Falling in Line

After completing my MBA, I decided to pursue LLB (Hons) course, while I was posted in Indore. These two professional degrees helped me perform well in my various assignments, but that’s a different story altogether.

It was the last semester of 3-year degree course. I appeared in all the papers with full enthusiasm. When the final results were declared, based on the marks obtained in all the previous five semesters, I saw my roll number in first class. It was not there.

Then I rolled over to the second division, my number was not there too. Then totally disappointed, finally I looked at the numbers coming under the third division, it was not there again. It came like a bolt from the blue. It meant that I had failed in the sixth semester.

I immediately rushed to my college, but I was told that subject wise marks will be received from university the next day. The day was heavy for me. I had to reconcile myself to the fact that I had failed in the sixth semester and also in the LLB examination.

But what was more surprising for me was when I saw my mark sheet of 6th semester. There was a paper on ‘Conveyancing and Drafting’. I had scored only five marks out of 70.

I remember that I had taken four additional answer-sheets to write the examination, as the answers were descriptive in nature. It’s impossible to score only 5 marks after attempting all the five questions with full satisfaction.

In those days, it was not the practice to show answer-sheets to the examinees. The only option available was to go for revaluation by paying a certain amount of fee.

I went for this option as I thought my marks would be 55, 57 or 59, and the second digit might have been inadvertently missed by the examiner. But unfortunately, the result remained unchanged.

I was told that in revaluation, the examiner recalculates only the secured marks without paying attention to the qualitative aspect of the answers.

Then someone suggested that my additional sheets might have got detached and misplaced somewhere, as we used to tie those sheets to the main one with the help of a thread.

But that too was not possible, as there was at least one answer in the main answer sheet, and the marks allotted to a question were 14. So even 5 out of 14 was not a possibility.

Finally, I met with the Principal, and conveyed my apprehensions to her. She was a nice person. She agreed with my views, but she asked me to wait for a day or two, as she would talk to the Controller of Examinations. I saw some rays of hope in her words.

But my hopes were dashed again when she advised me to re-appear for that paper. I talked to my bank’s lawyer about filing a lawsuit against the university because I felt cheated. In the court, the university authorities might be advised to show the answer-sheet.

My experienced lawyer said calmly, “Sir, do you want to pass LLB or want to contest elections? By the time the court gives its verdict, you will be too old to enjoy its fruits.”

Being an obedient citizen of the country, I re-appeared for that paper and after three months I was declared passed in first division.

–Kaushal Kishore


  1. Thank you, Kaushal, for showing how to deal with adversity. Many people would give up the struggle against injustice and incompetence, but you have found a way to succeed with a mixture of perseverance and logical thinking.
    This ability allowed you to get to the top of the tree in your profession.
    Unfortunately, this is a skill that is inbred and difficult to learn. Respect!


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    1. Thank you, Joanna, for your kind comment and appreciation! In fact, it was one of the frustrating incidents of my life, that imparted a learning too. Such incidents made me humble that nothing is predictable despite your all out sincere efforts. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


  2. We all meet adversity at some level or another. It may be something trivial or something vital to our future. Perhaps “STOP LOOK and LISTEN” (as we do when crossing a street) is a good policy to follow before making decisions. 🙂

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    1. Yes, Annie, I learnt a lesson or two. The life is not a straight line, we have to co-exist with all sorts of things and people. Thank you so much for your well-considered views.


  3. Wow KK, thank you for sharing this personal story!! And for sharing a lesson life taught you 😊. We are all students of life and it is so very intriguing to see what life specifically teaches us when we are ready. I truly enjoyed reading this and getting to know you a bit better 🤍🤗

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    1. Thank you, Grace, for your ever encouraging words. You’re right, these are the incidents that make and shape our lives. I’m glad you enjoyed it 😊💖

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  4. What an extremely frustrating and disappointing position to find yourself in! You were fortunate to have a lawyer who talked plainly and wisely to you. Who knows what the outcome would have been had you not taken his advice. A lesson in patience, prudence and perseverance. Thanks for sharing this story, KK.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy, for such a beautiful comment. I agree with every word of yours. I think we all come across such incidents in life that impart a lesson or two. Much appreciated!

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