Just like one’s evergreen childhood and mesmerizing school memories, college hostel days too have some amazing set of ‘jerks & perks’ of their own. And, what are they? Let’s unveil one after the other. Come along…
1) FEELING HOMESICK
“Anbu illam. Iniya illam.”Staying in a college hostel away from your sweet home might not get you sick otherwise, but it definitely makes you feel homesick. That iconic main door of your apartment, those cute little fights between you & your siblings, your society’s funny club meetings & unmatchable neighbourhood friends – they all kind of haunt you in your dreams.
Another thing which all the hostellers have in common is they immensely miss binging on that plateful of yummy & healthy food cooked by caring hands of their lovely mother. That sambar saadam, bread halwa, karakolambu, variety of poriyals, appam with tenga paal, idiyappam with kurma and all other homemade goodies. It’s a very long list. “Amma vaiyum Amma kaila saapadradhum na romba miss pandren.”
Unlike your home, in hostel generally, no one calls you with your pet name. And this triggers a reel of flashback in your mind remembering all those moments when your loved ones back at home used to address you with a special name. Kanna, Chellam, Kutty, Gudiya, etc.
The tendency of running out of pocket money in mid of the month itself makes all the hostellers a mastermind (fondly called as Jugaadu Banda). ‘Shaving beard while looking into the mobile front cam, opening bottle caps with teeth’, etc. are some of the popular inventions.
“Abey saale tu!”… Inside your hostel room shared between you and other mates – every now and then, something or the other gets misplaced (read: stolen!). It could be a pair of stinky socks, a pen-drive or a playboy magazine. And this is exactly where this game starts.
Working your asses off, right from early-morning practical sessions… to late-night chatting; results into some lazy asses lying cold dead down on the floor, below the beds, in the corridor. And sometimes, even inside the toilets!
The example of brotherhood sometimes gets extended to such a level that they end-up giving false attendances for their absent classmates. Present Ma’am!
11) STAND-UP COMEDIANS
After spending several months inside a hostel, hostellers achieve a new talent of mimicry. Not to tell, imitating their dean and teachers is their favourite.
Hostel life’s super demands & super disciplinary acts trains and transform you into a superhero with supernatural powers like – sleeping with your eyes wide open, bathing without water and passing exams without reading a single book throughout the whole academic year.