Thursday, May 11, 2006

Exam fright-mare

Last night, I had a freaky exam nightmare.

I dreamt that I was going for my Media Law exam. As soon as I reached the exam hall I realised that I had forgotten to bring my Law book along. It was an open book 'no smoking' exam. By 'no smoking exam', I mean that you can't smoke your way out by bullshitting in the exam, cos you need to cite actual cases and reproduce actual laws in your answers. So having the book with me was crucial. I had about 50 minutes before the exam began (why the heck was I there so early?!) but I was not able to get a cab to get home, grab the book and rush back in time for the exam. I stood on the highway which incidentally was right next to the exam hall (which weird exam hall was this?!) trying to hail a cab. As the minutes ticked by, I was freaking out so bad I was gonna have a nervous breakdown. Finally, the dreamweaver software-maker took pity on me.

Never before in my entire life had I been so happy about being woken up at 6 am by my alarm.

This led me to remember other exam-related nightmares I have suffered from. Here they are, with all the oddities that all dreams inevitably contain, which seem perfectly normal during the actual dreaming process but get translated into a 'What the..?!' once you wake up.

1. The typical everyone-has-this-once-in-their-life nightmare - Volume I
When I see the question paper, I realise that I'd studied for the wrong subject.

2. The typical everyone-has-this-once-in-their-life nightmare - Volume II
I reach the exam hall and the door is locked. Apparently the exam was yesterday.

3. The typical everyone-has-this-once-in-their-life nightmare - Volume III
I dunno how to answer a single question.

4. The inkpot nightmare
I am using an inkpot and a quill (What was I - Shakespeare?!) to write the exam, and I knock the inkpot over my answer booklet.

5. The amazing floating eraser nightmare
I am writing my exam using a pencil, and miraculously, a floating eraser (Sheesh! How creative!) is rubbing out each word I write. I finish the whole paper and when I look at it, it's all blank. The examiner snatches the paper from my hands. I wake up in cold sweat.

6. Through a jungle on a motor cycle nightmare
My exam is in another city. I miss the school bus and my Dad takes me on a motor cycle (Why on earth was he on a motor cycle?!) through a wild forest (Looks I went to jungle school and studied Jungle Book, eh?!) fighting hanging vines and wild spider webs. We chase the bus but we can't catch up. Suddenly the bus disappears. I look at my watch and realise that the exam is over. I wake up in cold sweat.

7. Lost in a hotel nightmare
I am halfway through this exam when the invigilator says it's time for the one-hour lunch break (?!). We all coolly get up as if it's perfectly normal to have a lunch break in the middle of an exam. The invigilator tells us that lunch is served for us in this five star hotel. We have all been allocated a room in case we want to take a nap (?!) before we return to finish the exam. I eat a yummy lunch, and then head for my room. I take a nap. When I wake up, it's kinda dark outside. I realise that I have overslept. I call up the phone in the exam hall (Sophisticated exam hall, huh?!) and the invigilator picks up. I tell him I'm gonna be late and he says it's okay as long as I reach before 5 pm (?!). I then proceed to get lost in the winding corridors of the huge hotel. I use the hotel's cordless (which I'm carrying with me for some weird reason!) and call up the exam hall again. No one picks up. Suddenly the huge hotel clock chimes - dong dong dong dong dong. Five times. I wake up in cold sweat.

What's your weirdest fright-mare?



50 comments:

The Girl Who Sold The World said...

AHAN! Boo to Vikram this time! I GOT THE GOLD!!!!! :D
I'll come back later to read it. Right now, gotta go and get my cell recharged. Main mar gayi us ke bina. :P

Shriedhar said...

SILVER MEDALIST :D

Aditya said...

bronze!!!

Shriedhar said...

now read up the post :)


//The invigilator tells us that lunch is served for us in this five star hotel.

LOL..seems a costly weird dream !

I used to get this kinda dreams mostly in Holidays :)

The weirdest exam fright-mare goes here

" i am given the exam paper(usually maths). I keep on solving a sigle prblm till the end of the exam. I worry thru out the dream that i wud fail coz at the max i wud get only 8 marks.

