My Dear Elephant Hill,
On 14th May 2010, when I stepped down from Amrita, you are one of the very few special things I felt I’m going to miss!!! While my car moved from Gargi Bhavan, I turned back to you to say a good-bye. Though such glances are never new for you and happen every year, were you a little gloomy that day? I felt, you simply covered yourself with clouds in order to avoid my gaze!
You always stood like a ‘rock’ and taught me not to be too emotional anytime. I can never call you a beautiful hill compared to other hills around the campus. Still, you have a power to enchant anyone. Similarly, the tusker shape in you made us stare at you with wonder! You were scary at times with winds hauling all over reminding us of all horror movies.
Sometimes you were covered with fog; otherwise cloudy. Often I’d seen thin strips of water flowing down from you giving me a feeling that you were crying. There were days when you look so fresh under crystal clear sky! Were you really reflecting my feelings?
I spoke to you in silence for hours during those two years. You saw me happy, sad, angry, sick and blushing! You gave me company when I felt lonely… When I look at you with a dull face, you consoled me saying, “Be happy! Even I’m all alone; but I keep enjoying the seasonal changes and my friendships with fog and snow.”
The whole nature around you is simply awesome. Apart from the natural splendor, the campus is also rich with gardens, lawns and trees. In spite of all these beauties nearby, you stand as the ultimate king there. Truly as the landmark of Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham!
My love for you will remain forever… When my brother who is studying in Coimbatore comes home, I used to ask him about you. Also, my juniors there used to tell me about you. I know you still remain as the heartthrob of thousands of Amritians of Planet Ettimadai. There might be many writing, dreaming and speaking all about you. As always, let you be the first thing that comes to anyone’s mind when they think of Ettimadai in future too!