Yesterday was graduation ! This marked the end of an 18 month period full of learning, new ideas, fun, friends, parties, brunch, lunch, breakfast, and other meals in between these meals, movies, bowling, video-games, hukka-sessions at 10 in the morning, , bunking classes, waking up late and running to class, sleeping in the class, using BB to un-due advantage, eating chocolates un-necessarily, drinking bottled water, waking up with a hang-over and drinking limbo pani from the Bistro, discussing which nerd submitted every assignment, who joined the BB Wagon, who is getting married, who is venturing out into a new business, where he/she is jet-setting on a business trip, on a leisure trip, who is dating and who is fighting, who abused the loudest, who gambled the most, who lost the most money last night at the hostel, who sprayed vomit all over, who slept naked, who danced like a butterfly, who is having girl friend problems !
It also meant that it wouldn’t be un-usual to see someone walking in with a bag on the 4th day of the contact, someone leaving after attending only 2 days, people losing weight in-between contacts, people gaining new partnerships and alliances between now and next contact. Early morning class on Sunday morning means 20 people out of 140, but if it was Menon Sir’s class one would have to find a chair, maybe sit on the raised platform if it was a combined class. 18 months meant that it was enough time to see people change, some people remained the same. Styles and Fashion statements remained constant.
Murti Sir’s class meant that atleast 2 people would have to be thrown out, and those 2 people would be not even at fault.. It would also mean that you would hear a squeaky voice shouting customer from the back of the class-room. Menon Sir’s classroom would mean that you’d be asked a question and doesn’t matter if you do not answer – he will probably take it on him to not having communicated properly. Moradian Sir’s class room meant that approximately 60 pairs of eyes would be rolling from side to side as he moves around the class-room and you will see a couple of people jumping in their seat when the PA system cracks when he shouts – YOU RASCAL ... in CAPITAL BOLD UNDERLINED and ITALICS and then BOX IT. Merchant Sir’s class meant that you would be hearing the same amazing example for the nth time – but it would still mean he is driving a point home.
Here is what I am going to remember a few of my classmates for – some of my best memories of them which is going down history.
Aabhas Dalmia – For being the loudest person after being drunk
Abhishek Agarwal – For being so kind for having given us FMB’s first major party. And then seeing him drunk by the time i got there.
Akash Khetan – Seeing him dance on Bunty aur Babli from some Cardiff Video site
Akshay Sheth – For being a perfect mimic of Murti Sir
Alok Gupta – For always having his patent smile
Aman Chitlangia – For his pose with the Red Glasses in LKF
Amit Jain – For his quest for a soul mate which started with FMB, finally ended at the end of FMB. Congratulations brother
Ankit Setia – For having emailed me once asking for a favour, and then never seeing his face !
Anupam Garude – for sharing the award for the most accented Marathi speaker I have met.
Arjun Diwan – For having being grilled by a faculty (cant really remember which one) – for naming his city
Balkrishan Shah – For his striking resemblance to my brother (as noticed by KB), and also was shocked to learn that someone so innocent looking is a gambler
Deepak Agarwal – For casually walking in one day and announcing he went to agra on the pre-text of a holiday and met Mona, who he is now married to.
Dhruv Maheshwari – Literally being the first person who i spoke to in P1C1
Digvijay Gujral – For always sweetly asking me about my blog.
Gaurav Jain – For being smart, for being sympathized regularly by Anil Menon, and the most un-usual e-invite for marriage I have ever received.
Gautam Jain – for his resemblance to Jerry
Jay Shah – For cracking all the Gujrati jokes, his stock market tips and his compassion to explain to us blondies the world of finance
Ruparel sisters – for getting their way with Jayshree Mam all the time.
Kripesh Sanghvi – For having adopted me as his little sister and always being so kind and generous and loving.
Mahipal Bagadia – for having won 8000 HKD. I couldn’t believe it until he told me that himself.
