“You better get up now or you are going to be really late”
"Please mom..five minutes"
"You have been saying 5 minutes for the last 20 mins.."
"Please mom..five minutes..only five minutes please please please"
"Shanu beta, get up or you are going to be late."
"Ohh freak, mom its 6.30. Why didn’t you wake me up on time!"
"Shut up and start getting ready."
Getting up late, rushing to get ready and managing to reach college in the nick of time. It seemed like a pretty normal boring day. I was blissfully unaware of what was to be, the most embarrassing day of my life
I had an extremely important lecture that day, that I absolutely couldn't’t miss.
It had nothing to do with the fact that I loved the subject (Economics) and absolutely everything to do with the fact that Mr Kapadia was the vice principal of our college. Secondly Kapu, as we fondly called him, took lectures only once a week. So to meet the requisite 75% attendance you could afford to miss only 5 lectures every 6 months. And thanks to my early to bed and early to rise habits, I had already exceeded my absence quota for the next 10 years.
Anyhoo, I managed to wolf breakfast down before I rushed to take the bus. Now, to reach the bus stop I had to cross a busy junction. As I reached the junction, I saw my bus leaving the stop. Confident of my running bus catching abilities, I rushed towards the bus and in one swift fluid movement caught the front door. And in another flawlessly co-coordinated movement, I got in.
The driver took one look at my acrobatics and pushed the brakes. As he turned towards me, I braced myself for the compliments that were about to be showered on me..after all not many can manage a feat like that!
Driver: Showering me with paan juice Uthro..abhi neeche Uthro (Get down..get down right now)
Me: Dodging the paan droplets with amazing matrix like agility Kashala kaka, bus madhe jagah aahe na (Why do you want me to get down? There are quite a few vacant seats around)
Driver: Tumko pata nahi kya..chalti bus main nahi chadna chahiye..Abhi uthro (Don’t you know, you aren’t supposed to get into a running bus)
And I was unceremoniously asked to get off the bus, bag and folder in tow. As I got into the next bus that came 5 mins later,I thought I could die with embarrassment. But die I did not. Because it wasn’t the end.
Once I reached college, I got off and started crossing the road when I saw a school bus approaching.
I decided to wait by the divider before crossing. That was the second mistake of the day. As the bus rattled across, a couple of school kids decided to have fun at my expense and emptied a bottle of water on my head.
Fuming and fretting, I reached my class only to be asked by Mr Kapadia to present my case study to the class. Now Kapu had a habit all of us absolutely adored. He went to sleep the minute the students started presenting their case studies.
The professor sleeping, guaranteed no questions on the presentation. No questions asked on the presentation, guaranteed great marks. Great marks in the internals ensured less slogging in the written papers. I am sure you kinda get a gist of how important this presentation was.
So there I was dripping from head to toe presenting my 20 marks case study to the class. And true to form, Kapu dozed off as soon as I started with my presentation. His snores drifted me to the events of the day and I smiled at my series of embarrassments. That smile turned to a giggle, which blossomed into a full blown laughter.
Well, they say I have an infectious laugh, but they never told me about the disadvantages it came with. Kapu suddenly woke up to find a class full of laughing youngsters and me standing on the dais laughing my guts out.
I was asked to get out of the class and the fate of my internals can very well be imagined.
I have had my share of embarrassing moments after that, but this day by far tops the list of having the most number of embarrassing moments in a single day!
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