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Manipal has no dearth of restaurants but to find a gem of culinary delight hidden away from the din of the busy world is remarkable. Such a find is “Aloha” located on the first floor of MGM Arcade, Vidya Ratna Nagar, End Point Road. ‘Aloha’, a Hawaiian word, literally translates to hello and is a direct relation to how welcoming the place seems from the outside. The restaurant mainly serves delicious Italian and Continental food. It’s a place where students can go out after a hard day at college or on weekends to eat, relax and gossip with friends and have a wonderful time._MG_6914

The ambience of the restaurant is quite soothing with yellowish orange painted walls and dim lighting. The music they play is pretty good too with the latest tracks to calm the nerves. And the aromas of the food being cooked are sure to get your mouth to water.

_MG_6941When we went there we weren’t sure of what to order as the menu has a plethora of dishes to choose from. For starters we ordered two mocktails, an Apple Eye and a Fruit Punch, which were really refreshing and had natural fruits and not the usual canned stuff. Then we had a Big Chef Pizza which had a crunchy pizza base baked to perfection and a layer of creamy cheese with delectable toppings. Among the other choices of pizza offered there were Big B, White Bed (different layers of cheese), and Capsico. My friend ordered a Veg Americana Burger which was served with French fries and coleslaw on the sides. The burger tasted awesome. Aloha has a whole range of Burgers from Aloha Special to Grilled UFO (which has tender, juicy and grilled pieces of chicken). They also serve Pasta with different types of sauces and accompaniments, having a Bolognese, Napolitano, Pesto or a Mornay; each of these tasting equally scrumptious.

IMG_6947Aloha has its own range of menu specialties which serve as main courses, the dish we tried was a Chicken Alexandria and Chicken Pepper Steak. The Chicken Alexandria was a good mix of sweet and savory flavors, served with fries and coleslaw and bread seasoned with herbs. The chicken was very tender, juicy and flavorful; it personified the phrase “melts in your mouth”. Pepper Steak was served with mashed potatoes and salad, just in the same style as they would serve it in an old Texas Ranch, and the taste of the sauce used to marinate the meat was quite authentic and genuine keeping to American Flavors. The steak had the aroma of burnt wood and herbs such as basil, thyme and oregano which simply made you hungrier even more. Aloha has a page full of specialties only for their restaurant such as Chicken Piquante, Chicken Prince and Red Alert. The vegetarian specials include Posse (a kind of potpourri of vegetables), Veg Hot Pot, and many more mouthwatering options.

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The deserts are damnation for the dieters, they give you large servings and which are so delicious that you’ll crave for more. Aloha has got what it takes to calm your sweet tooth. The ice-cream sundaes like Disney Land, Naughty Nutty and Moon and Stars topped with layers of chocolate, strawberry, fruits and other goodies give you the ultimate high on desert._MG_6918_MG_6938

Aloha serves Chinese and Indian food also. Aloha  serves quality food also at affordable prices which is every college goer’s dream. The restaurant is a good place to chill out or even to go on dates, as it gives good fine dining experience. The serving is good and the staff serves with a smile. They also have option for food delivery and they deliver just outside MIT KC gate. Aloha is a comforting and welcoming place which gives you good food… do give this restaurant a try and believe me you will be hooked to it.


By: ALI AKBAR


Photography: TEJASVI BATRIA


Sub Edited by: Deep Venky

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Ridiculous and baseless rules and regulations are nothing new to most of us. Yes, some rules are there to enforce discipline and order but the plain existence of some of them defies every aspect of logic.

 I went to the library’s main section today as I wanted to refer to some web development books. I take my laptop out and walk in. No sooner, I’m kicked out by the guy who sits at the table at the library entrance. “Laptops allowed illla boss” was all he had to say. My requests for further explanation were turned down nonchalantly.

One can understand the rationale behind banning bags in the library but banning laptops? Are the library authorities so paranoid that they think I’m going to type out eBooks of all their prized collections and outsource them for profits? Or perhaps they think I’m going to smuggle a book by squeezing it between the lid and the keyboard of the laptop? Or even worse, they think my laptop has a 10 Gigapixel spy camera that is being routed to the Al Qaeda!

This is the qualm of a student who seeks reason for this denial. If a student has a passion to learn something and knows how he wants to go about it, there is no justification to reject his access to the appropriate resources. The age of the pen is all but gone and laptops are used to store notes and ideas.

The library is meant to be a sanctuary of knowledge and I have every right to tap into it as I see fit. Encourage my endeavour rather than to blatantly throw me out.

My laptop doesn’t bite nor is it a transformer that is going to transform into a Decepticon anytime in the near future.

By,

Girish Kumar

Sub Edited by: Deeksha Awasthi.

WHY SO MANIPAL-ISH??

Posted: March 23, 2012 by blogschange in Admissions, Chill Out
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“Kya re, aree baba, baap, boss, anna, dude, yaar”

Ever wondered why your friends say, “Hey you’ve changed after going to Manipal.” Ever wondered why you call that grocery store owner “Anna” instead of the conventional “Bhaiya” as soon as you go back home or even for that matter ever wondered why your car suddenly seems more comfortable and cosy during that drive from the airport or railway station. If you have experienced all of the above or most of them you are “Manipal-ish.” So what does this term “Manipal-ish” mean? Well, I’ll explain that to you.

When we come to Manipal as freshers, little do we expect ourselves to be speaking a dialect of “Hinglish”, something we would have never even thought of speaking before. It is said that animals adapt and we humans being one of the most developed animals adapt to our surroundings very quickly. Away from the comfort and luxury of our home, the warmth and affection of family and friends, we find ourselves in a place unlike no other. One is suddenly filled with the thoughts “ok, now what?” and before you realise it, you are speaking to your neighbour in the hostel. He goes and introduces you to his school mates who have also come to Manipal and within no time at all you have a group of friends with whom you share stories, jokes etc. Manipal which may have seemed lonely at first now seems more cheerful and full of life.

One week down the line, your friends and you decide to go out and explore Manipal. You take an auto from KC and say”Bhaiya, CCD le jao”. You might not have even noticed but the auto driver is giving you a rather stern look. Little do you realise that in Manipal only Boss and Anna works. Nothing more and nothing less is needed to get your work done. Your hangout spots change from Café Coffee Day and Dominos to places like Pizza King, Parota Point, Burnout and Cloud 9. Suddenly its not Hard Rock Café or Hype, Deetee and Blue Waters are the places you want to be in. Attendance, a thing you might have ignored in school is worth its weight in gold and getting a 10 on 20 in your sessionals seems to be pretty decent or above average score and daily bargains with the auto-wallah for some 5 or 10 bucks becomes a normality.

Another interesting thing Manipal teaches you is how to interact with different people. Your friends from Northern India would use a lot of “bhai and yaar” in their sentences while the ones from south would stick to their “baap and dude”- though this isn’t the case always. Although there is a certain degree of regionalism in every college, most people see past this and look at it as an opportunity to know other places in India better by interacting with people from different states and cities of India and in case of Manipal, even abroad. The kind of diversity it brings to this college is just amazing.

There is so much of hustle and bustle in our day to day lives over here that we forget how time is flying by and before we know it, the semester has almost come to an end.  We almost seem to forget what it is like at home. As the end semester exams approach, MIT is buried in it’s books with students giving it their all in as a last ditch effort to get good grades. After all it is what they came here for ‘essentially’.

Little do we realise this but after our last exam, its time to say goodbye for a month or so. We all get excited by the prospect of going home and meeting our loved ones. Once home, everything seems so new and strange. An air of awkwardness surrounds us when we meet some of our old school friends. Many have moved on and so have we. We have become more independent and aware of how to judge people. I remember I would casually give my own clothes for washing, clean my room, get up after setting an alarm and pick up my own dishes after eating. My parents were surprised at this change. They would ask me what has happened and I simply had no answer. Folks after four semesters in Manipal I have come to realise that the answer for this is plain and simple. I have become very “Manipal-ish”.

By,
Rohan Tuli

Sub Edited by: Deeksha Awasthi.

This article is being written for all those students who find the hostels dissatisfying and are looking to move out to another place, i.e., out of campus area.

Shifting out of the hostels and moving into apartments in and around Manipal may seem like an extremely lucrative and easy option. Well, it is not so and believe me when I say this because it is my personal experience. If you would like to shift out here is how you do it- the first step is obviously your parent’s approval. Once you have made up your mind on shifting out, it is imperative that you inform your parents. Not doing so will only make your life miserable with you finding yourself in an enormous amount of debt to your friends. Once this is done, find the right guy to shift out with you. It is best that you shift out with a good or close friend as the complications decrease by a significant amount. Shifting out with strangers or acquaintances bring a great deal of formality in your day to day life in the apartment.

