Monday, June 30, 2008

Wished my parents for their 19th wedding anniversary. I clearly remember: last year on today’s date, my parents had taken me and my sister for dinner at a new Garden Restaurant. At that time, did any of us ever think that next year on this day we all would be under such circumstances that papa and mama would not even think of being able to enjoy the day?

OK. The day began… I went to my new school (henceforth mentioned as ‘school’) in the morning. Waited for over two hours, just to get the receipt of my hostel fees! Had gone at 10.30 and returned at 2.00. Got uniform, shoes etc from the uniform shop at the school. I tried the uniform at home (I look like wearing an Indian Navy uniform!!!) School timing is 7.40-1.40. I shall join the hostel next week.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What a day!! Yesterday night my chacha said that he had received a call from DPS VK offering me a hostel seat. I didn’t believe him at that time. Today morning, he went to the school and got the hostel form and documents. I read the hostel rules 2-3 times. They suggest you to carry a mobile phone here. You can come home every weekend. They serve only vegeterian food, but that’s ok.
I talked to my parents. They said they would prefer me staying in hostel of VK than anywhere else. In evening I talked to some of my teachers, a friend and my maternal grandparents. All of them said I should prefer hostel. And by 10:40 PM, I was quite confident that I am going to stay in the hostel here at VK.
But then……after chacha returned from office, he said the school authorities of DPS RKP have called me for admission tomorrow. Oh no! Now I was in a complete mental dilemma. RKP has been my dream school but…I don’t know what to do.
Confusion Tension in my mind, not any time to think.
I talked to my papa again, he said I should prefer VK. Here I will be in the top rankers in the class and teachers will pay attention to me. But at RKP, I am being selected just due to a special request and not on merit basis. I will be the lowest ranker in the class and I will get only…that sympathy type of thing…You understand, right?
So, now what? Finally, I decided it has to be DPS VK hostel where I will spend my coming months.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Actually I thought of writing this entry yesterday, but to give a good start, I thought of posting this today. Read on… to understand what I mean…
Life can change so fast that when one looks back one feels: why can’t I have that time back? Why can’t I spend my time with my family just like any of my friends? Exactly 3 months ago, i.e. on 24th march, I had been to DAV Burla. The next day was my science exam and frankly speaking I was very very nervous. At that time I never thought that it would be my last day in that school. ‘Last day’ in the sense that I had gone there to study. I mean I never thought that exactly 3 months from then, I would be anxiously waiting to join a completely new school or that my closest family, that is to say, my parents and sister would be 1500 kilometres away from me. I never thought I wouldn’t meet my teachers and friends, one last time, as a student of DAV Burla. I can’t do anything now, can I? two days back, my best friend said I was very lucky. But, with so many misfortunes coming one’s way, one can’t be lucky.
It is true that since 8 may 2007, I had prepared myself to join DPS RKPuram this year. But isn’t this another misfortune: that I couldn’t get through just because of 0.1%??? Well, whatever may be said, I know I am not that lucky.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Please see the previous entry to understand this. My relatives checked in at 12:10 AM and I with my chacha returned home. I had my first glimpse of international flights from the road while returning. I could only see their tail. Due to a gate in the wall, I saw the whole body of an Air India flight. It was not as large as I imagined it to be!
In the afternoon, I had my first visit to HDFC bank of this area. It is much better than ICICI: both in looks and facilities. Next stop was Subhiksa store. It is not like Big Bazaar where price is low with many qualityless products. Here actually you save something on MRP. We saved Rs 12 on Surf Excel. MRP was 240 and we got it in 228 with a rin bar free.
For the first time in my life, I made tea today and served it.

My first ever visit to an international airport. I went to Indira Gandhi International Airport- Departure Terminal 2 to escort some relatives of mine.
My first step in the airport fell at 11:45 PM. The deparure terminal looks so nice (international standard) and the arrival one: which village is this??? The airport is being continually expanded and soon it will be connected by underground metro. Work is underway.
I couldn’t enter into the airport building, as one needs a valid-flight-ticket for that. And of course, I didn’t have that. I am not yet international!! The day ended in the airport. See the next entry for what happened next.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Finally I am sure that I will be spending my next one year and nine months in Delhi. Went to DPS Vasant Kunj and completed my admission formalities there. Now I can call myself a student of this school.
The things I am hearing from some people here about DPS R K Puram, it is quite proven that ‘A book can never be judged by its cover’. I don’t think it is safe to write those things here. Even if I get a chance, I’m not going to study at DPS RKP ever.
A suggestion for all those who are aspiring to join this school in coming years: Don’t ever be confident that you will be selected in the merit list. Don’t forget to apply in other schools/colleges too. I am telling this because I almost did this mistake. Follow this simple funda: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’.
Let’s see what happens next…

