Hostel: A Home Away From Home


The place where love resides, memories are created and laughter never ends”! Now, the first question that strikes our mind is whether such a place exist where all this is found in a single packet in this materialistic world? And the answer is as simple as we often say: “HOME SWEET HOME”! Sometimes life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet-to help you, to hurt you, to love you and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become. And all this is experienced in a home which is away from home-HOSTEL!!

Can’t find clean clothes? Forced to wear two different socks? Your bed hasn’t been made in a month and your room looks like a laundromat? Orange peels and seeds scattered all over your room? But you live a happy-go-lucky life with no worries about the next day, hour or moments. When all these things happen to you simultaneously, you know you were a boarder at a time or maybe still the same.

I mean honestly what can you else expect from a bunch of young adults and teens virtually living together under the same roof?

The most awe-striking and coveted perks I have come across while living in a hostel is the liberty that hostel offers to students. The thrill of this freedom acts as an adrenaline and helps in getting a taste of what life is really all about. It won’t be an exaggeration if I add that living in a hostel breeds within an individual the traits of a leader-you learn how to make tough decisions and stand by them.

It allows you to discover yourself and the range of emotions you have. It even helps you hone your interpersonal skills time and again when you’re forced to counsel a mate who turns out to be sentimental and cries every Mother’s Day, listens to cheeky music after every break-up and yes, cries a lot every Valentine’s day! You will find the most skilled thieves in hostels. They’ll “BORROW” something they need from you, promising to return it in the next half an hour and then you won’t find then anywhere for at least a week. Of Course, even when you find them, they’ll be suffering from temporary amnesia and will look at you blankly as you ask them for what they had borrowed.

I would not be exaggerating when I say that hostel life is a complete package! It acts as a teacher in itself and helps you experience life in its crudest and often cruelest forms. Needless to say, living in a hostel from last 8 years has groomed me in every aspect and I would urge every youngster to embark on this amazing journey at least once in their lifetime. Not only will you enjoy the experience, but also helps you to gain a bigger perspective of life.

And you’ll have a truck load of unbelievable stories to boast about!


Anureet Kaur Dhillon (DAV College 10)



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