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The stage is set, and the devil is pinched. The boy (usually, it’s the boys) is joined by some more of his clan, and suddenly, (almost) everybody in the class is enchanting “mass bunk”. Whispers, smiles, anxiety, and in some cases, irritation, flutter in the environment. The decibels increase, becoming more and more unanimous each time.
Now, you can think of nothing else. You give up (trying to) studying and decide to become a part of the festival. Oh..what’s that! Some have started leaving the class, while others are still afraid of taking a wrong decision. But the atheists are increasing, and if you are among those still believing in the system, you can be easily spotted.
You become the target of those who know that they would suffer more if you refuse to follow them, and after constant rebuking and pushing (by girls also), you give up too. After twenty minutes, the teacher finally comes, only to find an empty class laughing at him. Zero attendance to all. Mission accomplished. One more working day ends abruptly in a prestigious engineering college of India.
If you are among those who enjoy watching people and analyzing their thought processes, MB is the perfect low sugar creamy pie for you. It has all the elements of a romantic thriller. Boys and girls cooperating with each other for common purposes, the risk of going against the authority, and above all, the precision to which it needs to be executed (even if one (out of 60-100) student attends the lecture, a MB is considered unsuccessful).
MB are based on an underlying principle that it’s a compulsion to study, and no one attends the classes on will. So, every time you get an opportunity to show your disgust, you break the rules and set yourselves free.
Besides, MB are a classic example of how our society works, i.e. the majority principle. More or less, you do what the majority is doing, albeit your individual opinion or needs may be different. There are students who would be willing to attend the class, but because of the social pressure in favor of mass bunks, they usually have to do without it.
The only thing I dislike about mass bunks is that it’s the ‘class’ and not the ‘mass’ which is responsible for the bunk. Usually, there is an elite group of outspoken and ‘popular’ students, whose consent is necessary for a MB to happen.
If they are unwilling, there will be no banners of MB, and vice-versa. Also, this group is the main culprit behind all successful (and unsuccessful) MB conspiracies. But, with time, the dumb guys too discern this partisan behavior, and perhaps that’s among reasons why, after glorious start, MB tend to decrease in the latter part of college life.
Besides, there also exists an irritating group of students, who would go to class, even if they know that it’s the last day of their life, and their attendance will not increase their days in heaven. They won’t study at their hostel rooms, but when it comes to attending classes, their motivation level would suddenly increase, as if Goddess Saraswati had herself ordered them to study.
And it is this group which balances the demoniac group mentioned above, and its always great fun to watch them, sitting alone in the class (praying for the teacher to come and prove them right) while others are inviting them to join the party outside.
Like most other resources in an engineering college, MB too is highly misused. Usually, MB is done at random and without any need. If the teacher is late or some guys are not in mood, there is a cry for MB. Had it been more organized, and students would use their senses before blindly bunking, MB could well been an effective tool for extending holidays and exam prep time!
In that case, students would have also been proud of being so united, and if need arises, they could use this strength to negotiate with the college authority for getting things moderated as per their needs!
Nevertheless, the society will just do what they are told to do. So it is my humble request to all the organizers of MB to pause for a thought, and if possible, try to appear more logical and representative. Because at present, MB are nothing more than adventurous impulses of some individuals, and does more harm than good.