He got down at the Pilani bus terminus (??), at 1 PM, on an extremely hot afternoon.
For those who haven’t heard of Pilani – It is a small village in the Northern part of India, juxtaposed along Haryana-Rajasthan border (though it belongs to the latter), experiencing extremes of temperatures ranging from 0-50 degree celsius during the course of an year, hosting a renowned educational institution abbreviated BITS…
He stood first in his class, his school, his district. He felt important. Everyone congratulated him on his achievement and were awe-struck when he got his admission letter for EEE, at BITS. He was at the top of his world. He was awaiting his joining date at BITS, which finally arrived.
It was a difficult journey for him (sorry, his name is **drumroll** Satish), all the way from Trichy to Pilani. Traveling for 3 days (Trichy-Chennai-New Delhi-Pilani), made him real sick. But he resisted his exasperation, only to get a glimpse of BITS.
But, when he got down at Pilani, he could not just believe, that it was the place, where he longed to spend the next 5 years of his life. It appeared to him, as though the world had gone back 5 years in time. Dragging his suitcase, he walked slowly towards the main gate of the institute with his father, which read ‘Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani’