Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Holi came... Holi went... But when the hell will this hell go...

Time is one factor that has the maximum effect on anyone's life. Whenever we see failures, we always hear people saying that the time is not good. And when someone succeeds, they say that his time is good. With time, life takes a lot of changes. Initially, we object so many things. But then, we accept them all with time. Time changes everything. A change with time is required to lead a better life. However, there are certain things on which a person can not compromise. And thus, he is unable to change. And finally, he falls in the ditch of bad time. Now, he has to compromise or die there. We usually find compromises as life is at stake. Exactly in the same fashion, I have been compromising on everything

People lied to me. I compromised. People played around me. I compromised. People hurt me. I compromised. People cheated me. I compromised. Each time, I said to myself, what the big deal, lets take it easy and went ahead. And today, these large number of small compromises have become a big burden on life

These small things are pinching me every moment and sucking off my blood. Each time there was a problem, I would consider to solve it at even the cost of hurting my intuition. I considered myself at fault although I was right. I did everything, forgot, solved, blamed, scolded, hit, convinced, confused, sacrificed, cried, kicked and what. Yet, the result remains the same

It is said- "No one can teach a man. He will learn whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants. Had men learn what was taught, world would be a perfection and not a struggle"

I even tried this and kept quiet. Even then, things didnt work. After all these struggles with continuous failures, I really dont understand what has to be done. Everything remains a question mark and my career has slipped into an imbalanced position

Even after the best efforts, I am yet unable to read a single page. This will be the third time I will be giving my CA exams and such a shame that I am yet going to fail. A year back, the same person was the University rankholder. I dont understand why life is taking me through such harsh stages. Or am I taking my life through such stages??? Things are seeming impossible. In my previous post about my career, I had given a big list of career opportunites where the doors were open to me. However, today, I find that all the doors are closed. For each and every opportunity, I am ineligible or not compatible in one or the other manner. Life has dragged me on the roads and I am lying as a wounded street dog with no option but to die under a vehicle one fine day

I am totally confused about all this. I am unable to choose the path to move on. I am unable to know what exactly is happening. I am unable to know the reasons behind whats happening. I am unable to know anything. I know that this is a crucial moment of life. The final few days to complete my graduation and I need to be very serious and responsible about whatever I do. Yet, things are pretty upset at this end

By the way... Holi, the festival of colors has just come and gone. This year, there was no much color in it. A formality to show the world that even I played Holi was on. Colors of confusion have come up that have made life, a tough saga of colorless pictures

Holi has come, Holi has gone... And it keeps coming...
Things have come, Things have gone... And they keep coming...
Happiness has come, Happiness has gone... And it keeps coming...
But this hell called as life comes once and never goes... And once it goes, it never comes...

Friday, 21 March 2008

A picnic to Sanjivini Eco-Education Park...

I was just speaking with my friends in the college. I just hinted that we could go for a picnic to some place on Friday (14th Mar 08) as it was a holiday. It suddenly turned a serious issue and the plan was laid out. All girls gathered, and immediately, planned for the same and it was made final to move on. We were supposed to gather early morning in the college and move from there to the Sanjivini Park which is a beautiful and serene place between Hubli-Dharwad. Its one natural place that has a lot of greenery. I had heard about the place and I wished to go over there. And today, it would turned into a reality

In the morning, we were supposed to meet in the college at 10. However, the Rain God had some different plans for us. We met in college at 11. After waiting for the entire team to come, we left by a bus to the Sanjivini Park and reached there by 12. We completed the ticket purchase formalities, etc and got into the park. It was a beautiful place and was a visitor's delight. We found one more friend (Mallik) with one more new person at the spot. They were definitely shocked at the moment they us. But then, slowly, things eased. The first one was the maze garden. It was quite beautiful and built like a chakravyuha. Then, there was a rock bunch laid down. After that, it was the most attractive part of the park, the giant water fall. Though the fall was not really giant, it was giant considering this as a children park. It was nice. We then prayed the Vanadevata (Forest God). And then, the fun began. We entered the children's park and played variety of games from swings to slopes to barrels, etc. It was great fun slipping from the slopes. It did that at least 8-10 times. We had a stunts session too and took some great photographs (look at the end). Soon, we started playing some games. A person was blindfolded and was supposed to catch others. It was a great time that we all were having. Even I was caught and blindfolded. With my heavy swings and shots, people considered staying away

After all this fun, we sat down tired. Soon, we had some refreshments and started our lunch too. The girls had bought the food from home. It was too good and stomachs were soon overloaded. Almost everyone was sleepy. I at least lied down for some time. After that, we started playing Antakshari. What a lovely moment this too was...

