In view of the examination, classes have been dispersed few days back and I am saved from rising up early and facing the cold in the morning for the time being. I stay in North Delhi and my college is in South Delhi and I spent over an hour in travelling. I alarmed my phone clock to 6:30 am so that I don’t miss the 8:45 am lecture. The task of attending the first class had become extremely difficult with each new morning as winter approaches. However, since the University required a student to have a minimum attendance of 66% to be able to appear the semester exam without any complication, I had to attend as much as I could lest my attendance falls below the requirement. I had missed some classes for reasons known and unknown in the course of this semester. Update: My attendance stand at 69.29%!
The exam will end in the first week of December. The word “December” brings to me the warmth thought of Christmas which alone is nostalgic. With semester exam nearing, this thought could be dangerous. Last year, I spent my Christmas here in Delhi. Though it did not matter much where I stay, there is something amiss being away from home for Christmas. Something is incomplete. The nostalgia and the memories of childhood attach with the festivities is missing in a city I cannot called mine. Being born and grew up from the hills in some sleepy village in Manipur, the Christmas I had as a child is associated with many sweet memories. Christmas season means I get to travel to town and city, buy new dresses, toys and sweets. Unlike last year, I have booked my ticket to home for Christmas. But first, dear God, please help me write my exam in peace!