By- GWDD (2ndSem), (Sumaiya, Diksha, Shebi, Sumitra,Arindam, Rajnish , Bubai, Krishnendu)
We, GWDD students were finally at the end of our first semester and an invitation to enter Pinocchio Lab, 3rd floor. The lab was famous, inviting numerous rumours . Some said positive and some had negative thoughts. Both the comments left us, the new batch, in utter confusion. The first day wasn’t enough to make us feel like home in those four walls. The confidence to continue the course was in question and the only thing we wanted to know was “What will happen next?”.
It was the second day in the Pinocchio lab. Changing our old habits of coming late, all 8 of us were present in the waiting area of the third floor. Through the glass of the gate we all could see three people other than sir. Curious, we took the seats and waited for instructions from sir. After a while the four of them came out and entered a different room. We thought sir would ask us to get inside and the usual classes would resume. Well after the first introductory class we all expected that & were unknown of the events coming up!
As they all returned and had a small discussion, sir asked us to come inside one by one. One of us opened the door and noticed the chair stacked in a queue on the right while the three of unknowns stood on the left showering claps and smiles upon us. I must say, they knew how to make someone feel special. When curiosity was at the edge of exploding and excitement was visible sir introduced us to them. They were our seniors. It was the first time that we would ask about the cataracts and rapids and ups and downs and hurdles and obstacles and gardens and valleys coming ahead in the journey from trekkers who reached the summit. That couldn’t be a better experience.
After a while sir left us alone. Taking the advantage, we bombarded questions and they gifted answers. Soon we found ourselves comfortable in Pinocchio Lab, the ice was broken and worries were long lost.
The interactive session washed away most of the queries and anxiety from our mind. The transformation of the seniors to saviours and power house of support was quick and unnoticeable. But the effect was prominent and made everything fall into place.
What we thought to be the end, was the just the beginning. Irrespective of the time and problems we shared with them, they never turned their back, passively helping us to adapt to our new environment. “Thank You” seemed to be two mere words, not matching their greatness and our gratitude.
A moment came when we realized that we were all a part of the family where protection, love, care and support was in abundance. And thus, they will never be detached from the Pinocchio Lab and from our mind. The mark they left incarnated to a never forgettable lesson.