Chapter 46: 'The PPT - Pre Placement Talk'
Packing the bags was a bit easy rather than packing the emotions.
The only thing that was same, when we took first step towards the college and we took our last step outside the College was "The Tears in Eyes".
When we were enrolled in college in first year, we had tears as we were departed from our house for the very first time, and that day I saw tears in senior's eyes as they were departed again from their home, their 4 year old family.
We too reached station but we were silent as we knew that we too have to face it after an year.
I was a bit more worried because of fear of loosing Saanjh.
The days passed and the time came when we had to return back.
Three years passed but Saanjh yet unable to take a stand against her parent's decision, she too was worried about our relationship.
But wait, really she was worried?
We reached our new home again and were busy in Class, Assignments, Presentations, Project Reports and Placement preparations.
A month or two passed in all those and one day it was announced in classes that Dean & Director wanted to meet us there in main auditorium for something called as PPT.
We were familiar with the term PPT as .ppt extension of PowerPoint slide presentation but that one was different as we were told about, its Pre-Placement Talk, for which they wanted to clear our doubts.
It was raining that day, we read the notice about PPT and were sitting in class, day scholars were absent so only Hostellers were present, no faculty member.
All of sudden, don't know what happened.
Saanjh, who was sitting beside me, kissed me.
"Hey, Everyone is present n here", Said while slightly pushing her.
But she hold my hand and from the other hand she pulled my head leaning a bit towards her and she leaned too.
She kissed for atleast 5-6 minutes. It felt good but the sudden reason was unknown.
Next day, we were ready in our college dress, well maintained, tie knots were at apt position unlike other days, shirts were in, and we moved to auditorium to hear the final words before our placement.
They want to tell us about the preparations, about the etiquettes, about the dressing sense, about the exam pattern, about the interview, in total they want to describe the Placement Procedures.
We grabbed our seats, the Dean welcomed us with a light welcome speech.
Then our director took the charge and he started with rhe placement procedures and exams.
He tried to clear every possible doubt a student have then asked if we yet had any confusion or question regarding placement.
They demonstrated us the behaviour and etiquettes one should have inside the interview room.
When everything was over, the Dean again was the centre of attraction and his words shocked us.
He told us that because of Recession, most of the companies would not recruiting that year and instead of selecting candidates, companies were laying off their employees and after listening all those words a ruck of tension was seen on our faces.
He continued and gave us sigh of relief that some how college management managed to invite 2-3 companies there in our campus,"So my childs, I want to see each and everyone of you placed before your final exams.
It's the time to come out of your comfort zone, its the fight of Survival of the fittest, one who survive through all the rounds will be selected.
So press the accelerator at its max, shift the gear to last, increase the speed, finish line is there in front of you, thus try to cross the line before everyone.
It's upto you, whether take a slow walk or run along with the time, but as I know its time to give your full, to play your final manoeuvre and I wish to see placement letter in everyone's hand.
You guys have one month left, let's start the game".
We were overwhelmed by his words and after that day everyone was busy in preparing and clearing doubts regarding written exam.
*to be continued (Chapter 47)
धारावाहिक उपन्यास : दादी
अब तक की कहानी :-
बारह वर्ष की जाह्नवी दूसरी शादी में शास्त्रीजी से ब्याह दी जाती है.अनिर्णय का शिकार हो शास्त्रीजी अबोध बालिका के साथ हुए इस अन्याय के पाप में भागीदार हो गए.जाह्नवी को ससुराल बिल्कुल भी अच्छी नहीं लगी.फिलहाल प्रायश्चित स्वरूप शास्त्रीजी पति धर्म भुला सिर्फ सखा धर्म का निर्वाह कर रहे थे.अब जाह्नवी का नया नाम गंगा रखा गया था.गरमी की छुट्टियाँ अपनी जेठानी और भतीजियों के साथ गंगा ने मजे में बिताईं.विदाई की बेला में सब गले मिल कर ख़ूब रोये.
