Except for the few 8th semester guys, the entire hostel was empty. There were totally 4 blocks in the hostel and the seniors accommodated us in a room in the 3rd block. The room was actually allotted to me, Mehboob and Surajit. We waited for Nair, as he had to visit one of his relatives and was supposed to come to the hostel by evening. When Nair came that evening, the seniors arranged a room for him in the 2nd block. We settled our luggage’s and went to explore the college campus a bit.We were pretty much aware of the kind of ragging that used to happen in various engineering colleges. My elder brother was in his final year in one of the regional engineering colleges, that time and I heard so many ragging stuffs from him. Some of my friends had already completed one year in different engineering colleges and all of them used to discuss their ragging experiences during the vacations. So, basically we were, kind of prepared for the big battle. We expected some hard core mental, as well as physical torture. But the few seniors we encountered, seemed to be so decent. Also we expected the hostel food to be very horrible but we were so much delighted to have some very delicious chicken meal, in the hostel mess that night. Everything seemed to happen quite contrary to our expectation. One of the senior asked us “how is the hostel food?”
We said “wow! it’s really delicious. Actually we had a very different impression regarding hostel food and it was a nice surprise to have such a great food out here”
The senior laughed and said “just wait for few more days and you guys will understand things much better”
We had a good time with the seniors in the mess that night and all of a sudden Surajit asked them “It would be really great if we could know all your names”
One of the seniors replied with a slightly harsh tone “you ass holes, how dare you ask for your papa’s name?”
We remained silent for a while and I wondered that things wouldn't be very pleasant in the coming days. After dinner we went to our room and as we all were very tired, so after sometime Nair also went to his room. We expected few more fresher’s in our first day at hostel, but unfortunately we four were the only guys. Nair had to sleep alone in his room in the 2nd block, as there was only one bed in his room and the size of the bed was not big enough to be shared. We were just about to sleep and all of a sudden Nair knocked our door. He sounded quite frightened and said that one 5th semester senior came to his room and created some kind of scene out there. Nair said to us that the senior shouted at him and broke his mosquito net stand and even took away his mosquito net. In Assam and especially in our hostel, one couldn’t imagine to survive without the mosquito net.
We asked Nair to explain in detail, what exactly happened?
Nair said that in the evening after the seniors allotted the room to him, the same 5th semester senior was inside his room and they chatted for a while. Suddenly the hostel warden came to his room, just to check everything was fine. Nair said to the warden that everything was just fine, but there was a small problem. There was only one mosquito net stand in his room and Nair said to the warden that it would be really great, if he could get one more stand. The warden asked the 5th semester senior to arrange one more stand for him. That moment the senior seemed to be so polite and replied to the warden “don’t worry Sir, I would make sure that this guy get one more stand tonight” I wondered “so, gradually things are turning out the way we expected.” We discussed that as soon as the rest of seniors start to come back after their vacation, we would definitely face some real kind of music out there. Nair was very disturbed and he slept the night in our room.