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Rain and an Examination....

  • Feb. 2nd, 2004 at 4:30 PM
In too deep, Brood
The past few days have been phenomenal in their impact on my mind. Starting from the rain lashing and ending yesterday, the day I had my examination.

The rain lashing was truly wondrous. It began with a cloudburst and continued for a good couple of hours. The rain, though physically ingrained in my mind, was, by convention expected to fall from the sky to the ground below. Funny I think, that we should assume that's the only way for rain to go.

I watched in bewildered astonishment and awe as the rain actually seemed to be falling sideways. Being carried to the left for a few seconds, then suddenly snapping to the right, carried by the wind.... It was'nt just stunning though, there was this invalidity that engulfed me and my thoughts.... I watched from my balcony as the lash of the rain struck the building opposite and backlashed over eight feet from the wall, The sheer power of the forces of nature are so beautiful and awe inspiring, it was simply incredible in all it's simple magnificence.

Watching a four wheeled creation of mankind lift itself off onto two wheels several times before giving way to natures throes and flipping onto it's side and being carried a foot on its side is something that really leaves an impression of weakness in our minds.... I was totally lost in this display of unstoppable and determined force.

All this ended just as abruptly as it began, and I was left, in it's aftermath, gazing back through glazed eyes through the wonder that I had just experienced....

Absolutely amusing you say? :)
Absolutely moving I say! :o)
Day of the exam: January 30'th, 2004.

I wake up early as the day by my sister, I'm supposed to drive her to her internship. So well, a cup of tea and a warm woolly sweater later, I wriggle into a weather jacket and drowsily kick the engine to life.... Drawing into a tender gallop past the gates, the wind hits my face and fluttering lids open wide, taking in the view of the morning filtering into my system.

Drive like a maniac they say, but today, I feel free, and having awoken so terribly early, the roads open up so fantastically empty. What do I care? Gun the motor and race fo'ard and aft. I'm back home in a jiffy, having done 30 Kilometers, gone and back, all in a mere 20 minutes. That's pretty darned awesome, considering the fact that I drove right through town to Cyberabad and back, complete with twisting streets and a few red lights.... An incredible mind job! :)

Well, I get back home and am immediately absorbed into the duties that call at me every day.... Breakfast, a bath, some typing on my computer, then lunch and a twisted ankle later, the realization of the pending exam dawns upon me.... Blanketing my self gently in a mental twitch, I slap on my favorite denim Jacket and grabbing the car keys, I do a 100 meter dash, turn on the ignition, and roar through packed streets, dodging slow moving cars and other equally irritating moving objects....

Music, courtesy of Neil Diamond, ripping at every soul that's equipped with sound perception organs as I zip past them. I observe candidly, as pedestrians automatically reach for their coats and head gear, trying to keep their ultra-violet sensitive epidermal layers from exposure to radiation as I go past, carrying more space around my car than can be comfortably allowed by traffic regulations anywhere in the world. :)

I reach in what seems like seconds, but what was in actuality only 18 minutes. Incredible I hear you say? Haha! Well, I'll tell you where it was that I had to go for the exam. I had to go to one of the more crowded and traffically congested areas in town, It was King Koti! :) Before that idea begins to sink in though, here's the good part.... I drove there from my home which is (for those of you who are'nt so 'up to date' with my life) in Tirumalgiri.... Well, it was'nt incredible actually, it was a Miracle. :) A miracle and a bit of excellent driving! I'm not gonna be repeating a performance like that again for a good long time to come. :)

Well, once I was there though, I really was in trouble. Having never seen the Examination center before, I did'nt know where I was supposed to go. As fate would have it, I found the center with a mere five minutes to spare, having spared around it's locality for the larger part of twenty minutes before I managed to zero in on its exact co-ordinates.

Grabbing my relocation permit from Delhi to Hyderabad and my admit card, I do a quick dodge and run past scrambling students and get to the main seating-arrangement board. Looking for the hall I'd have to be doing the examination in, I am seriously taken aback to realize that my name is'nt on the board!

