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College canteens: Where the real action happens

In most colleges, canteens are where all the action is. That's where friendships bud, love blooms and relationships forge forever. Every canteen has a story to tell. Be it hot samosas or freshly brewed tea or lime soda with banana fritters, canteens are also about drooling food choices. When people look back at their college years, they don’t only remember their classes, professors, and friends but also their canteens.

It's also where we as students shed our inhibitions and talk about everything openly with our friends. On some occasions, friendships turn into love and companionship. If you check with some of your closest friends who got married after being in a relationship during their college years, they might tell you that dollops of love first happened at the canteen over a hot tea or lemonade. It's also where friendships blossomed, lasting for a lifetime. Students may branch out to different careers and even continents, but the moments where you shared those fun moments at the college canteen would keep playing in your mind always. Students who became singers or performers would later reminisce about their mock sessions in canteens, going down the memory lane. No wonder, colleges canteens have given birth to music bands and fusion bands. The compositions, the lyrics, the music initiated by banging on the canteen tables and instant jingles by slamming steel tumblers add great value to one's artistic oeuvre.

It's also where many students get to interact with teachers who otherwise keep a distance from students. Some of the most memorable personal exchanges between students and teachers happen at the canteens, not in classrooms. Surely, a great place to find a place in your favorite teacher's heart.

That's also where you find your political moorings. A place where you have grown from a novice to a political analyst of sorts. Because since no one talks politics in the classroom, essentially canteens are where politics is discussed threadbare. Even a person who is not interested in political affairs get a dose of it at the canteen.

And that's also where students learn a bit about caring and sharing. It's seen that a collective fund is raised for tea and snacks. To quote an article appeared elsewhere, the drabbest may sound the brightest on the canteen premises. That's the place where inhibitions go for a toss.

In a nutshell, that's where careers take shape, love blossoms, friendships forge and life happens.

Based on our interactions with students and random online surveys, we have identified 10 top college canteens in the country.

Here is the list.

  • Mithibai College of Science and Arts, Mumbai
  • Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • Hans Raj College, Delhi
  • Hindu College, Delhi
  • Jai Hind College, Mumbai
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • University of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Sophia College, Mumbai
  • Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  • St. Stephen's College, Delhi

If you agree or disagree with the list, please let us know. Also if you have your favourite canteen stories or tidbits and would like to get them published, please WhatsApp us @ +91 906120733 or write to us at info@fayz.in

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