Some of my friends have given me rave reviews about a telugu movie called 'Happy Days'. This movie made by Shekhar Kammula is a reflection of engineering college life in hyderabad. I guess Shekhar pulled off a winner with his uncanny ability to catch the nuances of engineering college life. I agree that it might seem exactly identical to the stories of many of us while we were in college, but, we have to also remember that it is a reflection on generality. All engineering colleges in hyderabad look alike feel alike and similar people pass through these institutions year on year. I guess, that is why so many have started to feel nostalgic about this movie. Well, Shekhar deserves credit for his effort.
On a different note, reading the reviews of this movie not only brought back happy memories but also sad ones. Particularly memories of being ragged so badly that I could not fall sleep when I went back home. The utter disgust that raged in me when I was stopped from entering the college, because a few bastards did not want to write exams. There was another time when a guy almost hit me for reasons that were entirely not clear to me. I mean, college campuses have ample anti-social elements that create havoc in the lives of hard-working students. Without taking names, my batch at Vasavi had its fair share of a$$holes, who now pass off as good citizens. You should have seen these bastards in action a decade ago, and you would have never imagined they would get through college. Somehow, they do and that aches me a lot. The system is not supposed to let such individuals get by by almost doing nothing but damage others' interests.
Well, all said and done my peeves about my undergraduate life are no so big so as to make me feel bad about my alma mater. If there is anything that I would change if I had a chance to go back in time is that I would stand-up to guys who try tried to intimidate me. Slap the senior who threatened me with physical violence if I did not buy him the cigarettes he wanted. Well, I am sure they will all rot somewhere, for their behavior.
Mostly, I fondly think of all the good days. Maybe I will watch the movie.