Oh look! Lady Justice is Peeping!
“National Law University, Orissa. Oh good…at least it’s a National Law University..But Orissa? Should I go there or should I wait for a year more? Might as well take the plunge!”
Questions like this went through my head when I was considering getting admitted to NLUO. Their website made a lot of promises and it didn’t seem like a bad place to be in, after all the Vice Chancellor Dr. Faizan Mustafa was their biggest USP. So, bags packed and mind set I reach Cuttack, a quiet place, very green, and it proved to be a pleasant departure from the poisoned air of Kolkata. First steps into the hostel were a mixture of nervousness, excitement and an inner urge to make this strange territory familiar. A brilliant view from my room’s balcony on the 6th floor took me to a different place all together. On one side you can scan the town area, and on the other side the scenic beauty of the Mahanadi and the hills have the ability to make any stoic soul poetic.
The funny thing about Law is that it’s like your first smoke, first it hurts your lungs and you cough, but gradually when you get used to it, it becomes almost indispensable. Our faculty is always ready by any means to help us out in any way possible about any matter. The brilliance in them fail to smudge their warmth and compassion. In our classes we question universal truths, disbelieve obvious facts and set forth a new train of thought. As our VC believes, we are here to not train in legal education but “justice” education. I suppose this is what makes learning an addictive and productive process here.
Yes of course we complain about too much pressure. But that is when our good ol’ WiFi comes to our rescue – movies, songs, videos, games and of course other materials are a click away to help recreate ourselves. Going to Bhubaneswar, Puri or plain outside is a great way to rejuvenate yourself. A few pocket friendly food joints make our parents question the purpose of paying separately for the mess food..well we can’t help it can we? Food is important for surviving, but good food is important for living!
Sports (indoor and outdoor) are given a good deal of importance by the students here and the number of intra-university tournaments we have reflect our passion and dedication for bruised knees and sprained ankles. Playing the guitar and beating buckets at night is also a way of entertainment when we are not busy pulling each others’ legs, chasing each other down the stairs and curling up in fits of laughter. Rooms where study-tables are used more for piling up clothes reminds us that it is up to us if we want Mulla and Pollock’s book on Contracts on the table or Pepe Jeans- your destiny is in your control.
It sometimes got frustrating when things weren’t as easily available as they were back home but then I realised it depends on where you look for it. This sentence can be interpreted at many levels and that is purely intended. These expeditions to search for common goals brought together amongst us a new family, and made Cuttack a home away from home. It has hardly been a year and we have already been through so much together. Yes, love stories; some action-packed, bloom in the campus and alcohol becomes cheap for the broken hearted. But simultaneously future thinkers, leaders, pioneers form within these grounds.
It is a matter of great pride that in a span of two years students of NLUO have achieved a name for themselves in various inter-university competitions (academic and non-academic) and from no angle does it seem like this trend will cease to continue. As I suit up on a Monday morning I remind myself that I am a part of something huge, something of a different league. Even legends make mistakes; we are just legends in the making.
So when a few of us sit on the highest point of the Boys’ Hostel and look at the horizon beyond the horizon, we nod at each other and smile because it doesn’t matter where we have come from, it doesn’t matter where we intend on going, what matters most is that at this very point we can see far ahead of us and far beyond us, not get perturbed by the future, and depressed by the past but live the moment to the fullest with hiccups and silly smiles.
NLU, Orissa, Cuttack.