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Its finally Over!!

11 February 2008 13 Comments

Rahul is having his final semester exam tomorrow. He rushes to his room after a long lunch time chat with his friends. Its 1:30pm. He is very relieved. He has a lot of time to study. He sets his alarm to 2:30pm and takes a small nap.
“Tring” “Tring” – The alarm rings.
He snoozes it and continues to sleep. He wakes up at 3:30pm finally and looks at the watch.

“What the $@&9*, its 3:30” he curses himself.

Its time to study. He hasnt touched the book. There is tension in the air.
He searches for the book in his messy shelf, full of news paper and cigarette packets.
Finally he got the book. How could he miss the book, that can literally be used as a “Pillow!” πŸ™‚ Its really big!

He is all set! He turns the hard bound cover and a few pages of preface to see whats there in the syllabus. There are 18 chapters. Hmm… Thats a lot to study.. He cursed himself for oversleeping.

He opens the first chapter. Still his mind is cursing him about oversleeping.. He is not able to concentrate.. Finally, rahul tells himself not to panic..
He reads the first paragraph of the book.. A “De ja Vu” feeling sets in.. He felt he has heard that somewhr.. πŸ™‚ His mind flutters to the first of the only few classes which he had attended.. He remembered how he was booing the junior teacher who was teaching this course.. He was dreaming.. He was only thinking about all the fun he had in the class…

“Beep Beep!” – An sms… It breaks his day dream..

He looks at the watch.. Its already 4 pm.. He hasnt read a paragraph for half an hour..
Panic sets in.. He feels that he cant study alone.. He rushes to Madhu, the geek of the class.. He desperately needs his help to pass in the subject.. He realized that he cant study from the big text book.. He took Madhus notes and rushed to the xerox shop..

There was a long queue and the xerox prices had inflated .. thanks to exams.. πŸ™‚
He somehow managed to take a xerox and rushed back to hostel.

He is pedalling his cycle very fast.. All along.. he just keeps telling himself.. that he has made big mistake of not studying before.. “I should have studied earlier..” He cribs to himself.. He says the same to Madhu as well… Madhu calms him down.. He marks some of the important questions which can be eliminated.. πŸ™‚

Rahul sets out to study the subject… As and when, he got doubts, he asked madhu to explain him.. Madhu was ofcourse kind enough to do that..

The time keeps ticking.. Minutes after minutes.. hour after hour..

“Time for dinner rahul..” says Madhu..
“Ok..” says rahul..
“What are you revising now.. :-)” winked Madhu..
Rahul almost had tears in his eyes.. when he said, he just completed one unit..
Madhu cheered him up..

They had their quickest dinner in their college life.. It got over in 15 minutes..

Rahul always had some thing or the other to discuss over dinner.. But today, he was very very silent.. He was tensed.. He was really really anxious..

He starts studying again… He felt very sleepy.. at only 11pm.. πŸ™‚ He usually sleeps at 3pm.. πŸ™‚ He just didnt like what he was doing.. But he had to.. He had to study.. He had to pass.. He didnt have great internals either.. He takes a small “Tea” break.. and comes back and slogs whole night.. yes.. He does a night out! Madhu wakes up at 7am in the morning.. Rahul was still studying..

He is about to finish 4 units.. He looked very relieved..
Madhu in the mean time.. started revising the subjects..

The clock keeps ticking.. Whom does the time wait for anyways! πŸ™‚

Rahul rushes to the exam hall.. with the xerox in his hand.. The teacher has already distributed the answer papers.. He still hasnt entered the hall..
He is doing last minute revisions..
Finally teachers gives the question paper.. Rahul barges into the hall throwing the xerox copy..

1 hour passes..
2nd hour passess..
Rahul is feeling very tired.. But he manages to hold his nerve..

“Time Up!” says the teacher.. She grabs the answer sheet!! and walks away..

Rahul comes out of the hall… He walks very slowly.. He had an uneasy thought running his mind.. He was happy that he was able to clear the paper.. He was sad that he could have done better.. He slogged the whole night.. He felt he could have done much much better had he studied more.. He didnt knw whether to celebrate.. or to feel bad..
He places a cigar in his mouth.. contemplating.. He is surrounded by so many ppl.. who were discussing the paper..

He released a puff of smoke.. and said to himself..

“Its finally over!”

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  • Manu said:

    Sundar, once a fan of your programming, now I have to become a fan of your blogging man.
    You have perfectly picturized what guys like me used to do (except for that sutta part, of course)
    There were godfathers like you in each department(we are very lucky you know) who used to help many by giving notes, explaining and even ticking those important questions and hence helping guys like me to graduate with a decent CGPA. πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ Manu,

    thanks a lot.. πŸ™‚

    I am quite happy that you are able to relate yourself.. And more importantly.. relive that life for a few minutes.. πŸ™‚

    Sundar Rajan G S

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    Btb, the sutta is done my most of the folks.. πŸ™‚

  • Aditi ''Jiggs'' said:

    awesome read
    completely loved it
    it reminds me abt wt happens to me each time b4 exams .
    really the panic suxx but i just dont learn from it


  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ aditi..

    Thanks for the comment! πŸ™‚

    I am glad that you were able to go to your college days.. Thats the goal of the blog.. πŸ™‚

  • Manas Garg said:

    A real nice read! However, this same Rahul can’t help but repeat the same thing in this next semester exam!
    Thats another story – ‘Will do better next time’ πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ Manas,

    I fully agree with you.. πŸ™‚

    This is giving an idea for another blogpost.. πŸ™‚

  • Ganapathy said:

    Awesome one… makes me realize what i had done..

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ gannu..

    Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

    I am glad that u liked it!

  • Aditya Kulkarni said:

    I totally identify with Rahul. But I usually gave up studying at the point where the Alarm goes “Tring Tring” in the first paragraph.

    I then proceeded to rationalize to myself that if I flunk it’ll be a good thing, I’ll drop out of college, and as we already know, most of the billionaires are drop-outs.

    Therefore, not studying -> failing the exam -> drop out -> billionaire.

    That’s the path to success!

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    Aditya.. Whereever you go.. you bring your funny bone with you!! πŸ™‚ ha ha

  • "fiZZ"ing iNsiDE !!! said:

    Hi !Deleted the last comment coz I asked a silly question in that.

    Great Post !!!Every engineering student can relate to that.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ fizzing inside,

    I am in bangalore only.. πŸ™‚ working for google..

    Nice that you enjoyed it!