|Ode to celebration: Festivals like Thrissur Pooram are a part of the city’s rich cultural heritage. (Below) Bryan Adams
The field trip to Thrissur from October 17 to 21 was an enlightening experience for our group of 20 aspiring journalists from the Manorama School of Communication, Kottayam. Thrissur, Kerala's cultural capital and also a fast-paced cosmopolis, presents an interesting canvas to tourists. The old temples that dot the city bring a whiff of history into swanky commercial and residential localities. Again, while the city's traditional image, captured in its museums and academies, can cast a spell on you, the sight of pavement-dwellers, drunkards and prostitutes can spoil that image quite suddenly.
So that was Thrissur for us ' a collage of curious contrasts. Our exploration of the city started with a visit to the Peechi dam. We also interacted with the scientists of the Kerala Forest Research Institute. Then, it was time for a flashback as we visited the Royal Palace Museum that has preserved artefacts from the Stone Age to the 17th century.
The Akademis were our next stop. Thrissur houses the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Lalit Kala Akademi. The Appanthampuram museum, with its collection of manuscripts of renowned Malayalam authors, was special. We also saw palm leaf texts and the first book ' which was The Bible ' printed in the Malayalam language in 1772. The trip to the Kerala Kalamandalam ' a place that reminds one of Tagore's Santiniketan ' is worth mentioning, especially its centre for training in various classical arts. The place could have, however, been better maintained. Nevertheless, it was a great learning experience.
Sulogna Mehta, PG journalism, Manorama School of Communication, Kottayam, Kerala
Our college greeted the freshers recently with a warm welcome party at Sarat Sadan in Behala. The programme started at 10 am and as the seniors put up one item after another, the apprehension on the face of the new students gave way to excitement. Hindi rock band Swastik gave us some groovy numbers like O Humdum Suniyo Re and Dhoom Pichak Dhoom. But Bryan Adams ruled, as Swastik's rendition of his all-time hit Summer of '69 sent everyone into a frenzy. The day helped us forge an instant bond with our juniors.
Jayantabishnu Mukherjee, third year, English (hons), New Alipore College
All about attitude
Your attitude determines your attitude' was the theme of this business fest and in the end, those with the right attitude prevailed. Fourteen colleges from different parts of India matched wits, or shall we say, attitudes, at ACME, 2005 ' the annual festival of St Aloysius College, Mangalore, held on October 6 and 7. Six first-year students ' Saurav Tibrewal, Atul Dugar, Mohit Sanganeria, L. Murlikrishnan, Kushal Agarwal and Govind Taparia ' represented our college and did us proud by winning the mock stock event and taking the third spot in the quiz. The other events included public finance, mock CAT, etc. Jain College of Bangalore were the overall winners.
Saurik Ginoria, first year, St Xavier's College
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