High Tide

Ruling the World in the middle of summer

It is entrance exam season, and it is also wedding season. Two of the worst events to attend in the middle of the scorching summer heat.

Weddings are no longer just about the food, nor is it about running around the hall and exchanging stories with distant cousins. At 23, weddings are not repeating the saree, fielding off questions about marriage, and at the same time trying to get through the clawing loneliness that attacks when other people look seemingly happy.

Introspection is a vice at weddings; first, you feel the pressure of the societal norms. Then comes the ‘What is wrong with me? Why am I still single? Why do I not have a regular job? Where the flying flamingos did my parents go wrong?’

But this doesn’t last long, the rational part of the brain begins to take over, slowly over the course of dinner you realise you love your jobs (yes, jobs), the crazy times spent not at a desk job and that you honest to god love being alone! Suddenly, the world is a less scary place.

While the crowds at weddings are comforting, a similar crowd at the entrance test brings in the stomach dropping panic. Scrambling to the seat and having to take calming breaths because you almost fell off the chair while trying to sit on it. Chanting ‘I am an #adult’ to make it seem less daunting.

But then the exam begins and you finish with 80 minutes still left on the clock, feeling stupid for freaking out. With 80 minutes left, you re-do the whole test, maybe screwing it up more than usual. Or actually maybe getting it right? #youneverknow

But in the middle of the summer, answering a literature paper that might have offended you with its multiple choice answers and also with its blatant sexism. The ‘logical’ section of the paper had married couples suspecting each other of adultery and making it obvious, it is the man who owns the car in the house.

It’s entrance exam season, and it is also wedding season, while both are daunting, there is no escaping them, so there is nothing to do but go forth and conquer the world.

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aishwarya kirit

Aishwarya is a coffee addict and incurable fangirl, who spends way too much time on the internet. She manages to make time to be a radio jockey on FM Rainbow, work as a research assistant and so some freelance content writing.

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