It was about 4 pm and we started to pack up and start moving as the park was scheduled to close at 5 pm. And we were supposed to see some more places. There was one beautiful tree on which the face of a human was carved. And the next place was the cactus garden. There some very good plants in this garden that would be excellent show plants in anyone's home. There was also a flower garden which too was a beautiful sight. Finally, we landed at the flush green grass park which was the last spot before exit. We sat down for some time here and relaxed. And soon, we bid adieu to this beautiful place where we breathed fresh and sweet breeze to get back to our polluted world. How fine life would be, if there was no such pollution and all. And these days, more than any pollution, what is affected the human life to the maximum is the mind pollution. This has made life very difficult and unhappy. Happiness lies in the satisfaction of the heart and soul and that is achieved by such serene things that are pure and these idirectly touch the heart and add to its sanctity

These were some very beautiful moments spent with everyone. I am definitely in search of more such moments as the college days are getting over too soon and once we get into the professional world, things will not be the same. These are some final days that need to be spent with lot of love, care, happiness and social involvement. A lot of relationships get built and get stronger in these few days. We need to keep the point in mind that the earth is a family and we all are members. And we need to get closer to all these members. Thats real success and shall give real happiness. Simultaneously, we also need to concentrate on our career front also to make our life's journey path a strong, stable and beautiful one

I am thankful to all the people (Vikram NA, Sachin, Vikam Mal, Nitin, Priyanka, Shilpa, Aruna, Priya and of course, Mallik and Gowri) who made this day a delightful one. And also thankful to the people who built and are maintaining this beautiful park between the twin cities...

Monday, 17 March 2008

What a coincidence... The 100th post is a birthday post...

This is the 100th post on this blog and I am glad that the effort to write my life story has come such a long way. It has definitely taken a lot of endeavour and energy from me. Yet, the satisfaction derived is uncomparable. I am happy and thankful to all my friends and other readers who's words have encouraged me to keep the work going

Its a delightful coincidence that the centurion post is the narration of the small birthday party that was held in my honour by parents and friends. I am thankful to them not just for this, but for everything they have done for me. As I was in Bhopal on my birthday, the celebrations were held on 11th March 2008

Though the plan was to surprise me, I was not much surprised for I knew that these people had planned this. Yet, I was happy to know this. I believe, it was the last day of internal exams and after the exams, all my friends told me that they will come to home in the evening and we will go to the Nruptunga Hills. But I immediately knew that they were coming for my birthday celebration as the hill journey is always very casual and doesnt require any planning

At around 5 pm, the gang (Priyanka, Deepak, Sachin and Vikram) arrived with a beautiful cake with them. Soon, I had a wash and we all went to the Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi Nagar. Even my sisters, Sushma and Spurti, joined us. We spent some time there and after seeking the lord's blessings, we relaxed for some time and came back home

Unfortunately, there was a power cut. We did not have enough time to wait as they had to move home in time. So, I had to celebrate the day under the candle light. In fact, it was more beautiful and lovely to do so. The usual formalities continued and the day was celebrated

This is the last birthday that I will be celebrating as a student. All these 3 years as a commerce student, life has gone well. Some people came too close and were very good friends with me. While most of them are going ahead with higher education and another bunch of them are supposed to handle their family business, I fall into the category of students who are on a lookout for an immediate job. Though my scores definitely speak volumes about a good academic life ahead, the current conditions of life have prohibited me from venturing into them. There numerous ways in which I am thinking about the future. A bank job, a business plan, a Govt job, a sales job, LIC business, etc are some arenas in which I am thinking. As of now, I am determined to go ahead with a job in a bank (officer level) and simultaneously pursue my MBA through correspondence and also promote LIC & Mutual Fund business also. Lets see where life will take me. Today might be one among the last meetings that we all are having. Who knows, where our destinies will take us after graduation. I just wish that everyone should lead a righteous life and be happy always

After a small refreshment, everyone was back to their homes

A lot of thoughts were running in my mind about the days to come. Numerous directions to move. Lets see where the stars will lead us

Once this post goes online, the blog will be a 100 post strong blog. My efforts to continue writing will be on. It helps in a regular introspection of life and helps in shaping one's personality. And my motto of writing this blog was, is and always will be

THE WORLD IS MY FAMILY

LET MY FAMILY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT ME

Thanking everyone for the wonderful support and wishing myself A Very Happy Birthday...

