NI FEATURE: THE FIRST IMPRESSION - COMMENTARY
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 1--2
The cover page
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This picture has been contributed by Dr. Sreedharan Nair, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.
The Hidden Gem
Manipal, Karnataka is a small town. Dwarfed on either side by the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, it is a geographic non-entity. It is nestled in coastal Karnataka's Udupi district. It is situated very close to the temple town of Udupi. Once a barren hill, Manipal was transformed to a university town after the establishment of the Medical College here in the year 1953. Culturally, it is often overshadowed by the glory of the Udupi Sree Krishna Temple and the Kollu Mookambika Temple. Manipal was thrust into prominence around seventy years ago by the establishment of Manipal University. Education changed the face of Manipal. The townspeople engulfed the University, making it an intimate part of their lives. Businesses began to cater to the students and faculty who descended on Manipal from all parts of the country and even the world. A symbiotic relationship was formed when local children began to be educated at the University. Although there has been a steady inflow of people into Manipal, it has managed to retain an old-world charm. Before Manipal University became the tagline of the town, it was known in banking circles as the headquarters of the Syndicate Bank. It is also a centre for culture, language and the arts, no doubt because of its prime location at the intersection of the Konkan coast and the Tulu belt. A little poking around can reveal stories from before Manipal was anything more than a town next to the Cochin-Mumbai National Highway. Over the course of time, scores of people have come and gone, their lives changed by the small town air and their own diversity, lending the town a cosmopolitan culture that larger cities are still struggling to obtain.
On the Banks of the Suvarna
Manipal, on a calm day, can be mistaken for a creation of the great author, R K Narayan. The river Suvarna ambles along nearby, affording breath-taking views from the surrounding hills and valleys. One can only imagine how many stories have been set in this idyllic location. Manipal, like Malgudi, has probably seen numerous 'Painters of Signs and Vendors of Sweets'. Every year, the lives of many 'Bachelors of Arts and English Teachers' who lived decades ago are overwritten by those of young, sophisticated students and lecturers. But Swami, Rajam and Mani will always have a place in Manipal. The focus on higher education in Manipal has filtered down to local schools, rendering them among the best in the country. The University's sprawling campus and the sheer amount of open space in the area makes it a heaven for children, allowing them to play, learn and grow together. Since there are children of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds attending the same schools and living in the same area, they quickly pick up valuable lessons in inter-personal skills. They learn to share and compromise; their corners are slowly rubbed off and they become well-rounded individuals. They have the best of both worlds – the exposure to hustle and bustle of the town and the diversity of the people give Manipal a big city air; and, the natural beauty of the hills and beaches nearby helps residents appreciate the small town life. Every year, some grow up and leave the nest but other come to take their place.
A Walk to Remember
Warm and sultry evenings in Manipal drive crowds to the lake. There are glorious winds and a long walk on offer – food for a family excursion or a spot of soul-searching. Imagine the sun quietly setting as we decide to stroll around the jogging track laid out around the water. The winding path hides many gems – beautiful views of the water and surrounding buildings that one may stumble upon while taking a moment to tighten those pesky shoe-laces. We soon encounter a brick building a little removed from the water, a museum dedicated to the indigenous art, architecture and culture of the area. Making a mental note to visit the area the next day, we move on. The next couple of hundred meters is the first of many stretches which are perfect for introspection or people-watching. Now, a commonly found species is the giggling gang of college students exchanging gossip. Another is the health-fanatic sprinting with such enthusiasm that one might think there were three dogs named Diabetes, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure chasing him, nipping at his ankles. A third, less common variety is the nosy aunty judging young couples spending a romantic evening together. As we near the end of our lap, we can hear the incessant chanting and see the fluorescent lights from a nearby temple. Taking a short time to add our prayers to the offing, we proceed to finish our walk. The walk has left us feeling good about ourselves – exercise for the day complete, we head home to the hot meal and cool bed waiting for us.
This picture was taken with a Canon EOS300D with Canon EF/EF-S in landscape mode.
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