I was concluding my two hour long telephonic conversation with one of my old classmates who had managed to trace out my ten digit mobile number after two years.
"When will you change da? You still seem to speak the same way!", he said.
"Oh! Really? Why do you think so? Proof?"
"I don't know if you remember what you said during your graduation speech at the VC tea party. I am copy-pasting a part of my diary on a mail. Check it out. And please, do something about it!"
A few minutes after I hung up, I opened my inbox to find his mail. I could say only one thing after I finished reading it, "Oh! Really?"
Madhurjya announced, "May I now request volunteers from the graduating batch to speak a few words..."
Even before anyone budged, Kulki was on his feet. The look on his face convinced all of us that he didn't know what he was doing. It is always fun to watch Kulki speak without preparation. And trust me, he did not disappoint us this one last time. He began, just as I managed to switch on my favourite audio recorder...
"Good Evening everyone. 27 July 2000. It feels as though it happened just yesterday. And it's already 30 November 2004! Truly hard it is to believe that half a decade of BITSian life is coming to an end..."
I could hear a slight "hmmm..." all around me.
"I came in here as a confused, childish teenager!"
Ah! That's Kulki for you! The audience was already clapping!
"And today, I step out of this place as a more serious, more thoughtful twenty two year old young man..."
Junta were already in smiles. Another small round of applause! I was wondering why he isn't cracking his silly jokes yet.
"We are warriors. We came here with lumps of steel in our hands. And today, we go out with a beautiful hilt supporting a sharp blade on it. And it is this sword that is going to help us out in the battle. Yes friends, the war of life now beckons..."
I felt as if I was going to wage a war tomorrow! This guys always has his way of linking everything to a war.
"This is how I see BITS Pilani..."
Okay! This is going to be a big one!
"I was like an unmodulated signal!"
That's it! Here it begins! Oh no! Prof. BalSu is already laughing! Well, his favourite subject after all. And what's that? Vice Chancellor and Director too? Oh no!
"BITS is a frequency modulator!"
I am sure he would have got bums for this had it been the bhawan and not this graduation party .
"And today it has modulated me. Given me enough carrier energy to travel thousands of kilometres and fight the war of my life!"
This is much better! Deserves an applause. I started it this time. Crowd is always funny. They were clapping for quite a some time on this point. He had linked his two points! May be they appreciated that.
"Before I close my last ever speech as a student of BITS Pilani, let me quote the first words Prof. Surekha Bhanot told us in our first ever interaction.
I liked the way he ended it. I am not sure he appreciated his speech. Silly guy, is always self critical. But the people did, so much so that, they were clapping till Madhurjya took the mic again and said, "Thank you"