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A kaleidoscope of memories

“Now, in the days of nascent freedom, there was much patriotism in the air, especially among the Sindhi refugees who had lost so much at the moment of Independence. Many Sindhi Hindus, coming to India by sea, had shouted ‘Jai Hind’ once their ship left the Karachi harbour …Thus, the new college received its dynamic name.”

india Updated: Aug 15, 2011 01:04 IST
Sucharita Kanjilal

“Now, in the days of nascent freedom, there was much patriotism in the air, especially among the Sindhi refugees who had lost so much at the moment of Independence. Many Sindhi Hindus, coming to India by sea, had shouted ‘Jai Hind’ once their ship left the Karachi harbour …Thus, the new college received its dynamic name.”

Telling the story of a college established amidst the chaos and trauma of the partition, Jai Hind College, Churchgate launched a book titled ‘I Will & I Can’ on July 27.

Through a compelling narrative, it describes the journey of a college established in a newly independent India by using interviews and old photographs to chronicle its history. “We had been toying with the idea of writing this book for a long time,” said Kirti Narain, principal of Jai Hind College.

“The book took two years to complete, and has been wonderfully well-received, particularly by our alumni,” Narain added.

Like Jai Hind College, several premier institutions across the city are releasing books on their history to celebrate their milestones.

As part of their 50-year celebrations, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) launched a book in 2008 titled, Monastery, Sanctuary, Laboratory: 50 years of IIT-Bombay. The book throws light on IIT’s popular culture such as their on-campus slang, college rituals and legends.

St. Xavier’s college, Dhobi Talao, released a coffee table book in 2009 to celebrate 140 years since their inception. Replete with quotes from eminent alumni, excerpts from college magazines published over the years and the occasional commentary on college events, it details the rich heritage of the college.

The photography by renowned photographer David Desouza is a striking feature of this 173-page book. Desouza has captured the gothic architecture and vibrancy of the college in a series of snapshots.

“I was part of a photo shoot for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the college canteen. It was an amazing experience, and it will be fun to look at that picture after so many years,” said ex-student, Shriya Pilgaonkar.

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