Down with rag­ging!

Neha Dhu­pia has a word of ad­vice for col­lege se­niors: keep those fuchcha in­ter­ac­tions friendly

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - AS TOLD TO NEHA SHARMA DANG­WAL

Iwas ragged in col­lege, but that was in a harm­less, fun way. We were made to wear funny wigs and go out beg­ging on the road. And I was like ‘wow, I have got my first act­ing job’... it felt like an au­di­tion! Ac­tu­ally, that was when I spent the max­i­mum time in col­lege at a stretch — that and when I was writ­ing my ex­ams, be­cause then you have to sit for three hours straight.

Our rag­ging was al­most noth­ing, so I want to tell the cur­rent se­niors that if you are go­ing to in­dulge in friendly fuchcha in­ter­ac­tions, do it in con­trol. You don’t know at what level you are hurt­ing some­one. To the ju­niors, I want to say that just en­joy your time in col­lege, be­cause af­ter that you’ll be work­ing, do­ing your post grad­u­a­tion, so en­joy and keep ev­ery­thing bal­anced.

My col­lege days were fab­u­lous. I had a fun bunch of friends. Ram­neek Pan­tal (Delhi-based em­cee), who came all the way from Noida, was al­ways dressed so well, while I stayed 3 kilo­me­ters away (Dhaula Kuan, Part 1) and looked like I had rolled out of bed. There was another very good friend — Sarita Bhan­dari, who I still meet, and Su­naina Shah, who I am not in touch with now, maybe this ar­ti­cle will help us re­con­nect.

One of my best mem­o­ries of col­lege is this amaz­ing chhole-bha­ture waala there. He gave the yum­mi­est chhole-bha­ture for ` 10. Af­ter I be­came a model, I came back to eat there and got to know that the NDMC had re­moved him, and it was so heart­break­ing.

L-R: Neha with col­lege friends Sarita and Ram­neek

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