"Life @ Campus"
- by Saikat Bose *
SALVATION... Is it not what we
all distraught materialistic souls run after and aim to attain as our final goal
in our life?
Well - with the change in time
from eons to today, the word salvation too has undergone a sea of change in
meaning. From a one time meaning of attainment of 'NIRVANA of SOUL', salvation
today means the attainment of that bit of knowledge that acts as a gasp of
oxygen when one fights for survival and glory in this age of 'Everyone is Brutus
Buddha got his salvation under a
bodhi tree... Newton got his under an apple tree... and we here at IMI get it in
our amphi (for the uninitiated - our open air amphitheatre) and as if following
a trend, we too have a couple of trees to get inspiration from. No soul who has
ever passed through the gates of IMI will ever contradict the statement that the
best place to achieve the IMI experience is in its open air amphitheatre...
which we at IMI call the 'life of campus'.
The common saying in the campus
is 'The Amphi Never Sleeps' (I have a tickling feeling that a now-so-famous ad
line was inspired by our amphi). I think Sir Issac Newton will second me when I
say that every realized dream starts with the weirdest of imagination.
Well - who could have thought before him that a falling apple could be a
precursor to the discovery of the laws of gravitation? Out here in IMI... 'most
of the theories ever formulated'... 'darest of the dreams ever dreamt'...
'classiest of the quotes ever quoted'... 'coolest of the logics ever
generated'... 'mushiest of the emotions ever felt'... and the' best of the life
ever experienced'... are all joined together by the common thread of the amphi
(being the place where most of the aforesaid things are experienced).
From trying to comprehend the
uncomprehendable demon of accounting to nearly bursting our jugular veins
listening to craps by our own santa and banta singh. From strategizing for the
next volleyball game (undoubtedly the most popular game on campus) to trying to
comprehend the beauty of foreign languages and in that process nearly going
insane. From trying to figure out how not to get caught sleeping in O.B. classes
to deliberating on the most optimal way to utilize time (basically meaning
getting up 5-10 minutes before the commencement of classes and then optimizing
the follow-up activities) before reaching for the classes. From trying to digest
the thoughts of Kotler, Porter, Senge and Covey (well am desperately trying to
find a digestive pill for that) to always crying out loud 'work load is too
heavy'. From juggling between the meetings of Prometheans (marketing club),
Finalyze (finance club), Seekers (systems club), Orbet (hr club), Q-circle (quiz
club), Placecomm and Alcomm (well there are so many that I may be missing some
of them) to firmly stating that 'Partying' is the only relevant concept that is
From brainstorming over
presentations to be delivered in the shortest of delivery time (I think it's the
only inhuman activity overlooked by the ever crying out aloud human rights
activists) to partying on the weekends (if by God's grace there are no classes)
over a bottle of wine. From religiously celebrating all festivals from Diwali to
Valentine to celebrating birthdays in apna IMI ishtyle. From dreaming to
delivering, in some way or the other the life of the campus (our amphi) is
related to 'em all. Amphi sees 'em all, feels 'em all and records 'em all and as
time passes by, old order changes to new, new faces sit at the amphi, new
theories get dissected at the amphi, new strategies gets formulated at the amphi
and new articles gets written about the amphi... amphi watches silently...
slowly spreads open its arms... smiles and whispers... 'Enjoy your life @
campus... and attain SALVATION'.