Whether you are a pass-out, final year or a freshman – you have lived or will live four years near the silent, hot town of Tiruchirapalli, a place not really touristy unless you are a pilgrim. Nevertheless over the years, the campus culture has made us all embrace the tiny town and tinier hostel rooms, and discover a few gems – restaurants to eat, “exotic” locations to trip to, or just simple activities to occupy ourselves with.
Here is roughly what one could call the NITT Bucket List:
- The Dhabas
Most of us have probably tried one or two of the street food corners outside campus. But here’s a challenge – to try the questionable food at every stall situated across the stretch of the highway.
- A trip to Tranquebar
The closest Kanyakumari substitute, a quiet place frequented mostly by our precious students – a calm place for all night tripping, football playing, and sunrise appreciating.
- Scaling the Rockfort hill
One of the popular pilgrim spots can also be quite a fun climb – the first time. The workout gives way to a view and pleasant wind. Recommended visiting during the evenings.
- Micheal’s – homemade ice cream
Let the cheap scoops of refreshing ice cream deceive you into thinking you’re not spending a lot or eating that much after 10 scoops.
- Going to endhe Kerala
It could be with your “fam”, or with your best friends, probably the best place to go for a weekend long trip – for trees, leaves – small and green, and maybe some good weather.
- Emptying your wallet at Dimora’s or Sangam
It is expensive, but breakfast at Sangam is said to be a great one time experience. Dimora’s is used to tease/demand your friend for a treat, set the bar high always.
- Donning traditional wear
If you thought the women were crazed for a chance to struggle with a saree, the men here decide to take chances with silky kurtas, and unstable veshtis during Ethnic Day, Onam, Pongal, or even at their department’s symposium’s inauguration.
- An all nighter for no good reason
Maybe to catch up on the monthly gossip, or play Call of Duty – college is definitely the time that teaches you that staying up till 5AM is easier than waking up at 5AM.
- Chilling at CCD with a mango shot for three hours
Some might say we’ve got it good having our own CCD with subsidised prices, but the prices are still quite high. Worry not – for their cheapest items still taste just as good, but in baby food proportions.
- Taking in the stars at the helipad
This is believed to be not possible anymore, but for the ones that could – some say it felt a little like serendipity.
- Midnight maggi making
Cooking but not really, with an electrical appliance you aren’t technically allowed to have, can be tasty. Unless you mess it up, in which case tough luck.
- Downing a CakeBee pastry
Quality cakes that are well priced, need I say more?
When you’re done, maybe you could try doing it all over again?
– Harshini Ramanujam
“A full time fiction reader, and a part time engineering student – who follows dreams, pop culture, Harry Potter, and also writes.”