I got a registered post today. It was from the Cochin University of Science & Technology… Yeah… CUSAT … the University which presented me the Bachelor’s Degree 6 years back. Being a registered letter, I opened it carefully. It was a mark list for Fourth Semester with red circles on the subject Electronic Product Design (EPD) and a letter saying that my degree is taken off as I have not passed in one subject. It also said that I do not have another chance as the University rules agreed to give only 8 years for a person to complete the degree from the date of joining. I did not know what to do.. Couldn’t speak out a single word for sometime. My job… My experience.. My life… What is gonna happen?? Oh my God!!!
Suddenly I heard my phone ring. That was from my friend in college. We had not seen or spoke after college days. Of course I did call her after reaching here. We used to sit side to side everyday in the first row of the class... Yeah members of the mischievous first benchers… The teachers would always roll their eyes at the backbenchers. They never minded the first benchers what ever they do. The only thing the first benchers had to do is to laugh at the PJs the teachers say and of course act as taking notes. No matter even if the pen plays a tic-tac-toe or if the pen is busy writing out a chit to circulate in the class.
Now coming back to the telephone ring…. I switched it on and greeted her with a ‘Hello’. She replied the same. I could sense the panic in her voice too. She too got the similar letter from the university. We discussed about it and decided to go to college to find out if we have some opportunity left to write the exam once again. The next day, we met in the usual 6.00 am bus. It was the first time; I travelled in that bus with a full ticket. We used to fight with the bus conductor for a student’s concession ticket. Though he would give a speech about the rules of student’s concession and that the concession is given only after 7.30am, he would finally agree with us. We didn’t speak out until we reached the college.
While waiting in the reception to meet the Principal, suddenly it came into mind. We are already passed; we have our mark lists and the degree certificates with us. Then why do they say that we have not passed??? I remember, I had topped in the Fourth Semester with a total percentage of 83%. Even my friend hadn’t thought about this. Without waiting for the Principal, we ran to the staff room to find out if there are any teachers there. We stepped into the teacher’s room. All the faces were familiar. Not because that they taught us anything… We had given them a warm welcome with small naughty bits of ragging. Most of them were our juniors & sub-juniors; they are now teachers there. Some are in guest lecturer posts where are some others are in permanent posts. After hesitating for a while, we told them why we had come over and asked them why this happened to us. They couldn’t give us any answer. So we then went to the HOD and explained the same there too. He said, “The syllabus is changed.. The pass percentages have changed. May be you wouldn’t have attained the current pass mark at that time.” Before we could digest it, I opened my eyes.
Unbelievable right??? This is something that can never happen… No … this is something that can happen only in dreams. Yeah this was my dream last night. I never used to have dreams… Yeah I did have and still have thousands of day dreams J But now am talking about sleep dreams.
People and technology say that everyone will have sleep dreams. Some remember them and few others don’t. But I don’t remember about any sleep dreams I had; atleast until I reached here. If we just search out for ‘Why we have dreams?’ , we get a number of results. One of them was: Some researchers suggest that dreams serve no real purpose, while other believe that dreaming is essential to mental, emotional and physical well-being. Ernest Hoffman, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Boston, Mass., suggests that "...a possible (though certainly not proven) function of a dream to be weaving new material into the memory system in a way that both reduces emotional arousal and is adaptive in helping us cope with further trauma or stressful events. I like to believe it this way J We can even get thousands of books about dream interpretations. I’ve read in story books, the dreams which are seen early in the morning are those to come true. Though I don’t believe in the dream interpretations and old myths, I just google out every day about what I dreamt. Just as a fantasy. A new time passJ Believe me .. I even dreamt about me attending my hubby’s second marriage; which he was happy to hear J J J
Though I started my blog as a food blog, I didn’t want to restrict it just with recipes. Just because of that I had a long hunt for a good name. But later I was lazy to scribble anything other than recipes. Yesterday (Its almost 2 weeks now, this lying in my drafts J), my friend asked me if I have updated something new in my blog and also suggested not to restrict it with recipes. So I thought... Yes… I should write something today. Thanks for the inspiration dear friend… I am not a person with lots of ideas to pen down. But I like to share my thoughts. That might be the reason why I am always marked as the chatter box…. Of course after I cross the hurdle called ‘starting trouble’.