Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Malli..."

"Sit down, I want to talk to you guys" A guy pushes his way into the hall just as we were about to leave.

"Three things I wanna tell you. First, there's an Avurudu festival at Malabe tomorrow, I want everyone in this class to attend."

When he spoke, the class that many lecturers had found hard to control was dead silent.

"Second, there are some absolute jerks in the second year. Please don't get provoked by them. I know that you guys can hammer the shit out of those fellows, but please don't. They're in better terms with the lecturers, and you guys will end up getting suspended in vain."

The guy, who looked really familiar for some reason, spoke on without any sort of hesitation in his voice. He was facing a crowd of a hundred and fifty increasingly hungry students that he was keeping from having lunch. But everyone was still uncharacteristically silent.

"Third, remember why you came here. Not to flirt, not to get into messy relationships, but to study. I'm not telling you not to have fun. Have a girlfriend, or girlfriends or whatever! But don't forget your core target here. Don't let some girl or boy or friend or even your best friend ruin that for you."

"Ok, now cheer up. What are you guys, robots or something? Don't look so scared, I'm just another guy who's giving some helpful advice. So, anyone here who disagrees with me?"

Silence.

"Anyone here who agrees?" "Raise your hands" "Oh come on! Raise them UP!!!"

I think the whole class raised their hands. I sure did... :)

***

Like I said before, he looked quite familiar. I later found out that he was from my school, a few years my senior. There are group projects that student groups have to do, and usually these groups have 10 students. His group has only 3, I got to know, and they have consistently got the highest marks in their batch for all group assignments. If you can go into a hall full of 150 hungry and rather badly behaved first years and speak to them for 15 minutes and get out of there alive, then I don't see how you can even dream of screwing up a presentation in front of a couple of nice lecturers... :D