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Here’s the ‘Hotel JNU’ version of ‘Hotel California’ that’s gone viral

Swarajya magazine author Shefali Viadya has parodied The Eagles favourite Hotel California to shed light on the situation at JNU.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 20, 2016 1:32:42 pm
JNU, Hotel California, Eagles, Hotel JNU, #HotelJNU, parody, viral, Swarajya magazine, Swarajya magazine contest, #HotelJNUNowGoingViral, Soundcloud, Swarajya magazine is calling for entries of audio-video recordings of Hotel JNU — a parody of Hotel California that went viral as a WhatsApp message. (Source:

There is a stereotype that’s embedded in most minds when thinking of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). And that’s a stereotype that most JNU-iites are actually quite proud of upholding. So, when the recent controversy broke out, it wasn’t surprising to see people brandishing words like Azadi, Leftist, Marxism, Naxalism, etc., by the dozen, irrespective of whether they were coherent or not.

In such a charged environment, Swarajya magazine organised an audio-video contest based on a WhatsApp forward that has gone viral. The lyrics to the song Hotel California — by The Eagles — have been parodied to describe the situation at JNU by Swarajya magazine author Shefali Vaidya. The lyrics encapsulate the same stereotypes — some foisted, some accepted — that have been connected to the university, from bearded agitators and comrades to leftist ideals and even sedition, but put together in a cunningly clever way.

Unsurprisingly, the lyrics have gone viral, and the submissions for the contest are pouring in, the deadline for which is March 21. Sing along to the tune of the original song, it’s ingenious.

Hotel JNU — The Shock Ballad

On a dark Delhi highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of beef pakoras, rising up in the air

Up ahead in the distance, I saw a candle march
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

There he stood on the campus
The bearded comrade yelled
And I was thinking to myself,
“This must be JNU, Commie academic Hell”

Then he scratched his beard and showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…

Welcome to the Hotel JNU
Such a leftist place (Such a leftist place)
Such a leftist face
Plenty of sedition at the Hotel JNU
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Their thoughts are totally Marxist, but they want a Mercedes Benz
They got a lot of ugly, hirsute comrades they call friends
How they shout in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some shout for azaadi, some for India’s death.

So I called up the krantikaari comrade,
And said, “Please show me some national pride”
He said, “We haven’t had that feeling here since nineteen sixty nine”

And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the Hotel JNU
Such a leftist place (Such a leftist place)
Such a leftist face
Plenty of sedition at the Hotel JNU
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Kiss of love on the campus,
Mahishasur worship so nice
And he said “We are all just freeloaders here, living off the tax device”
And in the professor’s chambers,
We gather for the feast
Free food, cheap rooms
Oh, how we love this subsidized beast,

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the India I was before

“Relax,” said the Comrade,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can enrol any time you like,
But no one ever leaves!”

There will be three prizes: Rs 10,000 for the best entry, and two Rs 5,000 prizes for the next two best entries. Some entries have already come rolling in. You can take a look at the best entries so far here.

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