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Hostelitis: Surviving Hostel Life | Srinivasa Addepalli | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Notion Press; 1st edition (18 April 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 190 pages

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Hostelitis: Surviving Hostel Life by Srinivasa Addepalli is the story of young Engineering students who are stepping into the world of hostel life. This book traces their journey from the first day at an unknown place to ragging by seniors to building long-lasting relationships.

It starts with Manish who secured admission into the famous Regional Engineering College of Surat. As much as he was excited to live a life away from the comfort of his parental home, he was shocked to see the reality of a college hostel. The stench of urine, the not-so-palatable mess food, and the nightmare of meeting seniors!

Manish meets his friends Thomas and Swami and together, the three navigate their lives through exams, politics, elections, potatoes, bathroom fights, heartbreaks, Shayari and more.

This book reminds the readers of college life. Even if they haven’t been to the hostel, they would be able to connect with a few incidents here and there. Being an Engineer myself, I could empathise with the characters and their tales of friendships, budding romance, and scare of studies.

The writing is pretty simple with the usage of Hinglish in certain places to create the effect of the conversations between young students. Some conversations might leave you nostalgic while others might leave you laughing hard.

You’d find colloquial terms, shayaris, and light-hearted humour strewn all over this book.

The cover of the book aptly describes the three main characters of the book along with their adventurous hostel life. The story was a joy to read and the end was a bit dramatic. I believe it could have been more interesting.

Nonetheless, Hostelitis would be an ideal pick for those who would like to reminisce their days of hostel life.

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