The next and perhaps the most important step is to find the right apartment for yourself. Some of the options I might suggest are Mandavi Emerald, Mandavi Pearl City, Shambhavi, Pavitra, Regal Embassy etc. Now your selection of apartment should normally be based on one primary factor, location. If you don’t mind shelling that little extra from your pocket to hire an auto and go to college everyday, I would say Emerald is the best option.  These apartments are new and you will be the first ones to use them plus they come from a rather reputed builder Mandavi, a common household name in Udupi. People wanting to shift in here are guaranteed with a very luxurious lifestyle. The disadvantage though is that it’s a little heavier on the pocket as you have got to buy the appliances in the house as they are new. If you are one who does not want to shell out much on appliances like TV, fridge, stove etc., you should probably opt for the adjacent apartments, Pearl City. The disadvantage here folks is that there are certain rules that a certain section of people might not like. I would probably not give out many details on that. Also if you have a transport of your own i.e., a car or a bike, then Mandavi is the way to go.

If location is a very important factor, then Shambhavi, Pavitra and Regal are a good choice. They are strategically placed in heart of the town. All your favourite hangouts are close by and so is the college- ann excellent place to live, especially when your college is about a five minute walk away from your house. The disadvantages here may include a lot of noise and commotion. They are also not as clean and tidy as Mandavi, but if you chose to ignore that then you are going to the right place. The security deposits and rents are way lower than Mandavis’.

Late but most importantly, the issue of cost. I would say that at the end of the day apartments come out to be cheaper than a single AC room and this is when you are not even sharing a room with someone. If you do so, your cost comes down drastically and you might even end up paying less than what you pay for a double AC room in the hostels. Obviously Shambhavi, Pavitra and others are a more cost friendly option.

Shifting out certainly has its advantages. Your food becomes tastier and you have a wide variety to choose from as you can order from different places and you get more privacy to yourself. You also do get a very homely feeling once you’re living outside.

Finally I would like to conclude by saying that if and when you shift out, do keep your apartment clean and tidy because a house is built by bricks, but a home is built by heart. I hope I have given you a useful insight on the life outside.

By,
Rohan Tuli

Sub Edited By: Deeksha Awasthi.

Emanuele Nicosia, a graduate from the Royal College of Art in London, has more than 30 years of experience in designing production and concept cars.

Emanuele Nicosia

During his stint with Centro Ricerche Pininfarina, he worked with some of the world’s most renowned brands, including, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Peugeot, Cadillac and Honda. Presently he heads the Automobile Design program at DYPDC (Center for Automotive Research and Studies) which is an initiative by the DY Patil Group and Indian designer Dilip Chabria.

Saurav Bhattacharjee finds out what more is to him, than the reputation that precedes him- of being one of the best in the automobile design sector on the planet. Following are  afew excerpts from the interview:

Q. There is a time in each student’s life when he decides what he wants to pursue further academically. So, when was that moment for you?

A. Let me tell you an incident from my childhood in Turin, Italy. I was out on a walk with my grandfather when my uncle joined in. The conversation that we had has stuck out till today. My grandfather told my uncle that he disliked going on walks with me as I would go hug every car wheel I could on my walks. My mother always had to clean up my clothes which got dirty in the act.

That was the kind of passion I had for cars, since I was 2 years old. What fascinated me was the shape and design of the cars.

Q. What does a car mean to you? How do you see it, as a designer?

A. Cars are merely not metal bodies, they are Creatures. Creatures with beautiful souls!

Q. Which of these do you drive?

A. Well, I own an 1979 Spitfire, The Alfa Romeo Duetto, a Fiat 124 Sport, the BMW 530 to name a few.

Q. A further look into your fleet, which bikes do you spawn?

A. A Ducati 888 Superbike, the Ducati 900 Monster, and the Yamaha FZR 1000.

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Q. What is the difference between the designer of yesterday and of today?

A. Earlier, there were designers who specialized in specific designs. So companies offered their design work to them. For Example, designs of the Hood.  Some used to specialize in the curved design while the sharp-edged hood was another designer’s forte. So the mainstream entities used to employ them according to the design they wished to float. Now, automobile design has been commercialized. A good car designer today must be good at automobile design on the wider perspective but his niche or USP had more of an importance yesterday.

Q. Why India?

A. India has a niche market for automobile design. It offers a lot of scope of development for car companies and car design. Indians are very creative and intelligent. Automobile design needs to be reintroduced in India in such a way that tomorrow Indian companies are able to compete internationally with the world’s best. Trend-Marketing is what one looks for and going by that the Asian countries, they have to and will blossom in the near future.

Q. Who is your inspiration?

Mauro Forghieri is like God to me. I am very good friends with him. He also has worked on similar lines at Ferrari and Lamborghini. He is also the co-founder of the Oral Engineering Group. He has also been involved actively in the Moto GP with BMW.

In talks

Q. Would BEE Studio along with DYPDC Institute be conducting Internships for students anytime soon?

A. It is too early to speak much on that but once BEE Studios sets up completely in India with collaborations with other major car giants, we’ll certainly be looking forward to offering 2-month Internships to students.

Q. A message to the students of MIT.

A. I would say that, passion for Automobile Design can’t be imbibed or inculcated. It is a born quality. Although there are a lot of good students herein, failure to be the best does not mean one isn’t talented. It sets up the base or the tone for design on the wider scope.

By,
Saurav Bhattacharjee

Sub Edited by: Deeksha Awasthi

TIWARI CHAAT

Posted: February 16, 2012 by prannayjha in Eat out, What's hot
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Started by the Tiwari brothers two years back, the most famous chaat eatery in Manipal aka Tiwari chaat is quite a known name now for its savoury snacks. I visited the place 6 months ago, after a prolonged craving for some Indian Tangy Street Food. And since then, there has been no looking back.

Alright, first a bit about the shop. Tiwari chat basically has 3 outlets in Manipal; at Kamath Circle, near MIT gate and one opposite Venugopal Temple. The primary working hours is from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm.The owner is Mr Vinod Kumar, who happens to originally belong to Bihar(No wonder the North Indian flavour is quite distinct).

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Now coming to the menu. There is a nice blend of sweet dishes and lip smacking hot and spicy chaat here.While the samosa chaat continues to sell like hot cakes every day, the typical Bihari dish litti chokha takes the cake.Infact on some days, it doesn’t take more than 3 hours for its stock to finish. Pani puri here is an experience which needs to be indulged in, it simply cannot be shared, so get your own. It’s spicy with a kick to it.

 

Everything is home made. Service is very good and quick. The sweet dishes, though not famous, can be given a shot after a spicy meal.

Go eat here.  Each dish is a completely distinct feast for the eyes, and a party in your mouth.

RATING: 4/5

BY ANUBHAV SHRIVASTAVA

The top LAN games of Manipal

Posted: February 15, 2012 by prannayjha in What's hot
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It may be a little chauvinistic to say that gaming is an amazing source of entertainment in the boys’ hostels, but truth be it, girls are barely interested in gaming. Guys however, can get together in a room, start an ad-hoc and game an entire night away, without realizing how time passes. For most students, LAN gaming used to be something to do at a friend’s place or at a gaming center, but when staying in a hostel block with a thousand other people, and an inbuilt LAN, what can stop us from getting our joysticks and mice out and battling it out? LAN gaming is now a daily life routine for some people. Each person likes different genres, and there are games to suit them all – ranging from the classics to the hottest new ones. Here we make an analyzed presentation of the top games in Manipal, and rank them accordingly.

  1.  clip_image002Counter Strike:
    The evergreen FPS game grabs the numero uno spot, with gamers still frenzied over it even after more than a decade. One can play the war between terrorists and counter-terrorists, on a huge variety of maps and mode. One game can accommodate up to 32 people. In the night, every one out of four rooms in a Manipal hostel has students playing CS, and shooting away to glory. The game is easy to learn and has simple controls. It is a light game that provides quick and instant entertainment. It can accommodate 32 players and is perfect for noobs too.
  2. FIFA:

clip_image004The fervor for football doesn’t just end at watching matches or playing in the ground, but extends to the virtual world, where fans are ecstatic over getting to control their idols and take their club to the pinnacle. There is a wild rush to compete with fans of opposing clubs and taste victory. One can also play in manager mode and make all kinds of decisions and permutations with his team. It can however be played by only two players, and isn’t really for those who aren’t into football.

