With less than two weeks for Malhar to make its appearance, don’t be alarmed if you find several hundred volunteers, OGs and OCs scarpering about in the 30s and the 40s making judge calls, sponsor deals and running to and from the foyer and the canteen.

Come to think of it, the last one happens because the workforce is almost always hungry.

Speaking of food and all things nice (we know we weren’t, but bear with us), this post is here to tell you why you should be breaking that piggy bank of yours and rushing to get some Card-O-Lates before they run out.

For the uninitiated (the JCs & the first timers), Card-O-Lates are little cards and chocolates that you send to your friends in the workforce. You buy little cards and on the last day of Malhar, you’re given a little bag with all the Card-O-Lates which your friends have sent to you, cool innit? The ‘Lates’ part refers to the chocolates that you get along with every card. Ah, now that we’ve mentioned chocolate, we’ve got your attention, eh? Well, here are five reasons you should get those Card-O-Lates before Monday, August 3rd.

  1. Card-o-Lates Make People Feel Nice and Loved
And you can always capture people and smear them with chocolate like OG Neha did to Coordi Ayman.
And you can always capture people and smear them with chocolate like OG Neha did to Coordi Ayman.

Receiving stuff always makes us happy, and if there are chocolates paired with pretty little cards, (especially since we’re suffering from Christmas withdrawal right now) then it’s a double celebration. Imagine munching on those yummy chocolates *wipes drool* as you read the heartfelt or funny or pretty card your friend has sent to you. And if you’re the sort  who takes joy in giving to others, then this is right up your alley! And for the third type of person who wants to give everyone a Card-O-Late and then watch them nervously explain why they didn’t get you one, these Card-O-Lates will validate those sadistic feelings.

Everybody wins.

  1. Creepy Crush Declarations
That creepy smile when you see your Card-O-Late with your crush.
That creepy smile when you see your Card-O-Late with your crush.

Other than sending a Card-O-Late to one’s friends, Hospi (the department which handles your Card-O-Lates) swears the secondary use is to give one to crushes. So you like that senior you’ve never spoken to before? Fret not; buy a Card-O-Late, sign your name in a fun anagram and watch from afar how they freak out or get creeped over your love declaration. All this only for ten bucks. A steal deal, yeah?

  1. Fake-O-Lates

Get yourself some Card-O-Lates and get creative.

Get yourself some Card-O-Lates and get creative.
Just not too creative, like Ross did.

From sending one as a movie villain (think Schmidt from Avengers) or as a TV one (Joffrey Ramsay Snow, anybody?) to sending prank ones, there are endless possibilities for you to channel your inner Fred & George when it comes to Card-O-Lates.

  1. Malhar Memories
We just hope to have this majestic beard too, just like Coordi Abhiroop.
We just hope to have this majestic beard too, just like Coordi Abhiroop.

Years from now, when you’ll clean that study table or cupboard of yours (and your mom will heave a sigh of relief) you’ll find a little bag, probably filled with chocolate wrappers that you’ll finally throw away, and find a little bundle of cards from your friends and your OGs and your OCs back from the Malhars you worked for. You’ll get a little teary as you read all those messages, laugh through those tears, the memories flooding your mind again, all those days, those hours, that time you gave to the fest that was your life. And then you’ll curse the past you for eating all those chocolates and not leaving any.

  1. FREE CHOCOLATES OKAY
That's us, on the third day.
That’s us, on the third day.

Seriously, you’re buying the card for ten bucks, but you also get a chocolate free with that! We all know Xavierites will do anything for freebies – someone bought tiny windmills into the foyer last November and the poor guy was mobbed and windmill-less in less than five minutes.

Easy Info-graphic for all you lazy folks.
Easy Info-graphic for all you lazy folks.

You know you want to, so go get your money and find Hospitality selling Card-O-Lates in the foyer or in their classroom (LR 36).

They’re nice and all, but don’t tempt them too much. They might just eat all of your chocolates if you don’t get your Card-O-Lates on time. Last date to buy is 3rd August. Fill them in and submit your Card-O-Lates before 7th August.

Don’t forget to send us one too!