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.
2) MISSING HOMEMADE FOOD
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.”
3) YOUR LOST NICKNAME
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.
4) THE FAMILY HUG
A simple family hug can do the magic & cure all your pains, concerns and failures at once.
5) EVERYONE IS AN EINSTIEN
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.
6) BLAME GAME
“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.
7) LATE NIGHT RECHARGES
Have you ever thought what if suddenly your handset gets out of balance while talking to your girlfriend? Uh-ho! No worries, you 3 am friends will act as the saviors and top-up you mobile in no time.
8) SHARE & CARE
From a new brand t-shirt to homemade laddoos, from a newly bought earphone to old jeans; you share almost everything with your co-hostellers. No option left, you have to.
9) LAZY ASS
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.
12) ONCE MORE… ONCE MORE
Cheering a friend for everything he/she is good is a part-time job of hostellers.
13) BLOODY PRANKSTERS
The ones who give their best being at the post of a mimicry artist, gets promoted to become a prankster. They spare just no one. Not even teachers & visiting parents of mates.
14) MID-NIGHT CRAVINGS
Everyone loves to save their Diwali savouries throughout the year so that it can get them rid of mid-night cravings.
15) Hi. I’m a ROBO
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.