we always wanted to be that has brought us here.
That small burning flame right at the corner of our heart waiting for us to become anything but ordinary, I say that has brought us here.
“Almost 12 in the night now and it started pouring… few running off for the hostel … few for the coffee and few standing with their arms wide open letting the rain seep in … their first Chennai rain… mild yet daunting… cool yet aggressive. A lone seeker goes for another slam dunk into the darkness of a raining sky … welcoming the other side of the midnight”