~Spero ergo sum~™

December 7, 2005

Slam Books galore!

Filed under: Humour — Teal @ 5:19 pm

Well, its that time of life again, to distribute a book to all you know, to pen down all their thoughts on you and just about everything and anything under sun. From the interrogative ones with teddy bear watermarks to hard bound notebooks, et al. A manuscript of memories. A potpourri of treasured praises. A Slam book.
Most of you must be puzzled as to why I’d called some of the slam books as “Interrogative”. Well that is because, they don’t give you scope to write what you really want to write, instead pointing out specific fields like, for an e.g.:

  • Date Of Birth
  • Likes
  • Dislikes
  • Your First Crush [and other such nonsense]
  • And the most important portion deemed with absolute frugal insignificance, being “Lines for me” [Not Crooked lines, Parallel lines and stuff]

I’d always thought that such books were very impersonal, cold and kind of gave one the feel of filling up a form for registration, or similar. So, what does one write in a slam book? A slam book, [if unlike the prototype specified above], generally will contain a torrent of sweetness and praises. Every time you flip through this book, you’ll get an instant feel of greatness. Something like,
“Oh, whenever I walked across the campus, I’d catch you doing a faultless slam dunk, and be in awe. Man that player rocks!!!”
“I was enthralled by all your stage performances, your sweet voice always kept us juniors glued to our seats!!!” [That person probably wants all your notes and material next year.]
A slam book is, ultimately, a hardbound placebo. A feel good piece of work. It’s everyone you know writing his or her own version of “Chicken Soup for this slam book owner”.
Allrighty , time for a Slam book FAQ.

1.What is a Slam Book?
A Slam book is a way of collecting memories of people you once knew, who you cared about and hanged out with. It’s a way of getting all misty-eyed in the future.

2.What is its purpose?
Everything that is created [or in this case, manufactured], has it’s own purpose.The purpose of a slam book is … is … Unfortunately, no one can be told what the slam book is for, and you’ll have to know it yourself!!!

3.What does one write in a slam book?
Whatever strikes you at that moment, whatever comes from your heart …

4.Can we write nasty stuff in the slam book?
You crazy? You have the rest of your life to be nasty to others. This person has given you their slam book because they like you. So you better write something nice. Or else, you’ll probably never ever get invited to their wedding, like it happened to you, DEF and ABC.

5.(Question from DEF) Is ABC married?
Of course ABC is married, you dimwitted imbecile! How dare you write nasty stuff in ABC’s slam! Now ABC hates you for life!

So, people, remember, when someone gives you his or her slam book, it’s not protocol. It’s only because they want to remember you. Pen down your loveliest thoughts. Be sincere. Be sweet. Be nice. Because what you write in those few pages, shows them how much you liked them, and how much you cared for them. And how much they meant to you. What you write in a slam book may not mean a lot to you, but the person on the other side would look upon it someday, while clearing out their old gear, or putting belongings in their attic. They probably wipe the inches of dust on that tattered notebook, take a break, laugh at all you wrote and think, “God, she/he was so nice, wonder what they are doing now”. And you’d probably choke on your food, wondering who’s thinking about you that very moment, minutes later recieving a mail or a phone call, remembering all the good ol’ times.
Isn’t that worth it?



  1. you slammed the nail right on the head!!

    was just wondering, hasn’t orkut and all the testimonial stuff that comes with it has somewhat…..?..no, the slam books will still retain all their value i guess…yet to get into the slam book stage in college..will have some real nice things to write about when sem 8 begins after vacations!!!

    Comment by Nikhil — December 8, 2005 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  2. @ Nikhil,
    Slam books will never lose their value.Atleast in our generation…

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — December 9, 2005 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  3. I have read questions like turn ons/turn offs in some slam books…n some ppl hve been stupid enuff 2 write hot sexy gals in bikini in it..sheeesh!!!

    Comment by Vivek — December 9, 2005 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  4. @ vivekanand: that is pretty yucky .. sth one might not wanna remember :p

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — December 9, 2005 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  5. wow trinity looks like u hav fallen in luv with slambooks…lol… keep posting

    Comment by Dino — December 10, 2005 @ 4:18 am | Reply

  6. Yup dino,
    I dont love slam books per se but i like the concept …

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — December 10, 2005 @ 4:32 am | Reply

  7. its sure is a priced possession.. can help u lift u off ur bad mood sometimes.. esp. 2 u when u c ur BSB slambook..

    Comment by Hell's Angel — December 10, 2005 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  8. @ HEll’s Angel:
    ur rite!! Infact i was rummaging thro my stuff the other day, and i came across my slam book from X. 😀

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — December 10, 2005 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

  9. I kinda like slam books.. :-). We irritated our teachers to no end in school, passing those books around during class.. 😀

    Comment by Leon — December 13, 2005 @ 5:56 am | Reply

  10. so seems ur in ur final yr at college…wat u said is really true…i cudnt find a slambook with questions which really was supposed to be..so i made a diary my slambook nd ask my frnds to fill in things(better than the slambooks i guess)…wat do u use?

    Comment by me2rock — December 13, 2005 @ 6:29 am | Reply

  11. @ Leon:
    Yup, 🙂 we got the additional mazaa out of passing those things in class dint we?
    @ me2rock:
    Well, i follow the same policy as u, only thing is i stuck pictures of a few fav singers of mine to make it a l’ll more colourful.

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — December 13, 2005 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  12. tat was a nice post… seriously, slam books are a priced possession…. now tat its been a while since i hav been out of college n even out of country, these slam books are really a gr8 way to take a look bak at old days… makes u kinda nostalgic… n kus tat one smile in our faces reminiscing of good old golden days, is worth all the effort…..

    Comment by kuttichuvaru — December 13, 2005 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  13. @ Koushik:
    Welcome back and thx 🙂
    Even I get all nostalgic when i read my school day slam books.

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — December 14, 2005 @ 8:03 am | Reply

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