The Litte Gate

by Ashish

From Bremen Square, as you move towards University Circle, there appears a small gate on your left.

And before I move one, remind to do research on why Bremen Square is called Bremen Square.

Right, the small gate. Be careful, or you’ll miss it altogether. Given the volume of traffic on that road nowadays, this is entirely possible. There’s a guard sitting at the gate, most of the times. But most of the times, he won’t stop you. Get in from that gate.

Once you’re a little inside, you’ll notice the sounds of the city fading away. There’s peace all around, and only the intermittent twitter of the birds for company. If you’re lucky enough to make this little trip during the rainy season, you’ll find verdant greenery all around.

The smell of the wet earth will abound, for all around that little path of tarmac is a little wood that abounds in flora and fauna. Walk on – and yes, please do walk – and find yourself surrounded ever more by Mother Nature. Hardly a vehicle passes you by as you meander in that little fairyland.

You pass buildings occasionally, with abstruse titles and perhaps the odd student sitting on the stairs outside. In the evenings, the serene aurroundings and the threat of inclement rain make for a very pleasant combination.

You ramble onwards, by now thoroughly at peace, until the imposing structure of the Main Building rises in front of you, with it’s spacious and well-kept lawns. The garden in the front of the Main Building makes for very pretty viewing, and you give it more than a cursory glance as you walk on by. Past the Main Building, and down the slight slope – until to your left you see the canteen.

Into which you step for a cup of chai. And while you sip on that hot cuppa, it starts raining outside. A sudden evening shower, the kind that Pune is prone to experience. You sit in the verandah, watching the rain, and have another cup of chai.

And once the rain stops, you make your way back the way you came, in a canvas that has been freshly watered down for your benefit.

And until you reach the little gate again, you can be forgiven for thinking that you must be in heaven – for indeed you are.