Friday, 14 March 2008

My first and final shot at the SSB for the Armed Forces.. Though results say I'm not successful.. Yet feeling quite successful..

Aankho mein sapne liye
Ghar se hum chal tho diye
Jaane yeh raahein ab le jaayengi kahaan
Mitthi ki khushbu aayi, Palkhoan pe aansu laayi
Phalkhoan mein reh jaayega yaadoan ka jahaan
Manzil nayi hai, Anjaana hai kaarbaan
Chalna akele hai yahaan, Tanha dil, tanha safar...

On 29th Feb 08, I was all set to go to the SSB interview at 21 SSB, Bhopal. After having cleared my CDS Exam (Roll No. 28578), I got the call letter for the IMA(DE)-125 Army Course that begins in July 2008. The orders asked me to be at the Bhopal Railway Station at 1 pm on 3 March 2008. Today was also an important day as there was the college debate competition to decide the debater of the year. I was longing for this event from a very long time. However, things were appearing a little suspicious to me and I was feeling some unease in myself. I was feeling that one person will get the first position irrespective of how that person spoke. The person who is supposed to conduct the debate will cheat everyone. Lets see if this feeling will become a reality

I got up early and went to the college at 9.30 am. I had a small work relating to LIC on the way and after that, I sat down and prepared for the debate. Then, I moved home at around 12.30 pm and did the final packing and kept things ready. I went back to college by walk. After participating in the debate, I went to the railway station at 4 pm where my parents were waiting with the luggage. Some of my friends too came to leave me. Soon, I waived good bye to all and the train moved. There was a misunderstanding in me that it takes 2 days to reach Bhopal. However, it would take just 1 day and 4 hours. So, I would be 2 days early to the interview. I met some army jawans in the train. We chatted for some time. I had carried all my CA books to study. But I could not do it. At around 8 pm, I went to bed

The March month began now. I was just lying on the seat all time. I had carried some snacks from home and I ate them whenever I felt hungry. Finally, after a long waiting, I was dropped in Bhopal at 7.30 pm. I was unable to believe for some time that I have really come to Bhopal and that too, for the SSB interview. Where has life brought me and why, from where did this happen, how, whats the reason, am I really going for the interview, etc were some questions that were hitting my mind. I must definitely say that I was very tired with the entire journey and I wanted some rest. I went to a lodge and as the rates were high, I came back to the railway station and accommodated myself in the restroom. It was quite comfortable along with all the basic amenities. Luckily, I also found a person who had come for the same interview. He was a nice person and thankfully, I was a little relieved. And yes, on the way, I also got to know that the results of the debate were announced at the college. And I expected, there was a cheating in it. A person who couldn't even speak properly, who stammered and stopped a couple of times, who was confused about the topic and spoke many wring things was given the first position. I was not much sad about my position (3rd) but I was deeply hurt and hit as the person who spoke the best and 100 times better than anyone was given the second position. It was not just me, all the participants were hurt for the same. I had been tolerating such injustices for quite a long time. But this time, I was not patient enough and words flowed. I knew the people behind this and I directly questioned them. I am sure, this will be a big issue soon. I will lose all my reputation, etc from the teachers. This may also have an adverse effect on my career. But then, if I didn't speak, it would make me feel that I am supporting injustice even when that has grown to the extent of killing someone. There is a limit for everything beyond which, the worst can always happen. And if the respect that I have is just because I help them, let this respect die. I don't want such respect. Because, its not respect, its just selfish greed. It lives till I am useful and once the work has been extracted of me, I will be thrown in the bin. Anyways, I have always seen that, whenever I stand up to fight righteously, all the people stop me and completely erase me. Everyone wants to live like a king but don't want to work. Well, forget it. Let me stop at words of advise. Else, the rape will happen

