Tired of playing angry birds since morning, I remembered that I needed a shave and haircut. It has been over 47 days and counting..
At the first sight, the barber contorted his face, he hadn’t expected. He knew this wasn’t going to be another normal haircut (I mean the regular way, sprinking water, then trimming off with a comb and a pair of scissors, working smoothly etc.)
He pulled out a drawer from under a desk, took a bit bigger pair of scissors and went on a demolition derby on my head. He was “snipping my locks” without mercy and at random angles. I was noticing all of this, but didnt care much. Except for the occasional pricking pain at my hair roots, there wasnt much to care about. He didnt use the comb till the end. When he finally did take the comb, he raked down a ball of hair off my head, about the size of my face.
I was scared out of my wits!
Had I gone bald??? I was starting to dream about horrible scenes of my friends making fun of me, right when the mirror told me that my hair was shorter than I had asked for. Thats all. I wasnt bald! phew.. Like a load had been taken off my chest..
P.S. Throughout the exercise till the end, I could feel his frustrated breath on my neck. 🙂
Today morning started with karthik waking me up. He was asking for the login password to my lappy. Unlocking my lappy, I went for my usual morning business. Saaki was still fast asleep. By the time I was back, karthik was busy practicing problems of “time and distance” on INDIABIX. I joined in. After sometime saaki woke up and joined us. By then we were practicing “permutation”, “pipes and cisterns”, “work and time problems” and etc, all on different tabs in the same browser. We were much tensed about the test. Saaki and Keto were solving the problems; I was just looking at the solutions lazily (to my surprise, that too helped during the test). Next thing was to look at the watch and we decided it was time for breakfast. We took a short walk of around 10 min and found a shop selling “kochuri” and ”ghugni”. Had a hearty breakfast. Then another short walk and we were back into our rooms. The mail had told us that our test was scheduled at 11am. A phone call to our TPO Mr. Francis told us that the test was postponed to 1 pm. That was a good news. We got down to practice a few more problem types.
O! Did I forget to mention that in between all of these scheduled jobs, we were doing a lot of unscheduled chattering gossiping and lots of laughing!!
Got ready, and then boarded a taxi after a little bargaining. Like last night, this taxi driver too didn’t know the place we were supposed to go. Anyway, within 15 min we were at Esplanade. This left us regretting. As last we had taken a karunamayee bus instead of the espalanade one, and had a lot of trouble getting to Chetla. Anyway, by 12 30 we were at the centre.
There were students roaming all around us. A friend told us to go to the playground, and register our attendance. At last we found the guys from our college. They were sitting in a group in a tree-shade. Then the long wait started. Every now and then our TPO would inform us that our exam time has been postponed. To our bad luck, our TPO had been temporarily hired by the campussing officials from WIPRO, as they found him very active. So, we saw him escorting students of all other colleges.
Our guys were swearing at him aloud. At last around 4 pm we were allowed to enter the exam hall, a big auditorium.
Quickly, I took a place beside Karthik. Soon we were shifted to the gallery seats on the 1stfloor, because only 2 students were allowed on 1 bench. Me and Saaki took a bench. We were given “career boarding pass” (a card) to fill up. Then the officials came in distributed the OMR sheets, gave instructions, and the test started around 5 pm. To my surprise I did fare well in the verbal and quantitative sections, but technical was a bit hard. The test completed around 6. Then we had chowmein, then went off roaming around the place.Karthik says he hasn’t fared well, but we 2 are bit more confident than him.After a little bit of “sight-seeing” we took a bus to sealdah, and another back to chetla.
OMG! I have again forgotten to tell u. A pet monkey lives near to our guest house. It is a small one. Today morning it had tried to snatch Karthik’s X6, while he was taking its snap. In the shock Karthik had dropped his phone.. Anyway, we did manage to get some snaps of this little monkey..
Today was my birthday. We had gone to mython for picnic with 40 people. There we landed up at a picnic spot overlooking the Damodar river in sparkling sunlight. After having our breakfast consisting of bread a banana and an egg, we went off on a walk to mython dam. it was a walk of about 3 km up and 3 km down. Anyway, after that we tried trekking the nearby hills. i climbed 3 hills successfully, but descended only 2 times successfully. Strange, isn’t it? How can one climb 3 times and descend 2 times successfully?
Actually I fell down the hill on my third attempt, and came skidding down on my chest. This last one was a steep one and had a landslide recently. That had made a way to climb up, but there were loose rocks all over. I climbed successfully, took snaps as well. While coming down my left foot slipped on a round rock which that sent me running down the hill slope uncontrollably. I could not stop running and I was accelerating down actually. Finally I made a choice to dive and jumped forward. Landed on my knees and hands first then my chest hit the ground and I skidded for another 5 metres before coming to a halt. My palms were bleeding and got scratches on my hands (so I am having a hard time to type this).I got up then n there and washed my hands in the river water and went to rejoin the party.