Wednesday, September 21, 2011

'The 1 = Everything' equation

What's your unlucky number?

"13", say some people

"Nooo, 4", say the others.

My unlucky number's 1. Yup.  The closest whole number to zero really sucks for me. Cricket: Lost by 1 run. Badminton: 20-21 (no deuces). It's pretty much everywhere. More so from a competitive exam viewpoint: NSO, IMO, IAIS, they've all gone up in smoke because of 1 mark. But that really doesn't compare to my worst defeat.

Infosys CTY.

I was pretty happy with myself till I got to know of the top six. I couldn't believe it, so I stormed into the co-coordinator's room.

"How much did I get", I asked.

After fumbling a bit, she said I got 18/20. I didn't know how that could disqualify me because everyone else got 18/20 as well.

"I could've chosen you instead of anyone of the other six. But your mistake, well, I can't pardon that."

I had messed up on the easiest question in that paper: "What's 25% of 25%?". I decided not to argue. It really hurt that I screwed up on that. Every morning for a few months I woke up with the same question, "What good am I in anything else, if I can't even make it to the top six in my school?".

Scars don't fade easily, and this one didn't heal till a month ago.

There you have it: 'The 1 = Everything' equation.


  1. You didn't move on since then, did you?

    1. No. How could he!?!?
      he LOST TO ME!
      HEHE! :D
      i feel even EVILLER! ;)

  2. If the number 'One' has been the reason for your missing out on the CTY, then why is it lucky?

    And don't you think you're being a bit narcissistic?

    No offense meant, I'm just curious.

  3. ah, yes, thanks for the response, i wouldn't call it narcissism. More like a sense of remorse.

    thanks for catching that, Sharan. changed 'lucky' to 'unlucky'

  4. HEHE! :D
    i Got in and u dint! :D
    i feel EVIL now! :P
    im smart nd ure not! ;)