The only time I ever ate homemade pathiri was at my friend Ays's place. It was during the third year of our engineering course, when "mass recruitments" were in vogue; placement agencies were conducting recruitment drives ever so often to cope with the huge demand for freshers. (The scenario somehow reminds me of a fishing net bursting with sardines, and a happy fisherman flashing a toothy grin. Strange, eh?) How lucky for us, especially since the computer science stream was considered "dull" at the time we joined (this made many people join the electronics stream, though they finally found jobs as software engineers! I am still bitter about this!).
Though we had to prepare for these drives (solving Shakuntala Devi puzzles, aptitude and quantitative tests, reading project records, finding out the apt answers to "Why do you want to join our company", "What do you know about our organization?" etc), we mostly had fun because it involved a trip to Cochin, and stay over at some friend's p