7 to 5
7 a.m. - The alarm beeps. There's no way I can hear it for the first five minutes. When it finally breaches the sleep-time continuum, I try fruitlessly to ignore it. It's no use. It's at the other end of the room. Very reluctantly, I try to crawl over and manage to put it on snooze. Ten minutes later I finally stand up and switch the alarm off. Now that I'm awake, I rush to the bathroom and take care of my business.
7:30 a.m. - (College starts) - Still in the room, cramming whatever I can find into the bag and unceremoniously rolling the sheets. Leave the room in a hurry and try to find a cab while simultaneously running towards the college. Consider myself extremely lucky if I can catch a bus at the nearest signal.
7:45 a.m. - (8 if no vehicular transport is found) - Rush into the class with most of the others (wish that the professor is in a good mood because if not he won't let me in and all this rush will have been in vain!). Locate the attendance sheet. Participate in the friendly brawl to snatch the sheet and sign it first.
8:15 a.m. - (College starts in earnest) - Takes all my energy and willpower just to keep my eyes open. Play a few rounds of tic-tac-toe with my partner just to stay awake. Try to take down the notes, but most of the time the one giving them has no intention of letting us 'take' them. Work on the current design problems while trying to keep a low profile and avoid getting spotted. Answering a few questions in between just to avoid any suspicion.
10:30 a.m. - Finally walk down to the canteen calmly. Tried waiting for a few people but they don't seem to want to eat. I, on the other hand, am famished and can see only food everywhere. Go to the canteen and order the usual dosa or pohe. Isn't enough. Order a bowl of chicken noodles and cold coffee. Now that's a breakfast.
11:30 a.m. - Get back to class and wait for the new attendance sheet. Brawl is inevitable. Feel a little better after the food so attend the lecture with enthusiasm. Get the drafting equipment ready. Clean the scales, mount the board, put on a new sheet. Start drafting.
11:45 a.m. - First person comes with doubts. Spend the next half an hour explaining to them what happened in the first half of the lecture. More people eventually come. In the end, spend most of the time repeating the same lecture again. In the meantime, sir spots the crowd and comes to my place. Writes -1 on the sheet and leaves with a smug look on his face. Great! Starting in the negative!
2 p.m. - Managed to put a few lines down on paper. Good enough. Now for some lunch (again, no point in waiting for anyone). Go out to the nearest hotel and start having lunch. People start coming by the time I'm midway through the meal. Spend time discussing the day's events and the mountain of assignments left for tomorrow. Decide to go home and start working right away (already know that that's a joke).
3 p.m. - Go to the library to "research" for the design project. End up looking at photos in many books without actually understanding much. Am all fired up though! Completely inspired!
4 p.m. - Someone calls to ask a doubt. After putting in another half hour explaining what happened in the morning, make a silent vow to just hang up the phone next time (again, know that that's not going to happen). After the call, realize that people have already started working (minor panic attack)!
5 p.m. - Go to the nearest "Arey Milk Centre" and have a bottle of cool pineapple milk (heavenly)! Walk home from there.
6 p.m. - Reach the room and realize that it was left in a much more chronic state of disarray than thought in the morning. Spend some time organizing it a bit. Realize that clothes need to be washed.
7 p.m. - Washing took more time than anticipated (happens all the time, though.) Finally, sit down to work.
9 p.m. - Get up and stretch a bit. Go down to get food (and a few more household items if need be.)
9:30 p.m. - Get back home and watch Naruto while having dinner (continue watching Naruto post-dinner.)
10:30 p.m. - Someone calls and asks a doubt. Before remembering the vow to hang up, have already recounted the lecture. Good thing though, just realized that there's much more work to be done. Get back to the board and start up once again.
12 a.m. - Finally finish the sheet! Finally, some sleep. Get ready for bed and pack up things for tomorrow. Lie down.
12:30 a.m. - Just when I had entered sleep mode, someone calls. Reluctantly pick up the phone and ready to hang up at the first whisper of a doubt! But there's something else. It's a doubt alright, but not about what happened today. This is something that happened a few days ago! Just realized that I haven't even started on that assignment yet!
1 a.m. - Back on the board and cursing myself for wasting time in the library! Now it's my turn to call a few people. All of them are awake (not surprising at all). Get the gist of what is to be done. Start doing the submission only to realize that there's no paper left (situation just keeps getting better and better)!
1:30 a.m. - Go to a friend's house (fortunately, he has extra papers)! Discuss how life is hard with him on the footpath.
2:30 a.m. - Finally back to my board. Sheet - check, stationary - check, music - check. Time to get down to work.
3:30 a.m. - Realize that staying awake two nights in a row is probably impossible. Go and wash face every 15 minutes. Switch music from pop/rock to heavy metal.
4:30 a.m. - Washing my face every five minutes. Start to question why I'm doing what I'm doing, what is the meaning of all this? Is it really necessary to slog like this? What is the purpose of doing all this if I can't even maintain my own health? What is the purpose of life?! Why do we even need to learn all this? Isn't it better to just start working and gain practical knowledge? Aren't most of the successful people in the world dropouts? How many times have I missed something because of these submissions! On top of that, the portion is outdated! So, why am I still doing all this?! We change all this tomorrow! No more unnecessary work. We call up everyone and meet everyone…
5 a.m. - I'm sleeping (say this while placing the alarm at the opposite end of the room)!