Letting their hair down

The students of National College, Basavanagudi, are a blessed lot because the college is located at the North-End Road that joins Ramakrishna Ashram with Lal Bagh. The road has
many eating joints and ‘entertainment’ spots for the college-goers.

The McDonald’s, the Lal Bagh’s greenery and benches, Uma and Nalanda theatre — are all hotspots for the students of this college.  “Uma and Nalanda are just 10 minutes drive from here. It does not matter if the classes are boring or interesting,  we do not miss the first show on Friday,” says Bharath Kumar, a fifth-semester science student.

“Jothi Prakash (JP) and Cool Corner are my other favourite hanging places,” he says. Nitin S, a third semester science student, has the fast-food outlets as his resting spots. “Most of the time, I go to McDonald’s and Cafe Coffee Day in Gandhinagar. While in college, I also hang out at the two-wheel parking space.”

Anil Kumar R, Bharath’s friend, has a unique den. His favourite spot is ‘Rammana’, the tea shop, where he has his ‘Badami milk’ and bun. “This place is know as smoker’s paradise but I don’t smoke though. I come here with my friends.”

Vidya H V, an Arts’ student, does what women love to do — shopping. “I go to Gandhi Bazaar and do lot of shopping during my free time. And when I want to take rest
 in college, I go to the ladies’ room. And as soon as the music room opens, my singing troupe and I would like to spend time there,” she added. 

Asha S, a second-year student of biology, has no hangout spots. For her, it’s classroom and corridor where she spends most of the time. “I love to be in the NCC room and the classroom. I don't wish to go out,” she said.

As told to Pavan Kumar H

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