If I don’t call him our dear old ‘hiju’ the intro wouldn’t be honest enough. So this is anupam, the guy about whom my outlook changed the most in my engineering years. My first image of anupam was this typical first bencher who was just forcefully trying to strike up a conversation on somebody else’s orders. He confided to roll 14 once that he would rather give his hand away than copy from someone else’s answer script even during the class tests. Poor anupam! How times change! Later on, and even till today, he is most likely to be found copying answers (as most others) from other nearby peoples’ copies at a speed that would put the canon photocopier to shameJ
And the other noticeable thing about him was ‘jaguli’-his native maternal uncle’s place-that was the other name that got stuck with him in those early days. I listened to him in rapt attention once when he talked about fish farming in his native place-his swimming antics are the other thing that one can really love to listen to. In those initial weeks itself, we learnt one day that the earlier evening he had traveled by train all alone with two gals of our class. Now that spread like wildfire-and he was interrogated big time by all the ones who had the slightest bit of interest in the other two!
And did I talk about his ‘potential’ bit? Back in APC he was renowned for having shown off his potential regarding “…. …“ to his fellow room mates anay,avik and atta(roll 19).add to that the description that he gave us of k**a s***a that he claimed to have read in school itself, and no wonder we had started respecting him a lot by then itself!
Back in 2nd year, he got dangerously smitten by a gal named n****a from first year. I will never forget the friendship that he set up with the people at palta station while waiting endlessly for her to come, almost falling in love with the amiable mashi at the tea stall in the processJI have always felt that there is a certain amount of steel in him which gets him more prepared than an average folk to handle tricky situations. the way he handled his initial upsets in the campussing process and then subsequently worked the hardest to get through into a good concern was really inspiring.alongwith roll 1,he was bitten by the java bug post campussing,and did I forget to mention his amazing transformation funda-wise during the campussing season. He almost inspired complete no-coders like me to start believing in ourselves to hone our programming skills.anupam is an ideal example of how belief in oneself can take anyone through any obstacle.
Self-reliance would be the word that I would use for him. And though his love life was touched upon a bit in the earlier part, let me explain the real story out here. his true love interest, right from pre-college days, and then see-sawing in and out of his life and presently almost permanently settled into his life is “u***m**a”. Just mention the name before him, and you will marvel at his gold flake stained teeth’s smile that he produces. Recently he remarked to yours truly in private that he doesn’t get the flavor of any gathering unless ‘she’ is there. Poor thing, how will you workJ? This guy is a devoted lover. he was always, and God willing, I just hope that his fine tuning is over for goodJ The fascination of his would be mother in law about a certain company that anupam didn’t manage to join was the funniest part for us to joke about. He has recently started to have a fling with roll 53-and we are all a bit concerned about the train journey of anupam and his colleagues on their way to office during joiningJ
He is a chain smoker, trying to give up smoking (as most smokers dream of doing) in vain all the time. He is probably the most vocal supporter of ‘dada’, along with roll 5, which comes as no surprise as he hails from behala.
In college he is most likely to be found at kaka’s shop, smoking the umpteenth flake or having the all time fav paratha and ghugni or gossiping away to glory with roll 58.
Beneath the ordinary exterior of anupam lies a persona of real depth, you can realize that when he gets into one of his philosophical word giving moods while walking down from college to the station. Remember that famous walk back to the station mate? When we two discussed the intricacies of the mind of the woman in detail? And failed miserably as is evident from our deeds subsequentlyJ??Cheers and all the very best in all that you do in life!