I am from Notre Dame College; 98 batch, group 2, Roll number 982140
Today suddenly I remembered the smell of the chemistry lab while attending a meeting with my colleagues.
While sitting in the class, our nostrils would often get invaded by the pungent smell of Hydrogen Sulphide, which was annoying and amusing at the same time. However, the situation inside the lab was much different.
Initially, I was very scared of whatever happened inside. I could not manage to identify any salt; I was terrible with all the gadgets inside and I was constantly intimidated by the bubbling bottles of acid. It didn't help my cause at all when one of my dear friends dropped a small test tube full of sulfuric acid on my precious bag. A hole was created instantly; and upon careful inspection, I realized that two notebooks also received similarly gaping holes.
Eventually, I started getting a hang out of the proceedings and got better and better in doing the tests required to identify the salts. As far as I remember, we were required to identify 10 salts, but I ended up doing more than 15 and I also helped many of my lab mates in identifying their own salts.
I started loving the smell of the different chemicals, apparatus and the overall ambiance.
I believe NDC had the best Chemistry teachers in the whole country. I still remember the kind voices of AC Das sir, Bidyashagor sir, Guho sir and Monoronjon sir.
Now the lab is situated in a different building, but while we were studying, it was still in the same building where we had our classes.
So NDC made me a real chemistry lab expert! Though I never studied chemistry after leaving college, I still miss the smell.
Just a quick reminiscence.