TIP,situated some 40 km from central Karachi, at Ghaggar Phatak, has its own uniqueness and distinct features. This 50 acre land with a population of almost 500 students and over 20 teachers has its own rules and regulations which distinguish it from all other institutes located in the city. Whether it is raining cats and dogs, or it is burning with 50 °C., whether it is a strike or the conditions of the city are not good, whether the terrorists are on the loose, or the enemy is preparing for an attack, you have to at all cost open your eyes at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for Tip and catch your point. This is an everyday routine of an ordinary Tipian. Some mad people like me are at the stop 30 minutes before the actual timings of the pointï¿½s arrival to be on the safe side, while some are just on time. And some! They are doing multi-tasking: writing SMS to a friend to stop the point for them, at the same time waving at a rickshaw to give them a lift and then they start playing ï¿½Pukram Pukrayeeï¿½ Some of these latecomers are lucky enough to catch the bus while some end up lutkafying in a Thatta bus. For these people Shakespeare once said “better to be three hours earlier than one minute late.”
In the point, there are various activities going on. Looting the juniors, boysï¿½ hooting on girls, girls opening their Gheebat corners is a usual way of passing one hour and forty minutes in the point. Mostly after every 20 minutes you would hear a cry ï¿½Tape chala do!ï¿½ By the time the point passes by FAST, everyone in the point is fast asleep and just when you start having sweet dreams, the point would land on TIP premises.
In TIP some are habitual latecomers. They arrive in the classes 10 to 20 minutes late with very intelligent excuses; “Sir Ghaggar Phatuk bund tha” or “ï¿½Sir! Aaj hostel ka point late ho gaya.” Once classes start, there are various ways of entering and exiting the classroom. Some enter through the door and leave through the window while some enter through the window and leave through the door. When it comes for the teacher to take attendance, some attend their roll call by waving their hand from the door “Sir, I am present” Some leave this task to their friends “Sir woh present thay abhi abhi bahar gayay hain!” Some students are present physically but mentally absent. Some times the teacher is also absent! When this time comes, it is like Eid for that class. Some times the teacher is present but there is complete “Sannaaata” in the class. And sometimes only the teacher is present in the class.
There are many places at TIP and how these places are being used is worth mentioning. The library for instance is a favorite place not for studying, but breaking library rules and chappering books because students of TIP believe Ilm ki choori koi choori nee hotee.
…Most suitable for all kinds of sports, playing cards and for smoking. And when you want to buy a mirchon walay chips, the cafeteria wala will tell you Bachon ko mirchain lagtee hain iss liyay hum nay mirchon walay chips hata diyay.
Designing studio is a different world altogether. It is like a TV studio where you can hear any kind of music, where you can find all sorts of actors and actresses, directors and writers, and all kinds of funny people.
The auditorium is a place where we take our weave design classes and bunk all the so-called important speeches of important personalities.
Lake is the place where germs live instead of ducks.
Hostel is a wonderful place where Sadaf and her friends live.
Classroom is a place where you can throw chalk at each other, eat Tuc biscuits and Super Crisp chips, drink water, sleep, laugh, cry, mourn and merely do everything except study.
So this is the beautiful world of TIP! A place without whom we TIPians cannot survive.