It's a summer afternoon, sweltering heat and I am sitting in my room with my thinking mode switched On. Some deep thoughts are going right inside my mind. Something related to my life before I entered IITK. Something which I realised when I got disconnected for a year from the outside world. Something ... no not something ... they were ones because of whom a vacuum is created in my life ... they are those whom I would like to call as Tanki ke Tope ...
Approximately three years back I joined Prerna Classes , a coaching institute run by Tank sir (tanki .. sorry sir if you are reading this blog :P ) along with 1000 other JEE aspirants who had just one dream : To study in IIT ...
My first day in the A0 batch, I don't remember anything about the lecture except a few faces full of enthusiasm ... full of sincerity ... dedication ... and it is here when I met the ones who were going to shape my future without even letting me know ... the se7en Tanki ke Tope ... raj , panda , jd , obama , rahul , manoj and adi.
A brief description of each one :
Ankit Raj ...................: Calm , composed and calculative ... rarely missed a class .. and above all a good friend.
Saurav Kumar Panda ..: Calm , composed and calculative ... rarely missed a class .. and above all a good friend.
Joydeep Dasgupta .....: Calm , composed and calculative ... rarely missed a class .. and above all a good friend.
Osama Ahmed ............: Calm , composed and calculative ... rarely missed a class .. and above all a good friend.
Rahul Kumar ..............: Calm , composed and calculative ... rarely missed a class .. and above all a good friend.
Manoj Kumar .............: Calm , composed and calculative ... rarely missed a class .. and above all a good friend.
Aditya Raj .................: Calm , composed and calculative ... rarely missed a class .. and above all a good friend.
This is not an error on my part while describing them ... but clearly shows what I think about them . For me they were equal in all respects.
As time passed we were together ... studying ... playing ... teasing .. kaan ... facing punishments (true :P ) ..
I was not that serious in preparation as they were. They kept coming with new problems on which we tackled our brains together. I used to give up quickly but seeing them still holding on to it , I was inspired enough to rejoin them. Not only this .. we used to teach each other .. even better than any teacher could do. We were not just restricted to this .. and literally had chats on various topics from sports to gossips :P .
Ours was a simple gang composed of people who were above all sorts of school funda or unhealthy competition bound together just because our thoughts matched .... the brain waves matched ... both wavelengths and phase matched.
And what pushed me ahead was their intensity.
As we all know 1 + 1 = 2 ... and 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 7 ..... but this 7 is not the intensity of the se7en.
We studied Interference earlier ... and it is there the actual definition of the intensity of these folks lie. They were just like the se7en waves who were exactly alike both with respect to their wavelengths and also the phase. This is what led to a constructive interference and what I got was an a wave 7 times providing me power and intensity 49 times compared to my strength being alone .... you could see the difference yourself .. the impact they made shaping my thoughts .. shaping my mind .. shaping my perception .. building my attitude ... building my confidence ... because I knew I can never fall as the constant thrust provided by them can never be countered so as to make me fall.
There are 7 SI base units in Physics : metre, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, candela. These 7 base units can be used to define all other SI units. Similarly the se7en provided me the qualities that should be essentially present in an aspiring person. They were my units of judging people and this I realised after they were not around me during my one year stay at IIT.
They were just like the se7en colours of the rainbow who filled my life with great joy. My sole purpose of attending classes was to meet them .. laugh with them .. play pranks .. public pitai and not just study. Perhaps they were the ones who relieved me of tension and instilled the spirit of joy in this rat race where about 4 lac others were competing.
For survival we need WATER which is major component of our body. Similarly for me these se7en were equivalent to pH 7 ... or I should say simply water. They formed a major component of myself and replenished my thirst for knowledge .. and now that they are not here my life has become just like a desert.
In IIT I met a lot of people, made many friends .... still my eyes are searching for them , their image in others ... but the void they have created is not replaceable.
People thank their teachers and parents for their success. I too did the same a year back. I was so used to the impetus provided by these se7en that I almost forgot to thank them ... but now in their absence I have realised what life is without them .... their importance .. though late, still .. thank you buddies ... u might forget me but I can never ... missing you all.
टैंक सर की कक्षा में थे कई सारे तोप ,
पर इन सातों सा कोई न था टंकी का तोप |