The second day of March was spent at the restroom lazily. I was deeply worried about the financial problems of my family. I was trying to find some ways to solve the problems. Things are very difficult and my survival itself is a mystery

The 3rd day was an important day as I was supposed to report for the interview today. I got ready for the day. After a bath, wash, change, etc, I packed everything. The bus that was supposed to carry us at 1 pm arrived at 3 pm. We were taken to the 21 SSB, SCC, Bhopal immediately. After keeping our luggage and having a wash, we were asked to assemble at the testing hall along with all the documents in original. The entire documentation process was completed. We were given all the rules, regulations, instructions, schedule, etc that were supposed to be followed. Each candidate was issued a chest number for reference. I was given the chest no. 12. After the process, we had the dinner. The SSBJ feeling returned in me. I was feeling good for it. After a very long time, I got time. I had been working like a donkey all day, all night everyday. And today, after a very long time, I had some time with me to think about me and my life. Though I didn't think much, I just lied down and breathed. Breathed and felt that even I can do it. I made some new friends. One person, Rajeev Ranjan (Chest No. 45) was from MS Ramiah College, Bangalore. He was a classmate of Mallikarjun, my SSBJ friend. Soon, I had a bath and went to bed as I had to get up early

On 4th of March, the interview process began. I got up at 5 am and got ready in formal dress. All were asked to pack their luggage and keep it in a common room. The first day is called as the screening day. Whoever fails the screening is sent back immediately and that's why we were asked to keep the luggage ready to avoid unnecessary delays. We were about 86 of us attending the interview. The tests began at 6.30 am. We wrote 2 intelligence tests. The intelligence tests contained about 60 questions each that were be to answered in 30 minutes. There were questions of all types that were designed to test the basic intelligence, the IQ. Immediately, there was a thematic appreciation test. We were shown a picture and asked to write a story on it. After writing the story, we were divided in groups. There were 14 in my group. All the persons were asked to read out their stories individually. After that, we were asked to do a group discussion and come to a common conclusion and devise a common group story. Everything went fine. Though there were good number of arguments, we could come to a common conclusion in the given time. Soon, we were sent to lunch. After lunch, all were asked to stand outside the testing hall. All were asked to return the chest numbers. And then, the people who cleared the screening test were asked to come inside the testing hall one by one. 50 students were screened in. The remaining were dropped back to the railway station immediately. And yeah, I was screened in!!!Yet, I was not happy. There was no much excitement in me even at this point. I was still confused. And now, more confused as I was unable to understand what was actually happening in my life. Hmmm... let see where fate takes me. I always believe that a human being cant control 2 things. He has no right or he can in no ways decide about his birth or death. God does it. And even during lifetime, God decided 2 things for man. Irrespective of whatever happens, only God can decide these two things. One is the person who we marry and the other is, whether we join the Indian Army or not...We were given new chest numbers and an identity card too. My new chest number was 11. We all were immediately given a PIQ form (Personal Information Questionnaire) that we were supposed to fill. We were given the information about filling it up and asked to put up the necessary documents in support of the same. We moved to the barracks and occupied our new beds in serial order. I got the second barrack which was meant for chest no. 7-12. Soon, I filled up the PIQ form and attached the documents. Then, we all wet back to submit it. By 6 pm, all this process was over. We were also given the travelling allowance money. Whatever I got (850 odd), I deposited into the ATM as it was necessary for certain reasons. I just moved around the campus with my friends. We had some discussions about our lives. After a lot of chatting, we had dinner and were soon, of to bed

