How Does It Work?

12 thoughts on “How Does It Work?”

  1. Totally agree. Though like you said ppl do retain their individuality as well. Don’t know how or why it happens. Probably the admission process tends to sift similar ppl in a coll. Or maybe ppl change after being in the coll and doing similar things (Marx’s materialism).

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  2. Yes Tarun, had I known you’ll be coming to read this post, I’d have mentioned your name in the end to explain the philosophical economics behind it too.And did you notice my long sentences too? But I’m sure they’re not in Amiya’s league. 😀

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  3. I’m not even that sure about whether people change in different colleges or not…. but peoples perceptions about others definitely change… the number of times ive been called a “DU chick” or a “DU ki chokri” by my engineering n medical friends….n i just dont c y…..but at the end of the day, i guess some part of us does get moulded into the way vr expected to be…i dont think im making ne sense…..

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  4. hmm.. i was actually looking forward to something like this.. almost expecting it..from you. Its really tough to answer this.. coz we can attribute a variety of reasons to why it happens.. one of them could be the rigmarole that an engineering student goes thru is very different from what someone in du faces.. plus the fact tht in an engg. college they hem you in with all kinds of things.. the whole environment’s very different.. and you have people from all over the country coming in.. whereas in du most of the people r from delhi(not so sure though!).. makes a world of a difference.. and its just the tip of the iceberg.. there are a million other factors too.. the technical jargon vs. the cool lingo of du.. lotsa things!

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  5. DeepakWell, you’re just telling me that the environment is different in engg. colleges and that is something I know. What followed was my curiosity to know why it is so. I’d have liked you to expand on the rigmarole bit a little. DU has a lot of people from other states. It’s almost a 1:1 ratio. In my class itself I have UP, Bihar, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, HP and so forth. So I don’t want to say that DU doesn’t get that kind of exposure.And dude, I don’t think it is technical jargon vs cool lingo. What is pitted against the cool lingo is the crude language because trust me, you can find enough of technical jargon here too. And you’re talking to an Eco student about that. I can give you loads and loads of jargon.Lastly, I did not mean to say that the DU brand is distinguishable as a stand-alone entity. I meant that the different colleges as brands are distinguishable from each other.Maybe it’s no big deal but I felt like writing and then receiving people’s viewpoints on it.So even though I don’t agree with most of what you have written, I appreciate your comment.I’m a little curious about your expecting this post from me though. Wanna elucidate?

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  6. @richaright out of school, in college…more or less first time independent in a way out there in the world (notice in a way) these yrs are quite important for anyone’s life and the college, circle of friends, environment around you matter a lot in shaping up the real u for the coming years. so yeah, u r right when u say that u will find difference in an engg grad, an IIT grad or a du grad……..everyone of them have their own set of positive attributes of cuz of reasons mentioned above as well negative too………..An individual identity is shaped up by these yrs along with lot of other factors…….cognitive upbringing in form of family, school, neighbourhood……etc etcRemember my post “Traces” thats wat i meant too……….i can still make out who is fron which kind of background with reasonable error 😀 its very easy………@deepakricha gave u a perfect ans, u need to step in DU or JNU to see that u will find people from almost all North Indian states atleast…..and my exp of engg colleges (IIT and BITS Pilani apart) tells that its not different there too……

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  7. Your post made me think of examples and that made me agree completely with your observations. It’s like what Tarun said – half the job of differentiation is done when similar kinds of people get slabbed in similar institutions, and then that similarity further gets strengthened during college years when these people act/ behave/ think/ get influenced by fads etc. in a similar way. Then of course there’s the usual stereotypical aspect Shreya mentioned (drawback of commenting so late – I end up rehashing others’ comments), the “DU culture” or “engg culture” that has taken on a definitive form in most people’s minds makes them see a person in that light, whether or not that person gives much reason to be seen that way. You see, say, a wannabe surd and you get to know that he’s from *this particular* college and you go “obviously wahan ka hi hoga yaar”. Never mind that his coll has a lot other people who do NOT subscribe to that stereotypical image of the coll… but you don’t see that. Someone gets down at Kashmere gate, you assume “DCE”, turns out DCE and you’ll remember that you were right. You won’t remember all the times you weren’t right cuz, well, they don’t count. You’ll only remember that it happened “so many times” that you could identify a person’s affiliations correctly because that kinda positive connection, the feeling that “things do fit”, leaves a more lasting impact.So yeah, stereotypes/assumptions are often built out of reality but then the reality in turn gets coloured by stereotypes. Both feed on each other and make the process of brand identification (if it can be termed that) even stronger.

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  8. DKHmmm….I remember the post.AmiyaHmmm…I guess it’s true that the stereotype overshadows the others.I think I somewhere got lost in all these words. And I get a feeling that I haven’t got what I was looking for.But I get what all of you are saying. Something strange…

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  9. “Any sort of behavior from a person is because of what he / she is” – I agree. What a person is depends a lot on his / her environment. As a child, he is influenced mostly by parents. As that child grows, his relatives and friends play a part. Notice here that the child doesn’t have much choice here. At around 16, when the person is as intelligent as he is going to be, moves to college, he makes a choice – about his career, his future and unknowingly about his friends. He meets new friends, enjoys the new found freedom and experiences this whole new world together. So, naturally, they influence each other – in the way they talk, they dress, their attitude.Are you enlightened enough, or shall I continue?

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  10. I’m not enlightened enough.You’ve talked about individuals and their influence on each other. But how is it that there are some very distinguishable characteristic features of specific types of colleges?So you may go on… 🙂

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