shrill voice echoes

Friday, March 20, 2009

EYES WIDE SHUT!



often I have tried pinching myself..or asked others to pinch me
often I have tried to jerk my legs vigorously..
often I have rocketed to the nearest water point, splashed water on my face,wet my eyes
All in an attempt to remain awake in the class..

In many cases the above operations have been doomed..
What follows is..
*continuous batting of eyelids(as a tube light in a voltage fluctuation)
*the smudge like marks or the running ant like handwriting on the notebook in front of me...followed by the slipping of pen from my hand..
the handwriting turns good,bad and then ugly...and then blank....
Note the way my handwriting deteriorates..(not a drunken driving add!)







How often have you been caught stretching arms..and opening that big mouth with the annoying(to others) AWWHHHHHHHH..sound..
then find some weird muscle in your neck stretched beyond repair and paining like hell..
or even worst you find that the entire class is suddenly looking at you..making you realise..hey!whats so special abt me today!!
Assess the situation and curse yourself for sleeping or curse the external disturbing/waking agent..

The next time any one of us is nabbed yawning
in the class by the teacher..and asked "how dare you yawn in my class?"

here's what you can explain to him...
You can try to explain to your teacher"Sir I was Just yawning ,not sleeping..
The primary reason behind yawning is to control brain temperature. It cools off your brain, much like a fan cools off the inside of a computer.Also, that yawning is caused by lack of

oxygen not necessarily lack of sleep or boredom. Another speculated reason for yawning is nervousness and is also claimed to help increase the state of alertness of a person—paratroopers have been noted to yawn in the moments before they exit the aircraft."
Also tell him...that it has been established by Science that Yawning reflex is contagious and spreads.. if one person yawns, this may cause another person to "sympathetically" yawn.

Observing another person's yawning face (especially his/her eyes), even reading, or thinking about yawning, can cause a person to yawn...
So you see its not all your fault,Prof!!!nor should you be conscious or guilty or indignant that you made us yawn...

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Pretty often you might be surreptitious in your attempts pretending to be hiding behind the book,or resting your face,hiding those guilty sleepy eyes just behind the back of your hand...when you realise that you've succeeded in fooling the prof...and enjoyed those few moments of spiritual bliss,dreaming about the best food,outfits,places,crushes in sleep..away

from all those shady free body diagarams, puzzling circuits and mystifying equations...
I have taken such "power naps" in the midst of a classical concerts...
and trust me!! also in the midst of an electrifying rock concerts.
I have dozed off in bathrooms,in the midst of telephonic conversations,meals,even face to face conversations...


Well most of the times I have been successful in my super slumbers..
but many times not...
Like in the first year when the class was held in the huge lecture hall with 120 students..people used to make a beeline for the farthest benches..read a book,spot others upto something

while I busy in SLEEP

tragedy struck when we shifted to a smaller classroom with a strength of about 60..
Diplomatic immunity as my frnd calls it is "sitting on the first bench,you can just sleep by covering your face,manoj kumar style..and go unnoticed,while prof will be busy casting a suspicious glance at the back benchers"

I guess it worked
It was just one day when I failed to sit on the first bench when some overtly strict(read:nutty) professor..whose class was always marked by pin drop silence lulled me to sleep...
Zzzzzzzzz...Zzzzzzz....
suddenly I listen to Ravana roaring..
and there he was standing with arms akimbo,like any jailor at guantanamo bay..ready to take me to task..



In reflex I sprang out of my seat to stand and save my life
The Prof asked me what he had been teaching...i glance at the board ,..clueless i muttered letters written on the board..
The next I hear is a crackling 100 decibel"GET OUT OF THE CLASS"
Man..I did something exceptionally "coool" in college..got thrown out of the class..

days continued..while I tried hard not to sleep in his class..his terror reigned...

Semester changed and so did teachers.. so I was back to my business..
On a kinder occassion a highly esteemed Prof caught me in the act
One fine day in His usual lectures..My vertebrael column was closing in from the 90 deg. to the table to 60..45..and finally approaching to 0 deg to the table
when he points me out.."and there we have someone sleeping...Tell me do I sound like your dad who probably had been a good bed time storyteller or lullabye singer to you in your hey

days???"
I just tried to figure some excuse but mumbled a sheepish apology...

