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MIDNIGHT TOIL

5 hours of sleep, 30 min for family

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It's December, the time when students facing boards turn busybodies. And, if they are attending entrance coaching, then it gets worse. They have no time for themselves, let alone for others.

TOI-Crest had to wait till 9 pm recently to get a student to speak to it about her schedule. When we finally got her over phone, Divya Ramani took a deep breath and sat down. That was the first moment of the day, she said, when she was doing something apart from cramming. That, she added, was the plight of students attending coaching classes for entrance exams.

Divya's day starts at 5 am and the alarm is set for 4 am or even earlier depending upon the number of tests that are scheduled for the day. A quick shower, a glance through the notes and a bite into the dosa laid out on the dining table and she's hurrying out at about 6. 30 am for her college.

An hour of special class precedes normal college hours that begin at 8. 30 am. Lunch is a luxury and is eaten only when records are completed on time and there's no backlog. Though the classes might get over by 3 pm, the infamous Bangalore traffic lets her reach home only after an hour-and-a-half.

There's time only for a sip of tea before heading towards the medical entrance coaching classes that carry on till 8. 30 at night. The three-hour class leaves her exhausted by the time she returns.

Thirty minutes is all she gets to have dinner and leave room for a chat with family. It's back to books again. The night session goes up to 11 pm or even midnight. In the 24 hours that constitute a day, she hardly manages halfan-hour to think of anything else apart from her studies.

"I do not watch TV on weekdays at all. Sometimes, during weekends, I go out for a movie. I do not read newspapers. I don't get time to breathe in the morning, let alone read papers, " she says.

"There are friends of mine who sleep just for three to four hours. Compared to them, I am better off. I will not complain. It was my decision to go for medicine. I will have to tolerate this for a few more months so that I can relax later, " she says stoically.

Though Divya says she does not have any fear, she accepts she will be disappointed if she does not get through. It's the hope and belief that such tough days will not last forever that gives her the strength to push herself so hard - as most like her do.

Reader's opinion (13)

Shivanshu SharmaMay 22nd, 2011 at 16:30 PM

just want to say best of luck to divya....may god fulfill her all the dreams

Debbrata HazraDec 29th, 2010 at 10:48 AM

des r d nasty times dat every1 cums across

Ankit KumarDec 28th, 2010 at 23:47 PM

Not watchn tv and avoiding movies r ohk ... Bt one should not compromise on his sleep ... !

Asokananda ProsadDec 27th, 2010 at 04:21 AM

Facing admission and entrance tests to build up career, amid college hours and coaching classes the students today have to pass through tight schedule. Sadly, with this trend of mind most of the sincere often get decayed earlier sustaining tremendous stress in life Unfortunately, there is no option!

Sunil SharmaDec 26th, 2010 at 23:08 PM

Rat race is finally chatching up with all of us , we just reduced careers to pay package only, but the modern era does not give any respite to anybody , just succeed or perish , that is the Mantra of life

Abcde AbcdeDec 26th, 2010 at 23:07 PM

It is worthy when we got a seat in a good college like IIT,NIT.me personally experienced it.....i think in this age it is quite enough to have a good sleep of 5-6 hrs.Sleep well dont think about anything before u go to bed even physics,formulae.......lots of colors of life in u r way....

Raaghav PandeyDec 26th, 2010 at 18:41 PM

we want intellecutals and Entrepreneurs
those who can think beyond the limits
we dont want overtime working robots

Tarun H KothariDec 26th, 2010 at 17:37 PM

reminds me of my jee preparations

Vinay KumaranDec 26th, 2010 at 16:34 PM

It is not possible to concentrate on studies for such long periods of time. It is better to study steadily for a few hours and take time to relax and enjoy. Those few hours probably work better than the extended hours these kids spend trying to compete with their peers.

Alok SundarDec 26th, 2010 at 15:48 PM

everyone does!! at the end of the day, if some the person is fine with it then its ok. it totally depends on your priorities in life.

Bapi ChatterjeeDec 26th, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Having gone through it many years back I will say it is absolutely necessary. Technology is evolving so fast one has to dedicate even more time and effort to be in the cutting edge. But I will emphasize on learning the concepts throughly as opposed to cramming.

Anu ChawlaDec 25th, 2010 at 07:36 AM

I sometimes wonder if it is worth it !!

Venkatesh RamanujamDec 25th, 2010 at 23:00 PM

true

 
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