Monday, June 16, 2008

What a day! I think I posted something seriously wrong in my 9th June entry: the bit about the most shocking news...
At 2 pm today, I myself saw the most shocking word of my life: "REGRET".. This was in the 2nd selection list of DPS RKP. I didn't know what to do then. My Aunt (choti chachi) consoled me... yes, I was actually crying...for not being able to fulfil my more than one year old dream. Later at around 5 in the evening, I checked the school site for the 2nd list of selected candidates.. And to my horror: I was not selected because of just one-tenth percent... i.e. just half a mark. My Papa called and said there must be something good at why I was not selected. Well, lets wait and watch. We can't do anything now, can we??
Now one thing is sure: Tomorrow I am going to take admission at DPS Vasant Kunj and I am not staying in a hostel.
I visited the Vasant Kunj DPS today morning and had a tour of my going-to-be classes. Around 40 students in a room and the rooms are quite spacious with beautiful view of the gardens below. At that time, I didn't think even for once that this is supposed to be future.
God really has many surprises, both good and bad, in store for us always.
I can see the plus-points of not going to DPS RKP too- I would have stayed away from my family but now I can visit any place in Delhi and NCR whenever I want (as I am not going to stay in hostel). I don't think there is any other plus points, although there are so many minus-points: difficult to mention here.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

My morning started just as always. The first place that I visited in this Delhi tour of mine was the Green Chick chicken store. For the first time I saw an air-conditioned chicken store. Then I visited DPS Vasant Kunj: the school was closed for weekend. So I just saw its buildings from outside, its huge gardens and playgrounds and my name in the selection list on the notice board. Next my Uncle had some work at ICICI bank in the premises of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre-Super Speciality Hospital. So it became the first big hospital that I saw here. Time for visit to another school: I toured a part of Mother’s International School in the Aurobindo Ashram campus. They don’t take external students for admission in eleventh; otherwise this school was my first preference after DPS R K Puram. This is supposed to be one of the best schools in Delhi. On my way I saw the NCERT campus: this is the place where all our textbooks are printed. Earlier I had spotted the Qutab Minar from quite a large distance on the road. While returning back home my Uncle pointed out the JNU campus: its… so… so huge…One of its walls connects Vasant Kunj to Vasant Vihar: a distance of about 8-10 kilometers!! One can imagine how big the campus might be…

At around 7:20 in the evening, I saw, for the first time, the biggest shopping mall in India (a very small part of it is in the pic above). My uncle said there is a 1 km walk on every floor in the atrium. And there are how many floors? Why don’t you count… 3 basement floors (usually called levels -1, -2 & -3) for parking; the ground floor and 7 floors above it. So a total of 8 ½ floors for shopping and 2 ½ floors for underground parking. The -1 floor has a huge Big Bazaar too. What I estimate… it would take 3 to 4 24-houred days to move around and see each and every thing there. Oops sorry… I forgot to tell the name. It is the Ambience Mall by the Delhi-Gurgaon Express-highway number 8, just after the Toll Gate with 16 lanes each way.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Today I actually started writing my blog. All the entries before today’s date were posted today with an earlier date. In fact just today I came to know what a blog is. You can expect better entries here in the coming days: that would happen if and only if you post your comments about my writing. That’s all for today then. Happy bloging!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Reached New Delhi railway station at 10:25 am: 10 minutes before time. Saw Delhi metro for the first time. Surfed net comfortably after 26 whole days! Some more good news for me: I have been selected in first list of DPS Mathura Road and Mothers’ Public School. But I think I am going to join neither.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Going to Delhi by Rajdhani Express. Sitting in Rajdhani for the first time ever and going to Delhi after 3 years, 6 months and around 10 days. I had wished to seat in an Air-Conditioned coach from so many years and finally I am here. First we were served tomato soup, then a nice Indian lunch. I had coffee, for the first time in my life, with the evening snacks. Got down at Kharagpur station to inspect how long the platforms were. Two trains in one platform. Long but not so long. Asked Papa over phone and bought ‘The 3 mistakes of my life’, Chetan Bhagat’s latest book. Thought of completing the 257 page book in train itself. Had continental dinner around 9 pm and slept at 11 pm. The lights had been switched off since 10 and I was reading the book with the help of flashlight in mobile till 11.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Applied for admission at Mother’s School, Bhubaneswar. I am bound to be selected there as that school’s topper has secured the same percentage as me. My paternal Uncle (cha-cha) applied at DPS Mathura Road. At around 6 in the evening, Uncle called and informed that I’ve been selected for admission at DPS Vasant Kunj… He seemed very happy. Yesterday his voice over phone clearly told that he was very sad. I have been giving so many people so much pain lately… Admission at Vasant Kunj ends on 17th. So we can wait for DPS R K Puram second list scheduled to be released on 16.

Monday, June 09, 2008

I was at Bhubaneswar. My maternal uncle, through my maternal Grandpa, (mama) presented me a mobile for standing second in class. Got the first call from a friend of Papa’s. At around 8 pm, my paternal aunt (chachi) called me & gave me, may be the most shocking news of my life: I have not been selected for admission in the first list of DPS R K Puram. It has been my dream school since 8 May 2007 (the day, I came to know about it). And now? What am I going to do? Is my future doomed? The cutoff for Computer Science stream was 94.8%. I was left behind by just 0.6%!!! L

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Traveled alone by train for the first time (from Bhubaneswar to Sambalpur): I was not afraid. Principal Sir was very happy about my result and he said my teachers were very happy too.
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