Artwork by Prof. Arun Inamdar
Nostalgia time! For some fundoo hostel memories. Pondies. Gaalis. Water fights. EPs/PAFs. Cult trophy. Sports trophy. Inter wing tourneys. Bridge. Carom. TT. Footer. Basketball. Volleyball. Chess. Antakshari. Chayageet. Dumb Charades. Chai at canteen. Ghats. Pseuds. Gujjus. Bhaiyas. Bawas. Mallus. Punjus. Hajjar memories come flooding by of all our muggoos, cribbus and hugroos.
I had a cack with Queenbee and she said, “Lingobee! You write the next editorial.”
“AVOID!” was my retort. Never took so much tension even during endsems.
But she persisted. “C’mon Lingo! You faat away endlessly. You know all the fundas of hostel life. You can write a majboot editorial. C’mon Lingobee! BANA DE.”
So here I am Junta. Tried hard, but could not ghiss out of this assignment. I know zot about writing editorials. But what to do? Queenbee screwed my happiness. I’m not even sure if junta will understand the IITB lingo of day-before-yesterday. Because that too has evolved like the hostels. What has remained intact is the Hostel spirit. Known as RLC during our times. Those spirits were flavoured. Orange, pineapple, mosambi and cashew. But the colour that has remained intact is the green colour. EVERGREEN actually. This issue seeks to tell you why EVERGREEN is more than a colour. It’s a project. It’s our mission. And it’s our religion now.
Read on for some senti reminiscing about tales from hostels. Hoss-Tales.
Here’s a glossary of some of the terms used by Lingobee since he has used the “then” lingo which may not be intelligible to the “now” junta.
Pondies: Evergreen literature. Tinted blue.
Gaalis: Exchange of pleasantries in a matriarchal setting.
Hajjar: Literally one thousand. But denotes a huge volume.
Muggoos: Mugging away endlessly.
Cribbus: Cribbing away endlessly
Hugroos: Losers. Flop-showers. Endlessly of course.
Cack: Not gujju for a bakery product. Talk. Yap. Jab.
Faat: Cacking away with random, reckless and spiced up abandon.
Majboot: Literally strong. But meant to be solid in this context.
Bana De: Just do it. (Nike should pay a royalty to IITB)
Ghiss: Corruption of Ghus. One always ghisses into or out of a situation.
Zot: Zero. Matched with the test scores of many of us.
RLC: Ratna Country Liquor Bar. Should have been RCL. But was tweaked to RLC to match the circuitry of EE dept.