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Maharaja’s. We went to Ooty with our Pre-Degree batchmates. I remember that we halted at the Trichur Zoo and that we bought More cigarettes in Coimbatore.

In Kovai Biju was our guide. There was this restaurant that he knew and he took us there for dinner. When the food was served Biju decided that we had come to the wrong place – the plates weren’t warm – and we scrammed from there.

Sangham at the Botanical Gardens

TV, Jose, Aby, Biju, Babu & Mookkan, during his Complete Man period

TV, Jose, Babu & Shibu

It was in Ooty that I first got a taste of kothamalli, and the intense dislike I developed for that continues to the day…

After lunch we went boating. While everybody else managed to row all around the lake, Sangham drifted in circles a few metres from the shore arguing about the right technique…

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The view from our hotel. A Composit image.

Sajeev helped me survive the roller coaster ride these last four years.
Thanks mone!

In the beginning there was ragging. Then suspension and samaram. The college authorities refused to budge and the students decided to storm the DB.

Next scene. Exterior. REC campus. Mid-morning. Students being chased and pummelled by cops. Cut.

We regrouped in our hostels, built barricades, laid traps, locked the gates and waited for the attack…Then the cops left the campus, and the students celebrated by wrecking the workshops and labs (Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks. Ask Forrest Gump). When the adrenalin subsided we sneaked out through B Hostel kitchen, scaled the wall, stopped a passing bus and left for Calicut.

Guess Shakeel and Sreeku were with me. Our plan was to take the night train to Cochin. A lot of time to kill, instead of hanging around the railway station – who will chat with Mech guys, anyway? – we decided to go for a movie…After we left, the cops came and rounded up all RECC-ians waiting in the railway station. Earlier, all the guys who stayed back in the hostels had been taken into custody.

We were lucky to escape on that day. But we took many years to exorcise the demons spawned that day…

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