The One with the Dying Whale

It was time for the most dreadful day of my life to take place but hey, I did not know it back then. I got ready to take my first University of London exam for the subject of Microeconomics. In all fair means, economics is not an easy subject if you chose to do your specialization in it and that too from University of London. With my eyes red and puffy from lack of sleep I got in my car and that was the time I chose to remember God. The whole way to the examination venue I recited various verses from the Holy Book..

I will save you the pain of all the process of checking and being checked in to my seat at the venue because we have all been in that situation and as far as I know, none of us have good memories from there. Moving on, sitting in my seat, I noticed that I have been allotted the seat with a wall to one side and seat allotted to another institute on the other. After a few minutes, a young lad came to join me in the next seat. We exchanged friendly smiles and wished each other  ‘good luck’ for both of us knew what lay ahead.

I was under a lot of stress as it is normal for any student to feel tensed  while taking exams. Stress does annoyable things to your body; in some cases it shows itself in the form of pimples or moody behaviour, etc. But in my case… well you will soon find out.

Just as we started our exam and the hall turned completely quiet and all you could hear was the pen against paper… the dying whale in my tummy decided to speak out very loudly. Yes folks, it made a high pitched sound which seemed like a dying whale calling for help. And that is not all; the guy sitting next to me heard it and gave me a startled look. What could I have done but to simply give him an apologetic smile?

The dying whale did not stop there. Every 15 minutes it made a point to show his presence to the guy sitting next to me. Ultimately, I had to call upon the invigilator and with a scarlet face I asked him to convey my apologies to the guy beside me and to tell him that the stress was making my tummy act like a dying whale.

I have never had to encounter a more embarrassing situation in my entire life.



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