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Plague of Placements
Just when we were thinking of those glee moments at the haunting house sitting on the first and second benches, suddenly Prof. Hitul stepped in. He said “As you all know that you people are in your last year and 7th semester. The companies have started approaching the college for recruitment. Please brace yourself for the challenges coming ahead.” For a second we all were stunned, surprised and completely taken aback. The thought or pressure for performing well was now about to built. Even during break there was sheer silence for few minutes. We were sitting with gloomy faces. Suddenly I interrupted “Hey girls just chill. Everything would be fine. Don’t worry, we all will be placed in some or the other good company”. To which Pari interrupted “Hey it’s easy for you to chill Aisha. You are one of the toppers and you speak fluent English. You are good at everything. So you will be placed easily. But we don’t have any guarantee”. Somewhere down the line, I definitely had the confidence that I would be placed first (the myth which was broken later on). I said to console everyone “Come on people, we all have good future. Just because I score good marks, that doesn’t mean I will be placed in the best company or placed first”. We closed the discussion there and moved on to our labs after the break.
Within a week, the first company came for the recruitment. It was a pool campus. The foremost criteria were to appear for the online examinations and if selected then there would be a personal interview. We all (except Naina) went to appear for the online test. When we reached the college, we saw thousands of engineering students like us standing there in formals. Some were biting their nails, some were referring to notes or reference books and many were like us standing aimlessly. I took long breath, thought that god is always with me and would place me at some best position. We all attended the pre placement talk (they are always very monotonous) and then went to the allocated rooms to appear for the online test. I was firm, confident and happy. I was sure that I would be selected for this company very easily. The results were about to be out within a month. The company’s name was “InfoTech”. It was a reputed company.
Many such companies began to approach slowly one after the other. The first few companies declared their results on the spot and the others enclosed after few days. One after the other the companies were slipping down from my hands like sand. Everyone, even some dumb ones, some unexpectedly unexpected ones got selected for some good companies. I wasn’t having a stand anywhere. I was numb for the first few initial days. I didn’t know where I was going wrong. Each and every final year student was gearing up for the task. Then one fine day, I went for shopping and I was parking my vehicle, I got a call from Khushi. She seemed to be very happy. We were having just a casual talk when suddenly she intervened “Aisha, I got selected for the final round of InfoTech. I got a call in the afternoon where they informed that I was one of the ten students to surpass the online exam”. I was bewildered. I couldn’t believe at first stance that someone like Khushi could ever be selected. But I managed to maintain my composure and replied to her “Congratulations dear. You deserve it”. My voice became moist. It was something that I was waiting and longing for but it fell into her lap. She then told me “Please don’t say it to anyone until the confirmation comes from the college”. I said “I won’t. Don’t worry”. I reached home and was very upside not at the thought that she got selected but thinking about why I couldn’t make it there. I couldn’t believe that something so unpredicted could ever happen to me. Mom asked me what had happened. Why was I spending so much time in solitude? I told her everything. She spoke “Look, few things are not in our hands. You can try your best but cannot expect everything to happen according to your will. Do your best and leave the rest in god’s hand. He will definitely give you what you deserve”. I mildly smiled and left the place and went to sleep. I couldn’t sleep that whole night thinking and praying to god for some miracle to happen.
Slowly and gradually companies began to turn up for campus recruitment. 10 companies were down and I wasn’t selected in any of them. Even Hemangi was selected in one of the companies. Khushi didn’t want to join InfoTech so she began to appear for the online exams for other companies along with me and other students. To everyone’s surprise she surpassed the first rounds in almost 5 companies. I couldn’t bear the trauma of not getting selected in any of the company. I cried, wept and traumatized myself for several weeks. I began to fall in the deep ocean of distress. But I guess my bad luck came to halt when the 13th company Professional SoftTech came, in which I appeared for an online exam, I got selected for the next round. I was more than thrilled and excited. For the second round I went to Ahemdabad for the interview. Dad accompanied me for the interview. When we reached the station, we hired a rickshaw. As soon as we reached our destination, I was searching for my mobile. I realized that I was not able to trace my mobile. I gasped “Oh god! No this cannot happen to me”. I told Dad about it. He got enraged. He told me “Forget about the mobile and just concentrate on your interview. Don’t think about anything else”. I was about to weep but strongly controlled my emotions. When my turn came, I went inside and appeared for the interview. The interview was very good. I came out satisfied yet downhearted. My whole concentration was whirling around my LG mobile only.
It was Diwali time and on that very day Dad got me a new mobile because he couldn’t see me so low. I happily agreed. This was the last Diwali with my Gabru Gang so I thought making the most of it with them. I went to each and everyone’s house to spend some quality time with them. In a short span of 4 days I got a mail from Professional SoftTech that I was selected and they asked me to join for the training process in the month of January. I declined the offer because I didn’t want to spend the last few days of my golden period in training and adjusting in a new place. It was then that I decided to start preparing for the MBA entrance exams. I made up my mind to do MBA from some good institute. Khushi got placed so was Hemangi. I was extremely happy for them. I genuinely believed that they deserved it. My craziness and interest for the job was gradually drifting away. I began to think may be probably god had planned something better than this for me.
To Be Continued..
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