As I sat down to write the post for the alphabet “Z”, I stared at the blank page, wondering what I should write about. In desperation, I asked my BITSian friends for an idea. Someone suggested I should write about zuk zuk one (001). The first rank holder in the normalised list. I mulled about it. 001 in our batch was the all India CBSE topper, who left BITS Pilani after a few weeks for greener pastures of IIT. What more could I possibly write about it? Nothing! It would have been a post of only a few lines. Another friend suggested writing about the “zzzz’s of winters”. Again, the post would have a single line. ” I bunked many classes due to zzz’s in winters.”
I then thought about writing a post about the things I had skipped, like Bhawan’s nights, Sarvi (Sarvjanik hospital ), and Health Centre. I could write about the peacocks, the creatures that everyone finds fascinating but who were pests in BITS Pilani, with their cawing at the odd hours. I could also write about the tiny bugs, nicknamed “poochies”, the ones who made our lives miserable during monsoon. I could write about the many success stories of the alumni of BITS Pilani. Of the alumni who went on to become founders of start-ups, CTO and CEOs. Even if they did not reach the highest echelons of corporate life, they were still professionally successful in life. Better yet, I could write a round-up post expressing my gratitude to my alma mater.
And yet, I was not very happy with the ideas. Something was missing. I kept the notebook aside for some time, deciding to re-look at the notes again.
Looking at my notes again, I was struck by the fact that my thoughts had meandered like a zig-zag. Just like my life’s journey has been after passing out from BITS Pilani years ago. Just as many of my batchmates’ life journey has been. So many of them quit their corporate jobs to pursue their passions. They became artists, NLP practitioners, dance teachers, poets and …. authors.
These twenty-five posts were written when I was looking back at my four years of BITS Pilani with sepia-tinted glasses. But, life was not all fun and games in BITS Pilani. There were adversities, lows and heartbreaks. And yet, going to BITS Pilani was the best decision. I learned independence and resilience. The fact, that I could survive by myself, even in the toughest of circumstances. And dear reader, I found my soulmate there.
This post has been written as part of #BlogchatterA2Z where all through the month of April I will be writing about BITS Pilani.
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