Today – another 14th of the February-Valentines Day – A day when world get into heated arguments once again – “Do love and lovers need a day to be dedicated to them?” As in every year this year also no one would have reached a conclusion. Well now let us bury those thoughts once again until the calendar shows another year.
I know that you actually got interested in the title and you are probably expecting my Valentines Day confessions. Then I am forced to leave you waiting indefinitely. If red roses, hearts, flashy cards and sentimental love messages are not in my mind, why did I entitle this post ‘Valentines Day thoughts’? It is because 14th of February had been a landmark in the history of College Of Engineering, Munnar.
There had been four Februarys after I joined this college and all of them had the good old 14th in them. If we connect last three dots with the narrow string of events between 14/02/2007 and 14/02/2009, we get the changing face of our college. I am sure that the plethora of events that happened between these dates will surely leave you thinking about your own college life.
To begin with let us consider the 14th of February 2007. Can anyone remember what was so special about that Valentines Day? Anyone? I know that what happened then is not a big deal now. Just turn to page number 70 of our First college magazine – Ripples ’07. [I know it is still disputed if it is the First College magazine. Let’s discuss that later.] Page no. 70 starts like this:
- Pranayaleghana Malsaram
Yes. It was the day when everyone was greeted with a Valentines Day special Love Letter box in the entrance lobby! Yes, it is the same day you found Valentines Day posters adoring the mighty walls of our college! It was that day when we heard our teachers read out a notice in the class announcing the love letter competition! Anyone in the then S4 CSE (I know. Not everyone….but at least someone in S4 CSE) would remember that we decorated our class and even planned some Valentines Day special programs in our class on the 13th Feb.
Along with that we may remember that the next day morning we found that all decorations were gone and none of the plans for the Valentines Day came out of paper. What had happened? Yes. You guessed it right. We had some staff coming and telling us that it was not allowed in the college and if we continued the celebration, we will face disciplinary action. We had to undo all the decorations and tear away all the plans. Painful but true. Then? Then how did that love letter box come in the entrance lobby? How did that poster come up in the canteen? What made our teachers read out that notice? What kept all of us waiting outside the graphics hall for the results?
Am I adding drama to this or is it because I’m sleepy? Anyway…you have no other choice….keep waiting. Bye…