The students who avoid looking at books and past papers throughout the year or just feel the need for a little extra help, flock to the bookstore and photocopiers to make micro copies of subject wise cheat sheets, better-known as ‘pharra’.
“We charge three rupees per micro copy,” said the owner of Zenith Photostat on Stadium Road. “Most of the students come to store late at night just to do this.” He added that many store owners took advantage of students during exam season and charged exorbitant amounts per copy. These copies are very much in demand as students are not allowed to carry cell phones inside the examination centre, a cheat sheet can be easily hidden in a pocket or sock.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2012.