11. You are living in the college hostel. Write to your father about your impression of hostel life.
Sir Syed Hostel,
18th March 1983
My dear Father,
I am in receipt of your kind letter and am glad to know that you are all hale and hearty.
You have been pleased to ask me to let you have my impression about hostel life. Previous to this I did not reside in any hostel. I did not know what a hostel was like. On jetting myself admitted here, I have, I think been able to acquire some idea of what a hostel is like and what the hostel life means.
To me the hostel appears just like a home with the Superintendent as its head. He is the combination of authority arid affection: he is strict in controlling us, but is indulgent and affectionate to us in all our extra-academic activities. During the study periods, he is on constant vigilance to see that none of us can waste time in gossips. But when one of us is ill, he is always by his side and is all-care to him.
In our hostel there are ample opportunities for indoor and outdoor games. A spacious room has been set apart for the Hostel Common Room. There is a television in the common room. There is also arrangement for the regular supply of Urdu and English dailies there. The Dining Hall is the forum for debating our own politics. It is a place of enjoyment and laughter. The difference between the home-life and the hostel life appears glaring when we have to eat ill-cooked and ill-spiced food with loud protests.
My impression of the hostel life is a mixed feeling of good and. bad — we find many things which are not available at home, and we donot, again, find many things which are available only at home. But life here goes on tolerably well.
Honour me with a line at your leisure,