Exams are over? Already?
I can’t begin to describe how I wait for this two month long period of absolute bliss – everyone looks forward to exams. This is the only time when I live, you know! I feel alive! This energy that courses through my veins is almost indescribable.
I have always enjoyed exams, but this time was insane! – 12th standard board exams are the thing. Last for at least 4 months, if you look at it. No one should be allowed to enjoy such uninterrupted joy for this long. Do they want to spoil the students?
I can’t begin to describe my exam time exploits.
Waking up early. No, I am not talking about your usual waking up to the sound of birds chirping and the sight of the soft sun – that’s too mainstream. What’s so enjoyable about the rising sun anyway? The sun is… it’s just…there. Throughout the day. If you look closely, you might even spot it in broad daylight.
I get excited just setting alarms starting 5 a.m. , then at each five minute threshold after. The sound of the alarm in the morning is the most soothing of all. Birds who? Chirping what? Sometimes I get so carried away setting alarms that they ring throughout the day. Bonus: it’s a good background sound for studying. Helps with concentration. Ocean sounds what? Guitar who? K-pop why? (No, seriously. Why are you even listening to K-Pop while studying?)
Waking up to the sight of your books fills you with that pure, sublime sensation of panic, of regret for not studying when you still had time. I put off studying just so I can experience the pleasure of sleeping for just four out of the 24 hours of the day.
On second thoughts, you don’t have to wake up early if you don’t sleep at all. Aha! Roll safe.
Exam time is the only time when I can take care of my body properly. Some o’ that nourishin’, some o’ that maintainin’ , some o’ that sustainin’, ya see?
I finally get the opportunity to skip breakfast. And water who?
I know my regime is successful when I see my under eye circles getting darker and darker day by day. I pride myself on this all natural look that no amount of makeup can achieve.
The behavioural change is the best part. You get to feel the crank. Getting bad tempered and antisocial, not wanting to talk to anybody – all this makes my parents proud.
Ah, I can go on and on about this. But alas, the more I think about those sweet, sweet days, the more I start to miss them. I miss those days when I did nothing but study, when I didn’t have the time to talk to my friends, when I had to schedule even minutes of my day, when I didn’t have the time to take bath.
Harsh reality awaits me now. The exam days are over, gone. Now all I have to do is sleep through the whole day, to sit there doing nothing but stare at the walls without regretting the time being wasted in the process. My parents have stacked the kitchen with chips and chocolates just to remind me that the days of happiness are over, that I now have to get myself together. My grandparents have been pampering me but I can’t take it. I feel myself breaking under pressure. I am weak. People do experience post exam stress, don’t they? I never had a strong personality.
Dark times await. I dread the phone calls I keep receiving from my friends, pushing me for a get together, a party, some o’ that chillin’.
That is not all. My dark circles are vanishing. I am losing my beauty, day by day.
This is the Kalyug the scriptures talk about – the age of Vice, the age of Kali. I can almost envision Lord Kalki atop a white horse with a drawn blazing sword.