Howdy! Team Editorial is back with another post. This time it's Ronak Mohanty, who talks about his undergrad days, love for Kung Fu Tea and road trips!
Despite being from Mumbai, I did my bachelor’s in Odisha to learn to live independently and prepare myself for the oncoming challenges in life, and also to connect with my roots as well. My close ones know that I am the type of person for whom friends hold a very special place. While people may believe that I have a lot of friends, but in reality, I only have a few very close friends whom I can trust deeply. During my undergrad, I used to stay in a hostel, where I learned some invaluable life lessons. It was all ‘Dabangg’ during the 1st year (because initially I had a large group of friends), but by the 4th year, it became like ‘Haider’ (only a couple of friends with whom I could talk freely). My most cherished memories are with my undergraduate friends where we all would gather at our ‘adda’ at a nearby tea store at 4 in the morning, having chai and Maggi while talking our hearts out. Even when I came to A&M, I had this close-knit group of friends and our ‘adda’ here in College Station was ‘Kung Fu Tea.’ You know, they award belts (like Karate) based on how many times you visit them and I am only a few points away from becoming a black belt! That’s how much I like Kung-Fu tea. I have always loved spending time with my friends and enjoy going on various trips. My most fun-filled and crazy trip was to Las Vegas, during my second spring break. We had planned the trip on a whim, after seeing cheap flight tickets. Right from landing in Vegas, we were getting this fun “Vibe of Vegas”, and just kept playing “Can’t tell me nothing”, by Kanye West as used in ‘The Hangover’ film. After arriving, we went gambling at the casinos, where my friends and I started getting a little drunk. Of course, because it is Vegas! The next thing I remember, I had passed out for a couple of hours and woke up in a Thai restaurant with a terrible headache. But it was a hassle that was worth those memories. Overall, it was like a childhood desire come true and living something that we have experienced only through movies.In sum, I always try to enjoy my life in the present, because you never know what’s coming to you and what you’re experiencing may never happen again.