Tuesday, March 6, 2012


An empty Virar local train, a Hindi version of the Hollywood blockbuster Inception and a corruption-free government – these are a few of the dreams of students of St Francis Institute of Technology, Borivli, which they have stored in a time capsule, for the year 2022.

As part of the institute’s annual festival, Iris 2012, students on Wednesday consigned a written list of their hopes, memories and wishes to a time capsule, decorated with graffiti. The capsule will be uncovered during the college festival in 2022.

“The Bollywood version of Inception will include love songs and a lot of melodrama,” said Tushar Karia, 19, a first year engineering student of the institute.

Initially scheduled for February 26, the event was shifted to February 29 to mark the leap year and to accommodate 500 envelopes filled with personal messages in the time capsule. “We had more than 500 people who penned personal messages. Organising it on February 29 also added to the enthusiasm levels,” said Shelton Nazareth, 20, who designed the capsule.

Besides personal notes, the time capsule also includes an environment report, a map of the city, photos of prominent locations and a 16 GB flash drive with chart-topping videos and songs.

For students, the time capsule presented a way to preserve special moments, to look back on a decade later. “We made a photo collage of all our birthday parties and included a note describing each of our qualities and habits,” said Sherin Gilson, 20, a third-year student. “Ten years from now, these note will take us back in time and help us trace how we’ve changed,” she added.

Surprisingly, for most of the budding engineers, seeing Mumbai turn into the next Shanghai was not part of their vision for the city.

“The infrastructure boom will cost us green pockets and clean air. A pollution-free city is my dream for the city in 2022,” said Melinda Gomes, 20, a resident of Vasai. “I am also hoping that Mumbaiites get de-addicted from social networking sites and and make time to meet each other in person instead,” she added.

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