3.DotA

DoTa or Defence of the Ancients isn’t a game; it’s actually a map on Warcraft 3: The Frozeclip_image006n Throne. It’s currently among the most played games in the world, and many tournaments are held all across the world. It is an RPG cum strategy game, where the player controls a hero (There are around 150 heroes to choose from – each with exclusive abilities and stats), and battles the other team of heroes (max. 5 players per team). It delves into fantasy and magic, and is extremely addictive (far more than any other game). It has great graphics, and a lot of depth and a strong plot. This game however isn’t for noobs, and takes quite a long time to learn and understand, which is one reason some people dislike it.

4.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Another first person shooter game that has grown immensely popular with the masses. The setting is World War II and the teams can choose either the Axis or Alliance side, and choose to control appropriate country soldiers. The game offers a variety of maps with many weapons to choose from.

5.Need for Speed

Whatever be the platform, car racing games have been an all-time favourite, and NFS has been the franchise that has defined this genre with each and every new release. With various modes to choose from, where you can outclass your opponents and choose upgrades later – this is one perfect game for people who just can’t get enough speed, and for auto enthusiasts.

6.Ages of Empires 2

The third part of the series might have been released, but the craze over this classical Microsoft game will never die down. The concept of building an army, strategizing, siege and conquering cities entranced most of us in our childhood. Choosing a civilization like Japanese, Vikings, etc. and having a virtual war against another clan and razing their buildings and fortress- is fun that never stops growing. The graphics however are primitive and rough.

So what you waiting for? Go ahead and create em’ ad hocs with funny names! Game on folks!

By Girish Kumar

When Cupid Struck 2012 – Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 14, 2012 by blogschange in Chill Out
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Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day is a holiday observed on February 14 honouring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine”– this is how Wikipedia describes Valentine’s Day but you and I both know its real meaning. It’s much more than just a celebratory day, it is how our beloved character from the popular sitcom ‘f.r.i.e.n.d.s’ Joey Tribiani calls it– “ A day of giving, sharing and receiving.”  Love is in the air on Valentine’s day.

Valentine’s day has evolved into such a big concept nowadays including chocolates and teddies being the “thing to give” to that someone special. Valentine’s Day now has a full celebratory week including rose day, hug day, kisses day, chocolates day and much more. All these lead up to valentine’s day in somewhat of a drum roll, a grand finale if you please. All these just make this day even bigger than what it is.

If we take the example of India, V-day was such a taboo some 2 decades back but the present generation not only follows it with all their heart but also publicises their relationship status. After all, being in a relationship is nothing to be ashamed of in the present era instead, it’s a thing to look forward to. Arranged marriages are a thing of the past. People now, increasingly prefer to marry the love of their life, their majnu and laila.

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It is said that love is blind, universal, knows no boundaries. Everyone from rich to poor, black or white and European or Asian celebrate this day with the same spirit. Love unites and perhaps on this day this feeling holds true. Everyone seems so happy and harmonious. It is not necessary that V-day be celebrated by only couples. A mother can show her love for her son and sister for her brother. Just as Republic Day signifies patriotism, V-Day showcases LOVE.

Manipal too does justice to the spirit of V-day. Florist Anna’s get their sales to a yearly high and KC is just brimming with excitement. All fights are forgotten and hatred is thrown out of the window. Every nook and corner of Manipal is occupied by couples. Not only that, the auto drivers make a decent fee by charging extra for ferrying couples on different romantic locations in and around Manipal. But all this profit to the vendors and transportation means one thing in Manipal. The coming week after Valentine’s Day, or even weeks are going to be very tough for those in a relationship, especially boys, for here are where single people take the prize away. Their monthly expenses are still low from buying no gifts and celebratory V – Day dinner. There are girls too who buy gifts for their boyfriends but the singles take the cake.

Valentine’s Day will always pop the image of a rose, a couple and a box of assorted chocolates in between them, for the common person. There still are those who believe it is nothing but a capitalist scheme of earning more money. Whatever your belief be, there’s just one message for all, spread the love, not just today, not just tomorrow, anytime you can. Happy Valentine’s Everyone.

