Nandu found the place. A red sign-board confirmed the address. It was an MP’s bungalow converted into a party office. All in white with long pillars around. Someone was waiting outside. Nandu approached him.
Madhusudhanan was a full-timer with the party. He was special correspondent to the party newspaper. A young chap in his early thirties. A post graduate in Economics from Presidency College, Madras.
“Nandu…, you can stay with me till you get hostel admission. It is a two roomed servant quarter behind this bungalow. I cook myself… and now you can help me.”
Madhusudhanan opened the doors for Nandu. The rooms were well maintained. Each room had a wooden cot and a study table.
“This place is like a gust house. You stay today… tomorrow there will be some else... But once you stay here… you don’t have to look back. It’s so a lucky place that you will reach to the top very fast…” Madhusudhanan smiled.
Nandu nodded his head and thanked Madhusudhanan. He took out some clothes and went for a bath.
JNU campus was vibrant! A Global village. Students from all over the world. Politically very very strong. Nandu liked the environment. He moved to the college hostel. The room was big enough to accommodate two students.
“I am Sudeeptho Sen…from Siliguri, West Bengal.”
They introduced themselves. A minimum of two years to live together! Well, is it a big deal? Sometimes a big yes!
“I am going to the post office, do you require anything…I mean; stamps or inland letters…?” Sudeeptho asked Nandu. He nodded ‘No’.
Nandu remembered the day when he got his admission letter from JNU. The first thing his father did was to get him a dozen of postcards from the neighboring post office. Raghavan Nair; Nandu’s father, works in factory. They are a small family. Nandu, Nisha his younger sister, father and mother.
“You can always be happy when you have simple wishes and simple lifestyle. Be always down-to-earth…” Nandu’s father preaches this and practices this. Sharadha; Nandu’s mother is a tailor. She stitches all kinds of garments for the villagers. She works overtime during the festival seasons. Nisha is in her third standard. A huge difference in age with Nandu! And a reason for intimacy among the both.