Eighth standard half yearly exams and it is Chemistry today. All the chemicals and their formulas raining in my head...poor me trying to do the last minute study outside the exam hall. I always believed that the questions I read in the last minute always turned up in the exam paper. So I never waste even a minute outside the exam hall. Just 2 minutes before entering the hall, San*** who sits right behind me said that she started studying just at 5.00am that morning and she does not know any thing and I should help her. Just to cut the crap, I said ok, not knowing the consequences.
Our school has this practice of clubbing students from different classes to sit next each other. This time it meant that I sit with a 6th Standard boy by my side nd my friend San*** behind me and another 6th Standard boy by her side. This boy who sat next to me was a typical class 'rowdy' type. "Thats enough of the observations, try to
concentrate", is what I told myself. The question papers were distributed. Spent 5 minutes reading every question in the paper. Ok it seems fine. I knew most of them and
started writing the answers. Being a slow writer, completing the exam within the stipulated time was itself a big challenge for me. I had 30 minutes to complete the exam
and two 10 mark questions to be answered. San** shaking my chair to pass my answer sheet for the 1st 10 mark question. Now she asks, silly female. I continued writing
my exam....she started nagging me even more. For the peace of mind to write my exam better, I passed the sheet to her without being noticed by my teacher. Oh that was
a task well done!! I appreciated myself still worrying abt getting the paper back. Tried hard to finish the exam and the bell rang "Tringgggggggg". Our teacher asked us to hand over the paper. Oh God, What would I do. I didn't get back my paper. Turned back and signaled her. Now am a little experience and got back the paper carefully,
pinned it and submitted it. Phew wat an experience.
The next day, San*** did not ask me for anything before the exam. I was happy about it. Went and sat in the exam hall without any overhead. Before the question papers were distributed, this rowdy boy next to me noticed my brand new PARKER fountain pen and asked me if he could use it to write his exam. My Parker pen? "No, never",
was my answer. To my surprise he started threatening me by saying, he will get me caught. Ok, now that was my overhead for the day. The exam started and so did
San***'s nagging. Probably she thought I didn't require prior notice now. How much overhead can an 8th standard girl handle. But now, I started getting more experienced and my teacher too. She noticed something fishy between us. Now and then she would stand right near us. But that wouldn't stop San***. We continued exchanging papers.
Our teacher was sure of wat we were doing with the rattling of the paper but couldn't catch us red handed. So every time she gave us an additional sheet, she wrote our
names on it. Poor me, I joined the list of notorious ppl in class!! I guess nothing would stop San*** from getting the papers from me. She continued asking and I gave her one of my answer sheets. But was very scared abt passing the paper to her. I asked for it immediately and just when she passed it and I placed it with my bunch of paper, our
teacher came to us, really pissed off by our behavior. But to her horror, all the papers in my hand were mine and all papers in San***'s hand was hers. Pity our teacher,
went back disappointed. I noticed the rowdy grinning mischievously. I returned the grin and went back scribbling my papers. Though I didn't dare to pass my papers for my
other exams, I let go my parker to that rowdy to stay on the safer side.
I decided never to pass the papers again. It was a real thrill and nice to recollect but that time it was horrible.