REACHING IIT KHARAGPUR
Caz-cutting the initial confusion about train-timing, we reached IIT KGP for Zonasa 2010 on 2nd September evening, a day before the official opening. Now, first of all, who are we? and what is Zonasa? Well, with pride, we are the students of Department of Architecture, Town and Regional Planning of B.E.S.U.S. Then again, I am no official representative of the department or the university in any manner. I am just the first year, (been here for one month, precisely) and all my experiences and stories publicly shared here onto at my blog are confined within the domain of first years of the academic year 2010.
And Zonasa is the Zonal Convention of National Association of Students of Architecture. Now, this year IIT KGP was the host of the Zonasa.
The first exciting thing that happened was the 'Mastaram Mastahar' (or so I heard ) slogan as the train started of from the Shalimar Station. Our USEC (=Unit Secretary) took an informal 'roll-call' and then to all our sudden surprise, he started leading a tremendous energetic slogan which all but the first years made even more amazing with their high pumped chorus. I am not sure whether it would be right to put up the slogan on my blog as of now, but I can hardly resist the temptation to do so-
LEAD VOICE : MASTARAM MASTAHAR!
CHORUS : B.E.C BEMISAAL!
LEAD VOICE : DESH KA MAHAUL KAYSA HAIN?
CHORUS : B.E.C JAYSA HAIN!
LEAD VOICE : MASTARAM BANKE ARCHI K DIN GUZAAR LE!
CHORUS : MASTARAM!
LEAD VOICE : MASTARAM BANKE B.E.C K DIN GUZAAR LE!
CHORUS : MASTARAM!
LEAD VOICE : MASTARAM BANKE ZINDAGI K DIN GUZAAR LE!
CHORUS : MASTARAM!
AND THEN A LOUD ROAR FROM EVERYONE...
My text can hardly depict the fire of this fuel, though I had many opportunities to go for recording it, still I missed all my chances, but as soon as I get one, I will surely put it up here..
With many funny, funnier and funniest events happening on board, our train took us to Kharagpur in no time. Though I dared to take out my camera when we were half an hour from kharagpur, I still think I should have had it ready right from the very start, because still on Earth there is no device to get pictures from my brain. However luckily my batchmates had there compacts ready all the time and as soon as I get all those photos, I may put up some of them here as my mere articulation is not enough to get the touch of the excitement. Till, then the reader will have to be satisfied with my photographs only.
|1st yrs cheering on board (precisely on the bunk :D)|
Clockwise from left: Debjit, Riddhibrata, Shubhadeep, and Nilendu
|Zeeshan and Nirmalya|
When we reached the Kharagpur Railway station, (incidentally boasting the longest platform in the world) we received a warm welcome from students there. They arranged a matador which took our big massive trunk and few luggages and a bus which took us. We reached IIT and found our accommodation at Madan Mohan Malavya Hall.. We dumped our luggages, had a quick shower, informed our parents, drank a lot of water, and got out to have our dinner. Walking a lot through the broad roads of IIT KGP, which appeared as a mini-township, we luckily got in our way, the bus bringing the students from Jadavpur University, where I had a friend from my school, whom I met, after a long long time, which made me somewhat nostalgic.
However, with starving stomaches we made our way to 'Billoo's Restaurant' , an open air food-joint owned by a Punjabi gentleman. We gathered all together, had a lot of fun and adda and finally had a heavy dinner with Nuns and Aloor Dum.
|Dinner at Billoo's|
4 persons in focus;clockwise from left: Pradipta, Nirmalya, Ridhhibrata, 3rd year er dada
The day ended however, with the promise of a new day to begin..
...to be continued..