He saw me sleeping in his class even after that day when he had given me his "piece of mind"...but I think he'd given up on me...
some people are just too impossible,irreparable,incorrigible....he must have thought


Its not that I am nocturnal and suffer from a sleep deficit...I have slept in class even after having 10 hrs sleep at night..
So you know its not all my fault!

I didnt much like the movie SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE but as a little girl I always fancied SLEEPING BEAUTY..
During summers you can blame the sweltering heat and the sleep inducing heat wave that keeps you confined in your nest...thus leaving you with no option but to sleep..
During rains..the weather becomes so gloomy and mundane that its hard to stay active...so sleep..
During winters its so comfortable to be wrapped us and cozily sleep..
But just a Word:
"NO Dream comes True untill we Wake Up and goto work"..
Having said that..my blog uploaded..my job done...Off I go...Zzzzzz
While you can YAAWWWNN as the blog entry ends!!

20 comments:

priyanka said...

Finally u wrote down dat "cooool" event..."SINCERE SHRILL SLEEPING SOUNDLY"...good....dnt bother urself 'coz f ur sleeping habits in class...its bt natural and quite normal....

Keep blogging nd utilize d rest f tym in zzzzzzzzzzzz.......

dk3v said...

hehe...its the story of most of us..but really very well told!
:)

luvtheedragon said...

wha... what was this blog abt u say ...
wel .. its a blog ... just updated ...eyes wide shut! yeah, another one of thos Hollywood scope ... no i wasnt sleeping ... i was actually thinking deeeply ... yawning! no not at all i intended to make a point about a interesting observation which i found earlier... that it was worth making a point abt, but soon i realised that it was such a pointless issue that no point shud b made in its connection ... lieing down! totally absurd! I was standing horizontally my dear ...ok ... i shall leave ur blogosphere if u insist ... but i did try ... no i did try to read it !

sidhartha said...

there's no better appreciation of a mech prof's teaching skills than watching half the class snoring through it.
welcome to the club...

AbP.. said...

hey..
the "common man" observer(as per your infectious-yawning theory)and the "common student" voice..
you write things pretty interesting..another one to your credit..
loved reading it..

deepexperience said...
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deepexperience said...

n1.... of late someone I know has picked up the habit from u... :-)

I Am Nikhil said...

sumone has been rambling after a long time. effects of too much sleep?

Bhaskar said...

Nice !! [:)]

rabab said...

oh nice to see that i have a partner in you..........even i tend to doze off jst abt anywhr.....while travelling...in d loo n classes....hah!! sure.....nice piece girl......happy sleeping!!!

Abhishek said...

there couldn't have been a better way to express the thing most of us go through........
but in a small class like ours we do miss this privilege...
lucky u.......

K. Krishna said...

Well that may be that but the teachers in my dept. can give anyone a sleep for their money. But luckily they've learned from their recordings, so anyone found sleeping is simply asked to drink some water, wash faces or simply walk for some time. Worst that can happen is being joked on. Hurray!

Ignoramus Scribbler said...

"I have taken such "power naps" in the midst of a classical concerts...
and trust me!! also in the midst of an electrifying rock concerts."
add to this list, in the midst of thundering lecture by the iim prof.and ur
sleep is so intense that someone needs to put in a lot of effort to wake u up.
listen to Skanking for Jullandar -a song made 4 u.

Manish Kumar said...

Yaa I have first hand experience of what u r talking about :)

though its another way to communicate..

bahut sun li aapki baqbaq ab apna vyakhyaan band keejiye :P

rimpy said...

achha thha

Pranay said...

and den dere is d fine art of sleeping in the office while pretending to ideate...
nice blogging... keep it up..

ashutosh mishra said...

thanks for the sleeping lessons esp for your younger bit siblings like us. even the condition is worse, some profs don't even disturb the sleeping guys as he hv less to worry abt consulting his age-old notes for each point he speaks out( perhaps the notes were copied and made when he was student himself).

Ashish said...

You must have been named "sleeping beauty"?

RAHUL ANAND said...

now this is something amazing .... shrill snoring ...i bet u must b thinking even while sleeping in class....kip it up smarty :)

priya said...

good yaar..finally read ur blogs n m soooooooooooo impressed..good work gal..keep it up..m waiting for the next one..c'mmon..its been a long tym..wake up dear!!