- The name is Selvamani.R. I was born in Rangoon, Burma now known as Yangoon and Myanmar respectively. I had my schooling in I.E.S. .Khalsa School there in Rangoon and came to Tamilnadu, India, did my Pre-University in Sir Thegaraya College,Chennai and M.B.B.S., in Madurai Medical College. Later did my Diploma and Masters Degree in the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Egmore, Madras Medical College, Chennai.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
COLLEGE TRIP IN FOURTH YEAR
During our fourth year we went on a trip to Courtallum,Trivandrum and Kanyakumari.
The trip was very memorable. It was the first time the gents and ladies mixed together and talked more or less freely.
As usual we got two Assistant Professors, a gent and a lady to sign up for the trip but warned them not to come and stay at home.
The boys boarded the bus first and then we went to the ladies hostel.
When they started boarding one boy asked ‘AR’ whether the lady warden has allowed the girls to go on the trip.
AR sang ' Poi va Magale, poi vaa !' and was loudly received.
But there was a huge uproar when the retort came aptly with a song " Avalaa sonnal !Irukkathu! Nambamudyavillai !!"
We were surprised by the ingenuity.
Later AR confided that it was preplanned. Anyway it was very good.
During the trip we sang many cine songs. Sometimes the ladies also sang.
We always sang as a group. My voice isn't worth mentioning but I remembered the lyrics better..
Once we heard a lady's voice singing in a low tone.
The boys - JP and others stood up to have a look to know who the singer was and the singing stopped suddenly.
JP immediately said ' En paatai nirthivittai ?. Un isaiyai ketka ododi vantha ennai ematrathey Santha ?" as in Konchum Silanagai film song "Singaravelane Deva".
There was a huge uproar and the incident was told again and again.
During our Trivandrum trip we visited the zoo.
It was quite large and we were strolling by passing comments. J was accompanying our batch. When we came to a cage with bears we found them restless, rattling the iron railings.
J wanted to impress the ladies who were coming alongside and commented in a loud voice “ S, see, your friends are there!”
A suitable retort came to my mind [usually it will come to me only after 24 hrs!] and I said facing the bears “Hi, J !! Don’t worry. They will feed you soon!”
In Trivandrum we were staying in a lodge.
When we went for lunch outside, we noted that R has left his transistor in the room and being a novelty at that time we took it along. As such it was the center of attraction also in the hotel we dined.
When we returned to the lodge R was waiting anxiously and when he saw us he came running happily.
We first thought that he was happy to see us and were thrilled. Actually he was worried when he didn’t find his transistor and was relieved when he saw it in our hands!!!
It was also in Trivandrum that M was caught for his 'proficiency' of Malayalam language.
He was always boasting that he knew the language well.
In the morning we wanted to buy some coconut oil and took M to a nearby store and told him to ask for 200 ml of oil in Malayalam.
He did so and we saw the shopkeeper looking very perplexed.
Then we came to know that M has actually asked for 200 Liters of oil.
We had a good laugh and narrated the incident to all making M the laughing stock of the day in spite of his vociferous protests that it was just a slip of his tongue!!