Justice G. R. Swaminathan
Though I belong to 1985-90 batch, my first two years were spent in the Central Law College, Salem. When I told my mother that I will be continuing my studies in Pondicherry, she got terribly worried for obvious reasons. She took promise from me that I will never touch liquor. Which I have kept these thirty five years and hope to keep in future also! I stayed in the youth hostel in Solaikuppam and cycled down to the college. I was a bit of loner. I sat invariably in the first bench and did not mix with others. The college library was my haven. It was fantastically equipped. It introduced me to the gems of legal literature, such as H. M. Seervai on Constitution, Salmond on Jurisprudence etc., I have spent many, many happy hours there. I was made the convenor of Language and Literature association. I organized quite a few functions. I was sent to Shimla with another student to represent the college in an All India Moot Court Competition. It was during those years I slowly began to shed my introverted nature. The lecturers were uniformly kind. Though more than 31 years have passed, the memories are still green, fresh and pleasant. It is a matter of pride that two of my classmates (Justice B. Pugalendhi and Justice T. V. Thamilselvi) are also my colleagues on the Bench.