Thursday, December 2, 2010
Today while coming to office I saw some kids in my neighborhood walking back home from school. Morning is not the time for schools to get over so a curious me (more because of the happy expression on their faces than them taking a different route) asked them the reason. As they broke the ‘Happy’ news to me their faces brighten up with joy. “School declared a holiday because of the rain!!!”, a kid responded to me with happiness. “That’s cool. Have fun then!!!”, I said giving them an equally elated smile back as if my office had also declared a leave for me. I remember how me and my friends would pray for our school to declare a holiday before the tough exam we wouldn’t have prepared for. Sometimes we would go so crazy with our prayers that we would not mind a disaster or a calamity to strike for the exam dates to get postpone or pray for our teacher to fall sick. It’s only now that I realize how stupid we were. Most of the time our prayers remained unanswered, except for a few instances when the teacher actually fell sick. :D Anyways passing across these kids did make me feel a little jealous of their luck. Wait did I say luck? Well yes today might be a lucky day for them but it doesn’t happen everyday. In all other days I see them carrying bags double their size and feel sorry for them. And yes also celebrate the fact that I am no more in school!!! I hate my school life. The over-sized bags, bulky notebooks, never ending classes, strict discipline, monotones morning prayers, boring uniform, out of fashion ugly ponytails that made me look even more ugly and always make me late while plating them, scary surprise tests, my daily encounter with the most boring subject in the world Maths and more than that my psycho maths teacher, ufff the list is endless when it comes to things I hate about being in school. And given a chance I would never like to go back ever, I know life wouldn’t give me the chance again but am more than happy not to receive it. I hate studies and especially when you have to study a subject that your dad chose for you. Thank God I escaped the Maths Monster in college and opted for Bio. But cockroach dissection was another nightmare ( One more post for that). I never liked my school life after 10th. Reason? Well cause before 10th I used to study science because I loved the subject. After that it was more about scoring ranks in boards than enjoying the logic of science behind a thing of amaze in nature. Science was no more fun as it was replaced by heavy out of this world concepts and formulas. I know I can never say these things to my kids while sending them to a school. I should also give a rosy picture like all other parents about school life before I push them to twelve years of unofficial imprisonment. But before that stage comes I am free to speak my mind.For me school wasn't much of fun the discipline part made it suck in my case, i started enjoying life only once i jumped the confines of school and went to college.
I walked a few more steps and found some kids eating puffs and samosas at a bakery shop near the road side. The school had declared a holiday, a reason good enough to celebrate i guess. This reminded me of my canteen time with friends in school. Bunking classes or just being late for one, so that you get to relish on some extra samosas in the canteen. Eating out in canteen with friends was always fun. No matter how much good cook your mother is, no one can match the canteen food. Yes all that yummy junk and the reason behind the extra kilos. But when pressure is high and there is too much to study food comes as a close companion of comfort. Especially if you are the studious type who doesn’t care how many guys turn their heads everytime you pass the corridor. All that matters to you is to score decent marks to keep your parents happy. Have good time with friends to keep yourself happy. And yes food does play a major role here.
Some of my best friends are the ones whom I have met during my school life and are still with me, not physically though. Our combined studies before exams. Our joint prayers before exams, after exams and during the distribution of answer sheets and then comparing them with each others. Birthday celebrations and collecting money to buy presents. Loads of after school activities and fun. Working together on projects. Doing each other’s homework and solving maths problems. Creating problems and then again solving them. Sharing secrets and keeping them. Fighting, sulking and cajoling. When I rewind my school life in my mind, I see lot of ugly fat books with many ugly fat and lean teachers and some interesting collection of books with equally interesting friends and equally friendly and knowledgeable teachers. Deleting the ugly files while refreshing the good ones. School life is not that bad. Especially if you have the company of some good friends, some good teachers and yes once in a while out of the blue holiday on such rainy days!
Posted by Tanushri Guchhait at Thursday, December 02, 2010