Thanks to the collective efforts of students and the Delhi University (DU)administration, ragging has almost disappeared from the campus.
What is left is plain, undiluted fun, which helps in breaking the ice between the fuchchas of yesterday and today. We bring you some popular, harmless, evergreen forms of ‘interaction’ between freshers and seniors.
Chavanni Athanni dance
Chavanni and athanni are Hindi words for 25 paise and 50 paise, respectively. When a senior says chavanni, the fresher has to twist his or her waist to the left. When he says athanni, the waist must swing to the right. There are, however, no fixed rules for this ‘dance form’.In some colleges, the dance may mean two freshers facing each other and performing pelvic thrusts.
The fresher has to dance seductively like a naagin (female snake). There are two students required for the act. One has to play the snake charmer’s been or flute, and the other has to twist and turn like a snake. This number always draws applause and amusement.
The boy goes down on his knee to propose the girl his everlasting love, or the girl asks him out for a date. In these times of LGBT sensitivity, freshers are occasionally given the choice of proposing to the gender of their choice.
Sell a samosa
The fresher is handed a samosa and asked to sell it to the students sitting in the canteen.
Riding an imaginary bike
It’s all about faking. The boy or girl turns on the ignition, starts the ‘scooter’ and runs around with vocal vrooms.