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August 18, 2020

An Indian Student Studying Late With His Hair Tied to a Nail in the Wall to Keep From Falling Asleep, 1948

A Tamil (South Indian) Brahmin (priest class) student of the University of Madras, with his hair tied to a nail in the wall, to prevent him from falling asleep in this photograph taken circa 1948.


While studying late, students of Madras used to tie their hairs to a nail in the wall to keep themselves awake. Established in 1857, the University of Madras is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in India.

Here’s some tips for not falling asleep while studying:
1. Switch the lights on. Don’t even think about studying in just the lamplight at night.
2. Sit in front of a table.
3. No heavy meals.
4. Don’t use a table fan.
5. Drink more water.
6. Move around in your room.
7. Read out aloud while studying.




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