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The First Smoke

23 January 2008 29 Comments

Trinadh was walking back from his first year class room. He encountered 3 seniors on his way. Those guys asked him for his intro. While he was uttering his intro, they took to a second year hostel room.

Seniors had a feast of him. They asked him embarassing questions and also to do embarassing things. He had to do them without refuting it. Somewhr, senior 1 asked him to scold either senior 2 or senior 3. Its his choice to choose any of them, but he has to.

After a lot of force, he chooses senior 2 as he appeared to be thinner and less powerful than senior 3. After a lot of reluctance, he utters “$%@*&^%$”. There was
silence in the room. “Rap!” “Rap!” “Rap!” “Rap!” He got 4 tight slaps from senior 2. Trinadh never expected this.

Now the “narada” senior asks him again, you want to scold senior 2 or senior 3. He has to choose of them. He refutes. They force him and force him. Finally he chooses senior 3. But this time, he knows what will be the consequence. Same story repeats. This time, more slaps and even tighter.

Trinadh was full of tears. He had no energy to even stand. He is standing with the support of senior 1 who made the offer.

“Narada” senior asks again, senior 2 or senior 3 or a smoke.

Wait a minute. What the hell on earth was that. “A smoke”?? “No way” thinks trinadh. But he is not a position to take any more slaps either. He begs his seniors to let him free. Obviously they dont.

His mind flies. He thinks of the day he got “Rank 4 in the entrance exam!”. He wondered if he did the right thing by getting rank 4.

“My Son is going to be the next bill gates!”. His father uttered these words over phone when trinadh picked up Computer Science Engineering at this college. All these made him feel worse.

“Rap!” One more slap, this time from his dear friend senior 1.
“What are you thinking?”
Trinadh is trying to stand up.
“senior 2, senior 3 or smoke?”

He has no energy to answer. The seniors keep a cigar in his mouth. You can see the cigar trembling. He accepts without resistance. They search for matches. They dont have one. Senior 2 and senior 3 go out for matches. As the cigar in his mouth trembles, his mind continues to flutter.

“My son is going to study in hostel and get first rank there!”. His mother had told this all her friends. He is feeling guilty.

His Uncle called him and wished him all the best when he left to hostel. He told him – “This college will make stones into GEMS”. He was feeling angry.

Lots of emotions come to his mind. He is feeling guilty. He is unable to bear one more slap. He is forced to pick up the smoke.

He inhales the air. His mind is fluttering. He thinks “how can he be the role model for his brother”..

He coughs and coughs. He coughs aloud. The senior goes and closes the door.

They teach him how to inhale. Suddenly the appear more friendly. Finally, trinadh takes a puff and releases the smoke in the air. Other seniors also do the same..

There is SMOKE all over the place. There was so much smoke that no one noticed the tears in his eyes. No one noticed his guilty consciousness.. No one noticed his emotions associated with his FIRST SMOKE.

Btb, I dont smoke. It is just my imagination.




  • payal said:

    very neat!
    reminded me similar incident back in college

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ payal,

    Thanks for the comment! I am quite sure that this will happen in a number of places πŸ™‚

  • payal said:

    (reminded me)of a

  • balaji g said:

    i think the senior number 3 was you; compared to you, not only senior 2, anybody would look thinner πŸ˜›

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ balaji..

    senior 3 was me only.. πŸ™‚

    nice comment for a serious post! πŸ™‚

  • sankara said:

    Great post. I wish this does not happen anymore.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ sankara,

    Thanks for the comment! It is just an imagination. I too hope that similar incidents wont happen in the future.

  • The Maharishi said:

    nice one..!!! …but..lots of guys have their FIRST SMOKE not because of seniors, …!!..sometimes due to their own peers..!!

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ Mahesh,

    True, I agree with you! But this is just an imagination πŸ™‚ of an incident which certain happens

  • saddy said:

    hopefully the same guy is very kind enough to be in the position of senior 1 next year πŸ™‚

    I feel u wanted to say something when u started the post but ended it in incomplete.. is there any?

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ saddy..

    I dont think so.. I just wanted to project the feelings that a guy undergoes when he picks up smoking like this..

  • sadeesh kumar said:

    My senior asked me to sing/dance/switch-off-tubelight-by-mouth. Finally, he ended by lending his ED draftor, calculator, Engg.mechanics book, etc as a result of friendship he offered me πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ sadeesh,

    That is true. Most of us had similar stories only…

    But What I mentioned here is kind of true as well.. It depends on who the senior is πŸ™‚

  • rash said:


  • rash said:

    but wats tat “narada” thing???

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    narada is someone who plays a game and leaves everyone in trouble. πŸ™‚

    Thats y! I called senior 1 as narada.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    narada is someone who plays a game and leaves everyone in trouble. πŸ™‚

    Thats y! I called senior 1 as narada.

  • The Rain God said:

    and the next year, that guy leaves another set of junior students in smoke.. they do tests with smoke in every possible way and learn to smoke properly.. then they end up in an IT firm only to check in code to smoke test… life revolves.. its smoking everywhere :).

    /* yes I m cynical */

  • sriram said:

    Very nice blog.I guess u too were affected by such incidents that used to happen in nit-t, the dark side of hostel life in any col for that matter.
    Gud narration.u r a keen observer of ppl.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ sriram,

    Thanks for the comment! Yes, the dark side of any college life. Very well said. I hope all these will go away

  • Pawan said:

    good one sundar

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ pawan,

    thanks πŸ™‚

  • Sneha said:

    different knd of topic! so yo were made to smoke eh??

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ sneha..

    No.. this incident typically happens in all colleges..

    so just a reflection of the usually ignored topic..

  • prabhu said:


    are you talking you kandu ragging at topaz hostel.i guess so..i remember ragging you


  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ prabhu,

    kandu ragging wasnt this bad… This is just my imagination πŸ™‚

  • | Balu | said:

    No smoke in our ideas though.. very nicely written! πŸ˜€

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ balu,

    Thanks πŸ™‚