Startups are the new fad these days. Being a startup founder, aka, an entrepreneur, is the new in thing. We hear and read about awesome workplaces, a really cool and fun office cultures. But that\u2019s just really the glamorous part and doesn\u2019t really paint the complete picture.\r\n\r\nThe most common stage at which most people get to know about a startup is when they have raised some money and the media starts giving them some attention ;) (Blah Blah startup raised funding from Blah Investor).\u00a0But there\u2019s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes. If we look through the problems that these startups go through in their daily routines prior to getting funding and even after that, you will be like \u201cJahapanah Tussi Great ho Tauhfa Kabul karo\u201d.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThere has been a\u00a0sudden influx with a number of corporates setting up incubators, accelerators, entrepreneurship schools and more providing these startups with everything - from guidance to space to funding. But still, many of them act like half a bottle of blood when you actually need 2. ;)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGetting into a startup accelerator is not an easy job for a startup and neither is it easy once they are in an accelerator, especially in India. While it might look all rosy from the outside, each and everyday during the acceleration phase can be as tough as walking down the road in the burning sun, barefoot.\r\n\r\nWe spoke to a number of startup founders who have been or are part of an Indian accelerator and have come up with some hilarious yet true instances that have come to form an integral part of their routine. So sit back an enjoy this small story in gifs.\r\n\r\nHere is the story of every startup in an accelerator:\r\nDude No One Gives Money on the First Day!\r\nAh, It pains, doesn\u2019t it? The thing that attracts startups most about getting into an accelerator is the money apart from the other add-ons.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUnfortunately none of the accelerators seem to hand out the cheque on the first day, nor the 7th or even the 100th day. It can take well about 2-3 months to get some of that promised money, that is if you\u2019re lucky. Sometimes it can even take 4-5 months AFTER the batch has ended for a startup to receive their acceleration money.\r\n\r\n\r\nNo Money = No Home = Let\u2019s Camp At The Accelerator!\r\nWhere will the startup founders go if they have no money? If they had the money, they probably wouldn\u2019t have been there in the first place? Not every startup founder has a home to stay in the city the accelerator is, and often they believe in\r\n\r\nAs they have no choice, so they end up staying at the accelerator itself.\r\n\r\nNow let\u2019s have a look into a typical day of a startup founder in an accelerator:\r\nIt\u2019s Afternoon - Let\u2019s Get To Work\r\nThe day of a startup founder starts sometime around 12 or 1. You\u2019re probably aware about the fact that most of these guys are night owls, so obviously they have a very different routine in comparison to that of a normal person.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0From Canteens To Roadside Thella\u2019s\r\nFood, after internet, is their second priority! But what do you expect to eat when you are broke? They usually go to the accelerator\u2019s canteen, check the prices on the menu and then. :(\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\nAfter gazing into the canteen for an hour or so, they end up eating at a roadside thella - the eggs, the maggie etc.\r\n\r\nJinka canteen sath nai deti, Thella wala deta hai!\u00a0\r\n\r\nThese thella's are the real investors that keep the startup going, thanks to the tab that goes on for months at a stretch.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnd when someone invites them for dinner, they are like:\r\n\r\n\r\nRules, Regulations, WTF!!\r\nRules and regulations are something which does not exist in their dictionary. If it did, these guys would not have started up and rather would have been working at a corporate. For them, rules are meant to be broken.\r\n\r\nNO SMOKING\r\nNO ALCOHOL\r\nNO PARTY\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDuring the daytime, there is some policing and they are forced to control themselves. But during night, when there is no one to check on them, well let's just say, it's party time!\r\n\r\n\r\nFrom Founder to Thieves\r\nWhen all the work is happening at night and hunger strikes, and the canteen is closed? What does one do then? Being the rule breakers that they are, they won't spare a moment before going for\u00a0that lock!\r\n\r\n\r\nWhen the world wakes up, they go to sleep\r\nAs mentioned above, they sleep early in the morning due and\u00a0thus there is always\u00a0someone coming early in the morning to wake them up.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThus they end up sleeping\u00a0wherever they get space and peace.\r\n\r\n\r\nFrom Founders to Massagers\r\nWhen these guys sleep in such awkward places and positions,\u00a0they end up with some form of body ache or the other. Doctor? Who has the money for that?\u00a0And magically there's always that one or two people in the batch who happen to have the magic touch. He's\u00a0the official masseur who's responsible of relieving them from the pain.\r\n\r\n\r\nWater + Bucket + Winter + Immersion Rod = Fire\r\nThis is a really crazy but true recent incident. While summers is not much of an issue, but having that rare bath in the chilly\u00a0winters become a bit nasty. There's no real arrangement for hot water and thus they end up using immersion\u00a0rods. Being the forgetful kind that they are, they often forget about it and you know what happens then ;)\r\n\r\n\r\nAnd Then Some More\r\n\r\nThe Most Embarrassing part!\r\nA startup founder said, \u201cKapde dhoge to Sukhaoge kahan?\u201d This is the most toughest part. Though these guys bathe hardly but still if they need to wash their clothes where will they dry them out? On chairs and tables? So sometimes this gets a bit embarrassing for them to handle.\r\n\r\n\r\nAnd When Such\u00a0Incidents\u00a0Continue!