Not so good
It was Sunday. Sivaram was not in his usual self. He was tensed and nervous and kept checking the mobile. His semester results are out. Already he feared as much as he can, as the rumor of results coming out is in the air for the past one week. Suddenly his mobile blinked and it has shown “Message received: from Harish”. And as he pressed the button ‘Yes’, it has shown,
“Machi, you all cleared. 72%. I am 78%. Krishna 68% and Arun flunked in one paper. No worries. He will apply for re-evaluation”
Which is continued with endless wide grin smileys.
Sivaram was happy as he thought that he would flunk in atleast 2 papers. Anyway I am not going to tell about the marks to dad today and make my day to suffer, he thought.
His father returned to home by afternoon after attending a marriage. As they both sat to have lunch, his father asked him, “Is the result is out? Bhagya said she has got 85% and she has also asked about yours”
Oh god!!!! What is with this girl?? From the school days she is like this. She can’t even keep her marks to herself. If she wants to know the marks, she could have asked me….
“What are you thinking??? Is the results are out or not???” asked Sivaram’s father.
“Ah.. yes dad. I have got 72%” and he kept looking towards his plate.
His father has given a shocked expression and asked, “72%??”
What’s there to get shocked, he thought.
He nodded his head. His father continued, “If you keep scoring such marks who will give a job for you. Whom they will prefer??? One who scores 72% or the one who scores 85%?? I myself won’t give a job to one who scores such low marks”
Someday I am going to get a job and he, himself, going to say my son don’t deserve it…
“Come on; speak to me Siva… whom they will prefer??”
He kept his mouth shut. He looked at his father and as he has seen that his father going to say something, he said “I will score good marks next time dad”.
“This is the same dialog you are telling to me from exam after exam. How much your friends has got??”
Arghhhhhhhh.. the endless lecture is going to start…
“Harish has got 78%”
“See that boy was with you, yet studied the time he has to study and scored good marks. If he is a good friend he should helped you to get good marks. Ok, then what about others?”
“Krishna has got 68% and Arun got one arrear”
“See how your friends are. That’s why you are like this. You should be friend with the boy who scores high marks. Then only you could score high marks”
If I say my friend got high marks than me, he will say he is not a good friend. And if I say others who have got lower marks then they are responsible for my marks which he thinks very low.
His father continued which made him to bring him back to his sense, “So is there anything like improvement here, so that you could rewrite the exam and improve your marks??”
Now Sivaram is shocked and as he tried to say ‘Dad what happened to you??? Clearing the papers for one time itself is like hell and doing the same for other time’ nothing came out of his mouth.
“Why are you chewing with empty mouth??? Tell me is there anything like that??”
“No dad. There is nothing like that”, Sivaram said.
“It’s your life. You very well know how much competition is out there to get a job. I am not going to ask you about the marks anymore. You know what to do”
He wanted to say ‘This is the umpteenth you are saying this’. But as he was not in a mood to extend the embarrassing question session anymore, he kept his mouth mum.
This song from A.R.Rahman’s latest album Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya Rocks. Just hear it: