THE ACTIVITY LOUNGE

“…the lounge served as a perfect metaphorical bridge to link the varied combinations of student-teacher, student-student and bhaiya/didi-student”

After three years of intense classes, assignment submissions, endless library hours, dress code mess ups and stretched out canteen lunches; college has come to an end. We were always aware of our numbered days coming to a close but it never really hit our chords until the final day of examination actually came. #OneLastTime became the slogan for the semester.

Tonight, I leave Viman for the final time. A train of emotions has been running though my heart and I am unable to prioritize any of them. As I sit in the café right opposite college and look through the windows right into the heart of the college buildings, I choose to close my eyes. I see the one thing I am going to miss the most. The one place which taught me more than any other part of Viman could; the activity lounge on the top floor of the college building.

Located right in between the staff room and the best classroom 601 of college, the lounge served as a perfect metaphorical bridge to link the varied combinations of student-teacher, student-student and bhaiya/didi-student.  The place was a gift in the architectural aspect. Open air space with pillars in between, it always gave me the feel of a giant chess board where every move could be calculated and every decision had a much longer lasting impact.

Endless hours had been spent in that place practicing for theatre, dance, fests, events, alumni meets, etc.  From fixing broken hearts to congratulating fellow class mates by running around wildly, the lounge had an atmosphere for everything. I often used to come back to the place after college hours to keep a track of myself. It is easy to lose your identity in a college as diverse as Symbiosis Centre for Media & Communication. Whenever I felt I am no longer able to take in the pressure of college or friends or family anymore, the activity lounge would call onto me and in its peace and tranquility I found my answers to all problems. Of all the places, I am going to miss that the most. I will no longer have the safe haven of thoughts the activity lounge allowed me to possess but I’ve learnt that the sooner I learn to fight the problem; the better off I will be.

Article by: Diptanil Roy (Batch of 2017)

Photograph by: Akhil Reddy (Batch of 2019)

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