5 March is a special day for me each year. However, this year, it was going to be something different. No one knew about this. And neither did I tell anyone. However, God had done all the planning to reveal the secret. During the psychology test at 6 am, all were supposed to stand up and tell their chest number, name and date of birth. I said that when my turn came. But then, no one even knew that today is 5 March. The psychologist knew that. She wished me from the stage and the entire group went crazy at this. Soon, the psychology tests began. The first test was the PAT (Picture Appreciation Test). In this, we would be shown a picture slide for 30 seconds and then, we would be given 4 minutes to write a story on the picture. In the same way, we were shown 11 pictures one by one continuously. There was a 12th blank picture to write our own story. It was seriously tiring exercise. Writing stories was a tough task. Yet, I did well. Immediately, we had the next test, the WAT (Word Association Test). Here, we would be shown a word for 5 seconds and asked to write a sentence on it within the next 30 seconds. The same procedure was continuously done till we made sentences using 60 words. Even this was a good experience and I did well. Immediately, the next test, SRT (Situation Reaction Test) began. Here, we were given 60 different situations of life and asked to write down our reactions. There were very good and interesting questions. The time given was 30 minutes and I could answer 50 questions only. After this entire psychological test processes, we were told that the interviews will begin today. In SSB, there are 3 types of tests conducted by 3 officers. The Psychologist, the Group Task Officer, the Interviewer. Our psychological tests were over now. And today, the interview would also get over. But then, due to lack of time, my interview was postponed to the next day. I felt within myself now that my interview will not go well tomorrow. The reason being unknown. I resisted the phone the whole day and did not use it. However, I used it in the afternoon when I got to know that interview was postponed. A few wishes came from home, friends and all. Soon, I had my dinner. The next day was the first GTO (Group Task Officer) testing day. For this, we had to be in whites and whites. I just kept the necessary things ready. And knowing that I would again need to get up very early in the morning, I went to bed immediately. Before I could get sleep, I felt that this was one of the worst birthdays, forget birthday, this was one of the worst day of my life. The whole day went waste. The tests got over early morning. And from morning till now, I waited for the interview which never came. I couldn't even do other activities as the interview call would come any moment. Hmmm... Changes are common... Lets move on...

The 6th day of March was the first day of GTO tests. I got up very early and got ready. We had the breakfast and were present in the grounds for the tests by 6 am. Soon, our group (10 of us from chest no. 11 to 20) were introduced to our GTO who would be conducting the tests for the next 2 days and would assess us in his ways. Our GTO was Lt Col Sameer and he was a very nice and humble person. He explained us everything about today and the next day. Soon, we began the day with group discussion. We were given 2 topics. Firstly, What is more important for India's development? Manufacturing, Infrastructure or FDI? And secondly, The pros and cons of Tata Nano. We chose to speak on the first topic. Everything began well. I was the initiator of the GD amidst big attempts by all. We spoke on all points and it was a very meaningful and good discussion that we had. I added some valuable points wherever possible. Soon, things came to an end and immediately, we were given a topic to speak- "The reasons for increasing divorces. Woman is becoming ambitious or Stress at work or Male dominant society." The discussion on this topic too went very fine and we covered some good points. Although I felt that we all were doing a good job, I felt in my heart that Chest No. 19 has a chance to get selected. After this, we had a mini break for 2 minutes. I was feeling very good and was happy with my performance. The next task that was before us was the Military Planning. In this, we were given a situation of problems. And we were supposed to solve it. There were many problems and all had to be solved at the same time. Each person was asked to give his solution in writing. After this, the written material was taken back and we were asked to discuss as a group and give the common solution. Things went a little crazy here as one person began and never stopped. Finally, the GTO himself had to stop him and say that its a team work and not an individual play. Soon, we all discussed. And we were about to come to a common conclusion but were interrupted by other members. The process went on and by the time we could arrive at the solution, we were too late. After this, the next task was the Progressive Group Task. Here, we all were given a obstacle that we had to clear using some helping materials like a plank, rope, etc. There were some rules that we needed to follow. The task was to move from the start line to finish line without stepping the red lines and without using the blue lines to keep the material and using only white lines. No jumping was allowed. Use of plank and bamboo was permitted. There were 4 such obstacles to clear. Yet again, things were not moving. No head worked properly. The task was too difficult to crack. Soon, somehow, we got a solution to the first obstacle. In the second obstacle too, a solution was found. In fact, we were advised not to make bridges. But still, we created a bridge and went on. The GTO didn't say anything as we didn't have other solution either. But, he would have definitely marked it in the records. I was not able to involve myself in this as the number of people was very high. Somehow, we reached the 3rd obstacle. And after this, we were asked to stop. We were divided into 2 teams. And the fourth obstacle would be our next test, the Half Group Task. We cleared the fourth obstacle too. Then immediately, the most exciting event of the GTO, The Snake Race, began. Here, all the 10 people were supposed to carry a big snake across the obstacle course. All the 10 people were needed to hold it all the time except while clearing the obstacle where 3 would be sufficient. There were many obstacles from horse jumping to eight crossing to rope ladders to wall jump to double wall pit, etc. Our group performed excellently well. Immediately, we were all called for the next task, ie, the Lecturette. Well, a real tiring day. But funny too. And yet again, me being the 1st person in my batch, I was supposed to give the first lecture for 3 minutes on the topic given. I was given 4 topics out of which I chose to speak on Healthcare services. I spoke well and everything was fine. Immediately, everyone completed. And we were asked to go for the interview. As i was the first person, I was asked to go on the same dress. I reached the hall and then, I was given 5 minutes to change and be back. I was back in formals and the interview began. The interview went very well. All was superb. I was very happy. But I also got to know one thing for sure, I will not get selected. The reason, I dont know, I felt within myself that I was perfect in all but imperfect for army. And as already told, God has written whether I am going to be in the army or not. And at this point, I believe, God has not written that for me...Soon, I decided to enjoy the small stay here. I gathered everyone and convinced them for a Bhopal tour. We all hired a taxi and went on. It was a lovely experience. Seeing the railway station of Bhopal, I never felt that Bhopal had anything in it. But on seeing the city today, I was amazed. The Bhopal Lake that lies in the centre of the city is the most attractive part. We visited the lake, Birla Temple, Museum, New Market, Zoo and many other places. We had a great time. Soon, we were back. And after the dinner, we all gathered together and had a lot of fun. 2 biharis (Chest no. 22 and 27) got together and looted the entire group. We had great fun sharing our experiences and it all went up to 1 am at night. It was another lovely experience