The story never stops there. the results will be out in the same dream(dun laugh) , n i end up getting 95 marks in that subject"

Shailesh said...

Its great that you manage to post such an interesting stuff even when your exam is on!!

Blogs at - The Ignorant's Blog

Neel Arurkar said...

Late for exams and not prepared for exams...my top exam dreams.

deepu said...

My weirdest dream - No updates to your blog for a week.

Sheeesh i just cant stand it

Rohit Talwar said...

I don't know about fright-mares but, just three weeks back, it happened with me. I went to write the exam, and realised that the exam was of the other subject. Most of us thought so. Royally screwed.

Don't ask how the grades were.

The Girl Who Sold The World said...

Hahahaha, what a post! Do people really get SUCH nightmares before exams? :O *gasps* Mujhe toh mere sapne yaad hee nahin rehte...hehehe. I just remember one before my Class 10 boards. I dreamt before my Computer science (I SUCKED at C++) exam that I'm not able to construct a program and just staring at the sheet. Then, I just wrote the basic opening structure of #include thingie and was begging for marks.....hahaha. Weird.
That Lost In a Hotel Room nightmare was hilarious! Hehehe.....I wanna have yum food during the exam. :P

Rohit Talwar said...

The Girl
Aaaah. Finally huh? Tune izzat rakh li in Vikram jaise grown-ups ke saamne. :P Shabbash hamari sherni.

Anonymous said...

what's my nightmare? well, mostly the results :P

Anonymous said...

me 12th!

The Girl Who Sold The World said...

@Rohit:
Thankee, thankee. =)
*Sticks tongue out at Vikram* :p

HOTWINTER said...

I had two most fearful dreams recently. Its mentioned in my blog.

Eeeeeeks.....

Harshi said...

Hahaa..:-) wow. Interesting frightmares....kinda amusing when we talk about it..hehe.(The eraser one is fascinating, hahaa) Mujhe toh aaj tak aisa koi exam type nightmare nahi aaya yaar. Hmmm...am I normal? :-)). I have too many frightening dreams though. Gosh. There was this one where we were being chased with actual gunshots and we were just hiding, running and dodging these people. OMG. It was terrifying!! It's funny when I think about it, but I was absolutely dying there of fear.

Macho Girl said...

I also get the late for exam and don't know a single answer nightmares. Oh! and of course... the famous, read-for-maths-sitting-in-bio nightmare. I also get this weird nightmare where i hear my alarm ringing in my dream (this is the dream alarm.. not the real one!)and I am awake, but i am not able to open my eyes and i am glued to the bed! Scary! The real alarm is most welcome to wake me up in such situations :P And believe me, it feels great to be able to open your eyes and spring outta bed after such a nightmare! ;)

Sudeep said...

lollzz.. nice

but i never had many weird dreams aur exams ke toh aaye hi nahi.. jo sab tumne sapne mein dekha woh yahan real life mein hota tha :((

but i do get this particular dream of travelling in a jungle towards a fort n i have to jump over a huge valley... Sergi Bubka se training le raha hu abhi

Sudeep said...

n next time u walk in tht jungles of ur remember to call for help... Tarzan n Mowgli will be hanging/chilling around somewhere nearby

Nirwa said...

Am I dreaming this?? Exams everywhere?? :P

Sigh! I am not the only one to have weird dreams during exams..

Actually..I don't dream about exams.. I dream about other miscellaneous stuff - like running(I don't know why - it has been 2 years since I ran last! :P)

Actually, when I'm nervous, I feel that there is this earthquake thing - you see.. I'm from Ahmedabad and there was a very major earthquake on 26th jan, 2001.. and I was in 10th boards at that time.. and had my exams in few days.. so I think it's partially related to that - I was very young and my mind was quite tender then! :P

Now I don't have a mind! :P

Nice post - just stop talking about exams - They're just torture.. (exams, not your post! :D)

Nirwa

dharmu said...

u have been writing exams in five star hotels ?
u dream big lady....

i had this particular dream before the exams, where i had to walk through a snake filled path before i could get into the exam hall.

later, when studying for my psychotherapy, i learnt snake was associated with libido.

now i wonder, what the heck of a dreamer am i?
a slytherin????

