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Collegians share dirty deeds online

mumbai Updated: Mar 11, 2013 01:56 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times
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Love triangles, secret crushes, intoxication tales, contraband activities, placement blues and other personal woes: all these are tumbling out of closets on city campuses and straight on to anonymous confession websites.

Newly set up Facebook pages dedicated to recording personal and professional confessions are all the rage in city colleges.

Last month students at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay set up IIT-B Confessions, allowing students and alumni of the institute to anonymously confess about their campus activities through a link from where posts are then uploaded on the Facebook page. This was on the lines of similar pages in Harvard and Stanford.

Soon after IITB, various spin-offs sprung up, including NITIE Confessions, NMIMS Confessions, Jai Hind College Confessions, Sophia Confessions, among a host of others.

"It's good fun, you have a few laughs," said Natasha Kharadi, 20, a first year Jai Hind student. "There's so much bonding between students, now, with everyone talking about this."

These confessional sites offer amusing glimpses of lives lived in among the country's premier institutes, with sexual escapades, romantic entanglements, roommate woes and work-related blues featuring heavily. Some are sensational, some banal. All the pages are guaranteed stress relief.

While throwing themselves into the fun, students are also taking this with a pinch of skepticism. "At least half the confessions would have been made up," said and IITB student, of the institute's page, which had among the wilder confessions. A spin-off of the online confessions mania is the "compliments" page. Here, instead of anonymously washing one's linen in public, students post flattering comments about other students, again anonymously.

"It was so unexpected and flattering," said Radhika Aggarwal, 20, a third year student of St Xavier's College.