The 7th of March would be the second and final testing day on the GTO grounds. Its almost the end of the SSB interview process today. The last part that would remain after this would be the conference that is scheduled for the next day. Yet again, I had to get up early and have a quick wash and breakfast to be present in the ground with everyone at 6 am. Well, it was a big challenge today. We had to perform the individual obstacles now. There were about 10 obstacles that we had to clear in 3 minutes. I have grown too fat and I really doubted if I could clear them. The obstacles included balance bars walking to pit jump to criss cross balancing to burma bridge to double jump from top to hanging rope on which a swinging jump had to be taken to a rope jump to cross 2 pits to commando bridge among others. Well, yet again, I was the first person called to perform this too. It was really a tiring work. I was able to clear all but one which I forgot. It was really a great experience. I had never ever done anything of this sort in the past 4 years. Jumping and catching a hanging rope and swinging across was a really wonderful experience. Though I felt happy at my performance, I am sure that the GTO would not be happy as I was unable to clear all the obstacles. It demanded a lot of physical stamina which is not available to the extent it was earlier in me. Soon after this, the next one was the Command Task. Here, we were supposed to take command of any two people among the group and take them through the given obstacle course using the given helping material. I was unable to get the ideas to move across the task. I somehow cleared 60% of it by a lot of effort in a lot of time. For the remaining 40%, I was clueless and could not complete it. I felt a little sad. Further, I was not called by anyone for their command task. This was a real negative point for me as this would indicate to the GTO that I was not friendly with the group although that was not the case. Anyways, I had to accept it all now. Moreover, by now, I was sure that I am out. So, I didn't bother much. And then, we came to the final task of the day, the Final Group Task. In this, we were given another obstacle which should be cleared by the group using the helping materials. Generally, this is conducted for fomality and entertainment. Yet, nothing can be said seriously about it. We were asked how much time we needed to clear it. We said 20 minutes. However, the GTO gave us just 5 mins and guess what, we cleared it in 3 minutes. And then, we all gathered and had an interaction with the GTO. He gave some important information. He was a friendly and nice person. He gave some advice for life. After this, we came back to the barracks. I, immediately, collected the contact information of everyone. After lunch, everyone planned to move on with a movie. I dont why, I started feeling somewhat uneasy. Everyone moved on to the movie and I stayed back. I was feeling a little lonely and ignored too. I felt hopeless and my heart told me again that the army is not for me. I have always had miserable experiences inspite of the valuable contributions that I make. May be, sometimes, people cant digest the fact that someone is better than them because all these people are under the feeling that they are the best. I dont know what all ran on my mind but ultimately, the thought was to go on with commerce and finance. I have always held my head high in this field. My efforts have got me results and recognition too. I decied to go on with a bank job and simultaneously make in big in insurance and mutual funds sales. Lets see where life takes me now. To kill this boredom, I went on to an internet parlor alongwith a new friend, Mayank (Chest No. 2). I created the orkut community for our batch P-CSE/72278 (http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=46447497). Soon, I was back and after dinner, I packed everything and kept the luggage ready for the next day and went to sleep

