I left the comfort of my home (Gujarat-PS: I am not a Gujarati) right after I completed my 12th grade to pursue my higher education in Pune. The 1st 2 years of my degree college I lived in a convent hostel, where I had loads of fun but was too disciplined a kid to break rules and stuff….After that I moved to another hostel which was closer to my college and yes this one too was a convent hostel with a very strict and unfriendly nun, unlike the previous hostel.
Here I met my roommates……Talkative as I am, dint take much time or effort to get friendly with them. Petula and Sochan were their names. The room was on the 3rd floor with a open balcony next to our room. It was fabulous with loads of trees around the building and cool breeze blowing all the time…This hostel did not provide food unlike the earlier hostel though it had a common kitchen…But then the three of us decided on joining the mess which was in the premises of one the largest hospitals in Pune. The food was reasonable, yummy and unlimited for the amount we paid. Well after the three of us returned from college (all three studied in different colleges), we would wait for the other to have lunch….This was just the beginning of a great friendship…..
Our room was the noisiest and lively of all the rooms on the 3rd floor. We were suppose to switch of the lights by 10.00 pm which we never did because we would have dance session everyday from 9.30 to 11.00 pm….Fun was an understatement…..The nun who was the warden would come at around 10.15 pm evey night to check if we have switched off the lights and if any girl is missing…AS soon as we would hear the knock , we would switch of the lights as well as the music….And the warden would ask why were the lights on and we would very innocently infact blatantly lie, saying which light sister, we switched off the lights at 10.00 pm.. She would get so bugged , we could almost see fumes coming out of her ears…..This was not it. We (Petula, Sochan & myself) once ran out of the hostel at exactly 9.25 pm because the main gate of the hostel would get locked by 9.30, and went to a discotheque of course returning only next day without informing the warden. She of course got to know about our act and asked us to get our local guardians or else leave the hostel… We were left with no chioce but to get our local guardians(LG)…. Well since Petula’s older borther was her local guardian she wasnt tense… But for Sochan and me, our LGs were our family friends and it was not at all a good idea for us to get to them to meet our warden…Well we managed to get our LG…I had a classmate who was married with a four year old kid and I got her to meet the warden…My warden complained and said that she will throw me out of the hostel if I repeat this heinious act (acoording to her) again….And for Sochan it was even more better she got her friend’s boyfriend, and of course the same warning went for her as well… After we returned to our room, we just bursted out laughing and immating the warden….
Another incident…..One fine day, when our whole hostel was getting white wash done, we joined our beds and were sleeping hugging each other, forgetting to latch the door…The warden just bardges in and stares at us……..We were like its just 10.00 pm and we will switch of the lights……But this time she had a different problem….She was bugged and stunned as to why the three of us in our shorts were hugging each other? She gave us a big lecture thinking that we were lesbians………And like usual after she left, we just laughed and immatated her….But that was not it…….Petula who was extremely short tempered got offended of the warden tagging us lesbians…She just walks out of the room in anger and the two of us follwoing her knowing that there is some drama going to take place…She knocks at the warden’s room and as soon as the door is open she started screaming at the warden sayin how dare she called us lesbians, we came from a good family and unlike her were not ruthless and merciless and greedy…….Sochan and I had to literary pull her and apologize on behalf of her…..all the girls from the 2nd floor came out and were awestruck by what happened……But the warden dint say a word to our surprise…..And then we went back to our room and after Petual calmed down just laughed and luaghed….
We were named Charlie’s Angel’s by everyone in the hostel after these incidents (above mentioned) and continued doing all the nasty and rule breaking things in the hostel, even after being warned several times, to be thrown out of the hostel, which never happened………..