Friday, July 21, 2006

My Favourite Place

The library is the best place on campus. It’s got something that nothing else here can ever hope to match. No not even the campus of the 21st century or “wi-fi” or laptops . Not air-conditioned classrooms or the much touted x-cafe(don’t know what people actually see in it) or even the lawns that make you feel like sitting there and watch everyone else rush by.
It's got that undefinable something called charachter. A sense of time standing still, of having seen so much, a sense of permanence, of being still being here, after everyone and everything else has gone. A mute spectator to so many people. So many different kinds. Last minute readers who stay up all night, project groups who insist on discussing everything at the top of their voices, tuition groups- with an ‘expert’ taking classes, people who come to read the journals and the paper, people who want to do some research… all kinds…
And then there are those crazy kinds who love the library for being just the way it is. For its warm welcoming silence that stretches out and reaches you as soon as you enter the reading rooms. For those huge airy rooms and open windows from where you can look out and think and dream and wish and imagine. For those rows and rows of books that seem to hold so many unfathomable mysteries that we cannot even hope to understand. For those small pleasant surprises, like finding an actual real life non management book, with stories on Delhi, mysteriously lying in the reading room. For the guilty pleasure of reading it for a while instead of studying. For those moments of contentment when you suddenly look up and see that it’s raining and the world looks so beautiful today. For those few minutes when the page starts swimming before your eyes and you can sink into blissful oblivion, right on top of your books. For that sense of contentment while reading with a friend and just looking up and reading on. For those so many things that I cant begin to describe.
The library is the best place to be on campus.

6 comments:

justme said...

aren't libraries the best place anywhere and everywhere in the world?? :-)

Priyadarshini said...

But this campus is where i discovered that fact :))))
i have never really visited the library in engg :)))

justme said...

@ priya
dont talk of engineering college libraries..bloody boring.. who d hell read those IEEE journals..??

Priyadarshini said...

and those text books too :)especially when we had bakshi :)))

Ari said...

Find me a house to buy in OOTY and I'll understand your stand. I was hoping Valpari or Munnar was better.

Priyadarshini said...

@ari
most people wudnt agree but i think they dont even come close :)
but of course getting a house wud be much easier there i think