Ananya has joined a premier engineering college in her country, a feat that she has worked all her student life to achieve. Her heart brimming with the perfect concoction of enthusiasm and anxiousness, she takes on the herculean task of fitting in this excessively male-dominated academic environment, where female students are mostly seen as a peripheral distraction. She wraps her head around the inherent imperfections in adult life, and is challenged to brave new areas of morality and virtue where there is no black or white, only different shades of grey. She silently observes with mild amusement as she and the women in and around her life frantically juggle their love interests, their dreams and aspirations and their necessity to come across as “regular”, while riding along the precipice that looks down to total chaos. Eventually as she gets accustomed to the unfathomable idiosyncrasies of the borderline misogynistic rigmarole in her college life, she comes to realize how women almost compulsorily need to “grow a pair” to be taken seriously. About the Author : Aishwarya Mishra, aged 19, is a third year student of Delhi Technological University. She has done her schooling from Delhi Public School, R K Puram and has spent most of her formative years in Kolkata, and therefore is usually able to decipher what the disgruntled and smug domestic help bitterly mutters at her in Bengali. She had won the scholastic young writers award at the age of ten, and to date has been pursuing her love for writing, usually in the form of literature that is buoyant with cutting satire and wry humor. She likes reading, playing basketball, playing the guitar and relentlessly complaining about having committed the unforgivable sin of having opted for the science stream back in the tenth grade, in her free time.