# The 1 = Everything equation

“13”, say some people

“Nooo, 4”, say the others.

My unlucky number’s 1. Yup. The closest whole number to zero really sucks for me. Cricket: Lost by 1 run. Badminton: 20-21 (no deuces). It’s pretty much everywhere. More so from a competitive exam viewpoint: NSO, IMO, IAIS, they’ve all gone up in smoke because of 1 mark. But that really doesn’t compare to my worst defeat.

Infosys CTY.

I was pretty happy with myself till I got to know of the top six. I couldn’t believe it, so I stormed into the co-coordinator’s room.

“How much did I get”, I asked.

After fumbling a bit, she said I got 18/20. I didn’t know how that could disqualify me because everyone else got 18/20 as well.

“I could’ve chosen you instead of anyone of the other six. But your mistake, well, I can’t pardon that.”

I had messed up on the easiest question in that paper: “What’s 25% of 25%?”. I decided not to argue. It really hurt that I screwed up on that. Every morning for a few months I woke up with the same question, “What good am I in anything else, if I can’t even make it to the top six in my school?”.

Scars don’t fade easily, and this one didn’t heal till a month ago.

There you have it: ‘The 1 = Everything’ equation.

# After the exams...

Well, today concluded a week’s long affair of exertion. To be honest, it really wasn’t a lot of work this time. Can’t say that these exams really ended on a high note with every student’s perennial fear - Hindi.

Photography’s awesome! Expect pictures in my upcoming posts.

# Before the exams...

I really haven’t been doing justice to this blog for quite some time. It’s probably out of laziness that I couldn’t bring myself to update it either. With the advent of Pokemon Platinum on the emulator, factor the time I want to spend on this to zero.

That can change now. Queer time to restart, few days prior to the exams.

# My First Post on My First Blog

Blogging. Well, something I’ve wanted to do earnestly for some time.

And just as well, this is and will be my very first post.

(May 8. The day of the 2011 National NTSE round. MAT lifted my hopes but SAT equally crushed them. Time will tell the efforts.)