Something very drastic happened yesterday.

Since our hostel mess is yet to start, I usually have lunch at the Students Canteen.Yesterday when I reached the canteen,it was overcrowded, which was only normal. What was not normal( for a newcomer, i guess) was something I saw there: MONKEYS!! Not one, not two, plenty of them. Some were perched up on the trees, some walking fearlessly on the ground, some eating rice from some poor chap's plate ( the guy had gone inside to fetch water or something, not knowing that he'll return to find his plate half empty!)
In short, absolute pandamonium.

Finally the canteen staff had to intervene and they tried to scare them away. Some of the animals even tried charging at them,to my utter disbelief. They were so unbelievably  aggressive!!
                                                Public Meeting

The campus life slowly picks up pace as activities gets started. There was a public meeting yesterday night at the GOPS (a popular eatery and hang out at the campus) organised by SFI. Prof. Hargopal, renowned Political scientist and human rights activist, was the main speaker. He spoke on the topic 'The Changing Nature of Indian State', followed by an interaction with the students.The highlight of the talk for me was his concluding remark " Marxism is a way of thought and not a substitution for thought".

It has started raining here and memories slowly comes calling!!
                              At H C U
Hey friends,

It's been a while.
And here is the reason- got admission at the H C U (Hyderabad Central University) for M A programme ( Pol.Science).
Had to do some running around to get my papers in order. Hence the gap.Still there's a considerably long list of documents  Iam yet to submit here at the university : the T C, Marklist, Provisional....

Well, I have to confess, its worth the effort. This is a humongous, gigantic and mind blowing one - this campus. Its supposed to be not less than 2300 acres, one of the largest in Asia itself. The chief mode of transport is none other than our good old bicycle!! Its really a pleasant sight to see them dominating the road once again, believe me.I have also bought one (the vintage model, with steel bars and all!). Life without a bicycle is almost impossible here. Its 3.5 km from my hostel to the dept.

And the greenery is heartening, to say the least. Actually its not greenery, its wilderness! I have already seen mongooses, monkeys and a peacock.Walking from the hostel to the main campus in the morning is a refreshing experience.

The only disappointment so far has been missing Arundhati Roy's lecture.She was here on 12th, invited by the Uni. to deliver a lecture on Globalisation. I could join only on 14th, a real pity.

Hindi serves the purpose of a link language here. From the University staff to the auto rickshaw driver,  natives communicate in Hindi with outsiders.

Food is adjustable,though I spend much more time in the toilet these days!

So that's it about H C U for the time being. I do plan to develop this in to a column of sorts if time permits, so that I can share 'the H C U Life' with you.

N.B: If Mr.Rubin happens to get the feed of this post by any chance, pls do respond!!