So, first let’s talk about the day before the judgement day.. Yes! On 24th March, the day was to receive all the good luck wishes for my upcoming result…And! What all I was receiving was memes on results.. For example…. “bhagwan bas pass kara dena, Sunny leone ke kabhi sapne m bhi darshan nahi krunga(God, help me clear the exam, I won’t see Sunny Leone in my dreams)” “Bhagwan, maths sambhal lena, Priya ko apni behen ki tarah samjhunga(God, save my maths result, I will see Priya as my sister)”, etc. Well, such memes were meant to be funny but they didn’t amuse me. I knew it was my result too the very next day. I think I was somewhat excited but the exitement didn’t reflect on my face. Putting it simple, I wasn’t nervous at all is what I want to say. A little about the result was going in my mind and I was just passing time the regular way – talking with my friends, texting people and enjoying the nature’s beauty around my place.
Since, teachers are very conscious about the board exams result. One of my teacher texted me,” Kamalpreet, tomorrow is your result. You must be having goosebumps by now”And I was like.. Whaaa…? Goooosebummmps? Nah…
Hahah.. and I replied,”No, not at all. Just a regular day with regular feelings”.
She replied,”Really? And I did, “Hahah..yeah!”
Earlier that evening, I had a conversation with my friend Sakshika, a national level athlete, my athletics mate, friend and my junior. So, she asked me for joining the team on the result day and for the one last time before I went back to my old town( I had to leave for gurgaon post result).
Now, since the result day was a little special one; I decided to wake up early in the morning and woke up as early as about 4 or 5 am. I took a bath and continued my daily routine and did the Path(Prayer) of Panj Baani(Five morning prayers in Sikh custom) and headed towards Gurudwara Paonta Sahib. After praying before Guru Granth Sahib Ji, I came out and went to meet my fellow athletes in the gurudwara ground.
But, they weren’t there. I looked around and realised they went for hill running or stairs workout at the river behind and below gurudwara ponta sahib. As I reached the spot, My Athletics Sir sat on an elevated stair and my team assembled in a group. Sakshika looked with a Wow! Kamal! expression and I went to greet my coach. Then I personally met and shook hands with every member of the team – A mix of girls and boys. They finished the workout and we headed towards the ground. We took a few photographs as a memory.
Since, the athletes were students, the school was about to begin and the school bus was waiting for them to board. Everyone boarded the bus and I and Sakshi started clicking selfies. I, along with Sakshika and Kajol(our friend and athletics mate) boarded the bus. Since, they too awaited there X class boards results, their classes were off. The bus dropped us somewhere close to the school from where they used to walk back home.
So, we three were off the bus now. We stood at the spot where we deboarded. And, since it was about 8:15am. I had two options to choose from:
1. Return to my home and check the result.
2. Accompany Kajol to her home which was about 2 km from there and meet my friend Puja, Kajol’s sister, an athlete, my friend and a commerce batchmate awaiting the boards result.
I chose the second and we started walking. Since, I and Sakshika are little photogenic we decided to click some pictures and we clicked a few more or less than 50 snapshots. We dropped Sakshika near her home and continued our journey. We kept talking. We talked about-the school, the result, the athletes, the coach, her parents, the weather and my new watch.
We reached her home and got welcomed by Pooja with two glasses of lemonade. Soon, we had lunch and after that did non-stop gossip. The few main topics were – My latest crush, my crush’s cuteness, my crush’s attitude.. I mean My crush was the main topic. We dedicated a little time to click photographs and finally decided to see the result at her place together.
She, too, was to see her result and was tensed like wtf. After every 3 minutes she was authorised to repeat,” Kamal mujhe darr lgra hai(I’m nervous, Kamal!)”. The result was to be announced at about 12 pm. As the time approached, her nervousness reached its peak. I and Kajol kept playing and fooling around talking about her medals, her facebook stalkers and stuff.
Ok. It struck 12. Pooja kept shouting, “Jaldi dekh! Jaldi Dekh! (Be quick) and I deliberately slowed down the process. We checked the result. Yes! We checked the result.
And, the result was ‘YET to be Announced’. What a syringe of stress it was for her. We kept checking the result after every 2-3 minutes and the result ultimately was that my Phone’s (Either the fault is of samsung or android – Battery life sucks) battery got drained and we had no hopes left to see the result as it was the only working internet connection with us at that time. We looked out for a charger in the neighbourhood. We found a local one and it seemed to harass my phone’s life. We discarded and returned it
After some deliberations, I decided to go back home because a phone was an important thing to stay connected with the world at that crucial point of time. We exchanged warm goodbyes and goodlucks and I got a biker to drop me somewhere around my locality. I was a now little excited, nervous, tensed and adrenaline seemed to rush in as the time was up and the result been declared. I ran home – took the shortcuts through the fields and farms. I reached home, and shouted for Laptop and Phone charger.
Windows 8.1 loaded and as soon as the phone was switched on, I could not work on my laptop because the phone rang non-stop. Teachers, friends, everyone wanted me to tell them my result.. and I was CLUELESS… Yeah! I didn’t know my result yet. My business teacher had seen my result and she rang to enquire,“did you see your result?”. I said,”No, Im yet to open the webpage.”. Somehow the line got disconnected. I multi tasked my hands and brain on both phone and laptop and opened the webpage for CBSE Boards Reseults – 2015. I put in my roll number – 2734929!!. No I did not close my eyes, Lol.
The result was out and it was “Webpage is not availaible”. Wtf was that! At the same time, my friend rang me up to say that one of our classmate got 95 % and it surprised me. Although I didn’t care about that then. I kept reloading the page in vain. I got more calls and texts on the phone.
I rang my dad and.. dafuq.. Due to my carelessness didn’t see that the internet package expired and the phone’s balance was less than a rupee besides the fact that the webpage wasn’t loading and I found myself stuck alone among everyone waiting. I rushed to a nearby shop and got the internet package recharged along with the phone’s balance. More and more questions now awaited me.
Topped iss baar?
Result kya kara?
Top school me kiya ya commerce me?
My mind said,“Shut the fuck up! I hadn’t seen the result then. I texted everyone back that the webpage wasn’t loading and gave my roll no. to them for checking out my result. They abused me first and then disclosed that I got a 95+. I thanked god and felt content. And soon, ‘congratualtions’ was the word I could see on facebook, whatsapp and “partyyyy ab toh” was the word I could hear.
My dad was in gurudwara. I informed him and he thanked god too. I shouted it to my mom who were busy talking with her friend in the neighbourhoood. She said, “Ok!” and continued talking with her. Haha..
I rang up Pooja and told her the result – mine as well as her’s.
Then, it was the time that my sister had to come back from school. I went to the bus stop and got her home. A few friends and teachers congratulated me on the way too. Even the shopkeeper did. We went home.. and after replying to immediate congratulations texts, I went for the sweets shop and distributed Barfi in my locality.. The common words heared – “Aao beta, congrats, kya baat hai, Ninety Five percccent!, naam roshan kardia hamari colony ka.”And I couldn’t finish the job until 10 pm. And later I was busy till 2 am replying to the old questions and receiving congrats..
The next day saw us, or few of us; partying, enjoying, distributing sweets in the school, clicking pictures with teachers, friends and roaming about the world..!
The result day was an exciting experience and this post will help me recollect the excitement.