Generations Climbing to Heaven
April, 2016, time wasaround7.30 in the morning. I, dressedupinmy new starchy suit, soakedin
sweat,wasrunninghere andthere and keptaskingpeople ‘where is the oldacadbuilding?’.Iclearly
rememberaguy witha little touchof smile pointedme towardsit,whatlookslike aseriesof stairsgoing
straightup to heavenandsaid‘there isyour96 stepsto glory’.True that.
Now,whenIthinkaboutit, I feel amazedthatsomanynervous,shakyfeetwentupbythemand came
downas dancingsteps.Since,1963 till today,2016 these stepshave witnessedsomanystories,
memoriesonmaking.Generationshave passed,butthatrailingsbythe pond,oldquirkyfrontgate
Change isconstant.NITIE campusis a standingbeautifulexampleof it.Todaywhatwe see,how we see,
was nonexistent.Fortunate soulstodayjogintotheirlaptops, andsuddenlyworldbecomesahappy
place witha viewof windcreatingwavesuponpond.But, let’ssayif we getthat thingcalledtime
machine androtatesit dial through 4 years back,you wouldbe amazedorrather shockedtosee there
was noWi-Fi signal onyourdevices,nowhite 4antennarouterson ceilingsof hostels.Yes,studentsdid
struggle a lotwiththe digital oxygenof todayandstill made greatstridesthroughtheirlives.
Lot has changedthroughyearsand decades.Lothas changedhow it wasusedto be,how it is.If you ask
a NITIE alumni,whohadpassedoutin90’s, abouthow chillyitisin classrooms while itrainsand you
have to turn off the AC,what youget isa raisedeye brow.Classrooms,dias,duster,boardmarkerseven
NewAcademic Building OldAcademic Building
Overhead projectorsandACclassroomswithcomfortable chairsdomake usfeel elite (p.s-highbench
alsocomeswitha beneathchamber,comeshandyat time totime).
I alwayswonderhowoursupersuperseniorswould feel, tohave acup of tea at 3 a.m. at Brew?How
bad theywouldget nostalgic, if theysee theystill servepermutationsof chole, rajma, Gobi?Butstill I
feel the core alwaysremainstrue.Underneaththe generationgaps,underneathage and profiles,
beneaththose fresher, passouts,there are some cornersthatwill be filledwithevergreengreeneries.
Everystudentonce steppedinthose stairsandsat onthose auditoriumchairswill alwaysremember
these 2 yearswiththeirfavorite memories.Generationandage will alwaysfade awaywhenrainscome
Once a NITIEZEN,alwaysaNITIEZEN.