Why is it that in my life either nothing happens for really long stretches of time or everything happens at once?
The moment I booked my date for GRE, every other opportunity that I had been waiting months for suddenly decides to present itself to me at or around the same time. I get a call for interview from II effing T, an interview that I would give an arm and leg to attend but cannot because it is ON THE VERY SAME DAY as my GRE in a completely different city. Great timing or what? IIT would never agree to change the date of the interview, in fact they say so in the letter and I would have to spend an extra $45 to change the date of my GRE which is pretty expensive. So, that one goes down the drain. The irony of it is that while I require the GRE in order to apply for PhDs, working in an IIT would almost guarantee that I get in..
I had planned on staying at my cousin-who-also-happens-to-be-my-best-friend's place for a few days after the exam. What with her job and my studies we never get to spend as much time together as we used to. So, I was really looking forward to visiting her. But, another interview decides to happen two days after my GRE. If that one had been on the same day too, I would've been back to square 1- with no job and no possibilities of getting one in the near future..
It's not like I don't have the qualifications or skills for the sort of jobs that I want. It's just that in India, just those are never enough. In fact, if you have the right contacts, you can even do without those. I hope I can do something to change this rotten system in any small way that I can, some day..
Yes, it is a red letter day.. My beloved now has a job and can storm into my house anytime, announce to my dad, "I'm taking her away, away from your domination for ever." and whisk me away to a romantic villa by the sea where we can spend all of our days blissfully in each other's arms.. :D I know that's not likely to happen ever but wouldn't it be divine if it were.. (dreamy) sigh :) I'm such a hopeless romantic ;)
I haven't posted in a long time.. That's because nothing worth posting was happening.. I didn't have a job.. Still don't have one (not counting the tutoring job).. and was not getting any closer to my PhD and hence, to being with my beloved.
But I have taken a tiny step towards my goal today.. I finally booked the date for my GRE.. I'm gonna take it this month.. I hope I do well..
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