January 11, 2006

Caught Cheating?

Filed under: Life as I know it — Celia Rexselin @ 11:37 am

This pic sent by my friend made me smile and reminded me of a similar incident… that happened when I was in the first year of college.

And so, it happened like we were put in a batch of 60+ students and the class hours were more like school. We had to go to the department at 9:00 and it got over by 4:35. Most of the periods were boring with temporary faculties and old lecturers. But there were some exceptions too like English lecturer Praveen who captivated us with his knowledge in English, mechanical staff JK who terrorised us with his sadistic questions, Civil Lecturer Raghavan sir who advised more like great Grandpa and Maths lecturer Nelson sir who taught us everything but maths.

The only periods I used to like were the lab classes, wherein I can get to work at my pace and leave the lab as soon as possible and get back to hostel. And then, there was the dreaded workshop lab. Though I managed the “fitting” lab, I could never get any carpentry piece to a finer shape. My benchmates were more like the 6 foot massive builded villains and mastering the wood piece was a piece of cake for them while I sweated on bringing it to absolute measurements. After the class, I would be left with relatively no energy and I would march straight to my room bunking the next 2 theory hours.

On the fateful day, my evil friend kept on nagging me asking not to bunk the two hours. She didn’t have company on that day and hence cast me into a spell saying that I can always afford to sleep in the class if I want. And so I went to the class after workshop lab. The physics lecturer was damn boring in her lecture and I started sleeping. Well, to do this, my friend had taught me a little trick.

One has to understand the finer nuances in this masterwork. I would have to have my eyes open all the time and switch off the brain selectively. But then, the head would lose control and would want to rest itself on the desk. To prevent this, one should give support to the head using both the hands. The final effect should look like “kappal kavilndha sogam”. I too had graduated in this and was doing it very well for sometime. Then, tragedy happened. My brain cheated me and did an action involuntarily. It decided to give rest to my hands too. I was too deeep in sleep to realise what happened. I fell on the desk and suddenly woke up with a start..

Oh My!! the lecturer stared at me like anything that I didn’t know what to do. I caught a piece of paper and begun copying notes from the blackboard frantically. I didn’t dare look at her face. After a minute, (Or so I guess), I dared and looked. To my horror, she was still looking at me intently. Caught red-handed, I used my final weapon.. “a stupid grin”.. She smiled too and let me in peace..Appa.. aaana andha oru nimisham naan patta paadu!!!



  1. workshop is really a horrible lab.. whatever you do anything you do… the measurements are always out of phase.!!.. And in most the classes even i used to sleep…

    Comment by Sujit — January 11, 2006 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

  2. Hi m’am …

    Thanx for stopping by my place …
    had actually logged on to ur blog as soon as i saw ur comment , but my sys crashed … and hence ,,,. i was lost …

    u have a good template … thatz the first thing i noticed …

    ur post reminded me of my labs ;))

    Comment by ~*. D E E P A .* ~ — January 11, 2006 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  3. i rem my mech lab – it was a terror esp since we were warned by our seniors …

    but i loved the digital electronics labs ….

    4 yrs is way too long to rem now … as is 5+ yrs of scholl labs …

    c u soon ….

    take care

    Comment by ~*. D E E P A .* ~ — January 11, 2006 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  4. I didn’t mind the wrkshop labs all that much…funny incident,though…good post…

    Comment by the Monk — January 12, 2006 @ 10:05 am | Reply

  5. @sujit- Ask me about out of phase!! almost all the models came out as miniature pieces whenever it came to me… Iron pieces seem to put up with my grooming.. But woods were very weak hearted and most of the times broke down.

    @deepa- Thanks for the comment. Yeah me too loved the electronics lab..mostly during the exams .. and when the guys in my batch were absent šŸ˜‰

    @monk- Really? I wonder how you managed carpentry!! I used to pray every week that God takes off tuesday from the week list šŸ˜‰

    Comment by bindhu — January 12, 2006 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  6. Celia, that’s the nice read…

    Me, don have such lab hours to feel bad.. but had a little comparitive momets during my schoolin days…

    V r in someway differnt from u, Celia.Interesting trendz here which were laid by our seniors to avoid teacher’s stares and scolds…As v gud juniors, respected our seniors and followed thier trend simply and blindly… can u guess?

    Comment by Anbae — January 13, 2006 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

  7. @anbae– Now you raise my curiosity? Whats that trend?

    Comment by bindhu — January 13, 2006 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  8. hey,here it s … i watched some my seniors last year… they r not regular to univ. but ll give exams with no probs…Don know the key, hw they r givin!!

    hardly found that atlast…seniors let us to follow the simple logics it s seen, yes ” shud put kadala with teachers, shud giv treats to them in the week ends… shud give gifts no matters its the spl day or not…” as respectfull juniors doin thse with sincerenes and respect.heheh

    Comment by Anbae — January 13, 2006 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  9. @anbae- šŸ˜€ Yeah.. I know this trend.. This happens not only in your college but in almost all the colleges.. We used to get 7/10 in our practicals after we do it perfectly whereas, guys would just smile at the temporary staff(ladies) and get a 9/10..

    Waaaah!! how angry we were!!!!!!

    Comment by bindhu — January 20, 2006 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

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