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But Seriously

- A Maulanian
from Spandan 1999

I am a Maulanian. Have been for the past three years and will remain one for the rest of this life. And I am damn proud of it! True there have been times-passing moments, when my cynical attitude has taken over, leading to spurts of disgust and disappointment, but hey let's face it- even your parents let you down sometimes. And a barrel as large as MAMC has to have its share of rotten apples, right?

So what's wrong with us yaar? Why have we let the small things in life get to us to the point where we have just stopped caring about the kind of environment we live in ? Why have we given up on making the place where we spend all our day, a better place to live in ? We all have our special moments at MAMC which we pack into our amazingly small treasure chests with the grit and determination of pouring onto our grandchildren once we are `out of this joint' BUS? Is that it?!? What about the rest of the six years we spend here which by the way is a pretty long period if you look at it. How can you make your clinic, your home, your hospital -your world -a better place to live in if you do not start with your alma mater?

Today when I walk into a festival beyond ITO, I am shocked. Its as if MAMC's simply disappeared from the cultural map of India. No wonder my seniors keep whining about the "good old days". We have brilliant artists -in the back benches as well as the front rows- painters, singers, debaters, musicians, actors and actresses, athletes, writers and a very, very strong "back bone" as we call them - but guess what-nobody cares.
College life is not just about wooing girls and smoking cigarettes and going into syncope over an impending completion test. Stop thinking just about yourselves you idiots. How about thinking of something better for a change?

How about caring a little?

Sure, you'll be playing havoc with your normal schedule in the beginning sure it's not going to be easy, and yes-you better be prepared to withstand the backlash. But remember, the college does not belong to the authorities, it belongs to you. You may not get paid to pick up a Pepsi can and throw it into the dustbin but it will earn you a lot more- your self respect.

Do anything, anything at all, but all I have to say is make sure you have tears in your eyes when you bid adieu to these buildings. And they will cry for you too. So good luck and to the freshers - welcome to the best college in the world!

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