November 9, 2011


Posted by Sunitha at 1:00 AM
I studied in a co-ed school where boys outnumbered girls 3:1 and  while it might seem like an ideal situation for getting boy friends, life wasn't so simple back then and was fraught with more complications than that could be fathomed by the average girls school going girl.

While the latter could happily come to terms with her sexuality and discuss it openly in the class rooms,  for us , every aspect of femininity was something to be secretively and protectively hidden from the curious eyes of our opp sex adolescent classmates. Thus evolved a series of codes to communicate precarious situations like "bra strap showing" (Is it new), "my period started" (My uncle came for a visit), "You need to check your back" (Did you fall down?) etc .

These seemingly innocent codes saved us from openly discussing such issues in full public glare , though I'm  sure the smart ones would have guessed the connections pretty soon. But these code words for the most part helped us maintain dignity and decorum in the class rooms.But these also lead to some really funny incidents when one or the other of these codes threw up red herrings.

Scene 1: Students were engrossed in their work at the physics lab. Some girls were bending over looking at the simple pendulum. Some boys were trying to get the refractive indexes through the glass boxes. some others were wasting time watching other studious people try to prove that g is actually 9.8 or atleast somewhere close. 
A squeaky voiced boy shouted out looking at the girls "Is it new? ". Automatically all the girls in the vicinity stopped dead at what they are doing and adjusted bra straps. Only to later find out that he was referring to a shiny new glass slab.

Scene 2 :Lunch break and every one is looking for Girl (xyz). Boy (abc) with whom she was last seen with is questioned by other girls.
ABC :She left for home a while ago. Her uncle came it seems.
Girls look at each other with a collective look of empathy and pity.
ABC (totally confused). What's wrong? Lucky xyz .Her cousins have come too. The whole family are going to Vegaland today and had come to pick her up.

That was the day we decided we need more imaginative codes. :)


maithili on November 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM said...

A good one :) Even we had certain code words when in school and such hilarious incidents too! Made me remember my school days :)
A good read and brought a smile to my face :) This was the very first post of the day I started reading so yes it made my day :)

Mystical Skeptical Me on November 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM said...

Hahaha! Quite interesting. :D :D And yes, innovative ;)

meoww on November 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM said...

hahaha...super niiice...:):):)
lol..yeah..even we had all silly codes back in school..
haha..we used to refer to our bra straps as our boyfriends..:D
and...chums were called as Birthdays..!!

khi khi khi..
enjoyed the post girl..:)

The DRAGON in the skin of a goat ;-p on November 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM said...

School seems to be soooooooooooo far away right now :(...but yeah I still remember the code words...we had 'nosy' for bra strap showing, 'moody' for chums...some had bread and jam also...I know yuck....Fun read :)

Spaceman Spiff on November 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM said...

:D Hahahaha!! Awesome. So reminded me of my good old school days when we constantly kept asking our best friend to check 'if there is anything in the back'. :D
Oh and did you know of this code:- Sunday is longer than monday. Means your petticoat is peeping out. :D
And Veegaland is super-fun no? :)

The life-a-holic on November 9, 2011 at 6:04 PM said...

Hahaha!! Awesome :)

Keirthana on November 9, 2011 at 9:34 PM said...

Ha ha :) Nice hilarious read. And like spaceman spiff said, we too had that Sunday is longer than monday thing. But then it became too difficult to be telling the whole sentence and hence we opted for whispering Good morning in the ear of the girl whose strap was showing.

HijiBijBij on November 10, 2011 at 9:53 AM said...

hahahhahaa..this was really good...i had good laugh...personally i have never been shy abt these feminine stuffs....infact it used to be the shopkeeper or chemist who i would ask me to give the right sanitary napkin...and he would cllimb the ladder to reach the topmost shelves where it has been kept away from everyone's eyesight....and i would keep screaming 'this not that'...'arey! next to the orange one'....till he got me the right one....hahahah....he would be embarrassed to hell!
as soon as i go to the shop....he gets nervous...poor chap!

Sunitha on November 11, 2011 at 11:23 PM said...

@maithili-school days are always many ever years go by. Glad you like my write.

@Mystical Skeptical Me , Thanks.:)

@meoww :We have used the boyfriend code too, I think in class 12 or in tutions or somewhere.:)

@The DRAGON in the skin of a goat->Nosy and moody, good codes..those and pretty short too.Should have used some of them.

@Spiff , Oh Isn't school times just plain amazing when you look back now.And sunday longer than monday , we knew that one , but as it was just too long a code to say in front of boys, we just didn't use it. And yes Vegaland is amazing.

@The life-a-holic, Thanks.

@Keirthana-Good morning?LOL. that would have lead to some comedy sometime , I'm sure.

@HijiBijBij -Oh yeah, buying that thing is always an adventure esp when the phramacist or the cashier is a male.

PeeVee™ on December 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM said...

Lol, imaginative codes gone wrong:P We didn't have any though:| Just looks and glares and gestures..

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