Saturday, November 02, 2013

36. At the Cambridge

Cambridge is a small town, world famous for its university, about 50 miles from London. Recently, I was there. The town has an old-fashioned charm about it and is always buzzing with activity with girls and boys from  colleges cycling around all the time. Tourists also can be seen moving about in large numbers. 

The main attractions of the town are its beautiful chapels, world famous colleges like King's College and Trinity College, museums, beautiful cafes, the grasshopper clock and punting. The view of the streets itself is so enchanting.

The weather around this time of the year was quite pleasant, although it was raining off and on. The green leaves of the trees had turned yellowish, but were yet to fall down, presenting a magnificent view. 

India has had very close association with the Cambridge. Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Sri Aurobindo and Harivansh Rai Bachchan are among those who have studied here. The University which was set up in the 13th century has a healthy rivalry with the Oxford. People here love to describe the Oxford University as " the other place". They proudly point out that the Cambridge has produced more nobel laureates (about 90) than the Oxford. 

The Cambridge University was the offshoot of civil disturbances at the Oxford when scholars fled from "the other place" in large numbers and took shelter at the Cambridge. Who could have then imagined that the disturbances were a blessing in disguise and would lead to another world class university in the UK.


Indrani said...

Lovely captures of the place.

Ankita said...

lovely pics...this place looks so neat and clean!

Sai Charan said...

Nice to read about the history! :) I have visited Cambridge through a trip organised by Coventry University and since May 2012, I live in Oxford. Beautiful photos indeed :)