Hostel life is a maze of experiences. Good and bad, happy and tragic- there isn’t any taste in life that hostel existence does not encompass. Sometimes you think living is a hostel has been the ultimate bliss of your life while at other times it is a nightmare you cannot endure. Yet hostel life has its own charm that manifests in equal amounts good and equal parts evil. Here’s some instantly relatable things for you if you ever have been a hostelite-
Hostel ‘food’ is a lie
From the runniest of dals to the most unfavoured of sabzis, hostel food is nothing short of atrocity for starved souls, once so used to the comfort of maa ke haath ka khaana. Once in hostel however, all perception of taste turns out to be the same. Whether it be the sambar or the soup, the chicken stew or the curry, everything tastes as bland as can be. But you have no way out of it because you aren’t earning yet so you have to gobble your plate up to save yourself from impending malnutrition.
Maggi becomes the saviour
Long before Maggi came to be laced with dreadful elements, it was our ultimate indulgence as kids. Cut to the times of the present and hostel will take you back to your childhood days. Discarding vainly those plates of barely edible dal-chawal means you would be up in the middle of the night to a rumbling stomach. And with stringent rules that forbids you from cooking proper food, the only thing you can do is whip up plates of maggi as secretly and as quickly as can be. And the forever humble, 2 minute delight does not disappoint. The steaming strings of the noodles satiates your ravenous hunger in no time and also tases far far better than what you are served as staples. From curing your cravings to filling your tummy to even lighting up your birthday, Maggi did more than what it could as a true blue friend!
You learn to adjust
Like food, you also learn to do away with your precious leisurely relaxation in the shower. Gone are the days when spending hours in the bathroom bathing and singing, contemplating and fantasising was the norm. Once within the confines of the hostel and you know that taking a shower with just a couple of mugs of water and within a couple of minutes is really humanely possible. With time and water both seriously constrained in every hostel, this is one reality you learn to adjust to.
Jugaad becomes your baiye haath ka khel
Once in hostel and you become such a pro at time management that you even tend to surprise yourself. Sleeping at 4 in the morning and waking up at 8.45 to make it to the 9’o clock class, squeezing in your brush and bath regime, and skipping breakfast, you feel like you are acing life itself. Then dropping in tired at some time around 8 in the evening and going about routine addas and stuff till past midnight when you suddenly remember that you have an assignment due tomorrow! You panic but the ace master you have become, you know full well you will do some jugaad even this time around. Life sure is worrisome but you know how to scare the shit out if all those bothers!
Festivals are so much more fun with hostelmates!
Festivals also take a different interpretation during the course of your hostel life. From being witness to such traditions that you never knew about to discovering newer methods of celebration, because you have to make do with whatever you can lay your hands upon, you discover genius ways to celebrate. That’s perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a hostelite because you realise the true spirit and joy encompassed by each celebration.
Addas become the lifeline of your lives
Be it your roommates or your closest friends, every room in the college hostel turns into an adda hotspot. From chai pe charcha to khaane pe kharcha, love sagas to romance musings, friendships to relationships, practically nothing escapes the ambit of these intense yet light hearted, relaxing yet engrossing sessions of chit chat. These addas are the order of every night, that helps you relive and relax stress, while bonding with each other like nowhere else. From venting to ranting, hostel reminiscences are incomplete without these hysterical sagas of talks and stuff.
‘Me time’ becomes more of a rarity
There’s a downside too to the addas though. Even in moments when you aren’t really in the mood for any interaction, it’s possible that you would not have any space to yourself where you can cry yourself to solace. That gets frustrating at times but you learn to deal with it because well, you have no other way out.
Nostalgic reminiscences are scaringly real
You miss your folks all the more once you have shifted to hostel. And more than the warmth of people, you miss the comfort of home cooked feed and the unabated leisure that beckons you at home. From gorging on homemade delicacies to celebrating festivals with them, from going all the attention on birthdays to being showered with love, life sure isn’t the same with your people so far away from you.
Hostel life gives you friends for the rest of your lives
But while you miss your old pals, you also gain some awesome new people. You make friends who will be there with you your entire life, friends who tend to you when you are sick, friends who have your back and friends who will scold you for your every fault. These are the souls who make your hostel experience a surprisingly fun one, people who love you no matter what and people you cherish are there in your life.
Gobbling up goodness is sparingly real in hostels!
With so many hostel mates and friends to party away your joys and cry away your sorrows it’s indeed unfair if you return from home without something for them. And no you don’t have to even say that you got something for them. All the goodies that you would be carrying back with you- from cakes to namkeens, home made biscuits to mom made pickles, and virtually anything, will no longer be yours to relish once you are back in the dorm. Your ravenous friends will be gnawing up and gobbling down every single bite by the time you have finished unpacking. And then there you stand again, a bunch of starved souls having to wash away their already runny food with some few gulps of water!