Is cricket your life, as is casually thrown around? Are you appearing for board examinations in 2015? If your answer to both is yes, the schedule will be out to get you.
The World Cup starts Valentine’s Day and ends March 29. This will be a testing period unlike any other.
If it is any relief, you will not be the first to suffer the vagaries of scheduling. The World Cup has done this to thousands of youngsters in cricket-crazy India earlier.
World Cups have been held at different times, but board exams have largely stuck to their schedule.
Your parents and well-wishers want you to do well, so do you (they just don’t understand, do they?), but you are torn inside. While you deal with the pressure to deliver for your career, you are also worried about the Men in Blue.
You want to do a balancing act and watch cricket even as you prepare for the examinations. Your parents want you have zen-level focus only on books.
Delhi twins Ayooshi and Arjun, both cricket crazy, are grappling with the same dilemma. They have come up with different strategies.
Ayooshi is determined to not watch any match whatsoever. Arjun, on the other hand, is determined to watch all matches.
He is, however, aware that the television will be confiscated by his parents, who are equally determined to stop him from “ruining his life with cricket”.
But Arjun has devised a plan he is unwilling to share until the World Cup ends.
Another student, Varnika, is not worried. She will catch a few matches.
Her parents are divided in their opinion. Her mother is against watching the matches, while her father insists it will ease the stress of exams.
If your answer to the question posed in the first line is no, you have just saved yourself a lot of heartburn and decision-making. No matter which side you are on, best of luck.
(Sneha Gohri is a first year BA student from Ramjas College, she is doing her internship at Hindustan Times.)