The 8th day of March was the last testing day of our batch. After this, only those who clear will stay back and the others would be dropped back at the railway station. Though there were no tests today, there was the conference. In the conference, each candidate would be called in individually. And all the officers and assesors would be sitting in the conference with their uniform on. This will be first time that we will be seeing all of them in uniform. All these days, they did all the work in civil dress so that the candidates are not under pressure seeing the person in uniform. There were about 10 to 13 officers who sat in the hall. Usually, before the candidate enters the conference hall, the decision of whether to recommend him or not is taken. And then, he is invited inside and just asked small questions about the stay, food, etc and if he has any suggestions, etc. In some cases, when there is a biased opinion on a candidate, the officers may ask some extra questions to confirm their assessment and then decide. Well, the day began early today also. Initially, we had the address by the deputy president of 21 SSB who told us all about the kind of people that they were looking for. Some sentences that he spoke were a little confusing for me. He said that they are not looking for leaders. He also said that they dont want brilliant people either. Well, irrespective of whatever he says, I was sure that I would not be selected. Soon, the conference began. One by one, each person completed and my turn came. I was called in and asked how was the stay. I said it was good. I was asked to rate it on a scale of 10 and I rated it at 8.5. Further, when asked for suggestions, I asked them to provide the candidates with a certificate/report that would contain all details like date of attendance, course applied for, batch number, board number, etc. This will help the candidate who will go for the SSB again. It will also act as an evidence that can be shown in the college by the students claiming leave. However, they did not consider this saying that there is no need. Hmmm... the need is felt by the needy people. Not by them. The next suggestion that I gave was that the candidates must be given an individual feedback about their performance. Even this was put down by them saying that we must assess ourselves. Well, if this was the case, what was the need to conduct the SSB interview and appoint others to assess us. We would have assessed ourselves and given an underwriting that we are fit for the army. Well, I just finished and came out. I did not bother much. We were sent for lunch and after lunch, we assembled in the hall again. The results were announces. Eight out of fifty of us had made it and I was in the majority party. We soon congratulated them and moved on. Some were heartbroken whom we consoled saying that they are the future engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc. Soon, the bus arrived and we were dropped at the railway station. Yet again, a new problem arose. The train to Hubli was at 1 am in night. And it was full. I spent some time across and tried to get a reservation. All effort was in vain. Soon, I found a couple of friends who were going to Pune by the train at 11 pm. I decided to join them till Pune. And then, take a train/bus to Hubli. As decided, I got into the train. I found a gap below a seat. And somehow pushed myself below that seat and went to sleep

The next day around 3 pm, I was at Pune. The train to Hubli was at 4.30 pm. And it was the same train that was coming from Bhopal at 1 am. I got on to it. And after another tiring journey, I was back to Hubli on 10th March 2008 at 6 am. And yet again, the adventure was on. I got down at the Unkal stop right in front of Sai Baba Temple thinking that I will catch an auto and move home. My search for an auto never ended till I reached home. I was totally exhausted. But again, the race of life has not kept anything for me called as rest. I had a quick bath and soon, got ready to move to college where I was supposed to attend the internal exam and also some shocks...

The SSB experience was indeed an awesome value addition to life. It came at the right time in life. Though I would not join the army even I had cleared the SSB, the main reason why I went there was to see if I was fit to join the army. Many a times, it so happens that people keep on telling me, had you joined the army, life would be settled, etc. Even I feel the same sometimes. And now, there is no chance for me or for people to brood in the same way. Because the decision and result is out now and it clearly stops me from joining the forces

I met some good people and all became good friends. This short friendship might not last long. The reason being that, we were just knowing each other and we are already seperated. They are again busy in their life and we, in our life. I have made an effort to keep in touch with them. Lets see how far I can succeed

I am happy that these few days were added to my life's experience and I am thankful to the God for this...