There were a couple of things which caught my attention while watching. (I wonder why I get to think of something or the other, whenever I am watching a movie, now-a-days). One of the things which caught my attention was the intimacy I share with Micky (He's my younger bro, and before I get too much involved into this nostalgic stuff, let me get ahead with it). The other one was the camaraderie shared by the friends in the movie.
The rivalry/comradeship, whichever you wanna see in it, reminded me of the Hosteller - Day Scholar attitude, around which so much of hype was created at all times. I myself have been staying in hostel since 6th standard, so I know what it means to be a true hosteller.
I'll jot down some of the traits, which have come out of the WOM (Word of Mouth), applicable to both, hostellers and day-scholars (called dayschi's hereafter, to build a Halo around the term). You might have heard of "22 Immutable laws of Branding" (Atleast my MBA friends ought to know of this). If not, take my word for it; it is supposedly the Bible for the Brand Management in Marketing. I'll present the 22 laws apiece for both, Hostellers and Dayschi's.
- Is supposed to stay in hostel for atleast for 6 days a week, even if it is a 5 day working week.
- Should never get up before the Lunch is about to be served. (Make it around 12 at noon)
- Shouldn't leave any opportunity to hunt down the lunch-boxes of any of the dayschi's.
- Should be able to be awake all thru the night, even if there's no need to do so.
- Ought to have a Nickname
- Should be amongst the last ones to enter the classroom
- Has to develop a capability of sitting in the canteen day-in and day-out, without bothering over the petty issues over who'll pay, at the end of the day
- Would have attended more marriages in the hostel, than the number even attended altogether in whole life
- Wouldn't be the one to let go of any dayschi's, as and when the opportunity comes
- The notes are never meant to be in order for a hosteller
- Would be running around the house of the prof, the night before the exam, to get any clue of what's going to be the pattern of the exam
- Will surely not have all the course with him the day before the exam, and would be seeking help either from a dayschi, or a girl hosteller (Ahem! Ahem!) [from a boy in case of a girl hosteller]
- Should be accustomed to play all sorts of games & sports, even if he knows nothing about it
- Should have a heavily inclined bias towards fellow group-members, as compared to other hostellers, and especially dayschi's
- Ought to have a clear, but deniable bias towards the other sex
- Must have atleast one case of kaatofying of his/her fellow mates
- Should be able to prove his innocence as and when caught into the acts of unfairness
- Has to have such a rapport that all the dayschi's should cater to his/her proposal, whenever there's a decision to be taken for the whole class
- Should identify a room, strictly other than his own, to consider his own for all the acts of life
- Should be able to tell the stories of his hostel life long after he's out of it
- Dare not regret that he was a hosteller some time
- Shouldn't care that its already 22nd law, and its still going on
- Would consider his hostel time as the best time of his life
- Wouldn't fail to give a comment on this post/blog
- Would be eagerly waiting now what a dayschi's laws would include.
Now that its enough for the hostellers, and its clear that the laws for hostellers are never gonna end, we should get over to the traits of a dayschi.
It is a well-known fact that for hostellers consider 1+1=11, when it comes to standing up against the dayschi's. I'll take the liberty of calling 1+1=11 here as well, and so, the immutable laws for dayschi's would be-
1. Loves to attend classes, and moreso, loves to go back home
11. Would fear going in for a marriage party, and wouldn't bother for anything happening after 8 in the evening.
11+1. Doesn't care for the college after passing out of it
11+11. Would hate anyone calling him a "dayschi"
Now that all the 22 points are over for dayschi's, let me not waste much of my time on this, and get back to work. Research is still on, over the real facets of a hosteller, or a dayschi, but the results are not expected very soon. It would be very difficult to acquire all the traits of a true "hosteller", but becoming a dayschi isn't that big a deal (This much is quite evident from the study given above). Now its enough, its already 3 in the morning, and I still gotta see another movie. So, get back to your work. Enough for the day.
"Anyone who refuses to speak out off campus does not deserve to be listened to on campus."