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Electric ARC #14: IITJEE 2007 Sneak Preview

By on Apr 5, 2007 in Personal | 2 comments

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I feel so dazed right now. Thanks to a special tie-up between CNN-IBN and Career Launcher, and due to a well-known security flaw in Microsucks Windows Vista Parallel Universe Edition™, I got exclusive access to give Sunday’s IITJEE 2007 today. It was pretty easy, and finally, two years of hard-work seems to have paid off. They even took my interview, apparently, I’m gonna be their case study. This is what I said in the interview:

“I’ve put in 12 hours a day… 365 days a year… missed out on all family occasions, and whole lot of fun… but I’m very sure I’ll get through…”

OK OK, before the Indian government dispatches someone to investigate into a paper leak of IITJEE 2007, I must confess I didn’t give it. Well, technically no. Apparently, CNN-IBN wants to a run a story this Saturday / Sunday on students giving the IITJEE, and since they ‘didn’t want to disturb anyone who’s actually preparing’, they decided to shoot it with me as their case study. So they turned up at the Career Launcher centre, and gave me the script to speak out. Naturally, with different variants of it in takes. So if you go by television records for confirming veracity of facts, I’ll be giving the IITJEE this Sunday, one year too early. Gosh, I think that’s a first in India, eh? ;)

Then there were more background shots, where I was supposed to be studying. I got my package put, and started overwriting on a few equations. I got bored soon (and ran out of equations to overwrite), with the camera guy showing no signs of giving up, so I flipped to a new page, and started writing a really complex equation, namely, x + y = 42. You’ll find that if you look carefully on the show. I thought I was looking a bit stupid with him zooming in, so then I wrote out the first equations given as an answer option in one of our practice exercises. The others in our batch got their 15 seconds of fame too (notoriety? since we aren’t giving ANY exam right now), as background sequences.

Funny they chose me, someone who hardly studies at all – the opposite pole of the sort of person they want to show in the story. I mean, they could’ve chosen anyone of the more studious people in our batch, and they picked me. Sheesh, I need to dispel some misconceptions among people (about me studying) it seems. Or maybe ‘putting in 12 hours a day’ meant the amount of time I sleep. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but why me, when I don’t spend me lunch breaks at school solving packages, unlike some other people in our class. And the lengths that news channels go to for a story these days, is shocking.


  1. Siddharth Razdan

    April 9, 2007

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    When’ll this show be on air? I gotta see it.

    (Siddharth Razdan)

  2. GQ

    April 9, 2007

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    It’s already been aired, as a news story on Sunday! I’ve posted the video from CNN-IBN on my blog, just check under the ‘Idiot Box’ blahtegory.

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