by Pawan Kumar Verma
an impressionable 16 in the first year of college. There was the
heady freedom of being out of school.
in a certain lifestyle, not without content, but not always too
closely connected with the world outside. There was a sense of
achievement of having 'arrived', by the sheer act of joining the
college. There was the search for an ideology that would give a
larger meaning and purpose to our young lives. There was also the
unsullied tug of idealism. The naxalite movement was then raging in
Calcutta. Many of us were swayed by the seduction of radical
There were other
hobbies one sought to pursue. Those were the days when the film
Guddi was much the rage. I sought to start a Jaya Bhaduri Fan Club
whose only activity was to meditate before her portrait in the
Reading Room. It did have more than one sitting.
Verma was a student of History at College in the early 70's. He is
now a Diplomat and the author of the highly acclaimed 'The Great
Indian Middle Class'