I WAS A HORRIBLE STUDENT: SWARA
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
Snapshots from Swara Bhaskar’s college days in Delhi