MH, the letters that sent a shiver through all the first year students studying at my college.
I’ve been a part of it. Yeah right. Got lots of memories.
Let me take you to the scene. MH 1. The right wing. Room 99. That’s where I belong.
When I came here, I was very well equipped. Bucket, cup, brush, paste, pen, pencil, scale, A4s and what not! I had my own soap too!
But the brotherhood of MH was more than any other that I ever saw.
One fine day morning just after shifting to 99, one of my neighbours came and asked me for my bucket and cup so that he could bath. Me being a good sport handed it right over to him. That marked the beginning.
Soon I was clueless so as to what happened. Well, not only clueless but bucketless, cupless, soapless, pasteless, penless, paperless and thank God they didn’t take away my under garments. But I’m not to be trifled with! I joined the game and soon I was making everyone bucketless and cupless! There was no ownership for anything and no asking for permission of anything. If you want it, then you are its owner. Such was the brotherhood of MH.
But all this while I was under a secret hope that they would come back to me. My bucket and cup. They were with me from the very first day of mine at college. And that hope was finally rewarded today!
When I was up at 6 in the morning and going to wash my face, I happened to look at the opposite wing. There she was!! My bucket! In the hands of a senior going to the toilet. My breathe quickened, my walk turned into a run and my adrenaline was pumped. I was like a hero trying to save his loved one from a villain. Running in slow motion, I caught him.
“My bucket!”, said I in a tone of authority. He had no choice but to give it as my name written on it was still visible, barely.
Triumphantly, I went back to my room.
When it was time to bath (at about 8), one of my neighbours (who was my first year room mate) came and told me, “Kaaks, I have a surprise for you.”
(Slow music playing in the background and a holy light shining in through the door)
And there it was! My cup in all its glory!!
I jumped and grabbed it from him.
As I said, finally my hope has been rewarded. Both now rest safely under my cot. Hope they be there till I shift into single rooms.