Rule: Did you know the new TIP student’s handbook says that you cannot use your iron in your hostel room without prior written permission from the warden?
Workaround: Make a point of asking everytime you see the warden. Even if you are not going to use it, just ask, just in case you do use it. Send an email to him, and CC it to a few of the faculty members too. Send an email every day, ask all the time, ask the guards to ask him. Ask him in writing, ask him over the phone, ask him now and always, for you never know, when you need to iron.
Rule: You are forbidden to chew (gum) in the computer lab.
Workaround: About the chewing gum, stick it on the door on your way in. or ask the lab guy to hang on it for you. Ask them to chew on it periodically, to keep it moist.
Rule: You cannot move any piece of furniture or hardware from its initial position from the computer lab.
Workaround: If you slightly nudge a chair in the computer lab, then go apologize to the computer lab guy and go around and make an appointment with the president’s secratary to apologize formaly to the president and just in case, apologize to Ms. Rukshanda as well. And if you move the mouse, may God be on your side.
Rule: You cannot sit anywhere on the floor in the library (or you get fined Rs.500).
Workaround: Carry a thick wad of 500 rupee notes, thats the only solution there!
Photography by Aasim Ahmed, TS 2007