Mess, a place where people eat their meal together or a sweet corner where you get your Meal. In NU, we had a same type of hall where we used to get our all time food. It was a big hall, entering which we have a small cabin type Reception. Taking a Right turn from their will give you a view of this hall called Mess which has a seating capacity of over 500 People. It is a well Organized, Neat and Clean Area to take your Breakfast, Lunch, Evening snacks & Dinner.
After walking 100 meters from the door their is well set area with food placed over the spaces. For me Food is the second best thing after Sleep. Few mess staff members taking care of students getting food right on time. The quality of food is better than any Hostel food you’ll get. Preparing a Course of Meal for 500 Students is a challenging Task but the Mess staff used to Cope up with it very well.
After finishing our meal we used to keep our Plates in a corner where all the plates & other Utensils used to get cleaned.
There was a man, or i should call him a boy because he used to look like us & of our age. I always mentioned a ‘Thank You’ when handing my Plate to him in return he used to pass a smile. This was happening daily & maximum time i used to hand over my plate to him only as he mostly used to stand their. He always used to ask me “How was the food?”. In reply i used to say “It was good”. He was able to recognize me by now.
After few weeks, one day i didn’t ate all the food which i served for myself. This happened because of the taste & the routine food which we were used to get. I handed my plate to the same guy after eating as much as i can but still a lot of food was left in my plate. He asked me “why you left the food”. I replied “it was not so good”, he asked me to write a note for it in the feedback register.
After all those weeks gone by, I had to leave for home before Holi festival & my training was also getting over by that time. I remember in the last week when i was their, He asked me to play Holi with them.
The last dinner which i took their after eating that i handed over my plate to him & said ” Today is my last day, i am going tomorrow” He asked me “When you will come back”, i replied “my training has got over so i am not going to come now”. I don’t know what happened to him he kept quiet for few moment & said “Now you will not come?” I said No.
He asked me “You will not play Holi with us” and i said ” I will not be able to, as i am leaving tomorrow”. I could see on his face that he was not impressed after hearing that. He wanted to play Holi, i felt he was excited about it. I asked him that i’ll be here after few minutes so please don’t leave. I went to the Tuck Shop near the mess, a shop with all the goods you need. I purchased chocolates from their. After that i went back to mess & gave him a chocolate & he accepted it with a smile & i said Bye to him. I offered chocolates to few other members of the mess, who always used to arrange things at food corners. He also waved hand to me & said Bye.
They were not people who are that important to anyone but for me they used to do all the things to offer us the best meal on table. I really thank to all of them. I will always remember the Mess boy who used to clean all those plates. Looking at him i get a feeling that he wanted to come out & enjoy, a very different expressions he had on his face when i said him that i am leaving. He was Perplexed, but he just gave back a Smile.