Anonymous said...

LOL!!!!!

Do you really get such dreams? I mean magic erasers, five-star hotels n all??? *Rolling Eyes*

My cousin once had a dream where she was sitting in an aeroplane(for the first time) and it wasnt taking off! Instead it was going around in all the gallis of my town and the pilot was tryin to push it upwards!!!!! Sheesh!

Oh my, such a beeg comment! Sorry for tht :)

-Sowmya

Rebellion said...

LOL Sash!

That was a good one! What dreams yaar.. the 7th one was especially grrreat! Kaash aapka woh sapna (half way from the start) sach ho jaaye :P

Fright mares??!!! Don't talk about them! I've had bad.. worse.. mayb worst ones! Not on exams though.. I've never ever been bothered about my exams to get them in my dreams.. rather nightmares :p But I've had real bad nightmares apart haan!!

Anyways.. it was a nice one.. but am still wondering what made you dream about your 'Media Law exam'?

And hey.. I noticed something from your list of dreams! Your dreams seem to be really.. really inspired by 'Harry Porter' movies :P:P hehehe

Take care dear,
Aarti

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

I can barely sleep before exams, let alone dream.
But a common recurring "Frightmare" when I'm stressed is feeling like I'm falling down down down thud! (no, i don't really fall off the bed) but I swear I wake up feeling like I hit something..it's very realistic...

missed several of your posts, can't catch up with them all, but happy to note that TGWSTW had sufficient competition. muahahhahaa

Lalit Singh said...

hahaha
no nightmares... no fear of exams... thats me!!

the nightmares began only when they start announcing the results

BTW roz raat ko sone se pehle maha mritunjay mantra/ gayatri mantra ka jaap karo 108 baar.. tumhara aur tumhare papers ka kalyan hoga

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

sayesha's sub-conscience is green in colour.

Sayesha said...

#World Girl ka bhoot,
Apne dimaag ka cell bhi zara charge kar le! :D

#Shriedhar,
Hehehe :P

#Aditya,
New entry? Welcome! :)

#Shriedhar,
All's well that ends well, eh? ;)

#The Ignorant,
Thanks! But my exams are over now! :D

#Neel,
Haha! Yeah, I think most pple have the same ones! Amazing, isn't it? :)

#Deepu,
Whoa, am flattered! :) But then I've got some bad news for you... I'll be away for three weeks starting end of May, so no posts till 3rd week of June :)

#Rohit,
Most of you??? How's that possible man?? Joint studies karte they kya? Hahaha! :D

#World Girl,
Hehehe... achha hua I did not have C++ as a subject, I'd have flunked it man! :O

#Rohit,
Oye, tuney Vikram ko buddha bola means Sash ko buddha bola! Bouncer bulake nikalwaun kya tum toddlers ko is bar se? :D

#Anonymous1,
Hahaha! :)

#Anonymous2,
Errr... and that's all you had to say? Next time at least leave your name behind okay? :)

#World Girl,
That's it man. Viks and Sash, the two superpowers will now unite for the fight against the toddlers! :/

#Hotwinter,
Okie, will read it soon :)

#Harshi,
Yeah, once in a while I get non-exam nightmares too.. like I'm falling off a cliff and stuff :O

#Macho Girl,
Hahahaha! :D Totally agree with your last line! :P

#Sudeep,
//jo sab tumne sapne mein dekha woh yahan real life mein hota tha :((

Hahahaha! :D

Good luck with your pole-vaulting over lal kila! ;)

//Tarzan n Mowgli will be hanging/chilling around somewhere nearby

I think I may freak out if I see them! :O

#Nirwa,
//Now I don't have a mind! :P

Haha! Well said! :)

//(exams, not your post! :D)

Ah, just about saved your ass, didn't ya? ;)

#Dharmu,
Hahaha! :)

#Sownmya,
Yes, I do... and when I am actually dreaming, even floating erasers appear to be the most normal of things... it's only when I get up, I go - what the hell was that??? :D

LOL at your rickshaw-plane-pilot story! :)

And your comment was not very beeg... I have seen beeger comments! :)

#Aarti,
Harry Potter? Really? Weird, considering that I am not even a big fan of the series. :?

