Every time the song Kabhi Kabhi Aditi is telecast onTV, apart from looking out for the obvious Bollywood masala, I eagerly awaitthe scenes of the campus or the auditorium of St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. Iwon't deny that it was the Indo-Gothic style of architecture that first caughtmy attention as a middle-school girl. Every time I read a piece of news aboutthe college or heard about it from others, I would wonder if I would ever get achance to study at St. Xavier's just like Jai and Aditi from Jaane Tu... Ya JaaneNa. Today, here I am, proudly calling myself a Xavierite.
The city of Mumbai, I feel, has a lot to offer.Popularly known as the city of dreams, I have already fulfilled mine! Yes, thecity is always busy and people are always on the move. Indeed, I misstravelling via Delhi Metro every time I board a local train, but that does notreduce my love for the city. People are always helpful and there are so manyplaces still to be explored here. I'm trying my level best to deal with thehumidity and enjoy the street food offered here which is quite obviouslydifferent from the Delhi street food. (Yes, I have developed a taste for vadapav and misal pav.)
What would an 18-year-old, just out of school expect ontheir first day of college? Some sort of bullying or ragging? Well, that isquite unlike what St. Xavier's College offers. It provides you with the mostsecure and friendly environment ever. Being a fresher, I have had my own set offears and nervousness. I was surprised to find how by the end of the day allanxieties just vanish. All credit goes to supportive seniors and staff of thecollege, who I feel, walk with a halo that radiates friendliness.
The collegeoffers its students an array of cultural societies and extra-curricularactivities like the Indian Music Group, the Social Service League, the AllIndia Christian University Federation, Malhar Society for executing the verypopular inter-collegiate festival 'Malhar' and many more. The theme this yearis 'Renaissance: The Era of Revival in New Age'. St. Xavier's provides one withthe perfect platform wherein everyone is given a chance to not only excelacademically but also in diverse spheres. It feels great being part of one ofthe oldest and most prestigious institutions in the country, which has alsobeen awarded the 'College of Excellence' award in 2014. The college is now morethan just an architectural wonder and Bollywood dreams did come true for me.Yes indeed, it is not just a college, it is a way of life and Mumbai hasstarted to feel like home!
Born and raised in New Delhi, the writer moved toMumbai to study at St Xavier's College.