College, This Celebrity’s Hunting Ground - The New Indian Express

College, This Celebrity’s Hunting Ground

Published: 30th December 2013 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 29th December 2013 03:19 PM

Fifty-seven-year-old Ajay Gandhi, started Manthan: Forum For Public Disclosure in September 2005 along with his long time friend MR Vikram, a chartered accountant, with the objective to hold debates, discussion and conversations on topics that relevant for the society. The founders have held 130 plus talks on politics, music, gender issues, corruption, etc. Engaging people in intellectual conversations and discussion is their aim. The seed for Manthan was sown during Ajay’s college days – he studied BCom (evening session) at Vivek Vardhini College (1976) while practising chartered accountancy (CA) articleship during the day. He completed LLB in 1979 from Osmania University’s evening college.

What did college teach you?

More than my college, I learnt a lot from my CA course. Three years of working with a CA firm and dealing with clients helped me put the theories I learnt into practice.

What was your proudest moment in college?

During those days, results were published in newspapers. But my BCom results were not announced for two days. Worried about it, I visited the university administration twice. Finally the registrar of the university said that I stood fourth at the university level.

Have you had any embarrassing moments in college?

Nothing significant, my college life was smooth.

How did you score points with the opposite gender

I was popular among girls; it was a very small group though. But I don’t know why was I popular!

Was bunking part of your college life?

Very often. My CA article-ship was intensive, so I rarely attended college.

Did you have any rifts with college professors? Why?

I did not have any rifts except for some minor objections.

Where did you hang out in college with friends?

We used to hang out at a cafe near the college and drink chai every evening. As Emergency was imposed then, discussion about politics was on top of our agenda; we used to talk about how the government was misusing its position.

What extra curricular activities were you involved in?

I started mini Manthan (with a different name) during my college days.

— shiva.shanker@newindianexpress.com

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