Hostel Life in India: Less Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, More Prison Break

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Hostel Life in India: Less Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, More Prison Break

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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ollege and freedom. You’d think these two words go together like a beautiful symphony, but that’s only until you begin to attend college. Having recently graduated, I have some inconvenient truths I think every aspiring college-goer should know. People call college “the best three years of your life” – I call it false advertising.

Depending on how strict and sanskari our parents are, we’ve all experienced varying degrees of freedom while growing up. Moving away from home for some “serious” studying in a residential campus is viewed as the first real opportunity to taste true freedom. Our films make us believe that university is like a rave party that goes on for months, where insignificant things such as three tests, six presentations, and 16 assignments due over the next three days barely register as important. They make it look so easy. But if life would be like the movies, we’d skate to our classrooms, play basketball in college, and wear clothes designed by Manish Malhotra. College, at least in India, is nothing like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

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