Finally, having made certain that my name was'nt anywhere in sight, I went up to the university representative at the deans office and begin my argument. With astounding foresight and manipulative skills that I never knew that I had, I convinced him I was caught in a genuine game of 'error' and he was at dire fault for letting such a situation formulate itself.

Twenty minutes into the examination, and ten billion apologies later, I'm seated at a table, examination papers spread out carelessly. "I'm really very sorry about this, I as informed by the University that you'd be doing the paper here, I just never realized that your name was'nt on the board. You'll get 20 minutes extra once the examination is over so that you can make up for the time lost. My apologies once again." I smile at him and tell him "It's all okay, problems happen all the time, people make mistakes, and sometimes, people have to suffer.... People suffer, and once in a while, I suffer too.... I'm just another statistic today. :)" To this, he lets out a soft chuckle and leaves.

Before he leaves though, he hangs himself by a hooked fist around the edge of the door and drawing out a smile under his beaked nose, he goes on to wish me the "best of luck!" before vanishing altogether never to be seen again.

Grinning crookedly at the papers laid out around me, I fight the urge to light up a cigarette and get the examination over with and instead, I careen backward, tottering on two legs of the chair, and scan the question paper. Seventy Questions.... Hmmmm!

There are about forty people in the same hall doing the same examination, some of them doing different papers, but most of them doing the same paper as myself. Invigilators moving past us and between rows and columns.... Snapping bitterly at people whispering in vain attempts at cheating. :) Who needs to cheat, I wonder!

The exam is supposed to be three hours long, I got in twenty minutes late, and I was done forty minutes before the time limit. In effect, considering how late I already was as well as the twenty minutes grace, I finished my paper in record time. One hundred minutes! Ha! That's a total of one hour and twenty minutes before schedule! God I felt Kaydeeyoh!

Well, Having checked my answers and then re-checked them one last time, I stood up to leave ten minutes before the final bell. I submitted my paper and feeling all great and thankful, I made my proud departure come alive with a content smile. The rest of the people writing their exams were all staring at me like I'd just committed a serious crime or something. Maybe killed someone.... Or better, maybe molested a kid or something. Or even better, Molested a dead kid. Haha!

Frowning with a smile (something I never realized could be genuinely accomplished!) I crept toward the door wondering at the sudden attention from everyone. With a little hesitation, I even stole a glance at my fly to see if all was well and tied down in the lower section. Seeing all was fine, I continued my candid gait toward the door. As fate would have it, the ten minute bell rang and in an instant, the soft, quiet exam-hall was ruffled into a frenzy of action and blurred motion.

One examinees got out of his seat and reached into the thin air, inches from the pot-bellied Invigilator who was caressing the crisp sheets I had just handed him so proudly. I froze in my stride and stared at what was happening....

Pleas and commandments were being sporadically belched out at and from the people right across the hall. It was shocking to say the least! All this while it was like a holy shrine and now, suddenly, all hell breaks loose.... The Invigilator hands my answers to the guy mentioned first and he religiously copies everything he can.... Within minutes, my answers are crawling around the entire place, from hand to hand, from corner to corner, I did'nt know what to say....

I went to the Invigilator and asked him what this was all about. His answer was most pathetic in all my mental frame of the moment. Boiling down everything he said into a short version, here's what the essence of his tale. Apparently, the last ten minutes are reserved for co-relating and balancing answers among the people writing exams.

Now, if only I'd known this earlier.... Hmmm.... Actually, I'm glad I did'nt know about this weird form of testing because I know I'm in the clean as always. :o) I spun around on my heel and resumed my speedy journey to my car. Was stopped a few times by different groups of people who were trying to explain to me how glad they were for my answers.

I frankly did'nt want anything to do with them or their form of life and ignored their thanks. One thing I should mention though was the fact that I was stopped twice by groups of ignorant, unenlightened blushing damsels who thought they'd been saved by some all-knowing, brilliant knight in shining armour.

