Even If You Forget Trigonometry and Algebra, School Still Prepares You For Office Life

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Even If You Forget Trigonometry and Algebra, School Still Prepares You For Office Life

Illustration: Arati Gujar

I

went to St Xavier’s High School, the one endorsed by SRK in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the one with the “naam toh suna hoga vibe”. Looking back now, I realise that St Xaviers did a lot more than make me feel like I was in a Bollywood film. Whoever said that our school syllabus failed to prepare us for real life was more wrong than Warren Beatty at the Oscars. In fact, it was the perfect training ground for the office rat race, and I’m still putting what I learned there to use today.

First of all, there is no way I could reach office on time if it wasn’t for the 7 am assembly. I’m able to make it past rush hour traffic because I used to turn into Flash every morning to reach school. The first period would then be spent battling sleep, just like the first half hour at work. I’d argue it’s easier now — back then we didn’t have the luxury of the coffee machine.

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