Monday, March 30, 2009

get it right

of my four years of college life, not even once have people guessed my course right. by people here, i mean strangers and long lost acquaintances. by looking at the paraphernalia that i am carrying with me they invariably jump into wrong conclusion. let me share with you four of such experiences out of the innumerable.

during the first year, first semester, all we engineers have to carry the drafter. though, apart from mechanical, civil, architecture branches, none of the engineers from other departments will ever glance at an engineering diagram throughout our life is a major fact, god only knows why ALL department students should suffer with that subject. so there i was, lugging the drafter and walking my way home from the bus stop. en route, i stopped at a box shop to get some stuff. the shopkeeper eying my drafter asked "polytechnic eh?" god!!! great insult...asking an engineering student whether she is studying polytechnic. glaring at him, i said "no. ENGINEERING" and huffed away.

the other day during my second year, i got up really late and was rushing up to get ready and leave so as to catch the college bus at time. at the last moment, i remembered my lab coat and having no time to stuff it into my bag, i just slung it over my shoulder and rushed off to the bus stop. there, two middle aged men, on seeing me with the white lab coat, were smugly telling each other that i must be a 'medical student'. wow!! now that felt good i tell you. but then, at that moment, my college bus came. getting into the bus, i looked out at the men from the window and needless to say, they looked at me sheepishly. dear people, here i would like to say that we engineers too use white lab coat extensively through out our four year course. we suffer through 15-20 labs and for that, we must wear the white lab coat.

when i was in my 3rd year, me and my friends, after finishing the model exam headed to the beach from the college. we got into the bus and as we didn't get any seat, we gave our bags to some of the aunties who were sitting. one of them looked up at us, said the name of an 'arts college' which is near our own college and asked whether we were studying there. gosh!! just because we were heading out in the afternoon, does it mean that we are 'art students'?
"hehe, no aunty, we are engineering students." i said. she eyed us suspiciously and asked " but don't you have college till 4 pm? " we told her about the model exam. for that, she just said an unconvinced "oh" and turned away from us.

now, am in the final year, and even yesterday, an acquaintance took a wrong guess. during the final semester, we have to do project and we won't be having regular classes on all five days of the week. so, that day, i was coming home from college and i was just carrying my purse. there wasn't any classes that day in college so i didn't have to carry any books. "hey Aruna!!! how are you? started working eh? where?" the acquaintance enthused. "oh no no. am in my final sem...b.e..." i dragged out. "oh. where are your books? no bag? where did you have your lunch? " she went on. boy!! isn't she considerate? i really was in no mood to explain about project and the final sem class schedule to her. so i just said " my college has a canteen aunty. i had lunch there." and rushed off.

God...will someone, ever ask, for a change "are you an ENGINEERING student?" before i complete my course?

11 comments:

கணேஷ் சந்திரா said...
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கணேஷ் சந்திரா said...

hahaha. Mistaken Identity is always annoying at that time, funny later.

Vilasinee Arjun said...

dont worry dear now i will ask u "aren't u in ur 4th year engineering? what r ur future plans?"

Anusha said...

hehe.. really funny nd true

mathi said...

one of my relatives asked me where i study recently .. i said GCT . he said 'what ?' . me : Govt. college of Technology uncle . he: enpa nee nalla padipiye kadasila govt. collegelayaa padikara ? nalla college kedakalaya ? idu enakku insulta en clgka illa en uncleka .... the sun shines on all of us friend !

aswin jayaraman said...

enatha solla..saadarnama nadakudu idellam..en size a paathu ethana varushama vela paakuranu kekaranga!!!!

sugumar said...

even i too came across these things... this was annoying when it happend to me but now my eyes are filled with tears as i laughed aloud.. great going.. be scribbling regularly.. college name solum bothu naama solra paada solli oru post panunga...

sundeep said...

quite funny.. I had the same experience in second yr when I was in my lab dress fully blue. A man in a cell-phone shop asked me that whether you are working with any automobile concern?? I was stunned...

Praveen said...

has happened to every engineer .. once i was asked were do u study
umm .. nit allahabad thata .... en pa thagaraj college la edam kedaikilaya ...

Kabilan said...

this one was cool.... :)

Krishnan A said...

oh, in that time if i am in chennai i will ask u , bad luck better luck next time. ok no problem pls join again and inform me i will put a big cutout to you " warm welcome Engineer"

good keep writing aruna, all the best