Girls' day out
These teenagers make the canteen come alive
IT'S A hot, dreary afternoon. But this all-girls campus is bubbling with enviable energy. The sun is beating down hard, but the girls won't allow a simple thing as the weather to stop them from having fun. It's lunch break - the time for hush-hush talk and to catch up on all the gossip they missed out in the morning session.
Girls in salwars, cool cottons, cargoes, parallels, kurtas, jeans and capris huddle in groups and chat away or laugh at jokes, weird dressing senses and funny haircuts! And, of course, charting out ways to celebrate New Year.
When you walk into the canteen of the PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, the first thing that hits you is a sense of déjà vu. The echoes of laughter and chatter immediately remind you of your student days.
All the tables are occupied and the girls spill on to the benches, stairs... all either wolfing down home made food or guzzling soft drinks and speaking at the same time!!
The setting is perfect for a `canteen chat' and the session starts off with the new canteen menu. "We get a whole lot of new dishes vegetable pulav, chilli gobi, vegetable noodles, cutlet and manchurian and the taste is excellent," say Vidya, Preethi Jaishree, Saranya, Nirupama and Swati, all from the commerce stream, sipping their coffee after a sumptuous lunch.
Forget mark sheets, project assignments and classes, it's just fun when they are at the canteen.
"We pull each other's legs, discuss who got the maximum number of firings from our lecturers, the popular dress of the day, comparison of clothes and, the gossip from other departments. For 45 minutes (the lunch break), we just unwind," add Femina and Vinitha from the literature stream. Manju and Aishwarya, second year computer science students, and Shenbagha Devi of final year literature also join the gang.
The conversation moves on to their favourite hero and, surprisingly, the popular choice is `little super star' Simbu of Manmadhan fame. "The story is different (the hero kills girls who care little for morals), so we enjoyed it. It actually reinforced the fact that women should stick to our tradition and not ape the West. It is applicable to guys as well," they say and the entire group bursts out laughing.
They then discuss the recent episode of `Pepsi ungal choice', which featured Simbu. "The maximum number of calls for him was from mothers praising his performance in the movie. So, he has won many hearts, no doubt about it," the girls insist.
The next favourite topic is music and the choice is A.R.Rahman. They also liked the music of Yuvan Shankar Raja in 7G Rainbow Colony and Manmadhan. Someone in the group makes a mention about semester results and there is silence. But that has nothing to do with the results. "We are confident," they chorus.
What about reading and current affairs? " We are just waiting for the release of the latest Harry potter book `Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'. That is another six months away. And, we have a 10-minute session every day to update ourselves on news," the girls say.
This bunch is all geared for the upcoming events in college Founder's day and Youth Day. "We have something called `mass dance', performed by more than 300 students, and it's going to be great fun," they say.
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