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My last day at NIT Rourkela

Almost 14 months since my last day at NIT Rourkela. The last time I walked across the corridors of SD as a hostelite.
It was Wednesday, the 15th of May, 2019. The day I was going to leave the most amazing journey of my life behind.

Emotions were high, but the daily rituals had to be done.

Waking up at the same late hour as usual and getting ready to face one of the toughest days ahead. Bags were almost packed, and the room looked a bit more spacious.

The gloomy white walls seemed more bright as I walked down the stairs with by buddies to have lunch. Yeah, I used to wake up that late!

Image: Satish Dhawan (SD) Hall of Residence

The disgusting taste of the lunch tasted a bit more nostalgic. Although I must admit, that it was the only thing that was happy about leaving behind. That was the last lunch with my friends in that hostel. We came back up, had a bit of chit chat as usual and went back to our rooms.

I went back packing my things, there were so many of those. Then all of a sudden I remembered something. I had to do it!

Took the scissors from the drawer, got up on the chair, and wrote my name on the wooden frame of the door, “Tirthankar Roy was here”. I always wanted to do that after I saw The Shawshank Redemption. The last task of the bucket list was complete.

I went back to bed, to have the final afternoon nap. I just wanted to spend the day just like every other day in the hostel. But it was hard to sleep, as the thoughts of leaving the hostel in a few hours kept creeping up in my mind. But I somehow managed a little sleep.

I woke up and finished my final packing. Went to the corridor to have a chat with my friends. Perhaps for one last time on that open balcony, with the wind gushing through our hairs.

I must admit, I had never experienced such soothing wind, ever. Alteast not in my hometown. It just felt so blissful.
The chit chat went on, till we were ready for an early dinner, as the train was bound at 9:30 PM.

We went for the dinner and finally had “The Last Supper” and bade goodbye to the SD mess. A mess that had given us more than plenty of reasons to curse it to hell. But at that time, that night, it all felt insignificant. Just the place and the people were all that mattered.

I came back up and got dressed. I came out out to the corridor to see all my friends waiting for me. I had around 30 minutes for the final goodbye.

Image: A glimpse of that corridor

Till then, there were no tears. But the moment I started hugging my friends, I just could not control them anymore. I know it’s not very common to see guys crying in front of each other, but that moment was no common moment. We were leaving behind such huge bundles of memories that I can’t even explain in words. Those are only meant to be felt, not explained.

We stood there, crying softly, looking at each other, with blank eyes, knowing that those wonderful days were never going to come back. The student life was going to be over in a matter of minutes.
More people gathered, there were hugs all around. And the clock struck 8:30. It was time to leave. When I came down the stairs, and we all gathered around for a final selfie, that’s when I realised how much I had gained from those 2 years.

When I came to NITR, I was alone. But when I left, I had a huge family. There were so many people behind me to take the selfie. That moment will always be crystal clear in my mind. I had gained the most important stuff in life, I had gained FRIENDS.

Putting all the baggage in the autorickshaw, I got up, and the driver started driving. That moment was so hard for me to bear. Never had I ever thought that at the begining of 2017, that I would be leaving a campus of Odisha with so many people and such huge amount of feelings around me.

That was the final moment. The end of an era.

B-323, you will always be remembered!

Cheers!

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Why should you read my blog? : A letter to all my readers

To,

The Reader,

A place called internet,

Anywhere in the world

Subject: Reason to read my blog

Dear Reader,

You might be wondering, “Who is this guy? What is he trying to do?” And most importantly, “Why should we listen to what he says?”. Well, these are pretty relevant questions as we might have never met. So this makes it very understandable that you won’t want to listen to anything I say. But I would love to tell you why.

I am a student from India studying in a national institute pursuing my master’s degree. So, it is quite reasonable that I am not having enough experience about life to give you any significant suggestions to apply. But this is my last year as an academic student. Thus, I have had a complete experience of what a student faces in his journey. I have faced a lot of highs and lows and I have tried to get myself of out of the harsh conditions either with someone’s help or all by myself. I have faced situations where I had no support from my family to do things that I had a passion for and there are some dreams that I had to leave aside. But there are dreams that I am pursuing, like writing these blogs, and some that I really aspire to live in my future life.

And that’s why I am here. To share with all you students out there, the things that you need to do right, so that you don’t face the situations that I might have faced during my life as a student. I want to share with you the things that I have learnt with you so that you can shine in Your life.

I am not a mastermind. I am not a trained life coach of any sort. But I have solved problems that has helped me to become more confident in my life. Things that have given me the will power to do things that I love. So I want to share my experiences with you so that you can solve those problems as I have and find success.

I love the quote from the movie Rocky, where Sylvester Stallone said that epic dialogue, “The world ain’t all about sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place. And I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.

We all get hit by life, but we need to learn how to get up on our feet to keep fighting. Fighting for our dreams, for our family, for our loved ones. And I am here to help the students out there to help you to get to the life that you want.

So, if you are a student and you think you want to fight for it, then come join me in this journey to become the best versions of ourselves and give in all that we have to live our dreams. I am here for YOU.

Cheers!

Thank you.

Yours loving,

The Verbal Explainer.