Vidya is a brilliant student from her school. She got medals for top marks in English, science & maths. Failure in exam has put her into severe depression. Even her phobia for heights doesn’t matter. She stands on the edge of a building. Ready to jump…
Note: This is a story series composed to portray need of Gyan (experience) with Vidya (knowledge) in the education system.
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Aadi: 1.4 – Her Failure
“Wait! Are you giving up?” the same voice brings her back to present again.
Tears well up in her eyes.
“No, no, no, no! Don’t even think of it.” There’s alarm in the voice, “Turn back slow & steady”
She just stays in her place. Like a statue. As if nothing matters to her.
To jump or not to jump. That’s the question in her mind.
“Failure is a step to Success!” it was you who told me this. “Remember?”
She turns slowly to find it’s Gyan, her senior. She just stands staring without a word. Lost… exhausted…
“Now don’t just be a mugger, Show me by living your words. Experience it!”, Gyan challenges.
This triggers another set of visions.
Time: A few hours back…
“Life as a human is most rare, it’s most cowardly to commit suicide.”
A seminar is going on & everyone is maintaining a deathly silence.
Slowly the hearing & vision gets blurred for Vidya.
In between she can make out some words now & then.
. . it’s the university’s fault . .
. . . govt can’t pay scholarship . . .
. . . . playing with students’ lives . . . .
. . . quality of engineering is going down . . .
. . but there’s hope . .
She comes back to her senses only when everyone stands up to leave.
She’s blank except for the first sentence she remembers from the seminar.
She stands up slowly & turns to leave.
“Relax, experience has shown me that everything gets all right”, Gyan is standing in her way.
Vidya rubs away her tears & runs away towards the office.
“Sir, how could this be? I have the maximum overall percentage, how can you stop my scholarship?”
“Look, that’s the rule set by the government.No scholarship for failures of general category.” the clerk stands up.
“Now where’s the scholarship file of Chatur?” he shouts stepping inside. “It doesn’t matter he failed any subjects, he’s SC.”
“But I am not … ” there’s no-one to hear Vidya, “… a failure!”
She sobs with tears in eyes, repeating “I am not a failure”
She feels a hand on her shoulders. It’s Chatur grinning cheek to cheek. His beastly eyes seem to devour her up. Vidya moves back & starts adjusting her dupatta.
“Aoow, the mugger Vidya failed a subject. How sad,” he says.
“Vidya is a failure. Vidya is a failure . . .” he repeats in his unbearable voice.
The vision ends & on her lips are the words “I am Failure!”
She’s back to the present.
Her Life is replaying in front of her eyes. ‘Am I about to die?’
. . Suicide is cowardly. . .
. . . It’s University’s fault . . .
. . . . Don’t waste Human life . . . .
. . . You muggers are all the same . . .
. . Failure is a step to Success . .
. I am … a failure .
Her life is replaying before her eyes. Has her time ended?
She presses her hands on ears & temples. Her head starts aching. She can’t bear it any longer. She shouts with all her might.
Her shout echoes to far off places…
The screen goes blank.
A faint voice is heard.
We can do anything with strong will.
? The End ?
What should she do?
Who must be punished?
What would you do in her position?
Is there a solution to her problem?
Is it really THE END?
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