“Oh no!”

I screamed at the top of my voice, alarming my parents.

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“I made a bubbling mistake in the 40th question.” May 31 2017. 10 days after my JEE Advanced. I was bitterly disappointed with my subpar performance in the exam. Finding out about the silly mistake that would have a cascading effect dampened my spirits further. I could literally see my dream of joining the elite IITs vanish in thin air. Thoughts of breaking the trust my parents had in me and not delivering on the expectations of my well-wishers began to haunt me. When the results were…

“What do you want to do in life?” quizzed my senior under the tutelage of whom so many of us had flourished. A riveting discussion of varied perspectives about pursuing an MBA abroad had come to a screeching halt. For the first time in about two hours, I was dumb-struck. Thorough research for months had given me statistics, facts and ideologies about a lot of things that were once alien to me. But all that research fell short of answering this perplexing question.

As a coping mechanism to such an unanswerable situation, my knee-jerk response was “doing an MBA and…


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