In the darkness of the room, his hand tried to reach out for his mobile. He wanted to check the time, it was 4:15 am. He realized he had been in the bed now for 5 hours without any wink of sleep. It had been a long sleepless night. Raj, who was the topper of his branch was never so nervous in his entire life. But this day was different, it was very special. It was do or die situation for him.
The so called mediocre and average students were successful in getting placed in top MNCs, whereas Raj, being a topper throughout, missed to crack interview even after clearing the written exam each time. He had planned all the strategies so many times but he couldnt understand what went wrong each time. He made sure he appeared serious and intelligent in interview but the final result always went against his expectations.
At one moment he would think about sitting in a lavish cubicle in the US based MNC but at the second moment he feared that if he did not make it this time he would be left behind and would have to try off campus since this was the last company in this placement season.
Lost in deep thoughts, his attention went outside the window where sun was all set to brighten the lives of creatures of the earth. He got up, did his morning rituals, took a shower and started getting ready for the interview.
He lighted incense stick and bowing his head made a small prayer to God, called his parents to get their blessings. He put on the formal suit for the interview, polished his shoes and moved out of this room as a man on a mission. Little did he know that someone was waiting for him outside his hostel.
Oh my God.. Riya JJ
What a pleasant surprise to see you. You did not tell me you were coming !!
I wanted to give you a surprise. My train arrived 1 hour ago and I have been waiting here for 30 minutes now.
Riya was his best friend and lived in Pune. She had come all the way to Noida to cheer him up¦.
Hey Raj, so can I accompany you to saloon?
Saloon ??? but why would I go to saloon ? I have interview in next 1 hour, said Raj.
Are you crazy Raj !!!
Have you seen you face in the mirror? You look like a stone age man who has not shaved for months
Hey, this is my look to appear as a serious & responsible person, said Raj.
You are such an Idiot. You look crazy in this look and this is not at all professional. At once go back and get clean shaved, said Riya.
But Riya¦. !!
I will not hear anything, please go back to your room. I am waiting here
Riya held a special place in Rajs life. He couldnt refuse her. He ran towards his hostel and was back in 15 minutes. Riya had never seen him so dashing and handsome, well dressed, clean shaven & well groomed. He looked a different person altogether.
Now thats like Mr. Perfect , smiled Riya.
Raj was oozing with confidence. He entered in the hall where the briefing was going on about the company.
Riya waited impatiently outside the hall. She was more nervous now. She would check her mobile at on instant, see the people around her, walk here and there but couldnt concentrate her mind. She knew if Raj did not make it this time it would shake him to the core.
After 2 hours, Raj came out with an emotionless face¦There was a question mark and nervousness written on the face of Riya.
So ¦ what ¦ is .. the ¦result¦. ?stammered Riya¦
Yes¦ I made it this time, shouted Raj and hugged Riya tightly.
And this is all because of you Riya, thanks for being such an angel
The interview panel said they had never seen such an intelligent person with clean shaven and dashing looks.
Now I realize the blunder I have been doing in all these campus interviews so far. If I had shaved, I would have been selected in my very first interview.
I would like to tag and invite my other friends to participate in this competition. Manjulka Pramod , Sana Shaikh , Awanish ,Anirban , Hitesh, Abha, Nalini, Gautam, Anshul , S.R. Ayyangar, Mohan , Nethra, Pallav, Abhishek Dutta, Ashish Sood, Shwetal Rai, Somesh, Saravana , Rudraksh, Arun , Niraj , Tushar , Chetan, Devesh, Rahul , Gayatri ,Swapnil