| Art, culture and youth affairs minister Sukhda Pandey (left) and others at the alumni meet of Magadh Mahila College in Patna. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Patna, May 2: Bimal Verma was so excited that she was almost humming the Bryan Adams classic Summer of ’69. It would have been perfectly fitting too — she just needed to change ’69 to ’64, for Bimla, 63, is an alumnus of the 1964 batch of Magadh Mahila College.
Back in her alma mater for its fourth alumni meet on April 30, Bimla, and many like her, were at once excited and nostalgic about their days in college.
She said: “It is great to be back here. We have countless memories of the four years we spent here.” Bimla did her Intermediate and BA in economics from the college.
She added: “The most thrilling experience we had in college was when two friends and I escaped from hostel number 1 and went to see the matinee show of Ghunghat at Ashok cinema.
“It was exciting because our warden, Maya Prasad, was renowned as a strict disciplinarian. But she could not catch us. My roommate was an accomplice. She was instructed to say that I was in the bathroom if the warden asked for me in my absence. All of us were around 16 then,” chuckled Bimla.
Rupa Prasad, an alumnus of the 1974 batch, said what she missed most about college was the bhujia (snacks) sold on the campus.
“I still miss the taste of the bhujia. There was some magic in the hands of the cook. I have never tasted bhujia that good after passing out of college,” said Prasad, who is at present the principal of Government Women’s College, Gardanibagh.
Prasad reminisced about how she would have given up her studies because of a financial crisis in her family.
“But my teachers came to my help. Then principal of the college, Ramola Nandi, paid my fees and told me that the college could not afford to lose students like me. That really touched me,” said Prasad, adding that she was very happy to meet some of her teachers at the meet.
Sujata Mishra, section officer, Bihar Legislative Assembly Library and an alumni of the 1982 batch, said: “My best memories are of the time when my friends and I used to sit on the roof of the college and gaze at the Ganga for hours in the break between our honours and pass papers. When I remember those days, it seems like a film with me as the lead actor and my friends as supporting actors.”
Many students of the college have achieved success in their lives after graduating.
MLA Usha Vidyarthi said the teachers of the college were not only role models in education but also in fashion. “Sashi Sharma, who was then a teacher in the political science department and is now the head, was a style icon for us. We used to wait eagerly to see what she would try out everyday.”
Art, culture and youth affairs minister Sukhda Pandey, who has spent most her life as either a student, a teacher or the principal of the college, said: “It is very difficult to express my feelings for the college. It has a very special place in my heart.”