Year: February 2004
Place: Campus Placements, Ethiraj College, Chennai
“Why are the campus selections happening around here?”
“Isn’t our college big enough and shit man… there are 5 more colleges here for the entrance test”
“Machi… There is nothing to worry. We all are going to US for Masters. This is just a backup plan. Let’s make it here and keep our options wide open”
“Makes sense, but tell me, what’s your GMAT score?”
“Alright fellas…topic change”
“They have a presentation in the next 30 minutes”
And then the presentation went on and on for more than an hour. These guys were from Infosys and I just can’t understand why is that they are going ga ga about their company!
“Fuck man! I told you… No more interviews. We have already been selected for a reputed company and I am walking out!”
“Watch out…The presentation has just come to an end…”
I spotted her again! She was in pink top and a blue jean… She is the same girl from… Wait… What a jerk!
I was startled but I said, “Nothing!” (I just remembered that the girl whom I met in the train, MIT and Fisherman’s Cove were all one and the same… Her torn jeans gave it away! Wow! What a remarkable change)
“We have to do well in the exam followed by the interview machan…This is a wonderful company and I am already in love with it…” Karthik said
“Aye” I said
“What’s wrong with Raam?”
“He wasn’t interested for this interview since morning and now a sudden adrenaline rush!” said Dhanan.
And the awesome part was when she came and sat next to me during the written test! I was on C 9!
“Hi…” She didn’t notice…
She stared at me and said, “Hi…Do I know you!”
“You two, can you discuss this little pep talk later… Can you please start with the test?” said the invigilator
I completed the test and waited for her to complete so that we both can give the papers at the same time.
“So… how did it go?” I asked.
“Don’t know… I screwed the quantitative section! Why do they set such tough papers…”
“Premier companies… they have their own high standard”
“Hey sorry…I haven’t introduced myself…I am Raam”
“I am Preethi”
“Good…So you remember me now?”
“I am so sorry but I don’t remember you! You look so much like some I had met before…”
“2002, MIT Fest…”
“Never mind, so want to start working and settle down…”
“Well actually I have other plans…I want to go to US for my Masters”
“Oh! Good…Which universities are you applying?”
“I had thought about three universities…
1. Pennsylvania University because my brother is settled there
2. Florida University because my uncle lives there…
3. And California University…”
“And who lives in California University?”
“No one… Just applied to the university as I heard it’s a good one!”
I just couldn’t stop feeling great from inside! The universities which I had planned to apply were in New York, Minnesota and California…I just felt the real need to get into this university but wait…let me do a reality check; there are a dozen universities with the same California name. Anyhow, let’s not get into specifics… I said to myself
“So where do you live?”
“Do you have any boy friends?”
“Is that supposed to mean anything with the current context of where I live?”
“No…I am sorry…Even I am going to Anna Nagar, if you don’t mind, I will drop you!”
“Thanks but I have few friends of mine waiting for me”
“Alright…Friend or Friendie…?” I grinned.
She smiled and said, “Friendie…”
“Ok…So see you then tomorrow during the interview”
“But we haven’t got the results for the written test?”
I smiled at her and said, “Bye…” and drove away…