Caste System In School

India suffers majorly due to different castes prevailing.But let us not talk about India.I am talking about the caste system prevalent in school.I was new to “Delhi Public School,Bangalore.”As every other new student I wanted to fit in,be popular.My first day….”Good Luck”,my parents said in unison.

I entered my class,gave the slip with my details to my class teacher and took a seat.Thirty student eyes stared at the new girl.I squirmed on my seat uncomfortably and gave a feeble smile.The classes went on uneventfully.It was during the lunch time I decided I would spend 3 days with the 3 castes in my class.The names of the three castes are- “The Rich”, “The middle-class” and “The poor”.And i don;t refer to the finacial status of the students by giving the groups the respective names.I refer to their kind of behaviour in school.

The next day I tried talking to the rich.They were pretty welcoming to my surprise.But the only problem was that their topics seemed oblivious to me.Their talks moslty consisted of,”OMG!My dad got me this awesome new mobile yesterday.Nokia N91.It is so cool.” Then this other talk,”This guy in my tuition is so cute.We talked for so long yesterday!”Not to forget,”Did you notice my lipstick?Cool isn’t it.” I decided to mute them out.I didn’t belong here.But one another advantage the rich have is that they are pretty smart.They hardly study and spend all their hours on facebook or the phone but somehow they get good marks in exams.The day with “The rich” was hectic and embarrassing.Especially when a girl asked,”So who was your first boyfriend?”My reply was genuine.”I didn’t have any till today.”They laughed so hard that a teacher came inside the class to see what all the commotion was about.Well day 1 was over!Tomorrow is the day with the middle-class.

The next day I realised that the middle-class were perfect.They liked to make their parents happy.They were intelligent and got very good marks.They were good friends and teacher’s favourites.But they had the jealousy drawback.If a teacher praised one student from her group,the other would not talk to the girl for the rest of the day.Pretty stupid!The middle-class also consisted of those kinds of people who don’t share their lunches,fought for the smallest issues.Well day 2 wasn’t so bad.

Then the next day with “The poor” turned out be good and odd.They were complete nerds who even studied during the “Physical Education” period and ”Library”.Worst of all,”Lunch time”.But you can’t hate them.They are very generous and sweet.They are the ones who get full for every test.They are smart and intelligent.Their talks with me made me feel like a complete loser.One asked,”Which formula of trigonometery do you like the most.”I answered the first thing that came to my mind.

“sin(A-B)=sinAcosB-cosAsinB”.

Then sadly they had a discussion on trigonometery which bored me to sleep.The very next day i contemplated on which group to be with.They all were good in one way.And awkward in another.But I realised that they all shared a common feature.None of the groups would interact with another for any reason.They lead their school lives in their own groups.That is the reason I call it the caste system.I’d better sit and watch all three groups a while more.Wise choice!

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4 thoughts on “Caste System In School

  1. A good article reflecting the stereotypes at school. Perhaps you would have gotten more from your new school had you not wanted to conduct a census of the “castes” and allowed yourself to enjoy the new environment and the new people. Unfortunately, there is more to life and people than meets the eye. It is unfortunate because a snap judgement is always bound to be incorrect. And a “day with each caste in school” is not beneficial to you or them.

    Good luck in your new school.

  2. thanks!i am not a new student..i tried imagining my self as one and tried to think how it would be experiencing all that..
    :D..thanks for the advice too..

  3. Interesting… so which ‘caste’ would you categorise yourself into? Or is the narrator exempt from being stereotyped?

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