Victoria Terminus - My first dream Visit.
Bigger than our Maharaja's Palace.( Victoria Terminus - Bombay's Railway Station.)
The students of Textiles during the sixty's studied textiles and also visited textile mills.India at that period of time had textile industry as a major industry of the country with over 2,000 textile mills all over the country and it was called as mother of all industries.Every person from a illiterate to school drop out to every graduate of every profession were working in big textile mills. My father also who was only a graduate was working in a textile mill in Bangalore.Visiting a textile mill was not a problem for me as none were allowed with out permission during those days as a precaution of safety .I could walk in to the mill where my father worked any time of the day.More than visiting the mill my visits my interest as a boy was particularly to the canteen where I could eat anything that was made on the day to all the employees of the mill.However no public were allowed in to the canteen.
Since my father had worked in this mill from the day the mill building had laid the foundation to its commissioning he had known every one in the mills and they all knew me thus I was having my visit limited to the place of my fathers appointed place of work ' The Carding Department ' but the hospital and the canteen was a place I could go any day..Having seen the textile mill and its work culture,job security,perks and position in society I had opted to study textiles besides I had the required pre qualification to enter S K S J T I the only Textile Technology textile study oriented college exclusively for textile mills which was started by Sir.M.Visweswaraiah.,Dewan Bahudur of Mysore State.A Princely State when it was started.Now it is polluted and Textile Study has taken a back seat due to Information Technology and other advancement in other new professional studies.
I had no idea that we the students studying textile technology had to visit textile mills compulsorily all over the textile capitols of the country during our study's.A visit to the textiles mills in south Indian capitols and another visit during the final year to the textiles of north Indian textile mills was compulsory.Bombay now called as Mumbai was in north Indian textile mills list.One year was completed and during the second year I was a merit student and every fee to study the next year was free.We students numbering around 30 were allowed to go with a member of the faculty to south Indian textile mills in Coimbatore,Cochin and Madras now called as Chennai.
We visited so many mills in south India and traveled to the tip of INDIA a place called DHANUSKODI which has gone under the SEA now.where Ships used to come during those days.Our train went up to this point and stopped so tourists could see the 3 sea's meeting here with 3 types of sands.We had to come back from here to visit RAMESWARAM and KANYAKUMARI where we have today a monument built in memory of VIVEKANANDA on the ROCK that you see in the picture below which was called VIVEKANANDA ROCK.
Tip of India Dhanuskodi Pier.
You can't see this Rock as a Memorial to Swamy Vivekananda is built over this Rock.
The Rock now at the above Rock.
Dream Comes true.
We completed our tour and now all of us were busy what to do at the most important textile capitols of the country no one bothered about anything except going to canteen with out fail the canteen of course was run by a good private contractor.Some how we arrived at the point when we had to make our tour programmed which we copyed made by our seniors who had copyed made by their seniors and get it approved.We just copied but included between lines some extra visits which our seniors had not done and our tour was approved.Our first stop was POONA now it is called PUNE. We visited only few mills but liked the colors of the city.
The next was my dream of seeing Victoria Terminus.I could not believe that a Railway Station would be so huge.
We visited many big textile mills and could understated what is a textile mill when we saw such huge mills like CENTURY, BOMBAY DYING,FINLAY,KOHINOOR ,MAFATLAL and few more mills.
I made up my mind that I must work here only and not any other mills.
I did after completing my studies but it took 3 years to go and stay unemployed for 30 days when I got a job in 3 mills.
I worked in Century Mills - WORLI for 3 nearly years and saw my dream Victoria Terminus almost on all holidays.It was simply Majestic during those days when Bombay had no outside the state of Maharashtra labor trouble started later and textile mills in Bombay Collapsed.Even TATA'S could not run the Mills.