.....और अब आगे की कहानी :--
शास्त्रीजी गुरु,सखा और पति तीनों भूमिकायें बाखूबी निभाने के लिये प्रयत्नशील थे.गंगा पढ़ना- लिखना कामचलाऊ सीख चुकी थी. घर पर इलाहाबाद से छपने वाली 'दीदी 'मासिक पत्रिका मंगाई जाने लगी जिससे पढ़ने के अभ्यास के साथ-साथ उसमें छपने वाली कहानियों और लेखों को पढ़ कर गंगा दुनियादारी सीख सके.वह मूक फिल्मों का दौर था. इस छोटे से कस्बे में कोई स्थायी थियेटर तो था नहीं ,बस कभी -कभी चलता -फिरता सिनेमा दिखाने वाली कंपनी आ जाया करती थी.या फिर सालाना लगने वाली नुमाइश के दौरान पूरे पखवारे सिनेमा देखा जा सकता था.शास्त्रीजी ने गंगा को सिनेमा देखने की ऐसी चाट लगाई जो जिंदगी भर उससे छूट न सकी.गंगा सिनेमा देख कर आती फिर उसकी कहानी रस ले ले कर बार - बार दोहराती ,सुनाती.शास्त्रीजी के धैर्य की कठिन परीक्षा हुआ करती.वह बार-बार उन्हीं कहानियों को मंत्रमुग्ध हो कर सुनने का नाटक करते.सिर्फ सिनेमा की कहानी ही नहीं वरन् 'दीदी' में छपी वही कहानियाँ भी उन्हें तब तक सुननी पड़ती थीं जब तक कि पत्रिका का नया अंक न आ जाता. इस तरह शास्त्रीजी पति की भूमिका निभाने की ओर क्रमश: अग्रसर हो रहे थे.
Chapter 45: 'The Farewell'
Before the Dawn, the Dean, Director and Warden too came to hospital and after seeing our sobbing faces, they tried to console us and asked us to go to the hostel.
We refused, but they insisted,"Go and take some rest else your condition too became serious and don't worry Warden sir is here until his parents come and one more thing, all of you are allowed to visit him without seeking permission from us, so go and have some rest".
We half heartedly left the hospital and moved towards hostel but none of us were able to sleep.
At 10:00 am, we again reached hospital and by that time his parents were also came.
Everyone was praying and we decided that two of us were always present there with his parents.
After 24 hours, he was still on ventilator.
His parents were aghast and motionless sitting there with continuous tears flowing down from their eyes, it was like someone was taking away their lives but they were helpless.
36 hours passed, Team of doctors came, checked his nerves and pulses and finally one of them uttered some positive words ,"Now we have a little bit hope to save him, pray your God"
They operated him again and tried their best to prevent the internal bleeding too.
Thanks to almighty Allah, his life was saved and the only thing was that he was given soporific injections, so that he would take proper rest.
Days passed, say a month and the smile which was always present on Shilpi's face was gone somewhere else.
She often blamed herself saying that,"There's something wrong with me, the person I Love will definitely face an accident" by giving example of her father's death and after that she started sobbing.
She hardly talk with us and was always remain aghasted after that accident.
A month later, Raghav was discharged but with a precautionary warning that he would not allowed to play & run, atleast for 6 months.
That Evening, we brought Raghav back in college, everyone was happy and we saw that beautiful Smiling face again.
Shilpi smiled and why not, her life came back to college again.
She hugged him slightly and kissed his forehead.
The days passed and the 5th semester too, the most tragic semester.
After the college break, it's the semester to bid good bye to our seniors.
It's time of their farewell, they want to live each and every moment of their last semester.
Few companies visited our college and some colleges invited our's for pool campus and most of them got placed.
The weather was full of joy, happiness was in the air, meanwhile there was fear in senior's heart, fear of leaving the college, fear of separation from friends or say a family.
The day arrived to officially bid them good bye. In first year they gave us Fresher's Party and in their Final year it's our turn to pay the tribute.
All of them became Sentimental and few of them asked me if I could play, "Papa kahte hai bada naam karega".
I played and it felt that they enjoyed it and felt proud too.
Two of my seniors shared stage with me and started singing ,
"I never gonna miss this place"and asked me to play it with them.
With each and every word & tone of song, they became a little bit emotional, there were tears in their eyes and unspoken promises.
Before leaving the college, they want to make it a Memorial Day, so they threw party and booked a resort.
In return our batch too gave them the Farewell party in a hotel, we booked.
It was our last Supper with them, none of us slept that night, we enjoyed, we singed, we danced and with the coming dawn they Packed their Bags and Unpacked their Emotions.
Emotions which they tried hard to control but the Dam of Eye wall were broken and when it happened, there were only flood.
They left to achieve new heights, they left for their new destination.
They hugged us, few of my seniors were like friend and brother.
They hugged me and said,"we miss you brother, stay in touch".
When they left, we felt that something was missing.
A semester passed and we entered in our Final year.
The last ladder of our College but still it was felt something was missing.
Ya, it was our senior's presence, its like a family member left and it might be our last Intermingle with them.
We might met some of them, somewhere in future but it's not possible to meet with all of them.
We too packed our bags and moved towards our homes with the hope of coming back in the new session, The Final Year.....
*to be continued (Chapter 46)