This year I completed 50 years of graduation.

I graciously salute Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) Kanpur for giving me so much. I respectfully remember my teachers Prof T K Ghose, Prof VH Potty, Prof Gauri Shanker, Prof SN Mulhopadhyay, Prof VK Jain, Prof RK Saxena, Prof Ashok Ghosh, Prof DN Saxena, Prof Dinesh Narayan for guiding me to the future. I fondly remember my classmates Vinod Bihai, AN Pathak, Upkar Singh, Santosh Gupta, SL Garg, PP Agarwal, CM Mehta, Rajiv Mehta, DP Singh, Avdhesh Bharadwaj, Indra Pal Singh Senghar, Jagdev Bhambri, Raj Kumar Kapoor, BN Gupta, Uma Shankar Prasad, KK Agarwal, VV Malshe for giving me the confidence to move ahead in the world. I remember a few books that laid the foundation of my future: Biochemical Engineering by Aiba, Humphrey, Millis; Chemical Process Principles by Hougen, Watson, Ragatz, Unit Operations by McCabe, Smith, Thermodynamics by Dodge, Kinetics by Smith, Biochemistry by Conn and Stumph, Microbiology by Pelczar and Reid, Chemical Technology by Dryden, Modern Physics by Beiser, Organic Chemistry by Finar. These and many other books continued to be my constant companions in my teaching profession. And the companion I would never forget was my Faber Castle Aristo Slide Rule.

Thus began the design, development and engineering of life 50 years ago.

I mailed this piece to few of my friends, including Subimal Sinha Roy. Subimal sent me the following reply:


Graduation is a great memorable moment

Much cherished and seems so recent

Though fifty years have silently passed

It has not gathered any layer of dust

For it served as a solid stepping stone

To leap to the coveted height all alone

With indelible memories of teachers

Whose help is etched in my mind forever

The fading faces of the classmates stay in

All dispersed, in vivid past they remain

Books that enlightened, showed the way

To academic success making brighter day

All these so very graphic, focused so near

In nostalgic imprints across time they appear.