Saturday, July 3, 2010


In our lives, we do a lot of things everyday that are necessary to keep our body functioning properly. We eat food to get nutrition, do exercise to reduce the calories, go to loo everyday to excrete the extra and a lot of other chores. One of these is bathing. Surprised as you may be, but it does constitute an interesting phase our daily lives. For a regular human being, the process of bathing is amongst the first things that happen in the day. Even the laziest of normal fellows manages to put water on his body by the noon.
BUT, there is also a certain part of the population, esp in India, who are quite averse to the normal trend. This population resides in the hostels and P.Gs of India. These people are generally criticized by the society for not bathing daily
. Sometimes, they are even ridiculed for the same which can be very humiliating at times. I have myself known a lot of references who were even refused food at home by the family because they weren't bathing regularly.Almost, all the people know this fact but very few actually go in-depth to analyse the reason for it. It is not for nothing that it becomes regular for people to avoid bathing for upto a week. (I have a reference who, once, did not bath for 28 days continuously.) Here, I am trying to present to you the various logical reasons that lead to people developing such trends and tried to present a view of the situtaion from first-person's perspective in order to provide a better view to the world. Hopefully, this will open the eyes of people who live in the comforts of home and not hostels.
'Bathing' , in hostels, is a very sacred rite that is preformed daily only by the dedicated and chosen ones. After a well-performed research on a lot of hosteliers, including myself, it was found that bathing may seem a simple process but it actually involves a lot of difficult and hectic steps. Some of these procedures are:
+- Pouring the water into the bucket from the tap.
+- Searching for soap, shampoo, towel, clean clothes, etc that are necessary for a good bath.
+- Finding the immersion-rod in the hostel.(This applies for winters.)
+- Carrying the heavy bucket of water (it weighs atleast 20kg!) into the room and putting the immersion -rod into it.
+- Agonizingly waiting for atleast 20-30 minutes for the water to get hot/warm as per your requirement.
+- Carrying the heavy bucket of HOT water back into the bathroom. (one has to be careful that the hot water does not get spilled or burn your body.)
+- Mixing the right proportions of hot and cold water.
+- Pouring the water over your body mug by mug. (It consumes as much calories as push-ups!)
+- Finally, washing your clothes once you are done with the bath.

As we observed above,the above process is really tedious and involves a large number of steps that should happen in tandem with each other. Now that you have known the difficult procedures involved in bathing, LET ME TELL YOU, there are a lot of other things that can go wrong. The scope of such things is really vast and these can make the process more and more irritating. Some of these hinderances are mentioned here:
+- There may be no water left in the water-tank. (This really crushes your confidence before it has even sprouted.)
+- The job of finding an immersion-rod in the hostel is as difficult as finding the holy grail. (This is because there are a lot of other people in the hostel who have also decided to take bath. Hence, almost every immersion-rod in the hostel is already taken before you even know.)
+- Kiss a girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. Wait for water to get hot for a minute and it seems like an hour!! One realizes the real concept of relativity as he/she agonizingly waits for the water to get hot.
+- In case luck is not on your side, your precious hot water may get stolen while you just thought of chatting with the person in the other room.You may be left staring at just an empty bucket! Moreover, your dear friend may emotionally blackmail you to give the hot water to him, so that he can bath first. (All this really takes a toll on your tolerance power. Trust me. It happened to me thrice on the trot and i was left devastated!!)
+- While you are happily carrying the hot water bucket towards the bathroom, you will find that the bathroom is already occupied just before you were to occupy it. Now, by the time the other person comes out, your hot boiling water may cool down and you will be left to undergo the pre-requisites of bathing all over again!! The only solace can be found in hurling countless abuses at the person who was inside the bathroom just before you.

These are only some of the procedures and the difficulties involved that i've tried to highlight here. There are a lot of other things that go unnoticed even by the victims. Add to that, one has to bear this procedure everyday if one intends to bath daily. plus, there is constant pressure of studies, exams, assignments, etc that add to the workload on the poor student. Hence, it is no wonder that people in hostel bath so less. So, next time when a person tells you that he does not manage to bath everyday because he lives in hostel, please try to understand his/her scenario. Don't show your superiority as daily bathers and try to humiliate him. If not anything else, you can atleast pat their back for helping to conserve water. Atleast, they are somehow doing their bit to help the environment.What are you doing???

P.S: I study at an IIT and I have managed to bath everyday for the last 3 semesters (I'm not joking at all). Trust me, only i know how many hardships i had to face to perform the sacred rite of bathing. Please don't mock people if they choose not to bath and save water.

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InGodvTrust said...

simply loved it !!
Soo true ;)
i totally agree with you

Hemant said...


dhawal said...

@swati: thanx..!!!
@hemant: saale u shud have been there while writing. it cud hav been much better

Netha Hussain said...

Bathing, as you said, is really an adventure, man..
I am not a hosteler, my room has an attached bathroom, an immersion rod and full time water supply, still I hate to perform that sacred act called bathing..I can your understand the mindset, my friend..I truly empathize with your feelings..And I don't complain when my benchmate smells like hydrogen sulphide(Hope my benchmate is not reading this).

Bhuwan Bhasker said...

once an HR asked a job seeker " how'll you explain relativity to a 3 yr old kid" , I'm going to redirect him here

dhawal said...

@netha: thanx that u understand the complexities of the situation of hostelers.. WE SHUD RLY SALUTE SUCH PPL WHO TAKE OUT TIME FRM THEIR BUSY SCHEDULE TO DO THEIR BIT TO THE ENVIRONMENT..!!
@BB: I'd be happy if more ppl read my useless

priyanshu said...

I think you got inspiration from you room-mates.

vickyyyyyyyy said...

really i liked the post.Bathing is very difficult job to undertake.In summer there is problem of getting sufficient water n in winter, problem of getting hot water to bathroom before it gets cool.

Tanvi Nimkar said...

That was a very wonderful write-up on the most casual of things, these things in my life are performed like rituals with commendable speed. Never thought in this fashion :)
Good one!

razimantv said...

You are at an IIT and did not miss a single day's water torture for an entire semester? Salute you, man

dhawal said...

thanx ppl..!! really appreciate ur feedback...
bas aise hi padhte rehna..!

dhawal said...

@razimantv: sometimes..guilty empowers u so much that we get determined to correct us till the end. :P

hims said...

nice chetan bhagat in the making!!:p

Deepika said...

This is humorous! I mean this actually explains why IITians curse their collage after graduating...
And you do a really HARDWORK by bathing everyday. Lol.

dhawal said...

thanks...!!! i hope to create awareness amongst people regarding the so many tedious procedures involved in bathing..!!!! looks like i am getting successful at it..!!! lol.... and bathing everyday at an IIT hostel is really a tough job.. :P

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