Frankly speaking, I am very jealous of these studentsI completed my university education (M.Sc.) when I was 21 years 8 months. I joined my first Govt. job when I was 21 years 10 months. Needless to state that I had to appear in the competitive examination before reaching 21 years. As a mediocre student without any tuition, I had to study more than 12 hours before B.Sc. and M.Sc. examinations. Although I was politically very conscious, I did not join any student union fearing wastage of time. I used to go to college and university in simple dress, and on rare occasions when I had to go to the stage to receive any medal or certificate, I felt extremely nervous. My friends were more or less like me.
My parent's generation spent a much more tough life. My father, a victim of partition, came to Calcutta alone at an age of 16 years after passing Matriculation examination in 1948. His struggle started since then. He again resumed his education only in 1958 after getting the Govt. job and ultimately obtained two PG degrees. My mother's life was also similar.
So, I am very jealous of these students. They are above 35, but they are still in the pursuit of knowledge. They are very brilliant. All of them have got Government scholarship. They are very courageous. They openly shout to break the country to pieces. They are very smart. They dress in smart kurta/kurti and speak in smart English showing the accusing finger to un-smart retired military officers or the sportspersons. They (or their parents) are so affluent that they travel to various parts of the country as well as foreign country in business class flight. They are so privileged that they stay in students' hostel for ages and take subsidized food. More astonishingly, they don't have to follow the examination system and they don't have to study! And some of them (should I indicate those illustrious names?) are absolute lady-killers!
Although my parents have taught me not to be jealous of anybody, even then, I am very jealous of these illustrious students. They are really great!