ഓടരുത് അമ്മാവാ ആളറിയാം. പിന്നെ എന്തിനാണ് ഓടിയത് sports secretary ഒക്കെ ആയി ? എവിടെ വരെ ഓടി ?കൂടെ ആരെങ്കിലും ഓടിയോ? [10 marks]
I ran fast to catch the first bus to Dubai. It was myself and Santhosh ( Kappai). We planned running to Dubai in 1993. When I reached, many MACE 92 friends welcomed me- Jibyachan(CB), Bindhu Susheel(EA) and Muhammed Salim(MB). Without much delay, came Santosh(CB) and Pramod (EC), Ajaikumar MC(MB), Ajaikumar NR(MB),Naseer(MA), Daniel Williams(MA),Raimol(CA),Arul PP(EA). All together 38 of our batch reached Dubai and 26 of us still here. Unfortunately Santhosh stopped the running early and it’s a big loss for us.
If Gayathi Constructions to design Mace thirumuttam, will it still be in ellipse shape? or circle? why? Give us your redesign ideas on MACE entrance if a tender is invited ?
I will suggest a circular thirumuttam with no doors. It will ensure smooth flow in and out, as we did during our college days. No restrictions as we enjoyed in MB hostel. The current MACE entrance and gates must be demolished and left open, if I am asked to re design.
Every class is claiming the title ‘Royal’. What makes Civil A Royal?
Royal was only the easy word available to cover all ‘non Royal’ stuff. We at Civil A had too many Royals among us, so others called us Royal?
How do you compare running a construction firm in Kerala to Dubai? Challenges?
To me construction is a very tough business anywhere. Since money involvement is huge there are many stakeholders. In India, politicians, unions, labours all give a tough time. It’s like the teller in bank. Too much money comes and goes.Every one sees the contractor as someone who does the bad things!!!. There may be few of them like that, however we are not.
Dubai has no major labour issues,no politicians or unions. We are haunted only by the Authority for compliance to regulations and follow-ups. We can do 24*7 work execution. No loss of work on strikes, hartals. Cost of construction is more in Dubai. But I would say the wages in Kerala are more, when you compare a similar category worker’s output abroad.
Civil A S7 ലും Tour പോയില്ലേ. അന്നത്തെ രസകരമായ ഒരു സംഭവം കേള്ക്കട്ടെ
Tours and Civil A- we were ahead of all our counter parts.
We started our class tour in S1&2 itself. Then the teen boys went for a trip to Malampuzha and most of us returned tasting holy water for the first time. Later we had our all Kerala tour up to Kodaikanal in S3 and eventful South India tour. Who among us doesn’t know the TTR story, BBQ at Ooty railway station and more.
Masterpiece among all our tour was in S7, when the young Turks taken up “World tour” and travelled upto Kathmandu, Nepal. We travelled to Calcutta, Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kathmandu, Agra, Delhi and planned to fly to Jaipur. Missed our train at Calcutta and next day were forced to travel in unreserved compartment to Siliguri. We paid some money to the porters for getting us seats. Singing ‘all kinds’ of Malayalam songs helped us to attract local travelers.
During the journey one beggar came to Basil and asked for money. Basil started shouting “Avo, Avo” instead of “Javo, Javo”. Confused beggar finally left him.
In Darjeeling there were issues by “GNLF”. We met a malayali soldier on duty and he advised us of the places of interest. Davis was the guard- in-charge of the luggage loaded on jeep top during our travel in Siliguri, when we had doubt that someone will snatch away luggage.
Kathmandu was different for many reasons. Gambling, Coca cola, Toyota and Nissan cars and open bars in hotels etc. All of these were new for us then.It was a 12 hr bus journey from Kakarvitta, West Bengal border through winding roads.
The difficult part was when we crossed the Nepal border back to India near Gorakhpur. Both Indian and Nepal customs wanted money from us. Even the jeans we were wearing, they said ‘taxable’. Our ‘Hindi Vidwan” Pramod was our chief negotiator. Learned some negotiations skills there finally ended up in the loser’s side. On reaching Delhi via Agra many of us cancelled the flight ticket to Jaipur to get some cash in hand.
Remembering all those moments gives me lot of nostalgia now.