I’ve waxed eloquent often enough lately about the wonder that was my undergrad. department. What I didn’t mention yet was that the place was an absolute magnet for eclectic, esoteric nuttiness. For instance, in our time, we used to have the Barkestra — a group of undergrads who could bark tunes in harmony. Then there was The Blab, which started as a wall-mag and became an online forum, hosting all-night cartoonised-conversation marathons before exams — a wildly successful community procrastination project.
It is on a campus such as this that my friend D saw a superhero this evening. A real, honest-to-goodness, straight-out-of-Hollywood superhero.
Just about when it seemed that I’ve seen it all, I saw Batman. This is not a joke, nor a metaphor. We were just chilling in front of the Worldview building. Then we saw Him, standing arms akimbo, in his dark costume, cape flying, on the terrace of the UG pharma building. There for a good three seconds, then he disappeared. You can’t make this up. I can provide third party witnesses. I love Calcutta.
Some places, eh? They never change. New people come in, perfectly normal people, and soak up the free, mischevious, inventive spirit of the place. And thus the delicious, ‘aberrant’ nuttiness continues.
UPDATE: And here’s a picture of the superhero, taken by Hindol Majumdar — UG 1, Pharma — with his mobile phone camera: