Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Classic Incident

September '97
School days

We use to have "unit" tests every 2 months of 1 hour each worth 25 marks per subject during our school days . The test was conducted at our class rooms only and on that particular day, I was sitting with my topper, who was just a hi-bye-go die kinda friend of mine.

Maths it was. Exam started,paper was kinda easy and within 40 minutes I solved everything. Thereafter, I saw my topper,he had also completed everything except the last Qs which he was in the process to solve. 5 minutes later, I saw him again, still trying his level best to unriddle the same. I gestured that I can help but he denied. 5 minutes later, I observed him again and this time, he was sweating like hell. The quagmire of last question was slowly killing him like a colchicine mixed with apple juice. The click of every second passing by was like the sound of his coffin being nailed 6 feet under the ground.
I have always felt that for toppers, marks are binary, its either full(=1) or, if not full, its equivalent to zero.

He, still, unable to solve, deep inside knew that he can't solve it anymore, adding to his misery, was the fact that a dumb witted moron(that's me) has solved it.

3 min left and ahoy! this boy finally gave up and "literally" pleaded "vineet, please show me how u did it"
I smiled(= I won): I sneaked the test copy towards him and within next 2 minutes, he copied everything.
Paper got over.We submitted the answer copy after which i expected at least a heartfelt thanks or even a comforting smile but all this guy managed was a cold stern glare.
WHO CARES, I was glad with my performance and didn't bother much about that.

1 week later,test answer copy was distributed and i got 23 out of 25. My topper got 25/25 and gosh, so happy he was.
I was happy with my 23, a guy who has been sitting for whole of his life in the 3rd last bench sleeping( and sometimes even murmuring in the sleep), for him, anything beyond 18 is a bonus.

Lunch Time
I was chit chatting with a group of 7-8 friends along with the "topper" in that circle when someone asked me " hey Vineet, how much you got in Maths yaar"
I (with a proud smile and virtually patting my back): dude, 23

he said " haan saale, topper ke saath baitha tha naa"

It felt like someone has given me a head-shot with a sniper from a small range.
I looked at my topper and holyshit!!can u believe it, he was looking at the floor,smiling sheepishly with a " ohh come on, no big deal for me" look.

I, mum, was glaring at him,eyes wide opened, waiting desperately for him to clarify but then his ego never let him do the same. That son of a bitch never told anyone that his fucking 25 was because of a 3rd last row guy.

PS: I almost gave up cheating after that.
PPS: but then i needed my 23, and as i grew old, that 23 even out of 50 seemed like skydiving without ropes.
PPPS: these days, Back on track.


murthy_thehandsome(?) said...

after a long time dude.. It was short and sweet... I guess toppers apne aap ko kuch jyada hi samajhte the and in fact hain :) agar 24 bhi aayega tho they will like bahut kharab marks aaya yaar... ab main kes muh se ye marks parents ko dikhaunga n all shit.... :)
and yeah pple kya even u n i will also think ki tune topper se copy kiya hain... common notion... :)
nice... could have included more stuff...:)

Live2cherish said...

Logo ka kaam hain kehna, kuch toh log kahenge.
Very few people are humble enough to accept the things.
Cheer up, all but you, know your worth.

Kumar Bibek said...

Find that guy out and send this post to him and ask him to read. :D

Abhishek said...

After a long time on your blog.
The post as always was nice.
Enjoyed it.

Sandip Datta said...

Awesome Post like always....Enjoyed Bro...

vineet said...

@murthy: abey uski dash ke dash,bhaar main jaaye saale, waise thnks comment ka dwaar kholney ke liye

@love2cherish: ustaad maan gaye, aapke paar ke nakar aur aapke blog dono ko :P

@kumar bibek:hehehe, ab koi khabar nahi uski, bhai tera naam mere director se milta hai,darr hee lagta hai tere se :P

@abhishek: u dint like it isnt it?

@Sandip datta: heheh, u kidding, nt into writing dese days dude, wil surely try to b more regular

MindTwister said...

Awesome bhai...
ek PS daalna bhool gaya tu - Ab to lounda khud topper ho gaya hai :)

Uma Uthra said...

ossum post :) enjoyed readin :)

Anita Jeyan Sandeep said...

And u remember this after all these years...! WOw mustve hurt real bad !Good read :) I really wish that topper guy gets to read this piece!

Marita Abraham said...

HAHA. The nerdy ones can never be trusted.

Mani Lalwani said...

Bhai very true... :)
yeh topper log apne aapko aisa hawwabaaj samajte hai ki kya bole!

I am a mediocre in the class when it comes to grades becaz i dont mug mu asses up before the exams but am sure have much practical knowledge and usage of oriental words :p !

toppers will keep being like this, and we too will keep enjoying our anonymity. :)
nice post :)

vineet said...

@ravi:bhai aajkal toh aap bhi phod macha rakhe hai :)

@uma: thnk u

@anita: trust me, i m nevr gona forgt it,i hope he do read this piece of shit

@marita: absolutely true

@mani: likha hai guru tuney, i m on the same track as urs...jabardast

Abhishek said...

@Vineet nopes friend I like all your posts and this too thats why I have blogrolled your blog on my blog : )

Live2cherish said...

naye saal ko update mangta re! Jaldi karing...

Anonymous said...

I liked d way u pen such a small yet memorable incident of yours in a humorous fashion.