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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

One Afternoon at the Seminar

To escape the monster's black jamun mood , I rushed into joining a 15 day seminar, but this was truly a case of running out of the frying pan and into the fire. Its a miracle I managed to come out with my sanity intact, (ok, whatever little i had in the first place). There were 42 sessions, and each was a serious contender for the most boring two hours of my life. Boring as in desk-crashingly, fist-eatingly, murder-inducingly BORING!

But it had its moments too...

One sleepy post lunch session, the faculty, who was a very learned man in his owned field (please don't ask what, I dozed through all the introductions), a young balding, unsmiling goat, literally shot into the hall and without any opening words, any greetings, any acknowledgment that the 34 of us were there, he began to bark out of his notes. We stared at him in mute horror, his focused energy so completely at odds with our state of stupor, Finally after a quarter hour of this horror, someone's prayers must have payed off, because the faculty, Mr. Sipani, suddenly shot out his seat (he tended to move like a ricocheting bullet) and shot towards the white-board.

The white-board happened to hidden by the projector screen, the roller being just above the board. So, in a blast of energy Mr. Sipani released the projector screen, which rolled up so fast that the roller was knocked out of its fixing at one end. The unfixed end happily oscillated a full 180 degrees and hit the switchboard on the wall, next to the white board. A blinding flash of sparks,and off went all the tube-lights in the hall.


We held our breaths in stunned semi-darkness, but the roller wasn't done in its path of destruction. It pendulummed right back and hit the white board this time, smashing its frame and blowing it off fixture at one end.

Both the roller and the board had finished oscillating by the time we figured out what had happened, and once we did, most of us fell to the floor laughing, tears streaming down our faces... Mr. Sipani was taken aback for an instant, but he springed back and barked at us "ENOUGH!". Then, to our unanimous surprise, he began writing on the ruinied and hanging whiteboard. But that aura of seriousness and terror had fled the class. Mr. Sipani had lost his audience.

He had his revenge though... At the end of the class, the big freak asked to see the attendance sheet that had been passed around for our signatures, read out all our names, and promised to block the certificates of the 9 people who had taken proxy, and all those who had helped them with it.

Do tell me if you liked the diagrams.

Amritorupa Kanjilal also writes at Rivers I Have Known: Books, Reviews, and More. Please visit her there!  

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Aniket said...

Oh I did like the diagrams... and loved the narration too. :)

Am sure the real stunt would have been much more exciting. :) :)

Hope you don't get caught in giving a proxy... and I hope being a responsible person you did give proxy? :)

chirpy-paaro said...

HAHAHHA...Awesome it was...
I can really imagine prof's reaction...:))

Diagram's are awesome..Amrita guess u can now make much better flow charts and diagrams them in school.. :) Congs!!

SUBHADIP said...

Anekdin age Agra gecilam..Delhi Agra highway r dhare arkam akta desolate fragmented temple dekecilam..that was somewhere within me..which came as poem suddenly..that lonely yet historical melancholyness touched me..thanks that u liked it..tmr post tao daun hyce..and diagrams are great

Minko said...

Nice little diagrams..:P

Creation said...

Totally loved your blog..
like.. really.. really.. REALLY loved it!!!

And I'm cursing myself for not visiting it earlier even though You had left some comments on mine previously as well...

sawan said...

the diagrams are grt :) i see a budding manager in action :P and a wonderful experience i shud say :P

SUBHADIP said...

Amrita, akta natun post add korlam poro..bolo kmn laglo..ata akta true story..

Scattered Thoughts... said...

Wow.. now that was an awesome post and not to mention with equally awesome diagrams :) I always envy people who have this much time to beautify the posts and blog :)) Still smiling..

Jennifer said...

Okay, this was hysterical!! And diagrams (and use of your wonderful black jamun mood phrase!!) Consider me impresed. :)

Jennifer said...

That should say impressed!

buno mainak said...

'jyam-iti' of jamun and a uncannily co-incidental power cut during d reading of flash bang
anarchy prevails ...:)

buno mainak said...

an uncanny...rather ..:P

SUBHADIP said...

Tmr namta Amritarupa ato sundar je seatke je bhabei daka jai ta misti lage..Baire bristi porche? Ki darun! Bristi amr sabsamay bhalo lage r ratre bristir sange anaek galpa kara jai..apurba lage seta..tmr jkn samay hbe poro..the thing is your opinion counts to me..so I need it!

Little Girl Lost said...

@aniket nope dude, no proxy. am an ethical professional, ain't i?

@paro, well yes, you see, i am veiller now than i was in school:)

Thank you shubhodip and anirvan

@ creation... wow, that was like, a really, really, REALLY powerful shot in the arm. don't curse yourself, good things come late in life :)

Little Girl Lost said...

@ sawan, what budding manager would fall off her seat laughing at a situational disaster like that?

@ maheep, thanks dude, that means a lot, coming from you.

@ jennifer, THANK YOU, you are my fairy god blogger you know :)

@bokom, anarchy is beautiful bhai

Deepaz World... said...

That was indeed hilarious! You described it very well and your diagrams are gr8!

Deepaz World... said...

I've become a Follower of yours too...coz I do sincerely feel that you yourself are a wonderful artist! Just look at your Blog!!!Would love to read your blog whenever I can...it's so cool!

sawan said...

hehe.. managers are human too :)

.... said...

That was one of the most HAHA FUnny posts I have read in a long long long time. U really write very well. Keep it up... it was so much fun reading that...

Al Walling said...

err... the diagrams are amateurish..lol...but the post is killer. :)

workhard said...

Yeah, the visuals did help...

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ShantanuDas said...

Mummy!!

Even if u had not asked abt the diagrams.., I was WONDERING abt them ONLY! even took my mouse over it to see that it is a BMP.. so guessed u did it paintbrush.. was thinking OOF!! how much pain she has taken to explain so that we can understand how bored she was in those 15 days and how excited she was for this thing to happen.. ! Bappa rey Mummy!!

But yes very expressive diargrams Incident very CLEAR now in my mind!!

ShantanuDas said...

Heyyyyyyyyy! I stole your idea... !

here is my post using diagrams! I got myslf some rope because someone scodled me for talking when drunk.. so thot of making the person happyyyy.. so a diagram helped..

Good Idea Lgl!! I really love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!! Oopss!

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