Our people’s 20 word stories with happy endings
How happy? We don’t know
Naveendhar Venkatesan, DAV, SSN@2015
Enters elevator. Beethoven’s symphony.
Presses 9. Lift stops between 7–8.
Holds alarm bell. Beethoven’s plays again.
Varun Ravikumar, SNU@2015, State College, Pennsylvania
Graduate life. New Year’s Eve.
No transportation. Walk 45 minutes to campus.
All buildings locked. A sign on the door — Happy New year.
Sundara Rajan, SNU@2015
Siemens healthcare systems, 1st week.
Seat beside manager.
I crash an angiogram project with one line of code.
First major failure for the company in 15 years.
‘I’m fired for good’ I think.
Ishan Gupta, SNU 2nd year
Blood test. Fear of sharp things.
Pointiest needle I’ve seen, ready.
Big internship. Boss scolds bad. 4hrs travel too.
2 hours later, boss calls me up.
Karthik Subramanian, SNU final year
Exams? A thing of the past.
A degree in my hand, well, almost :)
This year has been kind. *smiles*
Lakshmi Ravi, SNU 2nd year
Major term paper. Deadline 12am.
Now, 11:59PM. Quickly attach file. Send.
Next morning, *yawn**stretch* ‘Shit, wrong file.’
Rakshitha Siva, SNU 2nd year
One subject. Major.
A whole semester’s effort.
x.xx — 1 number. 2 decimal points. 3 digits.
Scholarship Engineering in SNU vs. Unknown back home.
Sai Charan, SNU@2015, ISB@2018 — YLP
Night before GMAT.
Nightmares from all the time whiled away.
& crushed by my parents’ patronising backdrop.
Excruciatingly, morning dawns.
Palpable tension validated by a finger too wet to scan.
Four hours later I exit the hall, overwhelmed to string words out to my dad eagerly outside.
Anagh Narain, SNU final year
Late night. Dessert Craving.
Walk into the friendly neighborhood bakery. The Tiramisu showcase is empty. Empty Heart. Empty Stomach.
“We might have something in the back.”
Anannya Dasgupta (ADG), Prof@SNU, School of Humanities
Make a to-do list. Two columns.
List item. List deadline. Done.
Do what’s not on the list. Write a gratitude.
Ganesh Srinivas, SNU 3rd year
Sandal falls into the gap between Karnataka SK Exp. & Nagpur’s platform.
I lower myself into, not completely. My foot struggles for it. A loud horn.
Ritu, DAV, St.Joseph’s 3rd year
Dupatta clad. Bike stops.Gets off the pillion.
Papa waits at the doorstep.
Siddharth Ganesh, SNU@2015
Cluster tournament semifinals. A scope for nationals.
Nil-Nil. Full time plus extra time. Penalty shootout.
I miss the first penalty.
Gautham G, DAV, NITtrichy@2015
Called into H.O.D’s,
they discuss dismissal from col.
In the end, was asked to spy on class
Aditi Seth, SNU@2015
‘Dad, let me drive down to campus?’ I beg.
Driving! Three more friends in the car. Suddenly a truck swerves left! *crash*
Abhishek Sharma, SNU@2015
7 years old. In the balcony. Low railing. Climbed atop an inverted bucket.
Water collected at the rim.
Tanveer Ahmed, DAV, Manipal final year
Sessional exam. *Starts from theory questions*
Q1. Name the factors affecting transit capacity? (3m)
Me — … … …
*Turns to objective questions.*
Q1: Which of these is not a factor affecting transit capacity?