Friday, 8 March 2013

One Visit To Sainik School


After our 12th grade exam and specially after the entrance examinations result was declared, I felt complete emptiness in the topmost part of my body. I couldn’t decide what to do next. Most of my friends were quite busy regarding their admission here and there and I felt totally left out. During that time, my childhood friend Raja Rana called me and asked me to accompany him, to visit his school in order to get his clearance certificate. Raja Rana was my classmate right from nursery and when we were in our 6th standard, he had to take admission in Sainik School, Goalpara. It's a boarding school under the ministry of Defence and is situated 20 km from Goalpara town. During that time the school campus was quite remote and isolated and the forest was not very far from there. My father didn’t argue much that time and gave me some money for the trip.

I had hell lot of fun the entire journey, right from the gate of our house.  To reach Goalpara, we first had to go to Jogighopa.  During those days there was no Naranarayana Setu, a 2.5 kilometers rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra River in Assam, that connects Jogighopa and Pancharatna towns. It was fun those days without the bridge, as people had the opportunity to travel in the ferries. It was my first ferry experience and on the way through the river, Raja Rana started to laugh, as out of excitement I behaved like a kid.

I constantly tried to touch the river water and sometimes even screamed "Wow! so nice".  Raja Rana was not very excited though, as he had already experienced countless number of such journeys.




But unfortunately, now a days there is Naranarayana Setu and it took away all the fun, as presently people can cross the river within a couple of minutes.


Once we got down from the ferry, we took a bus to Goalpara Town. Raja Rana wanted to visit his friend, Tapash Ghosh and I met Tapash for the first time that day. We spent a couple of hours in his house. Later we had to catch another bus which would take us to Sainik School. Most of the buses were mini bus and all of them were heavily overcrowded. Raja Rana told me that they never used to wait for a less crowded bus and in fact, they enjoyed to sit at the top of the bus or stand at the back. He said it 's little dangerous to sit at the top, as the road passed through a forest and any tree branch could have easily smashed their heads. So, they usually used  to stand at the back. Initially I was little scared, but I also wanted to experience the thrill. Even though there was not enough space at the back of the bus for two of us, but somehow we managed and within a few minutes we reached our destination. Once we got down from the bus, we had to walk quite a distance to reach the School.

It was vacation time and the entire campus was silent. We went to Raja Rana’s hostel and he was quite happy to meet some of his old schoolmates. During that time I met many guys and can’t recollect all the names, but how can I forget my dear friend Javed? Well both Tapash and Javed already got admission in Assam Engineering College, the same college which I took admission the next year. I was quite excited to see the hostel environment and was jealous of those guys, as they had all the fun for so many years. As it was vacation time, so the mess was closed and we had to walk almost a KM to have food in a small dhaba. It was already 3:30 PM and I was damn hungry. The only menu they had in the dhaba that day was, rice and smashed potato curry and I couldn’t eat properly. I noticed that all the other guys enjoyed the food  very graciously and even praised the dhaba guy that he made such a delicious curry. I also noticed the dhaba guy, as he repeatedly filled few of the plates with rice. 

One of the guys asked casually “why you guys are eating like a cow?”

The other guy replied with a smile “Hehe, we don’t want to come this far again in the night, so we are eating our dinner as well” 

I was little depressed that time, as I was very hungry but couldn’t eat properly and all the other guys simply enjoyed their meal. Those guys seemed to be tough, both mentally and physically.

In the night, the guys enjoyed a lot, as it was a great get together for them, after recently passing out of school. I was very tired, also I couldn’t relate much to their discussions and I was dead, quite early that night. Next day we had breakfast at the same dhaba and after breakfast we returned to the hostel. Later that day, Raja Rana told me that he would take another 4-5 days to get his clearance, as some of the professors were holidaying that time. Raja Rana requested me to stay with him and I was in a double mind. I could have stayed but thought not to stay there that longer. I had to give an excuse to him and said that I was running short of money. On that, Raja said to me that he would take care of that. So, I had to give him different excuses and packed my bag. He came with me to the main road where I had to catch the bus. The first bus that came, again a mini bus that time, stopped at the gate.

The bus conductor said to me “Hey! dude, you are from Sainik School, you can stand at the back or can sit at the top”  I really felt good and proud for a while. 

Later, after I joined Engineering college and after staying in hostel, I felt that I was almost close, to the level of those guys.

32 comments:

  1. Nothing like revisiting your old school.

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  2. I went to a Rashtriya Military Academy Dehradun school once for my nephew & the discipline there was super impressive.I liked the ferry ride part...seems like such a luxury, specially when one is sitting in Delhi!

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    1. Nice to know that U also had a similar experience. Yeah, ferry ride is a luxury, specially for city :)

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  3. Good one mate.. i could actually feel how u must hv felt in the hostel wen u had no hostel exp. :)

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    1. Yes Ratul, it was difficult to adjust so quickly. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Old schooldays memories.... Always sweet........

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    1. Exactly Debopam. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I feel I was there...good post...!

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    1. Thanks U so much Murthy Sir. I am glad U could relate to it!

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  6. Good narration.. almost felt i am Jahid and it was my trip to sainik school.The best part of u is that you write the way you think n when i read you i see ur mind and your heart. Good one .
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    1. Thanks Neo :) I am so glad that U could always relate to my posts!

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  7. lovely one, memorable days those were

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    1. Thanks Mukhtiar Bhai :) yes, those days were quite memorable!

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  8. This makes me feel like revisiting my old school.

    Damyanti
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

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    1. Thanks Damyanti :) I am glad my post inspired U to visit ur old school.

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  9. You have an excellent narration power.

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  10. Wow.. that does inspire me to take a visit to my school soon.. :-)

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    1. Thanks Kcalpesh.. I am delighted to know that my post inspired U to visit ur old school :)

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  11. Wonderful and informative blog. Great to be connecting with a Sainik School-mate. I did my schooling from Sainik School Kunjpura.

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    1. Thanks dude. Actually I am not from Sainik School. I just visited the school with my friend once. Great to know that U passed out from Sainik School. Thanks for visiting.

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  12. Now I plan to visit my old school whenever I visit Delhi next..

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    1. Hehe.. Great to know that :) U must visit next time.

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  13. Great Memories.. Mr. Rana is a good friend of mine.. Now, He is in Assam now n working with SBI as Assistant Manager..

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    1. Nice to know U Prabal. Yeah, I am in touch with Raja Rana.I think he is posted in Udalguri now? Thanks for visiting dude!

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  14. reminds me of time when sainik schoolers were a different species altogether. Kind of lost in the mela today.

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    1. Very true dude, it has lost the kind of reputation it had earlier.

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