The lecture theatre at the Department of Statistics in Presidency College had a high pedestal in one of the corners, apparently without a valid purpose.
On the first day of my academic life in a dozen years that didn't involve a school uniform, we, the innocent, docile first-years were all crammed in the first row of the classroom. We were being ragged, of course. It went well (other than Rahul threatening a couple of seniors that he would call his father if things went out of hand). The climax, however, involved the pedestal, as Saugata, after committing a trivial error of some sort, was asked to climb up and be perched up there for a while.
He was as athletic as I used to be, but apparently vertigo wasn't that serious an issue for him. He climbed up quite sportingly, and rested there till he was asked to come down.
He had his revenge, though. The next year we were the senior ones; so we had a go at the hapless first years. And yes, you've probably guessed it right - the first errant one was asked to climb atop the pedestal by a vengeful Saugata: "please, oke otar opor uthte bola hok."
Why am I suddenly remembering this after all these years? It's because after all the spot-fixing allegations raised at Lord's the last weekend involving the Pakistani cricketers, MOHAMMAD AZHARUDDIN has stated that those guilty of fixing should be punished.
PS: The other reason why I've named this article déjà vu is the fact that I simply love watching the /.\ formation over E, J and A.
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