When newly wed bride comes to a new home, she feels shy to do anything like to talk, to sit, to behave even to move from one place to another. The same feeling was of mine when I entered in JSS. The reason behind this kind of behavior was the fear of ragging. Just like the family members of the bride, our college seniors were also ready to do ‘Aarti’ for juniors like us.
This ragging procedure has four phases normally. The first phase is INTRODUCTION. Believe me this is the most annoying phase of ragging. You have to introduce yourself to each seniors coming to rag you or just coming to meet you. Sometime juniors felt like a record player that had to repeatedly introduce themselves to every senior. When I went through this process I sometime felt that I should call all my seniors, make them sit comfortably and introduce myself once for all. But it never happened that way. Everyday a new guy arrived, full in ‘Tashan’, and asked the same question.
Now came the second phase NARRATION OF RULES AND REGULATION specially made for juniors. Well in this phase they narrate some rules. Some of them are:
- Always look to your third button when you are getting ragged by seniors.
- Whenever you see any senior wish him/her good morning/afternoon/evening sir or maam depending on the gender of senior.
- Never feel free with seniors (This is really important). Remember they are seniors not friends.
Now the third phase, RAGGING. In the hope of making the juniors respect us as their seniors, they do strange things .Sometimes they show off and sometimes they let us feel dependent on them. People in colleges take this practice as ‘ragging’, whereas it is known as ‘bullying’ in schools. The same practice when applied in the locality is known as ‘misbehaving’. In this phase comes the stupid things like singing, dancing, abusing and jokes anything that make seniors laugh on you is ragging. In our college it never goes physical and if it goes physical report it. In these foolish practices seniors come to know you, this is the real introduction. Don’t feel shy because the one, who is ragging you, is earlier the victim of this.
Now the fourth phase, CONSOLEMENT. Now as everyone knows that ragging is a crime. So this is the most important phase for seniors to console you so that you don’t complain and ruin your senior’s life. Hey, let me tell you one interesting fact about ragging. The fear within you to face senior is nothing in comparison to the fear within that senior. It is true, believe me.
There’s one more phase actually but it depends on how good your senior is? It’s PARTY. After ragging senior has to give away a small party to junior. That’s the rule, you can ask for it.
Ragging is purely a source of entertainment. Don’t hesitate to be a part of it. But remember that it should be healthy. If you cannot stand in front of bunch of seniors, forget about the world. This world will rag you everyday and you should thank your senior to make you practice for it. In the last, one more amazing fact about the college life. I have completed one year in JSS and believe me, in the first half of year you will run away from seniors and in the second half your seniors will run away from you. It’s fun yaar. These senior are like our elder brothers in college, don’t be afraid of your brothers.