By,
Rohan Tuli

Sub edited by: Deeksha Awasthi

WHERE: shop no 8.86(6) Vinayaka complex, nearCafé Coffee Day, Manipal

Timings: 11AM to 10 PM

Straight out of the heart of Maharashtra, Vada Pav has iconic status in India. However, vada pav is not exactly a low hanging fruit in southern part of India.But so far so good-the vada pavs have been selling like hot cakes for quite a while. The menu consists of around ten kinds of vada pavs, enough to fill the taste buds of a student returning from dull as ditch water lectures.

There is also makhai stuff with cheese for the cheese buffs. Thesabudanavada is also a welcome addition.

The place is neat and well maintained. The regular vada pav is the best bet here.Ironically,it’s also the cheapestproduct available. Don’t fall for the “cheese fingers” – it’s nothing but a dab of Amul cheese spread.

Everything is not hunky-dory though. Thevadas/tikkis are deep fried and stored. They are not fresh. Butsurprisingly, the taste doesn’t seem to accentuate on this fact. The prices are reasonable. The service is as quick as a dog can lick a dish.

Please do visit, it might not have great ambience, but it certainly is a top drawer when it comes to enjoying the desi Indian Burgers!!!

Rating -4/5

By Anubhav Shrivastava

 

Where to? DeeTee!!

Posted: January 16, 2012 by prannayjha in Chill Out, Uncategorized, What's hot
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184760_10150099728073028_211061588027_6186728_1391410_nIt is not often that one gets to write on a topic which is as much fun as this one. That is God’s honest truth. Another one of those is that you just cannot have a college town without a token pub. And when you live in a town where the juice is as free-flowing as in Manipal, you have to make the pilgrimage that all believers do.
It’s two letters, but it means a whole lot more to this place. Enter DeeTee.

Why someone would actually lengthen an abbreviation, completely flies by me. Maybe the owners were inebriated, or maybe… well, we’ll never know. What we do know is that DeeTee has gone from being just another small town bar, to being the place to be at on a Saturday night. Personally speaking as a freshman, I have not frequented the joint as often as some of our more devoted patrons, but the account I have gotten from my visits, places DeeTee right up there with the Hard Rocks and the Blue Frogs ( Pardon me, I’m from Mumbai), sans the pretentious pseudo-intellectual crowd.

My first impression of the place was not much, to be honest. Not that anyone’s is. It is stacked under a lodge with illegal-grade tint on the glass doors and a cheaply painted sign that says ‘Welcome’. Not your taste? You couldn’t have been more mistaken. Push through those gates of Olympus and what greets you is a Garden of Eden. Just kidding! You’d be lucky not to trip over a minimum of 14000 legs if you go on a Saturday night. But the soothing effect starts from there. Your ears are greeted to one of the best playlists you would have ever heard, the invisibly tucked away speakers belting out classics ranging from Queen to Pink Floyd, peppered with a few unbearably annoying Hindi remixes. Worry not reader, for this is when the magic of the mojo kicks in, enabling you to sail through those bad songs and worse small-talk. For all our friends from the metros, the liquor prices in Manipal are a little more than half of what you pay. I know it’s unfair but that’s life.

So whether you just want to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work with that icy-cold pint that was seductively calling to you or want to drink the night away on the occasion of your friend’s party (Never err a friend who pays for your drink. College lessons 101) or getting that internship you always wanted or … meh, like you need a reason, DeeTee is the one place that you would want to be at. For all you Happy Feet out there, they do play quite a few tracks to shake a leg to (that is if you can find the space to move) but do not go around poking people on the pretence of dance. Chances are that they will not take kindly to it.

A slight problem with the place is its lack of proper lighting. Not that you need night-vision, it’s just a little hard to manoeuvre. But when you make your way through the joint at least twenty-one times, piss drunk, trust me, you’ll be drawing the layout of the place on your Engineering Graphics sheets all year long.

And sometimes it’s not just the alcohol. It’s the casual banter, the odd shrieks of delight (or of utter disgust, when the guy behind you decides to make public what he had for his previous meal) and the general atmosphere of unhurried carelessness that greets you when you enter the establishment. It becomes a part of your weekly schedule. It becomes one of those things you tell your children about, nostalgically recanting your college days. Well, maybe not. But it still becomes one of those places which no matter how many times you land on the doorstep of, makes you never want to leave the place, in person or in your memories.

As homage to all the students who have passed through the steps of DeeTee, I write to you, dear reader, for you have to be there to feel it.

By- Ujan Sengupta