It’s been 3 days for us since we ate anything except for a handful of rice if that counts. The morning started with a hustle, people were running here and there when one of my friend came to me and kicked me, “DON’T YOU WANT TO TALK TO YOUR FAMILY? ”, he said. I looked at my phone which was switched off from last 3 days with excitement and there was still no sign of signal. I abused him really bad for making such idiotic joke that time. He said, “NOT HERE”. “THEN WHERE! , I asked angrily. He said “IN THE ATTIC !”, the whole college is there, “SOMEONE GOT SOME NETWORK IN AIRCEL IN THE ATTIC AND EVERYONE IS CLINGING FROM THE WINDOW TO TAKE TO THEIR FAMILY”. I got up, tried to find my slipper, which was the only piece of footwear I had that time.
I ran barefoot towards the college main building and there were more than 1000 students already struggling to get to talk to their parents ,I jumped in and waited for my turn which was a long wait but I finally reached and there was one senior of mine who had the phone with balance and he told me to give him my number and so I did, he dialed my number and told me the scripted line everyone was told to say. My mom picked up & I said “HI ! ”, she heard my voice after 3 days in that situation, her reaction was predictable.
She was so fumbled and excited, it showed when she was talking constantly, she had so much to say and ask but I had only one scripted line, and I said “I AM ALIVE AND FINE WITH ALL THE STUDENTS INSIDE THE COLLEGE AND WE ARE SAFE JUST TRANSFER SOME MONEY IN MY ACCOUNT APPROX 10 K AND DON’T NEED TO WORRY OK ”, she tried to ask hundreds of questions and I wanted to answer them all but we didn’t had much resources and people were waiting after me for their turn and I hung up. While I was walking towards the DH (class room where I was staying) I thought about everything she might be thinking and everything she wanted to know from the past three days, I had to do something for that.
I returned to DH, borrowed slippers form a friend and took another one of my friend with me. He asked me, “COLLEGE GATE IS ALREADY FLOODED, WHERE ARE WE GOING?”, and I said “THROUGH IT, OUTSIDE THE COLLEGE”. We swam and walked through the waist level water and reached the road outside. I asked him to search for any reported and media and we luckily found one, it was INDIA TV I guess. I asked the reporter to come inside the college and cover all the students in a news report so that their parents can know that they are safe and moreover alive, and he refused because of the flooded entrance. I can’t explain how angry I was but I couldn’t do anything. I asked him to cover me and my friend for an interview and he agreed, I sent a message to all the parents who had their children stuck here in our college to remain calm and that everyone is safe and together and there is nothing to worry about, I gave my number in the interview and requested everyone who might be watching that live coverage to dial on that and give my mother my message. I later came to know from my mom that she received several calls from Mumbai, Noida, U.P and many more places across India who saw me on the news.