Curious to know what actually transpires at an ‘unofficial’ freshers party, I coaxed a friend of mine to arrange an entry pass for me to one such do, being publicised over Facebook. The dimly-lit setting at a posh club in the city greeted me as I made my way inside, going through stringent security at the gate.
Inside, hoards of excited freshers filled every inch of the club, and the maximum action seemed to be on the dance floor, which was well-lit and where students were busy showcasing their dance skills. The only other place, that was as crowded, was the bar where barely 18-year-olds queued up for hard drinks with as much patience as they would have while submitting their admission forms. Alcohol was being served in plastic glasses and for those who wanted a puff, an open area outside the club had been earmarked for this. The scene that I was witnessing was in sync with what I had been promised when I had called up an organiser before the party, to ask if alcohol would be available. “There will be unlimited booze and cigarettes,” he had said.
Though the legal age for drinking in Delhi is 25 years, the newbies seemed to be in the mood to live up to the adage, “Laws are meant to be broken.” Clearly, these parties are not just breaking the ice, they are also breaking some serious rules.
Two hours into the party, there was a sudden cop alert. Soon, I saw two cops at the venue. But almost magically, the setting had been fully changed by the time they entered. The lights were turned on and the plastic glasses were quickly hidden away. I am not sure what the management of the club told the cops, but a few minutes after the policemen departed, booze was freely flowing again.