It is often said and it has been an oft repeated cliche of sorts that pervades the blogosphere, the Facebook pages and the Twitter timelines – “Manipal – The best days of my life”. Blame it on the University marketing video of the last decade, which till date is very popular and goes viral in spurts. So why exactly is Manipal – the best days of my life for so many who pass out of these hallowed gates?
Another thing I often come across, mostly from my colleagues and often my Facebook ‘friends’, is them saying – “Manipal shielded me from the fact that the world is not as straight as Manipal led me to believe”! One of my acquaintances told me recently that she had totally forgotten that there are elderly people and children in this world, and that she couldn’t adjust to life outside Manipal. She was finding it difficult, tied down to a job, the discipline required and the responsibility that comes with it!
Strangely, the first thought that came to my mind from this situation was of Daljit Singh in Rang De Basanti. I could so easily relate to DJ’s fear of going beyond the life of college campus and friends due to the uncertainty on the other side of the college gates and the fear of being just another face in the crowd. For me, it is the relative dullness in life after campus that brings out a craving to go back and live that spirited life forever?