Some of those females actually looked decent and edible by high-society standards. Having already spaced myself out mentally, I was in no position to grant them thy peace and drew my ass out of their thorny paws and made my way to my waiting tow-truck (A Rose by any other name is still a Rose and pretty darned surely smells the same! I'm talking about my car silly!).

Sliding into the drivers seat, I dislodge the hand break (was parked on a serious slope!) and feel the car roll down the road. Ignition, music and windows down, I engage the gear and with four smooth motions, I'm cruising through evening rush hour traffic at illegal speeds once again. :) Where better to keep a caterpillar than in it's cocoon? Neil Diamond gave me the gratefully enthusiastic company I needed all the way home. :)

The day was strange, both illuminating and enriching in more ways than one. I know I'm gonna sleep warm in the arms of my dream come true.... There are more dreams, and I'm quite confident they'll come true. If not all, some will, I know, come true. :) With my eyes closed, I can feel every heartbeat accompanied by something that's not silence. God bless Me, God bless Oh! And God bless My! :)

Go figure that out yourself!


(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Feb. 2nd, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 3rd, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
Haha, Yeah, even crap that size is impressive. Unfortunately, what you see above ain't worth that much of a look.... It's just some mindless cackling about rain and an exam....

Think of it as a story. The moral of the story can always be compressed into a very small phrase or theory.

Here's the moral of this story:
Rain can fall sideways, Nature is powerful.
Exams are crazy and funny.

That's about it. :)

Now just pray that no one else reads the morals of the story or They'll never read the whole thing. :(

Cheers and Kaydeeyoh!

(Anonymous) wrote:
Feb. 3rd, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
Aw'rite! So could u summarize like that for every post of ur's exceeding 300 words?! :D!

But oye, don't get me wrong, u write well, VERY WELL! I won't curb ur enthusiasm abt writing though, u keep writing n mail me a summary! The height of lethrgy has been reached! :D!

I don't even have the energy to log in man.....
Please put an excalmation mark where required.....zzzzzzzzzz

Nishant, also called nash_da_basher
angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 3rd, 2004 02:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess I could add a summary after every post....

Unfortunately, I lack the enthuiasm to actually do that... :)

Ofcourse, I could always adda little summary if you posted "non-comprehendum" in a comment. :-D

Cheers and Kaydeeyoh!
datempest wrote:
Feb. 3rd, 2004 04:15 am (UTC)
Trust the feline community to dig their claws into whatever comes their way...(me not included)

hmm, Im glad you realised the power of the storm, all that rain lashing and wind bashing has enriched you no doubt. Ever tried getting a bit of mental cleansing from the rain? Just go and get wet, the essence is wonderfully pure and enlightening.

Glad to know that you had a good exam. Never mind those crazed nincompoops after you. Overall, a truly hilarious post!

By the way, what exactly is it that you are are asking the great Lord above to bless? Me, Oh!, and My???;)


angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 4th, 2004 05:22 am (UTC)
Haha! Yeah, I kinda like the feline community though.... They can ofcourse be a disaster, but then, I guess it's up to us males to handle the stress. :o)

The rain and the wind certainly enriched (to use your word) my entire being as a whole! :o) Yes, I did get wet.... Though not totally drenched ofcourse.... It would'nt have been a good idea to do that.... After all, if I'd actually gone out into the weather, I'd not have remained alive long enough to post a discription here. :o) It was truly a powerful storm!

Thanx about the exam. :"> Those nincompoops, I did'nt really give a second thought about. at the time, I was more intent on getting my ass out of their faces than wondering about their purposes. :o)

Thanks for appreciating the humor in the post, few people actually get half the humor.... They usually just pass on like nothing happened. lol!

About the great lord.... *blush* Almost every one of my posts has a few hidden secrets embedded in them.... If you read carefully enough and you know me well enough, it's undoubtedly a certainity that you'll locate the part as you did here. :o) Figuring it out though is something I'll leave unto you. :o)

Take care and thanx for the comment,
datempest wrote:
Feb. 9th, 2004 02:51 am (UTC)
Figured out already!

I must say, God bless you, God bless Oh! and God bless your!!!
angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 9th, 2004 02:56 am (UTC)
pinak wrote:
Feb. 3rd, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
to scroll it took me 4 secs, nice to see u on lj, wish i cud read, honestly, sincerely, hope u dont feel bad, it was way tooooo big.
angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 4th, 2004 05:14 am (UTC)
I don't feel bad pinak ol chap.... This stuff is for me.... and ofcourse those who actually believe they might benifit from reading this.... Even if it's to say that my writing sux. lol!

Thanx for commenting though.... It was indeed pretty big, but then, most of my posts are huge.... :-D

Scroll on....
(no subject) - brainz - Feb. 4th, 2004 03:25 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 4th, 2004 05:11 am (UTC)
Everything? :) Most of it is kewl.... somethings stil manage to creep into my new found sedate life though and whack the living daylights outa me....

But those incongruent objects don't bother me like they did when they first started happening....

Do give me a clue as to how the operation went okai, we're all worried....

And whatever happens, don't die on the operating table.... I hear that's he worst way to go. :P no one wants to die with his insides hanging out.... :o)

Hope to see ya at Sharats rock phenomenon. :o))

Take care buddy....
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Feb. 4th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 4th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Re: Venting out frustation..
Yes, lots of frustration i guess in my life.... :o)

Writing is my only form of 'speaking my mind'. Sometimes I let go in the form of poetry, sometimes it's stuff like this.... :o)

The poetry is more of a confidential nature though.... Very few of them are open to the public eye.

I figure you're from India right?
How'd you find me?
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Feb. 4th, 2004 05:19 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 4th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: I was intelligent but education ruined me
Oh golly! you not from Hyderabad by any chance? You might want to check out cyberabad if you are.... Heck, even if you're not, you still might want to check it out. :o)

To further interaction!
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Feb. 6th, 2004 03:41 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 6th, 2004 04:48 am (UTC)
Re: India's LJ comms
Hey Manish,

Nope.... Though I did expect there to be an LJ India kahaani (story for the Phirangi Taang's on my Journo.)

Dunno much about History or Kolkatta. I still call it Calcutta, somehow, it contains a greater character when refered to as Calcutta. Never been there in actual fact, so can't say I'd be much of a commentator on that front....

Do get back, it would be of community interest, I'm sure. :)

(Anonymous) wrote:
Feb. 8th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
this is a poem for you

the rain in my hollow eyes
caved in my tunel
covered me in sheets of acceptance
and left me say good morning to the
smell of the pavement

i longed for your laugh last night
as i do in the day light
but it was just frozen leaves breaking
apart my strings of communication

your friendship smells of honey

angiasaa wrote:
Feb. 9th, 2004 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: rain
You know Al,

When I read that, It took me back to the time that we'd first met.... The pavement brough back a conversation we'd had some time ago, Thanks for those memories....

There's a beautiful undercurrent of depth that you have in that little poem above, I was really touched by it....

Your strings of communication are always a welcome touch on my shoulder....

Your friendship means so much to me, I'm thankful to have you as a friend....

Thankyou for comminting here in my journal.... I did'nt expect it, but it was a wonderful suprise. :)

God bless you Al, take care and Kaydeeyoh!
datempest wrote:
Feb. 9th, 2004 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: rain
Al, that is such a beautiful poem. Reminds me of Khalil Gibran's poem Song of the Rain, which I dedicate to you here(permission from angiasaa!) I get the feeling you too enjoy the beauty of the rains.

"The voice of thunder declares my arrival;
the rainbow announces my departure.
I am like earthly life, which begins at
the feet of the mad elements and ends
under the upraised wings of death…

…The heat in the air gives birth to me,
but in turn I kill it,
as woman overcomes man with
the strength she takes from him.”

Song of the rain - Khalil Gibran

Its nice to see you around here!