Earlier this week a friend of mine uploaded an Instagram story about an online photography contest, the theme was "Restrictions/Freedom".
My first thought was to send some photos I took at the Vellore Fort, as it astounded me how the same place in its heyday would have imprisoned so many, yet numerous others must have had a sense of freedom and security when protected by the same walls.
However, now that I think to myself while writing this blog post, I feel I could have sent some photos I took inside our own campus! Why, isn't VIT the perfect example of a constant barrage of restrictions enforced by the authorities and our perpetual want for freedom?
Then again, just like the fort, don’t we have a lot of freedom that we wouldn’t have had without those restrictions? For instance, my immediate neighbors in the hostel are four final year students, yet I as a second year student have never had to worry about or fear being ragged or harassed in any way, all of us in fact are like normal friends and I can talk uninhibited. This isn't the case in most other colleges.
I've heard people complaining about not being able to indulge in different vices in the hostels mainly due to the presence of several cameras, I say, at least I can leave my room unlocked when I pop over to the restroom or need to fill some water, at least I don’t have to be afraid of someone stealing the clothes drying right outside my room while I'm away or asleep.
Not all restrictions are bad dear readers, a lot of them are meant to protect us. I think we all need to look at the bright side and enjoy the small freedoms we get to enjoy because of those restrictions.