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The dude's guide to DU

delhi Updated: May 29, 2009 15:03 IST
Rahul Sabharwal
Rahul Sabharwal
Hindustan Times
DU

So you've made it to DU and can't wait to become the dude to beat. Unfortunately, such success doesn't come easy. Here's a list of dos and don'ts to make sure you come out on top. We don't mean to preach, we just know better

On the first month:
The first impulse is always to go all out, guns blazing, with a brave and sometimes desperate attempt to come across as the attitude machine. But remember, the tortoise eventually won the race. So unless you want to be the butt of all jokes, drop the 'I'm-so-cool-I-freeze everything-around-me' act. Interact, don't intrude nobody likes a chep.

On the fairer sex:
First off, a girl's face is way above her chest and eye-to-eye contact does not mean eye-to-chest contact. Secondly, girls are hard to please. Too many phone calls and you are trying too hard; too little and you aren't interested. It's like walking a tightrope. Only the select few who have survived can give you tips on getting it right. Unfortunately, we don't know any of them.

On having 'fun':
We've said it before and we'll say it again - cigarettes, booze and dope may seem cool but partying in DU is way more than that. There will always be peer pressure but the only thing that's cool is making your friends kick the habit. Just get into the right circles and you'll be a social [activist] butterfly before you know it.

On dating:
There may be plenty of fish in the sea but all the good ones will always be already hooked. Fret not - dating in DU means breakups and hook-ups every second day - so play the field till you find 'the one', and then the other! Just try not to be Mr Casanova - it's too obvious to not be construed as... er... stupid!

On studying:
Bunking classes and downing tea is fun but DU, the killjoy, has introduced the minimum attendance system just for this. That's not to say you attend all the classes - just those of the 20-something teacher you have the hots for.