I know what I did this summer

I have just started classes for Advanced Accounting and Cost Accounting & Financial Management. Of course, they have been very convenie...

I have just started classes for Advanced Accounting and Cost Accounting & Financial Management. Of course, they have been very conveniently timed. My classes usually take place in the middle of the night and continue for a good two hours. The centre is something like a high security fortress. Just as you enter, Prime Academy's watchmen Mamas with eyes that would put a hawk to shame will do a full scrutiny. My poor friend A got a earful from one mama for wearing "Baniyan without collar". But honestly, its no joke, being in that class. You are in the midst of a sea of people, 600 odd students to be precise, and apart from trying to keep your brain awake and eyes open, you have to come with the terms with the fact that the problems in the workbook are pretty much Greek and Spanish. And on top of that MPV (accounts prof) will be doing rounds to check on your progress. And if you are caught lagging behind/sleeping/slacking/scribbling, well, as he puts it, "it is simppply not acceptable". The clases run till the 1st week of October. Joy.
But on a more serious note, MPV is an awesome teacher. I have never seen anyone handle a class of 600 more deftly than he does. I have also never seen a chartered accountant with a bigger mustache.
Lesson learned: If you are to stay awake in class you must have had adequate sleep the previous night. But if you're like me, you must wake your mom up and blackmail her into making double strong filter coffee for you.

Amma told me that she had fixed a "checkup" with a "lady doctor" in the Hospital. Upon arrival, we were whisked away to the waiting room. My suspicion regarding the lady doctor's lady-ness was aroused when I read the name plate (Dr.Gopinath, it said.) and as I walked in, they were confirmed. The lady doctor was a man, a bald man to be precise, which made him very unladylike. I think this experience took the word 'awkward' to a whole new level for me.
Lesson learned: Next time you book an appointment with a lady doc, make sure you say that you want to see the lady doctor who is a lady.

Office drama! I got screamed at in my client office by a rather grumpy assistant general manager uncle who had digestion problems. I had a bunch of unwanted accusations aimed at me, and me being the braveheart that I am, started wailing. My water faucets went into full blast mode and I'm just sniffling and bawling. Honestly, I am slightly ashamed of myself for creating such a fuss but I will strongly vouch for the fact that the blasting (It included the gem - "I AM NOT AN OFFICE BOY!". Ofcourse you're not an Office 'boy' sir, You're an office uncle. Trust me to come up with witty retorts 3 days after the after the actual conversation.) were totally unwarranted sicne I had not even screwed up My bawling didn't go unnoticed, it became quite an issue, went right upto the MD. Grumpy also apologised, but then again, I wish I hadn't cried. I would have complained nevertheless, but the crying made me feel like one fool. When I repeated the story to my dad amidst bawls, he got scared naturally. Dialogues like "Who's that guy? I'll come to your office right now and have a go at him" came up but after I had calmed down he told me very slowly that most 65+ working uncles were senile and that you had to leave them alone if you actually want to get some work done.
Lesson learned : If you are to convey an issue of such delicacy, I'd recommend you cry and then complain. If you're going to do both at the same time, you will not only agitate your senior/manager but choke on the terrible saltiness of your own tears as well. Which is not nice.

Started studying for B.Com. Knowing me and my big fat ego, I had put off studying for my B.Com exams as something extremely simple. Opening my books I realized that it was not. And I have completely forgotten the technique of studying. I open the book and stare at it for 5 minutes, after which I have these intense urges to pick up my phone and talk for an hour or something. So my study chart goes like 5 minutes-1 hour break-25 minutes-head nodding off-sleep.
Lesson learned: Old habits, die hard.

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20 comments

  1. yabba! Too much commerce stuff to digest!

    Adhu enna late night classes? Adutha ratri kootha? 600 students? :O

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  2. hahahaha, some lessons have to learned the hard way... but in my case, i learn every lesson the hard way... :P

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  3. Yea, late night na u mean 5:00 am??? For me that wud be mdnite :P

    And 600 students is...is...scary! Where do u sit amongst those 600? :D

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  4. middle of the night...does this class include online students from US & Europe as well?

    lol@check up bit. also, we ought to ban docs from having misleading names like kiran,sheetal,bijal & suchlike.:D

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  5. @ all

    my classes start at 6 am. Which means I have to be there at 5.45 if i am to catch a seat in the back rows.
    Which means that I have to start at 5.30 am (since the center is 5 kms away). Which means i have to wake up at 4.30. Since I need to revise what happened the previous class if I am to understand what's going on.

    Good lord!

    @preeti, I usually sit in the back rows. the farther away from MPV, the better. He speaks on the mike so its not an issue.

    @wt
    lol, defntly these unisex names need to be banned. And no, no international students. Thats the only thing missing from the motley crue of 600 who attend.

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  6. "I know what I did this summer"

    One kostin mam - Is summer in chennai over already?

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  7. moi surprised that
    1. you are in a class with more than 600 people
    2. You have been in such classes before too (to compare your teacher with other teachers who have taken >600 student classes!)

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  8. Proud of u, fellow back-seater! :D

    @Arun: Summer is the only season in Chennai, teriyada? :P

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  9. Hahahha!
    Crying at work, hhmm, something I have been successful in not doing till now, touch wood, a cry baby that I am, it is appreciable.

    LOL@6AM being middle of the night! :--)

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  10. That was one of the best stuffs i have recently read.Very very balanced.That was the quality i specially noted in your writings.You can easily draw pictures with funny words.
    You painted a cartoon with words.
    Liked it very much.
    Best wishes.

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  11. Enjoyed this one, miss! One class of 600 must be some kind of record.
    By the way, what in the world is Advanced Accounting? Like, is there something BEYOND debit and credit? If I study this esoteric subject, will I find out where all my money goes?

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  12. lol i awear..i sleep every single day during physics- coffe or no coffee...n lol..lady doctor....was sooo hilarious...
    btw my blogs updated..have added a teeny little tamil touch to it...check it out...waiting for ur comment :p.
    cio round
    bye

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  13. Nice one... very witty indeed ;)

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  15. life is so damn hard, huh? ;p

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  16. life is so damn hard, huh? ;p

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  17. Enjoyed this one, miss! One class of 600 must be some kind of record.
    By the way, what in the world is Advanced Accounting? Like, is there something BEYOND debit and credit? If I study this esoteric subject, will I find out where all my money goes?

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  18. Proud of u, fellow back-seater! :D

    @Arun: Summer is the only season in Chennai, teriyada? :P

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  19. Yea, late night na u mean 5:00 am??? For me that wud be mdnite :P

    And 600 students is...is...scary! Where do u sit amongst those 600? :D

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