the newly renovated canteen - 'Nila' at MCC
Canteen is not just a place, where you go to eat. It’s not only the food that attract us there. It is an open arena for debate, argumentative sessions on different issues passing of love letters, cracking gossips, current film news, other informative packages, kidding, making new friends, teasing others, calling funny nick names at each others, having lots of fun along with the company of cutlets, banana fritters (pazhampori), vada etc as gap fillers.
It is the only place in the campus where we are totally free, relaxed, where most of the rules are relaxed. The ambience is such that we forget all burdens of our busy living. Forgetting ourself we unite irrespective of caste, gender, race……..we share our deepest secrets, future plans, lovely dreams etc. Along with small talks, many will indulge and sample small tit bits, something your mamma would never approve of claiming that they contain cholesterol and what not. However they are the things you really love to
have in the canteen.
It is the force of double ‘F’ that drives you to come to a canteen, ’Food & Friends. Canteen is the union zone for both. When we walk into the canteen there is someone else other than the two “F’s” waiting for us . A pleasant middle aged canteen manager. He welcomes us, serves us with anything & everything with a cute smile on his face.
Sipping a glass of juice, we again converse in the air already thick with loud conversation, obviously the language that is most colloquial . At the same time we converse, we also listen to the jokes bursting in & around. This is why we say a canteen is a multitask environment. In this pleasant environment new actors, actresses, journalists, fashion designers etc are born. Thereby canteen also provides a screening stage for the new generation . More than simple hangouts, the Canteen adds different flavors to our life. It really makes & shape our life.
The crowd in the canteen disperses every evening and next morning, it is the hubub of activity again with an unwritten signboard - business as usual.
By Jency Johnson, Athira B