“The books recommended by my teacher are by angrez people. The angrez cricketers beat India only in one series, but these angrez authors beat us up before every exam. I thought that if these authors could fill page after page without being understandable, and yet impress my teacher so much, I can also do the same! After all, those authors are also human beings like us!” said a jubilant Ganganath Shukla, the hero of this inspirational tale of intelligent wordplay in exams. Shukla told friends that he expects to score at least 60 marks out of 100. However, he confided to us that he could score anything between 3 marks and 40 marks, based on how intelligent the examiner himself was.
“When I saw the question paper, I thought I wouldn’t score more than ten marks. After writing one answer, I thought an ‘absent’ would have been better on the marks-sheet than what I was going to score. What I found funny though, was that the guy in front of me had been telling everyone before the exam that he was under-prepared, but he had already taken two extra answer sheets in half an hour. Bloody bastard,” Shukla narrated his exam experience. “Then I closed my eyes for a minute. An image of a book by Griffiths came to my mind, and then the image of a book by Chand Lal Daya Raam. Then came the confidence: yes, I could do it! I could impress the examiner without saying anything sensible!”
Motivated strongly, Ganganath Shukla then filled page after page. In a tale of a superb comeback from impending failure, the miracle man finished the exam in half-time, while others took three hours because they had probably studied from Indian authors.
When we told Kapil Sibal about this, he said, “For those who study foreign authors, the subject is easy. For those who study Indian authors, the exam is easy. For everyone else, making up things is easy. In my sincere efforts to reduce stress and yield more and more bogus students in years to come, I encourage students to burn foreign author books.”