I walked to the rear end of the bus. I could see several eyes watching mine and their stare pierced right through my head. I was reminded of the innumerable tamil movies wherein two pairs of eyes met followed by an instant spark and a happy ending. However reality struck and I realized this was just a beginning of what was going to be a very long, first year of college.
Wikipedia defines ragging as ‘a practice in educational institutions that involves existing students baiting or bullying new students’. It is hard difficult to believe ragging is confined to the education sphere. I’m sure people experience ragging at work too. However, I shall stick to ragging in educational instituions.
What motivates or inspires ragging:
- The seniors just run out of ways to spend their time. Tasks put forward by these seniors:
-> The newcomers are asked to threaten their fellow freshers with an engineering drafter assuming it to be a machine-gun and go ‘ boom-boom’.
The senior students don’t realize that they are helping the freshers realize their childhood dream of being a cop or a soldier.
-> Dance for an item-number such as Sheila ki Jawani or any such song from a Bollywood movie.
- The Chain. Here, I would like to define something called the ‘Chain’. Most serial killers experienced emotional or physical abuse as a child. So, once they grow up they acquire obsessive-compulsive disorder and can’t help transferring their pain and trauma to others. This keeps going in a cycle like a ‘chain’. In a similar fashion, the senior students have their fresher years in mind and rag their juniors hoping to inflict the same embarrassment.
- There are some arrogant juniors who claim superiority or show-off in the presence of the senior students. This calls for some serious trouble.
- Some freshers don’t follow this famous policy of ‘ Give respect and take respect ‘ -as quoted in several Tamil films. These students demand respect, not caring to offer some. Now, this requires some treatment.
1. Senior students:
Try being nice to your amateur friends. Many freshers have trouble with this subject called ‘Engineering Graphics’. So take some trouble in explaining the various concepts involved in this subject. Don’t care about the content. Take a textbook and just reproduce the text verbally. You can blabber giving real-life examples. Your troubled juniors will nod their heads as if they have mastered the subject all of a sudden. These freshers will go around your college spreading your fame. Now, you have the authority to ask your juniors to do your record work.
Avoid the spotlight. I know you are super-cool and awesome, but, please lie low. Watch out for extremely jobless and bossy seniors. Avoid eye contact. Keep away from seniors populated areas such as the canteens, football grounds, etc,.
These are just tips for freshers and seniors to get into the good books of each other.
However, students searching for fame don’t care to follow these tips.
College life without these experiences is dull.
It’s your decision- Break the ‘Chain’ or keep it running.
#The Pussy Guy