Friday, May 23, 2008
10 commandments thou shall not fear
The famous VIT Hostel [Where we all made our bones!!!]
You ask any VITian "What is the best part of your VIT life". 9 out of 10 blokes would tell you "Hostel". Lets discount the remaining 1 guy who probably had a pestering gf to cater to, in the library or canteen 24X7.
VIT Vellore boasts of having some of Asia's biggest hostels. And boy dont they have rules!!! One year after passing out of college, Im now reading the hostel rules for the first time. I must admit they scare the shit out of people.
(You may find the complete set of 22 rules here. I like only 10 of those). These rules take me back to my hostel life. Time of my life, undoubtedly.
1) Strict silence should be observed between 9:30 pm & 6:00 am.
The exact timeframe where Vellore generates more decibels than ever. Whenever the power goes off, you'd find the entire hostel(around 6000 people?!) screaming like terrorists.
Hostel wardens and supervisors get verbally mothered during this time. Whats worse? dust bins, tube lights and empty perfume bottles are thrown out from the corridor hoping to be landed on one of the security person's head.
Exactly after a hostel-second(Well I think its one of the smallest measurement of time known to man: defined as the time difference between when the power is restored and when the hostel shuts up-completely) you'd find a few culprits tip-toeing into their rooms and declaring with an element of pride what damage they did to the hostel.
2) Perfect silence is to be maintained in the hostel premises including rooms, bathrooms, dining halls, corridors, common areas etc., Every student of the hostel should have the civic responsibility that he or she should not be a cause of nuisance, annoyance or disturbance to others.
LOL I dont get it. Whats the difference between rule 1 and 2? Having said enough about rule 1, let me just add something that came to my mind. Hostel bathrooms had the top open and cigarettes would get transferred from one bathroom to another with the last person in line always wailing that he got only the butt.
3) All hostellers have to be present in their respective rooms and keep open the rooms between 9:30 pm &10:30 pm every day (except Saturday for Men's Hostel) to enable the Wardens / Block Supervisors to take the attendance.
The Wardens/Supervisors were always from the army and apparently smelt a rat from any distance. I still remember a few people sniffing empty glasses from our rooms hoping to find dope and brand us a "TIGER"(dont know the lingo but when we got caught for playing cards(ya man just cards), they called us all tigers)
4) The hostellers are not to enter into any unnecessary conversation, discussions, quarrel or altercation with the hostel staff. If anyone has any complaint against any employee of the hostel, a written complaint against the person is to be lodged with the Warden. Use of abusive, vulgar and unparliamentarily language against the hostel/mess staff is strictly forbidden.
Bottomline:Do not mess with VIT security. Some of them are from the army too. Imagine messing with an Indian ex jawaan man. If they ask you for the id card show it, else your a NON VITian and they ll probably shoot you.
Shooting. The word reminds me of an incident. Some people were ordered to shoot street dogs in VIT hostel because they were multiplying in numbers.(They call it the green campus and thats how red it gets at times)
5) The hostellers are not to waste food, electricity & water. Wastage of food is a national loss. If anyone is found indulging in such wastage, he/she will be asked to vacate the hostel, since wastage causes unnecessary and unavoidable expenditure to others.
Forget wasting, I dint know many who ate the mess food.
5)a) Parottas were thick enough to derail a train if kept on the track
5)b) Idlis would mysteriously seem to be created a month ago
5)c) Dosas would however, qualify as idlis so there goes a consolation
5)d) Custard! They used to give a delicious custard(not sarcastic). But they gave 1 (yeah just 1) small cup.
The custard deficiency would bring the Oliver Twists in all of us and I still recollect blokes fighting for more. Other calm and composed people, however managed to get more than one by signing in the register(where you'd be charged extra) with names like Shah Rukh Khan or with a name of a guy they hated.(the latter would be charged end of the year!)
Hey but if you wanted good food there is always this International Mess(costly) where they have great food.
And of course the Dhabha, outside campus which serves 90% of VIT population kneads and mints "dough" like crazy.
6) Smoking is prohibited in the hostel buildings. Gambling in any form such as playing cards (even without money at stake), consumption of alcohol, use of drugs and narcotics and even., possession of such things are prohibited. Anyone found indulging in the use of such things will not only be asked to vacate the hostel but also be rusticated from the University.
The number of ciggy packets an average servant swept in VIT would be a staggering number. There are 8 shops encircling our college. I aint exaggerating but Shankar shop is the most addictive hang-out place. I still have his mobile number with me. He used to call us all if his income dropped for a day.
Alcohol bottles can be smuggled inside the hostel rooms if you have huge pockets. The security guard always wondered why we took only the chips and pepsi botlles in hand. Hidden beneath were litres of ecstacy.
7)Celebrating birthday parties inside the hostel is strictly prohibited.
(Its colored because in our college website, it was made bold.Wonder why...)
We all had the best birthdays in college whether it was ours or some guy's who you dint even know but ended up kicking him because the ritual took place on your hostel floor.
Jacob, a friend who was completely discolored on his birthday with a lot of ingredients (you dont wanna know) was taking a strenuous bath trying to get rid of the shit and 4 of us were simultaneously pouring SURF on his head from the open top.
"MK" the warden then, was patiently watching us from behind(first look and he must've thought we were all gay).
Such incidents made the Principal stress his point across. He went about saying "heyyyyyy no birththu day bummm allowed inside the hostel". The same guy got belted with firecrackers on Diwali when he dared to enter the hostel premises(ask me for the youtube link, I will authenticate your identity and then give it!)
8)Ragging in any form is strictly prohibited
Yeah they do take ragging seriously. But no campus life is complete without ragging and it takes place at an acceptable level at VIT.In fact if a senior asks for a juniors name and a sick prof gets to see it, he might probably escalate the issue. The usual college rags like the senior salute, dance, assignment writing are common.
But whats unique to VIT is that some of the seniors send the juniors as brand ambassadors to hunt down chicks in their batch and campaign for them. The juniors promptly leak out phone numbers and other value added services to the seniors.
9)Absentees / Latecomers (without prior permission from the Warden) will be suitably fined.
I dont know how a fine would be suitable. Anyways, the library was very useful for this reason. The in-time for hostel is 9pm. Our intelligent men used to enter the library at 8 55 get a slip and sneak out for a movie or for a drink. They sneak in to the library again at 11 30 or so and get the slip signed. Armed with the slip in hand, they entered safely into the hostel with some books in hand which would get returned the immediate next day as its purpose was already served.
10)Violation of any of these rules would result in punitive action and serious violations would be referred to the "Students Disciplinary Committee". The decision of the Dean would however be final.
I dint know there was ever a committee like that. But I did get a decision which went against me. Dont ask me how many points (mentioned above) I violated but one fine day in campus, when I was looking at the notice board (where a whole bunch of students flocked), I took a peep inside. It read:
The following students have been expelled , with immediate effect, from the hostel for serious violations.
4)Vignesh (yours truly)
(All blokes mentioned above are my chuddy buddies. Sad they dont've blogs...yet)
The incident has been updated here
The best part is that this notice gets spammed across all possible locations: the guys hostel, gals hostel and all department boards. Like we murdered someone and are absconding.
Whatever it is, we got instant recognition and joined the club with many others who violated different terms and served different sentences. Ours though, was only for 3 months and we were proved innocent(hehehehe).
We got back to the the hostel and were assigned the most blessed and wonderful "B block"(apparently they put a lot of like minded criminals in the same block so you can imagine). It also had a warden who'd sit beside us for drinking and smoking. He was an ex VITian and he was working there as a prof!
If I forgot to mention anything(Im sure there are loads), please comment and let me know.