It’s that time of the year when students become avid believers in god, and try every trick in the book just for a smooth sail. Every year, Delhi University paints a very different picture during exam times; the canteens are almost empty and there are hordes of students at the Photostat shop. It is also the time when students perform ‘rituals’, besides mugging up their notes for smooth sailing in the exams.
Michelle Das, who’s pursuing her Masters in Journalism, describes her ritual, “I don’t read my books again and again, because if I do this, I might flunk. I put my books away three hours before I enter the examination hall. Each time I studied more, the paper went bad and once, I flunked it totally.”
Ankit Bhagat, a student of Psychology Honours, also has a weird belief. Before appearing for an exam, he keeps a chit with an answer written on it in his pocket. “I once accidentally left a piece of paper in my pocket during my pre-boards for my Physics exam. I did not use, it but since then, it’s become a lucky charm for me.”
From having coke and chocolates before entering the examination hall to repeating the Table of 2 to calm down the nerves, DU students adopt various rituals to score in the exam.
Aditi Kapoor believes her best friend is her lucky mascot, and meets her friend before she takes her exams. “I either meet her or look at our picture on my laptop before I leave for my exam.”
There are reams of notes to mug up and time is always running short. Saurabh Talwar sums it, “Why trouble god so much? I would rather follow my rituals that guarantee my passing of exams. So, I don’t study everything because it kills the thrills of exams.”