I WAS A HOR­RI­BLE STU­DENT: SWARA

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Aformer stu­dent of both Delhi Univer­sity and Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity, Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Swara Bhaskar feels that noth­ing can be com­pared to cam­pus life in Delhi. A true-blue Delhi girl, she did her school­ing from Sar­dar Pa­tel Vidyalaya and later went on to pur­sue English Hons from Mi­randa House in North Cam­pus; some­thing that she al­ways wanted to go for since school. “Be­ing a Del­hi­ite, all we aimed for in school was to get an ad­mis­sion in Delhi Univer­sity. For­tu­nately, I got through Mi­randa House, which had the best depart­ment for literature. Our pro­fes­sors en­cour­aged crit­i­cal think­ing and showed us a world be­yond books,” she said.

While she told us that the col­lege had a strong fem­i­nist and left­ist in­flu­ence, and had a great at­mos­phere which pushed her to ques­tion her­self and grow as an in­di­vid­ual, she also con­fessed that she was a hor­ri­ble stu­dent who could hardly be found in class. “I was never in class and used to hang­out mostly in the PG women’s hos­tel can­teen for their amaz­ing paran­thas and Maggi and at Hindu col­lege which had the best can­teen at t that time. We re­ally en­joyed the chicken roll there,” said Bhaskar. “Another favourite was Mo­mos Point in Kamla Na­gar.” For her mas­ters,, she opted for So­ci­ol­ogy Honss in Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity, er­sity,y, de­spite clear­ing the exam for Delhi School of Eco­nom­ics, as she wanted to be a part of a closed cam­pus. “JNU is very dif­fer­ent from Delhi Univer­sity. It has a strong cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence and the best part about the cam­pus is that you get to o meet a va­ri­ety of peo­ple from vil­lages, small towns and metropoli­tans. s. I got a chance to travel through their sto­ries and d learn so much about things ngs I never knew,” she said. JNU was also the start for or the Tanu Weds Manu ac­tor’s tor’s in­volve­ment in theatre through the In­dian Peo­ple’s ple’s Theatre As­so­ci­a­tion. “I started with protest and street theatre, and would spend all my time in the cam­pus. Ev­ery­thing in JNU starts af­ter din­ner, be it theatre or meet­ings; and the dhabas were a joy,” she says.

I was never in class, and used to hang out mostly in the Hindu Col­lege can­teen and Kamla Na­gar

Swara Bhaskar, ac­tor

PHOTO: SATISH BATE/ HT

Snap­shots from Swara Bhaskar’s col­lege days in Delhi

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