Are all Engineering Students Bath DEPRIVED!!

Posted: October 30, 2013 by Ankur in Writes...
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When was the last time you took bath? Asks a friend of mine to a fellow student and instantly came the reply four days back (instant as in he had already taken note of the number of days!). Welcome to the world of an ordinary Engineering Student where taking a bath is a luxury!

The first few months in college obviously starts with following the good habits that our parents have inculcated in us over time. I still remember the very first morning in college when I woke up at 6 in the morning, took my stuff and went straight to the washroom, by 6:30 I was ready and did my small offering to god, read the newspaper and by then it was time for breakfast. Today, I don’t even remember the last time I went to mess for breakfast!

The first years are still better off as they at least take the pain of bathing in a couple of days! My seniors are the true reflection of what we will be in days to come. It doesn’t take long for a couple of days to change into a couple more or sometimes into a week. For most, it has converted to a symbol of pride and a matter that needs no discussion. Exam days means a week, Class Days means a couple and Weekends obviously never!

The maximum loss because of this very unacceptable phenomenon is to the poor soap manufacturers who are doing their business on the assumption that all men take bath daily. I think they must come up with a strategy (advertisement or awareness or something out of the box) that focuses specifically on student community taking bath daily. I am sure they are bound to experience rocket growth in their sales.

Over years our position in society has been redefined again and again by factors like strength, knowledge, power and money but all these things hold little value in college. In college what defines you is the frequency of your trips to washroom (for bathing purpose only!). While I think there can be a thesis on the correlation between Bathing and academic performance, I will better leave that to the more interested people.

Never in my life had I devoted so much time on thinking about something as trivial as bathing but then again that was before I came to college. I don’t know if this is a new phenomenon that is being created or this is an age old secret (that our parents never told us about). I don’t know if this happens with only engineering students or this is a phenomenon common to all forms of study. I don’t even know if this is just India or it’s realized worldwide. But then I think it is high time we know this, after all we are talking about BATHING!

Sanchit Kumar

Vellore Institute of Technology

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