My Ahmedabad Experience

I can still remember the day, sometimes in the 2nd week of Nov, 1971, when I first came to Ahmedabad. I was working, then for Texmaco in their Marketing & Customer Services Deptt. as an Asst. Manager; Shortly settled at Ambawadi, although most of our Bengali Textile alumni friends were staying in Maninagar area at the east bank of Sabarmati River. Gradually I got acquainted with some of the young textile engineers of our two textile institutes of Bengal. One of them, Jaidev, was very much active and he used to visit our place as well as others very frequently. One evening, when he was on the way to my house by cycle, met with a minor accident, fell down from the cycle and kept lying unnoticed for sometimes at one side of a narrow lane in the dark; This incidence made him realized that he was far away from his home. He kept on crying for sometime, felt restless, disturbed and insecured. When later he shared his feelings to us, we also realized that here at around 2000 Kms. away from home, we had very few people to take care of us in case of certain emergency or illness; Gradually, some idea for making one associations of the textile engineers of Bengal , crippled into our mind; Finally after some time, our Textile Alumni Association (W.B.), Ahmedabad had been formed for boosting up our enthusiasm, belongingness and feeling of a sense of security. Although at first, our association was not having any cultural activities, it was Jyoti (nephew of Great Singer Debabrata Biswas), who being a very good singer and player of guitar, took the initiatives to arrange regular cultural activities among the association members; The first big cultural function was organized by our Association in 1978 when we invited Suchitra Mitra for first such Grand Cultural Event; It was a Grand Success with overwhelming audience participation which inspired us a lot and following that, we had started organizing such big cultural events on regular basis by inviting big singing crelebrities like Manna Dey, Haimanti Shukla, Ritu Guha, Utpalendu Chatterjee, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay etc. over a period of time;

Once, while working at Texmaco and I was on frequent visit to Eastern Spinning Mills, Barasat, I was told by Chnadak ji that Mr. A.V. Birla was calling me; I was first astonished and then perplexed to hear that as I was not sure for what reason he might call me up to his office; However, I went to his office with raised heart beat and ultimately I managed to answer some of his queries pertaining to some malfunctioning of Spindle bolster in the newly installed Ring Frames there in ESM by Texmaco; Although it might affect badly to my carrer in Texmaco, I frankly admitted to him that it was actually fault of the spindles supplied to them; He naturally

appreciated my expressing the truth; Later, the matter was discussed on very higher level and I still remember, when to my utmost surprise, I was called up to the Residence of Mr. A V Birla to attend a Dinner cum Meetings regarding the same machine related matter; It was some special occasion for me to have that Special Dinner where Mrs. Rajashree Birla personally served us food;

Fond remembrances of College days

I cherished my College Days – those golden days and I can recall that fine day when as a captain of our Serampore Textile College Cricket Team, we defeated Serampore College in the final; In my memory, still I can visualize those college Days, hostel life, gossiping at the bank of Ganga River. Spending time in canteen with the classmates and seniors; On most of the Fridays, we used to go to

Cinema Hall at Mansi, Rishra and after the show, hurriedly return back to the hostel as Friday was the ‘Special Mutton Day’ in the hostel mess.

Culture integration with Gujarati Culture

There was a lot of similarities in Gujrati and Bengali culture; Both of them have a great fascination for Delicious Food / Eateries and Touring; Basically Gujrati people are very simple, friendly, and cooperative in nature. They are too business and money minded people and try to save part of their earnings even by maintaining low profile living. On the contrary, Bengalis do not usually care much for monetary savings; rather they would like to spend much in Food, Entertainment and Touring; However, both Bengalis and Gujratis are rich in Culture;