HOSTEL SERIES, #2:
The most boring time of the day in a hostel is after 8:00 pm. There is no one around you who is actually yours: your mother, father, siblings, childhood friends, there is no one to make you laugh, or encourage you to get up and relax. No one cares about you and your emotions. You have to live entirely and wholly on your own without the supervision of any elder (except the hostel coordinator). You will not see your mother holding a cup of tea for you and rushing here and there to make sure you eat well and drink well; there’s no one to look after you or protect you from the *evils* except Almighty, there’s no one standing outside a door, waiting for you to come back from college, there’s no one to ask you, ‘how was your day?’, there’s no one to see your face and ask you, ‘Is everything ok? Why are you looking upset?’, there’s no one to ask you, ‘Why did you eat less? Do you need one more chapatti or some more rice or curry?’ In a nutshell, you are of no value for anyone except you and your family. Everyone cares about themselves which is fair enough. It is what it is.!
Hostel transforms the personality of a person. It changes you to a whole new level. You get to meet different people from different backgrounds and with different mindsets. It’s very difficult to get adjust in such environment especially when your guardians are not there around you all the time. That’s when a person learns to be strong, independent, and smart. As a hostelite, you face a lot of problems, sometimes which are not explainable but gradually, with time you not only learn to deal with such problems but become prone to such problems.
To be continued…