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Lady Irwin was strict: Chitrangada Singh

education Updated: Jul 03, 2009 18:41 IST
Lady Irwin was strict: Chitrangada Singh

Actress Chitrangada Singh, an alumnus of Lady Irwin College, has fond memories of her college days. In her own words:

I did Food & Nutrition at Lady Irwin — I wanted to be a dietician. I was in an all-girls school in Meerut and thought college will be so cool. But they were very strict. They had very strict attendance . The course had subjects like zoology, biology, etc… it was like being back in school.

Fun and adventure
Because we were hosteliers, the excitement was all about slinking out of the back door in the evenings. I was in college 2 weeks back, and saw they had closed that gate and made a brick wall there! I remember going to Bengali Market, CP and for plays to Kamani auditorium and NSD. Once, a group of us had gone to CP for a movie, and obviously got late… it must have been about 10.30-11 pm. And there was a group of old drunk guys following us. We’d to make a dash for the college gate. It was very scary.

Ragging
There was so much ragging in college! Once, Manpreet Brar came and ragged me in the hostel. We were made to carry books in buckets. The fucchas had to make 40 plaits dripping with oil every day. For one month, you were smelling of oil. Then, they’d make us wear salwar- kurtas inside-out and take us to Bengali market. Once when they took us, a group of good-looking boys was there. I was told to go up to them and say, ‘Tha! Tha! Mar gaya!’ It was the most embarrassing thing in my life.

Very sporty
The best part of hostel food was the curry. I was part of the basketball team so we got extra milk and unlimited andaas. And we would make Maggi at nights. I was also part of the college fashion show team. We used to go to IIT all the time, and Spic Macay used to hold events in college. Lady Irwin in that sense was very active.