For the past one month, incessant rains in the Capital have been driving everybody up against the wall. But students in the Delhi University campus are spicing up the monsoon scene with a lot of fun and frolic.
“Monsoon has its own fun. We get an excuse for multiple chai and samosa breaks,” says Shrishti Roy. HT City spoke to several students in the campus to find out the fun quotient of this season. All the students unanimously agree that they love to watch the rains from the college canteen and binge on the canteen food.
“St. Stephen’s college canteen is the place where you would find the most of us,” says Anuj Kataria, a fresher. “But at times I like to sit on the walled area facing the lawns, and watch the rain,” he says.
There’s one thing almost synonymous with rains — chai. JP Tea Stall in Delhi School of Economics is a popular spot to grab a steaming cup of tea. Though most students go to this shop for the cheap tea (R 4) and matthi (R 1), there are some who think otherwise. “The tea isn’t that great, but the crowd is nice,” says Mohit from Ramjas College.
Tea is not the only thing that sells during the monsoon. Students order bread omelettes, pakoras, choley-bhatoore, and Maggi while enjoying the showers. Irfans in SRCC is known for its Masala coke, a banta like drink - with a little lemon, salt and masala — perfect for the monsoon time.
Few hotspots, which are always jampacked during the rainy season are: Nescafe Point in Law Faculty, Lovers’ Point opposite the Hansraj College canteen, Jannat in Khalsa College, Neem Adda and the Virgin Tree in Hindu College.
Monsoons also mean sitting closely in a college corner and catching a flick on the laptop with friends or endless gossip sessions. Some turn to playing in the rain. “Our group often plays basketball when it rains,” says Tanya of St. Stephens.
“We also play dodge ball in the lawns in front of the Senior Combination rooms, as rainwater gets collected here and sometimes rises up to the knee level," adds her friend.