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To meet your old Teachers is always great. It adds more joy if you are doing that on his/her birthday. We had checked that Eby Sir would be available at NIT-C on 4th February. Niju, Praveesh and Varun booked their tickets accordingly so that we can reach Calicut by evening. But some unexpected meetings at office made Niju to cancel the trip. Pratheek has also shown interest to join with us. But he could not make out. The plan in paper was to catch the train at 2’o clock from Kannur. Thanks to the guard (who gave the green signal 10 minutes after the actual departure time) and applause to our built in punctuality. We reached Kozhikode station around 3.30 PM. The different directions from different people to a single place made us late by another 10-15 minutes to get the correct bus. The scene which has few North Indian girls with scarcity of proper dress made us ensure that the bus will go to NIT- Calicut. : P. We reached NIT-C soon. In fact it took an hour. It’s true that when you involve in something, you don’t know how time pass. In between, by involving in something I mean talking with Praveesh and Varun and not about the afore said scene.
We were doubtful whether there will be entry inside the campus for outsiders. Praveesh spontaneously started speaking in Hindi and we passed the main gate like college students. To be in the shoes of a college student from a Software Professional was not a big deal as in heart of heart we still belong to the former group. Security did not take a chance to stop the ‘hindi wala guys’. ;) Soon we found Eby Sir. As always he was busy with some activities. This time it was some conference. Eby Sir told that he needs about half an hour to be free. It was our turn to go round the campus in that time. Thank God I did not have any experience as I had from IIM –K.We were not much interested to see the campus as our main agenda was very far from that. Eby Sir had told us that we can take snacks from MC. Well, MC means Mini Canteen. According to Eby Sir, people over that part of world use short forms widely. MC- mini canteen, LC- Lover’s corner etc. People who are extravagant in fees and other expenses are thrifty in using words. . Falling back, Eby Sir was free by the time we had tea and snacks from MC. Praveesh was more interested in the posters that decorated the wall than the Samossa and Bonda. From Mini Canteen we moved to the out gate. In between we few met Eby Sir’s “classmates”. Then we told the plan of Cake cutting. Eby Sir called his colleagues and we assembled at the Main Canteen. Then it was the time of cake cutting, photo session, sharing jokes, chat with the colleagues etc etc. As always our conversation with Eby Sir covered many distinct topics including Placement cell,higher studies, personal matters, politics and why not the crush updates from our end too. We had a great time with Sir. When the hour hand of my watch crossed 7, we decided to make a move. Eby Sir’s colleagues- Prakash and Sumith were with us till we left NIT campus.
We reached Calicut around 8. Thereafter had dinner and got train by 9. Delivered to home by 11. Although we missed Niju badly, we had a lovely evening. Brining the memories of the great time at CGPU- one of the best things that happened in life.
Sometimes life teaches us the value of time, may be specifically in seconds. I was lucky enough to get one class last week. When the IRCTC window popped out with a waiting list status (post chart preparation), I never thought I would have such a night ahead. Unexpected work given by Deepu Ravindran at office made me more late to leave office. Deepu was knowing that I would travel by bus, but even in his worst dream he would not have thought of something happening as it turned out.
So what happened that night?
