After Mr. Bandukdaâ€™s speech, I guess there really isnâ€™t much to say. Ragging is officially banned and the freshmen can now walk the halls of TIP in peace, or so they think. The first years have the good (or bad; depending on the impression they make on people) luck to be ALWAYS in the limelight, at least for the 8 months or so that they remain first years.
So, you can look forward to it, or dread it. Depending, like I said, on the impression you make. Whatever you do though, you canâ€™t hide from the people of TIP. In a community of only 400 or so, how can you expect to be left alone? And even if you manage that, by the end youâ€™ll probably wish youâ€™d been more social. It takes one hell of a strong person to end up being an island (â€œno man is an islandâ€).
And talking of islands, trust me; TIP is the closest to a secluded island you can get. Unless you like taking the Thatta express, or have a passion for walking 40 kilometers, you canâ€™t leave early. Why not make the best of the day you have here? Socialize!
I can understand itâ€™s tough. Weâ€™ve been first years too, so whatever youâ€™ve gone through, so have almost all your seniors, and yes, weâ€™ve lived. Girls really shouldnâ€™t complain because what they go through isnâ€™t ragging. Being interviewed or asked to sing a song isnâ€™t demeaning or humiliating. Weâ€™re having fun, and honest to goodness, weâ€™d really like to know you (especially when youâ€™re cute). If you let us, that is. Walking away, or saying â€œwhatever!â€ and â€œget a life!â€ wonâ€™t endear you to the people of TIP. And unless youâ€™re dying to have a humiliating nickname, or be labeled a crybaby or a bitch, I wouldnâ€™t suggest that as a great course of action. I know, because Iâ€™ve had all 3 done.
So there you go. Uptil now most of you lot have been non-existent (we havenâ€™t bothered looking underneath the bridge or below our dinner tables for you), and thatâ€™s kind of surprising. For crying out loud people, this is your year! The academics arenâ€™t as hell-tough as theyâ€™ll get in the following years, your seniors will be going all-out to help you, and people are bound to be more accommodating and nice. The better repartee you have with everybody, the better time youâ€™ll have.