Meghana Gorukanti – For having said “I know I am going to get bored talking to Ram on the phone, but it is my courtship – so let me enjoy !” And her little umbrella.
Mihir Valia - For calling me DISHU-BEN !
Mohit Sabharwal – For calling me Behna and taking me to each and every relative’s house in Amritsar. And for making me have Paratha, Punjabi style first thing in the morning.
Mustafa Khedwala – for being a thinner version of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.
Nath Laud – For being the lover boy and being as sweet as a boy can get.
Niraj Khemka – For winning all that money (read my money) when we were playing cards in Lonavala.
Priyanka Gupta – For actually breaking into a song at Rohan’s house party and singing under all that pressure.
Pushkar Shah – For running around Tokyo with Nancy and me ! And regularly entertaining me on G-Talk.
Radhika Tulsian – For her phone calls between contacts, for being so sweet and accommodating always, for all the stay overs at my house, for all her thepla’s and khakra’s and kind motherly nature.
Radhika Bafna – For her tickling laughter, she is my Minnie mouse.
Rohan Shah – For his Gujrati humour and all the times we were rolling on the floor mocking at us gujrati’s. “Amay Dhandhao peda karsu”
Shashank Mehta – For calling me didi.. and entertaining us in MACAU.
Sushil Birla – For being the other most accented Marathi speaker I have known.
Vachan Aggarwal – For his kind gesture on my Delhi trip. And also for being called Ladies Tailor.
Vaibhav Khandelwal – For his shero-shaayri
Vikkram Chheda For being my elder bro always !
Yating Hegde – NO COMMENTS !
Abhijeet Thombre – For having his SLR camera ready to capture all FMB events
Akshay Mehta – For his machine gun laughter ! And taking bhaari to a whole new level
Aliakbar Vahanvaty – For actually having convinced me to buy his products – without any effect !
Ashwin Palshikar – For being the silent one for 18 whole months and exploding into Harini on the very last day.
Bhavya Shah – For taking so much pride in being a Gujrati – and looking out for fellow gujjus. Butt... (There’s no But )
Chetas Shah – For his fancy cars !
Deependra Gadtari – For being so well read !
Dhaval Shah – For running down to Madras Cafe on various occasions.
Dhaval Thakker – For his love for the camera and all his poses throughout the IIV
Harsh Bansal – For our dinner at Basilico in P1C1 ! It was the most random thing.
Harsh Gopani – For bearing with all the nicknames i gave him. GOPU, GOPUDA which Rohan later turned to GOPUDI.
Jatin Patel – For his tact in handling different creatures throughout FMB and especially in the IIV.
Karthik Shetty – For his dancing skills.
Luv Maheshwari – For all the muscle building.. and convincing me to get into publishing !
Mayank Somani – For dancing in that plane on IIV
Nancy Mehta – For being the ultimate Roomie ! and having made me laugh throughout IIV
Nitika Saboo – For having random conversations with her on a very personal level.
Pavandeep Singh – For dancing, screaming, and telling me mein toh Bik Gyaa when he saw a bald picture of me.
Rahul Shah – For being sloshed at his party, and not letting anyone out
Rishab Gupta – For our intellectual long talks
Sahil Jobaila – for emerging out of no-where to become my brother-in-law.
Saurabh Shetty – For inventing the Shetty Dance, for harassing me always and then coming and apologising.
Shravan Boggaram – For talking to me for the first time ever on one of the last few days of the IIV... in the last country.
Shravan Mehra – Mehrasaab ! For calling me month on month for assignments and starting with DD, mein to gaya – bachha lay yaar... and then after receiving the assignments calling me up and saying – yeh toh yaar sirh ke uppar se jaa raha hai saab yaar !
Shriya Siraslewala – Met her during the interview. And for being a bindaas gal.
Snigdha Shevade – For being a feminist in true form and spirit.
Sucheta Goenka – For the smile that brightens up everytime Uff teri adda plays anywhere.
Varun Kathotia – For always being on the phone.. !
Vishrut Shah – For being so hard-working.