Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Bhasad: An Omnipresent Phenomena at AMU



Ruckus, Chaos, Pandemonium and Tumult are a few words which can very vaguely represent the Hindi word - Bhasad. Actually Bhasad goes much beyond the realms of simple noise or commotion. It is much more than that. Generally, it happens out of desperation but many a times, it is very well planned and executed. Sometimes, it has a clear objective and an ulterior motive.

In Aligarh of my days, Bhasad used to be a ubiquitous activity at all public gatherings. Broadly, Bhasad prone events included - Hall Functions, Hostel Functions, Exhibition Dinners, Sir Syed Day Function, Distribution of Railway Concession Forms, Allocation of positions like Senior Hall Monitor, Senior House Monitor, Senior Food Monitor etc.

Bhasad was an opportunity for the ever ready pranksters, to launch their attack without the fear of getting caught or identified. Bhasad didn't need a valid reason or an excuse, all the time. The most surprising thing was that even the people who were considered as academic-oriented and gentlemen, also loved to participate in Bhasad. If nothing much, they would always love to witness every bit of it and prepare a spicy and sumptuous eye-witness account to relish upon.

Some instances of Bhasad which I can recall are -
At a dinner, somebody couldn't wait for the service spoon and he put the entire dish in front of him. Looking at him, another guy didn't hesitate in using his hands to take out chicken pieces from the chicken curry.

People went berserk at Eid Party at VC's Lodge and very few people got to eat anything despite the fact that there had never been any shortage at a party hosted by the Vice Chancellor. Some people were seen eating directly from the service bowls in their control.

And, the most alarming thing is that this despicable act of bhasad is also taken up by some Professors, Readers and Lecturers in various parties held at Staff Club.

Stage artists face an extra-ordinary stage fright while performing anywhere on AMU campus. The Bhasad-causing elements spring to their full force if the performer isn't very good, gets nervous or stumbles somewhere.

The horror of bhasad terrifies the organizers, gives them awful nightmares and sleepless nights before the event they are going to organize. On the lighter side, one who can successfully organize a bhasad-free event at AMU campus, can do amazingly well in Event Management.

Quite exciting enough, when I tried searching the word "Bhasad" on the Internet, I found it on various Alumni fora like that of IITs, IIMs, and XLRI. Someone has gone to the extent of saying that "Bhasad" can originate just to break the monotony at college / university campuses. So it isn't really a bad thing I guess. After all, this is what we fail to forget of our college days.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forget the Bhasad Catalyst!! FBS himself is here!!

Monday, October 17, 2005 4:29:00 AM  
Blogger Qais said...

Welcome Fakhir bin Sabir (FBS)

It's a pleasure to have you visited my blog. When i will describe my encounters with bhasad, they will certainly have your mention. ;-)

Qais

Monday, October 17, 2005 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it runs in genes, I was a classfellow of the FBS's elder brother ABS(Aamir bin Sabir). He was very much a part of almost every bhasad of our times and he would sign off on the benches of LT's(lecture theatres)- " ABS wuzz here".

Monday, July 17, 2006 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Qais said...

I welcome you on the blog. Thanks for adding the genetic connection to Bhasad catalyst brothers. ;-)

Would have loved to have your name along with your comments as well. It's just good to know...

Monday, July 17, 2006 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous libra1015_2000@yahoo.com said...

I was surfing about my friend ABS and hadnt realised that his brother was equally if not more famous!!!!

ah naqvi
syracuse NY

Tuesday, September 26, 2006 8:08:00 AM  
Anonymous FAN said...

"These brothers were also instrumental in bringing about peace at times when BHASAD was prevailing.....Such was the respect (fear) they commanded that every body would settle down on merely seeing them around..... "

Tuesday, September 26, 2006 5:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inka ek bhai aur hai....woh be Classic hai...YBS ( Yasser Bin Sabir)....The trio are worth the envy....

Monday, September 03, 2007 1:48:00 PM  
Blogger Imran said...

Chha gaye partner!! Very well written.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 1:53:00 PM  
Blogger khurram said...

Very well description over Bhasad by the Dear Alig's,
Would like to add the origin of it: The first meal of Dining Halls add the sead of it in all, & so it is in every Alig, Its strength depends upon the acceptance by Mind of the same

Note:(data on the reserch of 1000 minds of Alig's)

Sunday, January 17, 2010 1:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Siraj A Khan - Sharjah said...

A Prelude to Bhasad:
Very nicely described. In my time there was an activity of making commotion in any program / lecture by producing a sound through the mouth without actually opening the mouth. When about 30-40 people make this sound at a time, it would come out as if hundred of bycyle tyre are in the process of deflation. It was very difficult to pin point who is making the sound and this activity used to precede the actual Bhasad. Whenver this activity was started the smart ones can make out that a big bhasad is in the offing.

Thursday, February 04, 2010 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent article...

na woh chuhulein, na woh dhoomen na woh charche baham hongein..miyan ek din wo aayega, na tum hoge na ham hongein

Saturday, April 10, 2010 4:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gud one yaar...

Monday, May 24, 2010 10:29:00 PM  

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