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The Dhaka University Munchies

Rakibul Hasan

Life at DU rotates around its famous cafeterias. Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

TEA, munchies and hangouts are inseparable parts of campus life. Imagine hanging out with friends with no refreshments, or cups of hot tea to clear your jammed head during breaks after a series of classes -- campus life will seem absolutely unbearable! Cafeterias at a university are as important as classrooms, where students get the opportunity to associate with people of diverse thinking and can share views and ideas. Many famous cafes in universities, like the historic 'Modhuda'r Canteen' in Dhaka University are the birthplaces of great revolutions. The University of Dhaka (DU) being the largest public university of the country offers a number of dining options to satisfy the hungry palates of its huge number of students. The DU campus is also probably the place where one can get refreshments at the cheapest possible rate in Bangladesh. So if you want to delve into the world of delicacies and not suffer from the agonies of emptying out your wallets, DU campus can be a haven for you.

Many resident students have their supper and lunch at the TSC Cafeteria. Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

The major eateries within DU campus include the Arts Building cafeteria, the former Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) cafeteria, Science faculty cafeteria, TSC cafeteria, the famous 'Modhuda'r Canteen', a few makeshift food stalls in front of the DU Central Library popularly known as 'mamar dokan' and canteens in the student dormitories for the resident students. “I believe that the DUCSU cafeteria is the only place in Dhaka where you can get hot tea for 1 taka and other snacks for 2 takas each,” says Farhana, a DU student who likes to spend most of her day on campus as she is attached with a theatre group on campus. The Science Faculty Cafeteria and the TSC cafeteria also serve food at the same economical rates like the DUCSU cafeteria. These cafeterias serve light refreshments like singara, samaosa, nimki as well as lunch and supper with different menus on different days of the week. The makeshift stalls on the premises of DU central library are famous for serving mouth watering delicacies like chatpati, fuchka, pitha, vegetable pakora and fruit juice.

The satisfaction level of students about the food they are served in cafeterias within the university campus are different. Many students enjoy chatting with friends during their free times after classes, relishing hot tea with singara or chicken patties at 'Campus Shadow', a famous destination for the DU students to enjoy a light moment. Those who reside in student dormitories are quite disappointed for having less varieties of snacks in the university cafeterias. “I am satisfied with the quality of foods in the cafeterias inside DU campus. The only problem is that there should be more varieties to choose from. For example they should include snacks like Burgers and Pizza in the menu,” says Kibria a resident student from Shahidullah Hall.

At DU cafeterias you can have food at the cheapest possible rate.
Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

As DU campus is the home to the thousands of its resident students, a large number of students depend on these cafeterias for their everyday meals. Two of the most favourite places to have breakfast for the DU students who have classes in early mornings are IBA canteen and the Arts Building cafeteria. “I really like it here. I have to attend classes as early as at 8 am. So I usually have my breakfast at IBA canteen; the parata and bhaji found here are really delicious,” says Pavel, a student from the Department of International Relations, DU. Students can also get lunch and dinner in these cafeterias at a reasonably low price. All the cafeterias subsidized by the university authority like the Arts Building cafeteria, Science faculty cafeteria, TSC cafeteria offer lunch and supper for the students with a menu that includes rice, dal and meat curries. The menu can also vary in weekdays including feasts like Khichuri, Pulao and vegetables. Arafat, a DU student residing in Surja Sen Hall, is found satisfied with the quality of food in DU cafeterias, however he complains about quantity. “I am a foodie and I like to eat. But the pieces of fishes and chickens served for supper and lunch seem too tiny to me. So the quantity should be increased.” says Arafat with a smile in his face.

Life at DU rotates around its famous cafeterias. Whether for the cup of hot tea at the 'Campus Shadow' or for a delicious plate of Khichuri at TSC Cafeteria, these eateries are the most cherished places of the DU students where they have fun, get into debates, make new friends and most importantly enjoy some of the best moments of their campus life.


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