Monday, November 05, 2007

Migrating for Migration…

The day had finally come when I had to submit the migration certificate in the college (Migration certificate is required when you change university for further studies). Some of my friends in college had already obtained the certificate after running from pillar to post. And I had taken a vow that I would keep no loopholes in my process of obtaining the certificate so that I need not repeat any of the activity.

I started collecting information by calling each one of my friends and personally asked about the procedure to obtain the certificate. This certificate needs to be submitted in the present college or else admission is cancelled or results are with held. All data required to obtain a certificate was now embedded in my mind. I photocopied all my original mark sheet and leaving certificate from the last attended college and packed my bag with all the documents.

Since my college was no where near, my mother packed water bottle and some snacks for my long journey (Kandivli to Dombivli) as if I am going for a one day trip. I took an extension ticket from the station and started heading towards the platform to board a train.

The heat was taking the sweat out of me this winter. Now I could probably take a lecture on global warming.

I had my headphones on and was little excited to reach college after 3 long years. I was confident enough with all the document nicely set in my bag.

The only thing I had to do was to take my principal’s signature from the college on the form which needs to be submitted to the Mumbai University with proper authentication of the mark sheets and leaving certificates.

The challenging part for me was to reach college before lunch time and get the signature or else wait for an hour. Traveling is what I don’t get fed up off so easily and was enjoying the central local train breeze.

On reaching Dombivli I had to take a rickshaw to reach college which is far off again from the station. Finally got down near college and started walking towards it. There was a complete change of structure on the barren land surrounding the college and as a rule I started taking photo sessions. There was a huge construction coming up near the college and a lot of visible changes in the campus could be noticed. But the staff was the same with no knowledge of migration certificate. It took me 10 minutes to explain why it is required and what the college has to do.

After all the explanation round, I was told bluntly to come on Tuesday as the principal was on leave and I started using my return journey ticket to Kandivli not enjoying the journey this time.

Migration to be continued…


Neo said...

waiting for the next half

Gladiator said...

Nice article and heading

Prashant Karkera said...

#Neo: Even I m waiting to write the second half :)

#Gladiator: Thanks.

Cedric Dias said...

hahahaha..i can imagine ur plight travelling such a long long distance..remember i travelled from vasai to dombivli ...anyways better luck and waiting to read the second part..

Prashant Karkera said...

#Cedric: There is no luck in the second half too :)