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Wilson College: Blast from the past

What does it feel like to be studying in a campus that’s almost two hundred years old? Read to find out.

mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2012 17:25 IST
Siddharth Aalambayan
Siddharth Aalambayan
Hindustan Times

With its beautiful location and colonial architecture, Wilson College may well fit into your Mumbai Darshan itinerary. Every student here can brag about having the view of the lovely Chowpatty from their classroom. Tidal waves and tourists make for the most common sights outside the college premises.

WilsonThe 180-year-old structure boasts of many alleys and passageways. Its our kind of Hogwarts that we would love to live in. When you enter the main building, the statue of Mr John Wilson greets you. The legend goes that he overlooks each soul entering and leaving college. But no, he’s not a ghost who haunts poor students; he’s more like a good soul who blesses the good kids and whacks the one's who deviate from their path.

The beauty of this colonial structure is best appreciated at the three-storey high college hall. This impressive arena features a balcony on each floor, originally built to accommodate orchestras.

The third floor of the building houses pillars which feature inscribed trivia on the iron that is used in the construction, and even a graffiti message by two students from the 1932 batch.

The doors of our classroom are the original teak wood ones from almost two centuries ago. The grand timber staircase of the building is an example of one of the finest art deco in town. When I first entered the college, it seemed like I was stepping into dark alleys that might even house ghosts. But now, the statues, walls, paintings and alleys don’t scare us anymore; they guide us.

First Published: Aug 06, 2012 13:49 IST