Days spent in college might seem relaxed and insignificant when you are experiencing them. But it’s only when they are gone that their value dawns upon us. These years are probably the only time in your life when you can be carefree, wild and untouched by the world’s cynicism.
Here’s what three eminent personalities, from three different fields, feel about their own college life.
Amish Tripati, author
“I asked my wife out in college” Amish Tripathi, author of the famous Naga series, recounts his college days as the best part of his life. “When you are studying, you have no idea what your future is going to be like nor do you worry about it too much. There is no pressure. You’re having fun all the time and that is the best feeling in the world,” says the author who went to St Xavier’s College in Mumbai and then IIM, Kolkata. His best moment, he says, was being the chair-person for Malhar, the St Xavier’s cultural fest. And what’s more, he started seeing his wife, Preeti, when he was in college. “We met when we were 15 and it took me two years to tell her how I felt. But the day she told me that she liked me back will forever be etched in my memory,” he says, smiling.
Monica Dogra, Singer-actor
“I was a penniless college kid, but I had style” She went to the renowned New York University, where she enrolled for a course in Musical Theatre. And for the singer-actor, those days were full of fun and frolic as she actively participated in many college events. “A highlight for me was dancing with my university dance company, Nasha. We had a sort of sisterhood, and it was the best stress reliever in the world to choreograph challenging dance pieces that showed our emotions. It was our meditation,” she says. Ask her about her style quotient in those days, and she says, “I was a penniless college kid, but I had style. Style cannot be bought. So, let’s just say I stuck out a bit, just enough, nothing too obtuse.” She also insists that her passion for music bloomed way before she joined college. “But the realities of studying music were less romantic. The music programme was cutthroat, and sometimes left me feeling disheartened. I do miss it though, especially the city, which is why I make it a point to spend time there every year without fail.”
Rahul Da Cunha, ad man and playwright
“Those four years were the most important in my growth as a person” He is a successful playwright and runs his own ad agency today, but back in college, the highlight of Rahul’s days would be “hanging around the famous St Xavier’s College canteen and interacting with different people”. While Rahul didn’t actually start doing theatre until he graduated, he wishs that he had started earlier. “My gang of friends from college continue to remain close and were the basis of my play Class of ’84. We all change from what were back in college, but I am who I am today because of those Xavier’s years. Truly rocking,” he says.