The excitement I felt when I first walked to the National School of Drama ( NSD) has never quite diminished. My three years spent here are the ones that honed me as an actor because studying theatre at this institution is a discovery of life, rather than just the discovery of an art form. NSD remains the most important place in the country for actors, writers, directors, and connoisseurs and dilettantes, because it is the one place where theatre is taught and performed for the right reasons. Not for commercial gain but for professional and artistic satisfaction. The greatest plays ever written have all been staged at NSD, and the body of work of some of its illustrious alumni, of which I am only a small member, speaks for itself. This is the place where the finest actors of Indian theatre and cinema— from Om Shivpuri to Naseeruddin Shah to Pankaj Kapur— trained. NSD is perhaps one of the reasons why there is some sense of truth left in Indian storytelling. It remains relevant even today as a place to study, perform, and watch theatre in.