My name is not important. After all, what’s there in the name?

I am an unknown NUALSian,

a. the NUALSian who burns the midnight oil to pass his (or her) exams;

b. the NUALSian who silently observes the dictats of the administration (or the lack of it);

c. the NUALSian who pays for appointment with the beautician for a function to find out it gets cancelled due to Hartal (we hate Hartals), the NUALSian who prays to the heavens about having a hartal so his class is cancelled (we love Hartals);

d. a NUALSian who sees the soon to be functional library building as Ninja spot;

e. the NUALSian who hopes that he would survive another night in the hostel left under-construction for more than a year now;

f. the NUALSian who silently notices the winds of love in the college;

g. the NUALSian who is always bored;

h. the NUALSian who plays FIFA in a boring class;

i. the NUALSian, well, who belongs to the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS).

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NUALS (popularly known as Manalimukku Law College!) is located at Manalimukku in the middle of nowhere.

There are almost zero options to hang out anywhere outside the campus which, well you know, is not bad because the curfew time for us to return to the campus is 7 pm and for half of us, it’s even better, 7 PM inside the hostel.

The classes happen for 6 hours a day from 9 to 4, which leaves the students high and dry. Yet, as would one expect, the real college “life” begins after classes.

The ninja spot, where the new library is awaited (it has been awaited for past 3 years), turns into a lovers spot.

The lifeless NUALS ground, a quarter of the size of other football grounds, brims with all 3 sports- football, cricket and volleyball at once, and hey, it’s not that bad.

We’ve managed to play all three at the same time or on the same day! Lucky, aren’t we?

Even the academic block, which is dreaded between 9 to 4:30, becomes the hub of activities like quizzing, music and not to forget, the dreaded extra classes. The road becomes picturesque, with natural Kerala beauty along with the winds of love.

In the even semesters, when there are no clouds in the sky, there is much buzz about the cultural events. The college looks livelier than ever. However, the weekends and the exams mark a complete contrast.

The ground, the academic block, the road and even the ninja spot bear a deserted look. It feels like the college has come to a standstill. Though one would not expect such a standstill on a Saturday evening, it is the still case as most of us NUALSians tend to rush towards our home as soon as there’s even a possibility of getting more than a day off.

NUALS, like most other colleges, is a mix of good and bad, yin and yang. Happiness at NUALS is short lived, with projects, research papers, internal exams, moots and externals always ready for causing the eclipse. Yet, even after everything, there are brief moments to enjoy.

Happiness for a NUALSian is Hartal, happiness is the end of a semester, happiness is NAALAM, happiness is internal getting postponed, happiness is a cricket match without rains, happiness is submission of projects, happiness is porotta and chicken/paneer in the mess.

I am the Admin of Lawctopus. I am for law students, of law students and by law students. I am Torts and Contracts and moots and internships. I am your boyfriend! And your girlfriend too! Mentor. Friend. Junior. Senior. I am the footnote in your research paper. Foreword in your life. The jugaad for your internship. The side gig which earns you bucks. I am Maggi. Pocket money too.


  1. To be perfectly fair, the ninja spot isn’t actually the new library. It’s the little sitting area inside the Amenities Block. Just clarifying.

  2. Bhai/Cheta
    there have been seniors who have done great and they had the same facilities only. no institution is perfect. you have to make it one. no matter what the college is, at the end of the day its you and only you who has the control over the steering wheel. So stop cribbing about the problems and make good of the time that you have. It is like you are trying to hide your incapabilities and indifferent attitude by criticising NUALS. Its not worth it.

    • Dude! Whatever happened to free speech. Let a person give his personal opinion will you!
      Honestly speaking, I believe most of it is in fact true. But there are always two sides to every story, isn’t there?
      Personally, I believe Nuals is a place where you, after getting the whole NUALS sucks phase and with a little bit of extra effort, can actually be whichever person you want to be or improve at whichever thing you want to be good at. Yeah, there are drawbacks. But what the hell. This is life. Nothing’s ever going to be good enough.
      P.s. You want a better college, just get a better rank than you did and land in one. For those who choose this college over others, the one thing you can bank on Nuals is the varied people you’re going to meet here and the friends you’re going to make.


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