Dunnno why I dreamt about Media Law yaar... maybe because it was my fav subject last semester and I really wanted to do well in it? I did a decent job, now awaiting results :O

#Ipanema Girl,
Arre you're back! Yeah, the falling things happens to me too, but I fall off a cliff. :/

#Lalit,
//BTW roz raat ko sone se pehle maha mritunjay mantra/ gayatri mantra ka jaap karo 108 baar.. tumhara aur tumhare papers ka kalyan hoga

Wah wah kya tip diya huzoor... waise it will work because 109 baar padhte padhte subah ho jayegi. Kab soge hi nahin, toh nightmare kahan se aayega.

Shabash again! :D

#Ipanema Girl,
Huh?? Are you saying I don't have a conscience? I only have a sub-conscience?? :O :O

The Girl Who Sold The World said...

Toddlers? :O What an insult! *gasp* That's it now. Rohit and I shall also unite forces to fight evil Sayesha. :P
By the way, did you have any fright-mares last night?

Anonymous said...

tgwstw and tgfi are now waiting feverishly.
dont post now sayesha, dont post.
(sub conscious message)

trups said...

lol good one.
i had a dream ki mere maths ke paper mein thr was a q asking my mama's (mother's brother) fone num... eh?? yeh kaisa ques hai bhai? and thing is, i didnt kno the fone number so i went outside the exam hall in a police jeep (what the?!) and "dialled" my mama's house to ask him the number!!!! lolzzz :)) now how did that happen!? :))

wierd na the dreams we get!

Sayesha said...

#World Girl,
Last night? Accha. No frightmare. Just some 6-7 idiotic calls at 3 in the morning from a rather inconsiderate person.

#Anon,
No idea what you're talkin' about.

#Trups,
Haha! Yeah, that's a typical exam frightmare! Good thing you had access to the 'correct answer'! :P

Paresh Y Murudkar said...

haha! really funny. infact even I had some of these noghtmares during college days. one of them was going to a Maths exam without my Calci. (Not that it was useful for me either ;-)

Raju Bathija said...

When I see the question paper, I realise that I'd studied for the wrong subject. This happened to my daugther a few months ago. She had studied for english and the paper was for science. She got 35 out of 40 in science as she is brilliant in that subject and is in std. IV :).

Anonymous said...

Well I do have some times this exam was yest..and suddenly some one announces..exam postponed by week.. happy dream!..
Sorry sayesha.. I shud not be using your blog for asking my dbts..
Sowmya.. I do have some times that rickshaw Plane dream... yeah.. even that plane some times change it's shape like cartoon..
I never play any video games..too!
Any idea..? Sayesha.. any thing? hope psychology student Dharmu can help me out... What's that??
Raj...

naari said...

The floating eraser reminds of Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter :) and the Lost in the Hotel nightmare was quite freaky girl

Abhishek Upadhyay said...

//I dunno how to answer a single question

Its not nightmare in my case but has been reality for many times. Ask any of the Engineering students...specially students of Mechanical engineering

The Girl Who Sold The World said...

Just some 6-7 idiotic calls at 3 in the morning from a rather inconsiderate person.
Lol...you sleep at 3 in the morning?! Don't you have exams going on? Stay up all night and study! :P

@Anon: Don't you DARE give such crazy ideas to Sayesha...she shall post and masha-allah (is that the Hindi film term? I ain't sure), I shall get the gold again. Boo to you too. Grrr. X-(

Bhaarat said...

I have so many realities associated with my exams and trust me those arent work of fiction.
BTW, you gave me an idea for a new blog.