Actually, nothing much happened that night. But the night became a memorable one only because few things did not happen
Let me put things directly. After wandering for an hour, finally i got a bus to Kannur from Kaloor bus stand. The night journeys in pvt buses are very tedious, but i was helpless. When i got in,”why dis kolaveri..” song was playing inside the bus. “dis is for d soup boysu…we don’t have choiceu”. I said to myself, i don’t have choice, so i am in this stupid bus. The bus left around 10. Soon tight sleep welcomed me. For two or three hours I got good sleep. In fact, the rash driving did not allow me to sleep properly thereafter. My bus was going at a high speed and suddenly it happened. The bus made a sudden break. All the passengers waved a small bye to their sleep. Even the non-living particles inside the bus would have held their breath with that brake. So what happened? Before this thought came to all, the bus was moving unidirectionaly , taking deviation from the main road. Still the driver was unable to stop the vehicle. At last an old electric post lying on the ground managed to stop the bus. Many in the bus started shouting and few kids started crying too. I was completely perplexed, of course lil shocked too. The bus did not settle down with the stoppage. The reverse gear was the one selected by the driver and the most of the passengers were still under shock. The bus was moving at high speed in the reverse direction and soon it was back on the main road. Then the conductor was shouting “don’t leave that bastard…catch him”. It was only then i figured out something from the darkness. A mini bus suddenly tried to cross the road. It was a 101% mistake from that driver of that mini bus. He was in sleep when his unconscious took the vehicle completely into danger. My bus driver had to apply sudden break at an impulsive speed. Even that did not save the purpose. So he took deviation to left which saved the life of at least 50. Soon it was a cinema style chase was happening in the National Highway. The chase continued for about three kilometers. Finally my veteran bus driver managed to overtake the mini bus and stopped it across so that none can pass through the road. No sooner the bus stopped few passengers and the bus crew started rushing to the mini bus. Then it was a time of extravaganza of malayalam slang words. The dramatic fight continued for about 10 minutes. Our conductor consoled the mini bus driver by telling “it’s night, all drive in half sleep, but don’t sleep like this.” All though it might occur as a consolation for the driver, the fact of knowing the half sleep driving theory killed the sleep of many, if not at least mine.
The mini bus was full with some students. I guess their school class might be +2 or so. A disaster got skipped out from reality in seconds. A second late action from the driver would have made that place known for an accident. And sometimes this website which you are reading now would have been described as the website of a Software Engineer died in bus accident.
Thank god nothing like that happened….
വിശേഷം No : 1
ഹരീഷ് തൊടുപുഴ എന്ന വ്യക്തി കഴിഞ്ഞ വര്ഷം എടുത്ത ചിത്രമാണ് കഴിഞ്ഞ ഹര്ത്താലില് ജനം വലന്നു എന്ന് പറഞ്ഞു ഫേസ്ബുക്കില് പ്രചരി പികുന്നത് . ചിത്രത്തിലെ ഗര്ഭിണി പുരുഷന് അന്നെനത് വ്യക്തമാണ്
വിശേഷം No : 2
Sharing the news in Times Of India.
KANNUR: The glory of Thalassery is linked to three ‘c’s – cricket, circus, and cake. Though the splendour of the first two has dwindled, the sweetness of cake lingers. And to celebrate the 129th year of the first Christmas cake made in India, the Bakers Association Kerala (BAKE) is baking a mammoth 300-ft long cake that weighs 1,200 kg.
The programme being organized to celebrate the occasion has been named Oru Desathinte Katha. It will be inaugurated by agriculture minister K P Mohanan on January 21 at the Thalassery municipal grounds. The cake will be cut by Union minister of state Mullappally Ramachandran the next day.
“It was in November 1883 that Mambally Bapu made the first cake in India at Thalassery in his Royal Biscuit Factory founded in 1880,” said P M Sankaran, president, BAKE. There was only one bakery other than this in the country then. That was in West Bengal and only catered to the British. “Bapu, however, democratized the concept and popularized British tastes among Malayalis. And it is this making of history that the association is going to celebrate,” Sankaran said.
The cake intends to tell the story of the town and is being designed by M P Ramesh of Cochin Bakery, who is from the Mambally family. “When this idea was conceived a few months ago, I decided that egg would not be an ingredient of the cake in order to enable vegetarians to taste it,” said Ramesh. “And being a piece of history, we decided it should tell the story of Thalassery.”
Apart from the history of the town, the cake will also have images of cricket, cake and circus, and that of Sri Narayana Guru, history of communism, and the famous Thalassery biriyani. The top of the cake will also have images of our present political leaders.
“The strawberry-flavoured cake will also have many fragments from the unknown history of Thalassery,” said Ramesh. “This is not something to satisfy your taste buds, but is a piece of art laced with history,” he adds.
The organizers are also brining out a souvenir on the occasion. It would capture the historic moments in the culinary history of the town.Read More