aniruddha pathak

Club 51 and the support system

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2015 at 13:50

The year was 2004 to be precise. six of us landed in a new city Hyderabad straight out of college. The first few days were spent house hunting. We landed up in a PG, which we left in about 6 months. We found a flat closer to our PG, not after roaming the entire city by the way. This was going to be home for all 6 of us for the next 2 years. We decorated it from scratch, yes we did.  From buying furniture, TV, fridge, utensils to set up the kitchen, gas, stove everything. I still remember moving in to the new house, only to wake up next morning to the smell of burnt milk. Tanmay it was who was sad, but we all laughed it off by saying “its good sign” 😉

I did not realise when we all were supporting each other through tough times, this was family. Weekends were spent gorging on north indian delicacies at local dhaba. Buying groceries, paying bills everything that comes with maintaining a flat was being taken care of, responsibilities divided equally. One fine day though I was informed that I will have to leave for Chennai. That perhaps was the saddest day of being in Hyderabad.

I did return soon enough though, I was back in 5 months I guess. During the time that I was in Chennai a lot changed in life. Staying in Chennai did not help either, I needed my friends to speak to. It was an important juncture in terms of career as well as personal life. A lot had changed, life had turned upside down literally. By stroke of luck I was back in Hyderabad in the same house I had lovingly started calling “Club 51”.

Away from home, your friends are the ones who support a lot. They are the family you need. This is what happened, getting back to friends and discussing was how we spent our nights. We had it all, discussions about love life, which new games were currently hot, any new restaurant, birthday parties, club 51 hosted them all. This was the comfort, the support i badly needed and it helped. It helped me to overcome my personal problems and focus on the career ahead. We had a healthy competition too preparing for our MBA. I still wonder what would have happened had I not got the chance to return. Me returning to my friends helped me chart my course for future with new enthusiasm and then there was no looking back. I was determined to excel, and I did both at work and the exams.

Today everyone is settled in different parts of the world, united by one common thread of belonging, belonging together. It is these people that we treasure in our lives, who have helped us to get back on track, to bring back our focus andn ot be distracted, to look at the brighter side than be disappointed. May god give such people more strength, and may I get an opportunity to help someone in the same way that I was by my friends.


Thanks for helping me re-live magic moments


  1. You decorated the house? How cute! We (girls in majority) underestimate boys when it comes to homeliness. 🙂


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