This happened while I was studying at an entrance coaching centre in Thrissur, Kerala, when I was in the 12th standard. I thought that if I paid less attention to the 12th schoolwork and prepared well for the entrance I could get through. After a couple of weeks of classes, I realized that it wasn’t going to be easy to crack the examination unless I had done well in the 12th. Eventually, I lost interest in the entrance exam and started watching movies and exploring the town of Thrissur.
My roommate, who was also my friend, would always accompany me, but he somehow always managed to get decent marks. So, I asked him, “Bro, you are with me all the time, but how do you do it?” He said, “Bro I am doing the “Karakikuth'”. (Karakikuth literally means throwing darts at a spinning wheel, like taking a Gamble). I told him, okay, I am also going to do that.
To my surprise, my scores started falling, I used to score around 50 or 60 out of 100, but when I started the Karakikuth I started getting 20 or 30, while my friend was getting 70 or 80. I did not know what was happening since as we were both following the same process. After two weeks he happened to notice one of my test papers, he saw that there was a wheel drawn on the question paper and I had divided the wheel into 5 options from A to E, and the wheel was marked with many dots.
He asked me what that was and I explained that I had drawn a wheel on the question paper for the Karakikuth. He asked, “Is this what you understood by Karakikuth? Man, what I meant by Karakikuth was ‘Guesswork’. Look at the options, apply common sense and make an educated guess, you will be able to pick relatively right answers.”
He came from a different part of Kerala where “Karakikuth” meant “Guesswork”, a meaning I wasn’t familiar with, and I was literally trying to replicate throwing darts at a wheel on my answer sheet with a pen, which made me keep failing pathetically for a couple of weeks.
There are experiences in our life where we find ourselves doing stupid things but when we look back those experiences will make us laugh out loud. Today let’s be thankful for those experiences that make us laugh at our own stupidity. 🙂
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