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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Just give us our cheese.

Our pristine little residential college set a convenient 10 km or more away from the main city is a wonder. It's an isolated sociological experiment in itself with us as little lab rats running around sniffing curiously and running in and out of tunnels.

Rules of the outside world are obsolete in our new and improved civilisation. Relationships run into the extreme, be it of any sort. Friendship is a whole new ball game. You spend 24 hours with your friends (14 if you're of different sexes), talk in a different way you would otherwise, talk more than you would otherwise in a shorter span of time. You’re more affectionate than you would normally be, trust faster than you normally would, change friends more rapidly before you find those you’re most comfortable with. Romantic relationships are even more interesting to observe. One is with one's respective better half all the time, on the phone or chatting if not together, talking too much, and going out too much. And then more likely than not, it ends. And then the drama that follows is again, a sight to see. Theatrics are common in such situations anywhere, but being in such close proximity with one's now-worse half (there are only 500 people in the place, it's kinda hard to avoid people in here) is probably more traumatising than in other places when what they usually show in the movies consists of people storming out with tears and smudged make-up and swearing to stay as far away as humanly possible. But here, see the other everyday, probably even see them coochie-cooing with girlfriend or boyfriend #2 or more. All wreaking havoc with our delicate bewildered minds.

We get a taste of what normal life and civilisation is like when we are released from this place briefly every vacation. But that's almost cruelty, a test to see how we manage to survive in that world after the soap-opera-ish magnification of this one; for it is magnified- emotions, feelings, outbursts, thoughts, experiences, affection, all of it. And then we're taken back into the safe environment that we have grown so used to. One wonders then what will happen at the end of college life when we will never come back like we always do now. How will we survive out there after most have experienced most new things back in college for the first time? Most people have their first relationship in college, for example. How is one to behave outside, when you're not perpetually with the person, when a date does not qualify as leaving each other for half an hour to change clothes and then going out?

They're watching us, I tell you. Nurturing us, to see us die a slow death when they're ready to let us go.

8 comments:

Divya said...

Yes, I realise it sounds mildly creepy. I was in the mood so don't nitpick :(

ramsub said...

Brilliant, I've been wanting to write this for ages. We are a case study, a sociological experiment. Totally agree.

another brick in the wall said...

oh.. you think the world outside consists of lesser drama? everything is a trap, a prison.. we are in a prison right now.. we bound ourselves with these relationships and careers and dreams.. then somehow, one day, we manage to get out of one prison to set ourselves free only to realise we have stepped into another prison.. at every point of time, our life is spent in one big trapped cell with no doors or windows... so we die yelling and screaming within our walls

viswasundar said...

u guys are clearly too fucking sober .. suk .. if ur in prison try not to become someone's wife .. so the next time i come to visit you, i shall leave u a carton of cigarettes

indiegurl said...

my comment on this post is going to be - "refer our ridiculously rambly conversation of last night".

right, i think that should cover it nicely ;)

Adhirath said...

wow! Divi, you have some visitors (leaving comments totally not related to the post also!)..neway..nice one..won't say i agree to full extent, you know being the last of the "i am 20 and i yet haven't ever had a date" species..so i am kinda unaware (if its the right word)..but nonetheless, based on what I see around me i think its right..plus, though not from the point of view of dating, but i can at least vouch for this post when it comes to normal relations like friendship and enmity, etc. gud one yet again :)

Virus© said...

Big Brothers all of them.

Ghost Rider said...

Someone in the wisemen cult from the mountains once said, we are in a virtual game played by the "beings" (dont know if they really are humans) from future.