Kusum Rohra said...

hahah I had dreamt that for collecting our SSC results we were to go to school *ahem* *ahem* in out bday suits.

Anonymous said...

Er... Raj, that was my cousin's dream, not mine(as i mentioned previously)... And i was LMAO when she told me abt it... Never went into the psychological details ;)...

-Sowmya

Rohit Talwar said...

Grrr. Toddlers? KYA BOLE!

The girl, kya bolti hai, chhed den jung in grown-ups ke khilaaf?

Siddhu said...

Sayesha, read your post just before my exam today - and guess wht?

Fright-mare -- I had to fight my professor for a 70 - and I didn't want to punch an old man's lights out. :P

Shekhar said...

The inkpot nightmare reminded me of Saira Bano's Bindu in Padosan giving her exam. She similarly spills the exam all over her exam papers in the dying minutes (oh, for pun's sake) of the exam.

And believe it or not, soon after I ended my recent Harry Potter reading spree, I woke up at 4.30 in the morning from a nightmare where I was...(hold your breath) Harry Potter fighting a losing battle against the Death Eaters..I swear I woke up looking around for Dumbledore.

The Girl Who Sold The World said...

@Rohit:
Yes, yes, I agree. Jang-e-ailan ho gaya hai..grown-ups, you're so dead. The lethal team of Rohit and The Girl shall blow you into pieces. :P

Aethyr said...

ur giving my nightmares..if any of them happen to me i'll be dead...
btw my exams are going on..so its exam-nightmare season....
my worst nightmare is...
i am on the top of a mountain(for exam) and its pitch dark(someone up there thinks i can see in dark, not only see but also read and write) and writing my paper, i know the whole paper, im very happy that i can asnwer all the questions( u dream what usually dont happen:D) i'm writing my paper nicely but all of a sudden it starts raining only on my seat, and the invigilator takes my paper, saying he ll give me after it stops raining, but when it stops he dont give me my paper instead he gives it to someone else, i get up crying.

so how did u write ur papers..

Anonymous said...

Hmm... whats with the deleted post??? Am i missing something here? Did you disable the comments for that post?

-Sowmya

Shreemoyee said...

Not a nightmare, I actually did study for the wrong exam once

Sayesha said...

#Paresh,
:)

#Raju,
Cool! Beti ho toh aisi! :)

#Raj,
Hope you get your answers man! :)

#Naari,
Reeta Skeeter? Eh, what's that? Sorry am not very good with the HP series :P

#Abhishek,
:D

#World Girl,
No, I don't have exams on now. I do have work to go to however. Which is why I need to be asleep at 3 am so I can wake up at 6 am.

#Bhaarat,
Will check it out :)

#Kusum,
Hahahahahah! :D

#Sowmya,
:)

#Rohit,
Would you be a dear and round all your friends up? Gotta transport you guys back to the creche.

#Siddhu,
Sheesh! :O

#Shekhar,
Exactly! I wonder if it was inspired by that. But I watched Padosan ages ago man! :/

#World Girl,
Aa dekhen zara... :) Fight karna hai toh grown up way mein fight karo, no kiddy stuff like crank calls and all. And yeah, don't try to pull my right hand man into your bacha party! :/

#Aethyr,
//all of a sudden it starts raining only on my seat

Hahahaha! :D

All the best for your papers! :) Mine went ok :)

#Sowmya,
Don't worry about that post... it was just my mental state... some people just delete you off their lives... and you gotta delete them/others too... :)

#Shreemoyee,
Hope you survived it! :)

Rohit Talwar said...

:(

Sayesha said...

#Rohit,
Muahahaha! :D

Dev said...

:) Been there, dreamt that.
Every semester, I have weird dreams before the finals. Foof! Crazy stuff. Maybe Ill post on that some day. :D

BTW, I dont have the 'didnt study' dream, because I really dont study. :P I'd a friend who I'd call up and ask if he's studying. And he will never be. So we both revel in the fact that we've company if we flunk.