16 Food Struggles Only Indian Hostellers Can Understand. . .

If you have ever stayed in a hostel, chances are that you must have made some of the everlasting memories of your life there. Okay! Let me rephrase it a little. If you have ever stayed in an “Indian” hostel, chances are that you will either turn into an expert chef or would learn to survive on Maggi.
When it comes to our hostels, food is definitely not a USP. These are some common food-struggles that every hosteller must have surpassed during their stay.

  1. You either become a coffee or a tea person, sipping countless cups every day. Apparently, it is what helps you keep everything together (i.e. stopping you from turning insane).
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  2. You despise your hostel’s food a little more with every passing day. There is no other way to put it.
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  3. You keep insisting the “food committee” and the mess in-charge to include more delicious meals in the menu *adding puppy face for an extra impact*
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  4. But nothing really seems to work and you hit the canteen or your favorite café to eat some extra carbs
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  5. Which leaves you broke by the middle of the month
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  6. You learn to survive on salad and Parle-G for the rest of the month.
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  7. To you, Maggi is more than just food. It is your lifeline. You know you can’t survive without Maggi and you owe the tangy Maggi Masala everything. Everything.
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  8. Though you have tried all the other alternatives to Maggi by now (from instant parathas to cup noodles), but nothing really comes close to it. Nothing compares to Maggi.
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  9. You wait for a friend’s birthday just to get that awaited treat!
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  10. Every holiday comes with a promise of a “luxury” meal at your hostel mess, which makes you realize that the hostel chef can actually cook well once in a while.
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  11. Biscuits, chips, and other snacks are more than just munchies to you.
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  12. You rely on your day-scholar friends to bring some tasty home-cooked meal for you every now and then.
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  13. Whenever your roommate comes back from their home, you check their belongings just to see how many laddus they have brought.
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  14. You constantly try to hide your food from other bhukhad friends of yours.
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  15. Chocolate is a luxury that can change your mood in a heartbeat. You can smell it from a distance and can do ANYTHING to get “one more bite” of it (knowing that a “bite” is such a subjective quantity :D)
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  16. Most significantly, you learn that there is nothing close to Maa ke hath ka khanna. Truth to be told, it is one of the many reasons why you wait for your semester breaks, as you can’t wait to go back home and feed yourself with all that gravy and ghee!
    16SourceNo matter how much you try to survive on your own, but food is something which connects every hosteller together. After all, the best of your memories are made while cooking a midnight Maggi or fighting over the last slice of pizza with your roommates.
    These are not just food-struggles. They are memories in the making.
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