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5 hours of sleep, 30 min for family
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.
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